Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - June 2, 2006

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Walla Walla High School Commencement tonight - 7:30 p.m.

Congratulations to the Class of 2006
Good luck to this year’s 431 high school graduates!

Class of 2006 Commencement Program

ROTC Color Guard

Walla Walla High School Band: Andrew Ueckert, Conductor

Elgar - Walla Walla High School Band

Amanda Potter and Michelle Enriquez - Class of 2006

Brian G. Pendleton - Principal

Walla Walla High School Band
“Low Rider” by War, Senior Band Members’ selection (Andrew Ueckert, Conductor)
"Seasons of Love" theme from Rent - Senior Choir Members (Norb Rossi - Director) Senior Sign Language Students

Malia Suzui

"So Long and Thanks for the Seagulls" - Kate Stone
"The Journey" - Lindsey Bruner
“A Drop in the Ocean - A Moment in Time” - Silvia Morales
“Seize the Day” - Jared Johnson

Brian G. Pendleton - Principal

Amanda Biddle - Associated Student Body President

Brian G. Pendleton, Principal

Brian G. Pendleton - Principal
Caitlin Carlile, Kelsey Grossman, Jenna McCauley - Senior Class Officers
Anabel Muro, Class of 2006, Spanish Pronunciation

Mary Jo Geidl, President, Board of Directors
Dr. Richard B. Carter, Superintendent of Schools

Public meet & greet with new Wa-Hi Principal next week
Walla Walla Public Schools is planning a public meet and greet with the new Walla Walla High School Principal Darcy Weisner Tuesday, June 6 from 4 to 5 p.m. in the district board room (364 S. Park St.)

Last week Weisner was named the new principal of Walla Walla High School to succeed current Principal Brian Pendleton who announced in March his intentions to resign at the end of the school year.

Weisner has spent the past three years as Assistant Principal at John R. Rogers High School in Spokane’s District 81. Rogers High School has nearly 1,700 students and is in the state’s 4A classification.

Weisner has demonstrated experience in curriculum, instruction and assessment practices, and has shown an ability to work effectively with teachers to improve instruction using data to drive decision making. Weisner spent 20 years as a high school classroom teacher in four school districts throughout the state of Washington. He has extensive educational training in clinical supervision, Understanding by Design, Mentor Matters, and developing small learning communities within large comprehensive high school settings.

“We hope people will make time to come and meet our new high school principal,” Deputy Superintendent Dr. Bill Jordan said. “We are excited to have Darcy on board and he is anxious to meet staff, parents, students and members of the community.”

For more information about this event, contact Communications Director Mark Higgins at (509) 526-6716.

School board meeting Tuesday
(Note time change to allow school board members to attend the Pioneer 8th Grade Recognition)
Tuesday, June 6
5:30 p.m.
District Office (364 S. Park St.)
Open to public
“BDAD” -- Blue Devil Athletic Development Summer Program
Improve Overall Athletic Ability for All Sports! For Boys and Girls Grades 6-12
July 3 to August 10 (Monday - Thursday)

Session 1
7:30 - 9:00 a.m.
• Incoming 9th-12th grade students

Session 2
9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
• Incoming 6th-8th grade students

Session 3
10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
• Incoming 9th-12th grade students

Instructors: Marc Yonts, Eric Hisaw, and Amy Hisaw

Location: Wa-Hi Weight Room
Cost: $30 (pre-registered) and $35 (at door)

Note: You will need a physical unless you participated in a middle school or high school sport this past school year. Physical forms can be picked up in the Wa-Hi athletic office if needed. For more information contact the Wa-Hi Athletic Department at 527-3020.

Wa-Hi Senior wins PTSA Art Competition
Congratulations to Jarod Jordan for winning the Walla Walla High School PTSA Senior Art Competition 2006 for his collage piece -- ‘Girl in the Mirror.’ Jarod took home a $50 cash prize and his winning work now becomes property of the Walla Walla High School PTSA.

“Only one senior art piece was chosen and it will be professionally mounted and donated to Walla Walla High School for permanent display in the library. Will you please congratulate Jarod on behalf of the PTSA,” Wa-Hi PTSA President Vicky McClellan said.

