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Education Notebook: Rogers students stage ‘Macbeth’

Drama students at Rogers High School will perform William Shakespeare’s dark and powerful tragedy “Macbeth,” beginning Friday in the school’s auditorium. The production will continue Saturday and April 18-20. All shows are at 7 p.m.

The play is set in 2014, but keeps Shakespeare’s traditional scene of the bloody civil war in Scotland; it is nuclear warfare that has destroyed almost all civilization on Earth. Macbeth, played by Dakota Goodwin, is leading Scotland. The weird sisters, representing the seven deadly sins, played by Jourdan Goodenough, Stephi Redmond, and Delilah Peddle, lead him astray by convincing him that he will become king of Scotland. Macbeth and his wife, played by Bridget Gabriel, become liars and murderers to attain power. Standing in his way, to stop Macbeth and his murderous demise is Macduff, played by Miles Fowler.

Tickets are $5 and may be purchased at the door.

The production is described as high intensity; viewer discretion is advised. For information call (509) 354-6551.

Spokane schools honored

The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction and the State Board of Education honored schools in the Spokane Public Schools District for their excellence with a Washington Achievement Award. Schools were recognized for overall excellence, language arts, math, science, extended graduation rate, closing achievement gaps, and high progress.

Schools awarded are: Hutton Elementary for overall excellence; North Central High School and Libby Center for math; Adams, Mullan Road and Westview elementaries, Libby Center and Sacajawea Middle School for science; Garfield and Logan elementaries for closing achievement gaps; and Regal Elementary for high progress.

The schools are among 381 Washington schools honored with a Washington Achievement Award.

Student chemists cited

The Inland Northwest Section of the American Chemical Society announced high school chemistry students from Lewis and Clark, Ferris, North Central, and Gonzaga Prep who will have an opportunity to become members of the U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad team.

Jacob Frederick and Julio Marco Pineda, Lewis and Clark; Elyssa Hanson and Ethan Reid, Ferris; John Michels and Benjamin Wright, Gonzaga Prep; and Joseph Bell, North Central, will take a national exam that may qualify them to become members of the team that will compete in the 45th International Chemistry Olympiad in Moscow on July 15 through July 24.

The local students are among more than 1,200 young scientists across the United States that will take a qualifying exam. Twenty students will become finalists and will undergo intensive training in June at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado. The top four will represent the U.S. in Moscow in July.

Cheney’s Picicci earns award

Cheney High School Assistant Principal Ray Picicci was recently awarded the Washington State 2013 Assistant Principal of the Year for his dedication to his staff and devotion to his students.

Picicci has been the assistant principal at Cheney since 2007. As the lead for curriculum, instruction and assessment, he has organized the school’s state testing, created an after-school homework center with tutors from local colleges, pushed the summer school program, and put together most of the school’s intervention systems. Picicci was also a science and biology teacher at Shadle Park and North Central high schools.

In a press release from the Association of Washington School Principals, Troy Heuett, the principal at Cheney High School, said “Ray has challenged me to always do more for our students, and I thank him for his drive, and his vision to establish confidence in all students who enter our building.”

Picicci was honored Wednesday in Washington, D.C. During his visit he lobbied on issues including state testing, the new teacher/principal evaluation system, Common Core state standards, and teacher salaries with Sen. Patty Murray and Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers.

To submit news about your school, students and staff for the Education Notebook to or call (509) 459-5434.