MVSD Selects Michaela Query to Serve as MVE World Language Instructor and District-wide English Language Learner Coordinator.

The MVSD is pleased to announce that Michaela Query has been selected to serve as the Methow Valley Elementary Spanish teacher and district-wide English Language Learner (ELL) Coordinator.

Michaela Query and familyMichaela served as a special education teacher with Methow Valley Schools during the 20-21 school year. In the words of MVE Principal Paul Gutzler, “Michaela possesses the unique combination of teaching experience in an IB school, Spanish language skills, appreciation for other cultures, and experience designing and implementing interventions to make her the perfect candidate for this position. Additionally, we are super excited to be offering Spanish language instruction to all students at Methow Valley Elementary, including Kindergarteners.”

Prior to living in the Methow this past year, Michaela spent three years teaching English abroad in Doha, Qatar where she was fortunate to live and work with families from a variety of backgrounds and countries – Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Philippines, Sri Lanka, India, Croatia, Macedonia, China, and Switzerland – just to name a few. During their time spent living and working abroad, Micheala and her family were able to travel to several countries and experience the rich culture of each place first-hand. When asked to identify a highlight associated with time spent abroad, Michaela noted that one of their family’s biggest highlights of living and traveling abroad was completing 28 days on the Camino de Santiago del Norte trail in Spain.

Michaela first heard Spanish spoken by her grandmother as a young child and it opened her mind to an amazing new world. While she did not actively learn the language until her semester abroad in Argentina, it opened her heart and mind to understanding how culture and language can provide some valuable and rich life experiences. In her own words Michaela shared, “Creating a safe, fun and supportive environment for kids to find the magic in learning another language and culture is exciting!”

When Michaela is not teaching in the classroom, you can find her on the trails, trying out new recipes, connecting with people or organizing playdates for her children. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Modern Languages (Spanish) with a focus on Secondary Education from Metropolitan State College of Denver, and a K-8 Special Education Master’s Degree from the University of Washington-Tacoma.

As for this place, Michaela stated, “Being a part of the LBHS and MVE team in the year of Covid has taught me just how important community is. The Methow Valley School District is a pivotal part of this special place that I have been honored to be a part of this year.”

Please join us as we congratulate Michaela Query, MVE Spanish Instructor and MVSD ELL Coordinator!

Last Day of School!

Methow Valley HikeDear Methow Valley Students, Parents, and Community Members,

As the Superintendent of the Methow Valley School District, speaking on behalf of the board of directors, administrative team, and staff, we can’t thank you enough…

Resilient, resourceful, creative, empathetic, grateful, humble… Commonly associated with those who call the Methow Valley home, these are just a few of the many positive attributes you have displayed over the course of the last year and a half. Thank you for making our youth feel heard, seen, and valued.

As we begin preparations to fully reopen our schools for in-person instruction five days a week, we look forward to seeing you in fall.

Sincerely,

Tom Venable
Superintendent, Methow Valley School District

MVSD Summer Hours of Operation

MVSD District Office
The MVSD District Office will remain open to the public throughout the summer. Beginning the week of June 14th, the district office will be open to the public Tuesday through Thursday, from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.. The district office will resume regular (M-F) hours of operation beginning Monday, August 16th.

Liberty Bell Jr./Sr. HS Office
The LBHS Office will close for the summer beginning Monday, June 21st. The LBHS Office will reopen to the public on Monday, August 16th. Detailed information regarding dates and times involving student orientation, registration, and scheduling changes will be sent to enrolled students and their parents.

Methow Valley Elementary Office
The MVE Office will close for summer beginning Monday, June 21st. The MVE Office will reopen to the public on Monday, August 16th.

MVSD Transportation Department
The MVSD Transportation Department will close to the public on Monday, June 21st. The MVSD Transportation Department will reopen to the public on Monday, August 16th.

Mental Health Counseling Services
The MVSD/OBHC Mental Health Counselor, Sean Fitzpatrick will be seeing clients out of an office located in the ILC Treehouse on the TwispWorks campus during the months of June, July and early August. He is available by appointment to meet with MVSD clients Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and some Fridays 8 a.m.- 6 p.m. To schedule appointments, please contact OBHC at (509) 826-6191.

Have a great Summer Break!

THE LARAMIE PROJECT DOCUMENTARY

Presented by the Liberty Bell Drama Company, Documented by Terry Hunt

THE LARAMIE PROJECT is a breathtaking collage that explores the depths to which humanity can sink and the heights of compassion of which we are capable.

Watch THE LARAMIE PROJECT Documentary


 
ABOUT THE PLAY

In October 1998, a twenty-one-year-old student at the University of Wyoming was kidnapped, severely beaten, and left tied to a fence in the middle of the prairie outside Laramie, Wyoming. His bloody, bruised, and battered body was not discovered until the next day, and he died several days later in an area hospital. His name was Matthew Shepard, and he was the victim of this assault because he was gay.
Liberty Bell Drama Company - The Laramie Project
Moisés Kaufman and fellow members of the Tectonic Theater Project made six trips to Laramie over the course of a year and a half, in the aftermath of the beating and during the trial of the two young men accused of killing Shepard. They conducted more than 200 interviews with the people of the town. Some people interviewed were directly connected to the case, while others were citizens of Laramie, and the breadth of the reactions to the crime is fascinating.

Kaufman and Tectonic Theater members have constructed a deeply moving theatrical experience from these interviews and their own experiences in Laramie. (Rated PG-13)

Presented with support from The Merc Playhouse and Methow Arts.

MVSD Summer Meals Program 2021

MVSD Summer Meals Program 2021

Grab ‘n’ Go style sack includes breakfast/lunch with milk. Free to children 18 years and younger.

When

June 21 – Aug 13, 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
(excluding weekends and July 5)

Where

• Carlton General Store – 2256 Hwy 153
• Twisp Park (across from the pool)
• Winthrop Red Barn – 51 N Hwy 20

Questions?

Contact MVSD: (509) 996-9205

It’s Graduation Day!

2021 MVSD Graduation Day Banner

  • The parade leaves Hank’s at 3 p.m. (set up 2:15 – 2:45 p.m.)
  • Graduates should arrive in the Liberty Bell gym no later than 5:15 p.m.
  • Gates open at 5 p.m. and all seating is reserved for ticket-holding family members of graduates.
  • Each graduate received six tickets after rehearsal.
  • Graduates are welcome to distribute extra tickets as they wish.
  • Families of graduates will be directed to their seating area upon check-in at the Liberty Bell field starting at 5 p.m. The total number of guests per zone should not exceed 10.
  • There will be no covered seating for guests during the ceremony. Please make sure to check the weather forecast and dress accordingly.
  • Please keep track of your tickets. Guests must present a physical ticket to enter the ceremony.
  • All MVSD school policies apply.
  • No pets, please.
  • Be prepared to cheer loudly for your 2021 MVSD graduates!

Please remember that attendance at the outdoor commencement ceremony is limited to ticket-holding family members of graduates.

We kindly ask that anyone without a ticket join in the celebration along the Parade Route or watch the ceremony online (requires Instagram account), but not attempt to attend the ceremony.

2021 MVSD Graduation Streaming on Instagram

Class of 2021 Slideshow

Congratulations Class of 2021!

With an abundance of pride, emotion, and a few tears, we present the 2021 Graduate Slideshow! A huge thank you to Class of 2021 Graduate Lena Nelson for coordinating and creating this beautiful tribute.

 

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MVSD Summer Hours: District Office will be open Tuesday-Thursday, 9 am - 3 pm. All school offices will reopen August 16th. Enjoy a wonderful summer break!