||District honors school board
Numerous tokens of appreciation were on display in the board room Tuesday night as a thank you to school board members from staff and students. January is School Board Appreciation Month. School board members are elected officials, who serve four-year terms of office. In addition to making a number of decisions at school board meetings, board members work to keep lines of communications open with the community and represent the needs of the district before state and national representatives.
“Our elected school board members represent the community,” said Superintendent Mick Miller. “School board members serve on the school board because they care about providing quality education in our community.”
Walla Walla Public Schools Board of Directors: Anne Golden (President), Cindy Meyer (Vice President), Dr. David Hampson, Ruth Ladderud, and Sam Wells.
||District turns to Wa-Hi staff to further review facility improvement designs
This week, architects from BLRB/USKH spent two days at Walla Walla High School meeting with teachers and support staff to review design options for remodeling the 50-year-old school. This marks the next step in the district’s listening plan to address facility improvement needs at Wa-Hi. Staff will also be surveyed to get input on design preferences, timing for taking a bond proposal to the public and cost options.
Once this phase is completed later this winter, the district’s Community Facilities Task Force will review the data and continue its work to develop a recommendation to take to the school board for capital project improvements at Walla Walla High School. No timeline has been set for placing a Wa-Hi bond on the ballot.
||Personnel Report (from 1/21/14 school board meeting)
Kathy Carranza, Para-Educator (temp.), Wa-Hi
Elizabeth Hernandez, Bilingual Assistant Secretary, Edison
Megan Paul, Kitchen Assistant, Wa-Hi
Constance Pinza, Para-Educator (temp.), Sharpstein
Miriam Torres, Para-Educator (temp.), Blue Ridge
Helen Yaw, Bus Driver, Transportation, 33 years
Leave of Absence
(Certificated) Georgiann Delgadillo, Homelink Teacher, Homelink Program, 3 years
* For the remainder of the 2013-14 school year
||Semester & Quarter Dates
- 2nd Quarter Ends
- 1st Semester Ends
- 3rd Quarter Ends
- 4th Quarter Ends
- 2nd Semester Ends
||District to form Health Advisory Committee in partnership with Walla Walla County Health Department
Tuesday night, Nutrition Services Director Pamela Milleson and Katy Sanlis from the Walla Walla County Health Department reported to school board members on a project to reconvene the district’s Health Advisory Committee. This broad-based committee will include community members, parents and district staff. The group plans to conduct a Health Index study to determine baseline information as to where the district stands on issues related to health and nutrition. A parent survey is currently on the district website and hard copies are available at district schools.
English survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/wwpsenglish
Spanish survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/wwpsespanol
For more information on this project, contact:
- Katy Sanlis, Walla Walla County Health Department
- (509) 524-2665
||Community Partnership Leads to a College and Career Readiness Event
GEAR UP 4 Tomorrow - February 1, 2014
Walla Walla Public Schools, College Place Public Schools, Walla Walla Community College and WSU GEAR UP are hosting a day of College and Career Readiness for students and families grades 8 through 12.
This robust event features national speakers; Lieutenant Colonel, US Army Retired, Consuelo Kickbusch and Roy Juarez Jr and a lunch keynote with Dr. Keith Woo-Young, WSU Tri-Cities Chancellor. Students and the parents will have the opportunity to rotate through four different workshops with information about college scholarships, financial aid requirements, college savings, career exploration, college options in high school and high school success.
GEAR UP 4 Tomorrow kicks off at 8:30 a.m. with a light breakfast of pastries, fruit and coffee. Keynote Presentations begin at 9 a.m. and GEAR UP will sponsor a catered lunch served through the culinary program at Walla Walla Community College with Chancellor Keith Moo-Young, WSU Tri-Cities, leading a keynote lunch presentation.
Washington State University GEAR UP, involves a variety of innovative partnerships and initiatives to support students in college and career readiness skills.
For more information contact the GEAR UP office located at Walla Walla High School:
- Becky Waggoner-Schwartz
||College Place 9th grade students wishing to open enroll to Walla Walla need completed release forms
There will be two registration periods this year for enrollment in Walla Walla Public Schools during the 2014-15 school year.
The first will be for secondary (middle and high) schools. It will run from February 3 through 28, 2014. The schools will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the first registration day, February 3, and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. through the end of the month.
Secondary parents/guardians who wish to open enroll their child to a school outside of their attendance area may pick up an Open Enrollment application at their attendance area school or a release form from their current school district office during normal business hours beginning January 27; however, forms will not be accepted in the receiving school until Monday, February 3.
College Place High School is opening for 9th grade students only in the fall of 2014. College Place 9th grade students who would like to attend Walla Walla High School or Lincoln High School need a completed release form from College Place Public Schools as part of the open enrollment process.
