Taking Action – Three Students – One Wonderful Wall!

Music plays a part in each of our lives.

It may be that you’re a  talented musician in your own right. . . striking chords on the piano or strumming tunes on a guitar.  For many others, however, music is equated to a pair of headphones or sining along in the car with friends.

This past week, three wonderful MSHS students approached me with an idea.  All friends, they listen to the same bands and realized the positive nature of the lyrics they were listening to.  After discussing with each other, they felt like taking these positive lyrics and posting them in a place for other students to see and read would be a great thing for our school.  I agreed, (somewhat to their surprise, I think), and the result is a colorful wall that was simply created by their thoughtfulness.

As the lyrics have now been up for three days, I’ve enjoyed watching other students stop and read.  Comments like: “That’s cool!” – “Whose idea was this. . . it’s awesome!” and “What a GREAT idea!” are the norm.

Improving a school doesn’t always equate to adult meetings and adult decisions.  Thank you, Breeawna Sumner, Erin Noll and Olivia Connely for taking the initiative to make Mt. Spokane a better place!  You’re appreciated!

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Wildcat Soccer = District Champs!

Here we go!

After a GSL season that witnessed close matches and shootouts, our Wildcat girls soccer team has caught momentum at just the right time.  After a FANTASTIC win at Mead High School against the league-leading Panthers last Friday, our girls took to SFCC last night for a chilly district championship match against the University Titans.

Through one half the match was scoreless, but the pressure applied in the second half was simply too much for the Titans.  When all was said and done, our girls prevailed 2-0 and will move on to face the #4 team from the Mid-Columbia Conference next Tuesday.

Information about match time and location will be posted soon.

Congratulations, girls!  Keep it going! We are proud of you!

To access a video replay from nwprepsnow, click HERE

To access a picture story from nwprepsnow, click HERE


Wildcat Girls XC – Academic State Champions

A champion has been crowned!

Congratulations to our girls’ cross country program for their 2013 state academic championship!  With a cumulative grade point average of 3.926, (WOW!), our girls were recognized this week as the 2013 3A champions!

Special thanks to our fantastic coaching staff led by head coach Andy Sonneland and our incredible student/athletes!

Congratulations, girls, we are so very proud of you!

For complete results from the WIAA, please access the link at the bottom of this post!


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Welcome ProStart!

Mt. Spokane High School has welcomed a new program to campus this year, and the feedback from students has been very positive!

Welcome to ProStart!  Supported by the National Restaurant Association, ProStart is a culinary arts program that brings professionals from the industry together with the high school classroom.  Students enrolled in ProStart are introduced to all facets of the restaurant industry including, but not limited to, management, customer service, nutrition, safety and culinary arts.  As the curriculum reflects the industry, students are gaining a wonderful experience while earning high school credit!

We are fortunate to have Claudia Couch as our instructor.  Creative and skilled, she has inspired her students to do wonderful things. . . just look at the pictures below!

Thanks to Claudia and our students for giving ProStart such a successful start!

If you would like to learn more about ProStart, please click HERE!

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As we enter November, the number of students preparing for either the SAT or ACT increases dramatically.

While both tests are accepted by most major universities across the country, there are differences that parents and students should know before making a decision.  Here are a few ideas and resources that may be of help as students prepare for their exams:

1. Know your school!

Depending on where your son/daughter will be applying, there are instances where certain colleges/universities only accept the SAT or ACT.  Check with one of our fantastic counselors and visit the “admissions” tab at the webpage of the college or university to verify what exam is accepted.

2. Don’t be late!

Late fees are an unnecessary burden when registering for either the SAT or ACT.  Please click HERE to receive all the information you’ll need on either test.  

3. Prepare!

While there are numerous books and courses offered to prepare students for these exams, some free resources are also available to help students prep.  Please visit Khan Academy to access free SAT prep lessons. 

If there is still much discussion about which test to choose, please click HERE to read a quick article that compares the exams.

As we enter the season of college applications and admissions, please feel free to call our Student Services department with specific questions!


Dance & Drill – What a Season!

The 2013 Wildcat Dance & Drill team is off to a great start!

As an integral part of the “Haunted” marching band show this year, our girls provided an acrobatic splash of color and dance to the fantastic show.  At the Sounds of Thunder competition at Joe Albi Stadium, our drill team took 2nd place out of eleven (11) schools. . . what an accomplishment!

Thank you, girls, for your hard work and dedication!  You are appreciated!

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Homecoming 2013

Homecoming Week 2013 is almost in the books!

