Springboard Report to the Communty

Superintendent Tom VenableDear Methow Valley Students, Families, Staff, and Community Members,

Several months ago, shortly following my selection as the new superintendent of the Methow Valley School District, I shared a plan of listening and learning through the process of actively engaging with our students, families, community members, and staff using an Entry Plan approach.

This approach has served as a unique opportunity for our community to pause and reflect upon where we’ve been, where we are at present, and where we wish to be as we look forward to the future. Further, it has been a process that has afforded me the opportunity to listen and learn about the rich history associated with our schools and community, our many successes, and areas needing attention.

During my first six months, I’ve met with numerous parents and community groups, educational partners, labor leaders, and community leaders. I’ve engaged in a series of community listening sessions with a variety of stakeholders.  I’ve individually interviewed every staff member and spent time observing teaching and learning within every classroom. I’ve engaged in numerous conversations with students and student groups about our schools. I’ve ridden bus routes and participated in a variety of district and community-sponsored events and activities. In addition, I’ve engaged in a comprehensive review of literature and research and engaged in data analysis in support of my learning about our school district’s educational programs and academic performance both past and present.

While this report does not conclude my learning about our schools and community, it does provide me with an opportunity to share what I’ve learned thus far, including a series of emerging themes and a plan of action that supports the development of future-ready learners and graduates prepared for a broad range of options.

During the week of February 24th, each of you should expect to receive a copy of the Community Report in your mailbox for your review. I will be presenting the Community Report on Thursday, February 27th at the Methow Valley Elementary Library from 6:00 – 7:30 pm. In addition, we have posted a copy of the Community Report [pdf] on this page.

After examining this report, I’d encourage you to share your feedback using an on-line survey (see below) that will be posted on the district website. As you review the information, I encourage you to reflect upon and respond to two key questions. They include:

• What within this report resonates with you?
• What do you believe I may have missed?

Your feedback in response to this report is essential, as it will serve as a “springboard” for us as we work together to develop a shared vision for the future.

Throughout this process, it has become clear that I am fortunate to be a part of a community that cares deeply about our children, their education, and their future. Thank you for the opportunity to serve as your superintendent.


Tom Venable

Superintendent, Methow Valley School District
Read Superintendent’s Community Report [pdf]

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