Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - October 16, 2009

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School board meeting Tuesday, Oct. 20

Date: Tuesday, Oct. 20
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: District Board Room (364 S. Park St.)
Open to public
Carter presents progress report to Facilities Task Force
Thursday evening Superintendent Rich Carter met with the district’s Community Facilities Task Force to offer a progress report and discuss future needs. Carter updated the group, chaired by Dan Reid, on the Edison project, SE Washington Transportation Cooperative, Support Services facility and proposed future High School Skills Center.

He also reviewed safety improvements as a result of sidewalk improvements at Pioneer and near Garrison. Carter also reported security cameras are being installed at Pioneer and Garrison Middle Schools and caution flashing lights have been installed near several schools.

Task Force members discussed future planning efforts, recruitment of new members and a schedule for new recommendations. All five community members agreed to continue serving on the Task Force. Dan Reid will continue chairing the Task Force. Recruitment of new Task Force members will begin this fall in preparation of a district-wide facilities study this school year.

Task Force Next Steps:
- Recruit new members
- Review past Task Force reports
- Identify functions of Task Force for 2009-2010 work
- Organize 2009-2010 meeting schedule
- Present recommendations to school board June 1, 2010

Task Force Voting Members
- Community members (10)
- Parents (2)
- Classified Staff (1)
- Certificated Teacher (1)
- Principal (1)
- Central Office Administrator (1)

Task Force Non-Voting Members
- Chief Financial Officer
- Plant Facilities Director
- Facilities Support Director
- Superintendent
- School Board Member(s)
- Communications Director
- Task Force Secretary (assigned by Superintendent)

Members in attendance Thursday evening:
Dan Reid, Chair
Jim Dumont
Darcy Fugman-Small
Mary Koch
Jim Peterson
Pat Johnston
Lowell Schneider
Rich Carter
Anne Golden
Cindy Meyer
Mary Jo Geidl
Bill Jordan
Mark Higgins

Walla Walla Fair Board names Erickson Volunteer of the Year
Walla Walla High School Latino Club co-advisor Bill Erickson, husband of district Bilingual Program Coordinator Diana Erickson, was honored Thursday night as the Volunteer of the Year by the Walla Walla Fair and Frontier Days Board of Directors. Erickson was recognized for his work with the Latino Club and this group’s efforts to show good citizenship through volunteer work. The Latino Club, under the direction of Bill and Diana Erickson, have donated hundreds of hours of volunteer work to the Walla Walla Fair and Frontier Days the past several years.
Wa-Hi Cheerleaders to honor alumni at Friday’s Homecoming game
The Walla Walla High School cheerleaders would like to recognize Wa-Hi alumni and past Homecoming royalty courts at tonight’s Homecoming game versus the Chiawana Riverhawks.

“We invite you to come out to the big game to show your Blue Devil pride for the past and present,” said Cheer Coach Julianne Anderson. “The girls learned that Homecoming is about more than crowning this year’s royalty. They realize it is also about honoring WWHS alumni and welcoming them back.”

Kick off is at 7:30 p.m. at Borleske Stadium.

Wa-Hi Homecoming game web cast Game of the Week
Tonight’s Homecoming contest between Chiawana and Walla Walla High School is one of Washington Sports Network “Game of the Week” productions. Kick off is at 7:30 p.m. A live-stream will be posted online at: http://www.washingtonsportsnetwork.com/sports/football/pages/big9webcast.html
Tips for receiving calls from US Netcom automated telephone message system
- Caller ID Telephone Number: School number or district office number will appear
- Always say hello (This system is VOICE activated)
- Give the system a few seconds to play message
- If possible, set answering machine to pick up on the 5th ring (It won’t leave a message if set to 6th ring or more - also clear message box to ensure there is enough space)
Walla Walla High School Drama Department Presents: O Lovely Glowworm
Show dates: November 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, and 21
Show times: 7 p.m., except for one matinee on November 21, when the show will be at 2 p.m. - as well as at 7 p.m.
Show location: Performances occur in the Walla Walla High School Performing Arts Center.
Show director: Brian Senter
Play by: Glen Berger.

