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Nethercutt announces Citizenship Tournament

The George Nethercutt Foundation announced on Thursday that they will be holding a Citizenship Tournament in the fall of 2013.


The tournament will feature self-paced activities that test student's knowledge of U.S. history, current events, economics, government and foreign policy. It is open to students in grades four, eight and twelve.


“I wanted to have the input of young people in policy making,” explains George Nethercutt about why he started his foundation back in 1996. He goes on to say that this tournament is a great opportunity to show students what it's like to participate in the civic life.


Nethercutt describes the tournament challenges as being things that will encourage students to be “more immersed in government”. The first round tasks could include things like interviewing a veteran, attending a city council meeting or writing a letter to the editor or to their congressman to see what response they get.

School district closes Longview Elementary after norovirus outbreak

School district closes Longview Elementary after norovirus outbreak

Moses Lake School District has closed Longview Elementary School for tomorrow after an outbreak of a stomach-flu like viral sickness. 

Nearly 25 percent of the students are sick right now and the Grant County Health District says that it's likely more will start experiencing symptoms. GCHD wants people experiencing fever, nausea, diarrhea and vomiting to stay home for a minimum of 48 hours because norovirus-like illness are very infectious. 

The best way to avoid getting sick is to wash your hands with soap and hot water often if you are sick or are caring for someone who is. GCHD also suggests disinfecting any surfaces that may be contaminated especially those in bathrooms. Hand sanitizers should not be used as a substitute for soap and water. 

The health district is working closely with the Moses Lake School District to clean and disinfect Longview Elementary School. Is it unknown when classes will resume. 

If you have questions or concerns please contact the Grant County Health District Moses Lake Office at (509) 766-7960

Lind-Ritzville HS locks down for health emergency

Lind-Ritzville HS locks down for health emergency

Lind-Ritzville High School went into lock down today so that emergency crews could respond to a health situation.

A student alerted school officials that they were in need of emergency care and the school immediately went in to lock down. This allowed emergency crews to easily enter the building and assist the student. 

Principal Cheryl Henjum says that they are very proud of the staff and students for their urgency and attention to detail and extends a thank you for how they all handled the situation. 

College Bound Scholarship Available for WA Students

College Bound Scholarship Available for WA Students

A state funded scholarship program is making the burden of affording higher education easier for low income families. Students apply for the program in the eighth grade and this year's dead line is on the horizon. Applications for the College Bound Scholarship Program are due on June 30th.


To qualify for the program, the student's family must meet one of four income standards and still be in the required income bracket when they file their FAFSA their senior year of high school. The income standards include students who are eligible for the free or reduced lunch program, if their family receives basic food or TANF benefits, or if the family makes below a certain income depending on size. Students who are in foster care are automatically eligible.


Area Schools Receive Achievement Awards

Area Schools Receive Achievement Awards


Local schools were notified today that they received Washington Achievement Awards for 2012. State Superintendent, Randy Dorn, and State Board of Education Chair, Jeff Vincent, notified them by email.


The Washington State Achievement Awards are in their fourth year and recognize schools in seven categories; Overall Excellence, Language Arts, Math, Science, Extended Graduation Rate, Closing Achievement Gaps, and High Progress. Schools are selected using the state's Achievement Index and the Elementary and Secondary Education Act Flexibility Waiver.


These are the area schools that were selected for awards, however no area schools were selected for Language Arts.

Survey: Fewer teens using tobacco, alcohol; many need support for depressive feelings


Fewer students are smoking cigarettes or drinking alcohol, according to a recent survey of kids in our state. At the same time, a large number of students seriously considered suicide in the past year. The number of secondary school students who believe using marijuana is risky dropped to the lowest level since the state started collecting data.

The Healthy Youth Survey is taken every two years by students in grades 6, 8, 10, and 12 in more than 1,000 public schools in Washington. More than 200,000 youth took part in the survey in October 2012 by answering a wide variety of questions about their health and health behaviors. All responses were voluntary and anonymous. The Healthy Youth Survey provides communities with needed information to make solid decisions about which health issues to focus on.

Moses Lake School District faces tough choice


The Moses Lake School District finds itself in a precarious predicament: How do you adjust to an expanding area with insufficient school infrastructure?

This contentious context sets the stage for Thursday's community meeting, when residents and school district members will seek compromise on how to deal with the area's burgeoning crowding issue, which Superintendent Michelle Price said becomes a bigger problem every day after the bond failed in 2012.

“There is no ideal solution,” Price said. “It will impact everyone. Ideally, we'd be building.”

The group is examining several possibilities like year-round school or the re-purposing of some buildings. One of those buildings with a target on it is Columbia Basin Secondary School, which could be a dedicated middle school building under one plan.

CBSS students don't think it is fair for their program to be cut, because it will lead to higher dropout rates and that students won't receive the personalized attention they've become accustomed to.