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Triumph and Tragedy: MVSD Student, Keeley Brooks Takes First Place at National History Day State Contest, Qualifies for National Contest in Washington, D.C.

Keeley BrooksLate Tuesday, we learned that Keeley Brooks took top honors at the National History Day State State Contest in the Senior Individual Website category, qualifying her to participate the NHD National Contest scheduled to take place in Washington, D.C. in June.

Led by Liberty Bell teachers David Aspholm and Scott Barber, supported by Rebecca Shoup and the Public School Funding Alliance, Liberty Bell 8th and 10th grade students made a strong impression at the National History Day regional competition that took place earlier this winter, with many taking top honors and advancing to the state competition.

Throughout the fall and winter, Liberty Bell students engaged in research associated with a variety of topics based on the theme Triumph & Tragedy in History. Students asked questions about time, place and context, cause and effect, change over time, impact, and significance related to their chosen themes.

As part of the research process, students were asked to consider not only when and where events happened, but analyze why they occurred, the factors contributed to their development, and draw conclusions about how the topic influenced and was influenced by people, ideas, or events.

A Recap Leading Up to the State and National Contest

At the Regional Contest, the top two finalists in each category moved on to state competition. As you will see by the list below, our students performed well, taking the highest honors in every category.

Senior Individual Documentary

First Place – Greta Laesch, “Bloody Sunday”
Second Place – Lena Nelson, “Forgotten Wonders”

Senior Individual Websites

First Place – Keeley Brooks, “Mine Okubo”
Second Place – Cymone Van Marter, “The Greatest Show On Earth”

Senior Group Website

First Place – Annika Libby and Liv Aspholm, “The Race to the South Pole”

8th grade students advancing to the state competition

Melody Langan – George Melies Impact
Jackson Schmekel – Henry Ford’s First Moving Assembly Line
Carter Sheley – Henry Ford’s First Moving Assembly Line
Beau Tanguy – Henry Ford’s First Moving Assembly Line
Nina Kominak – Alice Paul: Fight for Women’s Suffrage
Lucy Tobiska – Alice Paul: Fight for Women’s Suffrage
Clementine Palinska – Our Bodies, Our Cells? The Life Of Henrietta Lacks
Lily Colin – Vincent van Gogh: From Tragedy to Triumph
We’ve included a link to Keeley’s 1st place, State Contest project for your viewing enjoyment:

Please join us as we thank David Aspholm, Scott Barber, Rebecca Shoup, the Public School Funding Alliance, acknowledge all of our National History Day participants, and congratulate Keeley Brooks, National History Day State Champion!

We Invest in What We Value – Our Students!

MVES StudentMVSD to Invest in Smaller Class Sizes, Adding a Third Grade Teacher in Fall of 2019-20 School Year!

Research and best practice suggests the relationship between the teacher and the student is the one of the most important factors contributing to a child’s academic progress, social-emotional wellness, physical health, and future success, only to be exceeded by a “coherent system” reflecting these same attributes throughout the entire school from one classroom to another.

Committed to supporting strong relationships between the teacher, student, (and parents), MVES will be investing some of our limited resources into the addition of a third, 3rd grade teacher, beginning in the fall of the 2019-20 school.

Using projected enrollment figures, the additional classroom teaching position will lower the K-3 class size average to a ratio of less than 17 student per classroom teacher.

Thank you Methow Valley community for your generous support of our students!

U.S. News and World Report Released the 2019 Best High Schools in America’ Ranking – LBHS Among the Top

LBHS Teacher with StudentU.S. News and World Report announced it’s ‘2019 Best High Schools in America’ report, ranking Liberty Bell High School 18th in the State of Washington out of 656 high schools (506 high schools ranked last year) in Washington State and #1,166 out of 23,000 public high schools (20,500 high schools ranked last year) across the country.

To produce the 2019 Best High Schools rankings, U.S. News & World Report teamed with North Carolina-based RTI International, a global nonprofit social science research firm. RTI implemented the U.S. News comprehensive rankings methodology, which is based on these key principles: that a great high school must serve all of its students well, not just those who are college bound, and that it must be able to produce measurable academic outcomes to show it is successfully educating its student body across a range of performance indicators.

