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Notebook: ScienceFest was packed with fun at Prairie View

Prairie View Elementary School students, from left, Teresa Berg, John Berg, Joseph Berg and Corinne Berg, participate in the school’s ScienceFest.
Prairie View Elementary School students, from left, Teresa Berg, John Berg, Joseph Berg and Corinne Berg, participate in the school’s ScienceFest.

Students at Prairie View Elementary in the Mead School District recently went on a scientific adventure at ScienceFest – the school’s second annual science fair.

This year’s theme, “The Human Body Adventure” gave students an opportunity to complete a body walk-through and learn a brain dance, along with microscope investigations, led by Washington State University CityLab scientists. The Skyhawks Sports Academy, NBC Camps and Jung Kim’s Tae Kwon Do were also a part of the science fair, leading fitness events for students and their families.

According to a news release, ScienceFest is the culmination of a schoolwide science program. The students created posters, participated in hands-on investigations and prepared skits and songs for the fair.

‘Doll Shop’ at NC

North Central High School students will continue their production of “Doll Shop” today through Saturday at 7:30 p.m., with two special Mother’s Day performances on Sunday at 2 and 7:30 p.m.

“Doll Shop” is North Central’s longest-running show, first produced by NC’s former girls physical education teacher, Elsa Pinkham, in 1930. Pinkham loved to sing and dance and believed that every student should have the opportunity to be on the stage. In her time at NC, Pinkham directed 14 productions of the musical until 1958.

As NC’s drama teacher, Tom Armitage revived the show in the ’80s and, according to a news release, the current production has a cast, crew and orchestra of more than 300 students, true to Pinkham’s belief that all students should have their chance to shine. The show has varied from a spoof of reality shows to a tribute to the school. This year’s show, with a script written by the students, involves a conflict between old-fashioned dolls like Raggedy Ann and Andy and modern action figures such as the fictitious Electronica.

Tickets are $7 per person and $6 for GSL card holders. Tickets from the April 30 show, cancelled because of a power outage, may be exchanged for one of the upcoming shows.

To purchase tickets and for more information, call the North Central business office at (509) 354-6239.

All Saints open house

Parents of students going into fifth through eighth grade interested in learning about opportunities at All Saints Catholic School for the 2011-’12 school year may attend an open house next Thursday, from 8:45 a.m. to noon.

To reserve a space and for more information call (509) 624-5712.

‘Picnic’ at G-Prep

Gonzaga Prep’s fine arts department will present “Picnic” next Thursday at 7 p.m. in the theater. The show will continue May 13 and 14 at 7 p.m. and May 15 at 3 p.m.

The play is a tale of a rural community in the 1950s, looking at the lives of women dealing with love, marriage and happiness.

Tickets are $6 per person and $5 for students. Attendees who bring a nonperishable food donation for the food bank to Thursday’s performance will receive a $1 ticket discount.

To purchase tickets and for more information, call (509) 483-8511 or email

Panel has openings

Spokane Public Schools is currently accepting applications for the Citizens Advisory Committee for Human Growth and Development. The committee has openings for member-at-large and alternate positions for the 2011-’12 academic year.

The committee is responsible for reviewing all instructional materials and program components pertaining to the K-12 human growth and development curriculum. They will meet six times throughout the school year, on Wednesdays from 1 to 3 p.m.

Application forms are available at the administration building, 200 N. Bernard St., or on the district’s website at Applications must be completed and turned in by Tuesday at 4 p.m.

For more information,call Cathy Agrella at (509) 354-5975.

STCU honors students

Spokane Teachers Credit Union recently honored local high school students for their academic achievement. The students each received a $100 savings bond as part of STCU’s Focus Awards.

Spokane high school students honored include Jacob Thompson, Rogers; Tara Zeigler, Ferris; Danielle Bauge, Cheney; Samuel Brubaker, Spokane Skills Center; Hunter Czarapata, NC; Irissa Kirkedahl, Rogers; Hannah Nelson, Pullman; Jordyn Phillips, Newport; and Corrine Workman, Riverside.