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Washington State 2018 Healthy Youth Survey

Washington State Health Youth Survey 2018Our district is participating in the Washington State 2018 Healthy Youth Survey during Fall 2018.

The Healthy Youth survey includes questions related to physical activity and diet, unintentional and intentional injury, substance use, risk and protective factors, access to school-based services, and sexual behaviors, abuse and orientation. Survey results are used by schools, communities and state agencies to plan programs to support our youth and reduce their risks.

Participation in the survey is voluntary and the students’ answers are anonymous.

Please read the Parent and Student Notification Letter below for more information about the Healthy Youth Survey.

Download English-Spanish Parent Letter

Swine, Steer, Horses, Fur, and Feathers, Artwork, Eggs… Methow Valley 4-H Participants Shine at Okanogan County Fair!

Methow Valley 4H Participant with Cow at the Okanogan County-fairCapping off an outstanding first week of school, the hard work, knowledge, and skills of the Methow Valley 4-H participants, an educational partner of the Methow Valley School District, was on full display yesterday at the Okanogan County Fair!

Last year, Liberty Bell Senior, Emily Paul approached the Methow Valley School District Board of Directors and the Methow Valley 4-H clubs about a possible partnership. The partnership would allow participating students in grades 9 – 12 to receive high school credit and apply their 4-H projects to their 10th grade Personal Project and their 12th grade Senior Project.

With a strong interest in developing knowledgeable and skillful students, who take action by applying their learning outside of the walls of a classroom, Emily’s proposal was unanimously supported and the partnership was established. The partnership, one of many, is a reflection of one of the district’s core beliefs — We can’t do it alone. We can do it together!

When asked why, one board member stated, “Simply put, there are many reasons as to why we think this makes good sense…” Here a just a few that were mentioned:

  • Honors our community’s history, traditions, and cultures
  • Provides youth with an opportunity to develop and apply their knowledge and skills through authentic, real-world learning opportunities
  • Provides students with access to community-based mentors that have an interest in supporting our youth
  • Promotes the development of positive attributes and attitudes that are difficult to measure, yet serve as strong predictors of success in life
  • Acknowledges the hard work and dedication displayed by each student by counting their time spent exhibiting their learning at the Okanogan County Fair as a school day, rather than an absence from school
  • Provides students with multiple pathways toward graduation and beyond, driven by individual student interests

What is 4-H?

4-H is the youth development education program of Washington State University Extension, which is conducted jointly by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, your state land grant university (WSU) and your Okanogan County Government. Today 4-H is everywhere–in cities, suburbs, small towns, and rural communities. 4-H is the largest youth development organization in the nation.

The United States has more than 5 million members and 600,000 leaders. Around the world, 4-H type clubs now exist in at least 82 countries. In the 21st century, 4-H serves a broad clientele with expanded program focus using a variety of ways to deliver its effective “learn by doing” approach. For more information visit

Interested in participating?
Students interested in participating in 4-H programs should look for announcements in October or contact Suellen White at (509)997-3252.

Please join us as we acknowledge the many Methow Valley 4-H participants of all ages for their exceptional display of knowledge, skill, action, and effort to preserve an important part of our community’s culture and history!

MVSD Leaps into the 2018-19 School Year!

Are you ready for us? We’re ready for you!

As the first day of school rapidly approaches, we want to welcome back all of our new and returning students, parents, and community members.

A few key dates and events include:

Tom Venable leaps into Crater Lake•• Friday, August 31st ••
Orientation Camp for Kindergarteners and Newly Enrolled First Grade Students

•• Tuesday, September 4th ••
First Day of School for Grades 1 – 12

•• Tuesday, September 4th – 7th ••
Kindergarten Parent Teacher Conferences

•• Monday, September 10th ••
First Day of School for Kindergarten

On behalf of our entire staff, thank your for providing us with the opportunity to partner with you in support of your child’s hopes, dreams, and aspirations!


Tom Venable
Superintendent, Methow Valley School District

The Dynamic Duo: Dani Golden and Jane Orme to Join Forces!

Longtime Liberty English teachers Dani Golden and Jane Orme are joining forces during the 2018-19 school year as job-share partners in the Liberty Bell English Department!

Dani GoldenAfter spending the past year caring for her two small children, Leo and Ezra, Dani Golden will be returning to the classroom to teach 9th grade English, Advisory, and Yoga.

