Housing Solutions Network Community Update Meeting — February 7th

Please join us Tuesday, February 7th, 5 – 7 PM at the Twisp Grange — Childcare provided!

Housing Solutions Network Community Update Event PosterIn the fall of 2022, leaders representing organizations actively working on local housing projects were invited to be a part of a new iteration of the Housing Solutions Network (HSN), attending bi-monthly roundtables (along with ad hoc collaboration), to create some connective tissue between these leaders and their projects.

Today the HSN is made up of 15 individuals, representing 15 different entities and projects. This group has now met twice, and the progress and optimism is contagious and encouraging. We’d like to share this optimism, encouragement, and notes on progress with you, our community!


We’ve partnered with Little Star and Room One to provided childcare for ages 3 and up. RSVP for childcare by contacting sarah@methowhousingtrust.org. (Please include number of children and ages for kids’ pizza dinner.)

5 – 6 PM Each member of the HSN will give a brief, 3-5min overview of their project and the housing need they are targeting. This portion of the meeting will also be available via Zoom.

6 – 7 PM Each member of the HSN will move to a table, and attendees are encouraged to wander about, ask questions, provide encouragement, and learn.

Project entities will include:

  • Methow Housing Trust
  • Housing Authority of Okanogan County
  • Methow Conservancy
  • Room One
  • Jamie’s Place
  • We Methow
  • Okanogan Coalition for Health Improvement (CHI)
  • Town of Winthrop
  • Konrad planned development
  • Community care-giver housing (HRSA grant funding)
  • TwispWorks / Methow Investment Network
  • Methow at Home

Let us know if you’ll be attending on the Facebook Event page.

Parent University Presents: The Emotional Lives of Youth

Dr. Lisa DamourJoin us on Thursday, February 2nd for our second virtual Parent University session of the 2022-2023 school year featuring New York Times bestselling author Dr. Lisa Damour.

Dr. Damour will speak about her upcoming book, “The Emotional Lives of Teenagers” to be released on Tuesday, February 21. She will offer guidance on how to help youth open up, how to keep youth from being overwhelmed by their emotions or feeling at the mercy of their moods, and provide concrete strategies for supporting them as they manage their feelings at home, with their peers, online, and at school.

Recognized as a thought leader by the American Psychological Association, Dr. Damour co-hosts the Ask Lisa podcast, writes about teenagers for the New York Times, appears as a regular contributor to CBS News, and works in collaboration with UNICEF.

Dr. Damour serves as a Senior Advisor to the Schubert Center for Child Studies at Case Western Reserve University and has written numerous academic papers, chapters, and books related to education and child development. Dr. Damour graduated with honors from Yale University and worked for the Yale Child Study Center before earning her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Michigan.

There is no cost associated with your ticket. All sessions are free to Methow Valley School District parents/guardians, but please be sure to register in advance! Questions? Contact the Parent University Team.

Parent University Series

Parent University is an annual parent and guardian education series for the entire Seattle community. Parent University offers virtual seminars throughout the year culminating in a half-day, in-person conference at the end of April on The Bush School campus. Each Parent University lecture features a relevant topic about raising children in today’s society. Previous topics have included childhood anxiety, citizenship, parenting to embrace diversity, equity and inclusion, learning differences, and digital safety. For more information and to see recordings of past events, visit bush.edu/parentu

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MVSD School Board Unanimously Selects Dana Stromberger to Serve as Board Chair, Frank Kline to Serve as Vice Chair

Dana Stromberger, MVSD Board ChairThe MVSD is excited to announce that members of the MVSD School Board of Directors have unanimously selected Dana Stromberger to serve as the MVSD Board Chair for a second consecutive term. Shortly following Dana’s acceptance of the position, the board unanimously selected Frank Kline to serve a second term as the MVSD Board of Directors Vice Chair.

Accepting the nomination to serve as the MVSD Board Chair for a second consecutive term, members of the board were quick to express their gratitude and appreciation for Dana’s visionary leadership and calm, steady approach in support of the students, staff, families, and community served by the MVSD.

