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Some school districts in the area will begin classes in their buildings this week for the first time since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. Others have chosen to remain virtual, for now.
The demand for housing in Spokane County continues to drive property values up, which coupled with changes to the way the state funds basic education means property owners are going to be paying higher taxes next year.
The Spokane Community Observance of the Holocaust has announced the top three placers in the middle school division of the 14th annual Eva Lassman Memorial Creative Writing Contest and top three entries in the art contest. Garrett Johnson of Salk Middle School won the art contest. Natalie Williams of Bryant/TEC won the essay contest.
Sixth-graders Emily Lentz and Lucina Peterson of Pride Prep Middle School have collected and donated 51 new hats and stuffed animals to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Inland Northwest. The students also met with Jake Osborn, Volunteer Services Manager for RMHC, to tour the facility. Sixth-grade students were partnered up and asked to choose a world issue for an assignment in their individuals and societies class earlier this school year. Emily and Lucina, already close friends, decided to take on the challenge of child cancer to the next level and start a collection drive.
The Central Valley School District’s one-year, $11.8 million supplemental levy is likely to pass, with more than 51% of residents voting “yes” and about 175 ballots left to count as of Wednesday evening.
The Dishman Hills High School in the West Valley School District has announced its term 2 honor roll for the 2019-20 school year.
West Valley School District administrators projected a $2.5 million budget shortfall for the 2019 school year after the Legislature changed its school funding model and cut West Valley’s levy by about $2.75. The two-year, $5.3 million supplemental levy aims to maintain educational programs and restore some that were lost through cuts.
Camp Read-a-Rama, the new addition to Spokane County Library District’s summer reading program, is a weekly half-day summer camp with a different theme each week based on a children’s book for all camp activities, crafts, music, and games.
Betz Elementary in the Cheney School District was recently given a Washington State Recognized School award for showing significant growth in reading, math and attendance.
Several Spokane students recently took first, second and third place in the Holocaust Center for Humanity’s 2019 Writing, Art and Film contest, held at the Sandra Friedman Holocaust Center for Humanity in Seattle.
Mead School District Transportation Director Brian Liberg has been busy using grant money from the state and federal government to get old school buses, some dating back as far as 1999, off the streets and replaced with newer, more fuel-efficient buses.
University High School’s production of the musical “Big Fish” this spring caught the eye of the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle, which nominated the Spokane Valley school for more than a dozen awards ranging from outstanding musical to outstanding scenic design.
Hannah Swanson, a sixth-grader at North Wall School in Spokane, made a spectacle of herself in a winning way at the National Invention Convention in Dearborn, Michigan, in May.
Area schools and nonprofit groups are offering free summer meals for youths around Spokane County.
DECA students from Eastern Washington competed and presented projects in the state competition in March and qualified for the national competition at the International Career Development Conference held in Orlando, Florida, at the end of April.
Gonzaga and Whitworth universities have announced their eight choices for this year’s Act Six scholarship recipients.
The Northeast Washington Education Service District 101 has announced the awards for the Regional High School Art Show.
East Valley High School in Spokane Valley has announced its first semester honor roll for the 2018-19 school year.
East Valley Middle School has announced its first semester honor roll for the 2018-19 school year.
High school students from Eastern Washington recently gathered at the Washington Thespian Individual Event East Regional Competition at Lewis and Clark High School to showcase their theater chops. Dozens of students were selected to advance to the State Thespian Festival at Central Washington University in March.