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

MVES Launches Family and Community Engagement Committee – Welcomes Your Participation!

Woman working with elementary school childAs a district, we believe in the importance of a strong partnership between the school and home. As such, we are inviting interested parents and community members to join the Family and Community Engagement Committee.

The FCE Committee will focus on the development of a comprehensive MVE Family and Community Engagement Framework that:

  • Increases opportunities for continuous, two-way communication between the home and the school focused on increasing academic success and social-emotional well being of every student.
  • Develops new and refines existing tools and strategies (K-6 Report Card, Progress Report, Individualized Learning Plan, Student Portfolios, Take-Home Folders, Conferencing, etc.) aimed at increasing student and parent understandings of their child’s academic and social-emotional progress and performance and their next steps.
  • Effectively communicates all aspects of the instructional program as it relates to the district’s vision of creating curious, creative, compassionate, competent, action-oriented citizens.
  • Identifies opportunities for increased parent and community participation.

We are committed to developing relevant and meaningful ways in which to engage families and community members in academic and social-emotional development and well-being of our learners.

To learn more, please visit the Family and Community Engagement Committee page.

If you are interested in participating in this important work, please submit your application online or in hardcopy to the district office no later than Friday, March 17th, 2017.

MVSD Launches Budget Development Process: We Want to Hear From You!

Participate in the Budget Development Process

2017-18 Proposed Budget Priorities
The 2017-18 MVSD Budget Development Process is underway and we want to hear from you! Please take some time to review the 2017-18 Proposed Budget Priorities currently in draft form. Once you’ve done so, please consider the following questions and share your input with us…

  • What do you like that should be expanded?
  • What’s missing that should be initiated?
  • What you believe should be reduced or eliminated?

You can share your ideas in one of three ways – submit an electronic Budget Enhancement or Reduction Request Form, email Superintendent Tom Venable at tvenable@methow.org, or mail/drop off your ideas to the district office.

Ideas submitted by Friday, March 17th will be given thoughtful consideration.

Thank you for your participation in the process!


Tom Venable
Superintendent, Methow Valley School District

Liberty Bell Welcomes New Spring Coaching Staff!

As Winter sports come to a successful conclusion, Spring sports are set and ready to begin! Liberty Bell is excited to announce the addition of three coaches to the Spring coaching staff.

All of the coaches have passion for teaching through sports and for being part of a district-wide athletic program that encourages inclusivity and bolsters participation from as many Liberty Bell students as possible. Please join us in welcoming our new spring coaches!

Mike BaerveldtMike Baerveldt – Head Boys Soccer
Mike is a retired community member whose career was in the IT industry. He’s passionate about soccer and giving back to the community. His many years of coaching/playing will serve him well as he leads a group of excellent young men through their season. Mike is excited to find a good balance between fun and business, and hopes to lay a foundation for future success.

Joey NishidaJoey Nishida – Assistant Tennis
Joey, a graduate of Mercer Island HS, was a standout player during his scholastic career. He received a degree in Cellular & Molecular Biology from WWU, and currently works a number of jobs throughout the Methow Valley. As an experienced leader and tennis instructor, Joey’s experience working in tennis clubs will help ease the monotony of early season indoor practices!

David AspholmDavid Aspholm – Assistant Baseball
David Aspholm is a beloved social studies teacher at Liberty Bell. He has coached and played baseball at a variety of levels, and has been a lifelong baseball fan! David brings with him and open mind and collaborative attitude, as well as familiarity with players and a strong sense of what interscholastic sports are about.

Katie LeuthauserKatie Leuthauser – Assistant HS Track & Field
Katie is a science teacher at Liberty Bell, and a native of upstate New York. Previously a teacher and coach for the Bickleton School District, Katie brings four years of teaching and track/field coaching experience. She’ll coach a variety of events, but specialize in the throws. Katie’s flexibility and “team first” attitude, will be huge assets for the Mountain Lion Track & Field Team!

We are still seeking an Assistant to the Boys Head Soccer Coach. If you’re interested in joining our team, please contact Chase Rost.


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