Monroe High School
Welcome to Monroe High School - Home of the Bearcats!
A Tradition of Excellence for 100 Years
Parents and Families,
“Progress is a nice word. But change is its motivator.” Robert Kennedy
In my career, I have watched state assessments change from non-existent to the WASL,
HSPE, EOC and now the nationally normed, Smarter Balanced (which is changing its name
to WCAP - Washington Comprehensive Assessment Program). WCAP (Smarter Balanced),
is all computer based so MHS participated in field tests last year to get a better idea of what the test is and if we have the infrastructure to support this type of testing. Based on that experience the School District has leveraged the Tech. Levy dollars to bolster our infrastructure and provide some updated equipment to support our kids.
The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium states that The Smarter Balanced (WCAP)
assessments will go beyond multiple-choice questions to include extended response and technology
enhanced items, as well as performance tasks that allow students to demonstrate critical-thinking and
problem-solving skills. Performance tasks challenge students to apply their knowledge and skills to
respond to complex real-world problems. They can best be described as collections of questions and
activities that are coherently connected to a single theme or scenario. These activities are meant to measure capacities such as depth of understanding, writing and research skills, and complex analysis, which cannot be adequately assessed with traditional assessment questions. The performance tasks will be taken on a computer (but will not be computer adaptive) and will take one to two class periods to complete. Smarter Balanced capitalizes on the precision and efficiency of computer adaptive testing (CAT). This approach represents a significant improvement over traditional paper-and-pencil assessments used in many states today, providing more accurate scores for all students across the full range of the achievement continuum.
It is imperative that all Juniors attend during the WCAP testing. Testing for Mathematics will be April 21 & 22 with the English/Language Arts exam occurring the next week, April 28 and 29. Please know that we are making every effort to maintain a balance of focus on core curricular academic instruction, while offering our students the important opportunity to experience the new WCAP test format. We are focused on providing students at MHS the best opportunity to be successful on this assessment that will be required for graduation.
Monroe High School
17001 Tester Road.
Monroe, WA 98272-2819
Toll Free: 1-800-282-7818
Counseling Fax: 360-804-4698
School Hours: 7:50 a.m. to 2:20 p.m.
John Lombardi, Principal
Erick Aulabaugh, Assistant Principal
Mark Henderson, Assistant Principal
Judith Rosas, Assistant Principal
Melissa Davis, Principal’s Secretary
Will Kahn, Dean of Students
Katie Vanderveen, Discipline/Attendance Secretary
Kathy Wallace, Athletic Secretary
Becky Brekke, ASB Secretary
Tara Weyrick, Receptionist
Judi Berry, Registrar
Lisa Woodard, Counselor, serving students with last names A-G
Jane Stevens, Counselor, serving students with last names O-Z
Tammy Amador, Counselor, serving students with last names H-N and students with bilingual families
Jill Vandemoortele, Interventionist , serving students with special needs
Tricia Benitz, Counseling Secretary
Paula Alice, Nurse