Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - April 23, 2010

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District names Art Regier Volunteers of the Year
In celebration of Volunteer Appreciation Month, Superintendent Rich Carter is proud to announce Peggy Cox, Jim and Judi Armstrong, Holly Howard and Dr. Alison Kirby as the district’s 2009-2010 Art Regier Volunteers of the Year.

The Award
The Art Regier Outstanding Volunteer Award was instituted in 1991 as a memorial to “Grandpa Art” Regier. Regier, a retiree who devoted years of service to elementary schools in Walla Walla, epitomized the spirit of volunteerism in education. His tireless dedication and concern for the students he served are the inspiration for this award.

This Year’s Recipients:

Peggy Cox - Green Park and Pioneer Middle School
Nominators - Jean Tobin, Dana Jones, Elissa Stites, Mike Lambert, Michelle Carpenter, and Missy Johnson
- Past Green Park PTA President and longtime active PTA member
- Green Park and Pioneer Math Teams assistant
- 5th Grade Novel Groups assistant to help improve literacy skills
Nominator Jean Tobin said: “I know that Peggy’s help is invaluable to many teachers in this district. She volunteers in many ways, and the math team is only a small part of what she contributes. I believe that she is a role model for teachers and students alike.”

Jim & Judi Armstrong - Blue Ridge Elementary
Nominators: Paula Nichols, Tina Holbrook and Lucy Gregoire
- Weekly volunteer (no children in school)
- Provides special holiday treats for students
- Adopts a family in need for Christmas
Nominator Tina Holbrook said: “Jim and Judi Armstrong have a genuine care and concern for the well being of Blue Ridge. They share our story and their own experiences among various community organizations. They have a deep respect for the hard work and caring nature of our Blue Ridge staff.”

Holly Howard - Lincoln Health Center, Citizens for Schools
Nominators: Cindy Meyer and Missy Peterson
- Organized feasibility study for Lincoln Health Center
- Helped get the Lincoln Center funded and operational
- Longtime Citizens for Schools and district volunteer
Nominator Missy Peterson said:
“Since at least 1998 Holly has unselfishly been sharing her time and talents to improve and enrich the lives of students.”

Dr. Alison Kirby - Lincoln Health Center
Nominators: Jim Sporleder and Dan Calzaretta
- Had the vision to make the Lincoln Health Center a reality
- Wrote grants to secure the Lincoln Health Center funding
- Helped develop an operational plan for the center
- Volunteers twice a week at the Lincoln Health Center
Nominator Jim Sporleder said:
“Her determination of care, compassion, and empathy for students has been demonstrated by taking the vision of the health center and making it a reality. Lincoln is the only high school in Eastern Washington that has a health center. Dr. Kirby is truly an inspiration for all of us who have the wonderful opportunity to work with her.”

Community group reports high school facilities needs as top priority
The district’s Community Facilities Task Force, chaired by Dan Reid, shared its preliminary findings with school board members Tuesday evening during a public work session. Reid reviewed the facilities priorities the group has identified during its work over the past two months.

Preliminary priorities reported to school board:

Priority #1: Grades 9 to 12 facilities improvements - Major improvements needed at both Walla Walla High School and Lincoln Alternative High School

Priority #2: Pioneer Middle School improvements - Second gym, additional classroom space, HVAC

Priority #3: Alternative space for preschool program to allow more room for Blue Ridge K-5 program

Priority #4: Develop and manage a comprehensive plan for ongoing maintenance and repairs

The Community Facilities Task Force expects to finalize its report and deliver its recommendations to the school board by the end of the school year.

Harmon named Mr. Wa-Hi
Ryan Harmon was named Mr. Wa-Hi by outpacing finalists Bret Reller, Mike Storms, and Elison Cruz for the honor. Harmon, who maintains a 3.5 G.P.A., swept the competition away with his talent act called, Surprise, a Puppet Act to Michael Jackson’s Earth Song, according to Senior Class Advisor Pamela McBride. Harmon received a crown, bouquet of flowers, Class of 2010 Senior T Shirt, and two free tickets to the prom.

