Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - April 4, 2014

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No School April 7 to 11- Spring Break

- No School April 7-11 (Spring Break)
- Classes resume Monday, April 14


Ballots for Wa-Hi bond mail out today - Remember to vote

Walla Walla registered voters will receive their ballots in the mail soon. The Walla Walla County Auditor mailed out the ballots today and they must be returned by April 22. Please remember to vote.

We Listened: Key points of the bond:
- Greatest need: Science facilities (current facilities are 50-years-old, too small and lack required technology and equipment).
- Phased approach: To allow community more time to improve the 50-year-old school.
- Lower cost: This bond project is $10.2 million, $59.4 million less than the 2013 Wa-Hi proposal.

Cost to taxpayers:
- 30 cents per $1000 of assessed value
- $5 per month or $60 per year increase on a home valued at $200,000
- Edison bond paid in full December 2018

Academic Impact:
- Current facility limits science lab opportunities.
- Three teachers are in classrooms with no labs and must use restrooms to access water and for lab clean-up.
- All science teachers lack the necessary space, equipment, technology, ventilation and lab set-up needed for today’s learning.
- Science education, especially Advanced Placement science courses, are linked to higher SAT scores.

Bond information online: www.wwps.org
- Bond calculator
- Video
- Photos
- Costs
- Drawings and photos


Wa-Hi Science teacher Peggy Payne says facility impacts ability to deliver curriculum

“I teach Honors Freshmen Science and Advanced Placement Biology. I do not have access to enough water, electrical outlets, or gas jets. There are several labs that my classes are not able to complete due to this facility. We often have to skip or modify parts of our labs, or complete them through instructor demonstrations, which limits the hands-on experiences our students need to develop their science skills.”

Learn more online about the April 22 bond proposal to build a new science building at Wa-Hi: www.wwps.org.


School board meeting April 15

- 6:30 p.m.
- 364 S. Park Street
- Meeting open to the public


School Stories
Berney 4th grade team wins annual Battle of the Books competition

Congratulations to Berney students Kellen Kenny, Denali Parodi, Brooklyn Schoesler and Jasaih Keifer from Robyn Ponti's 4th grade class for winning the 2014 All-City Battle of the Books. All six elementary schools participated as well as an All-Star team of elementary principals who competed during a warm up exhibition round.

“All teams represented their schools well in this neck and neck competition,” said Berney Library-Media Specialist Michelle Shaul. “Congratulations and thank you to all who participated in this year's battle.”

About the Battle of the Books: This is an activity all 4th and 5th grade students participate in during library time. Teams of students from each class read the 20 Washington Children's Choice Picture Book Award nominees. After reading the books, the students take notes on the literary elements of the books, identify genre and other distinctive text features. Each class has a quiz show type battle to determine a class champion. The classroom winners proceed to an all school battle. The school champion then represents their school in the All-City competition. This year's battle was held April 2 at the Sharpstein Gym.


Wa-Hi JROTC names Cadet of the Month

The Wa-Hi Blue Devil Battalion named c/SGT Victoria Van Mierlo its Cadet of the Month. She is a first year cadet part of both rifle class and Charlie Company. She has raised four ranks within the year. She also excels in marksmanship and scored 252 out of 300 for the competition. All of these cadets have proudly represented the battalion and earned their awards.


Prospect Point team wins area math contest

On Saturday, March 29, area 4th and 5th grade students came to Edison Elementary to compete in the Walla Walla Valley Math Contest. Berney student, Liana Osterman, took first place in the individual category, and Prospect Point Elementary earned top team honors.

With the help of more than 20 volunteers including teachers, parents and community members, these students were given the chance to compete in Addition/Subtraction, Multiplication/Division, Spatial Relations/Patterns, and Problem Solving contests.

The tests were scored while the students enjoyed a pizza lunch, and the awards were presented in front of many proud parents and family members. Special thanks to Edison faculty and staff for the use of their classrooms, library, and other facilities. Special thanks to Laura Schueller for coordinating the event. Although there were numerous individual and team victories, the top overall individual and teams were:

Top Individuals
1. Liana Osterman – Berney
2. Braden Holgate – Berney
3. Sam Tacheny – Prospect Point

Top Teams
1. Prospect Point
2. Berney
3. Green Park


Wa-Hi announces class officer positions

2014-2015 Senior Class Officers
President - Yamile Bernal
Vice President - Kendall Davis
Secretary - Mitchell Huffman
Treasurer - Zach Crum

2014-2015 Junior Class Officers
President - Karli Plucker
Vice President - Lauren Clark
Secretary - Braelen Maiden
Treasurer - Jane Gannon

2014-2015 Sophomore Class Officers
President - Poppy Small
Vice President - Tara Krivoshein
Secretary - Sam Hoe
Treasurer - Carter Davis


Rotary provides scholarships to district students

The Walla Walla Rotary Club recently recognized Walla Walla students with scholarship funds.

- Dakota Phillips, Lincoln High School - $1,000 High School Scholarship
- Exploring Post 311, Blue Mountain Council-Boy Scouts of America (in support of Wa-Hi Latino Club) - $500

“The Rotary Club couldn’t be more proud of the outstanding young adults we have met through our High School scholarships and youth services awards,” said Rotarian Larry Frank, who serves as the club’s photographer. “Great job WWPS and best wishes to all the recipients.”



