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MVSD Tutor Drive Set to Take Place Wednesday, October 7th

Community Member Tutoring LB StudentThe MVSD is actively recruiting individuals who want to make a positive impact upon the lives of our youth by serving as a tutor to MVSD students in grades 7-12. As such, we’d like to invite you to attend the first annual “MVSD Tutor Drive.”

The event is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, October 7th, from 12-3 PM. Participants will meet outside the high school in a designated tent and then split up from there, weather permitting.?

What can I expect if I choose to attend?

The MVSD Tutor Drive is designed to provide potential tutors with information about the role and responsibilities of a tutor, share examples of a typical tutoring session, provide aspiring tutors with a chance to meet with some of our students, and ask any questions participants may have about tutoring services.

Why should I consider being a tutor?

This is a common question. In fact, one person who has been serving as a tutor and a community-based mentor for the past four years once said, “Why should I tutor? I had a hard enough time supporting my own children’s learning when they were in school. What do I have to offer?”

After several weeks of tutoring, the same person said, “I’m hooked! I look forward to my time spent supporting the students I work with every week. It feels good to know I’m making a difference in the lives of our students, helping them to see what they can’t always see in themselves.”

Please Join Us!

With the new school year looking substantially different from previous years, we anticipate many of our students will need tutoring in some form, both in-person and remotely.

Please plan on joining us at Liberty Bell Jr./Sr. High School on October 7th, between 12:00 and 3:00 p.m. If you have any further questions, please contact Liam Daily, MVSD Tutoring Coordinator with any questions at

MVSD Welcomes LBHS Science Teacher, Brad Laesch

Brad Laesch, LB Science TeacherThe MVSD has hired Brad Laesch to serve as LBHS’s new science teacher. Serving as a long-term substitute in place of Katie Leuthauser, Brad brings a strong educational background and related teaching experience to the position.

When asked about how he arrived in the Methow Valley, he stated, “I landed in Seattle from Emory University in Atlanta following my spouse who was matched with the UW medical residency program.” Following his move to Seattle, he worked at the UW technology transfer office during which time the Methow Valley became a favorite destination. Brad eventually left the UW to pursue a teaching degree at Seattle University.

Since, he has taught at Shorecrest High School in Shoreline and has served as an adjunct faculty member at North Seattle College for the past 9 years, fostering a love of science in many who’ve passed through his classroom. When not teaching, Brad and his family can be found out on the trails, enjoying much of what the valley has to offer — trail running, biking, nordic skiing, and backpacking.

Please join us as we welcome Brad Laesch!

MVSD Sponsored “Learning Pods” Begin Wednesday, September 23rd

Last call to register your elementary age student to participate in a MVSD Sponsored Learning Pod!

Methow Valley ElementaryOpen to interested students in grades K through 6, MVSD-sponsored Learning Pods, led by dedicated and trained community members, will meet on Wednesdays, outside, for a half-day at school. They will be organized into small groups by grade level. During their time together, students will engage in hands-on activities in science, art, and movement; receive support on classroom learning progress, and safely interact with their peers.

  • Groups will meet outside at school Wednesday mornings from 8:30 to 12:00, September 23rd – October 28th. Advance notification of cancellation will be provided to participating students/parents if it is anticipated that the air quality exceeds the 150 WAQA threshold.
  • Regular bus service is available to and from your child’s regular bus stop.
  • Afternoon buses will leave MVE at 12:00pm. Morning buses will pick-up at the regular time.
  • Breakfast and lunch will be provided.
  • Students should bring their Chromebooks for their Wednesday class meeting.
  • Priority will be given to students who are not yet committed to an independent learning group outside of school.
  • Students enrolled in Hybrid, Remote, and REACH learning options are all eligible.

If you are interested in your student participating, please complete the Learning Pods Registration Form by Friday, September 18th.

If you have further questions, please contact Katharine Bill, Family and Community Engagement Coordinator.

Thank you Public School Funding Alliance for your tireless efforts to enrich the lives of all Methow Valley youth!

MVSD Launches 2020-21 School Year

Dear Methow Valley Students and Parents,

After reviewing all available information, including weather forecasts, measures to ensure safe indoor air quality related to wildfire smoke and COVID, and advice from our public health officials, we will be opening as planned for hybrid and in-person instruction today.

For parents who wish to keep their children home, you can expect to receive information from your student’s school about remote learning options.

Meals will be distributed on morning bus routes as previously scheduled.

Looking forward to better days ahead!


Tom Venable
Superintendent, Methow Valley School District

School is Scheduled to Start Monday, September 14th

Dear Methow Valley Students and Parents,

It is Sunday morning and my guess is you are wondering, “Will there be school tomorrow?” At this point, the answer is “yes.” We plan to begin the new school year tomorrow, Monday, September 14th.

Here’s what we know at this time:

Current forecasts suggest favorable smoke and wind patterns developing late Sunday evening resulting in improving outdoor air quality.

Recent indoor air quality testing results (conducted last week in partnership with Clean Air Methow) indicate our HVAC system and air purifiers are working well to maintain satisfactory indoor air quality.

Public health officials have indicated support for time spent inside with small groups of socially distanced students, wearing masks in ventilated classrooms using air purifiers.


If the situation should worsen, requiring a transition to remote schooling, delays, or closure how will we be notified?

As with any event, if the situation should change, you can expect to receive updated information using multiple sources by 6:00 am. Updates will be provided using the following available sources:

  • Skyward Messenger
  • School Messenger
  • District Website – Banner located at the top of the page
  • District FB page
  • Local Media – Methow Valley News, KTRT, and KOZI radio

How does the district make decisions involving delays, closures, or the transition to remote learning?

We recognize every situation presents some level of risk. While we can not eliminate all risks, we do make every effort to mitigate risk by making informed, evidence-based decisions using the best available information.

Per our current protocols involving air quality, all outdoor activities should be “limited” when the Air Quality Index (AQI) exceeds 100. All outdoor activities are “cancelled” when the AQI exceeds 150.

Will my student be able to take mask breaks?

Yes. Depending upon the conditions, mask breaks will take place outdoors or in common spaces (gym, cafeteria, commons area) where students can safely distance themselves from one another.

What if schools remain open, but as a parent, I believe it’s not safe to send my child to school?

We trust you to make a decision that you believe best ensures the safety and wellness of your child. If school remains open and you feel unsafe sending your child to school, please call the school office and report your child’s excused absence.


Our thoughts and prayers go out to those who have been evacuated, lost homes, and loved ones. We look forward to better days ahead as we work together in support of our youth and one another.


Tom Venable
Superintendent, Methow Valley School District

Our Thoughts and Prayers Go Out to LBHS Science Teacher Katie Leuthauser

Dear Methow Valley Students, Parents, and Community Members,

Please join MVSD staff as we send our thoughts, prayers, and positive energy to LBHS Science Teacher, Katie Leuthauser.

For those of you who are not yet aware, our friend, colleague, and beloved teacher, Katie Leuthauser, has been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma cancer.

Katie LeuthauserFor those who know Katie, you know that she is an incredibly strong, positive, and gritty person, full of laughter and love. Faced with a significant challenge, she has a long road ahead, but not without support. She is in good care, surrounded by the love of her close friends, parents, the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, and the Methow Valley community.

For those who would like to send Katie positive thoughts, a Caring Bridge site has been established in her name:

We’d also like to add that Katie recently celebrated her birthday. Please join us as we celebrate Katie’s birthday and the many things we love about Katie!

Katie, we love you!


MVSD Staff


MVSD is now open for hybrid and in-person instruction for all grades K-12.