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I am a member of the Spokane Chapter Ducks Unlimited Committee and I am trying to find out who I would reach out too in order to start up a Varsity Chapter. It could either be a "Chapter" or a "Club" so I'm trying to get into contact with anyone who may oversee these types of organizations. Thank You!
Will there be an open house at Salk Middle School for the incomming 7th graders? I have heard this has already started at other middle schools. My child "picked" electives for his upcomming school year but with budget cuts and not knowing if those will still be available is he able to change his selections? We don't want him starting a class/subject that may get eliminated.
Our school bus switched two stops and added no stops, resulting in an additional 15 minutes travel time and moving our pickup from before 7:30 to even earlier. How is this efficient or student centered? How do we voice our concerns or find out why this occurred? The larger issue: if kids are riding on the bus for over 2 hours each day, how does that enhance their learning and well-being? Would it be possible to arrange a single dropoff/pickup point close to more distant neighborhoods - that was the last stop before heading to school - that would substantially reduce travel time?
Why doesn't Spokane School district match its spring break to that of the majority of local universities and community colleges, which are a major employer in the area? They are one week off from SCC, SFCC, and EWU which together account for well over over 20,000 students and 1100 faculty/staff in the region, many of whom have kids in spokane public schools.
In response to the superintendent's budget update, How are weekly early release days providing a more consistent schedule for families? I'm pretty sure this is the opposite of what most families would want, particularly families with two working parents. It does not support low income families struggling to get by; it will result in more undersupervised kids Friday afternoons; assumes one parent will be home - typically the mom - which is dated and likely highly variable across income levels; and results in LESS instructional time for children. It's ironic that this is presented as in response to feedback requesting a more consistent schedule for families. This just makes the inconsistency a weekly occurrence. How does this ensure that students have sufficient instructional time to do activities like science, music, and PE? Many would much rather occasional (e.g. 1/month or less) teacher work days that are complete days off than weekly interruptions to the schedule. Consistency would be having a school day that starts and ends at the same time every day of the week.
Just out of curiosity are the librarians all current with their credentials and education to take on a whole class of every subject? So the librarians have to leave what they love and excell at to become a primary educator of all subjects. Do we realize most librarians have been librarians have had their career for a long time. Are they ready to take it all on? I suppose they were given the choice of teach a full curriculum or you don't have a job.
What will be the answer or excuse given when some of our 4th -12th graders aren't meeting the required state standards and fall behind? Since they are going to be in overcrowded classes will they just fall off the grid? Will the teacher even be able to notice since they will also be the educator, counselor, librarian, nurse etc.? Will they even have time to notice? I guess the children are on their own to recognize when they aren't making the grade.
Hi, do students that had DI preschool placement rather than start general Ed kindergarten automatically move on to 7th grade because they turn 12, even if they are currently in 5th grade DI? I don't see how skipping 6th grade at elementary school and being moved up to 7th grade Jr High for a special needs kiddo is helpful. I am not talking about the 6th graders going into Jr. High. I am referring to being held back and then being skipped forward. I am very confused regarding age placement vs academic need.
"Students will still have access to library books and materials the same way they do now," said district spokesman Brian Coddington, but will be overseen by classroom teachers."
Uh, no they won't. It is a lie and a very blatant lie.
Why don't you eliminate school nurses and keep their offices open and provide students with access to meds? How about emptying administrative offices and keeping them open and having teachers operate them? Surely this would be an awesome idea. Better yet....why don't you actually see what librarians do and why they are needed. I quite sure that administrative positions could be cut to save money.
The school bus was 40 Minutes late to pick up the students from bus stop 159 today. It was 6° with a wind chill warning, and there were very small children with no gloves in properly dressed at the bus stop. This is unacceptable. And dangerous. I’ll fix it late minutes late to pick up the students from bus stop 159 today. It was 6° with a wind chill warning, and there were very small children improperly dressed with no gloves at the bus stop. This is unacceptable and dangerous. What can be done so the students don’t get frostbite?
I have a question; why when it is 15° we are having our Students lineup outside of school before school starts, why couldn’t they lined them up inside the gym or something? It’s just like why aren’t students being bus to school a few blocks away as well ? The past few years on social media thousands of people have been out raged over parents making their kids walk to school in harsh conditions but why do we make them walk to school because there are no buses and why do we make them stand out side of school before class starts when it’s below 25°? In today’s age we live in a world where paranoia is more important than safety; have you watch the news, you see kids getting up ducted on their way to school or you get kids slipping and falling on ice on the playground why can’t we take action and to prevent this?
I understand you are supporting a charter school. This one was organized by one of your past administrators. If that is true could you please let me know which charter school it is. I am the program chair of the local Spokane Area Retired Educators Association and I would love to have this person speak at our next general meeting.