Methow Valley Schools Welcomes Bo Thrasher, Elise Knight, and Claire LeDuc – Methow Valley Elementary School’s After School Childcare Supervisors

In an effort to provide elementary-age children with access to high quality, affordable after-school childcare, the Methow Valley School District has initiated a 5-Day Per Week, After-School Childcare Program. In less than three weeks, the program has grown from 6 students to 24 students!

Bo Thrasher, Elise Knight, and Claire LeDuc have been hired to serve as after-school childcare supervisors and will be working together as a team, providing supervision of this rapidly growing program. Please join us in welcoming Bo, Elise, and Claire!

Bo ThrasherBo Thrasher

Bo arrived to the valley twenty years ago after instructing summer courses at the Outward Bound base in Mazama. She has a Masters in Education and a Waldorf Certificate. Her teaching experiences includes teaching in the Vermont Public Schools, the Shelburne Falls Waldorf School in Vermont, the Whatcom HIlls Waldorf School in Bellingham, the Waldorf inspired Pre-K through 2nd grade school in Mazama, and the Methow Valley Community School. In addition to her teaching experiences in a school setting, Bo has taught swimming lessons and helped coach the Methow Killer Whales for five years. Bo’s hope is to establish a safe, nurturing, creative and active environment for students in the after school care program. As a supervisor, she is looking forward to lots of time outside with the group exploring and finding meaningful work and projects!

Elise Knight Elise Knight

Elise moved to the Methow Valley twenty-five years ago. Elise has spent the past five years working with children as a Para-educator at Methow Valley Elementary School and as a toddler teacher at Little Star Montessori School. When asked how it has worked out, she stated, “It has been a great honor getting to know the community through farming, raising her son (who recently graduated from Liberty Bell), and being involved with our exceptional schools.” Elise added, “I’m in continuous awe of how deeply the adults in this community share their talents, time, and love for this place to all the children in our valley. I look forward to being a weekly presence in the lives of some of these children while they relax with snacks, games, outdoor activities, reading, and other indoor activities.”

Claire LeDucClaire LeDuc

Claire LeDuc, a Liberty Bell graduate, has been working with children for the last seven years. When the opportunity to be a part of the MVES After-School Childcare program came about, it seemed like the perfect fit. A recent graduate of Montana State University, Claire grew up in the Methow Valley and after leaving for college, always hoped to someday move back. Claire stated, “No matter where I’ve found myself living, it never quite compares to being in the Methow.” As one of three after-school supervisors, Claire is looking forward to working with the other instructors to create a safe, fun, and exciting learning environment for kids. She envisions a program that focuses on outdoor education, team building, and creativity; all of which will help foster positive relationships among the students.

If you are interested in receiving more information about this program and/or how to enroll your child, please contact the Methow Valley Elementary office staff at (509) 996-2186.

Washington State Healthy Youth Survey

Washington State Healthy Youth SurveyOur school will participate in the 2016 Healthy Youth Survey during the weeks of October 10th to 21st.

What is the Healthy Youth Survey?
The survey asks questions about risk for injury, health outcomes, and alcohol and drug use. Schools, communities and state and local health departments use survey results to support our youth and reduce their risks.

The Healthy Youth Survey is voluntary and anonymous.

Who will be asked to take the survey?
Students in Grades 6, 8, 10, and 12 across Washington State.

What questions are on the survey?
Survey questions come from surveys that have taken place across the nation and in Washington. Parents or guardians can see a copy of survey questions in the school office.

View/download the Information for Parents and Students flyer using the link below.
Please share the information in this flyer with your student, then talk about the survey and decide if your student will participate.

Washington State Healthy Youth Survey Information for Parents and Students

The Wheels On The Bus Go Round And Round…

MVSD Transportation - New Buses & Van Check Out Our Two New Buses and a Multi-Passenger Van!

Last year, with a focus on student safety, our community successfully passed a two-year Transportation Vehicle Fund levy, enabling us to begin replacing an aging bus fleet – one that covers one of the largest geographic areas in the state of Washington. These are the first of seven buses that will be purchased over the course of two years.

In addition, our community successfully passed a Maintenance and Operations levy, allowing us to replace and upgrade our aging motor pool fleet. This will promote greater efficiencies when transporting smaller groups and reduce some of the wear-and-tear on our bus fleet.

Thank you Methow Valley!

MVSD Welcomes Returning Teacher Libby Foley and Newest Staff Member Joan Stluka!

The Methow Valley School District is committed to developing a “System of Exceptional Teaching and Learning.” Creating a learning environment where “Every Student Shines” requires a team of exceptional teachers, access to high quality professional development, and low class sizes.

Libby FoleyUsing the Maintenance and Operations (M&O) levy dollars supported by our community, the Methow Valley School District has focused on lowering class sizes at the primary grade levels. This has included the recent hiring of Libby Foley, a highly skilled primary teacher. In addition to Hana Baker and Meridith Dufresne, Libby will be teaching Kindergarten, bringing class sizes down to less than 17 students per class!
 
