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Liberty Bell Athletic Teams Combine for a 5th Place Finish in WIAA 2B Scholastic Cup, A Top Ten Finish for the 4rd Consecutive Year… Grrr!

Liberty Bell Athletes and CoachThe WIAA Scholastic Cup recognizes performance in the classroom as well as on the playing surface. Schools that finish at the top of their respective classifications in state athletic competition receive points, as do schools that finish at the top in team academic performance.

Sportsmanship is also a factor, with substantial points deducted for ejections from contests. At the end of the year, the school with the most points in their classification is awarded the prestigious Scholastic Cup!
Please join us as we congratulate our coaches and student-athletes for their outstanding performance in the classroom and in their respective sports!

MVSD Set to Launch Summer Lunch Program

School Lunch Summer ProgramBeginning Monday, June 24th through Friday, August 16th, the Methow Valley School District Food Services Team will be providing free summer lunch for any child 18 years of age and younger.

They will be located in the Twisp City Park Monday through Friday (except July 4th), between the hours of 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

MVSD Receives One Million Dollar Endowment, Providing Future Graduates with the Widest Range of Post-Secondary College, Career, and Life Opportunities Possible

Student WeldingDuring last Friday’s graduation, Superintendent Venable announced that the MVSD had recently been notified they are the recipient of a one million dollar endowment.

The endowment, provided by an anonymous donor, represents a significant investment, strategically aligned to the Methow Valley School District’s goal of ensuring every student graduates prepared to pursue the widest range of post-secondary educational, career, and life opportunities possible.

Supported by research associated with the current and anticipated needs of today’s/tomorrow’s workforce, the endowment is part of a broader commitment made between the MVSD, Methow Valley Education Foundation (MVEF), Winthrop-Kiwanis Club, and the Public School Funding Alliance (PSFA) to remove barriers and open all doors by providing youth in the Valley with a clear pathway that includes access to industry standard tools, technology, training, and exposure to possible careers in a variety of areas (skilled crafts and trades, healthcare, culinary arts, green energies…) currently in high demand, that provide a livable wage, and require continued training and certification, but do not necessarily require a four-year degree.

As part of this collective effort, the Winthrop-Kiwanis Club selected the MVSD’s “Tools of Trades” to serve as this past year’s Bite of the Methow “Fund-A-Dream” project. It generated approximately $10,000 that will be used to purchase tools for the contractor’s trailer. This will allow our students enrolled in the advanced construction trades course, to engage in relevant, off-site projects in support of our community.

Better yet, the money raised through the Winthrop-Kiwanis Fund-A-Dream project is being enhanced by a donation of neary $8,500 from PSFA.

The endowment will be managed by MVEF. The interest generated (anticipated to be around 3-4% annually) from the endowment, will be used to fund scholarships to students who apply to MVEF and are selected. More information will be forthcoming as to the parameters associated with the number of scholarships, amount awarded, the application process, and the selection process once finalized this summer.

Further, it should be noted that as an organization committed to supporting all youth, including university and college bound graduates, continued support in the form of donations to MVEF will be needed to ensure financial support remains available for recent and future MVSD graduates.

On a related note, during the same ceremony, Scott Barber, LBHS History teacher captured the hearts and minds of our graduating seniors, their parents, and a gymnasium filled with community members by sharing what American novelist, Wendell Berry refers to as “homecoming.” In the process of doing so, he reminded us of our rural community’s growing need for highly skilled workers (electricians, plumbers, carpenters, welders, masons, chefs…) and the desire of our community for our young people to be able to acquire the training and skills necessary to consider making the Methow Valley their home.

We couldn’t be more grateful… Only in the Methow!

Tirzah Quigley Selected to Serve as New Third Grade Teacher at MVES

Tirzah QuigleyThe MVSD is excited to announce the selection of Tirzah Quigley as the new MVES third grade teacher!
Transferring from her current position as the REACH Coordinator and Literacy Support Specialist, Tirzah brings a wealth of teaching experience, creativity, and excitement about returning to the classroom.

When asked about her new position, Tirzah stated, “While I have thoroughly enjoyed working as the REACH Coordinator and reading teacher over the past eight years, I am looking for a new challenge.” When asked about being a part of a team, she went on to state, “I’m excited to become a part of this amazing third grade team and am looking forward to my new role in 2019-2020.”

Congratulations Tirzah Quigley!

Methow Valley “Mad Adders” Take 5th Place at Math is Cool State Competition!

MVE Math is Cool TeamThe MVES 5th Grade Math is Cool team, the same team who took 1st place at the regional championships earlier this year, recently traveled to Moses Lake to compete in the Math is Cool State Competition.

Coached by Eric Blank and Jennifer Ramsay, the team placed 5th out of 16 teams. In the individual competition, Alex Ramsay-George placed sixth, Bodie Thomson took 18th, Greta Schumacher was 22nd, and Gavin Blank secured 33rd place out of a total of 64 competitors.

Congratulations to coaches Eric Blank and Jennifer Ramsay, and our young mathematicians. You make us proud!

Methow Arts Alliance Receives Youth Arts Initiative Pilot Grant to Increase Arts Education for Elementary Students

Icicle Fund - Methow ArtsMethow Arts has received a generous 3-year grant from Icicle Fund that will support a Youth Arts Initiative (YAI) for students in grades K-3 in the Methow Valley Elementary School as well as students in grades K-2 in North Omak Elementary School.

The Initiative is a three-year pilot grant that has a goal of increasing the dosage of professional arts education specifically in sequential art learning and basics and elements of art for early grade levels, establishing a foundation in the Arts for later years.

In the Methow Valley pilot program, as stated through a Methow Valley School District (MVSD) Arts Advisory Committee Charter, the MVSD and Methow Arts will work with classroom teachers in grades K-3 to develop learners who understand the critical concepts commonly associated with the International Baccalaureate “Design Cycle” through the integration of the arts in grades K-3. Methow Arts will work with Superintendent Tom Venable and his staff to implement a coherent K-3 Arts Integration program and sustain the program after a three year period.

The North Omak program is in the process of being developed and will adapt its goals with that school’s curriculum and concepts.

The grant acts as a pilot program to be monitored, tested, and adapted, and aims to assist other organizations across NCW in establishing successful partnerships with school districts and arts education program development and implementation after completion of the project.

The Methow Valley Elementary and North Omak currently have no designated art teacher for their students who will be reached through this grant. These students have limited access to arts education instruction that is not provided at a level equivalent to urban schools nor WA State recommendations via WA State Arts Education Learning Standards.

Funding will:

  • Support arts education during the school day through contracted professional teaching artists in designated grades. The proposed programs work in alignment with the WA State Arts Standards (ie. OSPI’s published WA State Arts Education Learning Standards.)
  • Through Methow Arts, it will provide sequential learning, curriculum development, and art integration strategies into each district.
  • Provide funding for Methow Arts to establish formal Art Plans within each school district, and explore additional funding to sustain programs at the same level after the three year period.

The YAI program works in conjunction with the current Methow Arts’ Artist in Residence (AIR) Program, which works with a roster of professional teaching artists who instruct students across Okanogan County in grades K-6, with a focus on K-6.

This proposal utilizes Okanogan County data from the 2017 Youth Arts Opportunities Study, which identified gaps and opportunities, as well as barriers and supporter of youth arts education in Okanogan County. Additional data emphasizing need for this grant is derived from Methow Arts Alliance’s evaluation, which collects quantitative and qualitative data annually from school districts across Okanogan County.

Learn more about the MVSD Arts Advisory Committee
Complete MVSD Arts Advisory Committee Application

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Have a wonderful summer break!