September 3 - First Day of School!
This morning, we had our end-of-the-year Zoom meeting with our staff and faculty.

It was wonderful. And hard. And then more wonderful and then sad again and then finally… just lovely.

We said farewell to Mariano DeOro, Mike Campbell and John Hagney, who are retiring, and we celebrated some good news about new babies, new jobs, and awards for our crew.

In the next three days, our staff will close their gradebooks on approximately 12,000 course credits.

Our nearly 2,000 students earned these credits through platforms and programs that at the beginning of the semester, they’d likely never heard of, let alone used.

Our 120 teachers delivered instruction, compassion, assessment and support through telephones, computer screens, email, and even the occasional drive-by.

Our nearly 100 secretarial, custodial, nursing, para-professional, and tech service staff quite simply re-invented their work lives and their personal lives to maintain our front lines, support their teacher-partners, make Work-From-Home work in real-time, and rock all kinds of face masks when they were in the building.

Our 20 counselors, non-profit partner staffers, mental health providers, mentors, and school support personnel managed crises, arranged tele-health calls, found ways to love kids from afar and talked multiple adults off of multiple proverbial ledges during the closure.

Our building leadership team of 6: Dave Hughes, Carole Baumgartner, Theresa Meyer, Phil High-Edward, Sarah Pooler and Veronica Steele took a collective deep breath and then went to work when the closure was announced. They found new ways to lead and to serve our staff and families and I could not be more grateful to or proud of a group of individuals.

And then there’s all y’all.

Our nearly 5,000 moms, dads, step-parents, grandparents, guardians, and custodial family members who kept it all together during these oh-so-crazy times.

Thank you for your patience with us as we found our footing and learned to serve your children.

Thank you for helping your Tigers stay the course with their learning during closure. We know it was nuts, and it was hard, and at times super-frustrating. Your calm and consistency really helped your students complete this school year with astonishing success.

Finally, thank you for all you did to take care of one another. Our school community donated and delivered food to families who were in sincerely dire straits, you got senior celebration yard signs made and organized for delivery, you pulled off a graduation like none ever before, you essay-ed, and algebra-ed, you US History-ed, and you did ALL THE THINGS to get our Tigers over the finish line for the school year.


PLEASE walk yourself into your back yard or into your back seat or into your neighbor’s back forty and take a deep, slow breath and remind yourself – your child is a gift, you took care of that gift in a way no one could have imagined you would need to, and you did it gloriously. You made it. I salute you and hope to high heaven that you can celebrate yourself and YOUR achievements in the next few days.

Well done. We promise that we will be here next year, ready to serve in whatever iteration is determined is best for your “gifts”. We think they are precious, too.

