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SHS News by Bill Ressel

posted Mar 28, 2017, 10:16 AM by Stefani Kanzler   [ updated Mar 28, 2017, 10:16 AM ]

On February 24, Mr. Miller and his Sprague FFA Chapter members served the Sprague and Lamont staff a wonderful pancake, scrambled egg and bacon breakfast as one of their activities again this year for FFA week. A big thankyou goes out to Mr. Miller and the Sprague FFA members for a great start to our Friday! 

On February 28, the high school staff held a short assembly to present their student of the month and student of character awards to SHS students for both January and February. The student of the month selected for January was Jade Rios and the student of the month for February was Rose Melville (who coincidentally received the student of the month for February 2016 as well). Mr. Ressel would like recognize and thank all of the high school staff for carrying on in honoring our students in this event in his absence.

Right away in the morning on March 10, Sprague High School counselor, Mrs. Ginny Lathem conducted a Project Friend presentation for the SHS students. The theme Mrs. Lathem emphasized was having empathy for others. Thank you to Mrs. Lathem for all of her work in preparing for this event and for making it such a meaningful one for our students!

Mrs. Whipple was involved again this year in taking several high school and middle school students to the Bi-County Honor Band/Choir practices that took place in Reardan on March 1 and 8. The culminating concert took place on March 13 in Spokane at the INB Performing Arts Center. Sprague and Lamont continued to have great representation at the event. Sprague High School participants in this year’s events included Emily Boutain, Rose Melville, Mickey Moore, Kim Rios, Leann Harlan, Kikyo Sahashi, Mya Lynch, Madison Miller, Jade Rios and Kayla Eddington. Middle school students involved this year included Malea Canaday, Kelsey Billigmeier, John Rhoades, Sam Michels, Larua Miller, Laynie Brittain, Tavia Oberlander-Rishel, Adah Michels, Heaven Lopez, and Alana Billigmeier. Thank you again this year to Mrs. Whipple for her part in making this event such a memorable and enjoyable one for both performers and audience!

The Sprague ASB and FFA are again teaming up for the final 2nd Harvest Food Distribution event of the school year. It will take place from 3:30 to 5:00 PM on the Monday after spring break ends on April 11. Please be sure to mark your calendar and see the flyer in this newsletter for more details. Thank you to both Mrs. Lutes and Mr. Miller for their willingness to organize the events on behalf of both the Sprague ASB and FFA!

High school spring sport practices got under way on February 27. Sprague High School has a large percentage of their entire student body involved in tennis and softball again this year. This will make for a very busy spring for many of our students. Mrs. Melville and Mrs. Swanger are co-head coaching tennis again this year. Go Broncos!

On March 15, Mr. Miller took the SHS seniors to an event in Ritzville called, “Money Live”. The Event was targeted directly towards seniors to help prepare them for life beyond high school. Seniors from several Bi-County high schools were present at the event. Mr. Miller said that he truly felt it was a good event for our seniors to experience. Mr. Miller said students were given a financial situation (monthly income, married, kids etc.). They then had to move around to several different stations in which they determined what their monthly expenses would be (car loans, food budget, entertainment, etc.). Their goal was to "purchase" something at every station and still have between $0-$100 left over. Mr. Miller said, “I thought it was beneficial for them to see how to actually balance a monthly budget.” Mr. Miller also said that afterwards, students learned about student loans, credit scores and credit cards. He added, “STCU, who hosted the event, then gave out a bunch of gift card prizes.”

High school student-led conferences take place on March 30. Student-led conferences continue to be one of the capstone components of our Navigation 101 program. Overall, our students have bought in to the process and it continues to be a positive means by which they can showcase their accomplishments to their parents. I am appreciative of our NAV 101 mentors for the time and effort they have taken to make S-L conferences a success.