Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - May 16, 2014

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School board meeting Tuesday, May 20

- Tuesday, May 20
- 6:30 p.m.
- District Office Board Room (364 S. Park St.)
- Meeting open to the public


District names Graduates of Distinction Honorees for 2014

Walla Walla Public Schools names this year’s honorees for the Graduates of Distinction program. They are: Thomas L. Copeland, Class of 1942; Daniel J. Hess, Class of 1968; Paul H. Schneidmiller, Class of 1970; David Wagner, Class of 1993. These individuals have distinguished themselves in their communities, professions, or careers and continue to bring honor to the district.

Public Reception
- Date: Tuesday, June 3
- Time: 5 to 6 p.m.
- Place: Walla Walla School District Board Room

2014 Honorees
Thomas L. Copeland
Thomas retired in 1994, but spent the majority of his career in public service and leadership, including 16 years as a Washington State Representative from the 16th Legislative District. He was nominated by his wife, Donna, and children, Tim Copeland and Brooke Copeland Saindon. His most inspirational staff member was his high school ROTC teacher Harold Mazony.

Daniel J. Hess
Dan is currently a founding partner of Hess Law Office and has served as a lawyer in Walla Walla for more than 30 years. He has been very active in local civic, educational and non-profit organizations such as the Walla Walla Mental Health Center and Goodwill Industries. He was nominated by his brother, Mark, and children, Peter Hess and Jennifer Mouat. His most inspirational staff member was his sixth grade teacher and coach Dave Klicker.

Paul H. Schneidmiller
Paul is currently the owner of World Wide Travel Service, Inc. and completed two terms (12 years) as Port of Walla Walla Commissioner in December 2013. He has been very involved in local non-profit organizations, including helping the Exchange Club establish a local child abuse council. He was nominated by Jim Kuntz. His most inspirational staff member was his high school chemistry teacher Eleanor Burgess.

David Wagner
David is a wheelchair tennis player ranked #1 in both Quad singles and doubles in the world based on International Tennis Federation rankings. He is a full time tennis player, wheelchair tennis camp volunteer, and national speaker who encourages people to reach for their dreams. He was nominated by Earl Blackaby. His most inspirational staff member was his high school teacher and coach Gary Peasley.


No School Monday, May 26 - Memorial Day Holiday

- Memorial Day Holiday: Monday, May 26 (no school)
- Classes resume Tuesday, May 27


Last day of School Thursday, June 12

- All schools will be on an early dismissal schedule
- School resumes for the 2014-15 school year Tuesday, Sept. 2


End-of-Year Celebrations

Lincoln High School Graduation
- Thursday, June 5 @ 6 p.m.
- WW Fairgrounds

Wa-Hi Commencement
- Friday, June 6 @ 7 p.m.
- Wa-Hi Commons area (gym if raining)

Pioneer Middle School 8th Grade Recognition
- Tuesday, June 10 @ 7 p.m. - Wa-Hi Gym

Garrison Middle School 8th Grade Recognition
- Wednesday, June 11 @ 7 p.m. - Wa-Hi Gym



School Stories

Edison PE teacher to kiss a camel

Edison elementary students have been working hard to collect $1,000 in Box Tops and have reached their goal. The students had a good incentive to collect box tops. As a result of their efforts, Physical Education teacher Pat McFetridge has agreed to give Izzy the Camel a kiss! Izzy will visit Edison at 10 a.m. Friday, June 6. Congratulations Edison students and thanks to Mr. McFetridge for being a good sport!


Blue Devil Athletic Development (BDAD) begins in June

- June 30 to August 6 (look for flyers and online posting soon)
- Grades 9-12 time options are 8 to 9 a.m. and 10 to 11 a.m.
- Grades 5-8 time is 9 to 10 a.m.


Walla Walla High School Drama presents Moby Dick, the Musical (final weekend!)

Remaining show dates are May 16 and 17 at 7 p.m. and May 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.


JROTC name Cadets of the Month

Walla Walla High School JROTC named Blue Devil c/CPL Zachary Cobb its Cadet of the Month. Cobb did fantastic and performed at his best, according to JROTC leaders. The Marksman of the Month was c/PFC Thad Grimm. Cadet leaders state that he is a hard working first year cadet. He’s an excellent marksman who has earned the award and proves himself as an active cadet in the Battalion, according to the Wa-Hi rifle team captain.


Walla Walla High School Farewell Concert Changes Venue

The Walla Walla High School “Farewell Concert” had been rescheduled. The performance will be May 28, at 7 p.m. at the Walla Walla Valley Academy Theater, in College Place. The Concert has been moved to accommodate a larger crowd anticipated, as this year the Walla Walla High School Choir Program is also saying good-bye to their much loved Director Norbert Rossi. Rossi has taught at Walla Walla High School for 14 years, and has inspired young adults. When asked about the highlights of his career, Mr. Rossi’s response: “Watching these amazing students grow over these many years.  They have taught me and inspired me to do better.”