Local businesses donate t-shirts to Pioneer Middle School students
Today during student assemblies, Pioneer Middle School students received free t-shirts donated by T Walla Walla, Original Design and the Bicycle Barn. The t-shirts say Hard Work Cafe and are given to each student who earned a 3.9 or better. The shirts have a 4.0 embroidered on the sleeve for students who earned a 4.0.

“I think it’s great that local merchants are stepping up to celebrate and recognize the importance of academic success and hard work,” Principal Dana Jones said.

Golden re-elected to national school board
Longtime Walla Walla school board member Anne Golden was re-elected to the board of directors of the National School Boards Association (NSBA). Golden serves on the 25-member NSBA board as an at-large representative for the association’s Pacific Region, which is made up of Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Oregon, Utah and Washington. She was re-elected to a three-year term.
Wa-Hi Lady Blue Devil Softball team plans breast cancer awareness game today
- Friday, April 23 (during the double-header vs. West Valley)
- 4 p.m. game-time
- Murr Field
- About the event: This event is dedicated to longtime Blue Devil softball supporter Carol Peterson who has been fighting breast cancer since 1995. The team will be selling signed pink softballs and signed team photos in pink frames. All proceeds will be donated to the Breast Cancer Prevention Institute. Special thanks to Victoria Reardon for helping organize this effort. For more information, contact Wa-Hi Softball Assistant Coach Arch McHie at: amchie@wwps.org.

Prospect Point student among top fundraisers for Jump Rope for Heart
The American Heart Association’s Jump Rope For Heart recently announced Prospect Point 3rd grader Allison Wanichek is among the state’s top fundraiser for the organization so far this year. Wanichek raised more than $650 dollars in honor of her Grandpa.

Wanichek created a website through Jump Rope for Heart telling people why this event is so important to her and how thankful she is her grandpa is alive despite having bi-pass surgery.

“We think this is a great accomplishment and are very grateful for her hard work and participation this year,” said Cadence Miller, Manager, Youth Market for Jump Rope for Heart. “Thank you again for your support of the American Heart Association, you are helping to save lives!”

Lincoln Alternative High School students present drama production Anon(ymous)
The ‘Lincoln Play Production Company’, and Director Jessica Barkl, bring you Anon(ymous); performances at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. April 30 at Walla Walla Community College Performing Arts Center.

Lincoln Alternative High School debuts its first major theater production. April 30, with showings at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m., Lincoln students will perform this contemporary version of the Odyssey at the WWCC Performing Arts Center. Written by Naomi Iizuka, Anon(ymous) explores the issues of identity, adoption, and forced relocation. Admission is free. Donations accepted and appreciated.

The one and a half hour performance tells the story of a young refugee called Anon, played by Stan Southern, as he journeys through the United States, encountering a wide variety of people – some kind, some dangerous – in search of his family. From a sinister one-eyed butcher to a sweatshop, Anon navigates a chaotic, ever-changing landscape in this entrancing adaptation of Homer’s Odyssey.

Jessica Barkl, who directed last years Walla Walla summer musical ‘Greece’ and will be directing this year’s production of ‘Footloose’, is leading the Lincoln students through the exciting process of performing Anon(ymous). “Wild, fun and frustrating…theater was definitely a way for me to define myself as a middle and high-schooler. I have a connection with these students,” says Barkl.

Participating in a play production is one of a number of options for students at Lincoln Alternative High School’s after school program ‘The LIFT’. After school program director Jeremy Gradwohl, has created a program which includes cosmetology classes, a cooking class, a bowling math lab, Vibe Dance Studio, an organic community garden, karaoke lunches, Age of Empire matches, a partnership program with Whitman Colleges “Youth Adventure Program” and a morning program which promotes physical and mental exercises to get the students on the right foot for the day. The LIFT encourages students to stay after school and take advantage of programs that teach valuable life skills while the activities also aim to improve basic academic skills such as math, reading and writing.

For more information on Anon(ymous) or The LIFT, please contact Jeremy Gradwohl at Lincoln Alternative High School.

