Santa Claus made a special visit from the North Pole today to see all the students at McKinley. He only visits when all students are on the Nice List. With his reindeers parked on top of the administration building, Santa was able to walk to all classrooms and give each of them a special candy cane made by his hard working elves. Click on the headline see pictures of Santa in the classrooms.
A HUGE THANK YOU to all the McKinley students, student council, teachers, and the San Gabriel Fire Department for making this event a huge success. We were able to collect 4 large, heaping boxes of new, unwrapped toys for children who are less fortunate than we are. The fire department and Santa Claus made at visit this morning (12/21/16) to McKinley at 9am to pick up the toys and they will be delivered before Christmas Day. This is McKinley's 3rd year participating in this event and we look forward to many more years to come. For a glimpse of this event, click on the headline for a link.
McKinley would like to thank PEP, our teachers, and parent community for making Dinner with Santa a huge success. The hard work that you put into the decorations, the setup, tear-down, and service is second to none. 100% of all of the proceeds raised will be going back to our students to support field trips, transportation, 5th grade graduation, etc. Click on the headline to find a link to view some pictures from that evening.
Our new computer lab is now open after school. We have 36 workstations students can use to complete homework, do research, or enrich their academic skills by using Dreambox, Raz Kids, Typing Tutor, etc. It is also a great place for students who need space to collaborate on assignments.
Computer lab hours:
Dear McKinley Families,
Thank you to a wonderful start to our 2016-17 school year. In the short amount of time that has flown by, lots of activity has taken place. If you would like to know more about what activities have taken place or more information about the services that are provided to your children, please read our Fall Newsletter. You can find it under the Parent tab in the main menu or simply click on the heading to find a link.
Our school receives Title 1 funding. Title 1 funding is a supplementary federal fund given to schools depending on the socio-economic level of the school’s population.
The fund alloww for additional services for students in meeting Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics and supports extra materials and extra instructional hours to help students. Please take a moment to take the Parent Survey regarding our school and the services we provide. The survey will provide valuable information for us to learn how our school is working for you as a parent. Please click on the heading to start. Thank you.
Thanks to our 1:1 technology in the classroom, we have the opportunity to repurpose our scheduled computer lab time. We are introducing some of our 4th and 5th grade classrooms and Newcomers to coding. Students will learn critical thinking skills to solve problems and prepare them for technological opportunities in the 21st century. Our goal is to start with the upper grade students and then eventually introduce 2nd and 3rd grader in the coming year if not sooner. This will prepare them to program our Lego robots that are waiting in the STEM lab. The entire curriculum is provided by Google through their cs-first.com website and will start on October 18th.
Students at McKinley Elementary School have the opportunity to participate in the School Based Mentoring program of Big Brothers Big Sisters. In the program, a child is "matched" with a volunteer Big Brother or Big Sister from high school. The volunteer will visit once a week on Tuesdays or Fridays to spend about one hour per week with your child reading, working on schoolwork, relationship building activities, playing games, sports, etc. The activities will take place after school, not outside the school grounds. If you would like your child to have this opportunity, please click the link for an application and more information.