Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - October 17, 2014

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Remember to Vote

Ballots for the November 4, 2014 General Election have been mailed out to registered voters. For more information contact the Walla Walla County Auditor’s Office. Please remember to vote!


School board public meeting and work session

- Tuesday, Oct. 21
- 5:30 p.m. - Public Work Session: Agenda: Mark Thompson addresses bullying prevention measures; and discussion on board meeting topics for school board members to address during their meetings
- 6:30 p.m. - Regular school board meeting
- WWPS District Office (364 S. Park St.)
- Both meetings open to the public


District meets State requirements for Emergency Preparedness

This week, Walla Walla Public Schools filed with the Washington State Sheriff’s Association indicating the district has met all of the annual Emergency Preparedness requirements detailed in RCW 28A.320.125. State law requires each school district and school to have emergency plans which include drills, safety training, interaction with first-responders and expertise in the Incident Command System. All reports are logged online via the Rapid Responder system. Walla Walla High School Resource Officer Scott Brashear, under the direction of Prospect Point Principal Chris Gardea, coordinates this effort.

“School safety is a top priority for the school district and we take this responsibility seriously,” said Superintendent Dr. Bill Jordan. “Thanks to our staff and Safe Schools team for their hard work to meet these important requirements.”


Principal Appreciation Month

October is National Principal Recognition Month. Assistant Superintendent for Personnel Laure Quaresma expresses her gratitude for the work principals do in the district.

“We celebrate the work our principals do to support teachers, students, families and the community as a whole,” said Quaresma. “Please join me in thanking our principal leaders for the work they do.”


District joins area Realtors for “Care and Share” Food Drive

- Food Drive Dates: Oct. 17-19

Walla Walla Public Schools is teaming with area Realtors to help those in need through the “Care and Share” annual food drive. There are many ways for parents, students and staff to get involved. All donations help the Blue Mountain Action Council Food Bank. Demand remains high. Peter Swant is the project coordinator: pswant@cbfr.biz

Here’s how you can help:
- “Fill the Bus” drive at area grocery stores: Saturday, Oct. 18 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Pick a section of town to distribute bags to area homes and then collect them the following day (Oct. 17-19)
- Donate food at all district schools (collection barrels are now in place throughout the month of October)



School Stories
Wa-Hi Veterans Day Assembly November 10

Walla Walla High School is planning its annual Veterans Day Assembly Monday, Nov. 10 at 9:20 a.m. in the large gym. Veterans of all branches of service, and their spouses and relatives, are encouraged to attend. This year’s theme: “Veterans helping Veterans.” Programs including “Wounded Warriors”, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion will be featured and recognized.

Retired Air Force service member Don Schack is the event’s keynote speaker. All veterans are invited to the Wa-Hi Commons immediately following the assembly for coffee and fresh cinnamon rolls. For more information, contact Lt. Col. Bill Bialozor at 527-3020 ext. 3035 or bbialozor@wwps.org.


Lincoln High School teams with Red Cross for ZOMBIE Blood Drive

Lincoln High School is hosting a Red Cross ZOMBIE Blood Drive. You donate.. you get your Zombie on. Make-up provided by local theater make-up department.
- Friday, October 31
- Lincoln High School Gym
- 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Wa-Hi Trunk-or-Treat fun for the entire family
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- Annual Trunk-or-Treat event
- Thursday, Oct. 30 (moved to Thursday due to Friday night’s football game)
- Wa-Hi Science parking lot
- 4 to 7 p.m.
- Bring a can of food to support the Food Drive


Spanish Literacy expert interacts with Walla Walla educators

Recently, Doris Baker, the author of the IDEL (Indicadores Dinámicos del Éxito en la Lectura, a Spanish literacy assessment used in WWPS), joined Walla Walla educators via Skype to provide training in administration and scoring of this important early literacy measure.

“Although not with us in person, technology allowed for Doris to be "in the room" with us, and she provided a world-class, engaging professional development opportunity for our staff at a very reasonable cost,” said Maria Garcia, WWPS Assessment Coordinator. “Our teachers and paraeducators are better prepared now to accurately and meaningfully assess our students who are learning to read in Spanish!”


Childhood trauma expert shares strategies with area educators

Avis Smith, LSCSW, Director of St. Luke’s Crittenton Prevention and School-based services, visited Walla Walla last week to share her work on childhood trauma. Smith focused on how childhood trauma impacts emotions and behavior. She offered resiliency strategies which include positive relationships with caring adults. Smith presented during a community event and met with area early learning educators.

