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"CHENE / FREE PRESS" Thursday November :t.9, 2015 ' 'i~ i" ' ~"i'!~ in By AL STOVER Staff Reporter BothCheney and Medical Lake school districts are employing an electronic method to collect feedback. Last year both school districts contracted with Thoughtexchange to create a survey to help them understand the thoughts and concerns of staff, parents and community members as well as make sure they are meeting standards. Thoughtexchange is a national company that creates software to help entities engage the com- munity and discover insights from stakeholders. School districts from around the state, including Deer Park and Central Valley, use Thoughtex- change. The first step - Share - for both Cheney and Medical Lake in the Thoughtexchange process began in September. Both districts invited the community, all parents, staff and key communi- SADD aims t caters to share their concerns and appreciations some still had some concerns," Ames said. "We about the district, as well as submit a key idea on had 10 comments for one building." the forum. The second step -- Star - is where commu- "This was different than a normal survey," Dr. nity members review ideas people contributed Deb Clemens, Cheney School District superinten- and assign stars to the ones they think are most dent, said. "Instead of us asking a question, it's important. Cheney had approximately 45,000 stars open ended and anonymous. A parent can express assigned to various topics while Medical Lake had their concern with a specific school building, as 18,631 stars. well as the district as a whole." Both districts are currently in the Discover step Clemens added that some ideas might be more and are receiving information from Thoughtex- important for one school rather than the dis ict change. Clemens said staff will analyze the results as a whole, and present them to the community. Cheney will Cheney had approximately 1,600 thoughts also present the key ideas to the school board. Once shared while Medical Lake had 792. Some ofthe the board reviews the results, Cheney will start concerns related to nutrition, curriculums and another Thoughtexchange survey that will focus programming. Tim Ames, Medical Lake School on a specific theme the district selects. District Superintendent, said one of the specific "Schools are getting ready to present their concerns for his district was related to Late Start, improvement plans and we may have to go back which Medical Lake adopted earlier this year..~, Lots of parents appreciated the Late ~art, but~ ' !iii: See Thoughtexchange page 8 inform students bout ch and issues By AL STOVER Staff Reporter Teenagers have many opportuni- ties to make difficult, and sometimes dangerous choices. The Cheney High School's Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) chapter is there to help educate students in the challenges they face. SADD, which has been active on the Cheney campus for 33 years, originally stood for Students Against Drinking and Driving until 2006. Chapter presi- dent Rose Smith said Cheney is part of a larger organization. According to it's website, SADD has been the leading organization committed to savlng lives and empowering teens to stand strong against making destructive decisions for over 30 years. This year's SADD chapter has 30 members, a big improvement from last year according to Smith and new adviser Megan McCormick, who previously ran a similar club at an Idaho middle school where she previously taught. One of the reasons for the boost in membership, Smith said, was SADD became more spreading the word about the club and explaining to students why we do this," Smith said. "We also got more involved in school." Smith, who wants to work in exer- cise science and with athletes, joined SADD during her sophomore year at a friend's recommendation. "It means a lot to me to help students and help keep them safe, as well as see them smile," Smith said. Part of SADD's mission is to help educate students about the facts and consequences of underage smoking, drinking and drug use. For November, raising awareness about the dangers of impaired driving. This not only in- cludes driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, but also when some- one is operating a vehicle while texting, or when they are stressed or tired. Smith said happiness and anger can also affect someone's driving. "If you are super happy or if you're driving with road rage, you're less likely to take traffic laws into consideration," Smith said. "One of the reasons we fo- cus so much on driving is .that it can be hazardous, especially for teens." Smith also hopes the club can host SADD is creating posters for Tobacco a mock crash during some point in the Prevention Month that emphasizes the