Today is Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014

SCHOOLS & EDUCATION
To market, to market …

To market, to market …

Fourth graders in Tiffany Surface’s class at Methow Valley Elementary ran their own student farmers market at the Classroom in Bloom garden on Thursday. Students displayed and labeled produce with cards that they had made, weighed squash, onions, kale, cabbage and tomatoes, calculated costs based on price per pound or item, took payment from customers...
ILC looks to broaden real-world learning

ILC looks to broaden real-world learning

By Marcy Stamper Students at the Independent Learning Center (ILC) already create a curriculum around their own interests — this year’s topics include anthropology, World War II history and reggae music. But those interests are just a starting point. By doing extensive research into these topics and finding internships, the students turn these basic themes into a...
Legislature in contempt over school funding

Legislature in contempt over school funding

By Marcy Stamper
Saying that the Legislature has not made enough progress in devising a plan to adequately fund basic education, the state Supreme Court has declared the lawmakers in contempt of court.
MV School District welcomes new staff, changes for coming year

MV School District welcomes new staff, changes for coming year

By Marcy Stamper  Students attending Methow Valley Elementary and Liberty Bell High School will find a variety of staff changes when schools open on Tuesday (Sept. 2). The school district has hired new classroom and special education teachers, counselors and coaches, and several staff members are switching to new jobs. Methow Valley Elementary has an...
New faces and places at the Methow Valley Community School

New faces and places at the Methow Valley Community School

By Marcy Stamper 
The Methow Valley Community School is launching its new school year in a new (and once and former) location, in the Methow Valley Community Center in Twisp, and is welcoming an entirely new staff. School starts Sept. 9. Executive Director Crystal Bacon, who took the helm this summer,...
2014-2015 School bus schedules

2014-2015 School bus schedules

Note: Routes 2 and 3 may not operate on this schedule until roads are fully open. There will be two buses for route 2 — one will use the Twisp-Carlton Road to pick up riders in Carlton and on Ross Road, another will go down Highway 153 as far as the closure. Route 3’s schedule...
Cancio-Bello joins Community School

Cancio-Bello joins Community School

Tara Cancio-Bello has joined Methow Valley Community School as a crew leader for the 2014-15 school year. Cancio-Bello, who with her partner and 8-year-old son is relocating to Twisp from Wallingford, Vermont, brings 12 years of experience in elementary school education. She holds a bachelor’s degree in horticultural science from the University of Florida, and...
School board postpones levy request to voters

School board postpones levy request to voters

By Marcy Stamper
The Methow Valley School Board unanimously supported a recommendation by School District Superintendent Tom Venable not to take action on two levies under consideration — for facilities improvements and transportation — at …
Facilities task force proposes $5.5 million for campus, buses

Facilities task force proposes $5.5 million for campus, buses

By Marcy Stamper
After three months of study, the task force that has been assessing facilities needs at the Methow Valley School District is recommending spending $4.5 million on maintenance and upgrades in the district’s schools and grounds and another …
LBHS lists honor roll students for second semester

LBHS lists honor roll students for second semester

Liberty Bell Junior/Senior High School has announced its second semester honor roll. The following students earned a 4.0 grade-point average: Seniors: Dana Anderson, Daniel Sonichsen, Morgan Tate Juniors: William Duguay Sophomores: Monica Chavey, Corydon Diamond, Eleanor Hall, Rowan Post, KayDee Sims, Chase Vander Yacht, Claire Waichler Freshmen: Cassidy Butler, Taya Delong, Lauren Fitzmaurice, Nathaniel Hirsch,...