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Parent University Presents: “How Sports Can Transform Our Children with Clinical Psychologist and Sport Psychology Consultant Dr. Richard Ginsburg”

Parent University present Dr. Richard GinsburgPlease join Clinical Psychologist and Sport Psychology Consultant Dr. Richard Ginsburg for The Bush School’s sixth virtual installment of Parent University on May 4 at 5:00 p.m.

Travel teams, early specialization, daily practices, and competitive tryouts are dominating our recreational and school sports programs across the country at all levels. While there is much attention given to the pressures our sporting culture places on athletes, parents are in need of support to guide their young athletes through these challenging times and endeavors, particularly as athletes move from one developmental stage to the next.

In this hour-long discussion, the Three-Step-Approach (Know Your Child, Know Yourself, and Know Your Child’s Environment) will be reviewed as a means to help parents navigate this unpredictable and demanding sports environment in the service of helping their children achieve to their best ability while developing strong and lasting character. This discussion is pertinent for parents/guardians of athletes of all ages.

Due to online platform capacity, advance registration is required, but there is no cost associated with your ticket. Register now to reserve your ticket.

Parent University Yearlong Virtual Series

This year, instead of a full-day conference on the Bush campus, Parent University is being offered as a virtual parent education series. All sessions are free to Bush parents/guardians and the greater Seattle and Methow parent/guardian communities.

Questions? Need help registering? Contact Events and Community Engagement Manager Amelia Kramer at: parentu@bush.edu

Moving Parts: MVSD Announces the Selection of Brooke DeVlieg, MVE’s New 5th Grade Teacher

New MVE Teacher Brooke DeVliegThe Methow Valley School District is pleased to announce the selection of Brooke DeVlieg, MVE’s new 5th grade teacher.

A native Washingtonian, Brooke graduated from Seattle University with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and a Master’s in Teaching. Brooke taught 5th grade for five years prior to having her first of two daughters, both of whom will be attending Liberty Bell next year. Brooke served as a substitute teacher in the Northshore School District for 7 years while raising her young girls, eventually transitioning back to a full-time teaching position where she taught first grade and second grade. When asked what she enjoys teaching most, Brooke stated, “I love teaching science and working with students at all grade levels.”

When asked why she chose the Methow Valley as a place to call home, she replied, “We (Brooke and her husband) fell in love with the Methow Valley ten years ago and have been residents for the last three years. We appreciate the small community and abundance of outdoor activities – hiking, snowshoeing, biking. Our Australian Shepherd does as well!”

Please join us as we welcome Brooke DeVlieg, MVE’s new 5th grade teacher!

Moving Parts: MVSD to Announce a Series of New Hires and Changes in Staffing, Beginning with Andy Miller, MVE’s New 4th Grade Teacher

New MVE teacher Andy Miller and familyAs we prepare for the 2021-22 school year, we want to welcome our newly hired staff and update you as to what we know at this time with regard to a few staffing changes. Given the many changes, we plan to do so in a series – beginning with our newest addition – Andy Miller, MVE 4th grade teacher.

With a continued focus on reducing class sizes at MVE, the MVSD welcomes Andy Miller, MVE 4th grade teacher. Andy Miller moved to the Methow Valley 20 years ago. A former teacher at Little Star Montessori School and graduate of Western Washington University, Andy has been teaching at Brewster Elementary in 3rd and 5th grade for the past five years. With a passion for the outdoors and a background in theatre, Andy uses both these stages to diversify learning.

When asked about his decision to select Andy as the new 4th grade teacher, MVE Principal, Paul Gutlzer stated, “It’s clear from what others have shared about Andy that he brings his interests and enthusiasm into the classroom. We can’t wait for him to get started at Methow Valley Elementary!” When asked about the opportunity to teach at MVE, Andy stated, “I’m overjoyed to return to teaching here in Methow Valley. This is the place my family calls home.”

When he’s not teaching, you can find Andy spending time with his wife Svea and children Anja and Ethan, biking the trails, skiing, and coaching.

