Cat Tales The Student News Site of Mount Si High School Fri, 08 Nov 2019 20:01:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Spikeball tournament raises over $600 for Seattle Childrens Fri, 08 Nov 2019 19:20:35 +0000 Have you been keeping up with this new game that has taken over the Valley? Well the Mount Si Med Squad Guild definitely has been. 

Over the end of September, the members of the guild, Joe Simmons, Matt MacLean, Jackson Buell, Corbin Moore, Tate Stedman, Jacob Lacewelll, Shane Dowling, Mikey McCalum, Solomon Reeves, Jamison Markley, Eli Spence, Grayson Dolan and Nate J. Harris, all thought of the idea to raise money through a fun and competitive tournament of Spikeball. 

After getting in touch with Seattle Childrens Hospital through the Junior Guild Association, they began to spread the news to all Mount Si students about the charity tournament with posters and sign-ups at every lunch. 

The Seattle Children’s Guild Association is the largest all-volunteer fundraising network consisting of multiple guilds, like the one here at Mount Si, that put on various fundraisers throughout the year for the hospital. 

On Oct. 5, about 20 teams showed up to Tourgason Park to win their way to the top. With a tournament buy-in of $20 per team and an abundance of donations collected at lunches, the Mount Si Med Guild raised over $600. On top of that, the winning team, Colby Botten and Jabe Mullins won a small prize of $90. 

 “The thing that was most enjoyable was knowing that we held a fun event that was also for a good cause. It’s a good feeling when the things we plan as a group are successful and fun,” Guild member Joe Simmons said. 

The Mount Si Med Squad has been working with Childrens Hospital since they were founded in 2017, and have put on many fundraisers throughout their time. Just this past summer the guild held a garage sale where they raised over $2,000. 

Don’t forget to keep your eyes peeled for another opportunity to have fun and raise money for a good cause at the same time through our very own junior guild here at Mount Si. 

“We are definitely going to be hosting a second tournament sometime in the Spring with bigger brackets and prizes. I think it would be awesome to get at least 32 teams together,” Guild member Matt MacLean said. 

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Students receive one-to-once devices Fri, 08 Nov 2019 19:17:07 +0000 With the release of the one-to-one devices on Sept. 23, both students and teachers are adjusting to the new technology.

“The challenges have been learning how to use the new technology and how to adapt my assignments to be conducive to a paperless classroom,” said social studies teacher Jenny Holloway. “It just takes time.”

However, there are student concerns about being monitored while using the devices.

“We can monitor web activity and apps usage,” said Janice Wintermyer, who helped lead the setup and execution of the one-to-one device program. “Please remember that there is no expectation of privacy on District networks and devices. Also, the district does not have any access to the camera or microphone.” 

The devices have also come under fire for the restrictions placed on them. 

“I like the devices but I wish they had less restrictions and more freedom,” said freshman Jeremiah Boivin. 

“All laptops will have the same restrictions that Chromebooks and computer lab PCs have. They will also [run] through our web filter at home,” Wintermyer said. “If students have issues accessing instructional sites and materials, they can let a teacher know and they can request it to be opened.”

Students do, however, have a certain level of freedom on the devices, especially regarding décor and stickers on the computers.

“You cannot decorate the laptop directly,” Wintermyer said. “We are recommending students put contact paper or removable vinyl over the device first and then they can cover it with stickers.” 

Other students are happy about the equity that the devices provide. 

“I think that people are being too hard on the devices,” said Boris Uittenbogaard. “They’re good quality for the budget and get the job done.”

The computers will be replaced and updated from time to time. 

“The laptops are on a four-year replacement cycle. Students that are at MSHS now will not get a replacement, but middle school students will after four years,” said Wintermyer. 

The fate of the computers after those four years is currently unknown, as well as if they can be purchased upon a student’s graduation. 

“We do not have an answer to whether or not a graduate will have the option to purchase the device yet,” Wintermyer said,  “we will release information when a decision is made.”

Luckily, the initiative is not paid for by draining other parts of the district budget.

“The SVSD One-to-One is fully funded from the 2019-2020 Technology Levy that voters approved in 2018,” said Wintermyer. 

Wintermyer also said that the devices’ platform was chosen based on teacher suggestions. 

“Based on their feedback, we found that the Microsoft platform provided more flexibility for student learning, however, teachers and students can still use both Google and Microsoft,” Wintermyer said. 

Most information about the devices can be found from the Student and Parent Handbook, which can be found at

All in all, despite the complaints and irritations with the computers, most prefer school now with the computers than before. 

“I think the one-to-ones are an asset to my classroom and I’m grateful we have them,” said Holloway. 

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PodCats Survey 5/15 Mon, 13 May 2019 17:39:02 +0000 Ezra and Nathan want to hear from you! If you want your question or topic to be featured in this week’s episode of PodCats, Here is your chance!

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Stay tuned for Episode 6,851 coming this Wednesday!

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PodCats Listener Questions!! Mon, 06 May 2019 19:19:13 +0000 Have you ever wanted Ezra and Nathan to answer your questions or give their opinions on something? Here‘s your chance!



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Boys Basketball Championship Games Mon, 04 Mar 2019 16:12:33 +0000 0 Wildcats advance to state championship game Sat, 02 Mar 2019 06:31:06 +0000 With a 53-46 victory over Curtis High School, Mount Si will play for the 4A State Championship tomorrow night.

The state title game tips off a 9 p.m. at the Tacoma Dome. Tickets for the final game are $16 for adults and students without an ASB card. Students with an ASB card and senior citizens are $13.  Parking at the Tacoma Dome is $15.

The spirit theme for the championship is a red out.

Fans are advised to leave plenty of time to get to the game, park and purchase tickets, as I-5 traffic was awful and rooter buses as well as many students arrived late to the semifinal game.

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Basketball beats Puyallup 45-40, advances to Final Four Thu, 28 Feb 2019 22:34:24 +0000 The boys basketball team beat Puyallup 45-40 in a state quarterfinal game earlier today, punching their ticket to the Final Four.

The team will play Curtis High School tomorrow, March 1,  at 3:45 p.m. in the Tacoma Dome.

A rooter bus will be provided for $5 per person. Those students wishing to ride the rooter bus must pay their $5 fee to the finance window at either campus before 11:30 tomorrow. Spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Tickets for the state semifinal game are $12 for students with ASB cards, and $15 for adults and students without ASB cards. Parking at the Tacoma Dome is $15.

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Third gym is demolished as part of new school construction Thu, 28 Feb 2019 21:39:20 +0000 Students returned from Midwinter Break and Snowmageddon to to find the third gym in the process of being demolished. The weight room has been temporarily relocated to the wrestling room over the main gym.

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Cheer wins national championship Sat, 09 Feb 2019 00:31:49 +0000 Congrats to the cheer squad, who are the 2019 National High School Champions in Super Non-Tumbling Game Day!

The competition continues tomorrow and Sunday.

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Wildcat Idol cancelled due to looming snowstorm Fri, 08 Feb 2019 01:25:31 +0000 Due to the expected blizzard, Wildcat Idol has been cancelled to ensure the safety of the contestants and of the audience. It has been rescheduled to the next available Friday: March 1st. Everyone is encouraged to come out then and support their favorite idol! We hope that everyone stays safe and warm on Friday night and that the contestants are able to perfect their songs with the extra time.


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