MSHS – One of America’s Best High Schools

We made the list. . . again!

Each year, Newsweek recognizes the top high schools in America through a methodology that includes the following:

  • Four-year, on-time graduation rate (25%)
  • Percent of 2011 graduates who were accepted to college (25%)
  • AP tests per student (25%)
  • Average SAT and/or ACT score (10%)
  • Average AP score (10%)
  • Percent of students enrolled in at least one AP course (5%)

Only 40 Washington schools made the list, and MSHS ranked 28th.  Among the ten schools that comprise the Greater Spokane League, five made the list of 40 and Mt. Spokane was ranked second.

Congratulations to our school and supportive community!

To access the 2013 list, please click HERE.


MSHS Shines Again at National History Day!

National competition here we come!

After a fantastic state level competition in Bellevue this past weekend, two teams from Mt. Spokane have qualified to compete at the National History Day competition on June 14th that will be held in Washington DC.

Advisor and MSHS staff member Luke Thomas has built a community of students who are passionate about history, and their willingness to compete is a testimony to their confidence and learning.

The students who qualified for the National History Day National competition include:
Kayla Uplinger – Senior Historical Essay: Turning Point in US Diplomacy; the Sinking of the Maine
Micah Crawford and Tyler Irish – Senior Website: Clash of the Ironclads: The Battle of Hampton Roads
Congratulations to Kayla, Micah and Tyler!
Special thanks to Ms. Jessica Shoemaker, MSHS staff member, who will accompany these students to Washington DC!

AP Test Time!

If you’ve visited MSHS lately, you may have noticed the sleepy eyes that some of our students are sporting.  While this “look” can be attributed to other factors during the fall or winter months, spring sleepiness among many high school students is due specifically to AP (Advanced Placement) testing.

During the AP testing window, 361 students will take 590 AP exams in 18 different subject areas.  This is an incredible testament to our students and staff!  The culture of taking academically rigorous coursework is firmly in place at MSHS, and the beneficiaries are truly our students.

Special thanks to counselor Jamie Goodman for the hours of time it takes to coordinate the AP effort!

Congratulations to all of our students who sat for AP exams!  We are proud of you!


Thank You, Marylu!

MSHS just won’t be the same.

After spending over 20 years as an employee in the Mead School District, Administrative Assistant Marylu Robinson decided it was time to pursue opportunities that didn’t involve phones, word documents or PowerSchool.  As she retired on the last day of April, Mt. Spokane lost a kind and selfless advocate who has called MSHS “home” from the opening of our school 16 years ago.

To honor her retirement, staff pitched in and purchased various gifts to honor Marylu.  At a reception in her honor, she gracefully thanked everyone in attendance and spoke of her love of Mt. Spokane High School.  While we fully expect Marylu to visit often, we are excited for the traveling and family time she is sure to embrace.

Thank you, Marylu, for all you’ve done for Mt. Spokane.  You will be truly missed!


Bruce Holbert – MSHS Staff Member & Published Author, NY Times

What an honor!

Mt. Spokane staff member Bruce Holbert is truly a talented man.  During the school year, he is a beloved English and social studies teacher among students who always has time to lend a helping hand.  Mr. Holbert continually seeks avenues to help students achieve, and I cannot think of another educator more willing to do whatever it takes to aid students as they find their way through high school.

Additionally, Bruce is a published author who, most recently, was featured in the New York Times.  With the perspective gained as a writer, students in Mr. Holbert’s classroom are the beneficiaries of an instructor who truly cares about quality writing and helps students progress as readers, writers and thinkers.

If you have yet to read Mr. Holbert’s submission, please access his offering via the link provided below.

Congratulations, Mr. Holbert!  We are proud of you!

Click HERE for the NY Times article.

Don’t Text and Drive

Safety first!

