School Districts

  • Washington State Law states that
“school boards…and all other public agencies of this state and subdivisions thereof exist to aid in the conduct of the people’s business.  It is the intent of this chapter that their actions be taken openly and that their deliberations be conducted openly.”
“The people of this state do not yield their sovereignty to the agencies which serve them.  The people, in delegating authority, do not give their public servants the right to decide what is good for the people to know and what is not good for them to know.  The people insist on remaining informed so that they may retain control over the instruments they have created.”   RCW 42.30.010

Statistics
  • Central Valley School District has been recognized in the top 5% of highest performing school districts in Washington State.  This district involved more than 500 community members, parents, staff and students in the development of its 2010-2014 Strategic Plan to establish a clear set of goals, objectives and measurable results.  They provided a 2011 District Report Card to the community as evidence of implementation and impact, showing both the District's strengths and the areas in need of improvement.  One highlight is an 88.5% graduation rate - nearly 9 out of 10 students graduate from one of their three high schools.  http://www.cvsd.org 
What Parents Can Do

  • Parents are their children’s most influential teachers.  If you want your children to learn your values, don’t abdicate that teaching opportunity and responsibility to the school, church, or media.
  • Correct False Teachings.  Find out what your children are being taught in school, and correct those teachings which contradict your family values.  
  • Teach your children the value of a good education and to love learning.  Many students just “get by” in school, doing as little as possible, giving as little as possible, working as little as possible, and studying as little as possible—instead of learning all they can with a little more effort.  Teach children that the benefits and blessings of their education will depend on their performance.  Those who are reluctant or unwilling to learn and grow as much as they can, or work as well as they can, will cheat themselves and others of some of life’s richest rewards.  
  • Kids learn better when they know their parents care.  Show children you care.  Ask to see their homework, praise them, and let them show-off what they have learned.  
  • Consider the importance of religion in family values.  For 6,000 years religion has impacted the world’s art, literature, music, history, science, sexuality, morality, calendar, economics, nature, holidays, and language. However, most religious literature has been silenced and removed from public schools.  As a result, parents must now provide the opportunity for their children to learn a spiritual dimension to supplement their secular education.
Religion provides what is ultimately meaningful and important in life.  Religious training will enhance the knowledge obtained in school, and provide a filter in analyzing that information before putting it into practical use.  Religion will enhance student learning with a purpose, with boundaries as to what is right and wrong; provide motivation to better oneself and help others; and enhance the ability to be more focused.  
  • School Crime.   Schools are often unwilling to publicize infractions that occur on school property.  Parents must learn what the safety issues are, and ask what school boards are doing about them, particularly school violence.  

  • Public schools have public records — and, parents are the public.  School officials are elected and hired by the public to work for the public and guard the safety of the public’s children.  The buildings they occupy belong to you, and the records are collected in your name.  Parents are entitled to examine public school records.   Records should be presumed open unless there are clear and compelling reasons to withhold them.  Citizens enacted the Public Disclosure Act, and citizens must secure it.
“The people of this state do not yield their sovereignty to the agencies which serve them.  The people, in delegating authority, do not give their public servants the right to decide what is good for the people to know and what is not good for them to know.  The people insist on remaining informed so that they may retain control over the instruments they have created.”   RCW 42.30.010
  • Preview the literature your children are assigned to read, and the movies they are required to view.  Parents should be aware of what their children can or must read in school, to determine whether it is appropriate for them or not.  Parents must also never assume the book their child is reading is just like the movie.  Much of the literature and movies contains strong language, graphic scenes of nudity, sex, rape, violence, perversion, and messages which are contrary to high family values such as the dehumanization of women and desensitizing our youth to abstinence.
  • Offensive literature.  Schools have a responsibility to not contribute to the rapid increase of sexual activity and the diseases and unwanted pregnancies which accompany it.  Schools must accommodate those families who are offended by reading assignments and would like an alternative.  
  • Teach your children to love learning, and to never stop learning.  The Dept. of Labor estimates today’s college graduates will have 10 to 14 different jobs by the time they are 38 years old, and the necessary skills to perform each job assignment will constantly change and evolve.  Remember—the Internet world has occurred in just the last 15 years (used by the general public in the 1990’s), bringing us vast amounts of knowledge and technology.
  • Ask if you can volunteer in the schools to give extra help with various subjects at school or after school.  Volunteer service is beneficial to both the students and the volunteers.  The students perform better in school, and the volunteers receive the satisfaction of knowing that they helped bring about those improvements.
You do not have to have children enrolled in school in order to serve as a volunteer.  Parents, grandparents, older students and community members can volunteer in a variety of activities in the schools.