June Staff Spotlight - Sue Westergard

Job title: Learning Specialist

Years in district: 30 years (1 year at Edison in Special Education starting the district’s first Resource Room
and 29 years at Green Park) -- Sue is retiring this school year.

Birth place: Ritzville WA

High School: Ritzville High

College: Whitworth, Spokane (undergraduate) and Northwest Nazarene (master’s)

Favorite Food: Any type of seafood

Favorite Movie: Man from Snowy River

Favorite Music: Country or Christian music

Favorite Author: John Grisham or Susan Brown

What do you enjoy most about your job? I love the excitement in the computer lab as children pass AR tests.

Hobbies: HORSES!,Crossfire [women’s drill team at rodeos], playing organ on my worship team

Most memorable experience: 2000 boogie boarding in Hawaii when I dislocated and
badly broke my shoulder.

Tell us something about you nobody else would know: I am terrified of birds!

End of Year Events (remaining)-- Mark your calendars!

Pioneer 8th grade Recognition
June 6 - Cordiner Hall, 7:30 p.m.

Garrison 8th grade Recognition
June 7 - Cordiner Hall, 7:00 p.m.

Last Day of School
June 8 - Early release

All Staff Breakfast
Friday, June 9
7:15 a.m. (breakfast served)
8:00 a.m. (program begins)
Wa-Hi Commons

District Summer School
June 19 to July 20

WASL Remediation Summer School Program (offered by ESD 123 @ Wa-Hi)
June 28 to August 3

Summer WASL Retakes
August 7-10

Teaching and Learning Director Oscar Graybill bids farewell
“Hello Friends and Colleagues,

“Some of you know, and others of you do not know, that I am changing full-time careers.

“I have resigned my position as Director of Teaching and Learning for Walla Walla Public Schools effective June 30, 2006, to dedicate all my time and energy to my educational consulting businesses. I have been working with these businesses part-time for many years, and I have decided now to pursue my passion and work exclusive on these businesses. For those of you who are interested in more information about these endeavors, you can visit www.SocraticSeminars.com to read about Socratic Seminars Northwest and Dialogue Leadership Northwest.

“I have truly enjoyed my 15 years in Walla Walla Public Schools as an English teacher and volleyball coach at Wa-Hi, and the last two years as Director of Teaching and Learning in the central office. My wife April and I will continue to reside in Walla Walla as I travel the nation serving the wider educational and business communities.

“I value my many friendships in Walla Walla and I look forward to continuing those as I embark on this exciting new chapter of my life.

“Thanks for all your support over the years, and for all that you contribute to the lives of the children in Walla Walla Pubic Schools.”

Oscar (Digger, that is)

Wa-Hi Academic Recognition Evening results

• ART AWARDS: Artistic Achievement Awards: Ellyn Hill and Maribel Hernandez

• MUSIC AWARDS: Norb Rossi and Julia Woods
- Russ Larsen Memorial Scholarship: Sarah Koll, Mindy Juergensen, Sara Heimbigner
- Arion Foundation Awards: Yasmeen Colis – Orchestra, Alexander Bernstein – Band, Lindsay Bruner - Choir

ENGLISH DEPARTMENT AWARDS: The WordMaster Challenge Awards: Seniors - George Burgess, Kate Stone, Rachel Wyman, Audrey Brown. Juniors – Maxwell Henderson, Kelsey Beckmeyer, Haley Schneidmiller, Sandra Shields. Sophomores – Ian Smyth, Melissa Horner, Emily Hollenbeck

Outstanding English Awards – Nicole Sawatzki, Rachel Wyman, Tamara Gaffney, Kelsey Hamada, Jared Johnson

DRAMA AWARDS: Marshall Alexander Speech-Drama Trophy: Jared Johnson, Sharon Rowley, Kevin Nims, Allison Collette, Kate Stone

ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND CULTURE ACQUISITION AWARDS: Academic English Transition Award: Gerardo Delgado. Outstanding Acculturation Award: Lizeth Espana
American Sign Language - Danielle Gies
French - George Burgess
German - Zachary Hafen
Spanish - Nicole Sawatzki

LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY, A.S.B. & SENIOR CLASS OFFICERS AWARDS: Legislative Assembly Award: Jeremy Hernandez. Associated Student Body: Amanda Biddle, Jared Johnson, Michelle Enriquez, Amanda Potter. Class of 2006: Caitlin Carlile, Jenna McCauley, Anabel Muro, Kelsey Grossman.