As the MVSD Board Chair, Dana will continue to work closely with members of the board, superintendent, staff, students, families, and community to help achieve its vision – developing curious, creative, caring, competent, action-oriented citizens prepared to pursue the widest range of post-secondary pathways possible.

Following Dana’s acceptance of the nomination to serve as Board Chair, board member Mary Anne Quigley stated, “We are in good hands.”

Please join us as we congratulate Dana Stromberger, MVSD Board Chair and Frank Kline, MVSD Vice Chair.

LBHS Construction and Design Gallery Walk a Huge Success

On Tuesday, January 24th, the LBHS Construction & Design Gallery Walk took place, providing middle school students with the opportunity to showcase their learning. Applying the skills and knowledge taught by C&D Instructor, Wyatt Southworth, students presented their final product to industry professionals and community members.

LBHS onstruction class student presenting his project.Following the gallery walk, one observer captured the essence of the gallery walk well by stating, “This is what relevance in school looks like. Providing student students with the opportunity to apply their learning in response to a locally relevant area of unmet need. In this case, housing. I couldn’t be more pleased by what I see happening in our schools, or hopeful, based upon what I see in our students.”

Please join us as we thank C&D Instructor, Wyatt Southworth, our LBHS students, the Winthrop Kiwanis Club, and our many community partners for their continued support of our ever-expanding Construction and Design Pathway, related courses, community-based internships, and future apprenticeships.

Rebecca Shoup to Serve as LBHS Writing Coach Coordinator

Rebecca ShoupWith the goal of increasing academic support for middle school and high school students in the area of writing, LBHS, working in partnership with the Public School Funding Alliance (PSFA), have hired Rebecca Shoup to serve as the new LBHS Writing Coach Coordinator. 

When asked about why this position was created and who he anticipates will benefit from the services provided by this program, LBHS Principal, Crosby Carpenter stated, “We’re so thrilled to have Rebecca on board! She will play a key role in increasing writing support across all grade levels and content areas. Rebecca will oversee the implementation of the WriterCoach Connection model, which relies on community volunteers to work directly with students of all abilities to increase writing skills.”

Rebecca’s educational background, work-related experience, time spent volunteering in schools, and diverse life experiences have prepared her well for this position. Living most of her formative years in Venezuela and Colombia, she attended several international schools where she became accustomed to having friends of many different nationalities. These experiences gave her an appreciation for different perspectives. After graduating from Ohio Wesleyan with a major in print journalism and a minor in biology, Rebecca went on to law school at the University of Denver and specialized in employment discrimination law. This experience inspired her to seek a position with Child Protective Services and to become a Court Appointed Special Advocate for Okanogan County when she moved to the valley in 2001. Since then, Rebecca has sought out opportunities to work with children in the school environment; she assisted teachers in the classroom, aided school counselors, participated in school task forces, tutored students, and volunteered in the school library. Rebecca’s most recent adventure has been as a substitute teacher for Liberty Bell.

When asked why she applied for the position, Rebecca stated, “Advocating and working for the well-being of children has been at the heart of my work and volunteering. I love not only teaching, but also hearing and learning from our youth. Getting to know and learn from individual students in a collaborative learning environment inspires me. I am excited as a parent, teacher, and community member to be a part of this endeavor to advance the writing skills and critical thinking of our Methow Valley youth.”  

When not substitute teaching or volunteering in schools, Rebecca and her husband, Steve Hirsch enjoy spending time with two children, playing in the great outdoors, visiting with family and friends, testing her balance in yoga, experimenting with oil paint and wax on wood panels, finding beautiful places to drink coffee, and getting lost in a good book. 

Please join us as we welcome Rebecca Shoup, LBHS Writing Coach Coordinator!

Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr QuoteDr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is often referred to as the chief leader of the civil rights movement that successfully targeted laws associated with racial discrimination through nonviolent activism.

King was assassinated in 1968. Fifteen years later, President Ronald Reagan signed the holiday into law in 1983, and it was first observed three years later. It was officially observed in all 50 states for the first time in 2000.

Please join us as we recognize Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. for his visionary leadership, tireless advocacy, and significant achievements. With much work that remains, we continue to learn from his teachings and writings today.