Commencement Ceremony 2020 Program

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2020 Senior Slide Show

2020 LB Senior Slideshow

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2020 Parade of Graduates

Parades are only traffic jams without an audience! Please share with as many people as possible and tag businesses/friends who live along the route.

  • Parade staging will take place behind Hank’s from 3:30 to 4:15 pm on June 5th with the procession leaving Hank’s at 4:30 pm.
  • Participates will need to check-in and place a parade pass in their windshield.
  • The route, escorted by local law enforcement, will travel down Glover Street, follow
    Highway 20 north, loop through Winthrop via Bridge Street to Castle Ave to Riverside Ave, then turn right onto Twin Lakes Road at Winthrop PT.

Isolated but not alone…

Dear Methow Valley Students, Parents and Community Members,

Like many of you, the events of the last week weigh heavy on our hearts. While we remain focused on honoring the Class of 2020, we can’t deny the despair we and others are feeling fueled by the systematic injustices resulting from racial and economic inequities that continue to persist within our great nation, compounded by the current worldwide pandemic.

In a message yesterday, Dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Dr. Bridget Long said, “The injustices we have seen in recent weeks are not new, and we are only seeing a small fraction of the millions of little cuts that take place each and every day. It’s time to stop believing that we will be a better society without the hard work of confronting and addressing what is fundamentally wrong”. In the coming months, we look forward to leaning into this conversation with you, addressing our role, our own privilege, and the opportunities available to us to create space for vulnerable, courageous, empathetic, and open dialogue. Our role as educators, parents, and mentors cannot be overstated.

Children raising their hands to show they careIsolated, but not alone… We want to remind you that we’re here for you during this difficult period of time. Your child’s teacher, our counselors, principals, superintendent, and other trusted staff members are prepared to make themselves available to you. Whether it be by phone, text, email, or Zoom, please don’t hesitate to reach out. Further, we want to encourage you to explore some of the resources listed below that are intended to provide guidance on how to talk to your children about traumatic events, racism, and other forms of social injustice and inequality. A couple resources include:

https://www.tolerance.org/
https://www.commonsensemedia.org/blog/explaining-the-news-to-our-kids

Opportunity resides within every crisis… As a country faced with significant challenges, we remain hopeful and optimistic about the future. What gives us hope? The graduating class of 2020 and our graduates who will follow them for years to come. Aspiring nurses, welders, engineers, physicians, diesel mechanics, future leaders, world changers… They are the “Pride of the Methow Valley,” reflecting many positive attributes, attitudes, and civic-minded spirit needed to change the world.

We remain hopeful in a better world and a more equitable, just future for our children.

Be Well,
Crosby, Sara, Paul, Tom

Washington State High School Artists Honored: MVSD’s Greta Laesch Receives WA State Board of Education Art Award and Scholarship

Superintendent Chris Reykdal announced Art Show winners in the annual celebration.

Greta Laesch, Washington Pass

Greta Laesch • Washington Pass

OLYMPIA — May 29, 2020 — Sixteen students performing an acapella number via Zoom. A student performing a dance routine on her couch. Students sharing their inspiration in video clips from bedrooms and studios across the state. All this and more from the 47th Annual Superintendent’s High School Art Show, held virtually this year for the first time.

The show, sponsored by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), celebrated the work of high school artists from around the state. For the first time in its nearly half-century history, the show featured art from disciplines beyond visual art, including a short film, a Shakespearean monologue, and a reading of ekphrastic poetry — poetry written about pieces from the show.

“The annual Art Show is one of my favorites of the events we host at OSPI,” said Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal. “It is an honor to have the opportunity to celebrate the talented student artists who have been brave enough to share their artwork with us.”

The show is the culmination of a statewide competition with regional winners from each regional educational service district (ESD) represented.

These groups will pay each artist $200 to purchase their award-winning artwork for their art collections. Four Jurors’ Choice Awards were also selected by a panel of 20 jurors from across the state, including artists, museum educators, gallery owners, arts administrators, and arts educators.

We encourage you to watch a replay of the show on OSPI’s Facebook page, view the online art gallery, and join us as we recognize LBHS Junior, Greta Laesch and LBHS Art Instructor, Erik Brooks!

