Friday, December 14th

Friday, December 14th was quite a day of contrasts.

When the news arrived from Connecticut regarding the tragic events at Sandy Hook Elementary School, it was beyond difficult for me to comprehend the devastation that quickly engulfed this school community.  I immediately thought of the families who lost loved ones, and it became a struggle for me to not think about my own children.

Almost directly after hearing the news, I ran to our winter assembly where, quite possibly, the cutest group of Kindergartners in Spokane County engaged all who were in attendance.  Their innocence was captured with song and interactions with Santa, (nice job, Mr. Brown!), and again I found my thoughts drifting to the east coast to parents I will never meet.  I could not imagine their sense of helplessness and loss.

As the assembly continued, and the memory of Lois Fleck was honored, I was in awe of our students and the respect they extended to the family members present and the presentation from Maria Crabb and Annette Helling.  Truly, Mt. Spokane students are unbelievable.

Later, I felt honored to attend the Lois Fleck reception in the Atrium.  The efforts of Maria Crabb and her students manifested into an event that brought the essence of Lois to life.  From the award that will now become a piece of Mt. Spokane High School to the framed song lyrics that were given to Lois’ parents, I can’t imagine there was a person who wasn’t moved by this event.

Finally, the day ended with a captivating presentation from guest speaker Gabe Salazar.  He challenged the students in attendance to dream big and realize that, really, they have no excuse for not achieving.  Again, our students were incredibly respectful of the message and speaker.  When the CEO from Taco Bell was leaving our building, he wanted to make sure I knew how thankful he was for the opportunity to visit Mt. Spokane.  He continually complemented our students, and felt like the assembly was one of the best he had ever attended.  What a testament to our students and community.

While our thoughts will undoubtedly remain with educators, parents and families we will most likely never have the pleasure to meet, I do hope each of us makes time to appreciate and value those people who are important to our lives.

Please enjoy a safe, and memorable, new year celebration.

I’m extremely proud to be your Principal.

Darren

Tyler Sumpter – A Cool ‘Cat

Senior Tyler Sumpter thinks often about his goals after high school, and much like many of his classmates, his dreams hinge on an acronym.

While most MSHS graduates are currently focusing on WSU (Washington State University), SFCC (Spokane Falls Community College) or even UCLA (University of California – Los Angeles), Tyler’s passion lies within the PBA (Professional Bowlers Association).

Beginning at a young age, Tyler starting bowling against his brother.  This natural competition fueled him to invest time and energy into the sport that has resulted in numerous accolades during his time at Mt. Spokane.  A state championship singles title during his freshman year, and a second team all-state designation after his sophomore season, highlight two moments that have helped Tyler decide that bowling will be a key part of his life for some time.

As he approaches his senior year, Tyler hopes to lead his MSHS team back to state.  Additionally, he is considering the bowling programs at Central Washington University and Washington State University as possible spots to compete and further his education.  With his long-term vision focused clearly on the PBA, we all wish Tyler the best of luck!

 

Wildcat Artists shine at Kress Gallery

This holiday season celebrated the talents of our resident artists at MSHS.

Beginning on December 7th with an initial showing, student-artists from Mt. Spokane proudly displayed their work at Kress Gallery at River Park Square Mall in downtown Spokane.  Walking through the gallery, the artwork was professionally displayed with many artists in attendance with their families.  Under the guidance of staff members Angelika Wilson-Wipp and Dave Strand, students in from a variety of classes created pieces that were talked about by all who attended the showing.

The gallery continued to display the artwork throughout the holidays.  Congratulations to all who made the event possible!

 

 

Winter Concert – Last Chance!

Tuesday night started the holiday season at MSHS.

Beginning at 7:00pm, students in our choral and band programs entertained a full audience with an assortment of holiday tunes.  The smiles and positive conversations heard in the commons all affirmed that the evening was truly a celebration.

Thankfully, there is one more chance to catch our musicians in action.  Thursday, December 6th will present another opportunity to catch the spirit of the season.  Curtain is promptly at 7:00pm, so make arrangements to arrive early!

Hope to see you soon!

 

Winter Sports Programs for a Cause

When you enter a Mt. Spokane winter sports event this season, you will notice a professionally produced program that is available for the low price of only $1.00. (Please click the link below for a preview!)

By purchasing a program, your dollar will help support our needy student fund.  Truly, this is the definition of a “win-win” situation as these funds go directly to Mt. Spokane students.

Thanks in advance for supporting our ‘Cats!

Winter Program – FINAL

Wrestling starts with a BANG at Deer Park!

What a start!

This past weekend, the MSHS wrestling team started with a second place finish at the always tough Deer Park Invitational.  Seventeen teams competed with seven GSL school in the field.  Mt. Spokane was the highest GSL finisher topping Mead (3rd), North Central (6th), Lewis & Clark (9th), Rogers (10th), Shadle Park (11th) and Ferris (13th).

Please make time to come and support our grapplers as they take on Shadle Park this Wednesday, December 5th and Ferris on Thursday, December 6th.  Both matches are at Mt. Spokane and begin at 7:00pm.  Good luck guys!

 

 

 

AED and CPR training = Safe ‘Cats

This past week, MSHS was fortunate to have the expertise of Fire District 4 to help 9th grade students learn the importance of AED usage and proper CPR technique.

Organized by MSHS staff member Annette Helling, (thanks, Annette!), each 9th grade student learned that taking care of each other while at school is an important part of being a member of our MSHS community.  As students walked into our wrestling room to find AED (Automated External Defibrillator) machines at their disposal, Dr. Joel Edminster quickly broke them into groups and gave specific, engaging information to all who were in attendance.

As this will now be a yearly event, it will only take three years to ensure that each student has received this important information.

Thanks to our wonderful community members, students and staff for making this happen!