Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - December 13, 2013

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Mother Nature takes her time to begin freezing rain

The district delayed school two hours this morning due to freezing rain. The rain did not begin until approximately 6 a.m. so a decision to delay came later than normal. In most cases, the district attempts to have a decision made by 5 a.m. and all messages out to staff, parents and the community by 6 a.m. Unfortunately, the weather was unpredictable this morning.

Also, the district’s web site crashed this morning due to heavy traffic. Despite the technical difficulties, the site was up and running with a delay message posted by 7 a.m. Computer experts from locally-based companies Viviotech and Walla Walla Web Weavers are working with the district to come up with a solution so this doesn’t happen again in the future. Thanks for your patience and support as we work through the winter months.


Winter break schedule

- No School: December 23 to January 4
- Classes resume Monday, January 6


Stu Cabe returns to district for anti-bullying program

National speaker Stu Cabe who specializes in developing a positive school climate and culture is working with students at Garrison and Pioneer Middle Schools and Walla Walla High School this week as part of the district’s anti-bullying program.

Cabe has been a fixture at Wa-Hi’s Big Blue Weekend for several years and has been working with Pioneer and Garrison the past two years to assist in their efforts to make the school a positive learning environment.

This week Cabe is working primarily with student leaders to discuss ways they can model the behavior they would like to see in their schools.

District staff have been trained by Mark Thompson, a regional expert and national trainer, on bullying prevention and intervention. He has worked with many students in the district over the course of the past 16 years and his training has been effective. And, the District provides a 24/7 phone line (866.LIVE TIP) to allow anyone to provide an anonymous tip on bullying and harassment to the district.


School Board public work session and meeting Tuesday, Dec. 17

- Public Work Session- 5:30 p.m.: The board will conduct a work session to review highlights and learning from the 2013 Washington School Directors Association (WSSDA) Annual Conference held in Bellevue, WA, November 21-24. The work session is open to the public and will be held in the WWPS Administration Building/Board Room.

- Regular Board Meeting - 6:30 p.m.

- Both meetings will be held in the District Office Board Room (364 S. Park St.)

- Both meetings are open to the public


School Stories
Computer Science Education Week

This week was Computer Science Education Week. The district’s Technology Department does an excellent job supporting the district’s infrastructure and all aspects of technology in the district. Several students participated in the "Hour of Code." Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify "code" and show that anyone can learn the basics to be a maker, a creator, an innovator.

Also, a new computer lab is being installed at Wa-Hi this week in the school’s CTE building. This facility will enhance technology opportunities for students participating in Career and Technical education courses.


Former congressman visits Pioneer Middle School to promote civics education

Former U.S. Congressman George Nethercutt visited Pioneer Middle School Thursday to share information about the Citizens Tournament his foundation has established this year. The Citizenship Tournament is open to students across the state in grades 4, 8 and 12. This contest is designed to help young people better understand government and public policy issues. Nethercutt plans to take this tournament national next year.

“I care so deeply that the principles of our country are perpetuated,” Nethercutt said. “Public schools are a great resource for our country and are the perfect place to perpetuate these ideals.”

Students in Washington state will be competing for up to $10,000 in scholarships and other valuable prizes. Top winners will also earn a trip to Washington DC to meet with elected officials and members of the national press. The contest finals will be held in Spokane later this winter. Pioneer students in Chris Plucker’s and Brad Ludwig’s classes met with Nethercutt. Several district students are expected to compete. To learn more or register online, visit: www.nethercuttfoundation.org.


Orchestra concert benefits youth in Jamaica

- Thursday, December 19
- Walla Walla High School orchestra holiday concert
- 7 p.m..
- Walla Walla Symphony Youth Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Jeremy Mimms, will also perform
- Admittance to the concert is free
- Donations will be taken at the door to benefit the National Youth Orchestra of Jamaica


Community Stories
Carnegie Picture Lab is welcoming Teachers, Volunteers, and Community Members to a Rummage Sale

WHAT: It is a “pay what you want” sale. (Donations are welcome!)
Perfect for a class art project or a handmade gift!
WHEN: Wednesday December 17 and Thursday December 18
TIME: 2 to 5 p.m.
WHERE: The Carnegie Picture Lab Studio at 515 E Main St.