Free child safety event endorsed by John Walsh Saturday at Abajian Toyota
- Date: Saturday, April 24
- Time: 9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
- Location: Abajian Toyota (606 N. Wilbur)

This program provides parents with the vital tools recommended by the FBI. Free children services include: fingerprint profile, digital photographs, child safety journal and home DNA ID kit. This event features free pizza from Big Cheese Pizza, free beverages and more.

Special thanks to Abajian Toyota for hosting this free child safety event.

District considers partnership with Greenways of Washington
Virtual school would offer online courses for grades 6-12

Walla Walla Public Schools continues to study the option of offering a virtual online school for students in grades 6-12 in conjunction with Greenways Academy of Washington.

Tuesday night Assistant Superintendent Dr. Linda Boggs briefed school board members on this fully accredited virtual academy. She reported this virtual program would offer a full range of middle and high school core subjects and electives. This new partnership would also make courses available to other local and regional students with Walla Walla serving as the host district. Each interactive online course would have a highly qualified certified instructor which allows the students to complete the course work on their own schedules. Greenways Academy of Washington Marketing Director Jerry Boomer shared some of the potential benefits for students.

“Students can earn a high school diploma, recover credits or simply take elective courses to pursue an interest,” Boomer said. “We offer core subjects, plus foreign languages, fine arts, computer science, career planning and electives.”

These courses are able to be taken by students at home, in a learning center within a school or at an established off campus learning center.

“There are many students in Walla Walla, for a variety of reasons, who would benefit from having access to their education via a virtual experience,” said Dr. Linda Boggs, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment. “We are still working through some of the details to get the program here, but are hopeful we can offer Greenways Academy of Washington as a learning option for students in our district and other areas in the near future.”

Boggs said the district will continue meeting with Greenways Academy of Washington in an effort to finalize a partnership agreement. Learn more about Greenways at: info@greenwaysacademy.com
Personnel Report (from 4/20/10 school board meeting)
• Employment
Laure Quaresma, Executive Director of Personnel, District Office
Josh Wolcott, Principal, Edison Elementary

(Classified) Wes Polley, Mechanic, Transportation

• Resignations/Retirements
(Certificated) Amy Ford, Title 1, Edison Elementary, 7 years
* Amy is resigning .2 FTE - she will continue as a .8 FTE Title I teacher
Diana McNamara, Resource, Green Park, 9 years
Carolyn Pemberton, Math, Walla Walla High School, 5 years
* Carolyn is resigning .6 FTE - She will continue as a .4 FTE math teacher

(Classified) Mikaelyn Cottier Swayne, Family Services & Mental Health Counselor, Blue Ridge Head Start/ECEAP, 1 year
John Delaney, Custodian, Green Park, 18 years
Jamesette Rukavina, Para-Educator, Green Park, 2.5 years

Staff Transfer: Ginger Heiser will transfer from Secretary to the Director of Plant Facilities to Walla Walla High School as Secretary to the Principal effective July 1.

Walla Walla teachers receive technology grant
Congratulations to Anthony Barba, Lincoln Alternative High School and Carina Stillman, Walla Walla High School on their successful grant applications for the OSPI 2010 TL21 (Teaching & Learning in the 21st Century) Grant.

The TL21 grant program is a course of professional development designed for educators who want to learn how digital technologies support effective instructional strategies. Both educators will receive hardware, software and training to enhance their classroom technology integration goals, according to Technology Director Janis Barton.

Walla Walla High School newspaper goes online
The Wa-Hi Journal staff launched its own Web site, wahijournal.org, on April 15. Sophomore James Tupper-Bridges worked as the Webmaster throughout the year, studying other Web sites from award-winning high schools and then experimenting with different looks and Web hosting services.

Senior Anna Tupper-Bridges is the editor in chief for online news and oversees the content. “We hope to spotlight students’ art works along with articles of opinions, features, health, sports, arts and entertainment, and news,” Anna said.
The new Web site features more articles than the school’s Web site and will provide a more in depth view into the topics.

