McKinley Monthly

December 2019

Upcoming Events - December

PTA - December 3

Winter Concert - December 12, 5:30 p.m.

Movie Night - December 13, 6:30 - 8 p.m.

No School - December 23 - January 1

Save The Date! McKinley Family Day - January 29, 1:30-2:30 p.m.

From the Principal

McKinley Yearly School Improvement Plan 2019-2020

Greetings! Check out our school improvement plan. We have a process for collecting data and do make provisions to it throughout the year. This is our strategy for 2019-2020.


Goal 1: Increase literacy achievement for all students:


  • 60% of McKinley students will score in the low risk categories in their grade level literacy domains.
  • 75% of McKinley students will demonstrate a one year's worth or more growth in their grade level literacy domains.


  • 90 minute reading block with differentiated instruction.
  • Learning Targets for whole group instruction and small group instruction shared and posted with these groups.
  • Teacher's will review data following benchmark assessments to continue to monitor growth towards our school-wide and grade level goals.
  • Actively monitor and implement interventions for students that are not making gains.


Goal 2: Increase math achievement for all students


  • 70% of McKinley students will score in the low risk categories in their identified math domains.
  • 80% of McKinley students will demonstrate a one year's worth or more growth in their identified math domains.


  • Small group instruction 5 days a week for 30-40 minutes each day grade K-5.
  • Small group, skill based, differentiated instruction for all at risk and MTSS students indicated by the grade level domain assessments.
  • Learning Targets and anchor charts used and posted for whole group math instruction as well as for the lowest AVMR and MTSS groups.
  • Teacher's will review data following benchmark assessments to continue to monitor growth towards our school-side grade level goals.


Goal #4: All students will improve their self-regulation skills in order to stay engaged in the classroom.

Objectives: 75% of McKinley students in grades K-5 will have less than 2 total major behavior incidents as measured in PowerSchool.


  • All staff will use positive praise for our students aligning to our McKinley Behavior Matrix and the FPS "Guidelines for Success".
  • Wildcat Ways that have been earned, some will be included on the morning announcements each week.
  • A "Student of the Month" recognition program will be implemented where students will be nominated by any staff member.
  • All staff and students will continue to have information and training with The Zones of Regulation and self-regulation strategies.
  • Our all-school assemblies will include SEL (Social Emotional Learning) skills such as: Zones of Regulation, calming strategies, goal setting, growth mindset, and the Wildcat Way expectation.
  • All teaching spaces in the school will have a designated calming spot with a procedure for using the space. There will be a consistent bin of calming items available in this space. There will be a consistent bin of calming items available in this space.


Goal #3: Increase daily student attendance and decrease the number of students that are late and tardy.


  • 72% of students in grade K-5 will have less than 12 total absences/late/tardies as measured by PowerSchool.


  • Monthly newsletters will be send home via mailbox or email to parents with attendance reminders.
  • Announcements will be made and traveling trophies will be given out each week to recognize classrooms for best attendance and most improved from the week before.
  • Students that have no absences, late days, or tardy days will have their name put in a drawing for the monthly prizes that will be announced over the intercom.
  • Perfect attendance certificates and pencils will be given at each trimester, and will be announced and posted on a perfect attendance board in the hallway.

McKinley Elementary Title 1 Schoolwide Parent Information Goals 2019:

  • Increase literacy achievement for all students
  • Increase math achievement for all students
  • Increase daily student attendance and decrease the number of students that are late and tardy
  • Increase the students' use of self-regulation

In order to accomplish these goals, the leadership team has identified the following strategies as a result of our needs assessment:

  1. Identifying and addressing the specific reasons for low students achievement
  2. Focusing professional development for teachers on increasing the effectiveness in small group reading and math
  3. Identifying and posting learning targets for students
  4. Effective and timely interventions for our students who are not meeting grade level expectations
  5. Modeling and explicitly teaching self-regulation strategies

Our staff is committed to making every effort to move our students toward proficiency in reading, math, and self-regulation, and data analysis will also support our efforts in helping our students to reach their goals.

