Montesano School District

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Tami Herzog, a 1982 Elma High School Graduate and a Montesano High School Counselor, has recently been diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma Cancer and Bone Marrow Cancer. In honor of Tami and others who are in need of a stem cell transplant, Montesano's FFCLA will be partnering with Elma's FFA to put on a Be The Match at this year's Monte vs. Elma rival football game October 27th.

Come out and watch some great football and become part of the international bone marrow registry! 

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Every 32 Minutes Program


On Wednesday, April 12th & Thursday, April 13th, Montesano Jr/Sr High School will be participating in the Every 32 Minutes program.

The Every 32 Minutes program is widely used among law enforcement in addressing reducing teen driving fatality and serious injury.   The Region 2 Target Zero Task Force partner with emergency responders including law, fire, aid, prosecutors, coroners, Airlift Northwest, substance prevention and 911 to bring students a firsthand look at fatality collisions.  The national statistic is every 32 minutes someone is killed by an impaired driver.  

Every 32 minutes a dispatch will go over the all school intercom of an accident involving one of the preselected students who are representing victims of traffic fatalities.  A sibling or best friend of the “victim” reads an obituary they have written live over the intercom.   Meanwhile, in the classroom paramedics place the fatal student on a stretcher and covered with a white sheet.  The student is taken to a staging area and will not return to class or have access to cell phone or social media.  This continues every 32 minutes all day.  During the day a large scale mock crash will occur outside with a massive emergency response including a Airlift helicopter.  Some families will receive a visit from law enforcement and go through what would happen had their student actually been involved in a fatal accident. 

The program is completed with an all school assembly that the parents are invited to attend.  Parents speak about what that death notification was like, students speak about the experience, and real victims speak about how their lives are forever changed.  Professionals speak on how to make better choices and law enforcement speaks on consequences.  Data shows us this program is highly effective at reducing serious injury and fatal collisions in youth.  The average reduction we experience is up to 65%.  The timing of this event is during the peak season with prom, graduation, and summer months. 

Montesano Jr/Sr High School named 2016 School of Distinction

Congratulations to the staff and students of Montesano for their hard work this year. We have been named a 2016 School of Distinction for continued improvement in Math and ELA scores over the last five years.  This distinction is awarded by the following organizations: 

Association of Educational Service Districts (AESD), Association of Washington School Principals (AWSP), Washington Association of School Administrators (WASA), Washington State Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (WSASCD) and Washington State School Directors’ Association (WSSDA).  They acknowledge the great work benefitting student learning and achievement.

Congratulations again to the staff and students of MHS for their efforts and achievements.

Way to go, Bulldogs!!! 


Washington State 2016 Healthy Youth Survey

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Our district is participating in the Washington State 2016 Healthy Youth Survey during the weeks of October 10th – 21st.

The Healthy Youth survey includes questions related to physical activity and diet, unintentional and intentional injury, substance use, risk and protective factors, access to school-based services, and sexual behaviors, abuse and orientation. Survey results are used by schools, communities and state agencies to plan programs to support our youth and reduce their risks.

The Healthy Youth Survey is given to students in grades 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12 across Washington State.

Participation in the survey is voluntary and the students’ answers are anonymous.

Please read the Parent and Student Notification flyer for more information about the Healthy Youth Survey.  

Washington Business Week

A unique program is returning to Montesano High School  February 22-26 for our junior students. For one full and exciting week, junior students and some faculty members will be engaged in a non-traditional discovery learning experience called Washington Business Week.  

Small “companies” of students will operate their own business for eight virtual quarters, solving the problems small businesses encounter with growth, production, and demand.  Through our hands-on approach, students will gain a vision of how math, science, English, technology, history, art and other curriculum will apply to their life after high school.  In turn, they may be more inclined to excel in these subjects once they have actually applied them to these “real life” situations.

A businessperson from the Grays Harbor area will mentor each student company as they move to compete against the other student companies.  Competitions include a business simulation, a marketing and stockholder’s presentation and a Trade Show.  By the fifth day, Friday afternoon, each student will have:

·         A real world understanding of business and America’s free enterprise system;

·         An appreciation of how to apply what they learn in school to the “real world” workplace;

·         Improved leadership and teamwork skills - - making each student a better Montesano team player and a better future employee and/or employer;

·         An enhanced understanding of the importance of a diverse workforce; and

·         Increased self-confidence.

The Montesano School District and the Kelsey Foundation have joined forces to make this exceptional experience possible.  The success of the Business Week program depends heavily on strong community support.   Your help is needed to make the program an overall success and to help your student get the most from this great opportunity.  Suggestions for your help include:

·         Talking with your student about their experiences at the end of the day and encourage them to take an active part in all of the activities;

·         Volunteering to be a Company Advisor for a team of students or a Judge of the student projects at the end of the week; and/or

·         Making a donation to support the program budget.

For more information or questions please contact April Pocklington, Montesano School District at 360-249-1640 or

2015-2016 Food Bowl Schedule of Events

The Food Bowl season has arrived. Once again, Montesano High School is competing against Elma High School to see which school can raise the most money and food to support our local food banks. Food Bowl begins Friday, December 4 and ends Tuesday, December 15.

