Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - September 18, 2009

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St. Mary Medical Center and Albertsons donate thousands of dollars in school supplies
Tuesday night school board members thanked Providence St. Mary Medical Center Director of Mission Services Kathie Oreb for donating $6000 in school supplies to Walla Walla children.

This fall, St. Mary Medical Center teamed with Albertsons for the cause. Oreb said donations were slow in coming this year, so she reached out to Albertsons for help and they jumped at the opportunity. This team approach netted more supplies than ever before, according to Oreb. Thirty-two boxes of school supplies have been distributed to schools and 60 backpacks are on order. Albertsons has already committed to teaming with St. Mary Medical Center again next year.
Lincoln Health Center opens for business
The Lincoln Health Center opened for business this fall after nearly two years of planning. This stand alone operation offers Lincoln Alternative High School students medical services, mental health and drug counseling and referrals to outside agencies as needed for a variety of health-related services.

Students are required to have a signed parent permission form on file in order to access services. Walla Walla Public Schools provides no funding or operational support of the Lincoln Health Center. St. Mary Medical Center is the primary funding source for the program.

“Walla Walla Public Schools school board members, administration and staff embrace the mission of the Lincoln Health Center and are grateful to this community-based group for bringing these services to Walla Walla to support the needs of at-risk youth in the community,” Superintendent Rich Carter said. “This just proves a small group with a large vision can make a difference.”

Community members are invited to the Lincoln Health Center inaugural public open house Monday, September 21 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at 534 South 3rd Avenue, Suite 7.

Lincoln Health Center Executive Board
Alison Kirby, MD -LHC Medical Director
Stan Ledington - Board President
Bruce Wilkerson - Board Vice President
Steven M. Moss - Secretary/Treasurer
Kathie Oreb - Providence St. Mary Medical Center, Mission Services
Les Stahlnecker - ESD 123
Michelle Coleman Northwest Counseling Solutions
Holly T. Howard - Student Health Options Coordinator

Mickie Winnett, LPN
Katherine Bairstow, AmeriCorps Member
Laura A. Norris, ARNP
Beth Toon, LMHP
Jill Dickey, MSW

September enrollment count similar to last fall’s numbers
Deputy Superintendent Dr. Bill Jordan reported to school board members Tuesday night the district is serving about the same number of students it was serving at this time last year.

Jordan reported the district logged 5808.27 Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) students on the first official enrollment count for the 2009-2010 school year. These figures do not include Alternative Education Program (AEP) or Running Start students. Last fall the district reported 5801.74 FTEs for the September 2008 enrollment count. Enrollment this fall is up at elementary schools, down at middle schools, up slightly at Walla Walla High School and down at Lincoln Alternative High School.

New security cameras to support safe and civil schools program
Security cameras will be installed this fall at Pioneer and Garrison Middle Schools to help support the district’s safe and civil schools program. Additional cameras will also be installed at Lincoln Alternative High School.

The cameras will be strategically placed throughout the schools and used to promote safety and support emergency plans.
Pioneer Principal Dana Jones says the cameras are a welcome addition.

“We’ve been talking about this for a long time,” Jones said. “They will help.”

Districtwide Learning Improvement Day activities - Friday, Sept. 18
Berney: Math and Standards to Rubrics Teams will present information on the math binders as well as the Standards to Rubrics process to the Berney staff. They also plan to continue the Standards to Rubrics work on Wednesday, October 21 from 3:30-6:45 p.m.; Wednesday, October 28 from 3:30-6:45 p.m.; and Tuesday, November 3 from 3:30-6:45 p.m.

Blue Ridge: Staff will focus on the need for standards-based formative assessments to support performance-based learning; promoting professional learning teams to create common performance-based assessments; and give teachers hands-on experience at defining the power standards, creating checklists and rubrics for instruction. The LID activities will be from 7:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. in the Blue Ridge Library.

Blue Ridge PreSchool – 8:30-10:30, Assessment Tool, implementation planning and how the data can be used; 10:30-11:30, Native Language Instruction, opportunities during class time, groupings in each section, ideas on improving; 12:30-1:30, Second Steps Curriculum, what your plan looks like for implementation; 1:30-End of Day, nuts and bolts of first week of program, intervention needs and planning for RTI groups.

