Schools are closed for winter break

All schools are closed for winter break.

Schools will reopen on Jan. 5. 

Newby team competes in robotics competition with fashion helper robot

Story and photo by Newby teacher Brian Bixler.

The Newby First Lego League(FLL) robotics team, The Newby Tige-Robots, competed Dec. 7 at Evergreen Aviation Museum. FLL is for students ages 9-14.

Like most robotics competitions, teams design a LEGO robot that can maneuver autonomously around a course completing missions.

Part of what makes FLL unique is that students are also asked to solve a problem and present their solution in front of a team of judges.

School Board supports Promise of Oregon campaign for school funding

This month, the McMinnville School Board passed a resolution in support of the Promise of Oregon, a statewide campaign to build support for public education based on two defining principles: Today’s students are Oregon’s greatest natural resource. Accordingly, we as Oregonians must invest in our public schools so the next generation can reach its potential."

The campaign seeks to build support for public education based on the premise that support for our students is directly related to our prosperity. 

MHS culinary students bake pies for holiday fundraiser

The first annual holiday pie sale, sponsored by Grizzly catering, is a delicious chance to test students' baking skills and support the MHS culinary arts program.

Options include pumpkin pie, with or without fresh whipped cream, and Dutch apple crunch pie. Pie are $10 each and will support the culinary arts program and pay for fees to participate in the ProStart State Culinary Competition.

Rotary volunteers take students shopping

Photos by Columbus Elementary School

Community volunteers took elementary students shopping during the annual Santa Claus Project shopping trip. Each year, schools select students based on need and merit for the holiday shopping trip. These students receive $100 to buy items they need. Shopping assistance is provided by local Rotarians. This year, 20 students were chosen for the trip to Wal-Mart. 

Columbus Elementary School Principal Kathi Fowler said this is a remarkable event for many reasons. 

MHS students win art awards in Ponzi Winery contest

Story by MHS teacher Christine Kinney.

In October, Ponzi Winery hosted 45 high school students from Tualatin and McMinnville for an art competition to capture the beauty of the vineyard in the fall.

Images were voted on by patrons over Thanksgiving weekend at the vineyard.

Three MHS students took the top prizes:

  • Grand Prize, Hanna Roth
  • 1st Place: Megan DeYoung
  • 2nd place: Mya Clover (pictured above) and Sunset Jones

Their work will be on display at Ponzi for the next year. Each image is 24” x 30”.

Annual elementary student vision screening helps identify possible vision problems

All elementary students in kindergarten, first, second and fourth grades had vision screening tests this week. The annual tests are mandated for students under age 7 and can help identify nine different types of possible vision problems. If potential problems are detected, students are referred to a doctor for additional evaluation. 

MHS student makes early college plans with OSU offer

Photo by MHS teacher Jordan Harlow

Preparing students for work and education after high school is a primary goal for McMinnville High School staff. Senior David Brosius, a senior athlete, recently committed to attend Oregon State University. The following is a statement from MHS Athletic Director Mark Hinthorn:

Don't miss the MHS Symphonic Sweets and Songs Concert on Tuesday

Get in a festive mood with a concert preview from the McMInnville High School Symphonic Choir. Listen to them sing Carol of the Bells.

Tickets are still available for the annual Symphonic Sweets and Songs concert on Dec. 2.

December 2
6:30-8 p.m.
MHS Food Court 

Tickets can be purchased from Robin Pederson 503-565-4398 or at the door:
Adults: $7
Student/child: $5

No School on Thursday and Friday: Happy Thanksgiving!

Schools are closed on Thursday and Friday this week for the Thanksgiving holidays. 

McMinnville Education Foundation website