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A Tale Of Two Kathys Two Women With A Passion For Quality Education Act As Watchdogs Over Central Valley School District Affairs

1. Pledged to keep Central Valley School District officials accountable, Kathy Miles and Kathy Jackson are fixtures at meetings of the school board. Photo by Steve Thompson/The Spokesman-Review 2. Kathy Miles talks with Central Valley Superintendent Wally Stanley at a school board meeting. Photo by Steve Thompson/The Spokesman-Review
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Students Put Knowledge Of The World On Display

It was science week at Ness Elementary School, with Mr. Wizard's helper Chris Bancroft and Ness student Derek Lloyd working on a way to move water without moving or spilling the beaker it was in. Photo by Steve Thompson/The Spokesman-Review

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District Proposes Switch From 6 To 4 Daily Periods Change Would Include Going To Trimester Year At CV High Schools

Central Valley School District is studying a change to 80-minute classes at its two high schools. The proposal would mean scrapping a six-period daily schedule for a four-period day. Longer classes would give teachers and students time for active learning activities, things like science labs, computer and other high-tech work, group projects and team teaching, according to members of a committee that has studied the idea.
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Mix Of Science And Magic Cast Spell On Students

Magic is pretend and science is real. That out of the way, magician Kirk Charles went on to teach some tricks that depend on both. Students at Opportunity Elementary School made up his enthusiastic audience last week. "Has anybody heard the word 'illusion'?" he asked. "What is an illusion?" "You see it but it's not there," came the answer.
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Soccer Group Proposes Complex Of Playing Fields Near Plantes Ferry

A plan to build a 35-acre youth soccer complex in the Valley will get a hearing Thursday. The Spokane County Parks Advisory Committee will meet to hear a proposal from the Spokane Valley Junior Soccer Association to develop 15 soccer fields on Black's Tree Plantation, just east of Plantes Ferry Park. The meeting is to start at 6:30 p.m. at Trent Elementary School.
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Students Stretch Their Minds In Odyssey

Pig jokes abounded. "To fee or not to fee," Ham-let said. "Fee, fie, fo, fum, pigs in a blanket, yum, yum, yum." The remodeled tricycle was "chopped" to look a bit like a Harley Davidson three-wheeler. It was, of course, a "road hog."
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On Air Education Inspired Students Put Their Hearts And Minds To Work Learning Technical Skills Of Radio, Television Broadcasting

1. Eric Ackerman shoots a video scene at University High School for Steve Lalonde's radio and television class. Photo by Steve Thompson/The Spokesman-Review 2. University High graphic arts teacher Steve LaLonde supervises Viable Video Productions, a company operated by students. Photo by Steve Thompson/The Spokesman-Review 3. A real-world message. Photo by Steve Thompson/The Spokesman-Review
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A Taste Of Hunger Idaho, Spokane Teenagers Do Community Service, Fast For 30 Hours

1. Wasted. Cody Barsuglia finds some fries, a half-eaten apple and a salad while digging through a garbage bin behind Wendy's in Coeur d'Alene during a videotaped scavenger hunt. The activity was part of the "30-Hour Famine" that 70 Idaho teens observed to raise money and awareness for the fight against hunger. 2. Cory Howard, 13, helps clean out the pantry at the Union Gospel Mission on Saturday. Photo by Sandra Bancroft-Billings/The Spokesman-Review (This photo appeared in Spokane edition only.)
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CV Board To Study Role Of Technology

The role of technology in education is on the agenda at Monday's Central Valley school board meeting. Board members will hear and discuss a report on the strategic plan for technology in CV schools. Public meetings on the topic will be held later this spring. Mary Anderson, a Central Valley parent, an educator and a member of the technology committee, said her group emphasizes that technology is only a tool for education. "It's not a substitute," she said. The group also tried to include material in the report that could give the public a sense of how education will change with more technology.
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Scholarly Standouts Earn Academic Letters

Eighty-one scholars from West Valley High School received that traditional symbol of excellence this week - a school letter. It's a first for the school. East Valley High School also presented academic letters this week, the second year it has done so. Sixty-eight EV students were honored. "It's kind of a time to show them off to everyone," said Kerry Hawley, East Valley counselor.
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Year-Round Program Needs Students And Answers EV Board Not Expected To Act On Plan Until Next Month

East Valley School District's proposal for a year-round school needs 50 to 100 interested students - and many questions answered - before it turns to reality. The program likely would run on a "single track," with the whole school in session or on vacation at the same time. Some year-round schools use "multiple tracks," in which perhaps one-third of all students are off at any given time. The school board heard a proposal this week from the year-round education committee. Board members probably won't vote on the recommendation until March. They want the chance first to hear and answer questions from several parents who attended this week's board meeting.
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Superintendent Candidates Winnowed

Fifty-five people from across the nation have applied to become Central Valley School District's next superintendent. Some candidates hail from the East Coast and some are from the South, but the majority come from west of the Mississippi River, said Cynthia McMullen, president of the Central Valley school board. Only one candidate is from Spokane County: interim superintendent Wally Stanley. Some people have asked board members why they are conducting a nationwide search when Stanley is eager to take on the job.
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Funding Campaign Mode Gives Way To Planning Stage For Construction

Valley school superintendents went from celebrating right back to planning this week, after voters overwhelmingly passed construction bonds in all three districts. The bonds will build a new elementary school in Liberty Lake, remodel and add to several schools across the Valley, as well as pay for several other smaller projects. Here's a rundown of what will be happening next:
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Voters Had Change Of Heart This Election

After eight or nine years of saying no to school construction bonds, Spokane Valley voters this week shouted out their approval. Central Valley passed its bond with 74.5 percent support. West Valley won 74.9 percent approval. East Valley's earned a whopping 75.7 percent yes vote.
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Winning Ways The Can-Do Spirit And Political Savvy Of Retired Educators Helps Win Passage Of Central Valley School District Funding Measures

1. From left, Chuck Hafner, John Frucci, Gus Schmauch and Bob Jayne with yard signs from the successful campaign to get the Central Valley bond and levy passed. Photo by Steve Thompson/The Spokesman-Review 2. Chuck Hafner gives a hug to Seth Walton after the Central Valley bond and levy election votes were counted. Photo by Steve Thompson/The Spokesman-Review