Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - April 25, 2014

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School board meeting May 6

- Tuesday, May 6
- 6:30 p.m.
- Pioneer Middle School (note location change)
- Meeting open to the public


Walla Walla High School bond proposal falls short

Results from the April 22 Special Election are in and voters have rejected the $10.2 million bond proposal to build a new science building at Walla Walla High School. As of election night, 8243 ballots were counted with 52.17 percent voting in favor of the ballot measure falling short of the 60 percent supermajority requirement. Superintendent Mick Miller thanked everyone for helping inform the community about the measure and said the district has more work to do.

Last year, voters turned down a $48 million bond proposal to modernize most of Walla Walla High School. The 2013 measure received a 54 percent Yes vote. No decisions have been made regarding future bond measures.

“I’m disappointed, but the voters have spoken and we have to respect that,” said School Board President Anne Golden. “I think we need to calm down, take a deep breath and put things away for awhile.”


Washington: First State to Lose Flexibility Waiver

OSPI will work closely with school districts to make sure this change impacts students as little as possible

OLYMPIA — Washington state’s current waiver from the accountability requirements of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act will not be renewed for the 2014-15 school year according to a letter emailed today from U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan. The state has been operating under a conditional waiver for the past two school years.

“I’m disappointed — but not surprised,” State Superintendent Randy Dorn said. “There is widespread acknowledgment that NCLB isn’t working. Congress has failed to change the law at the federal level, so states are forced to come up with workarounds.”

“Washington state has been doing great work under our waiver agreement,” Dorn said. “We have developed our own system that more accurately reflects the progress being made by schools across the state. But to get our waiver renewed for next year, the Department of Education was clear: The Legislature needed to amend state law to require teacher and principal evaluations to include student growth on state tests, when appropriate. I agree: Student progress should be one of multiple elements in a teacher’s evaluation. Unfortunately the teacher’s union felt it was more important to protect their members than agree to that change and pressured the Legislature not to act.”

What’s next
In the 2014-15 school year, Washington state will once again report Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). AYP is an annual measure of student achievement on state tests in reading and math. The goal is for all students to reach proficiency in both subjects by 2014. Results from the spring 2014 tests will be released in late summer.

Districts that do not meet AYP are required to “set aside” 20 percent of their Title I funds they may receive from the federal government. This money must be reserved either for private vendors to provide tutoring or to bus students who want to transfer to a school that did not fail to meet AYP. Money that goes unused for these purposes is returned to the district, but not until the school year is well underway and too late to be included in that year’s operating budget.

More information
- Decision letter from Arne Duncan: http://bit.ly/1tGZO7C
- Elementary and Secondary Education Act (reauthorized in 2002 as NCLB): http://www.k12.wa.us/ESEA
- RCW 28A.425.100 (teacher evaluation law): http://apps.leg.wa.gov/rcw/default.aspx?cite=28A.405.100


One week remaining for Kindergarten registration and elementary open enrollment

Kindergarten and open enrollment for elementary schools continues through Friday, May 2, 2014. Kindergarten registration will be conducted at the student’s attendance area elementary school.

Kindergarten/Elementary Open Enrollment Hours:
- 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Open enrollment requests at Walla Walla Public Schools will be granted according to priorities outlined in School Board Policy No. 3130 which will be used to determine movement of a student. School Board policies are online at: www.wwps.org. Please contact your attendance area school for more information. District boundary maps are available at all schools, the Administration Office at 364 South Park Street, and online at www.wwps.org . Click on the District A to Z link and then click on Boundary Map.


School Stories

Sharpstein fourth grade student semi-finalist in Nethercutt Citizenship tournament

Congratulations to Sharpstein Elementary 4th grade student Lauren Adams for being named a semi-finalist in the first-ever George Nethercutt Foundation Citizenship Tournament. Adams completed various citizenship tasks and scored high on the qualifying exam to earn a place in the tournament, where she will be competing for a $1,500 scholarship and day exploring her municipal government with former U.S. Congressman George Nethercutt  The competition will be held Saturday, April 26 in the Music Hall at Spokane Falls Community College.


