Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - Sept. 20, 2013

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Enrollment dips to start school year
The district is serving 28 fewer students to start the year based on “Head Count” tallies from the first official enrollment count of the school year.

The district’s Full Time Equivalent (FTE) student count for September 2013 is 5964. This figure takes into account recent legislative changes which allows the district to count kindergarten students at Edison and Sharpstein Elementary Schools as a full-time FTE. New legislation provides full funding for all-day kindergarten at these schools.

This district missed budget enrollment projections due to the dip. Superintendent Mick Miller said the District’s Leadership Team will address this issue to make adjustments for next year’s projection. He said the district did build in a contingency fund for this scenario to help offset the revenue shortfall.


Board considers taking show on the road 
School board members are considering a change to their meeting format. The potential change would move the first school board meeting of the month to a school location.

School teams would host the board members and provide a more in-depth report on activities and operations. The school board would also adjourn its regular meeting after the consent agenda is addressed to have a public work session to provide an open arena for discussion.


Facilities and Operations summer projects review 
Facilities and Operations Dan Johnson updated the school board Tuesday night on district projects completed over the summer and during the past year.

The district spends approximately six percent, or nearly $4 million, of its General Fund budget annually to support district maintenance and grounds efforts. Facilities and Support has 13 trades staff members and five support staff for warehouse and secretarial services. Johnson also manages a state approved Asset Preservation Plan for preventative maintenance scheduling and prioritizing of facility improvement projects and repairs.

Facilities Overview
- 14 sites with 44 buildings
-1,000,000 sq. ft. of building space on 150 acres

Maintenance Goals
• Prevent
• Repair
• Replace

Summary of projects:
- Garrison MS kitchen upgrade / staff room carpet
- Wa-Hi Science area bus stop sidewalk / small gym floor refinish
- Prospect Point new fencing
- Berney security cameras
- Berney/Homelink classroom upgrade
- Wa-Hi Vocational building fire sprinkler system
- Pioneer flooring VCT upgrade / carpet upgrades
- Sharpstein parking lot reseal and line striping
- Support Services/Transportation loop road asphalt reseal
- Blue Ridge classroom carpet upgrade


Margo Piver named Fair Coordinator 
Margo Piver will serve as the Southeast Washington Fair Coordinator for the district. She replaces Amy Reed who this year resumed her teaching career at Blue Ridge Elementary.

Piver is the Pioneer Middle School Library Media Specialist and Walla Walla Valley Education Association President. Margo will be connecting with school fair representatives soon. She is excited to continue the proud tradition our district has through its involvement in the Walla Walla Fair and Frontier Days.

Thanks so much to Amy Reed for her outstanding service the past six years. Also, thanks to all of our staff and students who made the 2013 fair a tremendous success. More than 1000 items were on display this year.


Grant brings STEM program to Blue Ridge 
Tuesday night Blue Ridge Elementary Principal Kim Doepker and teachers Janifer Sams and Kristen Garcia reported to the school board on the school’s new STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) program.

The program was made possible by a $5000 grant from the Washington State Leadership and Assistance for Science Education Reform (LASER) Partnership.

Students also work with Whitman College students and faculty through this program designed to help students develop skills for high-demand jobs. Students wear lab coats during their lessons and conduct fun and challenging experiments. Sams, Garcia and Doepker said this program helps break down barriers for girls and minority students and all students improve achievement in other subject areas.


The Health Center celebrates five year anniversary 
Tuesday night, Katherine Boehm and Holly Howard of The Health Center presented the school board with a signed photo celebrating the organization’s five year anniversary. The school board thanked the entire Health Center staff and board for all their service to the district.

District to participate in statewide Taste Washington Day 
School kitchens throughout the district will be filled with the aroma of local beef, fresh fruits and vegetables Wednesday, September 25 as part of the statewide Taste Washington Day. School lunches will be scratch cooked with local foods.

Taste Washington Day Menu:
- Meatloaf or Meat Balls (local beef)
- Peppers, Cantaloupe, Carrots, Corn, Cucumbers, Grapes, Green Beans, Onions, Pluots, Pears, and Potatoes
- All fruit and vegetables are from local farms and will be picked fresh for this event.

“We are celebrating the bounty of the Walla Walla Valley,” said district Nutrition Services Director Pamela Milleson. “This event also supports our Farm-to-School program which attempts to source some school foods locally, while providing complimentary education activities that emphasize food, farming and nutrition.”

For more information about Taste Washington Day, contact Milleson at 509.527.3016 or by email: pmilleson@wwps.org


Personnel Report (from Sept. 17, 2013 school board meeting)
Employment
(Classified)
Brent Cummings, 21st Century Grant Program Coordinator, Garrison MS

Resignation/Retirement
(Classified)
Rayni Lambert, Assistant Secretary, Pioneer Middle School, 4 years
Viviana Villalobos, Assistant Secretary, Walla Walla High School, 1 year, 3 months


School Stories
Walla Walla High School Latino Club at the Walla Walla County Fair and Frontier Days 
The Walla Walla High School Latino Club was heavily involved in this year’s Walla Walla County Fair and Frontier Days. The two Saturdays and the evenings before the fair were work days for the club. Forty-seven Latino Club members and adults spent more than 290 hours preparing the grounds for the fair. They cleaned the pavilion, pulled weeds and hauled unused items.

The Latino Club earned 1st place in the Youth Float category for their parade entry. The Wa-Hi Latino Club passed out more than 1700 American flags along the parade route. As part of their parade entry, the club hosted Mariachi Huenachi . Mariachi Huenachi played four times at the fair. Mariachi Huenachi is the advanced mariachi music class at Wenatchee High School and has earned a reputation as the best high school mariachi in the state of Washington.

The Latino Club, which is sponsored by the Exploring Post 311, manages a concession stand in the grandstand during the concert, demolition derby, and rodeo. The Walla Walla High School Latino Club is dedicated to promoting higher education, community service, cultural and leadership experience for its student membership. The club’s students are dedicated to serving the Walla Walla community and looking towards the future by developing plans to continue their education after high school.


Fall 2013-14 Open House Dates (remaining events) 
Walla Walla High School
September 23
6 - 8 p.m.

Garrison Middle School
September 24
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.


Explorer Program parent meeting planned 
Date: Sept. 29 / 6 to 7 p.m.
Location: Pioneer Middle School
Agenda: Parents and children in the Explorer Program are invited to a welcome back informational meeting. All Explorer teachers will provide a brief overview of their major projects. Parents will discuss upcoming events, election of officers, and new opportunities to get involved. Attendees are asked to bring their ideas and membership dues.

Community Stories
Humane Society plans “The Big 10” free carnival 
The Blue Mountain Humane Society is celebrating 10 years in the George Street building. There will be reduced adoption fees, shelter tours, games and prizes, a petting zoo, dunk tank, hot dogs and more all at no cost! The Ice Cube will be selling home-made snow cones and pet accessories will be available for sale at the All-Pet Network.
- Location: Blue Mountain Humane Society (7 E George St, Walla Walla, WA 99362)
- Date: September 21
- Time: 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
- Phone: (509) 525-2452
- Cost: Free

Walla Walla Unplugged event 
- Friday, Sept 20 from 7 to 9 p.m.
- Walla Walla Unplugged – an under-21 acoustic open mic night!
- Drug/Alcohol-Free event
- $1 admission – fee waived for performers
- This event happens on the third Friday of each month!
- 19 E Birch St.

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