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  • Retired educators volunteer to assess students’ skills

    When it comes to assessing kindergarteners’ reading skills, many schools turn to the various employees of the school – reading coaches, para-educators and more. But at smaller schools, such as …


  • U-Hi principal plans to retire at end of school year

    After 38 years in education, University High School Principal Daryl Hart has announced he will retire next December. Hart, 60, has been U-Hi principal for eight years. He will step …


  • A class act: U-Hi leadership students adopt children for Christmas

    Students at University High School have been thinking about what it would be like to have a Christmas without presents. If you are a little kid, this might not be …


  • Volunteer reading buddies help third-graders meet goals

    Volunteers at Opportunity Elementary School are helping third-grade students improve their reading scores. Principal Molly Carolan said the Central Valley School District school partnered with Eastpoint Church three years ago. …


  • Fun events get students to participate in High 5

    Friday after school at Evergreen Middle School isn’t usually as busy as it was last week. Students crammed into the school’s two gyms, dressed in bright colors, matching T-shirts and …


  • Students hope to Fill the Bus with food donations

    For the seventh year, students in the Central Valley School District will participate in the Fill the Bus challenge in locations around Spokane Valley. Nearly 100 students are expected to …


  • New classes introduce students to science, technology, more

    Madie Laws, a Central Valley High School sophomore, isn’t sure what she wants to be when she grows up, but she knows she wants to do something in the medical …


  • Schools asking voters to replace state funds

    Spokane Public Schools’ board agreed Wednesday to ask voters in February to consider paying more taxes in a levy to compensate for potential state cuts to K-12 education. The region’s …


  • Horizon students get call from space

    Eighth-grade students at Horizon Middle School in the Central Valley School District received a phone call Friday from the International Space Station. Parent Terry Fossum, a motivational speaker, Air Force …


  • Cut to school bus funds not idle talk

    School buses could become scarce in parts of Washington as the state grapples with budget shortfalls. Among the list of cuts Gov. Chris Gregoire is considering: State funds to help …


  • Home away from homelessness

    Britain Webb has been homeless twice while attending University High School. Domestic violence forced the 17-year-old’s mother and siblings out of their Spokane Valley apartment the first time, Webb said. …


  • Enrollment increases in most Valley districts

    Continuous Curriculum School in the East Valley School District has seen a 69 percent enrollment jump this year, most notably because students now have a whole building to attend classes, …


  • U-Hi student alleges Cronin touched her

    A University High School student said she complained to the school’s principal and assistant principal last spring that teacher Michael Cronin had touched her inappropriately. An official at the Central …


  • Target volunteers help give library ‘Magic School Bus’ theme

    The library at Adams Elementary School now has an infusion of 110 books thanks to a $500 grant from Target. “Each year, each Target store gives a $500 book grant …


  • U-Hi student alleges Cronin touched her

    A University High School student said she complained to the school’s principal and assistant principal last spring that teacher Michael Cronin had touched her inappropriately. An official at the Central …


  • Touch allegations unconfirmed against U-Hi teacher

    Washington’s Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction recently dismissed charges against University High School teacher Michael Cronin after conducting an investigation into allegations that he touched a female student …


  • U-Hi teacher receives jail term

    University High School teacher Michael Cronin was placed on paid administrative leave in August and has been sentenced to serve nearly a year in jail after being found guilty of …


  • Making health sense

    There is a new program at University Elementary School, 1613 S. University Road, that teaches students nutrition and basic cooking skills. The Washington State University Food Sense program comes to …


  • Ronald McDonald thanks Progress, Adams students

    Doing something positive for the community earned students in the Central Valley School District a visit from a famous clown. Ronald McDonald visited both Progress and Adams elementary schools for …


  • Students deluge districts

    Megan Elliott is an experienced elementary school teacher, but she wasn’t prepared for an overcrowded kindergarten class. “We are just actually getting to the point where we can function,” said …


  • ECEAP helps low-income kids with health, education, nutrition

    Casey Lee, an early childhood specialist in the Early Learning Center in the Central Valley School District, said she is seeing more families coming through the Early Childhood Education & …


  • Remedial math routine for local grads at CCS

    The percentage of students taking remedial math classes at Spokane Community College and Spokane Falls Community College is an eye-popping statistic. Of the 2009-’10 graduates from Spokane Public Schools who …


  • Central Valley schools face suit

    A Seattle attorney filed a lawsuit on Monday against the Central Valley School District, alleging that a former teacher sexually assaulted his client as a child some 45 years ago. …


  • Inside Schools: Ehlers going to Greenacres Elementary

    The Central Valley School Board has selected Lindsay Ehlers as the new principal assistant at Greenacres Elementary School. Ehlers has been a teacher at Liberty Lake Elementary School for the …


  • Community volunteers work to clean up neighborhood schools

    Over the weekend, around 300 volunteers from three area churches gathered at schools in the Central Valley School District to participate in the Summer of Service. The volunteers worked on …


  • CV to cut pay of nonunion workers

    The Central Valley School Board voted to cut the pay of nonrepresented employees Monday at its regular meeting. The cuts match those made at the state level earlier this year …


  • North Pines Middle School’s Dorinda Belcher named state’s Earth Science Teacher of the Year

    Dorinda Belcher, 44, is a flurry of science lessons. Meeting her for the first time in her classroom at North Pines Middle School, students will likely see the Oregon sandstones …


  • Sherry Johnson has seen many changes in business education

    Business education in schools has gone through many changes during the past 35 years. Students learned to type on typewriters when Sherry Johnson started her teaching career. She’s retiring after …


  • Director positions in large school districts uncontested

    In the three large Spokane Valley school districts, none of the board of directors positions will be contested this fall, with only one candidate filing for each position. Freeman and …


  • Horizon students find grassroots solution

    Karen Kielbon’s seventh-grade social studies class at Horizon Middle School in the Central Valley School District could have been learning about how government works from their books. But the lessons …