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" cHENEYFREE PRESS ' '. Thursday, Septernb t '1,7, 20115 ,; ,:::: enrofl,ment in first d r By AL STOVER S taff Reporter The Cheney School District's enrollment num- bers continue to grow. At its Sept. 9 meeting, the Cheney School Board received its first look at enrollment numbers for the beginning of the 2015-16 school year. Kassidy Prob- ert, the district's executive director of finance, said the district currently has 4,323 full-time equivalent students, which is 16 over what the district budgeted for this year. "We had some students who did not show up for the first week of school," Probert said. "We are about 160 more students than last year." Probert added that all-day kindergarten has increased the numbers at Snowdon and Windsor elementary schools. There is also an increase of 30 more third-graders than last year while there were drops in the first-grade (13) and fourth-grade (18) classes. The middle schools have 27 more students than last year while high school has remainedperintendent Sean Dotson informed the board that even. language in the policy regarding classroom manage- In action items, the board renewed the interlocal ment discipline and corrective action was revised agreement between the district and city of Cheney and focuses on fair, nondiscriminatory practices. It for its school resource officer program. The only also protects students in disciplinary procedures and change to the agreement is the 2.7 percent cost of focuses on returning them to the classroom as soon living increase, as possible. Director James Whiteley said he has talked and A policy regarding child abuse, neglect and ex- interacted with the officer, Sgt. Kelly Hembach, a lot ploitation prevention" was also updated to make during his time as the district's PSO. sure that the definition of abuse includes both adult- "He's great guy, he does a great job and he's ev- to-student and student-to-student. erywhere," Whiteley said. "Another clarification is that when a staff member The board approved an agreement with the city to is investigating, they are not looking at a child's men- renew the ECHO program at Windsor and Snowden. tal state," Dotson said. "Our job is to report and we'll The district will reserve adequate space from Monday let Child Protective Services investigate." through Friday, before school beginning at 6:15 a.m. Dotson added that when staff reports an abuse to 8:15 a.m. -- with an extension to 9:15 a.m. on late case, they are free of liability, even if it's unfounded. start days - and after school from 3-6 p.m. On the other hand, if staff does not report abuse, they The board approved the renewal Of the transitional can be held liable. bilingual program. In board policies, assistant su- Al Stover can be reached at al@cheneyfreepress.com. Medical ke Hi h School band welcomes new freshmen By AL STOVER Staff Reporter The Medical Lake High School band welcomed new some faces this year - 21 to be exact. The 21 freshmen are just some of the new changes to this year's band, which total s66 students, and who are gearing up for a busy year. Craig Johnson, director of the middle school and high school bands, said part of the appeal is having the high school students tour and perform in front of middle school and elementary stu- dents at the different build- ings. "The elementary and mid- dle school students see that the band is performing well and having a fun time, which inspires them to join when they come to high school," Johnson said. Johnson added that this Photo by Al Stover The sounds of instruments can be heard behind the the Medical Lake High School auditoum as students practice every morning during class. year's band is a fun group, but Isherwood, a junior, took also intense, over the position from his "They want to be success- brother Kris Isherwood, who ful," Johnson said. graduated last year though he One of the changes to this still offers advice to his young- year's band is new drum major er brother when he needs it. Nick Isherwood. Isherwood credits Johnson's dedication and teaching factors A new addition to the band is 'that inspire middle school stu- the advanced drum line, which dents to join band when they will perform during halftime reach high school, shows and at various events. "This is the biggest bandThe band is preparing for we've had in a while," Isher- 2016 WMEA (Washington Mu- wood said. "There are a lot of sic Educators Association) All- talented freshmen this year State Honor Groups auditions, who are pushing the rest of the Oct. 1, as well as the solo/en- band to do well, and as upper- semble festivalin February. The classmen we help them." band will also perform in jazz Johnson said the freshmenfestivals at Whitworth Univer- are making good progress and sity, Eastern Washington Uni- he is looking forward to this versity and the Lionel Hampton year. Jazz Festival. Other upcoming "Though we are a small performances include the Oct. school we can entertain and 10 EWU football game against put on a great performance," Cal Poly, at the Spokane Vet- Johnson said. "It should be a erans Home in November and fun year." at the Inland Northwest Honor Other returning band mere- Flight, Sept. 22. bers who have stepped into "In the past we've gotten