The Athletic Calendar can be found at:
January 24 - An Evening of Ensembles @ the Cracker Building (see below for more info)
January 27 - Semester 2 Begins ( NOT a snow day)
January 29 - Junior registration for next fall in English classes
January 29 - 8th Grade Parent Night - 6:00pm
January 30 - Sophomore registration for next fall in English classes
January 31 - Freshman registration for next fall in English classes
February 4 - Orchestra Feeder Concert @ Sacajawea - 7:00pm
February 7 - Early Release ( school dismisses at 1:15pm )
February 10 - IMPA Music Parents Meeting - 5:45pm
February 10 - STAGE Drama Parents Meeting - 6:00pm
February 10 - Booster Club Meeting - 6:30pm
February 11-14 - Conferences ( more info coming soon )
February 17 - Presidents Day - NO SCHOOL
February 21 - Teacher Learning Day - NO SCHOOL
February 27 - Mid-Quarter 3 Ends (grades are always available on PowerSchool)
Earlier this week, I shared some data with staff about how LCHS compares with other area schools in attendance and course progress.

We currently enjoy the lowest chronic absentee rate in the district – and for this, I give all the credit to our amazing teachers who continually make students feel welcome, seen, valued and worthy of best effort.

But even though our rate is the lowest, it is still too high with one in four students absent more than ten percent of the time.

We also currently enjoy the highest pass rate in the district – again, all hail to the LC teaching staff who leaves no stone unturned when it comes to offering student supports for learning.

But even though our rate is the highest, it is still too low with (again) one in four courses being taken currently at a failing grade. (My hope is very much that our trend will uptick quite a bit in this regard when final grades for the semester are out; a LOT of students put on the afterburners the week of finals to get in missing work and to make sure they pass last assessments. I’ll keep you posted.)

For the past three years, our student services team (counselors and administrators) and our Multi-Tier System of Support (MTSS) team members (intervention specialists, community partners, Special Ed leaders and others) have really focused on increasing our school attendance and pass rates, and we’ve done a bang-on job with the work. We’ve analyzed our student data and come up with an incredibly impressive array of mentorship opportunities for students, tutoring supports, intervention options related to social/emotional growth as well as academic assistance.

We get stuck, though, when looking at our students at that highest tier of concern.

We have students who live in soups of trauma and despair and disengagement and isolation and under-service by the institutions around them.

They need Big Help and our current menu of services just isn’t enough to sustain their academic and social success during their four years.

So what do we do?

We keep at it.

We bring more targeted training to our teachers, our front line crew, so that they can better forge healthy connections with disenfranchised and vulnerable kids.

We get more and more creative with the resources we do have and keep our eyes and ears and hearts open for better ideas for our students.

And we try to get more.

We know that we need a Substance Specialist here full-time. We need more access to mental health therapists for students. I’d love a couple on-site social workers for kids. My heart soars at the idea of an attendance specialist who could work with families to reduce barriers to attending.

It’s not enough anymore to teach content.

We teach the whole child – and serve the whole child.

That’s our focus.

Marybeth Smith
LC Principal
Good News: Share your good news with us! We love to feature the incredible things our students are doing inside and outside of school. If you have good news to share, please send it to Theresa Meyer to be included in the LCNYCU.
Good News: The Spokane League of Women Voters visited LC during lunch last week and registered 29 students to vote in future elections (in addition to 196 before Winter Break). The Washington Youth Voter Registration Law established that 16 and 17-year old can be pre-registered to vote so that once they turn 18, their ballots will automatically be ready for them. If you didn't get a chance to register, go to the Public or Student Office to get information on how to register.
Good News: LC’s Entrepreneurship class, just concluded the popular, Inaugural ‘ NBA 2K Tussle Tournament’ with over 30 participants, raising over 180 pounds of food for the Rubber Chicken Food Drive. Freshman Caden Diamond , the Event Organizer, managed the enthusiastic group of virtual NBA basketball players as they battled it out on XBox for 5 days at lunch and ended up with 5 Finalists. The finalists were: brothers Luke Somers , Zach Somers , Rey Rosales , Eric Willis II , and Gavin Kollarsky . In the championship match on Friday, Eric Willis II bested Luke Somers , 15-11, to complete his undefeated run through the tournament! Stay tuned for more of the popular, all-school, lunch time tournaments put on by Entrepreneurship like the upcoming Pickleball tourney, Badminton, 3-on-3 Basketball, Volleyball, Kickball and Soccer tournaments. 
Shrek is coming! : Congratulations to the following members of our Musical Theatre class who will bring SHREK: The Musical to life on the LC Stage March 5-7 ! Auditions for Something Rotten are coming January 27-28. Congratulations to our cast and crew for Shrek :
  • Shrek - Matthew Read
  • Villager/Donkey - Gunnar Rorholm
  • Princess Fiona - Amia Delaney
  • Villager/Farquaad - Jordan Santiago
  • Mama Ogre/Duloc/Knight 2/Fairy Tale Creature - Piper Quimby
  • Papa Ogre/Duloc/Knight 1/Fairy Tale Creature/Bishop - Nathan Blake
  • Young Shrek/Young Fiona/Skeleton/Fairy Tale Creature - Jadyn Malone
  • Captain of the Guard/Knight 3/Fairy Tale Creature/Dwarf - Caleb Bopp
  • Wolf/Duloc - Cole McKenzie
  • Gingy/Sugar Plum Fairy - Kyra Smith
  • Pinocchio/Duloc - Darby Fitzgerald
  • Mama Bear/Duloc - Emma Hendricks
  • Baby Bear/Duloc/Bluebird - Audrey Sylling
  • Pig 1 (bricks)/Duloc - Emma Lang
  • Pig 2 (sticks)/Duloc - Lauren Roddis
  • Pig 3 (straw)/Duloc - Taiyanna Pereira
  • Wicked Witch/Duloc/Skeleton - Paige Stoick
  • Peter Pan/Duloc - Amelia Crawford-Heim
  • Ugly Duckling/Duloc - Kat Kenlein
  • Villager/Duloc/Knight 4/Blind Mouse - Paige Galey
  • Villager/Duloc/Knight 6/Fairy Tale Creature - Melanie Brigham
  • Villager/Duloc Performer/Skeleton/Blind Mouse - Oliva Pirch
  • Villager/Teenage Fiona/Skeleton/Fairy Tale Creature - Lexi McFarlane
  • Villager/Guard/Dragon/Blind Mouse - Madi Rhodes
  • Villager/Knight 5/Thelonius/Fairy Tale Creature - Kenna Headlee
  • Villager/Guard/Duloc/Dragon Puppeteer/Fairy Tale Creature - Havivah Giangreco
  • Villager/Guard/Duloc/Dragon Puppeteer/Fairy Tale Creature - Genevieve Schmidt
  • STAGE MANAGER - Charlotte Meenach
  • ASSISTANT CHOREOGRAPHY - Paige Stoick, Paige Galey, and Kenna Headlee
Accepted: Please let Theresa Meyer know when your Senior has been accepted to a post-high school institution. Seniors can also fill out an Accepted slip in the Career Center (room 105). Please include scholarship information so we can share the good news!
Accepted: LC Senior Daria Alicic has been accepted to Washington State University. Go Cougs!
Accepted: LC Senior John Allison has been accepted to Eastern Washington University. Go Eagles!
Accepted: LC Senior Josh Bewick has been accepted to Washington State University. Go Cougs!
Accepted: LC Senior Trystan Brown has been accepted to Washington State University. Go Cougs!
Accepted: LC Senior Maxwell Ellingsen has been accepted to Washington State University. Go Cougs!
Accepted: LC Senior Madeline Gatewood has been accepted to Washington State University. Go Cougs!
Accepted: LC Senior Erynn Gores has been accepted to Washington State University. Go Cougs!
Accepted: LC Senior Elijah Hansen has been accepted to Washington State University. Go Cougs!
Accepted: LC Senior Isla Hargreaves has been accepted to the University of Washington (and has been awarded a $60,000 WUE Scholarship), Boise State University (and has been awarded a $60,000 GEM Scholarship), and Kingston University. Go Grizzlies and Broncos!
Accepted: LC Senior Brenna Huang has been accepted to the Georgia Institute of Technology. Go
Accepted: LC Senior Emma John has been accepted to Washington State University. Go Cougs!
Accepted: LC Senior Joie Manoguerra has been accepted to Seattle University. Go Redhawks!
Accepted: LC Senior Conner Martin has been accepted to Washington State University. Go Cougs!
Accepted: LC Senior Annie McQuesten has been accepted to the University of Portland. Go Pilots!
Accepted: LC Senior Kian Miner has been accepted to Washington State University. Go Cougs!
Accepted: LC Senior Deborah Mugisha has been accepted to Washington State University and Spokane Falls Community College. Go Cougs and Sasquatch!
Accepted: LC Senior Fiona Murphy has been accepted to Washington State University. Go Cougs!
Accepted: LC Senior Patrick North has been accepted to Washington State University. Go Cougs!
Accepted: LC Senior Bennett Nye has been accepted to Washington State University. Go Cougs!
Accepted: LC Senior Emily Pitts has been accepted to Seattle University, the University of Montana, and Western Washington University. Go Redhawks, Grizzlies, and Vikings!
Accepted: LC Senior Andrew Rindge has been accepted to the University of San Diego and Loyola Marymount University - Los Angeles. Go Toleros and Lions!
Accepted: LC Senior Evan Schweifler has been accepted to Washington State University. Go Cougs!
Accepted: LC Senior Shayan Shahrabadi has been accepted to Washington State University. Go Cougs!
Accepted: LC Senior Duncan Sullivan has been accepted to Washington State University. Go Cougs!
Accepted: LC Senior Tylynn Tate has been accepted to Washington State University. Go Cougs!
Accepted: LC Senior Olivia Waldenberg has been accepted to the University of Montana and Boise State University. Go Grizzlies and Broncos!
Accepted: LC Senior Joel Zylak has been accepted to Washington State University. Go Cougs!
New LC Club "Girls Go CyberStart": Girls Go CyberStart (GGCS) is a new Lewis and Clark club that is a fun, free and interactive online program composed of digital challenges to introduce high school girls to cybersecurity. With GGCS, students can explore exciting career opportunities in the field, join the global cybersecurity community, and learn the techniques they need to keep our country safe online.