Marybeth Smith
W ith many mixed emotions, LCHS announces the retirement of three teachers this year. We are, of course, delighted for them as they now get to enjoy family, friends, home, and leisure in ways never before possible. But because they have, every single day here at school, touched student lives; loved and supported colleagues; made our LC family smarter, stronger and kinder; and influenced the entire Spokane community with their work, we will deeply and sincerely miss them. Letters and tributes to these fine instructors can be sent to LCHS at W. 521 4th Avenue, Spokane, WA, 99204 Congratulations and best wishes to:
M ariano DeOro – Mariano taught here at LC in the final three years of his career and helped make sure that advanced Spanish students were prepped for AP exams and all Spanish learners had opportunities to celebrate and revere Spanish culture.
Mike Campbell – Mike taught here for three decades. During his epic tenure here, he taught in nearly every content area, but he is best known as our jewelry teacher and lead for CTE- materials productions classes. Mike has been an advocate for students in the arts and for all students to have opportunities to write, produce and create art for the wider community. He has been a fierce Tiger fan and consistently finds ways to care for colleagues and support their professional paths.
John Hagney – John taught social studies here for almost four decades(!) His impact on the LC community has been profound as he has consistently worked to give students a connection to history and to the real-world throughout his instruction. Students leave his classes with a deep understanding of our society’s roots and a confidence that they can impact its healthy growth and development. John is a fierce advocate for students’ mental and emotional wellness, he loves kids and wants to get them into the community so that our community can, in turn, love and support them, and, John forever helps kids see themselves as agents of change and social improvement.
2020-2021 Enrollment Verification: In about a week, we will begin our annual fall enrollment verification process. We will be sending you an email where we ask that you respond to a few questions. This is an important process to ensure that we have schedules set for all students and to make sure we have updated contact information. We appreciate your response to the email!
School Check Out: If you were not able to check out during the last 2 weeks, you can come next week Monday-Wednesday from 8:00am-12:00pm to turn in textbooks, clear fees/fines, and pick up or purchase a yearbook. In order to keep a safe environment, we are asking that everyone entering LC wear a mask. If you checked out a laptop from the district, you can keep it over the summer.
Good News: LC's Virtual Graduation and Diploma Walk Ceremony is ready to watch! The video will be broadcast on KSPS Channel 17 (Comcast) on the following dates. You can also view it on YouTube by clicking the video to the right. A huge thank you to KSPS for filming and Ryan Lancaster for the video editing (for all SPS High Schools!).
Good News: The 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program has announced Lewis and Clark's students who have been invited to participate in the scholarship program based on their PSAT scores from Junior year. Congratulations and good luck to: Jonathan Crowley , Allen Eti , Rosalie Juviler , Rohini Kilaru , Jadyn Malone , and Robin Roose .
Survey for Next Year Planning: Spokane Public Schools has started  planning for the reopening of school  in the fall. Based on guidance from the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, we expect to open school buildings in some form and begin providing face-to-face instruction to students while following all necessary safety precautions, social distancing measures, and cleaning protocols. While this is exciting news for many, we also realize some families will not feel comfortable having their students return to our school buildings until advancements are made regarding COVID-19 treatment options and/or vaccines become available. SPS will continue to support these students with options that involve full distance learning or require limited participation in a school building. If you would like information on alternative school options for the 2020-21 school year,  please complete this form .
Senior Exit Survey: Although the classes are finished and the “Diploma Walk” has concluded, there is still one piece of important business to complete for the culmination of your K-12 education! Mr. Norton needs to make sure you have had the opportunity to complete your last high school requirement: the High School and Beyond Plan (HSBP) . This is a state requirement LCHS implements as a survey. I have provided a link to the survey below and encourage you to get online and complete it ASAP. This should only take 10 min, but it is a requirement. If you have any questions about it, please contact me at this email address. Click HERE to complete your HSBP!
LC Summer School 2020: LC Summer School is free and will run from Monday, June 22 - Thursday, July 16 . The school will be in session Monday through Thursday 8:00am - 12:00pm. Summer school is available to students who have failed any English, History, Math, Science, or Health course. This year's Summer School will be held online only . Due to the nature of summer school this year, students will automatically be enrolled (this will not allow them to choose) in courses they need to recover. Students may recover more than one course during summer school, and it will be selected for them after completing the first assigned course. You can register online HERE . If you have any questions, please contact your student's counselor or the Summer School Coordinator, Veronica Steele, at 354-6965 or The deadline to register has been extended to June 19 .
Fall 2020 Schedules: Our Fall 2020 schedules are now available on PowerSchool for students to view. These schedules are in DRAFT form and we have 96% of students fully scheduled. The next step is to ensure that all students have the correct and desired classes by logging into PowerSchool to check that the right classes are assigned and that nothing has been missed (click on Next Year’s Schedule, then look at the Matrix view - works best on a computer, the app doesn't show next year's classes). Please read the information below on how scheduling and change requests work :
  • If you don’t know how to get into PowerSchool, email
  • If you have a hole in your schedule, that means you are one of the 4% that have scheduling issues. We are moving classes around to fix as many issues as possible. If we cannot find a solution, we will be emailing you directly to find a solution (the email will go to your MS365 account). This process will take time, so we thank you for your patience.
  • Your classes are confirmed, but the periods and teachers WILL change many times over the next few months. Sorry, but we cannot promise specific teachers or periods due to the fluidity of the schedule and very full classes. Please try to not get attached to a specific schedule because it will change every day (maybe even every hour). Note: There may still be a few classes that will be collapsed due to low enrollment. If you are in one of those classes, you will be put into one of your alternates.
  • If you signed up to be an Intern (Seniors only), we haven't assigned specific periods to that class yet. Over the next few weeks, you'll see it move into periods 1-6.
  • For errors or change requests: 1) if you need counselor support regarding the change, begin by emailing your counselor, or 2) if it is a straight forward change, you can email You can see the changes reflected in PowerSchool once they are made. If a change cannot be made due to period conflicts or full classes, we will let you know.
  • MANY of our electives are full, which is why you may have been moved into an alternate elective that you entered into PowerSchool when you selected your classes in January. We cannot promise that we can get you into specific electives. If you were moved out of an elective that you need for graduation (ex. you are going to be a senior and you registered for CTE because you need the credit but you were moved into Art, please explain that in your request).
  • If you are a choice student from outside Spokane Public Schools, you will not be able to see your schedule online because you are considered "pre-registered" and there is a glitch that doesn't show your schedule. You can and a copy will be sent via email (but it will change many times).
  • If you are planning on taking SVL, please go online to register soon to ensure a spot at There may be some changes coming for SVL registration with the closure, when we know more, we will let you know. For now, SVL is listed on schedules as “pending”, in August, the real SVL courses will be merged into PowerSchool. If you no longer want to take the SVL class, email Information about SVL registration can be found further down in the email.
  • If you are planning on enrolling in Running Start at the college, please contact your counselor to begin the process. Once you have a confirmed schedule, it is important to let us know that we can drop your LC classes (we understand that this process might be delayed as well due to the colleges being closed for now).
Voter Registration: 16 and 17 year old students can preregister to vote in Washington State when they get their driver's license or online. Newly registered voters will have to wait until the first election following their 18th birthday to cast their first votes. The ballots will be mailed to your home address (and don't require postage to return!). You can sign up to vote at:
Volunteer Opportunity: In these times of unprecedented need our LC Environmental Club would like to contribute to the Bite2Go summer program by volunteering for Green Bluff farmers to assist with harvesting seasonal fruit in exchange for fresh produce donations for our school meal sites. As you probably know, the COVID pandemic has placed huge stresses on local food banks, with budgets that have been decimated by the drop in contributions coupled with a massive surge in demand due to the economic impact of the crisis. 

