WHAM! Wednesday Help And Mentoring

WHAM! Wednesday Help and Mentoring Program at Liberty Bell Jr-Sr High SchoolWHAM (Wednesday Help And Mentoring) is a new level of support available to Liberty Bell students that have been identified by their teachers as needing additional academic support in specific classes.

In an effort to improve instruction and provide support for the individualized learning of every student, LBHS will be offering enhanced academic support (WHAM) for students on Early Release Wednesdays from 12:45 to 2:15 pm. Snacks will be provided!

This is in addition to our traditional homework club/tutoring opportunities available in the library. Students identified by their subject area teachers as in need of additional support will be notified on Monday during Advisory. Teachers will also connect with parents/guardians to share additional information.

We ask that families regularly check in with their students regarding academic progress and make a plan to attend WHAM sessions if assigned. For students not assigned, we strongly encourage you to participate in other Early Release Wednesday after-school activities such as Mountain Lion Clubs, tutoring, and Homework Club. If you feel like your student needs more academic support outside of the classroom, please reach out to Erika Spellman or Tutoring Coordinator Liam Daily to get your student paired with a tutor.

WHAM session locations will be updated weekly. This week’s locations are:

  • JH Students: Mrs. Darwood, Room 126
  • HS ELA: Mr. Kaufman, Room 105
  • HS Math/Science: Mr. Storey, Room 127
  • Electives, Art, World Language: Mr. Brooks, Room 117

MVSD Hosts 2021 Washington Student Cycling League Finale

On Sunday, September 26th, the MVSD, working in partnership with the Methow Valley Cycling Team, Evergreen Mtn. Bike Alliance, Methow Cycle and Sport, Tamarack Trail Builders, and Methow Valley Nordic hosted the 2021 Washington Student Cycling racing finale on the MVSD Multipurpose Trail. It is believed to be the first sanctioned mountain biking event to have taken on a school campus nationwide!

Student mountain bike racing final at MVSD trailsDuring the event, over 200 participants ranging from 6th – 12th grade, including eleven MVSD students pushed their riding skills and fitness levels to the limit, ripping up, down, and around the newly constructed 4.3 mile trail, not once, but three times.

As mentioned previously, when asked about the opportunity to host a race on the newly constructed course, a member of the Methow Valley Cycling Team coaching staff stated, “Riders will love it! It’s fast and flowy… Methow style.” Another added, “Spectators will love it as well. The course is very spectator friendly and should provide a good show… We hope everyone who loves mountain biking and kids comes out to see the racing on Sunday.” As a spectator, I can say that it didn’t disappoint…

Methow Valley Cycling Team members include:

  • Cater Sheley – 11th grade
  • Graham Sheley – 11th grade
  • Stella Scholz – 11th grade
  • Jasmine DeVlieg – 11th grade
  • Ila Neman – 10th grade
  • Landry Chrastina – 10th grade
  • Emit Bondi – 8th grade
  • Ben Kaufman – 8th grade
  • Wyatt Odion – 7th grade
  • Jackson Van Bueren – 7th grade
  • Josie Bolinger – 7th grade

Interested in getting involved?
The spring cycling season is scheduled to begin April of 2022 with four races taking place in various locations around the state. Committed to accommodating all participants regardless of experience, skill level, or those in need of a bike, the team trains 3-4 days per week prior to and during the two-month season.

Please join us as we congratulate our Methow Valley Cycling Team and the many organizations and individuals that made it possible!

Grrr…

Washington Healthy Youth Survey 2021

LBHS is participating in the Washington State “Healthy Youth Survey” in October 2021. The survey will be given to students in grades 6, 8, 10, and 12 in large districts and in grades 6 through 12 in small districts.

WA Healthy Youth Survey and OSPI LogosThe Healthy Youth Survey includes questions related to physical activity and diet, unintentional and intentional injury, substance abuse, sexual behaviors, abuse, risk and protective factors, and access to school-based services. Survey results are used by schools, communities and state agencies to plan programs to support our youth and reduce their risks. Participation in the survey is voluntary and the students’ answers are anonymous.

Please read the Parent and Student Notification Letter (English/Spanish) for more information about the Healthy Youth Survey.

