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Mead district offers free vaccinations

Thu., Oct. 1, 2009

The Mead School District is taking extra precautions to keep students up-to-date on their vaccinations.

The Spokane Regional Health District Clinic is offering a free immunization clinic for all Mead kids today at Shiloh Hills Elementary School, 12828 N. Newport Highway, from 3 to 6 p.m. The supplies are limited and parents must be present. Children must have their vaccination records for required immunizations to be identified.

Mead employees and their spouses may also receive vaccinations today at Shiloh Hills Elementary. A seasonal influenza vaccine will be offered to Mead adults for $12.

Employees and spouses also can receive the vaccination on Oct. 20 at Farwell Elementary School, 13005 N. Crestline St.; on Oct. 29 at Shiloh Hills Elementary School; on Nov. 3 at Farwell Elementary School; and on Nov. 12 at Shiloh Hills Elementary School. Vaccinations will be given from 3 to 6 p.m. at all locations.

For more information call the Spokane Regional Health District Clinic at (509) 324-1600.

Parents invited to curriculum meeting

Parents of fourth- through sixth-graders will have a chance to learn how to give their kids an opportunity to learn at a higher grade level.

On Oct. 15, an informational meeting will be held in the Board Room at the Mead School District office, 12828 N. Newport Hwy, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., regarding the Quest Program, which, according to the district’s Web site, “provides an accelerated and rigorous standards-based curriculum that presents learning at a pace, depth, and intensity that meets students’ intellectual needs while encouraging growth of individual potential.”

Fourth-graders will work on critical thinking, creative thinking, and group problem-solving activities.

Fifth- and sixth-graders will work on themed-based integrated units in math, science and humanities. Students will also have weekly warm-ups, including a short creative thinking and critical thinking activity.

The program is available in all eight Mead elementary schools.

For more information, call Quest Program Director Millie Hill at (509) 465-6100 or e-mail or visit

Colbert school earns national award

Colbert Elementary School, 4526 E. Greenbluff Road, in Colbert, was one of four schools in Washington to receive the 2009 No Child Left Behind Blue Ribbon Schools award. A total of 314 schools received the honor nationwide.

According to a press release from the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, “These schools stand out as leaders in both achievement and improvement.”

The No Child Left Behind Blue Ribbon Schools award recognizes public and private elementary, middle, and high schools that are academically superior or demonstrate dramatic change in student achievement.

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


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