• Friday, June 19, 2020, 3:15 p.m.

    Posted by Kathy Graham on 6/19/2020 3:15:00 PM

    Hello Nine Mile!  This is Jeff Baerwald filling in for Brian Talbott.

    Although today is the last day of school, please know that we will be hard at work over the next two months planning for reopening our schools in the fall.  

    Today also marks the end of our daily meal delivery.  We know the impact that COVID has had on our economy may have created a hardship for some of our families.  Although this economic impact is due to circumstances out of your control, you may find that your students now qualify for Free and Reduced Lunch. If you have not signed up for Free and Reduced Lunch for the 2019-20 school year and believe you now qualify, please access the district’s online application by Sunday, June 28th. 

    When you qualify for Free and Reduced Lunch, you also qualify for additional food support through the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services Pandemic-EBT program. You may receive a one-time credit of $399 per child. You will need to apply for Free and Reduced Lunch in order to be eligible for the Pandemic-EBT benefit. 

    Please know that this will not be the last message we send to you. The Nine Mile Falls School District’s office is open during the summer, and we will continue to update you on important information and changes as we plan for the next school year. For now, we are wishing for you a summer filled with family, friends and great memories of time spent together.

    Finally, thank you.  Thank you for all of your support in helping our district navigate through these challenging times.  We couldn’t have done this without you.  It is because of you, we are 9 Mile Proud.

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  • Wednesday, June 17, 2020, 2:00 p.m.

    Posted by Kathy Graham on 6/17/2020 2:00:00 PM

    Hello Nine Mile! Today is June 17th, and it is sunny for the first time in forever.  

    I am reaching out at midday as much is happening; I want to ensure that you have the most up to date information possible as we move through these last couple of school days. 

    First, I want to send out a heartfelt congratulations to the Class of 2020.  Last Friday, we were fortunate to have been able to celebrate our seniors and their families while also avoiding the frequent storms that have been ever present.  There were several times that my eyeballs leaked seeing the smiling faces and enthusiasm of what was a most unique and individualized ceremony.  Thank you all so much for your support of these fine young people who will undoubtedly make a difference in this goofy world.  

    As we wind down this last week of school, I am asking that any and all who have benefited from our big yellow food factories and packet deliverers to go out and give an enthusiastic applause and appreciation.  These folks, as well as many that you don’t see, have been on the scene from the very beginning.  I consider all of them heroes for taking care of our kids during an incredibly difficult time.  They all deserve our highest level of gratitude.    

    Next, we are asking all of our students and families that have checked out chromebooks, textbooks, or any other school materials to please return those items to the school your child attends.  We are asking all families to return these items by Friday June 19th.  If, for some reason, you are unable to get to your studen’ts school, you may tape your students name on the items and return them to one of the buses that delivers lunch through your neighborhood.

    Our reopening plans are currently being directed by State Superintendent Reykdal, the Department of Labor and Industries, and the Department of Health.  We have a long way to go before we know exactly what the reopening will look like.  However, the initial guidance was provided from OSPI last week; it is very concerning and complicated.  

    We are kindly asking all parents or guardians to click on this link and take a few minutes to respond to the short survey about reopening school in the fall.  Your responses and feedback will help guide our reopening taskforce to ensure we are doing everything we can to return our Nine Mile Falls students back to school.   Much like the returning of district materials, we request your response to this survey by the end of the day on Friday June 19th.  Your input will most definitely be calculated and read.  At this time, we have very little control over the decisions that are being made for us.  That being said...we are 9 Mile and we are 9 Mile Proud.  We will get there together

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  • Wednesday, June 3rd, 2020, 5:00 p.m.

    Posted by Kathy Graham on 6/3/2020 5:00:00 PM

    Today is Wednesday, June 3rd.  This is Talbott Time, and I just want you to know that I love all of you, Nine Mile.

    There will be another Fresh and Frozen distribution tomorrow, June 4th, at Lakeside Middle School.  At this time, we believe that this weekly gift will continue through the month of July. We will let you know if that changes.  

    Understandably, we have been receiving calls and emails regarding the plans for reopening in the Fall.  At this point, I can only share that we are hoping for the best and we are making plans based off of the information and guidance provided.  We do not yet know enough to be informative; however, I want to assure you that we will communicate about this even after school ends. Just because school ends on June 19th, doesn’t mean that our messages will end. 

    I want to share a bit about graduation, and I want you all to know that like you, we wish that the ceremony was of a more normal status.  The 2020 graduation ceremony at Lakeside High School will be limited to one vehicle per graduate.  The only key that will get a vehicle through the gauntlet will be a member of the senior class donning a cap and gown.  There will be no exceptions. I am asking you and our entire community to be responsible with this, as I do not want to jeopardize the opportunity to recognize our seniors...please do your part and help us to have a civil and celebratory event.  

    Lastly, I would be remiss if I did not say something regarding the state of our collective world.  Unless you have been off the grid for the past week and a half, you know what is happening regionally, statewide, across our great country, and in many other places worldwide.  Yesterday I read a post from Sesame Street, and my simple thought was this:  Sesame Street seems like a great place to live. Hatred has no place on Sesame Street — or on any street. 

