Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - October 28, 2005

In this Issue:

Wa-Hi PE teacher Gayle See receives leadership award
Wa-Hi Physical Education teacher Gayle See received The Washington Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (WAHPERD) highest award at their annual conference. Gayle is a past vice president for Physical Education and a past President of the Washington Alliance.

Gayle received the Washington Alliance Honor Award for her years of dedicated service on the Board of Directors and to the Health and Fitness teachers in the state of Washington. Gayle has presented numerous workshops for the Washington Alliance and is recognized as one of the best Physical Education Teachers in Washington.
“It is with great appreciation that the Washington Alliance for Health and Physical Education recognizes the contributions of GAYLE SEE of Walla Walla High School,” said Bob Melson, Executive Director of WAHPERD.


Community resources enhance Sharpstein Health Fair
Sharpstein Elementary held a public health fair Thursday night for area children and their families.

With a focus on healthy bodies and healthy minds, this event demonstrates the power of using community resources to enhance learning.

Event Highlights included:
- Seat belt safety
- Children’s Museum
- Fire Safety
- Anti-tobacco
- Much, much more

Thanks to Sharpstein Principal Laure Quaresma and her staff for organizing this outstanding event. All Sharpstein staff also recently underwent a fitness screening to help model the importance of staying healthy.


Wa-Hi and Pioneer orchestras perform “Halloween Pops Concert”
This week Wa-Hi & Pioneer orchestras teamed to present a “Halloween Pops Concert.” Students wore Halloween costumes, played “spooky” music and other famous classical music. The Auditorium was also decorated for the event thanks to the support and help from the Art Club, John Butenhoff, and various other volunteers.
Wa-Hi students write letters to special forces unit in Kuwait
Walla Walla High School students in Scott Reardon’s Business Education class are composing personal/business letters to former Wa-Hi student Randy Shingledecker who is leading a platoon of special forces in Kuwait. Letters will also be sent to other members of the unit. The project is an in-class assignment for Reardon’s four Computer Applications classes. For more information, contact Reardon at 527-3020 or sreardon@wwps.org.
School board meeting next week
Tuesday, Nov. 1
7:30 p.m.
364 S. Park Street
Public encouraged to attend
District plans American Education celebration
Thursday, November 17
10 a.m. to 12 noon
• Visit the school of your choice (tour schools, visit classrooms, learn school improvement goals, meet students)
• We’ll even treat you to lunch!

Last year nearly 100 community members participated. Please contact Communications Director Mark Higgins at 526-6716 or by e-mail at: mhiggins@wwps.org if you know of people who are interested in participating.


International Club organizes Halloween Party
Special thanks to Prospect Point teacher Becky Rausch and her husband, Business Manager Aron Rausch, for hosting this year’s International Club Halloween party. All Wa-Hi foreign exchange students - and numerous other Wa-Hi students - participate in the club.

Students carved pumpkins, BBQ’d, told stories and of course, dressed up. Students in the club conduct cultural exchanges throughout the year as part of their International Club experience. Wa-Hi Social Studies teacher Michelle Higgins is the club advisor.


Wa-Hi invites Veterans to assembly
All area veterans are invited to be special guests at Walla Walla High School’s annual Veterans Day assembly Wednesday, November 2 from 10:30 - 11:09 a.m. in the Wa-Hi Gymnasium.

There will be coffee and cookies from 11:10 - 11:45 in the Commons following. Veterans who attend will have special seating. Please RSVP if possible to Lori Finn 526-8650.


Wa-Hi Varsity Football on KTEL 1490 AM (Wa-Hi vs. Richland - home game)
Tune to KTEL 1490 AM for tonight’s Big Nine varsity football match-up -- Wa-Hi vs. Richland. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. Go Big Blue!
District schedules Facilities Community Forums to discuss 25-Year Facilities Improvement Plan
Thursday, November 17
Edison Elementary School (1315 E. Alder)
6:15 p.m. (Social - treats)
6:30 p.m. (Program begins)
8:00 p.m. (Program ends - Reflection & treats)
***Child care will be provided (group TBD)

Tuesday, November 29
Walla Walla High School Commons (800 Abbott Road)
6:15 p.m. (Social - treats)
6:30 p.m. (Program begins)
8:00 p.m. (Program ends - Reflection & treats)
***Child care will be provided by the Wa-Hi Latino Club

- Review district’s conceptual 25-Year Facilities Improvement Plan
- Discuss potential projects: Edison Elementary, Wa-Hi, Paine Campus, Support Services
- Offer feedback on district’s facilities needs; provide input on projects and strategies
- Q & A session with Architect John Evans and Superintendent Rich Carter


Wa-Hi Band members selected to honor bands Wa-Hi Band members selected to honor bands
Five Wa-Hi band members were selected to participate in the 2005 Western International Band Conference (WIBC) Honor bands. The students that were selected will travel to the Sea-Tac Red Lion on Nov. 18. They will rehearse with hundreds of other High School students from throughout the Northwest. International Music Directors will prepare them to present two concerts on Nov. 21: 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

The students receiving this honor include: Andra Ely, Marybel Garcia, Sara Heimbigner, Megan Palmer and Jason Barber. Each of these young people submitted an on-line audition using the computer program Smart Music. This is the first year for WIBC auditions to be conducted online. Congratulations to Wa-Hi Band Director Andrew Ueckert and these fine Wa-Hi Band members for their accomplishments.


Wa-Hi Choral students selected to Northwest honor choirs
Four students from Walla Walla High School have been selected to participate in the American Choral Directors Association All-Northwest Honor Choirs. Students from the six Northwest states of the USA send in audition tapes to be considered for membership in these prestigious groups.

