MCKINLEY STEAM ACADEMY
October 9, 2020
NOTE FROM MR. MARTINEZ
Hello McKinley Families,
Yesterday you received communication from our district office informing you of the updates to returning to McKinley STEAM Academy. The plan is for McKinley students to start on-site on Monday, November 16. This is only for families that have requested the "In-Person" option. The students in the "Remote Learning" option or CRVA will continue with virtual learning.
As you know, the district has given families until October 12 to change their learning option. We are assuming that nearly all of our "In-Person" families will opt to remain in that option and to physically return to McKinley on November 16.
However, I want to make sure you have full information related to our safety measures. I offer this information only so you have full and accurate information related to the return to our building.
1) Masks will be required. There will be very few exceptions. If your child is unwilling to wear a mask, their best option is to switch to the Remote Learning option.
2) What happens with a positive case? Our School Nurse will conduct contact tracing to see if any students are considered in "close contact" with the infected student, as defined by the governor's guidance. Because we must adhere to FERPA rules (privacy rules around medical information), we will not be releasing the name of any Covid positive individuals, their grade level, classroom, etc. However, if your student is considered in "close contact", you will be contacted by the school nurse with information about quarantining.
3) How much will cohort groups mix? Very little. Students will remain with the same group of peers throughout the day, including lunch. Instruction will be delivered through a combination of live instruction and recorded/remote instruction by teachers in our building. More details will follow in the coming weeks.
As always, please let us know if you have any questions related to our return to on-site learning. We appreciate your patience and support and are looking forward to the return of our Bears!
Click on the curbside pick up form below to reserve your book.
BATTLE OF THE BOOKS
McKinley Students! Do you want to participate this school year in the “Battle of the Books!” We are teaming up with Swamp Fox Bookstore in Marion. If you want to participate; please contact Mrs. Amy Gardner at email@example.com to tell her which books off this list you are most interested in. We would like each person to read at least 4 books off the list so when the “battle” happens we have people who can answer the questions pertaining to a variety of books.
We will have fun activities and book talks leading up to the competition in early 2021. So there is plenty of time to read books off this list. If you have already read some of the books, they count.
CLICK HERE for a list of the books on this year’s 6-8th grade list
INTERNET HUBS AND CHROMEBOOK SUPPORT
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.
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
943 14th Avenue SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401
Paul Engel Center
1600 4th Ave SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52403
1924 D Street SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404
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
Grab n’ Go Locations for Online Learners
Online learning students are able to pick up Grab N’ Go meals (breakfast and lunch together) on weekdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. No student IDs are necessary, and parents, guardians, and students may pick up the meals. Families may pick up meals for all of their virtual learning students at one meal service location.
Cedar River Academy at Taylor Elementary School
720 7th Ave. SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404
Grant Wood Elementary School
645 26th St. SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52403
Johnson STEAM Academy
355 18th St. SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52403
Wright Elementary School
1524 Hollywood Blvd NE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
Harding Middle School
4801 Golf St NE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52405
Roosevelt Middle School
300 13th St. NW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52405
Wilson Middle School
2301 J St SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404
If you want a hard copy of the handbook, please contact the main office at 558-2348.
REGISTRATION AND ANNUAL VERIFICATION (MUST BE DONE YEARLY)
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
HY-VEE CASH 4 STUDENTS PROGRAM UPDATE
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.
CONTINUE TO COLLECT HY-VEE RECEIPTS!
SCAN: If you wish to scan/take photos of your receipts, you can send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 https://www.hy-vee.com/perks/. 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 Mckhyvee@gmail.com