“The Journal staff has stepped up to mirror what has happened in industry with journalism. Adding something new like this Web site wasn’t easy when there is so much work they are doing on a day-to-day basis, but they are an exceptional group of students,” adviser Gay Buissink said.

The Journal staff will continue to update the Blue Devil spotlight and the latest news section of the Wa-Hi’s Web site, wahibluedevils.org

US Forest Service guest speakers talk science with freshmen
Today the Walla Walla High School freshmen science team is hosting two guest speakers from the US Forest Service (USFS) to discuss Fire Ecology. The two speakers are employed as fire technicians and are considered experts in their field.

“The two USFS employees are giving up their entire day to be here,” said Walla Walla High School Science Teacher Peggy Payne. “We are hoping this visit will lead to more involvement with the US Forest Service in the future.”.

World Languages Department plans Cinco De Mayo celebration
The World Languages Department of Walla Walla High School is planning a Cinco De Mayo cultural celebration. In class on May 5 students will learn about the Battle of Puebla in 1862. On May 6, students from Spanish, German, and French classes will come together to celebrate with food, music, piñatas, and games.

“Last year we re-enacted the engagement between the Mexican and French forces,” said organizer and Spanish teacher Karen Peddicord. “This brought the history to life for the students.”

Community Center for Youth plans 10th Anniversary celebration
Walla Walla’s Community Center for Youth has been in place for 10 years and the organization is planning it’s “Big 10” event to celebrate the milestone.
- “Big 10” Anniversary Celebration: May 14
- 5:30 to 10 p.m.
- St. Patrick’s Youth Center (408 Alder St.)
- Students will need to bring their school ID’s.
- Free food will be available, and a number of fun activities and games will take place.
- Activities include:
5:30 to 6:30 p.m. - movie and popcorn or they can play in a basketball tournament.
6:30 to 10 p.m. - carnival
7 :30 to 10 p.m. - dance
- Information: Contact Paul Rossi at 526-2571

Edison Elementary Big Truck Rally and Carnival May 1
The Edison Elementary PTA is sponsoring their Second Annual Big Truck Rally and Carnival on Saturday, May 1 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Big Truck Rally & Carnival is a a fun, family event and also serves as the PTA’s primary annual fundraiser. The event features many large farm, construction, military and emergency vehicles that you don’t ordinarily get the chance to see up close and climb in and around on. Some of the many vehicles on exhibit include a tank, fire truck, ambulance, crane, cement mixer, pump truck, low boy, dump truck, backhoe, tractors, swat team vehicles, meter maid vehicle, garbage truck and many more.

In addition to all the interesting vehicles on display, there will also be lots of fun carnival-style games. Featured in the dunk tank is the incoming Edison principal, Josh Wolcott along with other Edison teachers and parents: Patrick McFetridge, Doug Klein, Kay Barga, Lynette Fogg, Marnie Johnson, Alejandra Trejo, Tyler Filan and Dave Larson. Don’t miss your chance to dunk them.

Some of the many carnival activities include: a prize fishing pond, an iSpy Game, face painting, temporary tattoos, custom engraved dog tags, colored hair spray and a 50/50 raffle.

For some down-time, Valley Transit is providing their trolley bus which will have stories being read in it every half hour or you can grab a book and sit and relax and read for a few minutes on your own. Since the event is on May Day, we’ll also have an origami flower booth where you can learn how to make a simple origami flower.

You won’t need to worry about going elsewhere for lunch, as there will be lots of food available for sale including beef & veggie hotdogs, nachos, popcorn, fruit, soda, juice, water and of course: cotton candy!

Admission is by donation, with a suggested donation of $2 per person. Free activities include the iSpy game that will also earn you a free trip to the prize fishing pool with two casts for prizes and of course the stories on the trolley are free. All other activities and food can be purchased with tickets on sale at the event for $1 each.

A Big Truck Rally event poster went home with all Walla Walla & College Place children in preschool through fifth grade. Ten dollar gift certificates to Bright’s Candies will be given away to nine children for the best poster art and placement. If your child hasn’t gotten their poster posted yet, they still have time. Judging will take place on Sunday, April 25.

