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Lawmakers Mark 99th Anniversary of Cougar Football Championship

For Washington State University Cougar fans, it sometimes feels like it's been 100 years since they won a national football championship. Actually, it has only been 99 years. And, Friday, the Washington legislature marked that milestone in Olympia.

“The 1915-1916 WSC football team was the first West Coast team to go undefeated and win a Rose Bowl and a National Championship,” said Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane, “giving Washington State the oldest winning tradition on the West Coast.”

Sen. Baumgartner sponsored Senate Resolution 8715 to mark the occasion. The resolution celebrates the 1915 team, known then as Washington State College, who finished their season with a perfect record and beat Brown College 14-0. That year's team allowed only one touchdown all year.

Current Cougar football coach Mike Leach joined Sen. Baumgartner to mark the occasion. Baumgartner is a proud Coug, graduating in 1999 with a degree in Economics.

Spokane schools push for "Apple a Day" program passage

Spokane schools push for "Apple a Day" program passage

Many districts across Washington have tossed out tater tots and hot dogs for healthier meal options, but a lot of them don't have the right equipment in place to make meals from scratch. That could change soon, thanks to a proposed grant in the state legislature.

Inside Spokane's Community School, Chef Rene whips up healthy, fresh meals on a daily basis, but she has some help: upgraded kitchen equipment.

More schools across the state could have state-of-the-art equipment if the Washington legislature allocates funding for the "Apple a Day" program.

"This new 'Apple a Day' grant could help schools purchase equipment that would introduce more whole foods, more fresh foods in a way that's affordable and very nutritious for kids," said Spokane Public School's Doug Wordell.

While The Community School is well equipped in the kitchen, other schools in the district are not.

"We don't have the blenders or the 'Robot Coupes,' and we don't have the ovens. We have an old, stacked convection oven, and they work, but these ovens are over 35 years old," said Wordell.

Dr. Shelley Redinger's March SPS Progress Report

In her March progress report, Spokane Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Shelley Redinger discusses the district’s Strategic Plan for 2014-2020. She outlines what issues are being addressed and how they developed the plan.

Community members are invited to share their feedback on Spokane Public Schools by using a new tool called ThoughtStream. The conversation will be open until March 10th.

SPS Kindergarten registration begins March 3rd

SPS Kindergarten registration begins March 3rd

From Spokane Public Schools:

Families with students who will be 5 on or before Aug. 31 take note: It’s time to register for kindergarten! Spokane Public Schools is eager to welcome new students to the SPS family. To help kindergarteners get excited about school, SPS provides each with a special, brightly colored tote filled with educational activities that families can work on together.

Voter's Pamphlet art contest open for Washington students

Voter's Pamphlet art contest open for Washington students

The Office of the Secretary of State is calling on Washington artists in the 4th & 5th grades to submit designs for the 2014 Voter’s Pamphlet. The winning design will be featured on more than 3.2 million copies of the pamphlet and will be sent to every house in the state during the General Election this fall.

Changes in store for SPS Montessori program

Changes in store for SPS Montessori program

Spokane Public Schools voted to move and unify the Montessori program from two locations to one central location. While Montessori parents are both excited and apprehensive of the move, the change solves a bigger space issue for the school district.

“They’re looking at this strategically,” said Kevin Morrison, Director of Community Relations for Spokane Public Schools. New legislation requires that all kindergarten through third grade classrooms have only 17 students within the next few years. The district is in need of 24 classrooms by this fall.

Dr. Reginger's SPS February Progress Report

In this month's Spokane Public Schools Progress Report, Superintendent Dr. Shelley Redinger discusses the district's efforts at increasing the graduation rate. In 2008, only 60 percent of Spokane students were completing high school and moving forward in life with a diploma, last year SPS raised that rate to almost 80 percent.

Dr. Redinger explains how the school district achieved the increase and what they're working on the make the number of Spokane Public Graduates even higher.

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