How much does breakfast and lunch cost for my student?
How do I pay for my student's lunch?
Is there anything else I should know about lunch at McKinley? (Menus, ID's, a la carte locks, reduced...)
What time does McKinley get out on Early Dismissal days? What about lunch?
What should I do about a new phone number?
How much is the consumable materials fee? What does it cover? When is it collected?
Where is the Lost and Found?
Where can my child purchase a city bus ticket?
What if my student wants to ride the bus home with a friend?
How can I find out more about McKinley PTA?
What is a student planner? Where can my child get another one?
What is the PACT program?
What is McKinley's medication policy?
What should I do if my child needs to be excused from PE?
What kind of extracurricular activities does McKinley have for students not interested in sports?
Does McKinley have a low-cost insurance plan for my child?
Is there a dress code at McKinley?
How do I get homework for my child when he/she is absent?
May my child bring a cell phone to school?
How much does breakfast and
lunch cost for my student?
How do I pay for my student's lunch?
Cafeteria staff will accept money for lunch accounts. Students may
bring money to deposit in their accounts or parents may deposit
money between 8:00 A.M. and 1:00 P.M. in the cafeteria. If paying by
check, please write the name of your child and grade on all checks.
If you are depositing money for more than one child, please list all
names and grades on check. This helps us to credit the correct
account. Students use their IDs to purchase lunch items, so the
amount is automatically deducted from the student's account.
Students are verbally notified when their accounts get below a certain
amount. No student may charge more than $5.00. If the balance
falls below $5.00, an alternate lunch of a sandwich and milk will be
You can also now
access your child’s meal account balance, account history, and make
account deposits through the Internet using
Where can I
find a lunch menu?
HERE to see the district's secondary school lunch menu
What is an
"a la carte lock?" How does it work?
Parents who wish to place an "a la carte lock" on their child's
lunch account should call the cafeteria, 558-2580. This
"lock" prevents a child from buying chips, juice, and other
non-standard lunch items. Cafeteria personnel are available to take
calls between 8:00 A.M. and 1:00 P.M.
How do I
apply for free or reduced lunch?
Applications will be sent to families in a summer mailing from the
district's Food and Nutrition Department . They are also
available in the Main Office. ** Please remember that a new
application must be completed each year and returned to McKinley as
soon as possible. Call the department of Food and Nutrition,
558-2305, if you have questions.
Why does my
student need a student ID? Where can he/she get another one if
his/hers is lost?
either scan their ID's or enter their ID number to eat each day. Replacement ID's
may be purchased in the IMC for $2.00.
What time does McKinley get
out on Early Dismissal days? What about lunch?
Early dismissal for
McKinley Middle School is 12:30 P.M. Lunch will be
served on early dismissal days.
I do about a new phone number? What if
we move away?
parental contact information or emergency contact information should
be made online in PowerSchool through E-Registration. If you
are unable to do that online, please call the Counseling Office at
558-2351, immediately. When a student is
moving out of the district, a parent/guardian must call or visit the
Counseling Office so that the necessary paper work may be completed.
How much is
the consumable materials fee?
What does it cover? When is it collected?
$46.00 consumable materials fee is collected at the beginning
of each school year. This fee covers the cost of materials that
cannot be used again, such as classroom workbooks and supplies for
academic and exploratory classes. Some special field trips or big
events may continue to have separate fees. Towel and lock fees for
athletic programs, band instrument rental, and other extracurricular
costs are not included.
This fee can be paid online through School Cash Online or you
can send payment to school on the first day with your student .
If paying by check, make payable to
McKinley Middle School. Please write the name of your child and
grade on all checks. If you are depositing money for more than one
child, please list all names and grades on check. This helps us to
credit the correct account.
Payment Options: You may pay the consumable materials fee in
full at the beginning of the year. We realize that complete payment
may not be possible. For this reason, you may pay fees in
installments. However, no notices of fees due will be sent during
the year. It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to see
that fees are paid before the end of the year because unpaid
accounts are turned over for collection at that time.
Fee Waiver Available: If your child qualifies for free or
reduced lunch, you may apply to have the consumable materials fee
waived or reduced. Reduced fees are $28.00.
Where is the Lost and Found?
Lost and Found is located in the Main Office or Cafeteria.
Students who lose belongings should check Lost and Found as soon as
possible since it is cleaned out regularly. Students should have
their name on all personal items.
Where can my child purchase a
city bus ticket?
(Will no longer be available after current supply of tickets is
Ten-punch tickets to ride the city buses may be purchased in the
Main Office before and after school. This will only be
available until the supply of tickets is sold out. Once
the current supply of tickets is gone, we will no longer sell them
in the office. Checks should be made out to
"McKinley Middle School" for $10.00.
What if my student wants to
ride the bus home with a friend?
Effective, the 2012-13 school year, students will no longer be
allowed to ride home with a friend on a district school bus.
