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McKinley Intermediate Elementary School – Abilene, KS

Award Year 2016

Exemplary High Performing Schools

McKinley Intermediate Elementary School

112 North Rogers
Abilene, KS, 67410-3431

(785) 263-2311

Mr. Thomas E. Schwartz, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School

Abilene USD 435

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Mission

To provide a safe environment with quality learning experiences to help all students become successful, respectful and responsible lifelong learners in a changing world.
 

Student Demographics

  • Black/African American: 2%
  • White: 80%
  • Hispanic: 12%
  • Asian: 1%
  • Native American: 2%
  • Two or more races: 3%
  • ELL: 3%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: 64%
 

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Students are getting ready to start their day at McKinley.

Students are getting ready to start their day at McKinley.

McKinley Intermediate Elementary School for grades 2-3 is located in Abilene, Kan., the boyhood home of President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Like Ike, the staff at McKinley boldly faces challenges, stretching boundaries to open new opportunities for students. The school-wide staff philosophy in part reads: "Together, Let's Make a Difference in the Life of Each McKinley Student." The school's climate is one of its most important attributes thanks to a plan that integrates behavior, academic strategies and support for students, and a social curriculum encouraging positive actions. The Comprehensive, Integrated, Three-tiered (CIT3) model of prevention includes academic support in reading and math called Cruise Time, positive behavior interventions and support (PBIS), and a social curriculum called Positive Action. Parents receive brochures explaining the three specific expectations of students - Be Respectful, Be Responsible, and Be Your Best Self - that promote a safe environment with quality learning experiences and personal support to help all students become successful, respectful and responsible lifelong learners. The PBIS system allows all staff members to distribute good behavior tickets when praising students for exhibiting these expectations; tickets are placed in various drawings or used to purchase items in the behavior store. The Positive Actions social curriculum focuses on citizenship, and allows students to use their behavior tickets to donate cans of food to the local food pantry. The learning environment is enhanced by multiple staff members working with students in small groups focusing on reading (Cruise Time) and math problem solving to ensure all students succeed.