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,, CHENEY FREE PRESS Thursday, May 14, 2015 Chene r By JOHN McCALLUM Editor Gregg Hare has been named the new athletic di- rector and assistant principal at Cheney High School. Hare replaces current athletic director and assistant principal Jim Missel, who is retiring at the end of June after 33 years in education, 14 years of which were at Cheney High School. According to a Cheney School District news re- lease May 7, Hare is currently a social studies teacher and athletic director at the Mead School District's Mountainside Middle School. He is a 2007 graduate of Whitworth University, a 2009 graduate with a master's degree from Walden University and recently "pursued" his principal certification at Eastern Wash- ington University. Since coming to Mountainside in 2007, Hare has developed a "diverse background in coaching" as athletic director. Hare has coached boys and girls sports that include basketball, football softball and volleyball. "I feel it is vital to have a program that encourages maximum student participation, for studies show that athletic participation helps develop a well-rounded individual," Hare wrote in his application letter. "I firmly believe that this approach, in addition to some new ideas, will allow the Blackhawk athletic program not only to build upon the strong tradition of excel- lence that is synonymous with Cheney High School, but also allow the program to soar to new heights." Hare will begin his new position in July. Missel also announced the hiring of several new coaches. Current health and fitness teacher Gregg Smith has been named the new boys basketball head coach. A graduate of Eastern Washington University where he was a member of the Eagle men's 2004 NCAA tournament team as a senior, Smith has also been a part of the Blackhawks basketball program in the past since coming to the high school in 2006, serv- ing as assistant coach and coach of the junior varsity and C squads. Missel also said Derek Slaughter had been named Blackhawk boys cross country head coach, replacing long-time coach Jay Martin. A graduate of Western Washington University with a bachelor's of arts degree in social studies and history, Slaughter is in his first year teaching at CHS after one year at Moses Lake High School. He was an assistant on the Blackhawks cross country team and is currently an assistant on the track team, coaching distance runners. Missel said he has a couple more head coaching slots to fill including the head coach of the new Black- hawks gymnastics team. John McCallum can be reached at jmac@cheneyfreepress. com. arni comp journey with colleg Mother, daughters will all graduate from EWU June 13 By PAUL DELANEY Staff Reporter The family that stays together, well ummm...graduates together? That seems to be the way of life for a trio of Eastern Washington University students who receive their diplomas Saturday, June 13 at Roos Field. Two generations of the Beals family will walk one last time through campus, ending what is at least an initial journey of both miles and time that will see them earn undergraduate degrees. Led by mom, Jana Beals and her two daughters, Sharon Chapin and Olivia Beals, the trio will fit the profile of that typical EWU graduate - be- coming the first in their family to earn degrees. Olivia Beals, 21, led the group to Eastern. "I traditionally came after high schooL" she said. Mom and sis followed after starting their higher education at Clark College in Vancouver, Wash. "We decided to apply to Eastern, we go in and we moved the entire family," ,( haiaJn said. That happened in 2012 as she gathered up her three children and, along with her mom, landed in the West Plains. Jana lives in Four Lakes. While Beals and daughter Olivia are still in school wrapping up loose ends of their respective degrees, the 34- year-old Chapin is enjoying life, having completed her studies in spring quarter. Photo by Paul Delaney (From left to right) Sharon Chapin, Oana and Olivia Beals will complete a family journey that has involved both miles and years when they graduate June 13 from Eastern Washington University. "I made it to where I could walk with she would like to earn a masters degree these guys in June," Chapin said. Beals, in family marriage therapy. however, admitted she had to double Technical communications - a up on classes in order to complete her course of study that includes writing, degree, editing, public relations along with Chapin has a government/pre-law graphic and web design - was the degree and will take time off until her path Jana Beals took after reinventing oldest daughter, a Cheney High junior, herself in her second life following a graduates. Then she will likely pursue previous career in office management law school and concentrate on corpo- and bookkeeping. rate law. "My storyline is my first career was "I'm kinda' just