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  • Concert at the Capitol, December 12 at 6pm

    McKinley School is going back to the Capitol Theatre for our Winter Concert this year!  Save the date.  Admission is free for all families.  Looking forward to seeing you there!!

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  • McKinley PTO is organizing a t-shirt sale.  You can order your shirt online at the website below.  Ordering will close on November 18th and shirts will be delivered the first week in December.  Show your MAVERICK pride!  Order your shirt TODAY! 

    Don't forget we are ALL Mavericks, parents and McKinley family members, we encourage you to order a shirt as well.  Everyone is encouraged to wear their MAV gear every Monday.  We call it MAVERICK MONDAY!  These shirt make great gifts for the upcoming Holiday season!

    Click here to order your shirt.

    MAV Shirt

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  • Take the Parent Survey Here:

    Click here for Fall 2019 Parent Survey.


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  • Follow us on Facebook!

    Search for McKinley Elementary School on Facebook, then like and follow us.  We are frequently posting all kinds of pictures and fun things.  Join in the conversation!

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  • Our school leadership put their heads together this summer and discerned a new vision statement.  We realized that all of us are Mavericks in this school family: students, staff and parents.  We work to bring out the best in each other.  We hope all of our fellow Mavericks will step into this vision with us.  Have a great school year, Mavericks!!


    McKinley vision statement poster

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YSD Stories

  • Boundaries

    Posted by Al Fischer on 11/2/2019

    I recently read a terrific book, Boundaries: Where you and I begin, by Anne Katherine.  The book has nothing to do with teaching, yet I increasingly think that it has everything to do with teaching.  Teachers have boundary violations waiting to happen all around them. Our physical boundary can be violated when a kid pokes us, trying to get our attention.  We can violate the emotional boundary of a child when we tell them that what they are feeling isn’t appropriate or reasonable. We all know about, and I hope have not seen, what it means to have a sexual boundary being violated.  It is worthwhile and powerful to take a boundary assessment of ourselves. Where are your boundaries strong and clear? Where are they tissue paper thin or porous? Lets think through some common boundary concerns in the educational context...

    To see more of this YSD story, go to Al Fischer blog post on CORElaborate


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  • McKinley Mavericks Dancing!

    Posted by Al Fischer on 11/1/2019

    Here are some Marvelous Maverick Kinders doing the SEVEN JUMPS dance.  The last step is touching your forehead to the floor.  Way to go, Mavericks!


    Kindergarteners dancing

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  • Funeral for "I Can't"

    Posted by Theresa Lambert on 10/8/2019

    At McKinley, we are all Mavericks bringing out the best in each other through love and learning. I teach reading intervention at McKinley.  I work with struggling readers, and my goal every day is to make each student feel important and feel success at Reading.

    We kicked off the year with having a funeral for the words I CAN’T. I told the students to think of one thing that they felt they could not do. I gave them a small piece of paper with the sentence starter, “I can’t_____________.”  We talked about things that students believed were dragging them down and were impossible .  Some students wrote: 

    • I can’t kick far.
    • I can’t read words.
    • I can’t make friends.
    • I can’t do my hair right.

    Sentences that begin I CAN'T

    I told them, “I can’t is dead. We are going to have a funeral for these thoughts and words.”  I told them I would actually bury these slips of paper and they will be gone.  In case they forget I will keep the tombstone in the room.   Then they got another assignment that was geared toward empowering these kiddos .I told them to now write the sentence starter, “I can________.”  I asked them to write as many sentences as they could in the time we had.  Students began writing all kinds of cool and positive statements like:

    • I can love my dog.
    • I can listen.
    • I can make slime.
    • I can ride a bike.
    • I can be kind.
    • I can help people.

    My favorite from our Mav’s poster was, “I can make responsible choices.” I also buried one statement of my own with these kids and now feel like I can conquer anything.  It was a great activity for the beginning of the year. It helped me get to know all my students .Sentences that begin I CAN

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  • McKinley School Library News

    Posted by Kim Thomas-Dietz on 10/3/2019

    Did you know that reading can boost intelligence, increase empathy and help families bond? It’s true! Studies show that people who read early on grow up to be more intelligent and have an easier time relating to others (likely because of relating to a character in a book) and families who spend time reading with their children tend to develop stronger bonds with each other. Reading can also reduce stress and is a great way to wind down at the end of the day. ~

    *Remember, if your child has an overdue book, please return the book to the library as soon as possible. If the book is lost, please replace the book with a good, used (or new) hard cover book (no paperpacks). It does not have to be the same book. Books that are popular and we could also use more copies of are: Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Dog Man, Amulet series, I Survived series, Dork Diaries, Pete the Cat, Hamster Princess series, Captain Underpants, Goosebumps and any book by Mo Willems.


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  • NOOOOOO! Yes.

    Posted by Al Fischer on 9/3/2019

    Jenny Trafalger is currently reluctant to resume being Miss T.  It has been a fabulous summer.  She travelled with her college roommate to Montreal, she hiked in the Adirondacks, she even spent some time at the beach.  Her time is about to not be quite her own anymore, and she is in pre-mourning.  She picks up her room key from the school office and opens the door for the first time in two months.  It smells clean, but all of the furniture is piled in the middle of the room.  She takes a breath and starts to put things in place.  

    Julio does not like change.  He was comfortable in 4th grade, had all of his friends around every weekday, was entrenched in a healthy routine, then summer came and it all went away. His home life is not structured. His parents each work two jobs, and his big sister is mostly in charge.  He has settled into a summer routine, though it took time to get there. He is stressed about going back to school again.  Who will be his teacher?  Which friends will be in his class?  Will the rules still be the same?  The doorbell rings… it’s his new teacher, making home visits and saying hello.  

    For the rest of this story, please go to https://www.corelaboratewa.org/blog/teacher-leaders/single/~board/corelaborate-al-fischer-board/post/noooooo-yes

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District Highlights

  • What is the High School and Beyond Plan?

    The High School and Beyond Plan process is a graduation requirement that supports students in exploring their interests, planning high school coursework that is aligned to those interests, keeping track of major assessment scores, and logging work and other relevant experience. The Plan is designed to enable students to successfully pursue education or training after they graduate high school. https://readywa.org/beyond/en/

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  • Yakima Public Schools See Growth in Graduation Rates

    In 2018, 79.5% of students graduated in four years. This is up from 72.5% in 2017, 73.5% in 2016, 65.3% in 2015 and 63.2% in 2014. The average graduation rate in Washington State in 2018 was 80.9%. Further, Davis High School and Eisenhower High School saw rates far above the state average of 80.9% in 2018 with 88.7% and 84.8% respectively.

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  • Wellness Resources

    Taking care of yourself both physically and mentally is important. Please click the title above for a list of local resources. We care about you!

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  • Equity in Education

    The Yakima School District recognizes and respects the uniqueness of each student, staff member and citizen within the community. Teaming together, the school community creates a learning environment that fosters fair treatment and access to educational resources and programs for all students. The American democratic system depends on equal access to the opportunities for and benefits of public education for all young people: our future leaders, voters, taxpayers, workers, parents and adult citizens (Click the Equity in Education title above for our full policy).

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Character Word of the Month

  • Character - It's Who You Are!

    Character Education Word for November:

    Dedicated - Devoted to a task or purpose; having single-minded loyalty or integrity.

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