September 11, 2020


Hello McKinley Families,

As we enter the home stretch leading to the start of the school year, I want to thank all of you for your support and patience with us during these unprecedented times. Please know we are here to support all of you with anything you need. Do not hesitate in contacting Assistant Principal Hanna (, myself ( or the main office (319.558.3002) with any questions, concerns, or needs you may have.


If you want a hard copy of the handbook, please contact the main office at 558-2348.


YES, music will DEFINITELY continue to thrive at McKinley this year! All classes will begin online this year, with scheduling flexibility to meet the needs of all students. We have tons of fantastic resources to make this year a personalized and FUN experience, whether a student is enrolled in-person or remains online throughout the year. We will start with curricular music classes (Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced Band, Choir, and Orchestra) and lessons, with extra-curricular offerings to follow. These include show choir, jazz band, chamber orchestra, ensembles, and the like.

If you already have an instrument and are all set for band or orchestra, great! If you don't, that's fine too - we'll figure it out! As more information becomes available, we will be communicating details of next steps. Please be patient with us as we determine how to best move forward in this challenging and changing environment.

For families and students with reservations about making music in person during Covid-19, please know that we are staying updated about best practices for a safe, in-person experience (when that becomes possible at McK) as we remain committed to providing a high-quality, engaging experience for online learners to continue playing and singing. Please contact us if you would like more specific information - we are here to help.

We are SO excited to meet students and start making music!

Mr. Mnayer (Orchestra), Mr. Mossman (Choir), and Mrs. Phelan (Band)


Backpacks/supplies will be available (until we run out) on Wednesday, September 16, beginning at 9 am. Courtesy of Wellington Heights Community Church.
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The distribution of the chromebooks will take place next week:

Monday, September 14 – 8 am to 6 pm
Tuesday, September 15 – 8 am to 3 pm
Wednesday, September 16 – 8 am to 3 pm

If one of these dates/times do not work for you and your student, please call the main office at 558-2348.

Use the McKinley Street drive. Remain in your vehicle. Staff will be outside to greet you. Masks are required.

Each chromebook is labeled with student name, username, and student number. In addition to the chromebook, each student will be given a chromebook case, earbuds and a charger.

The Student Device Program Acknowledgement form (CLICK HERE (PDF File)) must be completed before a chromebook is given to a student. It must be signed by both the student and the parent. If possible, please bring an executed copy at the time of pick up. We will have blank copies if this is not possible. We cannot issue a chromebook to your student until this form is completed. Review the Student Device Use Agreement and the Standards for Proper Care addendum ( CLICK HERE (PDF File)(Opens in a new window)) prior to signing.

In addition to signing the acknowledgement, please complete the Release Agreement in Infinite Campus (E-Verification). CLICK HERE (Opens in a new window). If you need assistance with your username and/or password, please call the main office at 558-2348. Laptops will be available on the day you pick up your chromebook to complete E-Verification. E-Verification must be done yearly.

A back-to-school packet with the following information will also be distributed at the time of pick up:

· Chromebook Log-in Instructions - if you wish to download, CLICK HERE(PDF File)(Opens in a new window)
· Sports Physical Form/Concussion Form for 7th/8th graders
· PTA Membership Form
· Supply List
· Breakfast and Lunch at No Cost
· Grizzly Cove Fact Sheet and Application Form (TEFAP)
· Homeless Education Rights
· Infinite Campus Login Information
· Medication Administration Form (green sheet)
· Hy-Vee Cash 4 Students
· Sample Schedules

Forms in the back-to-school packet can be mailed to McKinley STEAM Academy, 620 10th Street SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52403. You may also call the main office at 558-2348 to arrange a drop-off time.

Hy-Vee receipts and Box Tops can be turned in at the time chromebooks are picked up.

Please call the McKinley main office at 558-2348 if you have any questions. See you next week!


Resources Available:

Here is information on how students and families will receive technical support for their Chromebooks, iPads, and hot spots.

Expanded Phone Support Hours: Families can call 558-2900 for support. The help desk phone line will be open for calls from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm Monday-Thursday starting on 9/14. On Fridays, phone support will run from 7:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Parent/Student/Family Support Website: This site has "how to" guidance, troubleshooting, and other supportive guidance.

Internet Hubs Available:

Student internet hub locations are available through community partnerships for those who need internet service and attend Jefferson, Kennedy, Washington, Franklin, McKinley or Taft:

  • Internet hubs are open from 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

  • Each location will have staff available for supervision, support, and assistance with student work

Locations include:

Jane Boyd

943 14th Avenue SE

Cedar Rapids, IA 52401

Paul Engel Center

1600 4th Ave SE

Cedar Rapids, IA 52403

Four Oaks

1924 D Street SW

Cedar Rapids, IA 52404

Four Oaks

2100 1st Avenue NE

Cedar Rapids, IA 52402

First Lutheran Church

1000 3rd Ave SE

Cedar Rapids, IA 52403

Cedar Rapids Public Library

450 5th Ave SE

Cedar Rapids IA 52401

Salvation Army Community Center

1000 C Ave NW

Cedar Rapids IA 52405

Other News

  • Schools photos have been postponed
  • Fall activities have been cancelled


It is critical we have the most current information for every student. Please take time to update this information in Infinite Campus. The District will continue to hold drive-up Registration and Annual Verification assistance on Wednesdays from 1pm to 4pm at ELSC (located at 2500 Edgewood Rd NW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52405) through the month of September. Interpreters will be available. Once buildings reopen to the public, families will be able to get assist with registration and annual verification at any open CRCSD building

CLICK HERE to log into Infinite Campus



Free meals are available on weekdays for all children 18 and under from Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020, to Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. Grab N’ Go meal pick-up is available from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Please note that Grab N’ Go meals are not available on Monday, Sept. 7 due to the Labor Day holiday.


  • Grant Wood Elementary
  • 645 26th St. SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52403
  • Johnson STEAM Academy
    355 18th St. SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52403
  • Cedar River Academy at Taylor
  • 720 7th Ave. SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404
  • Wright Elementary
    1524 Hollywood Blvd NE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
  • Roosevelt Middle School
    300 13th St. NW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52405


  • No charge for meals
  • All children 18 and younger are welcome
  • Pick up breakfast and lunch
  • One breakfast & one lunch for each child
  • Families will not be able to enter buildings
  • Meals will not be consumed on-site
  • No ID or paperwork required


Thank you to all who participated in last year's Hy-Vee Cash 4 Students Program. We are in the process of sorting/counting the last of the receipts.


SCAN: If you wish to scan/take photos of your receipts, you can send them to

Money raised from the Hy-Vee Cash 4 Students Program goes towards purchasing items for the bear paw store.

Thank you for your support.

To sign up for electronic receipts, go to Once you log in, it will bring you to your customer profile. Towards the bottom of the first column, it will ask you if you want to receive a digital receipt. Click yes. E-mail your electronic Hy-Vee receipts to