Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - August 29, 2014

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First day of school - September 2

- Welcome back for the 2014-15 school year
- Please slow down and be cautious in school zones
- Look for extra police patrols in school zones to start the year
- Visit the district website for information - www.wwps.org


School board public work session, regular meeting - Tuesday, Sept. 2

- School board plans two meetings Tuesday, Sept. 2
- Work Session: 5:15 p.m. (Superintendent search discussion - open to the public)
- Regular meeting: 6:30 p.m. (open to the public)
- Both meetings are at the district office (364 S. Park St.)


Staff Achievement grant recipients recognized by peers

Congratulations to this year’s Staff Achievement Grant recipients. Staff Achievement Grant recipients are nominated and chosen by teachers and support staff for superior performance; innovation; exemplary leadership; exceptional service. Staff Achievement Grant recipients receive a $1,500 stipend and five days of paid release time for professional growth activities.
2013-2014 Staff Achievement Recipients
- Peder Fretheim, Walla Walla High School Math Teacher
- Elizabeth Jagelski, Berney Elementary Music Teacher
- Milissa Gierman, Bereny Elementary Teacher
- Donna McCaw, Green Park Secretary
- Tressa Baker, Green Park Teacher


District state test results on target with state averages

Walla Walla Public Schools’ state testing results mostly held steady during the 2013-14 school year, according to results released this week by Washington State Public Schools Superintendent Randy Dorn. Three of Walla Walla’s six elementary schools participated in field testing for the nation’s new Smarter Balanced Assessment of the Common Core, which will replace the Measurement of Student Progress (MSP) in the Spring 2015. The Measurement of Student Progress results released this week reflect scores from Berney, Blue Ridge and Green Park 3rd through 5th graders.

Seventy percent of 5th graders at Berney, Blue Ridge and Green Parkare are near the state average, with Berney Elementary on top at over 80 percent. Elementary math also made a strong showing, with Berney’s 3rd and 5th grades, and Green Park’s 4th and 5th grades coming in above the state average.

“Continued improvement in elementary math is expected with this year’s adoption and implementation of a brand-new math curriculum aligned to the Common Core,” said District Assessment Coordinator Maria Garcia.

As is traditionally the case, Walla Walla’s achievement in science is out pacing the state. Three of the six elementary schools (Berney-72%, Blue Ridge-68%, Prospect Point-80%), Garrison Middle School (78%) and Walla Walla High School Biology (78%) all demonstrated achievement above the state average.

Middle school math improved compared to the 2012-13 school year, especially in 8th grade, reflecting the hard work of teachers and students at both Garrison and Pioneer, according to Garcia. At Garrison, 7th grade math scores were above the state average, at 60% passing. Walla Walla High School students continue to demonstrate high levels of achievement in all subject areas, with nearly 88.9% of 10th graders meeting standard in writing, and 83.6% in math. At 84.7% passing in reading, Wa- Hi is just below the state average of 85%. Lincoln High School’s graduation rates continue to climb, with almost 70% of the Class of 2013 graduating on time, as compared to 57.7% of the Class of 2011.

“We are very proud of the hard work of our teachers and students here in Walla Walla,” said Garcia. “Our staff are dedicated to supporting every single child, every single day in our schools. We’re so pleased with the achievements of those students already meeting standard, and we are committed to providing needed supports to get all WWPS kids to graduation.”


SEA-TECH Skills Center Public Dedication 

- Thursday, Sept. 18
- 9:30 to 10 a.m. (Program)
- 10 to 11 a.m. (Tours)
- SEA-TECH Skill Center (525 Campus Loop -- WWCC)
- Event open to the public



District offers anonymous tip line for school safety

As a student or parent, you have the power to keep our school district safe. Administrators rely on you to be their eyes and ears - letting them know when a member of our schools or a district building is in danger. Be a life saver and help stop school crises before they happen!

The SafeSchools LiveTip is a completely anonymous, toll-free tip line that you can access 24/7/365 any time you need to tip off school administration about a potential crisis:
• School Violence - weapons, bomb threats, fights
• School Damage - vandalism, theft
• Gang Activity
• Physical / Sexual Abuse or Harassment • Discrimination
• Drug & Alcohol Issues

A SAFETY LINE FOR OUR DISTRICT
• A recorded message will prompt the caller to either speak with a live operator or leave a recorded message.
• Live operators are available 24/7/365 to take emergency calls.
• Messages are transcribed and emailed to the assigned district contacts. In the case of an emergency, district administrators are called at work, home, or on their cell phones.
• Each call is assigned a case number the district can use for follow up.

TO REPORT A TIP, CALL: 1-866-LIVE-TIP - EXT. 570 (1-866-548-3847 - EXT. 570)


School Stories
Explorer parent meeting planned

- Tuesday, September 9
- 6:30 p.m.
- Sharpstein cafeteria
- This meeting will provide an opportunity for parents to learn about the new changes in the Explorer schedule and offers time for a question and answer session.


Blue Devil Athletics Team Store open

- Wa-Hi Blue Devil Athletic Program Team Store(s) are now open until Sept. 4
- The Team Store allows parents, boosters and students the ability to purchase great BlueDevil gear
- Excellent prices, quality merchandise and a lot of variety
- Percentage of purchase returned to Wa-Hi athletics to support program
- Once the store closes, the items are quickly processed and shipped directly to WWHS for pick-up

Store Directions: Go to www.bsnsports.com
- Click on the My Team Shop link
- Click on the big red LOG IN button
- Enter access code for Boosters/Fan Gear: bluede3QG
- For Volleyball Gear enter access code: bluede7MA
- For Soccer gear enter access code: bluede8FH


2014 Open Houses and Welcome Back Socials (remaining dates)

Berney Elementary: September 24
- 5 to 7:30 p.m.

Blue Ridge Preschool: September 18
- 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Blue Ridge Elementary: September 18
- 6 to 7 p.m.

Prospect Point Elementary (Curriculum Night): September 18
- 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Garrison Middle School: September 23
- 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Pioneer Middle School: September 15
- 5:30 to 8 p.m.

Lincoln High School: September 4
- 5 to 6 p.m.

Walla Walla High School: September 22
- 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.


Community Stories
Carnegie Picture Lab seeks volunteers to work with area students

Kids love art! Do you? Become a Carnegie Picture Lab volunteer and bring art history and art creation lessons to Walla Walla Public School elementary students. This year's artists include Georgia O'Keeffe, Diego Rivera and Vincent Van Gogh. You choose your time commitment -- volunteer opportunities include: teaching in the classroom, helping with events, chaperoning field trips and much more.

Fall Volunteer Training dates:
- Wednesday, September 17 from 5:30 - 7 p.m.
- Thursday, September 18 from 10 - 11:30 a.m.
- Carnege Picture Lab Studio at 55 E. Main Street in downtown Walla Walla.

For more information, visit www.carnegiepicturelab.com, or visit us on Facebook


Trilogy Recovery Run September 7

- 4th Annual Run for Recovery 5K
- Sunday, September 7
- 8:30 a.m.(registration begins at 7:45 a.m. with check-in beginning at 8 a.m.)
- Rooks Park
- Cost to participate is $25, including tee-shirt.
- To register online, please go to:http://www.active.com/walla-walla-wa/running/races/trilogy-s-run-for-recovery-2014


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