State report cards rate schools above average

This month, the Oregon Department of Education released its annual State School Report Card with ratings for all schools. All McMinnville schools exceeded the state average in all subject areas, and almost all schools are rated above average on the state report cards. Buel and Grandhaven have also been named as model schools for earning a rating that puts them in the top 10% of all Oregon schools. 

Check the ratings for all schools.

It's School Jog-a-Thon Season!

One of the biggest fundraising events at local schools is the school jog-a-ton. Students bring in pledges for the laps they run or walk. Memorial and Wascher elementary schools have both wrapped up their fall fun run fundraisers. 

At Memorial, more than 500 students ran and walked 10,424 laps, which is equal to 1,303 miles. Family members and teachers also ran and walked for a total of 13,152 laps or 1,644 miles. The new Memorial Bulldogs mascot helped cheer on the runners.

MHS student is national finalist for photo of the year

Photo by MHS student Haley Swinth. Story by MHS Bruin newspaper advisor Kathy Beyer.

Bruin newspaper senior Haley Swinth’s photo is a national finalist for the National Scholastic Press Association’s [NSPA] Picture of the Year.

Haley is the Managing Editor of McMinnville High School’s newspaper, The Bruin, this year. She plans on pursuing a media degree from the University of Oregon next year.

The national winners will be announced at the NSPA National Convention in Washington, DC in November.

Patton Middle School lesson combines literature and science

Photo by Michele Brantner. Story by Cameron Gallop..

Read about this program and see more photos on the Neuroscience Outreach Group website: NW Noggin heads to McMinnville!

MHS teachers present at national STEM conference

Photo and story by Jared Larson. 

MHS teachers/instructional coaches, Kelly Shipley (left), Pam Canady (pictured, right) and Jared Larson presented a workshop at the national conference of the Math/Science Partnership Program in Washington D.C. this week.

Recent alum's college accomplishments featured by NCAA

MHS 2010 graduate Alyssa Hasslen was recently featured on the National College Athletics Association website for her academic and athletic accomplishments at University of Arizona. 

She is currently training to compete in shot put in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro and aspires to work for Nike. 

Read the whole article.

Buel Elementary School's Stephanie Legard, a National Distinguished Principal

This summer, Buel Principal Stephanie Legard was named Oregon Elementary School Principal of the Year for 2014 by the Oregon Elementary School Principals Association and the Confederation of Oregon School Administrators. 

That honor was followed by a second distinction when she was named one of the National Distinguished Principals of the Year by the National Association of Elementary School Principals. 

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. 

McMinnville Education Foundation website