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Board Approves Design For Liberty Lake Elementary

The Central Valley School Board has approved overall designs for the planned Liberty Lake Elementary School and the renovation of Bowdish Junior High. School officials this week also said the Bowdish renovation may result in some relocation of students during construction.

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Opening Ceremony Monday Morning

The governor is not coming. But that's not going to dampen Monday's celebrations of the opening of the Argonne underpass. The ceremony is due to start at 9 a.m., with a welcome from Dennis Scott, head of the Spokane County Public Works Department, and music from the West Valley High School marching band. Subsequent speakers are to include Ray Murphy, Valley Chamber of Commerce executive; state Rep. Mark Sterk; and various state transportation officials. West Valley High sophomore Rose Morris won the raffle for the chance to be the first driver through the underpass. But at 15, she is too young to drive.
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Painting Pays Off For Contest Winner

Art student Peter Gay thought about the beauty of the human eye. He added texture and color. And he ended up with an oil painting that's won a $1,000 award and will be displayed in the nation's capital. But the odd thing is that Gay, 18 and a 1996 University High School graduate, hasn't seen the painting since he turned it in last spring to his art teacher, McKenzie Hawley. Nor will he see it again, unless he travels to Washington, D.C.
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High Absentee Rates Prompt Full-Day Off At East Valley High

High school students all over the Valley have a three-day weekend coming up. But East Valley High School students have a really sweet deal, and it's new this year. They get Friday and Monday off, for a four-day weekend. The change reflects an effort by East Valley officials to avoid staggering absentee rates at the high school on staff development days.
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Test Case Standardized Tests Purport To Give A Snapshot Of How Schools Are Doing, But Are They Really Worthwhile?

1. Students in Darla Armacost's sixth-grade class at Adams Elementary School knuckle down to work on the Comprehensive Test of Basic Skills. Above left, a facetious sign indicates student attitudes toward the exam. Photo by Steve Thompson/The Spokesman-Review 2. Filling the bubbles: All students take the Comprehensive Test of Basic Skills. Photo by Steve Thompson/The Spokesman-Review
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EV School District Tightens Purse Strings After Audit

In the year since state auditors determined that East Valley School District officials were spending too much money to eat in local restaurants, the district has cut in half the dollars spent on meals. EV board members and employees have stashed their school district credit cards in a vault, and the district now requires detailed receipts on meals.
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Central Valley Gets Recognition For Arts

The Central Valley School District has won an award from the Spokane Arts Commission for the work of its arts committee. This is the first time in five years of honoring the best of local arts that the commission has honored any entity or individual from outside the city.
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Sweet Sister

1. Sister Loretta Giampietri gets a hug from a student at St. Paschal's School as the children leave for home. Photo by Shawn Jacobson/The Spokesman-Review 2. Sister Loretta Giampietri points out first- and second-graders' names on a greeting board in the hallway at St. Paschal's. Photo by Shawn Jacobson/The Spokesman-Review
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Local Students Rank Right Up There In Writing, Says National Evaluator

English teacher Tom Sullivan knows firsthand what it'll take for his students to pass the Advanced Placement test next spring. He read and scored roughly 500 AP essays in five days this summer, as an official "reader" for the College Board. It's the fourth year in a row the Central Valley High School teacher has helped grade the AP tests, which come from students across the nation and abroad.
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College Level History Classes At West Valley High

West Valley High School is offering two college classes on campus this fall. Under Eastern Washington University's Running Start program, the high school will offer art history and 18th century history. Classes start Sept. 23, and students can register through Sept. 20.
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Food Bank Teaches Low-Cost Techniques In Cooking Class

The Valley Center is cooking up something new for food bank users: Hands-on classes in which clients learn how to prepare low-cost, healthy meals. Sue Armstrong, extension service instructor, is teaching the six-class cooking course. This week's recipe was a nutritious substitute for Hamburger Helper. "It's cheaper, too. Let's see, we figure 20 cents for the pasta, 50 cents for the soup. The meat is about 40 cents and a half package of frozen vegetables is 50 cents. That's $1.60," Armstrong said. The cooking classes became possible in June, after remodeling provided a new classroom with kitchen facilities at the Valley Center. The work was possible due to a $7,750 donation from the Sunrise Rotary Club. "The food bank had been wishing for something like this for a long time, but it wasn't possible without a kitchen," said Barbara Bennett, food bank director. The Spokane Food Bank requires all its members to provide some sort of education. "With welfare reform, we've all got to make some changes," she added. From a woman who babysits five grandkids and sells Shaklee, to a college student and single mom who has time only to open cans for dinner, the women gathered for Wednesday's cooking class were eager to add their own kitchen tales. Grandmother Jeane Martin offered dessert ideas for children: cottage cheese and fruit, or chopped dates rolled in coconut. A slender young mother told of her early attempts to make tortillas for her husband. "I can't make them round," said Cheryl Davila. "I'll teach you how to make them round," Armstrong. "Don't you worry, we'll get along just fine." Armstrong talked up the virtues of vegetables, breads and grains, and suggested that homeowners who ignore their fruit trees might allow would-be jam makers to put the fruit to good use. She also mentioned that dishes from the kitchen were missing. "I'm sure it wasn't anyone here who took them. Please do remember not to take any of the equipment home," she said politely. All the while, the pasta, meat and soup simmered on the stove. Vegetables were added at the last minute and, voila, a meal. Interest from food bank clients has been moderate, Bennett said. Eventually such a course may become required. For now, Bennett said she's surprised by some of her regulars who signed up for and stuck with the first course. "For one of them I think the most important thing we showed her was how important it was to wash her hands."
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Teacher Challenge Seniority Valued Over Skill

Best of the bunch. Former West Valley High teacher Elizabeth Rose, now teaching at University High, has learned that possession of a national teaching certificate doesn't guarantee employment. Photo by Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review
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First-Time Principals Wade Into The Chaos Of A New School Year All Three Believe That By Leading Their Teachers Well, They Can Make An Impact On Children’s Lives.

Jean Marczynski, new principal at Blake Elementary, got flowers on Tuesday afternoon, but no time to enjoy them. Not with school starting Wednesday. Last week, Lyle Krislock, new principal at Opportunity Elementary, got new paint and carpet in his office. But the workers boxed up his belongings helter-skelter, and Krislock was still scrambling days later to find all his important papers.
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Swimming Is A Family Value For This Displaced Montanan

FROM VALLEY VOICE Thursday, September 5, 1996: Correction Carol Christnacht does corporate team-building for the Big Brothers and sisters Bowl for Kids fund-raiser. A story in Saturday's Valley Voice misstated her connection to the agency. Carol Christnacht teaches swimming year-round. Photo by Steve Thompson/The Spokesman-Review