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Missoula Children’s Theater


The time is simply long ago and the place is the magical, mythical Sherwood Forest. Our hero, Robin Hood, and his Merry Band of colorful characters seek the help of the Foresters, manage to waylay the Aristocrats and set out to rescue Maid Marion and Marion’s Maid. Prince John tries to stay calm as his Sheriff, Guards and Horsemen botch Robin’s arrest thanks to the aromatic Skunks. Wacky humor and an original score add to this fresh new look at a legendary outlaw in a legendary time.

Auditions will be held for ROBIN HOOD on Mon, Nov 10, from 12:40-2:40pm, at the Methow Valley Elementary School Cub Gym. Some of the cast members will be asked to stay for a rehearsal immediately following the audition. All students grades K-12 are encouraged to audition. Not all who audition will be cast in parts; MCT can only take about 50 kids. No advance preparation is necessary.  Assistant Directors will also be cast to assist with the technical aspects of the production.

The Missoula Children’s Theatre touring productions are complete with costumes, scenery, props and makeup. MCT Tour Actor/Directors will conduct rehearsals at MVE throughout the week from 12:40-5:10pm each day. Not all actors will need to rehearse every day; rehearsal schedule depends on role.

PERFORMANCES: Sat, Nov 15, 3pm & 7pm. LOCATION: Methow Valley Elementary School Commons. TICKETS: At the door. PRICE: students $5/adults $8/under 5 free. Free tickets available to clients of The Cove, Room One, and the Senior Center at those locations. AUDITION INFO: Mon, Nov 10, 12:40-2:40pm at Methow Valley Elementary School Cub Gym. CONTACT: Methow Arts (.org), 509.997.4004,

Love and Logic

Methow Valley School District will once again be hosting a Love and Logic seminar. This is free to MVSD parents and will be presented by trained facilitator, Patty Barker. This was a highly successful series last year and we are thrilled to be offering it again. The six classes will be starting November 17th and concluding on December 15th.  The classes start at 5:00 and go to 7:00. Child care will be available. Please sign up for this wonderful seminar. If you have any questions contact Hannah Sands at MVE at 996-2186 or Amy Faxon at LBHS  996-2215.

To register, Click here or pick up a registration form at either school office.

View the flyer here..

Early Childhood Education & Childcare

Photo courtesy of Methow Valley News

Parent Mark Roman and Little Star Founder Rayma Hayes – Photo courtesy of Methow Valley News

We Want to Hear From You!

As you are likely aware, the Methow Valley School District, in partnership with Little Star and Room One have launched a “Comprehensive Needs Assessment” as part of the Methow Valley Early Childhood Education and Childcare Initiative. This week a team of consultants paid for by a local grant facilitated a series of 1:1 interviews and focus groups throughout our community. In addition, they facilitated two Early Childhood Education and Childcare Community Conversations, one in Twisp and one in Winthrop. We want to thank those of you who participated in an interview, focus group or one of the two Community Conversations.

Join a Focus Group!

There are several more opportunities to participate. If you have a child or children between the age/s of 0 and 10 years old, and would like to participate in a focus group, please email or call 509-997-8862.

You will receive a $25 gift certificate from Hanks, in addition to the good feeling knowing you have weighed in on an important issue.

Focus Group Times:

Thursday, Oct 16th, 10am – 11:30, at Room One

Monday, Oct 20th, 5-6:30 pm, at Little Star

Saturday, Oct 25th, 10 am – 11:30 am, at Room One

Monday, Oct 27, 4:30 – 6:00 pm, at Room One


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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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Missoula Children’s Theater

MCTPosterWhat starts as a lazy day at the beach quickly turns into mystery and adventure when the search for Blackbeard’s treasure begins. Tales both past and present lead us on a search of untold riches. Just where have Blackbeard and his crew hidden their legendary treasure? Grab some sun screen and come on down to the beach and get ready to solve the mystery of BLACKBEARD THE PIRATE!

AUDITIONS: MV Elementary on Monday, November 18, 3:15-5:15pm, open to all students K-12. Not all students will be cast in parts. Auditioning is free, and there is a $25 residency fee for those cast in the production. Some scholarships are available, thanks to Winthrop Kiwanis.

Among the roles to be cast are Blackbeard and his crew of bearded Pirates, Sailors of the High Seas, cranky Crabs and Crocodiles, magical Mermaids and Seaweed Creatures, Parrots and even a group of Beach Bums! Students ages 5-18 are encouraged to audition. Assistant Directors will also be cast to aid in rehearsals throughout the week and to take on essential backstage responsibilities.

The Missoula Children’s Theatre (MCT), the nation’s largest touring children’s theatre, has been touring extensively for 39 years. MCT’s mission is the development of lifeskills in children through participation in the performing arts.

DATE: Sat, Nov 23, 3pm & 7pm. Auditions, Mon, Nov 18, 3:15-5:15pm. LOCATION: MV Elementary School. CONTACT: Methow Arts, 509.997.4004. TICKETS: $8/adults, $5/students 5-18, free/under 5. Tickets available at door. Free tickets for clients of The Cove, Room One, and the Senior Center at those locations.


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