Volunteers may be able to: 
    • Play games with the children at recess
    • Tutor in math or reading
    • Help with fitness testing in physical education
    • Help in the classroom or library
    • File papers for the nurse or the office manager
    • Make copies and compile booklets for teachers or the office
    • Work on art projects
    • Serve as a teacher’s aide
    • Help grade papers
    • Help students learn to play instruments
    • Work one-on-one with a child who is an underachiever in reading, math, spelling, etc.
    • Help a student study for a test, or organize a term paper.
    • Teach English as a second language to young children or foreign students.
    • Offer to teach topics you have expertise in, such as a foreign language, or CPR.
    • Head Start programs need volunteers to teach parents about their role as The Primary Educator of their children. Visit http://bornlearning.org to learn about teaching preschoolers at home. 
    • Prepare bulletin boards and other visual materials for classrooms and hallways.
    • Provide clerical support in the office. 
    • Be a safety guard before or after school.
    • Coach after-school teams.
    • Chaperone field trips or other events. 
    • Help with school fairs/carnivals.
    • Help with a school play—sew costumes or help construct scenery
    • Tutor students who need help.  Many children need help during the entire educational process.
    • Help with fund raisers.
    • Plan book drives for low-income families, adult literacy, and prison programs. 
    • Support school sports programs and booster clubs, run concession stands, or sell tickets to events. 
    • Tape record textbooks for students with reading disabilities.  
  • Offer pro bono medical or dental care for children after school hours.
  • Request schools to develop a provision for alternative certification, whereby a person with a field of knowledge and natural teaching ability, particularly retired persons, could be hired to teach in secondary schools within their fields of expertise.
  • Private gifts fund a variety of programs in our public schools, enhancing what the district does not provide — music, classroom books and supplies, field trips, playground and athletic equipment.    
  • Collect and donate new school supplies for kids K-12 whose families can not afford the necessary items, as well as homeless families and emergency foster-care programs.  For more information, contact your local school; Community Centers; Camp Fire USA at (509) 747-6191; Spokane Valley Partners at (509) 927-1153; or, The Salvation Army at (509) 325-6821. 

  • Donate to your child’s school, a specific teacher, or a specific project.  View http://www.DonorsChoose.org to see what local teacher requests come from what schools.  “Lessons in Gratitude.  Teachers turn to online donors to fund classrooms.”  CBS This Morning, Dec. 8, 2014

