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Palouse Prairie is a tuition-free public charter school dedicated to the vision of an inclusive, respectful and supportive learning environment for all of our students, staff and for the families we serve. We foster a learning environment which supports and nurtures the individual, whether student or adult, as a thoughtful participant in our local and global community.
You can read our Vision & Mission Statements & learn more about our values HERE.
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Now that our March lottery is over, we at PPSEL are excited to welcome our new students for the 2014-15 school year. While we are full in most grades, we do have a small number of open seats in some grades. Families interested in enrolling a student at the school can find a post-Lottery application form online HERE.
Applications for the coming school year are accepted over the counter on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. Seats are offered to prospective students for grades with open seats and names will be added for grades with no current open seats.
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We are excited to let you know more about PPSEL's All Day K Program, an application for which can be found online HERE:
The State of Idaho funds a half-day Kindergarten program, but a great deal of research, and our own experiences, teach us that participation in ALL DAY K programs greatly benefit students and help them be well prepared for the later primary grades, both academically as well as socially.
Our program offers eligible students:
* Small class size with personalized attention from an experienced Kindergarten teacher.
* Participation in enrichment activities that include health and fitness, music or art.
* 40-50% more time for instruction and for positive social interaction than children experience in a half- day program.
* Increased opportunity for our teachers to know each student and tailor the learning environment to meet each student’s needs.
The All Day K program is a balance of small group, large group, and individual activities that engage children in intellectually stimulating activities while increasing each child's opportunity to learn the core curriculum.
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Free and Reduced Lunch Applications for the 2014-15 school year have been released and are available HERE.
If you are eligible, please fill out a form and turn it in to the office with your enrollment paperwork. This is a form that needs to be turned in every year to receive free or reduced lunches. If your family is eligible and will not use the lunch services please complete a form anyway, as grants and funding use data about lunch status and the school needs current numbers. Detailed information from this form is confidential.
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PPSEL asks for a school supply donation between $25 and $45 per child towards the purchase of school supplies. We ask for this donation instead of having families shop for school supply items as we recognize that often shopping for school supplies is burdensome on families. Please submit checks along with enrollment paperwork so that the school might be able to purchase materials prior to the students' first day of class.
Checks can be made payable to Palouse Prairie School or PPSEL.
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The 4/5 crew in Spring 2013 had an expedition around Kamiak Butte. Our guiding question was “how does scientific knowledge about Kamiak Butte affect our appreciation for the natural history of the Palouse?” We kicked off our expedition with a visit to Kamiak Butte. The children explored the park, played at the playground, and then we all hiked to the top of the Butte. We focused on general geological knowledge about plate tectonics, the structure of the earth and geological forces. In case study one we learned about the type of rocks and the rock cycle. Our project for case study one was a rock display board. In case study two we took our general knowledge about geology and rocks and went deeper with our study of Kamiak Butte. We visited the WSU campus and met up with our expert Bryan Donaldson and some of his fellow geologists. We took another trip to Kamiak Butte with our experts to do field work. Our project for case study two is an individual informational writing piece about a specific aspect of Kamiak Butte such as the quartzite outcroppings or the development of loess dunes.
For our final product the students created a geological field guide pamphlet that tells the story of Kamiak Butte. This pamphlet is available to everyone who visits Kamiak Butte. We hope it will encourage people to get out into nature and help them develop a greater appreciate for the beautiful area we live in.
DOWNLOAD our pamphlet on Kamiak Butte