Upcoming choir performances: March 3 and March 11

Don't miss your chance to hear the award-winning MHS choir at two upcoming performances:

March 3: The 9th Annual Community Choir Celebration

This event will feature choirs from Columbus Elementary School, Patton and Duniway middle schools, McMinnville Women’s Choir, MHS Symphonic Choir, and Linfield Concert Choir. All of the choirs will combine for the  finale. 

The event is at the McMinnville Community Center. Admission is free. Donations will be collected to support the McMinnville Community Compassion Fund.

MHS junior wins regional Shakespeare competition

Story and photo by Bethany Mason, MHS Drama Director

MHS Junior, Eric Armstrong, won first place at the regional English Speaking Union Shakespeare Competition, held at Lewis and Clark College. He was supported by the local McMinnville ESU Branch, acting coach Judith Miller, and MHS Drama Director, Bethany Mason.

Middle school robotics teams win at tournament

Story and photos by robotics advisers David Larson and Brian Bixler.

Robotics teams from Patton and Duniway middle schools competed at a First Tech Challenge robotics tournament this month at Oregon State University. This tournament matches students in grades seven through 12 from around the state.

Take the district calendar survey for the 2015-16 school year

The district calendar committee developed two options for the 2015-2016 school year calendar. The two options were presented to the McMinnville School District board of directors at their February board meeting for first reading.

The committee would like input on which option is preferred. Parents and district employees are invited to participate in an online survey. The survey will be open until Monday, March 2.

MHS Cheer Team wins fourth at state competition

Weekend news from MHS by Athletic Director Mark Hinthorn:

Congratulations to the MHS Varsity Cheer Team for performing a flawless routine at the state championships last Saturday and placing 4th. Also, congrats to Kessia Teidge for winning a $1,000 dollar scholarship.

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Congratulations, Mark Hinthorn, Oregon Spirit of the Sport Award Winner

MHS Athletic Director Mark Hinthorn is the latest McMinnville School District staff member to win a state award for educational excellence. He was named the Oregon recipient of the National Federation of High School's Spirit of the Sport Award

The award recognizes exceptional educators in student athletics. He was nominated by the Oregon School Activities Association.  

Students get ready for job shadows in health careers

It's a new semester at McMinnville High School, which means new career pathway classes and experiences for students. 

MHS has 17 career pathway programs that expose students to a variety of career options, teach them entry-level skills in these fields and help them prepare for college and careers. 

At the start of the semester, students in the health services pathway toured the Willamette Valley Medical Center where they will choose two fields for job shadow experiences. Possible fields include surgery, anesthesia, labor and delivery, radiology and emergency services. 

Nutrition Services staff celebrate two successful audits

Photo and story by Cindi Hiatt-Henry, Nutrition Services Director. See more photos on Facebook.

Nutrition Services staff celebrated the completion of two successful audits for two meal programs.

The audits were for the afterschool meal program and the National School Lunch, Breakfast and districtwide administrative operations.

Swingin on a Star Music fundraiser features student art contest winners

Tickets are on sale now for the annual Swingin' on a Star music boosters fundraiser on Saturday night. 

More details about this event are here.

Student art is featured on the posters. The entries were from the art class of MHS art teacher Joe Parsons. Four winners were selected. Each won a gift certificate to the Merri Artist.

The winners are:

McMinnville Education Foundation website