MSHS College Fair – What’s Next?

“What’s next for you?” is the question I constantly ask students while walking in our hallways or visiting during lunch or at events.

This upcoming Monday, September 29th, students will have the ability to learn about the multiple opportunities that may be available to them once they’ve graduated from Mt. Spokane High School.

Working in conjunction with Spokane Schools and Eastern Washington University, Mt. Spokane is proud to offer a large, college fair experience for our community. Beginning at 5:30pm, please make plans to attend Monday evening. Held in the MSHS commons, over 40 post secondary options will be available for families to access. Additionally, college representatives will hold breakout sessions that focus on writing the college admissions essay.

The cost is free for this event, and we do hope many students will attend. Grades 7-12 are welcome to come and learn. . . it’s never to early!

2014 MSHS College Fair Flyer


Johnny & Hayden Dressel Rock Stanford

What a weekend!

While cross country athletes from Eastern Washington were competing from Bellevue to Boise, two brothers from Mt. Spokane took their talents to the beautiful campus at Stanford University for their annual High School XC Invitational.

Running a 5K race for seeded runners across the nation, both Johnny (senior) and Hayden (sophomore) didn’t disappoint.

With 179 high school runners crossing the finish line, Hayden finished as the fastest sophomore by placing 16th with an impressive time of 15:35. Not to be outdone by anyone in the field, Johnny proved that he is truly one of the elite high school runners in the United States. Blazing a personal record of 14:51, Johnny won this prestigious invitational and heads back to Spokane as the 2014 Stanford Invitational Champion.

Congratulations, Johnny and Hayden! We are so very proud of your accomplishments and that you represent Mt. Spokane High School!

Click HERE for complete results from the 2014 Stanford Invitational.

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Wildcat XC Starts Strong

What a start to the 2014 cross country campaign for senior leader Johnny Dressel and his Wildcat teammates.

Starting with big Greater Spokane League victories against Central Valley, Lewis & Clark and Ferris, the team now prepares to take on district rival Mead. The race will take place this Wednesday, October 1st at Mead High School. Please plan to make time to support our Wildcat harriers!

Go get ’em, Wildcats!

Click HERE for the feature story from the Spokesman-Review.


One Tough Wildcat – Roy Hyatt

It doesn’t take opponents long to realize that Roy Hyatt is one tough football player. Featured in the Spokesman-Review this past week, now the rest of Spokane knows too.

Congratulations, Roy, for this well-deserved feature story!

Catch our Varsity football team in action this upcoming Thursday night against Ferris High School. Kickoff at Joe Albi Stadium is slated for 7:15pm.

Go ‘Cats!

Click HERE for the story on Roy Hyatt.


Wildcat Volleyball – A Great Start!

Wildcat volleyball kicked off their 2014 GSL season in fine style, Tuesday night at Ferris High School.

After a slow start, our Varsity ‘Cats definitely roared back winning the match three games to one. (Please read the Spokesman capsule HERE.)

While fierce competitors on the floor, these girls also raised awareness of ALS through the Ice Bucket Challenge earlier this season and are excited about supporting one another.

Best of luck, girls! Go ‘Cats!


Thank you, Senator Mike Padden

Last week was a magical one at Mt. Spokane High School.

As published within my blog last week, I highlighted the pride I felt to be a staff member at MSHS after watching the sincerity and spirit of our student body. Thankfully, due to the wonderful reporting by our local media, a very influential individual also took notice.

Yesterday, I received a letter from Senator Mike Padden who represents the 4th Legislative District. I am so appreciative that he took the time to draft these kind words, and I wanted to share them with our entire community.

Thank you, Senator Padden, for making time to recognize our students at Mt. Spokane High School!



Study Habits for Students – Keys to Success

As we enter week four of the 2014-15 school year, students seem to be finally settled into their classes and classroom routines. Two weeks from now, MSHS students will undergo their first grade check at the six week mark, and the following links may help parents and students if there are areas that may need improvement.

The first link is from Campus Explorer, and it succinctly provides their top 10 study skills for high school students. Definitely worth a read, I do hope these suggestions provide ideas for students who may be struggling.

The second link is a time log that students can use to chart how their use their time. This is a great activity for families to use to assess how their high school student is using, (or not using), his/her time.

Top Ten Study Skills

Student  Time Log


Homecoming 2014 – What a Week!

What a week!

While I’ll remember many things that transpired during our 2014 Homecoming week, the following moments were simply incredible:

– The naming of Lucas Morgan and Olivia Prater as our Homecoming royalty was an emotional moment for many students and staff. Watching our student body explode with excitement was an amazing feeling. (See links below.)

– The spirit at our Homecoming football game was off the charts. After a difficult start, our crowd continued to support our team all the way to the nail-biting end. Wildcat spirit was definitely on display!

– Listening to our student body, (all 1500+), SING together at the assembly made me smile from ear to ear. Afterwards, I realized that a new tradition had just been started.

– Soaking in an AMAZING marching band show at halftime of our Homecoming game was a proud moment. Watching our student musicians and their parents glow with pride made me thankful for the numerous opportunities students have at MSHS.

Thank you to everyone in our community for making Homecoming a fantastic experience!

Click HERE to read the Spokesman-Review article.

Click HERE to watch the coverage from KHQ.

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MSHS Football Moves to 2-0! Homecoming Next!

Seattle?  Check.
East Wenatchee? Check.
Joe Albi Stadium? Finally!

For the first time this season, the MSHS Varsity Wildcats will play a home football game this Friday, September 19th at Joe Albi Stadium. After two fantastic weeks with wins against West Valley-Yakima and Eastmont, our ‘Cats will play their 2014 Homecoming contest against the Sandpoint Bulldogs. Kickoff is set for 5:00pm.

Annually, Homecoming at Mt. Spokane High School includes Spirit Days. This year, (as shown in the provided picture), our incredible ASB has planned days that follow a “candy” theme. Each day will be a fun one, and we’re hopeful that many students participate.

In addition to the football game, other varsity Wildcat athletes will be in action across Spokane.

Monday – Varsity Slow-pitch Softball @ EV – 4:00pm
Tuesday – Varsity Girls’ Soccer @ Gonzaga Prep – 7:00pm
Wednesday – Varsity XC @ Siemers Ranch – 4:00pm
Wednesday – Varsity Volleyball @ University – 7:00pm
Thursday – Varsity Slow-pitch Softball @ Mead – 4:00pm
Thursday – Varsity Girls’ Soccer @ MSHS vs. Ferris – 4pm
Thursday – Varsity Volleyball @ MSHS vs. CV – 7:00pm

This will be a busy, fun-filled week! Let’s go ‘Cats!


Congratulations, Luke Thomas!

Luke Thomas is know within our Mt. Spokane High School community as an outstanding social studies and Spanish teacher.  Now, in addition to serving as a ProTeach mentor and teacher-leader, Luke will also serve as a board member on the Professional Educator Standards Board (PESB).

Only twelve (12) educators serve on the influential board, and Luke will be the only educator from the greater Spokane area. The mission of the board is key and described on the PESD website:

“The Professional Educator Standards Board (PESB) is responsible for setting and upholding high standards for the profession, ensuring that students encounter high-quality educators throughout their school experience. This deliberative body fulfills the state’s intent for the profession to be self-governing, with a composition primarily of practicing educators and administrators joined by representatives from educator preparation programs, parents and citizens.”

Congratulations, Luke! We are proud of your new position and are excited for your four-year term!