||District seeks architect to study
Superintendent Miller says conceptual designs are next phase
Tuesday night school board members during a special work session informally
gave Superintendent Mick Miller the go ahead to submit a request for
proposal for architectural services. Miller said this level of professional
support is needed to advance the district’s facilities improvement
Miller plans to meet with Walla Walla and Lincoln
High School staff members in the coming weeks to begin discussing
priorities and needs for improvements on both campuses. Local facilities
studies put Walla Walla and Lincoln High Schools at the top of the
district’s list for improvements.
||Personnel Report (from 10/19/10 school board
(Classified) Krista Garcia, Secretary to Director, Transportation
Bridget Jacobson, Asst. Secretary (temp), Walla Walla High School
Ashia Jordana, Para-Educator/Family Advocate (temp), Blue Ridge
Kristen Duede, Intervention Specialist, Berney, 2 years
Barbara Thatcher, Intervention Specialist, Green Park, 16 years
John Pemberton transferred from his assistant custodial position
at Prospect Point to a Trades Assistant position in the Facilities
and Operations department.
||Garrison Night School classes scheduled (adult
Spanish classes offered to)
Registration will begin soon for Garrison Night School. This is an
adult education program offered in a partnership between Walla Walla
Community College and Walla Walla Public Schools. You can register
at Walla Walla Community College any time during the day. On November
16-18, there will be evening registration at the college from 5:00-8:00.
Classes begin Monday, November 29, 2010, and end Thursday, March 3,
The mission of Garrison Night School is to promote the education
of Hispanic parents by connecting them to the school community,
preparing them for a General Education Diploma and facilitating
their enrollment in college, thus raising the educational level
and standard of living of the family.
Classes are held at Garrison Middle School (906 Chase St.) in Walla
Walla. Classes this year include General Education Diploma (GED)
preparation and five levels of English as a Second Language (ESL).
These classes are from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Basic
E-Learning will be offered nightly from 5 to 6 p.m. A $25 registration
fee which covers all classes taken is required for the E-Learning,
GED and ESL classes. Some scholarships are available as is a free
The extended day learning program for the children is supported
through the Millennial’s program that serves Garrison Middle
School students and Blue Ridge Elementary School students, a grant
from the Vista Hermosa First Fruits Foundation and the Title III
Federal Bilingual Program grant.
Beginning Spanish for native English speakers will be taught on
Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m., and Advanced Beginning
Spanish for native English speakers will be taught on Tuesday and
Thursday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m. The fee for the Spanish class
is $150.00. Registration for these classes is at the Walla Walla
School District Business office.
For additional information regarding the Garrison Night School,
contact Program Coordinator Melito Ramírez at (509) 526-8638
or by e-mail at email@example.com, or Diana Erickson at (509)526-6771
or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
||Girls Cross Country and Varsity volleyball
teams win 4A Academic Championships
The Walla Walla High School Girls Cross Country and Girls Varsity
Volleyball teams have won the State 4A Washington Interscholastic
Activities Association (WIAA) Academic Championships for their respective
This was accomplished by having the highest team Grade
Point Average (GPA) of any 4A school in the state. The Girls Cross
Country team had a 3.937 GPA and the Volleyball team had a 3.79
GPA. Volleyball shared the championship with Wenatchee who had the
"Congratulations to the players and coaches for these outstanding
accomplishments in athletics and academics,” said District
Athletic Director Don Wilkins.
The Head Cross Country Coach is Mike Locati and the Head Volleyball
Coach is Audra Cummings.
||Walla Walla High School student-atheletes honored
for academic achievement
The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association recently announced
13 of Walla Walla High School’s fall athletic teams earned scholastic
awards. Each sports season the WIAA recognizes teams across the state
for outstanding academic performance. The awards are based on the
most current semester grades.
WIAA offers two awards: Distinguished
Team Award for teams with a team accumulative GPA of 3.00-3.49 and
the Outstanding Team Award for teams with a team accumulative GPA
of 3.5-4.0. Seven Walla Walla High School teams earned the Outstanding
Team award. These programs involve almost 400 student-athletes.
“Congratulations to the teams and their coaches and thank
you to all the teachers and staff who inspire and guide their continued
academic success,” said District Athletic Director Don Wilkins.
