January 28, 2010 in Washington Voices

Education notebook: Adams Elementary raising funds for Haiti

By The Spokesman-Review
 

Students and staff at Adams Elementary School on the South Hill are doing their part to help the survivors of the Jan. 12 earthquake in Haiti with the “Helping Haiti in a Hurry” fundraiser.

During the past week, Adams students, teachers, the ASB, PTG and the community have been collecting stuffed animals and spare change to help the victims in Haiti. The fundraiser will run through Friday.

NWC plans preview night

The school year may only be halfway over, but it’s not too soon to start thinking about next fall.

Parents of preschool and elementary students interested in having their child attend Northwest Christian School in the fall are invited to a Parent Preview Night next Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the elementary school campus, 1412 W. Central Ave.

Parents will have the opportunity to take tours of the campus and meet teachers and staff.

For more information, call (509) 328-4400.

Midway to honor diversity

The students at Midway Elementary School in Colbert will celebrate cultural diversity in an assembly on Feb. 9. The assembly, put together by Midway’s Civility and Diversity Team, will honor Martin Luther King Jr. and Black History Month.

Midway students will have the opportunity to celebrate and learn about Black History Month in other events and activities.

The Rev. Happy Watkins, pastor at New Hope Baptist Church, will visit the school during February to present King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.

The school recently purchased “Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.” The book tells of King’s childhood determination to use “big words” through biographical information and quotations. Midway teachers used video streaming for an interactive reading of “Martin’s Big Words” with their classes. The book will be incorporated into the assembly.

All students will make footprints on multicultural colored paper. The footprints will be put down the hallways, leading to the gym. On the day of the assembly, the final footprints will be placed inside the gym. As part of the assembly, one of Midway’s fifth-grade classes will lead the “march” to the gym with a choral reading.

For more information, call (509) 465-6700.

CORE teams of year named

Spokane Public Schools recently announced the district’s first two Distinguished Educator Teams of the Year.

Lewis and Clark High School’s CORE Team, made up of ninth-grade teachers, was formed in 2008 to focus on the needs of incoming ninth-graders identified as “struggling learners.”

According to a press release from Spokane Public Schools, the CORE Team’s goal was to help the students experience success in beginning high school, so that they would continue through graduation. The CORE teachers work to build a support system for each student, both academically and personally, to improve grades, increase attendance and provide opportunities for Career and Technical Education.

Lewis and Clark CORE teachers include Chris Davis, Ryan Mulvey, Mike Mullin, Jeremy Richardson, Michelle Spohr and Jen Springfield.

The On-Track Program has taken 200 students significantly behind in credits to a place of hope, confidence and college-going goals.

The Spokane Public Schools said the team behind On-Track goes above and beyond to know the students, develop learning strategies that meet individual needs and support and encourage the students to be responsible for their learning.

On-Track teachers include Karen MacDonald, Dan Ford, Scott Sorenson, Erin Bangle, Hydee Reber, Elisabeth Silver, Lesa Renner, Bill Saye and Daniel Mortlock.

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