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/ : / r t,' By AL STOVER Staff Reporter Medical Lake School District is ahead of the curve, at least in terms of testing. The Washington state Office of Superintendent Instruction released the preliminary results from the spring 2015 Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) tests in English, Language Arts and Mathematics. Medical Lake was one of many districts across the state that took part in Smarter 'Bal- anced Assessment for the first time this year. The SBA is a computer exam that charts a student's success or failures as they move through questions. It also aligns with Common Core State Standards. In preliminary test scores, Medical Lake scored higher than the state average in third, fourth, fifth, eighth and 11th grades. The district was be- low the state average in both sixth-grade ELA and math test scores, and seventh-grade math scores. "We are still looking at pre- liminary data," Kim Headrick, director of teaching and learn- ing said. "There's a reconcilia- tion window that is open from A g. 28 until Sept. 14. That's also when the state will update school report cards." In a news release, OSPI Su- perintendent Randy Dorn was pleased with the SBA results. "Statewide results beat our predictions," Dorn said in the dist/' implemented various pro J..i ms to help students be- come proficient in rigor~dnd relevance. "Our teachers and staff have worked extra hard, not that anyone else's haven't," Head- rick said. "I attribute the scores to the dedication of staff and students, as well as the hard work in our educational com- munity." release. "That says .th at ......... students are capable of learn- ing our new standards, which are designed to make sure "stu- dents are ready for career and college." OSPI also released the Mea- surements of Student Progress science exam scores for fifth and "eighth-grades. Medical Lake students scored higher than the district average in both fifth-grade (75 compared to 63.3 percent) and eighth-grade (70 percent compared to 60.6 percent). I2Ieadrick said the district was pleased how its students performed compared to the state average. Last year the Headrick said the district is still waiting on the end-of- course biology test results. Staff will use data it received to develop building plans for the school year. The district will also be looking at the interim comprehensive smarter bal- anced testing to see where stu- dents are .and what areas staff should focus on, "One of the things we're implementing is the one-hour late start release time on Fri- days, which will also give staff a chance to analyze data and building needs," Headrick said. Al Stover can be reached at al@cheneyfreepress.com. 'Y''' !i !: i ~ ~! ::i;:: .::%1 iii~iii!!:::; , Contributed photo Kathy Brainard Cheney High School students pictured in Innsbruck, Austria, are left to right Kristie McGourin, Kaetlyn Blazon, Mackenzie Hilzendeger, Nick Hilzendeger, Sonora Hetrick, Emily Howard, Sami Zakrzewski along with leader Kathy Brainard. Cheney stud nts Photo by John McCallum Educator class of 2015 A number of new educators hired by the Cheney School District went through orientation last Thursday, Aug. 20, at Cheney Middle School. Educators shown above, but not in any order, are Susan LaBarre, Charlene Cox, Bryn Swenson, Kelsey Brown, Linda Sams, Jennifer Ireland, Ashley Mortenson, Megan McCormick, Jeff VanHorne, Jennifer Thorson, Lisa Steger, Alexia Tchemitcheff, Rachel Luse, Kimberly Cree, Lisa Folie, Tanya Amdal, Lisa Chan, Eileen Mager, Tract Trotter, Kristin Dobb, Heather Carpen- ter, Emma Mortenson, Samantha Jones, Samuel Coleston, Eric Beisley, Lisa Wilcox, Me!issa Hawley, Sarah James, Ethan Unlant, Alicia Low, Jennifer Haynes, Courtney Root, Katherine Potter, Serena Geiger, Jeff Smith, Trina Scanapico, Ashley Krueger and Patty Burton. uropean tour Patterson Hall earns LEED certification FROM NEWS SERVICE REPORTS Cheney High School German lan- guage teacher Kathy Brainard took seven CHS students and one parent to Europe for a 15-day sightseeing and education opportunity this past June. The group visited seven countries along with the cities of Am- sterdam, Heidelberg, Munich, Innsbruck, Venice, Verona, Lu- cerne, Colmar, Mun- ster, Paris and London. The group went with EF Educational Tours, a company that Brainard said she regularly uses to set up these trips. This was Brainard's : eighth trip to Europe with Cheney High School students. Eastern Washington Uni- versity's Patterson Hall has received environmental certifi- cation for its sustainable design by the U.S. Green Building Council. Patterson earned gold certification from the Leader- ship in Energy and Environ- mental Design (LEED) program, which the council sponsors. EWU's largest academic building, Patterson Hall, is lo- cated next to the Pence Union Building (PUB) in the heart of the EWU campus. Starting in 2010, the hall began a $57 million reconstruction project wl~ich involved stripping the building to its foundation. The building's sustainable design is highlighted by a new glass facade that surrounds the 34,000 square feet added to the structure, which reopened in January 2014. Patterson's environmen- tally-friendly construction and landscaping met the minimum standards for LEED gold cer- tification. The LEED program promotes the use of low en- vironmental impact materials and design methods, as well as giving special attention to nat- ural lighting, low maintenance landscaping and other envi- ronmentally sensitive products and designs. The University Recreation Center, completed in 2008, has also earned LEED gold certifi- cation. Sweet Cantaloupes sold whole club price: $1.67 ea. 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