Starla Pointer/News-Register##Third-grader Natalie Rodriguez pets Minnie Lei as retired teacher Judy Suan walks her service dog through Paige Petersen’s classroom at Willamette Elementary School. Minnie is trained to help her owner remain calm and steady. Suan previously taught at Newby Elementary, where she brought her earlier service dog, Tonka, to classes.

Students meet Minnie, a service dog with special skills

Minnie Lei, a service dog, charmed students at Willamette Elementary School in McMinnville last week. Third-graders said they liked Missie’s owner, former McMinnville teacher Judy Suan, ...

Amity schools welcome two new principals

Amity School District principals, two of whom are in the first year leading their schools, reported a strong start to the year at the Wednesday, Sept. 20, board meeting. Enrollment numbered 766 ...

District hopes to fund after-school programs

McMinnville School District hopes to offer enrichment and intervention programs after school hours starting in October, in addition to the Camp Fire care program at elementary schools operated by Camp ...

Image: ARCADIS##Amity High School is scheduled to get a new gymnasium as part of a bond measure that passed in May 2022. The current facility will become the middle school gym.

Amity schools about to undergo a major facelift

While Jeff Clark may not profess to be any kind of power lifter, the Amity School District Superintendent recognizes a heavy lift when he sees one. Polk and Yamhill County voters passed a 25-year, ...

Rachel Thompson/News-Register##Science teacher Michele Reschly reacts with both happiness and humility as she is named a regional teacher of the year during Wednesday’s staff meeting at Patton Middle School. Reschly said she loves teaching science, technology, engineering and math classes to adolescents.

Patton’s Reschly recognized for work with STEM students

Teacher Michele Reschly knew exactly what was coming when the school superintendent, director of curriculum, several school board members and other officials marched into the Patton Middle School ...

Rusty Rae/News-Register##During Wednesday s annual GrizzFest, students circle the Mac High track, where they could get a taste of a variety of programs. Some are school-sponsored and others outside school or for after graduation, including booths from trade schools, colleges and universities, and local service agencies such as the police and fire departments.

School enrollment near projections

McMinnville School District enrolled nearly 6,500 students when classes started Aug. 28, finance director Jason Hall told the school board Monday night. The nine schools had a total enrollment of 6,487 ...

Mac school board meets Sept. 11

McMinnville school board members will discuss the start of the school year when they meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 11, in the district office, 800 N.E. Lafayette Ave. Classes resumed in McMinnville ...

Mac school board mulls payment option

School board members in Oregon now can receive up to $500 a month to help cover expenses for their service, such as transportation or child care, according to House Bill 2753, which was approved ...

Rusty Rae/News-Register##New Dayton Superintendent Amy Fast talks with Dakotah Norwest during Kindergarten Camp in August. Fellow kindergartner Reagan Riddle is at right. Children were getting to know their new school as Fast was getting acquainted with the district.

New Dayton superintendent: Listening to students, and wearing many hats

As she prepares for her first school year as Dayton superintendent, Amy Fast has been meeting members of her staff and new community — among them, and maybe most important, the 5-year-olds ...

Rachel Thompson/News-Register##With help from her younger brother, David, Monse Martinez-Ponce files books for her fourth-graders at Memorial Elementary to read. Her first experience with teaching was when she was a Mac High student helping in her brother’s fifth-grade classroom.

As a new school year starts, Grizzly grads return to teach

McMinnville and Lafayette teachers welcomed students back to the classroom Monday. For several, it was their first year of teaching, but not the first time they’ve started the school year ...

Staff gears up for start of school

McMinnville schools welcomed about 70 new teachers and other staff members Monday, and about 800 returnees Thursday, as the district gets ready for the Aug. 28 start of classes. McMinnville students usually ...

Mac school board sets goals

McMinnville School Board on Monday approved a set of goals it wants the district to work on over the next three years. Part of the conversation was new board member Lu Ann Anderson, who was sworn in by ...

School board, city council joint meeting postponed

Update: the joint sessionhas been postponed and will not happen Aug. 28.   ------   McMinnville School Board will host a joint meeting with the McMinnville City Council on Monday, Aug. 28. The ...

Families look forward to pre-kindergarten

Both Myles Fletcher and Charlotte Malcomson are looking forward to starting the pre-kindergarten transition program at Wascher Elementary this month. Both have heard about the wonders of school ...

Linfield offers support to students with ties to Maui

Many Linfield University students and alumni are from or have ties to the Hawaiian islands, and when school officials heard about the devastating fires on Maui, they reached out to those students ...

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