Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - June 11, 2010

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School board meetings Tuesday, June 15
6:30 p.m. - Public Work Session (2010-11 budget report)
7:30 p.m. - Regularly scheduled meeting
District Office Board Room - 364 S. Park St.
Meetings open to the public
District Office Summer hours
8 a.m. to 12 noon
1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
364 S. Park Street
New superintendent details plans for hiring new Walla Walla High School principal
New Superintendent Mick Miller made a trip to Walla Walla this week to meet with Walla Walla High School staff to explain the process he will be using for the hiring of a new Walla Walla High School principal after current principal Darcy Weisner accepted an offer this week to become the Clarkston School District superintendent.

Thursday morning during a special staff meeting in the commons, Miller reported to staff he plans to open up the position to all interested candidates. Miller said he believes this open process will best serve the district, staff, students and parents. Miller said he plans to have an extensive interview committee consisting of staff, parents, students, administrators and community members. He hopes to post the position soon and have the new principal named by August 1.

Miller, who has more than 20 years experience working in high school settings, thanked the staff for their service and said he values the important role they play in the district’s educational setting. Staff were also given an opportunity to weigh in on what they are looking for in a new principal and asked to detail the school’s strengths and cite areas in need of improvement. Miller will be back in Walla Walla next week to continue working on this important hiring process and begin moving his family into their new home.


Outstanding staff recognized by peers with Staff Achievement grants
Congratulations to this year’s Staff Achievement Grant recipients, nominated and chosen by teachers and support staff for superior performance; innovation; exemplary leadership; exceptional service or contributions to the Walla Walla Public Schools.

Staff Achievement Grant recipients receive a $1,500 stipend and five days of paid release time for professional growth activities. These outstanding educators are recognized by their peers as the best of the best. Congratulations!

- Daneitta Mertens (Para-educator - Edison Elementary)

- Brenda Prins (Reading Specialist/LAP - Prospect Point Elementary)

- Louise Johnson (Kindergarten - Edison Elementary)

- Kelly Gabel (Print Shop printer)

- Erik Gordon (Science Teacher - Lincoln Alternative High School)


Former Walla Walla High School Choral director’s son hired in Pasco
Congratulations to Walla Walla High School graduate Rob Dennis, son of former WWHS Choral Director Paul Dennis, for being named as the new choral director at Pasco High School. Rob has been director at Emerald Ridge High School for the past several years.

Walla Walla High School standout named Gatorade Washington Softball Player of the Year
In its 25th year of honoring the nation’s best high school athletes, The Gatorade Company, in collaboration with ESPN RISE, announced Hope Klicker of Walla Walla High School as its 2009-10 Gatorade Washington Softball Player of the Year. Klicker is the first Gatorade Washington Softball Player of the Year to be chosen from Walla Walla High School.

The award, which recognizes outstanding athletic excellence and high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field, distinguishes Klicker as Washington’s best high school softball player. Now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Softball Player of the Year award announced in June, Klicker joins an elite alumni association of past state award-winners in 12 sports, including Alicia Hollowell (2000-01, Fairfield HS, Calif.), Derek Jeter (1991-92, Kalamazoo HS, Mich.), Candace Parker (2001-02, Naperville Central HS, Ill.), Abby Wambach (1997-98, Our Lady of Mercy, N.Y.), Mark Sanchez (2004-05, Mission Viejo HS, Calif.), Angela Tincher (2002-03, James River HS, Va.) and Kenzie Fowler (2006-07, Canyon del Oro HS, Ariz.).

The 5’ 9” junior left-handed pitcher and first baseman led the Blue Devils (27-2) to the Class 4A state semifinals this
past season, posting a 13-1 record and a 0.73 earned run average while recording 113 strikeouts and issuing just 13 walks. The Columbia Basin Big 9 Cascade Division MVP, Klicker recorded three no-hitters, as well as one perfect game, allowing 40 hits in 86 innings. At the plate, the two-time Class 4A First Team All-State selection batted .424 with six home runs, nine doubles and 28 RBI, amassing a .783 slugging percentage.

Klicker has maintained an unweighted 3.83 GPA in the classroom. She has volunteered locally as a mentor for middle school students and as part of multiple community-service initiatives in association with her church youth group.

“Hope Klicker is a pretty dominating pitcher in our league,” said Dave Kelley, head coach of rival Eastmont High. “She
has such good mechanics, plus she plays first base, she hits the snot out of the ball and she defends well in the circle.
She snags stuff that’s unbelievable.”

Klicker will begin her senior year of high school this fall. The Gatorade Player of the Year program annually recognizes one winner in the District of Columbia and each of the 50 states that sanction high school football, girls volleyball, boys and girls cross country, boys and girls basketball, boys and girls soccer, baseball, softball, and boys and girls track & field, and awards one National Player of the Year in each sport. The selection process is administered by ESPN RISE and the Gatorade high school sports leadership team, which work with top sport-specific experts and a media advisory board of accomplished, veteran prep sports journalists to determine the state winners in each sport.

