Hello, Students and Families:
November has already been a busy month!
We’re back from another successful tour of some of our state’s post-secondary options: Spokane Community College, Whitworth University, and Eastern Washington University.
It was fascinating to visit three diverse educational institutions in one day, and we finished our first day of the tour with a productive (and timely) discussion about finding the right post-secondary fit, led by Kolton Anderson from EWU’s admissions office. The second day led us to the Spokane Convention Center for the NACAC National College Fair – our students took advantage of the opportunity to talk with admissions representatives from around the country, and many came home with a better sense of where they’d like to go after high school. As one Liberty Bell senior put it, “College is looking better and better!”
Since my last newsletter, Trent Whatley and 20 students and I attended Spokane Construction Career Day (sponsored by the Construction Center of Excellence), and about a week later Kelleigh McMillan, Kathy Pasley, Andrea Bebout and I took a busload of students to the Okanogan County Career Expo. Both trips gave students the chance to explore a range of careers and educational opportunities (though only Construction Day attendees got to drive heavy machinery!).
Back at home we’ve hosted an essay writing work party, Finish the FAFSA Night, and a couple visits from admissions representatives. On the horizon is the annual LBHS Alumni Panel, which will take place during Advisory and lunch on Wednesday, December 18 (11:15am-12:30pm).
Parents of alumni – please let me know if your student will be returning for the holidays and would be willing to share their post-high school experiences!
I’d like to highlight one fast-approaching event: On November 22 students have the opportunity to learn more about careers in healthcare and health sciences during a field trip to the Allied Health Center of Excellence at Yakima Valley College – sign up today.
Upcoming Career/College Events
Wednesday, November 13, 11:15 am – 12:00 pm • University of Puget Sound @ LBHS
An admissions representative from UPS will be in the Commons during Advisory.
Wednesday, November 13, 11:15 am – 12:00 pm • Washington State University @ LBHS
An admissions representative from WSU will also be in the Commons during Advisory!
Friday, November 15 • Recommended FAFSA Completion Date & UW Application Deadline
Seniors, remember to fill out the FAFSA as soon as possible in order to receive all the financial aid for which you’re eligible.
November 18-19 • Career Exploration in 7th – 8th Grade Classes
Erika Spellman and Beth Anderson will be leading career exploration activities with all Liberty Bell 7th and 8th graders during regularly scheduled class time. Using the Naviance career interest profiler and other online resources, students will start to connect their interests and skills to real-life career possibilities.
Friday, November 22, 7 am – 7 pm • Field Trip to Allied Health CoE @ Yakima Valley College
All students in grades 8-12 are welcome – last chance to sign up!
Wednesday, December 18, 11:15 am – 12:30 pm • LBHS Alumni Panel
Returning graduates will talk about experiences in the military, in trade schools/
colleges/universities, work after high school/college, gap year adventures, and more. Panelists will be invited to share stories, advice, lessons learned, what they wish they’d done differently, what they hope to do in the future, etc.
November-December • Okanogan County High School Business Plan Competition
Write a business proposal for a business you’d like to see in the Methow Valley. Present your proposal in a screening round, a presentation round and competition awards dinner. Scholarship opportunities include awards of $100-$500 with regional grant of $10,000. Email Julie at TwispWorks: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Planning Ahead: Spring Test Dates at Liberty Bell
Saturday, April 4, 2020 • ACT Regular Registration open until February 28, 2020
Saturday, May 2, 2020 • SAT Regular Registration open until April 3, 2020
Khan Academy offers free online SAT prep and practice tests: https://www.khanacademy.org/sat.
And you can find online ACT prep resources at:
Again, be sure to watch the announcements for reminders about the various opportunities and deadlines mentioned here — and please stop by my office to say hello and get answers to all your post-high school planning questions.
College and Career Advisor
Methow Valley School District
Monday 10:30 am – 3:30 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am – 3:30 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am – 3:30 pm
Thursday 8:00 am – 3:30 pm
Friday as needed (contact me to schedule a Friday appointment)