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  • Pay-to-play policy investigated

    At a board meeting in August, Central Valley school board chair Debra Long questioned whether the district should continue to charge students participation fees for all of its Washington Interscholastic …


  • Famous friend meets students

    Two elementary schools in the Central Valley School District celebrated their achievements in helping a local charity and received a visit from a special friend. Ronald McDonald visited Progress and …


  • More students in CVSD than expected

    The Central Valley School District saw more students enter its doors than expected on the first day last week. Monday – the fourth day of school – was the first …


  • Test scores rise as districts adopt tailored strategies

    Chester Elementary School fifth-graders debated in class recently whether cutting a worm in half resulted in two worms or a dead one. Since the class was divided on the issue, …


  • Grant enables CVSD to teach bike safety at elementary schools

    The children held their left arms out straight while their right hands clung to their bike handlebars, trying to maintain their balance while they made their left turn signals. Most …


  • School district considers expanding all-day kindergarten

    Washington lawmakers hope to implement full-day kindergarten statewide by 2018, provided the state can come up with funding. Spokane Public Schools, the region’s largest district, is considering implementing full-day kindergarten …


  • Math, science test scores up

    Statewide test results released Wednesday show more Washington students are passing their science and math exams. Spokane Public Schools, Mead and East Valley school district students improved math scores in …


  • CV unveils budget for next year

    Finance Director Jan Hutton unveiled the Central Valley School District’s 2012-’13 budget during the school board’s meeting Monday. For the first time in several years, there was good news.


  • Church volunteers will tackle projects at 15 CV schools

    At Summit School, head custodian Randall Ogle has been taking care of maintenance projects all summer, but some of his work has been delayed by local vandals. Someone threw rocks …


  • Marczynski joins West Valley School District

    The West Valley School District has a new assistant superintendent; one who is no stranger to schools in Spokane Valley. Jean Marczynski, 56, took over the position left vacant by …


  • Driven to learn: Lego cars teach students teamwork, problem-solving

    Students in Amanda Harwood’s fourth- and fifth-grade summer school class learned about computer programming and engineering while having a great time Thursday at Broadway Elementary School. Central Valley School District’s …


  • STEM is hands-on fun

    The thought of summer school could strike fear in many middle school kids, but this year’s curriculum has enough hands-on activities to keep kids entertained while they learn. “I thought …


  • At Bowdish, they rock the end of the school year

    The last day of school is traditionally loosely structured. Students say goodbye to their favorite teachers, sign each other’s yearbooks and think about plans for summer vacation before they are …


  • Students share life stories

    At North Pines Middle School in the Central Valley School District, a class of 19 English language development students gathered together to watch classmates’ Photo Stories on Wednesday. The class …


  • Fifth-graders show constitutional competence

    Ty James, a fifth-grader at Opportunity Elementary School in the Central Valley School District, explained to the judges an instance when the common good outweighs individual rights. “You can’t yell …


  • Free summer meals available for children

    With the end of school, many low-income children may not have an opportunity for a hot lunch or breakfast. School districts in the area will offer breakfast and lunch at …


  • Barker HS helps students thrive

    Cayla Werley, 18, was a little worried about her speech at Barker High School’s graduation ceremony. She was thinking she was going to be very nervous talking in front of …


  • Neva Ringwald retires as CV’s human resources director after 46 years in education

    Sometimes educators may not work directly with students, but have an affect on them nonetheless. As human resources director, Neva Ringwald, 70, helps to hire teachers for Central Valley School …


  • Young ladies, gentlemen practice etiquette at Fairy Tale Ball

    Stephanie Sawchuk, a third-grader at Sunrise Elementary School in the Central Valley School District, stood up from the table and twirled, showing off her long gown of white and pink …


  • Youngster’s movie wins national award from PTA

    Ansel LaPier, 8, is a quiet and shy second-grader at Liberty Lake Elementary School, until he gets in front of his own camera. “The Quest” is a short film by …


  • Summit School’s ‘Hamlet’ set at circus; result of poetic pleas

    It’s not your typical production of “Hamlet.” The ghost of Hamlet’s father is played by a yellow duck puppet. Polonius is represented by a series of sock puppets.


  • Central Valley tests bus cameras

    Anyone driving through town has seen it: A school bus stops, turns on its lights and puts its stop paddle out to stop traffic as students get on or off …


  • U-Hi grad in CWU play

    Kylene Peden, a 2010 graduate of University High School in the Central Valley School District, will perform in the musical “Little Women,” based on the book by Louisa May Alcott, …


  • U-Hi leader’s true calling

    University High School’s incoming principal didn’t plan to spend his professional life in school. When he was in junior high, Alan Robbins, 47, dreamed of being an electrical engineer, which …


  • ‘Alice in Wonderland’ opens at CV tonight

    The drama department at Central Valley High School, 821 S. Sullivan Road, will present “Alice in Wonderland,” based on the classic novel by Lewis Carroll, today through Saturday and Monday …


  • Greenhouse new venue for hands-on learning at University Elementary

    Sunshine last week only added to the excitement of students at University Elementary School. It was a perfect day for planting seeds. They were celebrating their new greenhouse, donated to …


  • School choice requests due

    Central Valley School District is accepting written requests this week from students wishing to attend a school other than their neighborhood school. Families living inside CVSD have until Friday to …


  • Advocate for activity

    Students in PJ Jarvis’ physical education classes at Opportunity Elementary School don’t just learn the basics of sports. While they are waiting for their turn to play two-square, they run …


  • Fired teacher sues CV district

    Former University High School teacher Michael Cronin has filed a lawsuit against the Central Valley School District alleging he was improperly fired from his job while he was serving a …


  • Fired U-Hi teacher sues school district

    Former University High School teacher Michael Cronin has filed a lawsuit against the Central Valley School District alleging he was improperly fired from his job while he was serving a …

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