“We learned about the brain and trauma response, types of trauma and possible situations in the classroom which may trigger trauma,” said Kerri Coffman, Director of WWPS Head Start/ECEAP program. “We also learned Attunement Steps to be proactive in the classroom and the importance of routines and rituals as well as self care.”



Community Stories
United Way fundraiser helps students look great for Homecoming

City-wide-hairstylists will be donating their time and talent to offer HAIRCUTS and UPDO’s for $25. All are welcome and 100 percent of the proceeds will go directly to United Way of Walla Walla County.

- Saturday, October 18
- 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- College Style Salon at WWCC (500 Tausick Way)
- For more information: Impress Salon 529.3534


AInput needed for W2 for Drug Free Youth survey

W2 for Drug Free Youth needs your help to identify concerns you have about substance abuse among youth. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey link below and results will be posted to show your priorities as parents, teachers and concerned citizens. For more information, contact Peggy Needham: peggy.trilogy@gmail.com

- English Version: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/WAWAXON
- Spanish Version: https://es.surveymonkey.com/s/WAWAXONSP


YMCA Director set to retire
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The YMCA of Walla Walla announces the retirement of Executive Director Randy Grant after four years of leadership.

“We are grateful to Randy for his knowledge and experience he brought to Walla Walla” states YMCA Board President Ted Cohan. “With his leadership the Y has expanded child care, youth programs, educational programs, and health initiatives. Randy also led the effort to save the community teen center by having the YMCA take over operations with the support of a grant from the Sherwood Trust.”

The retirement will be effective October 31 and the YMCA Board of Directors is initiating an interim leadership process.


Dia de los Muertos Festival (Day of the Dead) at Gesa Powerhouse Theater

Gesa Credit Union and Shakespeare Walla Walla, along with Walla Walla Public Schools, Whitman College, Artwalla, and other local organizations present the Second Annual Dia de los Muertos Festival on October 24 and 25 at the Gesa Power House Theatre. This two-day family-friendly community festival celebrates the Mexican “Day of the Dead” holiday and will include free activities, live music and dance, art demonstrations, food vendors, and more.

“Last year we had such incredible support from the local school district, our wonderfully vibrant Latino community, leaders in the business community, even our friends from the Tri-Cities,” says Ron Williams, Executive Director of Shakespeare Walla Walla. “We are excited to work with many of these community partners again this year, and are inviting groups throughout Eastern Washington to participate.”

For the latest information on these and other events visit: www.shakespearewallawalla.org or www.phtww.com.


YCCY Haunted House and Halloween Dance

On Friday, October 24, YCCY, the YMCA Community Center for Youth, will be hosting a teen Halloween dance from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Armory located at 113 S. Colville Street. Costumes are encouraged.

Included in the dance is a Haunted House organized by the Army National Guard stationed at the Armory.

“We have been planning this dance for a month. YCCY member D.J. Chico will be coordinating the music and other YCCY members have been working on the decorations,” stated Kerstin Fenton YCCY Youth Director. “This has been a real team effort and having the Army National Guard coordinate efforts with us has been an enriching experience for our teens.”

Admission to the dance and haunted house is $3 but free if you are a YCCY member. YCCY is free and open to all Walla Walla Valley students 12 to 18-years-old. YCCY is located at the Armory and open Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings 6 to 9 p.m. For more details about YCCY contact Kerstin Fenton at kfenton@wwymca.org or 509-525-8863.



City Parks & Recreation offers Women's Self Defense

- Women's Self Defense: The Basic Women's Self -Defense class will provide students with tools that will enable them to protect themselves in a variety of scenarios and situations. Ages 14 years and over. Cost is $50. Registration is required.

- FREE Pumpkin Carving - Friday, October 24 at Super One Foods. Ages 3-12. No registration is required. Please bring your own carving/drawing tools.

- Indoor Youth Soccer - Registration is open for Indoor Soccer. Grades K-8. The deadline to register is Wednesday, November 19. Cost is $50 until the deadline. After the deadline registration will be $60.
To view or register for programs, please go to www.wwpr.us. Like us on facebook! www.facebook.com/wallawallapr.


Bake Sale to Benefit YCCY

YCCY, the YMCA Community Center for Youth, is hosting a bake sale on Saturday October 18 to support future field trips. “The bake sale was all their idea. The teens at the center wanted to find a way to raise money for trips such as river rafting, concerts and sporting events,” states Kerstin Fenton Youth Director at YCCY. “Personally I am excited that they want to earn the money for the trips that we take at YCCY. We would like nothing more than to have YCCY be teen led, and these girls taking the initiative like this, shows that we are moving closer towards our goal.”

