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Mount Rainier High School
22450 19th Avenue South Des Moines, WA 98198




Mount Rainier High School

Weekly Bulletin                           

May 22, 2020





Our Mission: 
Mount Rainier High School promotes the growth of every student and seeks to create principled, knowledgeable, and inquisitive graduates empowered to lead productive and caring lives in a global society.


Last Day of School

The last day of school has changed from the date originally designated on our 2019-20 student calendar. The state school superintendent has designated June 19 as the last day of school for grades Pre-K through 11. 

The last day of school for high school Seniors is June 12


Email Bouncebacks

If your email messages to teachers are bouncing back or you are not getting a response, your email service may be getting blocked by our district security filter. ParentVUE is a reliable way to reach your student’s teachers. Complete instructions for accessing ParentVUE are on our website.


Wifi Resources in the Community

The Washington State Department of Commerce has opened additional wifi hotspots for community use. Check out the Washington State Drive-in Hotspot Location Finder.


Register to Vote:  will you be 18 by Nov 6th?  You can register to vote beginning May 15th!  Vote for President & elected officials.

Visit Washington Voter Registration:      


Community Resources

We have added a list of community resources to the district website, including support for rent, utilities, food, mental health, healthcare, technology and more.


Student Meals:  See for details, places & times. 


Mount Rainier’s school nurse, Karrin Johnson, is available for questions or concerns about student health during regular school hours, 8:00 am-4 pm Mon/Wed/Thurs/Fri at (206) 631-7007 or by email at For basic questions about COVID 19 please first visit the district website


Contact Info:  Make sure your contact info is current in Synergy. 

Students:  check your school Google accounts regularly.  Teachers are sending assignments to you.  If you or someone you know is not receiving emails from teachers please have them contact their Advisory teacher, Counselor or any teacher they currently have and let them know.  All staff emails are on the Mount Rainier HS website.


School Buildings are closed.  There is no access to Mount Rainier at this time.  We do not know at this time when that may change.

This means nothing in and nothing out.  Hold on to school & library books, equipment, sports uniform/gear and other school district items.  Mount Rainier is working on our School Return Plan and more information will be shared in June.


Student Financial Account & Payment Information:  Student accounting information including payments made and fines (not Mealtime Lunch account info) may be found online at; “Students” drop down menu; “Online Payment”, “Touchbase” (blue box under Fines & Fees; LOG IN:  User Name is Student ID # (just numerals) & Password is Last Name with First Letter of last name Capitalized.  No new fines have been posted since March 16 so you will not see fines for most current year items.  Once logged in you may see fines, payments and make payments for fines.


Mealtime Account Information:  Log in to your student’s Mealtime account through site under Nutrition Services.  Direct questions to Nutrition Services.  All lunch fund balances will roll over to 20-21 school year for returning students.  Special information for seniors with balances will be coming out in June.



Yearbooks are coming!  Yes, there will be a Yearbook this year.  Yes, it will look a little different.  No, we don’t know how we are going to distribute them yet.  You will still be able to purchase a Yearbook $ 60 online starting May 11

Directions:; “Students” drop down menu; “Online Payment”, “Touchbase” (blue box under Fines & Fees; LOG IN:  User Name is Student ID # (just numerals) & Password is Last Name with First Letter of last name Capitalized.  You will need student ID # to sign in.  Click on Student’s Name; “Items at student’s school”; “ASB Membership and Yearbook”; blue “buy” button under Yearbook; at the top you will then see “checkout” which will take you to the payment page.


Spring Sports:  Spring Participation Fees paid by parents will be refunded by check and mailed to your home after we are allowed back in our school buildings.

Sports Uniforms and Equipment will be collected when it is safe to do so.


Tolo Dance tickets purchased will be refunded by check and mailed to your home after we are allowed back in our school buildings.




Details may change but here is what we know right now:  GRADUATION 2020 INFORMATION:  Get most current information at under Graduation 2020



Graduation:  Mount Rainier High School Class of 2020 Graduation will be on Tuesday, June 16th

Seniors and families will be scheduled to rotate through a drive-through graduation ceremony at Mount Rainier High School on Tuesday, June 16. Wearing their cap and gown, each student will receive their diploma cover, get a professional photo taken, and be cheered on by teachers and staff with appropriate social distancing. Students will also receive senior awards, graduation programs and senior memorabilia.

See full details at:; Class of 2020


Last Day of School for Seniors:  Friday, June 12th


Cap & Gown Distribution was a FUN event.  Several MRHS staff and coaches decorated the drive thru with signs & balloons!  MRHS Administration personally greeted each car with a smile (through mask), Graduation Sign & Sticker!  Jostens handed out pre-ordered Graduation Items and some awards & cords were handed out (see below).  Other awards, certificates and cords will be handed out at graduation.  It was Wonderful to see your Smiling Eyes!  Pictures coming soon on MRHS website.

