Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - November 16, 2007

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Simple Majority winning approval
With 99.9% of the precincts counted on November 15 at noon, the simple majority for school levies is being approved 50.3667% to 49.6633% -- or by 11,350 votes. This is well above the 2,000 that would trigger an automatic recount.

Even though the ballot measure will not be official until it is certified by the Secretary of State on December 6, experts who track voting result trends say that it is statistically impossible for the measure to fail at this point. The supermajority 60 percent requirement was put in place in 1944. Beginning with the 2008 elections, school district levies will pass – when they are approved by a majority of those voting – 50 percent + 1.

School board meeting Tuesday
Regularly scheduled meeting
Tuesday, Nov. 20
7:30 p.m.
364 S. Park St. (District Board Room)
Open to public

Thanksgiving holiday break next week
- Wednesday, Nov. 21 (Early release for all students -- no delayed start for secondary students)
- Thursday, Nov. 22 and Friday, Nov. 23 (No School -- Thanksgiving break)

Classes resume Monday, Nov. 26

Berney teacher and author to discuss new book
Berney fourth grade teacher Joe Gribnau will talk about his recently published book “Rocky Mountain Night Before Christmas” during an evening with the author Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Berney Library. Guests will learn more about the creative writing process, publishing and how to work with an illustrator. Gribnau will also be at Book and Game Saturday, Dec. 1 from 1 to 3 p.m. for a book signing.
Wa-Hi students submit TV spot for Army/Navy game
This week Wa-Hi students in Dennis DeBroeck’s animation class sent their Army/Navy Game TV commercial to West Point for consideration for the December 1st showdown on CBS. Last year’s Wa-Hi submission was aired during the nationally televised game.

District pilots elementary electronic report cards
Green Park 2nd grade teacher Martin Telstad is piloting an electronic report card for elementary grade levels. The tech savvy Telstad is also helping streamline an Online Grades program so parents who have children in elementary schools can track academic progress via the internet. The district hopes to have both of these online services in place next school year.
District teams with city for new School Resource Officer
The City of Walla Walla and the school district have teamed to make schools safer. An agreement with the city is now in place for a School Resource Police Officer to support Lincoln Alternative High School, Garrison and Pioneer Middle Schools. Officer Steve Echeverria will serve as the SRO.
Wa-Hi JROTC cadets support local Veterans Day event
The cadets of the Blue Devil Cadet Battalion in the Junior Reserve Officer Training Program at Walla Walla High School played a key role in the community observation of Veterans Day in downtown Walla Walla Sunday, Nov. 11.
Cadet Lt. Col. Cody Nordheim, the cadet battalion commander for the class of 2008, gave a speech observing Veterans Day. Other JROTC participation included the color guard leading the parade through downtown, and the cadet sponsors team had a marching unit in the parade.

The speech by Nordheim said: 'Cadets honoring Vets'
“I’d like to thank today’s Grand Marshal, the citizens of Walla Walla, and the surrounding area — and of course, our reason for being here today — the honored veterans of our United States Armed Forces.

“I am the Blue Devil Cadet Battalion Commander for the Junior Reserve Officer Training Program at Walla Walla High School. We believe that TODAY’S CADETS ARE TOMORROW’S VETS. We respect and honor the example set by every veteran who served nobly and honorably in our Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard. These vets have served in all components... active, reserve and national guard.

“We have come to the tradition of honoring America’s veterans everywhere from what was first called “Armistice Day.” The Armistice was the formal end of hostilities in World War One. The treaty, that was signed in France, called for the war to end on the 11th month, 11th day, 11th hour and 11th minute. It was later renamed “Veterans Day.”

“But as we all know, our country has called on its sons and daughters, patriots each and every one, to serve in other crises and causes. Please raise your hand and keep it up if you served during any part of this list: World War Two — The Korean War — The Vietnam War — Beirut — Grenada — Panama — The Balkans — Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm — The War on Terror in Iraq and Afghanistan — and Humanitarian Actions at home and abroad too many to count.
Ladies and gentlemen, please join me with your applause in appreciation for their service to our Nation.