School in session Friday, May 7 - snow make-up day
School will be in session Friday, May 7 as a result of a snow make-up day. This date was originally scheduled to be a no school day, but December’s ice storm forced the district to use May 7 as a snow make-up date.

Tickets for “The Wizard of Oz” go on sale April 26
Like so many girls her age, little Dorothy Gale of Kansas dreams of what lies over the rainbow. The Walla Walla High School Drama department is delighted to bring you the musical you know and love with all of your favorite songs! According to director Brian Senter, “ This marks the first time that Wa-Hi actors have been able to fly on stage! Flying by Foy from Las Vegas will be in town to rig and fly the actors. Don’t miss Glinda’s bubble and those scary flying monkeys, not to mention the Wicked Witch of the West!”

Show times: 7 p.m. May 6, 7, 8, 13, 14 and 15 and 2 p.m. May 8 and 15
Location: Walla Walla High School Performing Arts Auditorium
Ticket Prices: $6 dollars for students and $12 for adults.

Tickets go on sale April 26 and can be reserved by calling the Wa-Hi Box Office at (509) 526-8613 Mondays through Fridays beginning April 26 between 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Order your tickets early to avoid missing the show of the season!

Green Park student wins state PTA Reflections Award
Congratulations to Nataya Lovejoy for winning a Washington State PTA Reflections Award of Excellence in the category of Primary Dance Choreography for her entry: “Beauty is Dancing Joyfully.”

Lovejoy received an invitation to the May 2 Washington State PTA Reflections Awards Ceremony. Her submission ranked as one of the top six Primary Dance Choreography entries in the Washington State PTA Reflections contest. Nataya’s mother is Green Park Head Start/ECEAP teacher Tensie Lovejoy.

“Thank you for your wonderful Reflections entry,” said Pam Deming, Reflections Chair - Washington State PTA.

Orchestra Festival Tuesday, April 27
- 37th Annual District Orchestra Festival
- Tuesday, April 27
- Walla Walla High School small gym
- 7 p.m.
Application process now open for Whitman Institute for Summer Enrichment – WISE
WALLA WALLA, Wash. – Whitman College is accepting applications for the Whitman Institute for Summer Enrichment (WISE) program, for Walla Walla area students entering the 8th or 9th grade. The program takes place Aug. 8-10, 2010 on the Whitman campus.

WISE is an all-expenses-paid outreach program that aims to introduce the college experience to least-advantaged local middle school students and those who would be the first in their families to attend college. It is designed to generate excitement about pursuing a college education and encourage belief in it as a possibility.

Studies show that pre-college counseling and intervention have a proportionally higher impact on students who are low-income or whose families are not college educated, and students from those groups will be given priority in selection for the
WISE program, according to Sonja Aikens, WISE Coordinator.

Students accepted into the program will live in a Whitman residence hall, and all meals will be provided. They will take classes from Whitman professors, attend workshops taught by college admission staff members, take part in fun outdoor activities, complete an art project and have the opportunity to meet current Whitman students. A workshop for parents is provided on college admission and financial aid processes.

Interested students/families need to submit an application, parent release form, teacher or counselor recommendation form and a copy of a recent report card. Those interested can contact Aikens at aikenssl@whitman.edu or (509) 527-5596. The deadline for applications is Friday, May 21, however applications will be accepted later if there are still spaces available. Preference is given to applicants whose family members have not attended college, and space is limited.
CONTACT: Sonja Aikens 527-5596 aikenssl@whitman.edu

Latino Club earns Volunteer Service Award
District Bilingual Coordinator Diana Erickson, and her husband Bill, reported to school board members Tuesday night on the recent awarding of the President’s Volunteer Service Award to the Walla Walla High School Latino Club. Club members have logged more than 1600 hours of volunteer service this school year.
Classroom Close-Up features Garrison Middle School Teacher
This week Garrison Middle School Art Teacher Gayle Kinman 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 Kinman is now playing on regional stations.