FOREIGN EXCHANGE STUDENT RECOGNITION: Elena Tolfa – Italy, Andres Hermosa-Rios – Ecuador, Sebastien Bise – Switzerland, Puneyavee Aikphaibul – Thailand, Cristian Gomez-Martinez – Chile, Mayo Iizuka – Japan, Muna Milhim - Israel, Franca Boser – Germany, Ravina Cadima – Chile, Andres Robles - Chile

MATHEMATICS AND SCIENCE AWARDS: The Rensselaer Award: Kaori Graybeal
- The Most Outstanding Senior Science Awards: Kalin Karich, Neil Parker, Ajay Heitzmann, Phillip McGuire

The American Association of University Women Math, Science & Technology Awards: Science – Nicole Sawatzki / Math – Yasmeen Colis / Technology – Hillary Smith

BUSINESS EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AWARDS: Outstanding Business Education Student: Humberto Romo

- Twelve Varsity Letter Award: Nick Ferraro and Jared Jordan
- Lehnen Trophy: Yasmeen Colis
- Brown Trophy: Micah Babbitt
- Lawrence Jacky Award: Amanda Potter
- Nancy Blize Scholarship: Micah Babbitt

Amy Schmidt, Melissa Maier, Alexander Bernstein, Brian Merrell, Rocky Eastman, Jr., Kjirsten Hedine, Hillary Smith, Rachel Bagley, Nicholas Hurlburt, Sarah Yancey, Rachel Wyman, Brandt Crider, Jenna McCauley, Ellyn Hill, Ashley Mountain, Margaret Chia, Lance Blakely, Michael Bogard, Sylvan Prichett, Anna Herrara, Mariah Newhouse, Elizabeth Klein, Breana Kelly, Phillip McGuire, Jay Klicker, Jose Valdez, Stephen Short

- Washington State Principals’ Scholars Program: Yasmeen Colis, Nicole Sawatzki, Amy Schmidt, Ajay Heitzmann, Kelsey Hamada, Jillian Bughi, Sean Parsons, George Burgess, Melissa Maier, Alexander Bernstein, Richard Hair, Gerard Duncan, Samuel Wenberg, Oksana German, Kalin Karich, Brian Merrell, Micah Babbitt, Rocky Eastman Jr., Patricia Roe, Letitia Dahlin, Tyler Armejo
- Washington State Honors Award: Micah Babbitt, Rachel Bagley, Jason Barber, Alexander Bernstein, Lance Blakely, Justin Bren, Heather Brower, Audrey Brown, George Burgess, Lindsay Cole, Yasmeen Colis, Brandt Crider, Latitia Dahlin, Daniel Delp, Gerard Duncan, Rocky Eastman Jr., Tyler Ferraro, Nick Ferraro, Tamara Gaffney, Kelsey Grossman, Richard Hair, Kelsey Hamada, Jessica Hansen, Joseph Harold, Kjirsten Hedine, Amara Hill, Nicholas Hurlburt, Josh Hutchinson, Jared Johnson, Kalin Karich, Brian Merrell, Christopher O’Neill, Neal Parker, Sean Parsons, Stephanie Reardon, Brian Reno, Levi Sands, Nicole Sawatzki, Nicholas Shenefield, Hillary Smith, Katherine Stone, Samuel Wenberg, Rachel Wyman

- Dual Diploma Students: Skyler Barnett, Letitia Dahlin, Stacey Johnson, Dimple Patel, Bailee Terry
- National Merit Commended Scholars – Alexander Bernstein, Yasmeen Colis, Nicole Sawatzki
- National Merit Finalist – George Burgess

Class of 2006 Scholarship Recipients

Tiffani Aliverti, Cascadia Community College, Pioneer Posse & WW Fair and Frontier Days Scholarships

Tyler Armijo, WWCC, WWCC K.B. Wells Scholarship

Micah Babbitt, Whitman College, Sherwood Award, WW Elks Most Valuable Student, George T. Welch Fund and the Blue Mountain Community Foundation Ralph and Mary Falconer Scholarships

