The Mt. Spokane High School Dance Team placed third in the pom Division at the Shadle Park Dance Invitational on Feb. 23-24. Team member Corri Budge won third place in the drill down competition. The team will head to the district competition March 9 at Lewis and Clark High School.
Lewis and Clark High School Tiger Drama is staging “In the Heights” beginning next Thursday in LC’s auditorium. Shows continue March 1-2 and March 7-9. All performances are at 7 p.m. The musical is about life in a tight-knit community in Washington Heights, where the coffee is sweet and the windows are always open. The town is on the brink of change and full of hopes and dreams. The community shares tradition, is family-focused and full of self-discovery.
Parents interested in enrolling their children in Spokane Public Schools’ Montessori or APPLE (Alternative Parent Participation Learning Experience) programs will have an opportunity to attend an orientation meeting beginning Tuesday. Parents are required to attend an orientation meeting for the program they would like their child to participate in. The Montessori program observes and supports the natural development of children. The curriculum, designed to enhance the child’s learning and life experience beyond the conventional classroom, uses a unique set of procedures and materials. The program is offered at Jefferson and Balboa elementary schools.
Northwest Christian Schools, 5104 E. Bernhill Road, will hold its annual Parent Preview Night next Thursday at 6:30 p.m. The school has programs for students from preschool through high school. During the preview night, parents will learn about the school’s Bible-integrated teaching; Advanced Placement courses; fine arts programs, including choir, band, strings, theater and art; the athletic programs; the supplemental learning lab; extended care center; available homeschool programs; and bus routes throughout the Spokane area.
The St. George’s School’s eighth-graders will perform William Shakespeare’s comedy “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” today at 7 p.m. and Friday at 1 p.m. in the school’s Founders Theater. The production is an annual tradition for the eighth-grade class. The cast includes Brett Ford as Oberon, King of Fairies; Alyssa Fery as Titania, Queen of Fairies; Samuel Niven and Ury Schlotfeldt as Oberon’s Guards; Hunter Hyde as Puck; Hailey Higashi as the Woodland Fairy; Liv Kindl as Cobweb; Paris Reinhardt as Peaseblossom; Katherine Mary Meyer as Moth; Cecilia Bergquist as Mustardseed; and Alison Day, Alyson Galow, Madison Ward and Shelby Wolfe as the Fairy Court.
Spokane Public Schools officials are hosting math community nights to introduce new materials being considered for third- through eighth-grade students to community members. The materials are part of an update in curriculum in the recently adopted mathematics learning standards. The standards were adopted by Washington, along with 44 other states.
Abigail Lombardo, a senior at Gonzaga Prep, was recognized for her community spirit when she was awarded the Ignatian Service Award, along with a letter in Community Service. Lombardo has completed more than 200 hours of community service as a student at G-Prep.
Spokane Public Schools high school seniors can start planning for how to pay for college at upcoming financial aid workshops. The first of the free seminars will be next Thursday in the Lewis and Clark High School library, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The workshops will provide students with information from Federal Student Aid, an office of the U.S. Department of Education, and an opportunity to complete a free application for federal student aid. A press release from Spokane Public Schools stated that research shows that 90 percent of students who complete an application will enroll in postsecondary education within 12 months of high school graduation. Spokane School’s goal is to have a 57 percent application completion rate among high school seniors, matching the national average.
The Ferris High School ASB officers camped out in the cold for a cause earlier this month in their annual “Freezin’ for a Reason” fundraiser, to raise awareness about homelessness and hunger. The students spent three nights and four days huddled around a campfire and slept in tents in the Ferris parking lot. They went without showers and depended on the community for food. Jennifer Walther, the Ferris ASB leadership adviser, said the students were dedicated to their cause. “They were trying to better understand homelessness in Spokane,” Walther said. The students plan the fundraiser for December because they say it needs to be cold enough, Walther said. “It shows how tough they are,” she said.
Andrew Sauvé, a member of Troop 431, was recently awarded the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest award given in the Boy Scouts. For his project, Sauvé made improvements to the landscaping at St. John Vianney School in Spokane Valley. His project involved removing old lava rock and weed block from two garden beds. He graded the beds, laid down new weed block, installed a new drip system, planted boxwoods and spread bark over the garden beds.
North Central High School students are spreading the holiday spirit. The students have been collecting food and other items for their annual Fill the Bus food drive. The drive will continue 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. today at Yoke’s, 3321 W. Indian Trail Road, where students will be asking the public to help them fill the bus.
Local residents will have an opportunity to have their questions answered about Spokane Public Schools tonight on “Educating Spokane” at 7:30 p.m., on KSPS channel 7. Spokane Public Schools Superintendent Shelley Redinger, Board President Bob Douthitt, and directors Rocky Treppiedi and Jeff Bierman will be available to answer questions and respond to comments from the public.
