Superintendent Communication: August 25, 2023
School Starts Monday, August 28!
Here’s the schedule for the first week of school for 2023-24:
Monday, August 28
K-5 elementary students attend regular schedule school day
6th grade attends regular schedule school day
7th and 8th grades start at 12:30 p.m.
9th grade attends regular school day
Tuesday, August 29
All students attend regular schedule school day
Wednesday, August 30
Late Start Wednesdays begin for all students grades K-12
Grades K-5 begin school day at 9 a.m. and end at usual time of 2:30 p.m.
Middle School students begin school day at 9:20 a.m. and end at usual time of 3:15 p.m.
High School begins at 9:30 a.m. and ends at usual time of 3:25 p.m.
Pre-K follows its regular Monday-Thursday schedule
Thursday, August 31
Regular schedule for all
Friday, September 1
No School: Labor Day Weekend
Find Your Bus Stop
Patton Gets Ready
Mustang Leadership students were at school today, helping prepare for the first day on Monday. Students designed and put up hallway bulletin boards, updated the reader board, ate pizza and had fun.
See the MSD Instagram feed for more photos!
Afterschool Program Availability
There is limited space available at Grandhaven, Memorial and Willamette Elementary Schools for the afterschool Camp Fire program. Families can register here or reach out to their school for more information.
There are some scholarships available for those who qualify. Camp Fire also works with the Employment Related Day Care (ERDC) program, which helps eligible families pay for child care, including registration fees. Find out more here and apply for ERDC.
Middle School Sports
Did you know playing an after-school sport is a great way to keep kids involved with their school? Athletes also tend to perform better academically and suffer less anxiety and depression.
To increase student engagement and promote physical activity, MSD is expanding the middle school athletics program.
Competitive soccer (fall) and basketball (winter) will be offered for both girls and boys, and wrestling will add an after-school club during the fall season.
Visit the “Athletics” page on Duniway and Patton’s websites (found under the “Students” tab) to see the fall offerings and their schedules, register online and more. All students are welcome! No prior playing experience required.
Local Campaign on Fentanyl Awareness
This month, Yamhill County Public Health launched “Friends Fight Fentanyl,” a youth-focused fentanyl prevention campaign.
The research-informed campaign targets teens in simple, approachable language and provides resources to help them navigate situations in their communities.
Attached below is information about talking with your teen about fentanyl and you can find other resources here.
Stuff the Bus!
Thank you to First Student, our bus provider, for staging a “Stuff the Bus” event to collect school supplies for families who need them.
Families who need help with school supplies or other items can contact the MSD Family Resource Center for back-to-school assistance.
Call 503.565.4225 during business hours.
Reminder: Meal Prices and No-Cost Meal Application
All of our schools, other than Memorial and MHS, qualify for the Community Eligibility Provision, which means meals are free for all students in those schools.
If your child attends Memorial or MHS, you must apply to receive no-cost meals.
If your family does not qualify for no-cost meals, click here to see meal prices for your Memorial or MHS student.
Teen Night Out!
September is coming and it’s time for the city library’s school-year program Teen Night Out to resume.
See attached for the monthly schedule of events or check your school website under the blue Peachjar button.
ParentSquare is the primary way the district, schools and teachers communicate with families.
If you would like to communicate directly with your students’ teachers or set notification or language preferences, you must first register. Here’s a short video that shows you how.
Once registered, you can manage your account settings and more. Find out how here.