The bake sale will be this Saturday, Oct. 18 from 11a.m. to 1 p.m. at Land Title Plaza, 1st & Main Street. Come show your support and learn more about YCCY. For more details contact Kerstin Fenton at 509-525-8863 or kfenton@wwymca.org


YMCA Spooktacular bigger and scarier this year

Spooktacular, the free community festival at the YMCA, promises to be bigger, better and scarier this year! On October 31, the YMCA opens to ghosts and goblins of all ages from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. There will be gourmet food trucks in the parking lot with the festival inside the building.

There will be big fun in each gym with games, prizes, inflatable structures, photos and the Zombie Haunted House. Not into Zombies? Do not worry, the preschool room is set up with age appropriate games and costumes. Also in the parking lot is the Americorp sponsored Trunk or Treat.

Once again, the YMCA will also be collecting canned food for the Realtors Care & Share Can Food Drive at Spooktacular.

So bring your princesses, Power Rangers and little pumpkins on Halloween to the Y for safe fun and great goodies. For more details call the YMCA at 509-525-8863.


Students To Experience Cultural Differences

The annual home stay program conducted by the Walla Walla Sister City Committee will be introducing nine Walla Walla High School Students to Sasayama, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan. The group departed Walla Walla on 15 October and will return on 27 October. Students will home stay with families in Sasayama. During the Home Stay the students will be attending elementary, junior high and high school environments. In addition they will be learning about history through museum experiences, walking tours of the historic areas of Sasayama recently nominated for the UNESCO Heritage List, and participating in various shine festivals.

The schedule of activities include meeting with the Mayor of Sasayama, be introduced to the ancient art of pottery at one of the oldest pottery districts in Japan dating back over 800 years in the Sasayama district. They will be given pottery instruction at a private pottery studio in the Konda district of Sasayama. In addition the students will be visiting a prefectural park where they will be introduced to the natural history of the area and have a hands on experience with tie dying.
Each student will have individual experiences with their host families on weekends. The major activity will be the Kasuga Shrine Festival and matsuri, the pottery festival, and family outings to Kyoto, Osaka, Kobe, and other tourist attractions in the area.

The nine students participating in the 2014 home stay program are Micah Aguilar, Jessica Swanson, Tyler Senior, Taya Sandberg, Emma Case, Lisi Dobson, Isabel Bahena, Lilliana Craig Ewoniuk, and Nadia Chevez. The students will be chaperoned by Robert Keatts, Chairman of Walla Walla-Sasayama Sister City Committee and Claircy Clizer, Career Center Specialist at Walla Walla High School.

The two week home stay program is now in it’s 20th year. Over 500 students from the respective sister cities of Walla Walla and Sasayama have participated in the program. A few students have returned to participate in a one year high school exchange. Recently the Walla Walla-Sasayama Sister City Affiliation Committee was recognized for its home stay program by the Washington State Sister City Association, which presented the Walla Walla Sister City Affiliation Committee with the 2014. Parents and students interested in future opportunities with the home stay program can contact Robert Keatts by email at robert_wwscc@yahoo.com.


To What End? Modern Family Diversity and Inequality

(The Inaugural Whitman College/Council on Contemporary Families Lecture on Diversity and Families)
Dr. Philip Cohen, University of Maryland Department of Sociology
- Monday, Oct. 20 at 7 p.m.
- KIMBALL AUDITORIUM IN HUNTER CONSERVATORY, WHITMAN COLLEGE CAMPUS
- Free and open to the public
Sponsored by the Groseclose Endowment, Provost and Dean of the Faculty, and Sociology Department at Whitman College

Talk Details: America reached peak conformity in 1960, when two-thirds of children lived in a male-breadwinner, married-couple family – it was the statistical norm as well as the cultural norm. Since that time, we’ve experienced an explosion of family diversity, and different is the new normal. That means more freedom to choose a family path through life, but also more pressure to make the right choices. And increasing inequality means that the risk of getting it wrong – or being left out – appears to be increasing. Philip Cohen is author of The Family: Diversity, Inequality, and Social Change (Norton 2014), and of the Family Inequality Blog (familyinequality.com).

For more information, contact Michelle Y. Janning - http://michellejanning.com


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