Mount Si High School

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Mount Si High School
Front Entrance to Mount Si High School
Front Entrance to Mount Si High School
Address
8651 Meadowbrook Way Southeast
Snoqualmie, Washington 98065
United States
Coordinates 47°31′24″N 121°48′56″W / 47.523272°N 121.815467°W / 47.523272; -121.815467Coordinates: 47°31′24″N 121°48′56″W / 47.523272°N 121.815467°W / 47.523272; -121.815467
Information
Type Public High School
School district Snoqualmie Valley School District
Principal John Belcher[1]
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1795[2] (May 2016)
Color(s) Scarlet and Grey
Mascot Wildcat
Website

Mount Si High School is a high school located in the Snoqualmie Valley in Snoqualmie, Washington and is a part of the Snoqualmie Valley School District.

History[edit]

According to the Seattle Times, Mount Si High School was founded as early as 1944, during World War II.[3] The war affected the school, as six students died fighting in this war; then principal Miller B Stewart, who was also their boy scout master said, "They were all good boys."[3] Students in the school were praised for working to raise money for the war effort.[4] Later graduates also served as leaders in the military in the 1990s.[5] The Mount Si High School class of 1966 built a memorial for their classmates killed in action.[6]

In the 1940s, Mount Si High School had between fifty-five and sixty-five students graduate every year.[7][8]

In 1952, the Snoqualmie School District allocated money to construct a new building for Mount Si High School.[9]

Mount Si High School is building a new campus, started in 2015 and due to be completed in 2019.[10]

In 2013, Mount Si High School opened a freshmen-only campus to solve overcrowding. The population of the Snoqualmie school has been increasing, leaping 14% in 2005 and 2006, and growing about 3% per year after from 2006 to 2016 due to families moving to technology hubs in Seattle, Bellevue, and Redmond.[11] Therefore, in 2005, a task force recommended the construction of new school buildings.[11] However, voters defeated all the bond referendums. As a result, administrators asked voters for less, $30 million "to purchase modular classrooms and address some maintenance issues."[11] That bond passed and modular classrooms did help, but Superintendent Joel Aune still advocated for a new building, claiming that the high school, built in the 1950s, had a “cobbled-together appearance, atrocious traffic flow, and was not education-friendly."[11] The middle school was not as crowded, so administrators decided to use $3 million the district had set aside for infrastructure improvements to convert it into a freshman-only campus. “But we weren’t going to simply move 500 freshman and 25 teachers across the street and basically do things the same way we had always done them,” Aune said. “We took advantage of the opportunity to shift the way instruction is delivered. We wanted to make it much more personal and student centered, so we invested heavily in tech and have created learning communities, where smaller groups of teachers and students work together collaboratively.”[11] He said the school had a “unique design that was a wonderful fit for what we’re trying to do philosophically with the freshmen.” The program is now being emulated elsewhere in the district.[11]

School awards and student achievements[edit]

Mount Si High School has received honors for overall and academic achievement:

  • appearing on US News & World Report's “Best High Schools” list.[12][13] The magazine awarded a Silver Medal to the school in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016, based on reading, math and college readiness data. Mount Si was ranked 17 out of 477 high schools in Washington state, and 1,214 of more than 21,000 high schools in the United States in 2016.[13]
  • being on Newsweek's 2016 America’s Top 500 High Schools list [14]
  • being named to the College Board AP District Honor Roll in 2011,[15] 2012,[16] 2013,[17] 2014,[18] and 2015.[19] The award recognizes increased student participation in college-level courses and increased performance on Advanced Placement (AP) exams over a three-year span. The school has an AP participation rate of 49 percent.[20]
  • being rated 17 out of the top 50 best high schools in Washington State[21]
  • being rated nine out of ten with a community rating of three out of five by GreatSchools.net.[22]

Its students have received honors:

  • Mount Si High School Jazz Band was selected from among 100 of the nation’s top high school jazz bands to perform at New York’s Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition and Festival in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017.[23][24]
  • Mount Si High School Debate team qualified for the Tournament of Champions, a national high school debate tournament, in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016.[25]
  • Mount Si High School Baseball team won the state championship in 2011,[26] was ranked nationally in 2012,[27] and sent three players to Major League Baseball in 2015.[28]
  • Mount Si High School Cheerleading team won the state championship in 2014 and 2016.[29]
  • Mount Si High School Cross-country boys and girls teams went to the state championship in 2015[30]
  • Mount Si High School’s Si-Borgs robotics team, went to the FIRST Tech Challenge tournament.[31]
  • Mount Si High School students have been named National Merit Scholars, for their cores in the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT); twelve from the Class of 2017.[32]
  • Mount Si High school video students won awards at the Northwest High School Film Festival in 2014.[33]

