||Elementary Early dismissal Friday, Oct. 4
Please remember elementary students at all schools will be dismissed early Friday, Oct. 4 to allow time for teachers to prepare for conferences. Check with your child’s school for dismissal times.
Camp Fire Walla Walla will provide half day child care on Friday, October 4 at Sharpstein Elementary School. The cost is $13 and parents will need to call the Camp Fire Walla Walla office in advance to register as space is limited to 30 children. Transportation to Sharpstein is not provided so parents will need to make arrangements for their child. Questions? Call the Camp Fire Walla Walla office at 525-3180.
||Personnel Report (from Oct. 1, 2013 school board meeting)
Maria Alonso, Para-Educator (temp.), Opportunity Program
Martin Fortney, 21st Century Grant Program Site Director, Pioneer MS
Jeremiah Gradwohl, 21st Century Grant Program Site Director, Lincoln HS
William Hammond, 21st Century Grant Program Site Director, Garrison MS
Ruben Hernandez, 21st Century Grant Program Site Director, Blue Ridge
Andrew Sayers, 21st Century Grant Program Site Director, Wa-Hi
Sherry Orchard, Assistant Secretary, Wa-Hi
Erin Roach, CTE Secretary, Wa-Hi
Shelley Welter, Assistant Secretary, Facilities and Operations
Dustin Baker, Custodian, Lincoln High School/ Pioneer Middle School, 12 years
Leave of Absence
Juan Escalante, Para-Educator, Opportunity, 3 years
- Juan will serve as Intervention Specialist at Green Park for the 2013-2014 school year
||School Board schedules meetings at school locations
Tuesday night school board members approved the meeting schedule for January through June. The schedule includes board meetings at school locations. This change was made to enhance awareness and improve communications.
- January 14, 6:30 p.m. @ District Board Room
- January TBD, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. @ Location TBD – Work Session/Retreat
- February 4, 6:30 p.m. @ Edison Elementary, 1315 E. Alder
- February 18, 6:30 p.m. @ District Administration Board Room
- March 4, 6:30 p.m. @ Prospect Point Elementary, 55 Reser Road
- March 18, 6:30 p.m. @ District Administration Board Room
- April 15, 6:30 p.m. @ District Administration Board Room
- May 6, 6:30 p.m. @ Pioneer Middle School, 450 Bridge St.
- May 20, 6:30 p.m. @ District Administration Board Room
- June 3, 6:30 p.m. @ District Administration Board Room
- June 17, 4:00 p.m. @ District Administration Board Room
||District joins area Realtors for “Care and Share” Food Drive
- Food Drive Dates: Oct. 18-20
Walla Walla Public Schools is teaming with area realtors to help those in need through the “Care and Share” annual food drive. There are many ways for parents, students and staff to get involved. All donations help the Blue Mountain Action Council Food Bank. Demand remains high. Peter Swant is the project coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org
Here’s how you can help:
- “Fill the Bus” drive at area grocery stores: Saturday, Oct. 19 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Pick a section of town to distribute bags to area homes and then collect them the following day (Oct. 19 & 20)
- Donate food at all district schools (collection barrels are now in place)
||Skills Center Solar Panel project
Fred Liebrand from WW-FREE briefed the school board Tuesday night on a community solar program which provides renewable energy systems on government properties.
WW-FREE is a Washington state non-profit organization which administrates the projects. The Southeast Washington Area Technical Skills Center will participate in this program and have solar panels in place when the facility opens in September. Currently, WW-FREE has solar panels installed at the WW Regional Airport and City of Walla Walla Waste Water Treatment plant.
Liebrand said many individuals are investing in these systems to receive greater tax advantages from their donations. As a result of the tax break, many are donating part or all of their investment money to provide scholarships to area students to attend college. The government entities benefit through energy cost savings and the authorization to retain the equipment at the end of the project.
||Superintendent Miller invites public to participate in Patron Tour
Superintendent Mick Miller invites you to join him for a behind the scenes look at Walla Walla Public Schools. The Superintendent’s Patron Tour program is an excellent opportunity to learn more about the district, ask questions, tour local schools and enjoy lunch together.
- Wednesday, November 13
- 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (lunch provided)
- Tour sites: Berney Elementary, Wa-Hi, Lincoln HS
- RSVP by contacting Mark Higgins at: 526-6726 or email@example.com.
||Fall 2013 – Parent/Teacher Fall Conference Schedules (No School Oct. 10 & 11)
Wednesday, October 9 -Until 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, October 10 - 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, October 9 - 3:30 to 8 p.m.
Thursday, October 10 - 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Blue Ridge Elementary
Monday, October 7- 3 to 7 p.m.
Tuesday, October 8 - 3 to 7 p.m.
Thursday, October 10 - 7:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
Wednesday, October 9 - 3:15 to 6:45 p.m.
Thursday, October 10 - 8 a.m. – noon; 12:30 to 7 p.m.
Green Park Elementary
Wednesday, October 9 - 2 to 7 p.m.
Thursday, October 10 - 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Prospect Point Elementary
Tuesday, October 8 - 3:30 to 7:15 p.m.
Wednesday, October 9 - 3:30 to 7:15 p.m.