To support this program and encourage participation by local farmers throughout the season, we are trying to develop a mutually beneficial system, and we need your help. As you know, most Green Bluff farmers adopt a "U-pick" model, which means that a lot of fruit is left on the trees at the end of the season, wasting precious resources as well as income for the farmers. To address this gap, we would like to encourage LC families to work with us by pre-ordering boxes of fruit that students can bring back to town and distribute to the buyers - a model similar to co-op produce boxes, but with more flexibility. The idea is that each week we would email all interested families to let them know which participating growers have fruit ready to pick - what types of cherries, peaches, apples etc and at what prices, our coordinator would take orders and collect the money through the Booster Club, then students would bring back the pre-ordered boxes and distribute them at a set time and place. We feel that this model would benefit everyone, as families could enjoy locally grown fruit at lower prices than in the stores, supporting local farmers, food waste would be reduced and kids in need would receive much-needed fresh seasonal fruit they don't typically see in their Bite2Go packs. 

If you are interested in being part of our Green Bluff Harvest Rescue program, either as a student willing to volunteer at Green Bluff with us, or as a supporting family willing to order some fruit boxes over the summer, please e-mail our coordinator Liana Groza at , or call (509) 481-3392, and we will add your name to our list. Please include your name, phone number and details about how you would like to participate. Thank you so much for helping your local community!

Note: this volunteer opportunity is not connect with Lewis and Clark HS
Join Civil Air Patrol: Interested students are invited to attend the Squadron Virtual Open House on Tuesday, June 23 at 6:30pm . Are you interested in aviation, youth leadership, or service to your country? If so, the Civil Air Patrol is for you! If you are 12 to 80+ and looking for a challenge, join us for an informative introduction to the official civilian auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force. Meet our cadets and hear first-hand what it’s like to be a cadet. Learn about the incredible opportunities we have to offer, including leadership development, orientation flying, summer activities, academic scholarships and much more! We’ll explain all the benefits of belonging to one of America’s
finest youth programs.

Parents, please join us for this event as well. Civil Air Patrol adult leaders will be on hand to answer your questions and tell you about opportunities for adults.

For more information about the 21st Fairchild Composite Squadron, Civil Air Patrol, check out our website: . You can also find us on Facebook! Just search “21st
Fairchild Composite Squadron.” Our Virtual Open House will be hosted on Google
Meet! For the best experience, we recommend using a computer (Second-best is the Google Meet App on a smartphone or tablet, using the same address.), where you can join us at:
8th Grade Virtual Visit Tour Video: Every year 8th graders look forward to their LC visit and tour. It is an exciting time to see the building, high school students, staff, and all that LC has to offer. Because we could not do the tour in person this year, we held Zoom meetings to welcome our new Tigers! If you were not able to attend, we are proud to present the 8th Grade Virtual Tour of LC. In less than 15 minutes, you get a taste of the LC pride. Welcome future Tigers. We cannot wait to meet you in person!
Yearbook Delivery and Late Orders: We have around 100 additional yearbooks available ($60 per book). If you need to check if you have already ordered a yearbook, follow these directions:
  • Go to and click “Pay Fees” button
  • Log in to the system using your student’s SPS ID# (User Name) and Last Name (Password). Logging in as a “Guest User” will NOT allow you to see purchase history or buy a yearbook.
  • Click on box with student’s name
  • Go down to “Reports” and choose “Purchase History”
  • If you see “305 YEARBOOK SALES 19/20” for $47, you have already purchased a yearbook for the current year.
If you have NOT purchased a yearbook, exit out of the Purchase History and click on “Items at Student’s School,” then click on “GSL, YEARBOOK & MISC ITEMS” to buy your yearbook ($60).
Summer 2020 SVL: SVL Summer School Registration is OPEN!! Register at SVL summer school offers many high school credited classes for $185 (scholarships available), as well as the following non-credit support courses for $120:
  • SAT/PSAT Prep class to help you score higher on next year’s test.
  • Math “Bridge” classes to help students who would like to feel better prepared for math next school year.
  • World Language “Bridge” to transition between class levels or for extra speaking practice with Rosetta Stone.

Fall 2020 SVL: FALL Registration is now open for Spokane Virtual Learning (SVL) for the 2020-2021 school year! Students can find the course offerings and registration information at
  1. Follow the links in the Registration menu
  2. Watch your school email for a link to your SVL registration form and additional information
  3. Print the registration form, sign, have a parent/guardian sign, and take the registration form to your school counselor
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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