MVSD Calendar Committee Prepares to Finalize 2019-20 School Calendar: Seeks Your Input!

District CalendarThe Methow Valley School District Calendar Committee, a team that includes broad stakeholder representation have spent a considerable amount of time attempting to address many interests and complexities associated with the development of a 2019-20 School Calendar. Through their work, they have developed two options. However, prior to facilitating a staff vote upon the two options, they would like to solicit a final round of input from you.

Stakeholder feedback in the form of pros/cons (not votes) received no later than Friday, March 1, will be reviewed and considered before finalizing the two options. Once finalized, the two calendar options will be presented to staff for a final vote. The 2019-2020 Calendar option receiving the most staff votes will be presented to the superintendent and school board for final review and approval.

Feedback in the form of pros/cons associated with Calendar Option #1 and Calendar Option #2 can submitted electronically using the survey button below or printed and submitted to the District Office.

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Thank you for your participation!
MVSD Calendar Committee

Crosby Carpenter Selected to Serve as New Liberty Bell Jr-Sr High School Principal

Crosby CarpenterThe Methow Valley School District is pleased to announce the hiring of Crosby Carpenter to serve as the new Liberty Bell Jr-Sr High School Principal. Carpenter will assume the position effective July 1, 2019, following the retirement of Deborah DeKalb, current Liberty Bell Jr-Sr HS principal.

Carpenter grew up in Snohomish before attending Western Washington University. After graduating with a degree in Natural Resource Management, he joined Teach for America where he taught physical and environmental science on the Navajo Nation. Following his time spent teaching on the Navajo Nation, Carpenter spent several years gaining valuable skills working in construction industry building houses in the Seattle area, eventually returning to pursue his passion – teaching.

Crosby obtained his Master in Teaching degree from Western Washington University and returned to the classroom where he taught a variety of classes at Granite Falls High School and Chelan High School. Some of the coursework he taught included: entrepreneurship, economics, marketing, sustainable design, and architectural design & construction.

More recently, Carpenter has served as the principal of Chelan School of Innovation, an alternative high school affiliated with Big Picture Learning and Associate Principal of Chelan High School.

When asked how he feels about assuming the role of Liberty Bell Jr-Sr HS Principal, Carpenter stated, “I value the opportunity to work collaboratively with an exceptional group of students, teachers, and community members to create a vibrant school culture based on empathy, civic engagement, critical thinking, student agency, and reflection.” Carpenter went on to say, “I’m passionate about creating meaningful, personalized educational pathways for all students that expose and prepare them for the widest range of post-secondary educational, career, and life opportunities possible.”

Carpenter, his wife Andria, and their dog Oskar have lived in the Methow for four years. His interests outside of education include mountain biking, skiing of any kind, traveling, drinking coffee, and cooking.

Please join us as we welcome Crosby Carpenter!

MVSD Launches Playground Committee: Solicits Interested Stakeholders to Participate in Final Phase of Planning

Dear Students, Staff, Parents and Community Members,

Balance - Person walking a ropeResearch shows that “play” has a critical role in a child’s overall development, providing many valuable benefits, including the development of physical, emotional, social and cognitive skills.

Equipped with this knowledge, the Methow Valley School District has spent considerable time during the past two years, gathering ideas from our elementary students about the ideal playground setting. Using the research and information provided by our students, the Methow Valley School District is preparing to move forward with planning and construction of new playground structure at Methow Valley Elementary School.

Four years ago, the Methow Valley School District’s Facilities Task Force conducted a comprehensive assessment and evaluation of the existing facilities. Through this process, the task force identified many areas needing immediate attention. One of the priorities that emerged included the replacement of an aging playground and the installation of a new ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliant playground that meets National Playground Safety Standards – ensuring “all” students have access to a safe and engaging playground environment that promotes the development of healthy, fit, active youth. Through the successful passage of a voter-approved, six-year Capital Projects – Facilities Improvements Levy, the Methow Valley School District and Facilities Task Force is excited to move forward with this project.

The district is looking to assemble a committee of interested stakeholders to assist with the final stages of the planning phase.

If you would like to be considered for participation in this process, we ask that you please complete a Committee Application Form and submit it to the district no later than Thursday, February 14, 2019 at 1:00 p.m.

Methow Valley School District Launches Methow Valley Elementary School Search and Selection Process: A Call for Exceptional Candidates

Methow Valley ElementaryWorking 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 Methow Valley Elementary School Principal.