lettirtg my brain not something to put food on the table and be mush anymore, studying," Chapinpay the bills," Beals said. "If I'm going said. to invest money in an education I want Olivia Beals will take a degree into do something that's fun, that I enjoy, applied developmental psychology into and this so far is super fun, and I can an internship in Australia with Cru, or make a living at it." Campus Crusade for Christ. Ultimately Beals would like nothing more than to do that with either the Equal Op- portunity Commission in Washington, D.C., or the best-case scenario in Char- lotte, N.C. with NASCAR. Beals, 56, was inspired to go to school by Chapin. "I thought if she can do it I can do it," Beals said. "I wanted something better for my life." Beals followed Chapin to school where her daughter was "friendly competition" for her mother. Perhaps the most arduous path to a degree was that taken by Chapin, whose husband, Jeffrey, passed away some years ago. Following her husband's death, Chapin said "I met Clark SchoU II who really has been my rock for the past four years. He is my other set of hands and has made life so much better." The two met in Vancouver and he was, "willing to jump on this crazy train with me and the kids and has been such a blessing," Chapin said. Olivia Beals" life is quite simple by comparison as the former resident assistant at Pierce and Dressler Halls has one dependent, her fish, named Jamal. Family moves are nothing new for Beals, a native of San Diego, Calif. who first packed up the clan in 1993 and moved to be near her sister in Tacoma. When she moved to Vancouver 11 years later, Chapin quickly followed and once again the family was together until Olivia's move to attend EWU. Paul Delaney can be reached at pdelaney@cheneyfreepress.com. Medical Lake School District to begin late start on Fridays in September By AL STOVER Teachers will still meet in tional release time has helped "We want to make sure toare open on Friday mornings," Staff Reporter their professional learning their districts, let the community know that Ames said. The Medical Lake School communities. "Most of the school dis- this isn't just an extra planning He added that the district District is taking steps to help Superintendent TimAmes tricts in Spokane County period for our teachers," Ames is going to apply for a 21st teachers address new district explained that the late start have some kind of late start said. Century grant to help pay for initiatives, as well as federal will give teachers additional program," Ames said. "Medi- Ames knows the late start before- and after-school pro- and state educational stan- time for targeted profes- cal Lake has done a nice job will impact families, par-grams at Hallett Elementary dards - one of them being sional learning, as well as without having release time, ticularly those who rely' on and the middle school. additional prep time. help them keep up-to-date but the demands right now school care for their children. Ames hopes the extra time At its April 28 meeting, the with the changes to federal are so high." The district is contacting lo- will not only give staff more Medical Lake school board and state mandates for de-The district conducted sur-cal daycares, libraries, parks time to transfer and implement approved an agreement to veloping curriculum such as veys and meetings with staff, and recreation departmentsprograms new programs, but provide release time for staff the further implementationasking them what resources and other community pro- also help them work on instruc- - a one-hour late start on of the new teacher-princi-they could provide that would grams to provide a place for tional framework and be "more Friday mornings - beginning pal evaluation system and be helpful. Ames said all of the children to go if they cannot proficient." in September of the 2015-16 the new Washington State surveys and meetings had a be at home because their "It also gives teachers more school year. Learning Standards - Com- common answer - more time. parents have to work in the time to dig deep on new les- Under the agreement, mon Core. The district is working morning, sons," Ames said. "Whenyou teachers will arrive at their Ames said he met with on a communication plan to "We've alreadytalkedwithonly have 30 minutes, you buildings 30 minutes early Cheney School District Super- inform the community about Fairchild (Air Force Base) and sometimes just get to scratch and work for an hour. Prin- intendent Dr. Deb Clemens, as the release time in hopes of they're willing to adjust the the surface." cipals and administration well as other school adminis- making the transition an easy time when the Youth CenterAl Stover can be reached at will oversee the late start, trators to discuss how addi- one. and Child Development Center al@cheneyfreepress.com. 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