Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - July 28, 2006

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School board approves K-5 Reading Curriculum
Publisher Harcourt Brace selected to supply materials

School board members Tuesday night concluded a year’s worth of staff work by adopting the district’s K-5 reading curriculum. Assistant Superintendent Linda Boggs said this adoption is the first step in developing a K-12 Literacy Plan in support of student achievement data which reinforces reading is at the heart of learning.

Boggs assembled a Reading Review Committee last fall to conduct the research necessary for this important work. This group of 30 plus district educators, co-chaired by Title One Coordinator Judy Peasley, worked this school year to identify a strong core reading program that addresses the needs of the majority of district learners.

Boggs said the district’s Reading Review Committee unanimously agreed Harcourt Brace was the publisher of choice to supply the learning materials in support of the K-5 Reading adoption. She said the committee determined the current core reading program, MacMillan, was adequate if students were on track and becoming readers.

“However, these materials did not adequately address instructional needs for our below and above grade level students,” Boggs said.

Harcourt learning materials are offered in both English and Spanish. Boggs said it was important to have quality materials in both languages. She went on to say committee members felt strongly Harcourt offered this level of service.

The committee’s work which led to the K-5 Reading adoption is also supporting professional development efforts to enhance the district’s K-12 Literacy Plan.

The purchase of the K-5 instructional materials may be staged out over two years, with grade levels demonstrating the greatest need getting new materials first.

Boggs thanked all the Reading Review Committee members for their hard work and said their efforts will help students in our district develop a love for reading and school.

Outstanding staff recognized by peers for achievement
Congratulations to this year’s Staff Achievement Grant recipients. These outstanding staff were recognized at the June 9 end-of-year All Staff Breakfast celebration. Staff Achievement Grant Winners are nominated and chosen by teachers and support staff for superior performance; innovation; exemplary leadership; exceptional service or contributions to the Walla Walla Public Schools.

• Arlene Moreno
Edison Elementary Secretary

• Norb Rossi
Wa-Hi Choral Director

• Kathy Lamb
Pioneer Middle School Para-Educator

• Judy Peasley
District Title One Coordinator - Special Programs

• Doug Venneri
Pioneer Middle School 6th grade teacher

No administrators are included in the selection process or eligible for the grants. Staff Achievement Grant Winners receive a $1,000 stipend and five days of paid release time for professional growth activities. These outstanding educators are recognized by their peers as the best of the best. Congratulations!

Wa-Hi gears up for Fall Sports registration

Students who will be turning out for fall sports may receive eligibility clearance and register at the high school office at the following times:
• Wednesday, August 9 (Volleyball, Cross-Country, Girls’ Soccer, Girls’ Swimming) 5 - 6:30 p.m. Wa-Hi Main Office.

• Thursday, August 10 (Football, Cheer, and Athletic Trainers) 5 - 6:30 p.m. Wa-Hi Main Office.
(****Please contact the Wa-Hi Athletic Department for late registration information.****)

Eligibility Requirements Include:
- Medical Release. Parent signature required.
- Request for Waiver of School Accident Plan Coverage or Purchase of School Insurance. Parent signature required.
- Athletic Activity Contract. Parent and student signatures required.
- Physical Exam – Prior to registration for participation in interscholastic athletic activities a student must undergo a thorough medical examination and be approved for interscholastic competition by a medical authority licensed to perform a physical examination. Physical examinations received after June 1st of 2005 are good for twenty four (24) months from the date of the examination. Physical Exams obtained prior to June 1st 2005 are good for 13 months from the date of the examination. Parent and physician signatures required. (NO PHYSICAL FORM - NO REGISTRATION!)

Fall Sports Calendar Highlights

• Wednesday, August 16: Practice begins for football
• Monday, August 21: Practice begins for Cross Country, Girls’ Soccer, Volleyball and Girls’ Swimming.
• Thursday, August 24: A mandatory meeting for parents of Wa-Hi athletes participating in a fall sport will be held Thursday, August 24 at 7 p.m. in the Wa-Hi Gym.
• Saturday, August 26: Fall sports pictures will be taken Saturday, August 26 (schedule available at registration).

Athletic Fees
• Purchase of an ASB Card, grades 6-12.
• Return equipment and pay hold slips and fines PRIOR TO REGISTRATION.
• $30 participation fee per sport (Wa-Hi)
• $15 participation fee per sport (Middle Schools)

PERSONNEL REPORT (From the School Board Meeting July 25, 2006)


Certificated: Vivian Glaeser, Math Teacher, Walla Walla High School
Carl Robanske, Health/Fitness Specialist, Garrison Middle School

Classified: Sam Barker, Para-Educator, Edison Elementary
Kristin Gehrett, Para-Educator, Garrison Middle School
Jodi Hand, Para-Educator, Berney Elementary
Kimberly Hause, Para-Educator, Green Park Elementary
Twila Mitchell, Para-Educator, Blue Ridge Elementary
Adriana Rowlette-Hernandez, Prospect Point Elementary
Vanessa Ruiz, Para-Educator, Green Park Elementary
Deborah Wernette, Para-Educator, Berney Elementary
Elizabeth Brochu, Library/Media Technician, Blue Ridge Elementary


Certificated: Oscar Garnica, Math Teacher, Walla Walla High School, 13 years

Classified: Madonna Maroon, Kitchen Manager, Prospect Point Elementary, 28 years
Megan Murray, Personnel Secretary, Administration Office, 1 year
Jeri Kohlin, Head Start ECEAP Disabilities Coordinator, Blue Ridge Elementary, 1 year
Ian Gregoire, Para-Educator, Green Park Elementary, 2 years
Jeanne Brewer, Library Technician, Pioneer Middle School, 18 years
Michael Lorang, Para-Educator, Walla Walla High School, 4 years


Certificated: Julianne Anderson, Kindergarten Teacher, Berney Elementary, 1 year

District Office Summer Hours (through August 14)
8:00 a.m. to 12 (Noon)
1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

364 S. Park Street