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CHENEY FREE PRESS ': Th i:sday, December :31 20i 5 ............ ..... I By AL STOVER S taff Reporter The Medical Lake school board breezed through another agenda at its Nov. 24 meeting, which was rescheduled from Nov. 17 due to the windstorm. In action items, the board of direc- tors approved adjusting the winter sports practice schedule, allowing for two double-practice sessions to make sure both basketball teams have the number of required practices before their first game. Chris Spring, Medical Lake High School assistant principal and athletic director, explained that many student athletes missed practices because of the storm. Many families were without electricity, and athletes would not have had the required 10 practices to be eligible to compete in the first game. Spring moved Medical Lake's basket- ball game against Rogers High School to Jan. 23, 2016, which the Spokane School District board already approved. "Some athletes will be at 12 prac- tices, but the majority of Our kids will be at the 10 required practices with these two double practices," Spring said. Other options Spring presented in- duded Sunday practices. He said coaches talked to athletes who did not want to come in Sunday. The other option was to hold practices before games. He added that the wrestling team does not need any extra practices as they will have enough before their first match against Freeman, Dec. 10. The board approved the district's annual financial report. Highlights of the report include revenues exceeding expenditures by $620,000, which aided the district's fund balance of $1.613 mil- lion. Business manager Chad Moss said revenue was up by $833,000, which was made up of increases in the state and local revenues, as well as an increase of $230,000 in federal impact aid. Moss added that the district Paid off its high school bonds in December 2014 and utility payments were down. "We had a lot of things come our way, it was a great year," Moss said. The board approved the first and second readings of a policy relating to freedom of expression. Superintendent Tim Ames explained that the policy cleans up a few phrases, including tak- ing out "student-written" when refer- ring to publications being distributed on school premises that are in accordance to the procedures developed by the superintendent. The policy also states that students responsible for distribut- ing materials that lead to substantial disruption of school activities and operations will be subject to corrective action, including suspension or expul- sion, consistent with student discipline policies. The board also approved the first and second readings of a policy relating to conflict of interest. It approved a con- flict of interest policy relating to federal grants earlier this year. Ames said this policy addresses employees engaging in any financial interest that conflicts with their duties and responsibilities. "An example is if a teacher is offering tutoring for students and charges par- ents a fee per session," Ames said. "That would be a conflict if they did not talk to the principal first," In other business, the board ap- proved a $50 bid from Trevor Meade to purchase the 1982 Ford Bronco with a snow plow from the district. During his superintendent's report, Ames said he and staff received the results from the district's Thought- exchange process. He said staff will present those results to the building ad- ministrators first and later to the board. Thoughtexchange will also create a website where community members can see the results. "Every building has its own issues and concerns," Ames said. "It's really interesting." AI Stover can be reached at al@cheneyfreepress.com. Cheney school st By AL STOVER st amorter The Cheney School District is making strides in innovating literacy throughout the district. At the, Nov. 18 school board meeting Nicole Nanny, director of teaching and learning and Heidi Hoblin, K-5 literacy facili- tator, gave a presentation on the literacy adoption and instruc- tion throughout the district. Nanny explained the district's approachis to build teacher capac- ity, align the district's standards with the state's Common Core standards and increase rigor. Some new standards Cheney implemented indude having stu- dents work with books and read- ff p sen dpOpt UlParndathte re t literacy ion ing material that they can examine ;Youl0okforthosewordsthat lary. Staff has also " s c sys- closely and are "really worth were interesting and put it back culminating performance tests to tern," Hoblin said. "There's a lot digging into," as well as material into their writing," Hoblin said. help align the work students have of conversation going on between that will challenge them; Using Common Core stan- to do onthe Smarter Balanced As- people who started using it last "They're not given something dards, teachers are able to follow a sessmenttests, year. There's a lot of exdtement at alevelthey'Ubeeas'dy successful student's progress on a particular "Every grade level has a lit- about it and some fear. It's a new wibh/' Nanny said."Wewanfthem skill all the way to 12th grade. By eracy map and culminating per- system that's going to change the to encounter texts they'll struggle the tirne a student is a senior, they formance tasks/' Nanny said. whole approach to words. It's through and build strategies for shouldhaveastrongefficacyincon- At the elementmy level, staff not just about spelling, it's about that struggle. Everything we en- cepts such as