Walla Walla Public Schools

Week in Review - October 7, 2005

Community members volunteer for Junior Achievement program
Walla Walla professionals met Thursday at the district office to receive an orientation on their volunteer commitment to the Junior Achievement Program. With a mission to ensure that every child has a fundamental understanding of the free enterprise system, Walla Walla Public Schools openly welcomes the Junior Achievement community partnership program to the district to help students gain business skills. These outstanding community volunteers will work at various district schools to deliver and support the Junior Achievement volunteers. Using community resources to support learning is directly linked to the district’s recently adopted Strategic Plan.

Junior Achievement volunteers are:
- Rose Worth: Community Bank
- Ginny Owen: WW Realtors Association
- Barbara Blood: Walla Walla General Hospital
- Sherilee Chapman: Homeplate Catering
- Jane Wilkins: Washington Mutual Bank
- Sam Wells: Edward Jones
- Linda Robison: Sykes
- Dave Chandler: City of Walla Walla
- Suzie Nelson: Windermere Real Estate
- Jim Pease: Windermere Real Estate
- Chris Erickson: Tourism Walla Walla
- Gary Ponti: McAdams, Ponti & Wernette, PS
- Judith Robinson: R-Kidz Inc.
- Debra Ocanaz: Charter Communications

Transportation Department school bus driver passes away
School bus driver Tom Hull passed away yesterday at University Hospital in Seattle. Hull, who was 72, has been a bus driver with the district for nearly three years. Prior to coming to Walla Walla, he worked as a school bus driver for the Ferndale School District. He retired as a millwright and supervisor for Intalco in Ferndale, WA before starting a second career as a school bus driver. Hull’s wife Bert works as a substitute para-educator for Walla Walla Public Schools. Memorial services are pending.

“The Transportation Department is in shock right now,” Director Tom Head said. “This is a tremendous loss for our Transportation team and Tom will be sorely missed.”

Hundreds of students attend National College Fair
This week nearly 800 Wa-Hi students attended Walla Walla’s first-ever National College Fair. Twenty-four area high schools also sent students to learn more about higher education options and scholarships. Special thanks to Wa-Hi Career Center’s Lori Finn and Pat Hanford for organizing this event.

Patron Survey - District seeks community input
Walla Walla Public Schools is conducting its Fall 2005 Patron Survey. Community members are encouraged to take a few moments to complete this survey and provide the district with valuable feedback. The survey is on the district web site homepage. Direct link: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.asp?u=94687971776

Garrison Middle School student arrested in connection with bomb threat
Student charged with Class C felony

An 8th grade Garrison Middle School student was arrested this Wednesday afternoon in connection with a bomb threat that was discovered on campus earlier that day (Wednesday, Oct. 5).
The boy is being charged with a Class C felony and was be transported to the Juvenile Justice Center for processing. Student tips helped lead to the arrest.
“Our staff and students at Garrison need to be commended for their quick actions in leading to this arrest,” Communications Director Mark Higgins said. “We also received tremendous support from the City of Walla Walla Police Department throughout the day. We hope this arrest will send a message that these are serious offenses and there will be consequences for this type of behavior.”
Community members, staff, students and parents are encouraged to use the district’s Safe School Hotline # 1-800-418-6423 Ext. 359 whenever they want to make an anonymous tip regarding school safety issues.

Reward offered for information on Wa-Hi Bomb Threat
- $500 reward offered for bomb threat tip leading to arrest

A second bomb threat in a week has prompted the district to offer a $500 reward for information leading to an arrest. Wa-Hi Principal Brian Pendleton stressed to parents and students that the school needs their help in solving this crime.
“Please keep an open ear for any information. If you hear anything regarding this incident, please report it to the Principal’s office, 527-3020, Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Department, 527-3268 or the Safe School Hotline # 1-800-418-6423 Ext. 359 immediately,” Pendleton said.

Please Call Safe School Hotline # 1-800-418-6423 Ext. 359 with any information!

Conceptual designs for Wa-Hi, Edison, Paine and Support Services near
After giving staff members on design teams representing Wa-Hi, Edison, Paine Alternative Programs, and Support Services homework assignments the last month or so, it’s now time for Architects West to complete its own task in the form of preliminary conceptual design drawings for the four facilities targeted for modernization or replacement. These conceptual drawings will also be used to help explain why the facilities are in need of modernization or replacement at various community forums set for later this fall.

