New school year kicks off for staff

The school year began this morning for district staff with a celebratory inservice that featured highlights of last year’s successes and a look toward challenges ahead.

Beginning with a short music set led by Dr. Marty Palacios, and featuring members of his family, every year the staff inservice mixes motivation, inspiration and humor.  This year’s theme was a mixed movie metaphor, combining “Mission Impossible” with “The Wizard of Oz.”

School begins next week!

The 2015-16 school year begins next week in the McMinnville School District.  Check our Back to School page for information about enrollment, school supplies and more.

On Tuesday, September 8, all elementary and middle school students start school.  For middle school 6th graders, the first day will begin at 8:30 a.m.   

For 7th and 8th graders, the first day will begin at 12:45 p.m.

MHS teachers visit San Diego to learn about student career options

McMinnville High School teachers Cindy Robertson and Juanita Clarno (pictured, fourth and fifth from left) were invited to a week in San Diego for the U.S. Navy’s Educator Orientation Visit (EOV).  “The purpose is to educate educators on opportunities for students, particularly well qualified students,” said Robertson.

The two toured several facilities and ships and participated in some simulations.  Tours included the biggest aircraft carrier in the service, a destroyer and helicopter squadron.  They also watched a briefing of the Special Warfare Combatant Craft Crewmen program.

Ease into school with transition camp

Incoming kindergartners and first graders can ease into school by attending a transition camp.  Beginning Tuesday, August 25 and running through Thursday, August 27, the grant-funded program gives the young students a chance to visit the school and meet new classmates and staff.

“The goal is for young students to feel connected,” said Kyra Donovan, director of Elementary Education.  “Coming into the building, meeting their teacher and learning some classroom routines are ways to make them feel comfortable and ready to start school.”

Healthy dose of experience pays off for pathway student

After interning for the Willamette Valley Medical Center (WVMC), Nancy Suarez has changed her career goals.

“I want to become a doctor,” said the recent McMinnville High School (MHS) grad.  “Maybe in the ER because I like the urgency, the rush.”

The internship program is part of a partnership between the high school and the local hospital.   The MHS Health Sciences Career Pathway program includes internship opportunities at the hospital, which is how Suarez first became professionally acquainted with WVMC.

School Board proclaims September to be "Be College Ready" month

At last night's business meeting, the School Board issued a proclamation declaring September “Be College Ready” month in McMinnville and Lafayette schools.

The McMinnville School District is one of five districts across the state selected to pilot a new program to help families start planning for college.  “Be College Ready” kicks off in September 2015 in all six McMinnville elementary schools. 

Summer meals program continues through August 20

All McMinnville elementary schools, and Patton Middle School, continue to offer free breakfast and lunch to children this summer. Any child, ages one through 18, can receive a federally funded free meal at any participating school through August 20.

Elementary school sites serve breakfast from 8:30—9:30 a.m. and lunch is served from 11:15 a.m.—12:30 p.m.

Patton Middle School will serve lunch only, beginning Monday, August 10, and will shift lunch to 12—12:30 p.m.

Building on pathway training

Chris Szedlak, owner of Concrete Solutions, Inc., hasn’t had many high school students working for him through the years.  Now he has two.

“I’m happy to see kids out here working,” says Szedlak.  “A lot of people don’t want to do physical work anymore.

“But I think it’s great that kids are getting trained in the trades,” he said.  “Employers find that really valuable.  This prepares kids to make an actual living.”

Early Childhood Education students put learning in action

For students going through McMinnville High School’s (MHS) Early Childhood Education career pathway, understanding how young children develop is the first step.

“Learning about the overall development stages really helps,” said Katy Parr, a rising MHS senior.  “Like learning how to calm them down when they’re angry.”

MHS students find niche in emergency services

Tanner Morton (pictured) took all the available courses in the Fire & Emergency Services career pathway at McMinnville High School (MHS) before graduating.  This month, he was hired by the Amity Fire District as an EMT. 

“I’m working on my pre-requisites to become a paramedic,” he said.

Morton said he came into the pathway with a good idea of the direction he wanted to take.  “My grandfather was a fire captain in Mac, and my dad was a volunteer EMT.”

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