Methow Valley School District Schools and District Office closed for Spring Break

Amelia Evans Artwork

Spring is when you feel like whistling even with a shoe full of slush.
~ Doug Larson

The Methow Valley School District Schools and District Office will be closed for Spring Break beginning Monday, April 2nd through Friday, April 6th.

We look forward to our students’ return on Monday, April 9th.

Artwork by Amelia Evans, MVES Student

LB Knowledge Bowl Team Takes 2nd at 2018 Knowledge Bowl State Championship!

On Saturday, March 17th, the defending state champion Liberty Bell Knowledge Bowl team found itself in nail-biter, competing against St. George of Spokane and Federal Way for the top spot. On a day that began with 18 teams, Liberty Bell finished 2nd Runner-up to Federal Way.

2018 Liberty Bell Knowledge Bowl Team

Knowledge Bowl is an academic competition for high school students in Washington State. Regional competitions are held between November and early March. The state tournament is typically held on the fourth Saturday in March. The competition involves teams of four students trying to answer questions in a written round and several oral rounds. The written round is a multiple-choice exam taken by each team as a whole. Results of this round are used for seeding teams in the oral rounds.

In the oral rounds, there are three teams per room. A reader presents the questions, and a team member may buzz in as soon as he or she chooses. If they miss a question, nothing is deducted, but the other teams then may try to answer the question based on who buzzed in first. The winner is the team with the greatest number of points at the end of the meet.

Congratulations to Coach Hubbard and our outstanding Knowledge Bowl team on another exceptional season!

Interested in participating on next year’s Knowledge Bowl team? Contact Leverett Hubbard at (509) 997-4011.

Honoring Excellence… Congratulations Adrian Chavey and James Mitchell, MVSD’s 2018 Excellence Awards Recipients!

Each year, school district employees across the North Central region of Washington State are encouraged to submit the names of colleagues (one certificated employee and one classified employee) they believe represent excellence in public education.

This year, the Methow Valley School District received more submissions than ever, each highlighting the exceptional dedication and commitment to service throughout our schools in support of students and families. However, two names rose to the top…
Adrian Chavey and Tom VenableADRIAN CHAVEY
Special Education Teacher

As a member of the Methow Valley School District’s Special Education team, Adrian Chavey works collaboratively with students, staff, and parents to ensure every student is able to fulfill their potential and graduate prepared to pursue a wide range of post-secondary college, career, and life opportunities.

When staff was asked why they nominated Adrian for the MVSD Excellence Awards, one staff member stated,

If I were a student in Adrian’s class, she would be one of those teachers I would remember forever. First and foremost, she makes everyone feel safe and loved, and from that bond her students grow and want to do their best… We are so lucky to have her!

Another colleague stated, “Adrian has transformed the Special Education Department with her creativity, kindness, compassion, and dedication to supporting staff and serving students… Each and every student she teaches is better because of her. They feel loved, understood and excited to learn and grow. She challenges all of her students to reach for the stars and expand their goals and minds. We are better because of her!”
James Mitchell and Tom VenableJAMES MITCHELL

A long-time Para-Educator who wears many hats, James Mitchell is a highly respected member of the Methow Valley School District who is loved by all.

When staff was asked why they nominated James for the MVSD Excellence Awards, a staff member who works closely with James stated,

He is a very calm presence… He is wonderful with the students and they really like him. He is always cheerful and polite. In the mornings, I get to witness the students’ excitement when he arrives. They are happy to see him.

Another staff member summed up the thoughts of many by stating, “James goes about his work quietly, never looking for recognition. He is well respected for his calm manner and the safe and fun atmosphere he creates for students… He is a great model for our young people.”
Congratulations Adrian Chavey and James Mitchell, Methow Valley School District’s 2017-18 Excellence Awards Recipients – You make all of us proud!

LBHS Senior, Mackenzie Woodworth Wins Poetry Out Loud Eastern Washington Regional Finals, Goes On to Place in Top 5 at State Championships

Mackenzie Woodworth - Poetry Out Loud CompetitionMackenzie Woodworth, a Liberty Bell High School senior, represented the Methow Valley at the Washington State Poetry Out Loud Regional and State Championships in grand fashion.

Mackenzie won the sixth annual Poetry Out Loud competition for Liberty Bell High School and Independent Learning Center students at The Merc Playhouse in December, reciting “I Go Back to May 1937?” By Sharon Olds and “Memory as a Hearing Aid” by Tony Hoagland. She then won the Eastern Regional Championships in Spokane on February 1. Following her stellar performance at the Regional Finals, Mackenzie went on to place in the top five finalists at the State Championships.

For the past five years, the Methow Valley has sponsored a robust Poetry Out Loud competition. Poetry Out Loud (POL) is a national memorization and recitation contest that helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about literary history and contemporary life. Each winter, local high school students compete for slots at local, regional, and state POL competitions.

