Bearcat Necessities 10/01/2021

Monroe High School - 17001 Tester Road, Monroe, WA 98272

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Coming Events

  • Principal Chat is 3rd Thursday of each month, 9-10 am, a Zoom link will be provided.
  • Hispanic Heritage Month - Sept. 15 to Oct. 15
  • Latino Curriculum Nite - Oct. 6th @ 7pm (See link below)
  • Homecoming Game – October 22nd – 7pm

    - Come decked out in orange and black to support our MHS Football team and celebrate being part of our current or past MHS community!

  • A Haunted Night on the 50 Yard Line - October 23rd - 5 - 8pm

  • School Picture Retakes Oct. 28 - - Students who missed their picture day or would like to have retakes may do so.
  • Senior pictures are due by Nov. 12th.

Latino Curriculum Nite Webinar

Next week, Wednesday October 6th a@ 7:00pm. It will be an opportunity for families that prefer Spanish to hear the information about our school, and ask questions to admin about what is happening right now.

Here is the link:

A Message from Asst. Principal Murphy

Dear Bearcat Families:

My name is Jennifer Murphy and I am one of the Assistant Principals at the high school this year. For those of you who were not able to attend our Curriculum Night, I wanted to take a few moments to introduce myself and the scope of my work this year.

This year I have the privilege of being a part of this fantastic Bearcat Team. One of my roles is as the onsite COVID supervisor. That means if your child is impacted by COVID this year, you can call me to help you navigate the quarantine and return to school process. I know that information on COVID changes regularly and all the moving parts can be frustrating and overwhelming. I want to assure you that it is my goal to partner with you this year as we continue to navigate this global pandemic.

In addition to COVID, I also participate in the typical responsibilities of an assistant principal. I support staff and students, engage in learning and restorative conversations, partner with our counselors, and identify ways to improve our school and our experiences for students. One of my areas of leadership is in developing our Intervention Systems with our teachers to better meet the needs of all learners. I look forward to sharing more of our work in this area as the year progresses.

It has been amazing to be out in our classrooms and talking with students and staff during the first few weeks. Already students are settling into routines, advocating for their needs and engaging in rigorous learning opportunities. I have heard great conversations where students are bringing in their own experiences and knowledge to deepen their understanding of chemistry, language, physical science, literature and so much more.

One thing we need your help with is speaking to your child about the appropriate use of technology at school. During the 18 months of closure, students creatively engaged with each other and their world through social media. What an awesome time to be young and inquisitive. Unfortunately, the use of cell phones and social media apps and games are negatively impacting the learning environment of our classrooms. Students are struggling to put away their phones and fully participate in learning. We appreciate your partnership in helping students to understand that they are now back in school and that their job as learners requires that they put away the distractions of social media, texting, and gaming.

Cell phones can be a great resource at school when they are used for learning activities such as research, photography and writing as appropriate. They are often, however, a big distraction.

We know that changing habits takes time and that students will need reminders and practice in making new learning habits now that we are back in school. Your help is invaluable in re-establishing what learning can look like.

In the coming weeks, I look forward to meeting more of our students and hopefully many of you as well. Thank you for sharing your student with us and I hope you have a wonderful weekend!


Jennifer Murphy

Celebrating "Bold Bearcats"

Thank you to this week’s “Bold Bearcats” for contributing to our school’s culture of positivity and ensuring Monroe is a place of high school PLUS for ALL.

Thank you Jennifer Garcia - thanks for going with the flow and figuring out a strange situation without even pausing to think about it. Amazing leadership and communication.

Thanks to the The Sports Med crew it has been kicking serious butt. Makinna Gamble has been to nearly every practice and game since before the school year even began! Olivia Douglas, Saturday night at Girls Soccer.

Thank you to the the following Geometry 3 students volunteered (Adrian C.) or were asked to help ELL students and agreed:

Luiz Perez-Garcia
Joselinne Alvarado-Jimenez
Adrian Ceballos

Thank you to Mason Dolence, in math he is always willing to help out his peers and explain the material to them if they are stuck. He also helps bring his table group together to work as a team when learning the new material.

Thank you to Ray Anne Hanh- for providing supporting to colleagues in the marching band.. You are genuine and kind and share your knowledge so well.

Homecoming Events!!

Homecoming Week - October 18 – 23, 2021

We are excited to be celebrating our MHS community by having some fun festivities for the week! Due to covid safety protocols, a few activities will be modified, and we are excited to be able to offer them. Our goal is to create a safe, comfortable place for all of us to be in. We all need some fun!

Spirit Week – we will announce the themed days soon

Senior Coronation – Celebrate the power of our MHS students through our clubs and sports by nominating 2 seniors each for their positive influence with each other and MHS. The top Royalty will be announced at the half-time game based on student vote and the quantity of food and donations brought in for the Sky Valley Food Bank and at half-time. We love the tradition of honoring our MHS students while supporting our community.

