Emerson Shaffer – Truly a Cool ‘Cat

Meet Emerson Shaffer.

Mt. Spokane High School senior.

Programming Club founder.

Startup Weekend-Spokane organizer.


This week, I was thankful to spend time with Emerson to learn more about his experiences at Mt. Spokane, Startup Weekend and as a budding entrepreneur.  Starting with the moment he “pitched” his idea at the first Startup Weekend-Spokane event last April to his current goal of launching his project in November, our conversation was driven by Emerson’s obvious passion for programming and his vision for the future.

Startup Weekend, (click HERE for more information on Startup Weekend), provided a launching point for Emerson to gain valuable experience interfacing with a community of designers and developers.  After his pitch was chosen as one of the final eight, (20 ideas were pitched), Emerson joined forces with a wonderful graphic designer.  Throughout the weekend they worked to create a prototype for final judging and eventually were awarded Best Development.  Since this first experience in April, Emerson then joined a group of adult professionals on the official organizing committee for Startup Weekend-Spokane.   As the second Startup event took place on September 28th through the 30th at Gonzaga University, Emerson was responsible for inviting all tech developers for the event and also helped organize food services.  Once the event started, Emerson also helped build 3 apps in 3 days. . . quite a service for the teams of adults who were working tirelessly on their projects!

Like other members of the class of 2013, Emerson will quickly start the process of applying to colleges/universities.  Unlike most high school seniors, however, Emerson Shaffer will also continue working on his own app, Pixel Buddy, that should be available within months.  When one considers that he also runs an in-house “tech services” department at MSHS on top of the aforementioned activities, it should come as no surprise that his long term goal includes attending Stanford University.

Congratulations, Emerson!

TED Talk – Dan Meyer

High school math teacher Dan Meyer offers an interesting perspective on instruction.  Click HERE to watch this short TED talk, and then feel free to offer your opinions, insights, etc. via a blog post.

Thanks for visiting!



What a week!

What a great week to be a Wildcat!

Tuesday, our volleyball team defeated Rogers 3-0 to extend their overall record to 9-1.  Currently, our girls are ranked #6 in the state by the Seattle Times.  Click HERE to see the latest rankings!

Wednesday, our soccer team also defeated Rogers 3-0 to extend their overall record to a perfect 11-0!  Currently, our girls are ranked #2 in the state by the Seattle Times.  Click HERE to see the latest rankings!

Thursday, our ninth-grade football team and ninth-grade soccer team competed their hearts out versus Ferris and Central Valley.  I’m proud of all of our ninth-graders who are staying involved during their first few months of high school.  Great job to all!

Friday, the Mt. Spokane Athletic Booster Club will host an incredible tailgate party before the varsity football game versus Ferris.  The grills will start at 6:00pm, and all Wildcat fans are welcome!  Come and enjoy community before the 8:00pm kickoff at Joe Albi Stadium!

Saturday, the incredible MSHS Marching Band will compete at the Cavalcade of Bands festival at Pasco High School.  As our marchers have put numerous hours into their show, (Samurai), I am excited for their first competition.  Good luck, ‘Cats!

Again. . . what a week!

The Creative ‘Cats

As I’ve walked through many classrooms during this first month of school, the varied activities and opportunities for student learning have been amazing.  Last week, after supervising lunch, I returned to my office to find the most scholarly cupcakes sitting on my desk from a student in AP English 12.

While students were reading Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, Natalie Pilgeram became inspired to represent the moral ambiguity of the monster by crafting two memorable cupcakes.  As a former English teacher, I smiled after reading the explanation on my napkin and then proceeded to fulfill the ending that Shelley intended.   No, I did not send the cupcakes off to a patch of ice to die.  Rather, I consumed them and contemplated the creativity that MSHS students possess.

What a fantastic place to work!


Homecoming 2012 – Battle of the Bell

Tonight is the night!

Mt. Spokane Homecoming 2012 and the Battle of the Bell kicks-off with a flurry of activity.  We hope to see you for the following:                                              – The MSHS Booster Club will host a free tailgate party beginning at 6:00pm.  Come and enjoy this community gathering that will take place in the Joe Albi Stadium parking lot.  We hope to see you there!                                                                                                                                                                                                         – The 2012 Wildcat Marching Band has been hard at work, and they will perform tonight at halftime!  Thanks for supporting these hard-working musicians!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              – The annual football game against Mead High School begins at 8:00pm.  Please wear red shirts tonight to support our Wildcats.  Tickets are available at the gate.  Adults are $6.00 and students are $4.00!  See you at the stadium!




‘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!