School Closure, Delays, and Emergency Routes

Dear Methow Valley Students, Parents, and Community Members,

Snow on Methow Valley mountainsAs the weather begins to change, we encourage you to review the information contained on the MVSD website titled, “School Closure, Delays, and Emergency Routes” found under the PARENTS/STUDENTS navigation tab. Important information about the possibility of school closure, delays, and emergency routes and sources of communication regarding related changes can be found here.

PLEASE NOTE: In order to receive automated messages about changes in school schedules or emergencies, 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.

Thank you,
Methow Valley Schools

MVSD Music Program Receives $2,000 Donation from Winthrop Music Association

LBHS ChoirThe Winthrop Music Association, a local non-profit that produces the annual Winthrop Rhythm & Blues Festival, has provided a generous donation of $2,000.00 in support of the MVSD Music Program.

Please join us as we thank the Winthrop Music Association and it’s board members for their continued support of our music program!

Want to Make a Difference? Join the MVSD Tutoring Team!

Community Member Tutoring LB StudentAre you looking for a way to support local students? Or do you have a family member or friend who has an interest in volunteering in our schools?

As our enrollment grows, so too does the demand for academic tutoring services. Our goal is to provide a high levels of individualized support to all of our learners.

The district currently needs volunteer tutors who are able to provide students with support in the areas of math, science, language arts, and world languages. If you have expertise in any one of those areas, please consider joining our invaluable network of tutors!

A bit of background: Thanks to funding provided by the Public School Funding Alliance, the Methow Valley School District is able to make free, individualized tutoring available to interested junior high and high school students. Many Liberty Bell students have benefited from this program since it started in 2004, thanks to the volunteer efforts of both students and adult community members.

Students are paired with participating Honor Society members or qualified community volunteers to receive personalized assistance; students and their tutors work together to identify mutually agreeable times to meet on a regular (usually weekly) basis.

Please contact Beth Anderson, MVSD Tutoring Coordinator, for more information on how you can get involved — we appreciate your generous support.

MVSD and Room One to “Field Test” Evidence-Based Get Real Curriculum as Part of Adoption Process, Invites Parents to Preview Curriculum

Health Wellness WordleWorking in partnership Room One, a key provider of social and health-related services to community members residing in the Methow Valley and Okanogan County, the Methow Valley School District will be “field testing” the comprehensive middle school sex education curriculum titled, “Get Real” in grades 6,7, and 8 during the 2019-20 school year.

Want to learn more?

  • We will be hosting a family information night, providing an overview of the comprehensive sex education middle school curriculum for grades 6,7, and 8 on October 8, beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Liberty Bell cafeteria.
  • We will be hosting a family information night, providing an overview of the comprehensive sex education elementary curriculum for grades 4, 5, and 6 on a date to be determined in November.

FAQ…

Why was the “Get Real” curriculum chosen for field-testing as part of an adoption process?
Rated second highest only to the high school version of the Get Real curriculum using OSPI’s evaluation rubric, the curriculum emphasizes social and emotional learning skills as a key component of healthy relationships and responsible decision-making. Published by ETR Associates, developed by Planned Parenthood, compliant with the Centers for Disease Control, Healthy Youth Act, AIDS Omnibus Act, and National Sexuality Education Standards, the information provided is medically accurate, age-appropriate, inclusive, and is shown to:

  • Delay sex among middle school students who received Get Real.
  • Empower parents to be the primary sexuality educators of their children and help their kids delay sex.
  • Reinforce family communication and improve communication skills for healthy relationships.

In addition to the research, national, state, and local endorsements, and results, what other reasons compel the district to field-test the Get Real curriculum?

Simply put, parent involvement… We believe parents are their children’s primary teacher. Research shows that children want to talk to their parents and other caring adults about relationships, sex and sexuality. We also know that these conversations might be challenging for some. Unlike many sex education curriculums, each lesson within the Get Real curriculum contains a family letter outlining that lesson’s content, as well as family activities that you and your child can do together at home.

What if I don’t wish for my child to participate?

We recognize that for some of our parents and families, sex education is topic to be taught in the home. Parents have the right to opt-out, choosing to not have their child participate in part or full.

After attending the family information night and/or viewing the curriculum, if you choose to opt your child out of any of these lessons, we’ll ask that you return a letter previously sent to you with your signature, your child’s name, and the lessons (in part or full) that you wish for your child to not participate. If your child does not participate in part or full, alternative educational opportunities will be made available.

What if I can’t attend?

