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Announcement: NEW District Popsicle Bridge Building Contest

Approximately 2 months ago instructors, Andy Arnold and Bill Patrick submitted a proposal to the Washington State Foundation for Structural Engineers for a new District Popsicle Bridge Building Contest, proposals could be rewarded for up to $3000 dollars. The district's proposal was for $3300 dollars, which they received from the SEF committee.

The students (approximately 350 students) from both Mead and Mt. Spokane High School have been working for the last two weeks on designing a bridge to be tested during finals week. The top 25 students from each high school will the be invited to compete at the District Bridge Building competition to be held on Feb. 7, 2015 in the field house at Mt. Spokane High School. The competition will start at 9:00 am, with check in of bridges from 8:00 to 9:00 am. The public is invited to come and watch!

The top 10 finishers will receive plaques, and the top three will receive cash gift certificates. 1st place receives $100, 2nd place receives $80 and third place will earn $60 certificates.
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Are you ready? @Ready_Set_Grad

Get FREE expert help completing the FAFSA or WASFA at an upcoming College Goal Washington event. January 22nd from 5 to 8 pm at Whitworth University Library.

For details, including what to bring with you and additional event dates and locations visit
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Winter End-of-Course Assessments

End-of-Course (Retake) Assessments Geometry, Biology, and Algebra will be administered January 6 – 13.
January 6, 7 –Geometry
January 8, 9 –Biology
January 12, 13 --Algebra
Meeting standard on EOCs is currently a state graduation requirement. Students who need to test will find their name and testing location posted in the Commons.

If you have any questions, please call our Counseling Office 465-7208 or our Administration Office 465-7212.
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Want to stay up-to-date?

There are several ways to stay up-to-date @MtSpokaneHS:

[1] Mr. Nelson's Blog: (click "subscribe" for email updates)
[2] Twitter:
[3] Facebook:
[4] Our Website:

We love Wildcat Nation and aren't afraid to share it!
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REMINDER: MSHS Financial Aid Night #2 [1.13.15]

And so it begins. . .

The beginning of a new year signifies many things to many people, but for parents of senior students it equates to the completing of financial aid forms. January also kicks-off the final push for twelfth-grade students looking to apply to four-year colleges and universities across the country.

Thankfully, Traci Stensland will be back to offer guidance regarding the financial aid process. Focusing on the different types of financial aid including scholarships, grants, loans and student employment, this will be a “can’t miss” evening for Mt. Spokane High School families.

The Associate Director of Financial Aid at Whitworth University, Mrs. Stensland speaks as both a financial aid professional AND a parent of a current college student. In addition to speaking to the different types of financial aid, a FAFSA question and answer period will also be available.

Save the date!

Tuesday, January 13th
6:30pm – 7:30pm
Mt. Spokane High School Library

Meanwhile, check out for some great resources!

[Cross-posted on Mr. Nelson's Blog:]
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What's in a Number?

Numbers, they say, don’t lie.

With this in mind, here are a few numbers specific to Mt. Spokane High School that are worth noting:

18: The number of years Mt. Spokane High School has been open.

1482: The number of students currently enrolled at MSHS.

100: The percentage of MSHS teachers who are considered “highly qualified” by the State of Washington within their content area.

85: The percentage of MSHS teachers who have earned their Masters Degree.

90.1: The percentage of MSHS 10th grade students who met standard on the HSPE Reading assessment in 2014.

91.6: The percentage of MSHS 10th grade students who met standard on the HSPE Writing assessment in 2014.

81.9: The percentage of MSHS students who met standard on the Biology End of Course assessment in 2014.

153: The number of students who participate/compete in the MSHS Band program.

23: The percentage of MSHS students who competed in a fall athletic endeavor.(Almost a quarter of our total population – wow!)

276: The number of MSHS students who attempted an Advanced Placement (AP) exam in 2014.

493: The number of AP exams taken by MSHS students in 2014

68: The percentage of AP exams passed by MSHS students in 2014.

1,295: The number of points earned by MSHS student/athletes in the 2013-14 WIAA Scholastic Cup Competition. (Most of any GSL school.)

96: The percentage of students from the 2014 graduating class who are pursuing some form of post-secondary education.

2015: A great year to be a Mt. Spokane Wildcat!

[Cross-posted on Mr. Nelson's blog @]
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National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)...

We are pleased to announce that Mt. Spokane High School has been selected to represent schools across the nation by participating in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). First administered in 1969, NAEP is the largest nationally representative and continuing assessment of what students know and can do in various subject areas. It is administered by the National Center for Education Statistics, within the U.S. Department of Education. NAEP is different from state assessments because it provides a common measure of student achievement across the country. The results of NAEP are released as The Nation's Report Card, which provides information about student achievement to educators, parents, policymakers, and the public.

For more information, check out the links and letter below.
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Attention Community: Chicken Pox (Varicella) Case

We received conformation today that a student at Mt. Spokane High School was diagnosed with a case of the chicken pox. While most students are immunized, we encourage families to be aware of the signs and symptoms of the chicken pox. Please take a moment to read the letter and fact sheet from Spokane Regional Health District.
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It's been a year to remember!

Yearbook sales close at the end of this week. Don't forget to purchase your yearbook for $45 in the business office. We will NOT have extra books!


Bob Ganahl, Yearbook Advisor
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Do you have questions about your child’s English Language Arts (ELA)?

This year our ELA and other content area teachers, such as social studies and science are utilizing resources to more closely align with the high standards set by the Common Core State Standards. These standards have been adopted by Washington State and are designed to add rigor and relevance to our curriculum and instruction. Click the headline to read more.
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