Monroe High School
Bearcat Freshman Orientation
7:50 am - 2:20 pm
Wednesday, September 3
Welcome to Monroe High School - Home of the Bearcats!
A Tradition of Excellence for 100 Years
Parents and Families,
It is difficult to believe we are closing out another successful school year! This has been a tremendous spring semester for MHS. I have been impressed all year by the successes of our students and staff and this semester has been no different. I am so thankful for the support we receive from our parents, community and business partners. Watching their interactions with students and faculty reminds me why MHS truly is one of the best high schools in the nation.
During this semester, we also completed our HSPE, and of course exams for Algebra, Geometry and Biology in addition to Advanced Placement testing. While this was stressful, our students kept their focus and did a great job. As our testing responsibilities continue to grow, I am thankful for our diligent faculty and focused students. I am confident that our students, regardless of the testing situation, are some of the top performing students in the state. I am extremely proud of all of
the students’ hard work. It is obvious, to me, that our students take their education seriously and strive to do their best.
Making good choices also impacts academic achievement. Despite state law changes, public schools remain drug free for students and adults as required by federal law.
Unfortunately, with so much in the media that message may have been confusing for some. In fact, many of Monroe's young people report that they believe there would be little or no consequence from officials for making unhealthy choices. I believe school staff and families agree that drugs are not welcome on our campus. To help reinforce that message, this spring we have developed a plan for greater clarity about expectations and safety.
You may recall reading about the practice some schools use with drug-detection dogs. After a vigorous discussion among many, we are ready to begin that practice starting this month in our parking lot. Teams from Monroe Police and other local jurisdictions will be working with school administrators. Only school officials will record any vehicle data when dogs indicate a concern and only school officials will follow up with students and their families. School discipline will result as is appropriate depending on each student's situation. The goal of all school actions is to help young people make good choices and get any help they need to do that.
We strive to work with families to ensure youth get the help each needs to be successful. Below are a few of the resources families may also contact with questions or concerns.
Dave Ketchell, MHS Drug & Alcohol Counselor, 360.804.4530
Community Information Line, 425.258.4227
Research is very clear that families play a big role in helping teens make healthy choices. Below are online resources that may be helpful in opening important discussion at home. Talk, they hear you.
We believe families and school staff share the goal of wanting our students to make good choices for
Principal, Monroe High School
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
TBD, Attendance Secretary
TBD, Athletic Secretary
Becky Brekke, Financial Secretary
Kathy Wallace, Discipline Secretary
Judi Berry, Registrar
Lisa Woodard, Counselor, serving students with last names A-La
Jane Stevens, Counselor, serving students with last names Le-Z
Tammy Amador, Counselor, serving students with last names 9th graders and students with bilingual families
TBA, Counselor serving students with special needs
Beth Sabel, Counseling Secretary
Paula Alice, Nurse