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APPLE, Montessori orientation set

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.

The APPLE program was developed for families who would like to be more involved in their child’s education. Parents have a consistent presence in the classroom, providing children with an opportunity to build confidence with adults. The program includes multiage groupings, which allow for more individuality and encourage cooperative learning among children of different ages. The APPLE program is offered at Garfield Elementary School, 222 W. Knox Ave., and Franklin Elementary School, 2627 E. 17th Ave.

Both programs are for first- through sixth-graders. Students are not required to live within the attendance boundaries to be eligible.

The Montessori meetings will be Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at Jefferson Elementary School, 3612 S. Grand Blvd., and on Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. at Balboa Elementary School, 3010 W. Holyoke Ave.

The APPLE meetings will be on Feb. 26 and March 7 at 7 p.m. in the first-floor boardrooms of the administration building, 200 N. Bernard St.

For more information call (509) 354-7365.

Midyear grad ceremony planned

Midyear graduates in the Spokane Public Schools District will be honored for their achievement tonight at 7 p.m. with a special ceremony at the administration building, 200 N. Bernard St.

The event highlights the efforts of students who needed extra time to fulfill their graduation requirements.

Battle for Holy Grail nets food for needy

Northwest Christian and St. George’s schools came together in a friendly fight on Jan. 25 to help those in need in the Battle for the Holy Grail.

The schools’ third annual 2B rivalry games and spirit contest raises funds for local and global charities. Both schools decided on Generation Alive’s “Something to Eat” campaign.

According to a news release from Northwest Christian Schools, during the boys and girls basketball games, NWC students asked for pledges for each point scored. The money raised allowed them to purchase the food they assembled into meal packets and donated to Second Harvest Food Bank.

NWC students raised $1,023 that allowed them to make 4,090 meals. The students at St. George’s collected $962, which allowed them to make 3,498 meals.

Schools place at state cheer meet

Cheerleaders from Spokane high schools showed their spirit in the WIAA state cheerleading championships at the University of Washington’s Hec Edmundson Pavilion recently.

Schools that participated and placed in the competition are: North Central took second in the 3A and 4A division for non-tumbling co-ed teams; Central Valley finished fifth place in the 4A division for non-tumbling teams; Rogers was seventh in the 3A and 4A division for large teams; and Ferris placed eighth in the 2A, 3A and 4A divisions for medium-sized groups.

NC student wins at chess competition

Rogers High School hosted the third annual GSL Individual Chess Championships on Feb. 1.

Nine players from Rogers participated in the tournament, as well as five from Shadle, four from Gonzaga Prep and one from North Central. David Blue, NC, won first place. Joseph Verchota, G-Prep, came in second and Zack Bonser, Rogers, won the “Biggest Upset” trophy.

The GSL Team Chess Championships will be in March.

To submit news about your school, students and staff to the Education Notebook, send the details to or call (509) 459-5434.
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