The program is a response to the fact that there is a huge shortage of cybersecurity experts in the United States. Teaching high school students through exciting digital challenges, we are on a mission to encourage girls to work together and support each other’s skills, so that they can protect their country. No prior experience in computer science or cyber security is necessary. The club meets Tuesdays after school in room 013 from 2:30-4:30pm . For more information, see Mr. Wrixon in room 013 or email him at and visit the web site at:
Tiger Closet: We are in need of hoodie sweatshirts for boys and girls and new socks in the LC Tiger Closet! If you have an opportunity this weekend to go through your closets, you can bring the donations to the LC Public Office on Tuesday. Thank you!
Tiger Fund Scholarship: The Lewis & Clark Tiger Fund Scholarship was started by the LC Class of 1966 in 2006 in order to recognize an LC senior who has overcome personal and/or life difficulties and has made a commitment to furthering his/her education after graduation from Lewis & Clark High School. We know that there are many students who have potential for college success but often get overlooked for scholarship assistance. We also know that character and desire to improve play a large part in future success in school and life. Two scholarships for $1,000 are available from the 2020 LC Tiger Fund Scholarship fund. You can download the application here . Here are criteria for the scholarship selection:
  1. Applicants must be a LC Senior graduating in 2020.
  2. Must have a verifiable financial need that would make it difficult to pursue a college or university education without monetary assistance.
  3. Must have had a personal life challenge/difficulty that they have overcome.
  4. Must have a cumulative grade point average between 2.5 and 3.49.
Penny Drive:   Did you know that approximately 450 children are born each year with a disability in Spokane County? Help has been there because of people like you who care enough to help. For over 50 years, the Spokane Guilds' School, a non-profit organization and now known as Joya , has helped children birth to age 3, with a variety of syndromes or developmental delays by providing physical, occupational, speech and cognitive therapies. The LC Tiger Depot Student Store is having their Annual Penny Drive where we encourage all Tigers to participate in supporting Joya. Donations will be taken anytime from now to February 7 . You can find "Kids for Kids" collection jugs at any of the offices, tiger stores, and 2nd period classes. You can give your son/daughter a donation to turn in or even put a personal donation in Lisa Underhill's mailbox here at the school in the main office. Last year we were able to give over $3,300 and we would love to surpass that amount this year. Please help us support this great cause!
An Evening of Ensembles: Please join us for a fun evening of festivities in Spokane’s own historic Cracker Building on January 24 For tickets and information click HERE
  • Enjoy live music by small ensembles featuring band, choir and orchestra students
  • Special guest speaker Don Goodwin 
  • Silent Auction and raffle drawing
  • Raise the Paddle fundraiser
  • Sweet and Savory Hors d’oeuvres
  • Handcrafted Coffee by Anvil Coffee
  • $37.50 suggested donation per ticket, includes one beverage of your choice ($40 at the door)
  • All proceeds raised at this fundraising event will benefit the band, choir and orchestra programs at LC.

