McKinley Monthly

January 2022

Upcoming Events - January

Classes Resume - 3

No School - 17

From the Principal

Written Notification of School Accountability Report

Transparency to the Public

North Dakota is committed to informing communities about how well its schools are doing. North Dakota's future success depends on preparing students to graduate choice ready with the knowledge, skills, and desire to be successful. State education departments require accountability reports for every public school in the state. The School Accountability Report outlines how schools are performing on the elements North Dakota selected within its ESSA plan.

North Dakota has a public dashboard designed to help communities across the state access important data in K-12 districts and schools, including COVID-19 Response. Insights feature easy-to-read reports on many measures of school success, including test scores, graduation rates, English Learner progress, student engagement results, and state accountability.

To find out information about our school, visit the dashboard at, select "Find My School", and search alphabetically. Please note, data made available to the public hides data for groups with less than 10 students to protect private information about individual students and will say "no data available".

Family Engagement

We have district plans for working to continuously improve educational programs at our schools. We would like you and your child(ren) to continue to be active in our educational system. Please help support our high expectations for student learning by participating in school initiatives, offering input and support in our educational goals to raise student achievement, and volunteering at school. Meeting our school's goals will take a united effort, and we look forward to working with families to continue the success for each student.

Continuous Improvement

Our school has completed a continuous improvement plan and it is also available on the Insights Dashboard.

McKinley is a participating Title I school, with a student membership count of 165.

State of the Schools Address & Public Focus Group

State of the Schools Address & Public Focus Group

Fargo Public Schools will hold the 2022 State of the Schools Address & Public Focus Group on Thursday, January 13, 2022 from 6:00 to 8:15 p.m. at South High School, 1840 South 15th Avenue, Fargo in the theater. Questions posed in the focus groups will concentrate on the District’s Strategic Plan. Pre-registered attendees will receive reading materials electronically in advance of the event. For more information, including the questions to be discussed in the focus groups, visit

McKinley Students of the Month for November 2021

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 October. Congratulations to all!


Jada St. Claire

Grade 1

Scarlett Erdmann

Grade 2

Hailee Holloway

Grade 3

Walker Morken

Grade 4

Venus Thapa

Grade 5

Jacob Adekunle

Kindergarten Registration 2022-2023

Kindergarten Registration for Fall 2022 is open online at on February 1, 2022. Your child must be age 5 by July 31, 2022 to attend school in the fall.

Registration is a two-step process:

Complete online registration forms at For assistance, please contact your child’s school to schedule an appointment to complete in-person. Masks are required for all visitors.

Upload or bring the following documents to your child’s school by August 25 to finalize registration.

  • Child’s certified birth certificate
  • Child’s immunization record with 5-year shots
  • Document (i.e. current city utility bill or bank statement) that includes parent/guardian name and current address for verification

If you do not know which school your child will attend, call 701.446.1043 or check online at

If you need help in PowerSchool (Fargo Public Schools online registration software), please call 701.446.1006. Thank you!

Fargo Public Schools Accepting Nominations Beginning January 17 for Teacher, Administrator, and Support Staff of the Year Awards

Parents and community members are invited to nominate a Fargo Public Schools teacher, administrator, or support staff member they feel serves our students with excellence for consideration of a yearly recognition award. Online instructions, forms, and the application process can be found at:

Nominations will be accepted online January 17 – 28, 2022.

The District will award the following this spring:

Teacher of the Year Award − awarded to a certified staff member

Administrator of the Year Award − awarded to a principal, assistant principal, director, or coordinator

Support Staff of the Year Award − awarded to an educational support staff member, custodial/maintenance department staff member, or nutrition services staff member

Parents Are Teachers, Too!

From birth to graduation, children spend just 15 percent of their time in school. The other 85 percent is spent outside of school - and most of the time is spent at home.

That means that parents are the most influential teachers. Fortunately, children are naturally curious and love to learn. Here are some of the best ideas you can use at home to make the most of the important educational influence you have.

  • Encourage Reading - experts say that encouraging children to read may be the most important thing parents can do to ensure children's school success. Get the whole family involved and be the reading role model. Visit the library often and read in unusual places to make it extra fun.

  • Play Learning Games - family fun time is a time for learning! Play a Thesaurus game, send your child on a scavenger hunt, or look at picture's or newspaper stories together.

Have fun exploring these ideas. Remember, parents are teachers, too!

Support Your School - Clip Box Tops

Box Tops - a Great Way to Earn Cash for the McKinley PTA!

It's quick and easy! Clip your box tops and send them to school with your student. See the flyer for all of the details.

Winter Weather

Reminder! Please dress your students warmly. If the temperature does not exceed -10 below zero wind chill, we will go outside for the entire recess break! Each class is outside for 20 minutes.

Waterford UPSTART

Free At-Home Pre-K Program for Fargo Public School Families!

Waterford Upstart is an at-home Kindergarten, readiness program that gives your child a fun start in reading, math, and science in just 15 minutes a day, 5 days a week.

Register at 1-888-982-9898 or at

It's not too early too start getting ready for Kindergarten!

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.

McKinley Elementary

Cheryl Janssen, Principal

Jill Linnell, Counselor

Romelle Speral, Administrative Assistant, Editor