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Page 2 Free Press ] 00',DUCATION Cheney school boa-J honored Staff contribute $480 to foundation for at.risk.youth on behalf of board; next school year gets an early start By BECKY THOMAS Staff Reporter Dozens of Cheney School District staff members filled the Windsor Elementary School li- brary Jan. 26 to thank the school board for its work over the past year. Cheney Middle School co- principal Mike Stark spoke for the district staff, thanking the school board for working with school staff to achieve the dis- trict's goals. "I just want to say thank you for all of the hard work and un- paid hours that you guys put in to make Cheney the most incred- ible place ever to raise a family and send your kids to school," he said. District staff contributed $480 to Invest ED, a foundation that funds educational programs and scholarships for at-risk youth, on behalf of the board. Board members in turn thanked district staff for their dedication. "Because of the efforts of all of you and because of the citi- zens who support what we do, it makes this easy," board president Larry Haskell said. Following a break for refresh- ments, the board got down to a brief agenda. They completed second readings of four poli- cies that were introduced at the last meeting, including one new policy that allows the district to notify a teacher whose student has been convicted of a serious offense. The policy states that a juvenile student convicted of an assault, kidnapping, stalking or arson against a teacher cannot be assigned to that teacher's class- room and convicted juvenile sex offenders cannot attend a school attended by their victims or a victim's sibling. The board completed a first reading of a revised employment policy regarding disclosures, certification requirements, as- surances and approval. Assistant superintendent Deb Clemens said the revisions came from the Washington State School Direc- tors' Association and school board member suggestions. The policy defines documents that must be submitted by a prospec- tive staff member or volunteer and authorizes district access to the applicant's record with previ- ous employers. The board also approved cal- endars for the next two school years. Clemens said the calendars were submitted to staff mem- bers for a vote and the winning schedules were presented to the board. Clemens pointed out that the 2011-12 calendar had an early start date of Aug. 31 and early release date of June 8, while the 2012-13 school year starts later, Sept. 5, to ensure that the newly constructed middle schools will be ready. "The intent is just to provide an additional week of time, you know, during new construc- tion there's a lot of work to be accomplished," she said. "We want to give staff as much time as possible to get settled in the new middle schools." Also at the meeting, Windsor Elementary physical education teacher Dustin Lunge and a group of students demonstrated an obstacle course that replicated the processes of a heart pumping blood. Students ran, jumped and rolled through different stages of the co'urse before explaining the different parts of the course and the way they corresponded to the heart's actions. Lunge said the course teaches students about the body in a hands-on way while providing a workout. Becky Thomas can be reached at becky@cheneyfreepress.com. Thursday, February 3, 2011 Contributed photo by Jenny Kim Messy fun It was OK to fling paint in the hallways of Cheney High School during an all-ages carnival held Jan. 29. The CHS Family Career and Community Leaders of America used the carnival as a fundraiser for the Children's Miracle Network. Local students earn honors, degrees at WWU, UW Western Washington Univer- sity recently announced that Har- lan McConnell Gough of Cheney was named to the 2010 fall quarter honor roll. To qualify for the honor roll, students must complete at least 14 graded credit hours during a quarter and be in the top 10 percent of their class. Also last fall at WWU Amanda Ruth Edwards of Cheney earned a bachelor's degree and was awarded a diploma in planning and environmental policy. Atthe University of Washington, David Michael Coomes, Edward Liu and Shanshan Sun, all of Cheney, were named to the Fall Dean's List. To qualify students must have com- pleted at least 12 graded credits and have a grade point average of at least 3.5 (out of 4). Medical Lake board - 00ars reports on curriculum, state audits, more Short list of agenda items allows discussion of a range of goire has set aside just $17 mil- reduction of around $160,000 in tracked 79 students who took intervention for those who are Washington Assessment of Stu- dent Learning and Northwest Evaluation Association math test scores in the fourth, seventh and 10th grades to see where there is room for improvement. About 60 percent of the cohort group met or exceeded NWEA growth norms and 30 percent declined, while there were far more losses