McKinley Elementary School

Weekly News--September 7-10

Reminder: Monday Dismissal is 1:35

Principal's Message

Thank you to our parents for remembering to sign in and get a visitor's badge if you are on site during drop off in the morning. A HUGE thank you to our first and second grade parents who pick up in the afternoon. Your cooperation has helped us have our students all picked up safely within 15 minutes. Our bus drivers appreciate that they have been able to access and leave the parking lot safely as well. On Mondays, all of our students will be dismissed at 1:35. This will mean extra traffic and the need for extra caution and patience.

Our classrooms are getting into their routines now that we have made it through the first two weeks of school. Our students are participating in beginning of the year assessments for language arts and math. These assessments will help teachers learn more about their students and we will also use these assessments to measure growth throughout the school year.

I continue to be impressed with how polite and friendly our students are! This is a reflection of the work that you all do at home. Thank you!


Have a great weekend!


Ms. Cockerill

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Cross Country

This year our school is going to participate in the County Cross Country Running program with some COVID accommodations. Your child must have their Try-out Liability Release to attend practice. They must have their Sports Physical or Health statement signed by the doctor to run in the races. The five races are on the following Thursdays (Sept 30th , Oct. 7th , Oct. 14th , Oct. 21st , & Oct. 28th ). Races will be held at Susanville Ranch Park, maybe the Golf Course, and Shaffer School. K-2 Races start at 3:45 p.m. and students should be there 15 to 20 minuets before the start time. Each race the students run about 1.1 miles.

We will have a parent meeting on Wednesday, Sept.15th at 2:50 p.m. by the buddy bench under the tree on the back playground. Practices will begin the the next day, Thursday, Sept. 16th, from 2:50-3:20pm at the Buddy Bench. Practices will be Tues., Wed., every week. We will practice Thursdays until the races begin on the 30th. Parents will need to pick-up their children from school at 3:20 p.m. We ask that you walk out to the back playground to pick up your children. Students attending the McKinley After-school program will be taken over to the program after practice.

On race days parents will be responsible for transporting their children to and from the races.


Coach Wiens

McKinley School Cross Country

Staff Feature

Each week we will use this section to introduce you to our staff at McKinley. This week we will begin with our office staff. Please share this information with your children so that they will become familiar with us as well.
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Ms. Traci Cockerill, Principal

This is Ms. Cockerill's first year at McKinley and her fifth year as a principal. Prior to becoming a principal, Ms. Cockerill spent 28 years as a classroom teacher, the last 7 of those years was with first grade. Ms. Cockerill is very excited to join the dedicated staff at McKinley and is looking forward to working together with our families to help our students grow academically, socially, and emotionally during their early school years.
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Mrs. Leanna Wood, Administrative Assistant

Mrs. Wood is the Administrative Assistant for McKinley Elementary School. As Administrative Assistant, Mrs. Wood has numerous responsibilities. She prepares school reports, maintains school budgets, processes purchases, tracks employee absences and records, and so much more! Mrs. Wood can also help answer questions regarding school policies. Mrs. Wood can assist in scheduling appointments with teachers or with the principal.
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Mrs. Heidi Sandeen, School Secretary

Mrs. Sandeen manages our student records, including enrollment and attendance. When your child is absent, please notify the school office at 252-6051 or send a note the next day. If your child is tardy or needs to leave early during the school day, Mrs. Sandeen can assist. Our students also see her daily in the cafeteria during lunch time as she records our lunch service for the day.
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Mrs. Jessica Kortuem, Nurse

Many of our students know Nurse Jessica! She is the one who they see when they have a small scratch or if they are not feeling well. Nurse Jessica also monitors our student health records. If your child has any specific or changing medical needs, please let Nurse Jessica be aware. She also works with our after school program, so she gets to help students after school with homework or fun activities.

School Site Council

Our School Site Council had its first meeting of the 2021-2022 school year on Tuesday. We meet the first Tuesday of every month. We elected officers for this year and approved our School Plan for Student Achievement. This plan will be sent to the school board for their approval.

School Site Council Members for 2021-2022:

Jonnie Taylor (Parent Representative)--Chairman

Lindsey Champieux (Parent Representative)--Vice Chairman

Traci Cockerill (Principal)--Secretary

Sara Chandler (Parent Representative)

Serena Childers (Parent Representative)

Monica Patton (Parent Representative)

Christy Meadows (Classified Representative)

Jessica Torres (Teacher Representative)

Emily Celum (Teacher Representative)

Heidi Steen (Teacher Representative)

Bell Schedule

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Free Breakfast and Lunch

All of our student receive free breakfast and lunch this year.


Breakfast is served from 7:45-8:10. Please allow enough time for your child to eat prior to school starting. The tardy bell rings at 8:15.

September is Attendance Awareness Month!

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One of our goals this year for our school is to reduce the number of students who are chronically absent by 10%. A child is considered chronically absent when he/she has been absent more than 10% of the days that school is in session.

We will be holding monthly attendance award assemblies to recognize students with perfect attendance. To receive the perfect attendance award, a student must be on time and present each day during the month.

Upcoming Events


9/13 Early Release Monday--Dismissal at 1:35

9/15 Cross Country Meeting at 2:50

9/15 School Board Meeting

9/17 PTA Panda Express Night

9/24 No School--Indigenous Peoples' Day