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SCHOOLS & EDUCATION
The IB framework: how the program is intended to work

The IB framework: how the program is intended to work

“It’s not a curriculum — it’s a framework.” Methow Valley School District administrators have repeated this distinction frequently to explain the IB program to the community. But to understand what that really means …
School district info meeting draws IB skeptics – and supporters

School district info meeting draws IB skeptics – and supporters

In a sometimes-divisive public meeting, some parents said the Methow Valley School District’s proposal to adopt the International Baccalaureate (IB) program would finally make school exciting, while others said it …
International Baccalaureate and UNESCO — is there a connection?

International Baccalaureate and UNESCO — is there a connection?

International Baccalaureate (IB) started 46 years ago as an international school in Geneva, Switzerland, primarily to provide consistent education for the children of businesspeople and diplomats.
School district approach to Int’l Baccalaureate stirs controversy

School district approach to Int’l Baccalaureate stirs controversy

With the Methow Valley School District nearing the April 1 deadline to apply to be an International Baccalaureate (IB) candidate, the program — and the district’s process of choosing it — have prompted a sharp debate about what is best for students.
School district says ‘yes’ to Int’l Baccalaureate

School district says ‘yes’ to Int’l Baccalaureate

By Marcy Stamper The Methow Valley School District is applying to join the International Baccalaureate (IB) network, meaning that starting this fall, classes from kindergarten through 10th grade will use an interdisciplinary approach and build on students’ questions about subjects. Feedback after an informational meeting about the IB program held last week was “overwhelmingly positive,”...
Extra day of school in February will make up for day lost to snow

Extra day of school in February will make up for day lost to snow

The Methow Valley School District has added a half-day of school on Friday, Feb. 13, to make-up for the snow day declared the day before Thanksgiving because of heavy snowfall, power outages and downed trees. Feb. 13 will be an early-release day. Since Feb. 13 was initially scheduled as the first day of mid-winter break,...
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...