In a report to school board members Tuesday night, Business Manager Aron Rausch said the firm should have “first draft” conceptual drawings when they return in mid-October. Superintendent Rich Carter stressed nothing is locked in with these first drawings. It’s a beginning point, he said. Rausch also said he hopes to have a recommendation for a construction manager for school board members to consider October 18.

District Instructional Coaches reflect on work with teachers
This week the district’s 10 instructional coaches met to reflect on their successes and challenges so far this school year. Instructional coaches work with all teachers by observing and leading discussions about best practices.
“The Instructional coaches are looking forward to their own professional growth,” said Oscar Graybill, Director of Teaching and Learning. “Our coaches will meet later this month with the national staff development council and are excited to learn even more strategies to help our teachers grow professionally.”
The Instructional Coaches Academy will be held Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 in the district office.

Wa-Hi Cheerleaders plan ‘Kids Cheer Camp’
The Wa-Hi Cheerleaders are sponsoring a ‘Kids Cheer Camp’ Friday, October 14 (Fall Professional Day - No School) from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Wa-Hi gym. Registration begins at 9:15 a.m. for this K-5 grade level camp.
“The young campers will get a free pass to go to the Wa-Hi game that night and cheer at half-time with the cheerleaders,” Wa-Hi Cheerleader Coach Cathy Rasley said.
Cost for the camp is $10. Please contact Cathy Rasley at 527-3020 for more information.

Wa-Hi PTSA hosts Drug Task Force Team Forum
Parents invited to learn more about area substance abuse issues
The Walla Walla High School Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) is sponsoring a substance abuse awareness meeting with the area’s Drug Task Force Team, Monday, October 10 from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Walla Walla High School library. This free event is open to the public and PTSA membership is not required to attend.

Drug Task Force Team Forum
Monday, October 10
7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Wa-Hi Library (800 Abbott Road)
Open to Public (PTSA membership not required to attend)

Contact Wa-Hi PTSA President Cindy Meyer for more information: (509) 529-0952 or e-mail at: cindymeyer@charter.net

Wa-Hi band wins University of Idaho competition
Last weekend the Walla Walla High School marching band traveled to Moscow, Idaho to march at the University of Idaho vs. Utah State football game. The Wa-Hi band, under the direction of Andrew Ueckert, was awarded first place in the 4A division. The Wa-Hi band joined 1,500 other band students from the states of Idaho and Washington. The combined bands performed in the pre-game ceremonies and individual bands participated in a morning parade in the city of Moscow. Wa-Hi band members showed their “Blue Devil” pride as they marched in the parade during a rain storm. Congratulations Mr. Ueckert and Wa-Hi band members!

District seeks participants for next Patron Tour - Thursday, Oct. 20
Community members are encouraged to sign up for the district’s next Patron Tour featuring stops at Edison Elementary and Walla Walla High School. Participants also have an opportunity to meet with Superintendent Rich Carter and other district office administrators to learn more about the district’s five year Strategic Plan and future plan.

Next Patron Tour agenda (Thursday, October 20)
• District Office - 8:15 a.m.
(Welcome from Superintendent & overview of school operations)
• Tour Edison - 9:00 to 10:20 a.m. (visit classrooms, meet with students, discuss issues and needs)
• Tour Wa-Hi - 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Campus tour, visit classroom, meet with students, discuss issues and have lunch)

To sign up for the October 20 Patron Tour, contact Communications Director Mark Higgins: 526-6716 or e-mail: mhiggins@wwps.org

Wa-Hi Varsity Football on KTEL 1490 AM (Homecoming Game - Wa-Hi vs. Moses Lake @ Borleske Stadium)
Tune to KTEL 1490 AM for tonight’s Big Nine varsity football match-up -- Wa-Hi vs. Moses Lake. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. Go Big Blue!

Music Department coffee sale fundraiser
The Instrumental classes in the music department are offering an “Autumn Aromas” Dyer Straits coffee for sale, $10 a pound. Order forms are available in the Wa-Hi Music Department. Call Kay McCauley at 527-3039 for more information.

