Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - August 16, 2013

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School board executive session and meeting Tuesday, Aug. 20 
- 3 p.m.: Executive Session (school board to review applications for vacant board seat -- not open to the public
- 4 p.m.: Regular school board meeting -- open to the public
- Location: WWPS District Office (364 S. Park Street)

First day of school Tuesday, Sept. 3 
Visit school websites for more details regarding the start of school. Please slow down in school zones and obey all traffic laws. Contact Communications Director Mark Higgins for additional information: 509.526.6716 or mhiggins@wwps.org

All Staff Back-to-School Meeting 
- Thursday, August 29
- Wa-Hi Main Gym
- 7:30 a.m. (treats and visiting)
- 8 a.m. (program begins)
- All staff encouraged to attend

See you at the Fair! 
School displays, student work, FFA, 4-H, animals, information and more!
• August 28 through Labor Day Weekend

District Office returns to regular hours next week 
- 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- WWPS District Office: 364 S. Park St.

Extra police patrols in school zones to start the school year 
Extra law enforcement patrols will be in school zones as the district begins a new school year. City and county officers will be stepping up patrols to help keep students safe. The first day of school is Tuesday, Sept. 3.

Mexican Consulate donates books for second language learners 
Recently Assistant Superintendent Linda Boggs, Administrative Assistants Kay Schisler and Kim Locken packaged books from the Mexican Consulate and sent them out to district schools to enhance K-8 second language learner programs. Former district bilingual coordinator Diana Erickson submitted the request for the books prior to her retirement. The request was granted, netting hundreds of free books in Spanish to help students learn in their native language as they acquire English skills.

Department of Education renews state’s ESEA waiver 
Cautions that lack of student growth data puts Washington at “high risk”
OLYMPIA — The U.S. Department of Education extended the waiver Washington state has received from requirements of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act through the 2013-14 school year.

Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn said he expected to receive the extension. “This gives us a chance to continue the reforms we’ve started in the past few years,” he said. “Those reforms seem to be effective, but having them in place another year will give us a better sense of how effective.”

The original waiver request, which was approved in July 2012, centered on the state implementing three key education reforms:
1. College and career-ready expectations for all students;
2. State-developed recognition and accountability system support system; and
3. Teacher/Principal evaluations.


Last day to apply for vacant school board seat 
Today is the last day to submit an application to fill Max Carrera’s vacant position on the school board. Carrera resigned from the school board August 1 to dedicate more time to his family and professional career. The Board of Directors will appoint a member to fill the remainder of Carrera’s term through November 2015.

School Board Application Process
August 2-16
• Applications will be accepted now through Friday, August 16, 4 p.m. Application forms are available on the district website (www.wwps.org) or at the district office (364 S. Park St.).

August 20
• Executive session at 3 p.m. prior to regular board meeting to screen applications
• Regular board meeting at 4 p.m. and Board of Directors will announce finalists

*August 27
• Special board meeting/9:30 to noon (*tentative) to interview finalists and select new board member

September 3
• Regular board meeting/6:30 p.m. - New board member sworn in to fill the remainder of the term through November 2015


School Stories
Head Start/ECEAP preschool program accepting applications 
Walla Walla Public Schools Head Start/ECEAP preschool program is still accepting applications for the 2013–2014 school year. If you have a child who will be 3 or 4-years-old by August 31, please apply for this opportunity to have fun while learning and preparing for kindergarten, at no cost to you.

Classes are 3 ¼ hours, four days a week, with meals provided. We focus on school readiness in all areas of development and provide comprehensive family support. Special education and counseling services are available if needed. Applications are available at Blue Ridge or online at www.wwps.org/programs/headstart_eceap.

Space is limited and acceptance is based on eligibility. Please turn in your application and required documentation to Blue Ridge Elementary. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Please call the office at (509) 527-3066 if you have questions!


Farm-to-School program seeks volunteers to support Harvest of the Month - By Beth Thiel, coordinator 
The Walla Walla Public Schools Nutrition Services Department is gearing up for a great start to the 2013-14 school year. Look for exciting new changes in the lunch room, such as local produce in the salad bars and a Taste Washington Day menu September 25. This menu is created by the district's kitchen managers!

The Harvest of the Month program will be highlighting a specific local product the third Tuesday of every month starting September 17 with varieties of local tomatoes.

To make this program the best it can be, I'm working to find 1 to 2 volunteers per school who would like to dedicate 4-5 hours per month promoting and running the Harvest of the Month tasting/promotional tables.

A basic outline for the tasting table process can be found here at the Farm-to-School webpage on the district website.

Informing students about fresh, seasonal produce and promoting local farms helps students connect with healthy food while supporting the local economy. It's also a lot of fun!

Volunteer Information, contact Beth Thiel - bthiel@wwps.org / 525-0969.


Books for Babes yard sales raises funds for program 
Retired Edison Elementary teacher and Books for Babes Program Coordinator Kay Barga reports the Books for Babes yard sale netted $645.61 for the program. Barga extends a big thank you to all who generously donated.

Wa-Hi Sports schedules online
Visit the Walla Walla High School web site (Athletics Department page) for the Fall 2013 sports schedule. Games begin soon! Go Big Blue.

Community Stories
Dr. Ginsburg presents: “Our Kids are Not Broken: The Importance of Resilience in Overcoming Adversity” 
This talk will focus on applying core principles of positive youth development and resilience to support youth to be better prepared to thrive through good and challenging times.

Monday, August 26
9 to 10:30 a.m.
Whitman College: Reid Campus Center Ballroom

This event is in conjunction with a documentary film production by James Redford which highlights Lincoln High School. Kenneth Ginsburg, M.D. M.S. Ed , is a pediatrician specializing in Adolescent Medicine at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and a professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

For more information please visit http://www.bluemountainfoundation.org/ginsburg or www.fosteringresilience.com.


Enroll now for Parenting Education Classes at WWCC 
The Walla Walla Community College Parenting Education classes are now enrolling children and families for fall 2013. Join our classes and learn new parenting skills to build stronger and healthier families.
Spend meaningful time with your child in preparation for school and for life! Our interactive, hands on parent child classes for children ages 3-5 years will meet on:
Monday/Wednesday/Friday from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., Tuesday/Thursday from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., and Monday/Tuesday/Thursday from 12 noon to 2:30 p.m.

For families with toddlers:
- Wednesday – age one – 9:15 – 11:15 a.m.
- Thursday – age two – 9:15 – 11:15 a.m.
- Friday – age two – 9:15 – 11:15 a.m.

Partial scholarships are available. For more information on this program please call the WWCC Parent Child Center at 527-4237.


Walla Walla YMCA offers afterschool programs 
The Walla Walla YMCA is “Back-to-School” ready! For a complete list of afterschool programs or to download the YMCA’s program guide, visit the YMCA online at: www.wwymca.org.

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