“Finally, I am honored to tell you that our senior cadet project this year is to try to recognize every veteran who has any relationship with Walla Walla High School. We are not limiting this effort to former members of the JROTC program. Rather, we want to recognize anyone who ever attended or graduated from Wa-Hi who served in any branch of service, whether active, guard or reserve.

“We are creating a “Wall of Honor” for our school’s veterans. We need your help so that we can identify anyone who ever attended Walla Walla High School. We hope to make this an ongoing effort... a living work in progress. We ask every veteran, or anyone who knows a veteran, to help us add them to our project. You can reach us by calling the high school and asking to be transferred to JROTC. Someone will follow up with you soon.
On behalf of today’s cadets... to America’s Vets... thank you, God Bless You... and God Bless the United States of America.”

Spaghetti fund-raiser for injured Wa-Hi grad tonight
There will be a fund-raiser spaghetti dinner tonight for Dylan Worsech at the College Place Presbyterian Church on the corner of Rose and Damson streets. The dinner is from 4 to 8 p.m. and is $10 per person. Worsech, a Wa-Hi football player who graduated last spring, is paralyzed from the waist down from injuries suffered in an October car accident.

He is at Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital in Portland where to up eight more weeks of rehabilitation are needed. Additional donations to his fund can be made at any branch of Baker Boyer Bank. For more information, call Richard Greenwood at 525-1037 or the College Place Presbyterian Church at 529-3210.

Walla Walla teachers earn national certificates
Walla Walla teachers Missy Johnson (Green Park), Curtis Schafer, Casey Monahan, and Matt Bayley (Walla Walla High School) have received certfication through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

Requirements include authoring a detailed professional portfolio, video taping classroom instruction and passing a challenging assessment to test subject knowledge. These teachers earn a 10-year certificate.

Walla Walla Valley Bands thanks district for support by WWVB President Margaret Jamison
“On behalf of the Walla Walla Valley Bands I extend heartfelt thanks to the Walla Walla School District for the use of its facilities and equipment for the past 17 years.

“Founded in 1989, the Walla Walla Valley Bands comprise an organization of more than 50 members who range in age from 20 to 80 and who represent a variety of ability and experience levels. We gather weekly to rehearse in order to present a variety of concerts to the community throughout the year.

“In order to do this, however, we have needed rehearsal and performance spaces. Walla Walla High School has graciously allowed us to use their band room for our weekly rehearsals, as well as their auditorium for many of our annual concerts. We have further been fortunate to have access to some pieces of major equipment, such as tuba and timpani, and various other specialty items as needed. In addition, we have had use of the Garrison Middle School band room as an alternative facility.

“We have recently engaged in a new partnership with Walla Walla Community College and have therefore moved our rehearsal and performance venues to that site and look forward to a long and productive relationship with them.

However, the Walla Walla Valley Bands would not have been able to develop to the extent that we have without the use of facilities and support of staff at Wa-Hi and Garrison for all these years. Thank you for allowing the bands to function and flourish as a musical entity.”

Retirees Association presents fall mini-grants
Recently Edison Physical Education teacher Bob Van Donge and Green Park third grade teacher Colleen Chamberlain were named recipients of the Walla Walla-Columbia School Retirees Association fall Mini-Grants of $100.

VanDonge won the award to provide scholarships to elementary basketball players (boys and girls) with financial need. The individual fee for participation is $10.00.

Colleen Chamberlain, 3rd Grade teacher at Green Park , will use her Mini-Grant funds toward funding cooking projects in the general education classroom. Green Park has a portable kitchen cooking station.

Teachers who are active members of the Walla Walla/Columbia School Retirees Association are invited to apply for a Mini-Grant of $100 in the spring. Letters will be sent to all members to apply for the grant. Five Mini-Grants are awarded in the Fall and Spring. Members come from Walla Walla, Touchet, Dayton, Prescott, Waitsburg, and Burbank. This Fall the other winners were teachers in Touchet, and Dayton, according to Linnea Keatts, Mini-Grant chairman.