Lewis and Clark High School’s Tiger Drama will take audiences to a magical kingdom under the sea in their upcoming production of “The Little Mermaid” beginning next Thursday in LC’s Auditorium. Performances will continue Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 and Dec. 6 through Dec. 8. All shows are at 7 p.m. In the family musical Ariel, played by Genevieve Alexander, wants to leave her ocean home after falling in love with Prince Eric (Brennen Maguire).
The public is invited to the Festival of the Arts concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the INB Performing Arts Center. The concert comes at the conclusion of a two-day festival for visual and performing arts students from Ferris, Lewis and Clark, North Central, Rogers and Shadle Park high schools.
North Central High School drama students will appear in the school’s production of Thornton Wilder’s classic “Our Town,” beginning tonight in NC’s Performing Arts Theatre. Performances will continue Friday and Saturday and Nov. 15 through Nov. 17. Curtain time is at 7:30 p.m. each night.
The West Plains Pop Warner Mitey-Mites cheerleading squad will show its spirit and spunk at the Mitey-Mite Bowl at the ESPN Center in Orlando, Fla., in December. The 7- to 9-year-olds who make up the team are friends who have a lot of fun, said Taryn Norton, mother of two of the cheerleaders. Since September they have practiced twice a week, cheered for their West Plains Pop Warner Eagles every Saturday during the regular season and are now cheering at playoff games.
Members of the Mt. Spokane High School wrestling team stepped off the mat and took to the highway – Highway 206 specifically – and picked up trash along a two-mile stretch of Mount Spokane Park Drive. The students participated in the event as part of the school’s highway clean-up effort.
Witches and goblins, ghosts and ghouls will have a frightfully good time at the Mead High School orchestra’s Halloween Spooktacular Carnival and Concert at 6 p.m. Monday in the school’s theater, 302 W. Hastings Road. Visitors are welcome to join in the costume contest and play carnival games. The carnival is at 6 p.m., and the concert begins at 6:45.
Fathers can once again spend a special night out with their daughters at Shadle Park High School’s third annual Daddy-Daughter Princess Ball, on Nov. 10 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The evening is hosted by the Shadle cheerleaders and meant for girls ages 12 and younger.
Hutton Elementary Principal Chuck Demarest was recognized for his positive attitude, genuine thoughtfulness of his staff and students and forward thinking when he was recently named the Dick Stannard Distinguished Elementary Principal of the Year. The award is named for a Spokane Public Schools’ principal who died in 1996. According to a press release from Spokane Public Schools, the special recognition honors principals who show purposeful leadership, excel at instructional leadership and resource development and possess exemplary interpersonal skills.
Lewis and Clark High School Tiger Drama will kick off the season with “Opening Night” on Friday in the auditorium. The performance starts at 7 p.m. The evening will feature selections from classic and modern musicals, such as “Thoroughly Modern Millie” and “Edges” and plays such as “The Glass Menagerie” and “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead.” The cast will also perform pop music ranging from Michael Bublé to Lady Antebellum.
For local children born with moderate to profound hearing loss, help learning to navigate a noisy world can be found at HOPE School. Located in the Health and Sciences Building on the Riverpoint Campus, the school has eight students in its morning toddler program and nine in the afternoon preschool. All of HOPE School’s students are 3 to 6 years old and either use hearing aids or have cochlear implants.
Krysten Amaya, a junior at Gonzaga Prep, won the Ignatian Service Award, along with a letter in community service. Amaya has completed more than 200 hours of community service as a Prep student. She has helped to raise awareness of domestic violence; she was the Prep Junior Varsity boys’ basketball trainer during the 2011-’12 school year; she volunteered a number of hours for Pop Warner Football; she kept books, was an umpire and helped coach Riverview’s Little Leagues; donated about 50 hours to bake sales to help the hungry and support a local children’s hospital; donated about 30 hours to help organize and run a fundraiser for a sports program; volunteered with Liberty Lake Days and helped raise money and awareness for youth programs in Liberty Lake.
Friends and family of Lizzie Jensen invite Spokane residents to LizziePalooza, a party and fundraiser to benefit the Lizzie Jensen Memorial Fund: For the Good of All, on Saturday in the Western Avionics Hangar at Felts Field, 5505 E. Rutter Ave. The fund benefits the Mead Education Foundation. The festivities start at 7 p.m. and will include music by Misspent Youth, hot dogs and soda pop, LizziePalooza T-shirts and wristbands, and an auction. Among the auction items is a print of Jensen’s original artwork.
St. George’s School drama students will kick off the school year with two musicals that will take audiences back to the 1950s. The performance season will begin Wednesday with “The Taffetas,” starring Hailey Hyde as Kaye; Natalie Johnson as Peggy; Stephanie Hammett as Donna; Alaina Jacobsen as Cheryl; and Kyler Hayes as Gus Gunderson. A second show will be Sept. 14.