‘Cat Kudos – National History Day

Last spring, two Mt. Spokane High School students competed and placed at the 2012 National History Day competition in Maryland.

Natalie Pilgeram placed second in the “Paper” category with her entry – “The Trial of the Century: A Reaction to Nazi Atrocities Prompts Revolution and Reform in Principles of International Law.”

Dani Jordan placed ninth in the “Senior Individual Documentary” category with her entry – “The Centralia Incident: A Reaction to Washington’s Labor Revolution.”

A Mt. Spokane flag is proudly displayed outside the front of our school saluting the efforts of these scholars.  We are extremely proud of their accomplishments!

Congratulations to our 2012 National History Day finalists

A Great First Week!

Thanks to all 1515 Wildcats for making the first week of the 2012-13 school year a memorable one!

The “Welcome Back” assembly was highlighted by the class of 2016.  Welcome to MSHS!

Open House – September 17th

Please join us at MSHS for our annual Open House on Monday, September 17.  Beginning with an informal “meet and greet” with Superintendent Dr. Tom Rockefeller at 6:00pm, class visitations will begin at 6:30pm.  Please review the flyer that is available on the MSHS web page.  This same flyer is also available via the “blogroll” on the left.  We look forward to seeing you soon!

Great opening night!

Thanks to all who made the trip to Joe Albi Stadium to watch the MSHS football team defeat NC 35-18.  Students cheered for four quarters, and the stands were filled with supportive parents and community members.  Your support is greatly appreciated!

Here we go!

As we head into a beautiful Labor Day weekend, don’t forget these important items before we begin on Tuesday, September 4th:

1. Come and check-out the 2012 MSHS football team tonight (Friday) vs. North Central at Joe Albi Stadium.  Kickoff is at 5:30pm, and students are able to use their temporary ASB/GSL card for entrance.  If your student has not yet purchased a GSL card, admission to tonight’s game is $4.00.  Adults are $6.00.  We hope to see you at the stadium!

2. Speaking of GSL cards, a GSL family sports pass is only $60.00 for the entire year.  This enables one adult and all children younger than high school age to gain admission to all GSL contests.  What a deal!  If your family is only interested in a fall pass (admission to football and volleyball) or winter pass (basketball and wrestling), these seasonal GSL sports passes are available for $40.00.  Please visit the Mt. Spokane Business Office to purchases passes!

3. Students will receive their course schedules on Tuesday, September 4th in their first period class.  When students arrive on Tuesday morning, lists will be posted in the commons directing students where to go.  As staffing and budgets continue to be tight, the only schedule changes that will be accommodated include students who are grossly misplaced (i.e. enrolled in a Calculus class when they should be in Algebra), students who have a hole in their schedule (i.e. no second period class), and students who are double-booked duirng a specific period (i.e. two courses fifth period).  Thank you for your understanding as we try to best serve each and every student.

4. The first day of school also means the first volleyball match of the season.  Come watch the Wildcats take on Ferris High School at 7:00pm at MSHS!

We’re all looking forward to a memorable year.  Thank you for you continued support!


Football Game Time Change

The time of the football game against North Central was incorrectly listed on the “Welcome Back” newsletter at 6:30pm.  The game time has been changed to 5:30pm.  Apologies for this mistake!

Welcome Back Newsletter

Welcome Back!  Attached to this post, (click here:  WelcomeBack!),  staff members will find the “Back to School” newsletter that contains important dates.  As always, if there are any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to call or e-mail.  Please know that a hard copy has been mailed home and an e-mail will be sent with this newsletter as an attachment.

Enjoy the final days of August!


A Reminder from Dallas

I’ve always viewed the beginning of each school year with optimism.  Truly, the excitement around schools in September is tangible!

This short video, (now four years old), consistently reminds me of the opportunity and importance that schools hold.  The message that young Dalton Sherman provides to 20,000 educators in Dallas is a wonderful reminder of the importance of education. 




Thanks for visiting!

Dear Mt. Spokane community,

I am excited and honored to begin the 2012-13 school year as the new Principal at Mt. Spokane High School.  The tradition of excellence that is synonymous with MSHS reaches far beyond the boundaries of the Mead School District, and I am sincerely thankful for the opportunity to serve the community in which I reside.

The priority at Mt. Spokane High School is to ensure  students receive an education that prepares them for life after high school.  With a dedicated staff, involved community and supportive district, the notion of preparing each student for post-secondary education/training will be at the forefront of our work together.  I am hopeful that students leave the hallways of MSHS ready and eager for the challenges of their 13th year.

Again, I am truly thankful for this opportunity and look forward to the many success stories that are sure to transpire during the 2012-13 school year.

Thank you for visiting my blog!  I hope you check back often.


Darren Nelson