School district starts to look at trimming costs

McMinnville School Board on Monday set a timeline for evaluating Superintendent Debbie Brockett, a process that usually takes place in April. The board also approved her contact, which had already been ...

Rusty Rae/News-Register##Noah Schwarer, left, Eva Johnson, Genevieve “Vivo” Greninger and Steven Cope work on their three-course meal under the pressure of a timeline. After 20 minutes of set-up time, they have one hour to cut vegetables uniformly, deep-fry potato croquettes, make sesame crackers, pan-sear duck breasts, steam flourless chocolate cakes and prepare numerous sauces.

Pursuit of precision: Mac High culinary prepares for competition

McMinnville High School’s competitive culinary team is cooking up a storm this week in preparation for the ProStart contest on Monday. The cooking team and another team, focusing on restaurant design ...

Rusty Rae/News-Register##Ben Weisz, left, and Josh Phillips of the Ursa Mechanica McMinnville High School robotics team review the mechanics of their robot in preparation for the state competition in Hillsboro on Sunday.

Mac High robotics teams head to state

Both McMinnville High School robotics teams, Ursa Mechanica and Chronobreak, will compete in the state First Robotics championship tournament this weekend. They will show off the robots they built and ...

Rachel Thompson/News-Register##From left, Yadira Duran and Dylan Hudson, both eighth-graders, celebrate the opening of Duniway Middle School’s new podcast studio with Rachel Godfrey of the Traveling Light Foundation and Elizabeth Hinchcliff of Cruising McMinnville. The latter organization supported Traveling Light’s effort to create the new studio at Duniway, where Godfrey’s son, the late Ronan Godfrey, was a student.

Podcast studio unveiled in memory of young video creator Ronan Godfrey

Ronan Godfrey loved making and narrating videos for his YouTube channel, Subterranean Gaming. When he told Make-a-Wish Oregon that he wanted to become a YouTube star, the nonprofit that helps critically ...

Kirby Neumann-Rea/News-Register##Speakers Dawn Nowacki, left, a Linfield University professor, and Yulia Brockdorf talk prior to the Feb. 28 panel discussion they participated in at T.J. Day Hall at Linfield University. Brockdorf, a Hillsboro resident, returned this week to her homeland for the fourth time to provide psychological therapy to soldiers in the field.

Ukraine remains ‘defining challenge’ for the West, Linfield speakers say

Mistakes are being made over the Ukraine-Russia war. The mistakes are in public perception — false assumptions that start with the Russians’ claim that Ukraine sovereignty is itself an invention. This ...

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Japanese consul general visits Linfield

Yuzo Yoshioka, consul general from the Japanese consular office in Portland, visited Linfield University’s McMinnville campus Monday to promote Japanese language and culture studies. Linfield is ...

Willamina District names superintendent finalists

Two local educators are among the trio of finalists for the Willamina School District superintendent position. Willamina’s board of directors this week announced the finalists to interview on March ...

‘Ephemeral and scattered’: March 5 event at Linfield celebrates zines

Zines are alive and well. Make a zine, buy a zine, or simply look at a zine at “Zine Extravaganza,” at Linfield University’s Nicholson Library from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on March 5. The library ...

Panel talk, concert focus on Ukraine events, folklore

Feb. 24 marks two years since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Thousands of people have died or been displaced, cities destroyed and countless cultural artifacts lost forever. Linfield University will ...

Students will make up snow day

McMinnville and Lafayette students will attend one more day of classes in June because of the snow and ice in January. The weather led to school being canceled Jan. 16 and 17. Steffanie Frost, personnel ...

Mac High robotics teams qualify for state

Both McMinnville High School robotics teams qualified Feb. 4 for the Oregon state FIRST Robotics championship tournament, which will be held March 9-10. Coach Dave Clauson said teams Ursa Mechanica and ...

Rachel Thompson/News-Register##Tara Quincy, First Federal vice president and branch manager, hands an award to April Rodriguez, a McMinnville High School junior who was one of the top stock investors in her economics class. She and Amos McKee chose stocks with values that went up dramatically.

Mac High students learn by playing the markets

Back in September, McMinnville High School teacher Francesca Morrison asked her students to choose stocks to buy with pretend money. The juniors in her Economics and Personal Finance class picked a variety ...

Rachel Thompson/News-Register##Sixth-graders strum to a Santana song in Duniway’s ukulele class. “It’s a really good song,” said Leo Gonzales, in red second from right.

Strumming fun: With ukuleles, Duniway students learn confidence, music basics

Island sounds drifted from the Duniway Middle School band room as sixth-graders tune up their soprano ukuleles. Teacher Marc Dana projected a song on the screen at the front of the classroom. “This ...

Rusty Rae/News-Register##Wascher Elementary School students Destiny Avalos, with back to camera, Ariyah Navarro and Edward Merideth choose prizes during a good attendance celebration with Shauna Zavala, student management teacher on special assignment, and first-grade teacher Carolyn Smithed. Wascher works hard to show students that being in school daily is a positive thing, Principal Scott Murphy said.

Attendance is a critical factor in learning, so McMinnville schools get creative

Having every student in every class every day would be ideal for learning, McMinnville Superintendent Debbie Brockett said. Students would make steady progress along with their peers and not fall behind ...

New gala to support school enrichment

“Schools: A Work of Heart,” a new gala fundraiser, will benefit art, science, reading and other programs in McMinnville public schools.The McMinnville Education Foundation event on Saturday, ...

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