Project Safe and Secure – A Community-Based Approach to School Safety!

Project Safe & Secure - Safe Schools Alert ProgramWorking in partnership with Chief of Police, Paul Budrow, members of the Methow Valley School District’s Emergency Response Core Planning team participated in a comprehensive four-day “Emergency Operations Planning” training in Wenatchee. The training, sponsored by the North Central ESD, was facilitated by the Emergency Management Institute.

During the training, core planning teams from each of the five participating school districts developed the knowledge and skills needed to build and exercise a responsive, community-based approach for maintaining safe schools. The knowledge and skills learned by our team will allow us to engage the entire community in the development of comprehensive plan built on a framework of: Prevention, Protection, Mitigation, Response and Recovery.

As with every planning process, there are some hazards unique to our schools that are somewhat complex and will require further analysis and collaboration between agencies to ensure everyone understands their role and responsibilities. However, there are other areas that where we can take immediate action to ensure our schools continue to remain a safe place for all.

Areas of Immediate Action:

That being said, we would like to share two important ways you can assist us with this process right away:

1. Visitor Check-in: Please check in at our school offices and receive a visitor’s sticker each time you come in to school. When you come into school as a volunteer, to enjoy an experience or even to pick up your child, you make our buildings safer when you do this. It is important that we can account for who is in our building and classrooms at all times.

2. Safe Alert: In the coming days, our school district will be launching SafeSchools Alert, a tip reporting service that allows students, staff, and parents to anonymously submit safety concerns to our building administrators. You or your child will now be able to report tips on bullying, harassment, drugs, vandalism or any other safety issue you’re concerned about through SafeSchools Alert.

Every tip SafeSchools Alert receives about our district will be immediately logged into this reporting system. Our administration will be notified so that they can investigate and take appropriate action.

You can report in four different ways:

Phone: (509) 587.6107

Text: Text your tip to (509) 587.6107

Email: 1474@alert1.us

Web: https://methow-wa.safeschoolsalert.com/

This is not a tool intended to replace the important face-to-face conversations you have with your child’s teacher. Contacting your child’s teacher or school administrator will continue to be an effective way to ask questions or voice your concerns related to your child’s academic and social-emotional development.

As with any situation, our first priority is everyone’s safety. We look forward to partnering with our first responder agencies and you at all points along the way!

Liberty Bell Students “Take a Stand” Finishing 3rd and 4th at National History Day State Competition!

National History Day 2017Supported by teachers David Aspholm and Scott Barber, a record-setting 14 Liberty Bell students participated in this year’s National History Day state competition.

At the end of the day, Keeley Brooks project titled, “Exploration to Conservation: Ginny Wood and Celia Hunter’s Journey to Stand Up for the Alaska They Love” was awarded 3rd place in the Junior Division.

Michael Mott, Sam Neitlich, and Wiley Seckinger teamed up on a group project titled, “Greenpeace: Taking a Stand Against Nuclear Testing,” took 4th place in the Senior Division.

Every year National History Day® frames students’ research within a historical theme. The theme is chosen for the broad application to world, national, or state history and its relevance to ancient history or to the more recent past. This year’s theme is Taking a Stand in History. The intentional selection of the theme for NHD is to provide an opportunity for students to push past the antiquated view of history as mere facts and dates and drill down into historical content to develop perspective and understanding.

Please join us as we celebrate the exceptional critical thinking and communication skills displayed by our hard working students and our staff who supported them throughout the process!

Growing Our Own… Sara Mounsey Selected to Participate in Innovative Leadership Program

Sara MounseyMVSD is excited to announce that Sara Mounsey, Independent Learning Center (ILC) Advisor, has been selected to be part of the first cohort of School Foundry, a new innovative leadership incubator being launched by Big Picture Learning (BPL) in partnership with Gonzaga University.

