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!

YEARBOOK

McKinley will be doing a yearbook this year. TreeRing will be sending out an e-mail to all families. All yearbooks will be mailed home.
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STUDENTS CAN CHECK OUT BOOKS FROM THE MCKINLEY IMC

Click on the curbside pick up form below to reserve your book.

BUSING FOR STUDENTS RETURNING IN PERSON

If you have transportation questions, please call our counseling secretary, Ms. Turner, at 319-558-2351.

HAVE YOU MOVED?

Click on the link below and complete the online form.


CHANGE OF ADDRESS FORM

STUDENT HELP DESK SUPPORT

Do your students need help logging in to classes? If so, have them go to


Go to GoogleMeet


Type: msahelpdesk

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 agardner@crschools.us 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

PARENT STUDENT TECHNOLOGY RESOURCES

Does your student need tech help? We got you!

INTERNET HUBS AND CHROMEBOOK SUPPORT

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.


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

LUNCH

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

WHO TO CALL

Main Office: (319) 558-2348

Clinic: (319) 558-2519

Counseling: (319) 558-2351

Attendance: (319) 558-2150

MCKINLEY PARENT/STUDENT HANDBOOK

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

STAY ENGAGED. STAY CONNECTED

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 mckhyvee@gmail.com.


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