After 34 years of dedicated service in public education, MVES Principal, Bob Winters recently announced his plan to retire at the end of the 2018-19 school year. Winters leaves behind many recent accomplishments, some of which include:

  • The development of a coherent “System of Exceptional Teaching and Learning” defined by it’s recent International Baccalaureate – Primary Years Program designation..
  • The establishment of a robust “Early Childhood Education and Childcare” program that includes a full-day pre-school program in partnership with Head Start and a highly engaging after-school childcare and Cub Club enrichment program, ensuring all students and families have affordable, high quality early learning and childcare opportunities.
  • A caring, compassionate approach to “Family and Community Engagement” that includes elementary counseling services, expanded nursing services, and increased levels of special education staffing and training.
  • Many academic, athletic, and community service related honors.

Exceptional candidates wishing to be considered for the Methow Valley Elementary School Principal position are encouraged to submit their application no later than Friday, February 15, 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.

Help Us Identify the Qualities and Characteristics We Aspire to See in the Next Methow Valley Elementary Principal

Methow Valley Elementary Parents and Community Members,

Principal SearchWe would like your input in developing a candidate profile which identifies the characteristics that we aspire to see in our next exceptional leader for Methow Valley Elementary. To that end, we invite you to join us at one of the following sessions to provide your ideas.
 
(All Staff) Wednesday, January 30 • 3:20 – 4:00 PM in MVES Library
(Parents/Community) Thursday, February 7 • 2:00 – 3:00 PM in MVES PD Room/Library
(Parents/Community) Thursday, February 7 • 5:30 – 6:30 PM in MVES Library

Input can also be provided on an online survey form by following the link below.
MVE Principal Candidate Profile Input

If you would like to be considered for the interview committee, please complete an application. Committee Application Form

Liberty Bell Jr-Sr HS Principal Search and Selection Process Advances: Interviews with Finalists Set to Take Place Monday, February 4th, Community Members Invited to Participate in Community Forum

Searching with a lightThe Liberty Bell Jr-Sr High School Principal Search and Selection Process continues to unfold as planned with interviews scheduled to take place on Monday, February 4, 2019.

As part of the process, all interested students, staff, parents, and community members are invited to meet and greet the Liberty Bell Jr-Sr HS Principal finalists at the Community Forum scheduled to take place on Monday, February 4th, beginning at 4:00 p.m. in the Liberty Bell Library. During the forum, those in attendance will have an opportunity to hear each candidate describe their educational background and related experiences, listen to their responses to a few predetermined questions, and provide the interview committee with written feedback that will be used in support of the committee’s deliberations and final recommendation.

The MVSD administrative team and LBHS/ILC teacher leader team recently screened nearly a dozen applicants. Following the completion of the screening process, they have selected four finalists to be interviewed. They represent an exceptionally strong pool of candidates. In fact, shortly following the initial applicant screening process, one member of the interview team stated, “I’d be excited to work for any one of these candidates! I’m excited to meet each of them in person and learn more about their past experiences, leadership styles, what they know about us, and what they are prepared to contribute to our schools.”

As previously communicated by superintendent Venable, MVES Principal, Bob Winters and LBHS Principal, Deborah DeKalb are scheduled to retire at the end of the current school year. When asked how people are thinking and feeling about two principals retiring at the same time, superintendent Venable stated, “For many the news of their retirements created a deep sense of loss given their (Winters and DeKalb) strong relationships with students, staff, parents and community members. However, change represents opportunity. This is an opportunity to “hit the pause button,” reflect upon where we’ve been, where we are, where we’re headed, and more specifically, the leadership that is needed to propel us into the future.”

Using the “Candidate Profile” established by feedback gathered during the many recent input sessions, coupled with the feedback regarding the district’s perceived strengths and challenges, members of the interview team will facilitate a comprehensive and inclusive interview process that involves gathering information about each finalist. Each finalist will participate in a full day interview that includes: a formal team interview, student-led school tours, a parent forum, a community forum, and an individual interview with the superintendent.

Using multiple sources of information gathered throughout the process, the interview team will provide input to the administrative team and team of teacher leaders. The administrative team and teacher leaders will use the input gathered to support their final deliberations and recommendation to the superintendent.

Again, we hope you will consider participating in the process by attending the Community Forum scheduled to take place on Monday, February 4th at 4:00 p.m. in the Liberty Bell Library.