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School district seeks input on crowding

School district seeks input on crowding

 

The Moses Lake School Board is searching for answers to alleviate crowding issues in secondary education – 6th grade through high school.

Two of the planned four community input meetings have already been held. The next is scheduled for Jan. 17 in the Moses Lake High School choir room. For a rundown of what happened in the previous meetings, go to www.moseslakeschools.org/crodwing.

Also, in an effort to accrue as much input as possible, the district is asking everyone in the community to fill out a survey that would aid them in understanding what residents desire. The district asks you to fill out the survey here.

A number of options have been put out for the public to consider. The district is taking the issue very seriously, and any decision should have a tremendous impact on future students in the expanding area, according to Superintendent Michelle Price in a written statement.

George, Wash. gets first public library

People living in George, Wash. will no longer have to travel great distances to check out a book as the town's first public library opened earlier this month.

The Columbia Basin Herald reported Friday that the library, which is run by North Central Regional Library, occupies 2,000 square feet of an office complex in downtown George, and that it houses a large collection of children's and adult books as well as research materials.

"A lot of our hours are after school hours, so we can better serve school students," Librarian Betty Simon said to the Herald. "They can do their research here, and do their homework here."

Simon was quoted as saying that the library has been attracting a good amount of readers since opening.

"We've been very busy issuing new library cards, and helping people check out items," she said. "It's been really exciting."

The branch can be found at 108 N. Washington Way, and is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2 to 6 p.m.; Wednesdays from noon to 6 p.m.; and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Frontier Middle School Students Visit State Capitol

Frontier Middle School Students Visit State Capitol

Some students from Frontier Middle School had a chance to visit the state capitol this week. Not only did they meet with state representatives from their district, but they also met Gov. Christine Gregoire. They're pictured above with Secretary of State Sam Reed who was on their list of people to meet.

State Rep. Judy Warnick had this to say about the students: “It was fun to meet these students who will be our next generation of representatives and governors. I was class vice president when I was in high school, and it was my first introduction into politics and government," she said in a news release from the House of Representatives. "The students impressed me with very insightful questions, and showed a genuine interest in how their government operates.”

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State superintendent releases list of lowest achieving schools

Some of the toughest challenges we face come through education. Legislation has chipped away at funds for public schools in past years. In Washington, 57 schools made the list of lowest achieving schools in a document required by state law.

State superintendent, Randy Dorn, says the list is unfair because they’re unable to give the schools additional resources. Last year the identified schools were given a change to apply for grants. This year, additional moneys from grants are not available to newly identified schools.

Dorn pointed out in a news release that only four schools on the list have fewer than 50 percent of students receiving free or reduced-price lunches.

“These schools are dealing with very challenging populations,” he said. “I know we’re in the middle of an economic crisis, but the past three years the Legislature has chiseled away at basic education resources. Those schools – in fact, all schools – need additional resources.”

What schools are on the list? The tiers are based on the amount of achievement or the graduation rate. 

Reyes Teased Before Wenatchee HS Drowning

Reyes Teased Before Wenatchee HS Drowning

A police report says the Wenatchee student who drowned in the high school pool missed the swimming assessment in the first week of class while sitting on bleachers.

The report notes that Antonio Reyes and three other boys who did not swim that day were teased. Reyes was kidded when he said he did not know how to swim.

The police report on the drowning was obtained by The Wenatchee World Monday after a public records request.

The school district is conducting its own investigation.

Reyes entered the water for the Nov. 17 class and was last seen treading water. The freshman was found on the bottom of the pool by a following class.

Odessa Teacher Earns Prestigious Award

Odessa Teacher Earns Prestigious Award

Odessa High School science teacher Jeffery Wehr was one of only three recipients in the nation to receive the Siemens Founders Award.  This award is given in recognition of an individual or school for encouraging students to participate in math, science or technology research programs and efforts to provide the necessary support consistent with Siemens Foundation mission of enhancing math and science in American high schools.

St. Rose School Auction Shatters Record

St. Rose School Auction Shatters Record

St. Rose of Lima Catholic School in Ephrata shattered its record for money raised at the 28th Annual Benefit Auction Saturday night.

I was honored to serve as the Master of Ceremonies. And having attended St. Rose from kindergarten through sixth grade, I was humbled by the amount of money raised for my old school.

St. Rose grossed $164,900 from the auction, which is roughly $70,000 more than it had ever grossed before.

The live auction raised over $100,000 alone. Another $31,500 was raised for Father Kerr's scholarship fund.