Wildcat XC – Strong Seasons Culminate in Pasco

Through sun and rain, the boys and girls cross-country programs had memorable 2012 seasons.

The boys’ cross-country team qualified for state as a team and placed 5th this past weekend in Pasco, Washington.  Led by the second-place overall finish by Johnny Dressel (Sophomore), the Wildcat boys competed extremely well to finish their season narrowly behind Seattle Prep for a state trophy.  (The final results from this past weekend can be viewed by clicking HERE).  Congratulations to our coaches, athletes and parents for a wonderful season!

With a strong youth movement and key senior leadership, the 2012 Wildcat girls cross-country team completed a fantastic season with a 6th place finish at the 2012 state championships this past weekend in Pasco, Washington.  Spurred by Makenna Endebrock’s (Freshman) ninth-place finish, the Mt. Spokane girls program was the highest placing 3A school from the GSL.  (Click HERE to see final results from this past weekend.)  Congratulations to our girls, coaches and parents for their dedication!


Wildcat Volleyball – Regional Champs = Back to State!

Qualifying for the state tournament is something of a habit for the Mt. Spokane volleyball program.

After a sweep of the Hanford Falcons on Tuesday, the Wildcat volleyball team swept through the Kamiakin Braves on Saturday to claim the 2012 Regional Championship and earn a berth to the State Tournament this upcoming weekend in Lacey, Washington.  This marks the sixth straight season that Mt. Spokane has qualified for the state championships!

Currently ranked 5th in the state by the Seattle Times, the team wasted no time in taking full advantage of their home court this past weekend.  Led by a strong group of seniors, there is little doubt that this team is poised to make a run at a state trophy!

Congratulations, girls!  You are deserving!


Click HERE for the Seattle Times rankings.

Click HERE for the 2012 WIAA state volleyball tournament bracket.

Wildcat Soccer – Still Perfect and On to State!

The dream season continues for the 2012 MSHS Varsity Soccer team.

Currently, the Wildcat girls hold a perfect record that stands at 16-0.  Last week the team won a regional championship by defeating Kamiakin 2-0 at Mt. Spokane in front of a supportive home crowd.  Now ready for state tournament play, the ‘Cats will take on Enumclaw this Tuesday, November 6th at Spokane Falls Community College.  The match will begin at 5:00pm, so please make arrangements to come and support our girls!

Please note that because this is a state playoff match, there will be a fee to enter the field and watch.  We hope to see you soon!


Seattle Times 3A soccer rankings – Click HERE

WIAA State 3A soccer bracket – Click HERE

Wildcat Football finishes strong!

Congratulations to our 2012 Mt. Spokane football team for their dedication and perseverance.

Battling through a string of injuries, our Wildcats ended the season on a two-game winning streak.  The victories against Rogers High School and Pasco High School were truly earned as the team continually battled week-in and week-out.

Sincere thanks need to be extended to our coaches, players, and parents for their support!

Please check out the “blogroll” link that details the win versus Rogers.

Proud to be a Wildcat – A Week in Review

This past week, once again, offered many reminders of how great it is to be a Mt. Spokane Wildcat!

Tuesday, our Varsity Volleyball program hosted “Senior Night” and honored nine wonderful young ladies as they competed in their last home match.  The 3-0 win over North Central was a fitting way for these special student/athletes to leave the comfort of their home court.  Come and support our Wildcats next week as they take on University on Tuesday evening at U-High.  The match is currently slated to begin at 7:00pm.

Wednesday was a day of testing as our junior students had their choice of the PSAT or the ASVAB, and each student took advantage of the opportunity.  Additionally, many sophomores also took the PSAT to raise our one-day testing group to over 400.  Special thanks to our unbelievable counseling department, administrative assistants, and teachers for making this day truly successful for students.  Without question, this kind of commitment proves that MSHS is truly committed to helping students prepare for their 13th year of education.

Wednesday also held major competitions for our girls’ soccer team and cross-country programs.  Girls’ soccer continued their unbeaten streak with a physical, competitive math against Central Valley.  Held at University High School, our ‘Cats defeated the CV Bears 2-1 to earn at least a share of the GSL title.  Additionally, both the girls’ and boys’ cross-country teams completed their league seasons at Audubon Park against North Central.  Both programs competed well, and their attention now turns to post-season races.

Thursday saw our volleyball team wrap-up their GSL season at Gonzaga Prep where they earned a 3-1 victory.  Ending the regular season with a 7-2 record in the GSL and an overall record of 11-2 helps pave the way for a successful post-season.

Friday was historic as our MSHS soccer team finished their season with a perfect 9-0 record in League and an overall unblemished record of 14-0.  What a joy to watch this strong team, led by Coach Ryan Campanella, enjoy a much deserved league title!



Don’t Text & Drive

Thanks to Claudia Couch and her amazing students, Mt. Spokane High School placed focus on a national issue that impacts the safety of individuals on a daily basis.  The phenomenon of texting while driving is a recent trend that results in multiple deaths each year.  MSHS students in Independent Living took the challenge from State Farm to educate and raise awareness by constantly reminding students of the dangers that exist when people make the decision to text while driving.  The following items were accomplished by this conscientious group of students:

  1. Texting while driving slogans (three) put on the Mt. Spokane Reader board in front of the school. The messages ran for 2 weeks.
  1. Washable window markers on the windows of the school with 4 different messages to be seen by students, staff and parents at open house.

No Texting & Driving

Drive now text L8R (later)

I Phone, I Text, I Die

Friends don’t let friend’s text and drive

3.   Power Point presentation and a large poster of a school bus with a “Drive Now, Text Later” message on the bus.

  1. Texting and driving survey with three questions given to 5 different classes
  1. Blue Ribbon Campaign: Students cut 1,500 blue ribbons that were passed out to students before school assemblies.
  1. Pledge sheets signed by students who pledge to not text and drive. They will also list what they will do instead with their phones. Students or staff can sign and date.
  2.  Display case in the hallway with factual information about texting and driving.   The title is: Don’t Drive InTexticated                             
  1. Stop the Texts. Stop the Wrecks 50 posters placed all over the high school with facts about texting and driving and three suggestions students can do instead.
  2. No Text is worth a DEATH. This was a memory board. Facts were listed of suggestions for what to do instead of texting. This group also included names of victims. Names in red where killed by someone texting and the names in blackwere victims from their own texting and driving.

These students were also featured on the Q6 Morning Show to help spread awareness of texting and driving.  What a gift to the Spokane community!

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!