Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - February 6, 2009

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School board authorizes district to apply for snow days waiver
School board members Tuesday night authorized the district to submit an application to the state for a waiver to excuse the four snow days missed as a result of this winter’s record storms.

This school board action provides the district more options. No decisions were made on how or if the waiver would be used if approved.

The district could excuse all four days, some of the days or none of the days at all. The waiver will be reviewed by the Office of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction. The district hopes to have an answer within the next week.
School board members are expected to make a decision at the next school board meeting, Tuesday, February 17.

Extending the school year provides challenges for the district, most notably the possibility of changing the Walla Walla High School graduation date.

2009 kindergarten and fall Open Enrollment registration dates set
Walla Walla Public Schools Kindergarten and Open Enrollement period is Monday, March 16 to Friday, March 27, 2009. Kindergarten registration will be conducted at the student’s attendance area elementary school. New elementary and middle school boundaries take affect in the fall of 2009.

New Student Registration Hours:
Monday, March 16
7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

March 17 — March 27
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Parents/guardians who wish to open enroll their child to a school outside of their attendance area may pick up an open enrollment application form at their attendance area school during normal business hours beginning March 9; however, the form will not be accepted in the receiving school until Monday, March 16.

If there is space available to accommodate open enrollment requests, then the priorities outlined in School Board Policy No. 3130 will be used to determine movement of a student. School Board Policy manuals are available for public viewing at all Walla Walla Public Schools and the Administration Office. School Board policies are also online at http://www.wwps.org/leadership/board.htm#11

Please contact your attendance area school for more information. District boundary maps are available at all
schools, the Administration Office at 364 South Park Street, and online at www.wwps.org . Click on the District A to Z link and then click on Boundary Map (Revised).

Personnel Report (from 2/3/09 school board meeting)

(Certificated) Debora Rossi, Second Grade, Edison, 4 years
Mary Jo Fontenot, Title I, Green Park Elementary School, 31 years

(Classified) Jacqueline Richerzhagen, Intervention Specialist, Edison Elementary School, 11 years

Leave of Absences
(Classified) Cathy Rasley, Para-Educator, Walla Walla High School (20 years)
- For the remainder of the 2008-09 school year

Maria Remington, Para-Educator, Prospect Point Elementary (5 years)
- For the remainder of the 2008-09 school year

Staffing transfers for 2009-2010 school year
Nilda Williams: Transfers from Prospect Point to Edison Elementary - 2nd Grade Bilingual
Luz Phillips: Transfers from Prospect Point to Edison — 1st Grade Dual Language
Erin Moreno: Transfers from Prospect Point to Edison — 3rd Grade Bilingual
Olga Velazquez: Transfers from Blue Ridge to Edison — Kindergarten Dual Language
Lisa Braddock: Transfers from Berney to Edison — 1st Grade Dual Language
Martin Telstad: Transfers from Green Park to Edison - 2nd Grade
Kellie Humbert: Transfers from Prospect Point to Edison as ESL Teacher

School Board Committee Assignments
Max Carrera
- Safe Schools
- Career/Technical Education
- Classified Negotiations (with Cindy Meyer)

Mary Jo Geidl
- Head Start Policy Council
- Extracurricular Supervisors Negotiations
- Administrative Negotiations
- School-Based Health Center

Anne Golden
- Curriculum Advisory and Instructional Materials
- Certificated Negotiations (with Jim Lehmann)
- Legislative Representative
- Facilities

Jim Lehmann
- WIAA Liaison
- Certificated Negotiations (with Anne Golden)
- Technology/Telecommunications

Cindy Meyer
- Explorer Advisory Committee
- PTA Council
- Classified Negotiations (with Max Carrera)

Walla Walla High School students honored at CWU Jazz Festival
Congratulations to the following students who were named Outstanding Soloists this past Friday at the Central Washington University Jazz Festival:

Nick Walsh - Bari Sax
Machado Mijiga - Alto Sax
Cameron Yancey - Trombone
Tom Callister - Vibes
Dustin Taylor - Guitar

“The CWU Jazz Festival is not a competitive festival with winners and runners up,” Band Director Andrew Ueckert said. “However, they do read off the names of each student who was nominated to be an outstanding soloist at the end of the day, and of the 24 high school jazz bands who performed, Wa-Hi tied Pasco and Hanford for having the most Outstanding Soloist Awards given out. The entire Jazz Band also received an Outstanding Jazz Band Certificate as well! Way to go Wa-Hi Jazz Band.”

Walla Walla High School weekend sports schedule

Boys Basketball vs. Richland at Walla Walla — Friday, February 6
- Varsity @ 7:30 PM
- JV @ 5:45 PM
- Soph @ 5:45 PM

NOTE: “Blue Out Tonight” -- The Wa-Hi ASB is sponsoring a “Blue-Out” for tonight’s boys varsity basketball game vs. Richland. All fans are encouraged to wear blue to show their support of Wa-Hi basketball.

Girls Basketball vs. Richland at Richland—- Friday, February 6
- Varsity @ 7:30 PM
- JV @ 5:45 PM
- Frosh A @ 5:45 PM
- “C” Team @ 7:30 PM

Boys Swimming Districts at Ellensburg — Friday, February 6
- 2:30 PM at Central Washington University

Wrestling Districts at Wenatchee — Friday, February 6
- 6:00 PM at Wenatchee High School

Dance Invite at Kamiakin — Saturday, February 7
- 11:00 AM at Kamiakin High School

Boys Swimming Districts at Ellensburg — Saturday, February 7
- 3:30 PM at Central Washington University

Wrestling Districts at Wenatchee — Saturday, February 7
- 9:00 AM at Wenatchee High School

Classroom Close-Up features Garrison Social Studies teacher
This week Garrison Middle School Social Studies teacher Mike Braddock is featured as part of the district’s Classroom Close-Up series. A fun, information filled newsletter will be posted on the district website next week — (www.wwps.org).

A radio spot featuring Mike Braddock is now playing on regional stations.

Hessler signs to play football for Eastern Washington University
Walla Walla High School football standout Spencer Hessler signed his national letter of intent Wednesday to play football at Eastern Washington University. Hessler played running back and linebacker for the Blue Devils.

He is currently a member of the Wa-Hi boys basketball team. Good luck at EWU!

Garrison Middle School launches new web site
This week Garrison Middle School launched its new web site: garrisonmiddleschool.org. Be sure to add this site to your favorites folder. The new site includes more information than ever before and is easy to navigate.
Rummage sale this weekend to support new Blue Ridge playground
With your help the Jeremy Richards “Playground of Dreams” at Blue Ridge Elementary will come true…

Date: February 7 & 8
Time: 10 am to 5 pm
Location: Fraternal Order of Eagles (350 S. 2nd Ave)

Featured Sale Items:
- Counter-top Dishwasher
- Washer & Dryer Set
- Workout Equipment
- Home Furniture
- Much more...

This event is brought to you by Washington AmeriCorps Members and Blue Ridge Elementary PTA.