“Mountain Lions of the Month” for May

Each month Liberty Bell teachers nominate JH and HS students for Mountain Lions of the Month. Students are nominated based on our 10 MVSD Learner Outcomes.

Winners receive a collective learner profile sticker and a gift card for a drink of their choice at either Katie’s Pony Espresso or Blue Star Coffee Roasters. Congratulations to this month’s amazing group of students!

And your May Mountain Lions of the Month are…

LB Mountain Lions of the Month


• SHAE TAYLOR (HS) has done a fabulous job of finding balance in her life as she finishes up her senior year and proactively plans for her future.

• AUDREY ROMAN (MS) balances academics and athletics, participating in sports while maintaining straight A’s.


• ADEE SMITH (HS) A student said this about Adee: “She is always checking in on those around her, and never complains about her own stress. The most caring person I know!”

• NAVAEH YOAKUM (MS) A student said this about Nevaeh: “She will always check in on you even if you don’t look down.”


• PIPPA SMITH (HS) A student said this about Pippa: “Effectively communicates to those around her to organize events.”

• ORLO PARKINSON (MS) A student said this about Orlo: “On the bus and in class, he always listens to others before speaking, gives good suggestions, settles arguments, etc.


• CARTER SHELEY (HS) A student said this about Carter: “When Carter Sheley got up in front of the entire school and delivered one of the best speeches I have ever heard when he ran for ASB Executive Vice President, he really stood out to me as a beacon of courage. I know for a fact that I wouldn’t have been able to muster up the courage to do something like that, and because of that, I have a lot of respect for the courage he showed on that day.”

• KARMA CURTIS (MS) A student said this about Karma: “She wasn’t afraid of speaking up when she saw something that was wrong.”


• ROBIE SUTER (HS) is always asking thoughtful questions during our conversations. He’s quick to want more information in order to develop his opinion on a specific topic

• LEVIN LOTT (MS) A student said this about Levin: “He asks thoughtful questions.”


• ANGEL ARELLANO (HS) A student said this about Angel: “He shows his knowledge in class by showing his deep understanding of the material. This includes the time where he made a math pun in Gitchos’ class about the tangent trig function. He also was a frequent team captain in Knowledge Bowl where he applied his knowledge of many subjects inside and outside of school. ”

• WYATT SCHUMACHER (MS) A student said this about Wyatt: “He is knowledgeable.”

Open Minded…

• EZ KIRK (HS) engaged passionately in a heated debate in math class, regarding the number point nine repeating. I think he know understands both sides of the argument quite deeply. He also has grown much more open-minded about learning math that isn’t “useful.”

• TREY TIBERINO (MS) A student said this about Trey: “He is always thinking of ideas and he asks a lot of questions.”


• SAMUEL PATTERSON (HS) Since Winter Break, Sam has shown a much-improved and consistent commitment to completing quality work in Health class. He asks questions when he doesn’t understand, and often stays a few minutes after class to complete assignments. His written work is thoughtful and detailed.

• COURT DARWOOD (MS) A student said this about Court: “Court sticks to his principles by working hard.”


• KATELYNN BUDROW (HS) did a great job reflecting on the feedback she received for her Personal Project. She was specific and thorough in her reflection.

• NELLA BELCHER (MS) always reflects on her learning and articulates to teachers exactly how things are going, what information she needs, and what she hopes to learn.


• GRAHAM SHELEY (HS) A student said this about him: “Graham is a smart fella.”

• SOREN STEVIE (MS) A student said this about Soren: “He has shown being a thinker by thinking.”

Talking with your Children Following a Tragic Event

Dear Methow Valley Students, Parents, Staff, and Community Members,

Like so many, I too find myself deeply saddened by the tragic news of the school shooting that took place in Texas today. As a community that loves and cares for its youth, to suggest such a senseless event is heartbreaking is a huge understatement.

Student and staff safety at school is our top priority. We work in partnership with our students, parents, counselors, mental health care providers, local law enforcement officials, and social service agencies to ensure our schools are safe, welcoming places for all students, families, and community members. In addition to staff training, visitor management protocols, security cameras, and controlled access to our facilities, this includes a strong emphasis on building a culture where every student feels valued, respected, and dignified.

When tragic events like this occur, it challenges all of us to know how to discuss these issues with our children. With this in mind, I want to share some resources with you that may be of assistance to you as you attempt to help your children cope with the news of this event. As a place to begin, I recommend visiting these websites:

School safety and crisis, National Association of School Psychologists
Talking to children about violence, National Association of School Psychologists

If you, your student, and/or family is in need of additional support, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our school counselors and administrative staff.


