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District Announcements
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.
School Announcements
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.
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.
Spring sports schedules are here
Sunshine and warmer weather can mean only one thing, it's time for spring sports.

The Grandview Greyhounds have a busy schedule ahead of them, ranging from track meets and softball games to soccer matches, baseball games, golf tournaments and tennis matches. It's going to be a busy spring for the Hounds.

Click on any of the following sports to see a printable copy of their 2014 schedule: track, baseball, softball, boys' soccer, boys' golf, girls' golf and tennis.

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