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Page 2 i School Report November 18, 1982 Principal serves two A unit on newspapers is taught at Salnave Elementary School. Sixth graders study newspaper style ability level. The students are highly moti- vated to perform various tasks, using the newspaper. Our class has enjoyed homemade "goodies" baked by students with recipes found in the newspaper. Songs have been composed and sung by the class with the theme having been taken from a news- paper article. Interviews have been conducted. Plays have been written and performed. Critical thinking skills have been utilized in many ways. The newspaper, which is a continuous, daily, current source of news and enjoyment, has been easily assimilated in our class- room these past two weeks. !i Newspapers contain an endless amount of materials that can be used for instructional purposes in the classroom. The sixth grade class at Salnave Elementary School is currently involved in a unit using the newspaper as a catalyst. In this unit, the students are able to explore and apply relationships between events printed in the newspaper and the real world. The thirty six activities in this unit offer a variety of individual tasks ranging from easy to diffi- cult. It includes a wide variety of subjects found in the newspaper allowing each student to find something of interest to them. This enabl ach student to achieve regardless of their Cheney High School teacher Randy Hazeltine helps adults with a com- puter class as part ot a structured Adult Education Program. Most of the recent studies about what makes a good school list the presence of a good principal as a major contributing factor. He/ she influences the climate where boys and girls learn. Basic skills are stressed when the principal thinks they are important, and discipline in the building reflects the principal's philosophy. Because of shortfalls in state funding, it has been necessary to have one principal responsible fo/" two schools. How are we compensating to provide the necessary leadership this year at Betz and Salnave Elementary Schools? Additional responsibil- ity has been given assistants Alma Hornfelt at Betz and Gail Moos at Salnave. They handle much of the administrative detail, while the principal's top priorities are instruction, curri- culum, community relations and student guidance and discipline. The Betz/Salnave principal is also relieved of district responsi- bilities such as committee work. Time to be available to parents, ?, 'ii Bill Hibbard has been busy this fall serving as and Betz elementary schools. Assisting him Hornfelt and Gail Moos. teachers" and students is the Although frustrating part of this admini- for one strative organization, but parents ideal we have been understanding, tinue teachers have compensated and education the students' needs have been Betz and met. Schools. Garden Springs school Garden Springs is in its fifth year as a small primary school. The school provides a more personal atmosphere in which the children are readily known to all staff and peers. It provides a transition between home and a large school with several hund- red children. Garden Springs offers each child the opportunity to readily establish a school identity because he/she is well known to everyone involved with the school. Warm relationships are quickly established among the children, children and the staff, and members of the staff. There is a spirit of cooperation apparent in the "whole school" projects that can be done with all the children able to make a visible contribution. Since Garden Springs is a unit of a larger district, curriculum materials are the same. It does not have to struggle on its own financially, and it provides for a variety of group activities. These rewarding projects include quilt making, collecting cans and newspapers towards the put- Garden Springs Elementary School atmosphere within a chase of needed school equip- grassy ment, and Christmas programs with speaking parts for every child, asset; Garden Springs has a spacious outdoor setting and is located in an area This where the soil is sub-irrigated fostering j which allows for a beautiful and Class stresses self-i Adult classes slated The Cheney School District Adult Education program is oper- ated in cooperation with the Washington State Community College District 17. Classes are taught in a non-competitive, in- formal atmosphere where inter- est in learning is the central consideration. No exams are required, no grades are assigned, and no credits are given. This program is designed to meet the needs of the adults in our community. The Cheney School District encourages and appreciates suggestions from our patr(ns as to what type of classes should be offered by our Adult Education program. Some of our most popular courses such as: Micro-Computers, Woodworking, Welding and Metal Shop, Aerobic Dancing, Business Skills Lab and Accounting are a result of citizen input. The only limitation that our program has is the minimum enrollment requirement placed on it by the Washington State Community College District 17. Any vocational or academic class can be offered providing it has a minimum of 15 students enrolled. For physical education classes 20 students are needed in order for the class to be taught. Adult Education classes are offered three times a year. The first session is in the Fall (Octo- ber to December). The second session is in the Winter (January to March), and the third is in the Spring (March to May). What's this I hear, self-image concepts are being taught in conjunction with eighth grade Language Arts at Cheney Junior High? That's Right! It is the junior high's philosophy that students should be able to take some real pride in themselves. This is brought about by explor- ing the following areas: SAT scores reported up The College Board a few weeks ago announced that, for the first time in 19 years, average scores in both the verbal and math sections rose this year in their Scholastic Achievement testing orogram. SAT scores have been dropping nationally since 1963. However, west- ern states, including Washington, have had higher scores all along. The following shows how Cheney rated this year compared to the other western states and the national, overall scores. Cheney Western States National Average Verbal 487 432 426 Math 507 480 467 Reading Comprehension 48.8 43.3 42.7 Vocabulary 48.0 43.0 42.6 Written English 46.4 42.9 42.3 1) 2) 3) ing  6) 7) Be In esteem, and and student people'S their 4) use 5) Be