year. dangers of nicotine. In recent years, SADD has focused Although SADD focuses on pre- on other issues such as depression, venting and raising awadeness about bullying, violence and suicide preven- substance abuse among high school tion. Photo by A! Stover students, Smith said the chapter's "With suicide prevention, if we Cheney High School Students Against approach to this is to present the in-. started to address it now, more people formation to classmates and let them are going to be aware of it, it s going to Destructive Decisions chapter president make their own choices. She added that be more prevalent," Smith said. "We Rose Smith ...... the club will be working on activities (SADD) want to look at why suicide prevalent on campus in 2014 than in throughout the year such as the craft happens and create ways to hopefully years past. fair and bazaar fundraiser, avoid it." "Last year we did a better job of Another of SADD's mission is Al Stover can be reached at ii ........... ..... ........... ' ..... 1 estwood honors over 20 veterans Westwood Middle country's heroes in such a enjoy this'event, one in Schoolhonoredover 120vet- waythat staff and students which they feel truly hon- erans, Nov. 10, at its annual can all be very proud,ored, recognized, and ap- Veteran's Day Assembly. In an emafl, Westwood preciated," Elam said. "I Westwood'sWolverineteacher Randy Elam said always respond to them Pride leadership group the school received many by saying 'Thank you for planned and presented the positive comments fromyour service ... it's the assembly, and pulled off the veterans whowere least we can do to honor this very meaningful and honored, the sacrifices that you've beautiful recognition of our "I think they really made.'" Logan's discussion emphasizes importance of gender pronouns By AL STOVER Staft Reporter In recognition of Gender Awareness Week at East- ern Washington University, Lisa Logan, manager of the Women's Studies Center, facilitated a discussion, Nov. 16, about the different gender pronouns, how and why they are used. Logan explained that gen- der identity and expression are different things. Gender identity, is how an individual sees themselves - male, fe- male or neither - on the inside. Expression is how someone presents themselves to the world. Logan also talked about bi-gender, which is when a person will move between identifying as a male or female depending on the context. "Gender is socially con- structed, but it's also based on sex," Logan said. "Some gen- der identities match up with the gender they are born with. Some don't. Using the proper pronouns to address someone has to do with respect." Those who identify with the gender they are born with are considered gender-norma- I II I i '1 I I I IIYi il~l- II il i "[11 .......... -I ,:PhotobyAIStover~ HonOring those who served The Medical Lake High School Windbource choir (seen pictured) and bands paid tdbute to veterans at its an- nual Veteran's Day Program, Nov. 12. Alex Spangler 8th Grade Academic Student of the Week tire while those who do not are non-normative gender. Logan explained "they" is becoming more common to use as a singular pronoun but there are more that have been invented and used in language. Hen, which is a Swedish pro- noun, was recently included in the "Svenska Akademiens Ordlista," the official glossary of the Swedish Academy. "Language, like gender is always changing," Logan said. "The change has been pretty rapid recently, which is exciting." Logan added that it's im- Medical Lake :': Kiwanis " ' portant to ask someone what: "Asking them also lets pronoun they would like to be, them know you area safe per- addressed by. " ' son to talk tO, Logan ~aid. Nick France, manager of As for when someone the Pride Center, said he's~ slips and uses the wrong met students who don't know pronoun, Logan said that a their gender identity, making simple apology could make it a little difficult to ask. the situation a little better. "It's a hard thing to do in that scenario so I. usually "If you have a chance to don't ask,'( France said. "If talk to that person later, ask i'm in a group of peoplewh01 them 'how do you feel?' pr "do knows that person, they'll let you feel like we need tO talk me know 'this is the pronoun about this?'" Logan said "It's they prefer.'" not a bad thing to apologize Logan said the transition is quietly/' ... different for everyone But they AI S.tover can be reached at would still prefer to be asked "i Academic Student of the Week Sophomore, Brenna Kalmback Medical Lake Kiwanis Meets the 2nd and 4th Wednesday at Noon at the Pizza Factory. The Board meets the 1st Wednesday of the Month at noon. Fo.r Conuenieni oeafions Spokane Cheney 509-465-1749 509-559-5038 Airway Heights Fairways Plaza 509-244-9968 509-413-2140