March 2-6 is National School Breakfast Week

This is National School Breakfast Week, which recognizes the importance of starting the school day with a nutritious breakfast to help students succeed in school. This year McMinnville schools expects to have served more than 320,000 breakfasts.

This year, the District has offered free lunch and breakfast daily to every student as part of a pilot program sponsored by the federal government. Schools report positive benefits from this program, including better attention in class, fewer tardies and fewer trips to see the school nurse. 

MHS wrestlers are state champs

Photo of Brian Barnes by the Oregonian. Story by MHS Athletic Director Mark Hinthorn.

Congratulations to MHS student Brian Barnes, the new Oregon wrestling champion, for winning the 190-weight pound class and to the entire MHS Wrestling team for their fourth-place finish as a team at the state wrestling tournament this past weekend.

Thank you, classified employees!

March 2-6 is Classified Employee Week. This week, we are honoring and recognizing the dedicated support staff who serve our students, schools and district.

Classified employees are the "backbone" of the public school system, providing support and working directly with students, staff, parents, volunteers, business partners and community members.

Classified employees are secretaries, educational assistants, food service workers, custodians, maintenance workers, bus drivers and more.

Thank you, classified staff!


Upcoming choir performances: March 3 and March 11

Don't miss your chance to hear the award-winning MHS choir at two upcoming performances:

March 3: The 9th Annual Community Choir Celebration

This event will feature choirs from Columbus Elementary School, Patton and Duniway middle schools, McMinnville Women’s Choir, MHS Symphonic Choir, and Linfield Concert Choir. All of the choirs will combine for the  finale. 

The event is at the McMinnville Community Center. Admission is free. Donations will be collected to support the McMinnville Community Compassion Fund.

MHS junior wins regional Shakespeare competition

Story and photo by Bethany Mason, MHS Drama Director

MHS Junior, Eric Armstrong, won first place at the regional English Speaking Union Shakespeare Competition, held at Lewis and Clark College. He was supported by the local McMinnville ESU Branch, acting coach Judith Miller, and MHS Drama Director, Bethany Mason.

Middle school robotics teams win at tournament

Story and photos by robotics advisers David Larson and Brian Bixler.

Robotics teams from Patton and Duniway middle schools competed at a First Tech Challenge robotics tournament this month at Oregon State University. This tournament matches students in grades seven through 12 from around the state.

Take the district calendar survey for the 2015-16 school year

The district calendar committee developed two options for the 2015-2016 school year calendar. The two options were presented to the McMinnville School District board of directors at their February board meeting for first reading.

The committee would like input on which option is preferred. Parents and district employees are invited to participate in an online survey. The survey will be open until Monday, March 2.

MHS Cheer Team wins fourth at state competition

Weekend news from MHS by Athletic Director Mark Hinthorn:

Congratulations to the MHS Varsity Cheer Team for performing a flawless routine at the state championships last Saturday and placing 4th. Also, congrats to Kessia Teidge for winning a $1,000 dollar scholarship.

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Congratulations, Mark Hinthorn, Oregon Spirit of the Sport Award Winner

MHS Athletic Director Mark Hinthorn is the latest McMinnville School District staff member to win a state award for educational excellence. He was named the Oregon recipient of the National Federation of High School's Spirit of the Sport Award

The award recognizes exceptional educators in student athletics. He was nominated by the Oregon School Activities Association.  

Students get ready for job shadows in health careers

It's a new semester at McMinnville High School, which means new career pathway classes and experiences for students. 

MHS has 17 career pathway programs that expose students to a variety of career options, teach them entry-level skills in these fields and help them prepare for college and careers. 

At the start of the semester, students in the health services pathway toured the Willamette Valley Medical Center where they will choose two fields for job shadow experiences. Possible fields include surgery, anesthesia, labor and delivery, radiology and emergency services. 

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