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Happy Holiday's everyone!

During this holiday season we were reminded to be THANKFUL for all we have.  As I count my blessings this season I want you to know I include you in them.  A BIG “thank you” to parents, guardians, and families of all McKinley students.  Thank you for bringing us your best student every day.  Thank you for the support you have given the teachers, staff, and myself throughout the year thus far.  Thank you for your involvement in your child’s education.  Thank you for the encouragement you are to all staff here at McKinley.  Without parents we would not be McKinley Elementary, a place where a safe and supportive environment is provided that values family and community relationships all while being committed to providing a rigorous learning experience through intentional instruction aligned to the common core.  I am so thankful that I get to come to work at McKinley Elementary every day.

On another note we have MUCH to celebrate here at McKinley Elementary.  Our staff and students have been working so hard to increase student achievement.  As results from last year have been coming in here are just a FEW highlights of the great data:

In Reading, all three grade levels (3rd, 4th, and 5th) outscored the district average with 56.3, 68.4 and 50.9%  of students meeting standard respectively.

  • In addition, McKinley had a higher median Student Growth Percentile (SGP) than the district and state in Reading (combination of 4th and 5th grade), indicating not only did our students achieve higher than in previous years, they also had higher growth rates than many other buildings across the state.
 4th Grade Math: from 2011/12 to 2013/14 school years increased from 20.2 to 54.2% of the students meeting standard.
  • In addition, 4th grade had median SGP of 63 in Math, outscoring the district and State as well! Over half of the 4th graders had an individual SGP of 63 or higher. This is a testament to the hard work of our students and staff—students are growing academically at higher rates than peers across the state.
5th grade Science: from 11/12 to 13/14 increased from 24.6 to 37% of students meeting standard.

Remember when looking at data you can look at it a couple of ways.  The first way you can compare data is within the grade level and compare year to year. For example in the 2012-2013 school year 40.5% of 3rd grade students passed the Reading MSP and the following year (2013-2014) 56.3% of 3rd grade students passed the MSP (different students, same grade level.) This is how buildings are reviewed for accountability purposes. While it is different students being compared each year, it can provide insight into curriculum and building processes, such as schedules, interventions and resources. The second way you can look at data is by looking at cohorts of students (same students, different grade level).  For example, in the 2012-2013 school year 40.5% of 3rd grade students met standard on the Reading MSP and then looking at that same group of kids or cohort of kids you would look at 4th grade from 2013-2014 where 68.4% of students met standard.  This tells us that we had a jump of 27.9% of students in that cohort passing the Reading MSP.  This is my favorite way to look at data, because you can see specific growth for students.  Either way you look at it ,you can see McKinley Elementary is working hard to make sure that all students are successful.  I encourage you to have a conversation with staff about your student and their data.


Again, there is so much to be thankful for.  Hard working staff who put kids first in everything they do, students who bring their best effort every day, and parents who support the work, thank you to everyone in the McKinley community.



Amanda Voorhees

McKinley Elementary Principal



Amanda Voorhees


McKinley Elementary


Sweatshirts should be in before winter break


McKinley Elementary is a school that partners with families and the community to help all students reach their full academic potential.


Our mission is to provide a safe and supportive environment that values family and community relationships.  We are committed to providing a rigorous learning experience through intentional instruction aligned to the common core.



We will focus on the education of the whole child with attention to safe learning settings, healthy lifestyles, challenged and engaged teaching and learning, and district – wide support services. Together, we will initiate a learning improvement process focused on student needs highlighted by innovative thinking and a culture of learning. Professional learning communities will guide our improvement strategies and implementations. These learning communities will draw on the wisdom, experiences, and ideas of our students, teachers, administrators, parents, and community members to determine the best practices for becoming a high performing school.


Character Word of the Month

Our Character Word of the Month for January is...

Optimism: Possessing a positive outlook; being hopeful and confident.

  • Am able to minimize doubts and fears
  • Cheerfully believe good things are in the future
  • Am able to maintain self-control when things don't go as planned
  • Am confidently upbeat when faced with all types of adversity