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Have a Student who is eligible for the COVID VACCINE?

Register for our free May 26th Vaccine Clinic for students 12 and older!

"Vaccinated" by Lisa VollrathMethow Valley School District is partnering with Okanogan County Public Health and local medical providers to host another Pfizer Vaccination Clinic, specifically for students 12 years and older.*

Where: Liberty Bell High School
When: Wednesday, May 26 • 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
(Students who received their first Pfizer dose on May 5th will be receiving their second vaccine from 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.)

Preregistration is required for all first-dose participants so we have an accurate count. Parents/Guardians and (siblings 12 and older) are invited to receive the vaccine along with their students. Please sign up as soon as possible using the button below to register online or contact your school office for a form.

Register for the Vaccination Clinic Now →

*NOTE: While parent/guardian attendance is NOT required at the clinic, during the clinic they must be available by phone to verify that they indeed do want their student vaccinated. The Consent for Minors form must be completed and sent with all students. This form will be included in the registration confirmation or can be downloaded here for printing: EnglishSpanish

Moving Parts: MVSD Selects Grant Storey to Serve as the CTE/Dual Credit and Technology Coordinator

New LBHS teacher Grant Storey The MVSD is pleased to announce the selection of Grant Storey as the district’s Career and Technical Education (CTE)/Dual Credit, and Technology Coordinator.

As the CTE/Dual Credit, and Technology Coordinator, Grant will be working closely with Crosby Carpenter, LBHS Principal, Sara Mounsey, ILC Principal, Catie Barber, MVE Library Media Specialist -Technology Coordinator, staff, and community-based mentors to cultivate expanded pathways and related course offerings toward graduation and beyond. In addition, Grant will be joining the LBHS Science Department, teaching science coursework.

When asked to describe how he felt about being hired by the MVSD, Grant stated, “I am excited to have the opportunity to serve the Methow community as the CTE/Dual Credit and Technology Coordinator at LBHS. I look forward to joining a passionate team of administrators and educators in the Methow Valley School District already working to create meaningful CTE pathways, expand dual credit opportunities, and integrate technology, preparing Methow Valley students for a broad range of post-secondary educational and career opportunities.”

For the past 9 years, Grant has served as a CTE and College in the High School (CiHS) teacher at Cleveland STEM High School in Seattle Public Schools. Before teaching, Grant was a graduate student and post-doctoral researcher at UW, focused on biophysics and understanding the effect of drugs on cellular function. As an educator, his role at Cleveland HS centered around the collaborative development of a project-based CTE pathway that creates hands-on, career connected learning experiences. He also taught the CiHS course, Biology 100: Addiction and the Brain, through the University of Washington in the High School Program. When asked about his experience developing meaningful pathways and course offerings, Grant remarked, “I have seen how well designed CTE pathways and dual credit opportunities increase student engagement and rigor, propelling students towards success. I look forward to supporting and growing the work of the district, through community partnerships and mentorship already present in the Valley.”

Outside of the school setting, Grant and his wife Helen, “…love showing our girls (Cora and Abby) all our favorite things: Trail running, biking, camping, hiking, playing in the lakes and rivers, and skiing!” Having spent a considerable amount of time getting to know the Methow Valley over the years, they are now ready to call it their home.

Please join us as we welcome Grant, Helen, Cora and Abby!

MVSD School Nurse, Adriana Vanbianchi Receives NCESD’s 2021 Friends of Children Award

Adriana Vanbianchi wins NCESD "Friends of Children" Award As we approach International Nurses Day (May 12th, Florence Nightingale’s birthday), it seems fitting to announce that MVSD School Nurse, Adriana Vanbianchi and her colleagues throughout the North Central region have been selected to receive the North Central Educational Service District’s 2021 Friends of Children Award.

The Friends of Children Award is the highest honor given annually by the NCESD to educators and community members who have exemplified a lasting commitment to children in North Central Washington.Under normal conditions, the NCESD’s Board of Directors would recognize those selected to receive the Friends of Children Award at the NCESD’s annual Friend of Children/Regional Board of the Year banquet in May. In the absence of this event, we will be recognizing Adriana during the MVSD’s regular board meeting on May 14th.

