SPS: Still Learning

  • Life imitates art

    Posted by Community Relations staff on 5/19/2020

    Who needs a museum when you can recreate painting masterpieces in your own home? That’s what some SPS Visual Art teachers have been doing during the COVID quarantine. Check out the video below to see their versions of famous artwork from Frieda Kahlo, Pablo Picasso and Norman Rockwell using items the found in their homes.

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  • School goes to the dogs, cats & fish

    Posted by Community Relations staff on 5/18/2020

    Following their owners' lead, some pets have decided to keep learning during the COVID closure too. 

    Mrs. Hancock’s 6th grade class at Lincoln Heights sent in these pictures of their furry and scaly friends taking a crack at distance learning.

    fish learning  hamster learning   dog learning  

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  • Glover loves its teachers

    Posted by Community Relations staff on 5/8/2020

    It’s the crack of dawn on Thursday, May 7, and rather than catching a few extra Z’s in bed, the admin team from Glover Middle School was already hard at work. With love in their hearts and coffee in their hands, the team drove all over Spokane in the name of Teacher Appreciation Week.

    The administrators recently bought special yard signs to be displayed in front of all their teachers’ homes – 70 in all! – with the message: “We love the teacher who lives here.”

    yard signs

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  • Thank you, teachers!

    Posted by Community Relations staff on 5/6/2020

    thank you It's Teacher Appreciation Week, and we want to thank all the educators who help guide the learning and growth of the thousands of SPS students! We’re living through crazy times, and our teachers have stepped up to the challenge.

    Meanwhile, the staff at Salk MS turned the week on its head by sharing a special message with their students’ parents to thank them for keeping their children engaged in learning away from the classroom.

    thank you to parents


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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 Today is School Lunch Hero Day!

    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. 

    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!

    lunnch hero

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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 his class YouTube page.

    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.”

    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 message 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: 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: 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: 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

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

    we miss you

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