Giving Thanks. . .

Thank you, Mt. Spokane High School community, for welcoming me with open arms.

Thank you, Mt. Spokane staff, for caring deeply about students and each other.  I can’t think of a better place to work.

Thank you, Mt. Spokane students, for your warm welcome.  You amaze me daily with your kindness and talents.  I am truly honored to be your Principal.

I wish everyone a joyous and safe Thanksgiving!

Take good care,

Darren

 

The Survivor

Only two more nights remain to watch The Survivor on stage at MSHS.

“Based on the memoirs of Jack Eisner, this gripping drama takes place in the Warsaw ghettos during World War II.  A group of determined
teenagers organize to resist the Nazis. They begin by smuggling food into the ghetto. Eventually they form the nucleus of the Warsaw uprising. These heroic young people make a pact: if anyone survives their deadly ordeal, he or she will tell the story of what happened to them. There was only one survivor and this is the story he told.”

From our budding actors and actresses on stage to the crew that flawlessly works on lights and sets, this is a memorable production that you will not want to miss.

Curtain is at 7:00pm each evening.  Tickets are $6.00 for adults and $5.00 for students and seniors.

We hope to see you on either Monday or Tuesday night!

 

 

 

Wildcat Soccer – Thank you, girls!

What a season!

This past weekend, the Mt. Spokane soccer team ended their dream season at Sparks Stadium in Puyallup.  After a physical semi-final win against Holy Names of Seattle on Friday, our girls faced off against Columbia River from Vancouver on Saturday afternoon.  As the final seconds ticked away in their state championship match, the 2-1 loss left a sting that could only be eased with the knowledge, and perspective, of a magical run.

These girls were GSL, District and Regional champions.  Their Final Four appearance was the first in school history, and the second-place trophy that now resides at MSHS is the result of a tight-knit group of athletes who ended their season with a 20-1 record.   What memories!

Thank you, girls and coaches, for a thrilling ride.  We are all proud of who you are and how you represented Mt. Spokane High School both on and off the field.  You are appreciated!

Click HERE for Spokesman-Review coverage of the state championship match.

Click HERE for Seattle Times coverage of the state championship match.

Click HERE for Spokesman-Review coverage of the semi-final win vs. Holy Names.

MSHS Soccer – History in the Making

Second verse, same as the first!

This past weekend, the Mt. Spokane girls’ soccer team faced the Kamiakin Braves for a second time.  The first meeting was for the regional championship at MSHS, and our Wildcats won a physical contest.  Saturday, under cold conditions at SFCC, the dream season continued as Mt. Spokane dominated from the first whistle for a 4-0 victory.  Not only did the win earn a spot in the WIAA Final Four, the 2012 team made history as the first MSHS team to qualify.

Congratulations, girls!  We all wish you the best against Holy Names in the semi-finals this Friday at Sparks Stadium in Puyallup.

WIAA State Bracket – Click HERE

Seattle Times coverage – Click HERE

Spokesman-Review coverage – Click HERE

MSHS Visits EWU

“What’s next?”

This question drives almost each and every conversation I have with students at Mt. Spokane.   Without question, I feel it’s our primary goal as a school to help students navigate their options after high school and feel confident that they have a plan after graduation.

Thankfully, Mt. Spokane has a rich tradition around establishing a college-going culture, and Tuesday was a prime example of giving students an experience that could possibly shape their future plans.  Beginning at 9:00am, MSHS juniors made their way to Eastern Washington University for a campus tour, informational presentation and lunch.  Combined with our Post-High School Planning Night tomorrow (Thursday), this week has truly been filled with quality opportunities for students and their futures.

As a reminder, Post-High School Planning Night begins at 6:00pm, tomorrow night,  in the Mt. Spokane High School theater.  It’s never too early, (or too late), for students to hear this information, so students in grades 9-12 are encouraged to attend.  Special thanks need to be extended to our staff members who serve as advisors and chaperoned the trip to EWU.  Additionally, our MSHS counselors are to be commended for their work on Post-High School Planning Night.  Thanks to all!

We hope to see you tomorrow evening!

 

Mt. Spokane Marching Band – Committed to Excellence

The Mt. Spokane marching band completed a fantastic 2012 season!

Beginning in the August heat and stretching through a rain-soaked late October, no group of students worked harder to perfect their show.  Competing in Spokane, the Tri-Cities and Everett, the Mt. Spokane Marching Band consistently placed  at the top of their division.  Special thanks are to be extended to Scott Jones, James Layman, Laura Loomer, numerous parents volunteers and our incredible Wildcat marching musicians.

Congratulations to all!  Your efforts are appreciated!

Rock the Vote – MSHS Style

Mt. Spokane students had the unique opportunity to make their voices heard via the National Mock Election that took place last week.

Organized by Jeff Naslund and student leaders, the Mt. Spokane atrium was converted to an official voting site as students were allowed to check-in and vote via laptops.  While the results have yet to be tabulated, the process of raising awareness this political season was valued by students and staff members.  Thanks to all who helped organize the activity. . . what a week!

Celebrating Student Success – Honor Roll Celebration

This past week, the Mt. Spokane CATS group organized a reception for students who had earned a spot on the Spring Semester Honor Roll for the 2011-12 school year.  The accomplishments of these scholars were celebrated via individual certificates and goodies that were provided before PAWS.  Special thanks go out to our wonderful parents who comprise the CATS group and the incredible students who achieved academically.  Congratulations!

 

Wildcat XC – Strong Seasons Culminate in Pasco

Through sun and rain, the boys and girls cross-country programs had memorable 2012 seasons.

The boys’ cross-country team qualified for state as a team and placed 5th this past weekend in Pasco, Washington.  Led by the second-place overall finish by Johnny Dressel (Sophomore), the Wildcat boys competed extremely well to finish their season narrowly behind Seattle Prep for a state trophy.  (The final results from this past weekend can be viewed by clicking HERE).  Congratulations to our coaches, athletes and parents for a wonderful season!

With a strong youth movement and key senior leadership, the 2012 Wildcat girls cross-country team completed a fantastic season with a 6th place finish at the 2012 state championships this past weekend in Pasco, Washington.  Spurred by Makenna Endebrock’s (Freshman) ninth-place finish, the Mt. Spokane girls program was the highest placing 3A school from the GSL.  (Click HERE to see final results from this past weekend.)  Congratulations to our girls, coaches and parents for their dedication!

 

Wildcat Volleyball – Regional Champs = Back to State!

Qualifying for the state tournament is something of a habit for the Mt. Spokane volleyball program.

After a sweep of the Hanford Falcons on Tuesday, the Wildcat volleyball team swept through the Kamiakin Braves on Saturday to claim the 2012 Regional Championship and earn a berth to the State Tournament this upcoming weekend in Lacey, Washington.  This marks the sixth straight season that Mt. Spokane has qualified for the state championships!

Currently ranked 5th in the state by the Seattle Times, the team wasted no time in taking full advantage of their home court this past weekend.  Led by a strong group of seniors, there is little doubt that this team is poised to make a run at a state trophy!

Congratulations, girls!  You are deserving!

 

Click HERE for the Seattle Times rankings.

Click HERE for the 2012 WIAA state volleyball tournament bracket.