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CHS Hour of Greatness Friday evening

CHENEY -- The Blackhawks graduating class of 2020 will be honored Friday night, June 5, in a drive-through ceremony put in place as part of revised commencement exercises. Called... — Updated 6/4/2020


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


Medical Lake's Hein named to Cedarville Dean's List

CEDARVILLE, Ohio – Cedarville University student Elena Hein of Medical Lake, majoring in nursing, was named to the Dean’s Honor List for spring 2020, the university announced in a June 22 news release. This recognition... — Updated 7/9/2020


Making a successful flight

CHENEY – Webster's Dictionary describes the word "vision" as "a thought, concept or object formed by the imagination," or even as "a mode of seeing or conceiving." Eastern Washing... — Updated 7/9/2020


Cheney High School group holding blood drive

CHENEY – High School Health Helpers (H3) is holding a blood drive Tuesday, July 7, at the Marketplace Bakery & Eatery, 1011 1st St. The drive runs from 3 – 6:15 p.m., with donors asked to sign up online for a specific time.... — Updated 7/2/2020

 By DREW LAWSON    Education

Medical Lake superintendent shares fall health expectations with board

MEDICAL LAKE — If a return to in-person learning occurs in the Medical Lake School District next school year, health guidelines seem to mandate that it won’t be what students and teachers are used to. That was the sentiment... — Updated 7/2/2020


Cheney school board adopts 2020-2021 budget

CHENEY – The school district board of directors unanimously approved an $88.77 million budget for the 2020-2021 school year at their June 24 Zoom meeting. The budget consists of five separate funds, with the largest chunk being... — Updated 7/2/2020


Jarrells, Swanger earn degrees at Oregon State

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Two West Plains-area residents have joined more than 7,000 students representing all 50 states and 73 countries who recently earned degrees as part of Oregon State University’s class of 2020. Molly E.... — Updated 6/25/2020


Bruess makes Norwich University Dean's List

NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Cheney’s Brayden W. Bruess has been recognized on the Dean’s List at Norwich University for the spring 2020 semester. According to a June 22 release, full-time undergraduate students who earned a semester gr... — Updated 6/25/2020

 By DREW LAWSON    Education

WIAA releases return-to-activity guidelines for high school sports

RENTON- The WIAA released guidance for opening high school athletics and activities in accordance with Gov. Jay Inslee’s four-phase state re-opening plan Monday. The guidance document detailed guidelines for schools for each of... — Updated 6/25/2020


Reopening K-12 schools mixes rigidity with flexibility

WEST PLAINS – School districts in Washington finally received some guidance on resuming in-person operations this fall with the release of the state’s “Reopening Washington Schools 2020: District Planning Guide” on June 11.... — Updated 6/18/2020


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 ceremony. At its May 27 meeting, Superintendent Rob... — Updated 6/5/2020


Blackhawks FBLA earns five state championships

CHENEY – The high school Future Business Leaders of America club turned in five state championships at the annual FBLA Conference, held in a virtual format over the week of May 8 – 10. Julian De Los Santos brought home a pair... — Updated 6/4/2020


Cheney School District offers summer food program

CHENEY – The School District’s Nutrition Service Department is again sponsoring the federal Summer Food Service Program. The program is administered in Washington state by the Office of the Superintendent of Public... — Updated 6/4/2020


Medical Lake High School plans live graduation at football stadium

MEDICAL LAKE — Local high school seniors will be able to attend a live, in person graduation ceremony after all. If everything goes as planned, that is. With Spokane County now is Phase 2 of Gov. Jay Inslee’s four-phased plan t... — Updated 6/4/2020 Full story


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


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


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