    Sesame Street was built on diversity, inclusion, and, especially, kindness. I want to believe that Nine Mile Falls was built on diversity, inclusion, and, especially, kindness. We could all use more kindness and compassion.  Today and every day we stand together. We are 9 Mile Proud.


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  • Wednesday, May 27th, 5:30 p.m.

    Posted by Kathy Graham on 5/27/2020 5:30:00 PM

    Hello Nine Mile Friends and Families.  Today is Wednesday, May 27th.

    Another reminder that Thursdays are food distribution days at Lakeside Middle School.  The fifth installment of this event will occur tomorrow between the hours of 11 AM and Noon.  Another shout out to our Student Action Team, Generation Alive, and 2nd Harvest.  We all benefit when we work together and support one another. 

    This next portion of the message is for all of my favorite students.  If you are like my own son, you are likely tired of online and/or packet work.  I know that it just isn’t the same when we are not at school together.  I assure you that your teachers and support staff are going to keep pushing…I am asking that you keep grinding…stick to this process for the next couple of weeks.  Grading is still occurring and we are almost there.  Let’s proceed with grit all the way through the finish line.  

    Our seniors are being celebrated in several ways.  First, our friends at Daktronics have loaned us a video display board that is currently sitting at the corner of the high school property and Highway 291.  The board shows the names and photos of the Class of 2020.  The spring sports coaches have worked with Mr. Pietz to put together a video that highlights our senior athletes. You can watch with video from this link.

    I hope that all of you have a wonderful and warm rest of the week and weekend. 

    Be healthy, be happy, and be 9 Mile Proud.  

    Brian Talbott 

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  • Wednesday, May 20, 2020, 5:00.p.m

    Posted by Kathy Graham on 5/20/2020 5:00:00 PM

    Hello my Nine Mile Families, it’s Talbott Time.  Today is May 20th, 2020

    Please know this, I truly do miss you all.  When normal life resumes, I will make sure to emphasize the value of our face-to-face discussions more than ever before.  

    Tomorrow, Thursday May 21st, the fourth installment of the Fresh and Frozen food distribution will be held at Lakeside Middle School between the hours of 11 AM and Noon. 

    Additionally, I have been asked to share with all of you that there will be two Mobile Markets available as well.  One will be held tomorrow, Thursday, from 4PM-6PM, at the West Central Community Center.  This event will include free beef donated by the Washington Beef Community.  The second one will be held Friday, May 22nd, from 4PM to 7PM, at the Spokane County Fairgrounds

    In the coming days, you will be receiving a 9 Mile Proud Newsletter in your mailbox.  Please take a moment to read through the amazing things that our staff and schools are doing for the benefit of our students and our community.

    Lastly, I hope you are seeing the yard signs throughout the community that identify the home of a senior in the class of 2020.  Help us celebrate them by giving a little honk as you drive by the house.  Speaking of seniors, we are making plans and contingency plans for graduation.  As we learn more, we will share more.  

    Rain, rain go away…9 Mile Proud is here to stay!

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  • Wednesday, May 13, 2020, 5:30 p.m.

    Posted by Kathy Graham on 5/13/2020 5:30:00 PM

    It is Wednesday, May 13th, and I miss you today and every day.  

    I am proud of the work that continues to be done and the progress that has been made by the students, staff, and community in pushing through these strange times. 

    As you know, the Nine Mile Falls SD saddles both Stevens County and Spokane County.  While Stevens has entered into Phase 2, Spokane County is still operating at Phase 1. To protect staff, students, and our community at large, we will continue to operate in a conservative manner. 

    Just a reminder that Kindergarten registration packets can be picked up in front of either elementary school, alongside the educational packets.  If you have an incoming kinder kiddo, please fill out and return the paperwork as soon as possible. 

    Tomorrow (Thursday) the middle school will host the fourth Fresh and Frozen food distribution which will take place between the hours 11:00 AM and noon.  Much appreciation to our LMS students and partners for this community gift.    

    Your schools are working hard to create a safe and comfortable environment for you to pick-up your student’s personal items. The administration and/or staff will be contacting you in the very near future to inform you of the times and dates. 

    Although it is gloomy and wet outside; I am 9 Mile Proud inside. 


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  • Friday, May 8th, 2020, 4:30 p.m.

    Posted by Kathy Graham on 5/8/2020 4:30:00 PM

    Hello My Fellow Nine Milers...today is Friday, May 8th

    To all the parents who became teachers on March 16th:  You had us beat, because you already have the needed and necessary relationship with your student. That by itself is the most important element of teaching. You are doing this; your kids will come back and thank you for the time you invested in them this year. 

    As we end this ninth week of school closure I want to thank our entire staff and to all of you who have recently joined the teaching force, whether you wanted to or not.  Happy Educator Appreciation week! Thank you all for your partnership and for being a champion of children.   