Other awards include

  • Mount Si High School football coach Charlie Kinnune won the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association District 2 Coach of the Year award for the 2013 season.[34]

Studies of school[edit]

Research on Mount Si High School has been conducted by education scholars since the 1960s, including research on its "innovative uses of social media,"[35] "identification of employability skills,"[36] teaching of American history,[37] and teaching of journalism.[38]

Controversies[edit]

In 2008, Mount Si High School was involved in a controversy over a visit by Reverend Ken Hutcherson, who was invited to speak about his experience growing up with racism. Some called into question his dedication to equality for all people in light of his opposition to same-sex relationships.[39][40][41][42] Hutcherson then used money from his nonprofit "to fight against a $56 million bond measure that would have helped repair Mount Si High School's decaying floors, installed wheelchair accessible ramps in the school's portables, and fixed other buildings in the district (while also paying for construction of a new middle school)." [43]

In November, 2009, a freshman attending Mount Si High School was attacked by another student in a locker room after defending another student against anti-gay slurs.[44][45][46][47]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Staff Directory". Retrieved 2011-11-29. 
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  3. ^ a b Staples, Alice (1944-11-28). "The Seattle Times". The Seattle Daily Times. Retrieved 2017-02-17. 
  4. ^ Staff Writer (1944-12-12). "Children Set War Loan Pace". The Seattle Daily Times – via NewsBank/Readex, Database: America's Historical Newspapers. 
  5. ^ "Mike Peck, controlling the skies over Baghdad | Snoqualmie Valley Record". Snoqualmie Valley Record. 2008-10-02. Retrieved 2017-02-19. 
  6. ^ "Legacy to remember: New Valley memorial is part of a long, lost line of monuments to those who served | Snoqualmie Valley Record". Snoqualmie Valley Record. 2011-10-25. Retrieved 2017-02-20. 
  7. ^ Staff Writer (1950-05-16). "55 Seniors Will Be Graduated at Mount Si High School June 2". Seattle Daily Times. Retrieved 2017-02-17 – via NewsBank/Readex, Database: America's Historical Newspapers. 
  8. ^ Staff Writer (1949-06-05). "Mount Si High School Class of '49". Seattle Daily Times – via NewsBank/Readex, Database: America's Historical Newspapers. 
  9. ^ Staff Writer (1952-04-09). "New Shoreline School Allocated State Funds". The Seattle Daily Times. Retrieved 2017-02-17 – via NewsBank/Readex, Database: America's Historical Newspapers, SQN: 12ADE3BA042210AE. 
  10. ^ "Facility Planning & Construction / Mount Si High School Expansion & Modernization". www.svsd410.org. Retrieved 2017-02-17. 
  11. ^ a b c d e f "Schools regroup for success". District Administration Magazine. Retrieved 2017-02-16. 
  12. ^ "Mount Si High School". US News and World Reports. 
  13. ^ a b "Mount Si High School makes U.S. News best schools list again | Snoqualmie Valley Record". Snoqualmie Valley Record. 2016-05-03. Retrieved 2017-02-19. 
  14. ^ "America's Top High Schools 2016". Newsweek. 2016-08-11. Retrieved 2017-02-17. 
  15. ^ "2011 AP District of the Year Awards" (PDF). College Board. Retrieved 2017-02-16. 
  16. ^ "AP District of the Year Awards: 2nd Annual Honor Roll" (PDF). College Board. Retrieved 2017-02-16. 
  17. ^ "AP District of the Year Awards: 3rd Annual Honor Roll" (PDF). College Board. Retrieved 2017-02-16. 
  18. ^ "5th Annual AP District Honor Roll" (PDF). College Board. Retrieved 2017-02-16. 
  19. ^ "6th Annual AP District Honor Roll" (PDF). College Board. Retrieved 2017-02-16. 
  20. ^ "Mount Si High School". US News and World Report. 
  21. ^ "Top 50 Best High Schools In Washington | Buccareer.com | Page 34". buccareer.com. Retrieved 2017-03-01. 
  22. ^ Review of Mount Si High School - Snoqualmie, Washington - WA
