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See you on March 30!

MHS wins grant from Unmanned Vehicle Systems for EASA/Natural Resources collaboration

Photo by Cindy Robertson, EASA

This month, EASA students received a check from the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI). The $1,000 grant will support the collaboration of EASA and Natural Resource Pathway students who are designing unmanned vehicles to collect agricultural and forestry data.

"This is a huge honor and recognition of our pathway programs taking our initial steps toward two pathway programs collaborating together toward a common goal," said MHS Assistant Principal Sean Burke.

Special education students provided volunteer help for preschool event

Photo by Andres Caputo

Last week, students from the District's Community Transition Program volunteered as helpers at the Willamette ESD annual Circus Day for preschool students in the Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education Program. 

The Community Transition Program provides support and training for students in high school special education programs who are 18-21 years old and transitioning out of the high school. 

MHS athletes win Special Olympics basketball tournament

Photo by Mark Hinthorn

The McMinnville High School Unified Sports Basketball Team won first place at the statewide tournament last Saturday. Unified Sports® is a program that combines approximately equal numbers of Special Olympics athletes and athletes without intellectual disabilities (known as unified partners) on sports teams for training and competition.

Duniway Battle of the Books Team competes through first round at regionals

Photo by Heidi Vollmer

Duniway Middle School was represented in the regional compeition of the Oregon Battle of the Books last weekend at Silverton High School. The students, all sixth graders, made it through the first round and were eliminated in the second round of competition. 

The team, pictured left to right, includes Joslyn Hui, Dana Vollmer, Kassandra Matthews and Jazmine Jones. School Board Member Larry Vollmer, father of team member Dana Vollmer, helped coach the team. 

MHS Drama presents Harvey this weekend

It's not too late to catch the current theatrical production at McMinnville High School. The current show is Harvey, a play about a man and his imaginary rabbit friend, Harvey. The production is directed by MHS drama teacher Bethany Mason. 

The play opened last weekend. There are shows tonight, Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m.

The play will be performed in the Douglas Anderson Auditorium at MHS. Tickets are available at the door: $7 for adults, $5 for seniors and students, and $3 for students with an ASB card. 

Duniway student receives national award for volunteerism

Noah Miller, a Duniway Middle School eighth grader, has been selected as Oregon's top middle level youth volunteer in the 2015 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program. As a state honoree, Noah will receive a $1,000 award, an engraved medallion, and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., for a series of national recognition events in early May. 

R.I.S.E. program wins Trailblazer Take it to the Court grant for school improvements

A new grant from Wells Fargo and the Portland Trailblazers Foundation will improve learning space for students in the R.I.S.E. program. R.I.S.E. stands for Reaching Individual Students Every Day. It is a behavioral growth program for students with special needs. 

The Take it to the Court grant  is for $6,000. It will fund outdoor sport courts and play equipment to help students practice positive social skills and physical activity, and reading materials to support converting an abandoned classroom into a library.

March 2-6 is National School Breakfast Week

This is National School Breakfast Week, which recognizes the importance of starting the school day with a nutritious breakfast to help students succeed in school. This year McMinnville schools expects to have served more than 320,000 breakfasts.

This year, the District has offered free lunch and breakfast daily to every student as part of a pilot program sponsored by the federal government. Schools report positive benefits from this program, including better attention in class, fewer tardies and fewer trips to see the school nurse. 

MHS wrestlers are state champs

Photo of Brian Barnes by the Oregonian. Story by MHS Athletic Director Mark Hinthorn.

Congratulations to MHS student Brian Barnes, the new Oregon wrestling champion, for winning the 190-weight pound class and to the entire MHS Wrestling team for their fourth-place finish as a team at the state wrestling tournament this past weekend.

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