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Grandview High School receives state's highest honor
Grandview High School recently received two Washington Achievement Awards, one of the state’s highest honors for public schools.

The awards are sponsored by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction and the Washington State Board of Education. More than 400 schools statewide received one of the annual awards, including 21 awards to the 14 school districts within the ESD 105 region. Award winners are selected based on student test scores collected statewide over three years and graduation rates.

There are awards available in six categories and Grandview High School received awards in two. They received a High Progress award, which is presented to the top 10 percent of schools for achievement and improvement in both reading and math over three years. GHS also received an Extended Graduation Rate award, which is only awarded to high schools.

The other four categories include Overall Excellence, the top five percent in the state based on a three-year composite rating; Reading Growth, top five percent in reading growth ratings over three years; Math Growth, top five percent in math growth ratings over three years; and English Language Acquisition, top five percent in the state based on a state language proficiency assessment and other criteria.

This year’s award-winning schools will be honored during a ceremony held on April 24 at Timberline High School in Lacey.
GMS students put in good showing at regional science fair
Thirteen Grandview Middle School students recently brought home honors from the regional science fair held at Columbia Center in Kennewick.

The students selected to take part in the regional fair were Jasmine Arregui, Jay-cee Al-Ghamdi, Monika Hernandez, Yvett Corona, Isaac Dean, Christin Alvarez, Jael Ibarra-Domondon, Hunter Kleinow, Elias Villa, Mayra Lopez, Dylan Radach, Rocco Parrish and Tad Dawson. Their science fair projects touched on everything from discovering what type of rope is stronger to the best way to make an air pressurized water rocket.

It was a long road to the regional science fair for the 13 students.

Before advancing to the regional fair, the students first had to stand out among their peers at the school science fair.

Sixth grade science teacher Heather Dawson said the students who went to Kennewick were chosen from the top finishers at the school fair.

The GMS science fair students had a great experience in Kennewick, with each of the students bringing home an award from the regional fair. Click here to see more pictures from the science fair.
3D printer brings new dimension to learning at GMS
A 3D printer in Jeff Miller's classroom is bringing another dimension to learning at Grandview Middle School.

A 3D printer uses heated plastic strands to print things with dimension. It layers the plastic until it creates objects to exact specifications. For example, pictured at left, the printer was used to create a working wrench and scale-model of the topography of Mt. St. Helen's after the eruption. The printer was in the process of printing a scale-model of the topography of Mt. St. Helen's before the eruption in green.

Miller said the printer has been in his classroom since just before spring break, and he's been working with it since to work out any bugs and get used to the machine.

The printer was purchased using money from a Gear Up STEM Grant.

Miller said he plans to use the printer in his STEM classes. He said it will give students a chance to create a concept on paper, turn it into a two-dimensional computer rendering and then use the printer's software to create a three-dimensional rendering that can be turned into a CAD file and then be printed.

Miller is looking forward to giving his students a chance to work some of the up and coming technology.
GHS drama club gets ready for spring production
The Grandview High School Drama Club is getting ready for its spring production of Into the Woods.

The play, written by James Lapine with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, is a story about a childless couple who have been cursed by a witch. The story involves plenty of fairtale characters including Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel and Cinderella.

The play will open at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 25, at Grandview Middle School. Other performances are scheduled for 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 26, and Friday, May 2, with the final performance taking place at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 3. Tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for students.
DECA takes over Safeway
The Grandview Safeway story was recently full of DECA blue.

Dozens of DECA students, wearing blue DECA Club t-shirts, took over the store on Wednesday evening. From 4 to 7 p.m. the students took on jobs ranging from cashier to Starbucks barista. The event served as a chance for students to get a little hands-on work experience.

The students spent the first hour of their takeover learning about the different positions at the store and getting ready to take on their new roles.

The students worked side-by-side with Safeway employees as their put their skills to the test.

Pictured, GHS freshman and DECA member Arcelia Garcia watches as Starbucks barista Micheal Hendrickson shows her where everything is as she prepares to takeover.
New program helping train student teachers
There is a new path leading to the front of the classroom. A new program being offered through a partnership with Educational School District (ESD) 105 and Heritage University is training education majors by putting them to work.

The program, HU105, is recreating how teachers are prepped. Mark Cheney with ESD 105 said the program is based on a medical model, using the idea of a residency.

“Instead of them being in dark lecture halls, we have them right in the classroom,” Cheney said.

HU105 is a program that started in 2010 when ESD 105 received a $9.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education. While the program is in it’s fourth year, this is the first year it’s been in place in the Grandview School District.

This year there are several classrooms throughout the district that are using the HU105 system. The system takes college students who have finished two years of college, or those with their AA, and places them in a classroom with a core teacher. There are typically three teacher candidates assigned to one core teacher, which means that in classrooms using the HU105 system there are four adults in the classrooms helping students learn.

These teacher candidates spend Monday through Thursday in the classroom, and then on Friday then get together for their only day of theory. The teacher candidates do this for two years, and when they are finished they have their Bachelor of Arts degree in education with a K-8 certificate.

The program is also open to people who already have their bachelors degree and are interested in getting a Masters degree in education. These teacher candidates go directly into the classroom, but they are just required to spend three semesters – or a school year and a half – in the program before finishing with their Masters degree.

Cheney said spending so much time in the classroom gives teacher candidates a real grasp of what working in education is like. They get to interact with students daily and have a chance to work with an experienced teacher who can help guide them. He said it also gives the teacher candidates a chance to learn about everything that is happening in education. It’s putting them on the frontlines when it comes to being a part of the switch to Common Core and learning about new testing and benchmarks.

And because of the experience the teacher candidates gain, Cheney said they have a nearly 100 percent placement rate for their graduates.

Arthur H. Smith Elementary School has two HU105 classrooms under its roof this year. Principal Jared Lind said he’s enjoyed watching the growth of both the teacher candidates and the students over the year.

Superintendent Kevin Chase said after seeing the program in action in the neighboring Mabton School District he was interested in seeing it come to Grandview.

“It’s a great model for teacher education,” Chase said.

Teacher candidate Kara Duckworth takes the reigns in Gloribel Andrades’ first grade class. Duckworth is one of three teacher candidates who work with Andrade at Smith School.
Instructional Model and Evaluation
The Grandview School Board has identified evaluation models for Certificated staff and Principals under RCW 28A.405. Certificated staff evaluation will follow the Danielson Model, and Principal evaluation will follow the AWSP Framework.

Details about this process, including the transition schedule, can be found In Board Resolution #5 on the School Board page.
Nondiscrimination Policy
The Grandview School District does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, honorably discharged veteran or military status, sexual orientation including gender expression or identity, the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts of America and other designated youth groups.  The following employee has been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination:  Title IX Coordinator/Section 504/ADA Coordinator/ Compliance Coordinator, Diann Zavala, 913 West 2nd Street, Grandview WA 98930 or 509-882-8520.
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