Originally from New York, Dani has lived in Vermont, California. Montana and Switzerland before moving to the Methow Valley with her husband Josh Cole. Dani began working at Liberty Bell in 2007, teaching English and Yoga classes. Prior to serving as a classroom teacher, Dani worked as an Outward Bound instructor.

As such, she continues to facilitate enriching Outward Bound experiences for Liberty Bell students. When asked how she is feeling about her return to the classroom, Dani stated she’s excited to explore our diverse and evolving world through reading, writing, animated discussions, and looks forward to a great school year!

Jane OrmeEquipped with over 40 years of teaching experience and a passion for good literature, drama, and the arts, Jane Orme is returning to the classroom to teach 7th grade English. Jane will also maintain her current teaching assignment as Liberty Bell’s Learning Assistance Program Coordinator.

Originally from Mobile, Alabama, Jane moved with her family to the Methow Valley in 1983. She was hired to serve as an 8th grade teacher at what was then called Methow Valley Middle School. By the early 90’s, when the middle and high school merged, Jane found herself teaching English, reading, social studies and drama. When Jane’s not teaching, she can be found raising chickens, directing community theatre at The Merc, traveling, and enjoying her sweet dog, Pearl.

When asked comment on the job-share arrangement, LB Principal, Deborah DeKalb stated, “To be able to provide our students with access to two exceptional teachers in support of their development as writers is such a gift! When we speak with employers and faculty representing universities, community colleges, and vocational programs and ask them what should we be prioritizing throughout our schools as part of our instructional program, we receive the same response – The development of effective communicators who can skillfully write, speak and listen to others. Our students are so fortunate.”

Please join us as we welcome back Dani Golden and Jane Orme!

Teaching Isn’t a Job, It’s a Lifestyle: MVSD Welcomes Mindy Miller, 5th Grade Teacher!

Mindy MillerThe Methow Valley School District is pleased to announce the hiring of Mindy Miller, Methow Valley Elementary’s new 5th grade teacher.

Born and raised in the Methow Valley, Mindy was a member of the last graduating class of Twisp High School. She earned her teaching degree at Eastern Washington University. Following the completion of her teaching credentials, she returned to the Methow Valley and accepted her first teaching position – a third and fourth grade combination classroom.

After working to support many students as a classroom teacher, literacy specialist, tutor… just to name a few, Mindy finds herself returning to the classroom to fill the position temporarily vacated by Kelly Wiest, who is currently on a leave of absence, teaching at the American School of Mumbai in India.

When asked about Mindy, MVES Principal, Bob Winters stated, “Mindy’s lifetime commitment to teaching and service to her community are a part of who she is… Teaching isn’t a job, it’s a lifestyle. Our students are fortunate to have such a passionate teacher who cares deeply about their learning.”

When asked about returning to the classroom, Mindy stated, “I’m so excited to be a part of the Methow Valley School District. I could not be more delighted and anxiously look forward to the many new adventures that await.”

Please join us as we welcome Mindy Miller, MVES 5th grade teacher!

No School Supply Fees, No Course Fees, Reduced Pay-to-Play Fees… MVSD Strives to Provide Free and Appropriate Public Education

School SuppliesAs we rapidly approach the beginning of a new school year, I’m often reminded by friends living elsewhere of the many school-related fees that serve as an economic burden to families and barriers for our students.

In fact, it was about this time last year that I received a screenshot from a friend who was attempting to pay the many supply fees, course fees, pay-to-play, testing fees, and enrichment fees associated with the upcoming school year… A mother of four children, she found herself faced with $1,250 in school-related fees – for the first semester.

Unfortunately, this is all too common…

As part of the MVSD’s focus on “Equity and Excellence for All,” the MVSD is committed to providing our students and families with a free and appropriate public education.
And, while there is work to be done in this area, we have made tremendous strides through the elimination of all school supply fees, course fees, some testing fees, many enrichment fees, and significant reductions in “pay-to-play” fees.

“We can’t do this alone. We can do it together!” This is one of the core beliefs of the MVSD. In spite of the gap between what the state provides and true cost of educating our youth, we have established a strong network of educational and community-based partnerships to ensure every student can shine…

For those who enjoy the “tradition” of back-to-school shopping, and in the absence of purchasing supplies, we encourage those of you who are able to consider starting a new tradition by donating to one or more of our many partners. These are just a few of the many educational and community-based partners providing support that benefit all students in the Methow Valley:

For school-sponsored programs where there are fees resulting in an economic hardship, please contact your principal and/or school counselor about the possibility of a scholarship.

We look forward to seeing you soon!