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									With Gratitude...




This	
  series	
  of	
  emails	
  led	
  to	
  quite	
  a	
  staff	
  discussion	
  about	
  the	
  quality	
  of	
  education	
  students	
  receive	
  within	
  
Pomeroy	
  School	
  District	
  No.	
  110.	
  	
  The	
  discussion	
  was	
  begun	
  by	
  a	
  teacher	
  with	
  several	
  staff	
  members	
  adding	
  
to	
  the	
  chain.	
  	
  Students	
  have	
  excellent	
  opportunities	
  to	
  be	
  educated	
  in	
  a	
  small	
  rural	
  community	
  along	
  with	
  
the	
  athletics	
  and	
  activities	
  that	
  go	
  with	
  them!	
  

	
  

On	
  1/21/11	
  5:50	
  AM,	
  "Marcia	
  Ruchert"	
  <mruchert@psd.wednet.edu>	
  wrote:

       I	
  am	
  so	
  appreciative	
  for	
  the	
  Teachers	
  we	
  have	
  a	
  P.H.S.	
  	
  As	
  you	
  all	
  know	
  I	
  have	
  been	
  blessed	
  with	
  three	
  
       wonderful	
  daughters	
  who	
  were	
  all	
  students	
  of	
  this	
  school	
  and	
  have	
  done	
  very	
  well	
  with	
  their	
  lives.	
  	
  As	
  
       you	
  will	
  know	
  two	
  of	
  them	
  are	
  Teachers	
  themselves	
  and	
  one	
  is	
  District	
  Court	
  Clerk.	
  So	
  thank	
  you	
  guys	
  for	
  
       all	
  of	
  your	
  hard	
  work	
  that	
  includes	
  everyone.	
  I	
  agree	
  with	
  Del,	
  it	
  does	
  take	
  a	
  village	
  to	
  raise	
  a	
  child.	
  

On	
  1/20/11	
  1:10	
  PM,	
  "Jim	
  Greene"	
  <jgreene@psd.wednet.edu>	
  wrote:

       If	
  we	
  were	
  to	
  publish	
  these	
  stories	
  in	
  the	
  paper,	
  we	
  need	
  to	
  find	
  people	
  in	
  the	
  community	
  that	
  are	
  not	
  
       educators	
  or	
  working	
  in	
  education	
  to	
  share	
  their	
  stories	
  as	
  well.	
  	
  Jim	
  

On	
  1/20/11	
  12:08	
  PM,	
  "Del	
  McKinley"	
  <dmckinley@psd.wednet.edu>	
  wrote:

       This	
  is	
  SOO	
  cool!!	
  I	
  love	
  hearing	
  all	
  these	
  stories.	
  I	
  agree	
  with	
  Rachel	
  –	
  we	
  should	
  somehow	
  publish	
  them	
  
       in	
  the	
  EW!	
  	
  I	
  will	
  check	
  with	
  the	
  big	
  bosses	
  and	
  see	
  what	
  they	
  think	
  :-­‐)	
  I	
  too	
  have	
  my	
  own	
  stories	
  of	
  
       gratitude	
  for	
  the	
  way	
  my	
  children	
  were	
  educated	
  in	
  Pomeroy	
  –	
  we	
  are	
  truly	
  the	
  epitome	
  of	
  the	
  saying	
  “It	
  
       takes	
  a	
  village	
  to	
  raise	
  a	
  child”!!	
  

On	
  1/20/11	
  11:44	
  AM,	
  "Fred	
  Knebel"	
  <fknebel@psd.wednet.edu>	
  wrote:

       Kelly	
  and	
  I	
  sent	
  out	
  an	
  email	
  last	
  year	
  with	
  our	
  thoughts	
  regarding	
  Tye’s	
  education	
  here	
  at	
  
       Pomeroy...therefore,	
  I	
  will	
  not	
  duplicate	
  the	
  email...however,	
  he	
  reiterated	
  the	
  fact	
  again	
  this	
  school	
  year	
  
       that	
  even	
  though	
  the	
  larger	
  schools	
  had	
  more	
  course	
  selections	
  than	
  PHS...he	
  has	
  never	
  felt	
  
       disadvantaged	
  or	
  not	
  prepared	
  compared	
  to	
  the	
  students	
  from	
  the	
  BIG	
  schools...we	
  would	
  not	
  change	
  
       the	
  education	
  that	
  Tye	
  and	
  Tory	
  received	
  as	
  well	
  as	
  	
  their	
  experiences	
  for	
  any	
  other	
  school	
  district	
  in	
  the	
  
       state.	
  