Edison: The LID Day will be divided into 3 parts.  From 8:30 - 10:00, Mark Thompson will be doing
diversity training; from 10:15 - 11:30, STAT referral protocols, review operation of new school and
discuss changes/solve problems, tech information from Martin Telstad; 12:30 – 2:30, Standards Based Instruction, Kay Barga, Mary Klein, Jo Anna Gogl, Judy Peasley, Martin Telstad and Nancy Withcombe.

Green Park: Staff will be updating their school-wide behavioral support (BEST) program. They will also be training staff on how to use the strategies, 50% of their staff have been hired since the program was implemented. Also, for the 1.5 building directed work days, they will meet for two-hour sessions throughout the year focusing on Outcome Based Assessment and student improvement. The sessions will be held from 4-6 p.m. over a five-month period.

Prospect Point will be working with Diana Erickson to start curriculum mapping in reading, writing, and math. The teachers will be meeting in grade level teams to map out the year, determine learning outcomes, and identify key vocabulary to be taught in each trimester. This work will continue throughout the year as we move to standards based grading and reporting.

Sharptein Elementary: Goal conferencing with families.

Garrison and Pioneer: Staff will participate in training around how to identify Power Standards in each of their content areas. Utilize district and state standards for specific content areas and collaborate to begin identifying standards for each quarter of instruction for the 2009-10 school year. Each building is in the process of putting in place the structures for Response to Intervention (RTI). The afternoon will be spent reviewing student data, both behavioral and academic, identifying needs and implementing interventions for the first quarter. This will be a school-wide process and the first of our four school-wide CAST meetings.

Lincoln: Staff will participate in learning what strategies were used to move Level 1 students to Level 3; staff will receive a notebook to support their mission on lower classroom discipline referrals and empower teachers in the classroom; Choosing Civility books will be handed out to staff; staff will participate in a discussion of mapping out the Rules of Civility for their students and making it a building focus; there will be a quick review of H1N1 Swine Virus, and a review of ‘Focus of Concerns.’ The afternoon will be dedicated to collaboration or working on lesson planning.

Walla Walla High School: Staff will be looking at student data (what does it all mean, and how do they interpret the information) from 8:30-10:00; connecting the dots (what programs do they have in place to help their students - RTI, GLAD, AVID, SLP, PLC, SST…) from 10-00-11:30; Session I, 12:00-1:00; Session II, 1:00-2:00; Session III, 2:00-3:00; teachers will rotate through three difference sessions: AVID Instructional Strategies, GLAD strategies, Evaluating Effectiveness of PLC; Wrap Up, 3:00-3:30.

Wal-Mart to donate school supplies to Walla Walla students
Wal-Mart Community Involvement Coordinator Steve Deck will deliver more than $1000 in school supplies to the Walla Walla Public Schools district office (364 S. Park St.) Friday, Sept. 18 at 1 p.m. Deck is expected to have eight large boxes of school supplies, which will then be divided and delivered to district schools.

“We appreciate this generous donation from Wal-Mart,” Superintendent Rich Carter said. “Many families are struggling to make ends meet in this down economy making it difficult to provide the necessary school supplies their children need. This effort will make a difference.”

Walla Walla Valley Education Association names new office manager
Welcome to Angie Escoto who was hired as the new Walla Walla Valley Education Association Office Manager. Her office hours are 9:15 a.m. - 2:15 p.m. Monday - Friday.
Walla Walla High School choirs organize Saturday car wash
- WWHS Choirs Car Wash
- Saturday, Sept. 19
- 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- NAPA on East Isaacs
- Car wash is free (tips are accepted)
Auditions for local drama production next week
Walla Walla High School teacher Sherry McConn and her husband Terry, a reporter for the Walla Walla Union Bulletin, are directing “The Miracle Worker” and are conducting auditions September 29 and 30 at the Little Theatre of Walla Walla. Production acting parts include: a young girl, a young woman, plus four women, four men, seven girls, and one boy. Show dates for the play are: November 20, 21, 27, 28, 29 (matinee) and December 4 and 5. For more information, call 529-3683.