Varsity: 3.79 - Outstanding Team Award
JV: 3.777 - Outstanding Team Award
C Team: 3.264 - Distinguished Team Award
Frosh: 3.582 - Outstanding Team Award
Frosh: 3.227 - Distinguished Team Award
Varsity: 3.282 - Distinguished Team Award
JV: 3.238 - Distinguished Team Award
Varsity: 3.659 - Outstanding Team Award
GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY
Varsity: 3.937 - Outstanding Team Award
JV: 3.554 - Outstanding Team Award
BOYS CROSS COUNTRY
Varsity: 3.639- Outstanding Team Award
JV: 3.446 - Distinguished Team Award
Varsity: 3.06 - Distinguished Team Award
||District team to present Response to Intervention
model to Delaware educators
Walla Walla Public Schools Response to Intervention (RTI) Coordinator
Maria Garcia and Walla Walla High School Associate Principal Mira
Gobel have been invited by the Delaware Department of Education to
travel to Dover, Delaware to participate on an expert panel November
5 to discuss Walla Walla High School’s RTI success stories with
education leaders from Delaware. All travel expenses are paid for
by the Delaware Department of Education.
Garcia and Gobel will
participate in a half-day roundtable discussion with other education
experts and then present individually for 10 to 15 minutes on the
Walla Walla’s strategies and successes. Gobel said Walla Walla
High School’s administrators, teachers and support staff have
embraced the RTI model and have developed a culture committed to
ensuring success for every student. She says the school’s
96.4 percent on-time graduation rate is just one of the school’s
Response to Intervention (RTI) is a way of organizing instruction
and assessment that has two purposes:
1.) To identify children needing help in reading, math, writing,
and prevent the development of serious learning problems; and
2.) To identify children who, even when given extra help, make very
limited progress. Research has shown that these children sometimes
have a learning disability.
Walla Walla High School RtI Mission Statement:
We will support the development, implementation, and monitoring
of programs and efforts to ensure EVERY student’s success
Delaware RTI Secondary Education Expert Panel
- Charles Hughes, Professor of Special Education, Pennsylvania State
- John Hosp, Associate Professor, Department of Teaching and Learning,
University of Iowa
- Nanette Fritschmann, Consultant for the PA Training and Technical
Assistance Network (PaTTAN) Harrisburg, PA/Assistant Professor of
Special Education, College of William & Mary
- Ken Geisick, Superintendent, Riverbank Unified School District,
- Christine Lay, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Central
Dauphin School District, Pennsylvania
- Martha Menz, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Upper Darby
School District, Pennsylvania
- Mira Gobel, Associate Principal, Walla Walla High School, Washington
& Maria Garcia, District RTI Coordinator, Walla Walls Public
- Howard McMackin, Consultant for the Rolling Meadows High School,
Attendees: Five Delaware Department of Education staff and administrators
from 19 districts and three charter schools. Approximately 30-40
educators, including the experts and facilitator, are expected to
||Walla Walla - Columbia Retired School Employees
Association offers scholarships
Two $1,000 scholarships are available from the Walla Walla -Columbia
Retired School Employees Association.
1. Graduate of high school in Walla Walla or Columbia County
2. Student teach between September 2011 and June 2012
Applications available: November 1, 2010
Application due: April 1, 2011
Contact person: Mardel Bierwagen @ 525-6117 or email@example.com
||"Where Are they Now?" - Your Alumni
Walla Walla Public Schools has established a “Where Are They
Now?” alumni program on the district web site: www.wwps.org.
Just click on the web link and enter your information. It’s
easy and a great way to stay connected!
||Walla Walla High School students selected for
Internation Honor Band
The following Walla Walla High School students were selected to perform
at the 2010 Western International Band Clinic (WIBC) Honor Band Festival
November 19 - 22 in Seattle. The students submitted an MP3 recorded
audition for selection.
Amy Ueckert: Clarinet, Junior
Rachel Schueller: Flute, Sophomore
Ashley Taylor: Trumpet, Junior
Michelle Ruzicka: Clarinet, Sophomore
“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. We are very proud of the students
selected for this annual event!” Wa-Hi Band Director Andrew
Ueckert said. “Way to go Wa-Hi band students!”
||Walla Walla High School Student to Participate
in the National FFA Choir
Courtney Bruner, a member of the Walla Walla High School Future Farmers
of America contingent at the National FFA Conference in Indianapolis,
Indiana, was selected to sing the National Anthem at the event rodeo.
