||Thanksgiving Holiday Schedule
- Wednesday, Nov. 27 (Early dismissal - all schools)
- Thursday, Nov. 28 and Friday, Nov. 29 (No School)
- Monday, December 2 (Classes resume - regular schedule)
School board approves two-year calendar
School board members approved school year calendars for 2014-15 and 2015-16. The calendars were recommended to the school board by the district’s Calendar Committee. Visit the district website (www.wwps.org) to see the calendars and a Q & A fact sheet detailing the process used by the Calendar Committee.
||Lincoln High School principal resigns due to a non-life threatening medical condition
Lincoln High School Principal Jim Sporleder is resigning his position effective at the end of the 2013-14 school year due to a non-life threatening medical condition. Sporleder has been on medical leave since the start of the school year and will remain in this status until June 30, 2014.
Interim principal Marci Knauft will continue to serve as the acting principal for the remainder of the 2013-14 school year. The district will conduct a principal selection process to hire a permanent principal for next school year.
Sporleder has been employed by Walla Walla Public Schools for 28 years. He began his tenure in the district in 1986 as a Special Education teacher at Garrison Middle School. He spent three years as Garrison’s assistant principal and 10 years as the school’s principal. Sporleder was named the principal of Lincoln High School in 2007.
He received his Bachelor’s degree from Azusa Pacific University in 1976 in Physical Education and K-12 Special Education. Sporleder has a Master’s degree from Northwest Nazarene in Curriculum. He earned his Administration Degree in 1993. His previous teaching experience from 1977 through 1982 was in Glendora Unified School District. He took a break from education from 1982 to 1986 to work with his family’s retail business — Sporleder’s for Men and Women.
“In my 31 year career in education, I have never worked with someone as committed to his students as Jim Sporleder,” said Superintendent Mick Miller. “We wish Jim good health and nothing but the best in retirement. He will be missed, but his impact on kids in Walla Walla will not be forgotten.”
Hess retires from school board
Thanks to Board Director Dan Hess for his service to the school district. The November 19 school board meeting was his last official meeting. Sam Wells was elected Nov. 5 to replace Hess on the school board. Hess was elected to the Board of Directors in 2010, but he also served as a WWPS school board member for two terms from 1985 to 1992. We appreciate his service and wish him well in the future!
||Personnel Report (from 11/19/13 school board meeting)
Sandra Thomas, Health Sciences Teacher, SEA-Tech Skills Center
Lisa Fann, Para-Educator (temp), Edison Elementary
Patricia Harris, Bus Assistant, Transportation Dept.
Nicole Redman, Para-Educator (temp), Green Park
(Administrative) Jim Sporleder, Principal, Lincoln HS, 28 years
(Certificated) Kristina Corbin, Special Education, Prospect Point, 5 years
(Classified) Martha Burroughs, Kitchen Assistant, Wa-Hi, 5 years
Malinda Prendiville, Para-Educator, Blue Ridge, 2 years
||Year end budget closing update
Executive Director of Business Services Ted Cohan briefed the school board Tuesday night on the 2012-13 General Fund budget year-end closing. Cohan reported the ending fund balance was higher than anticipated at $6.9 million. He said the district remains fiscally healthy with more than a 10 percent reserve.
He also updated the school board on this year’s enrollment. He reported the district is approximately 10 students below beginning year budget projections. He said this equates to about a $55,000 loss in state revenue. The district budgeted $200,000 in a contingency fund to prepare for this type of a situation. Cohan said he believes the contingency fund will off-set the loss in state funds.
Wa-Hi Latino Club survey recap
Latino Club Advisor Bill Erickson and Latino Club officers reported to the school board Tuesday night on a recent meeting they had with Superintendent Mick Miller and Administrator on Special Assignment Sergio Hernandez. The Latino Club also conducted a survey of Hispanic students to collect data on the school climate. Students shared data which revealed areas of strength and those in need of improvement. Latino Club members plan to work with Hernandez to create a plan to find more ways for Hispanic students to get involved in school and be successful.
||Whitman “Teaches the Movement” goes national
Walla Walla High School Social Studies teacher Michelle Higgins and Whitman College senior Sophie Schouboe are presenting on the “Whitman Teaches the Movement” program November 22 and 23 at the annual conference for the National Council for the Social Studies in St. Louis, Missouri. “Whitman Teaches the Movement” was created in conjunction with the Southern Poverty Law Center. Higgins and Schouboe reported to the school board Tuesday night on the opportunity to share this program with a national audience.
The presentations for K-12 educators and college professionals include information about successful implementation of this training and teaching model to increase Civil Rights Education using college students as mentors. Many states fail to teach Civil Rights Education successfully based on an examination of their curriculum standards by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Hence, “Whitman Teaches the Movement” was created.
The 2013-2014 school year marks the third year of “Whitman Teaches the Movement” in Walla Walla. Approximately 150 students from Whitman College volunteer in local classrooms to teach the lessons.
||Wa-Hi Drama presents Flowers for Algernon
- Show dates: Nov. 22-23 at 7 p.m. & Nov. 23 at 2 p.m.
- Ticket prices: Adults $12 / Students $6 (18 and under)
- Tickets are on sale in the Wa-Hi Main Office (ASB) Monday thru Friday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Purchase tickets online at www.wahibluedevils.org/arts/drama.
