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Education Notebook: Spokane Public Schools hosting preschool STEM camps

Spokane Public Schools is hosting a series of Preschool Summer STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) Camps for children ages 4-5.

Each STEM camp is offered for two days, either Monday and Tuesday or Wednesday and Thursday, Monday-July 14, July 18-21 and July 25-28

Camps offered on Monday and Tuesday are “Lions, Tigers and Bears – Oh My!,” “My, You’ve Got Big Feet! Dinosaurs, Elephants and Sasquatch” and “Bugs, Butterflies and Bookworms.”

Camps offered on Wednesday and Thursday are “Three Little Pigs: Legos, Lincoln Logs and Straw,” “Taking Flight: Ramps, Planes and Kites” and “Scavenger Hunt: Numbers, Shapes and Graphs.”

Camps will be held 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Sacajawea Middle School, 401 E. 33rd Ave., and Spokane Public Montessori, 1300 W. Knox Ave. There is a $40 fee for each camp.

Register online at or mail or bring a registration form and fees to Spokane Public Schools Central Administration Cashier, 200 N. Bernard St., Spokane, WA 99201. Children must be potty-trained to participate.

Students earn skills medals

Lewis and Clark High School junior Jack Erb and recent Rogers High School graduate Trent Kenny earned gold and silver medals, respectively, in their categories at the national SkillsUSA competition, which was held in Louisville, Kentucky.

Erb earned a gold medal in computer programming, which makes him the top programming student in the country. Kenny earned a silver medal in Information Technology Services and passed the A+ CompTIA exam for professional certification.

Magazine picks local winner

Brentwood Elementary School first-grade teacher Suzy Bronson was recently selected as Kids magazine’s July 2016 Teacher of the Month.

Mead hires principal assistants

The Mead School District has hired Cari Trowbridge and Christine Spinnell as elementary school principal assistants for the 2016-17 school year.

Trowbridge will split her time between Prairie View Elementary School and a to-be-determined second elementary school. Trowbridge previously worked with Spokane Public Schools for 18 years. She worked as a principal assistant for Spokane for the last four years.

Spinnell will work full time at Evergreen Elementary School, replacing Mike Danford, who is now the school’s principal. Spinnell previously worked as a social worker at Brentwood Elementary School in 2010 before moving to Farwell Elementary School in 2011.

Trowbridge and Spinnell join elementary school principal assistants Kathy Williams and Nick Edwards.

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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