MCKINLEY STEAM ACADEMY

September 18, 2020

NOTE FROM MR. MARTINEZ

Hello Hello McKinley Families,


I hope this communication finds you and your loved ones safe and well.


I am pleased to welcome you to the 2020-21 school year! I would like to extend a special welcome to all of the new families joining McKinley STEAM Academy this year and welcome back all of our returning families as well! Our commitment to McKinley students is to provide an environment that is dedicated to learning collaboratively, cultivating curiosity, celebrating diversity, and building relationships through high-quality integrated curriculum opportunities. Under the current circumstances, we recognize we will be facing significant challenges in meeting these commitments. However, we are dedicated to meeting the needs of every student because every student deserves every opportunity to succeed. We look forward to working in collaboration with all of you as partners to engage our children to be socially, emotionally, and academically prepared for their futures.

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL

The first day of school will be Monday, September 21. It will be an early dismissal day (1:20 pm)

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.

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

MUSIC UPDATE

Every 6th grader, and those 7th and 8th graders who choose to participate in Band, Orchestra, and/or Choir, will be enrolled in a class called "General Music" as this year begins. "General Music" will feature learning experiences that are common to all musicians, like reading rhythms and analyzing listening examples. ALL parents/students will be asked to complete a survey that confirms their choice for music this year. Students will ultimately be enrolled in the traditional courses of Band, Choir, and Orchestra.

CHROMEBOOK PASSWORDS

All student passwords have been reset by technology. The student passwords begin with "Mc." For example, if your student's ID is 123456, the password is Mc123456.

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.

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

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