- For ticketing information call 526-8613 (message only)
- General seating (limited to 140 in the round seats per performance)
- Science fiction: A mentally disabled janitor is granted extreme intelligence only to lose it again. Based on the short story by Daniel Keyes published in 1959.
||Wa-Hi Athletics Fall All-Conference Selections
Darnell Handcox, senior - defensive back and wide receiver (recognized for both)
Nate Summerlin, senior - defensive line and offensive line (recognized for both)
Stuart Gillin, senior - linebacker
Forrest Swant, senior - linebacker
Nick Fuller, senior - offensive line
Gerardo Gomez, junior - tight end
Trever Cornado, junior - defensive back
Willie Hayes, junior - linebacker
Mitch Huffman, junior - wide receiver
Madi Doepker, junior - hitter
Reece Carmen, junior - hitter
Courtney Cox, junior
Hannah Hampson, senior
Catherine Fiestner, senior
Erika Leinweber, freshman
Lea Davidson, senior
Juan Cortez, senior
Isaac Mata, junior
Michael Anderson, senior
Jacob Leinweber, senior
Mackenzie Hale, freshman - 200 yard free style and 500 yard free style
Natalie Fink, senior - 100 yard breaststroke
Eli Rassbach, Natalie Fink, Heather Ball and Lacey Klem - 200 yard medley relay
||FFA Holiday Wreath sale
- 16" ring (the wreath will be 20"-24" wide when it is finished)
- Bow colors: Red, White or Blue
- Cost: $20 (payable upon delivery or pick-up)
- Deliveries are underway
- To place an order, contact FFA Advisor Arch McHie - firstname.lastname@example.org / 527-3020
||Wa-Hi college athletic scholarship signings
Walla Walla High School Senior Cadet First Sergeant Sarah Jameson officially signed her Letter of Intent to accept a scholarship at the University of Nevada, Reno to shoot on their 2014 Rifle Team. Sarah officially signed in the Fletcher Room at Wa-Hi surrounded by family, friends and members of the Walla Walla High School JROTC Rifle Team.
“We are very excited for her” said Rifle Coach Mark Mebes. “This young lady has spent untold hours on rifle ranges across the country to rise to the level she is at today.”
Caitlyn Lasseigne, last season’s Walla Walla High School Rifle Team Captain, also officially signed her National Letter of Intent to accept a scholarship at the University of Nevada, Reno to shoot on their 2014 Rifle Team.
“I didn’t really start shooting competitively until my junior year of high school.” Lasseigne said. “I had a lot of ground to make up and coaches really didn’t start noticing my scores until last year”.
Emma Timm-Ballard signed a Letter of Intent to row for the University of Washington.
“I'm thrilled that Emma and UW rowing found one another,” said Katharine Curles, Emma’s swim coach. “It is a great opportunity for her to continue her athletic career and continue contributing to a team. UW is so fortunate to have her.”
Curles said Emma is a joy to coach and to work with. She was a state finalist in backstroke and the 200 free all three years that she competed for us, Curles said.
Timm-Ballard was injured this year and unable to compete her senior year. Even though her swimming career was over she still took the time to come to the pool and be a part of her team, according to Curles.
“She taught many of our young athletes to swim backstroke and is now doing the same with our boys program,” said Curles. “Her dedication to her fellow Blue Devils is awesome and we are so grateful.”
||Community Council names new executive director
Mary Campbell has been selected to serve as Community Council's Executive Director. She will assume the position effective January 1, 2014.
“The board of directors of Community Council is excited to have Mary Campbell serve as our next Executive Director,” said Craig Christensen, president of the board of directors. “Her passion and commitment as a board member over the last five years and her professionalism in her personal life make her a perfect fit.”
Campbell, a Walla Walla native, has been involved with Community Council from the time it was being organized. She served as the organization's first president, leading the effort to establish the governance structure and to obtain initial funding. She continued on the board of directors until earlier this year.
A graduate of Carleton College and the University of Oregon School of Law, Campbell has previously worked as Assistant Attorney General for the Oregon Department of Justice and the Washington State Office of the Attorney General and early in her career, she served as a deputy prosecuting attorney for Walla Walla County.
Community Council was organized in 2008 to foster a civic culture that inspires a citizen-driven, consensus-based, problem-solving process to prepare the greater Walla Walla area for future growth, change, and challenges in order to enhance the quality of life for everyone. Find more information about the organization at www.wwcommunitycouncil.org.
||Whitman offers tutoring program to high school students in Advanced Placement program
Whitman College is pleased to announce a new program: The Advance Studies Enrichment Program. Whitman science and math students are offering AP study sessions in the Hall of Science Atrium on the Whitman campus for Walla Walla Valley AP students.
Each Monday and Wednesday from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Science Hall Atrium and Room 146 there will be Whitman students available to discuss topics, go over problem sets, dig deeper into the subjects, and answer questions. The opportunity is open to all students enrolled in AP Science and Math classes in Walla Walla Valley Schools, including AP Physics, AP Chemistry, AP Biology, AP Environmental Science and AP Calculus. We will provide study snacks, prizes for attendance, and a great study environment.
This program is funded by a generous grant from Pacific Power. Please feel free to contact Heidi Chapin, Science Outreach Coordinator at Whitman at email@example.com or call 509-522-4441 for more information.