MHS engineering project lost with Sunday’s SpaceX rocket explosion

A team from McMinnville High School’s Engineering & Aerospace Sciences Academy (EASA) witnessed the SpaceX rocket explosion at Cape Canaveral yesterday morning.  Students, mentors and a teacher from EASA traveled to Florida to see a student nanolab project lift off to the International Space Station, where it was supposed to collect data about how metals oxidize in space.

Less than three minutes after lift-off, the unmanned rocket blew apart in a fiery blast and disintegrated.

Marketing Pathway student gets into the swing of work

Adam Israel has been working in the pro shop at the Michelbook Country Club for about a month.  As a recent McMinnville High School (MHS) graduate who received a Marketing Pathway certification, Israel is getting real-life experience in his chosen field of study.  “I would definitely recommend the Business Pathway,” he said.  “There are so many ways you could use it.”

Step Up to Third Grade launches

Rising third graders start summer school today.  The five-week sessions are held at every elementary school in the district, running from June 22 – July 2 and August 3 – 20, from 9 a.m. until noon.  Breakfast and lunch are offered at every site.

The free Step Up to Third Grade summer program is designed to keep students’ skills strong over the summer. The sessions emphasize using technology with reading, writing and math. 

Dr. Kris Olsen honored at COSA conference

Congratulations to Dr. Kris Olsen, honored at the COSA Seaside conference yesterday afternoon as Oregon High School Principal of the Year!

High school students explore job market

McMinnville High School students search for summer jobs and explore career fields in various ways, including attending events like the Women in Trades Career Fair

Before school let out, 11 McMinnville High School (MHS) students took a field trip to Portland to participate in a hands-on event, which is intended to offer girls a first-hand look at a career in trades.

Summer is for reading

Sue Buel and Wascher libraries are open for book check-out during the summer to help kids keep up the reading habit over the vacation months.  The sites feature fun activities for kids, free books and a chance to win prizes and a book bag.

“Our libraries are a great place for our students and families to gather during the summer, and summer is a perfect time to read,” said Sharon Buehler, librarian at Buel and Wascher.  “Reading for fun keeps skills sharp and creates a positive association with books.”

Summer meals program starts Monday

All McMinnville elementary schools, and Patton Middle School, will offer free breakfast and lunch to children this summer. Any child, ages one through 18, can receive a federally funded free meal at any participating school from June 15—August 20.

Elementary school sites serve breakfast from 8:30—9:30 a.m. and lunch is served from 11:15 a.m.—12:30 p.m.

Patton Middle School will serve breakfast from 8:10 a.m—9 a.m. and lunch from 11:25 a.m.—12:30 p.m.

Breakfast service in July will depend on participation. 

Congratulations to retiring staff

At last night’s School Board meeting, the following staff members were recognized for their years of service to the students of the McMinnville School District. Retirees were presented a "Golden Apple" by School Board members, and attendees were served cake to celebrate.

Musical entertainment was provided by Duniway Middle School’s Vocal Adrenaline, under the direction of the newly retired Dorian Herrick.

Combined, the staff members provided over 300 years of service to the district.

Thank you, retirees!


Olivia Brown (2003-2015)


Want to know about McMinnville Schools? Listen to an interview with Superintendent Russell

There is a lot going on in the McMinnville School District. Superintendent Maryalice Russell shares the latest updates in an interview with Ken Moore on his YouTube Channel, Local Matters with Ken Moore. She discusses school funding, educational standards, facility planning, and more. 

Watch the interview with Superintendent Russell.

Senator Ron Wyden holds community town hall at MHS

McMinnville High School (MHS) was the site of Friday’s Yamhill County community town hall meeting featuring Senator Ron Wyden. Community members and students from MHS’s ASB leadership, AP history classes and Model UN club spent 90 minutes interacting with the senator on a number of topics.

Zaira McKay, president of the MHS Model UN club, introduced Senator Wyden, and McMinnville Mayor Rick Olson moderated the flow of questions from the audience. Attendees interested in asking a question were given a ticket, and ticket numbers were drawn at random.

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