leadership roles this year in- a few letters from families, clude Kai Wright, the newthanking the band," Isherwood band president; Sofia Novo- said. "It's one of the most re- chekhov,, vice president/pub- warding things we do." lic relations and Emma Davis, Al Stover can be reached at secretary, al@chenevfreepress.com, Calvert and Hickman bring many ambitions to AL STOVER spoke with 2015 graduate Connor the speech writing and leadership StaffReporter Pratt, who was a student adviser skills do come into play." Improving Cheney High lastyear, about applying. BothCalvert~sandHickman's School and bringing their peers' Hickman is active in several duties include gathering informa- voices to the forefront are pri- clubs, induding drama, the Writ- tion such as upcoming events fa'om orities new student advisers, junior ers Club and Future Business differentbufldings, adminis ators Bridget Calvert and senior Tea Leaders of America. She also and student dubs, and bringing it Hickman, bring to the Cheneyserved on the student council, to the board. SchoolBoard. Like Calvert' staff and admims" tra- "We can talk to the school Both Calvert and Hickman tors advised Hickman to apply to board about what high school and are involved in school in different the board. ASB are doing and vice versa," ways. Calvert is a PBIS (Positive "We both have a lot of different Hickmansaid. Behavior Intervention Support) ves and are involved with Both Calvert and Hickman student executive and the junior different dubs," Hickman said. have had a good experience on representative on ASB and she also Both Calvert and Hickman the board so far. They feel board played tennis. Last year she went filled out applications and an- members are interested in what undefeated during the regular sea- swered questions asking how they students have to say. son and finished third in districts, would contribute to their school "I feel like I can share my "As a freshman, I wasn't in- and interviewed with the school ideas" Calvert said. volved much in schooL" Calvert board. A goal Calvert and Hickman said. "I decided to get more in- Both Calvert and Hickman both have is to get the community volved and became treasurer of credit leadership experience and involved with the school as much my sophomore class, then joined dedication as factors that helped as possible. They also want to raise ASB." preparethemforjoiningtheschool student awareness about what is What led Calvert to become a board, happening at board meetings. student adviser beganwithsearch- "Leadership gives you the tools "It's important to be involved ing for scholarship optx3rtunities, to do this but you also need to get and raising awareness," Hickman Along the way, staff suggested more involved yourself," Hick- said. Calvert apply for a student adviser man said. "You need to reach out Al Stover can be reached at position on the board. She also and improve communication. All a/ ss.com. chool board Photo by AI Stovet Cheney School Board student advisers Bridget Calvert (left) and Tea Hickman both want to enhance the communi- cation between high school students and the board. Alumni dinner to help raise money for high school FFA club ByAL STOVER tending meetings and tion and we felt it was Staff Reporter helping students with money well spent," Netz It's going to be a night tasks such as livestock said. of music and fun at the judging. Netz said theIn addition to raising Cheney Rodeo Grounds. group started the dinner funds for trips, the din- Cheney Future Farm- two years ago as a way to nets also provide money ers of America Alumni help pay for Cheney FFA for scholarships. Association is having their students to attend state The event is for people third annual dinner and and national conventions. 21 and over and doors benefit auction, Oct. 3. All Last year, the FFA Club open at 5 p.m. with din- proceeds from the event used proceeds from thener starting at 6 p.m. willgo toward the Cheney event to pay for two stu- Tickets are $20 and can High School FFA. dents to attend a national be purchased at Cheney Walt Netz, of the leadership conference in Feed and Tack or from Cheney FFA Alumni, said Washington D.C. Netz at (509)995-3028. the association works "Those students cameAl Stover can be reached with the high school, at- back with a lot of inspira- at al@chenevfreepress.com. EWU gallery to showcase Cheney art By AL STOVER in several mediums ferent aspects of the Staff Reporter including paintings,community, from the Cheney locals who photography, tapes- downtown area to are interested in view- try, sculptures and the farmlands. ing artwork by their multimedia. "Our goal was to neighbors will get "We've had quite include the Cheney a chance in the next a few submissions ofcommunity in any month, all mediums and we way we can," Baker The Eastern Wash- are very pleased," said. "We have a ington University Elizabeth Baker, wholot of artists in the Downtown Art Gal- works in the EWU community andthey lery is hosting the Student Affairs Office, need to come out of "Everything Cheney" said. the woodwork." art show, which runs Baker said "Every- A l S t o v e r fromOct. 2toNov. 20. thing Cheney," will can be reached at Works on display will have works that fea-al@cheneyfreepress. be from local artists ture and embody dif-com.