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WELCOME CLASS OF 2024 - Important Incoming Freshmen News

Hello, Class of 2024 and families,

My name is Lori Wilbanks and I will be your school counselor as you begin your journey at Medical Lake High School. In these uncertain times, I hope to give you something to look forward to by thinking about your course requests for your Freshman year. We need your help to make this happen though!

Obviously, with the current school closure, we had to cancel our Freshman Orientation Night and aren't able to visit your 8th-grade history classes to talk to you, so it is important your voice is heard by filling out the google form below. This will help our team finalize the master schedule and get ready for what we hope will be an exciting start to the school year, in the fall.

If you have any questions about what a course is, please first look at the course descriptions I have attached to this email. If you are still confused or need advice on which courses to take, don’t hesitate to reach out and ask me. I have also attached a document showing our Personalized Pathways. These are meant to help you and your student choose electives available at Medical Lake High School, that will help he/she towards a future career.

If your student has an IEP, we ask that you please fill out the form the best you can and we will work with their case managers at the middle school to make sure they are placed correctly in core classes. We offer a resource English and a resource math course for those that qualify.

The sooner you complete this course request form, the sooner we can have your schedule finalized for fall. Please help me spread the word to your friends and classmates! We are in this together and I can’t wait to meet you in person and work with you all.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Lori Wilbanks

Medical Lake High School Counselor
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Class of 2020 Valedictorian Nicole Ehr

My name is Nicole Ehr and I have the honor of being the Valedictorian for the Medical Lake High School Class of 2020. This fall, I will be attending Washington State University and participating in the Honors College to get a more rigorous education. While there, I plan to follow the pre-veterinary track while majoring in zoology. My amazing high school science teachers Lisa Wagner and Tim Martin definitely influenced my decision about what to do after high school. While in high school, I have worked extremely hard to distinguish myself. I have taken 11 AP Classes and 2 Honors Courses. This was a lot already, but I decided to become very involved outside the classroom too. I am a member of over 10 extracurricular clubs. The most important activities that I take part in are related to community service. 4 years ago, I got diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. This drove me to become involved in a multitude of community service projects with hopes that I can positively affect someone else's life who has also gone through tough times.
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MLHS Class of 2020 Salutatorian Grace Remendowski

I’m Grace Remendowski, Medical Lake High School’s 2020 Salutatorian. I am going to attend the University of Washington starting the fall of 2020. I am planning on majoring in Statistics and minoring in Music. It might be surprising, but calculations are really fun for me to do, and I would love to work as a data analyst for some company or possibly do sports analytics. Being a part of my band family over the past many years has also inspired me to audition for the University of Washington’s Marching Band. Between All-State, All-Northwest, and Spokane Youth Symphony bands and orchestras, music has allowed me to travel and get to know many wonderful students in and around the area. I am so glad to have been given many opportunities academically to show and pursue my skills with many AP and Honors classes, along with leading and being a part of various clubs, such as Knowledge Bowl, Key Club, and National Honor Society. With the help of all of these experiences, I hope to achieve some level of accomplishment in what I choose to pursue after high school.
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Dear Cardinal Students and Families

TO: Medical Lake High School Students and Families
FROM: Chris Spring- Medical Lake HIgh School Principal
RE: Status Update
WHEN: March 25, 2020


Dear Cardinal Students and Families,

Good afternoon Cardinal students and families. I sincerely hope that this letter finds you healthy and working through this very difficult time. Our well being is without question the number one priority and we all have a responsibility to that. Another priority that we are focusing on is trying to provide a sense of normalcy and balance for our students as it relates to school life.


We are currently working hard as a team to create a distance learning program. Expectations for student learning from Washington State have been fluid since the onset of the school closure but guidance was recently provided which has allowed us to move faster on our plan. Our goal is to communicate a weekly learning schedule to all students by Monday, March 30. This plan would outline weekly learning expectations and communication opportunities for student support.


With that, it is essential that we gather important information from you. As we venture into this new world of social distancing and distance learning, we will rely heavily on an important classroom resource called Google Classroom. Google Classroom is currently being used in many classrooms already; this will only make this temporary transition easier as the majority, if not all students, are well versed in its operation. For students without reliable internet access, please know that weekly learning opportunities consistent with those posted in Google Classroom will be provided and we will develop a plan to ensure that you receive those materials.


Here is where we need your help. It is very important that we know who does not have reliable internet access. If you do not have reliable internet access please contact:
MLHS Assistant Principal Justin Blayne
509-565-3291
jblayne@mlsd.org


Another important topic that may be of note is building access and the ability for students to retrieve essential learning items (chromebook, textbook, etc) from school. At this point, the building is not available; however, essential staff are working and we can arrange for students to retrieve these items. Please contact Justin Blayne (see info above) and we will make a plan.


Please rest assured that we will be by your side throughout the process of distance learning. Families, we ask that you partner with us to ensure students are accessing the posted learning opportunities that are made available. Students, please check your school email daily and remain plugged-in to your google classrooms. In closing, thank you for partnering with us. We wish you safety and health as we continue this journey together. When we work together we are better. Be well!

Sincerely,

Chris Spring
Principal
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Attention Seniors

A member of the Herff Jones staff will set up a table outside the main entrance of the high school tomorrow, Wednesday, March 25, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. If you are unable to pick up announcements at that time or have other questions, feel free to email Jim Heckel at service@hjgrad.net. He will NOT be passing out caps/gowns tomorrow. Those orders come in towards May.

A few of you have also ordered our customized senior sweats and those students/families should be receiving an email in the next day from Kert Carlson at KC Enterprises confirming a pick-up time. He is planning to meet at Bruchi’s in Medical Lake Thursday or Friday. He will confirm a time and date in his email.

With each day, comes new developments and suggestions from a state and local level. I want to assure you our district is doing it’s best to come up with a plan for our seniors and what those expectations will look like. I am told you should receive more communication tomorrow (hopefully with more answers) from Chris Spring and Justin Blayne.

As always, feel free to email me if you have any questions. I miss you all so very much!
Lori Wilbanks
Senior Counselor
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ENERGY PATHWAYS

Energy Pathways is a free program for incoming high school juniors and seniors (2020/2021 school year) to develop knowledge, skills, and abilities fundamental for a career in energy. This weekday program will run from July 13–August 7, 2020 at 8:00a.m. – 4:00p.m.
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MLHS AP TESTING

AP TESTING SCHEDULE 2020

ALL TESTS WILL BE AT THE DISTRICT OFFICE WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THE

HIGHLIGHTED ONES. THEY WILL BE AT REDEMPTION CHURCH 400 E Grace Street
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NEW TECH

NEWTech is available for the 2020-2021 school year to juniors and seniors (current sophomores and juniors), wanting to spend half their day in a career program.
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