District art teachers plan Spring Art Show

- May 8 to 10
- Location: SEA-TECH Building (525 Campus Loop on the Campus of Walla Walla Community College)
- Participating schools: Lincoln High School, Walla Walla High School, Garrison and Pioneer Middle Schools
- Hours: Thursday, May 8 - 5 to 8 p.m., Friday, May 9 - 5 to 8 p.m., Saturday, May 10 - 1 to 4 p.m.
- What to expect: The show will feature work created by students from Wa-Hi, Lincoln, Garrison, and Pioneer. It will include drawing, painting, pottery, sculpture, photography, graphic arts, visual effects and digital animation.


Walla Walla High School Drama presents Moby Dick, the Musical

Show dates are May 8, 9, 10, 15, 16 and 17 at 7 p.m. and May 10 and 17 at 2 p.m.
Tickets cost: Adults - $12 and Students - $6. Additionally, tickets will be available for purchase one hour prior to curtain.
Ticket sales: Tickets may be purchased at the main office (ASB counter) between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. daily or online at https://intouch.wwps.org
Information: Call the drama hotline at 526-8613.

Story background: The London Herald reports this musical to be “exuberant”. The girls of St. Godley's School are in trouble! Money for the school has run out and the place will have to close. Leave it to these resourceful girls, and their unflappable headmistress (played by a man in drag), to come up with a plan to keep the school afloat. Using whatever they can find at hand, the girls mount an original production as a fundraiser: a musical version of Moby Dick, featuring their headmistress in the coveted role of Captain Ahab.


Student Produced Independent Films for Youth Festival May 30

- 4th annual SPIFFY film festival. SPIFFY (Student Produced Independent Films for Youth)
- Friday, May 30 from 6 to 9 p.m.
- Free (donations accepted to support filmmaking program and travel costs to New York for award winning students)
- Walla Walla High School Auditorium
- Information: Pioneer Explorer Teacher Dan Calzaretta - dcalzaretta@wwps.org

“We have some amazing films this year, including two that were accepted into the National Film Festival for Talented Youth (the largest youth film festival in the world) and one that was awarded a Gold Medal at the Scholastic Arts and Writing Awards,” Calzaretta said. “Treat yourself to an evening of great student films. You will be astounded these young filmmakers!”


Wear Blue Day brings awareness to Juvenile Arthritis

- Students and staff are encouraged to Wear Blue May 2 in support of this cause
- Friday, May 2
- May is Juvenile Arthritis Month
- 300,000 children have Juvenile Arthritis
- Garrison Middle School student Allison Wanichek is the project coordinator



Wa-Hi plans Cinco de Mayo Celebration

- Friday, May 2
- 5:30 to 10 p.m.
- Walla Walla High School Commons
- Free dinner served by El Sombrero (first 400 people)
- Music by Mariachi Huenachi & DJ Scorpion
- Activity fair for children and families (5:30 to 7:30 p.m.)


Rain forces FFA Plant Sale date changes

This week’s rain storms have forced the FFA Plant Sale event to change dates.
- New Dates: Monday, April 28 to Wednesday, April 30
- Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
- Walla Walla High School (CTE area)


City donates tree to Green Park for Arbor Day

The City of Walla Walla celebrated Arbor Day at Green Park Elementary School. The city donated a tree to the school and saplings for students to take home and plant. Thanks to the City of Walla Walla for making this year’s Arbor Day activities at Green Park extra special.


Sharpstein student wins YMCA membership prize

Congratulations to Sharpstein Elementary 5th grade Jennifer Lewis for winning a year membership to the YMCA from Academy Mortgage of Walla Walla. Lewis earned the award for being a good student, outstanding citizen and excellent classmate. Tera Davis of Academy Mortgage presented the award to Lewis in front of her class on Friday. Davis said these awards are given to encourage students to make good choices, work hard and stay active. Lewis is in Dan Coffey’s class.


Community Stories
Pioneer Parent Night focuses on determination

Pioneer Middle School and Parenting Teens Together, a local parent support group, are partnering to host parent education evenings at Pioneer Middle School. The final Pioneer Parent Night will be Tuesday, April 29 and will conclude the events until the fall.