HIV/AIDS Parent Information Meeting scheduled
- Grades 5 through 12 HIV/AIDS Parent Information Meeting
- WWPS District Office Board Room (364 S. Park St.)
- Wednesday, September 30
- 7-8 p.m.
- HIV/AIDS Curriculum available for review

Meeting agenda

7:00 p.m. - Welcome & Introduction
- Darcy Weisner, Principal, Walla Walla High School
- Dana Jones, Principal, Pioneer Middle School
- (Introduce staff presenters)

7:15 p.m. - HIV/AIDS Curriculum Overview
- Darcy Weisner
- Dana Jones

7:30 p.m. - Grade-Level Breakout Groups & Video Viewing:
- Elementary Parents – Grade 5 (Board Room)
Kim Doepker, Principal, Blue Ridge Elementary School
Amy Hartford, Grade 5 Instructor
Corey Hobbs, Grade 5 Instructor

- Middle School Parents – Grades 6-8 (Blue Mountain Room)
Cami Coers, Health Instructor, Pioneer Middle School
Dana Jones, Principal, Pioneer Middle School

High School Parents – Grades 9-12 (Mill Creek Room)
Health Curriculum
- Terry Carlsen, 9th & 10th Grade Science-Wa-Hi
- Michelle Higgins, 11th Grade Social Studies-Wa-Hi
- James Smith, 12th Grade PE-Wa-Hi
- Jesse Briones, Lincoln

Spanish Interpreter – Mireya Vargas

Students in Crest Club at Walla Walla High School will host a special Book Fair from Scholastic on September 21-25, 2009, from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. in Room A-11, to help raise funds for Crest Club and donate free books to the YWCA Women’s Shelter.

The book fair will be open each day from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. and feature a wide range of books for young teens and adults, including mystery and adventure novels, fantasy trilogies, sports guides, magazines, and the latest bestsellers from more than 150 publishers. Parents, children, teachers, and the community are invited to attend.

On Monday, September 21st from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., the book fair will feature a Sneak Peek for teachers to stop by and look at this year’s book selection.
Student volunteers, dubbed the Crew, help run it. From creating merchandising displays to managing inventory and assisting shoppers with their selections, Crew members learn real life skills while helping to make reading for pleasure a cool activity at their school.

“Our Student Crew is working very hard to put on a great book fair event – one that promotes literacy and reading, while at the same time raising money for much-needed school resources,” said Michelle Higgins, Crest Club adviser at Walla Walla High School.
Sponsorships are available. Area businesses interested in making a donation are asked to contact Michelle Higgins at 509-527-3020. Proceeds from the fair will also be used to support Crest Club’s various community-service activities this year and book donations will be made to the YWCA Women’s Shelter.

Community Center for Youth relocates to St. Patrick’s Church
Teen Center location: St. Pat’s Youth Center/Gym (408 W. Alder)
Teen Center Schedule:
- Mondays: 6 to 9 p.m.
- Wednesdays: 6 to 9 p.m.
- Fridays: 6 to 10 p.m.

Teen Center Activities:
- Tournaments
- Foosball
- Ping Pong
- Air Hockey
- Pool tables
- Board/card games
- Music
- Open gym
- Indoor soccer
- Volleyball
- Basketball

CCY Computer/Video/Homework Lab
Monday-Friday, 4 to 6 p.m.
Information: 526-2571 / www.wwccy.org

Edison Dedication Program and Public Tours - Thursday, Sept. 24
Join us in celebrating the dedication of this beautiful new school.

- Date: Thursday, September 24, 2009
- Time: 6:00 p.m. (social) / 6:30 to 8 p.m. (program and tours)
- Location: Edison Elementary
- Information: (509) 527-3072

Personnel Report (from 9/15/09 school board meeting)
New Hires (Classified)
Mary Boeckman, Para-Educator (temporary), Green Park
Christina Fields, Para-Educator (temporary), Green Park
Rosa Flores, Para-Educator (temporary), Edison
Karina Morin, Para-Educator, Edison
Megan Odum, Para-Educator, Walla Walla High School
Hilary Tinnesand-Darnold, Para-Educator (temporary), Green Park
Sharpstein Summer Camp a hit
Tuesday night Explorer teacher Mary Cortinas reported to school board members on a successful program offered this summer at Sharpstein. Cortinas said 35 students attended the eight day camp. Students spent four hours each day learning about Science, Reading, Writing and Math.

Cortinas used hands-on activities to keep the students engaged. Fifth grade student Angeles Hernandez demonstrated to school board members how she learned the parts of the human eye. By using cut out paper parts and detailed information labels, Hernandez illustrated what she had learned. She had so much fun at summer camp, she is encouraging Cortinas to start a Science Club at Sharpstein.

Classroom Close-Up features Pioneer Learning Assistance Program Coordinator
This week Pioneer Middle School Learning Assistance Program Coordinator Lani Kiefel 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 public service announcement radio spot featuring Lani Kiefel is now playing on regional stations.