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!

MVSD Welcomes Tracie Powney, New Elementary Counselor!

Tracey PowneyWe are excited to welcome Tracie Powney as the MVSD’s new elementary counselor. As a highly skilled, knowledgeable, and experienced school counselor Tracie comes to us from the Nova School in Olympia. In addition to being a certified school counselor, Tracie is a licensed therapist, working in private practice with a wide range of ages.

Upon learning of her selection, Tracie stated, I am thrilled to be joining the team at Methow Valley Elementary School. I have enjoyed recreating in the beautiful Methow Valley for many years and have dreamed of turning my cabin in Winthrop into my permanent home. I am beyond grateful for this opportunity to serve as your elementary school counselor and I look forward to becoming an active member of this fantastic community.

Please join us as we welcome Tracie Powney!

MVSD Welcomes Matt Hinckley, New Liberty Bell Science Teacher!

Matt HinkleyMVSD is pleased to announce the hiring of Matt Hinckley, new science teacher at Liberty Bell Jr./Sr. High School.

Matt Hinckley has been a teacher for 13 years and grew up hiking in the Cascades. Matt has taught 9th grade science, 12th grade Physics, and AP Environmental Science at Nathan Hale High School in Seattle for four years. He also taught 7th and 8th grade science, AVID, and the STEM/Makers Lab elective course at Longfellow Middle School in Berkeley for eight years.

As a veteran science educator, Matt has a passion for outdoor field science education that gives students the tools to discover their own passion for the natural world and the skills to be successful in science or in any path they choose.

Matt, and his partner Beth Anderson, have visited the Methow over 40 times in the last 20 years, and although they will miss being close to saltwater, they are excited about skiing, hiking, and enjoying the clean, cold freshwaters of North Central Washington.

Please join us as welcome Matt Hinckley, LB’s new science teacher!

MVSD Welcomes Erik Brooks, Liberty Bell’s New Art Teacher!

Erik BrooksThe MVSD is pleased to announce the hiring of Erik Brooks, recognized author and/or illustrator of 28 books for children, including the Washington State Book Award winner, POLAR OPPOSITES, and titles by internationally acclaimed writers Betsy Byars, Eric Kimmel, and Shirley Climo.

Following a long line of exceptional artists, Erik enjoys working within and exploring many mediums, some that include: watercolor, colored pencil, and acrylic (with some digital touches.) He is also a cartoonist and a graphic designer who has taught in schools and libraries around the country.

Erik, along with his wife Sarah and daughter Keeley, has lived in the Methow since 2004. When not in the studio or in a classroom, Erik coaches XC and track and plays in the woods like a wolverine. Erik is honored and excited to bring his experience as a working artist to his new role this fall as the art teacher at Liberty Bell High School and Junior High.

Free Sports Physicals Available through Family Health Centers

Family Health Centers
Free sports physicals are currently available through Family Health Centers (FHC). All Liberty Bell Junior and Senior High School students are welcome, regardless of whether or not you are a FHC patient. Quick reminder – sports physicals are good for two years.

This year, in order to make this service more convenient and accessible, students are invited to schedule appointments for their physicals. To book an appointment, simply call (509) 997-2011 or stop by FHC: 541 W 2nd Ave in Twisp. Office hours are Monday-Friday 8AM-5PM.

We would like to thank Family Health Centers for their generosity in helping us to make participation in athletics available to all!

Please feel free to contact Michael Wilbur, MVSD Activities Director, if you have questions.

Air Quality Monitor Installed

We are pleased to announce the addition of a new air quality monitor for the Methow Valley School District; a tool that will help us to ensure the safety and well-being of MVSD students and staff.

This monitor is located on the Liberty Bell Junior/Senior High campus and will offer live, up-to-the-minute information regarding air quality. Provided by the Methow Valley Clean Air Project and funded by the Northwest Community Foundation’s Methow Fund, our monitor is one of 12 that will be installed this summer throughout the valley.

The air quality information will be available to the public and will be utilized by school employees to make decisions regarding participation in athletics, recess and other activities that bring our students outdoors.

Protecting the health and well-being of students in the Methow Valley School District is a vital part of our mission. We’d like to thank the Methow Valley Clean Air Project for helping us to have the best information available to help keep our kids healthy.

If you have any questions, please contact Michael Wilbur, MVSD Activities Director.

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