The evening will begin at 6:30 p.m. with dinner from Sweet Basil for the entire family. Supervised child care by Campfire of Walla Walla will be available after dinner so parents can gather to hear from Principal Mira Gobel on the topic of Angela Lee Duckworth’s TED Talks on “Grit”. The discussion will describe how a grit and growth mindset can help our students be successful, and how parents and teachers can help grow these characteristics. The event is free and open to all families in the community.

Parenting Teens Together is a confidential support group for parents of teens founded by local parents in conjunctions with the Moms’ Network. The group meets the third Thursday of each month alternating guest speakers and open discussions. Parenting Teens Together can be found on Facebook or contact beth@themomsnetworkww.com


YMCA event cancels YCCY and SNL sessions
There will be no YCCY at the Armory Friday and will be no SNL at the YMCA Saturday night in preparation of the memorial event for former Director Ned Shafer.
Parent-to-Parent plans Autism Awareness Walk

- Saturday, April 26
- 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Walla Walla Community College
- This family-friendly event will include games and information booths along the short walking path. Whether you have a child with autism or just want to show your support, please join us as we celebrate the many individuals in our community who live on the autism spectrum.

Information: Angela Beam, Parent to Parent Coordinator: (509) 525-5433 / angelab@lilliericecenter.org


Fifth Annual Relay for Hope: Walk Away Child Abuse

- Saturday, May 17
- Registration: 8 a.m. / Kick-off celebration begins at 9 a.m.
- 1-mile, 5K and 10K run/walk along Mill Creek Trail & Bennington Lake (run, walk or donate)
- Fees: $25 w/ no shirt; $35 w/ shirt (teams of four or more receive a $5 discount per registered person)

Take a stand with the Parent Aide Program, a partnership with the Exchange Club of Walla Walla, and send the message there is hope and support for families in our community. The Relay for Hope helps the Parent Aide Program raise awareness about the devastating effects of child abuse and provides additional funding to ensure critical services targeted toward building healthy families in our community.

For registration and sponsorship information, contact Stephanie Biegel or Debi Allessio at Children’s Home Society of Washington, (509) 529-2130 or stephanieb@chs-wa.org; debia@chs-wa.org


Children’s poetry event at city library

In honor of National Poetry Month the Walla Walla Public Library is offering “Celebrate Poetry” a hands on program for kids.
- Saturday, April 26
- 1 p.m.
- Walla Walla Public Library
- Children will explore and listen to all trypes of poetry and create thier own poems.



YMCA Summer Sign Up Day

- Sign up for summer camps and programs for local children ages 3 to 18 years of age
- Summer Sign Up Day
- Saturday April 26
- Borleske Stadium
- 1 to 4 p.m. (Every child who registers for a summer camp program will receive a free t-shirt)
- Family Medical Center will discuss family dental health and provide school-age sports physicals for $10

YMCA Summer Camps include:
- Soccer, Baseball and T-ball
- Weekly Summer Camps with weekly theme
- Field Trips
- Preschool Exploration Camps for ages 3 to 5 years old
- Youth and Teen Advanced Sports Camps including volleyball and basketball
- Youth and Teen Exercise Camps

For more details, please call the YMCA at 509-525-8863 or stop by the YMCA at 360 S. Park Street to pick up a Summer Program Guide.


World History, Islam, and Middle Eastern Cultures: New Resources for Educators...a free workshop

- May 10
- 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Whitman College: Maxey Hall 207

This Whitman College workshop is open to all interested teachers and community educators, and is especially appropriate for teachers and students of world history, world geography and world cultures, and world religions electives. The workshop focus is teaching about world religions and their interactions in world history--especially on the seas. Attendees will experience models for teaching about basic beliefs and practices of Islam and contemporary issues in the classroom. Attendees receive access to a treasure trove of online and print resources, and can receive five Clock Hours for $10 from ESD 123, as well as an attendance certificate.

Complementary lunch catered by Bon Appetit is provided. Susan Douglass of the Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding will lead the workshop, which is co-sponsored by the Whitman College Department of History. All participants must pre-register at www.islamworkshops.org or email jfroach@gmail.com. Please include your name, your teaching institution or organization, and grade level. Registration is limited to the first 50 participants. Whitman students are also welcome.


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