MVSD to Launch 2017-18 District Calendar Committee – Invites Parent and Student Representation

District Calendar With an interest in including student and parent input into the development of the 2017-18 MVSD School Calendar, the MVSD is inviting parents and students who wish to be considered for participation on the 2017-18 District Calendar Committee to submit their application online or in hard copy to the district office no later than Friday, February 10th at 4:30 p.m. To learn more, please visit the District Calendar Committee page.

Once established, the committee will work together to solicit input and feedback into the development of two calendar options (inclusive of start/end dates, holidays, professional development days and other key events) to be voted upon by staff (as defined by the current MVEA contract). The calendar option receiving the most votes will be recommended to the superintendent and school board for final approval (with a target date of March 22, 2017).

If you have any questions about the work of the committee, process, or timelines, please contact Tom Venable, MVSD Superintendent at tvenable@methow.org or (509) 996-9205.

Methow Valley School District Makes Advanced Placement (AP) Honor Roll!

Student working on a laptopThe AP District Honor Roll recognizes school districts across the U.S. and Canada for increasing access to students while simultaneously maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning AP exam scores of 3 or higher.

The AP District Honor Roll distinction is another example of the Methow Valley School District’s commitment to eliminating barriers both real and perceived, to ensure all students are able achieve to their fullest potential and graduate prepared for a wide range of post-secondary options.

The criteria used in the selection process is as follows:

  • Increased participation in AP coursework by at least 11% over the past three years;
  • Increased or maintained the percentage of African American, Hispanic/Latino, and American Indian/Alaskan Native students taking AP exams and increased or maintained the number of students scoring a 3 or higher on at least one AP exam; and
  • Improved performance levels when comparing students scoring a 3 or higher in 2016 to those in 2014.

Please join us as we celebrate our hard working students and staff!

Project Safe and Secure – MVSD Launches Emergency Response Planning Committee – Invites Your Participation!

Project Safe & Secure • MVSD Emergency Response PlanWith a focus on ensuring the safety of our students, staff, parents, and community, the Methow Valley School District is launching Project Safe and Secure. As such, MVSD is launching a district-wide Emergency Response Planning (ERP) Committee.

The standing committee, led by Bud Hover, Director of Operations, will work with the guidance and support of the NCESD Crisis Management Co-Op and in partnership with local law enforcement, fire, and first responder agencies, students, parents, staff, and community members to accomplish the following goals:

  • Promote open lines of pro-active communication regarding safety concerns using Safe Alert – Safe Alert is a software tool that allows anyone (students, staff, parents, community members) to anonymously report information of concern, alerting staff and, if appropriate, law enforcement to potential issues and threats to the safety of themselves and/or others.
  • Develop and coordinate the regular review our protocols, periodically updates the plan as needed, and facilitates staff, student, and parent training sessions.
  • Initiate the implementation of an electronic mapping and communication system (Rapid Responder) that will electronically link our schools with law enforcement and first responders.
  • Design and implement an annual practice schedule and scenarios for all staff.
  • Facilitate a debriefing process following each event (practice/real) to ensure our plan and practices remain current.
  • Facilitate parent-training sessions and provide parents with electronic access to the MVSD ERP to ensure parents understand their role and responsibilities.
  • Recommend related facilities improvements (phone systems, card-lock security systems, bus emergency kits, etc.…) to support the successful implementation of the emergency response plan.
  • Engage in other activities as recommended by the NCESD Crisis Co-Op and/or law enforcement, fire, and first responder agencies that improve our ability to maintain a safe and secure campus.

To learn more, please visit the Project Safe & Secure Emergency Response Planning Committee page.

If you are interested in participating, please complete an application and submit it to Chris Eckstrom at the district office no later than Monday, February 13, 2017.

Questions about the committee? Please contact Bud Hover, MVSD Director of Operations at (509) 997-2113.

Frank Kline Unanimously Approved by MVSD School Board to Serve as Board Chair

Frank Kline, MVSD School Board PresidentOn the evening of December 14th, 2016 during the regular board meeting, members of the MVSD School Board of Directors unanimously approved the nomination of Frank Kline to serve a second consecutive term as the MVSD Board Chair.

