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Dr. Shelley Redinger's March SPS Progress Report

In her March progress report, Spokane Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Shelley Redinger discusses the district’s Strategic Plan for 2014-2020. She outlines what issues are being addressed and how they developed the plan.


Community members are invited to share their feedback on Spokane Public Schools by using a new tool called ThoughtStream. The conversation will be open until March 10th.

SPS Kindergarten registration begins March 3rd

SPS Kindergarten registration begins March 3rd

From Spokane Public Schools:


Families with students who will be 5 on or before Aug. 31 take note: It’s time to register for kindergarten! Spokane Public Schools is eager to welcome new students to the SPS family. To help kindergarteners get excited about school, SPS provides each with a special, brightly colored tote filled with educational activities that families can work on together.

Bulldog Battalion ready for Ranger Challenge

Bulldog Battalion ready for Ranger Challenge

One local college team is set to participate in one of the biggest competitions of the year. And no, it's not a basketball or hockey team. It's the Gonzaga University ROTC Bulldog Battalion.

When classes are over, GU's ROTC Bulldog Battalion is just getting started.

"We make them faster stronger smarter. We prepare them for challenges that lie ahead both in uniform and out of uniform," said GU Senior Military Science Instructor Alan Westfield.

It'll be the team's second training session of the day and their last before this weekends 'Ranger Challenge' at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

"I think it's the best team I've been on since I've been here," said team captain Micah Rarick.

The Ranger Challenge is a regional competition, pitting the Bulldog Battalion against 30 other teams including teams from EWU and WSU. Their training will be put to the test.

"It's designed to be physically, mentally and emotionally challenging," said Westfield.

Cultural Connection event aims to connect vets with community

Cultural Connection event aims to connect vets with community

The Spokane Community College Vets Club is hosting the SCC Veterans Cultural Connection Saturday afternoon. The event is designed to bring together different services, groups, businesses and schools that support the needs of the area’s active military members, veterans and their families.


The event will have informational tables from different groups and their representatives as well as documentary on gardening and it’s impact on PTSD. There will also be guest speakers from Spokane military and veteran organizations.

Voter's Pamphlet art contest open for Washington students

Voter's Pamphlet art contest open for Washington students

The Office of the Secretary of State is calling on Washington artists in the 4th & 5th grades to submit designs for the 2014 Voter’s Pamphlet. The winning design will be featured on more than 3.2 million copies of the pamphlet and will be sent to every house in the state during the General Election this fall.

Holmes Elementary receives $500K grant to improve test scores

Holmes Elementary receives $500K grant to improve test scores

Holmes Elementary School in Spokane is receiving a $500,000 grant from the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction help to bring up test scores.

Last school year was for planning how they would use the money and this year they're putting the grant in action.

The school is seeing more teachers, resources and community involvement thanks to the grant, part of a pilot project created and funded by the state that targets low-performing schools. Holmes was one of three to receive the grant because of their emerging priority.

"Which means our scores are a little bit lower than they should be and we are focused on improving by the district," grant manager Stephanie Lundberg said.

Lundberg worked with Whitworth University and Gonzaga University to apply for the grant. The two universities are getting a share of the money to help increase Holmes' test scores. Part of their role in the grant is to station teaching students in classrooms for more student to instructor interaction.

Changes in store for SPS Montessori program

Changes in store for SPS Montessori program

Spokane Public Schools voted to move and unify the Montessori program from two locations to one central location. While Montessori parents are both excited and apprehensive of the move, the change solves a bigger space issue for the school district.


“They’re looking at this strategically,” said Kevin Morrison, Director of Community Relations for Spokane Public Schools. New legislation requires that all kindergarten through third grade classrooms have only 17 students within the next few years. The district is in need of 24 classrooms by this fall.