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MVSD announces the selection of Jeremiah Wicken to serve as our new Head Strength and Conditioning Coach

Jeremiah Wicken in the Lion's Den Fitness CenterThe MVSD is pleased to announce the selection of Jeremiah Wicken to serve as our new Head Strength and Conditioning Coach.

Jeremiah will be leading the S&C program, working alongside an assistant coach and volunteer weight room supervisors to make the Lion’s Den Fitness Center a place where all students are welcome to pursue their goals in a dynamic and supportive environment. In pursuit of this goal, Jeremiah will coordinate with athletic coaches to help their athletes become stronger, faster and more resistant to injury, and will also be available to any student who has an interest in making training and exercise a part of their lives.

Jeremiah is a certified strength and conditioning specialist, as well as a USA Weightlifting Level 1 Coach. He is certified to teach Health/Fitness and Biology at the high school level, and is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Kinesiology. As a teacher at the ILC, Jeremiah designs and teaches Math, Science, and P.E. curriculum tailored to individual student needs and interests.

A lifetime of casual interest in lifting evolved into a passion when Jeremiah discovered the transformative power of a Barbell-focused training program. This experience eventually led to participation in competitive lifting as well as coaching and training friends, students, and family. He went on to start an online coaching business where he delivers custom programming and coaching, particularly for individuals interested in improving strength/power/hypertrophy by utilizing a barbell-focused approach.

Jeremiah has learned a great deal from his continuing education and coaching at the Barbell Logic Academy, and his experience competing in the strength sports. Most importantly, he is excited to continue to learn and grow as a strength coach and share what he has learned with residents of the Methow Valley, including students from Liberty Bell and the ILC. Jeremiah lives in Winthrop with his wife, kindergarten teacher Maggie Wicken, and their two children.

We are pleased to welcome Jeremiah and look forward to his contributions to a culture of healthy, fit and active youth in the Methow Valley!

The MVSD Announces the Selection of Cam Alford to Serve as the District’s New Outdoor Recreation and Wellness Instructor

The MVSD has selected Cam Alford to serve as the district’s new Outdoor Recreation and Wellness Instructor.

Cam Alford - Outdoor Recreation and Wellness InstructorHaving worked for five years as a classroom teacher, 13 years as an outdoor educator, and possessing a Masters in Teaching from Seattle University, Cam moved to the Methow Valley in 2013. Shortly thereafter, he served as a leave replacement for Dani Golden, teaching Language Arts at Liberty Bell. More recently, Cam has been working for the Northwest Outward Bound School. Beginning next fall, Cam will be returning to launch the district’s new Outdoor Recreation and Wellness program. When asked about his return and the new program, Cam stated, “I’m excited to rejoin the MVSD for the 2021-22 school year. I’m thrilled about the chance to work with our students on our wellness – an extraordinarily important and fundamental subject for every human, and a life-long passion of mine.”

Taking full advantage of the MVSD’s campus and surrounding wilderness, the Outdoor Recreation and Wellness program will focus on developing the social-emotional and physical health and wellness of students through engagement in activities that include, but are not limited to: trip planning, field-based excursions, wilderness navigation, survival, outdoor cooking, and other adventurous pursuits. Topics involving communication, resilience, empathy, belonging, interpersonal relationships, self-esteem, nutrition and fitness, healthy lifestyle choices, and decision-making will be embedded throughout the coursework.

When Cam isn’t teaching in a classroom or outdoors, he can be found watching basketball, reading a good book, climbing, skiing, hunting, running, biking, or rafting.

Please join us as we welcome Cam Alford back to the MVSD!

MVSD Selects Michaela Query to Serve as MVE World Language Instructor and District-wide English Language Learner Coordinator.

The MVSD is pleased to announce that Michaela Query has been selected to serve as the Methow Valley Elementary Spanish teacher and district-wide English Language Learner (ELL) Coordinator.

Michaela Query and familyMichaela served as a special education teacher with Methow Valley Schools during the 20-21 school year. In the words of MVE Principal Paul Gutzler, “Michaela possesses the unique combination of teaching experience in an IB school, Spanish language skills, appreciation for other cultures, and experience designing and implementing interventions to make her the perfect candidate for this position. Additionally, we are super excited to be offering Spanish language instruction to all students at Methow Valley Elementary, including Kindergarteners.”

Prior to living in the Methow this past year, Michaela spent three years teaching English abroad in Doha, Qatar where she was fortunate to live and work with families from a variety of backgrounds and countries – Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Philippines, Sri Lanka, India, Croatia, Macedonia, China, and Switzerland – just to name a few. During their time spent living and working abroad, Micheala and her family were able to travel to several countries and experience the rich culture of each place first-hand. When asked to identify a highlight associated with time spent abroad, Michaela noted that one of their family’s biggest highlights of living and traveling abroad was completing 28 days on the Camino de Santiago del Norte trail in Spain.