than" gains on the WASL testing. McSmith said after digging into the data more emphasis will now be placed on training for math teachers and sup- port for students, including formative assessments, after school math tutors and weekly Dr. David Turner, DMD Most dental insurances accepted, preferred provider for Tricare Insurance struggling. Also at last week's meet- ing the board said goodbye to Air Force Senior Master Sgt. John Foresman, who retired in December after 20 years as the aerospace science instructor for the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps at Medical Lake High School. Ryan Lancaster can be reached at rvan@cheneyfreepress.com. I Interne! Unlimited Hours, No Contracts! '9.9s el * FREE Techn=cal Support Instant Messaging - keep your buddy list! o 10 e-marl addresses with Webmail! * Cus|orn Staff Page - news, wealher & more! -=, . Sun' up to fox faster/ " ]usl  Iiore Sign Up Onlinel www.LocalNeLcom :/.. Gall Ioday & Save! 489-3365 issues affecting the district on By RYAN LANCASTER Staff Reporter The Medical Lake School Board had a light agenda at last Tuesday's meeting, allow- ing time for staff reports on everything from a state audit of district finances to curriculum mapping. ..... : But first there was punch, cake and Superintendent Pam Veltri's reading of a proclama- tion declaring January 2011 as Washington School Board Recognition Month. Veltri ex- pressed her appreciation to board members for their guid- ance over the past year, par- ticularly with construction projects. "I can't think of any district that has all of their facility needs met and we're going to be there in about a year from now with the leadership that you pro- vide," she said. The board then approved first readings of a short list of action items, including a policy allowing doctor prescribed local and state levels nicotine therapy aids for smok- ing cessation to be on campus as long as they're checked in and administered at the school of- fice; a policy allowing students to request world languages credit if they demonstrate a langua:4 hnd dn aht to a policy on employee disclosure requirement s that says district applicants must reveal all iast criminal offenses, even those not explicitly mentioned on an application form. District business manager Don Johnson outlined how Medical Lake's fund balance has been measuring up to like sized districts during an ongo- ing statewide review. Auditors are looking at several elements of district budgets to see which may be struggling, but John- son said MLSD has a relatively healthy fund balance. Historically the state has stepped in when districts have been in financial trouble, but Johnson said Gov. Chris Gre- lion to help districts in the next biennium, making a large scale bail out unlikely. "Our state may not be able to do much, especially if one or more large districts go down," he said. Veltri took the opportunity to question the logic of having state auditors make sure school districts are solvent at the same time state legislators are looking for ways to further cut educa- tion funding. "You have to help me understand how that's good, sound business," she said. "We'll cut the districts so they go in the red then will give them money to bail them out? We have state agencies that aren't even talking to each other. I find that really disturbing." Johnson also gave an update on impact aid, which the district receives to make up for lost tax revenue of students living on Fairchild Air Force Base. Those numbers have been declining for the past decade - from 578 to 526 over the past year alone - as more military families move into off-base housing. Johnson said this could mean a impact aid next year, although some of that could be reclaimed due to the number of on-base housing units currently being renovated, Director of teaching and learning Dan Mueller summa- rized his campaign to create a curriculum map that will iden- tify which core standards are critical to student success across the district. He believes more emphasis should be placed on ideas that go beyond one test or a single class, saying the nation's current inclination toward a "mile wide and inch deep" cur- riculum is failing to adequately prepare students by trying to cover too much content. "We're not eliminating stan- dards here, we're just prioritiz- ing them," he said. Mueller is working with teachers and ad- ministrators to complete a cur- riculum map for mathematics by March and will follow that with maps for other subjects down the line. The board also heard a presentation by high school principal John McSmith, who Modern dentistry with 01d fashioned care ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS Airway Heights Family Dentistry 9713 W. Sunset Hwy. 509-456-4220 Have you reed the newspaper Fi00g PRESS CALL 235-6184 TO SUBSCRIBE Day nner FURNACE & FUEL, INC. PLAN AHEAD: Keep your family warm and worry free with Banner's Guardian Plan. 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