Flu Shots and a Sweet Treat for Students: Confluence Clinic, Family Health Centers, and Sheri’s Sweet Shoppe Team Up in Support Methow Valley Youth

Student having a flu shotThe Washington State Department of Health has stated that there’s never been a more important time than now to get your flu shot.

During the week of October 26 – 30, the Confluence Clinic and Family Health Centers will be offering flu vaccinations to all youth in the Methow Valley ages 18 and younger. While the vaccination itself is free, providers may charge an administration fee, which should be covered by patient insurance.

Sheri’s Sweet Shoppe is sweetening the pot by providing all participants with a gift certificate redeemable at Sheri’s!

  • The Confluence Clinic is accepting walk-ins Monday through Friday between the hours of 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
  • Family Health Centers requests all appointments be made in advance by calling (509) 997-2011.

If you have further questions, don’t hesitate to contact Adriana Vanbianchi, MVSD School Nurse at: avanbianchi@methow.org

MVSD “Closures, Delays, and Emergency Route” Information

Snow plowingDear Methow Valley Students and Parents,

As the season begins to change, bringing with it changes in the weather, road conditions, and the possibility of power outages, we encourage you to review the information contained on the MVSD website titled, “School Closure, Delays, and Emergency Routes.

It is here that you can find important, up-to-date information about school closure, delays, cancellations, and emergency bus routes, along with a list of the primary media sources used to communicate changes to the regular school day and/or after-school activities.

PLEASE NOTE: In order to receive automated messages about changes in school schedules or emergencies via School Messenger, we must have up-to-date contact information in our system. If you are uncertain about the accuracy of your contact information, please contact your child’s school secretary.

Be Safe,

Tom Venable
Superintendent, Methow Valley School District

MVSD School Board Unanimously Approves Updated MVSD 2020-21 School Calendar

Dear Methow Valley Students, Parents and Community Members,

In advance of communicating the changes to the MVSD 2020-21 School Calendar, I want to begin by thanking each of you for the unparalleled flexibility, resiliency, and grit that you have displayed throughout this fall. Working in partnership with our staff, your calm, centered approach in the face of uncertainty has enabled us to successfully open our schools, maintain a safe and secure environment for our learners and staff, and rekindle the innate curiosity that resides within each of our students. How do we know? Their bright eyes and big smiles…

So, where have we been?
The long and winding road… As you might recall, the MVSD was originally scheduled to begin on Monday August 31st. However, faced with the herculean challenge of safely reopening our schools during a pandemic, we delayed the start of the school to Tuesday, September 8th, providing staff with much needed time to plan and prepare for the safe reopening of our schools. Then, just prior to the newly established start date, we found ourselves faced with additional challenges – wildfires, smoke, hazardous air quality, and power outages. This resulted in further delay and a loss of four instructional days.

So, where are we headed? And, how will we get there?
Mindful of the lost instructional time, our administrative team, staff, and labor leaders have been exploring possible solutions for addressing the missed instructional time. In brief, our goal has been to create a “win-win-win” situation that benefits students, parents, and staff, placing a high value on the following:

  • quality teaching and learning
  • in-person instructional time (particularly for Cohort B who would be adversely impacted by the Friday Professional Development Day schedule)
  • continuity and consistency of scheduling for students, parents, and staff
  • on-going opportunities for staff to engage in job-embedded professional development at key points throughout the year input provided by members of the MVSD “Return to Learn” Workgroup and MVSD Calendar Committee

Using these guidelines, the following changes to the MVSD 2020-21 School Calendar were proposed and unanimously adopted by the MVSD School Board of Directors:

  • Friday, October 30th becomes an in-person school day, operating on an early release/fall conference schedule.
  • Friday, January 22nd becomes an in-person school day, operating on a regular school day schedule. (Semester Break will occur on Friday, January 29th.)
  • Friday, March 26th becomes an in-person school day, operating on a regular school day schedule.
  • Friday, May 7th, a scheduled “make up day” previously built into the calendar becomes an in-person school day, operating on a regular school day schedule.

Looking Forward…
We will be posting an updated calendar on the district website shortly. We’ll also make hardcopies available at your student’s school office. If you have specific questions or concerns regarding the updated calendar, please direct them to Superintendent, Tom Venable at: tvenable@methow.org.

Thank you for your continued support of our students, staff, schools, and community!

Sincerely,

Tom Venable
Superintendent, Methow Valley School District

ILC Students Move into the “Treehouse,” Launch Construction of Automotive Tech Shop

The MVSD, working in partnership with TwispWorks recently completed the renovation of the home located at 408 Lincoln Street. Located on the TwispWorks campus, the renovated home adjoining the “Bunkhouse,” will now serve as a new schoolhouse to ILC students and staff. Affectionately referred to by ILC students as the “Treehouse,” it will provide the additional space necessary to accommodate the ILC’s steady growth in enrollment.

In addition to the expansion of classroom spaces, ILC students are currently engaged in the research, design, and renovation of the antiquated shop located next to the Treehouse. With the intent of launching the district’s new Automotive Tech Program later this fall, interested students are working under the guidance of Trent Whatley, MVSD CTE instructor, through all phases of the design and construction process.

Anticipating high levels of student interest in the Automotive Tech Program looking forward, interested ILC students are working with local architects to research and develop a long-range plan that includes the construction of a larger facility able to accommodate more student enrollment in the program.

Our students and staff look forward to hosting an open house at a time when conditions allow us to do so safely!

Please join us as we acknowledge TwispWorks, ILC staff, the Methow Valley community (for its generous support of our local levies), and most importantly, our students, for making their dreams a reality – building it from the ground up!

Schools Don’t Reopen Schools, Communities Reopen Schools – A Video

Wondering how Methow Valley School students wear their masks? Let us show you in our community video!

We wear cloth or surgical facemasks!
We wear them over our noses!
We wear them always while inside!
We wear them proudly!

Some would say that leadership is reflected in the willingness of others to follow… Well, based upon this brief video, I’d say our leadership team, inclusive of MVSD/FHC School Nurse, Adri Vanbianchi has done an exceptional job of making our return to school a fun, engaging, and safe process involving students, parents, staff, school board members, public health officials, and community members alike – all coming together, acting as one to reopen our schools.

Thursday, October 1, 6 – 7 p.m. • Paying for College Night: Zoom Edition

If you missed the live Zoom presentation, please watch this recording from Paying for College Night 2020.

The information shared here applies to all students who are planning to attend a trade or technical school, 4-year college or university, community college, or any other career training program.


 
Join your College & Career Advisor, Beth Anderson, for a presentation about financial aid and planning for post-high school educational expenses.

We’ll tackle questions related to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which is the foundation of the aid process for all students who are planning to attend trade & technical schools, 4-year colleges & universities, community colleges, and other accredited training programs. Other topics we’ll cover include: calculating the net price of attendance, exploring the four main types of financial aid available to students, and navigating the aid process in the time of COVID. 

Members of the Class of 2021 and their families are encouraged to attend, and families of students in grades 7-11 are also welcome!

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Conference Week is October 26-30 • Early Release Mon/Tues & Thurs/Fri • MVE @ 12:20 PM - LB @ 12:30 PM • Remote Learning Wednesday