McKinley Monthly

November 2021

Upcoming Events - November

MSUM Planetarium Grade 5 Field Trip - 4

Daylight Savings Time Begins - 7

Veteran's Day Program - 10

No School - 11

Plains Art Museum Grade 1 Field Trip - 18

No School - 24, 25, 26

From the Principal

Conferences provide the opportunity for you and your child's teacher to become acquainted, to discuss your child's progress, and to plan for further growth based on the standards at each grade. I am happy to say that we had many families who participated in the October Parent Teacher conferences. McKinley teacher's report a nearly 91% attendance rate! This is fantastic! Our parents and teachers working together make a wonderful team in helping our students to succeed!

We want to extend our appreciation to the PTA for providing staff with an evening conference meal. Thank you for taking such good care of us on these important extended days!





We are SAFE

We are McKinley

McKinley Students of the Month for September

McKinley Students of the Month have their picture posted, and are awarded certificates and medals by staff members based on academic excellence, leadership qualities, outstand attendance and observance of the Wildcat Way. Congratulations to our September recipients!


Amy Anderson

Grade 1

Corah Bender

Grade 2

Ellie Cooper

Grade 3

Jo Miller

Grade 4

Jaxon Honl

Grade 5

Raya Savageau

Shout Out to The PTA!

Thanks to our gracious PTA for providing the staff conference meal in October. We appreciate all that you do for McKinley!

In Honor of Our Veterans

McKinley is hosting a Veterans Day program on Wednesday, November 10th at 1:30 p.m. in the gym. Family and friends of McKinley students who are veteran service members are invited to attend and will be recognized during the event. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, all visitors must wear a face mask. This will be a very meaningful program to our veterans and students alike.

htw is the wildcat's meow!

McKinley's school partner, Heat Transfer Warehouse provided students and staff with McKinley sweatshirts in October. WOW! We love our new decked-out Wildcat school gear and will wear these sweatshirts proudly! Thank you Heat Transfer Warehouse! You are the Wildcat's MEOW!

Art to Remember

Hi families and friends,

Our school is participating in a creative fundraiser with Art to Remember that allows you to purchase keepsake products customized with your child's art. There are over 60 products and many are less than $15. These make great gifts and a percentage of every purchase goes right back to our school. Click on the link below and enter the online order code shown on your child's order form which they would have received mid-October, to search for your child's artwork. Then, have fun shopping!

Notification of School Accountability

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.


We are grateful to our parents

We are appreciative of our students

We are thankful for you!

Don't Forget Your Winter Gear!

Dress warmly! This includes a coat, gloves, hat, snowpants and boots! If the temperature does not exceed -10 below zero wind-chill, we will go outside for recess. Each class is outside for 20 minutes!

Counselor's Corner

November/December Guidance Lessons

During the month of November, I will be teaching the Second Step unit on Empathy. Being able to feel or understand what another person is feeling prepares students to manage their own strong emotions and solve interpersonal problems with others. The program teaches students skills for identifying emotions in themselves and others, labeling these emotions, and taking the perspective of others. These skills are the basis for helpful and socially responsible behaviors. Empathic students have fewer conflicts and better relationships with peers. Having empathy is also related to academic success.

If you have questions or concerns regarding your child, please contact me. My office hours are Monday–Friday 8:00-3:20. You can call me at 446-5217 or email

Jill Linnell

School Counselor

Daylight Savings Time

Set your clocks back one hour on Sunday, November 7th.

Electronic Library from the Parent Institute

McKinley Elementary

Cheryl Janssen, Principal

Jill Linnell, Counselor

Romelle Speral, Administrative Assistant