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.”

Patton teacher spreads love of science at library

Michele Brantner, a STEM teacher at Patton Middle School, keeps the science teaching going over the summer.  Besides helping with the school district’s STEM camps at the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum, she also leads science workshops at the McMinnville Public Library as part of the summer reading program.

“We started this eight or nine years ago,” said Brantner.  “My favorite one is when we take apart computers. 

Programmed for success

McMinnville High School (MHS) students Jamie Graham (pictured) and Patrick Johnson are leveraging their technical expertise into paid internships this summer.  The programming skills acquired through the Computer Science pathway at MHS, as well as the hands-on application of those skills in MHS’s Engineering & Aerospace Sciences Academy (EASA) pathway, provided the pair with the experience necessary for the 10-week program at AutoDesk in Lake Oswego.

MSD Nutrition Services staff honored at national conference

Karin Nichols, cafeteria manager at Sue Buel Elementary (left) and Cindi Hiatt-Henry, director of Nutrition Services, were honored at the national School Nutrition Association (SNA) conference held in Salt Lake City this week.

Culinary Arts students gain entrée to city’s newest restaurants

Graduating with an endorsement in Culinary Arts gave Raychel Johnson an advantage in getting hired at one of McMinnville’s newest dining establishments, the 1882 Grille, a restaurant in the Kaos project.  

“I sent in my application for Kaos,” she said. “The [hiring manager] saw ProStart on my application and was interested that children in high school were learning about the industry at that level.”

Summer library hours keep kids busy and reading

The Buel library was a hub of activity last Thursday during its weekly open hours.  From June 18 through August 13, the library is open every Thursday from noon until 2 p.m.  Wascher Elementary is open on Wednesdays, from noon until 2 p.m. during the same weeks.

Sue Buel, the school’s namesake, was at the door, greeting students as they arrived.  “It’s the last chance I have to see some of the fifth graders,” she said.  “They’ll be in middle school next year.”

MHS pathway students follow passion for teaching

Summer school at Patton is more than a learning experience for middle school students.  Recent McMinnville High School (MHS) graduates who earned an endorsement in the Education Pathway have a chance to learn, too.

(Pictured, from left) Erin Allison, Mariah DeMarco, Sam Hensley and Daniel Robertson were hired to help teach students during summer school.  The four plan to continue their pathway into college and earn teaching certificates.

Seeking Budget Committee applicants

The McMinnville School District is seeking applicants for a vacancy on the District’s Budget Committee. Committee members serve for a three-year term.

Committee meetings are generally held during early spring to develop a budget recommendation for the School Board for the coming school year. The committee is made up of the seven School Board members and seven community members.

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MHS engineering project lost with Sunday’s SpaceX rocket explosion

A team from McMinnville High School’s Engineering & Aerospace Sciences Academy (EASA) witnessed the SpaceX rocket explosion at Cape Canaveral yesterday morning.  Students, mentors and a teacher from EASA traveled to Florida to see a student nanolab project lift off to the International Space Station, where it was supposed to collect data about how metals oxidize in space.

Less than three minutes after lift-off, the unmanned rocket blew apart in a fiery blast and disintegrated.

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