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Missoula Children’s Theatre and Methow Valley Students Perform to a Full House!

On Saturday, November 10th, the Missoula Children’s Theatre and a cast of approximately 40 Methow Valley Elementary students performed two showings of “The Secret Garden”, both to a full house. The masterful performances were the product of approximately 22 hours of rehearsal that took place prior to the showings facilitated by the Missoula Children’s Theatre.

Missoula Children's Theater Cast

Who is the Missoula Children’s Theatre? Where did this amazing collection of people come from?

To answer that, we need to go back in time to the summer of 1970. Jim Caron, an unemployed actor, was searching for a mission in life, on his way from Chicago to a friend’s wedding in Oregon when his aging Volkswagen van broke down. The nearest service station was – fortunately and fatefully – in Missoula, Montana. While waiting for the van to be patched together, Jim noticed an audition poster for Man of La Mancha. Just for fun, he auditioned and was cast in the role of “Sancho.”

He developed an instant and lasting friendship with Don Collins (the actor playing “Don Quixote”), and together they organized a company of adults to perform plays for children on a make-shift stage in a local movie theatre. The plays, as well as the idea of developing live theatre for kids, were well-received in Missoula. Soon, nearby Montana and Idaho communities requested performances of their own.

During the early seventies, the company began casting kids when it seemed appropriate, such as in Hansel and Gretel or Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. In 1972, when February performances of Snow White were booked in Miles City (a small Montana community located an icy 500 miles from Missoula), Jim and the other directors were not excited about the prospect of traveling with seven children across the state and decided to take a radical step: they would attempt to cast the dwarfs from children in Miles City.

The directors traveled across the state a week before the rest of the company, a bit skeptical about finding seven kids who might be interested in being in the play. When 450 children arrived, the astonished team auditioned the huge group and cast the seven roles. The success of that week—obvious major interest among kids, parents, teachers, and the press, as well as an excellent production and sold-out performances—opened the eyes of the MCT staff and the doors to the future.

This year, they will perform in over 50 states, 16 countries, and work with nearly 65,000 students!

Thank you!

Sponsored by Methow Arts, PSFA, Winthrop Kiwanis, Chewuch Inn, KTRT, Methow Valley Fund, the National Endowment for the Arts, Montana Arts Council, and the Methow Valley School District, today’s showings marked the 25th annual Missoula Children’s Theatre performance in the Methow Valley.

Special thanks to Ashley Lodato and Linda Mendro and the many sponsors noted above for making the arts accessible to all youth in the Methow Valley!

MVSD Honors Our Nation’s Veterans

American FlagsAs we approach Veterans Day, we wish to express our sincere gratitude and appreciation to our nation’s veterans for their service in support of our country and world peace.

Today, Liberty Bell hosted one of our Valley’s very own – Shannon Polson, parent, author, motivational speaker, and United States Military Veteran.

Shannon is one of the first women to fly the Apache helicopter in the U.S. Army. Her military career “…spans almost a decade as an Army officer and attack aviation leader around the world…” Serving as a leader in many other settings, Shannon Polson is committed to changing the conversation about women and leadership, and speaks and writes to inspire companies and organizations across the country and around the world, sharing lessons in leadership, grit and storytelling.

Next week, on Tuesday, November 13th, at 1:30 pm, Methow Valley Elementary will host a Veterans Day assembly in honor of our nation’s veterans. Parents and community members are welcome to attend.

Veterans Day is observed annually on November 11th in the United States. It originated as “Armistice Day” on November 11, 1919 – first anniversary of the end of World War I. It became a national holiday beginning in 1938, “dedicated to the cause of world peace…”

As we approach Veterans Day, please join us as we thank Shannon Polson and our nation’s many Veterans, some who call the Methow Valley home.

Sara Mounsey Selected to Receive Big Picture Learning (BPL) Leadership Grant

Sara MounseyIndependent Learning Center (ILC) Advisor, Sara Mounsey, has been selected to receive a BPL leadership grant.

Jeff Petty, Executive Director of the Puget Sound Consortium for School Innovation and Regional Director for Big Picture Learning states, “The grant will support additional time focused on the continued coordination and development of the ILC as a regional exemplar of a small rural BPL school and direct support to the 15-20 other schools across Eastern Washington making such a transition.”

Please join us in congratulating Sara and the ILC staff for their exceptional leadership and tireless effort to develop and implement a personalized, student-driven, competency-based approach to teaching and learning that others aspire to emulate!

Learning by Doing!

“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”
~ Ben Franklin

The Independent Learning Center, affiliated with Big Picture Learning, is one of only a handful of ‘competency-based’ learning programs endorsed by the Washington State Board of Education to offer students an opportunity to develop and apply authentic, real-world skills and knowledge through a variety of projects and community-based internships.

Plumbing - Learning by DoingGrant Lichtman, Senior Fellow with The Martin Institute for Teaching Excellence and author of the book titled, “Moving the Rock,” highlights the important work in front of schools to create student-centric, school and community-based learning laboratories. In a recent article, he stated, “Innovative learning practices that smear the boundary between ‘school’ and ‘world’ are increasingly the hallmark of deeper learning in the 21st century. They create scaffolds around which students learn critical content within the context of personal relevance and interest that generate intrinsic motivation, deeper understanding, and longer retention.”

He adds, “As I researched for my book, Moving the Rock, I looked for specific programs and practices that are fundamentally changing the outdated school operating system.”

One of the systems he Lichtman identifies is Big Picture Learning – a network of schools that has pioneered student internships with community partners, resulting in authentic, real-world learning, and in many cases, leading to future employment in an area of interest!

Thank you MVSD school board, ILC staff, and our many community-based mentors for their visionary leadership, tireless support, personalized approach to teaching and learning.

Closures, Delays, and Emergency Routes

Dear Methow Valley Students, Parents, and Community Members,

As we begin the transition from fall to winter and the weather begins to change, we encourage you to review the information contained on MVSD website titled, “School Closures, Delays and Emergency Routes.”

Methow Barn in Autumn LightImportant information about closures, delays, and emergency routes can be found by hovering over “Operations” in the main navigation bar, then clicking on the sub-page “Closures, Delays, and Emergency Routes” in the drop-down menu.

In the event we need to close schools, delay the opening of schools, and/or initiate buses on emergency routes, we will attempt to notify you of these changes in several ways. These include: Website and MVSD Facebook postings, Facebook alerts from Methow Valley News, KTRT and KOZI radio stations, and School Messenger – the school district’s automated communications system.

Please note: in order to receive automated messages about changes in school schedules or emergencies, we must have up-to-date contact information in our system. If you are uncertain about the accuracy of your contact information, please contact your child’s school secretary.

Thank you,
Methow Valley Schools

Liberty Bell Boys XC Team Crowned 2018 WIAA 2B Academic State Champions!

2018 LBHS Cross-Country Boys TeamToday, the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association, Dairy Farmers of Washington, and Les Schwab Tires announced the names of the Academic State Champions for the 2018-19 fall sports season with the Liberty Bell’s Boys XC team taking top honors with a combined GPA of 3.972!

The Scholastic Awards Program recognizes the team with the highest grade point average among all Washington high schools in their enrollment classification.
The winning teams will be presented with a special plaque at the upcoming WIAA, Dairy Farmers of Washington, Les Schwab Tires State Championships.

Please join us as we congratulate the Liberty Bell Boys XC team and their coaches for their outstanding performance on the trails and in the classroom!


Happy Holidays Methow Valley! All Schools & the District Office will be Closed to the Public Monday, December 24th, 2018 through Friday, January 4th, 2019