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Spokane Valley Rotary Club provides students with free books

Spokane Valley Rotary Club provides students with free books


In a world dominated by iPads, Xboxs and HDTVs, the Spokane Valley Rotary Club is looking to teach children the value of a good book.

This year marked the third year the Rotary Club provided Spokane Valley elementary students with a free book. What started as a project helping just Broadway Elementary students has expanded to serving two schools in each of the three Valley school districts: Trentwood and Trent of East Valley; Orchard Center and Ness Elementary of West Valley; and Broadway and Opportunity Elementary of Central Valley.

“We make sure every child in those schools get a book,” Rotary member Kay Bryant, who spearheads the project, said. “What we want to do is put a book in the hands of every elementary student in the Valley.”

Bryant said she was inspired to do the project when she witnessed a mother walking with her children past a private book sale.

Liberty Lake Elementary engages in local Native American culture

Liberty Lake Elementary third graders are participating in the second of a two-day multimedia, multicultural program today. The hands-on educational experience is designed to directly involve students with the native art and cultures of the Pacific Northwest Coast.

Special guest Ronn Wilson, a Native American artist, is sharing a unique presentation March 7 from 2:10 - 2:55 p.m. during an all-school assembly in the gymnasium. Liberty Lake Elementary is located at 23606 E. Boone Avenue in the Central Valley School District. A select group of third grade students will join the performance.

Ronn Wilson describes his assembly presentation as “an artistic replica of a Kwakwakawaka ceremonial house as seen by simulated firelight.  There will be a dramatic, narrated dance presentation of traditional Northwest Coast style masks seen as they were meant to be seen and used. Each mask is shown in its own context with song, dance, story and costume and illustrates a particular facet of Northwest culture.”

Kindergarten registration begins March 7 in Central Valley


Registration begins on Thursday, March 7 at 8 a.m. for incoming kindergarten students in the Central Valley School District. Hundreds of young students are expected to enroll in kindergarten for the 2013/14 school year. Parents are encouraged to enroll early to select from the various options of morning classes, afternoon classes or all-day tuition-based kindergarten classes with extended child care. Options vary by school.

Central Valley schools will also begin accepting registration for new first grade students beginning March 7. Registration will take place in neighborhood schools during school hours after March 7 (call your school for registration hours). Parents should come prepared with up-to-date immunization records, original state-certified birth certificate and proof of residence using a current electric bill. Registration packets are available for parents to pick up and complete prior to the first day of registration.

U-Hi takes on "Les Mis"

U-Hi takes on "Les Mis"



University High School launches this year’s drama season with “Les Misérables” High School Edition November 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10 at 7 p.m. and November 11 at 2 p.m. in the U-High Theatre.

CBE students to feed hungry neighbors

CBE students to feed hungry neighbors

A West Valley high school Leadership class is doing its part to help fight hunger.

The Contract Based Education (at 115 S University) leadership students are sponsoring the upcoming 2nd Harvest Mobile Food distribution on October 19 from 11 am – 1:00 pm.

This is just the first!  As part of its community outreach, CBE has scheduled four mobile food distribution events at the campus this school year. This Friday is the first of the four food distributions. The students' goal is to serve as many families in the community as possible.

CBE is also partnering with its neighbor New Life Church, who will provide additional volunteers.

Other scheduled distribution dates are: Friday Dec. 7, Friday Feb. 8, and Friday May 10.

Superintendent Recommends A New Principal For U-High

Superintendent Recommends A New Principal For U-High

Superintendent Ben Small is recommending Alan Robbins to the Central Valley School Board for the University High School Principal position. The Board will act on Mr. Small’s recommendation at its board meeting on April 24th.

Alan Robbins has served as principal of Columbia Falls High School since 2007.  During his tenure, he has fostered improvements in classroom management, developed a tiered intervention mathematics program, supported technology integration and championed school improvement leadership.

Spokane Valley students start their day gardening

Spokane Valley students start their day gardening

Children at University Elementary School are earning their green thumbs this week with the arrival of their new greenhouse. Thanks to a grant from Washington State Potatoes, 1st graders got to spend their morning planting their favorite vegetables from tomatoes to yellow peppers.

The Graffmiller Greenhouse, named after a retired head custodian, will become a weekly part of student curriculum. From science to art, school principal Sue Lennick says every student gets to play a part.

“It’s more than just plants. We’ll do some work with ecosystems, maybe get some worms in there and do observations and science journaling. It will extend into many academic subjects, maybe even art projects,” Lennick said.

The greenhouse will help grow plants for Mother’s Day. Seeds donated to the school have now been planted and with the warmth of the sun, they’ll grow into sprouts perfect for gifts.