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CHENEY FREE PRESS .... Thursday, July 23,2015 Medical with District and city to launch before-school program in fall "We also want to extend pro- gramming into the middle school. We want to have stuff for kids to By AL STOVER do. We try and do a lot with the Staff Reporter Starting in the fall, Medical Lake School District school district." teachers will have a one-hour late start release time Medical Lake Mayor John Higgins on Friday mornings to give them additional work and collaboration time. One of the concerns for this was to create a The pilot program is the latest collaboration be- place for younger students to go if they cannot be tween the school and city as Parks and Recreation at home because their parents have to work in the currently uses the school's buildings for many of its morning. Part of this was solved for students living activities throughout the gear. at Fairchild Air Force Base as the Youth and Child Earlier this year, Higgins was instrumental in Development centers will be open earlier on Friday helping the district acquire a school resource of- mornings, ricer. For students living in Medical Lake, the school "It's been a fantastic year, we've built all of these district is getting some help on that front from the partnerships with the community," Ames said. local Parks and Recreation Department. "From local groups like Dollars for Scholars to the Theschool district and the department is launch- food bank, and now the city. We're creating part- ing a pilot before-school program on Friday morn- nerships and looking at what we can do to increase ings at Hallett Elementary this fall. programs available for kids." Mayor John Higgins and Ashlee King, Parks In addition to helping the school, Higgins sees and Recreation director, met with Superin- the pilot program as a way to extend Parks and tendent Tim Ames to discuss the bare bones Recreation's own programs. of the program. Although the details are still "We also want to extend programming into the being worked out, King said the program will middle school," Higgins said. "We want to have stuff focus on providing activities and breakfast for for kids to do. We try and do a lot with the school students. She will work with Hallett Principal district." Cindy McSmith on the program's week-to-week King said she met with Parks Commit- operations, tee members Laura Parson and John Paiku- "This will benefit families with a lack of options li, who were both supportive of the project. for kids," King said. "They were curious and had some questions as it's a Photo by AI Stover Pioneer Park Playground A new piece of playground equipment was recently installed at Pioneer Park in Medical Lake. The wooden playground equipment previously at the park was vandalized in late 2014. The new equip- ment is geared toward school-age children and cost the city $20,000. pilot project, but they don't see it as an issue for the city," King said. The school district will gather community input on the program throughout the year. If successful, it could lead to a future before-and after-school program. "We'd like to see before and after school programs in the future," Ames said. "Hallett has after-school sports and math programs but there isn't much to of- fer for the kindergarteners through third-graders." AI Stover can be reached at al@cheneyfreepress. com. rennan and Nanny named t school district positions The Cheney School District has Brennan recently completed her is near and dear to my heart as an as implementation 6f the Common named Celina Brennan and Nicole principal certification program at educator, parent and leader." Core State Standards for English Nanny to new positions within the EWU, serving in an administrative Nanny received a bachelor's Language Arts for the District. Her district, internship at Salnave, providing degree in education from Northern previous duties included tl e coor- According to news releases, support and leadership for schoolArizona University in 1990, and dination of all district assessments, Brennan was named the new prin- staff, a master's degree in educationalincluding state-mandated assess- cipal at Salnave Elementary School While at Salnave she also pro- leadership from NAU in 1996. Shements, along with development on June 24 while Nanny became vided instructional leadership recently completed her principaland expansion of instructional the new director of teaching and throughout the district by helping certification from EWU, and has programs such as the K-12 World learning July 9. lead efforts to improve literacy in- served in the district for the past Languages program and K-12 So- Brennan graduated from Eastern struction in Cheney schools as part six years, most recently as assistant cial Studies scope and sequence. Washington University in 2002 of the Literacy Leaderships Team,principal/humanities coordinator In her letter to the hiring com- with a bachelor's degree in educa- helping teachers develop effective at Cheney Middle School and prior mittee, Nanny expressed her core tion, and from Whitworth Univer- reading instruction strategies and to that as the district's humanities beliefs as "1) As an educational sity in 2010 with a master's degree, aligning district instruction with curriculum and assessment coordi- leader, I believe in people...not She has taught at Salnave for nine state standards, nator. She has also been an eighth- programs, 2) I believe in demon- years, and in 2011 was named a "I hold high expectations for grade language arts teacher and'Strating respect and dignity...all recipient of the Outstanding Young staff and students, and I am d edi* middle school science coach: day, every day...for everyone, 3) Educator of the Year Award from cated to supporting continuous According to the news release,I have high expectations and 4) I the Washington State Association improvement for all learners," Nanny has provided leadership believe we all have a commitment for Supervision and Curriculum Brennan said in a letter to the dis- in the development of standards-to keeping students at the center of Development. trict hiring committee. "Salnave based report cards for K-5, as well all decisions." Garcia to sewe on Eastern board of trustees as student represenative FROM STAFF AND A 2011 graduate of to work with the board NEWS SERVICE Granger High School of trustees to help all REPORTS in the Yakima Valley, students Succeed." Eastern Washington Garcia has been very Garcia presented re- University will have aactive in promoting search at the National Con- new student voice on diversity at Eastern, ference on Undergraduate its board of trustees,serving as the Diversi- Research (NCUR)at East- Washington Gov. Jay ty Outreach Represen- ern in April. She has also InsleehasappointedEWU tative the Associ, helped organize several s eni o r ated Students of EWU campus events to advo- Mariana (ASEWU) as well as cate for higher educa- Garcia president of M.E.Ch.A.tion for all students and as the She is also part of the hosted a radio show on student TRiO Ronald McNair KYRS Community Radio repre, Post Baccalaureate inSpokane. sentative Achievement Program, She will graduate to the which prepares under- next June with a bach- board, LaWrence represented minority elors of arts in interna- replac- Wittner undergraduates for tional affairs. ing the graduate school. "I'm delighted that graduating Francisco . "EWU has been a Mariana Garcia is join- "Frank"Navarro. beacon of hope for ing the board," EWU Garciaofficiallyjoined me," Garcia, who is president Mary Cul- PhotobyAIStover the board July l, tookpart the first in her fam- linan said. "She will A gathering of Blackhawks in the recent vote to ap- ily to attend college, provide insights and Many former Cheney High School students from various eras flocked to Sal- prove the 2016 fiscalyear said in a news release. :perspectives that will nave Park for the annual CHS Alumni Picnic, sponsored by the Cheney High °peratingbudgetandwill"EWU has given me help the university School Alumni Association. continue serving through the tools to accomplish continue to support our June 30, 2016. my goals. I am excitedstudents' success." 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