Art Show Award Recipients

Lauren Bridget King, “Lightbulb Sunset” | Superintendent’s Award
J M Weatherwax High School (Teacher: Tracy Ecklund), Aberdeen School District, ESD 113

Rubi Capote, “Cherry Blossom Tea Pot” | Governor’s Award
Tonasket High School (Teacher: Tyler Sant), Tonasket School District, ESD 171

Rocio Arias Garcia, “Boys Don’t Cry” | OSPI Staff Award
Davis High School (Teacher: Carole Huls), Yakima School District, ESD 105

Alyssa Ann Maggi, “Catacombs” | Jurors’ Choice Award
Vancouver School of Arts and Academics (Teacher: Crystal Zeller), Vancouver School District, ESD 112

Katie Leigh Place, “Wave of Turmoil” | Jurors’ Choice Award
Friday Harbor High School (Teacher: Andrew Anderson), San Juan Island School District, ESD 189

Peyton S Wood, “Pothos” | Jurors’ Choice Award
Oak Harbor High School (Teacher: Kit Christopherson), Oak Harbor School District, ESD 189

Olivia Alejandra Vazquez, “Tension” | Jurors’ Choice Award
Olympia High School (Teacher: Joshua Everson), Olympia School District, ESD 113

Hannah Anne Mildred V Sasse, “Brian’s Apples” | AWSP Award
Olympia High School (Teacher: Joshua Everson), Olympia School District, ESD 113

Andrew Jonathan Cobler, “Beast, Machine, and Soul” | ArtsEd Washington Award
Tumwater High School (Teacher: Jill Giudice), Tumwater School District, ESD 113

Shelby Donna Staley, “Connection” | InspireWA Award
North Mason Senior High School (Teacher: Gavin Forseth), North Mason School District, ESD 114

Peyton Knauft, “Pollen Patterns” | PESB Award
Lincoln High School (Teacher: Jane Eacker), Walla Walla Public Schools, ESD 123

Greta Laesch, “Washington Pass” | SBE Award
Liberty Bell Junior/Senior High School (Teacher: Erik Brooks), Methow Valley School District, ESD 171

Ryan F Collins, “Life on the Rocks” | WAEA Award
Hanford High School (Teacher: Kelley Muntean), Richland School District, ESD 123

Jarom A Pratt, “Gradient Mountainscape” | WASA Award
Richland High School (Teacher: Robert McMinn), Richland School District, ESD 123

Niko Shawn Renee Looper, “We Need to Do Better” | WEA Award
Central Valley High School (Teacher: Rebekah Wilkins-Pepiton), Central Valley School District, ESD 101

Hannah R Bomgardner, “Fiery Woman” | WSSDA Award
Cedarcrest High School (Teacher: Andrea Descheemaeker), Riverview School District, ESD 121

2020 Graduation Ceremony Update

Greetings Class of 2020 Families!

2020 Graduation Ceremony UpdateWe’re writing to inform you of an adjustment to our commencement ceremony, as well as provide additional graduation details.

With the health and safety of our community in mind and based on the most recent recommendations from the Governor’s Office, State Superintendent’s Office, and the Department of Health we’re pivoting to a drive-through commencement ceremony on June 5th. Details are listed below:

  • Awarding of diplomas will begin once the parade procession reaches Liberty Bell (approximately 6 p.m.).
  • Graduates will be presented with their diplomas as their vehicle pauses at the front entrance to Liberty Bell.
  • Passengers will be required to stay in their vehicles.
  • The awarding of diplomas will be live-streamed on Liberty Bell’s Instagram and
    Facebook LIVE.
  • Speeches by Valedictorian Ali Palm, Salutatorian Maya Sheely, and staff speaker Katie
    Leuthauser will be posted to social media on Thursday, June 4th.
  • The Senior Slideshow will be posted to social media at 5 p.m. on Thursday, June 4th.
  • On Thursday, June 4th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. graduates are invited to stop by Liberty Bell
    to have complimentary professional graduation pictures taken with immediate family members.

    • Make sure to wear your cap, gown, and graduation flair.
    • MVSD will cover the cost of one individual graduate photo and one family photo. You will also have the opportunity to purchase additional photos.
    • Graduates will pick up their senior gift bag from the Class of 2020 parents AND a special gift bag from LBHS/ILC (yearbook, scholarships, awards, and other surprises). You DO NOT want to miss this!
    • Upon arrival, you will be asked to remain in your vehicle until receiving directions from MVSD staff.

We look forward to celebrating with you on June 4th and 5th! Don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions.

Congratulations Class of 2020!

Crosby Carpenter
Principal, Liberty Bell High School

Sara Mounsey
Principal, Independent Learning Center

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Celebrating MVSD 2020 Graduates!