Michaela first heard Spanish spoken by her grandmother as a young child and it opened her mind to an amazing new world. While she did not actively learn the language until her semester abroad in Argentina, it opened her heart and mind to understanding how culture and language can provide some valuable and rich life experiences. In her own words Michaela shared, “Creating a safe, fun and supportive environment for kids to find the magic in learning another language and culture is exciting!”

When Michaela is not teaching in the classroom, you can find her on the trails, trying out new recipes, connecting with people or organizing playdates for her children. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Modern Languages (Spanish) with a focus on Secondary Education from Metropolitan State College of Denver, and a K-8 Special Education Master’s Degree from the University of Washington-Tacoma.

As for this place, Michaela stated, “Being a part of the LBHS and MVE team in the year of Covid has taught me just how important community is. The Methow Valley School District is a pivotal part of this special place that I have been honored to be a part of this year.”

Please join us as we congratulate Michaela Query, MVE Spanish Instructor and MVSD ELL Coordinator!

Last Day of School!

Methow Valley HikeDear Methow Valley Students, Parents, and Community Members,

As the Superintendent of the Methow Valley School District, speaking on behalf of the board of directors, administrative team, and staff, we can’t thank you enough…

Resilient, resourceful, creative, empathetic, grateful, humble… Commonly associated with those who call the Methow Valley home, these are just a few of the many positive attributes you have displayed over the course of the last year and a half. Thank you for making our youth feel heard, seen, and valued.

As we begin preparations to fully reopen our schools for in-person instruction five days a week, we look forward to seeing you in fall.

Sincerely,

Tom Venable
Superintendent, Methow Valley School District

MVSD Summer Hours of Operation

MVSD District Office
The MVSD District Office will remain open to the public throughout the summer. Beginning the week of June 14th, the district office will be open to the public Tuesday through Thursday, from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.. The district office will resume regular (M-F) hours of operation beginning Monday, August 16th.

Liberty Bell Jr./Sr. HS Office
The LBHS Office will close for the summer beginning Monday, June 21st. The LBHS Office will reopen to the public on Monday, August 16th. Detailed information regarding dates and times involving student orientation, registration, and scheduling changes will be sent to enrolled students and their parents.

Methow Valley Elementary Office
The MVE Office will close for summer beginning Monday, June 21st. The MVE Office will reopen to the public on Monday, August 16th.

MVSD Transportation Department
The MVSD Transportation Department will close to the public on Monday, June 21st. The MVSD Transportation Department will reopen to the public on Monday, August 16th.

Mental Health Counseling Services
The MVSD/OBHC Mental Health Counselor, Sean Fitzpatrick will be seeing clients out of an office located in the ILC Treehouse on the TwispWorks campus during the months of June, July and early August. He is available by appointment to meet with MVSD clients Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and some Fridays 8 a.m.- 6 p.m. To schedule appointments, please contact OBHC at (509) 826-6191.

Have a great Summer Break!

THE LARAMIE PROJECT DOCUMENTARY

Presented by the Liberty Bell Drama Company, Documented by Terry Hunt

THE LARAMIE PROJECT is a breathtaking collage that explores the depths to which humanity can sink and the heights of compassion of which we are capable.

Watch THE LARAMIE PROJECT Documentary


 
ABOUT THE PLAY

In October 1998, a twenty-one-year-old student at the University of Wyoming was kidnapped, severely beaten, and left tied to a fence in the middle of the prairie outside Laramie, Wyoming. His bloody, bruised, and battered body was not discovered until the next day, and he died several days later in an area hospital. His name was Matthew Shepard, and he was the victim of this assault because he was gay.
Liberty Bell Drama Company - The Laramie Project
Moisés Kaufman and fellow members of the Tectonic Theater Project made six trips to Laramie over the course of a year and a half, in the aftermath of the beating and during the trial of the two young men accused of killing Shepard. They conducted more than 200 interviews with the people of the town. Some people interviewed were directly connected to the case, while others were citizens of Laramie, and the breadth of the reactions to the crime is fascinating.

Kaufman and Tectonic Theater members have constructed a deeply moving theatrical experience from these interviews and their own experiences in Laramie. (Rated PG-13)

Presented with support from The Merc Playhouse and Methow Arts.

MVSD Summer Meals Program 2021

MVSD Summer Meals Program 2021

Grab ‘n’ Go style sack includes breakfast/lunch with milk. Free to children 18 years and younger.

When

June 21 – Aug 13, 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
(excluding weekends and July 5)

Where

• Carlton General Store – 2256 Hwy 153
• Twisp Park (across from the pool)
• Winthrop Red Barn – 51 N Hwy 20

Questions?

Contact MVSD: (509) 996-9205

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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!