Didn’t pick up your pre-paid Jostens Graduation Items?  Jostens will be mailing to your home in June.


Cap & Gown Ordering – to order online @  Order by June 7 for Graduation. Limited Supplies so don’t wait!


Print Announcement Insert at  Announcements have wrong date – you may customize and print out an announcement insert with new date before mailing!


Senior Cord Designation:  Yellow Cords are given to Seniors who have 3.0 – 3.49 Cumulative GPAs and were given out with caps & gowns.  Medallions are given to Seniors who have 3.5 – 4.0 Cumulative GPAs but did not arrive in time to hand out with caps & gowns.  They will be given at Graduation.

Other awards, certificates and cords will be handed out at graduation.





Let’s stay connected!!! Follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook for more information and updates.

College and Career Center Office Hours- We are here to help!! Use the link below to join us during our office hours.


Tuesdays and Thursdays 2:30pm-3:30pm


College Visits- if interested please register at


June 1st

2:30pm Washington State University

3pm University of Washington Bothell


June 8th

2:30pm Western Washington University

3pm Central Washington University


Scholarships- See below for scholarships and the top 5 scholarship banks.


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·         $2,500 scholarship (Due date of June 30th)  for students in 9th-12th grades. It's a free and easy application. Students can use the award for any educational-related need such as books or even food. Here is a link to the scholarship page with more details and for applying.

·         Four grants of  $250 each given out every 2 weeks. Due dates are May 15th, May 31st, Jun 15th and Jun 30th. Again free and easy application and funds  can be used for food, books or anything else. Here is a link to the grant page with more details and for applying.


Mistakes - we've all made them. Too bad life doesn't always give you a mulligan. Or does it? What if you had the chance to "do-over" a moment in your life? What would it be? How would it affect you and your future? This $1,500 scholarship aimed at students age 13 and over has a 250-word limit. Deadline is June 30

Applicants must:

·         Be thirteen (13) years of age or older at the time of application

·         Be legal residents of the fifty (50) United States or the District of Columbia

·         Be currently enrolled (or enroll no later than the fall of 2026) in an accredited post-secondary institution of higher education


Summer Opportunities/Internships

Girls Who Code- Virtual Summer Immersion Program- Apply to Girls Who Code’s Virtual Summer Immersion Program for an unforgettable summer experience! During this FREE 2-week virtual program, you'll learn the computer science skills you need to make an impact, get an inside look into the tech field, and join a supportive lifelong sisterhood -- all while being virtually hosted by influential companies, like AT&T, Goldman Sachs, Disney, and more. Current 9th-11th grade girls and non-binary students are eligible to apply. SIP is FREE and need-based stipends of up to $300 are available for those who qualify.

Applications are considered on a rolling basis, but classrooms are filling up fast! Apply today at or learn more in a webinar.

UPDATED - IGNITE : Virtual Career Panels

"IGNITE Worldwide has launched virtual events to inspire Girls in STEM! You’re invited to explore exciting careers in technology and engineering! Join a panel of amazing professional women who work in a technology or engineering career, and hear how they each found a job they love." - IGNITE Worldwide

Who: Self identifying Young Women & Non-Binary students | Grades 9-12 

Dates & Registration links:

Questions? Please email for more details. Additional information can be found on the IGNITE Worldwide webpage

Highline College: Summer Bridge Program

"Summer Bridge Program is an opportunity to adjust to college life through tailored programming, peer and professional support. Become familiar with Highline College and learn the most effective techniques for academic achievement through time management, study skills, and leadership workshops. Highline College's Youth Re-engagement and Success Program, TRIO, the Learning Communities, are covering all costs associated with this program (including tuition and supplies)!

Here are just a few of the perks of attending Summer Bridge:

  • Earn up to 6 college credits that counts towards your associate's degree!
  • Discover campus resources
  • Explore Highline College in a supportive and academic activities
  • Participate in events and workshops to better your success to college life!
  • Build a community of friends
  • Make Highline College your home away from home
  • Have fun with your new Summer Bridge friends
  • Set yourself up for college success
  • Learn what it means to be a Thunderbird! " - Summer Bridge Program, Highline College



  • Seniors attending Highline College or thinking about College
  • First generation College student
  • Participate for the duration of the program
  • Identify with an under-represented group

When: August 10 - September 4

Where: Virtually *Online

Application link:

Questions? Please email for additional details and support!