The students will perform in Portland in March under the direction of nationally-renowned choral conductors Dr. Jerry Blackstone and Dr. Z. Randall Stroope. Congratulations to Wa-Hi Choral Director Norb Rossi for all his hard work preparing the students and to these outstanding students.

Honor Choir students:
Senior Lindsey Bruner, second time in All-NW
Senior Oksana German
Junior Deva Parrish
Junior Joel Herbert


Pioneer launches new web site
Pioneer Middle School’s new web site is now operational at http://resources.wwps.org/pioneer/
Parents may also access the site via the district site under school listings -- Pioneer.

“Next week parents will be able to access student progress reports online,” Pioneer Principal Dana Jones said. “Dennis Bennett did an outstanding job developing the site.”


Garrison PTSA support helps boost cookie dough sale
Garrison Middle School students raised more than $32,000 through its Otis Spunkmeyer Cookie Dough Sale. The money was raised by 300 Garrison Middle School students in grades 6-8. Students who sold 5 items each were rewarded with an afternoon trip to the Corn Maze.

Top sellers were treated to Limousine service to El Sombrero for lunch and then out to the Corn Maze in style! Nine students sold over $350 each and two students were selected out of the school-wide group as “wild card” recipients.

Terri Hanson and a team of PTSA moms assisted in the collecting and counting of funds generated with the Cookie Dough Sale and supplied the idea of rewarding students for their hard work,” Assistant Principal Gina Yonts said. “ The Corn Maze and Limousine service generated excitement around the school and really boosted this year’s sales, beating last year’s fund raising total by approximately $9,000. Thank you to all community members who supported our school through this fund raiser, this support allows us to make great things happen for kids. Our community is great!”

6th grade top sellers:
Jordan Adams
Jordan Heiser

7th grade top sellers:
Brittney Cutlip
Jennifer Goodwin

8th grade top sellers:
Blake Nass
Sara Brookshire
Ryan Harmon
Jeni Hui
Kristin Campbell

Wild Card Winners:
Nathan Deal
Athea Ulberg


Central office administrators attend leadership training
This week members of the district office administrative team and Alternative Programs Principal Jeff Weeks, Wa-Hi Principal Brian Pendleton, and Wa-Hi Assistant Principal Mira Gobel attended session two of the Academy for Leadership Development series in Pasco.

The leadership series -- based on Dr. Michael Fullan’s (http://www.michaelfullan.ca/) insights and research -- is being organized by former district Assistant Superintendent Dr. Judy Reault through ESD 123. Reault is currently the Assistant Superintendent for Teaching & Learning for ESD 123.

The training challenges central office administrators to help support the development of principals as instructional leaders. Educational consultant Connie Hoffman led the discussion and protocols. Administrators conducted reflective discussions, role networked and planned for next steps. The series continues December 7.


Blue Mountain Community Foundation awards grants to district programs
The Books for Babes program received a $5,000 grant from the Blue Mountain Community Foundation. Edison Elementary students established this program with a goal of giving a book to every newborn baby in the Walla Walla Valley.

“These funds will permit us to put books into the hands of 334 parents of newborns in our community this year....that is 1/3 of all children born in the area per year,” Edison teacher and program advisor Kay Barga said. “Our goal is 100%!”

Also receiving a grant was Edison Music Teacher Meredith Mitchell. She was awarded a $1,000 grant to purchase guitars to be used at Edison Elementary School. She will use this grant -- along with money from the district music department, Edison, the Walla Walla Music Boosters and the Edison PTA -- to purchase 15 Yamaha, 3/4 size classical guitars.

Special thanks to the Blue Mountain Community Foundation for its support of these outstanding programs.


Pioneer’s reading data to guide differentiated instruction across content areas
Richelle Palmer, Instructional Coach at Pioneer Middle School, recently organized and compiled Oral Reading Fluency results for every student (not including special education) at Pioneer. This information was then shared with all teachers to help them develop strategies for improving reading for all students.

“This was a huge undertaking, but very positive and worthwhile in the end,” Palmer said. “Now teachers can begin implementing differentiated instruction using data to drive that instruction. Teachers now have an indicator at what grade level each of their students is reading. Obviously we know from research that students must be reading ‘just right’ text in order to continue to grow in their reading abilities. Second, it was positive to see that we have very few regular education students reading below grade level and appropriate placement has already occurred (Reading Strategies) for those that need the extra support.”


Wal-Mart employees donate school supplies
Wal-Mart employees boxed up and delivered more than $700 worth of school supplies for district students last month. The book covers, file folders, pencil boxes and variety of other materials will be put to good use in our schools. A big thank you to Wal-Mart for this generous donation.
Superintendent Coffee Hour at Garrison, Friday, Nov. 4
Join Superintendent Rich Carter for his monthly Coffee Hour. This month Dr. Carter will meet in the Garrison Middle School library, Friday, November 4 from 8:15 to 9:15 a.m. This is an excellent opportunity to discuss school issues and talk about district goals and programs.

Green Park fourth graders help preschool students
Green Park fourth grade students in Diane Mires’ class this week helped preschoolers with a “Fairy Tale Ball”. There were activity stations in both the preschool classroom and Diane’s room.

“The fourth graders partnered with the “little guys” and did an absolutely fabulous job,” HeadStart preschool teacher Tensie Lovejoy said.


Bushey appointed to Whitman College Professional Education Advisory Board
Congratulations to Pioneer Middle School Math/Social Studies teacher Rilke Bushey for being appointed to the Whitman College Professional Education Advisory Board. Rilke will receive training from the Washington Education Association and the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction to help her in this new role.

“This is a very important position,” Washington Education Association President Charles Hasse said in his congratulations letter to Rilke. “WEA believes members on PEABs serve a key role in the future of teacher education.”