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Salk WDFY essay winners
Three winners in the Washington Drug Free Youth Essay Contest are from Salk: Taylor McNees, Washington State Grand Prize Winner; Angela Paparazzo, Region 5 Third Place Winner; Caleb Socha, Honorable Mention.
6411 N. Alberta St.
NC bio teacher gets $5,000 grant
NC biology teacher Dan Shay received a $5,000 grant from the NEA to further the Algae and Bio-Diesel project he started last year. Every year, the NEA Foundation awards more than 150 grants to support public school educators innovative ideas.
1600 N. Howard St.
SPS blended learning featured by Clayton Christensen Institute
SPS featured as one of six case studies of how traditional district schools improved learning outcomes after implementing blended learning. http://www.christenseninstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Spokane-Public-Schools.pdf
Odyssey students compete at Science Olympiad
Fourteen Libby Center eighth graders competed at the Washington State Science Olympiad, held last weekend at Highline College in Kent.
Libby placed 9th out of 22 teams that qualified from three regional tournaments. Individual students placed in the following events:
- Isaac Garza and Owen Gadd placed 1st in Entomology. This is the second year the two have won the state title in this category.
- Ethan Whitmer and Dylan Soth placed 2nd in Write It-Do It
- Brooke Carruthers and Jordyn Trent placed 3rd in Dynamic Planet
- Autumn Finley and Brooke Carruthers placed 3rd in Solar System
2900 E First Ave
Chase students place 2nd and 3rd in Holocaust Creative Writing Contest
Two of Chase MS teacher Michelle Areta's students won in the middle school division of the Spokane Community Observance of the Holocaust Creative Writing Contest. This is a contest entered by hundreds of students across the community.
Carly Crooks won 2nd place and Nathan Kesler won 3rd place.
4747 E. 37th Ave.
Ferris students complete tech certifications
Two Ferris High School students recently worked on their own to complete technology certifications through the Test Out Pro Certification program available through their school. Ellie Fitzgerald and Lauren Walker received the PC Pro Certification by gaining additional training in many areas, including System Components, Peripheral Devices and Storage and System Management. They also consulted with CyberPatriot and SkillsUSA coaches and mentors after school. Previously, Rogers student Trent Kenny completed his Security Pro Certification, covering such topics as Data, Application and Perimeter Defenses and Cryptography. Certificate holders may now go on to take the A+ test, which is a national exam and certification.
3020 E. 37th Ave.
Regional Robotics Results
On Track Academy's robotics club placed first out of 28 area high school teams in the FIRST Robotics Regional Competition this past weekend.
OTA was one of five Spokane Public Schools teams competing at the district tournament. Other teams were the Ferris High School SaxonBots, the Community School Jagwires, the Lewis and Clark High School Titanium Tigers, and the Rogers High School Gearhead Pirates.
The Gearhead Pirates and the Titanium Tigers made it to the semifinals. The SaxonBots won the Industrial Design Award (sponsored by General Motors), the Titanium Tigers won the Imagery Award in honor of Jack Kamen, and OTA won the Judges Award for overcoming challenges and having a high percentage of girls on the team.
All 5 SPS teams will compete in 2nd District Competition in Ellensburg, March 20-21.
Because On Track Academy won first place in the district finals, they’ll move on to state competition in Cheney, April 3-4.
West Valley High School
Garry and Rogers receive career guidance award
Garry Middle School and John R. Rogers High School are among 46 schools from across Washington that received the 2015 Career Guidance Award of Excellence. The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) gives these awards to schools with exemplary career- and college-readiness programs.
The award recognizes schools that operate highly effective, inclusive guidance and counseling programs. These schools take advantage of resources available through OSPI’s Career Guidance Washington to maintain high standards and a clear process for career and college readiness.
Garry and Rogers
Rogers AFJROTC earns awards at regional competition
The John R. Rogers High School AFJROTC placed second in drill team and first in color guard at a recent conference competition in Yakima. About 500 cadets from 16 schools in Washington and Oregon attended the event.
Individual awards went to Drill Team Commander C/LtCol Quinton Cassidy, who placed second; Dustin Kenagy, who placed fourth in in Armed Individual Drill Down; and Coral Welker, who placed fifth in Armed Individual Drill Down.
Next stop for the Rogers Drill Team will be the Two-State Championship Meet March 7 in Walla Walla.
1622 E. Wellesley Ave.
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Chase student wins first place in MLK writing contest
Chase eighth grader Carly Crooks won the first place prize for the writing contest put on by the Martin Luther King Jr Family Outreach Center. She got first place in the Middle School Division by writing an essay about how service to our community is a true form of leadership.
4747 E. 37th Ave.
Chase MS yearbook honored
Chase Middle School's school yearbook, advised by Mrs. Areta, received an honor from Walsworth Publishing Company. Walsworth publishes a Premier Idea Book called "Possibilities" each year. This book features the most elite university, high school, & middle school books from across the nation. Only 213 yearbooks across the nation were featured in the Possibilities book this year. Chase Middle School was one of the 213 yearbooks. It was one of only seven schools featured from Washington State. The Chase Yearbook, as well as an interview with Mrs. Areta, are featured in the Possibilities Premier Idea Book.
4747 E. 37th Ave.
Regal students win math contest
Recently teams of students competed in a math competition on the Sumdog website.
Here's the facts:
19,522 classes entered
8,646 classes qualified
197,009 students played
47,985,561 questions answered
40,374,365 correct answers
Regal's team of 16 students won the contest!!
2 Regal students placed in the top 10 of all students who participated, correctly answering 1,000 questions!
2707 E. Rich Ave.
New HEART/STEP Resource Center
STEP (a transition program) and HEART (for homeless students) have combined to open a new clothing bank/resource center, which includes a delivery program at schools for students who need immediate services. The center is located at 1807 N. Washington, right next to Dolly's, in the portables on the east side of the North Central HS campus.
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Rogers teachers earn Unsung Heroes Grant
Rogers teachers Aaron Brecek and Chris Dunn received a $2,000 grant as part of the Voya's (formerly ING) 2014 Unsung Heroes awards competition.
Through the program, Voya Financial awards grants to K-12 educators nationwide to honor their innovative teaching methods, creative educational projects, and the ability to positively influence the children they teach. Brecek’s and Dunn’s innovative teaching idea, Flipping Algebra, is designed to improve the experience and grades of ninth graders taking algebra.
1622 E. Wellesley Ave.
LC and NC make list of top high schools
LC and NC were named to The Daily Beast's list of top high schools for 2014. Find out more at
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