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Welcome to Monroe High School - Home of the Bearcats!

A Tradition of Excellence for 100 Years principal John Lombardi

October 2014

Parents and Families,

With one month into the school year, Monroe High School is again blessed with professional, experienced, caring staff; students who come to school ready to learn in a college and career readiness environment; and parents who support their students and the mission of Monroe High School. This is
already showing to be an exceptional year and we will be continuing to provide our students with ways to succeed and grow.

Our end of the day study time is one of those programs. On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of each week classes end 35 minutes early to allow students to get additional assistance from teachers and support staff. This has proven to be an invaluable time for struggling students and students that rely on school busing who can’t come early or stay after school. In the past there has been an early release incentive program at the end of the first grading period, for 10th– 12th graders who are earning all B’s or better and don’t have any unexcused absences. If your student
qualifies and you would like them to be released, please send a note to our main office for us to keep on file.

Another program is PSAT testing. On October 15th, MHS will be on a morning testing schedule so that all sophomores and any interested juniors can complete the PSAT. Juniors will still need to sign up and pay for the test in the Counseling Center starting Friday, October 3rd. Students and/or parents will be allowed to sign up throughout the day during our regular Counseling office hours (see schedule in this newsletter for more details). The main purpose of testing our sophomores is to gather the exceptionally rich data provided by the College Board that goes beyond the basic data provided to families. The College Board provides data regarding student’s reading, writing and math problemsolving skills. It also identifies areas of strength regarding Advanced Placement (AP) coursework and even identifies and recommends AP courses for each individual student. This data can be shared with
students and parents to guide course selection for their junior and senior years at MHS. This data and AP recommendations can help guide a sophomore’s High School and Beyond Plan for their final two years of high school. It also allows sophomores the opportunity to experience the PSAT format and get data back on the areas they need to strengthen prior to taking the PSAT test as a junior, which will count towards the National Merit Scholarship competition.

This process will also support some of our struggling students. The data provided by the PSAT in conjunction with the data gathered during their freshman year will help us identify gaps and allow us to better understand the student’s needs. It may also help struggling students meet state requirements. Currently, Washington State only has three ways for a student to meet the assessment requirements. A student must pass the HSPE and/or Smarter Balanced Testing in addition to passing the EOC (End Of Course) exams in algebra or geometry and biology. If a student does not pass these exams they may create a Collection of Evidence portfolio to submit to the state. The only other option is a SAT or ACT cut score established by the state each year. Many of our non-college-bound students are now finding themselves in a position to take the SAT or ACT as an option to complete graduation requirements. Ensuring that all students have an opportunity to become acquainted with PSAT/SAT
standardized testing may become a vital link in their pursuit of a diploma.

I have provided some additional information from the College Board website.

Go Bearcats!

John Lombardi
Principal, Monroe High School

Monroe High School
17001 Tester Road.
Monroe, WA 98272-2819

Phone: 360-804-4500
Toll Free: 1-800-282-7818
Fax: 360-804-4699
Counseling: 360-804-4503
Counseling Fax: 360-804-4698
Attendance: 360-804-4501
Athletics: 360-804-4511
Financial: 360-804-4513

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

Daily Bulletin

Today's MHS Bulletin 






August: 8-01-14

September: 09-01-14

October: 10-01-14









Our community offers many opportunities for youth to enrich learning, Monroe Public Schools publishes notices from not-for-profit groups offering such activities on this website under Community Notices. Paper copies are often also available in the main office at our schools.

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Important Notice About Internet Safety

The best way to protect children from online harm is to keep computers in a family area of the home. Visibility allows parents to look over the students' shoulders without being too oppressive. Young children should have a parental chaperone whenever they are on the Internet. Two sites that discuss these issues and offer advice can be found at www.safekids.com and www.safeteens.com. Hyperlinks to staff web sites (located on the Staff page) are provided for student and parent convenience, and all staff web sites are hosted by external Internet service providers. Monroe Public Schools assumes no liability for content contained on external service provider sites. Filtering software from one of the providers listed below is recommended to prevent unauthorized access to sites beyond the District's control.

Norton | Cyber Sitter | Net Nanny | Surf Watch | Cyber Patrol


Voicemail: 360.804.2998 ext 4695

E-mail: parents-mhs@monroe.wednet.edu

2013-14 Bearcat Pride Membership Form

2013-2014 Bearcat Pride Officers are:


    • Nikki Ehni
    • Bobi Haugen

Co-Vice President:

    • Mindy Broman
    • Kathy Bolstad


    • Teresa Allen-Martin


    • Jen Caldwell

Please let us know how we may help you throughout the school year.

Patty Johnston in the Career Center is a great resource. It is never too early to ask questions!  


Dialing 360-804-2998 accesses staff voice mailboxes.

The search option lets families use their telephone keypad to enter the teacher's name to be connected to the voicemail system to leave a message.

