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Spokane Public Schools’ plan for early release on Fridays has been controversial since the idea was floated in the wake of the budget crisis that emerged last spring. Now that it’s happening, the district is offering a way for students to stay at school, if not in class, until 3 p.m.
Wearing white garden gloves too big for his hands, 9-year-old Taden Eirdam shoveled dirt from the Sheridan Elementary parking lot into a wheelbarrow, headed for a garden.
On the second to last day of school, kindergarten teacher Melissa Cote sat in her nearly empty classroom at Sheridan Elementary School and took stock of her 35-year career in education. She will not be coming back in the fall.
A five-year-old girl apparently wandered away from Sheridan Elementary School Thursday afternoon and took a bus to Spokane Valley, prompting school officials to consider overhauling security guidelines.
At Sheridan Elementary School last week, Herman Marioth, a manager of Jaco Environmental in Portland, took a large chisel and popped off the side of an old refrigerator. A collective “whoa” went up from the third- and fourth-graders.
The staff at Sheridan Elementary School will do their own version of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Friday. Instead of dousing themselves with buckets of cold water to raise awareness for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Sheridan’s staff will raise funds for the Boys & Girls Club, Second Harvest of the Inland Northwest, and Communities in Schools. And students get to choose who participates in the chilly fundraiser by donating money to the cause. With their donation, the students can vote for the top three staff members who will join Principal Larry Quisano, Principal Assistant Kristin Kuster and counselor Mark McCune in the icy challenge.
Eight students from Spokane Public Schools have received full-tuition, full-need scholarships to Northwest colleges and universities through the Act Six Leadership and Scholarship Initiative. More than 700 students applied and 65 were selected by Tacoma-based Northwest Leadership Foundation, which launched the Act Six program in 2002. Spokane students who got scholarships to Whitworth University are: Kionte Brown and Camina Hirota, both of Shadle Park High School; Lynnsee Calf Robe, the Community School; Araya Eckley, North Central High School; and Husam Ghanim, Ferris High School.
There’s nothing uniform about sixth-graders. Some are so tall they look like high school freshmen, others so small they look like fourth-graders. Individual clothing styles run the gamut from jeans and a T-shirt, to sports logos galore and vintage dresses with a homemade twist. Sixth grade is also a time when personal communication styles are being tried out, and sometimes that leads to bullying.
Spokane’s endangered East Side Library will remain open at least another year. The Spokane Public Library branch had been on the chopping block to deal with budget cuts.
Spokane’s library workers approved a new contract Tuesday that likely will save enough money to keep the East Side Library open next year. Library trustee Rick White said he has a “very strong sense” that approval of the labor contract by the library board would save the branch. The planned closure of the East Side Library has been one of the most contentious proposals within the city’s 2011 budget.
Nearly 50 Spokane students got a lesson in local government Monday as they arrived at City Hall to share their disapproval of the proposed closure of the East Side Library. The students took a chartered bus from Sheridan Elementary, where most of them attend, to appear at the City Council meeting.
An 11-year-old boy was robbed on his way to school Thursday when he pulled out his wallet to check for money, police said. The boy was walking near Second Avenue and Ralph Street around 8:45 a.m., said Spokane police Officer Teresa Fuller. He took out his wallet as he approached a convenience store at Second and Thor Street.