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Methow Valley Elementary School Principal, Bob Winters, Announces Plan to Retire at the End of the 2018-19 School Year

Bob WintersAfter 34 years of exceptional service in support of students, staff, parents, and community members near and far, Methow Valley Elementary School Principal, Bob Winters, has announced his plan to retire from education at the end of the 2018-2019 school year.

Winters has served as the Methow Valley Elementary School Principal for the past four years, concluding a 34-year career that included time spent serving as an educator in Bellingham, Boston, and several international schools. This year marks his ninth year as a school principal in addition to his twenty-five years as an elementary and middle school teacher.

During his time spent serving as the Methow Valley Elementary Principal, Winters has supported a number of noteworthy initiatives.  Some of these include: authorization as an International Baccalaureate – Primary Years Programme, the adoption of the K-6 Bridges mathematics curriculum and Read Well reading curriculum and support for teacher participation in Columbia University’s Teacher College Literacy-based professional development that now guide our literacy programs. 

Methow Valley Elementary School has witnessed significant increases in student enrollment during Winters’ tenure. With a focus on developing an environment that inspires high quality teaching and learning, Winters has also helped to shape and guide the many physical improvements recently made to the elementary school.
 
When asked to describe how he is feeling about his decision to retire, Winters stated, “Being your elementary principal has been a remarkable experience for me, and I have many mixed feelings as I prepare to leave. But I know that your children remain in capable, caring and experienced hands, and the encouragement and support you provide is uncommon and so significant. I will continue to make my home here in this remarkable place and look forward to seeing you around our community.”

Superintendent Venable stated, “We are eternally grateful for Mr. Winters’ calm, approachable leadership style, high level of support for staff, and strong relationships with the students and parents who call the Methow Valley home. His presence within our schools will be missed dearly.”

Thank you Methow Valley School District Board of Directors for Your Exceptional Service in Support of Our Students, Schools, and Community!

MVSD School BoardJanuary is School Board Recognition Month. As such, we wish to acknowledge the visionary leadership, tireless advocacy, and high level of dedication and commitment displayed by past and present members of the Methow Valley School District Board of Directors.

Our school board, elected officials representing those of us who call the Methow Valley home, provide the vision and leadership necessary to ensure every student graduates prepared to pursue the widest range of post-secondary college, career, and life opportunities possible. Their actions, both individually and collectively, reflect the many positive attributes and attitudes we aspire to see emulated by our own children.

When asked to comment on the work of the MVSD School Board, Superintendent Venable stated, “Their tireless work to develop a timeless and enduring vision – filtered through the lens of equity and excellence for all, supported by a coherent instructional framework that includes innovative and flexible options… one that invites high levels of parent and community engagement and aims to develop action-oriented citizens is unparalleled.”

Please join us as we say “thank you” to members of the Methow Valley School District Board of Directors for their exceptional service in support of our students, staff, parents, and community!

MVSD School Board Unanimously Selects Gary Marchbank to Serve Second Term as MVSD Board Chair

Gary MarchbankKicking off the New Year, members of the MVSD School Board of Directors unanimously approved the nomination of Gary Marchbank to serve a second term as the MVSD Board Chair during their regular board meeting held on Wednesday, January 9th, 2019.

As the MVSD Board Chair, Gary Marchbank will continue to work closely with members of the board, superintendent, staff, students, and community to help the district achieve its mission and vision – Working in partnership with our families and community, to develop curious, creative, compassionate, competent, action-oriented, citizens prepared to change the world.

Gary’s selection to serve a second term as board chair is a clear reflection of the school board’s gratitude and appreciation of his long-standing service to the community, commitment to equity and excellence for all students, strong support for innovative approaches to teaching and learning, and above all else, admiration for the many qualities displayed by Gary that we wish to see in our own children.

Following his acceptance of the nomination, Board Chair Marchbank stated, “I’m truly honored to serve alongside an exceptional team of school board members, staff, parents, and community members who are focused on developing students who graduate prepared for the widest range of possibilities.”