As such, Board Chair Kline will continue to work closely with members of the board and superintendent to help the district fulfill its mission and vision – Working in partnership with our families and community, to develop curious, creative, compassionate, competent, action-oriented, citizens prepared to change the world.

The decision to nominate Kline to serve a second consecutive term as board chair was best captured by school board director, Dana Stromberger when she stated, “We (our board and staff) are a cohesive, dedicated team, committed to creating an exceptional school district. Kline’s selection as board chair is a reflection of the strong trust we have in one another, his commitment to our vision, and his leadership skills.”

Following his acceptance of the nomination, Board Chair Kline stated, “It’s truly an honor to serve on behalf of the community, in support of our staff, and as a member of this team… Our schools are a special place and I’m just happy to be a part of the exceptional work taking place.”

Please join us in celebrating the selection of Frank Kline to serve as Board Chair of the MVSD School Board of Directors!

As Mumps Outbreak Continues to Spread Across the State of Washington, MVSD Takes Proactive Measures to Keep its Students, Staff, and Community Safe!

Dear Methow Valley School District Families,

The Mumps outbreak in Washington State continues to grow. Over 200 cases have been documented across 5 counties since October. Spokane County cases have doubled in the last week and 179 students have been notified that they are to be excluded from attending school by the Health Department.

Fortunately, Okanogan County does NOT currently have any confirmed cases. However, we want to work with you by providing you with information that may help you protect your family and yourself from the Mumps and the possibility of your child being excluded if an outbreak were to occur in our region.

What is the mumps?

Mumps is a contagious infection caused by a virus that can cause painful swelling of the salivary glands, resulting in a swollen cheek appearance. Some people with mumps won’t have gland swelling. They may feel like they have a bad cold or the flu instead. Mumps usually goes away on its own in about 10 days. But in some cases, it can cause complications that affect the brain, the testicles, the ovaries, or the pancreas.

What we are doing at the school district to pro-actively prepare?

  • Our school nurse is working with our local health department on steps to take to assure our school community is prepared if a case were to emerge in our community.
  • Our school staff are checking their immunization records to assure they are immune.
  • We are reviewing student immunization records and notifying families of students that do not appear to be adequately immunized for mumps based upon our records.
  • Informing parents that have filed an exemption of the risk of exclusion (determined by the Health Department).

What might happen if a case of the mumps was confirmed in our school district?

  • We would contact our local public health district. The Health Officer (a medical doctor) has the authority and is in charge of a plan to stop the spread of the disease.
  • Any students or staff without records showing immunity could be excluded from attending school for up to 26 days.

What can I do as a parent?

  • Review your family’s immunization records and make sure your family has been immunized for mumps. If you aren’t sure, call your health care provider.
  • Be aware of the risk of exclusion (as determined by the Health Department) if you have filed an exemption for your child.
  • Avoid large crowds—this works for the flu too!
  • If you or a family member thinks they may have the mumps—call your doctor and stay home until you are sure you are not contagious.
  • Stay informed.

Two good resources…

Washington State Department of HealthSpokane Regional Health District:
Mumps FAQ & Current Status

Washington State Department of Health:
Mumps Outbreak in Washington State

Trail’s End, PSFA, MVSD, and Community Partner to Put Books in the Hands of our Students!

Young MVSD Reader at Trail's End BookstoreOn December 4th, Trail’s End, working in partnership with PSFA and MVSD, hosted an event focused on getting new, engaging, high interest books into the hands of our students.

The event was a huge success! In addition to a percentage of the day’s sales going toward the purchase of new books for MVSD libraries, community members and friends of MVSD were invited to purchase and donate new books to our schools and libraries. Purchase and donate, they did… Over 50 books (books previously identified by students and staff) were purchased and donated!

To top it off, PSFA donated $8,200 toward the purchase of books in support of our students, staff, and library collection!

All we can say is, “Wow!” Thank you Trail’s End, PSFA, and Community… Thank you for your generosity and support of our students, staff, and libraries.

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