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Freeman Board Spikes Schedule Change Resistance From Community Quashes Proposal For Four-Period School Day

It's back to square one for advocates of a four-period school day at Freeman High School. The school board decided in May that the alternative scheduling option was not right for the 300-student high school south of the Spokane Valley. The new schedule, in which students would take four longer classes every day instead of seven shorter ones, did not have the support of the community, school board members decided.
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Ponderosa Principal Is Reassigned

An 18-year principal in the Central Valley School District has been reassigned to a teaching position for the 1995-96 school year. Tom Eastman, principal of Ponderosa Elementary, said the decision between him and district administrators was mutual. Eastman is, however, looking for a job as a principal in another school district. "I have mixed feelings," he said about leaving the position. "I've been a principal a long time."
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Trent Students Waiting For Fire-Damage Repairs

More than 400 students at Trent Elementary in the Spokane Valley missed two school days and will miss another before the melted electrical system in their building is fixed. Students will return to Trent on Tuesday morning, but might be bused to other schools if electricity has not been restored. "The building is in need of updating, so this was kind of a wake-up call," said East Valley School District Superintendent Chuck Stocker.

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Class Of ‘95 Is Loaded Up With Overachievers

Watch out world. Here comes the Spokane Valley's class of 1995. Boasting one of the highest numbers of valedictorians in years and a host of community-minded do-gooders, this class is being touted as an overachieving bunch. "There's an abnormal amount of gifted students," said Ken Stacy, a counselor at East Valley High School, where the number of valedictorians jumped from five last year to eight this year. Sixty-three EVHS seniors, as opposed to 35 last year, are eligible for golden cords, signifying a grade point average of 3.4 or above, said Joaun Clark, an adviser at East Valley.
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Generations Keep Rolling Through West Valley High School

When Marilynn Jensen Mortensen graduated from West Valley High School in 1942, boys from her class were going off to war and not coming back. "We lost a lot of them," said the 71-year-old grandmother. "We had a big flag (in the school gymnasium) with stars for all the boys that were killed. It's something we kind of expected."
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Valedictorians Reflect On Past, Set Course For Future

1. J. Carney 2. A. Dickey 3. J. Evans 4. M. Richmond 5. B. Schmauch 6. K. Temple 7. S. Yoke 8. B. Blakesley 9. H. Carlson 10. L. Diener 11. J. Halttunen 12. J. Hildahl 13. B. Norquist 14. R. Shogren 15. S. Tate 16. K. Olson 17. J. Freeman 18. B. Bishop 19. J. Burningham 20. B. Enevold 21. T. Garner 22. A. Gibson 23. K. Kimbrough 24. C. MacDonald 25. R. Monson 26. G. Rapp 27. A. Richardson 28. G. Rivers 29. S. Sander 30. S. Santens 31. R. Stone 32. E. Thompson 33. E. Drozdov 34. H. Beese 35. P. Kelly 36. K. Stansbury
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Unpaid Jobs Can Turn Into Real Thing For EV Students

Students with learning disabilities have a better chance at finding jobs thanks to a school-to-work program at East Valley High School. The program stumbled to a start last year. This semester, 11 students - from sophomores to seniors - have worked unpaid for about two hours per day at a variety of businesses.
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Standout Staffers, Volunteers, Students Win School Honors

Jeff Jones, a Japanese and math teacher at East Valley High School, "makes me look forward to coming to class every day," a student wrote. John Siverson, an East Valley Middle School custodian, "is the kind of man who will do anything to please people," noted a teacher. "He's a teacher in the true sense of the word."
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School Districts Brace For Olympia News Legislation Would Take Big Bite Out Of Funding For Schools, With House Proposal Most Severe

Spokane Valley school districts are scrambling to plan tighter budgets in anticipation of a funding cut by the state Legislature. All of the districts estimate their budgets will be cut by several hundred thousand dollars, regardless of whether the Legislature finally passes the House version of the state budget, the Senate version, or a compromise budget. East Valley School District Superintendent Chuck Stocker estimates his budget will be cut by about $100,000 if the the Senate's version of the budget is adopted. Under the House version, EV could lose up to $1 million, Stocker said.
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A Sense Of Touch With Some Special Help, Blind Student Chanelle Hill Is Learning With And Inspiring The Other Students In Her Standard Fourth-Grade Class

1. With the help of special teacher Pat Angove, Chanelle Hill, a blind student at East Farms Elementary, works on a Braille writer, a computer, and most difficult of all, a chalk board. Photo by Steve Thompson/The Spokesman-Review 2. Hill takes classmates on a trip around the globe, by touch. 3. Chanelle leads teacher Pat Angove and classmates on a tour around the globe. Photo by Steve Thompson/The Spokesman-Review 4. Jennie Wiecks and Chanelle Hill are more than friends in their East Farms Elementary School class.<