If you’ve been wanting to help out the music program but not sure how - this is for you! Buy a ticket, come enjoy the evening and support our kids! Tickets are super easy to buy - just go to our website which is also mobile friendly, so you can even purchase them on your phone! This fundraiser supports all 3 music programs while also enjoying an evening out! 
2nd Semester: Second semester begins Monday, January 27 . Students will get a copy of their schedule for spring semester this Tuesday. For most students, the semester change does not bring any changes to their schedule. If students want to make a change, they can see their counselor. Most of the changes that will be processed are for elective changes (there are only a few elective classes that allow new students at the semester as most electives are full year and require the first semester knowledge in order to be success in second semester). Due to very full classes, we are not making teacher change requests.
Fall Registration: As second semester begins, we also begin the process of registering for the 2020-2021 school year! In Seminar on January 14, students will get an overview of their class choices for core and elective classes. Then on January 29 (11th), 30 (10th), and 31 (9th) , students will go to the library and register for classes online in PowerSchool. These course selections are just in draft form and there will be time throughout the spring and summer for students to make adjustments. As soon as the system allows, we'll also open up the courses to be viewed in PowerSchool so students can see how their schedule is being generated. Please know that we make changes up until the last minute before school begins, so periods and teachers will change many times as we balance classes and adjust the master schedule. Due to the complexity of the master schedule and the limitations of PowerSchool, we cannot promise specific teachers or periods. Please email Theresa if you have any questions:
Career Exploration: B usiness AfterSchool is a series of career connected learning workshops hosted by local businesses for students in grades 6-12 in the greater Spokane region. Students are invited to attend a workshop to gain real life skills, experience learning in a workplace setting, and explore local career pathways through local innovations highlighted by business professionals. Teachers, parents, advisors, and mentors are all welcome to attend as well! Questions? Email  Cassidy Peterson
Semester 2 SVL: Registration for Spokane Virtual Learning is now open for Second Semester 2019-2020!  Students currently enrolled in year-long SVL courses only will be rolled over to 2nd semester and do not need to re-register.
Students can find the course offerings and registration information at
  1. Follow the links in the Register menu
  2. Watch your email that you provided for more information from SVL that will include a link to your registration form
  3. Print and take the registration form to your school counselor that includes your signature and parent/guardian signature
Choice Transfers for 2020-2021: For those who are interested in having their current LC student or current middle school student attend a school other than their neighborhood school, the priority enrollment window will be open from January 1- February 15 . During this time, people can complete and submit an application to the first-round enrollment lottery, and make changes anytime through February 15. Learn more on the Spokane Schools Transfer page.

