2019-20 Newsletters


  • Culture Night, January 30 at 6pm

    Every grade level in the school has been assigned a culture to celebrate.  Please come and explore the school, join in the activites, and look at the students' work.  The whole family is invited.  

    Hasta pronto!

    Bis bald!

    See you soon!

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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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  • Take the Parent Survey Here:

    Click here for Fall 2019 Parent Survey.


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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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District Announcements

  • Levy Information Please Vote on February 11

    The Yakima School District depends on the local community to fund critical education programs and services through local levies. Despite attempted legislative improvements to the way education is funded in Washington State, the essential educational elements on which students and families rely are not fully funded. YSD works hard to support schools as efficiently as possible, and administrative spending at the district was recently recognized as the leanest among Yakima County school districts.  Fortunately, funding from local levies bridges the gap between what the state funds and the true cost of operating a school district.

    The Yakima School District has the following two essential funding measures on the February 2020 ballot to replace the expiring levy:

    1. a replacement educational programs and operations (EP&O) levy, and
    2. a capital improvement and technology levy.

    For more information, please go to www.YakimaSchools.org/levy 

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  • weather delays

    Inclement Weather Delays & Cancellations

    View delay and cancellation announcements

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  • Annual Notification of Referral for the Highly Capable Program

    Referrals for the YSD Highly Capable Program for the 2020-2021 school year are currently being accepted. Anyone may refer a student including students, parents, any staff member, and members of the community. Referrals must be submitted by January 31st, 2020.

    For referral packets and more information, please visit our Highly Capable Program webpage.

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  • When is sick TOO sick for school?

    When is sick TOO sick for school? Spanish

    Download information in pdf format: When is sick TOO sick for school?

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  • Extreme Temperature Guidelines for Children

    Is it too cold to go outside? Check out the extreme weather guidelines page on our website for some important information in keeping children safe.


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YSD Stories

  • Thanks, Mr. Jeff! You are keeping us safe!

    Posted by Al Fischer on 12/20/2019


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  • They worked so hard… and then it was 53 degrees outside. Great job, McKinley Mavericks!

    Posted by Al Fischer on 12/20/2019


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    They worked so hard… and then it was 53 degrees outside.  Great job, McKinley Mavericks!

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  • McKinley's Concert at the Capitol

    Posted by Al Fischer on 12/13/2019

    All of the McKinley Mavericks were at the Capitol Theatre yesterday, getting ready for our winter concert.  The show went great!  Look at these Mavericks go!



    2nd graders waving scarves onstage Kids in traditional Mexican dress get ready to dance 5th graders dancing in a circle onstage

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  • 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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District Highlights

  • 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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  • 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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Character Word of the Month

  • Character - It's Who You Are!

    Character Education Word for January:

    Tolerant - Showing willingness to allow the existence of opinions or behaviors that one does not necessarily agree with.

    View all character words

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