Courtney is also a member of the Walla Walla High School Concert Choir
and Chamber Singers.
Courtney is one of 80 students who were invited
to participate in the National FFA Choir at the event. Courtney
sent in an audition CD last spring to qualify. She was selected
from live auditions this week to sing for the rodeo. This event
will be televised.
||Information meeting Scheduled for American
Field Service (AFS) intercultural programs
- Tuesday, November 2
- Walla Walla High School library
- 7 to 8:30 p.m.
The local AFS chapter (American Field Service)
will provide information and answer questions about how families
can participate in one of the oldest, volunteer, intercultural programs
for teens. AFS volunteers will be available, along with current
exchange students and a recent returnee, to talk about becoming
an exchange student, volunteer opportunities and hosting students.
Whether you are thinking about becoming involved soon or in a year
or two, now is the time to find out about timelines, applications,
scholarships, hosting support and options.
Contact Holly Howard at 509.301.1859 if you are interested, but
cannot attend, or if you have additional questions.
||Walla Walla High School Drama department presents
Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice"
Dates and times:
- November 11,12,13,18,19 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, November 20 at 2
- Adults: $12
- Students: $6
- Walla Walla High School Performing arts auditorium
Ticket box office: (509) 526-8613
- This play was adapted for the stage by Jon Jory.
||Downtown Walla Walla Foundation presents annual
- Downtown Walla Walla Foundation annual Downtown Trick-or-Treat
- Friday, October 29
- 3 to 5 p.m.
- Goblins, superheroes and princesses of all sizes are invited to
visit participating downtown businesses in this long-time
Thanks to the generosity of downtown merchants, families can come
downtown and trick-or-treat door-to-door in a safe, supervised environment.
Main Street from Palouse to Second St. will be closed to vehicle
movement during the event. Cars may park on Main Street between
3-5 p.m., but must stay parked in place during that time.
- For more information, please call the Downtown Foundation office
at 529-8755 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
||Retirement party planned for Transportation
Depratment's Judy Fowler
- Secretary Judy Fowler’s Retirement Celebration
- Wednesday, October 27
- 3 to 4:30 p.m.
- New Transportation Department Co-Op (1162 Ently)
||Garrison National Junior Honor Society officers
take rope courses
Garrison Middle School Junior National Honor Society officers recently
participated in the Hawkpoint ropes course as part of a team building
Special thanks to Norrie Gregoire of the Juvenile Justice
Center for leading the students through the ropes course.
“It was a great day for learning about leadership, truth
and communication,” said Garrison teacher and advisor Crystal
||Parent volunteers key to Sharpstein School
success - By Beth Thiel
Thanks to parent volunteers, we’ve had an excellent fall season
at the Sharpstein School Garden. Recently the 2nd graders learned
some history about corn and plant facts while visiting the garden;
experienced milling their own corn flour and making their own tortillas
in the classroom then really enjoyed the final tasting of quesadillas
they had made themselves.
Sara Moore treated 3rd grade students
to a lesson about different types of seeds, which fits beautifully
with 3rd grade science curriculum. They then toured the garden to
collect lettuce seed, which they may plant as part of their spring
garden activity. Students learned about plant adaptation as well
as the importance of diversity while considering the life cycle
Recently the 5th graders each took part in harvesting, scrubbing,
cutting, cooking and serving the potatoes they planted as 4th graders.
We were able to serve colorful, delicious and nutritious roasted
potatoes to the school. Besides the practical experience of creating
their own dish, students also learned about the history and the
nutritional value of potatoes.
||Community Council gang study begins November
3 -- Public invited to participate
“How can prevention
efforts reduce gang membership and the impacts of gang activity in
the region?” That question will guide the 2010-11 Community
Council Study Committee in its quest to address a serious issue for
The study will begin November 3 and meet each Wednesday
through May 2011 between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the YWCA, 213
S. First Street, Walla Walla. Everyone interested in learning about
gangs and in finding ways to prevent gang membership is encouraged
Rick Griffin, Executive Director of Jubilee Youth Ranch near Prescott,
explained why he is chairing the study:
“The Walla Walla area has always been considered a great place
to raise kids. Recently, it has gained a wonderful reputation as
a vibrant cultural hotspot for wine enthusiasts. All of this is
great for business development and tourism. However, a stray bullet
from a gang member’s gun killing an innocent bystander changes
the perception of our community instantly. After reading the U-B
articles on gangs in the area this summer, I believe we are creeping
ever closer to just such a tragedy.
