A handful of parents and a larger handful of teachers - about two dozen in all - spent an evening this week working with big educational ideas.
The purpose of the meeting at Ness Elementary was to finalize a mission statement to guide the school's work for the next five years.
"Let me tell you how important this is," said Doug Wieber, president of the Ness Parent-Teacher Association. If Ness Principal Tom Moore were to leave - "God forbid," Wieber said - the mission statement would explain to a new principal what Ness is all about.
Randy Spies and Millwood first-grader D'Metri Carter play with African musical instruments at an African marketplace. Students in Shelby Rothstrom's first-grade class finished a unit on Africa by creating a marketplace to show the culture, music and art they learned about. Photo by Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review
(From Valley Voice, April 3, 1997:)
Linda Jabara, librarian at Trent Elementary, and several staff members introduced the school tile project to ALSC Architects. A story in last Thursday's Valley Voice said otherwise.
Trent student Daniel Barnett puts a happy face on his tile. Photo by Craig Buck/The Spokesman-Review
Parents of West Valley School District fourth- and seventh-graders are invited to a meeting next week to learn about new tests their children will take this spring.
The tests are part of Washington's education reform. They spring from an effort to test students' knowledge more effectively than traditional multiple-choice standardized tests.
When your pre-schooler scribbles, does that count as writing?
And when your kindergartner "reads" aloud a story that she has memorized, is that really reading?
Many of us would answer no to both questions.
But the handful of parents who attended a workshop last week on "family literacy" learned that those activities are indeed early versions of reading and writing.
The PTA at Ness Elementary is gambling on Spokane's appetite for summer fun.
Literally. The PTA is raffling a Wave Runner personal watercraft this spring. Raffle tickets cost $5 a pop and organizers hope to raise $25,000.
After just five days as coordinator of the East Valley School District's new Continuous Curriculum School, Scott Read admits he's got more questions than answers.
But he's got ideas, too, and he wants to try them out on interested parents at a meeting Monday.
One of the first things to accomplish before the start of the new program is to set some goals.
Pasadena Park Elementary School Principal Larry Bush doesn't care so much about wearing green.
He cares about long underwear. And he cares about being warm.
Bush will ride in the St. Patrick's Day Parade, named the winner of the Principals on Parade contest sponsored by TCI, Spokane's cable television provider.
Teachers at Pasadena Park did a good job of keeping Bush's award secret, he said.
"I didn't have a clue. I think it was Tuesday or Wednesday they finally brought me in on it."
Grace Williams came home from Washington, D.C., this week with once-in-a-lifetime memories and the realization that you just can't study for some tests.
Williams, an 18-year-old senior at West Valley High School, spent a week in the nation's capital as a finalist in the prestigious Westinghouse Annual Science Talent Search. In four interviews, she was judged by a panel of scientists. The judges, she said, seemed intent on probing the limits of her knowledge.
The things some parents will do to make sure their high school seniors have a safe, fun graduation night.
At high schools around the Valley, groups of parents are putting in hundreds of hours, working to raise thousands of dollars for the senior all-nighter parties.
East Valley School District officials want to have a flashing yellow light installed on Progress Road in front of East Valley Middle School.
Progress has become an increasingly popular commuter route, and the middle school is the first major building as southbound traffic comes into the suburban area.
Too many drivers fail to slow to safe speeds, school officials say.
Fewer than 50 parents spoke up at recent Central Valley School District hearings to discuss changes in the elementary school boundaries.
The most concern came from a group of parents whose children would be moved from Chester to Ponderosa Elementary School.
Three incidents involving strangers accosting children on their way to or from school were reported to the Sheriff's Department in February.
In one, a man carrying a map approached a seventh-grade student as she walked home from Bowdish Junior High School. He asked for directions to Bowdish and then grabbed the girl by the arm. She kicked him in the knee and fled to nearby South Pines Elementary, according to the police report and letters sent home by some schools to parents.