The Walla Walla High School Orchestra Concert originally scheduled on May 28 has been moved to May 29, and will be at the Wa-Hi Auditorium.



Advanced Placement students visit Fort Walla Walla Museum

Thursday, juniors in Advanced Placement (AP) History classes at Walla Walla High School visited the Fort Walla Walla Museum to enhance their learning. The students spent the day at the museum looking at exhibits and listening to museum staff about local history. The students are enrolled in Anne Bickelhaupt and Keith Michels’ classes. Wa-Hi Library-Media Specialist Ben Ugaldea also was present to support the activity. These students recently completed the national Advanced Placement exam. Bickelhaupt, who serves as the school’s Social Studies Department Head, says the field trip was also a chance to celebrate taking the AP test.

“We’ve done so much work over the year studying different eras of history and coming to Fort Walla Walla Museum was a great way to see how history is applied,” Bickelhaupt said. “This is an excellent opportunity for students to see a piece of local history.”


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 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 by these young filmmakers!”


Community Stories
Kansas City doctor says The Health Center on cutting edge of care for at-risk students

Thursday donors and supporters of the The Health Center were honored during a Donor Thank You celebration. The main goal of The Health Center is to deliver primary health and mental health care and substance abuse counseling for all the students at Lincoln High School and Blue Ridge Elementary. Donors heard from The Health Center staff members, Walla Walla Public Schools administrators and Lincoln High School students about how these services have helped improve student achievement, student behavior and health. Guests also toured the Health Center at Lincoln and Lincoln High School.

“The Health Center is on the cutting edge of holistic care for kids who are at-risk,” said Dr. Denise Dowd, of Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, MO. Dr. Dowd was in Walla Walla this week to speak to medical providers at Providence St. Mary Medical Center. “The Health Center is combining physical care and mental health care with education as part of a wrap-around service,” Dowd said. “It’s very unique in the country, so I applaud the efforts here and hope to see The Health Center flourish in the future.”

The Health Center was established five years ago to promote the success of students by providing for their physical, emotional, and social well-being. Thousands of students have received care since being established. Learn more at: Website: http://thehealthcenterww.org/


Register for Parks & Recreation Summer Programs online

- www.wwpr.us<http://www.wwpr.us
- Parks & Recreation serves FREE summer meals to children 1 -18 throughout the Walla Walla Valley for more information please visit us at www.wwpr.us<http://www.wwpr.us> or call 527-4527


17th Annual Baker Boyer Ducky Derby Saturday

The 17th Annual Baker Boyer Ducky Derby is scheduled for Saturday, May 17. Tickets are on sale until 12 noon Saturday. This event is presented by the Exchange Club of Walla Walla. This year’s grand prize is a 2014 Toyota Tacoma 4x2 Pickup from McCurley Integrity Toyota or $10,000 in cash. One hundred percent of the net proceeds from this event will stay in Walla Walla, funding Exchange Club efforts to enhance the lives of children and young people. At least 50 percent of the net proceeds from this event go directly to child abuse prevention efforts.

Event details:
- Saturday, May 17
- Walla Walla Community College on Mill Creek

Schedule of Events:
Relay for Hope Walk & 5K – 8:30 to 11 a.m.
Kid’s Olympics – 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Columbia REA Family Fun Festival – 11:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Duck Race Begins – 2 p.m.


 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 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


Washington State Penitentiary Team Wins 2nd Annual YMCA Corporate Cup

In April, 10 teams competed in the 2nd Annual Corporate Cup hosted by the Walla Walla YMCA. There were 12 different events using many different skill sets including coordination, strength, endurance and swimming. But to keep the events balanced there was also a Texas Hold’em poker contest and a night of trivia at the Red Monkey.

After two weeks of competition, the Washington State Penitentiary team finished first with 1050 points, YMCA finished second with 830 points and the Nelson Irrigation Team One finished third with 723.

“The YMCA staff had so much fun planning, organizing and competing in our 2nd Annual Corporate Cup,” states Theresa Osborne Wellness Director for the YMCA. “The teams were well balanced, competitive and spirited. We are already planning the rematch for next year.”

Other teams that competed in the 2014 Corporate Cup were the Walla Walla Foundry, Green Park Elementary School, Nelson Irrigation team two, Walla Walla Community College, Key Technology and Baker Boyer Bank team one and team two.

The YMCA also gave out a “Best Sportsmanship” award this year to staff members of Green Park Elementary School. “We created this award for this year’s Corporate Cup because we enjoyed the Green Park Team so much. They came ready to participate each event and always had the best attitude and team spirit” states Theresa.



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