Methow Valley Schools Welcomes Head Wrestling Coach

Gunnar Dogget - LB Wrestling CoachMethow Valley Schools is excited to be adding Gunnar Doggett to our coaching staff.

Gunnar is a graduate of the LBHS Class of 2012 and will be taking the helm as the Head Wrestling Coach for the 15’-16’ season. Gunnar was a successful wrestler in his time at LBHS, garnering several state titles and several more state placings. Gunnar has volunteer coached in the LB youth wrestling program for 8 years, and spent the 2013-2014 season as assistant coach under Paul Schmekel.

Gunnar is excited to bring new energy to the program and continue the LBHS wrestling legacy.

MVSD Partners with Room One and Community Healthcare Providers to Launch Sexual Assault Task Force

Student Health Advisory CommitteeAs part of the district’s efforts to promote a System of Exceptional Teaching and Learning, we have partnered with Room One and a variety of healthcare providers to launch the Sexual Assault Task Force, a subcommittee of the Student Health Advisory Committee, aimed at promoting the physical and emotional safety and well-being of every student.

The primary work of the Task Force, will include:

  • Reviewing current policies and provide recommendations for revisions/updates to existing policy and procedures
  • Initiating annual staff training for staff on the subject of sexual assault and consent
  • Ensuring appropriate staff response to incidents of sexual assault
  • Reviewing current curriculum and provide recommendations for updates to curriculum
  • Implementing high quality, evidence-based education for students on the topic of sexual assault and consent

Sexual Assault Task Force members will be asked to attend scheduled meetings.

To learn more, please read the Sexual Assault Task Force Charter. To apply, please complete the Committee Application form using one of the links below.

Questions? Please contact Deborah DeKalb, Liberty Bell Principal

District to Develop Affordable, High Quality After-School Daycare – Needs Your Help!

Cub ClubAs part of our district’s commitment to Early Childhood Education and Childcare, coupled with the feedback received from many expressing the need for affordable, high quality after-school daycare options in the Methow Valley, we are in the process of redesigning Cub Club.

Our goal is to serve more children (possibly opening Cub Club to grades K-6) on more days (possibly moving to 4 or 5 days per week). We need your help in doing so. We’ve designed a short survey to solicit your ideas. If you haven’t already, please fill it out by Friday, November 6th.

Thank you!

Katharine Bill
Early Childhood Education and Childcare Coordinator

Complete Cub Club Parent Survey

The Work of the Levy Task Force Underway

Robotics ClassLead by Co-chairs, Anne Andersen, Director of Teaching and Learning and Drew Simmons, Curriculum, Assessment and Technology Coordinator, the Levy Task Force meeting held it’s first of three scheduled meetings.

With 21 staffers, community members, and a student representative in attendance, the Levy Task Force learned how public school districts in the state of Washington are funded. More specifically, they learned that the state of Washington funds approximately 68% of the Methow Valley School District’s annual operating budget and that our district’s Maintenance and Operations Levy and Technology Levies (representing approximately 28% of our annual operating budget combined) are set to expire at the end of 2016.

The second Levy Task Force meeting is scheduled to take place tomorrow, Thursday, October 29 from 5:30 to 7:00 pm in the elementary school library. During our second meeting, the Levy Task Force will receive a presentation facilitated by Drew Simmons, Technology Committee Chair, highlighting the work of the Technology Committee to update the current four-year Technology Plan.

The Levy Task Force will use the information received during these two meetings to engage in deliberations and formulate a final recommendation to the superintendent as early as Thursday, November 5th, the Levy Task Force’s third and final scheduled meeting.

An agenda and meeting minutes will be posted on the district’s website following each meeting. Community members wishing to observe the work of the Levy Task Force are welcome to attend.

LBHS Athletics Awarded with Two Academic State Championships

Two Academic State ChampionsipsAlthough the State Tournaments haven’t yet started, LBHS Cross Country and Soccer teams have cause for early celebration. It’s an honor to announce that the LBHS Girls Cross Country (3.95 GPA) and Girls Soccer (3.87 GPA) programs have won the 2B Academic State Championship for each of their respective sports!

WIAA’s Scholastic Awards Program recognizes the team with the highest grade point average among all Washington high schools in their enrollment classification.

Both teams have done an outstanding job of representing our school, and modeling the commitment to academics that we strive for in all of our sports programs. Members of both teams are truly BALANCED learners that should be extremely proud of this accomplishment. Nice job players and coaches! You’ve made us very proud.

The winning teams will be presented with a special plaque at the upcoming WIAA, Dairy Farmers of Washington, Les Schwab Tires State Championships. See a complete list of Academic State Champions.

Liberty Bell Lions Welcome New Coaching Staff

Liberty Bell Sports - XC RunningAs the Liberty Bell Sports and Activities Director, I’m excited to announce the hiring of several new coaches who embody the skills, attributes, and attitudes that we wish to develop in our student-athletes.

Our newest coaches join a department characterized by its passion for sport and a deep understanding of how athletics allows for every student to shine!

Please join us in welcoming:

  • Deed Fink – 7th Grade Boys Basketball
  • Michael Wilbur – Head Baseball
  • Korrie Bourn – Assistant Girls Basketball


Chase Rost
Liberty Bell Sports/Activities Director