Joan StlukaJoan Stluka, a highly regarded primary teacher, will be joining Libby in the classroom. Joan comes to us with many years of teaching experience at the kindergarten and primary grade levels. When asked, one of Joan’s principals had this to say about her as a teacher – “Without a doubt, she ranks among the top 1% of all teachers I’ve supervised in my 20 years…”

Please join us as we welcome returning teacher, Libby Foley and our newest staff member, Joan Stluka!

Notice of MVSD Surplus Equipment Sale

MVSD Surplus Equipment SaleOn July 27, 2016 the Methow Valley School District Board of Directors declared technology, furniture and fixtures equipment to be surplus. On August 25th the equipment will be offered for sale to the public.

Lists of all surplus items can be viewed below. All listed equipment will be available for purchase and pick-up from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 25th at Liberty Bell Jr-Sr High School, 24 Twin Lakes Rd, Winthrop, WA 98862. For more information please contact Liz Weeks-Molz at (509) 996-9205 or lweeks@methow.org.
 

View/download MVSD Surplus Equipment: Computer, Tech

 

View/download MVSD Surplus Equipment: Kitchen, Woodworking, Office

Fall Sports Set to Begin

Liberty Bell Mountain Lions Mascot

New Coaches – Practice Times – Paperwork

The fall sports season is almost on us! Last fall was an outstanding season for Mountain Lion teams, and included two Academic State Champion Teams! This season is shaping up to be just as successful; the fields look great, an outstanding coaching staff has been assembled, and the community is ready to see our teams in action.

Liberty Bell Athletics is proud to support the participation of nearly 85% of students in grades 7-12. Thanks to a coaching staff that values the role of athletics in education, Liberty Bell student-athletes are high achievers in and out of the classrooms.

Below you will find the information needed to start the season off right!

Have a great season, GO MOUNTAIN LIONS!

NEW COACHES

Liberty Bell is excited to be adding three new coaches to the fall coaching staff. Please join us in welcoming our new coaches!

Christine Scott – Head High School Volleyball Coach
Christine was a four year varsity winning athlete winning two Oregon State Volleyball Championship out of the four. Moving on to play at College of Southern Idaho winning a NJACC her first year. Christine is new to the world of coaching but is very excited to work hard. Christine works as a Dental Hygienist at Dr Harrop’s Family Dental along with 3 kids, Quincy 4th grader, 3 year old Ole and 2 year Teagan.

Stephanie Mitchell – 7th Grade Volleyball Coach
Stephanie graduated from LBHS in 1996 she lettered in three sports volleyball, basketball, and softball. She was the assistant girls basketball coach from 2005-2010 and has been coaching AAU basketball since then. Her family has always been mountain lion fans and they love to go watch the teams play. She owns her own salon in Twisp Valley Style and husband James works for MVSD. Her daughter Jadyn will be entering 7th grade this year and son Kyler will be in 5th grade. She is excited to be joining LBHS coaching staff.

Levi Knox – Head Junior High Football Coach
This season will be Levi’s second coaching for Liberty Bell. Levi brings with him one year of experience as the Assistant JH Football Coach, and many years of playing experience in youth and high school football while growing up in Nevada. Levi’s patience and focus on basic football skills will serve him well as the Head JH Football coach. When not working he enjoys spending time with his family.

PRACTICE TIMES and START DATES

Cheer
Begins on August 17. Practices will be Monday – Friday from 10am – Noon until the start of school.

HS Football
Begins on August 17. Until school starts practices will be from 7:00 -12:00 with an hour break from 9:00 -10:00. The team will start by practicing Monday – Saturday.

HS Volleyball
First practice is Monday Aug 22nd. Here is the practice schedule for the first week:

Monday 8:30-11:00 & 4:30-6:30 with a parent meeting after practice at 6:30
Tuesday 4:30-6:30
Wednesday 8-10am & 4:30-6:30
Thursday 8:00-10:00 & 4:30-6:30
Friday 8:00-10:00 & 4:30-6:30

HS and JH Cross Country
Starting on Monday, August 22nd. Cross Country will be practicing from 8:30 – 10:00, Monday through Friday until the start of school.

Girls Soccer
Two practices a day starting on August 22nd, 7:30-9:00 and 4:30-6:00. Once school starts they will practice 3:30-5:30.

Junior High Football and Volleyball
First day of practice is August 30th. Practice from about 3:30 to 5:30.

ELIGIBILITY

In order to partake in games and practices:
• Students need to have a valid sports physical on file with the school. Physicals are now valid for 24 months. Physicals can be turned in to the athletic director, high school office, or your coach.

• Students must turn in a fully completed eligibility packet to either the athletic director or their coach. Eligibility packets can be picked up in the HS office or packets can be downloaded by visiting methow.org/athletics.

• Sports fees must be paid before participation in a game. Student athletes must purchase an ASB card ($50 annually) and pay-to-play fees ($45 each sport).

Please contact Athletic Director, Chase Rost, with questions.