The second period for Kindergarten and Fall Registration for elementary schools will be from Monday, April 21 to Friday, May 2, 2014.
||Tour Prospect Point, Wa-Hi and Lincoln High School during Superintendent’s 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, Feb. 12
- 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (lunch provided)
- Tour sites: Prospect Point Elementary, Wa-Hi, Lincoln HS (tour begins at district office - 364 S. Park) St.)
- RSVP by contacting Mark Higgins at: 526-6726 or firstname.lastname@example.org
||Citizens group seeking donations for new Wa-Hi track
A group of Walla Walla community members, led by Scott Krivoshein, are working to privately fund a new all-weather track at Wa-Hi. Each year the district spends more than $10,000 transporting student-athletes to and from Martin Field for track practices and meets.
The current 50-year-old cinder track can no longer be used for track & field or physical education classes. The facility will also support band, soccer, special community events and 800 PE students a week. Krivoshein reports approximately $680,000 of the $850,000 needed for the project have already been raised.
Krivoshein says the group will take whatever people are willing to donate. He hopes to have all the funding before the end of the school year.
“Our theme has been: Leaving a Legacy for the Next Generation,” said Krivoshein. “We see other communities in our region stepping up to invest in their high school tracks and we believe Walla Walla’s students deserve the same attention.”
Make Checks Payable to: Big Blue Boosters Track Fund
Mail checks to: 6 E. Alder Suite 307
||The Lincoln High School Drama Department presents Grease at the Gesa Power House Theater
- Show dates: January 31 and February 1
- 7 p.m.
- Tickets are by donation at the door
- Gesa Power House Theater
||5th Annual AVID Academic Recognition & Family Night - Guest speaker Whitman Professor Dr. Julie Charlip
- Tuesday, February 4
- 7 to 8:30 p.m.
- Walla Walla High School Commons & Auditorium
- Catered Dessert served at 7 p.m. in Commons
- Program begins at 7:30 p.m. in Auditorium
- This event is co-Sponsored by GEAR UP
- Special Guest Speaker: Dr. Julie A. Charlip, Professor of History, Whitman College and Author, Latin America: An Interpretive History
Dr. Julie Charlip
She has published articles in journals such as Latin American Perspectives and collections including the Blackwell Companion to Latin American History. Her sourcebook Consider the Source: Documents in Latin American History appeared in its second edition in 2011. She is currently working on Costa Rica’s military in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. At Whitman, she teaches general courses on Latin American History, as well as the religious, social and environmental history of the region, and a comparative course on Cuba and Nicaragua. In addition, she has won numerous Perry and Abshire Research Grants to conduct research with Whitman undergraduates. In 2011, Whitman presented Professor Charlip with the Suzanne L. Martin Award for Excellence in Mentoring.
Julie Charlip came to Whitman College in 1995, and works on the social and political history of Latin America. She published her first book, Cultivating Coffee: The Farmers of Carazo, Nicaragua, 1880-1930, with Ohio University Press in 2003. Since 2002, she has been responsible for the revised editions (editions 7-10) of E. Bradford Burns and Julie A. Charlip, Latin America: An Interpretive History, published by Pearson/Prentice Hall. She became the primary author of that text with the 9th edition in 2011.
||Latino Club members travel to Olympia to meet elected officials
Twenty-one Wa-Hi Latino students attended the annual LEAP Conference (Latino/a Educational Achievement Project) and Legislative Day held in Tacoma/Olympia, January 16-18. Students were engaged in leadership workshops, career and college readiness sessions throughout their three day visit. During Legislative Day Friday, January 17, students toured the capitol buildings and met with 16th District elected officials Senator Mike Hewitt and Representatives Maureen Walsh and Terry Nealey.
Students discussed the following issues:
- In-state tuition for undocumented students
- Financial aid for undocumented students- 1079
- DACA/DREAM Act - Legal residency and citizenship
- High school graduation requirements
“Our students represented Walla Walla and Walla Walla High School extremely well,” said Intervention Specialist Melito Ramirez. “I was very proud of them. I did not feel I was on a field trip with kids, but with responsible young adults who genuinely care about their peers, community and high school.”
||State champion swimmer to be inducted in Walla Walla High School Athletic Hall of Fame
Class of 2007 graduate Carl Jones will be inducted in the Walla Walla High School Blue Devil Athletic Hall of Fame Saturday, Jan. 25 during halftime of the boys’ basketball game vs. Hanford. The ceremony will be at approximately 8 p.m.
