Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - November 30, 2007

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Winter weather school closure procedures
Winter weather is here and it could have an impact on school days. If school schedules change due to poor weather conditions, parents can expect to get an early morning call with all the details. Community members may also tune to their favorite radio or television stations for updates or log on to the district website for up to the minute information.

School Closure procedures:
• All parents and staff will get a call (at approximately 6:15 a.m.) via the US Netcom system (Spanish speaking parents will also get a message in Spanish)

• Media will be notified (Radio and TV)

• A message will be posted on the district website

• An e-mail will be sent out to people who have signed up for “E-News” via the district website

• During two-hour delays, no breakfast services will be offered and AM Preschool will not be held

(*The district will attempt to have all this in place by 6:30 a.m. or sooner)

What about Wednesdays for secondary students (grades 6-12) during a two-hour delay?
There is no Wednesday “delayed start” if the district is in a two-hour delay. Secondary students WILL NOT be starting two hours after the Wednesday delayed start time. They will be starting two hours after the Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday start times.

Levy information online
Visit the district’s website (www.wwps.org) for information on the district’s 2008 Replacement M&O Levy. The measure is on the ballot February 19. Ballots will be mailed out to voters February 1. The cost per thousand rate for taxpayers on this replacement proposal is similar to dollar per thousand rates currently being collected.
Big Blue Weekend helps students improve school culture
More than 200 Walla Walla High School students recently participated in the first annual Big Blue Weekend at Wildhorse Canyon in Antelope, Oregon. The purpose of the Big Blue Weekend was to positively impact the climate of Wa-Hi by building relationships between students and staff, breaking down barriers, and giving students relationship skills and experience that they could integrate into their lives, according to Associated Student Body advisor Jillian DeBritz.

“Students and staff accomplished that purpose by laughing together, playing together, and talking life together,” DeBritz said.

Wa-Hi ASB officers began planning the weekend last spring.

“The weekend’s success was the result of months spent dreaming and planning,” DeBritz said.

Brad Henning was the speaker for the weekend, and his talks paved the way for junior leaders to facilitate small-group discussion on all types of relationships. Both Henning and special guest musician Jonah Werner received rave reviews from students and staff, DeBritz said.

“I am proud of the leadership that the ASB Leadership students displayed at the Big Blue Weekend,” DeBritz said. “They took ownership of the weekend and led their peers and even adults in a positive way—I am excited to see the impact on Wa-Hi that this weekend will have over the next few years.”

Classroom Close-Up features Wa-Hi English teacher
This week Wa-Hi English Teacher Casey Monahan is featured via the district’s Classroom Close-Up series. Next week we’ll travel to Blue Ridge to visit Blue Ridge 5th grade teacher Amy Hartford.

A 60 second radio spot highlighting Monahan begins playing today on several stations. A fun, photo-filled newsletter and the radio spot will be posted on the district website (www.wwps.org -- A to Z section) next week.

Assistant Personnel Director named interim Business Manager
Walla Walla Public Schools named Assistant Personnel Director Patricia Johnston interim Business Manager. Johnston has been employed by the district for 15 years.

She began her career with the district working in the Business Office as the secretary to the Business Manager. Johnston then transferred to the Personnel Department in 1998. She was named Assistant Director of Personnel in 2002.

“I’m excited to move into the Business Manager position and look forward to working with the staff in the Business Office as well as all of Support Services and the people out in the buildings,” Johnston said. “I have a good foundation for this position and want everyone to know that I’m here to support our staff and students in any way possible.”

Johnston has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from City University. She and her husband Bob have two children who attended Walla Walla Public Schools and are now in college.

Interim Assistant Personnel Director named
Walla Walla Public Schools has named Liz Campeau interim Assistant Personnel Director to replace Pat Johnston, who was recently named as interim Business Manager. Campeau will assist in the responsibility for staffing, recruitment, contract management, labor relations and daily personnel operations.

“Campeau came to the school district with a strong background in Human Resources Management,” Deputy Superintendent Dr. Bill Jordan said. “She has more than 14 years experience in this field.”

Campeau has a Bachelors degree from the University of Washington in Business Administration with an emphasis in Human Resources. She began her career as a Personnel Administrator at Tandem Computers in Cupertino, CA. Campeau returned to Seattle and spent three years as a Human Resources Assistant for Simpson Timber Company and almost seven years for UniSea, Inc. as an Employee Relations Manager. She also was employed as a Human Resources Generalist for Molbak’s Greenhouse and Nursery in Woodinville, WA, before choosing to move back to her hometown of Walla Walla and be a stay-at-home mom.

Campeau has been extremely active in Walla Walla schools as a volunteer, working in leadership capacities with the PTA and Explorers Parent Organizations. She received the Art Regier “Volunteer of the Year” award in 1999.

She worked part-time in Financial Aid for Whitman College, and for a short time at the Walla Walla Chamber of Commerce, before returning to her career in Human Resources by accepting the Personnel Secretary position with Walla Walla Public Schools.

“My experience is strongest in staffing and recruitment, employee relations and communications,” Campeau said. “I am thrilled with the opportunity to function in this capacity for Walla Walla Public Schools. I look forward to developing strong relationships throughout the district in my new role.”

Campeau grew up in Walla Walla, attending Sharpstein Elementary, Pioneer Junior High School, and Walla Walla High School. She and her husband Steve have two children at Walla Walla High School - daughter Ryan is a Junior and son Jake is a Freshman.

FFA wreath sale underway
The Wa-Hi FFA Chapter is selling beautiful 16" Holiday Wreaths again this year. Wreaths will be hand-made on a first ordered, first served basis.

Wreath Information:
• 16" rings means the wreath will be 22"-26" wide when it is finished.
• Each wreath comes with 3 large Pine Cones and Bow (color of your choice -- red, white, blue)
• Cost: $20 Payable upon pick up or delivery.

If you would like to place an order for a Wreath this year, please email FFA Advisor Arch McHie at amchie@wwps.org.

Wa-Hi student named to All-Northwest Choir
Congratulations to Walla Walla High School student Thomas Rowley for being also selected to participate in the ACDA All-Northwest Honor Choir in Vancouver, B.C. in February. Choir Director Norb Rossi reported he received the news this week.

Wa-Hi joins annual Feast of Carols concert at Cordiner Hall
The Concert Choir and Chamber Singers will be at Cordiner Hall Sunday, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. for the Feast of Carols. The Chamber Singers and Treble Ensemble will present the “Gift Concert” on Tuesday, December 4 at 7:00 p.m. in the Walla Walla High School Auditorium.

“This program is student-driven and features many numbers by soloists and small groups,” Wa-Hi Choral Director Norb Rossi said. “It is our traditional “kick-off” for the Holiday season.”
Admission is free.

Check the district website for a complete listing of the Holiday Concert Series.

Holiday Concert schedule Online
Visit the district website homepage (www.wwps.org) for a complete listing of Walla Walla Public Schools holiday concerts.
Wa-Hi German language students to sing carols
What: German Christmas Carol Sing-a-longs
When: Saturday, December 1, 10 a.m. and Saturday, December 8, 10 a.m.
Where: Walla Walla University, Fine Arts Center Room 208 (204 S College Ave, College Place)
Who: Anyone interested in German, Music and/or Christmas; you are welcome regardless of your level of German
Why: To celebrate the Messiah’s birth
What else: Music, treats, and a brief description of how Christmas is celebrated in Germany