Sow it, Grow it, Eat it, Know it: Classroom in Bloom’s Annual Student-led Farmer’s Market a Smashing Success!

MVE 4th grade students sell cabbages and basil grown in the school garden.Today, MVE students, with the support of Classroom in Bloom staff, facilitated its annual Farmer’s Market. Based upon the comments and smiles displayed by our students and the many parents and community members in attendance, it appears to have been wildly successful.

Not familiar with Classroom in Bloom?

Classroom in Bloom is a school garden located on the MVSD campus. It was built to inspire Methow Valley children to live a healthy lifestyle, make healthy choices, and eat healthy food.

The Farm-to-Cafeteria program teaches about sustainable food systems that support our agricultural community, provides experiential, inquiry-based learning opportunities, and serves as a place of wonder.

A working garden, the CiB school garden produces thousands of pounds of produce each year. Working in partnership with CiB, the MVSD food services team uses the produce to supplement school meal program and K-5 healthy snack program.
Some noteworthy highlights include:

  • Two-acre school garden and greenhouse located on Methow Valley District campus
  • Several thousand pounds of produce harvested annually
  • Elementary school garden curriculum taught in grades K-5
  • High school horticulture coursework
  • After-school programs
  • Summer camps
  • Quarterly “Locals Lunch” served in partnership with MVSD
  • High School internships
  • High School Senior & 10th Grade Project Mentorship
  • Composting cafeteria waste
  • Worm and compost education
  • Culinary cooking lessons
  • Host site in support of other aspiring school garden initiatives

If you’d like more information about Classroom in Bloom and/or how you can contribute, please visit classroominbloom.org or contact CiB Executive Director, Kim Bondi at: Kim@classroominbloom.org

Liberty Bell Featured in the New York Times

LBHS student studying in the school garden among the flowers.Liberty Bell is honored to be one of 20 schools from around the United States to be spotlighted in The New York Times recently featured article, “Glimpses of How Pandemic America Went Back to School”.

While each school was only allotted a short segment, being identified as one of a handful of districts in the country that is successfully navigating COVID is a testament to our students, families, community, and staff. Together we stay safe and healthy. Together we keep our schools open.

Go Mountain Lions!
Crosby Carpenter
Principal, Liberty Bell High School

MVSD to Serve as Host Site for the 2021 Washington Student Cycling League Finale

On Sunday, September 26th, the MVSD Multipurpose Trail will serve as the host site for the conclusion of 2021 Washington Student Cycling racing season! View/download 2021 Washington Student Cycling League Finale Flyer [pdf].

Female mountain bikerDuring the event, over 200 participants ranging from 6th – 12th grade, including eleven MVSD students will put their skills and fitness to the test, ripping up, down, and around the newly constructed 4.3 mile trail. When asked about the opportunity to host a race on the newly constructed course, a member of the Methow Valley Cycling Team coaching staff stated, “Riders will love it! It’s fast and flowy… Methow style.” Another added, “Spectators will love it as well. The course is very spectator friendly and should provide a good show… We hope everyone who loves mountain biking and kids comes out to see the racing on Sunday.”

Participants and spectators are asked to wear masks when in close proximity to others.
They also noted that the Methow Valley Nordic Team will be on-site, hosting a BBQ cookout, with proceeds going to support the Methow Valley Nordic Ski Team.

Methow Valley Cycling Team members include:

  • Cater Sheley – 11th grade
  • Graham Sheley – 11th grade
  • Stella Scholz – 11th grade
  • Jasmine DeVlieg – 11th grade
  • Ila Neman – 10th grade
  • Landry Chrastina – 10th grade
  • Emit Bondi – 8th grade
  • Ben Kaufman – 8th grade
  • Wyatt Odion – 7th grade
  • Jackson Van Bueren – 7th grade
  • Josie Bolinger – 7th grade

Interested in getting involved?
The spring cycling season is scheduled to begin April of 2022 with four races taking place in various locations around the state. Committed to accommodating all participants regardless of experience, skill level, or those in need of a bike, the team trains 3-4 days per week prior to and during the two-month season.

We encourage you to come out, see the new Multipurpose Trail, and cheer on your Methow Valley Cycling Team! Grrr…