Homecoming Week 2016

Welcome to Homecoming Week 2016!

Each year Homecoming Week brings a flurry of activity, and this year is even more jam-packed for students! Here is a day by day guide to help families soak up everything that is happening in and around Mt. Spokane!


When students and staff arrive on Monday morning, four staircases will be decorated as part of a ‘class competition’ for Homecoming week. (See attached pictures.) Special thanks to our class advisors, (Ashley Byrne, Sue Dunfield, Millayna Klingback and Jessica Klingback), for their work to make this new tradition happen!  Truly, Monday is the “calm before the storm” as activities start to increase as the week progresses. Make sure your students have their patriotic colors for “Red, White and Blue” spirit day!


Our varsity softball team begins the athletic week with a game at MSHS vs. Gonzaga Prep.  First pitch is at 4:00pm.  Come support our girls and coaches! Additionally, at 7:00pm, our varsity volleyball team takes on Rogers High School at MSHS.  Have your son and/or daughter plan their wardrobe accordingly to take part in “tie dye” Tuesday to celebrate Homecoming week.


Time to find your Hawaiian shirts or University of Hawaii gear!  Wednesday weclomes the now annual Post-Secondary Fair to MSHS.  Junior and senior students have signed-up for three sit-down conversations with specific colleges, universities, trade schools or military branches on Wednesday, so make sure to ask your student about their experience! (Special thanks to Juli Kistler and Rob Renner for all of their work to make this event happen!)

When school ends, our ‘Cats will still be competing!  Come support our Cross Country programs as they race at Shadle Park.  The pistol fires at 4:00pm for the first race!  Additionally, at Joe Albi Stadium, our girls soccer team will take on Shadle Park at 4:00pm.  Hope to see you if you’re able to attend!


I must admit that I’m not exactly sure what “country vs. country club” dress-up day entails, but it sounds like a great excuse to wear some flannel, jeans and boots!  Conversely, you may also decide to break out tailored trousers, a tucked-in polo shirt (with belt) and soft spiked golf shoes.  (For the record, I’m guessing most students go ‘country.’)

There are many activities happening after school on Thursday.  Our undefeated 9th grade football team will play for their “mini” Battle of the Bell as they welcome Mead to MSHS.  Kickoff is at 4:00pm.  At the same time, our varsity softball team will play Shadle Park High School at MSHS with the first pitch slated at 3:30pm.  Finally, our varsity volleyball team will travel to Mead High School to engage in the 2016 version of Catmania. While the match will begin at 7:00pm, come early to get a seat!  Please wear your PINK as our student section will be decked-out in the same color.  It’s going to be a great night!


Make sure you celebrate Friday with a deep sigh and strong cup of coffee. . . we’re almost through!

A Homecoming assembly will take place in the morning.  Thanks to Nancy Butz and our ASB for their work to make this a fun and memorable week for our students!

Pre-Battle of the Bell (BOTB) activities include:

Varsity soccer takes on University at 4:00pm at MSHS. Come support the girls!

FREE Tailgate Party at Joe Albi Stadium!  We are on the press box side this year, so come and take part! Food will be served starting at 5:30pm, and we would love to have your families celebrate with our community. (See attached Bell map!)

BOTB t-shirts will be sold for $5.00 all week long! ”Wildcats Strike Again” will serve as the theme!  Shirts will also be sold at the tailgate.

Battle of the Bell @ Joe Albi Stadium – 7:30pm Kickoff

This is the largest gathering of the Mead School District community, and I hope you’ll be able to attend. Tickets may be purchased at our Business Office OR online.  Go to greaterspokaneleague.org and navigate to TicketsRoar off the home page.  Best of luck to our coaches and boys as they attempt to win the bell for the 4th straight year!

As we are the home team this year, stay in your seat to watch our award-winning marching band’s show: Ancient Voices.  It’s an amazing piece of work!  Special thanks to Scott Jones, James Layman and our musicians!

Homecoming Dance – 10/1 –  8:30pm to 10:30pm

‘A Night in Greece’ serves as the theme for our annual Homecoming Dance, and it’s always a packed house in our commons.  Tickets are still available in our Business Office!  Call 465-7200 for more information!

It’s going to be a memorable week at Mt. Spokane! Thank you for your continued support!

Go ‘Cats!


Fair Opportunity Project – A Planning Guide

I often receive e-mails from for-profit organizations attempting to sell various curricular or intervention-based tools. While I understand their perspective, most of these e-mails, after read, are not worthy of consideration.

When the Fair Opportunity Project e-mailed, I was intrigued by their mission:

“We believe that all students should have free access to the best college application and financial aid information, regardless of background. We want to make the information and resources that elite private college counselors sell to all students available for free. And we’d like your help with that.”

Simple. To the point. Focused on students.

As I glanced through their guide, it was evident that the 20+ college students, 10 advisors, and 200 high school counselors from across the nation understood their intended audience. As such, I’m thankful and excited to share their work with our students and families.

In addition to finding the guide on our homepage, I’ve linked a pdf copy to this blogpost. In terms of responding to our MSHS ‘Why?’ statement, (read below), it does so thoroughly!

Empowering People – Abolishing Apathy – Creating ‘What’s Next’ – We are MSHS

Thank you, Fair Opportunity Project!

Go ‘Cats!


MSHS Marching Band – What a Start!

Last spring, just before leaving for summer break, the Mead Transportation Department let me in on a little secret: our band was getting a new bus.

While this may not seem like a big deal to some, the years of wear and tear on the original “Red Baron” were starting to become more evident. Now, after a fresh paint job and modifications, our hard-working band students and staff members will roll to their competitions in style!

Check out the video of the bus being displayed via this link: CLICK HERE.

Additionally, check out our marching band at the University High School preview showcase on Saturday, September 24th!

Congratulations, Scott Jones, James Layman and all of our talented musicians. . . you deserve it!

Go ‘Cats!



The First Day

The first day.

For those who know me well, it’s no secret that I love my job. It’s not an overstatement, it’s the truth. “Love” captures how I feel about the community I serve, the students I have the good fortune to meet and know and the unbelievably talented people I watch work magic in classrooms each day. Mt. Spokane High School is a special place, and today reminded me of this truth.

Helping frightened and self-conscious 9th grade students with lockers to discussing college plans with seniors to mucking through the process of schedule changes, life in a high school has never been better. That’s what I see.

When people talk about “those teenagers” or “those high school kids” in a negative way, I typically cut them off. Then I invite them to where I work. We’re not perfect, we have our flaws, but I’m proud to be a part of Mt. Spokane High School.

What a great first day.

Go ‘Cats.