Welcome Back Methow Valley Students, Parents, and Community Members!

I hope each of you have been able to enjoy the relaxed rhythms of summer, time spent with family and close friends, and the smoke-free air! My family and I have enjoyed a nice balance of work and play.

Venable kidsNow, like many of you, we find ourselves shifting gears as we look toward the arrival of fall and the beginning of the 2019-20 school year. In doing so, I can’t help but wonder where the time has gone. Not just in the form of days, weeks, or months, but years… I think someone once stated, “The days go by slowly, but the years go by fast.” I’m guessing they might have been a parent. In fact, it was six years ago that my spouse, Annie and I arrived in the Methow Valley with our two children, Ingrid and Elliot. Ages one and four at the time, they were roughly the size of pumpkins.

Now, entering my seventh year of service as the superintendent of the MVSD, having spent much of my time throughout the summer, reflecting upon where we’ve been, where we are at, and where we’re headed, appreciating the vision and wisdom displayed by our school board, celebrating our many accomplishments, acknowledging our challenges as opportunities, welcoming the aspirations and boundless energy of our newly hired staff, embracing the collective wisdom of our returning staff, strengthening our relationships with our ever-expanding list of community partners, welcoming students and families new and old, pondering our next steps forward, honoring the limitless possibilities reflected in each of our students… I’ve never felt more hopeful, optimistic, and energized than I do right now.

I am forever grateful to serve as your superintendent and look forward to what promises to be an exceptional new school year!



Upcoming Events

Here’s a quick rundown of some of the upcoming events.

Friday, August 30th – Kinder (and newly enrolled 1st graders) Orientation Camp
Beginning at 9:00 am on Friday, August 30th, our incoming “Class of 2032” and newly enrolled 1st graders are invited to participate in our Kindergarten Orientation Camp. The half-day camp taking place at MVES is designed to promote a welcoming experience for our youngest learners.

Friday, August 30th – MVES Meet and Greet
The MVES staff will be hosting a one-hour “Meet and Greet” from 1:00 – 2:00 pm at MVE. Much like our Kindergarten Orientation Camp, the Meet and Greet is designed to acquaint our new and returning students with MVES staff, find their classroom, and celebrate some of the recent improvements to our facilities – library, playground, and greenhouse…

Monday, September 2nd – Labor Day
No School for Students and Staff. All Schools and the District Office will be closed in observance of Labor Day.

Tuesday, September 3rd – First Day of School
Welcome back students in grades 1 – 12!

Wednesday, September 3 – 5th – Kinder Conferences
During the first week of school, our kindergarten teachers will be facilitating conferences with the parents and each incoming kindergarten student.

Friday, September 6th – Professional Development Day
No School for Students.

Monday, September 9th – First Day of School for Kinders
Welcome MVSD graduating class of 2032!

Wednesday, September 11th – LBHS Open House
Previously scheduled to occur on Wednesday, September 3rd, the LBHS Open House has been rescheduled to take place on Wednesday, September 11th from 6:00 – 7:30 pm at LBHS.

Date to be determined – MVES Open House
The MVES staff will be facilitating an Open House in late September on a date to be determined. More information about this event will be forthcoming.

If you have any questions about the upcoming events or activities involving your child, please don’t hesitate to contact your school’s secretary.