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 By John McCallum    Education 

Cheney High commencement details announced

CHENEY – Commencement exercises for the class of 2020 will be a five-day affair, culminating in a video to be run on June 12 - the original date for Cheney High School's... — Updated 5/29/2020


Scholarships awarded to Eastern Washington FFA Members

COLFAX – Preceding the start of the virtual Washington State FFA Convention, the National FFA Organization and National FFA Foundation announced recipients for its 2020 scholarships. Eastern Washington FFA members were well... — Updated 5/28/2020


Cheney board asks for instructional time waiver

CHENEY – The Public Schools Board of Directors approved an application at its May 13 meeting to apply for an emergency request waiving the number of school days and hours required set forth by the state to be met in order to... — Updated 5/28/2020


MLSD and YWCA host healthy dating habits for 'tweens'

Medical Lake School District in partnership with YWCA of Spokane is are offering a workshop focusing on "Helping Your Tween Learn Healthy Dating Habits" on Tuesday, May 19 from 6 pm - 8 pm. "In this virtual workshop participants... — Updated 5/19/2020


Medical Lake's Nick Mason commits to Walla Walla CC

MEDICAL LAKE – Medical Lake senior Nick Mason has signed a Northwest Athletic Conference letter of intent to play basketball and attend school at Walla Walla Community College.... — Updated 5/17/2020


Cheney's Esquibel named to Eastern Oregon Dean's List

LA GRANDE, Ore. – Cheney High School alum Bryden Esquibel is one of 581 students who has been named to the Eastern Oregon University Dean’s List for the 2020 winter term, the university announced in an April 21 news release.... — Updated 5/14/2020


Burden named national Advocacy Champion of the Year

By JOHN McCALLUM Managing Editor RESTON, Va. – Cheney School District Principal Dr. Erika Burden has been named the National Association of Secondary School Principals’ (NASSP)... — Updated 4/30/2020


Cheney police seek information on missing student

CHENEY – The Police Department is investigating a report of 17-year-old female who has been missing since January 2020. Cheney High School student Kasandra Kuuipo Cabarloc is... — Updated 4/30/2020


Capping it off

Cheney High School senior Shelby Draper shows off her graduation cap during a drive-through cap and gown distribution last Friday. High school staff gave each member of the class... — Updated 4/30/2020


EWU chemistry department makes 'Eagle Sanitizer"

CHENEY — With Eastern Washington University going online only for the rest of the year, most lab classes have been canceled. That left the science lab with some extra chemicals on hand. EWU chemistry Professor Jeff Corkill had... — Updated 4/26/2020 Full story


Gonzaga and EWU create shorter juris doctor pathway

CHENEY – Leaders from Eastern Washington University and Gonzaga University School of Law recently signed a joint agreement that creates a pathway for students to earn their bachelor's degree along with their juris doctor in six... — Updated 4/24/2020


Essential education

Construction crews pour cement on part of the new parent pick up loop at Cheney High School. Construction has continued through the COVID-19 pandemic, with the remodeled and... — Updated 4/23/2020


EWU teams top GPA

Eastern Washington University student-athletes recently concluded the winter quarter with a collective 3.35 grade point average, marking the 38th-straight quarter the Eagles have combined for a 3.0 average. Eleven of 12 Eastern... — Updated 4/16/2020


Football Lights

Cars line the bus pickup area as Medical Lake residents drove to the illuminated high school football field to honk their horns and express appreciation for the class of 2020 as... — Updated 4/16/2020


Eastern Washington cancels in-person commencement

CHENEY -- Eastern Washington University President Dr. Mary Cullinan has announced that the university's June13 commencement will be switching from an in-person ceremony to an online format as part of protective measures to slow... — Updated 4/15/2020 Full story


School closures end spring sports season

Gov. Inslee’s order closing K-12 schools for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year brought an end to any hope for a possible abbreviated spring sports season. In an email statement Monday night, April 6, the Washington... — Updated 4/9/2020


Hash-tagging area day trips

CONTRIBUTED BY INSIDE EASTERN Spring has sprung and the temperature is warming, but in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, people have been asked to stay home to help slow the spread of the virus. School are also closed, leaving... — Updated 4/9/2020

 By Kurt Holland    Education

Blackhawk signs with Wyoming

Cheney High School's Bas Holland has signed a letter of intent to run cross country for the University of Wyoming Cowboys. A four-year letter winner, Holland capped his high school... — Updated 4/2/2020


Cheney schools seek child care needs

CHENEY -- As part of its COVID-19 response, the Cheney School District is seeking information regarding child care needs for children of essential military personnel, first responders and medical providers in the school community.... — Updated 3/17/2020 Full story


Cheney School District looking at funding deficits

CHENEY – School district officials are watching events in Olympia with an eye to how legislators make fixes to education funding as the state Legislature prepares to wrap up its 60-day short session — funding that currently... — Updated 3/12/2020


Westwood Middle School sends seven to FBLA state conference

SPOKANE VALLEY – Westwood Middle School Future Business Leaders of America students received 24 trophies over seven events at the annual Northeast Regional Winter Conference held Feb. 6 at Spokane Valley Assembly of God Church. T... — Updated 3/12/2020


Cheney Middle FBLA earns nine top-six awards

SPOKANE VALLEY – Cheney Middle School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) students had a great showing at the 2020 Northeast Regional Winter Conference at the Spokane... — Updated 3/12/2020


Blatman's 'Slow Burn' begins at EWU Gallery of Art

CHENEY – Eastern Washington University's Gallery of Art is exhibiting the works of contemporary artist Resa Blatman at the gallery located in the Art Building at the center of... — Updated 3/12/2020

 By PAUL DELANEY    Education

EWU trustees hear athletics pros, cons

CHENEY — It’s unlikely in recent years that the public comment portion of an Eastern Washington University Board of Trustees meeting has drawn the interest it did last Friday afternoon, Feb. 28 at Tawanka Commons. However, on... — Updated 3/5/2020


Eastern Washington University board of trustees' statement of support for athletics

“As always, all of us are committed to asking questions and hearing feedback from all areas and groups to understand and guide our university’s future.  At this time, President Cullinan and the Board of Trustees will not be... — Updated 3/5/2020


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