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Page 2 Free Press I Thursday, January 22, 2015 Report indicates grades, learning goals for highly capable students are also on the rise By JOHN McCALLUM Editor Numbers for volunteers, community involve- ment and highly capable students are up around the Cheney School District, according to a pair of reports given to the school board at its regular meeting Jan. 14. Jessica Deutsch, district volunteer services co- ordinator, reported that community partnerships through two programs, PACE (Partners Advancing Character Education) and Give5 have increased over the past year. Twenty-eight West Plains businesses have partnered with both Cheney and Medical Lake School districts through PACE since the program expanded to the area from Spokane Valley last year. Some businesses team with local schools to highlight a PACE character trait each month. Par- ents and students have become involved through a.variety of initiatives at their schools. December's trait was "caring," and students, parents and staff at Snowdon and Windsor el- ementary schools demonstrated this through their "Sock Drives" last. month. Sunset has a weekly PACE announcement that includes a famous quote about that month's trait, and Betz has worked with business partners as well as Cheney High School football players and cheerleaders in their monthly awards. "Each school has made PACE their own within their school," Deutsch told the board. The Give 5 program, where volunteers are asked to give five hours of their time at school per year, has grown from 75 mentors at the end of 2013 to 108 through the end of December 2014, with mentors giving 1-2 hours per week from October to May at all three school levels. Three residence halls" Brewster, Morrison and Streeter - at Eastern Washington University have fOrmed partnerships with three Cheney schools while the university's Community Engagement Of- rice, in partnership with Communities in Schools, has placed a volunteer mentor coordinator at each school. The coordinator also helps recruit student volunteers on campus. Volunteers have been working as classroom as- sistants, tutors and chaperones for special events. They have also worked collecting clothing dona- tions, assembling weekend food kits and in PTO/ PTA fundraising efforts. "Quite a few community members are par- ticipating in mentoring and volunteer activities," Deutsch said. "Volunteerism in the Cheney School District has grown." As has the success of the district's highly ca- pable students program, a report by Associate Superintendent Scan Dotson. Using the Northwest Education Association's MAP (Mea- sures of Academic Progress) assessment testing to measure students, Dotson said 69 percent of highly capable students met or exceeded their growth goals for 2013-2014 in reading while 73 percent showed similar progress in math. Median .grade point averages for highly capable students also remained high: 3.88 GPA at Cheney Middle School, 3.90 at Westwood Middle School and 3.70 at the high school. "All of them well above a 3.5," Dotson said. Opportunities for the more than 400 students identi- fied as highly capable are available at all three levels. They range from instructional coaches to help meet in- dividual needs in elementary schools to special elective and accelerated courses at the middle schools to honors, Advance Placement and Running Start options at the high school with the options continuing to grow. "We are now offering Running Start courses at the high school so students don't have to go off campus," Dotson said. John McCallum can be reached at jmac@cheneyfreepress. com. econd chance t ma difference for thers Hines speaks about suicide prevention By PAUL DELANEY Staff Reporter The voices in Kevin Hines' head regularly told him to kill himself. Finally, 14 years ago at age 19, Hines decided to do something about it and take the 746-foot plunge over the rail of the nearby Golden Gate Bridge and end it all in the chilly waters of San Francisco Bay. Problem was he beat the long, long odds and somehow became one of only 2 percent to survive the jump. Just 33 of the over 1,600 people who decided to end it all since the iconic bridge opened March 27, 1937 have survived. i With a second chance at life now at hand, Hines has since devoted his days to taking his message on mental illness and suicide to people across the nation, as he did Jan. 13 at Eastern Washington University. His message was about an child- hood spent on the edge. Kevin Hines recently spoke about living and coping with at Eastern Washington mental illness. Contributed photo by Kevin Hines University where he talked "I went from a very dangerous infancy where my birth brother died because of the neglect and drugs that my birth parents did, and the mental illness that they had," Hines said. His adoption into the Hines' family -- parents Patrick and Debbie -- likely saved his life. But at 17 and a half, Hines said, "I ended up getting very sick mentally." "I had a complete mental break- down in front of a lot of people," Hines explained. He ended up wondering what was going on? He had bipolar disorder, the same disease his biological parents had. His family did not know what to do and everyone was in denial Hines said. "I don't have bipolar disease, I don't know what it is." Bipolar has no cure, but it does have treatment. "I utilize all kinds of thera- pies," Hines said. Some were not the kind doctors prescribed. Hines would cope by binge drink- ing until he blacked out. Add to this being on psychiatric medication and it's extremely dangerous. His situation was compounded even further when Hines' favorite teacher in high school committed suicide. "I'd rather say he died by suicide," Hines said. "We don't commit this act, it's not a crime." Hines attended Arch Bishop Riordan High School in San Francisco where he See Hines page 3 Edmondson brings passion for helping others back to ML By AL STOVER placed in state all four years "I meet with some of the students and I Staff Reporter - winning a state champion- When Ann Everett took ship his junior season- and tell them 'here's what I did' and 'here's how over the Medical Lake School accumulated a 122-9 record. I became successful.' A lot of people have District's special education He also lettered in baseball and helped me out and I want to be that for the program, she began imple- football menting several changes and "I was a product of the sys- students." brought in new personnel, tem here," Edmondson said. Medical Lake School District including a familiar face to the "So many people helped me. special behavior interventionist Josh Edmondson community. Medical Lake has a small town Josh Edmondson, Medical feel. Everyone knew when I Lake class of 2003, returned to was coming back. I love this of Tennessee at Chattanooga "Stepping out of college the school district this fall as a school district and town so (UTC). As a Moc, UTC's mas- and going right into teaching special behavior intervention- much." cot, he qualified for the NCAA was such a rewarding experi- ist for the middle and high After he graduated high Division I wrestling champion- ence," Edmondson said. 'It schools, school, Edmondson attendedships in 2007 and 2008. helped me for what I'm doing Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, North Idaho College where heOnce he graduated from at Medical Lake." Edmondson first moved to majored in physical education UTC in 2009, Edmondson Edmondson worked in a Medical Lake with his mother and wrestled at 184 pounds. In stayed in Chattanooga and developmental communica- and brothers when he was 2 his second year he won the NJ- worked as a paraprofessional tions classroom with severely years old. During high school, CAA national championship,educator. He said he knew he autistic students. He learned he excelled in athletics, spe- which earned him a wrestling wanted to teach special educa- cifically in wrestling where he scholarship at the University tion when he was young. See Edmondson page 3 Photo by AI Stover Josh Edmondson graduated from Medical Lake High School in 2003. He returned to Medical Lake in the fall after teaching in Chattanooga, Tenn. for four years. Congratulations Medical Lake High School Freshman, Brandon McCoy of the Week Medica! Lake Meetings are the 3rd Dollars for Thursday each month at 6:30 pm SCHOLARS" at Medical Lake A Prog m of Ar rt a* City Hall Chambers Email: Specialty Asphalt honors Cheney High School Freshman, AhOy Oituri Academic Student of the Week DR. JACOB RIDL I ...... FAMILY DENTISTRY NEW Patients come