MHS graduate featured as a success story on college prep site Oregon GEAR UP

Photo and story by Oregon GEAR UP.

Oregon GEAR UP - which stands for Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs - is supported by a six-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education and the contributions of many community partners.  The goal of the GEAR UP program is to ensure that Oregon's low-income middle school and high school students are prepared for, pursue, and succeed in postsecondary education.

Attention Teachers: Apply for a McMinnville Ed. Foundation Mini Grant!

Photo by McMinnville Education Foundation.

The McMinnville Education Foundation provides classroom grants to teachers. The grants fund classroom supplies and equipment, books, field trips, and other innovative supplemental projects. Teachers can apply now for grants for the 2014-15 school year. Applications are due by Sept. 30.

The following information about the grants is from the MEF website:

Students earn college credits at MHS through College Credit Now program

Click to see a video of students who have earned college credits at MHS.

McMinnville High School's College Credit Now (CCN) program allows students to earn college credits from courses in high school.

The program provides a substantial cost savings to students. MHS students pay approximately $25 per year for dual college credit courses. There are currently 40 coures at MHS that offer college credit. 

Students are back for a new school year

School started on Sept. 2 for the more than 6,600 students in McMinnville schools. 

For information about events in each school, visit the school websites.

For 2014-15 key dates, see the school calendar

For information about the new free breakfast and lunch pilot program, see Nutrition Services.

New pilot program will provide free meals to all students

School starts on Tuesday for all students. One of the new programs in schools this year is a pilot program offering free meals to all students.

All Students, reguardless of income, eligible for one Free Breakfast and Lunch Daily. No meal applications are required. The progam, sponsored by the federal government, runs all year and provides one meal per student free of charge. Second meals milk or juice a la carte must be purchased. 

For more information, see the list of frequently asked questions

MHS FFA students win county fair awards in dairy goat shows

Two McMinnville High School FFA students brought home showmanship awards in 4-H dairy goat competition at the Yamhill County Fair. Kayllyn and Kailyn Clevenger, who are cousins, both participate in the high school FFA program.

Kaylyn earned reserve champion FFA master showman, winning a $125 prize to make a custom belt buckle through Wilco. Kailyn competed in FFA events and 4-H master showmanship for dairy goats. She won champion senior 4-H master showman. 

Staff back-to-school inservice is a lesson in logic and compassion

See photos of staff inservice on Flickr.

Each school year starts for staff with an inservice that is instructional, motivational and often comical. This morning's inservice, with it's Star Trek theme, was no exception. 

The event included musical performances by students who attended the first McMinnville School District summer music camp. Performances from the "Pick Up the Phone" band, featuring members of the Palacios family followed. 

Duniway student wins agricultural art contest

Duniway seventh grader Sofia Frison was one of 13 students whose art was selected from more than 1,500 statewide entries for the Oregon Agriculture in the Classroom calendar. She was honored in a reception at the state fair. 

The following press release was issued by the Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation:

Local Student’s Art Celebrated at State Fair

School starts next Tuesday!

School starts on Sept. 2.

See our back-to-school resource page for key information to help you get ready for the first day of school.

Kindergarten camp prepares students for school

Photo by Columbus Elementary School Principal Kathi Fowler

A grant-funded kindergarten readiness camp is introducing students and families to school. The camps for all kindergarten students, are funded by the Kindergarten Innovation Partnership Grant-EL Hub.

The goal is for children and families to feel connected to their school and teachers before the first day of school.  

Pictured are students at the Columbus Elementary School camp, which was taught by two kindergarten teachers and four first-grade teachers. More than 70 students attended

McMinnville Education Foundation website