Thursday, October 10 - 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Tuesday, October 8 - 3 to 7 p.m.
Wednesday, October 9 - 3 to 7 p.m.
Thursday, October 10 - 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Garrison Middle School
Wednesday, October 9 - 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. (Arena conferences)
Thursday, October 10 - 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.. (Scheduled/Drop in conferences)
Pioneer Middle School
Monday, October 7 - 4 to 7:30 p.m. (Drop in conferences)
Wednesday, October 9 - 4 to 7:30 p.m. (Drop in conferences)
Thursday, October 10 - 7:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. (Scheduled conferences)
Lincoln Alternative High School
Monday, October 7 - 3:30 to 7 p.m.
Wednesday, October 9 - 3:30 to 7 p.m.
Thursday, October 10 - 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Walla Walla High School
Tuesday, October 8 - 4 to 8 p.m. (Arena conferences)
Thursday, October 10 - 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Scheduled conferences) and 3 to 6 p.m. (Phone and e-mail progress reports)
Monday, Oct. 7 - 3:15 to 5:15 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct 8 - 3:15 to 5:15 p.m.
Thursday, Oct 10 - 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. (conferences) / 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. (phone and e-mail progress reports)
||Walla Walla High School volleyball team sponsors Pink Night to support Breast Cancer Awareness
Walla Walla High School volleyball team is sponsoring PINK NIGHT Tuesday, October 22 as they take on the Richland Bombers and raise money for breast cancer awareness. Freshmen, sophomore and junior varsity teams all play at 5:30 p.m. and the Blue Devil varsity begin at 7 p.m.
PINK items, such as beads, pins, pompoms and more will be sold at the game. Volleyball players are currently selling PINK shirts to support Breast Cancer awareness. Orders are being taken until Wednesday, October 9.
“Find your favorite player and help support the cause by purchasing a shirt from them,” said Parent Volunteer Karen Carman. T-shirts may also be purchased from the Wa-Hi ASB office and a limited number of shirts will be available for purchase at the game. All proceeds from the event go to St Mary Medical Center Breast Cancer Special Needs Fund.
“And don’t forget to WEAR PINK,” said Carman. “Let’s dig PINK for a cure together!”
||Edison students visit Springcreek Farm
This week Edison Elementary students participated in the annual Apple Cider Pressing Field Trip. The field trip was at former teacher Milt Ross's Springcreek Farm.
All second graders at Edison had the opportunity to make cider. They rotated every 15 minutes to teaching stations around the farm. Students took soil collection samples for their science curriculum. They also participated in garden exploration, a scarecrow relay, corn field exploration, and collected items for an art project. The apples were donated by Brown & Sons, Milton-Freewater, and several retired district teachers helped as well, said field trip coordinator Mary Lynn Thompson. Thompson and Ross began this field trip experience in the 1980s.
||Wa-Hi performs strong at Autumn Leaf Parade
Congratulations to the Walla Walla High School Blue Devil Marching Band, Dance Team and Cheerleaders for taking 3rd place last Saturday at the annual Autumn Leaf Parade in Leavenworth. There were 6 six bands in the AAAA division and 14 bands overall.
||Pioneer Explorers create podcast
The Pioneer Explorers students in Dan Calzaretta’s class have created a weekly podcast. The link is available on Calzaretta’s class site, http://dcalzaretta.wix.com/pioneer-explorers#!films/cpp8. It is also available through the iTunes store by searching "Pioneer Explorers Podcast".
||Blue Mountain Action Council to screen Participant Media’s A Place at the Table
- Free Screening dates: October 10 and 12 (part of national “Take Your Place” community campaign)
BMAC, along with Whitman College’s Student Engagement Center and 2nd Harvest, and in association with Participant Media and Active Voice, will host two free community screenings of A Place at the Table in Walla Walla on October 10 and 12.
The critically acclaimed documentary A Place at the Table, directed by Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush, examines the crisis of food security, hunger, obesity and food access. The film will be screened at the Reid Campus Center Ballroom. On each event date, guests can arrive at 1:30 p.m. to browse the “local information expo,” featuring a variety of local organizations who address topics related to food insecurity, from food pantries to community gardens to health organizations that fight the long-term effects of malnutrition. The film will begin at 2 p.m. and will be immediately followed by a panel discussion focusing on the local climate surrounding hunger. Panelists will include Leslie Snyder and Theresa Osborne of the YMCA, Andrew Rodriguez of The Salvation Army, Aaron Bobrow-Strain of Whitman College, Kirsten Archer of Walla Walla University, the Walla Walla County Health Department, and more. The discussion will be moderated by Doug Barrum on Saturday, October 12.
||Daughters 2 Mothers presented by Girls Council
How often do you get one on one time with your daughter anymore? Make a date for a girls night out tonight from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Walla Walla Armory. This event is for moms and middle school aged girls.
“All mothers and daughters have turbulent times as well as the good,” said Becky Renwick. “The journey is not easy - a sigh, a roll of the eyes, yelling,. Both want trust, freedom, love and approval.”
