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Welcome to Monroe High School - Home of the Bearcats!

A Tradition of Excellence for 100 Years principal John Lombardi

September 2014

Parents and Families,

In the past I have always written this letter sitting next to Flathead Lake or on a plane coming back from a family vacation. This year was a little different and my time was spent on dusty softball fields coaching, moving into my new house, painting my deck, and weeding a pond which weren’t as conducive to reflective thought. What has remained constant is my anticipation of a new start, new challenges and continued success. I hope all of you had a restful summer and are as anxious as I am to get back into the swing of a new school year. As in the past, I believe this will be another great year at

Listed below are several highlights from the 2013-2014 school year. I mention this information because the results come from the focused work we have undertaken and will continue to undertake for the betterment of our students.

  • We received our second Washington State Academic Achievement Award from OSPI.
  • For eight years in a row MHS has improved it’s Freshman success rate. As you can imagine, this is a continued point of pride for our entire school community.
  • Our State math assessment scores through our Block Math classes continue to rank as the highest in the State.
  • Microsoft Certification – 18 students earned 40 certificates and three of them were at the expert level.
  • Two National Merit Finalists.
  • National Silver Medalist for FACSE.
  • ELL was able to exit 10 students based on academic achievement and test results.

We have been busy this summer filling open positions and still have a few to finalize. I am very proud to introduce our new faculty/staff members for 2014-2015.

Hannah Ognoskie - CTE (Cooking Essentials/CCS/Health)
Heather Sevier - CTE (Sports Med.)
David Williams - CTE TOSA and Teacher (Cabinet Making/Computer Aided Design)
Brett Jay – English/Leadership and Head Football Coach
Ashley Tuiasosopo – Math
Tyler Wood - Math
Samantha Zeiders - Science
Anja Springer – Special Education
Bill Carroll – German
Krista Anthony – Scheduling Secretary
Katie Vanderveen – Attendance Secretary
Jayme Glover - Jill Vandemoortele's sub
Amy Jordan—paraeducator

A few people will also be taking on new roles in our building including:

Will Kahn – Dean of Students
Mark Henderson - Assistant Principal
Michelle Dickinson - Success Coordinator
Kathy Wallace – Athletic Secretary
Tricia Benitz – Counseling Secretary

As I reflect on previous years’ versions of the “welcome back” letter, I am amazed that our mission/focus has never wavered. Our goals, based on the data, are a little different each year, but we always place the emphasis on student learning and strengthening instruction through our Professional Learning Communities; 2014-2015 should and will not be any different.

I look forward to this year, as we strive to serve our students and help each of them reach their full potential.

Thank you for your continued support!

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

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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


Ablutz, Kathy

Athletic Secretary

Aboen, Barb


Adams, Samuel 9th Grade Humanities/English Samuel Adams

Akesson, Karl


Alice, Paula RN

Health Room

Allen, Joshua

9th Grade Humanities/English

Alvarez, Conseulo



Amador, Tammy

Counselor 9th graders and students from Spanish speaking families


Anderson, Linda



Aulabaugh, Erick

Assistant Principal

Bare, Dan

US History & Government

Benitz, Tricia



Berg, Misty

World Literature/Reading

Berry, Judi


Blaine, Karen

Biology/Zoology/Marine Biology

Bogesvang, Jim



Bowers, Tonya

Learning Specialist


Brekke, Becky

ASB Secretary

Brekke, Dave

Algebra/Math Analysis

Burrington, Dianne

Custodial staff

Capili, Sarah Paraeducator  

Carroll, Donna


Caruso, Anna


Caruso, Vince Horticulture  
Chadwick, Heather Health  

Chalfant, Matt

Learning Specialist


Coe, Andrew

Spanish/US History

Creager, Sue

Credit Specialist

Darrow, Scott


Davis, Melissa

Lead Secretary





Dow, Susan

Learning Specialist

Flood, Tara Algebra  

Foote, Amy


Foster, Sarah

World History

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

Hallanger, Sharol

Learning Specialist

Sharon Hallanger

Hanley, Diane

Learning Specialist

Haynie, Andy

Body Conditioning/Team Sports

Henderson, Mark Assistant Principal  

Henderson, Neil

Geometry/Math Analysis

Hilt, Janet



Holt, Lena

Kitchen staff


Horner, Tyson

US History/Leadership

Hudson, Stephanie



Hurley, Carol


Hyde, Ryan Choir  

Jaap, Jodi

Kitchen staff


Johnson, Holly

American Lit/English

Johnson, Jaime

English /Writing

Johnson, Jodi

Kitchen staff

Johnston, Patty

Career Center

Jones, Michael Learning Specialist  

Kahn, Will

Dean of Students


Ketchell, Dave

Drug and Alcohol Counselor

Kothenbeutel, Jennifer Spanish  
Krufka, Seth American/World Literature  

Kuether, Wendy



Lavin, Alia


Alia Lavin

Letcher, Dave

Custodial staff


Lombardi, John


Lowe, Anne

Animal Science

Anne Lowe
Lunstrum, Laura Special Education  

Mahaney, Lisa


Mason, Jessica Learning Specialist  
McAndrew, Lisa Learning Specialist  
McCutchan, Rich Technical Education  

McDaniel, Bill



McDaniels, Heather

Kitchen staff


McKelvey, Teri

Kitchen staff


McKenzie, Steve


Mirsky, Garrett Art  

Morrison, Ken


Nash, Robert

Custodial staff

Nelson, Jill Paraeducator  

Nesland, Kendra


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  

Pearce, Inessa



Pierce, April

Custodial staff

Potoshnik, Mark 9th Grade Humanities/Government  
Reed, Melissa English/History and Drama  

Reyling, Laureen


Roberts, Samantha Science  

Rosas, Judith

Assistant Principal

Royce, Ashley Algebra  

Sabel, Beth

Counseling Secretary


Sarr-Lewis, Jessica

Western/American Literature

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

Sheckells, Theresa

Physical Science/Chemistry

Shell, Allan


Silpakit, Peter


Springer, Anja Learning Specialist  

Squier, Nichole

History, 9th grade Humanities

Nicole Squier

Stanton, Giles

Creative Writing/Western Literature

Stauffer, Edna Student Store  

Stevens, Jane

Counselor Le-Z

Stroble, Jeanna


Tuiasosopo, Ashley Math  

Vance, Tracy

American Literature/9th Grade Humanities, Cheer Advisor


Vandemoortele, Jill

Counselor serving students with special needs


Vaughn, Christopher

Security Specialist


Vaught, Rachel


Vigus, Darby

Marketing/Career Choices


Vos, Kathy



Wallace, Kathy

Discipline Secretary

Walsh, Mary


Werder, Sarah Health  
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-La

Wray, Shane Reading Specialist  



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.