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Free screening available for WV preschoolers

The West Valley School District will offer free developmental screening for 3- and 4-year-old children living in the district. The screening will be available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday at the Millwood Early Childhood Education Center, 8818 E. Grace.

Parents with concerns about their child’s growth and development will be able to talk to staff members and get suggestions on how to intellectually stimulate their child. The screening is free. Parents must call (509) 922-5478 to schedule an appointment.

Great Schools

Four local schools have been honored as “Great Schools” for sustained improvement in their reading and math WASL scores over the last seven years.

All Washington schools are evaluated every year by the Center for Educational Effectiveness and Phi Delta Kappa-Washington State. In previous years the award was named “Schools of Distinction.” This year, 104 schools in the state achieved the “Great School” ranking.

Local award winners include Liberty Lake Elementary, Otis Orchards Elementary, Freeman High School and Liberty High School.

Liberty School District Superintendent Bill Mostsenbocker was thrilled to have his high school among that group. “We’re excited about that,” he said. “We’ve been working pretty hard on our curriculum.”

Scholarship opportunity

All high school students ages 14 to 18 are invited to apply for scholarships to attend the upcoming “Key Leader” conference in Chewelah, Wash. The conference is designed for students interested in becoming leaders at their schools and in Key Club, a high school service club affiliated with the Kiwanis Clubs. The scholarships will cover the entire $175 cost.

The deadline to apply is Monday. For information on how to apply, send an e-mail to, visit or call (509) 475-5866.

Open house

University High School will host its open house Monday at 6:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served and parents can tour the school and meet staff members. The school is at 12420 E. 32nd.

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