We will work to emphasize best practice instruction for all students by doing the following:

  • Comprehensive work in Tier 1 instruction to minimize the need for MTSS Tier 2 and Tier 3 interventions
  • Progress monitor students who are getting MTSS Tier 2 and Tier 3 interventions
  • Monitor interventions for fidelity and effectiveness
  • Research and implement alternative interventions to meet students' needs

As a parent or guardian, you can help to support your child and their school experience by...

  1. Coming to parent-school events and conferences
  2. Supporting and reinforcing your child's good study habits
  3. Reviewing your child's homework and test results
  4. Setting goals with your child for continued improvement
  5. Helping your child to get to school each day and having them at school by 8:20 a.m.





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We are McKinley

Winter Concert

McKinley Choir, Chimes and Orchestra Concert

December 12th at 5:30 p.m. - McKinley Gym

McKinley Students of the Month for September and October 2019

McKinley Students of the Month are nominated by staff members based on academic excellence, leadership qualities, outstanding attendance, and observance of the Wildcat Way. The following students were nominated for the months of September and October. Congratulations to all!


William S and Khloe H

Grade 1

Jo M and Abigail P

Grade 2

Jaxon H and Henry S

Grade 3

Andrew M and Raya S

Grade 4

Alexis D and Sophia P

Grade 5

Brayden U and Loden K

McKinley PTA

The next PTA meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 3 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the library. Free childcare is provided. We hope to see you there!

Winter Weather

Reminder...please dress your students warmly. If the temperature does not exceed -15 below zero wind chill, we will go outside for the entire recess break! Each class is outside for 20 minutes.

Fargo Public Schools Illness Guidelines Children with the following symptoms should not be sent to school and/or school activities if they have:

  • Indication of a temperature of 100 degrees or above
  • Undiagnosed rash or sores
  • Vomiting or diarrhea
  • The student is diagnosed by a physician to have a contagious infection and places the student on a prescription. First dose of medicine must have been taken 24 hours prior to returning to school
  • Their temperature has remained below 100 degrees for 24 hours, without the use of acetaminophen, (i.e., Tylenol), etc. to keep the temperature down.

Our students are doing great things, thanks to our school partner Grace Covenant Church!

McKinley students made a skirt or shorts and packed a Samaritan Purse box with basic necessities for a child their size and age somewhere in the world. They also had the opportunity to make pillow cases for their own use. Thanks Grace Covenant Church for the wonderful learning opportunity!


If school is called off, all local radio and television stations are notified as early in the morning as possible. Check out our website too at Parents should always use their own judgement as to whether or not the weather is suitable for their children to go to school. If school is in session, and it is your judgement that your child should remain at home, that decision will be respected by the school and the absence will be excused. Sometimes the school day may be shortened because of weather, water, electrical issues, etc. When this happens, the district will contact the media to make a public announcement regarding the time of dismissal as well as any circumstances that may be important. The usual bus routes will run if possible and the school will follow the parents plans as indicated on Emergency Early Release form that is completed online at the beginning of the year.

On mornings when weather conditions warrant additional time to assess conditions, the Fargo Schools may use a late start procedure. This will allow time for the sunrise to occur, the weather to improve or the decision to cancel school for the day to be made. On these days, a two hour delay will be used. Road and street conditions will have an impact on bus schedules and some delays will occur. Elementary school starting times will be two hours later than the regular starting time. Before morning school programs and activities will not be held.


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State of the Schools Address and Public Focus Group

The Fargo Public Schools will hold the 2019-20 State of the Schools Address and Public Focus Group on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 from 6 - 8:15 p.m. at South High School, 1840 15 Ave S, Fargo. Parents, staff and community members are invited to participate and are encouraged to pre-register by 4 p.m. on December 18, 2020 by calling 701-446-1005 or signing up online at Attendees will receive reading materials electronically in advance of the event. For more information, visit

McKinley Elementary

Cheryl Janssen, Principal

Jill Linnell, Counselor

Romelle Speral, Administrative Assistant