Personnel Report (from October 4 School board meeting)
• New Hires
(Certificated) - NONE TO REPORT

(Classified) - NONE TO REPORT

• Resignations/Retirements
(Classified) - Viviana Burgueno, Central Office Bilingual Receptionist, Personnel Department, 7 years
Dorothy O’Brien, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Special Programs, 3 years
Herb Schafer, Bus Driver, Transportation, 10 years (effective December 31, 2005)

• Out of State Travel
Gerald Taylor to Regional JROTC Training/Meeting in Reno, NV (Funding: U.S. Government)
Gayle See to PE Assessment Conference in Myrtle Beach, SC (Funding: No cost to the district)

Pioneer hosts ‘What Every Parent Needs to Know About Cyberbullying’
Parents, students, staff and community members are invited to “Stand Up!: What Every Parent Needs to Know About Cyberbullying” Thursday, October 13 at 7 p.m. at Pioneer Middle School multipurpose room. Sponsored by Unicel, this presentation will feature Shanterra McBride presenting a message all parents need to hear. McBride will also lead a Pioneer student assembly earlier in the day. The incidence nationwide of bullying via text messaging on cell phones and on the internet is staggering according to Pioneer Principal Dana Jones.
“Together we can work to provide a safe place for our students to learn and grow,” Jones said.

Staff Spotlight - Claudia Salazar
Job title: Prospect Point Para-Educator

Years in district: Two

High School: Wa-Hi

College: WWCC, and am now attending WSU

Favorite Movie: The Notebook

Favorite Book: The Red Tent

Place of Birth: Mexico

Favorite food: Mexican food

Favorite music: Any kind

What I love most about my job: ‘To know that I’m making a difference in each child that I work with.’

Hobbies: I like to cook, spend time with my family, and I love plants.

Most memorable life experience: Birth of my daughter

Something about me nobody knows: I don’t like being alone

Look for Claudia’s Staff Spotlight video spot this month on various Charter Cable stations. Walla Walla Public Schools and Charter Communications are partners in this recognition program.

Sculpture for deceased Garrison teacher to be unveiled at Walla Walla College
A sculpture dedicated to the memory of a beloved Walla Walla teacher Ann Weatherill will be unveiled on Saturday, Oct. 15, at 2 p.m. on the Walla Walla College campus between the Fine Arts Center and Bowers Hall.

The sculpture was commissioned by local businessman and writer, Charles Potts, to honor the life and public service of his wife, Ann, who died in a bicycling accident in May 2004.

Weatherill taught at Garrison Middle School for 20 years and was heavily involved with Spanish-language students there. Weatherill was also a fitness enthusiast who participated in the school district’s swimming program and cycled often. Her death led to a new traffic law in Washington State. The Ann Weatherill Safe Passing law is designed to provide added protection for bicyclists and pedestrians.

The bronze sculpture promotes bicycle safety and honors Weatherill’s life. It was designed by Vancouver-based Robert McNealy and cast at the Walla Walla Foundry. McNealy will participate in the October 15 dedication along with Tom Emmerson, chair of the art department at WWC, and Dan Lamberton, chair of the Humanities Coalition and English professor at WWC. Music will be provided by saxophonist Tyson Haynes and drummer Robert Perish.

A reception will be held at Weatherill’s family home, 350 S. Palouse St., following the unveiling and dedication. Weatherill had many friends on the WWC campus and was well known throughout the community. In the days following her death, the Walla Walla College Church opened its doors to the family and community for a memorial service. The Potts family is donating the still life sculpture in appreciation of the support the WWC campus gave the family at that time.

Garrison music teacher to play in local concert
Garrison Middle School Instrumental and Vocal Music teacher Sue Friese and the Inland Northwest Musicians Orchestra will be performing at the Wa-Hi Auditorium Sunday, Oct. 9 at 4 p.m. Friese plays the viola in the symphony which is conducted by her husband R. Lee Friese. The concert is free and will feature Young Artists competition winners. The orchestra also accepts donations to help pay for travel costs and other expenses. Contact Friese at 527-3040 for more information.

County Health Department offers flu shots at WW Fairgrounds
Walla Walla County Health Department is providing a clinic that will conveniently and effectively provide flu vaccine, while testing their ability to respond to an epidemic disease in our community.

Walla Walla County Health Department and other health care providers in the area (Blue Mountain Medical Group, Walla Walla Clinic, Walla Walla General Hospital, St. Mary Medical Center, St. Mary Physician Group and Family Medical Center are conducting a three (3) day flu clinic at the Walla Walla County Fairgrounds Community Building.

NOTE: These clinics will be October 18, 19, and 20, from 7 am to 5 pm. The cost will be $25 per person. Valley Transit will offer free bus service to the clinic site.

They are also looking for volunteers to assist with clerical tasks, traffic flow, parking and hospitality. Medical personnel, active and inactive, would also have an opportunity to share the needed skills.

If you would like to volunteer your time or have any further questions contact Nancy Wenzel at Walla Walla County Health Department, (509) 524-2662, by October 7, 2005.