Homecoming Tailgate - October 22nd – 4:30 – 6:30 in the parking lot adjacent to the stadium

- The first row will be for MHS clubs, sports and activities

- The second row will be for the community

Homecoming Game – October 22nd – 7pm

- Come decked out in orange and black to support our MHS Football team and celebrate being part of our current or past MHS community!

A Haunted Night on the 50 Yard Line – October 23rd

- 5 – 8pm in MHS Stadium

- $5 per kid

- Masks required

- Attire: Come dressed as you want and is appropriate. Dress formally if you want, dress ready to hang out, or dress in an appropriate costume.

- Pumpkin Painting

- Yard Games – corn hole, spike ball, ladder ball, volleyball

- Board Games/coloring

- Photobooths

- And more surprises as we plan

*Plans are subject to change based off of local and state regulations and weather*

Congratulation to our September Scholars

Foreign Languages - Yareli Cordova-Machado & Scout Cudaback

American Sign Language - Halianne Accetturo

Leadership - Ellyanne Young & Sophia Welch

Marketing - Hunter Schulz & Ailie Heskew

Sports Medicine - Sophia Breaker & Makinna Gamble

AP Calculus - Cody Cha

Algebra I - Faith Gunter

Social Studies - Noah Berry & Kimberly Garnica

Counseling - Brighton Moody & Chase Comer

Art - Tyler Pierce & Marissa Matheson

Science - Sonya Pedersen & Sara Skold

Instrumental Music - Patrick Vigus & Caleb Geer

English - Georgia-Belle Chishimba & Dallas Eidson

Chromebook Check out and Exchange

Students will be able to exchange their old chromebook or obtain a new chromebook on Monday 10/4 and Tuesday 10/5 in the library during their Science class. Please be sure to have the Chromebook Agreement with parent's signature when you go to get your new chromebook or you won't be able to receive one.

Health Curriculum Webinar

Dear Families,

We’re writing to inform you of an upcoming webinar, in which we will share an overview of our currently adopted sexual health materials and HIV/AIDS lessons. Each year we present this information to our families, so that families have the opportunity to review the materials and decide if they would like to exclude their child from these lessons.

We will send out additional details and information closer to the date of this event, including an FAQ and how to preview materials prior to this webinar.

This webinar will be presented in English and translated live into Spanish.

Secondary Webinar for Grades 6 - 12:

Date: November 4th, 2021

Time: 6 - 7 pm


Elementary Webinar for Grades Kindergarten - 5:

Testing Updates

Smarter Balance Testing

Last Spring's 2021 SBA (ELA & Math) and WCAS (Science) assessments were postponed to this Fall. We will be administering the assessments to the 9th, 11th and 12th graders. In order to complete the test, It is essential that students bring their fully charged chromebooks.

There are two sessions, each day broken down by grade and alpha (last name). Testing will be in the MHS Library and students will be fully excused for participating.

Morning session will start at 8 am and the afternoon session will start around 12:10 pm. Any student who can't test during their assigned window will have the option to make a test up on the Friday dates below.

Below is a breakdown of the date students will be testing, alpha split is by last name:

ELA Test

October 11th (morning session) – 9th Grade A-E

October 11th (afternoon session) – 9th Grade F-Mc

October 12th (morning session) – 9th Grade Me-Ro

October 12th (afternoon session) – 9th Grade Ru-Z

October 13th (morning session) – 11th Grade A-D

October 13th (afternoon session) – 11th Grade E-L

October 14th (morning session) – 11th Grade M-P

October 14th (afternoon session) – 11th Grade R-Z

October 15th – (morning session) ELA MAkeup, 12th Grade A-Z if needed for graduation pathway

Math Test

October 18th (morning session) – 9th Grade A-E

October 18th (afternoon session) – 9th Grade F-Mc

October 19th (morning session) – 9th Grade Me-Ro

October 19th (afternoon session) – 9th Grade Ru-Z

October 20th (morning session) – 11th Grade A-D

October 20th (afternoon session) – 11th Grade E-L

October 21st (morning session) – 11th Grade M-P

October 21st (afternoon session) – 11th Grade R-Z

October 22nd –(morning session) Math makeup, 12th Grade A-Z if needed for graduation pathway

Science Test

November 1st (morning session) – 9th Grade A-E

November 1st (afternoon session) – 9th Grade F-Mc

November 2nd (morning session) – 9th Grade Me-Ro

November 2nd (afternoon session) – 9th Grade Ru-Z

November 3rd (morning session) – 12th Grade A-E

November 3rd (afternoon session) – 12th Grade F-L

November 4th (morning session) – 12th Grade M-P

November 4th (afternoon session) 12th Grade Q-Z

November 5th (morning session) – Science makeup.

For more information about this test, Click Here.

Please contact Noah Wallace at with any questions.

