It's National School Volunteer Appreciation Week. Thank you, Volunteers!

Photo by Jan Adams, Memorial Elementary School

This week is National School Volunteer Week. Thank you, volunteers, for your service to our schools and our students!

McMinnville schools benefit from tremendous dedication and hours of service from hundreds of school volunteers. Volunteers work with students, chaperone field trips, organize school and class events, assist with supplemental fundraising activities, help prepare materials for classroom activities and serve in many other duties as needed.

Patton eighth graders will make history presentations on Saturday

From the News-Register:

Eighth-graders to present at history competition

Two Patton Middle School eighth-graders will present some intensive research they’ve done at the annual Oregon History Day competition on Saturday.

The event runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Oregon Historical Society in downtown Portland. Ninety-two students, most from private schools, will participate.

The McMinnville students are among 42 competing in the junior division.

Duniway students hear about careers during annual career fair

Duniway Middle School hosted professionals in more than a dozen fields for its annual career day for eighth graders.

The goal of career day is to expose students to a variety of careers and help spark their curiosity for particular jobs that they may be interested in the future. Students heard about work opportunities and experiences from 16 professionals in their fields. Speakers were asked to share how education helped prepare them for their career, what they love about their job and the path they took to their current position.

Kindergarten registration is today at all elementary schools

If your child will be five years old on or before Sept. 1, you can register him or her for kindergarten on April 16. Kindergarten will be a full-day program in all McMinnville elementary schools starting in the fall.

To register, stop by your neighborhood school on April 16 between 3 – 6:30 p.m. If you don't know your assigned school, check the attendance boundary map or call the school district information line, 503-565-4000.

Health advisory from Yamhill County Health Department: whooping cough

Some cases of pertussis (whooping cough) have been diagnosed in the area. All schools are encouraging parents to be aware and take precautions outlined by Yamhill County Health and Human Services.

The following is a health advisory notice about whooping cough. If you have any questions, please contact Yamhill County Health Services at 503-434-7525. 


Dear Parents, Guardians and School staff:

MHS students learn college and career readiness skills in pathway program

MHS students participate in hands-on career training classes through the MHS Career Pathway program. The school offers 17 career and college readiness programs that put students in the workplace for mentorship and training opportunities. These classes help students identify and pursue career goals or eliminate possible career options. 

Watch a video of student interviews about the Career Pathway program.

Find out about substitute opportunities at April 15 substitute fair

Schools are facing a shortage of qualified substitute teachers and classified staff. Positions with the greatest need are teachers, educational assistants, secretaries, custodians and food service workers. 

If you are interested in signing up to substitute in McMinnville schools or in districts around the region, come to an informational meeting sponsored by the Northwest Regional ESD on April 15 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the McMinnville School District Conference Center, 135 Booth Bend Road, McMinnville. 

Duniway student wins regional writing competition

Duniway Middle School sixth grader Abby Meador has won an Excellence in American History award from the Daughters of the American Revolution. Her submission, A Child's Journey Through Ellis Island, was selected for a Bronze medal and $50 cash award by the Yamhill County chapter and has since been selected for the top honors at the state and regional levels.

Congratulations Karin Nichols, Oregon Nutrition Manager of the Year!

The Oregon School Nutrition Association has named Karin Nichols of Sue Buel Elementary School Oregon's Nutrition Manager of the Year. The award recognizes her dedication to improving the school meal program at Buel. 

Karin was honored at an Oregon School Nutrition Association Conference in March. She is in the running for the national Manager of the Year award by the School Nutrition Association.


The following press release was distributed by the Oregon School Nutrition Association:

MHS wins grant from Unmanned Vehicle Systems for EASA/Natural Resources collaboration

Photo by Cindy Robertson, EASA

This month, EASA students received a check from the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI). The $1,000 grant will support the collaboration of EASA and Natural Resource Pathway students who are designing unmanned vehicles to collect agricultural and forestry data.

"This is a huge honor and recognition of our pathway programs taking our initial steps toward two pathway programs collaborating together toward a common goal," said MHS Assistant Principal Sean Burke.

McMinnville Education Foundation website