For more information, contact Keatts:
- Home Phone: 525-0049
- E-mail: lkeatts@msn.com

Wa-Hi technology students excel in national competition
Congratulations to Walla Walla High School students Michael Dowdy and Mason Bradshaw for their outstanding achievement in Phase III of the Cisco National IT Essentials competition. Bradshaw is ranked 10th and Dowdy 12th out of 2,257 contestants. Soon they will be participating in Phase IV, according to Technology teacher Dennis DeBroeck.
“It takes very hard work to get to their level of knowledge,” DeBroeck said.
Public School Employees union elects officers
This week the district’s Public School Employees union elected officers to serve the next two years.
“Congratulations and thanks for all you do to support Walla Walla Public Schools,” Superintendent Rich Carter said.

Larry McCauley, President
Mike Stroe, Vice President
Ginger Heiser, Treasurer
Linda Barker, Secretary

Board approves M&O levy election date
School board members approved Tuesday, February 19 as the election date for the 2008 replacement Maintenance and Operations Levy.
The voter approved 2004 M&O Levy, which passed at 67.4%, expires in December 2008 and this four-year Levy would replace it. The cost for this replacement levy is similar to what Walla Walla property owners are currently paying.

Summary of Proposal
2009 - $8,278,000 (projected rate $3.42 per $1,000)
2010 - $8,828,000 (projected rate $3.56 per $1,000)
2011 - $9,378,000 (projected rate $3.69 per $1,000)
2012 - $9,978,000 (projected rate $3.83 per $1,000)

What do school levies pay for?
Local levies support school needs. Our levy pays for approximately 14 percent of the District’s operating budget. In Walla Walla, the M&O levy helps to support:
• approximately 30 teachers
• approximately 50 non-certificated staff
• school safety staff & technology
• elementary PE & music specialists
• health clinicians & library-media specialists
• elementary physical education specialists
• school supplies & building maintenance
• extra-curricular (athletics, music, drama, FFA and more)
• transportation for school activities

More information will be coming out to staff and the community later this fall.

Wa-Hi Drama Department fall play ends this weekend
This fall students involved in Walla Walla High School’s THEATRE ARTS PROGRAM are working on two plays, “Courtship” and “1918” in Horton Foote’s Orphans’ Home Cycle, a nine play epic.

Remaining Show dates:
November 16 (7 p.m.)
November 17 (2 p.m.)

Horton Foote has been called “The Supreme Musician” of American playwrights, along with Tennessee Williams. The plays take place in small town, turn of the century Texas, and are loosely based on Foote’s own family. Never vulgar, but plumbing the depths of human experience through humor and tragedy, themes that flow throughout the piece are love, forgiveness, honor and sorrow. At its center is a love story and an exploration of the intricacies of family life. Tickets are $8 adults and $6 for seniors & students.

Please call the ticket office at 526-8613 for reserved seating.

Garrison Night School Conversational Spanish Class starts soon
Registration has begun for Garrison Night School Conversational Spanish class. The fee for the Spanish class is $246.90 and is offered for 3 credits through Walla Walla Community College. Classes begin Monday, November 26, 2007, and end Thursday, February 28, 2008. Spanish for native English speakers will be taught on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m. Register now at Walla Walla Community College or at Garrison Middle School Monday, Nov. 19, and Tuesday, Nov. 20.

Garrison Night School is an adult education program offered in a partnership between Walla Walla Community College and the Walla Walla Public Schools. Classes are held at Garrison Middle School (906 Chase St.) in Walla Walla. Additional classes offered this year include General Education Diploma (GED) preparation, four levels of English as a Second Language (ESL), and a Job Psychology class. Traffic Safety is offered from 5 to 6 p.m. as well as Citizenship and “How to Start Your Own Business in Washington State.”

A $25 registration fee which covers all classes taken is required for the GED, ESL, citizenship, traffic safety, job psychology and how to start a business in Washington classes. Some scholarships are available as is free child care.

The mission of Garrison Night School is to promote the education of Hispanic parents by connecting them to the school community, preparing them for a General Education Diploma and facilitating their enrollment in college, thus raising the educational level and standard of living of the family.

For additional information regarding the Garrison Night School, contact Program Coordinator Esteban Florian at (509) 527-3040 or by e-mail at eflorian@wwps.org.

Program Location – Garrison Night School is located at 906 Chase Street.