The Methow Valley School District Board of Directors is a cohesive and dedicated team of five elected officials, committed to creating a system of exceptional teaching and learning where every student can shine.

Please join us as we celebrate the selection of Gary Marchbank to serve as the MVSD Board Chair!

Help Us Identify the Qualities and Characteristics We Aspire to See in the Next Liberty Bell Jr-Sr HS Principal

Methow Valley School District Parents and Community Members,

Searching with a lightWe need your input in developing a candidate profile that identifies the characteristics that we aspire to see in our next exceptional leader for Liberty Bell. To that end, we invite you to join us at one of the following sessions in the Liberty Bell Library to provide your ideas.

(Parents/Staff) Thursday, January 17 • 1:00 – 2:00 PM
(Parents/Staff) Thursday, January 17 • 6:00 – 7:00 PM
(Parents/Community) Wednesday, January 23 • 4:00 – 5:30 PM

Input can also be provided on an online survey form:
Principal Candidate Profile Input

Methow Valley School District Launches Liberty Bell Jr-Sr High School Search and Selection Process: A Call for Interview Committee Members

Methow Valley SchoolsAfter 14 years of dedicated service in support of the students, staff, parents and community members who call the Methow Valley home, Deborah DeKalb has announced her plan to retire at the end of the 2018-19 school year.

Under the guidance and direction of committee co-chairs, Anne Andersen, Drew Simmons and Kim Odell, applicants who are selected to serve on the Search and Selection Committee will help to facilitate a thorough and comprehensive interviewing process aligned to the District’s Strategic Vision and described in the “Liberty Bell Jr-Sr HS Principal Search and Selection Committee Charter”.

All interested stakeholders who wish to participate as a member of the Liberty Bell Jr-Sr High School Principal Search and Selection Committee are encouraged to submit an “application” for consideration. Applications can be submitted electronically or in hardcopy (return to the district office) no later than the end of the day on Friday, January 18, 2019. Individuals selected to serve on the committee will be contacted no later than Friday, January 18, 2019.

Methow Valley School District Launches Liberty Bell Jr-Sr High School Search and Selection Process: A Call for Exceptional Candidates

The Yawp • Liberty Bell High School Literary MagazineWorking within the framework of an aspirational “Strategic Vision”, a vision defined by the development of curious, creative, competent, compassionate, action-oriented students who graduate prepared to change the world, the Methow Valley School District is formally accepting applications from exceptional candidates who wish to be considered for the position of Liberty Bell Jr-Sr High School Principal.

After 14 years of dedicated service in support of the students, staff, parents, and community members who call the Methow Valley home, Deborah DeKalb has announced her plan to retire at the end of the 2018-19 school year. Ms. DeKalb leaves behind a legacy – a legacy defined by many highlights, some of which include:

  • The development of a coherent “System of Exceptional Teaching and Learning” defined by it’s recent International Baccalaureate World School designation
  • The establishment of an “Innovative and Flexible” competency-based approach to teaching and learning endorsed by the Washington State Board of Education, affiliated with Big Picture Learning
  • A caring, compassionate approach to “Family and Community Engagement” through the formation of a Student and Family Support Services team focused on ensuring all students succeed at high levels
  • Consistent top twenty rankings by U.S. New and World Report during the past six years
  • Recent North America Advanced Placement Honor Roll Honors
  • 96% on-time graduation rate average during the past six years
  • 85% post-secondary acceptance rate average during the past six years

Exceptional candidates wishing to be considered for the Liberty Jr-Sr High School Principal position are encouraged to submit their application no later than Friday, January 18, 2019. An online application can be accessed from our Employment page.

Questions regarding the position, selection process, timeline, and/or application procedures can be directed to Patty Barker, Executive Secretary of the Methow Valley School District at pbarker@methow.org or (509) 996-9205.