We have:
- Miscellaneous craft supplies
- Various items for re-purposing
- Stocking stuffers: stickers, notebooks, and more!
- Posters
- Yarn
- Fabric Scraps
- Egg cartons
- Styrofoam balls
- Various containers
- Flooring and fabric samples


Students to perform during Gesa Power House Theatre’s Home for the Holidays

More than 18 vendors, cabaret music, Santa, and free kids activities are on tap during the Gesa Power House Theatre’s ‘Home for the Holidays’. The weekend kicks off with a ladies shopping day that features a variety of local artisans selling gift merchandise from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, December 14.

The day concludes with ‘Cool Yule Cabaret’ on stage at 7:30 p.m.. This concert benefits the Friends of Children of Walla Walla . Tickets are available at www.phtww.com starting at $20.

On Sunday, December 15, starting at 11 a.m., Santa is center stage and in the Electric Lounge kids can participate in free activities like drawing, puzzles, cookie decorating, and more.


The Moms Network offers several programs this month

Free Day at the Walla Walla Children’s Museum
Need a little break during the holiday season or looking for a fun way to keep your kids busy? Courtesy of the Moms’ Network of Walla Walla on Saturday, December 21, the Children’s Museum is open and free to the community. The museum has fun interactive early learning opportunities for kids of all ages. Also on this fun free community day Santa Claus will be taking some time from his busy schedule to come visit.

“The Moms’ Network believes in supporting the Children’s Museum. By sponsoring a free community day we are providing families of our area a fun, safe, educational place to play this holiday season” says Beth Swanson, President of The Moms’ Network.

The Children’s Museum will be open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, December 21. The Moms’ Network will also have available information about a wide variety of local resources in the community. For more information about the promotion or about the

Moms’ Network contact Beth Swanson at 509-301-7471 or beth@themomsnetworkww.com

Parenting teen meetings
Parenting Teens Together, a confidential support group for parents of teens, is meeting this Thursday December 19 at Green Park Elementary School. The discussion will begin at 7:30 p.m. with the topic being general sharing and resource information.

The discussion will encourage sharing struggles, successes, and experiences with local resources that involve teenagers.

The group meets on the third Thursday of each month and invites guest speakers to address topics of special interest.  Meetings are lecture-based with an emphasis on discussion, Q & A and open sharing. The meetings are not limited to the main topic and local resources will be available for all parents who attend. The meetings are at Green Park School and begin at 7:30 p.m.

Parenting Teens Together was founded by local parents in conjunction with The Moms’ Network. 

For more details visit www.themomsnetworkww.com or contact Amber Broel at broelae@gmail.com

The Moms’ Network sponsors the Holiday Reading Room
The Moms’ Network is excited to once again sponsor the Holiday Reading Room. As we all scurry to get our holiday shopping done, the Moms’ Network is excited to provide a little family time at the Walla Walla City Library. On Saturday, December 14, from 10 a.m. to noon, the children’s area of the library will be filled with holiday cheer and reading. Come enjoy treats, hot chocolate, coffee, and holiday stories. Every child will also receive a new book. There are books for all ages.

Because of the support of the Downtown Walla Walla Foundation, Starbucks, City of Walla Walla, Book & Game and the Moms’ Network we have an excuse to take a moment with our family at the Walla Walla City Library this holiday season. For more details please contact Beth Swanson at 509-301-7471 or beth@themomsnetworkww.com.


District staff and students join Little Theater holiday performance

Walla Walla Public Schools students and staff perform in The Little Theater's Reader’s Theater Performance of Dickens’ "A Christmas Carol" December 13, 14, and 15.

A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens, is a Christmas classic. It was written in 1843 and was not only a wonderful Christmas story but an indictment on the vast disparity between the rich and the poor of the time. It is the story of Ebenezer Scrooge and his visitation by three Spirits who help transform him from a mean, arrogant, cantankerous old miser into a kind, generous and loving man. It so touches peoples' hearts that it is still popular today, 170 years after it was written.

Show times are 8 p.m. on December 13 & 14 and 2 p.m. on December 15. Tickets are $10 with General Seating.

WWPS Students in show:
- Talia Grandstaff (Wa-Hi)
- Damien Hepker (Wa-Hi)
- Brelynn Hess (Wa-Hi)
- Bryn Hulett (Prospect Point).

WWPS Staff in show:
- William Calhoun (Wa-Hi)
- Kate Van Cleve (Prospect Point)


Public invited to German Christmas Sing-a-longs

- Saturday, December 14
- 10 a.m.
- Walla Walla University Fine Arts Center Room 208
- There will also be munchies and people from Deutschland!
- Questions? Email Curt Schafer or call 527-3116



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