Life After High School

A two-part training for families and youth with disabilities

Link to:

Student Race and Ethnicity Data Collection

Recently, there was a change in federal and state law that affects how student ethnicity and race data is collected by school districts. This change now requires schools to have this data recorded for every student.

As a result, we are required to ask families to verify their child as either Hispanic/Latino or not Hispanic/Latino AND by one or more of 217 racial groups. We ask that families please respond to the two questions in Family Access for each of their students currently enrolled.

While families are not required to verify the race and ethnicity of their students, we are required as a school district to submit this data to comply with federal and state law. We will make two attempts to reach families with the request to submit their child's ethnicity and race category. If there is no response, schools are required to make the ethnicity and race selection for the student.

More information can be found on our website.

UPDATED - MHS Athletic Spectator Guidelines

Per Governor Inslee’s mandate, face coverings/masks are now required for outdoor events with 500 or more people, regardless of vaccination status. Please remember this when attending outdoor school district athletic events, as this new mandate will be strictly enforced for all those attending.

Our district and schools will be proactive in adhering to these guidelines with increased facility signage, in-game public announcements, in-school student reminders, etc. that highlight the face covering/masking expectations. The same guidelines hold true when attending away (non-home) events and activities.

The Governor's office and Washington State Department of Health have noted they will allow K-12 athletics and extracurricular activities to continue so long as they trust that their member schools will enforce the mandate at each and every event. All of us have done tremendous work over the last 18 months to get athletics and activities back up and running with fans. We kindly request that all those in attendance please adhere to the mandates to make sure these participation opportunities continue to be available for our students. Please be kind to our employees as they enforce this state-level mandate in order to keep our students, staff, families and community safe and healthy.

Thank you!

Attention: Yearbook Info for Seniors

Check out the MHS Yearbook Website for senior deadlines and information on how to contribute photos of activities this year.

We still have a few dozen 2020-2021 yearbooks for sale for $45 at the finance window during lunches until they are sold out. Don't miss out!

Bearcat Pride

Hello Bearcat Families!

Are you tired of seeing the same old faces every time you go to the concession stand? Did you go to a game recently and were super excited to get that bag of popcorn, but then concessions were closed because there were no volunteers available? Well...this could be an opportunity for you! Click on the signupgenius link and find a time that you can help. We could use more help and we are only having concessions outside until further notice.

Concession Stand Sales.

Be on the lookout for an opportunity to help in concessions for all football, soccer, and one cross country meet.

Concession stand sales will look a bit different this year but we will do our very best to bring the same enthusiasm within Covid-19 guidelines. The signup genius will be posted on Facebook and is at the link below.

Email us at if you are interested or have any questions.


Our next board meeting

Date: October 13, 2021

Time: 7:00 pm

Virtual: Link will be provided closer to date (Check your email day of)

Come and hear how you can support the staff at MHS and other ways that Bearcat Pride is making a difference and have a voice in how you would like to contribute or perhaps change some things.


As Senior year kicks off there will be lots of info and dates to remember. We will do our best to keep you updated, answer questions and just be there for support if needed.

Join us:

Social Media: Facebook @mhsclassof2022


Counseling Corner

The MHS Counseling Office will open August 30. Student schedules will be available through Family Access on Sept 3.

Questions contact your school counselor

Student last names: A-El: Mrs. Woodard:

Student last names: Em-Le: Mrs. Garcia:

Student last names: Li-Q: Mrs. Parry:

Student last names: R-Z: Ms. Stevens:

APPOINTMENTS: If you need an appointment with your counselor you can email them directly or contact one of our Counseling secretaries.

Ms. Hutson - (360) 804-4520 -

Ms. Tucker - (360) 804-4503 -

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Who's Who at MHS

Brett Wille-


Rachel Bleakney-Bailey -

Assistant Principal

Jennifer Murphy -

Assistant Principal

Noah Wallace -

Assistant Principal

Shannon Tarrach -

Director of College and Career Readiness - (360) 804-4508

Ashley Tuiasosopo -

Athletic Director - 360-804-4542

Melissa Myers -

Office Manager - 360-804-4502

Oscar Hanson -

Main Line - Front Desk - (360) 804-4500

Janet Smith

Office Support -Attendance/Discipline -(360) 804-4501

Jacci Rasmussen -

Office Support - Financial Office/ASB - (360) 804-4513

Sarah Tuckers-

Office Support - Athletics - (360) 804-4511

Shannon Barksdale -

Office Support - CTE - (360) 804-4512

Denise Palmer -

Registrar - (360) 804-4524

Amber Mehta - mehtaa@monroe.wednet

Attendance Intervention Specialist - (360) 804-4518

Helen Hutson -

Office Support - Counseling - (360) 804-4520

Michelle Dickinson -

Career & College Ready Specialist - Career Center - (360) 804-4507

Geneva Padilla -

Health Room RN/ (360) 804-4532