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EASA engineering fair will showcase student work and raise money for school projects

Photo and story by Kathy Loving, EASA Parent Group President of the EASA Parent Group

The EASA parent group and EASA teachers are hosting the second annual engineering fair to showcase student work and raise money for school projects. The Fair will be held at Evergreen Space Museum, 500 NE Captain Michael King Smith Way, McMinnville, Oregon, on Saturday, May 17 from 1 to 4 p.m.

Congratulations Stephanie Legard, Oregon Elementary School Principal of the Year!

Sue Buel Elementary School Principal Stephanie Legard has been named Oregon Elementary School Principal of the Year for 2014 by the Oregon Elementary School Principals Association and the Confederation of Oregon School Administrators. 

As the winner for Oregon, Stephanie will be honored at the Annual COSA conference in Seaside in June. She will also attend a special recognition ceremony in Washington D.C. in October. Additionally, she is in the running for the National Distinguished Principal of the Year Award from the National Association of Elementary School Principals.

MHS choir wins PAC 8 league competition

Photo and story by MHS Choir Director Robin Pederson.

The MHS Symphonic Choir, under the direction of Robin Pederson, was named the winner at the annual Pac 8 League Contest at Forest Grove High School on April 9.

Parents of incoming third graders: Sign your child up for summer school

Photo by Elementary School Director Kyra Donovan.

Children who will be in third grade in the fall are eligible to sign up for a five-week summer school program.

District wins Nike grant for preschool program

Photo credit: Nike. Pictured (left) is Lena Carr, District Grant Coordinator.

McMinnville School District was one of 25 local nonprofits and school districts to win a grant from the Nike Employee Grant Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation.

Patton junior thespians teach elementary students

Photo and story by Patton teacher Emily Ward. Pictured: Second Grader McKenzie with Zoe Blanchard, Caitlin Kuberski, and Katie Allison.

On April 11, fifteen students from Patton's junior thespian troupe offered our very first elementary drama camp. Five lucky second graders and five awesome fourth and fifth graders were taught basic stage presence through drama games.

Patton junior thespians teach elementary students

Photo and story by Patton teacher Emily Ward. Pictured: Second Grader McKenzie with Zoe Blanchard, Caitlin Kuberski, and Katie Allison.

On April 11, fifteen students from Patton's junior thespian troupe offered our very first elementary drama camp. Five lucky second graders and five awesome fourth and fifth graders were taught basic stage presence through drama games.

Newby student story wins praise in Arts Alliance of Yamhill County writing contest

Newby fifth grader Logan Ferry was recognized for his short story, Reborn, in the Arts Alliance of Yamhill County Paper Gardens writing contest

Logan received his award at a literary celebration at Chemeketa Community College Yamhill Vallley Campus on April 18. He was one of three students honored in the children's prose, short story category.  He is in Jeff Strobel's classroom at Newby.

Middle school choirs win gold standard awards at state festival

Story and photo by Duniway and Patton middle school choral director.

Last Friday, Duniway Middle School Advanced Choir and Patton Middle School Advanced Choir went to Wilsonville High School to participate in the Oregon Chapter of the American Choral Director Association Middle School Choral Festival. 

Middle schools from around the Willamette Valley come to this festival to perform and be judged with the same criteria as the high school choir.

Patton's Photography/TAG Club Field Trip to Silver Falls

Story and photo by Patton teacher Emily Ward.

On April 12, 17 of Patton's students had a trip of a lifetime. They headed off to Silver Falls State Park with Club Advisers Emily Ward and Nelva Galvan.

While there, students hiked about four miles to see four different waterfalls. The park is home to 10 beautiful waterfalls, including two that you can walk behind. The group enjoyed eating their lunch behind North Falls.

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