January town hall meeting covered Common Core, MHS Career Pathways and facility planning

This month, dozens of community members attended a town hall meeting at Duniway Middle School to learn the latest about school district activities and planning. 

District staff presented updates on the Common Core, McMinnville High School College Credit Now and Career Pathway programs and planning for district facility improvements. 

If you missed it, you can view a recording of the meeting on McMinnville Community Media, Comcast Channel 11 or Frontier Channel 29. See the program schedule for dates and times. 

Grandhaven student assembly motivates students with dance

Student assemblies are excellent ways to recognize student achievements and motivate students to do their best at school.

At the January assembly at Grandhaven Elementary School, students were entertained by the Patton Middle School Dance Team and then participated in an all-school dance they had learned in P.E. this month. The dance was led by Mr. Johnson, Grandhaven P.E. teacher.

See a video of the student dance on Facebook.

January is School Board Appreciation Month

January is School Board Appreciation Month. Thank you, School Board Members Janis Braich, Barbara Carter, Scott Gibson, Stan Primozich, Tim Roberts, Scott Schieber and Larry Vollmer!

The following proclamation was signed by Superintendent Maryalice Russell:

WHEREAS, school boards create a vision for what students should know and be able to do;

WHEREAS, school boards establish clear standards for student performance;

Music Boosters host Swingin' on a Star fundraiser on Jan. 31

The annual jazz night fundraiser Swingin' on a Star is scheduled for Jan. 31 from 6 – 9 p.m. at the McMinnville Community Center. Proceeds from the dinner and auction will benefit McMinnville school music programs.

Musical entertainment will include McMinnville student vocal and instrumental jazz. 

Patton Middle School Play: The Wizard of Oz

Poster and story by Patton Middle School Drama Director Emily Ward

Patton Middle School Drama is proud to announce our winter production of L. Frank Baum’s classic, The Wizard of Oz

This version has been adapted for middle school performers and will delight audiences with it's humor and music. Dorothy and her dog, Toto, are caught in a tornado's path and magically end up in Oz. In Oz, Dorothy meets some memorable friends including the Cowardly Lion, the Tin Man, and the Scarecrow.  

District town hall meeting is tomorrow night!

Come learn about programs in McMinnville School District. 

A town hall meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 8,. at Duniway Middle School from 6:30 - 8 p.m.

Topics include:

Benefit concert planned for MHS music teacher Dana Libonati

Local musicians are coming together in a benefit concert for Dana Libonati, a McMinnville High School music teacher currently being treated for cancer. 

The concert is scheduled for Jan. 10 at 7 p.m. at the McMinnville Community Center. Tickets are $12, available at the door or online. Proceeds will help with medical expenses. 


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. 

McMinnville Education Foundation website