A parent is petitioning the Central Valley School District to take a novel with sexual content off the 10th-grade reading list. Donna Orme said she was shocked when her 16-year-old daughter, Sarah, showed her a series of passages in Bernard Malamud's "The Natural," a novel about baseball that was first published in 1952.
West Valley Superintendent Dave Smith is moving on. The 15-year veteran will take a new role in the district in 2005, passing on his superintendent duties and turning full time to the management of the high school renovation.
To send off West Valley High School Principal Cleve Penberthy, students organized a surprise assembly. They wrote a song about the 11-year veteran. They dedicated several performances of the spring play to him. "I'm going to miss seeing him walking through the hallway with his hair all over the place carrying his Starbucks," said junior Nick Audet. The unconventional leader will take another role in the school district next year. Former Centennial Middle School Principal Gene Sementi will take over the high school's top job.
Sophomore Nicole Ridl took a poetry class at Central Valley High School because she wanted to earn credit for the verse she'd been writing in notebooks and journals for years. Many of her classmates also joined the class because they enjoy the written word. Senior Rogers Stack explained that writing is a relaxing, emotional release.
The West Valley school board unanimously approved the sale of a portion of the bonds Wednesday that will fund $35 million worth of remodeling and new construction in district schools. West Valley voters approved the bond sale on May 18. The money will pay for a complete overhaul of the high school, new classrooms in the elementary schools and maintenance projects in the middle schools.
Nine-month-old Hailey Hixson's legs were covered with pink paint Friday morning. She reached out toward her 15-month-old friend Colin, who had a yellow star stamped on his mostly blue chest. "He's a superhero," said his mother Sheena Williams, who just earned her high school diploma.
Most Spokane-area voters seemed willing Tuesday to open up their pocketbooks to support school construction projects. Although a nearly $8 million measure proposed by the Nine Mile Falls School District seemed headed for failure, measures proposed by the West Valley and Mead school districts appear to have earned more than enough support to pass.
History would be served if voters pass the West Valley School District construction bond on Tuesday, advocates say. For decades, the district has stored sections of a marble and granite archway that once stood at the entrance of the original West Valley High School. If the bond measure passes, the archway would be rebuilt and incorporated into the remodeled high school's facade.
Grades will look a little bit different in the Central Valley School District next year. The school board voted unanimously this week to revise the grading scale, creating a wider percentage range for each letter grade.
Eighth-grader Allie Lowry rolled her pants legs up, slipped into her friend's flip-flops and waded into Thompson Creek. She carried a thermometer to record the water's temperature. "Oh, it's not that cold," she said.