SPS: Still Learning

  • Stories from around the district during the COVID closure

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  • How do you cope?

    Posted by Community Relations staff on 5/2/2020

    Spokane students are going through a lot right now, and might not know how to process all the feelings they’re experiencing during these tough times. 

    We asked some of our school counselors to share their advice for coping with the COVID closures.

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  • Then a hero comes along

    Posted by Community Relations staff on 5/1/2020

    lunch hero 365体育平台Today is School Lunch Hero Day!

    365体育平台Our Nutrition Services staff has been incredibly heroic these last few weeks.

    We have 146 Nutrition Services team members serving 3,600 breakfasts and 3,600 lunches daily to children at 24 emergency meal sites and on 11 mobile meals routes. 

    365体育平台The work they do and the compassion they show to our students is invaluable. They are making a difference in our students' lives and we are extremely proud of them. 

    Thank you, School Lunch Heroes!

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  • “You can do hard things”

    Posted by Community Relations staff on 4/28/2020

    Despite the school closure, LC’s video production teacher Joseph Comine is keeping busy by making short videos on .

    365体育平台His latest video featured a special guest, LC principal Marybeth Smith, who shared how she made it through a very difficult time in her life. Smith said there were two things she learned during that time that could resonate with students now.

    “The first thing is that you can do hard things for a really long time," she said. "And the other thing is people can’t help you if they don’t know your situation.”

    365体育平台Smith also reminded students to reach out to their counselors if they find themselves struggling during the school closures.

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  • A 5-year-old's perspective

    Posted by Community Relations staff on 4/24/2020


    A special video message365体育平台 from Madison, a Jefferson Elementary kindergartener.

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  • Following up: TCS's plan to help Spokane

    Posted by Community Relations staff on 4/23/2020

    A couple weeks ago, we spoke with The Community School facilitator Nate Seaburg about the new school-wide project called “Supporting a Community in Crisis."

    Students were tasked with researching past crises and ways people or groups came together to help their communities. Then, the students developed their own ideas of how they could support others in the Spokane area. Starting this week, students will start figuring out how to turn their ideas into actions.

    We caught up with Nate to get a quick progress report of how this project is going and what students are working on.

    SPS:365体育平台 Hey Nate! How's everything going so far?

    Nate Seaburg: Really good. I mean, it's been fun. We've had really good participation from the students … I think it's a combination of students desperate for something to do, some structure, some way to give back and reach out and help out, and a combination of just some really good kids. They want to do this.

    SPS:365体育平台 What kind of ideas have the students come up with so far?

    NS: We have 41 ideas that were laid out in a sort of, "Let me justify this to you. Here's what I'm thinking. Here's how I want to do it." And we had a whole range of things. We had some really just small acts of kindness and checking in and I'm going to care about my immediate neighbors or my family and I commit to reaching out to at least one of them every day. We had people wanting to plant gardens and donate vegetables, baking bread, to big ideas. Ideas that we had never really thought of. Kind of people wanting to fight disinformation and set up a set of websites that are specific for information specific to Spokane and specific for Washington state.

    SPS:365体育平台 One of the first phases of the project was to look back at history and see what other people have done to help people get through times of crisis. Things like tin drives or victory gardens. Did the students like having the historical aspect of the project?

    NS: I think they really did. You mentioned the tin drives and the victory gardens … I would actually connect making masks to the kind of historical aspect of it because all of that stuff that happened came out of what's the greatest need. And since the CDC has come out saying that everybody should wear masks in public, we suddenly have a very real need for somebody to sew on some basic elastic to some cotton and call it a mask. So I think that idea is the one that I would most strongly connect with history and I can't speak for sure that that's where this came from, but I think there were some cool connections that were made early on that informed the decisions students made later.

    SPS: What are all the TCS facilitators thinking about this?

    NS: It's been fun. I think it's given us a way to connect with those students on a little bit more of a daily basis. And I know that the other facilitators, just like myself, are super proud of our students. They've done a great job. And now, we're planning all sorts of other learning opportunities.

    (This conversation was condensed.)

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  • ocCUPational opportunity

    Posted by Community Relations staff on 4/22/2020

    365体育平台Special messages embedded in fences are popping up all over! This one is for Adams All-Stars:

    we miss you

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  • What a trip!

    Posted by Community Relations staff on 4/21/2020

    rosalia Since the start of the Stay Home, Stay Healthy order last month, Lidgerwood office manager Susan Stanifer-Miller has been looking for ways to keep distance learning interesting for her 7th365体育平台 grader Aiden.

    One thing they’ve done is to take family outings – or “field trips” – once a week, making sure to follow proper social distancing. They started by going as far as they could up Mount Spokane.

    “We just simply needed to get out of the house and really didn’t care whether we could go all the way to the top of the mountain,” said Stanifer-Miller. “It was wonderful to get out and be able to breathe deeply. We certainly weren’t running into anyone else!”

    Last week's field trip aligned with what Aiden is studying.

    365体育平台A student at Garry Middle School, Aiden is currently learning about the Battle of Pine Creek as part of his Washington state history class. The battle took place just 35 miles away near Rosalia.

    The family took the 40-minute drive out to Rosalia and the Steptoe Battlefield, snapping pictures along the way. Aiden even typed up a little report about their trip and sent it to his history teacher.

    Stanifer-Miller thinks getting out of the house and taking a short drive down I-195 made a huge difference with Aiden.

    “It made learning about what happened so many years ago more interesting to him," she said. "He felt like he could envision the events unfolding before him.”

    While not everyone has the ability to take field trips, officials do say it’s good for you to go outside, whether it’s for walks or to sit in the sunshine. Just remember to stay at least six feet away from others and avoid crowds. 

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  • Show 'em who you are, Garfield!

    Posted by Community Relations staff on 4/17/2020

    If you need a little inspiration as we head into the weekend, check out this creation by the staff at Garfield Elementary:

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  • On the fence

    Posted by Community Relations staff on 4/17/2020

    365体育平台Roosevelt counselors Laurie Curran and Melissa Alfstad are spreading the love, cup by cup ...


    Since Mrs. Alfstad also works at Wilson, you'll find cups running over there too:

    wilson fence

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  • This just in: Our teachers are great!

    Posted by Community Relations staff on 4/17/2020

    Some SPS teachers are digging deep into their bag of tricks to find creative ways to keep their students informed and entertained.

    365体育平台The husband and wife teacher team of Chris and Brianne Trechter – they work at Salk and Ridgeview, respectively – are working together to make short “TV newscasts” complete with an anchor desk and special correspondents, aka the Trechters’ adorable kiddos.

    The “Timberwolf News” shows go out to Ridgeview students, who must certainly get a kick out of it. We certainly did!

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