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Schools notebook: Northwest Christian to host Colonial living museum

Fifth-graders at Northwest Christian Schools will turn back the clock on Wednesday when they host a living museum in the lower campus gym, beginning at 9 a.m. The students will appear as characters from the Colonial era, from commoners to George Washington or Abigail Adams.

The students will also give a speech about the character they portray and will be dressed in period costumes, circa 1775 to 1789. Guests are welcome to visit the museum and when the students are touched on the shoulder, the visitor will get a first-person education about the character’s role in the Colonial period.

The event will include dancing and arts and crafts.

School’s donation drive for Humane Society complete

Mountainside Middle School students, along with their science teacher Jim Louie, collected food and funds for animals in the school’s 17th annual food drive and donation for the Spokane Humane Society. The students delivered the donations to the shelter on Feb. 14.

Mt. Spokane High School senior Alicia Ayers also worked on the project with the Mountainside students. She began raising donations for the annual drive when she was in seventh grade at Mountainside and has continued to be a part of the community program for the past six years.

Mountainside staff member Lisa Homb enjoyed watching the students work together for a cause.

“Community service is what it’s all about. We hope to teach the kids compassion and to know what’s going on in their community,” she said.

Students collected food, cat litter, treats, and cash donations for two weeks, and were able to deliver about 5,000 pounds in necessities for the Humane Society’s animals and about $4,000. In the 17 years that the school’s event has been held, students have raised more $25,000 and donated roughly 65,000 pounds of food, litter, and treats for the Spokane Humane Society.

Area students place at regional musical festivals

Local high school performers competed in the Solo and Ensemble Musical Festivals on Feb. 1 and Feb. 8, demonstrating their talent in categories including voice, piano, French horn, flute, bassoon, cello, and snare drum – to name a few. The following musicians have qualified for the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association/Washington Music Educators Association state competition at Central Washington University in Ellensburg on April 25 and April 26.

The Northeast Music Educators Association’s regional competition was Feb. 1 at University High School. The winners moving on to the state competition are: Eryn Smith, Deer Park, flute; Claire Arensmeyer, Cheney, oboe/English horn; Stephanie Burris, Medical Lake, clarinet; Medical Lake: small woodwind ensemble; Nick Isherwood, Medical Lake, guitar; Stephanie Brooks, Lakeside, alto; Matt Peterson, Cheney, trombone; and Cheney: large percussion ensemble.

The Spokane Falls Music Educators Association’s regional competition was Feb. 8 at Rogers High School. The winners going to the state competition are: Skye Reynolds, North Central, soprano; Caroline Hammet, St. George’s, soprano; Natalie Johnson, St. George’s, mezzo soprano; Stephanie Hammett, St. George’s, alto; John Ogden, St. George’s, tenor; Tanner Hardy, Mead, baritone; Kyler Hayes, St. George’s, bass; St. George’s: large women’s vocal ensemble; Ferris: large mixed vocal ensemble; Shadle Park: mixed small vocal ensemble; Ferris: men’s large vocal ensemble; Anna Thompson, Gonzaga Prep, piano; Peter Ogden, St. George’s, guitar; John Petrovich, Mt. Spokane, trumpet/cornet; Nathan Lloyd, Ferris, French horn; Caleb Landron, North Central, trombone; Taylor Ritchey, Mt. Spokane, euphonium/baritone horn; Chris McMillin, Ferris, tuba; Ferris: large brass ensemble; Ferris: small brass ensemble; Naomi Dull, Ferris, flute; Katie Grainger, Lewis and Clark, oboe/English horn; Matthew Wildman, Lewis and Clark, bassoon; William Fisher, Gonzaga Prep, clarinet; Jazmyne McQualter, Mt. Spokane, soprano/alto saxophone; Noah Plazcek, Mead, tenor/baritone saxophone; Lewis and Clark: large woodwind ensemble; Lewis and Clark: small woodwind ensemble; Connor Gu, Lewis and Clark, violin; Kyle Thiessen, Lewis and Clark, viola; Anna Seppa, Lewis and Clark, cello; Hannah Mahaffy, St. George’s, string bass; Lewis and Clark: large string ensembles; Ferris: small string ensemble; Josh Nay, Mt. Spokane, snare drum; Eric Hollenbaugh, Ferris, mallets; Zac Ziegler, Mt. Spokane, timpani; Peter Fullmer, Mt. Spokane, multiple percussion; Mt. Spokane: large percussion ensemble; and Ferris: small percussion ensemble.

Mead schools honored by Apple Computers

Students at the Mead School District’s Riverpoint Academy were recently awarded the Apple Distinguished School designation by Apple Computers.

According to a news release from the Riverpoint Academy, the recognition is reserved for programs that meet criteria for innovation, leadership and educational excellence, and demonstrate Apple’s vision of exemplary learning environments.

“We at Riverpoint are thrilled with this honor from Apple,” said Dan Butler, the director of Riverpoint. “Apple’s Distinguished School designation highlights Riverpoint’s success as an innovative and compelling learning environment that engages students and provides tangible evidence of academic accomplishment.”

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