Last Friday, May 3rd, Mt. Spokane cheerleaders spread awareness regarding the dangers of texting and driving.  Supported with a grant from State Farm Insurance and the Washington State Traffic Safety Commission, cheerleaders held signs on the corner of Highway 2 and Mt. Spokane Park Drive to send a clear message about the dangers of distracted driving.

Thanks to our cheer squad for taking the time to raise awareness.

Thanks, too, to Mrs. Butz for her continual support!

MSHS Cheer and Dance Support Bloomsday

Bloomsday weekend was a hit thanks to the efforts of our MSHS Dance and Cheer programs.

During the Marmot March, (formerly Junior Bloomsday), members of the MSHS Dance and Cheer squads volunteered their time.  From giving water to yelling words of encouragement, these girls represented MSHS with class.

Thanks, girls, for all you do!  You’re appreciated!

Prom 2013 – Here’s to the Night

Here’s to the Night!

The Class of 2013 had a wonderful senior prom this past weekend at Branches.  With over 400 students dancing, accessing a mobile photo booth, and simply having a great time, the evening was truly a hit!

Special thanks to Mr. Naslund and the senior class council for their planning and decorating.  Additional thanks to Ms. Shoemaker and students from the Class of 2014 as they were the designated clean-up crew.  As prom kicks-off a memorable last few weeks for our seniors, this weekend proved that people make the difference.

Thanks to all those who made the night a special one!


Wildcat Orchestra Takes Center Stage

The orchestra program at Mt. Spokane continues to flourish!
The most  recent large group festival was very successful for all three groups who attended.  Scores earned by ensembles range from I – V with I classified as a Superior rating.  These scores are truly earned and reflect the hard work and dedication of our musicians and their instructor, Dale Emery.

Elementary Advanced Orchestra     I-

Mountainside MS Orchestra     I+

Mt. Spokane HS Orchestra     I

As the developmental feeder program continues to perform at high levels, the future remains bright for MSHS orchestra in the near future!  Congratulations to our musicians from Shiloh Hills, Midway, Meadow Ridge, Colbert and Mountainside!  We are proud of your dedication and look forward to having you as Wildcats.

Additionally, one of our fine string players, Raja Bejjani, was selected to attend State Solo and Ensemble this past weekend at CWU.  Congratulations, Raja, on earning this prestigious honor!

MSHS DECA Competes at Nationals

What a year for Dave Whitehead and his amazing DECA students.

Mt. Spokane High School DECA sent 11 competitors to the DECA International Career Development Conference (ICDC) in Anaheim, California where they competed against more than 16,500 other DECA members from around the world. Kelsey Frank and Teagan Brown became the highest placing team in Mt. Spokane history finishing 1st in the Nation and 3rd in the world in Sports and Entertainment Team Decision Making.  What a fantastic accomplishment for this team!

Also placing 3rd in the Western Region of the United States in the Stock Market competition was Ryan Pedersen and Alex Lawrence.  This was the highest place Mt. Spokane has ever received in this specific competition. Congratulations Ryan and Alex!

Lexie Hereford finished 10th overall in the Stock Market competition. For the second year in a row, Hannah Fry and Maddy Brown qualified for DECA ICDC in Buying and Merchandising. Also qualifying for ICDC was Libby Connors who competed in Food Services Marketing.  Congratulations to each of these students for their hard work!

The School-Based Enterprise (SBE) at Mt. Spokane High School was among 166 school-based enterprises in the United States achieving Gold Level Re-certification. The students who worked on the certification included Courtney Bray, Kesley Frank, Hannah Fry, and Kaylee Draine, with the assistance of their advisor Mr. Dave Whitehead. The school-based enterprise at Mt. Spokane High School has operated for 16 years and is to be commended for this achievement.

Congratulations to all who qualified for Nationals!  We are proud of your achievements!

Courtney Bray

Madi Brown

Teagan Brown

Libby Connors

Kelsey Frank

Hannah Fry

Lexie Hereford

Alex Lawrence

Ryan Pederson

Hannah Toulme’

Zach Stensland