Give Methow! Support our many partners…

During the month of October, the Community Foundation of North Central Washington is sponsoring Give Methow, a 30-day fundraising campaign that provides people the opportunity to learn about nonprofit agencies in the Methow Valley and support their work. The Methow Valley School district has a number of community-based partners participating.

We hope you’ll support these worthy causes by clicking the partner logos below and making a donation. Thank you!

The Cove
Classroom in Bloom
Room One
Methow Valley Public School Funding Alliance

MVSD to Maximize Voter-Approved Levy Funds, Shorten Project Timelines, and Save Tax Payer Money

In an effort to maximize it’s financial resources, shorten project timelines, and save tax payer money, the Methow Valley School District is scheduled to propose the following actions take place.

District Seeks Low-Interest Loan to Shorten Facilities Improvement Completion Timeline and Maximize Possible Cost-Savings:

Superintendent, Tom Venable will be asking the board to take action by adopting a resolution, authorizing the District to take advantage of today’s low interest rates and obtain a low-interest “Limited General Obligation Bond” (LGO – A lengthy name for a loan) of 2 million dollars to accomplish the following:

  • Condense the timeline associated with our many facilities improvements from six years to four years ( See “Facilities Improvement Plan/Fund-it-Now List” [pdf] ), Doing so will benefit students, parents and community members by providing access to new flooring, furnishing, athletic facilities, and and an ADA-compliant playground sooner rather than later.
  • Realize savings and efficiencies associated with low-interest rates and the rising costs of construction. As the economy improves, so does the anticipated cost of labor and materials.
  • Pay back the principal on the loan using the Capital Projects – Facilities Improvement levy dollars. Funding allocated through the District’s Budget Development Process will be used to pay the interest on the LGO.

A public hearing will be held on Wednesday, October 26 during the board meeting (as previously advertised) in advance of the board taking action. The board welcomes comments and/or questions from members of the community.

District Takes Action to Save Tax Payers Money:

  • During the same meeting, superintendent, Tom Venable will ask the board to adopt a resolution, authorizing the superintendent (acting as a delegate to the board) to take advantage of today’s low interest rates by refinancing approximately 1.29 million in existing voter-approved bond debt.
  • While the savings to the individual tax payer is anticipated to be relatively small, the proposed action is anticipated to generate a total savings to the residents of the Methow Valley of approximately $125,000 (without changing the current term of the bond set to expire in 2028).
  • We believe this action makes good business sense and is consistent with our goal of being a good steward of the District’s resources.

If you have any further questions regarding the District’s proposed actions, please don’t hesitate to contact superintendent, Tom Venable.

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!