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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.

High school student turns plastic food bags into totes

High school student turns plastic food bags into totes

We got a call into the newsroom from an adviser at Freeman High School. Jennifer Fees was telling us all about one her students, Lexi Saeger, who is getting crafty to fund her way to the upcoming National Leadership Conference in Florida.

Instead of throwing away those plastic bags containing food for dogs, cats, chickens and more, when they’re empty, Saeger is sewing them into tote bags. She’s creating these products to fund her trip and compete with her creations. She already placed 1st at the state FCCLA competition.

Her totes will be for sale Saturday, April 14th at the Spokane Valley Albertsons, located at 32nd and Highway 27. She’ll be out there at 11 a.m. selling her totes.

Liberty Lake school collecting household items for family who lost home

The staff and students of Stepping Stone Christian School are helping out a member of the community. A teacher's sister lost her home and belongings in the fire. The woman, her husband and three young children were not home at the time of the fire thankfully, but they still lost everything.

Students are helping collect household items for them to get them back on their feet. The children are home schooled so they need many school supplies to continue their education.

  • For the children: Pencil sharpeners, scissors, 3-ring binders, markers, coloring books, glue sticks, flash cards (presidents, land marks), easy reader books, white board/markers, calendar, Legos, dress-up clothes.
  • For the home: Large crockpot, electric skillet, Rubbermaid bins, cookie sheets, mixer, Pyrex dishes, digital camera, children's DVDs, large dog food, large dresser, ironing board, cleaning products, diapers, gift cards.

Donations can be taken to Stepping Stone Christian School, located at 23306 E. Mission in Liberty Lake. You can call them at (509) 924-0776 or email angela@steppingstonechristian.com.

Help U-High Choose Its Next Leader

Help U-High Choose Its Next Leader

University High School is looking for a new principal and you can help decide who will lead the school.

Parents, students and interested community members are encouraged to attend a Community Forum on Monday, April 16th at 6:30 PM. The finalists for the University High School principal position will be on hand to speak with the community and respond to questions.

An input form for each principal candidate will be collected from all attendees. The forum will be held in the University High School Theatre at 12420 E. 32nd Avenue.

The new principal will assume the leadership position on July 1, 2012 and replace retiring principal, Daryl Hart.

Schools Respond To Child Luring Attempts

Schools Respond To Child Luring Attempts

There have been a couple of attempted luring cases in local neighborhoods in the last couple of weeks. In response, the Central Valley School District is sending “stranger danger” tips to parents, to discuss with their children.

5k Heart Run Benefits Homeless Students

5k = 3 miles... you can do it! The Central Valley PTA and PTSA are hosting a 5k run to benefit the HEART program, which exists in all school districts to support homeless students.

This particular run will benefit the Central Valley HEART program, which helps CV families find permanent housing, heating sources, Christmas gifts and has helped provide Thanksgiving dinners for more than 60 families. Last year, approximately 350 students in the CV School District qualified for the HEART program.

For past KXLY stories on the homeless student population in Spokane, click the following links:

A copy of the 5k registration form can be found here.