Spring break trip to New York in works for Walla Walla students - Etcetera - 9/11/13

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Bright lights — biiiiiiig metropolis: a spring break trip to New York City is in the works for interested students in Walla Walla Public middle and high schools.

During the five-day excursion, they will take in two Broadway shows, have an opportunity to attend two theater workshops with professional actors, and take in some of the Big Apple’s sightseeing highlights, among them Lincoln Center and Radio City Music Hall, according to Kathryn Southwick Hess, trip coordinator.

A parent meeting is slated for 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the Pioneer Middle School library.


One of colleague Jeff Horner’s photos was spotted online at The Fayetteville (N.C.) Observer, listed as “Today’s astronomical picture of the day.”

Jeff’s “Lunar Landing,” which shows a flight of birds alighting on the First Congregational Church of Walla Walla’s spire, backlit by a nearly full moon on Aug. 23. See bit.ly/15WeH6K.


The Walla Walla Public Schools Week in Review online newsletter reported the recent recognition of Staff Achievement Grant recipients.

Receiving a $1,500 stipend and five days of paid release time for professional growth activities are: Susie Golden, business office; Julia Woods, orchestra teacher; Cindy Nass, special education coordinator; Brenda Crumpacker, Green Park Title One coordinator; and Joanna Gogl, Edison Elementary third-grade teacher.

Teachers and support staff nominate grant recipients for superior performance, innovation, exemplary leadership and exceptional service.

In recognition for outstanding service to Walla Walla students, 2012-2013 Gillespie Golden Onion awards went to Blue Ridge Elementary teacher Tina Brennan, Garrison Middle School teacher Marcia Follett and Lincoln High School teacher Marci Knauft.

They each received $500 each for use in their classroom. The Golden Onion Award was established by longtime Walla Walla residents Dr. Mike and Sue Gillespie to provide school supplies, equipment and professional development funds to Walla Walla educators.

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

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