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Amid swarm of layoffs, West and East Valley schools credit planning and smaller raises for minimal cuts

In a contentious spring of budget-cutting and layoffs, two smaller school districts in Spokane Valley are, almost, feel-good stories.

Ness fourth-graders take robotics prize

The fledgling fourth-grade robotics team at Ness Elementary in the West Valley School District won first place in strategy and innovation at a recent First Robotics competition.

UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 30, 2018, 11:13 a.m.

West Valley students get tips from expert on surviving active shooter

The West Valley School District took the unusual step of offering active shooter training to students in its high schools and middle schools as well as their parents on Tuesday.

UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 29, 2018, 8:31 p.m.

Spokane Public Schools teachers to vote on salary agreement Thursday

For the teachers and classified staff in the Spokane Public Schools district, today should be a rewarding day.

The ABCs of the new school year

Back to school means more than books. It’s about new programs, new facilities, new faces and new issues. Throughout the Inland Northwest, students, parents and educators have much to look …

West Valley School District pushes for secured entries at its four remaining schools without them

The West Valley School District is making a final push this summer to complete secured entries at the only four schools in the district that still don’t have them.

WVSD teacher retires after 32-year career, her legacy continues

Longtime West Valley School District’s Candace Jordan retires after a 32-year teaching career.

UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 10, 2018, 1:57 p.m.

West Valley kids get civility lesson from Washington Supreme Court Justice Debra Stephens

About 90 students from the West Valley School District got a lesson in civility Friday from one of the district’s standout alumni: Justice Debra Stephens of the Washington Supreme Court.

Education notebook: Three Lewis and Clark High students named candidates for Presidential Scholars Program

Three Lewis and Clark High School seniors have been named candidates of the 2018 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program.

UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 20, 2017, 4:51 p.m.

Education notebook: NW Christian students’ efforts benefit those in need here and abroad

Northwest Christian Middle School students recently completed several service projects.

UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 29, 2017, 3:23 p.m.

West Valley School District asking voters for two tax levies

Voters in the West Valley School District will decide the fate of two tax proposals in February.

Projected enrollment off by more 258 this year at Spokane Public Schools

A month into the new school year, Spokane Public Schools’ projected enrollment is off by 258 students.

UPDATED: Wed., June 7, 2017, 9:40 a.m.

Biology test could keep diploma from thousands of Washington high school seniors

Thousands of high school seniors who have failed their biology assessment test may need help from the Legislature to get their diploma.

While snow forced closure of most Spokane-area school districts, many rural ones stayed open

Urban Spokane school districts mostly closed, Monday, while their rural companions stayed open.

West Valley student from Ethiopia overcame cultural, language hurdles

Most students get middle school jitters, but the transition for Meseret Dokken grew to overwhelming shortly after her arrival from Ethiopia.

East Valley teachers to join walkout

Teachers in the East Valley School District voted Thursday to join Spokane Public Schools teachers in a one-day strike on Wednesday, but teachers in the Central Valley and Cheney school …

UPDATED: Thu., May 21, 2015, 8:59 p.m.

East Valley teachers vote to join walkout; Central Valley and Cheney teachers will stay on job

Teachers in the East Valley School District voted Thursday to join Spokane Public Schools teachers in a one day walkout on Wednesday but teachers in the Central Valley and Cheney …

Orchard Prairie School District, taxpayers wrestle with financial realities of preserving rural benefits

Plenty of room for her twin boys to play and a small rural school drew Teri Tucker from Spokane’s South Hill to the pastoral Orchard Prairie. “It was the lifestyle …

Corn-shucking kids learn fresh, local lesson

Students ripped the husks from ears of corn Monday, flicking the silk from their fingers. “Farmer Mark grew the corn and brought it here,” Washington State University Food Sense manager …

Letters rankle educators Notices about failing Valley schools, districts misleading, they say

School districts in the Spokane Valley area are, like districts around the state, sending out letters to parents explaining why their school and district is failing. The letters are a …

Pasadena Elementary students study seeds from space station

In Melissa Fennen’s second- and third-grade classroom at Pasadena Park Elementary School, students learned about the life cycles of plants, how they go from seed to plant and back to …

PACE Awards recognize exemplary students

Students in Spokane Valley and Tekoa who personify character traits of Partners Advancing Character Education were recently recognized at the 2014 PACE Awards held at Mirabeau Park Hotel and Convention …

Student fundraising for Princeton leadership program

A Spokane Valley High School student is hoping to raise enough funds to attend the Junior State of America Summer School at Princeton University this summer. Gleb Liashedko was born …

Orchard Center kindergarten teacher Meg Abel to retire

In Meg Abel’s kindergarten class, toward the end of the day, students are busy taking part in what they call “active learning.” Some of them are looking at live caterpillars …

Shift to all-day kindergarten allows class to ‘do everything,’ teacher says

In Anna Staley’s kindergarten class at Ness Elementary School, students were working on a science project, learning about different kinds of paper and which kinds are better for drawing with …

State laws mean new graduation requirements for high school seniors

High school seniors are miffed. A new law in Washington tossing out culminating projects as a state-mandated graduation requirement kicks in a year too late for them.

The Hutton Settlement gets Internet help from West Valley

Jasmine LaVoie, 18, lives at the Hutton Settlement. Until recently, if the West Valley junior needed to research a project online for school, she would have to go someplace else, …

Ex-student calls Centennial teacher – as Grammy winner

Centennial Middle School band director Kyle Bosch has been teaching music to students for 30 years, 27 of them in the West Valley School District. In all those years, he …

Spokane Valley High students buy ingredients; prepare meals for poor

At Spokane Valley High School, a nontraditional high school in the West Valley School District, students are looking outside of themselves to find ways to help the community. “I’m really …

Centennial Middle School honor roll

Centennial Middle School in the West Valley School District has announced its honor roll for the second term of the 2013-14 school year. Sixth grade