This event is $10 per couple and includes dinner and breakout sessions to learn about positive communication, and a fun activity. Special guests from Trilogy Recovery Community will provide education about substance abuse and Dr. Nainami (OBGYN) will present information regarding having a positive body image and relationships.
||Walla Walla County Emergency Management encourages participation in Great ShakeOut Earthquake drill
Millions of people worldwide will practice how to Drop, Cover, and Hold On at 10:17 a.m. on October 17 during Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills!
Walla Walla County residents can join them today by registering for the 2013 Great Washington ShakeOut. Walla Walla County’s Hazard Identification Vulnerability Analysis (HIVA) shows a HIGH likelihood that a “strong” earthquake will occur within the next 25 years. To learn more about the 2013 ShakeOut go to: http://www.shakeout.org/washington/
||Catholic Schools plan annual Sausage Fest Friday and Saturday
The Catholic Schools Annual Sausage Fest is Friday and Saturday at DeSales High School. Enjoy sausages, salads, and strawberry shortcakes as you socialize with family and friends. Friday’s event is from 5 p.m. to 12 midnight.
The event starts Saturday morning with a fun run at 9 a.m. with registration starting at 8:30 a.m. at the DeSales parking lot. Starting at 11 a.m., there will be great food, games and inflatables for the kids and big screen football for the adults. Saturday night will feature live music by Whiskey Creek from 8 until 11 p.m. There will also be movies for the kids and teens. Please come out and enjoy this wonderful community event.
||Walla Walla Youth Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition seeks survey input on underage drinking and drug abuse
Coordinator Rollie Snider of Walla Walla Youth Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition has prepared a brief survey for adults to weigh in on the issue of underage drinking and drug abuse.
“We’re out to help change community attitudes about underage drinking and drug abuse” Snider said. “Your opinion matters and all input is anonymous.”
Surveys are in both English and Spanish : https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/WallaWallaEnglish
||Camp Fire Career Week features local experts
Last week, Camp Fire Walla Walla and Principals Gina Yonts, from Green Park and Josh Wolcott, from Edison stopped by to see two of our guest presenters as part of Career Week. Paramedic Toby Slater, visited Edison to talk about the skills you need to become a paramedic/firefighter and the kids learned about fire safety. Mechanical Engineer Tom Osborn visited Green Park where Camp Fire kids learned about wind turbines and also built and tested their own prototypes.
||The Rebuild Memorial Pool Committee seeks public input
The Rebuild Memorial Pool Committee has developed a survey to get public input on Memorial Pool. The survey is available at:
Learn more on facebook at Rebuild Memorial Pool in Walla Walla or online at http://memorialpool.org/
||Freedom From Discrimination Month activities planned
- Masen Davis, Executive Director of the Transgender Law Center, will give a talk titled, “The Movement of Our Time: LGBT Equality at the Crossroads,” on Thursday, October 10, at 7 p.m., in Maxey Hall on the Whitman campus. Q & A will follow.
- Professor Jack Halberstam of the University of Southern California, author of “Gaga Feminism: Sex, Gender and the End of Normal,” will give a lecture on Thursday, October 17, at 7 p.m., in Maxey Hall on the Whitman campus. (Halberstam also wrote “Female Masculinity” and “The Queer Art of Failure.”) Q & A and book-signing will follow.
- The award-winning film, “Call Me Kuchu,” will be shown on Tuesday, October 29 at 7 p.m., in the Kimball Theatre (Hunter Conservatory) on the Whitman campus. The film documents the struggle for gay rights in Uganda.
All events are free and open to the public. For more information, call 525-8602 or go to our website, www.promotediversity.org.
||Award-winning author and New York Times columnist Samuel Freedman comes to Whitman
- Monday, Oct. 7
- Maxey Auditorium
- 7 p.m.
- Book discussion with professor of history David Schmitz and athletics director Dean Snider.
- Book signing to follow.
Whitman College welcomes Samuel G. Freedman, award-winning author, New York Times columnist and Columbia University professor, to talk about his newest book, “Breaking the Line: The Season in Black College Football that Transformed the Sport and Changed the Course of Civil Rights”. The talk will include a discussion of the book with Whitman’s professor of history David Schmitz and athletics director Dean Snider, and will be followed by a book signing.
A tenured professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, Freedman was named the nation’s outstanding journalism educator in 1997 by the Society of Professional Journalists, and his class in book-writing has developed more than 65 authors, editors, and agents. Prior to his talk, he will spend some time on campus meeting with staff and students, including a workshop with student journalists at The Pioneer to talk about his many years’ experience in the field.
Samuel Freedman is the author of seven acclaimed books, including “Small Victories”—a finalist for the 1990 National Book Award—and “The Inheritance”, a Pulitzer Prize finalist. His book “Upon This Rock” won the 1993 Helen Bernstein Award for Excellence in Journalism, and four of Freedman’s works have been listed among The New York Times’ Notable Books of the Year. Freedman was a staff reporter for The New York Times from 1981 through 1987 and currently writes the column “On Religion.” He has contributed to numerous other publications and websites, including The New Yorker, Daily Beast, New York, Rolling Stone, USA Today, Salon, Tablet, The Forward, The Jerusalem Post and BeliefNet.