MVSD Classified Staff Appreciation Week

Dear Methow Valley Students, Parents, and Community Members,

Jill and Debbie - LBHS Office StaffBeginning Monday, March 13th and continuing throughout the remainder of next week, the Methow Valley School District Board of Directors, administrative team, and staff will be recognizing the exceptional work of our classified staff in support of our students, staff, parents, and community.

It goes without saying, they are the backbone of the school district…

It begins bright and early, each and every day, with our bus drivers, who despite adverse weather conditions, safely transport our students to and from school, covering the largest geographic attendance area in the state.

Whether it be students, parents, volunteers, or staff members, their arrival to school is followed by a warm, welcoming greeting provided by a talented team of secretaries who provide the broadest range of services possible (unimaginable), with a smile.

As the school day unfolds, our students receive exceptional teaching and learning opportunities, thanks in part to a highly skilled, knowledgeable, and experienced team of para-educators who skillfully facilitate instructional support, childcare, after-school clubs and activities, career and college counseling services, and library/media services.

Sometimes, there is a pause in the action. Services are disrupted due to a bump or bruise, illness, vision and hearing screens, or otherwise… only to be made better by our competent, caring school nursing staff.

And, of course, it’s hard to be a learner if you’re hungry. Fortunately, our Head Cook, Laura Wottlin, and her crackerjack food services team, work tirelessly to ensure our students and staff remain well-nourished and fueled throughout the day.

At the end of the day, we all know that learning is a messy endeavor. In fact, a former kindergarten teacher once said to me, “Teaching kindergarten is like throwing a birthday party for 18 five-year olds, all day. Lots of glitter. Lots of glue.” You get the picture… Fortunately, our hardworking custodial-maintenance staff are there to pick up the pieces, cleaning and disinfecting classrooms, maintaining our facilities, and tending to the grounds.

Please join us as we thank our bus drivers, secretaries, para-educators, custodial-maintenance staff, food services team, and school nursing staff during Classified Appreciation Week (March 13-17), in recognition of their exceptional service!

With gratitude,
Tom Venable
Superintendent, Methow Valley School District


Spring Break: Monday, April 3rd - Friday, April 7th - All MVSD schools and the district office will be closed to the public.