O Lovely Glowworm brief description:
Our narrator, a blind, deaf, formerly dead, stuffed goat, finds himself alive again and in terrible pain. Out of desperation, he conjures up “scenes of great beauty” to distract himself from the pain and to figure out just how he wound up in this conundrum.

A heroic story of love and heroism evolves into the heroic story of how the Silent Valveless Water Waste Preventer was invented. Inspired by scraps from a Dublin rubbish heap, circa 1918, that blew in front of the tethered goat before blowing away again.

Latino Club names Walla Walla High School Staff Member of the Month
The Walla Walla High School Latino Club is pleased to announce English teacher Lori Dohe has been selected as the Walla Walla High School Latino Club Staff Member of the Month for September 2009.

This recognition is based on her faithful service to students who are Latino Club members. As a staff member, Mrs. Dohe is making a significant impact on all students at Walla Walla High School.

Comments from Latino Club members included:
- Mrs. Dohe is very understanding, awesome and a caring person
- She teaches us a lot
- She is a great teacher

Wa-Hi Culinary Class supports Italian Heritage Event
Walla Walla High School students in Barbara Buttice’s culinary class successfully prepared dinner for 440 people as part of the Italian Heritage Dinner. Buttice said every student was given an opportunity to work on the food preparation at Jacobi’s Restaurant the week prior to the dinner. The students finished the preparation at the Senior Center and later served the meal at the Walla Walla Fairgrounds. This is the fifth year Buttice’s class has participated in the event.
Key Club organizes family-friendly Halloween public event
The Walla Walla High School Key Club, advised by teacher Shelley Mann, is organizing Trunk-or-Treat Saturday, Oct. 31 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Academic Parking Lot at Walla Walla High School. This free, family-friendly event offers Walla Walla children trick or treating opportunities in a safe environment. High School students decorate their cars and put on costumes as they pass out treats. Guests are asked to bring a can of food for the area’s food bank. For more information, contact Shelley Mann at: smann@wwps.org.

Walla Walla High School winter sports meetings and practice dates scheduled
Winter sports offered:
- Wrestling
- Boys’ Basketball
- Girls’ Basketball
- Boys’Swimming

Early registration for students who have participated in a fall sport (ONE NIGHT ONLY!)
Wednesday, October 28
6 p.m. in the lobby of the main gym
Please stop in and pick up your new medical release card

Registration for students who did not participate in a fall sport:
Wednesday, November 4
5-6:30 p.m.
Wa-Hi Small Gym

Students will need to have all forms in the athletic eligibility packet completed and signed by their parents or guardian prior to registration in order to receive clearance for participation. Students must also purchase an ASB card prior to registration and pay a $30 sports participation fee the night of registration.


WINTER PARENT MEETING - November 19 @ 7 p.m.


Please contact the Athletic Office with any questions: 526-8635

Walla Walla High School students selected for international honor band
The following Walla Walla High School students were selected to perform at the 2009 Western International Band Clinic (WIBC) Honor Band Festival November 20-23 in Seattle. The students submitted an MP3 recorded audition for selection.

Anna Tupper-Bridges: Flute, Senior
Cassandra Abernathy: Clarinet, Senior
Emma Burgess: Clarinet, Senior
Amy Ueckert: Clarinet, Sophomore
Andy Swinnerton: Clarinet, Senior
Sam Gentzler: Clarinet, Freshman
Michelle Ruzicka: Clarinet, Freshman
Aislynn Beckstrand: Baritone, Senior
Laura Ueckert: Trumpet, Senior

“Around 1000 students from the U.S. and Canada audition each year with approximately 660 students selected to rehearse and perform in four separate concert bands,” Wa-Hi Band Director Andrew Ueckert said. “Way to go Wa-Hi band students!”

Classroom Close-Up features Garrison teacher
This week Garrision Middle School teacher Grace Ogoshi 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 Ogoshi is now playing on regional stations.