Please join us as we welcome Andy Miller, MVE’s new 4th grade teacher!

MVSD: Where Education Rubs Elbows with the Real World

Dear Methow Valley Students, Parents, and Community Members,

LBHS Design Construction Program - Garden ShedSomewhat recently, students participating in the LBHS Design & Construction program delivered and assembled a garden shed for @methowhousingtrust Canyon Street homeowners earlier this week. The shed, along with several others, was prefabricated in the Liberty Bell shop then transported to Twisp in pieces for assembly.

When asked about the resurgence of the Design and Construction program, LBHS Principal Crosby Carpenter said, “…as a former builder and Design teacher, what I observe Mr. Southworth creating is a high fidelity program rooted in industry best practices. His experience as a builder and natural teaching ability not only give him street credibility with students, but allow for limitless potential. I’d encourage all students to explore this pathway…”

When asked about student participation in internships and community-based projects, long-time MVSD School Board Member, Gary Marchbank remarked, “Where education rubs elbows with the real world – This is where meaningful learning takes place. This is where students have the opportunity to develop and demonstrate employable skills. This is where educators and mentors work together, outside the walls of the traditional classroom in support of our students. This is where we ignite a sense of confidence, competence, hope, and opportunity within every student.”

As we look forward, the MVSD, working closely with a variety of community-based partners and mentors, is excited to share more information about the high demand pathways that are being created within our schools, along with the related coursework, internships, and community-based projects designed to prepare all students for the widest range of post-secondary options possible.

Thank you Methow Valley, Methow Housing Trust, and our many community-based partners and mentors for helping to redefine how we define and measure success – One student at a time.

Sincerely,

Tom Venable
Superintendent, Methow Valley School District

Free Vaccine Event at Liberty Bell on May 5th for Students 16-18

Dear MVSD Students and Families,

"Vaccinated" by Nurul YaqinThe Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine will be available, free of charge, to students 16-18 years of age at Liberty Bell High School on Wednesday, May 5th.

In an effort to save interested students and their families the time and energy of having to travel a long distance to be vaccinated, the MVSD is partnering with Okanogan County Public Health and local medical providers to host a vaccination clinic at Liberty Bell specifically for students.*
* NOTE: A parent’s presence is required (per OCPH) at vaccination clinics for students 16 or 17 years old.

Please complete the MVSD Pfizer Vaccine Clinic Survey as soon as possible, so we have an accurate count of participating students. In addition, you can preregister for the clinic on the Okanogan County COVID Vaccine Information page.

For those wanting to learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine, we encourage you to review the information located on the CDC website at: Safety of COVID-19 Vaccines.

Sincerely,

Adriana Vanbianchi
MVSD School Nurse

2021 Methow Valley Graduation and Commencement Ceremony Logistics

2021 Graduation UpdateAfter seeking input from parents, staff, community members, local/state public health officials and most importantly, our soon-to-be graduates, we’re thrilled to announce some initial details for the 2021 Methow Valley Graduation and Commencement Ceremony.

Working within the Washington State Department of Health 2021 Graduation and Commencement Ceremonies Guidelines, we’re pleased to offer an in-person outdoor commencement ceremony that will take place on June 4, 2021 at 6 p.m. at the Liberty Bell stadium.

Each graduate will be able to invite up to six family members who will be assigned a socially-distanced designated space on the field. Families/graduates should complete the MVSD 2021 Commencement Survey as soon as possible in order to register family members who will be attending the ceremony. Once the graduation team has assessed family attendance needs, we’ll contact those interested in additional seating. The ceremony will also be live-streamed and archived for those unable to attend. All attendees will be required to remain masked for the duration of the ceremony.

Please see the 2021 Graduation Week Agenda for additional events and details. All events, including the commencement ceremony are subject to change based on the Healthy Washington Roadmap to Recover Plan.

The next 2021 graduation update will be on Wednesday, May 5th. Please submit all questions to Liberty Bell Principal, Crosby Carpenter or ILC Principal, Sara Mounsey.

Congratulations Class of 2021!