How can I find out more about McKinley
McKinley PTA invites all parents to join us. Meetings are held at
12:00 p.m. in Room 304. All meetings are the second Monday of
the month, or as noted in the calendar. Every attempt is made to
keep meetings brief but informative. PTA meetings are a great place
to visit with other parents, teachers, and administrators. To be
successful, PTA needs your participation. For more information,
contact Jane Hutchins @ 319-364-4454 or email email@example.com .
You can also click HERE to access
the PTA web page.
What is a student planner?
Where can my child get another one?
McKinley students will receive a student planner during the first
week of school. The planner has space for daily assignments as well
as a monthly calendar for long-range assignments. Students are
encouraged to use this planner every day in all classes. Please
check at home regularly to see how your child is using this
important tool. In addition, don't forget to look over the student
handbook section of the planner. It contains information about
McKinley and its policies and procedures. Replacement planners are
available in the Main Office for $5.00.
PACT (PROGRAM FOR ACADEMIC AND CREATIVE TALENT) is a program which
extends the educational experience for many McKinley students.
McKinley PACT strives to include as many students as possible, with
participation determined not only by standardized test results but
by teacher recommendation as well. PACT activities in the past have
included Mock Trial, Math Olympiads, Science Olympiads, Science
Bowl, National History Day, International Day and Archives Tours.
For more information about PACT, contact
Ms. Karam PACT Teacher, at 558-4692.
What is McKinley's
medication prescribed by a physician or dentist will be administered
during the time the student is at school. A physician signature is
required before non-prescription or over-the-counter medications
will be given. The school has the right to contact the prescribing
doctor's office to confirm or clarify medication instructions.
All medication shall be supplied to the school in the
original container, properly labeled, and will be
administered only by the health secretary, school nurse or other
authorized personnel. The parent/guardian must complete the
Medication Permission form before the student will be allowed to be
given the medication at school (Cedar Rapids Community School
District Regulation 605.2). All medication must be kept in the
health office unless the school nurse has authorized otherwise.
What should I do if my child needs to be
excused from PE?
Send a note for student to be excused from participation for 1 - 3
day illness or injury. A doctor's written excuse is required for
conditions that require more than 3 days of missed participation.
All missed classes are to be made up, unless circumstances warrant
What kind of
extracurricular activities does McKinley have for students not
interested in sports?
Non-sports activities may include, but are not limited to, the
Classic Edition (An auditioned concert/show choir of select 6th,
7th, and 8th graders).
STEM Activities (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math)
Does McKinley have a
low-cost insurance plan for my
Parents may apply for low-or no-cost health insurance for their
children through the state's Healthy and Well Kids in Iowa (HAWK-I)
program. Children birth to 19, who meet certain criteria, are
eligible. The coverage includes doctor's visits, hearing services,
dental care, prescription, immunizations, physical therapy, vision
care, speech therapy and hospital services, to name a few. Parents
are urged to call 1-800-257-8563 (toll-free) or go to the website at
www.hawk-i.org for more
Is there a dress code at
Students should come to school, dressed comfortably yet
appropriately, in order to be active participants in the learning
Clothing should be clean and in good repair.
must be worn and should fit appropriately, allowing students to
travel through the building and negotiate stairways safely.
Inappropriate clothing that should not be worn includes but
is not limited to: short shorts, halters, strapless or backless
garments, spaghetti strap shirts or ribbed undershirts without an
over-shirt, exposed sports bras, see-through clothing, and clothes
that expose the midriff, chest, or undergarments.
Jewelry or other accessories that may cause injury or distraction
to the educational process should not be worn, especially during
and shorts must be appropriately sized and worn at the natural
waistline. Students must wear a belt if pants are too big to
stay up at the natural waistline.
must be shorter than the hemline of shorts or skirts.
Clothes, jewelry, and other accessories that contain suggestive,
vulgar, or violent slogans or pictures or advertise illegal
products, such as alcohol or tobacco, are not allowed.
caps, scarves, and sweatbands cannot be worn in the building.
Clothing, hairstyles, and body markings, which in the judgment of
the administration may disrupt the educational process, are not
How do I get homework for my
child when he/she is absent?
Students must be absent three days in a row before teachers
will collect makeup work. To get makeup work, on the third day of
absence e-mail your child's teacher or call the Attendance Office,
558-2150. Work may be picked up in the Main Office after
May my child bring a cell phone to school?
such as cell phones, IPods, CD players, MP3 players and hand-held
video games are disruptive to classroom learning. Therefore,
students are asked to leave such items at home. If brought to
school, student cell phones (or any of these other devices) must
remain turned off and locked in his/her locker during the school day
(8:00 AM - 2:50 PM). If a staff member sees a student with
his/her cell phone (or any of these other devices) out, it will be
taken until the end of the day. After the third time, a parent
will need to pick it up. Under no
circumstances will the school be responsible for lost, stolen, or
damaged cell phones or other electronic devices.