School Closure, Delays, and Emergency Routes

MVE student on a snowy dayDear Parents,

As the weather begins to change and the likelihood of heavy snowfall increases, please review the information contained on MVSD’s updated School Closures, Delays and Emergency Routes page.

This document will provide you with updated information regarding possible school closures, delays, emergency bus route information, and how to access this important information.

Thank you,
Methow Valley Schools

MVSD and OCCDA Set to Launch “Full-Day” Head Start Pre-School Program Next Fall!

Pre-School StudentAs you may be aware, one of the MVSD’s “Six Strategic Areas of Focus” includes a focus on Early Childhood Education and Childcare. More specifically, our district’s Strategic Vision states, “We invest in early childhood education given it’s long-term academic, social-emotional, and economic benefits to our students and community.”

Under the leadership and direction of Katharine Bill, our district has been working closely with a variety of early learning and community partners to ensure our youngest learners receive high quality, affordable early learning and childcare opportunities in the Methow Valley.

Most recently, this has included the development of our after-school childcare and a variety of enrichment programs. Combined, these two programs will serve nearly half of the elementary-age students in one capacity or another.

Well, it appears that we will be taking another significant step forward toward this goal through our strong partnership with the Okanogan County Child Development Association – Head Start Pre-School program. Vicki Good, OCCDA Interim Program Director recently informed us that our grant application to the U.S. Department of Education aimed at fully funding the expansion of our current Head Start Pre-School from a half-day program to a full-day program, beginning next fall, has been approved!

In brief, the grant will provide the funding for staffing, classroom-based resources, on-going professional development, and transportation related-costs. More detailed information will be forthcoming…

For the moment, please join us as we celebrate the great news!

Community Invited to Attend Viewing of Documentary Film: Paper Tigers

Paper Tigers: One High Schools Unlikely Success StoryThe film chronicles the life of Lincoln High School in the community of Walla Walla. The kids who come to Lincoln have a history of truancy, behavioral problems and substance abuse.

After Lincoln’s principal is exposed to research about the effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), he decides to radically change the school’s approach to discipline. With the aid of diary camera footage, the film follows six students.

From getting into fights, grappling with traumatic events in their lives, and on the cusp of dropping out, they find healing, support and academic promise at Lincoln High.

WHAT: Viewing of Paper Tigers
WHEN: Thursday, December 8, 3:45pm and 6:00pm Discussion to follow with Ron Hertel of OSPI (Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction)
WHERE: Liberty Bell High School Library
DETAILS: Popcorn at the 3:45pm showing • Pizza and lemonade at the 6:00pm showing
WHO: Anyone in the community is welcome to attend!
TOPICS: Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) • A different approach to discipline

LBHS Girl’s Soccer Team Earns 4th at State on the Field, 1st in the Classroom!

Lady Lions Soccer had an exceptional season this fall, winning just about everything possible on their way to a fourth place State Tournament finish.

LBHS Girl's Soccer vs St George at Sumner Final Four

The team won the WIAA 2B Academic State Championship, District 6 Championship, CWB League Championship, and CWB League Sportsmanship Award. In addition, Head Coach Lincoln Post was named the CWB League Coach of the Year.

Way to go Liberty Bell Girl’s Soccer Team!

Liberty Bell XC Teams Take 1st and 2nd at State!

LB Girls State XC ChampionsIt may have been foggy, but that didn’t slow down the Liberty Bell boys and girls XC teams. Both teams ran away from their competitors in the 2B classification by placing 1st (girls) and 2nd (boys) at the recent WIAA 2B State Championship meet held in Pasco.

The outstanding individual and team performances are a reflection of the hard work, dedication, and commitment of our student-athletes and coaching staff.

Way to Go Liberty Bell Boys and Girls XC Teams!

Liberty Bell Learning Environment Advisory Committee – A Call for Applications

Old Liberty Bell High School furnitureBeginning Friday, November 4th and continuing through Thursday, November 17, Co-Chairs, Deborah DeKalb and Bud Hover will be accepting applications from staff, students, and parents that wish to participate on the LB Learning Environment Advisory Committee. Serving as representatives of LB, the advisory committee will be asked to:
 

  • Solicit stakeholder input and make recommendations to district leaders about optimal use and organization of our existing facilities to maximize teaching and learning.
  • Solicit stakeholder input and make recommendations for the replacement of flooring giving consideration to flooring, color, texture, and pattern.
  • Solicit stakeholder input and make recommendations regarding the selection of furniture which promotes a cohesive learning and work environment.
  • Consult with the District’s technology committee to ensure coordination of technology tools.
  • Monitor and communicate the successful completion of the identified projects, under the direction of the Director of Operations and Capital Projects.

If you are interested in participating, please complete the Committee Application Form, found on the District Committee Charter page, and submit online or to the Liberty Bell High School office, no later than Thursday, November 17th.

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