content knowledge, has adopted "word study" into understanding a word." counter in life isn't something we along with understanding other the curriculum, which helps stu- Director Rick Mount asked already know how to do." cultures as well as value eviderKe, dents see pattems and as well as how staff will change parents' Hoblin clarified that high "We'renotjustgoingtograd- develop efficiencies in phonics, mindsets.Hoblinsaidsiaffcreated school students would be using uate students who just take your v(r_abulary and spelling. Since it a parentletterthat describes word challenging texts. For first- and word for it," Nanny said. "They're is a new approach, staff is con- study and details homework ex- second-grade, teachers may going to go home and find out.if ducting a lot of training. Some pectations. have students read the same whatyou say is accurate." teachers are visiting classrooms Staff is also focusing on im- book over again and develop Teachers have developed that have already implemented proving writing instruction at all new strategies to go deeper into "literacy maps" to help align the system. the text and write about it. standards, materials and vocabu- "We also have a book study so See Literacy page 8 EWU holds open panel to discuss Paris attaCks and aftermath :By AL STOVER a problem for Fr ce as it viewing StaffR orter is. for the Middle East or global threat as far as the is con'cemed. Eastern Washington everywhere fs6." .... ' ..... -' ...... University's Political Sci- Edquist noted there is "Attacks against Syria ence and International an increase of homegrown will be difficult and it Studies Department held terrorists that are making will be hard for France an open panel Nov. 24 it hard for agencies to to galvanize support," to discuss the Nov. 13 track. Of the 10 attackers, Edquist said. attacks in Paris, the ran- six were French and oneAssociate professor tivation behind them and was from Belgium. Sev- Dr. Kevin Pirch, who spe- the impact on politics in eral of the attackers went cializes in American poli- the United States, Europe to Syria for training. She tics, said he had his talk and the Middle East. added that Belgium has planned for the panel until Dr. Kristin Edquist, been a site for fermenta- he learned the Turkish associate professor of po- tion of Islamic extremism, forces shot down a Rus- litical science and director Is in close proximity to sian warplane flying over of International Affairs France, which allows for a its airspace that morning. who specializes in Euro- lot of networking to hap- "It's a very fluid situa- pean politics, reviewed pen easily, fio especially for the Unit- the details of the attacks. "There's an increasing ed States," Pitch said. "The She said the attacks were pattern of homegrown ex- U.S. has to be concerned politically significant not tremists," Edquist said. with Russians bombing just for France but also for "They are petty criminals Syrian targets. If Turkey the European Union and who are far more radical- invokes article five of the the_United States. ized than their parents. North Atlantic Treaty Or- "The events are not sur- They start out as gangsters ganization, any attack on prising to those who have and become terrorists." Turkey is an attack on the watcahed ISIS (Islamic State She added that French United States." of Iraq and Syria) lately Muslims are in a difficult Pirch added that the in response to France's place, with many of them U.S. "hopes calmer heads involvement in the Middle being viewed as suspicious, prevail" and that the con- East," Edquist said. "They although she does think cern is what will happen also reflect the domestic the Paris attacks will have to Syria after the mill- tensions in France and the a backlash for extremism tary goes there. He noted European Union. This is among them. She said that three groups in control of Contributed photo from Medical Lake Middle School NJHS embraces cause The Medical Lake Middle School National Junior Honor Society raised $270 for Embrace Washington. The money will go to purchase gifts for the Fos- ter Santa Breakfast, which will be at Northern Quest Resort and Casino in Airway Heights, Dec. 5. Left to right, back row: Madison Lundberg, Jayda Noble, Riley Petek and Grace Remendowski. Front row: Emily Munson and Kyli Mayhew. Syria: Bashar Hafez al- painful movie." He brought ments of great power and Assad's regime, ISIS and up the attacks in Beirut the failure of the states. free Syrian forces, and Baghdad which did If Syria is considered a "We honestly don't not receive coverage from failed state, we should know who we are sup- Western media nor did they look at why it is consid- porting but we are look- receive condolences from ered a failed state." ing for someone to sup- world leaders. Sharifi clarified that ISIS port," Pitch said. "We should see it as does not represent Islam Dr. Majid Sharifi, an a long, tragic, bloody and only a narrow segment associate professor who film," Sharifi said. "This of the Muslim population specializes in Middle East- is a world where mil- believes in war against the ern politics, sees the Paris lions have no voice and attacks "as a slide in a long they have become instru- See Panel page 8 Medical Lake Kiwanis DECEMBER Academic Student of the Week Senior, Jadon Zepkin-Wolf 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. Katelyn Vaughn Kindergarten Academic Student ofthe Week Congratulations? Tour Comenienf Z cafiom Spokane Cheney 509-465-1749 509-559-5038 Airway Heights Fairways Plaza 509-244-9968 509-413-2140