Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - October 31, 2014

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District Stories
School Board public work session and meeting

- Tuesday, Nov. 4
- 5:30: Public Work Session: Open Government training for school board
- 6:30 p.m.: Regular school board meeting
- WWPS District Office Board Room (364 S. Park St.)
- Meeting open to the public
- Meeting agenda and supporting information available online -- www.wwps.org (school board page)


School board meets with administrators to discuss Strategic Plan

Tuesday evening, school board members met with Superintendent Dr. Bill Jordan and his cabinet members to discuss the district’s Strategic Plan. The meeting was scheduled to provide a progress report to the school board and offer a platform for discussion. Assistant Superintendent Dr. Linda Boggs reported on Goal 1, Assistant Superintendent Laure Quaresma on Goal 2, Communications Director Mark Higgins on Goal 3 and Business Office Director Ted Cohan on Goal 4. Additional reports to the school board are scheduled throughout the school year.

Goal 1: Provide a learning environment which meets the needs of individual learners, raises student achievement and educates the whole child
Strategies:
1. Meet individual learning needs of all students and cultivate partnerships and relationships with parents
2. Research and expand alternative learning options to motivate, engage, challenge and support all students
3. Ensure all curriculum, assessment and instruction is tied to standards
4. Collaborate, educate and partner with the community to ensure all children are kindergarten ready
5. Promote development of healthy living, lifestyles and safe schools

Goal 2: Promote a positive and fulfilling work environment
Strategies:
1. Implement a measurable and consistent teacher, principal and staff evaluation system
2. Hire, train and retain quality staff
3. Ensure a work culture that acknowledges people and their efforts as the norm
4. Encourage curiosity and innovative approaches to problem solving

Goal 3: Enhance trust among our students, staff, parents and community
Strategies:
1. Intentionally educate and solicit responses and input from stakeholders and under-represented groups
2. Encourage, acknowledge, value and consider different points of view

Goal 4: Ensure an efficient operations system with adequate resources
Strategies:
1. Build upon budget protocols that reflect the WWPS as stewards of community resources
2. Create and maintain facilities to ensure the ability to meet 21st century learning demands


Substitute employees shortage

The district is facing the national trend of a substitute employee shortage. The district typically requires 60 substitutes daily to operate the school district. This figure includes teachers and support staff employees. To date, the district has approximately 110 substitutes on file and ready to work. This number needs to grow according to Substitute Coordinator Stacy Shake.

“Each day we struggle to fill all of the open positions,” Shake said. “I encourage people to visit our website and apply.”

Application process:
- Visit www.wwps.org (employment page)
- Contact Stacy Shake for more information: sshake@wwps.org / 509.526.6743


Remember to Vote

Don’t forget to mail your ballots for the November 4, 2014 General Election. For more information contact the Walla Walla County Auditor’s Office. Please remember to vote!


School Stories
Fans encouraged to wear white to football game in support of Marysville

Football fans across the state are encouraged to wear white at their local football games in support of the Marysville-Pilchuck community following the recent school shooting tragedy. The wearing of something WHITE signifies HOPE and HEALING.

This request extends out to fans, parents, students, administrators and staff attending the Walla Walla High School versus Kamiakin game on Friday night at Borleske Stadium. Kick off is at 7 p.m. So grab anything white; a hat, scarf, a big t-shirt that can fit over your coat! We want the people of Marysville-Pilchuck to know Walla Walla is behind them.


Wa-HI to face Gonzaga Prep in first round of football playoffs

- Wa-Hi vs. Gonzaga Prep
- Friday, Nov. 7
- 6 p.m.
- Gonzaga Prep Stadium (Spokane)


Garrison takes united stand against bullying

October is Anti-Bullying month and Garrison Middle School staff and students dressed in orange Oct. 29 to take a united stand against bullying. Through Project Connect, Garrison Middle School students created messages on how they can help make their school safer. Students learned the definition of bullying, studied characteristics, and discussed myths about the topic. They also talked about the impact of cyerbullying through social media and text messages. All students reviewed how to report an incident, what to do if they witness bullying and strategies for preventing it.

“In every classroom we had terrific participation and dialog around the issue of bullying,” said Principal Robert Elizondo. “We have the best counseling staff in the district and they were the ones who organized this activity for our school.”

Project Connect also featured a colossal orange paper chain of the messages written by Garrison students on display in the school’s main hallway. The chain represented the following message: Even though we are all different, we are all part of this community.


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.


Garrison Night School registration period Nov. 18-20

Walla Walla Public Schools in partnership with Walla Walla Community College will again offer Garrison Night School for adults. Garrison Night School will offer several levels of ESL classes, a computer class, and GED preparation from November 24 to March 3. Beginning and Beginning Advanced Spanish class will also be offered.

Registration for the ESL classes is November 18,19, and 20 from 5 to 8 p.m. Classes start Monday, November 24. Class sessions run from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, computer class takes place from 5 to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Our Spanish class program runs from November 24 until March 3. Beginning Spanish class meets Monday and Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. and Advanced Beginning class on Tuesday and Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. Registration for the Spanish classes will takes place at the District office starting on November 3 and clock hrs are available for staff. Cost for either program is $25 for the whole period. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Melito Ramirez at 509-526-8638 or 509-386-5408.



Project Trio to perform free concert at Walla Walla High School

- Saturday, November 8
- 4:30 p.m.
- WA-HI Auditorium
Walla Walla Symphony, the Walla Walla Music Boosters and the Walla Walla Schools Music Department are offering a free performance for district music students and their families on November 8, 4:30 p.m. at the Walla Walla High School Auditorium. Seats are limited and are available on a first come, first served basis. Tickets will be available Monday, October 20 at 8 a.m. Tickets can be downloaded at the following address:http://wwpsmusic.ticketleap.come/wwps-project-trio/


Lights on Afterschool Walla Walla reaches new heights

On a blustery and rainy Thursday afternoon, Walla Walla Public Schools' five 21st CCLC centers came together to celebrate Lights On Afterschool 2014 with a simultaneous weather balloon launch. Led by Walla Walla High School's 21st CCLC "balloon ambassadors," 75 after school students from Blue Ridge Elementary, Garrison Middle School, Pioneer Middle School, and Lincoln High School successful launched four weather balloons into the stratosphere in front of an audience of parents, community members, city officials, and state and federal legislative aides.

Each balloon carried a time-capsule payload with unique items from each center. Based on student projections using mathematic algorithms factoring in launch day weather data and ascent rate, the time-capsules were expected to crest 100,000 feet in altitude and eventually land in the mountains of Idaho and Montana (approx. 400 miles away).

Local coverage included this article by the Union Bulletin:
http://union-bulletin.com/news/2014/oct/24/students-quadruple-fun-science-balloon-launch/


Community Stories
City Parks and Recreation taking Indoor Youth Soccer registrations

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 http://www.wwpr.us. Like us on facebook! http://www.facebook.com/wallawallapr.


Your Health Nutrition is holding a Coats for Kids Drive

To Your Health is giving the gift of warmth. Its mission is Reaching Children - Changing Lives One Coat at a Time. Please help us and donate a coat for a needy child in our town.

“.All across America there are families struggling to meet their basic needs,” said Stevie Johnson. “By donating a GENTLY USED OR NEW winter coat, you help relieve the burden of poverty and bring the gift of happiness and warmth to children in need. “
Please deliver gently used and new pre-school to high school size coat to -- To Your Health Nutrition.
To Your Health Nutrition
132 W Rose
Walla Walla WA 99362
206-669-5674


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.

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.


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