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Students from East Valley STEAM Magnet School in Newman Lake will have artwork on display in the downtown Spokane landmark “indefinitely.”
School may have ended for students last week, but some of them have returned to East Farms STEAM Magnet School for art camp. “Whatever your imagination can think of, it’s the right answer,” the school’s resident artist Sami Perry told students from around the area Monday.
At East Farms STEAM Magnet School, teachers and Principal Tammy Fuller are celebrating something other than the Christmas season this week. They’ve just learned the school will receive more than $90,000 in grants. Teachers and administrators have been busy applying for grants for the school’s STEAM programs, which highlight activities in science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics during the school year.
Like schools throughout the country, East Farms STEAM Magnet School in the East Valley School District has been busy wrapping up before summer vacation and thinking back on the work staff and students have been doing. On Friday, the school held its third cumulative day, during which students visit other classrooms and learn about projects they have been working on and how they have answered the schoolwide trimester theme, “How do we impact the Earth?”
Marcy Williams, a third-grade teacher at East Farms STEAM Magnet School, has a knack for finding the things her school needs. It started when she was teaching in the alternative program at the old Mountain View Middle School a few years ago. She was at Spokane Teachers Credit Union one day and asked them what they did with their old computers.
At East Farms STEAM Magnet School, students wrapped up their second trimester last week. They have been enjoying special programs revolving around science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM), over the school year and during the second trimester, talked about what makes something fit in. As the East Valley School District continues to transition to a K-8 school system, parents worry about discipline, and the potential for older students picking on the younger ones. But according to staff, that hasn’t been the case so far.
The last day of school before winter vacation is always full of parties and crafts, even staff members wearing their finest ugly Christmas sweaters. For fourth-graders at East Farms STEAM Magnet School, the day included putting a business plan into motion. In Leigh Harless’ and Dani Wicks’ fourth-grade classes, students have been learning about the value of money since the beginning of the school year. They get paychecks of fake money at the end of every week and keep a check register to record any withdrawals or payments.
Last week at East Farms STEAM Magnet School, Santa’s helpers wrapped presents while students wandered around the music room, picking out items and listening to Christmas music. It was the annual Santa Shop at the school, presented by the East Farms Parent Teacher Association.
The halls were crowded with students Monday morning at East Farms STEAM Magnet School before classes. “It’s STEAM day,” one student called out, before dancing down the hallway singing, “STEAM day, STEAM day.”
It’s not just students and teachers who roam the halls of East Farms STEAM Magnet School every day. Parents, community members and retired educators come in regularly to volunteer. They help out in any way they can. Principal Tammy Fuller said there are two women who come in regularly to do the laminating. Some volunteers read with students. Members of the PTA often stop by to help with fundraising efforts. There is a Watch Dog program for dads to volunteer.