“When I think about that as a real possibility an old adage
comes to mind, “if you are not part of the solution then you
are part of the problem.” That is exactly why I accepted the
responsibility as chairperson for this year’s Community Council
study. In my work at Jubilee Youth Ranch, I see first-hand the problem
that gangs create for individuals, families, and communities. The
fractured lives of many of the young men we serve bear witness of
the problem. I want to be part of the solution.”
Through a series of presentations, the study will assess the scope
of regional gang involvement, explore reasons for gang membership,
assess gang prevention activities and programs currently in place,
identify needs, and research programs successfully employed by other
communities to counter gang recruitment. Presentations will cover
the topic from many perspectives.
The committee will complete their work by recommending a comprehensive
plan of action to prevent or reduce gang membership in this region.
A report summarizing the committee’s findings, conclusions
and recommendations will be published and reported to the community
next summer. Summaries of each study session and the final report
will be available at Community Council’s website, www.wwcommunitycouncil.org.
Upon adoption of the final study report, Community Council will
support a two-year effort to implement the study committee’s
recommendations for action. Reducing Gang Membership Through Prevention
is the third study facilitated by Community Council. A task force
led by Judge Robert Zagelow is entering its second year of addressing
recommendations aimed at enhancing the educational attainment of
our region’s children, the first study focus. Another committee
chaired by Mark James will be working on issues related to value-adding
businesses that use agricultural products, the study just finalized
Community Council was organized in 2008 to inspire a citizen-driven,
consensus-based, problem-solving process to prepare the region for
future growth, change, and challenges and to enhance the quality
of life for everyone.
For additional information about the organization or this study,
call Julie Reese, Community Council Executive Director, 509-540-6720.
||Sharpstein Family Night helps families learn
more about public library
Sharpstein Elementary teacher Angelica Pedroza is organizing a Sharpstein
Family Night Wednesday, Oct. 27 at 6:30 p.m. at the Walla Walla Public
Library to better educate families on the resources available at the
“Many of our families may not be aware of the materials
available, so I sent packets home with the students inviting them
to this event along with registration forms to sign up for a library
card,” Pedroza said. “I am very excited to make this
project a success and improve literacy involvement of our parents
through the use of the public library.”
Kate Hohimer and Pedroza have been working with Liz George from
the public library to make this connection for our families at Blue
Ridge and Sharpstein.
- Sharpstein Family Night at the Walla Walla Public Library
- Wednesday, October 27 (6:30 p.m.)
- Free Library Cards
- Transportation available:
- For more information: Angelica Pedroza at 527-3098 or send an
email to: email@example.com
||Longtime Broadcaster Jim Brock sits down for
a conversation with Superintendent Mick Miller
Walla Walla Public Schools Superintendent Mick Miller recently sat
down with longtime Walla Walla broadcaster Jim Bock for an in-depth
video interview highlighting Miller’s personal and professional
background, his philosophy on leadership and his goals for the district.
“A Conversation with Superintendent Mick Miller” is
now showing on the Walla Walla Public Schools website at www.wwps.org
and on Charter Cable Channel 3 at various times for the next three
weeks. This is an excellent opportunity to learn more about Miller
and his vision for Walla Walla Public Schools.
Charter Cable Channel 3 Airing Schedule (remaining)
Saturday, Oct. 23 – 10 a.m.; 6 p.m.; 9 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 24 – 10 a.m.; 6 p.m.; 9 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 25 – 10 a.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 26 – 6 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 27 – 9 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 28 – 6 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 29 – 10 a.m.
Saturday, Oct. 30 – 10 a.m.; 6 p.m.; 9 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 31 – 10 a.m.; 6 p.m.; 9 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 2 – 6 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 4 – 6 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 6 – 10 a.m.; 6 p.m.; 9 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 7 – 10 a.m.; 6 p.m.; 9 p.m.
||Kirkman House Musuem plans Pumpkin Party October
Join the Kirkman House FREE Halloween Party!