	
  
 On	
  1/20/11	
  11:30	
  AM,	
  "Maureen	
  Scoggin"	
  <mscoggin@psd.wednet.edu>	
  wrote:	
  

   My	
  son	
  also	
  received	
  his	
  education	
  in	
  Pomeroy.	
  He	
  received	
  a	
  full	
  rounded	
  education,	
  with	
  his	
  emphasis	
  
   in	
  agriculture.	
  Agriculture,	
  is	
  his	
  life	
  and	
  career	
  choice.	
  	
  College	
  in	
  Spokane	
  was	
  a	
  time	
  of	
  education	
  and	
  
   growth	
  for	
  him.	
  However,	
  after	
  two	
  years	
  my	
  son	
  decided	
  to	
  return	
  to	
  Pomeroy.	
  Pomeroy	
  is	
  “home”	
  for	
  
   him.	
  He	
  is	
  actively	
  engaged	
  in	
  farming.	
  He	
  is	
  also	
  currently	
  taking	
  a	
  “First	
  Responders”	
  class.	
  With	
  this	
  
   class,	
  he	
  will	
  be	
  qualified	
  to	
  fight	
  fire,	
  and	
  respond	
  to	
  our	
  local	
  emergencies.	
  I	
  feel	
  blessed	
  that	
  he	
  and	
  his	
  
   wife	
  have	
  chosen	
  to	
  make	
  our	
  town	
  home.	
  Home	
  grown	
  and	
  blessed!	
  	
  

 On	
  1/20/11	
  9:09	
  AM,	
  "Rachel	
  Gwinn"	
  <rgwinn@psd.wednet.edu>	
  wrote:

   Here	
  is	
  a	
  response	
  from	
  a	
  parent	
  that	
  has	
  only	
  began	
  the	
  “Pomeroy	
  Education	
  System”	
  experience......I	
  
   am	
  continually	
  amazed	
  at	
  how	
  our	
  staff	
  encourages	
  our	
  kids,	
  and	
  then	
  lets	
  the	
  parents	
  know	
  how	
  
   impressed	
  they	
  our	
  with	
  our	
  children.	
  They	
  take	
  the	
  time	
  to	
  share	
  a	
  story	
  about	
  our	
  children,	
  or	
  give	
  a	
  
   compliment,	
  not	
  only	
  to	
  the	
  parent,	
  but	
  to	
  the	
  nana’s	
  and	
  grandma’s.	
  I	
  truly	
  value	
  this	
  feedback	
  as	
  a	
  
   parent	
  and	
  community	
  member.	
  I	
  think	
  it	
  validates	
  our	
  parenting	
  and	
  the	
  teaching	
  that	
  is	
  going	
  on	
  in	
  our	
  
   system.	
  I	
  think	
  about	
  my	
  sister	
  who’s	
  youngest	
  is	
  in	
  kindergarten	
  in	
  Moses	
  Lake,	
  I	
  am	
  sure	
  he	
  is	
  just	
  
   another	
  kinder	
  in	
  a	
  class—in	
  Pomeroy	
  everyone	
  knows	
  who	
  “the	
  Gwinn	
  boys”	
  (good	
  or	
  bad	
  :)	
  are,	
  they	
  
   know	
  their	
  family	
  and	
  they	
  make	
  sure	
  to	
  share	
  the	
  good	
  things!	
  So	
  I	
  look	
  forward	
  to	
  future	
  success	
  for	
  my	
  
   children	
  for	
  many	
  years!	
  

   I	
  think	
  it	
  would	
  be	
  amazing	
  to	
  share	
  these	
  stories	
  in	
  the	
  EW-­‐-­‐-­‐not	
  only	
  because	
  it	
  is	
  important,	
  but	
  
   because	
  it	
  is	
  a	
  levy	
  year	
  :)	
  

On	
  1/20/11	
  8:39	
  AM,	
  "Kathy	
  Feider"	
  <kfeider@psd.wednet.edu>	
  wrote:

   Greg	
  has	
  said	
  the	
  same	
  thing	
  about	
  the	
  encouragement	
  and	
  experiences	
  he	
  had	
  here	
  at	
  PHS.	
  	
  He	
  feels	
  
   that	
  he	
  was	
  well	
  prepared	
  for	
  the	
  challenging	
  classes	
  he’s	
  taking.	
  	
  The	
  student	
  government	
  experience	
  
   and	
  senior	
  exit	
  interviews	
  gave	
  him	
  valuable	
  experience	
  working	
  in	
  groups	
  and	
  presenting	
  himself	
  to	
  
   prospective	
  employers	
  ;	
  )	
  	
  	
  I	
  think	
  the	
  staff	
  as	
  a	
  whole	
  has	
  worked	
  hard	
  over	
  the	
  last	
  ten	
  or	
  twelve	
  years	
  
   to	
  encourage	
  our	
  students	
  to	
  do	
  their	
  very	
  best	
  and	
  to	
  attempt	
  more	
  each	
  year.	
  	
