Windstorm 2015 + Thanksgiving

When the winds blew through Spokane County last Tuesday afternoon and evening, I’m not sure anyone could have predicted the totality of destruction that was left as a result. Now, almost a full week later, we’re able to resume school, and I’m thankful to see our students and staff tomorrow: Monday, November 23rd.

Although power has been restored to the majority of residences in the Mt. Spokane community, there are still those who are going without. Cold days, and colder nights, are punctuated by darkness that seems to start earlier and earlier. If you know of families in need, please don’t hesitate to call our offices (465-7200). We will do our best to find resources and help for those who need it most.

Above all, as we enter the week of Thanksgiving, I find myself thankful for the wonderful building I will occupy again tomorrow morning. I’m thankful for the people who give everything they have (certificated and classified staff) to help our incredibly talented students, and I’m thankful for the 1500 ninth through twelfth grade teenagers who, collectively, provide the adults with enough energy and emotion to power a small city.

Empowering people. Abolishing Apathy. Creating What’s Next. That’s why we come to work at Mt. Spokane High School, and I’m thankful that we’ll get back to work tomorrow.

I wish you and your family a happy and memorable Thanksgiving!


MSHS Key Club Rocks “Socktober”

Empowering People – Abolishing Apathy

These sentiments are two-thirds of our Mt. Spokane High School “Why” statement, and our students involved in Key Club proved that the intent behind these words is alive and well.

Participating in a “Socktober” drive, Key Club members challenged our student body to bring socks to help Armed Forces Veterans who are in need during the upcoming winter months. The result? 1,131 pairs of socks were collected. What an incredible display of giving!

Special thanks to our Key Club advisor, Bob Ganahl, for his support!

Go ‘Cats!

Socktober Crew

Preparing for College – It Starts NOW!

“I’m only in the 9th grade. . . I have time.”

While this is an understood, and somewhat appropriate, response when talking to freshman students about life after high school, the alternate reality is that time also travels quickly, and planning for post-secondary education is key.  The following information is applicable to students in grades 9, 10, 11 and 12!

The resources provided within this short blogpost include a current article from US News and World Report and a planning website from the College Board entitled bigfuture that provides quality, reputable information for FREE!

It’s never to early to start dreaming, and I hope these resources either launch conversations or add to the discussions already taking place at home!


Wildcats in the News!

Mt. Spokane High School has recently been featured by local news outlets, and I wanted to share these wonderful stories that highlight our students, families and community!  Go ‘Cats!

Family Moves from Colorado for Mt. Spokane High School
This article highlights the journey of the Russo family who joined our community from Colorado.

Mt. Spokane’s Micaela Kostecka Takes on Life’s Adversities
MSHS senior, and state cross country favorite, Micaela Kostecka is featured in this wonderfully written article that highlights one of our talented, driven student/athletes.

Are you Ready for Post Season Football?
The MSHS football team’s first-round playoff game was one of six local contests featured by The Spokesman-Review.