If you cannot attend and/or you have further questions about the scheduled implementation of the Get Real curriculum, the resources and materials, instructional approaches, your options as a parent, would like to discuss this unit with teaching staff, or would like to view the Get Real curriculum privately, please contact LBHS Junior High School Health Teacher, Matt Hinckley at mhinckley@methow.org or Room One Health Educator, Keri Moore at keri@roomone.org. Matt and Keri are more than happy to make themselves available to you.

Looking forward, how will the district determine whether or not to formally adopt the Get Real curriculum, and when?

At the conclusion of the field-testing process, the Methow Valley School District, working with Room One will evaluate the results using a pre- and post-implementation survey involving participating students, parents, and staff. The results will be available to the public. In addition, we examine other relevant sources of information before sharing the data collected with the Instructional Materials Committee.

After reviewing the information gathered, the Instructional Materials Committee will make a final recommendation to the Methow Valley School Board of Directors to adopt the Get Real curriculum or extend the process to include consideration for other comprehensive sex education curriculum that is medically accurate, age-appropriate, inclusive, and compliant.

MVSD Partners with North Cascades Bank to Refund 2009 Bonds, Saving Methow Valley Taxpayers Approximately $132,000

CalculatorWorking in partnership with parents and community members, the Methow Valley School District develops curious, creative, compassionate, competent, action-oriented citizens who graduate prepared to purse the widest range of college, career, and life opportunities possible.

In an effort to achieve this aspirational vision, the Methow Valley School District works within its Budget Development Process to strategically invest its limited resources and maximize all federal, state, and local revenue sources. Further, as a steward of the taxpayer’s dollars, the school district continuously pursues opportunities to minimize the economic impact upon the citizens of the Methow Valley.

With these goals in mind, the Methow Valley School District recently partnered with Piper Jaffray and North Cascades Bank to initiate the refunding (refinancing) of existing debt in the form of the 2009 bond. The proceeds from the 2009 bond were used to replace the Liberty Jr-Sr High School roof. Pending final approval by the Methow Valley School District Board of Directors, the district will refinance its current interest rate of 5.00% down to 2.42%.

When applied to the remaining amount of $1,290,000 in principal debt, using the same maturity date of 12/1/2028, the district’s actions are estimated to result in a net savings of approximately $132,000 for the taxpaying citizens of Methow Valley.

When asked to provide comment, North Cascades Vice President, Jim Tinker was quick to state, “As a municipal lender at North Cascades Bank, my job is to find opportunities to reinvest local dollars back into our local communities. As such, it is a pleasure to be working with the Methow Valley School District again. This refunding is a great way for us to support a local school district and generate a savings for taxpayers.”

This sentiment was echoed by the bank’s President and CEO, Charlie Guildner, who commented, “I am pleased that we were able to support the Methow Valley School District. Being married to a teacher and having served on a school board, I understand the importance of being a good steward of taxpayer funding and the value of working with a local bank. I also want to thank everyone that banks with us in the Methow Valley, as it is those deposits with North Cascades Bank that allows us to be a part of projects like this in our local communities, and that is what community banking is all about.”

Methow Valley School District Board of Director, Frank Kline added, “This just makes good economic sense. It’s a win-win-win situation… benefiting our schools, local business, and our taxpayers.”

This refunding is a private placement of a single bond with North Cascades Bank. Piper Jaffray & Co. is the placement agent for the Bond. It’s anticipated that the Board of Directors of the District will take action to adopt Resolution No. 10-09-19 the evening of October 9, 2019. The Bond is currently scheduled to close on Tuesday, October 29, 2019. The 2009 Bonds will be called for redemption on November 29, 2019.

MVSD Community Listening Sessions

We want to hear from you – Families and Community Members!

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MVSD Community Listening Sessions As newly-hired MVSD principals, our goal is to hit the ground listening and learning. Working in partnership with our families and community to develop curious, creative, compassionate, competent, action-oriented citizens prepared to change the world, we want to invite each of you to join us by participating in a series of interactive Community Listening Sessions.

Designed to ensure the actions of our schools align with what we as a community aspire to develop in our youth, we look forward to hearing about what you take pride in, what challenges we face, and what ideas you have to increase opportunities for all students as we move forward together!

Hope to see you there!
Sara, Paul, and Crosby

Community Listening Sessions Schedule

All sessions meet 6 – 7:30 p.m.
TwispWorks — Wednesday, October 2
Little Star in Winthrop — Monday, October 14
Mazama Community Club — Wednesday, October 16

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