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SCHOOLS & EDUCATION
Young pen pals make personal connections

Young pen pals make personal connections

By Marcy Stamper
In an era of electronic communications, instant messaging, and mailboxes filled mainly with bogus sweepstakes offers, writing and receiving actual letters still seems special—at least if you’re in first or second grade.
Art becomes a permanent fixture through ILC programs

Art becomes a permanent fixture through ILC programs

By Marcy Stamper

Art may be the spice of life, but at the Independent Learning Center (ILC) it also flavors subjects such as math, science and history. With little funding …
Ellis awarded Cascadia’s senior scholarship

Ellis awarded Cascadia’s senior scholarship

By Laurelle Walsh
Cascadia, The Methow Music Association, has awarded its senior scholarship to Liberty Bell High School graduating senior Erik Ellis. Ellis will receive …
Spring Concert 2014

Spring Concert 2014

Wednesday night, May 21, The Liberty Bell Junior-Senior High School music department, directed by Dr. Mark Johnson, gave a concert for the standing-room-only crowd.
A bird’s-eye view … 

A bird’s-eye view … 

By Marcy Stamper 
A pair of ospreys have shown remarkably faithful attendance at school, returning for the fourth year to raise a brood of chicks in a nest perched 40 feet above …
Learn about MV school facilities needs

Learn about MV school facilities needs

The more than two dozen members of the task force that has been investigating every nook and cranny in the Methow Valley School District has put together a list of needed upgrades and maintenance and tentative priorities for attention. Members of the community are invited to two open houses where the task force will present...
MVES principal Brian Patrick resigns

MVES principal Brian Patrick resigns

By Marcy Stamper
Methow Valley Elementary principal Brian Patrick announced his resignation last week, saying he and his wife, Lori, a teacher at Liberty Bell High School, want to be closer to family in the Puget Sound region. “When we moved here four years ago, one …
The  garden  is a grand  teacher

The garden is a grand teacher

By Laurelle Walsh

Some of the Methow Valley’s youngest gardeners are outside this week, turning over cover crops, preparing beds for planting, putting seeds in the ground, pruning perennials and making compost.

Methow Valley School District students — 320 of them, from kindergarteners to high school seniors — make gardening …

Mirificus High explores the inner lives of teenagers

Mirificus High explores the inner lives of teenagers

By Marcy Stamper

What do you get when you unleash 13 teen imaginations and a drama coach who has been the lead singer of a British rock band and an actor, dancer and writer? You might just get Mirificus High, an original drama with equally original music that aims to …

LBHS cited for ‘overall excellence’

LBHS cited for ‘overall excellence’

Liberty Bell High School has been recognized for the fourth year in a row for overall excellence, an award bestowed by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction and the state Board of Education. One of the Washington Achievement Awards, overall excellence honors the top 5 percent of elementary, junior high and high schools,...