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Hallett announces September award winners

The Hallett Elementary Pride and I Can award winners for September are as follows Kindergarten: Courtney Haase: Arianna Ramson and Jaxon Milender; Carmen Danker: Jordan Buck and Brookelyn Judd; Marilyn Musselwhite: Genyce LaCour and Makoa Paikuli;...


Eastern Washington offering pay-by-phone parking meters

Eastern Washington University is partnering with one of the fastest growing mobile payment companies in the world, PayByPhone Technologies Inc., to give students more options to pay campus meters. The PayByPhone app gives students more options to pay... Full story


Fund run sendoff

Students at Medical Lake Middle School were sent off on their annual Fund Run, Oct. 6, with help from the school's band. The music must have been good because according to Molly Cooke, MLMS language... Full story


Bus Safety Week highlights 'Stop on Red'

Cheney School District driver trainer and router specialist Athena Dunham wants drivers to remember two very basic ideas when it comes to school buses. “First of all, when they see school buses they need to exercise caution no matter what because...


Suominen named National Merit Scholarship Commendable Student

Cheney High School senior Rachel Suominen has been named a Commended Student in the National Merit Scholarship program, according to a news release from the high school. Suominen will receive a letter...


A frenzy for fitness

Windsor Elementary School capped its Windsor Spirit Week with the "Wildcat Walk and Fitness Frenzy" last Friday, Oct. 6. The school's Parent-Teacher Organization sponsored the event that featured the...


Brand new 'buddy bench' has home at Hallett

It's not often that the chief operating officer of a notable company has reason to visit Medical Lake. But for Mary Jane Riva, CEO of Pizza Factory, Monday, Oct. 2 offered the perfect reason. The... Full story


Cheney High hosts post-high school education planning session

Cheney High School’s counseling department is hosting an important event for juniors and seniors considering post-high school education opportunities. “Plan Now” takes place Wednesday, Oct. 11, from 6 – 7:30 p.m. at the high school’s... Full story


New grant to power Medical Lake STEM projects

Yoga pads, not yoga pants, will be a term discussed around the various schools in Medical Lake in the next five years. At its Sept. 19 meeting, the district's school board heard about efforts to... Full story


Setting a worldwide 'PACE'

Windsor Elementary School and Westwood Middle School students combined to celebrate Partners Advancing Character Education’s (PACE) Worldwide Character Day. Schools, families, businesses and organizations were invited to take part in a variety of... Full story


School board gets draft Betz Elementary design

Cheney School District board of directors got a look at the preliminary expansion and renovation designs for Betz Elementary School at a school board workshop last Thursday at the district's... Full story


Airway Heights offers new kids after school program

The Airway Heights parks and recreation department is offering a new after school program for girls which is called “Girls Excited About Recreation” (GEAR). “I heard about it at a conference and thought it was something we were capable of... Full story


Cheney officials work on new school funding

It’s been a long eight-plus weeks for Cheney School District Director of Finance Kassidy Probert. Probert and other administrators have been pouring over the immense documentation contained in the state Legislature’s House Bill 2242 — the...


Salnave's Pohl recognized

Salnave Elementary School secretary Jen Pohl (pictured right) recently received the President's Leadership Award. The award is for public school employees (PSE) members who demonstrate outstanding...


Mysteries remain in K-12 funding

By PAUL DELANEY Staff Reporter Medical Lake School Superintendent Tim Ames might still remember those days. It’s Christmas morning and the wrapping comes off that enormous gift. There is all kind of excitement until it is discovered that the...


Cheney school board adopts annual budget

After months of waiting while the state Legislature grappled with how to meet a court order to fully fund basic education, the Cheney School District board of directors finally got to adopt a budget for the 2017–2018 school year. The district is...


The shape of things

Jackson Bear (front) and Hannah Ge practice using different shapes in their artwork during "An Art Experience by Kay, Karen and Janet" last Saturday at the Cheney Library. Presented by local artists...


EWU and Microsoft partner to teach data analytics

Officials at Eastern Washington University and Microsoft have announced a partnership to offer EWU students the ability to learn how to operate in the cloud. Data analytics is one of the fastest growing and highest demand professions in the world, no...


Drilling crews hit gas line at Betz Elementary School

Crews doing site preparation work struck a natural gas line at Betz Elementary School last Wednesday afternoon, forcing evacuation of the few number of school staff present in the building at the...


School board OKs elementary education specifications

Construction at three Cheney School District elementary schools took another step forward with acceptance of educational specifications for the facilities by the district's board of directors at...


EWU receives international innovation funding

Eastern Washington University, working in partnership with Universitaria Juan N. Corpas (Bogotá, Colombia), has been chosen as a “100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund” grant winner. The alliance, which involves EWU’s Office of...


Eastern Washington summer school enrollment rises

Student interest in shortening the time it takes to earn a degree at Eastern Washington University is helping to drive up enrollment for summer session 2017, which has increased by more than 7 percent from the previous year. According to a July 11...


Westwood Term 3 Honor Roll

Note: This is a continuation of the Westwood Middle School Honor Roll that was printed in the July 6 issue of the Cheney Free Press. 3.0-3.4 — Madeline N. Abendroth, Gabriel M. Faught, Seth M. Johnson, Mya A. Withrow, Sabrina Christenson, Jose C....



The Medical Lake School board of directors will meet on Tuesday, July 25 at 3:45 p.m. at Medical Lake District Office to consider adoption of the budget for the 2017-18 school year. Anyone who is interested may appear at this meeting and will be...

 By AL STOVER    Education    July 13, 2017

Bound for Home

Eastern Washington University's Downtown Student Gallery is holding an exhibit, "Bound for Home," until Aug. 18. The exhibit features quilts by members of the Washington State Quilters. One of the...


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