Feb. 26 | School assembly
Feb. 26 | Spelling contest
Feb. 27 | P.J. Day
March 5 | 7th grade assembly volleyball tournament
March 9 | Track season begins
March 23-27 | Spring Break
On Thursday, March 5th, from 6:30-7:30 pm, the Purple Thunder robotics team cordially invites you to the first ever Robotics Night at Duniway Middle School. All four of McMinnville’s FTC robotics teams, 2 from Duniway and 2 from Patton, will be there to share their robots. Come try your hand at programming a LEGO robot yourself, hear how the FTC robots were built, and see some competition rounds. The event is free and open to the community!
Calling all student writers!
The 4th Duniway Writing Contest is in full swing, and the deadline is right around the corner! Entries are due March 20. Students can turn in one or two entries for the following categories: poetry (up to 40 lines), short story or essay (two pages), and excerpt (two pages of a longer piece of writing). All entries need a title. Students are asked to put their name and language arts teacher's name on a Post-It to put on the paper when they turn it in to their language arts teacher. Winning entries will receive cash prizes: $15.00 for 3rd place, $20.00 for 2nd place, and $25.00 for 1st place in each category for each grade level (students will compete with students only at their grade level).
An awards ceremony will take place in the afternoon of April 17 in Duniway's library, where the winners will be announced. Oregon's former Poet Laureate, Paulann Petersen, will talk about winning entries and hand out prizes. Students with winning entries are encouraged to share parts of their work, but they don't have to. All students who enter the contest will receive a certificate of participation and an invitation to the awards ceremony. Last year, 150 entries were turned in! We are anxious to judge this year's entries. Good luck to all who enter the contest!
Connect Award Winners
The four McMinnville FTC robotics teams from Patton and Duniway competed at Oregon State University against other 7th-12th grade students from all around Oregon.
All of the teams had a great day working with other teams, sharing their engineering notebooks, and presenting their robot designs to a panel of judges. After all of the qualifying rounds, the Patton Argonauts and both of the Duniway teams, the Purple Thunder and the Lord of the Gears, were selected to compete in a 12 team playoff. Sweeping the playoffs with 4 straight victories, the Patton Argonauts and their alliance partners were crowned tournament champions. They will advance to the Super Qualifying Tournament on February 22nd at Evergreen Space Museum. This is the second straight year a McMinnville team has won a qualifying tournament.
The Duniway Purple Thunder team was awardrd with the prestigious Connect Award for gracious professionalism, community outreach, strategic planning, and building relationships with engineering professionals. As a result, the Purple Thunder will also advance to the Super Qualifying Tournament on February 22.
If YOU are interested in designing, building, and programming robots, talk to your teachers about how to get involved.
Emily Robertson, Marin Sterling, and Amanda Blanger) over the weekend participated in the Oregon Music Educators Association District 14 Honor Choir at Lakeridge High School. There where students from all over the southern part of Portland Metro area and down to McMinnville. There where over 80 8th graders in the honor choir from 11 different middle schools. Their performance on Saturday was to a full house in the Lakeridge's Performing Arts Center.
Class Offered To Parents
A peer to peer parenting group: Collaborative problem solving parenting series. Starting January 13th through March 17th | More information
School Board Presentation
Nine students from Mrs. Denney and Mrs. Eitzen 6th grade claassroom's recently showed school board members how they are using Google Classroom.
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