Jones was a three-time state champion in the 200 and 500 freestyle during his high school career. He was named Washington state swimmer of the year in 2007 and was a six-time High School All American and two-time USA Olympic Trials qualifier. Following high school, Jones attended the University of Tennessee where he was a four-year varsity letterman.
A public reception honoring Jones is planned following the game in the Fletcher Room at the Walla Walla High School gym.
||Opportunity Program graduation ceremony packs board room
Proud parents, family members and friends packed the school board room Tuesday night for the Opportunity Program Graduation Ceremony. Teacher Tom Porter coordinated and facilitated the event. Superintendent Mick Miller and School Board President Anne Golden presented the diplomas to the students.
Opportunity Program Graduates:
Alyssa Mullins, Derek Kolbaba, Alondra Meza, Salvador Sarmiento, Max Rathbun, Juan Carlos Rodriguez, Tony Fanciullo
||Walla Walla County Traffic Safety Task Force “Safety Super Star” awards recipients
- Good Samaritan Award: Appointment Keepers
- Business Leadership: Kyles Towing
- Citizen Activist: Becky Fletcher
- Government Program Leadership: Kevin Day, Carol Hermann, Everett White and Bob Giger of the Walla Walla County Public Works Department
- Educational Outreach: Ki Bealey and Sgt. Kevin Braman
- Public Health: Richard Greenwood
- Law Enforcement: Amy Harris, Capt. Chris Buttice, Detective Saul Reyna, Deputy Travis Goodwin and Deputy Gerrod Martin
- Youth Initiative: Logan Dozier
- Super Star Award: Officer Gunner Fulmer
||Blue Mountain Community Foundation Scholarship applications available
Foundation to award over $235,000 in Scholarships locally
Blue Mountain Community Foundation, a local public charity that awards scholarships to area students as well as grants to area nonprofits, has opened its 2014 scholarship season. The Foundation manages over 50 scholarship funds established by donors to benefit students in the Blue Mountain region. Scholarship applications as well as the eligibility criteria can be found on the Foundation’s website www.bluemountainfoundation.org. Applications are available beginning January 15, 2014.
Scholarship awards are based on financial need and/or other specific criteria. For need based scholarships, applicants must be graduates of high schools in Walla Walla County, have received a GED or been home-schooled in Walla Walla County, or be residents of Walla Walla County for at least 3 years prior to application. Scholarships are available for both undergraduate and graduate study. The Foundation’s website has details of all eligibility requirements. The application deadline is March 3, 2014.
||Whitman Teaches the Movement Kick-off: Why Civil Rights Education Matters in Walla Walla in 2014
A panel discussion featuring President George Bridges, Walla Walla Public Schools Superintendent Mick Miller, Dayton Public Schools Superintendent Doug Johnson, and education researcher Dr. Kate Shuster
Date: Monday, January 27
Time: 4:30 p.m.
Location: Reid Campus Center - Young Ballroom
Why The Movement Matters: Learning from America's Civil Rights Struggles - Dr. Kate Shuster
Dr. Shuster is the author of "Teaching the Movement: The State of Civil Rights Education 2011" and its forthcoming revision for 2014.
Date: Monday, January 27
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Reid Campus Center - Young Ballroom
Reception to follow.
Both events are free and open to the public.
These two events are closely related but will cover different aspects of civil rights education and the impact of the Whitman Teaches the Movement (WTTM) initiative. The Kick-Off event will focus on the local context while Dr. Shuster's talk will provide a national perspective on civil rights education. Please join us for the WTTM Kick-Off!
||Registration for Walla Walla Parks & Recreation's Winter-Spring programs now available online
- Father & Daughter Ball (3 yr. & up)
- Mother & Son Bowl-A-Rama (5 yr. & up)
- Circus Arts (Ages 8-13)
- The Mighty Ukulele - lessons (12 yr. & up)
- Guitar - Lessons (4 yr. & up)
- Imagination Yoga (3-12 yr.)
- Warrior Soccer Academy (5 - 11 yr.)
- First Kicks Challenger Soccer (2-5 yr.)
- Blue Mountain Girls Softball (5 - 12 yr.)
- Track & Field Camp (4 - 12 yr.)
- Mommy & Me Tea Cup Pottery Painting (7yr. & up)
- All-Comers Track & Field Meet (12 yr. & under)
- Pottery Painting Studio (All ages)
- Beginning & Intermediate/Adv. Watercolor Painting (16 yr. & up)
- Guitar- lessons (4 yr. & up)
- The Mighty Ukulele- lessons (12 yr. & up)
- Nia fitness classes (12 yr. & up)
- Adult Co-Ed Soccer League (18 & up)
- Adult Men's & Co-Ed Softball League (16 yr. & up)
- Pottery Painting Studio (All ages)
Walla Walla Parks & Recreation