21st Century program offers Spring Break activities

During spring break, the 21st Century program will be hosting morning activities at Lincoln High School for all district 8th and 9th grade students. Activities will be held from 9 to 12 noon, April 7-11. Students may drop-in to participate. Events include an Indoor Soccer Tournament, 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament, Minecraft challenges, Age of Empires Tournament, and Ping-Pong Tournaments.


21st Century program offers music studio class
The 21st Century Program is bringing in a top notch studio engineer to teach a six week class in which students will learn how to write, record, and edit music using high-end equipment and computer programs. Only five students from Wa-Hi will be able to attend, and it is free of charge.

Music Studio Program:
Start date: April 15
Meets: Tuesdays and Wednesdays @ 6 to 7:30 p.m. (six week program)
Location: Meets at CCY at the Armory (then continues at City of Walla Walla Library)
If transportation is needed, we will have pick up and drop off locations at Garrison or Pioneer middle schools.


Community Stories
Exchange Club plans annual Easter Egg Hunt April 19

The Walla Walla Exchange Club is holding its 55th Annual Children’s Easter Egg Hunt on April 19 at 9 a.m. at Pioneer Park. This year’s Easter Egg hunt features 21 prizes, including three bicycles, which will be awarded in categories, ages 1-3, 4-6, 7-10 and special-needs. The event is free and open to the public.

The event is a long standing community event that was started by the Walla Walla Exchange Club in 1959. The hunt was held in Wildwood Park until 1999 when the location was changed to Pioneer Park. There are approximately 40,500 individually wrapped chocolate Easter eggs weighing in at 480 pounds for the hunt. The prize collection takes up approximately five shopping carts.

About the Exchange Club:
The Walla Walla Exchange Club started on Saturday, March 26, 1949, in the Georgian Ballroom of the Marcus Whitman Hotel. The club sponsors a variety of activities that support and draw attention to our central mission, which is the prevention of child abuse here in the Walla Walla Valley. Our main fundraiser to help the children in our community is the Baker Boyer Ducky Derby coming up on May 17, 2014.

Thanks to:
Special thanks to sponsor Alexandria Communications and volunteer Master of Ceremonies Jim Bock. Also thanks to the men of Beta Theta Pi from Whitman College, the City of Walla Walla Parks and Recreation Department, Main Street Starbucks, Walmart, and the Walla Walla Fire Department.

For more information call Tina Bradbury at 509-876-2777.


Baker Boyer Ducky Derby tickets go on sale Monday 

The Exchange Club of Walla Walla will kick off the 17th Annual Baker Boyer Ducky Derby Monday at 12 noon at the Whitman Hotel and Conference Center. The Ducky Derby provides the funds that allows the Exchange Club to sponsor many youth and child abuse prevention activities in our community. This kick off event gives the Exchange Club the opportunity to thank the many local businesses and organizations for their participation in this community project.


Altrusa to host spelling bee May 10

Altrusa International of Walla Walla is hosting its annual Spelling Bee for third, fourth and fifth grade students on Saturday, May 10. The event will take place in the Hunter Conservatory on the Whitman College Campus and is open to the first 100 students who return entry forms.

More information and entry packets are available in district elementary schools and on the district website under the A to Z section. The deadline for applications is April 23.


Walla Walla YMCA Hires New Communication Coordinator

The Walla Walla YMCA is excited to announce Beth Swanson as the new Communication Coordinator to assist with marketing and public relations. Her role will be to increase awareness and understanding of the YMCA’s cause and impact in the Walla Walla Valley. Beth will also keep her role as President of The Moms’ Network, a local nonprofit that connects families to local resources and to other families.

“Bringing Beth on board will enable the YMCA to create a cohesive marketing plan to showcase the impact the we have as a member and community center. Also, being associated with the Moms’ Network the YMCA will increase our reach to family and children in the valley” states Executive Director Randy Grant. “This is a win-win relationship with hope that we can franchise the Moms’ Network with other Y’s around the country that have the same challenges that we face within our community.”

“I am so excited for this opportunity and to be a part of the amazing team at the YMCA” states Beth Swanson. “For me, the mission of the Moms’ Network and the YMCA go hand in hand.”

The Walla Walla YMCA has programs for pregnant moms, newborns, toddlers, preschoolers, school age and teenagers, adults and seniors. April is a busy month for the YMCA with the Annual Campaign, Corporate Cup and Summer Camp Sign Up Day on April 26.

To learn more about these current events at the YMCA call 509-525-8863 or visit www.wwymca.org or www.facebook.com/ymcaww. To learn more about the Moms’ Network visit www.themomsnetworkww.com or www.facebook.com/momsnetworkww


City of Walla Walla Parks & Recreation update

Warrior Soccer Academy
Must pre-register!
The Walla Walla Community College and Walla Walla Parks & Recreation are offering a Spring Soccer Academy. The academy's objective is to provide age and skill level appropriate training in a fun learning environment, where skills can quickly be applied to a game situation

Date: Determined by age
Cost: $48
Location: WWCC Soccer Fields
Ages 5 thru 11 years

Creating with Clay
Must pre-register!
These classes will introduce children to working and creating fabulous forms with clay. Children will have an opportunity to complete a clay piece that will be bisque fired and ceramic glazed.

Date: Thursdays April 17 and 24
Cost: $20
Location: Carnegie 109 S Palouse
Ages 5 thru 12 years

For more information on these activities or to register please visit our website at www.wwpr.us<http://www.wwpr.us>

Scholarships are available upon request.

Walla Walla Parks & Recreation
Phone: 527-4527
website: www.wwpr.us



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