APRIL CHENEY HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS OF THE MONTH
The students in this photograph were selected as the CHS April Students of the Month. Be sure to congratulate them!
Standing left to right back row: Josh Dannaldson, Anthony Lawrence, Keenan Loughery, Ian Hill, David Winters
Standing left to right middle row: Casey Reeves, Alyssa Cline, Izzy Smith
Sitting left to right: Christine Powell, Marquette Byrd, Alex Pfaff, Sydney Zapf
Not pictured: Brandon Foster, Christian Williams
DISTRICT BOND REFINANCING SAVES TAXPAYERS OVER $4 MILLION
Our District has refinanced a portion of its outstanding bonds in order to take advantage of lower interest rates. We had been monitoring bond market conditions over the past year, and recent low interest rates allowed us to actually exceed our savings target. This refinancing will save District taxpayers a total of $4,039,545 during the next fourteen years. These savings flow directly to taxpayers through reduced tax levies, and are not available for District expenses. We are so happy to share such amazing news!
WELCOME TO WESTWOOD MIDDLE SCHOOL
Is your fifth grader excited about registering for middle school? Registration is going on now, and you can click here to see a video which shares information about the opportunities available to students who attend Westwood Middle School. We are proud of all of our schools and the learning that takes place within them, and happy to share this newest video with you.
HARVEST OF THE MONTH IS SWEET SALAD TURNIPS
The "Eat Real Food" taste test event will take place on Thursday, May 26 during lunch. Students will sample salad turnips grown on Cloudview Ecofarms in Royal City, Washington. Did you know the turnip is a type of root vegetable that belongs to the mustard family? Turnips are a rich source of dietary fibers, Vitamin C and potassium. The leafy part of the plant contains more nutrients than the root. The leaves are packed with Vitamins B6, E, K, A and C, and minerals such as calcium, copper, iron and manganese - and are a real taste treat when cooked.
"YOU RAISE ME UP" AWARDS PRESENTED TO STAFF
Dr. Phil Snowdon led the Cheney Public Schools as Superintendent for the 10 years from 1993 through 2003. In honor of his service, the Cheney School District provided students the opportunity to recognize any staff member who made a contribution to their success. Dr. Snowdon knew the impact of receiving a letter from a former student; he began his career as a fifth grade teacher and after he retired he received such a "thank-you" letter, which helped him to fully understand the impact he had made in the lives of his students. At Staff Recognition Night earlier this month, students presented their letters of gratitude to the outstanding staff members in their lives.
Snowdon Elementary student Zack Edge presented Ms. Eileen Ayersman with his letter representing all elementary schools. He said, in part, "You were a believer in me when I went through tough times ... You always bring out the best in me, and push me to do my best. You are a kind and loving teacher. You're the BEST teacher ever." Ms. Lori Hays, of Westwood Middle School, received a letter from Zeke Wohali, saying "She made me want to go to school. She really impacted my 7th and 8th grade year. Thanks to her, I'm doing a lot better in school." Rose Smith read her letter to Cheney High School teacher Ms. Julie Esquibel, saying "She cares a lot about her students and is an amazing person. I couldn't thank her enough for being a positive influence in my high school career. I hope one day I can make that kind of difference in someone's life." Congratulations to all of these extraordinary teachers!
DISTRICT READY FOR KINDERGARTEN TEAM RECEIVES AWARD
The District's Ready for Kindergarten team received the Annette Granier Team Collaboration Award at Staff Recognition Night. There could not have been anyone more deserving than these amazing people: C.J. Johnson, Candice Cwik, Deanna McCabe, Jennifer Gonzalez, Sally Canton, Judy Ableman, Sandra Reiber, Crystal Clapin, Leslie Cicero, Katie Barone, Emily Ham, Carly Jackson and Lynette Mellott. The letter nominating them said the training provided to families of children birth to age 5 offers information, ideas and resources for supporting kindergarten readiness. "This team diligently offers trainings at three locations several times per year. Because of the outstanding coordination and efforts on the part of the Ready for Kindergarten team, parent participation continues to grow. Children and families benefit from this program, as it offers activities that families can engage in together." Thanks to all of these amazing staff members for providing such a wonderful service for parents and children!
PACE AWARD WINNERS HONORED
Recently, a student from each school in the District, as well as Medical Lake District, was honored at the West Plains PACE Award Ceremony for best exemplifying one of the character traits promoted through the PACE program. Betz Elementary student Wyatt Hennings, Logan Burnett from Snowdon Elementary, James Guske from Windsor, JT Gasper from Cheney Middle School and Cheney High School's Logan Pratt were honored for "Responsibility." Home Works! student Jeanne Marshall received an award for "Diligence," while Garner Prior from Westwood Middle School was honored for his "Citizenship." Three Springs High School student Dillon Simmons and Tayson Gerdes from Salnave Elementary best exemplified "Respect," while Henry Kosanke from Sunset Elementary School was honored for displaying both "Respect" and "Responsibility." See our Facebook page for photographs taken at the event. Please join us in congratulating all of these very special students!
OUR NEW SUPERINTENDENT IS ANNOUNCED
We are pleased to announce that Mr. Robert Roettger has been selected as our new Superintendent of Schools, and will begin in this position on July 1st. Click here to see the press release which was distributed today. Please join us in welcoming him to the Cheney Public Schools family.
"BITE 2 GO" PROGRAM RECOGNIZED
At the recent WASA Community Awards luncheon, our partners who provide the "Bite 2 Go" program at Salnave, Snowdon, Sunset, and Windsor Elementary Schools were honored. They included Tom Stevenson, Brenna Sloan and Chris Sloan representing "At the Core;" Jennifer Lutz and Chad Jenson of Inland Power & Light; Mitzi VanDorhiss, David Pendergrapf and Bob McConkey from Dealer Auto Auction; and Marty Bacon from Peirone Produce. These individuals and the organizations they represent provide healthy, easy-to-open single-serving nonperishable food items to cover four meals and three snacks over the weekend that are delivered discreetly to identified students in our schools each Friday. They are the epitome of what community and school support is all about!
CHS BLACKHAWK SUMMER CAMPS
Cheney High School has made the schedule for their Blackhawk Athletics Summer Camps available. The first camps begin on Tuesday, May 31. Please click here for the complete schedule by grade level, along with the registration form. Also included is contact information for each camp, should you have any questions.
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Snowdon 5th Grade Celebration Day
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM CHS Music 'n' Motion Concert
8:45 AM - 11:00 AM Sunset 5th Graders Visit Westwood
The Cheney School District does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, economic status, pregnancy, familial status, marital status, disability, or the use of a trained guide dog or service animal, and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups.
The following employees have been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination.
Title IX/Chapter 28A.640 Officer/
Civil Rights Compliance Coordinator/ADA Coordinator
Mr. Sean Dotson, Associate Superintendent, Cheney School District, 12414 S. Andrus Rd., Cheney, WA 99004, Phone: 559-4550
Section 504 Coordinator
Ms. Kristi Thurston, Director, Student Support Services
Services, 12414 S. Andrus Rd., Cheney, WA 99004, Phone: 559-4507