Essay Contest Regional Winner – Abdul Eyad

Abdul Eyad is one thoughtful freshman.

After entering an essay contest through FRA (Fleet Reserve Association) that focused on the Bill of Rights, Abdul’s work has progressed to a national level.

Initially, Abdul won the local chapter competition, and his essay was then passed to the regional level.  Next, his essay was read among others from Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, Alaska and Hawaii.  After the scoring was completed, Abdul won the competition and now his essay moves to the national reading.

Congratulations, Abdul, for taking the time to think about what the Bill of Rights means to you as a high school student.  We are proud of your efforts and look forward to the results from nationals!


Senior Photo Confusion – No Change @ MSHS

Rest assured, Class of 2015, there will be no changes to the senior photo tradition at Mt. Spokane High School.

A letter from Mead High School on Friday inadvertently referenced Mt. Spokane as adopting a new senior photo policy beginning next year.  This is inaccurate, and our policy will not change.

I hope this short message helps to alleviate any concerns or stress that may have been caused over the past two days.



Les Miserables – Don’t Miss It!


After attending Mt. Spokane’s version of Les Miserables, this continues to be the word I use to describe the experience.  From the amazing musical talents of those in the orchestra pit to each and every actor and actress on stage, those in attendance each night have left with smiles and fantastic memories.

To all of you who have watched Les Miserables thus far: thank you!  Thank you for supporting our students on stage, in the pit and behind the scenes working lights, sound, props and costumes.  We all appreciate your support!

If you have yet to watch the show, you still have two opportunities!  This Friday and Saturday night the show will make its final run at MSHS, and curtain is at 7:00pm both nights.

Special thanks to our talented directors: H. James Brown (The Theater Guy) & Dave Teal (Choral) for their willingness to take on this wonderful, yet consuming, endeavor.

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Ashlee Pedersen – Quadruple Crown Winner!

When Ashlee Pedersen received a feature story on, I was thankful that they recognized such a deserving student/athlete.  The only comment I would add, however, would be that her “triple crown” status should be changed to “quadruple crown” instead.

That’s right – four crowns for Ashlee.

A standout athlete in soccer, basketball and track, Ashlee will also be recognized as a Valedictorian this spring.  This, to me, equates to a quadruple crown winner without question.

While Ashlee was recognized for her accomplishments within the athletic arena and classroom, it’s also important to note that she’s even a better person.  Kind and selfless, Ashlee is a great teammate and representative of Mt. Spokane High School, and I’m extremely  thankful that she was highlighted by our local media today.

Thank you, Ashlee, for all you’ve done for Mt. Spokane!  You have left a legacy, and we’re all excited to watch your final season on the track before you leave to compete at the University of Montana!

Click HERE for the complete story!


Really Cool ‘Cats

We don’t celebrate those who consistently do the right thing often enough.

This past week, I took the opportunity to recognize four students, (one per grade level), for being good people who positively add to Mt. Spokane. Although the decisions were difficult as many students could have been recognized, these four all embody similar characteristics:  hard-working, kind and sincere.

To celebrate these students, each was given a small note of thanks and a $10.00 gift card to Subway.  (Thanks to our local Subway on the Newport Highway!)  Truly, all four of these students are wonderful representatives for Mt. Spokane High School, and I am very proud to be their Principal!

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Sophomore Recognition – Samantha
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Freshman Recognition – Jackson
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Senior recognition – Nelson
Junior recognition – Caitlyn


MSHS Art @ ESD101

“Hey. . . these are Mt. Spokane artists!”

These were the words I almost shouted while attending the Riverpoint Advanced Math Project workshop this past Friday at ESD101 on the South HIll.

While walking through the entryway, I noticed a very nice display of student artwork.  My words, and smile, then surfaced when I realized that many of the featured artists were from Mt. Spokane High School.

Congratulations to all of our featured artists!

MSHS Algebra @ RAMP

The Riverpoint Advanced Math Project (RAMP) is a collaborative effort to link higher education (Washington State University) and math educators from both high schools and middle schools across the greater Spokane area. Thankfully, our dynamic teachers at Mt. Spokane High School are part of this linked group, and their work continues to be incredible.

Today, I was thankful to spend an afternoon with three incredible teachers. Algebra I teachers Pam Tsuchida, Pat Kostecka and Jeff Naslund spoke candidly about how to help students who struggle, they discussed creative ideas around curriculum and joined forces with teachers from Mead High School and Mountainside to help students across the district.

The Algebra I team at Mt. Spokane High School is a fantastic example of a Professional Learning Community (PLC) at work, and I’m proud to work with them each day.


Wildcats WIN at Art Show!

Congratulations to two of our most talented artists!

Kayla Watts and Lexi Marquez both earned first-place awards at the NEWESD 101’s 2014 Regional High School Art Show.  As both girls are first-place winners, their work will be sent to the 2014 OSPI High School Art Show for the next level of competition.

Congratulations, girls!  We are proud of you!

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Les Miserables

Les Miserables is coming to Mt. Spokane High School.

Last year, when Director H. James Brown  told me that his department would be taking on the iconic musical, I was both excited and nervous.  My excitement stemmed from the experience that so many students would receive.  I was also beyond excited for our community as this play is truly an amazing sight to behold.  My nervousness was the result of knowing how much time and energy it would take the cast and crew to pull off this grand undertaking.

Now, as we approach mid-March, the Theatre Arts Department at Mt. Spokane High School is ready to enthusiastically present Victor Hugo’s novel Les Miserables.

Please reference the promotional poster below for details.  The show is set to sell-out each night, so it is recommended to purchase your tickets ahead of your preferred showing.

Special thanks to everyone involved in this production.  Break a leg!

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Wildcat DECA to Nationals!

Get ready DECA Nationals. . . here come the ‘Cats!

After sending a record 80 students to the state DECA competition this past weekend in Seattle, Mt. Spokane High School was the only Spokane area school to qualify students to nationals in the role playing events.  With over 3400 students from the state of Washington competing, the following Wildcats will compete at the National DECA competition in Atlanta, Georgia:

Josh Crawford and Brett Carr – 5th place in Marketing Communications

Meghan Tabacek – 6th place in Sports & Entertainment Marketing  (*Note:  Megan is the first ninth-grade student from Mt. Spokane to ever qualify for Nationals – – congratulations!)

Kaylee Draine, Paiton Larson and Hannah Fry – Student Basked Enterprises

Dallas Flager and Connor Cantu – Thrive

Special thanks are to also be extended to our DECA advisor, Dave Whitehead, for his support and passion!