Even more than last year, the need for food in our community is at an all-time high. Any support you are willing to give is greatly appreciated. Monetary donations allow the food bank to buy food at a lower cost.  It’s also more advantageous in the competition because each dollar is worth two pounds.  Your support of this worthy community event is very much appreciated.  

We have scheduled many events to help with raising money for Food Bowl that we think will be a lot of fun as well as help the Montesano Food Bank.  To see the calendar of events, please click on the following link:

Food Bowl Calendar of Events

Remember, the real winners are the Food Banks and everyone they help in our communities.   




Montesano Jr/Sr High School Open House & Free Flu Shots

Open House at Montesano Jr/Sr High School will be on Wednesday, September 16 from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm.  We encourage you all to come in and meet the teachers and to ask any questions you may have.

During the open house, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, flu shots will be available for free to anyone age 12 and older with proof of the following insurance policies:  Premera Blue Cross, Premera, Group Health, Lifewise, Health Net and Medicare.  The nurse is not contracted to take any state insurance (Apple).  You must bring a either a copy of your insurance card or the card.  Medicare cards are required, no copies.  Please bring ID as well.

For those who do not have any of the above referenced insurance policies, the cost is $30.  Only checks and cash accepted.

If students come without a parent, they will need to have a completed permission form (see link below to print) in order to receive a shot.  All students under 18 must have a form, even without a parent present.

Minor Consent for Flu Shot

FFA Plant Sale

Montesano High School FFA Annual Plant Sale

Fridays: 2:00 – 4:00 Saturdays:
9:00 – 12:00 Weekdays:
By Appointment (360)249-4041 

Come check out our large variety of plants, flowers, and hanging baskets!

We have Tomatoes, Marigolds, Geraniums, Petunias, Veggie Starts, Begonias and much more!

The Montesano High School greenhouse, 302 N. Sylvia Ave, next to the junior high gymnasium on the north end of the school.

All proceeds benefit Montesano High School FFA


Here is a tool for you to stay up on all the changes we have for spring sports.  Go to  and the Montesano High School page.  On the right hand side there is an orange "Subscribe" button.  Click this button and follow the directions.  You will get an e-mail confirmation that will direct you to sign up for e-alerts.  If you register on this site and sign up for alerts, you will receive the changes as they happen.  You pick which sport/sports you would like to receive alerts about.  Please pass this on to anyone that follows the Montesano Bulldogs.  If you have any questions, please call the Athletic Department @ 249-1666.

About the Smarter Balanced Practice and Training Tests

The purpose of these training tests is to become familiar with the system, functionality, and item types; the tests are not intended to guide classroom instruction.

Some students may have difficulty with some of the content aligned to higher grades within the grade level/subject range of each training test; nevertheless, this should not interfere with students’ ability to interact with an item for its intended training purpose. If an item appears to be too difficult, encourage students to experiment with the tools, choose the best answer and move on to the next item.

Accessing the Practice and Training Tests
Users may take the practice and training tests using guest mode or securely using a supported secure browser or web browser. In general, the following web browsers can be used: Firefox 10–30, Chrome 31–35, Safari 5–7, and Internet Explorer 10 or 11. For more information, refer to the Supported Browsers page.

Food Bowl Totals

Congratulations to the students and staff at Montesano for their tremendous efforts in raising food and money for the 2014 Food Bowl. Monte kids with the support of our community raised 14,940 pounds in food and $33,337.51 in money that goes directly to the food bank in Montesano. 

Without the hard work from our students and the support of the community this would never be possible. I am well aware of how activities like Food Bowl take away from instruction in the classroom. Sometimes the lessons that stay us the longest are not those learned in a book. 

Way to go Bulldogs...... 


Once again it is that time of year to collect money and food to benefit our local food bank.  For those who don't know, we hold a competition between Elma High School and Montesano High School to see who can raise the most money and collect the largest amount of food for their respective food banks.  The winning school then gets bragging rights with their name on a trophy.  

However, the real winners are the food banks.  It is always heartwarming to see how much our small community donates to such a worthy cause.  This year, students will be collecting at the stoplight, during the Festival of Lights parade, and during numerous fundraisers.  The paper bag drive will begin Sunday, November 30 and is an easy way for the community to donate food.  Without leaving the comfort of your home, bags will be picked up Sunday, December 7.

Some of the fundraisers we'll have this year include, an Old Time Radio Show on Saturday, December 6, Boys Buff Volleyball Tournament, McTakeover, Talent Show, Dessert Bingo and a Silent Auction in the High School Office, with lots of great items for the public to bid on.

You can also donate online through our "Bulldog Online Store" beginning December 5.  Just go to the search box on this website and type in Bulldog Online Store.  Select Jr/Sr High School Online Store and then select "Click here to go to our store. Once you enter the Online Store, select Fundraisers, select Food Bowl (should be the first button) and choose an amount to donate.  No amount is too small.

Food Bowl begins Friday, December 5, and the weigh-in is on Tuesday, December 16 at 3:30 pm.  Don't forget, your donations are tax deductible.

Again, thank you for supporting Montesano High School in our mission to raise food and money to fill our food bank.  Your support is truly appreciated.


Food Bowl Flyer

Food Bowl Calendar