Staff Telephone Directory


Aboen, Barb

Physics/Astronomy/Physical Science

Adams, Samuel 9th Grade Humanities Samuel Adams

Akesson, Karl


Alice, Paula RN

Health Room

Allen, Joshua

9th Grade Humanities

Alvarez, Conseulo



Amador, Tammy

Counselor H-N and students from Spanish speaking families


Anderson, Linda



Aulabaugh, Erick

Assistant Principal

Bare, Dan

AP US History & Government

Benitz, Tricia



Berg, Misty

World Literature/Reading

Berry, Judi


Blaine, Karen

Biology/Forensics/COE Math-Science

Bogesvang, Jim


Bowling, Debbie Kitchen  

Brekke, Becky

ASB Secretary

Brekke, Dave


Burrington, Dianne

Custodial staff

Capili, Sarah Paraeducator  
Carr, Kathy Kitchen  

Carroll, Donna


Carroll, William German  

Caruso, Anna


Caruso, Vince Horticulture  
Chadwick, Heather Health  

Chalfant, Matt

Learning Specialist


Coe, Andrew


Creager, Sue

Credit Specialist

Darrow, Scott


Davis, Melissa

Lead Secretary



Success Coordinator


Dow, Susan

Learning Specialist

Foote, Amy


Foster, Sarah

AP World History/US History

Gilseth, Debbie Security Specialist  
Glover, Jayme Counselor serving students with special needs  

Hallanger, Sharol

Learning Specialist

Sharon Hallanger

Hanley, Diane

Learning Specialist

Hanna, Elizabeth BECCA  

Haynie, Andy

Body Conditioning/Team Sports

Henderson, Mark Assistant Principal  

Henderson, Neil


Horner, Tyson

US/World History

Hudson, Stephanie



Hurley, Carol


Hutson, Helen Counseling  
Hyde, Ryan Choir  

Jaap, Jodi

Kitchen staff


Johnson, Holly

American Lit/Leadership

Johnson, Jaime

World Lit/Leadership

Johnson, Jodi

Kitchen staff

Johnston, Patty

Career Center

Jones, Michael Learning Specialist  

Kahn, Will

Dean of Students

Kavalski, Maria Kitchen  

Ketchell, Dave

Drug and Alcohol Counselor

Kothenbeutel, Jennifer Spanish  
Krufka, Seth World Literature/English Comp/Humanities  

Kuether, Wendy



Lavin, Alia


Alia Lavin

Letcher, Dave

Custodial staff


Lombardi, John


Lowe, Anne

Animal Science

Anne Lowe

Mahaney, Lisa


Mason, Jessica Learning Specialist  

McDaniel, Bill



McKelvey, Teri

Kitchen staff


McKenzie, Steve


Mirsky, Garrett Art  

Morrison, Ken


Myers, Tim Technology  

Nash, Robert

Custodial staff

Neer, Angela Kitchen  
Nelson, Jill Paraeducator  

Nesland, Kendra

Algebra/AP Stats/Pre-Calculus

Ogenoski, Hannah Family & Consumer Science, Health  

O'Hare, Jenny

9th Grade Humanities

Olson, Terry


Orr, Keith

9th Grade Humanities

Ottini, Alan

Business Math/ Culminating Challenge

Pastrana, Landa English Language Learners  

Pierce, April

Custodial staff

Potoshnik, Mark US/World History  
Reed, Melissa Drama/Humanities  

Reyling, Laureen


Roberts, Samantha Science  

Rosas, Judith

Assistant Principal

Royce, Ashley Algebra  

Sarr-Lewis, Jessica

Western/American Literature

Jessica Sarr-Lewis
Saulsman, Brian Librarian  
Sevier, Heather Sports Medicine  

Sheckells, Theresa

Physical Science/Chemistry

Shell, Allan


Springer, Anja Learning Specialist  

Squier, Nichole

9th grade Humanities/

Nicole Squier

Stanton, Giles

Creative Writing/Western Literature/AP English Lit

Stauffer, Edna Student Store  

Stevens, Jane

Counselor O-Z

Stroble, Jeanna


Tuiasosopo, Ashley Algebra  

Vance, Tracy

American/WorldLiterature/ Cheer Advisor


Vandemoortele, Jill

Counselor serving students with special needs

Vanderveen, Katie Attendance Secretary  

Vaughn, Christopher

Security Specialist


Vaught, Rachel


Vigus, Darby

Marketing/Career Choices


Vos, Kathy



Wallace, Kathy


Walsh, Mary


Werder, Sarah Health  
Weyrick, Tara Receptionist  
Wheatley, Tim History/Social Studies  

White, Lisa

Instrumental Music

Wichser, Kathi


Williams, David Career and Technical Ed  
Wilmore, Dominique Art  

Wold, Nick


Wolfe, Nick

Physical Science

Wood, Tyler Math  

Woodard, Lisa

Counselor A-G

Wray, Shane Reading Specialist  
Zinn, Tara Algebra  



Monroe High School is a community of lifelong learners in which staff, students, parents and citizens cooperatively interact in a safe environment. This relationship provides meaningful, diversified opportunities to develop attitudes, knowledge, and skills necessary for successful living in a changing world. We value the past, recognize responsibility to present and have goals for the future.