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It’s Graduation Day!

2021 MVSD Graduation Day Banner

  • The parade leaves Hank’s at 3 p.m. (set up 2:15 – 2:45 p.m.)
  • Graduates should arrive in the Liberty Bell gym no later than 5:15 p.m.
  • Gates open at 5 p.m. and all seating is reserved for ticket-holding family members of graduates.
  • Each graduate received six tickets after rehearsal.
  • Graduates are welcome to distribute extra tickets as they wish.
  • Families of graduates will be directed to their seating area upon check-in at the Liberty Bell field starting at 5 p.m. The total number of guests per zone should not exceed 10.
  • There will be no covered seating for guests during the ceremony. Please make sure to check the weather forecast and dress accordingly.
  • Please keep track of your tickets. Guests must present a physical ticket to enter the ceremony.
  • All MVSD school policies apply.
  • No pets, please.
  • Be prepared to cheer loudly for your 2021 MVSD graduates!

Please remember that attendance at the outdoor commencement ceremony is limited to ticket-holding family members of graduates.

We kindly ask that anyone without a ticket join in the celebration along the Parade Route or watch the ceremony online (requires Instagram account), but not attempt to attend the ceremony.

2021 MVSD Graduation Streaming on Instagram

Class of 2021 Slideshow

Congratulations Class of 2021!

With an abundance of pride, emotion, and a few tears, we present the 2021 Graduate Slideshow! A huge thank you to Class of 2021 Graduate Lena Nelson for coordinating and creating this beautiful tribute.


2021 Awards and Scholarships Announced

It’s with great joy and enthusiasm that we present the Award and Scholarship Recipients for the Liberty Bell and Independent Learning Center Class of 2021!

We’re endlessly grateful to live in a community that values and supports the widest range of post-high school career, educational, and life opportunities for our students. Thank you to all our amazing community organizations and individuals who make these awards and scholarships possible. For information on each award and scholarship, view the directory below:

2021 Awards & Scholarship Directory

Congratulations Class of 2021!

MVSD Expands LBHS Music Program

Under the direction of LBHS Music Instructor, David Mills, the MVSD will be expanding the Liberty Bell Jr./Sr. High School music program.

Originally hired as a half-time music instructor assigned to teach concert band and jazz band, the LBHS will be expanding its offerings to include a pep band and ukulele courses, providing middle school and high school students access to a full slate of instrumental course offerings.

Acknowledging David’s first year as a teacher has been a bit unique, we asked LBHS Principal, Crosby Carpenter to share his impressions. He stated, “David’s enthusiasm and passion for music have been nothing short of extraordinary…. While many schools temporarily hit pause on their music programs during the 2020-2021 school year, David and his students found creative ways to play music together. Looking forward, the possibilities are limitless.”

A graduate of Western Washington University with a bachelor’s degree in music education, David possesses a broad range of musical experiences. Originally from Aberdeen, Washington, he was an active member of the musical community playing in various groups including the Grays Harbor Symphony Orchestra. While concert music is his specialty, he also has expertise in musical theatre and jazz music.

When David isn’t working on a musical project he likes to spend time outdoors playing disc golf. He is very excited about the opportunity to grow the Liberty Bell music program.

Please join us as we congratulate LBHS Music Instructor, David Mills and share our enthusiasm for the expansion of the LBHS music program!

MVSD Partners with Classroom in Bloom and the Winthrop Kiwanis Club to Design and Construct a Root Cellar

Winthrop Kiwanis Club members building a root cellar at the Classroom in Bloom garden.With a focus on developing healthy youth, the MVSD Design and Construction Students, Classroom in Bloom staff, and members of the Winthrop Kiwanis Club are working together to construct a root cellar.

When asked about the project, Classroom in Bloom Executive Director, Kim Bondi stated, “What a great project to work on with Kiwanis’ assistance! Today I was in a meeting at the elementary school and the root cellar was discussed as a project that will make a significant difference to store excess healthy food for our kids in the fall/winter.”

When asked what will be done with the food that is stored, she added, “We’re discussing collecting apples from local Valley orchards to store in the root cellar, and growing an extra 100 ft row of carrots in the garden – both to be purposed as snacks for students – giving healthy fresh snacks a boost for ALL students is a critical and equitable issue we’ve been talking about as a school/garden partnership…”

Who are the Kiwanis?
Kiwanis International is a global community of clubs, members and partners dedicated to improving the lives of children one community at a time. Today, Kiwanis International stands with more than 550,000 members. From K-Kids to Key Club to Kiwanis, and many ages in between, in 80 countries and geographic areas, Kiwanis members are making a positive impact within their communities. Each community has different needs, and Kiwanis empowers members to pursue creative ways to serve the needs of children, such as fighting hunger, improving literacy and offering guidance. Kiwanis clubs host nearly 150,000 service projects each year.

A big shout-out to MVSD Design and Construction Instructor, Wyatt Southworth, MVSD students, Classroom in Bloom staff, and members of the Winthrop Kiwanis Club!

The MVSD is pleased to announce that John Lindsey has been selected to serve as LBHS’s new Entrepreneurship, Internship, and Independent Study Coordinator.

John Lindsey holding a large fishDespite the long title, the idea is simple – weave relevant, real-world opportunities in the form of entrepreneurship experiences, community-based internships, and student-initiated projects into the fabric of the MVSD’s pathways toward high school graduation and beyond. As stated by MVSD board member, Gary Marchbank stated, “This is where education rubs elbows with the real world.”

John Lindsey hails from northeast Texas where he spent his childhood plying the woods and waters for critters both large and small. His love of nature led him to pursue a Bachelors of Science at Stephen F. Austin State University and a Masters of Science at Texas State University. His career as a research biologist has taken him from the swamps of East Texas to remote archipelagos in the North Atlantic’s Bay of Fundy. He first came to the Methow Valley in the spring of 2002 as a seasonal biologist with US Forest Service where he and his team collected ecological data to better understand the effects of prescribed burning. John moved to the Methow Valley permanently in the fall of 2013.

John discovered his love for teaching early in his career and has made sharing information a part of every pursuit in life. Shortly after moving to the Methow, John started Sweetgrass Restoration, a vegetation management business focused on promoting native plant diversity, where teaching is foundational to success. The seasonal nature of his small business provided John with the opportunity to pursue substitute teaching positions with the Methow Valley School District. In October of 2020, John accepted a long-term substitute position at Liberty Bell High School where he demonstrated his love for teaching and his capacity to effectively communicate with students and staff. This, in turn, led him to apply for and eventually accept the Entrepreneurship, Internship, and Independent Study Coordinator position at Liberty Bell.

In his spare time he and his wife Stacey enjoy fishing, hiking, bird watching, flower sniffing (aka botanizing), or any other excuse to engage the natural world. John also enjoys rock climbing, traditional archery, photography, and playing guitar. John has been a volunteer firefighter for Okanogan County Fire District 6 since 2015.

Please join us as we welcome John Lindsey!


MVSD Summer Hours: District Office will be open Tuesday-Thursday, 9 am - 3 pm. All school offices will reopen August 16th. Enjoy a wonderful summer break!