A “Typical” Tuesday

Typical.

Initially, that’s how I may have described this Tuesday in October. Then, after just a few minutes to think, I realized that “typical” hardly defines what happens at Mt. Spokane High School. To be frank, it’s not an appropriate descriptor at all.

Consider for a minute what happened on this “typical” Tuesday:

* Multiple students engaged me with a “good morning”, “What’s up, Mr. Nelson?”, or a simple “Hi” as I made my way through our hallways. Always sincere, and usually delivered with a smile, these small interactions are so incredibly appreciated. I’m very thankful for our students.

* English teachers gathered to discuss their students and department before classes started. All in attendance were engaged, and their collective focus was so clearly on the well-being of our students. To say I was, and am, appreciative would be a gross understatement. I’m very thankful for our teachers.

* Throughout the day I interacted with each of our four counselors. Our discussions ranged from graduation requirements to students in crisis, and each time I left their offices I felt a sense of ease as I trust them so completely with our students. I’m very thankful for our counselors.

* Very casually, I stepped into a classroom that was supported with dedicated para-educators. Working one-on-one with students, I watched two different students open up and engage with professionals that, truly, help make our school feel the supportive way it does. I’m very thankful for our para-educators.

I could go on and on about our custodial staff, cooks, administrative assistants and specialists, (and I probably will in another blogpost), but my point is simple: Tuesday wasn’t too typical, and it’s because of the people I work with each day.

Thank you for entrusting me to do this job. What a day!

Go ‘Cats!

Darren

Bailey Nowlin – One Cool ‘Cat

Many MSHS students find themselves engaged in activities outside school, and I’m happy to highlight sophomore Bailey Nowlin who has achieved much this past year.

4-H, Junior Rodeo and the Mt. Spokane Equestrian team are all avenues that Bailey has found success.

Due to her hard work and skill, Bailey competed at the Puyallup State Fair at the beginning of September representing Spokane County 4H where she qualified for both Performance and Gaming.  What accomplishments!

Bailey and her horse Ada also finished 2nd in the Barrels with a Reserve Champion and Silver Medal out of over 100 riders. Congratulations, Bailey, on your successful run!

In addition to the aforementioned awards, Bailey is also a kind and selfless person and dedicated student.  We are proud that she is a Mt. Spokane Wildcat and look forward to hearing of her future success!

Go Bailey!  Go’Cats!

MSHS & 2nd Harvest – Community Partners

Taking care of Mt. Spokane students is always our first priority, and thanks to a new partnership with 2nd Harvest Food Bank, our students will have the opportunity to receive support in a new and innovative way.

2nd Harvest and At The Core work with schools and community partners to provide Bite2Go: weekend food supplies for students in need during the school year. Thankfully, Mt. Spokane has been chosen as one of three pilot high schools for the new Bite2Go XL program. Bite2Go XL kits include a diverse mix of healthy, teen-friendly, nonperishable food items to cover meals and snacks over the weekend. Each week, Mt. Spokane Link Crew students will build custom bags of food to be distributed discreetly and anonymously to our students in need.

Recently, Link Crew students took a field trip to 2nd Harvest to sample food and gain a greater understanding of the process.  Truly, we are thankful to Chris and Brenna Sloan, (also MSHS community members), for their support and guidance.

Only $300.00 a year/ $25 a month is enough to sponsor one student for meals and snacks on the weekends for an entire school year. Currently, our school goal is to raise enough money to feed 30+ students.

Anyone interested in supporting this program can visit lifeatthecore.org and click on the ‘Make a Difference’ button. Thanks for your consideration!

Go ‘Cats!

Bell 2016 – What a Week!

What a week!
 
The annual “bell” week is always special within our community, and the 2016 version did not disappoint. From the decorated stairwells that welcomed students on Monday to the Catmania volleyball match on Thursday to the culminating events on Friday including a pep assembly, incredible tailgate, memorable band performance and hard fought football game, we have much to celebrate at Mt. Spokane!
 
Today I find myself thankful for our students who worked incredibly hard to create memories for one another.
 
Thankful for staff members who expended numerous hours to organize and lead opportunities for our students to engage.
 
Thankful for my administrative teammates who were truly ‘present’ all week long with our students. These relationships matter.
 
Thankful for our neighbors at Mead High School. Without them, and their commitment to their community, this week would not be the same.
 
Thankful for our second-to-none booster club. No one tailgates like MSHS, and the atmosphere created by these selfless people is so incredibly valued.
 
I tell people frequently how fortunate I feel to be at Mt. Spokane High School. This is the truth. Thanks for allowing me to serve in the capacity I do.
 
Go ‘Cats!
 
Darren
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