  Rich	
  and	
  I	
  are	
  so	
  grateful	
  
   for	
  all	
  our	
  kids	
  education	
  and	
  the	
  ties	
  that	
  they	
  continue	
  to	
  have	
  here	
  at	
  home.	
  	
  Nothing	
  like	
  the	
  support	
  
   and	
  encouragement	
  of	
  a	
  small	
  town!	
  	
  Thanks	
  to	
  each	
  one	
  of	
  you!	
  	
  Kathy	
  

 On	
  1/19/11	
  3:30	
  PM,	
  "Janie	
  Field"	
  <jfield@psd.wednet.edu>	
  wrote:

   I	
  have	
  to	
  join	
  in	
  and	
  add	
  another	
  chorus	
  to	
  this	
  song.	
  I	
  have	
  three	
  kids	
  who	
  are	
  doing	
  very	
  well	
  and	
  credit	
  
   this	
  educational	
  system	
  for	
  a	
  great	
  education.	
  They	
  and	
  I	
  thank	
  you.	
  Chris	
  has	
  worked	
  in	
  our	
  nation’s	
  
   capital	
  and	
  is	
  pretty	
  disenchanted	
  with	
  education	
  in	
  general	
  and	
  said	
  to	
  me	
  the	
  other	
  day,	
  “I	
  can’t	
  
   imagine	
  sending	
  my	
  kids	
  to	
  public	
  school	
  except	
  in	
  Pomeroy.”	
  	
  That	
  would	
  be	
  okay	
  with	
  me.	
  

   Janie	
  

 On	
  1/19/11	
  3:30	
  PM,	
  "Jim	
  Greene"	
  <jgreene@psd.wednet.edu>	
  wrote:

   My	
  two	
  kids	
  sing	
  the	
  praises	
  of	
  all	
  of	
  	
  you	
  as	
  well.	
  	
  Jeff	
  is	
  currently	
  working	
  on	
  his	
  third	
  masters.	
  	
  Jim	
  

   	
  

   	
  
On	
  1/19/11	
  10:57	
  AM,	
  "Marcus	
  Pederson"	
  <mpederson@psd.wednet.edu>	
  wrote:

  Diane,	
  your	
  welcome,	
  and	
  I’d	
  like	
  to	
  add	
  my	
  DITTO	
  for	
  my	
  three	
  WSU	
  educated	
  children,	
  I	
  can	
  not	
  
  conceive	
  of	
  a	
  better	
  education	
  they	
  could’ve	
  received.	
  Thank	
  you	
  all.	
  

  MEPJr	
  

On	
  1/19/11	
  10:23	
  AM,	
  "Diane	
  Franks"	
  <dfranks@psd.wednet.edu>	
  wrote:

  I	
  want	
  to	
  say	
  a	
  HUGE	
  thank	
  you	
  to	
  all	
  of	
  you	
  who	
  have	
  been	
  part	
  of	
  my	
  son’s	
  education.	
  Starting	
  from	
  the	
  
  primary	
  grades,	
  Derek	
  has	
  been	
  encouraged,	
  challenged	
  and	
  inspired	
  by	
  each	
  and	
  every	
  one	
  of	
  you	
  and	
  I	
  
  am	
  so	
  very	
  grateful!	
  

  He	
  is	
  applying	
  for	
  doctorate	
  programs	
  in	
  Physical	
  Therapy.	
  Most	
  schools	
  require	
  an	
  interview	
  prior	
  to	
  
  acceptance.	
  He	
  has	
  already	
  been	
  accepted	
  to	
  USC,	
  which	
  is	
  ranked	
  #1	
  in	
  the	
  nation	
  for	
  the	
  PT	
  program.	
  
  He	
  has	
  4	
  other	
  interviews	
  lined	
  up	
  and	
  has	
  not	
  yet	
  heard	
  back	
  from	
  the	
  other	
  3	
  schools.	
  	
  

  I	
  am	
  so	
  proud	
  of	
  the	
  education	
  he	
  received	
  in	
  this	
  district	
  and	
  I	
  am	
  humbled	
  by	
  the	
  influences	
  you	
  all	
  have	
  
  had	
  in	
  his	
  life.	
  Please	
  know	
  that	
  I	
  recognize	
  the	
  excellent	
  job	
  you	
  are	
  doing!	
  

  Thank	
  you	
  so	
  very	
  much!	
  

  Diane

								
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