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Scientists Wanted At Liberty Bell!

Working scientists, engineers, retirees, science majors, and others are invited to participate in the volunteer “Be A Scientist” program at Liberty Bell Junior-Senior High School, where you will serve as STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) role models for 7th graders. Your mentorship will support students as they design, carry out, and report on their own scientific investigations.

YOU can inspire the next generation of scientists! tools-of-science-illustration

You will provide guidance to a group of 4-6 seventh graders in their science class once per week over 6 weeks in January and February, helping these students frame a testable question, design an appropriate experiment, analyze their data, and present their results. Each student will choose an independent scientific question to explore. Volunteers make a commitment to visit the classroom for one 90-minute class per week for a total of six visits, either on Wednesday mornings or Thursday mornings starting early January.

We will provide a training session in December that will prepare you for working with middle school students, including guidance on developing manageable yet engaging scientific investigations. This program will follow a detailed week-by-week plan, and volunteers will receive clear information about weekly goals and in-class activities in order to be successful in their mentorship roles.

This project is made possible with the generous support of the Methow Valley Public School Funding Alliance.

We can promise that you will have fun and discover that our 7th graders are inquisitive and enthusiastic!

Want to sign up? Questions or want more information? Email junior high science teacher Matt Hinckley at mhinckley@methow.org.

Help Build A Resilient Methow: Attend the Community Climate Action Workshop on Tuesday, November 19th

The Liberty Bell Climate Action Group invites you to participate in an important workshop to address climate change impacts in the Methow Valley. For the past year a group of concerned community leaders in the Methow, including Liberty Bell students, have joined together to convene a Climate Action Task Force. The Task Force, which comprises the health, economic, infrastructure, natural systems, and agriculture sectors of our valley, has been evaluating impacts from the changing climate in our valley – and finding potential solutions.

For the last several years, the Methow watershed has experienced changes in seasonal water availability and an increase and severity of wildfires. In four of the last five years, the region endured record-breaking wildfires, followed by intense thunderstorms and mudslides that destroyed additional homes and roads. Adding to injury, several seasons of prolonged smoke exposure has forced children, elderly and sensitive population to stay indoors, wear respirators, or leave the valley altogether.

Regional scientific projections indicate that by 2040, there will be additional significant changes to the snowpack and water availability and increased wildfire risks, potentially resulting in devastating impacts to the Valley’s residents, the local economy, and quality of life.

Methow Valley Community Climate Action Plan WorkshopIdentifying and prioritizing potential climate impacts and solutions is the first step to developing a Methow Climate Action Plan. Now we need your help to ensure we have identified all potential impacts and start the process of determining what impacts are the most urgent and important to the Methow Valley community. The Task Force invites you to join us on Tuesday, November 19th to start the process of developing a Methow Climate Action Plan.

We will be joined for a short presentation by Dr. Amy Snover, Director of the UW Climate Impacts Group at the University of Washington as well as community leaders, elected officials, business owners and more. Dr. Snover’s presentation begins promptly at 6 p.m., so we request that attendees please arrive by 5:45 p.m. Following the presentation will be opportunities to help the Task Force identify additional impacts and potential solutions, as well as prioritize them.

Pizza, refreshments and childcare will be available at this free event. We would appreciate an RSVP to help us account for childcare and food, so please register at Eventbrite if you plan to attend the workshop.

We believe your perspective is incredibly important to create and implement a just and effective local Climate Action Plan. We invite Methow Valley students, teachers, parents and interested community members to add your voice to the future of this valley, its residents, and all who come to enjoy this most special part of Washington.

Thank you so much. We I hope to see you there!

Lena Nelson
Liberty Bell Jr-Sr HS Student and Climate Action Group Member

LBHS Boys and Girls XC Team Shine at WIAA 2B XC State Championship Meet

LBHS Cross-Country Girls WIAA Championship Meet

On Saturday, November 9th, the Liberty Bell Boys and Girls XC teams traveled to Pasco to compete in the WIAA 2B XC State Championship. Running in a competitive field, the defending state champion girls took 2nd place overall and top academic honors.

The boys XC team, having finished 10th in 2018, moved up two notches, placing 8th overall.

Please join us as we celebrate the exceptional accomplishments of our LBHS XC Coaches and Student-Athletes both in the classroom and on the trails!

Developing Students Who Graduate Prepared for the Widest Range of Post-Secondary College, Career, and Life Opportunities Possible

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!”

Trevor Surface MetalworkSince 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: jtate-libby@twispworks.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:
https://academy.act.org.

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.

Many thanks,
Beth

Beth Anderson
College and Career Advisor
Tutoring Coordinator
Methow Valley School District
banderson@methow.org
509.996.2215, x4175

Office Hours:
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)

Neighbors Helping Neighbors and Methow Valley Manger Mall: A Display of Generosity and Care During a Season Associated with Gratitude, Appreciation, and Love

Manger Mall GiftsThrough the generosity of this community last year, Neighbors Helping Neighbors delivered holiday food baskets to 131 families and the Methow Valley Manger Mall made it possible for 229 children to have a gift to open on Christmas morning. This is a testament to the incredibly caring community we live in!

Imagine the joy, love and laughter that was shared at the holiday table last year. Can you picture the smiles on the faces of the children as they peeked under the tree on Christmas morning? Instead of not knowing if they could celebrate the holidays with their families, Neighbors Helping Neighbors and the Methow Valley Manger Mall was able to make the holiday season a little easier, and a lot brighter, for many in our valley. These programs help lift the spirits of children, parents, seniors and families during a time of year that could otherwise be very stressful and sorrowful.

