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?
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 childís 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 are available online through E-Registration in
PowerSchool or from 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?
$48.00 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 $29.00.
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.
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 Suzy DeWolf
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
expected to dress appropriately for the middle school environment.
Our mission is to provide a safe and orderly environment that is
conducive to learning. Inappropriate attire can be disruptive to
this environment and will not be allowed. Clothing needs to cover
undergarments and intended body parts. Use the following as a
Head: Normal hair
Hoods, hats, scarves, sweatbands,
Top: Tops that cover all
undergarments, back, chest and stomach
Backless, see-through, spaghetti
straps (unless a second shirt is worn under or over),
cut-outs, low neckline
Bottom: All bottoms must
cover anything worn underneath them and be belted if needed
Short shorts, short skirts, leggings
without a long shirt or sweater over them
Feet: Shoes that are safe
Note: Clothing, jewelry and other
accessories that contain suggestive, vulgar, or violent slogans or
pictures are not allowed. Clothing, jewelry and other accessories
that advertise or depict illegal products, alcohol or tobacco are
also not allowed.
Any items worn or possessed by a student
that, in the judgment of administration, disrupt the educational
process are not allowed.
The McKinley staff makes the final
determination on the appropriateness of a studentís appearance. Any
student inappropriately dressed will be asked to change their
attire. Parents will be called if this is not done.
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?
Cell phones and other
electronic devices (IPods, IPads, MP3 players, Nooks, Kindles, etc.)
are not to be heard or seen during the school day. These
devices need to be turned off and students are advised to keep them
locked in their locker. If a staff member sees a student with
his/her cell phone (or other device) out, it will be taken to the
office until the end of the day. After the third time, a parent
will need to pick it up.
Cell phones are not to be used, for any reason, in restrooms or
locker rooms. Inappropriate use of electronic devices for
negative behaviors such as bullying or academic cheating is
unacceptable and will not be tolerated. Inappropriate use of cell
phones, or other devices, will be addressed through disciplinary
Under no circumstances will the school be responsible for lost,
stolen or damaged cell phones or other electronic devices.