Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - May 18, 2007

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WASL test dates push calendar revision
Walla Walla Public Schools has revised the 2007-2008 school year calendar due to the Spring 2008 Washington Assessment of Student Learning (WASL) test dates.

This revision moves spring break (March 31 to April 4) and spring conference (March 6 and 7) dates back one week to accommodate the Spring 2008 WASL test dates. Walla Walla Public Schools adopted its two-year calendar in February 2006, prior to the state’s release of the Spring 2008 WASL test dates which are in conflict with the district’s previously approved 2007-2008 calendar.

School board members and district leaders believe the revision will better support student success on the annual WASL exams. Revised 2007-2008 calendars have been distributed to all staff, posted on the district’s website and will be included in next year’s Parent/Student handbooks.


Gardea named region’s distinguished principal
Congratulations to Prospect Point Assistant Principal Chris Gardea for being named Distinguished Principal for the Lake Wallula Region of the Washington Principals’ Association.

Now in his third year, Gardea is known throughout the district as a math and technology specialist. He will now advance to the state level of the competition.


Green Park students showcase technology skills
This week Green Park students in Martin Telstad’s second grade class showcased their technology skills to school board members. Telstad says he uses technology daily in his classroom. Students presented PowerPoint research projects, explained how they use the internet to gather information and graphics and told school board members how technology makes learning fun. Telstad says it is important to provide teachers with the necessary equipment and support to integrate technology in the classroom.

Architect says Edison conceptual designs coming soon
Progress continues on the Edison Construction Project according to a report Tuesday night from Business Manager Aron Rausch. Rausch detailed the project timeline featuring activities and milestones for the next four months. Principal Nancy Withycombe reported staff members are excited to be part of the planning process.

Last week Edison Construction project lead architect John Evans spent a day at the school listening to staff and making recommendations. Evans will be back in Walla Walla May 23 to host a community open house where he expects to unveil conceptual designs. The open house is in the Edison Gym from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Evans will also be in Walla Walla on June 6 from 3:30 to 5 p.m to lead another open house.


Wa-Hi Softball team named State 4A Academic Champions
The week the Washington Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) announced the Walla Walla High School Varsity Softball team was the state’s 4A Academic Champions.
“This means that of all the 4A Softball teams in the state, we have the highest team accumulative grade point average (GPA),” District Athletic Director Don Wilkins said. “Congratulations to the girls and their coaches for a job well done on the field and in the classroom.”
The team’s GPA is 3.689.

Coaches
• Jerry Humphreys (Head Coach)
• Vicki Johnson (Vars. Assist.)
• Arch McHie
• Nichole Riggs
• Patti Eagon

Team members:
• Alice Crosby
• Kaela DeBroeck
• Kelsie DeBroeck
• Caitlin Doherty
• Kendra Greenwood
• Kristen Griffith
• Taryn Hair
• Emily Hollenbeck
• Jennifer Keyes
• Courtney Krebs
• Kylie McConnell
• Jordan Paden
• Abbey Reardon
• Victoria Reardon
• Sara Rosso
• Kendall Wilson



Homelink Program students explore world of virtual learning
Next school year the Homelink Program -- housed at Berney Elementary -- will go virtual by offering online courses through a partnership with the Columbia Virtual Academy. Homelink supports home-school students and families by offering a variety of courses in a public school setting.

Berney Principal David Talley says the demand for virtual learning is increasing. A parent information meeting on the program will be held Tuesday, May 29 at 7 p.m. at the Walla Walla Regional Airport. Contact Berney elementary for more information, 527-3060.


Pioneer plans music-filled anti-bullying program
This week Pioneer Principal Dana Jones updated the school board on an exciting anti-bullying program the school staff are planning in October featuring music educator Dr. Monte Selby (http://www.monteselby.com) and Grammy Award winning song writer Steve Seskin (http://www.steveseskin.com). Selby and Seskin use music to promote a positive, anti-bullying message to students.

Schedule of Events
- Monday, October 22
- Steve & Monte at Pioneer all day

Tuesday, October 23
- Monte at Prospect Point all day
- Steve at Sharpstein all day
- Meet & greet night @ 3 Rivers Winery (6-8 p.m.)

Wednesday, October 24
- AM professional development with Monte for secondary
- PM professional development with Monte & Steve for elementary
- Steve at Edison AM

Thursday, October 25
- Steve at Berney AM
- Monte at Green Park AM
- Community Concert @ Cordiner Hall (6-8 PM - Free, all donations will be dispersed to agencies that serve youth in the valley)

Friday, October 26
- Monte & Steve at Blue Ridge AM
- PM (open at this time)

Community Partners
Washington State Penitentiary (Jeff Uttecht)
- Employees Association is fund raising.

Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conference Center (Shanna Hatfield)
- Half price rooms for both Steve and Monte

World Wide Travel Service (Paul Schneidmiller)
- Lowest airfare and $100 donation off tickets

Abajian Motor Sales (Gary Hanson)
- Vehicle free of charge for the week

Banner Bank (Bonnie Bowton)
- $2,000 cash donation

Needham Construction (Peggy Needham)
- $350 cash donation

Three Rivers Winery (Bud Stocking)
- Donation of facilities for meet & greet night

McDonald Zaring (Mark Thompson)
- $250 cash donation

United Way (Liz McDevitt)
- $100 cash donation

Whitehouse Crawford (Carl & Sonja Schmidt)
- $1,000 cash donation and 2 free dinners for Monte & Steve

Walla Walla Substance Abuse Task Force (Jim Nagle)
- $500 cash donation

Community Center for Youth (Catherine Broyles)
- Free use of their recording studio

Charter Communications (Christine Erb)
- Free advertising & commercials

Campfire for Boys and Girls (Karen Wolf)
- Community partnership

Children’s Home Society (Richard Pankl)
- Community partnership

Whitman College (Dr. George Bridges)
- Use of Cordiner Hall (no charge) and covering custodial costs

Pelo Foundation (Dick Pelo)
- $2,000 cash donation

Blue Mountain Community Foundation (Lawson Knight)
- Community partnership

Friends Program (Regina Eilertson)
- Community partnership.

For more information -- contact Pioneer Middle School, 527-3050.
- Dana R. Jones (djones@wwps.org)
- Judy Anderson (janderson@wwps.org)
- Angie Gardea (agardea@wwps.org)



Spring Concert dates (remaining)
Tuesday, May 22
Wa-Hi Jazz Concert (w/Pioneer Jazz Band), Wa-Hi Auditorium - 7 p.m. - $2

Wednesday, May 30
Wa-Hi Choir Concert - Wa-Hi Auditorium - 7 p.m. - $2

Thursday, May 31
Wa-Hi Orchestra Concert - Wa-Hi Auditorium, 7 p.m. - $2

Tuesday/Wednesday, June 5 & 6
Chamber Singers to Mariners game/National Anthem -- 1:35 p.m. (Wednesday game)


Wa-Hi music student takes state for second straight year
Congratulations to Walla Walla High School senior Jeremy Ueckert for recently winning the state title in the Timpani Division. Ueckert competed against 18 other students enroute to the title. This is his second championship in this division. Ueckert is the son of Wa-Hi Band Director Andrew Ueckert.

Several other Wa-Hi music students qualified for the WMEA-WIAA(Washington Music Educators Association & Washington Interscholastic Athletics Association) sponsored state contest in Ellensburg.

Congratulations to all of these students for their outstanding musical achievements:
• Anna Tupper Bridges/Flute
• Jeremy Ueckert/Mallets & Timpani
• Emily Crouter/Clarinet
• Kelsie Davisson/Soprano I
• Rebecca Bagley/Soprano I
• Malia Millgard-Lewis/ Soprano II
• Morgan Filan/Soprano II
• Joel Herbert/Tenor
• Robert Boettcher & Stephen Trego/Men’s Vocal Small
• Kelsie Davisson & Haley Schneidmiller/Women’s Vocal Small


French students plan yard sale to fund France trip
Next summer some Walla Walla High School French students will travel to France for a 16 day adventure. Parents of students involved in the program are organizing a yard sale to raise funds for the trip. Donations are gladly being accepted. Currently 25 families have contributed to the sale.

What: Voyage en France Yard Sale
When: Saturday May 26 - all day
Where: Wa-Hi Academic Parking Lot - Fern and Abbott

For more information, contact Wa-Hi French teacher Kerri Tucker at 527-3020.


Retirement Celebrations 2006-2007 (as have been reported to the Communications Department to date)

Blue Ridge Elementary
Karen Smeed
Tuesday, May 15
Library
3:30 p.m.

Leah Crudup
Thursday, May 31
Library
3:30 p.m.

Green Park Elementary
Mark Randow
Thursday, June 7
3:00-5:00 p.m.
Library

Garrison Middle School
Sue Friese
Tuesday, May 22
3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Garrison Library


Carnegie art show features wind, water and weather
Carnegie Art Center’s annual docent-sponsored family show, this show depicts the wonderful beauty and forces of nature interpreted by nine Northwest artists. Entitled “Wind, Water and Weather,” it features the works of these local artists and photographers: Roy and Joyce Anderson, Mark VanDonge, Carol Cole, Tye Watts, and Anne Hysell.

The show runs through May 25, 2007. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Several elementary classes have already had field trips to the exhibit.


Community invited to End-of-Year celebrations

Wa-Hi Baccalaureate
Sunday, June 3 - Blue Mt. Community Church, 6 p.m.

Wa-Hi Academic Recognition
Wednesday, June 6 - Wa-Hi Auditorium, 7 p.m.

Graduates of Distinction Reception
Wednesday, June 6 - Board Room, 3:30 to 5 p.m.

Opportunity Program Senior Celebration Luncheon
Wednesday, June 6 - 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (919 S. 2nd)

Paine High School Commencement
Thursday, June 7 - Paine Gym, 6:00 p.m.

Wa-Hi Commencement
Friday, June 8 - Wa-Hi campus, 7:30 p.m.

Pioneer 8th Grade Recognition
Tuesday, June 12 - Wa-Hi Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

Garrison 8th Grade Recognition
Wednesday, June 13 - Cordiner Hall, 7:00 p.m.