We are blessed with an incredible volunteer base of over 100 people who assist us with everything from collecting food and donated gifts to sewing projects, sorting donations, wrapping gifts, packing holiday baskets, loading cars, making home deliveries and more. This valley-wide effort truly reflects our community’s compassion for everyone.

The Methow Valley Schools have been huge supporters of the Neighbors Helping Neighbors food drive. Last year, between Liberty Bell High School and Methow Valley Elementary School, over 3000 non-perishables items were added to the holiday food baskets! As well, collections are set-up at the local grocery stores and the baskets overflow with additional items that help to feed our local families.

The Manger Mall welcomes pre-registered parents or guardians to personally shop for presents for their children ages infant to 18. Toys, games, sporting goods and cosmetics are complimented by an array of soft goods such as handmade blankets, pillows or pajamas to choose from. For those interested in donating a gift; new, unwrapped gifts can be delivered to the Mazama Store, Ulrich’s Pharmacy, North Cascades National Bank, Mick & Miki’s Red Cedar Bar and Winthrop PT & Fitness.

Both events take place in December. Registration forms for the Manger Mall will be available at the school offices or you can register at The Cove on Thursday, November 7th, 14th, 21st and December 5th. Neighbors Helping Neighbors holiday food basket registration takes place at The Cove on Thursday, November 14th, 21st, December 5th and December 12th.

It is only through the generous donations of this community, extended family and friends that these programs remain viable. Monetary donations can be made to The Cove P.O. Box 895 Twisp, WA 98856 or at www.thecovecares.com (please specify NHN). The Cove is a 501©3 nonprofit organization. All donations are tax deductible to the extent provided by law.

Questions can be directed to Jennifer Elden jenelden21@gmail.com or (509) 996-4343.

MVSD to Field Test Evidence-Based Get Real Curriculum in Grade 6 as Part of Adoption Process, Invites Parents to Preview Curriculum

Health Wellness Wordle Working in partnership Room One, a key provider of social and health-related services to students, parents, and community members residing in the Methow Valley and Okanogan County, the Methow Valley School District will be field testing the comprehensive middle school sex education curriculum titled, “Get Real” in grades 6,7, and 8 during the 2019-20 school year.

Want to learn more?

MVES will be hosting a family information night, providing an overview of the comprehensive sex education middle school curriculum for grade 6 on November 12th at 5:00 p.m. in the MVES Library.

What about Students in Grades 4 and 5?

MVES will be hosting a family information night, providing an overview of the FLASH curriculum used in grades 4 and 5 on a date to be determined in the spring.

FAQ…

Why was the “Get Real” curriculum chosen for field-testing as part of an adoption process?

Rated second highest only to the high school version of the Get Real curriculum using OSPI’s evaluation rubric, the curriculum emphasizes social and emotional learning skills as a key component of healthy relationships and responsible decision-making. Published by ETR Associates, developed by Planned Parenthood, compliant with the Centers for Disease Control, Healthy Youth Act, AIDS Omnibus Act, and National Sexuality Education Standards, the information provided is medically accurate, age-appropriate, inclusive, and is shown to:

  • Delay sex among middle school students who received Get Real.
  • Empower parents to be the primary sexuality educators of their children and help their kids delay sex.
  • Reinforce family communication and improve communication skills for healthy relationships.

In addition to the research, national, state, and local endorsements, and results, what other reasons compel the district to field-test the Get Real curriculum?

Simply put, parent involvement… We believe parents are their children’s primary teacher. Research shows that children want to talk to their parents and other caring adults about relationships, sex and sexuality. We also know that these conversations might be challenging for some. Unlike many sex education curriculums, each lesson within the Get Real curriculum contains a family letter outlining that lesson’s content, as well as family activities that you and your child can do together at home.

What if I don’t wish for my child to participate?

We recognize that for some of our parents and families, sex education is topic to be taught in the home. Parents have the right to opt-out, choosing to not have their child participate in part or full.

After attending the family information night and/or viewing the curriculum, if you choose to opt your child out of any of these lessons, we’ll ask that you return a letter previously sent to you with your signature, your child’s name, and the lessons (in part or full) that you wish for your child to not participate. If your child does not participate in part or full, alternative educational opportunities will be made available.

What if I can’t attend?

If you cannot attend and/or you have further questions about the scheduled implementation of the Get Real curriculum, the resources and materials, instructional approaches, your options as a parent, would like to discuss this unit with teaching staff, or would like to view the Get Real curriculum privately, please contact MVE Principal Paul Gutzler at pgutzler@methow.org or Room One Health Educator, Keri Moore at keri@roomone.org. Paul and Keri are more than happy to make themselves available to you.

Looking forward, how will the district determine whether or not to formally adopt the Get Real curriculum, and when?

At the conclusion of the field-testing process, the Methow Valley School District, working with Room One will evaluate the results using a pre- and post-implementation survey involving participating students, parents, and staff. The results will be available to the public. In addition, we examine other relevant sources of information before sharing the data collected with the Instructional Materials Committee.

After reviewing the information gathered, the Instructional Materials Committee will make a final recommendation to the Methow Valley School Board of Directors to adopt the Get Real curriculum or extend the process to include consideration for other comprehensive sex education curriculum that is medically accurate, age-appropriate, inclusive, and compliant.

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Thanksgiving Break • All Schools on Early Release Schedule Wed, Nov 27th • All Schools/District Office Closed Thurs. Nov 28th and Fri. Nov 29th