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Office Hours 7:00am - 4:00pm
School Hours 8:00am - 3:00pm (12:30pm on Friday's)
Breakfast 7:30am

Office: (541) 938-3233
Fax: (541) 938-2100

  • Note To Parents/Nota para Padres
    Please watch for your child's Red Thursday Folder. Your child will be bringing this folder home every Thursday. The folder contains important information from the teacher and the school. Please send it back with your child on Friday (or the next scheduled school day).

    Su hijo/a estara traendo a casa una carpeta roja cada Jueves. Esta carpeta tendra informacion importante departe de la maestro de so hijo/a y de la escuela. Porfavor firme cualquier forma que se le mande y regreselo con su hijo/a el siguiente dia de escuela.
  • Transportation Arrangements/Cambios de Transportacion
    To avoid confusion or delays, any transportation changes needing to be made for the day are required to be called in by 12 pm. We ask that you limit the number of changes to no more than three a school year.
    Thank you for your cooperation and your patience!

    Para evitar errores y confusion, cualquier cambio que se tenga que hacer que vaya en acuerdo con la transportacion de su hijo/a tendra que ser hecho antes de las 12 pm. Es preferible que el cambio se haga un dia antes, pero sabemos que hay siertas circunstancias donde no se puede avisar con tiempo.
    Gracias por su paciencia y coperacion!
Student: iReady and STAR Assessment

Principal's Corner

7 months ago

Thank you for entrusting your children to us! The staff at Grove Elementary take on this responsibility with pride, enthusiasm, and joy. Each child who attends Grove is special and deserves the best education possible. Every day the staff set this as their aim, and with your help we will be successful.

Grove staff are always open to your concerns and suggestions. Please feel free to discuss them at your convenience by calling the office or by a visit.

You are encouraged to review the web pages listed at the left. They include important information about Grove School, its staff, and its programs.

Ami Muilenburg
Grove Elementary School

Bullying Prevention and Incident Reporting

2 months ago


logo: SafeOregon


SafeOregon is a program created for Oregon students, parents, school staff and community members to report and respond to student safety threats. Tips can be submitted through email, phone call or text, mobile app or the web portal. Tips are confidential and can be made anonymously.

What kind of tips?

Tips may include bullying, violence, threat of violence, harassment, intimidation, cyber bullying, self-harm, etc.


The goal of SafeOregon is to prevent school safety threats from occurring by providing schools and communities with a tool to report potential threats.


Specially trained technicians are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for all of Oregon’s public schools Pre-Kindergarten through 12th Grade. The Oregon State Police provides this service through a contracted vendor.

Submit a tip:

Your school district is providing this resource through Oregon HB 4075 as a result of recommendations from the Oregon Task Force on School Safety.

You can get more information by going to:

You can also choose to download, print and complete the District Incident Reporting Form:

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How Can I Help My Child Learn to Read?
Parent Involvement: What Skills Need to be Part of a Daily Routine?
Parent involvement in early literacy is directly connected to academic achievement. Children need parents to be their reading role models with daily practice in order to navigate successfully through beginning literacy skills. According to research, parents should focus on the words on the page while reading with their preK reader (Evans, Shaw, Bell, 2000).

Here are some strategies for beginning and seasoned readers' literacy success:

Point to each word on the page as you read. This beginning literacy strategy will assist children with making print/story/illustration connections. This skill also helps build a child's tracking skills from one line of text to the next one.
Read the title and ask your child to make a prediction. Beginning and seasoned readers alike need to make predictions before reading a story. This will go a long way to ensure that a child incorporates previewing and prediction in his or her own reading practices both now and in the future.
Take "picture walks." Help your child use the picture clues in most early readers and picture books to tell the story before reading.
Model fluency while reading, and bring your own energy and excitement for reading to your child. Both new and seasoned readers struggle with varying pitch, intonation and proper fluctuations when they read aloud. Older readers will benefit from shared reading (taking turns).
Ask your child questions after reading every book. Reading comprehension is the reason we read -- to understand. The new CCORE standards assessing U.S. children's readiness for the workplace and college ask children at all grade levels to compare and contrast their understanding of concepts. This takes practice. Help your child explain his or her understanding of any given story in comparison to another. Have your child share a personal experience similar to a problem or theme within a story. Higher-order thinking skills (critical thinking) are skills children are expected to use in both written and oral assessments in school. There is no way for a teacher to ask every child to use a critical thinking skill every day. Parents can.
Connect reading and writing if possible. The connection between reading, writing and discussion should be incorporated with daily literacy practice. Have a young child dictate to a parent who writes in a journal or on a sheet of paper. Modeling the formation of sentences aligned with the words of a story is crucial for a child to begin making a neural interconnectedness between reading and writing. A child's process of drawing pictures brings his or her personal creativity toward the story. Sharing these illustrations of experiences and individual interpretations related to the sentence he or she has created on the page is yet another step toward this early balanced literacy approach.
Beginning and lifelong literacy is transformative and constantly growing. However, the process must begin when initially learning to read, and must be as intuitive to a child as when he or she learned to speak. This can happen through incorporating repetition, proper skills and modeling.

Staff and Community - 9/16/18
Friday was a very different day for all of us. Reading the email early Friday morning that a student had threatened to shoot up Mac-Hi starting with the Science Wing was extremely concerning. That note created a level of apprehension that I have rarely experienced. I contacted the two law enforcement agencies that were involved. Both agencies were knowledgeable of the situation and actively investigating the matter; but the individual involved was not in custody.

The decision to have school needed to be made before the first bus went out, i.e., 6:00 a.m. After consulting with a couple people, I made the decision to cancel school. We also made the decision to close all buildings to staff. It was the only plausible choice to make.

Later that morning, we were told the individual was taken into custody and we could all breathe a sigh of relief. We opened the buildings at that time and made the decision to have the football and soccer games this weekend.

We can take pride in the fact that some of our students reported the incident to law enforcement. We can take pride in our law enforcement agencies (Milton-Freewater City Police and Umatilla County Sheriff’s Department). We hope it reminded you that student and staff safety is our top priority.

Our goal at MFUSD is to be as transparent as possible. That said, sometimes the transparency has to come later as opposed to sooner. We have to wait until we have all the information and the investigation is complete. I will tell you this situation had nothing to do with gang activity and/or the altercation at Mac-Hi on Wednesday, September 12th.

We have been asked who the individual is and will they be allowed to attend schools in Milton-Freewater again. We cannot divulge the individual’s name because they are a minor. There is a legal process in Oregon that outlines the suspension/expulsion process for individuals that commit serious threats. We will follow the law. At this time, we have to wait for that process to come to fruition.

We will have school at the regular time on Monday. There will be law enforcement at Mac-Hi more often than you have seen in the past. We are thankful the situation ended as it did.

If you have questions, I am available by email or at 541-938-3551.

Thank you,

Dr. Rob Clark, Superintendent
Milton-Freewater Unified School District