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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 …
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 seeks $5.3 million for facilities, buses

School district seeks $5.3 million for facilities, buses

The task force that has been assessing needed repairs and upgrades at the Methow Valley School District has recommended spending $4.5 million for all three schools and the campus, plus another $800,000 to buy six new school buses. The task force submitted its final recommendations to Superintendent Tom Venable this week. Among the most urgent...
A learning process

A learning process

Please, everyone: Just. Calm. Down. As more information has emerged about the International Baccalaureate (IB) program that the Methow Valley School might — might — elect to pursue after a lot more exploration and discussion, it seems that some kind of Internet hysteria has gripped a portion of the valley’s population. Online discussions have generated some good questions about...
District’s facilities task force resumes work

District’s facilities task force resumes work

The task force looking at facilities needs for the Methow Valley School District has reconvened for the first time since the summer and is reviewing the status of buildings, athletic fields and school buses. Last year the task force recommended putting two levies — $4.5 million for facilities improvements and $800,000 for transportation — to voters, but the school...
School district ready to apply to Int’l Baccalaureate program

School district ready to apply to Int’l Baccalaureate program

By Marcy Stamper It would be a rare status for a small, rural school to be a member of the worldwide International Baccalaureate (IB) program, which combines subjects like English, history and science and emphasizes foreign languages — but the Methow Valley School District is close to applying for candidacy for the program. After a year of...
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,...
School snow day will be made up

School snow day will be made up

The Methow Valley School District is looking at dates to make up the snow day declared last Wednesday (Nov. 26). Methow Valley School District Superintendent Tom Venable declared the snow day on Tuesday night because of heavy snow, downed trees and sporadic power outages. Wednesday was already slated for early release, so school would have...
School district explores International Baccalaureate program

School district explores International Baccalaureate program

By Marcy Stamper
All students would be introduced to Spanish in kindergarten, learn about subjects such as English, science and social studies as part of a broader concept, and even help shape curriculum if the Methow Valley School District decides to pursue a program called the International Baccalaureate (IB).