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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).
Discussions with parents about child care needs

Discussions with parents about child care needs

The local group studying needs and resources for child care and early childhood education is holding focus groups for parents and primary caregivers of children from birth to age 10. The focus groups are informal discussions to understand child care and early childhood education successes, challenges needs and gaps in the Methow Valley. The discussions...
Let 'em Ride

Let ‘em Ride

By Laurelle Walsh

Twelve Methow Valley Elementary School students travel up the road to Moccasin Lake Ranch on Tuesdays to spend several hours learning about horse care, horseback riding and, more importantly, to be involved in a positive learning experience that excites them, fully involves them, and builds confidence and self...

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...
School district hires youth and family social worker

School district hires youth and family social worker

The Methow Valley School District has completed staffing for a coordinated approach to student and family support services with the hiring of Melinda Boonstra as the district’s youth and family social worker. Boonstra will help students and families access community resources and determine how students’ needs affect overall well-being and learning. Her responsibilities include individualized...
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.