If the Odyssey of the Mind judges like political puns and chutzpah, the cheezy team from Greenacres Junior High ought to do fine.
Now, cheezy isn’t meant as an insult. The term fits right in with the tone the five eighth-graders have created for their skit.
Their characters include Bill Clinton, Newt Gingrich, Lord Cheezwhiz, the Cheezwhiz gal and Richard Simmons, with an Afro so huge it … well, we won’t give it all away.
Suffice to say the five 14-year-olds, Tiffany Reynolds, Jessie Johnson, Theresa Ray, Brooke Sprank and Bri Johnson, can write comedy. Their jokes run from Whitewater to Spam neckties, to presidential budget cuts at the Dollar Store.
They coined a phrase: Newticide. (For a little green plastic lizard named Newt.) They created a scarlet Cheezwhiz cape so eyecatching it could launch a new national advertising campaign.
And Tiffany is outgoing as they come. (“Hi, you can interview me,” she said.)
Still to be done, as of Monday: The students had to create a way to package their entire set, so that it also becomes its own container.
The Odyssey of the Mind regional competition is Saturday at Eastern Washington University. Will they be ready?
Their teacher, Sandy Allen, thinks so. “They’re just a dynamite group. I can’t even say I coach them. They just come in and do their thing.”
Helping those in need
The community service class at East Valley High School is working to help an orphanage in Romania, said teacher Lynn Lauer.
To help get everything from medicine to shoes to school supplies for the 125 girls in the orphanage, the East Valley students will work at Ron’s Drive-In on Tuesday, busing tables and helping customers. A share of the restaurant’s proceeds from that evening will go to the class.
CV students at U-City
Student musicians from schools across the Central Valley District will be performing at University City Mall today and Friday. The groups will range from choirs to orchestra, bands and a recorder group.
CV Days at the Mall also includes an entire class to be conducted at the mall. The students in Kathryn Hind’s third- and fourth-grade combination class, along with some parents, will work on math skills, world geography, journal writing and music.
Central Valley also offers immunizations at the mall today, from 3 to 6:30 p.m.
Two new immunization requirements affect schoolchildren. Sixth graders must have a second measles-mumps-rubella shot in order to start school in September. Also, kindergartners need a series of three hepatitis B shots, starting this month, in addition to regular immunizations.
The district spelling bee for the Association of Christian School International was held recently at Valley Christian School.
Winners from Valley Chritian include: second-graders Tannon Herman and Danika Schneider, third-grader Josh Pope, fourth-graders Sarah Hipple and Donny Swanson, sixth-graders Kara Robertson and Amy Johnson, seventh-graders Eric Sparks and Merredith McPheeters, and eighth-graders Andrea Hayes and Paul Anderson.
Robertson also won the final round among all fifth- through eighth-graders.
At school, at work
Katie Owens’ fourth-graders from Seth Woodard Elementary School took a field trip last week into the world of work.
The students rode a Spokane Transit Authority bus to the Tsomato Street restaurant for lunch and a discussion about jobs in a restaurant.
Tomato Street general manager Dean Haynes explained to the students the importance of computer skills, the ability to work well with others and presenting oneself well to an employer.
“I think they were amazed that he had 90 employees working for him,” Owens said. “My goal is to make career-classroom connections for the kids.
Never mind career planning. For plenty of the 29 kids, it was a new experience simply to ride an STA bus.
A Family Literacy Workshop on March 13 will focus on topics including how to read to your child, creating a home literacy environment and bridging the gap between home and school.
The workshop is open to families across the Valley and is being held at the Millwood School, 8818 E. Grace.
The workshop is limited to 40 people, first-come, first-served. To register or for more information, call 927-1138 or 922-5478.
Kudos and cash
Principal Shelly Harding of Trent Elementary School has been named Distinguished Elementary Principal by the Northeast Elementary Principals Association of Washington.
Don Obenchain, drafting and materials science teacher at University High School, recently won a Pacesetter award and $500. The awards go each year to Spokane area teachers who make significant contributions to school-to-work education.
Books, books, books
Students at Bowdish Junior High collected more than 1,800 pre-school books last month for Central Valley’s Success by Six program.
The original goal for the drive was 500 books, said teacher Margie Tibbits.
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