If your child currently attends LC on a choice transfer AND you live within the Spokane Public Schools boundary area, you do NOT need to reapply for next year to continue at LC. If you live outside of the SPS boundaries, you WILL need to reapply for a choice transfer so that your home district can approve the continuing transfer. Please call Karen Payne (354-6889) if you have questions.
Volunteer Opportunity: Habitat for Humanity Spokane Announces New Volunteer Opportunities in the City of Spokane! Habitat for Humanity Spokane is a nonprofit organization that builds homes, communities and hope. Habitat now has construction volunteer opportunities in West Central Spokane working on rehabilitating abandoned and blighted homes. Once the homes are rehabbed, they will be sold to qualified low-income families. Construction for this project will consist of rehabilitation of these homes as well as demolition. To sign up, each volunteer must be 16+ years or older, fill out a volunteer application and sign up online. Click here to get started!
Habitat can accommodate groups of volunteers of up to 20 to work on these homes Wednesday – Saturday. Half day and full day shifts:
  • Morning shift from 8:30am-12:00pm
  • Afternoon shift from 12:30pm-4:30pm
  • Full day shift from 8:30am-4:30pm
Upcoming College Visits and Deadlines: If you are interested in learning more about any of the following colleges, come to the Career Center (room 105) and meet the college reps:
  • January 31: Washington State University Admissions Priority Deadline
  • January 31: Western Washington University Admissions Regular Deadline
  • February 1: Eastern Washington University Admissions Priority Deadline
  • February 1: Central Washington University Admissions Priority Deadline
  • February 6: SFCC/SCC Application Session 1:30-3:00
  • February 6: Washington State Opportunity Scholarship Application Closes
  • February 28: SFCC/SCC Scholarship Application Closes
  • March 1: Whitworth University Admissions Regular Deadline
Jostens Senior Orders: Seniors, you can pick up order packets for Jostens Graduation Supplies in the Student Office or go to to order online.
SchooLinks for Seniors: Rising Seniors, its time to start thinking about applying to colleges, so be sure to log into our college application tracking system called SchooLinks to do career interest surveys, college research, and scholarship searches to jump start your process. You can access your account at - look for the link under Headlines.
Join Senior Remind: Rising Seniors, get out your cell phone and join our Class of 2020 Remind group. To receive messages, send a text to the number 81010 and enter @lchsccr20 in the message field. You'll never be out of the loop for deadlines regarding scholarships, testing, college apps, and graduation. Sign up now!
SAT Saturday Testing Information: The SAT will be hosted on Saturdays at LC this year. Students register for exams directly on the SAT website, . Most students take the SAT during their junior or senior year in high school. At least half of all students take the SAT twice - in the spring of their junior year and in the fall of their senior year. Most students also improve their score the second time. Test dates: March 14 (not at LC) , May 2 , and June 6 . The SAT test costs $64.50 per test with the essay (49.50 without the essay). Late registration incurs an additional $29 fee. If you cannot afford to pay the fee, you can see your counselor to apply for a fee waiver before you register online (click here for fee waiver information: ).
PSAT Scores: Before break, all 9th, 10th and 11th graders received their PSAT score results and original test booklets from the October test. Please ask your child to share the test results so you can see their areas of strength and areas they can improve in before taking the SAT.

The College Board and Khan Academy have partnered offer students free SAT practice connected to their PSAT scores. At Khan Academy, students can access thousands of questions approved by the College Board, take official SAT practice tests, and create personalized study plans based on their results. To access this FREE resource, students can log into their College Board account ( ).
ACT Testing: ACT college admissions test will be offered on Saturdays at Ferris or East Valley or Mt. Spokane High Schools (check the ACT web site for locations - ). Be to the testing site by 7:45am, bring a printed copy of your test ticket, photo ID, pencils, and calculator. The test will end at 12:15pm (or 1:00pm if you are taking the ACT Plus Writing). The ACT costs $62.50 with the writing test ($46 without). Test dates: February 8 , April 4 , June 13 , and July 18.
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District Logins for Students: When students return for the new school year, they will have one less username and password to remember. Students will log in to their computer with their Office365 username and their eight-digit birth date (MMDDYYYY).  For reference, students’ Office 365 username is their Last Name + last 4 digits of their student ID followed by . Example: . Consistent with prior student experience, when a student logs in to their computer with this new username/password, this will automatically log them into Clever, Blackboard, Office 365 and most other District applications.
Citizens’ Advisory Committee: Parents are invited to join the Citizen's Advisory Committee meetings this school year. If you are interested in joining the committee, please email Rochelle Miller . Topics for meetings to be updated soon here . The CAC meetings are on Monday evenings at The Libby Center, 7:00-8:30pm on the following dates: February 10 , March 9 , April 13 , and May 11 .
GSL Sports Pass for Parents: Ten GSL Schools - One Sports Pass for the Entire School Year for only $70* per adult. One low price for ALL GSL home and away games!
Includes admission to regular season events at all ten GSL schools for football, volleyball, boys & girls basketball, gymnastics and wrestling over $250 value! Attend the game and your GSL Sports Pass allows entry for you and your children that are younger than high school, and with you, to enter for free. Purchase your Sports Pass Online here . Sports Pass Advantages:
  • Eliminate standing in line or finding cash each time you attend a GSL event!
  • Save on walk up pricing of $7/adult and $5/student per game. Do the math!
  • Your children (younger than HS) - attend FREE when accompanied by you!
  • An affordable family activity!

