February 16, 2012 in Washington Voices

Education Notebook: Collection helps Humane Society

 

Students at Mountainside Middle School in the Mead School District will help fill the shelves at the Spokane Humane Society and keep dogs and cats fed during the winter months.

Science teacher Jim Louie and his students have collected food, cat litter and money to give to the shelter and will present the donations to the Humane Society today. Louie has done the community service project with his students for the past 15 years, collecting more than $25,000 and nearly 65,000 pounds of food, litter and treats.

Moran, Wilson receive awards

Moran Prairie and Wilson elementary schools in the Spokane Public Schools District were chosen for a 2011 Washington Achievement Award by the state Board of Education and the state superintendent’s office.

According to a news release from Spokane Public Schools, the schools have received the award for three years in a row, being noted for their special recognition in science. Wilson was also awarded for overall excellence. Balboa Elementary School was recognized for closing achievement gaps.

The awards are based on the school’s performance over time and are given in seven categories, including overall excellence, language arts, math, science, extended graduation rate, improvement and closing achievement gaps.

For the 2011-’12 school year, 275 of the state’s 2,300 schools were honored with an award.

National Merit finalists named

Spokane Public Schools recently announced three students have been named finalists in the 57th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

The merit finalists include Russell Pochis, of Ferris High School; Jesse Ward, of Lewis and Clark High School; and Karl Fencl, of Rogers High School.

JenikaNewsum, of Lewis and Clark, is a finalist in the 48th annual National Achievement Scholarship Program.

Scholarship winners from both programs will be announced beginning in April.

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