Please join us as we congratulate MVSD School Nurse, Adriana Vanbianchi for her unparalleled service during this difficult period of time!

2021 MVSD Graduation RSVP

Greetings Class of 2021 Parents,

2021 Graduation UpdateI’m excited to announce the MVSD Graduation Committee continues to plan for an in-person outdoor commencement ceremony at Liberty Bell on Friday, June 4 2021 at 6 PM!

Each graduate has the opportunity to invite up to six family members who will be assigned socially distanced designated space on the field. Your RSVP helps our graduation team assess guest ticket demands and allows us to reallocate available space.

If your family has not yet RSVP’d to the 2021 MVSD Commencement Ceremony Survey, please do so by this Friday, May 7th. If you cannot complete the survey by Friday, please contact Debbie in the main office via email or call (509) 996-2215.

RSVP to Commencement
Ceremony Survey →

We will be hosting a Q&A within the next two weeks. If you have any questions or would like more details, please feel free to email me directly at ccarpenter@methow.org. For a complete list of graduation week activities, visit the 2021 Graduation Week Agenda. See you at the ceremony if not before!

Go Mountain Lions!
Crosby Carpenter
Principal, Liberty Bell High School

MVSD Celebrates National Teacher Appreciation Week

Dear MVSD Students, Parents and Community Members,

Teacher helping a studentDuring the week of May 3 – 7, the MVSD will be joining others across the country, acknowledging the exceptional effort of our staff during National Teacher Appreciation Week.

From our bus drivers, food services team, and custodial staff to our classroom teachers, specialists, paraeducators, and coaches, the MVSD staff continue to serve as a bright spot within our community, particularly during this difficult period of time – modeling resiliency in the face of adversity, replacing uncertainty with hope, and cultivating a climate defined by empathy, belonging, and dignity.

We welcome you to join us as we share a few kind words of appreciation and gratitude for the courageous leadership, tireless advocacy, and dedication to service displayed by the MVSD staff!

Sincerely,

Tom Venable
Superintendent, Methow Valley School District

Moving Parts: MVSD Announces the Selection of Joe Query to Serve as the ILC’s New Advisor

New ILC Advisor Joe QueryThe Methow Valley School District is pleased to announce that Joe Query has been selected to serve as the Independent Learning Center’s (ILC) new advisor. As the newest member of the team, Joe will be supporting students in their individualized programs of study, providing math instruction, and bringing new energy to a dynamic team of educators.

When asked about how he arrived in the Methow Valley, Joe answered, “I grew up in the Tacoma area and would come to the Methow occasionally as a kid. After spending a few years in Denver and getting into trail running, I started coming to the Methow more often for Rainshadow Running races. When life on the west side of the state was feeling a bit too wet and my partner, Michaela and I were seeking something different for our family, we decided to teach abroad in the middle eastern country of Qatar for 3 years. Knowing we would want to return to Washington state, we set our sites on the Methow Valley for its access to outdoor activities–hiking, climbing, cycling and skiing. We were also drawn by the schools’ recent transition to the International Baccalaureate program and the plethora of opportunities for youth in the community.”

Prior to joining the ILC, Joe provided Special Education services in an IB school in Qatar. Prior to his time spent teaching in Qatar, Joe spent 5 years providing Special Education services in a middle school setting in Tacoma. Joe also spent 5 years developing and leading a variety of non-profit organizations.

After considering a variety of roles within the Methow Valley School District, Joe realized how well the ILC’s programming fit his passions for a relational approach to education and individualized programs of study. “After visiting the ILC and researching Big Picture Learning, I immediately felt it would be a good fit for my experiences and skills. Having worked in non-profit leadership for 5 years and teaching students of all backgrounds for the past 9 years, the dynamic environment of the ILC was quite alluring. The students and staff are passionate about their work and have an authentic love of lifelong learning.”

When not teaching, Joe loves to be active outside with his family. They can be found planting seeds in the garden, running the trails, mountain biking, skiing, climbing, backpacking or traveling.

Please join us as we welcome Joe Query!

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