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Spokane Public School retirees

This year, Spokane Public Schools will say goodbye to the following 118 retiring employees: Adams Elementary: Donald Baldwin (teacher, 34 years) and Lisa Northcott (instructional assistant, 19 years).


Education Notebook: Students read Dr. Seuss classics for birthday celebration

Kay Bryant, of Spokane Valley Rotary, had no problem gaining the attention of the children Monday in Althea Erbeznik’s first-grade class at Ness Elementary School. Bryant was reading the Dr. …


Adams Elementary teacher wins prestigious Milken Award

Spokane teacher Karen Krantz sat frozen in her seat, unsure she’d just heard her name and the prestigious national Milken Award in the same sentence. A student’s hug and a …


Students being taught to type at an earlier age

Ayla Vick sits at a desktop computer with her hands on the keyboard. She places her fingers on the home row, stretching them to form words on the screen. “Sometimes …


Shawn Vestal: School letter fails in its own right

We were invited to leave our school this month. Our school, it seems, has not made “adequate yearly progress” on standardized tests. Our school, it turns out, is “in School …


Area schools see flux as new year nears

Hallways filled with boxes and stacked furniture, classrooms awaiting a carpenter’s hand or a paintbrush or bathrooms in various stages of disrepair – any or all of that could unnerve …


Thousands of parents will get letters explaining why their kids’ school is failing

Thousands of Spokane-area households will soon receive a letter explaining that their child’s school is failing. Spokane Public Schools alone is sending out more than 13,500 letters to parents in …


‘Russell’ Wilson Elementary campaign wins chat with Seahawks’ QB

Maybe it’s the name: Russell Wilson. Maybe it’s the power of the 12th Man.


Editorial: Portfolio of choices promising for Spokane schoolchildren

The Spokane School District has begun an ambitious and welcome initiative to expand educational opportunities for its 28,000 students. The alternative programs that have been available – Montessori, for example …


Education notebook: NWC tops in state Knowledge Bowl

Northwest Christian Schools’ Knowledge Bowl Team used their smarts to bring home the title of State 2B Champions at the State Knowledge Bowl competition on March 22 in Arlington. The …


New forestry and wildlife class provides students fish schooling

A new forestry and wildlife class has 22 high school students in the Colville Valley wading through studies of the Four R’s: reading, writing, ’rithmetic and rainbow trout. The class …


Weekend snow closes passes, delays school

Spokane city crews worked overnight to clear five inches of snow that fell Sunday, blanketing the region and shutting down mountain passes. Forecasters say warmer conditions will round out the …


In brief: EVSD to begin kindergarten registration

SPOKANE VALLEY – The East Valley School District will begin taking registration for children who’ll enter kindergarten this fall. There isn’t a registration deadline, but the district doesn’t register students …


Proposed Spokane charter schools raise red flags

A national organization is recommending Spokane Public Schools’ board reject two of the three charter school applicants up for approval tonight. The National Association of Charter School Authorizers and school …


Spokane charter schools clear hurdle

People hoping to launch the first charter schools in Spokane faced no opposition Wednesday during the first and only public hearing on the controversial plans. It was a much different …


Folk schools growing in popularity, teach blacksmithing, archery

OLYMPIA – The rhythmic sound of sandpaper smoothing wood is accompanied by the steady punching of slots in leather as a handful of students focus on putting the finishing touches …


EV school board discusses stipends, expenses

The East Valley School Board on Tuesday took care of a few housekeeping measures before tempers flared. Board chairman Mike Novakovich said the board decided during a Dec. 7 work …


Burst pipe damages classrooms at Adams

At Monday’s meeting of the Central Valley School Board, Superintendent Ben Small updated the board on damage at Adams Elementary School, where five classrooms flooded after a frozen pipe burst …


Schools notebook: Hunger awareness goal of Ferris students

The Ferris High School ASB officers plan to camp out in their annual Freezin’ for a Reason fundraiser. The students will spend three nights and four days, beginning after school …


Education Notebook: Salk students wear hats for Haiyan relief

Students at Salk Middle School raised about $600 to help the victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. The fundraiser was organized by Salk’s Associated Student Body officers Kyle Cozza, …


Bipartisan Idaho school reform bills unveiled

BOISE – In a rare moment of bipartisanship on school reform in Idaho, Democratic state lawmakers unveiled four far-reaching bills Wednesday, and GOP state schools Superintendent Tom Luna endorsed them. …


M.E.A.D. students mirror project after ‘Shark Tank’

The sharks that swam through M.E.A.D. Thursday evening didn’t seem that ferocious – in fact they seemed downright friendly. Members of Spokane’s business community including representatives from Desautel Hege and …


Jamie Tobias Neely: Language arts skills are vital

The smells of chalk dust and geraniums waft through the memories of my childhood classrooms. Minutes click through the long, black hands of a wall clock, while the alphabet stretches …


Mead School District’s Riverpoint Academy looks to build endowment

Mead School District’s Riverpoint Academy can be described in one word: unconventional. That applies to the students, the classes, the equipment and, soon, a funding source.


Education Notebook: Princess ball set for dads, daughters

Shadle Park High School is hosting its annual Daddy-Daughter Princess Ball on Nov. 16, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The Shadle cheerleaders will host the evening for princesses ages 12 …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 24, 2013

Police: Boy brought gun to school to shoot bully

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — Police say an 11-year-old who took a gun to his Vancouver, Wash., middle school intended to shoot another student to prevent him from bullying a friend.


Spokane Valley school enrollment lower than expected

Alternative programs in two Spokane Valley school districts are down slightly in enrollment right now, but administrators believe that will change, based on previous trends. In the West Valley School …


Education Notebook: Dance team from Mt. Spokane takes 2nd place

The Mt. Spokane High School dance team took second place at the Sounds of Thunder Marching Band Competition at Joe Albi Stadium on Saturday. The girls, along with the Mt. …


Education Notebook: Cataldo School to sell Halloween costumes

Cataldo Catholic School will host its annual Halloween costume sale Oct. 17 and 18. The event will be in the school’s parking lot at 455 W. 18th Ave., from 9 …


K-8, bonds key debate topics

With the elections just about a month away, one parent in the East Valley School District is organizing debates for school board candidates. “My goal is to make all of …