  • Be a “Para-Tutor”—students helping students, and kids relating to kids.  Older students can tutor younger students one-on-one.  Teachers cannot give individual attention to every student.  Older students have already been through the material.  They are close in age and can relate better on the student’s level than even teachers can occasionally.  Older students can also be a good role model.  Younger students respond well to older students, and will enjoy school more as they get better grades, feel success, feel encouraged to excel in all their subjects, and improve their self-esteem.  
Those students who don’t like to accept help from a teacher will often let a “friend” help them.   High school students may request to do this tutoring for their senior project, sharing what they have learned, and giving them an opportunity to consider teaching as a profession.  Older students will also learn to help kids who may be different, and see that everyone has worth and value.   
  • Involve the family in children’s education.  This leads to higher achievement and improved school performance.  We are all teachers.  Intellectual achievement is determined to a great extent by family involvement.  Activities at home can help teach and reinforce academic concepts.  Ask schools to provide lists of activities which can be done at home to teach reading, math, science, etc.   Family involvement will help children succeed.  
  • Internet Safety.  Request that your School Board see that parents are tutored regarding the various ways to protect their children from online pornography and sex offenders (since schools require children to use the Internet to do their school assignments).   School staff may also inform parents of the firewalls used within schools to afford the same protection.
  • Groundhog Job Shadow Day is a year-round initiative kicked-off in February of each year.  It allows young people to get a close look at the world of work by shadowing “career mentors” in their place of work.  This is an opportunity for local businesses to help youth develop motivation and make decisions about their future.  Some schools may allow interested students to shadow an employee of a local business.  Employees spend the day helping their assigned students understand the skills and academics needed in their career field. 
  • The National Learn & Serve Challenge is a week-long series of local, state, and national events designed to raise awareness and public support for service-learning.  Students apply what they are learning to community problems and, at the same time, reflect upon their experience as they seek to achieve real objectives for the community and deeper understanding and skills for themselves.  In addition, 90% of local agencies indicated that the Learn and Serve participants had helped the agency improve their services to clients and the community.  http://servicelearning.org 
  • Attend Back to School Meetings.  Request that schools present to parents all the books their students will be reading from (textbooks, literature, movies, etc.).
  • Attend School Board Meetings.  Learn about the decisions which are affecting your children’s education.  Hold School Boards accountable to consider the concerns of parents by providing parents an opportunity to express their concerns and make recommendations regarding the education of their children.   School Boards are elected by parents to represent parents.  
  • School Boards (as well as other elected officials), afraid that the voters will not choose their replacements wisely, often resign right after an election, allowing the remaining board members to choose the replacement (who is almost always elected the following year).  This may prevent many citizens from having a fair chance to be elected to serve on School Boards.   Ask your School Board to share with all parents the schedule for school board elections, and the specific boundary information as to who is eligible to run for all open positions.  
Additional Resources


Public School Board Meetings


Central Valley School District Board of Directors
Meets every 2nd and 4th Monday, 6:30 p.m. in the CVSD board room.  

East Valley School District Board of Directors
Meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays, 5:30 p.m. at various locations.  

West Valley School District Board of Directors
Meets the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays, 7 p.m. in various locations.  Call (509) 924-2150. 

Spokane School District 81
(city schools)
354-5900  



Spokane County School Districts

Catholic School District
1023 W. Riverside Ave.
Spokane, WA  99210
(509) 358-7330

Central Valley School District

19307 E. Cataldo
Spokane Valley, WA   99016
(509) 228-5425 
http://www.cvsd.org

Cheney School District
520 4th Street
Cheney, WA  99004
(509) 559-4599
http://www.cheneysd.org

Deer Park School District
47 S. Colville Road
Deer Park, WA   99006
(509) 464-5500
http://www.dpsd.org

East Valley School District
12325 E. Grace
Spokane, WA   99216-1151  
(509) 924-1830
http://www.evsd.org 
Freeman School District
15001 South Jackson Rd
Rockford, WA   99030-9775
(509) 291-3695 
http://www.freemansd.org  

Great Northern School District
3115 N. Spotted Road
Spokane, WA   99224
(509) 747-7714
http://www.gnsd.k12.wa.us

Mead School District
12828 N. Newport Hwy
Mead, WA   99021
(509) 465-6000 
http://www.mead354.org   

Medical Lake School District
116 W. Third St
Medical Lake, WA  99022 
(509) 565-3100   
http://www.mlsd.org 

Nine Mile Falls School District
10110 West Charles Road
Nine Mile Falls, WA   99026
(509) 340-4300
http://9mile.org 

Orchard Prairie School District
7626 N. Orchard Prairie Rd
Spokane, WA   99217
(509) 467-9517
http://orchardprairie.org

Riverside School District 416
34515 N. Newport Hwy
Chattaroy, WA   99003
(509) 464-8201
http://www.riversidesd.org

Spokane Public Schools (District 81)
200 N. Bernard
Spokane, WA   99201-206
(509) 354-7365
http://www.spokaneschools.org

West Valley School District
2805 N. Argonne
Spokane Valley, WA   99212
(509) 924-2150
http://www.wvsd.com

Homeless Education and Resource Team Program (HEART)
Provides for Central Valley, East Valley and West Valley K-12 students in temporary or transitional  housing:
District 81 and YWCA and Spokane Valley Schools.