New Staff Highlight: Welcome to the Milton Freewater School District
Diedra Thrope

Hi, my name is Diedra Thrope. I was born and raised in Miami, FL to Panamanian parents. I have always dreamed of becoming an Elementary Art Teacher, so I obtained a BFA in Graphic Design and right now I am working on my Master's degree in Education. I am most excited about working with the littles and sharing my love of education with them!

COVID Communications
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School is back in session! Schools in Milton-Freewater are doing all they can to keep kids, families, teachers and staff safe. Face coverings, increased airflow, frequent cleaning of high-touch areas, hand washing and physical distancing are just a few ways to prevent spread of COVID-19.Due to the increased number of positive cases in our area, we will no longer be sending out notices that we have had a positive case in one of our buildings.  We are strictly following social distancing rules and  wearing masks so that we do not have close contact situations.  In the event there is close contact, we will notify parents as timely as possible.  If you are not directly contacted, you can assume your child was not in close contact.

We need your help.  If your student has come into contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 or if your child is showing signs of being ill (sore throat, fever, congestion, cough, loss of taste or smell or flu like symptoms), please call your child’s school.  We would rather have your child stay home than come to school and possibly infect others.  When in doubt, call and we are more than happy to walk you through your decision of whether or not your child should stay home.  Also, please talk to your child about letting an adult know if they start feeling ill during the school day.

Due to the increased number of positive cases in our area, we will no longer be sending out notices that we have had a positive case in one of our buildings. We are strictly following social distancing rules and wearing masks so that we do not have close contact situations. In the event there is close contact, we will notify parents as timely as possible. If you are not directly contacted, you can assume your child was not in close contact.

Bus Seating Update
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In an effort to minimize COVID quarantining and under the advisory of the Umatilla County Health Department, Milton Freewater School District will be placing students in assigned seats on our buses beginning Nov. 1, 2021.  Students will be placed in “cohorts” of family members together and then based upon route configuration. Assigning students to seats will limit the number of students who will be required to quarantine in the event of a positive COVID-19 case on a bus and which students will be determined as in close contact.  We understand that having assigned seats is not preferred by students but we are trying to keep students in school.  As parents, we ask that you help support us in these efforts and remind your student(s) to stay in their assigned seats to help our drivers safely transport our Pioneers

En un esfuerzo para minimizar la cuarentena del COVID y bajo el asesoramiento del Departamento de Salud del Condado de Umatilla, el Distrito Escolar de Milton Freewater colocará a los estudiantes en asientos asignados en los autobuses a partir del 1 de noviembre de 2021. Los estudiantes serán situados en "grupos" de miembros de la familia juntos. y luego según la configuración de la ruta. La asignación de asientos a los estudiantes limitará la cantidad de estudiantes que deberán ponerse en cuarentena en caso de un caso positivo de COVID-19 en un autobús y qué estudiantes se determinarán como en contacto cercano. Entendemos que los estudiantes no prefieren tener asientos asignados, pero estamos tratando de mantenerlos en la escuela. Como padres, les pedimos que ayuden a apoyarnos en estos esfuerzos y recuerden a sus estudiantes que permanezcan en sus asientos asignados para ayudar a nuestros conductores a transportar de manera segura a nuestros Pioneros.

Congratulations to our Fall Sports players!
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Here are Mac-Hi's representatives on the GOL All-League Fall Sports teams:

Volleyball

1st Team

Darby Rhoads

Emma Leber

2nd Team

Kadey Brown

Girls Soccer

1st Team

Cynthia Munoz

Leslie Sanchez

2nd Team

Ruby Jaimes

Gisselle Ruiz

Diana Gomez

Boys Soccer

1st Team

Angel Castillo

Daniel Flores

Almikar Garcia

Sean Molina

Romario Garcia

2nd Team

Leonardo Rodriguez

Jose Gomez

Danny Gonzalez

**Player of the Year:**Angel Castillo

**Coach of the Year:**Jose Garcia