Tom Venable
Superintendent, Methow Valley School District

MVSD Hosts 2022 Washington Student Cycling League Race Series: The Sidewinder Classic

HIgh school boy on mtn bike competing in race.On Sunday, May 15, the MVSD campus served as the host site for the third race in the four-part Washington Student Cycling League Race Series – The Sidewinder Classic.

During the event, hundreds of participants from around the State of Washington, including members of the Methow Valley Cycling Team, pushed their riding skills and fitness levels to the limit, ripping up, down, and around the newly constructed 4.5 mile trail multiple times.

In spite of the unseasonably cool temps and rain, participants and spectators alike celebrated the opportunity to engage in what they love on what is quickly becoming a premier race and training trail. One rider stated, “Can you imagine, having a trail on your school campus. I think I’m in love!”

For those who are unfamiliar with the Washington Student Cycling League, the spring cycling season typically begins in April of 2022 with four races taking place in various locations around the state. Committed to accommodating all participants regardless of experience, skill level, or those in need of a bike, the team trains 3-4 days per week prior to and during the two-month season.

Please join us as we congratulate the Methow Valley Cycling Team, their coaches, and the many organizations and individuals working behind the scene to make it possible!

LBHS Drama Company’s Twelfth Night Premiers Wednesday Night!

LB Drama Company - The Twelfth Night

Liberty Bell Drama Company’s rendition of The Twelfth Night premiers this Wednesday, May 18 and runs through Sunday, May 22 at The Merc Playhouse in Twisp.

The show includes LIVE MUSIC and is free for MVSD students, staff, and families of cast and crew. Community members pay $15 at the door. No advanced tickets are available.

We look forward to seeing you there!

2022 MVSD Graduation Week Schedule

Greetings Class of 2022 Families,

With two weeks to go, our seniors are rapidly approaching the end of their high school careers. Our grad team is busy planning Graduation Week and has made a few exciting adjustments. We have added a scholarship ceremony and an MVE graduate walk. Both events will take place on Thursday, May 2nd following graduation rehearsal. More details to come. There will also be a high school awards assembly on Thursday, May 26th. See schedule below for a full breakdown of the week.

Congratulations, Graduates!
Crosby Carpenter
Principal, Liberty Bell High School


2022 MVSD GRADUATION WEEK • May 30 – June 3
(Updated May 15th)

Memorial Day – No School

Senior Checkout @ Liberty Bell & ILC
(9 am – 1 pm)

No Events

Mandatory Graduation Rehearsal
(9 am – 11 am)

MVE Graduate Walk

Group Photo (w/ caps & gowns)

Slideshow Viewing @ LBHS gym (families welcome to attend)

Scholarships Ceremony & Social @ LBHS Library
(1 pm – 3 pm)

(6 pm)

Parade Prep & Staging @ Corner of Wagner & Hwy 20 across from Blackbirds
(3:30 pm – 4 pm)

Parade Leaves Hank’s
(4 pm)

Parade Arrives in Winthrop
(approx 4:30 pm)

Ceremony Staging + Family Member Arrival
(gates open @ 5:30 pm)

Outdoor Commencement Ceremony
(LBHS, 6:00 pm)

Bettina Gehle Selected to Serve as MVE PE Teacher

Bettina Gehle with two light brown dogs.The MVSD is pleased to announce that Bettina Gehle has been selected to serve as MVE’s PE teacher, beginning in the fall of the 2022-23 school year. She will be replacing Ray Sanders who will be on professional leave, living and teaching abroad in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

AFter earning a Master’s degree in Education from University Georg August University Goettingen [Germany], Bettina started her teaching career in a vocational school in Germany. She immigrated to the United States in 2000. Shortly following her arrival, she began teaching for the Issaquah School district at Tiger Mountain, an alternative high school. During her tenure with the Issaquah School District, she also taught at the 9th grade school Pacific Freshman campus. Currently, she is teaching at Pacific Cascade Middle School. It should also be mentioned that Bettina served as the head coach for both boys’ and girls’ tennis at Skyline High School for 22 years.

When asked about her decision to relocate to the Methow Valley, Bettina stated, “My wife Deb and I are excited to be part of the Methow Valley community. Our two golden retrievers, Mia and Finney, are looking forward to the hikes, runs and skiing they will do with us.”

Please join us as we welcome Bettina Gehle, MVE’s PE teacher.