    I hope that each of you enjoys an amazing and warm May weekend.  To all of you Mommas out there…Happy Mother’s Day.  None of us would be here without you!  

    9 Mile Proud for life.  

    Every Kid Needs a Champion

    (Ted Talk by Rita Pierson - Thank you for being a Nine Mile Falls Champion)

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  • Wednesday, May 6th, 2020, 6:00 PM

    Posted by Kathy Graham on 5/6/2020 6:00:00 PM

    I miss you Nine Mile.  Today is May 6th, and it is approximately 6:00 PM

    Hey kids...we need you to be engaged in your learning.   Please check-in and communicate with your teachers as the school year is still in session!  I am telling you the same thing that I tell my own kid:  “You have a job to do; get crackin’.”

    Tomorrow, Thursday May 7th, we will be hosting another Fresh and Frozen food distribution at Lakeside Middle School between 11 AM and noon.  I was able to attend last week’s event and was impressed with the civil, respectful process.  It was gratifying to watch the Lakeside Middle School Student Action Team as they greeted close to 100 families, while packing boxes of food into each vehicle.  Again, much appreciation to Generation Alive and 2nd Harvest for this amazing gift to our community.  

    Thanks to Governor Inslee, the fishing season is now open!  Beginning this Friday, the Eighth Annual Fishing Derby will be held at Rosauers between the hours of 3:30 to 7:00 PM.  This event was the brainchild of the Bea Rice and Teri Meyer families to support food availability for kids during the summer months.  You can participate in the Derby by buying tuna fish, peanut butter, and/or other commodities that will go directly to the Tum Tum Food Pantry.  If you are unable to get to Rosauers during this time, we will be collecting donated food items during the week of May 11-15 at Lake Spokane Elementary School.  Thanks for being an awesome community that supports others in times of need.  

    There are many things for which to be thankful. We have found that self-isolation doesn’t have to be isolating. People have found ways to come together in this community, and we continue to support each other in and outside of our homes. Collectively...we continue to act in a way that matches our beliefs - I am 9 Mile Proud.

    Brian Talbott

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  • Wednesday, April 29th, 2020, 5:30 PM.

    Posted by Kathy Graham on 4/29/2020 5:30:00 PM

    Hello Nine Mile...this is Brian Talbott. Today is Wednesday, April 29th, and it is approximately 5:30 PM.

    As we are at the middle of week seven, I am unable to put into words how much I miss seeing all of you!  We have now entered the fourth and final quarter of this school year.  Certainly, none of us would have ever dreamed that this is the way that we would finish out the 2019-2020 school year.  Nonetheless, here we are, and here we go.  Regardless of the circumstances, we have an obligation to finish strong. While you can count on us, I want you to know that reciprocally, we are counting on you!

    Kindergarten registration is in full force. If you have students who need to be registered to start school, our school offices are open on an altered schedule. Please be sure to register your students so we can better plan for the 2020-21 school year. 

    Between 11:00 AM and noon tomorrow, there will be another fresh/frozen food distribution at Lakeside Middle School.  Again, this is brought to you from the kind and caring hearts of 2nd Harvest, Generation Alive, and the LMS Student Action Team.    

    I long for the days when we can return to some semblance of normalcy.  Thank you for being a great community filled with teaching and learning partners. 

    9 Mile Proud...it’s a way of life.  

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  • Wednesday, April 22, 2020, 6:00 p.m.

    Posted by Kathy Graham on 4/22/2020 6:00:00 PM

    Good evening, Nine Mile; it is approximately 6:00 PM on Wednesday, April 22nd.  

    Our third quarter will officially end this Friday, April 24th. Monday April 27th will be the start of the fourth quarter, and it is expected that all Nine Mile Falls School District students engage in the new learning provided by their teachers.  Each student in our District needs to be actively participating with their teachers online or through the educational packets delivered on Wednesdays.  As part of the new learning process, teachers will be assessing and evaluating student learning, participation, and engagement weekly.  If you are having challenges getting your student to engage and participate, please contact your school directly in order for us to find ways to support you and your student. 

    As a reminder, three internet hotspots have been added for your convenience. Those include the staff parking lot of Lakeside High School (available from 7:00am to 3:00pm), the Lakeside Middle School staff lot, or the Nine Mile Falls Elementary parking lot both of which are available 24-7 on the NMFSD Guest Wifi. 

    Lastly, I want to remind you that there will be a fresh and frozen food distribution tomorrow Thursday, April 23rd at Lakeside Middle School from 11:00 AM to Noon.  Our partners from 2nd Harvest Foods and Generation Alive are providing this opportunity. Our LMS Student Action Team will be there to assist with placing goods into vehicles. 

    We ask that you pull into the main lot and wait until you are asked to move forward and then exit through the staff lot.  As always, we encourage and expect social distancing and respectful driving behavior; please be patient and respectful as this event is truly a gift of care.  Lastly, please know that this delivery is based on a first-come-first-served approach, and we will make adjustments moving forward if there is more need than distribution available. 

    So grateful to be a part of this district that makes me 9 Mile Proud. 

    Brian Talbott

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