Have you read the latest MSD news?

All McMinnville School District homes received a district newsletter this month. Did you get yours? We mailed it to all homes in the McMinnville and Lafayette communities.

This issue has news about all-day kindergarten, high school pathway programs, facilitiy planning and the Common Core.

View it online here. 

Grandhaven choir performs with Rose City Mixed Quartet

Photo and story by Grandhaven Elementary School

The Grandhaven Elementary School choir presented their final concert of the school year on Tuesday, April 21. The choir was joined by the Rose City Mixed Quartet, a four-member group that has been performing together for 20 years. 

Congratulations, Kris Olsen, Oregon High School Principal of the Year!

MHS Principal Kris Olsen is the latest administrator in the District to win statewide honors for outstanding leadership. He was named Oregon High School Principal of the Year this morning in a surprise announcement during a staff meeting. 

The award is sponsored by the Oregon Association of Secondary School Administrators. It recognizes outstanding principals who have succeeded in providing high-quality learning opportunities for students and who demonstrate exemplary contributions to the profession. 

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. 

McMinnville Education Foundation website