Award Year: 2019

Kathryn O'Loughlin McCarthy Elementary School

1401 Hall Street
Hays, KS, 67601-3753

(785) 623-2510

Mrs. Vicki Gile, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School

U.S.D. 489 Hays Kansas School District

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O'Loughlin recognizes children have unique individual needs, and seeks to establish an education design that will help children develop their maximum intellectual and social potential.

Student Demographics
  • White: 93%
  • Hispanic: 2%
  • Asian: 1%
  • Two or more races: 4%
Kathryn O'Loughlin McCarthy Elementary School Annual Career Day

Kathryn O'Loughlin McCarthy Elementary School Annual Career Day

The community at Kathryn O'Loughlin McCarthy Elementary has cultivated rich relationships among stakeholders which allows students to take learning risks in a safe, supportive environment. Looping, engaging families, and utilizing 21st century technology is a strong combination that makes our school a positive, nurturing place to learn and achieve.

The looping design that allows students and teachers two consecutive years in a learning community sets our school apart from others and is viewed as having the most significant impact on academic success and social emotional growth for our students and families. Teachers at O'Loughlin regard looping as a positive school design because it contributes to the quality and depth of the triad relationship of parent-teacher-student. In addition, students benefit from the staff's in-depth knowledge of the curriculum standards at multiple grade levels which allows for differentiation of instruction in order to meet each student's individual needs.

The incorporation of the 21st century technology provides real-time communication among the triad about student progress and growth, accomplishments and celebrations, and information for parents to support their child at home. When parents see their child's work product as it happens, they are included in the daily activities of the classroom community and play a supportive role by sharing comments about their child's efforts, even when they are not able to be physically present. Parents and teachers collectively validate and encourage each student's efforts which contributes to a positive culture.