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  • An apology and resignation

    Deidre Ellsworth|Jun 12, 2024

    To the students offended by my actions after the board meeting regarding their classmates not allowed to walk in the LR graduation: As you can imagine this was very hard on all of us and coming to this decision had me heartbroken for all the families of the students not allowed to participate in the graduation ceremony. In the meeting I spoke on how it’s unfair to be placed in this position at all and how the blame fell on our shoulders in their eyes. When the meeting was over I approached a scene where another board member was being c...

  • Bullies in our schools

    AKA Deidre Ellsworth|Oct 18, 2023

    I’ve lived in the Nespelem area most of my life and am a graduate of Lake Roosevelt High School. My children were raised here too and are graduates of LRHS. Now my grandkids, grandnieces and grandnephews are being raised here on their way to being graduates of LR. I came from a traditionally Native home that was riddled with alcoholism and, unfortunately, so were my children. Now our families are living alcohol free, some of us 6-plus years in, and are doing our best to raise our children and grandchildren without that dysfunction of a...

  • Felt privileged to show young how we must work together

    Deidre Ellsworth|Nov 6, 2019

    I wanted to thank the students and parents who allowed me to be a part of your lives for the last three years as the GCDJH eighth-grade girls basketball coach. It has truly been a pleasure to put that time into our youth by either working on their basketball skills or just being there as a leader. I’m seeing more and more that guidance and leadership is something that our youth need, not only as encouragement but as stability. Being told over and over that you’re not good enough is just as bad as being told over and over that you’re the best an...

  • Students' "community service" shouldn't sound like a punishment

    Deidre Ellsworth|Jun 28, 2017

    I was very thankful to be asked to sit in on the LRHS Senior Oral Boards! I didn’t realize how much of a rewarding experience this was going to be. One thing I promised to address was the community service requirement. While most didn’t have a problem doing it, it was the wording that caused hard feelings. In a young person’s eyes, you see “community service” and that makes it look like it’s connected to doing something wrong. I heard, “When you’re on probation or in trouble, you get community service,” and I completely agree! I submitte... Full story