Created in 2006 by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, Poetry Out Loud gives students an opportunity to work with recitation coaches such as Thome George and Rod Molzahn, who help students select poems from the anthology of allowed poems, provide them with structure for memorization, and coach them on performance skills such as projection, pacing, emphasis, and movement. If funding allows, the poetry coaches continue to tutor students throughout the duration of the competitions, as long as students are advancing to the next level.

Beginning with Tom Zbyszewski in 2013, five times a Liberty Bell student has won one of two top slots at the regional competition and advanced to the state event; regional winners after Zbyszewski were Liam Daily (2014), Claire Waichler (2015), Lilly Cooley (2016), Mia Stratman (2017), and now Mackenzie Woodworth (2018).

The winner of the state competition advances to the Poetry Out Loud National Finals in Washington, D.C., along with state winners from around the country and US Territories.

March 20th is Kindergarten Round Up!

2018 MVE Kindergarten Round UpCalling all families with students planning to enter Kindergarten in the fall of 2018….

Please join us Tuesday, March 20th, 5:30-7:00 p.m. for Kindergarten Round Up. Presentation begins at 5:45 p.m.

We encourage all families of children who be 5 before September to register now for Kindergarten.

At the Round Up you can tour classrooms, meet teachers, learn about kindergarten readiness, and hear about what kids usually learn in kindergarten.

You will also receive registration forms, and you can register your child on the spot if you bring their birth certificate and immunization records.

The earlier families sign up for kindergarten, the easier it is for Methow Valley Elementary staff to determine how many teachers will be needed next year. Please help us keep class sizes small by registering early!

If you can’t attend the Round Up, please stop by the MVE office during school hours and register. Please bring immunization records and the child’s birth certificate.

Learn more about MVE Kindergarten

Liberty Bell 8th and 10th Graders Shine at National History Day – Regional Finals

Liberty Bell at National History Day Regionals 2018On February 24th, eleven 10th graders and fourteen 8th graders attended the Regional History Day Competition at Eastern Washington University in Cheney to compete in the Junior and Senior levels against students from 15 other secondary schools in the region. The students presented projects that were the culminating products of their individual inquiries into this year’s theme: Conflict and Compromise in History.

This year’s students chose to communicate their historical arguments and research through papers, websites and documentary films. The top 3 finishers, as judged by a panel, earned the right to go on to the State competition in April.

This year’s finalists from Liberty Bell are:

Documentary Films
Elke Wathen, Wyatt Albright, Jessica Dinham, Stella Gitchos and Ayeanna Ruprecht

Amelia Bondi , Sophie Eberline, Payten Kaufman, Noah Holston and Eli Neitlich

Grade 10 Regional Participants

  • Nathaniel Batson, Naomi Carter & Galen Fonda, Okinawa: Gateway to War’s End
  • Cheyenne Fonda & Julie Mealey, The Space Race
  • Ali Palm & Maya Sheely, The DDT Story: An Environmental Battle
  • Walker Hall & Colton Overbeck, The Khmer Rouge: Political Crisis and Resolution
  • Novie McCabe & Gretta Scholz, Hetch Hetchy, The Raker Bill, and the Organic Act of 1916

Grade 8 Regional Participants

  • Amelia Bondi & Sophie Eberline (with Payten Kaufman) • A Witches Brew: Fear, Hysteria, Mysticism and a desire for Power
  • Brian Lopez-Velasco & Gael Pacheco • Creating the ESRB
  • Eli Neitlich (with Noah Holston) • Outrage in Owens Valley: Conflict and Compromise
  • Kieren Quigley • Collaboration Over Competition: The Apollo-Soyuz Test Project
  • Elke Wathen • Maria Montessori: A Crusader for Education
  • Lilia & Mahali Kuzyk & Mariah Lucy • Jane Goodall and the Chimps
  • Wyatt Albright & Jessica Dinham • Jesse Owens’ Fight for Racial Equality
  • Stella Gitchos & Ayeanna Ruprecht • Women’s Voting Rights in New Zealand

Every year National History Day® frames students’ research within a historical theme. The theme is chosen for the broad application to world, national, or state history and its relevance to ancient history or to the more recent past. This year’s theme is Conflict and Compromise in History. The intentional selection of the theme for NHD is to provide an opportunity for students to push past the antiquated view of history as mere facts and dates and drill down into historical content to develop perspective and understanding.

Please join us as we celebrate the exceptional critical thinking and communication skills displayed by our hard working students and our staff who supported them throughout the process!

Below are links to two projects to serve as examples:

Ali Palm & Maya Sheely • The DDT Story: An Environmental Battle

Novie McCabe & Gretta Scholz • Hetch Hetchy, The Raker Bill, and the Organic Act of 1916