As a recap entering Friday, here are the highlights from a wonderful week at Mt. Spokane:

Monday started with our senior class taking their traditional bus picture that will hang in the commons. After a wonderful presentation from Jostens regarding savoring the senior year, students grouped together on a beautiful October afternoon.  As the dress-up day for students and staff was a tribute to America, it was amazing to see how many red, white and blue shirts were in the hallways!

Tuesday was “Twin Day” at MSHS, and the combinations of shirts and complete ensembles were hilarious! Athletically, our varsity volleyball team started Homecoming Week in fine fashion as they dispatched North Central in three straight games.

Wednesday brought an important event in our school’s plan to continually pursue college and career readiness.  Each Mt. Spokane junior, and many sophomores, took the PSAT to increase their capacity regarding test-taking specific to the SAT.  “Wildlife Wednesday” was an interesting twist to our festive week, and camouflage clothing was definitely present in and around Mt. Spokane!  To end a great day, our soccer team took to our home pitch and posted a shut-out win against Shadle Park, (Click HERE for details on the match!) and our Varsity Boys and Girls Cross-Country teams ran perfect races against Rogers at Siemers Ranch.

“Thrift Shop” Thursday invited the most diverse attire ever witnessed at a high school.  From tweed jackets and glacier glasses to parachute pants and zebra sweaters, nothing surprised me by the end of the day.  While our varsity volleyball team had yet to finish their match at University, (they’re playing as I’m blogging!), the girls and coaches were excited to take-on their 3A rival!

Friday arrives tomorrow and will mark the end of a wonderfully creative Homecoming week.  (Thank you, ASB!) Students will wear their Wildcat gear in a show of school pride, and our cardinal and navy will cover the gymnasium for an energetic assembly that, I’m sure, will be enjoyable for all.  We will end our week with a “double-dip” of athletics as our Varsity Soccer team travels to take on North Central at Pacific Park.  Match time is 4:00pm, and we would love to see our Wildcat fans in attendance!  After the soccer match, the Wildcat Varsity Football team takes on University High School at Joe Albi Stadium.  Kickoff is at 5:00pm!  If you plan on attending the football game, be sure to watch the final performance of our award winning band. . . the halftime show is worth the price of admission!

Thanks to everyone for a great week!  I’m constantly reminded, each day, of how fortunate I am to work at Mt. Spokane.  Truly, I have the best job in America!

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Don’t Text & Drive

Texting and driving is a nation-wide issue that students at MSHS are taking action towards stopping.

Thanks to the creativity and effort of students from our Independent Living classes, a pledge to not text and drive will be extended to each Mt. Spokane student next week.  Teachers Claudia Couch and Joanie Pringle-Jones brought the challenge to each of their classes this fall, and the results have been fantastic.

Each classroom will take time next Tuesday during 2nd period to watch student produced videos that illustrate the dangers of texting and driving.  Afterward, students can sign a pledge to not text and drive, and their names will be placed on a permanent visual that will be placed outside our beautiful school as students leave the parking lot.

Thanks to each of you for your support.  This is an important message for the safety of our ‘Cats!


Caroline Madill & Peter Fullmer – National Merit Commended Scholars

What an accomplishment!

Over 1.5 million students across the United States took the 2012 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) last October and entered the National Merit Scholarship Program.  34,000 of these students were recently named Commended Scholars, and Mt. Spokane High School is proud that two seniors earned this designation.

Caroline Madill and Peter Fullmer were given a certificate from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation to commemorate this honor.  Everyone at MSHS is proud of their academic accomplishments!

Congratulations, Caroline and Peter!  We are proud of you!


MSHS Band – Cavalcade Sweepstakes WINNER!

If you’ve experienced the Haunted experience that is the 2013 MSHS marching band show, it should come as no surprise that the results at this weekend’s Cavalcade of Bands competition were unbelievable!

The preliminary awards were filled by Wildcats.  Mt. Spokane High School was awarded best percussion, best auxiliary, best general effect and best visual effect.  After prelims, our ‘Cats were in first place with a score of 83 points.

After the final performance, the top two bands were clear: Mead and Mt. Spokane.  Thankfully, our ‘Cats were awarded the Sweepstakes winner after an unbelievable, memorable performance.  Congratulations to Scott Jones and James Layman, our dedicated and visionary directors.  Thanks to all of our parents and band boosters who give so much time and effort to support their musicians.  Most of all, thank you to our amazing students who have spent hours practicing and performing for this moment. . . you are beyond deserving!

For more information on the Cavalcade of Bands, click on the following links:


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