Rachel Thompson/News-Register##Tom Davison, who started kindergarten at Memorial Elementary School in 1948, the year the building opened, shares some of his memories with his daughter-in-law, Kelsey, in the Memorial classroom where she teaches. His son, Dan, also went to Memorial, and granddaughters kindergartner Emmie, center left, and second-grader Ella are studying there now — among many students who are offspring of Memorial graduates.

Memories of Memorial: School celebrates 75 years with Spring Fling on May 17

In the 75 years since Memorial Elementary School opened in northwest McMinnville, thousands of children have learned in its classrooms, attended assemblies in its gym and been proud of its mascot, Buddy ...

Memorial Elementary to mark 75th anniversary

Memorial Elementary School alumni are invited to join current students and staff members Friday night, May 17, for the McMinnville school’s annual Spring Fling and 75th anniversary celebration. The ...

School board to meet in business, exec sessions

McMinnville School Board will meet in both business and executive, or closed, sessions on Monday, May 13. In the executive session starting at 4:30 p.m. The board will conclude its evaluation of Superintendent ...

Rachel Thompson/News-Register##Joleen Benuche makes a cactus pinch pot in her art class at Amity High School. With her are fellow ninth-graders Grayson Goings, center, and Felipe Acosta Castro. Next year, Amity students will have fees waived for classes such as this one in ceramics.

Amity School District waives all student fees

Metal shop? Art class? No charge. Play on a sports team? No fee. Amity School District has eliminated all classroom, activities and athletic fees for the next four years. In a move to alleviate financial ...

Rachel Thompson/News-Register##Amity Superintendent Jeff Clark, right, talks with crew members from Triplett Wellman Contractors in what will be the main entry to the new grades 6-8 middle school, under construction on the north side of the campus.

Construction projects transform Amity schools

At Amity School District, the theory of school construction is giving way to the practical realities. The school’s north parking lot has become a work zone as the first of two floors of a new middle ...

Rachel Thompson/News-Register##Crowd watches in a wide circle as the burning sculpture issues a plume of sparks against the deep blue of dusk on April 26. A dramatic sunset preceded the torching of the sculpture.

Up in flames: Alliance of artists creates, then torches, beehive and ‘crazy house’

It ended in a pyramid of embers. The 16th annual “Built to Burn” art event drew a crowd of about 200 people to a field on Linfield University campus on Friday, April 26. Two classes of students ...

Rachel Thompson/News-Register##Charlie Burnett uses a speech-generating device to communicate with Melissa Hernandez, Memorial Elementary special education teacher who advocates for her students. Her efforts led to her being named Educator of the Year in the Distinguished Service Awards program.

Stopping By: Teacher and advocate - Melissa Hernandez named Educator of the Year

Everything Melissa Hernandez does as a special education teacher is important — teaching her students to communicate, to behave safely for their own sake and the sake of others, to help them reach ...

Rachel Thompson/News-Register##Fourth-graders curry Patience the pony during a visit to the Yamhill Valley Heritage Center along with volunteer Cynthia Christensen, who oversees educational activities such as Pioneer Days. Students are, from left, Benjamin Jeffries, Aria Wolff and Kylen Wert-Firth.

Volunteer supports learning about food, agricultural past

Many people have forgotten where their food comes from, said Cynthia Christensen, head of the education department at the Yamhill Valley Heritage Center. She dedicated her volunteer time to reminding ...

YES student orchestra performs Saturday

An honors orchestra made up of players from the JOY program, other Yamhill County public school students and those taking private music lessons. will perform a free concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 27, ...

Poet and memoirist speaks Tuesday

MacReads and Linfield University present author, memoirist and alumnus Shane McCrae at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 30, at Nicholson Library on the university campus. The event is free and open to the public. McCrae’s ...

Berschauer suggests redirecting ARPA funds to Mac after-school program

Yamhill County Commissioners on Thursday discussed redirecting $500,000 in American Rescue Plan Act funds from George Fox University to the McMinnville after-school program Last December, commissioners ...

MHS students bring home SkillsUSA awards

McMinnville High School won the Chapter Excellence award last weekend at the state SkillsUSA competition held in Albany. Two of the eight culinary competitors qualified for nationals, as well, said Krista ...

Safe zones go to Mac council

A monthlong discussion on prohibiting camping near schools will be brought to a vote at Tuesday’s McMinnville City Council meeting, along with two other code changes aimed at public camping. The ...

Rachel Thompson/News-Register## Dayton High School freshmen Lillian Thayer, left, and Charly Upmeyer, right, tend to geraniums in one of the large greenhouses in the school’s newly expanded agriculture and career tech area. They are helping to prepare plants that will be for sale starting Tuesday.

Dayton High School’s renovated shop, ag areas enable district to expand career programs

Students are busy welding, repairing small engines and growing things in Dayton High School’s newly remodeled and expanded career tech area. “This is not just a building and a greenhouse, ...

Rusty Rae/News-Register## Wildcat Pantry employees include Annie Flood, a junior and marketing and media major from Salem. The new pantry is located on the second floor of Riley Center, and is open 24/7.

A clear need: Linfield Wildcat Pantry expands, serves numerous students

The Wildcat Food Pantry in Linfield University’s Riley Center, founded in 2020, meets a large need and recently moved into larger space. In January the pantry moved to bigger quarters on the second ...

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