Klicker joins recent Gatorade Washington Softball Players of the Year Amanda Fitzsimmons (2008-09, Auburn Riverside) and Sam Skillingstad (2007-08 & 2006-07, Shadle Park) among the state’s list of former award winners. To keep up to date on the latest happenings, become a fan of Gatorade Player of the Year on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. For more on the Gatorade Player of the Year program, including nomination information, a complete list of past winners, and the announcement of the Gatorade National Player of the Year, visit playeroftheyear.gatorade.com.


Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival features 29 local events
The Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival continues through June 18. With 29 events over 16 days, it is the largest event on Walla Walla’s cultural calendar. This year, 16 world-class musicians are coming from all over the United States for concerts set in wineries, schools, restaurants, parks and concert halls. For a complete listing of performances, a simple schedule, artist bios and tickets, please visit wwcmf.org.

“Make a Splash” public library activities promote summer reading
This summer’s “MAKE A SPLASH – READ!” program at the City of Walla Walla Public Library encourages young people to read and visit the library this summer.
- Visit the library or sign up on-line at www.wallawallapubliclibrary.org
- Set a goal for the amount of time you will read
- Receive a book log to keep track of reading time and a bookmark to keep your place!
- Get a halfway prize after 15 days of reading.
- Beginning July 26, everyone with at least 30 days of reading can visit the Library to choose a paperback book as their prize.
- Check out great books, laugh and learn at library events.
- All programs are free!

Many thanks to the following sponsors:
- All the wonderful volunteers
- Yancey P. Winans Testamentary Trust
- Target Foundation
- Blue Mountain Community Foundation
- AAUW Walla Walla Branch
- ArtWalla
- Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival
- Friends of the Library
- Columbia REA
- Walla Walla Altrusa
- Walla Walla Early Learning Coalition
- Walla Walla Farmers Market
- Hepler’s Big Cheese Pizza
- McDonald’s Restaurant


“BDAD” - Blue Devil Athletic Development summer program
The BDAD summer program is designed to help boys and girls in grades 6-12 improve their overall athletic ability for all sports!

Dates: June 29 to August 5 (Monday - Thursday)
Session 1 - 8:00 - 9:00 a.m. (Incoming 9th-12th grade students)
Session 2 - 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. (Incoming 6th-8th grade students)
Session 3 - 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. (Incoming 9th-12th grade students)

Instructors: Eric Hisaw & Amy Hisaw
Location: Wa-Hi Weight Rm & Gym
Cost: $30 pre-registered / $35 at door

Note: Students will need a medical release and a parent permission form, which they can get at the Wa-Hi Athletic Office any time or at the door. (PHYSICALS ARE NOT REQUIRED). Information: Contact Eric Hisaw at 527-3020 or by e-mail at: ehisaw@wwps.org


Summer Athletic camps scheduled
Blue Devil Football Spring camp
June 21-25
Various locations during the week (Hanford, Walla Walla, Pasco)
Visit the Walla Walla High School website for details (Athletics section)
For more information, contact Head Coach Mike Gobel at: mgobel@wwps.org

Blue Devil Volleyball summer camps
High School Camp
July 6-8
9 to 11 a.m. & 12:30 to 3 p.m.
Wa-Hi Gym
Middle School Camp
July 6 & 7
4 to 6 p.m.
Wa-Hi Gym
Summer open gym sessions: June 15 to July 29 (Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 to 7 p.m.)
For more information, contact Audra Cummings at 526-6962 or by email: acummings@wwps.org

Blue Devil Elementary Boys Basketball Camp
June 14-17
9 to 11 a.m. at the Wa-Hi Gym
Open to any boy that will be entering 3rd, 4th, or 5th grades next year
Cost is $50.
Registration forms at Cummins Athletic Supply or on the Wa-Hi athletic website at www.bluedevils.org

Blue Devil Middle School Boys Basketball Camp
June 21st-24th 9-11 a.m. at the Wa-Hi Gym
Open to any boy that will be entering 6th, 7th, 8th, or 9th grades next year
Cost is $50

Registration forms at Cummins Athletic Supply or on the Wa-Hi athletic website at www.bluedevils.org
Both camps put on by Wa-Hi Boys Basketball players and coaches.
Email Head Coach John Golden at Jgolden@wwps.org for questions.

Blue Devil Girls Basketball
June 11-13: Summer Showdown Tournament at Whitman
June 14-17: Gonzaga Team Camp at Gonzaga University
June 18-19: Walla Walla Invitational Tournament at Wa-Hi
July 16-17: DeSales Tournament
These are for all high school girls interested in playing basketball. For more information contact Head Coach Jill Meliah at: jmeliah@wwps.org


Volunteers needed for Summer Musical
By Dennis Marr - I am looking for some fun folks to donate an hour or so of their time in exchange for free admission to see the Walla Walla Community College’s summer musical, Footloose! on the night you work. I have openings for ushers, ticket takers, t-shirt & program sellers and special event helpers prior to the performances. The dates are July 8th,9th,10th, 15th, 16th,17th, 18th, 22nd, 23rd, and 24th.

You will see familiar faces such as Ron “Cowboy Bob” Higgins, Willa “Ariel” Schober, Preston “Ren” Loomer, Peter “Willard” Anderson and lots more of our local talent. Interested? Please email me at denise.marr@WWCC.edu or give me a call at 527-4275.