Here is all the information you need in one place to get the school year off to a great start. Click here to read the Welcome Back Letter from Mr. Belcher.
On behalf of our school, and the Meyers family, we are grateful for the outpouring of support and compassion you have shown us for the loss of our dear friend Valerie Meyers. She was an exceptional human being, an exceptional employee, and a devoted advocate of her students. She will be missed.
The number one thing I learned about Val in a short period of time is she served our students with PRIDE. I want to proudly acknowledge this faculty and our student body for pulling together, supporting each other, and honoring Val in the best way we know how- by being PRIDE and continuing to be devoted to learning and growing in this time of loss. I can tell you, the staff and our students are something we should all be very proud of. I know Val would be! They were stellar in the midst of loss and grieving.
I hope you will join me in celebrating Valerie Meyers on Sunday February 19th at 3pm in the HS auditorium.
As Val would say on Friday's.....Go Wildcats.....rrrrrrrr
Dear Wildcat Family,
We had very sad news to share at Mount Si High School today. One of our staff members, Valerie Meyers, passed away last night, February 9, 2012, due to complications with a heart condition. Ms. Meyers worked in the main MSHS office as the school athletic secretary and receptionist, and is married to teacher Gregg Meyers. She demonstrated PRIDE in all of her actions, and will be irreplaceable. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Meyers family.
This news was shared with staff and students this morning. To offer support, the school implemented its Crisis Response Plan and brought in a team of counselors trained for dealing with grief to supplement our own counseling staff. The auditorium was set up as an optional Drop In room for students to grieve together, write letters of support to the Meyers family and receive guidance from qualified adults, if they chose.
When more details regarding a remembrance event for Valerie become available, we'll provide an update on the school website. In the meantime, people can post tribute messages on a page that's been created in Valerie's honor through the www.CaringBridge.org website.
When a loss like this happens, people have different ways of reacting even if they did not have a close relationship with the person who has died. Feelings such as shock, sadness, fear and anger are common. Those reactions may rise and fall throughout the day, and even for days to come. Below are some ways you can help your child deal with these feelings:
Mount Si High School Principal
Hey Wildcats! Mr. Belcher here! Wanted to catch you up on what we are up to.
Hey Wildcats- Mr. Belcher here! Wanted to let keep you up to date on what we did this week to raise the bar, increase our PRIDE, and motivate students to help encourage each other to excel! I presented this PowerPoint Presentation to each grade level ( one assembly for freshmen, one for sophomore etc.). Included in the presentation, was a panel of current, and returning alumnus to share with students "hindsight" advice to help increase our student body's focus on excellence, the need to excel, and resist the urge to "dummy down" our expectations. You can get a glimsp of what we discussed through the PowerPoint. I utilized our current college entrance rates, our college dropout rates, and what the top demand careers will be in the future to engage them. The top 20 Careers of the next decade may interest you, or the statistics on King County and Snohomish County career trends. In addition, I was trying to express to our students that saying you are going to college, getting accepted into college, and actually getting a college degree are very different goals. I shared that statically, we have room to grow there, and it begins with strong study habits, doing the work for themselves, and take a full, and rigorous schedule throughout their four years here. I would like to see more student not see math, science, and rigorous coursework their senior year as optional, but critical for their college success. We also wanted students to know any post HS training is now "college" and they too, need well prepared military, apprentice, and trade school applicants. Feel free to share your thoughts after you read the information and talk it over with your wildcat. Lastly, our students are realizing that formulating a plan for a career, is the first step in actually reaching it and making sense of HS. Keep up the conversation and know our counseling and teaching team is here to support them to their goals . Have a great winter break!
Hey Wildcats! I wanted to take this opportunity to let you know what we are up to as a staff on professional development Fridays! We have utilized our staff release Friday's to complete our new School Improvement Plan. Take a look on our website under the Info link, then under documents to see what plans and actions we are taking to improve Mount Si High School. It's transparent to get your input! For the next several months our focus as a staff will be on producing instructional calendars for each of our courses. This will increase our consistency between instructors and lead to common course assessments. Utilizing these assessments and their results will help us collaborate on effective instructional strategies and identify promising practices. I will continue to keep you up to date on how we utilize this valuable time as a staff, we are grateful for your support of this work. Principal Belcher