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Principal of the Year awarded to Finch Elementary

Principal of the Year awarded to Finch Elementary

Finch Elementary Principal Kim Harmon has been named the 2013 Dick Stannard Distinguished Elementary Principal of the Year. The surprise announcement was made on Tuesday afternoon at Camp Finch on the on the old Westview campus.

 

“She is truly an educational leader for all of us,” Cooper Principal Rona Williams wrote about Harmon in her nomination. “Her commitment to her staff and students is second to none.”

 

Those who nominated her describe Harmon as innovative and well respected. Williams specifically cited Harmon's development of spreadsheets for data analysis and her efforts to increase parent involvement. One resounding theme in nominations is how Harmon has handled the transition as Finch moved to Westview and Woodridge during the school's renovation.

 

Willard seeks WATCH D.O.G.S.

Willard Elementary is looking for a few good men to join their WATCH D.O.G.S. Dad of Great Students aims to have at least one father figure in the school every day this school year.

 

“It's about bringing positive male role models into the schools,” said Jody Budge, WATCH D.O.G.S. Coordinator at Willard. The program is a national effort by the National Center for Fathering and has dads and other father figures in 3,156 school in 46 states. Willard is one of two schools in Spokane with the program.

 

Westview recognized for design

Westview recognized for design

The design team behind buildings at Eastern Washington University and Gonzaga University have won an award for Westview Elementary School. ALSC Architects received an urban design merit for their work on the school from Spokane City Hall and the city's Design Review Board.

 

The 58,000 square foot Westview was designed and built keeping the environment in mind and using sustainable measures. Spokane Public Schools said that this benefits the school district by lowering costs and provides a teaching tool for students to learn about a healthy environment.

 

ALSC Architects also remodeled Senior Hall at EWU and the Gonzaga Kennedy Apartments as well as Martin Stadium at WSU and the Spokane Arena. The group is currently working on the renovation of Mullan Road Elementary School.  

Hoopfest needs coaches for Midnight Basketball Association

Hoopfest needs coaches for Midnight Basketball Association

Hoopfest may be nine months away, but you can still get involved by volunteering with The Midnight Basketball Association. MBA is an outreach program with Spokane Public Schools and Spokane Hoopfest that gets middle schoolers out on the court.

 

The program is need in need of coaches to help sixth, seventh and eighth grade students learn not only basketball skills, but character, self-esteem and discipline. Practices are held at Garry, Glover and Shaw with practice times between the hours of 6 pm and 9 pm.

 

Spokane students will celebrate fall gradutation

Spokane students will celebrate fall gradutation

From Spokane Public Schools:

Seven students are expected to graduate from Spokane Public Schools in a special autumn ceremony on Monday, September 30th, at 7pm in the Administration Building boardrooms. A reception will be held following the ceremony to honor the graduates.

These students worked hard over the summer to be able to fulfill their graduation requirements and take part in this special ceremony. We congratulate them on their accomplishment!

SFCC awarded $1.4 million grant

SFCC awarded $1.4 million grant

Spokane Falls Community College recently received a $1.4 million grant through the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training grant program . The program is an initiative of the U.S. Department of Labor to expand targeted training programs for unemployed workers.

 

A total of 59 grants were awarded nationally that will support 190 projects in 183 schools in nearly every state. In Washington, Spokane Falls was one of two schools who received a grant. Bellingham Technical College was awarded a $2.7 million grant.

 

The grants will be used to expand programs in industries such as advanced manufacturing, transportation and healthcare. The U.S. Department of Labor is administering the program alongside the U.S. Department of Education. The course materials developed using the grant money will be available through the Open Educational Resources initiative which will allow others to access and build on successful training models.

 

Deadline to renew school meal program next Friday

Deadline to renew school meal program next Friday

From Spokane Public Schools:

Friday, October 11th, is the last day Spokane Public Schools students can receive a free or reduced-priced meal on last year's meal program.

On Monday, October 14th, those students who were on the meal program last year and have not yet turned in a new meal application will be changed to paid meal status. Applications must be received and processed prior to Monday, October 14th, to ensure uninterrupted meal benefits.

Meal Application Information: