New pilot program will provide free meals to all students

School starts on Tuesday for all students. One of the new programs in schools this year is a pilot program offering free meals to all students.

All Students, reguardless of income, eligible for one Free Breakfast and Lunch Daily. No meal applications are required. The progam, sponsored by the federal government, runs all year and provides one meal per student free of charge. Second meals milk or juice a la carte must be purchased. 

For more information, see the list of frequently asked questions

MHS FFA students win county fair awards in dairy goat shows

Two McMinnville High School FFA students brought home showmanship awards in 4-H dairy goat competition at the Yamhill County Fair. Kayllyn and Kailyn Clevenger, who are cousins, both participate in the high school FFA program.

Kaylyn earned reserve champion FFA master showman, winning a $125 prize to make a custom belt buckle through Wilco. Kailyn competed in FFA events and 4-H master showmanship for dairy goats. She won champion senior 4-H master showman. 

Staff back-to-school inservice is a lesson in logic and compassion

See photos of staff inservice on Flickr.

Each school year starts for staff with an inservice that is instructional, motivational and often comical. This morning's inservice, with it's Star Trek theme, was no exception. 

The event included musical performances by students who attended the first McMinnville School District summer music camp. Performances from the "Pick Up the Phone" band, featuring members of the Palacios family followed. 

Duniway student wins agricultural art contest

Duniway seventh grader Sofia Frison was one of 13 students whose art was selected from more than 1,500 statewide entries for the Oregon Agriculture in the Classroom calendar. She was honored in a reception at the state fair. 

The following press release was issued by the Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation:

Local Student’s Art Celebrated at State Fair

School starts next Tuesday!

School starts on Sept. 2.

See our back-to-school resource page for key information to help you get ready for the first day of school.

Kindergarten camp prepares students for school

Photo by Columbus Elementary School Principal Kathi Fowler

A grant-funded kindergarten readiness camp is introducing students and families to school. The camps for all kindergarten students, are funded by the Kindergarten Innovation Partnership Grant-EL Hub.

The goal is for children and families to feel connected to their school and teachers before the first day of school.  

Pictured are students at the Columbus Elementary School camp, which was taught by two kindergarten teachers and four first-grade teachers. More than 70 students attended

New marching band students learn skills at summer camp

Music students have been busy learning new skills this summer at a series of summer camps. New marching band students worked on marching skills and formations at a camp from Aug. 18-22. 

The new marching band will debut at MHS home football games at Wortman Stadium.

 See photos on Flickr

Students can get required immunizatons at school clinics

All students can get required immunizations at two school clinics starting next week.  McMinnville School District is partnering with Yamhill County Public Health Department to provide immunization clinics this summer to provide required school immunizations for children in kindergarten through high school. The clinics will be held at both middle schools during school registration: Duniway Middle SchoolAug. 198 – 11 a.m. and 1 – 4 p.m. Patton Middle SchoolAug. 20 and 218 – 11 a.m.

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.

McMinnville Education Foundation website