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Rogers High School students’ first day of school Thursday was a day like no other. Clad in their newest, favorite school clothes, hair done just so and a little sleep-deprived, the Pirates went back to school five days earlier than their contemporaries in most other area high schools.
Students attending Rogers High School might be groaning a little louder than other Spokane teens about the fast-approaching school year. That’s because they start earlier than any other high school in the region’s largest district. Additionally, each school day has been extended by 30 minutes.
From the time he was 7, Spokane’s Brennen Bailey would admire the pictures featured on the label of the bubble gum Jones Soda he purchased every other day. “I would always look at it and think: I want my picture to be on the label,” said Bailey, now 16.
From the time he was 7, Spokane’s Brennen Bailey would admire the pictures featured on the label of the bubble gum Jones Soda he purchased every other day. “I would always look at it and think: I want my picture to be on the label,” said Bailey, now 16. That childhood hope of the Rogers High School student recently turned reality. Bailey’s photo, which looks like a toy carnival, will appear on the label of about 220,000 Jones Soda bottles distributed in Washington sometime during the next year.
“Pirate Life: A Day in Rogers High School,” is a limited-release video game targeted to a specific group of players: eighth-graders from Shaw and Garry middle schools. So far, the reviews of the game – designed by some Rogers freshmen to help Shaw and Garry eighth-graders transition to high school – are pretty good.
The first phase of work on the new Enduris Washington building is under way near Airway Heights. The 25,000-square-foot office building, at 1610 S. Technology Blvd., will cost about $4 million. Enduris Washington is a government entity that serves as the risk-financing and claims-management body for a number of government agencies and public districts. It used to go by the name Washington Governmental Entity Pool but switched to Enduris Washington in 2008.
When Phuong Doan came to Spokane from Vietnam some years back, she was a single parent with eight children. She met and married Bob Glasser, a father of three, and together they had two more children – of whom Tommy Glasser, 18, was born last. Tommy Glasser, the youngest of 13 children, is about to graduate from Rogers High School. A quiet and unassuming young man, only when asked will he mention that yes, he does carry a 4.0 grade-point average, and, yes, he is the class valedictorian.
A Washington program that’s offered four-year college scholarships to outstanding high school students for 30 years could become another casualty of a down economy. Letters sent out last month notifying 2011 graduates that they’ve been named Washington Scholars also included this warning: “due to severe economic conditions affecting all state expenditures … we recommend that you pursue educational plans without consideration of a monetary benefit from this award.”
Watch out, cybervillains, Team TEC Pirates are out to get you. A CyberPatriot team from Rogers High School went to Washington, D.C., for the national finals of the Air Force Association’s CyberPatriot III national high school cyberdefense competition. And they came back with a fourth place showing among the 12 teams in the open division.
Rogers High School was already showing signs of improvement in student attendance, behavior and academics, but a three-year, $4 million federal grant announced Thursday will help the school keep up the momentum, school and district officials say. The Spokane high school was one of six schools in Washington – and about 200 nationwide – to be awarded the competitive School Improvement Grant, said state officials who administer the federal grant. The money will be used to improve on-time graduation and standardized test scores.
Follow the yellow brick road all the way to Rogers High School for the Rogers Encore Drama spring performance of “The Wizard of Oz,” beginning Friday at 7 p.m. in the school’s auditorium. Dreaming of life over the rainbow, Dorothy Gale, played by Katrina Johnson, is soon caught in a twister, and she lands in Munchkin Land. Rogers’ production features munchkins played by elementary students from Arlington, Logan, Shaw, Colbert, Whitman, Cooper, Cataldo, Bemiss and Hutton elementary schools.
Four students, three courses, two burners and one hour: It might sound like the countdown to a hot-plate special in a college dorm room, but it’s actually the recipe for the state’s biggest high school culinary competition. High school students from around the state compete Saturday in the annual Boyd Coffee ProStart Invitational, including teams from Shadle Park, Lewis and Clark, Rogers and Ferris high schools.
Libby Center finished in first place Saturday in the MathCounts middle school competition at Northwood Middle School. The competition included teams from Davenport, St. George’s, Northwood, Lakeside and Sacajawea. St. George’s placed second and Sacajawea third. The top two teams have been invited to compete in the state competition March 12.
The Rogers High School Cyber Patriot teams recently advanced to the national competition. The Air Force Junior ROTC team and the TEConnections team will be among 12 teams competing in the high school cyber defense competition, focusing on careers in cybersecurity or other sciences, including technology, engineering and mathematics. The AFJROTC will compete in the semifinals of the all services division in Orlando, Fla., from Feb. 17 through Feb. 19. Team members are Chris Crozier, Jacob Thompson, Benjamin Donnelly and Cyrus Soheili. This team began the Cyber Patriot competition against 470 teams nationally.
Joseph Sutton entered Rogers High School with no vision of a graduation day. “I couldn’t really see myself having a future, or even having a job,” said Sutton, 17. “I thought I’d be in and out of jail, probably homeless.”
John R. Rogers High School has won a place on the National Register of Historic Places. The 1932 art deco building achieved national register status recently after the Spokane City-County Landmarks Commission approved a nomination last September.
So if a bleacherful of students in purple T-shirts yells, “We’ve got spirit, how about you?” and nobody answers, is it still a spirit game? You bet your chicken. Or your shoes. Whatever.
Southside Christian Middle School students recently invested in the lives of hundreds of Ugandan students, thousands of miles away, through a project organized by their Bible teacher Carli Robinson. At the beginning of the school year, Robinson gave her 18 students $20 to invest over a three-month period. The project is based on a parable in Matthew 25, where a man gave three servants different amounts of money and waited to see how they would use what they had been given. For the project, Robinson required her students to put together a written plan, with a selected scripture of the Gospel.
High school seniors have another rite of passage their last year of school: the senior project. Added as a statewide graduation requirement in Washington in 2008 – and in Idaho in 2013, although some districts have started them already – the culminating projects are designed to stretch a student’s abilities and make use of the knowledge they’ve gained during their K-12 education.