*The GSL Sports Pass is $70 plus a per ticket fee when purchased (ticketing fees, credit card processing and mailing of $6.71). Passes will also be available for cash only purchase at football events at Albi, Gonzaga Prep, UHi or CV for $76.
**The GSL Sports Pass does not include admission to Playoffs, State or tiebreakers.
Join the LC Booster Club: Are you a parent of an Lewis and Clark student? If the answer is yes, then you are a Booster Club member! The LC Booster Club is the official fundraising organization for ALL of the high school’s co-curricular activities and athletics. All proceeds to the Booster Club are allocated to coaches and club sponsors to support their needs. All LC parents are welcome at our monthly meetings and are encouraged to support the fundraising and volunteer opportunities. Visit our website at where you can find information on how to get involved.
Bite2Go Program: Lewis and Clark High School aspires to bring meal security to eliminate the nutritional gap of secondary students on the weekend. We intend to fulfill this goal with the Bite2Go program, which is a program run by LC DECA members meant to help get food to students for the weekend. Directions:
  1. Register at:
  2. Student will need to know their ID number
  3. Select an adult, within the building to receive food from
  4. Make sure to connect with this teacher so they know about the food delivery
  5. Bag of food will be delivered to the adult on Thursday during 5th period
  6. Student will continue to receive food each week. The same menu will be used unless it is changed by the student (filled out another menu with different selections).
Absences: If your student is going to be absent, please call our attendance hotline to excuse the absence at 354-6968. Please leave a message with your name, your student's name, clearly spelling out the last name, how long your student will be absent, and the reason for the absence. An unexcused absence will generate an automated phone call home. If your child is going to have an extended absence, please have them go to the Student Office to pick up an Extended Absence Sheet to give teacher advanced notice of the absence.
FamilyID Athletic Clearance/Registration: FamilyID is a secure registration platform that provides an easy, user-friendly way to register for activities, while helping us to be more administratively efficient and environmentally responsible. When you register, the system keeps track of your information, so you only have to enter it once for multiple uses, family members and programs. If you do not have Internet access, you can use a computer at LC. The first time you register, it is recommended that you use a computer. After that, registrations can easily be done on your phone. If needed, paper packets are still available in the Business Office. Register at:
  1. Go to:
  2. Open an account using a valid email and password of your choice
  3. Within minutes, you will be sent a link to begin registration
  4. After selecting your program and completing registration - CONFIRM REGISTRATION
  5. You will see a confirmation page and you are in.
Donate to the Student Assistance Fund: When you come in to pay student fees in the Business Office, please consider donating to the Student Assistance fund. This fund helps needy students pay for the required class fees and athletic fees. Every dollar donated goes directly to LC students.
Non-Discrimination Statement: Spokane Public Schools complies with all federal and state rules and regulations and does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, marital status, race, color, creed, national origin, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability, sexual orientation including gender expression or gender identity, or honorably discharged veteran or military status. This holds true for all students who are interested in participating in educational programs and/or extracurricular school activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. Inquiries regarding compliance and/or grievance procedures may be directed to the school district's Title IX/Staff Civil Rights Officer, ADA Officer, Harassment, Intimidation, Bullying (HIB)/Student Civil Rights Officer and/or 504 Compliance Officer. Officers: *Title IX/Staff Civil Rights Officer, Ramon Alvarez, (509) 354-7344 * Harassment, Intimidation, Bullying (HIB)/Student Civil Rights Officer, Jodi Harmon, (509) 354-7306 *504 Compliance Officer, Jodi Harmon, (509) 354-7306 * ADA Officer, Ramon Alvarez, (509) 354-7344 * Affirmative Action Officer, Ramon Alvarez, (509) 354-7344 * Equal Opportunity Officer, Ramon Alvarez, (509) 354-7344 * 200 N. Bernard Street, Spokane, WA 99201-0206