  23. ^ "3 Seattle-area high-school bands heading to Essentially Ellington". The Seattle Times. 2017-02-15. Retrieved 2017-02-17. 
  24. ^ "Mount Si Jazz Band chosen for 2017 Essentially Ellington festival at Lincoln Center | Snoqualmie Valley Record". Snoqualmie Valley Record. 2017-02-15. Retrieved 2017-02-19. 
  25. ^ "Mount Si debate students qualify for Tournament of Champions | Snoqualmie Valley Record". Snoqualmie Valley Record. 2016-01-29. Retrieved 2017-02-19. 
  26. ^ "Champion connection: Youth ball helped create powerful bond for Mount Si's state winners | Snoqualmie Valley Record". Snoqualmie Valley Record. 2011-06-28. Retrieved 2017-02-19. 
  27. ^ "Baseball mag, coaches give Mount Si boys team national ranking | Snoqualmie Valley Record". Snoqualmie Valley Record. 2012-03-06. Retrieved 2017-02-19. 
  28. ^ "Local athletes picked up in MLB draft | Snoqualmie Valley Record". Snoqualmie Valley Record. 2015-06-10. Retrieved 2017-02-19. 
  29. ^ "Disney-bound: Mount Si cheer teams win at state, head to nationals in Orlando | Snoqualmie Valley Record". Snoqualmie Valley Record. 2015-02-10. Retrieved 2017-02-19. 
  30. ^ "Mount Si cross country make history with state championship runs | Snoqualmie Valley Record". Snoqualmie Valley Record. 2015-11-10. Retrieved 2017-02-19. 
  31. ^ "Building with robots: Mount Si High School hosts local FIRST Tech competitions | Snoqualmie Valley Record". Snoqualmie Valley Record. 2015-12-16. Retrieved 2017-02-19. 
  32. ^ "Twelve from Mount Si High School make National Merit Scholar lists | Snoqualmie Valley Record". Snoqualmie Valley Record. 2016-10-20. Retrieved 2017-02-19. 
  33. ^ "Mount Si students honored at Northwest High School Film Festival | Snoqualmie Valley Record". Snoqualmie Valley Record. 2016-05-31. Retrieved 2017-02-19. 
  34. ^ "Coach of the Year: Mount Si's Charlie Kinnune picks up peer award | Snoqualmie Valley Record". Snoqualmie Valley Record. 2014-01-29. Retrieved 2017-02-19. 
  35. ^ Bravender, Marlena (2010-05-23). Innovative Uses of Social Media in High Schools. Research Brief. Principals' Partnership. 
  36. ^ Martell, Daniel Edwin. Identification of Employability Skills at Mount Si High School. 1987.
  37. ^ Leavitt, M. Dale. The identification of concepts, concept clusters, objectives, and suggested organizational patterns for the teaching of American History at Mount Si High School. 1968.
  38. ^ Scott, James Wesley. "A survey of public high school journalism departments in the State of Washington." (1959).
  39. ^ Eli Sanders (2008-01-17). "Hutcherson Booed at Mt. Si High School MLK Assembly | Slog | The Stranger | Seattle's Only Newspaper". Slog.thestranger.com. Retrieved 2011-11-29. 
  40. ^ "Principal's letter apologizes for Hutcherson event | Seattle's Big Blog - seattlepi.com". Blog.seattlepi.com. 2008-01-18. Retrieved 2011-11-29. 
  41. ^ "Mount Si teacher still feels ripples from Hutcherson controversy | Seattle's Big Blog - seattlepi.com". Blog.seattlepi.com. 2008-02-01. Retrieved 2011-11-29. 
  42. ^ MtSiParents (2008-03-13). "Mount Si Parents: Ken Hutcherson threatens local high school librarian for defending the school's "Sex Club"". Mtsiparents.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2011-11-29. 
  43. ^ "Mission Omission by Eli Sanders - Seattle News - The Stranger, Seattle's Only Newspaper". Thestranger.com. Retrieved 2011-11-29. 
  44. ^ Email Author (2010-06-08). "Investigator eyes Mount Si locker room beating, aftermath - Snoqualmie Valley Record". Pnwlocalnews.com. Retrieved 2011-11-29. 
  45. ^ Petrelis, Michael (2010-06-04). "Bias-Motivated Beating at Washington School Raises Safety Questions". EDGE Boston. Retrieved 2011-11-29. 
  46. ^ Rogers, John (2010-06-05). "Is There Any Hope for Tolerance at Washington's Mount Si High School? / Queerty". Queerty.com. Retrieved 2011-11-29. 
  47. ^ Thompson, Lynn (2010-06-03). "Mount Si High School beating raises concern over treatment of gay students". Seattletimes. Retrieved 4 November 2016. 

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