Many of you have followed the transformation of the ILC over the past few years, led by Sara and her colleague Kim Odell. Other districts also have taken notice, with several expressing interest in learning from this work. Funded by the ECMC Foundation, School Foundry will support Sara and four other fellows from around the state to develop new school designs to be launched the following year. Because we already have the ILC, Sara’s project work next year will involve strengthening the ILC while working with other rural districts to replicate this approach and launch their own new programs the following school year.

The partnership with Gonzaga will allow Sara to earn a Washington state principal credential through her year in the fellowship. She will also continue to work closely with BPL and receive additional mentoring from nationally recognized school founders and equity leaders.

Jeff Petty, BPL’s regional director and the developer of School Foundry, says, “We are really excited to bring Sara’s energy and insights into this first cohort and also to help other districts benefit from Methow Valley’s leadership in developing such an engaging and successful small school.”

Please join us as we congratulate Sara Mounsey!

Honoring Excellence…Congratulations Stacey Cooley and Jennifer Simmons, MVSD’s 2017 Excellence Awards Recipients!

Each year, school district employees across the North Central region of Washington State are encouraged to submit the names of colleagues (one certificated employee and one classified employee) they believe represent excellence in public education.

This year, the Methow Valley School District received more submissions than ever, each highlighting the exceptional dedication, commitment, and service throughout our schools in support of students and families. However, two names rose to the top…
 
Stacey Cooley - MVES SecretaryStacey Cooley – MVES Secretary
Only two years into her tenure as a member of the MVES office staff, students, parents, and staff state that Stacey has done an outstanding job of embracing her position as the Elementary Secretary. She takes her job seriously, working collaboratively with staff, students, parents, community members, and administration to solve problems in support of the students we serve.

One staff member captured it well when she stated, “She is a great gift to all of us! Stacey truly deserves this Excellence Award. She is such a hard worker and her cheerful presence makes everyone feel welcome when they walk into the elementary school. Students, staff and parents know they can count on Stacey to do her best to help with anything they need. I can’t imagine where we would be without her.”
 
Jennifer Simmons - MVES Special Education TeacherJennifer Simmons – MVES Special Education Teacher
As a member of the Methow Valley School District’s Special Education team, Jennifer Simmons works collaboratively with students, staff, and parents to ensure every student is able to fulfill their potential and graduate prepared to pursue a wide range of postsecondary options.

When asked why they nominated Jennifer for the Excellence Awards, one staff member stated, “Jennifer embodies the essence of positivity and a love for teaching. Her kind heart and hard-working demeanor have changed how our team works together especially in support of the students we serve. She continues to make me want to be better every day… She inspires me to become better.”

Another staff member stated, “I love seeing Jennifer’s smiling face and know that her students must feel very cared about… Jennifer has devoted herself to our school district for many years and we are very fortunate to have such a dedicated teacher and friend among us.”
 
Congratulations Stacey Cooley and Jennifer Simmons, Methow Valley School District’s 2016-17 Excellence Awards Recipients!

Presenting the 2017-18 MVSD Calendar!

District CalendarUsing the feedback provided by students, staff, parents, and community members, the Methow Valley Calendar Committee submitted a proposed 2017-18 MVSD Calendar to the superintendent and school board for final approval at the regular board meeting that took place on Wednesday, March 22, 2017.

Members of the school board expressed appreciation for the transparent and inclusive process facilitated by the MVSD Calendar Committee. It received unanimous support and final approval from the school board.

View the 2017-18 MVSD Calendar

It’s Kindergarten Round Up Time!

Calling all families with students planning to enter kindergarten in the fall of 2017…. please join us on Tuesday, March 28th for Kindergarten Round Up, from 5:30-7:00 p.m.

2017 MVE Kindergarten Round Up

At the Round Up you can tour classrooms, meet teachers, learn about kindergarten readiness, and hear about what kids usually learn in kindergarten. You will also receive registration forms, and you can register your child on the spot if you bring their birth certificate and immunization records.

The earlier families sign up for kindergarten, the easier it is for Methow Valley Elementary staff to determine how many teachers will be needed next year. Please help us keep class sizes small by registering early!

Learn more about MVE Kindergarten