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Ridgeview Elementary leader named principal of the year

Thu., Nov. 4, 2010


Ridgeview Elementary Principal Kathy Williams was recently rewarded for her leadership and love of her students when she was named the Dick Stannard Distinguished Elementary Principal of the Year.

The award was named for a Spokane Public Schools principal who died in 1996.

According to a press release, the special recognition honors principals who show purposeful leadership, excel at instructional leadership and resource development and possess exemplary interpersonal skills.

Williams was nominated by her peers, as are all principals who receive the award. The release shared the praises by nominators of Williams. “She works wonders with her staff, opening doors to new beliefs and practices that ensure social justice is a norm, not an exception,” said one nominator.

Another described Williams as a “principal who remains a teacher at heart and works to develop a common focus, shared vision and high expectations for student achievement, and make research-based best practices the foundation of her work with staff. She understands that the people in the building are the greatest resource the school has to improve student learning.”

Ferris seniors selling holiday trimmings

Halloween is over and it’s time to start planning for holiday decorations. And, nothing is more festive than a fresh, bright poinsettia or an evergreen wreath.

Holiday trimmings are on sale to benefit the Ferris High School Senior All-Nighter and include poinsettias in six colors, in 4-, 6- and 8-inch pots. The wreaths are accented with a traditional candle. Also for sale is a 10-foot cedar garland that is just right for finishing the décor on a door or banister.

Order forms are available on the Ferris Senior All-Nighter website at ferrisseniorallnighter. com/pointsettiasale1119 .html. Orders must be place by Nov. 19 and will need to be picked up from the Ferris gymnasium on Dec. 1 from 3 to 7 p.m.

For more information call Brenda Bray at (509) 990-3728 or Jill Schmick at (509) 209-6367.

Proceeds will benefit the Ferris Senior All Nighter graduation party in June.

Market selling antiques, more

Those looking for antiques and vintage treasures can visit Nine Mile Falls Elementary School, 10102 W. Charles Road, on Saturday for the Vintage Finds and Handmade Treasures Market, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

More than 20 vendors will be selling handmade crafts, antiques and vintage finds. A book sale is also planned.

Admission is $1 per person and children 12 and under are free.

KSPS to broadcast education forum

Members of the community will have the opportunity to have their questions answered about Spokane Public Schools when “Educating Spokane” airs on Wednesday on KSPS television, channel 7, at 7 p.m.

Sue Chapin, school board president, board members Garret Daggett and Jeff Bierman and Spokane Public Schools Superintendent Nancy Stowell will be available to answer questions and respond to comments from the public.

To ask a question call (509) 354-7711.

Convention center hosts college fair

High school students thinking about college can learn more about selecting a school and the process of applying at the Spokane National College Fair on Wednesday at the Spokane Convention Center, from 9 a.m. to noon and 6 to 8 p.m.

According to a press release from the National Association for College Admission Counseling, students and parents can discuss their individual needs with college experts and meet one-on-one with admission representatives from a wide range of national and international, public and private, two-year and four-year colleges and universities. They can learn about admission requirements, financial aid, course offerings, and campus environment, as well as other information pertinent to the college-selection process.

For more information about the college fair, e-mail collegefairs or call (800) 822-6285.

The event is free and open to the public.

Lewis and Clark fundraising event

Parents and friends of Lewis and Clark High School seniors will be partying in style at the “Toast the Tigers” auction and wine tasting event, to be held Nov. 20 at the Lincoln Center, 1315 N. Lincoln St., at 6 p.m.

The evening will include six wine tastings, a catered dinner, a student art auction, a dessert auction, a silent auction and a live auction.

Auction items include a Selkirk Lodge Stay at Schweitzer Mountain; a timeshare week vacation at the Hilton Grand Hotel; a dinner party at Luna; a Priest Lake escape; a condo stay in Kauai, Hawaii, includes seven nights, details can be found at; Gonzaga basketball tickets/wine basket; tickets to the WSU Apple Cup; tickets to the Husky Apple Cup; Coeur d’Alene Resort packages; and Spokane Arena Box seats for the Rubber Chicken.

Tickets are $50 per person. Proceeds will benefit the Lewis and Clark Senior All Nighter.

Tickets may be purchased online at or by mailing payments to Christa Arguinchona at 1203 E. 56th Ave., Spokane, WA 99223. Include a phone number and e-mail address with payment.

All Saints School plans auction

Although November has just begun, All Saints Catholic School is already thinking about a winter wonderland. On Nov. 12, the school will hold its annual auction at Northern Quest Casino, decked out in a theme just in time for the upcoming holiday season.

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m., beginning with a silent auction. The evening will also include dinner and a live auction.

A number of auction items include a condo on Florida’s Sanibel Island, a basketball camp featuring former Gonzaga basketball players, a suite at the Arena for a Chiefs game, Bulldog game packages, a Palm Springs getaway, golf packages, spa packages, baskets filled with bath and body products, romantic getaways to area hotels, kids sports camps and art classes.

Tickets are $35 per person. Guests must be 21 or older to attend.

To purchase tickets and for more information, call (509) 534-1098, Ext. 238 or visit www.allsaintsspokane .org.

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

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