Rachel Bagley, BYU Idaho, BMCF Wm. & Mary Ellen Bennett Fund

Jason Barber, U of W, Walla Walla Valley Education Association Scholarship

Ambra Barker, U of I, Western Undergraduate Exchange Tuition Award

Skyler Barnett, CWU, WA-HI Class of ’55 Scholarship, NW Grain Growers Robert Abbey Memorial Scholarship

Alexander Bernstein, Harvard, John McGillis Scholarship

Melissa Blevins, Seattle Pacific University, Dean’s Scholar Award, SPU Grant

Hailey Bohnet, WWCC, WWCC Merit Based Scholarship

Heather Brower, WSU, Hayner Family Foundation Academic Achievement Award and University Achievement Award

Audrey Brown, Pacific University, Presidential Scholarship and Pacesetter Scholarship

Lindsey Bruner, Northwest University, Vocal Music Scholarship and Filan Scholarship

Paula Brunton, High-Tech Institute, Youth Bowling Association Scholarship

Jillian Bughi, U of I, Academic Achievement Award and the Italian Heritage Scholarship

Rosa Bushey, Pacific Lutheran University, PLU Academic Scholarship and Q Club Scholarship

Jacob Butenhoff, University of Great Falls, University of Great Falls Athletic Scholarship, Masons of Nicollet Lodge #54 Scholarship and College Place 1st Presbyterian Church Scholarship

Maggie Chia, WSU, College Place 1st Presbyterian Church Scholarship

Lindsay Cole, U of W, George T. Welch Fund, Walla Walla Elks Most Valuable Student Scholarship, Blue Mountain Community Foundation Roberta Bell Kraemer Fund Scholarship & John McGillis Scholarship

Yasmeen Colis, Whitman College, Michael Murr Scholarship, Blue Mountain Community Foundation John Eagon Scholar-Athlete Award

Ashley Cosgrove, Gene Juarez Academy, Careers that Work Scholarship

Mikayla Cummings, San Diego State University, Walla Walla Valley Education Association Donna Manuel Future Teachers Scholarship

Latitia Dahlin, WSU, WSU Crimson Regents Scholar, WSU Business Department Merit Award

Snowie Day, Walla Walla Elks Dave Nicholas Memorial Scholarship

Daniel Delp, Whitman College, Walla Walla Elks Most Valuable Student , BMCF Katherine Guinn Memorial Fund, BMCF Earl and Lucille Blake Fund, William O. Douglas Scholarship and Kiwanis Club Scholarship

Gerard Duncan, U of I, Academic Achievement Award and Exchange Club Student of the Year Award

Rocky Eastman, Jr., U of W, Southeastern Washington Fire Commissioners Association Scholarship, Kiwanis Club Scholarship, John McGillis Scholarship, Nixon Scholarship

Nick Ferraro, Oregon Institute of Technology, George T. Welch Fund, Dean’s Academic Silver Award, Armen Grossenbacher Scholarship, BMCF Dayl & Doris Graves Fund Scholarship

Tyler Ferraro, Oregon Institute of Technology, Dean’s Silver Academic Scholarship & Winifred Favell Scholarship

Tamara Gaffney, Seattle University, Alumni Award, BMCF Earl and Lucille Blake Fund Scholarship & Academic Achievement Award

Oksana German, BYU Idaho, BYU Award of Excellence, Heber J. Grant & BYU Private School Scholarship

Danielle Gies, EWU, EWU Chicano Education Program Scholarship

Hailey Gies, Boise State University, Western Undergraduate Exchange

Denise Gonzalez, WWCC, TRIO Award

Kelsey Grossman, WSU, WSU Achievement Award & WSU College of Business Award

Adam Hair, Loyola Marymount University, Honors at Entrance

Kelsey Hamada, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnatus Scholarship

Hannah Hamilton, EWU, George T. Welch Fund, BMCF Earl & Lucille Blake Fund & Kiwanis Club Scholarship

Jessica Hansen, California State University at Chico, Exchange Club Accepting the Challenge of Excellence Scholarship

Joseph Herald, WSU, University Achievement Award

Zach Hayunga, U of I, Western Undergraduate Exchange Tuition Award

Sara Heimbigner, Walla Walla College, WWC Music Scholarship & WWC Academic Excellence Award

