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Education notebook: Student clothing available at swap

Thu., Nov. 19, 2009

Medical Lake Elementary School is holding a clothing swap through Friday, collecting children’s clean, gently used clothing for those in need.

An exchange table will be available to parents during parent-teacher conferences on Monday and Tuesday and all families are welcome to participate.

Clothing not used in the exchange will be donated to Medical Lake’s Care and Share.

For more information, call the school at (509) 565-3500.

Parents to get look at new grading system

Parents of elementary school students in Spokane Public Schools will discover how their children are learning in relation to state standards when they sit down with their child’s teacher for parent-teacher conferences today through Wednesday.

According to a press release from the district, it has a new standards-based grading and reporting system, used at every elementary school, which separates achievement and behavior, allowing the grades to reflect more accurately the students’ academic progress.

The press release also says the reporting system exhibits the six principles of grading that teachers use in class every day, allowing them to be clear about what students can do and what they know.

Parents will have the opportunity to find out where their child is in relation to standards and what the next step is.

Auction at Ferris swing dance event

The Ferris High School band department will hold its swing dance on Dec. 5, from 7 to 10:30 p.m. in the gymnasium.

The evening event will include a live and silent auction featuring a stay at a condominium at Silverwood, an on-court rubber-chicken package, a private sailing lesson and more.

Tickets are $7.50 per person.

For more information call (509) 443-0382.

Rainey Coffin can be reached at (509) 927-2166 or via e-mail at

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