- Sunday, Oct. 31
- 1 to 4 p.m.
- Free, family friendly Halloween party for the community with pumpkin
painting, apple “bobbling” and of course, candy! - Bring
your pre-carved pumpkins to enter in the Peoples’ Choice Carving
The Kirkman House Museum is open throughout the year with exhibits
and events that bring our history to life. Vistit Wednesdays through
Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Visit our website at www.kirkmanhousemuseum.org or contact 529-4373
for more information.
||Walla Walla High School students participate
in Sasayama Home Stay 2010 - By Robert Keatts
Walla Walla Sister City Affiliation Committee’s annual home
stay visit to Sasayama, Hyogo, Japan was conducted October 6 through
October 18, 2010. The group of eight departed Walla Walla by air to
Osaka Japan via Seattle. From Osaka bus transport was provided by
the City of Sasayama. Participants included Colt Lippencott and Katie
Forss from Walla Walla High School and Zac Brown and Cheyene Frohreich
from Waitsburg High School. Adults accompanying the students included
Robert Keatts, Chairman of Walla Walla Sister City Affiliation Committee,
Linnea Keatts, Reggie Gonzales and Annie Gonzales.
The group was
met by host families and city officials at City Hall in Sasayama.
After a brief welcome ceremony the delegation went to their respective
host family’s home.
On Friday, 8 October the Walla Walla Sister City delegation was
greeted by Mayor Sakai and Sasayama Sister City officials at City
Hall. The meeting gave each student the opportunity to introduce
themselves in Japanese as well as share their first impressions
After meeting Mayor Sakai the students were transported to Tambayaki
Pottery District near Konda. This pottery area is over 800 years
old. A walking tour of a portion of the district allowed the group
to get an up close look at one of the oldest kilns still in use
in Japan. After the walking tour a hands on opportunity was given
so that each member of the group could create an object from Tambayaki
The first weekend was filled with activities associated with Sasayama
Food Festival and National Sports Day. The food festival, which
is an annual event, gives participants the opportunity to taste
the wonderful foods of Sasayama and Japan. Sasayama Beef, Edamame
(soy beans), chestnuts, wild boar, and tofu donuts are just some
of the great foods of Sasayama. In addition there is a wide variety
of entertainment from Taiko drummers to street dancing.
The rest of the week was filled with classroom participation at
Sangyo High School and visiting Fukusumi Elementary School. Students
also visited the Aoyama Samurai history village, Old Tamba Pottery
Museum, and Noh Play Material Museum in Sasayama. In addition the
group visited the Tamba dragon fossil workshop where paleontologist
are reassembling a fossilized dinosaur discovered in 2007. A visit
to Kawashiro Ravine allowed everyone to have a first hand glimpse
of the actual discovery site. The dinosaur is estimated to be 145
million years old. The students also had a first hand look at fossilized
frogs and other items recovered from the site.
Each student and adult had individual experiences with their host
families visiting other museums and historic sites in the local
area as well as travel to Kyoto, Osaka, Kobe and Sanda. Shopping,
sight-seeing, and participating with Sasayama students in after
school activity was also on the agenda.
Walla Walla Sister City Affiliation Committee has been conducting
the twelve day home stay program since 1994. Preparations are underway
for recruiting students for 2011. Students and parents interested
in participating are encouraged to contact the organization by calling
525-0049 or email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. One can also visit
“WallaWalla SisterCity” on Facebook to view photographs
of past participants and activities.
• Walla Walla High School “Trunk-or-Treat” offers
safe Halloween experience
Walla Walla High School’s Key Club will be sponsoring “Trunk
or Treat” Saturday, October 30 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the SCIENCE
parking lot. (NOTE LOCATION CHANGE). There will be a variety of
decorated cars sponsored by various Wa-Hi clubs that will be giving
out candy to area children. Admission is one can of food per attendee.
The food donations will be delivered to local food banks. Wa-Hi
FFA will be providing a “Haunted Barn” attraction this
year. For more information, contact Shelley Mann: email@example.com
||Classroom Close-Up features Garrison Middle
This week Garrison Middle School Physical Education Teacher Carl Robanske
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 Robanske is now playing on regional stations.