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in the life of an art teacher not always For many activi- time. art teacher, and assist- Mar- her out of at she checks meetings lessons must come in up time rings, roll is recited and the bulletin read. In the art room, students work on painting, draw- ing, sculpting, silkscreening, clay working and lettering. The 55- minute classes seem to fly by as Margaret presents lessons, cri- tiques projects and tries to spend some time with each student. Cheney High School breaks for a 40-minute lunch from 12:20 to 1 p.m. For many teachers involved in extra-curricular activities, eating is not always possible at lunch. Many a cheerleading practice, class or club meeting is held at this time. The 3 p.m. bell declares that the school day is over -- for some, but not for all. Margaret is in charge of three cheerleading squads. The cheerleaders meet two to four afternoons a week for two-hour practices. Traveling to games sometimes means that Margaret doesn't arrive home until 2 a.m. We have an active, enthusiastic staff in the Cheney School Dis- trict, where a large part of the faculty dedicate many extra hours to their students. Tech- nically, the school day is from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.; but for many teachers, it is longer not because it has to be, but because they have chosen it to be. Our staff enjoys young people and is willing to offer many hours of extra service to help make our school experiences rich and re- warding for students. and its Post #72 faculties )osts were Week. do what- the of an our in colors at Windsor Elementary School winners in the Energy Awareness Poster Contest, from front left, are Tim Porter and Michael Bowden. In back are Roy Cowan, Joe Vigil and Nancy Ryan. Wr'trhlooi Windsor students oppor- 00oys to enter poster contest again being Y as part of class. is in its well there situations students in real students In the fall of each school year, Fairchild Air Force Base spon- sors an Energy Awareness Poster Contest. This involves pupils in grades three, four, five and six throughout the Cheney and Medical Lake school districts and includes schools at Fairchild Air Force Base. The theme is always Energy Conservation Awareness around the home and community. Stu- dents in the above grades can think of ways to conserve energy, gather ideas and facts and put these in a poster format. The medium used is crayon, felt pens, or colored pencils. The poster size is 12x18 drawing paper of white or manila color. This year, there were over 400 entrants, and Windsor School had the following winners: Roy Cowan, first place sixth grade; Joe Vigil, second place sixth grade; Mike Bowden, second place third grade; Nancy Ryan, honorable mention fifth grade; and Tim Porter, honorable mention third grade. All the winners, their parents and teachers were invited to a dessert and awards ceremony at F.A.F.B where they were presented with trophies, ribbons, money certifi- cates and other prizes. This is another way our school takes part in community affairs and attempts to teach important ideas and concerns to our fine boys and girls. November 18, 1982 School Report ilii Page 7 Cheney School District has set up committees to review reading and science program learning materials this year. Groups review school programs During the 1982-83 school year, the district will have two com- mittees reviewing elementary programs. One committee will consider elementary reading K-3, while the other will look at scmnce 4-6. Both committees will be looking at program adoptions for the 1983-84 school year. While the committee is at the specific grade levels mentioned for 1983-84 adoption, the intent is to look at an entire program K-6. This will enable the other grades to get their materials for the 1984-85 school year. The first step in the process will be to review the district's philo- sophy and that needs to be es- tablished. Following this will be a complete review and assessment of specific learning objectives and evaluation processes. This will be done to provide the best possible program for our stu- dents. Once the above has been ac- complished, an evaluation of a variety of program materials will be taken to see which provides the best format and structure for meeting our goals and objectives. District staff who are working on the program include the fol- lowing: Science Committee--Sara Christopher, Windsor; Jim Myers, Sunset; Margaret Dolan, Betz; Mark Magers, Salnave; Bud Rollo, Windsor; Richard Dierckins, Windsor; and Roberta Ziemer, Windsor. Reading Committee--Richard Dierckins, Windsor; Raye Went- worth, Sunset; Debbie McLaugh- lin, Betz; Linda Peterson, Sal- nave; Tana Carosella, Windsor; Gall Moos, Salnave; Ron Cauvel, Windsor; Paul Wainright, Cheney Jr. High; and Carol Barber, Sunset. Future Farmers enter competitions The reasons Future Farmers of America (FFA) members par- ticipate in various contests vary from school to school. The results of a survey taken of several Cheney FFA members showed that motivation was a result of need for self-improve- ment. Many members stated that the most important gain was the interaction among participants from different schools. Friend- ships made on these activities last many years. The desire to improve their skills in the contest areas is another important factor. Live- Farmers of America as a group and the Cheney FFA Chapter in particular. During October, the Cheney FFA Chapter participated in two livestock judging contests: swine judging at Colfax and beef and sheep judging at the Spokane National Stock Show. At Colfax, the Cheney FFA team placed first out of 14 teams, and at the Spokane National Stock Show we placed ninth out of 24 teams. Junior High stock judging, crops identifica- II tion, meats contests, and land --" a-- "-$1ugenI5 explore mportant to education judging are examples of intereStareas where FFA members .world of food choose to compete. In traveling to are of the its crea- program Basic by since Kinder- 30 min- Week. The and the four for 90 ex- dura- inter- vals, melody, meter, range, rhythm, tempo, texture, tonality and tone color. These elements of music are introduced and re- inforced by listening and the experience of performance. Stu- dents are taught music reading through the playing of instru- ments such as bells, autoharp, recorders, percussion instru- ments and guitar. Playing these instruments provides an oppor- tunity to learn note names, note values, signs and symbols basic to understanding the language of music. These skills may event- ually lead to the mastery of a band instrument or aid in choral music reading at the junior high and senior mgh levels. In addition to gaining know- ledge of the academic aspects of music, the students are also encouraged to develop self-confi- dence, self-discipline and a sense of accomplishment through public performances during the Christmas and spring concert seasons. At the elementary level, vocal and instrumental skills are stressed. Finally, it is a major goal of the program to prepare the students not only for in- school musical experiences, but to foster a curiosity about the subject and a feeling of ease as they encounter musical ex- periences within the community and throughout their lifetime. and from contests, much dis- cussion is present pertaining to the landscape, agricultural methods, plant varieties, breeds of animals, and the effect that regulations have on production agriculture. An important point made by one FFA member was that in order to compete on a team, one must forget about 'T' and "me" and concentrate on "we". During activities and other events, members must forget about in- dividual differences and work for the benefit of all the members. The members also stressed the importance of making a good impression on the public to en- hance the respect for the Future Every year, some eighth grade students have the opportunity to explore both familiar and un- familiar foods in a Cooking Around the World elective class at Cheney Junior High. Learning the preparation of foods from several countries, as well as some of their customs and unusual cooking equipment is incorporated into the class. Guest demonstrators provide authen- ticity and enthusiasm. The culminating event is a meal featuring foods from many countries which are served to guests. The class is a fantastic way for teens who have an interest to develop their cooking skills and knowledge of the world of food.