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Dr.  M. Louise  Jones
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Welcome to McKinley Technology High School!

 

McKinley Technology High School


 

July 16, 2018

 

Welcome to McKinley Technology High School!

 

You have chosen one of the top academic schools in DC Public Schools and the surrounding area. McKinley Tech is a National Blue Ribbon School that is known for its STEM focus and high achieving students. Below are our vision and mission statements. You should see these statements a lot this year as we want to focus on meeting those expectations.

 

VISION:

McKinley Technology High School: Redefining STEM education by creating life-long learners who are leaders in the ever-changing and connected world.

 

MISSION:

MTHS is a premier STEM high school that provides a nurturing environment where school and community stakeholders empower all students to graduate as ethical, global citizens prepared for college and careers.

 

Our students choose a “major” or STEM focus in tenth grade (Bio Technology, Engineering, or Information Technology). McKinley Tech was recognized in 2015 as a school leader in Bio-Technology at the 2015 BIO International Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Both our engineering and IT students are part of our National Academy Foundation (NAF) Academies. Engineering and Information Technology teachers have access to curriculum, resources and professional development from NAF. The quality of the academies’ are measured using nationally standardized rubrics that evaluate NAF academies throughout the United States. NAF Academy students receive positive reviews from college recruiters who know the curriculum and rigor associated with NAF Academies. Our goal is for students to leave McKinley Tech either career or college ready. It is not enough to be successful in high school; we want them to have experiences that will enable them to be successful after leaving McKinley Tech.

 

In addition to the wonderful teaching staff we have a number of support staff including Deans of Students, Social Workers, a School Psychologist and two assistant principals helping our scholars. Our Deans are Mr. Ronnie Cain and Ms. Dana Watson. They will both be assisting students for day to day culture and climate issues. Their emails are: Ronnie.Cain@dc.gov and Dana.Watson@dc.gov. For academic issues or concerns with 9th and 10th graders, please contact Assistant Principal, Ms. Melodie West at melodiem.west@dc.gov. Dr. Kimbria Jackson oversee 11th and 12th graders. You may contact her at Kimbria.Jackson@dc.gov. You may contact me at any time at louise.Jones@dc.gov if you feel your needs have not been addressed properly or timely.

 

Below are a few items that require your special attention.

1.                     The bell schedule for next year will be different. On Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays students may enter school after 8:00 a.m., eat breakfast in the cafeteria, and be released for their first block class, which will start promptly at 8:45 a.m. Individual laptops will be distributed from their A1 classroom teacher each day. Dismissal will be at 3:20 pm each day and students will return their laptops to their A1 teacher each day. On Wednesdays, students may still arrive by 8:00 a.m., eat breakfast and then attend special grade level activities. Classes will not officially start until 9:30 a.m. This special Wednesday schedule, we are calling “Early Bird Learning” will provide opportunities for both students and staff. Teachers will be assigned or rotate to meetings that will hone their planning and instructional skills. Students will have opportunities to attend various grade level meetings and activities. Some clubs will meet during this time periodically (examples include but not limited to SGA, National Honor Society, etc.). In addition, plans for students will include PARCC prep, SAT prep, FAFSA workshops, College and Career exploration, Internship information, Scholarships, socio-emotional learning, planning for final exams, study tips and organization, as well as other activities. The finalized plan will be posted on our website and updated as additional opportunities are made available throughout the year.    

2.                     Students will NOT be allowed to have cell phones with them. They have the option of leaving the phone at home or securing it in a cell phone locker in the main lobby of the school when they arrive.

3.                     The uniform policy will be strictly enforced each day. Students who are out of uniform will have to sign out a clean loaner uniform from the Deans and will receive a disciplinary consequence. The loaner items must be returned and signed back in prior to the student leaving school. Students who keep the items will be billed at cost of replacement. Uniform violations will be dealt with in a progressive manner. If a family has difficulty providing the proper uniform please let a counselor or the dean know IN ADVANCE so that we may help find resources.

4.                     To be a student in “good standing” at McKinley students must maintain good grades and not drop below a 2.0 GPA at end of each grading period. They must exhibit good behavior, avoiding suspensions and frequent disciplinary action. They must maintain good attendance, which includes being on time for class. Each student must complete a minimum of 25 hours of community service each year and be on track to receive the McKinley Tech Diploma (not a standard DCPS diploma). Students must remain in good standing or risk losing their seat at our application school.

 

Please join us for a parent/student orientation grade level meeting on the following days:

August 7, 2018, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. in the school auditorium: Grades 9 and 10

August 9, 2018, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. in the school auditorium: Grade 11 and 12

 

Time to pick up schedules, textbooks, and be assigned a locker:

August 15, 9:00 – 12:00, 1:00 – 4:00   ALL Seniors, and Freshmen whose last names begin with A – M.

August 16, 9:00 – 12:00, 1:00 – 4:00   ALL Juniors and Freshmen whose last names begin with N – Z.

August 17, 9:00 – 12:00, 1:00 – 4:00   ALL Sophomores

 

Each year our students have amazing opportunities. They must commit to making the most of their time at McKinley. Parents, we hope that you will join our PTO which meets the 3rd Wednesday of each month and find time to volunteer. Schools that have active parents generally are more effective and responsive to student needs. Let us join forces to benefit our students.

 

Together we can, together we will!

 

 

Dr. Louise Jones

Principal

McKinley Technology High School

202-281-3950

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