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Middle schools will honor veterans at annual assemblies

Every year, Duniway and Patton middle schools host assemblies to honor veterans and active service members. 

Each school's event includes a slide show about the veterans who are in attendance, musical tributes by middle school and McMinnville High School students, and inspirational speeches by students. 

In addition to students and school staff, students' families are invited to attend the event, which welcomes all local veterans. Many of the veterans who attend are family members of students or staff. 

Both schools' assemblies are scheduled for early November.

Stephanie Legard's trip to Principal of the Year Conference in D.C.

This month, Buel Elementary School Principal Stephanie Legard joined distinguished principals of the year from every other state at the National Principal of the Year Conference in Washington, D.C. 

She was recognized for leading student achievement gains at Buel, met with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and shared educational best practices with her peers from around the country. 

Stephanie traveled with her family for the conference, and she brought a photo of her students with her.

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.

McMinnville Education Foundation website