Etcetera - 01/28/11

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In honor of School Board Appreciation Month in January, students and staff from Walla Walla School District 140 showered school board members with tokens of appreciation on a recent Tuesday night.

Posters, flowers, photos and a video featuring Prospect Point Elementary students were displayed at the Jan. 18 school board meeting, according to the district's online newsletter, Week in Review.

Mick Miller, district superintendent, presented certificates of appreciation to each board member with his personal thanks for their service and dedication to children.

Several Walla Walla area students made the University of Washington dean's list for autumn quarter a Jan. 20 release reported. To qualify, students must have completed at least 12 graded credits and have a grade point average of at least 3.50.

College Place: Holly Elizabeth Erwin, sophomore; Chinonso Chidi Opara, freshman; Micky Singh, senior.

Walla Walla: Casey Daniel Gwinn, Michael Ryan Hui, Brian Michael James, Christine Elizabeth Jubb, Helen Marie Reich, Ksenia Skorohodova, seniors; Austin Conrad Tucker, junior; Janet Loren Hill, Casey Jaye Hutchinson Andy Joerg Swinnerton, Ronald Allen Yuste Yu, sophomores; Seth Franklin Hampson, Margaret Simone Kammer, freshmen.

A Gear Up Extended School program that Hepler's Big Cheese Pizza supports is providing big incentives to freshmen and sophomores who can use additional support in school, the Jan. 21 online Walla Walla Public Schools Week in Review reported.

Hepler's donates a medium pizza through a lottery system for students who come to class, do their homework and demonstrate a good work ethic while there.

Teacher Jason Postlewait said "It helps improve the program by motivating the kids' attendance and work ethic. The kids really look forward to the drawing and work hard during the week to get the ticket so they have a better chance of winning the pizza.

"These students have a ton of potential and some of them just need that extra something to help motivate them to make a significant change at school. We are very fortunate to have great community partners like the Hepler family at Big Cheese Pizza who strive every day to make a difference in their community and in these student's lives."

Walla Walla School District 140 now has almost 40 educators who have earned prestigious National Board Teaching Certificates. The latest instructors to join the ranks are Colleen Chamberlain, Green Park Elementary third grade teacher; Lynn Junke, Pioneer Middle School language arts teacher; and Scott Reardon, Walla Walla High School business and occupational education teacher.

They were mentored during the challenging process by Julie Cox and Gayle See, both of Wa-Hi, and Elissa Stites of Green Park.

Etcetera appears in daily and Sunday editions. Annie Charnley Eveland can be reached at annieeveland@wwub.com or afternoons at 526-8313.

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