Ajay Heitzmann, WWCC, WW and State Elks Trade and Technical Scholarship & WWCC Merit Based Scholarship

Chase Hessler, CWU, Central Washington University Tuition Waiver

Amara Hill, Eastern Oregon University, Eastern Oregon Scholar Award

Jared Johnson, WSU, WW Elks Most Valuable Student, George T. Welch Fund & WWVEA Donna Manuel Future Teacher Scholarship

Stacey Johnson, Seattle Pacific University, College Place 1st Presbyterian Church Scholarship

Tim Johnson, WSU, BMCF Earl & Lucille Blake Fund, George T. Welch Fund, WA-HI Class of ’55 Scholarship, College Place 1st Presbyterian Church Scholarship & Cyber Inc. Scholarship

Mindy Juergensen, Concordia University, Letter of Intent Award

Katielani Kaneen, BYU Idaho, BYU Excellence Award

Kalin Karich, UPS, Puget Sound Grant & UPS Trustees Grant

Marcus Kisling, ITT Technical Institute of Spokane, Imagine America Scholarship

Brook Leistico, WWCC, WWCC Esary Scholarship

Ari Lopez, WWCC, Vista Hermosa First Fruits Scholarship

Jazmin Lopez, Whitman College, BMCF Earl & Lucille Blake Scholarship, William O. Douglas Scholarship

Melissa Maier, UPS, Kiwanis Club Scholarship

Angela Matlock, ITT Technical Spokane Valley, Judith E. Clarke Scholarship & Imagine America Scholarship

Jenna McCauley, U of W, Lioness Scholarship

Tyson McFarlane, WSU, BMCF Roberta Bell Kraemer Foundation Scholarship

Matt Montgomery, WWCC. WW Elks Dave Nicholas Memorial Scholarship

Kevin Nims, U of I, Western Undergraduate Exchange, BMCF Roberta Bell Kraemer Fund

Tammy Osborne, WWCC, International Order of Job’s Daughters Scholarship, Union Local 1191 Scholarship

Austin Paden, Boise State University, GEM Scholarship

Sean Parsons, WSU, University Achievement Award

Neil Parker, Willamette University, Elmer & Grace Goudy Scholarship

Erica Patino, Walla Walla College, BMCF Roberta Bell Kraemer Scholarship

Amanda Potter, WWCC, WWCC Merit Based Scholarship

Ashley Rausch, WWCC, WWCC Esary Scholarship

Stephanie Reardon, Whitworth College, WWVEA Scholarship, Whitworth Trustees Scholarship

Stephanie Reese, WWCC, WWCC Merit Based Scholarship

Jacob Riley, WSU, BMCF Ralph and Mary Ellen Bennett Fund, BMCF Howard and Pearl Burgess 4-H Scholarship, Walla Walla PSE Scholarship

Sean Rittenhouse, WWCC, WWCC Esary Scholarship

Patricia Roe, Walla Walla College, Academic Achievement Award

Sharon Rowley, BYU, Award of Excellence, Theater Talent Award

Nicole Sawatzki, WSU, WW Elks Most Valuable Student, WSU Distinguished Regents Scholar & John McGillis Scholarship

Rebeka Selby, Montana State University, Achievement Award

Nick Schenefield, Walla Walla College, Academic Achievement Award

Annelise Spencer, George Fox University, Vocal Music Scholarship

Katherine Stone, UPS, UPS Trustees Scholarship, Simon Youth Foundation, WA Public School Employee Scholarship

Josh Strange, WWCC, WA-HI class of ’55 Scholarship, WWCC Esary Scholarship

Heather Suzui, WSU, BMCF Roberta Bell Kraemer Fund

Brittany Swant, Gene Juarez Academy, Careers that Work Scholarship

Nick Swisher, CWU, Deans and Trustees Scholarship

Robert Teichroeb, UPS, BMCF T.B. Elliott Fund

Sam Wenberg, Gonzaga University, Trustees Grant

Alicia Western, EWU, BMCF William and Mary Falconer Fund, WWVEA Accepting the Challenge Scholarship

Annalysa White, Portland State University, Western Undergraduate Exchange