Etcetera 5-2-13

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Every single one of the 44 Walla Walla and Lincoln High School students who submitted Collections of Evidence to the state for math proficiency met the state math standards.

The state average is 78 percent, according to a release from the Walla Walla Public Schools Week in Review online newsletter.

The students didn’t meet standards via the state High School Proficiency exam route and were at risk of not graduating if they didn’t pass the Collection of Evidence.

“Both Lincoln and Wa-Hi dedicated staff resources this year to supporting students in completing the Collection of Evidence,” said District Assessment Coordinator Maria Garcia. “Needless to say, there were celebrations all around when we received the news.”

As is the case every year, there are a handful of students who are not on track to graduate on time due to being credit deficient, or because they have not yet passed either the reading or writing portions of the state assessment. However, the public school system “does a great job of retaining students into a fifth year, providing credit retrieval and summer school options so students can continue to pursue their diploma.”

“Our recent Washington Achievement Award for Wa-Hi’s extended graduation rate (91.7 percent) is evidence of this work,” Garcia said. “Lincoln is continually improving its extended graduation rate as well. It was 69.7 percent for the Class of 2010, up from 13.4 percent for the Class of 2008, according to the release.

President Barack Obama honored the Walla Walla High School Latino Club as a President’s Volunteer Service Gold Award recipient for the 2011-2012 school year. This is the fourth year the club has received the award.

It recognizes the club for providing more than 1,195 hours of volunteer service to the Walla Walla community in a 12-month period, according to a release. The Learning for Life program is sponsored through a nomination by Exploring Post 311.

Among the club’s key service projects during the 2011-2012 school year are work done prior to the Walla Walla County Fair and Rodeo and providing a pre-school literacy program supported by the Walla Walla United Way during Garrison’s Night School program.

Three club members received President’s Volunteer Service awards for providing significant individual service during the same time period:

Brenda López and Seth Hall, bronze awards for 100-plus hours each; and Lizbeth Llanes, bronze for 75-plus hours.

Members who provided 25-75 hours of service received Club’s Service Team awards:

Jorge Mejia, Teresa Olivos, Diana Jimenez, Daniel Saucedo, Vanessa Alvarado-Rivas, Paola Flores, Eduardo Feria, Bertha Madrigal, Alexis Pasillas, Lorena Esquivel, Lilia Navarrette, Yvonne Segovia, Cynthia Mora-Pudillo, Nadia Sierra, Maria Fluentes, Amairany Alvarado, Marilyn Melgoza, Veronica Ocampo, Nallely Facio, Jose Albarran, Edwin Flores, Katherine Alvarado, Selene Reyes, Gloria Marinez and Refugio Reyes.

Contact Annie Charnley Eveland at annieeveland@wwub.com or 526-8313.

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