Please join us as we celebrate the the strong partnership between our students, staff, parents, community partners, and recognize the exceptional teaching and learning taking place throughout our schools and community!

MVSD Teachers, We Love You!

“When I grow up, I want to be a teacher!” These were the words recently shared by a first grade student at MVES. When asked why he wanted to be a teacher, he stated, “Teachers help other people to learn and do lots of other important things.”

When asked to describe examples of “other important things”, he said, “Well, like give us healthy snacks when we’re hungry and more recess when we need to get our wiggles out.” We concluded our conversation by asking if there was anything else his teacher does that is important. He said, “Yes. She loves us.”

While not everyone wishes to be a teacher, we do wish to take time to recognize the exceptional work of the Methow Valley School District teachers.

Jennifer & LeoNext week, May 6 through May 10, as part of National Teacher Appreciation Week, the Methow Valley School District will be celebrating the exceptional work of our teaching staff. Teacher Appreciation Week is a weeklong celebration in recognition of teachers and the positive contributions they make to education and society. It provides an opportunity to share kind words of appreciation and gratitude for the important role our teachers play in the lives of our youth.

Please join us as we acknowledge the unparalleled commitment and dedication to service displayed by the MVSD staff.

Methow Valley Elementary School Playground Project

Led by MVES P.E. Teacher and Playground Committee Chair, Jean Koreski, the MVES Playground Committee, comprised of a highly engaged and motivated team of students, parents, and staff, have submitted a final recommendation to the superintendent to move forward with the installation of a new ADA-compliant playground that meets National Playground Safety Standards, is accessible by all, and promotes the development of healthy, fit, active youth through creative play. No it doesn’t include a hot tub, but it does include a zipline!

Utilizing the feedback provided by current and former elementary students, the committee examined several designs before submitting their final recommendation. Barring any unforeseen challenges, the new playground equipment will be installed during the summer in advance of the start of the 2019-20 school year.

Please join us as we thank the MVES Playground Committee and the Methow Valley community for making the dream of an inclusive playground a reality for all of our children!

It is a happy talent to know how to play.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

MVES Playground Plans

Methow Valley School District Partners with the Department of Natural Resources to Protect Campus

MVSD Campus TreesBeginning Thursday, April 25, and continuing through Wednesday, May 2, a Washington Conservation Corps (WCC) crew will work on the MVSD campus to begin improving the wildfire safety and resilience of the forested portions of the MVSD campus. This service is being funded by the WA Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and will be provided at no cost to the School District.

The four or five young people making up the WCC crew have been trained and are experienced in conducting this type of work. The crew will be supplemented and supervised by Kelly Gilchrist from Wenatchee, who has previously led this and other WCC crews on various projects in the Methow Valley. Jake Hardt, DNR Landowner Assistance Forester, who has assessed the fuels reduction needs on the MVSD campus, will orient Kelly and the crew to the project on the first day of work.

The WCC crew will work eight 10-hour days, with a focus on pruning mature ponderosa pine trees, clearing brush, and removing other woody material from the ground under the trees’ canopy. The purpose of pruning branches up to at least 8’ from ground level, and in certain conditions higher, is to prevent fire from reaching the crown and killing the trees. The clearing of brushy ladder fuels will help reduce the chance of root damage if fire moves through the property.

The crew will start work on the eastern boundary of the campus alongside the ball field, above Highway 20; then work counter-clockwise, with the intention of completing pruning throughout the ski trail area if possible. They will bring a chipper to the project, and the plan is to chip all the woody material removed from the pines and from under their canopies. Bud Hover, MVSD Director of Operations will work with MVSD staff to supply chips to Classroom in Bloom, as requested by Kim Bondi, Executive Director of Classroom in Bloom. .

Please join us as we thank the Washington State Department of Natural Resources for their support in ensuring our schools and campus remain a safe and healthy place for our community for years to come!


Memorial Day: Monday, May 27, 2019 - All Schools and the District Office Will Be Closed to the Public