Back To School
Once those back-to-school sales hit the stores, you know it won’t be long until we are back in action at MMHS. We are looking forward to your return. Your smiling faces, creative minds, and energy bring our quiet walls alive from their summer slumber. To those new to our school: welcome. We are glad to have you as part of the Mark Morris Monarch school community.
Our mascot, the lion, represents leadership, courage, and strength. When you attend Mark Morris, you join a community, a “pride”, as a lion’s family group is known. Our staff is committed to your success and invites you to ROAR WITH THE PRIDE—put your whole self into the effort. Be a thriving member of your school, a fully-engaged participant!
The following information is in your Back-to-School newsletter that was mailed home. Please review it as there is more information than listed here.
Freshman Orientation - Tuesday, September 2nd - 8:00 a.m. - Noon
Welcome to MMHS! We’re glad you’re taking that next step with us at Mark Morris High School. Simply put: this is the most important year of your education. The shift from middle to high school is a critical step toward achieving your life goals and preparing yourself for success after high school. See more....
Class Schedule Pick-up
Thursday, August 28th
Friday, August 29th
Monday, September 1st
The Mark Morris Booster Club supports the entire school. Parents...become involved. See application...
Fall sports turnout info...
All Mark Morris students interested in participating in a fall sport must have office clearance before participating. See items needed for clearance.
The Activities Office will be open on Monday August 18th. Fall sports start on Monday August 25th with the exception of Football which starts on Wednesday August 20th.
A Football parent meeting will be held at Mark Morris on Monday August 18th at 6:30.
Parent meeting golf will be on Monday, August 18.
The boys’ water polo parent meeting will be held on Tuesday 8/19 @ 6:30
All other parent meeting for sports will be held at Mark Morris on Thursday August 21st at 6:30. First practice time for specific sports are as follows:
Football 3:00 on Wednesday August 20th
Boys’ Golf 3:00 @ Mint Valley, Monday; August 18th
Boys’ Tennis To Be Announced
Boys’ Water Polo To Be Announced
Cross Country 9:00 (Two practices on the first day)
Girls Soccer 8:00 (Two practices on the first day)
Girls Swimming 3:00
Volleyball 10:00 (Two practices on the first day)
Change in schedule this year
New this year are two important schedule changes. You’ll hear more about this when you return. (see bell schedule).
Wednesdays will be early dismissals instead of late starts. On Wednesdays, school starts at regular time and ends at 1:25 p.m.
Fridays will have an “advisory” schedule each week. Class periods will be shorter, with an extra period inserted between 2nd and 3rd periods.
Top Cheer Team 2014-2015
MMHS cheer were recognized as the the Top Cheer Team 2014-2015, Herkie Award (best jumps), 4 spirit sticks, 5 Superior Ribbons, Outstanding Spirit Award, 3 leadership awards, and Best Spotting (stunts) this year at National Cheerleader Association camp. They were amazing and winning top cheer is the highest honor of the camp. Congratulations MMHS Cheer!
Thanks from the community to these students who volunteered over 3000 hours of community service. See who they are and what they did....
Left to right... Foundation Board members Dave Andrew and Chris Richards, Victoria Campbell, Cynthea Barella, Emily Plough, Alana McCoy, Brianna Richardson, Victoria Maslennikova, Alexandra McCoy, Jenna Dukovcic, Alyssa Kaufman, Grace Johnson, John Anglin, Alexander Salberg, Isabella Larson, Brian Schatzel and Ben Harrison
Who says hard work doesn't pay? Pictured above are a couple MMHS Foundation Board members and just some of the students who were recipients of over sixty scholarships at the Annual Scholarship Night sponsored by the Mark Morris High School Foundation. The event was held at the Cowlitz County Regional Conference Center on May 29th.
A special thanks to everyone - individuals, families, businesses and associations who made these scholarships possible. See the winners getting their scholarships.
What am I going to do this summer?
If you are looking for something to do this summer, be that volunteer activities or other see what the Career Center has info on.
Monarchs to play at the next level
More Monarchs are off to participate in sports at the college level. Congratulations to each! See more info....
DECA attends International Career Development Conference in Atlanta...and comes home with an award!
Kayla Bach, Greg McCormick and Rachel McCrady with the award.
Rachael McCrady and Kayla Bach competed on Monday May 5th, with over 17,000 other DECA students…in Public Relations Campaign. They competed directly with more than 170 teams from Spain, Canada, and all 50 states. The judges read their project and then listened to their presentations. They were selected by judges as the best team in their section of 18. The girls then competed on Tuesday against the each section winner from the day before. At the Grand Awards Assembly at the Georgia Dome (home of the Atlanta Falcons) they were recognized as one of the top 10 public relation projects. Then they were called on stage for being the 3rd best project in the international competition. Congratulations Kayla and Rachel!
Logan Wallace, Sam Wright, Hailey Hall, Hailey McNally, Isabella Larson, Brian Schatzel, Rachel McCrady and Kayla Bach attended the International Career Development Conference.
