National STEM Showcase video highlights District's successful programs

Last year, McMinnville School District was named a STEM Showcase District by the U.S. Department of Education for being one of three top providers of science, technology, engineering and math programs in the country. 

The honor included a video production highlighting our successful STEM programs. The video was released today as a model for other schools and districts: "This video presents ideas and strategies that can help you build exciting and enriching afterschool experiences." 

School Board Election Results

Congratulations to the following candidates who were re-elected to positions on the McMinnville School Board in the May 19 election: Janis Braich, Dr. Scott Gibson, Dr. Scott Schieber and Larry Vollmer.

They will be sworn in during the July School Board meeting.

Read local election results in the News-Register.

MHS seniors featured at May 11 School Board meeting

At the May 11 School Board meeting, Principal Kris Olsen introduced graduating seniors who have demonstrated a commitment to excellence and service in academics, athletics and community service.

Duniway student wins state speech competition

Photo and story by Duniway Middle School

Duniway eighth grader Emma Gomes won the State Rotary Speech Competition on May 15 in Pendleton. She represented the McMinnville Rotary Club. The message of her speech was the negative impact of being selfish and how it affects others. She infused humor and examples to engage her audience. 

Annual summer camp for girls teaches science, technology, engineering and math

Registration is open for the sixth annual summer STEM camp for girls at Evergreen Space Museum. The camp is for middle school girls who will be entering sixth, seventh or eighth grade.

Camp dates are June 15 through 18 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bus transportation to Evergreen will be provided, departing from Duniway Middle School. A sack lunch will be provided daily. 

Small Learning Communities help freshman succeed

Last Friday, nine freshmen were recognized as a “Student of the Month” at a Friday morning reception in the Grizzly Café. The event wrapped up the monthly recognition program for the 2014-15 school year.

The Student of the Month recognitions are part of Smaller Learning Communities (SLC), which provide a personalized learning environment built on rigor, relevance and relations.

Grandhaven update and note of appreciation

A note of appreciation:

The McMinnville School District works closely with a variety of agencies to plan for student safety. The District wishes to express its appreciation to the McMinnville Police Department for their response to an anonymous phone threat made to Grandhaven Elementary School. Their response was rapid and comprehensive.

MHS student art show runs through May 23 at The Grain Station

Story by art teacher Christine Kinney

An MHS student art show opens on May 9 with an opening celebration that starts at 11 a.m. The show runs through May 23. It  will be at the Grain Station, 755 NE Alpine Avenue, Mcminnville.  

Students learn about college options during freshman field trip to OSU

Team Ochoco, one of McMinnville High School’s Smaller Learning Communities, traveled to Corvallis on Friday, April 24, to explore Oregon State University. Headed by ninth-grade teachers Francesca Morrison and Audrey Wright, the students spent the day touring the campus, asking questions of current OSU students and learning about life as a college student.

McMinnville Rotary Club honors exceptional teachers

The McMinnville Rotary Club honored its Outstanding Teachers of the Year recipients this week. The annual awards are given to exceptional educators at each level. The winners are selected by the school district based on a staff vote at each school.

Awards were presented by school principals. This year's winners are: 

McMinnville Education Foundation website