Attention Mark Morris and R A Long Senior Parents
We need your help! Volunteer to work at the all night Graduation Party on June 7th – from 10:00 PM to 4:00 AM – There will be three shifts throughout the night in a variety of positions. We will be needing a lot of people. Please contact Marnie Harris at 577-5222 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Theresa Stalick at email@example.com or 430-3083. Please volunteer and help us make this night successful!
Also see about the next planning meeting.
Student's of the month for April
Congratulations to each and who are they???
2013 Washington Achievement Award
Mark Morris was recognized as one of thirteen high schools identified as a high performing school in the area of math growth during the 2013 Washington Achievement Awards at OSPI in Olympia. OSPI assesses data from state testing over the past three years and we made significant growth during that period. Pictured above are math teachers Mitch Stanberry, Kris Lambert, Bill Bakamus, Asst. Principal Tracy Schroeder, Pam Clark, Rebecca Shaw, Principal Phil Suek, and Jerry Forsman. Congratulations to these staff members as well as students who have worked hard in the growth of math scores.
Hall of Fame Induction
Left to right - Sara Peterson Cameron, Mike Peterson, Jeff Wright, Dan Stansberry, Craig Blums, Bill Dunlap and John Sapinsky
Prior to the boys' basketball game with Kelso on December 20th, we introduced our newest Hall of Fame inductees. Pictured above are individuals honored and members of the '85 boys' basketball team (Wright, Stansberry and Blums - Mike Peterson was also a member of that team and an individual inductee). After the game they were honored at a reception and ceremony attended by family, coaches, team members and friends in the LGIC. See details about each.... The Mark Morris Foundation hosted the ceremony after the game. Dave Andrews, Master of Ceremony, highlighted their achievements.
Planning is now underway for the 2014 ALCOHOL AND DRUG FREE graduation party to be held on Saturday, June 7, 2014.
Our next meeting is Monday, May 19th at 7:00 PM at the LCC Student Center.
Congratulations to Musicians...
Shelby Stanwood, (All NW Jazz), Natalie Kielwitz (All State choir), Sarah Hutton (All-NW Jazz), Maya Jones (All NW Jazz), Tristan Simons (All NW Mens), Aaron Brumbaugh (All NW Jazz), Konner Swanstrom (All NW Jazz)
Congratulations to the following for making it into the ACDA All-Northwest Choirs. They were selected by audition from among the applicants from 6 states. They will be rehearsing and performing at the Northwest American Choral Directors Association Conference in Seattle March 12-15.
Twenty singers were selected from six northwestern states for the All-NW Jazz Choir. Five of the twenty are from Mr. Mitchell's jazz choir!
All-NW Men’s Ensemble
All-NW Jazz Choir (Top 20 singers from 6 states)
All-State High School Symphonic Choir.
Congratulations to Nathalie Keilwitz, who was selected to be a member of the 2014 WMEA All-State High School Symphonic Choir. She was selected by audition and will be rehearsing and performing in Yakima over presidents day weekend in February.
Congratulations to senior Victoria Campbell, daughter of James and Marti Campbell, who was recently notified she is a Commended Student in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program. She scored in the top 5% of 1.5 million students who took the PSAT test last year.
This is an "All in the Family" honor as her brother Matthew (2011) was a National Commended Scholar. Victoria is in the process of deciding where she will be going to college next year. Her academic resume shows a long list of honors and awards. In addition to her involvement at school she already has 475 hours of service to our community. Congratulations Victoria!
Get those resumes in...
Seniors should submit their academic resumes to the Guidance Office now. They are used when considering awards, scholarships and for other recognition. These items come up throughout the year and unless we have your resume it is pretty difficult to recommend you. See Mrs. Teeters in the Guidance Office or Mrs. Smith in the Career Center for more info.
What do we do when the weather or other emergency impacts out school day?
Our school hours and other emergency info can be found on the Longview School District website. You will find info about bus snow routes and hours of school operations.
In addition to local radio stations announcing weather delays, you would like to get notices sent to your my email. Sign up for a free service called "Flash Alert". Please note: you must subscribe and keep your contact information updated; some spam filters block these messages; you can get messages pushed to your smart phone or tablet with the FlashAlert Messenger App. Info is on the FlashAlert signup site.
Information will be posted before 6 a.m.
Parents play a big role in Mark Morris's success
We couldn't’ do it without you! Parents are one of our most valuable assets as a school community. Through your volunteer work you touch the lives of every child at Mark Morris. There are many opportunities to get involved and we encourage you to find your niche.
Some of the different service areas for adults here at M.M. are as follows:
- Volunteer at the reception desk.
- Volunteer as a dance chaperone.
- Volunteer to prepare and repair books in our library.
- Volunteer to tutor students after school in the Career Center.
- Volunteer to serve on a committee.
- Help with the Senior Party, the Senior Breakfast, or with Student Recognition.
- Join the Booster Club (At M.M. the Booster Clubs supports both academic and athletic endeavors.)
“At the end of the day, the most overwhelming key to a child’s success is the positive involvement of parents.” -Jane D. Hull