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Welcome Back to School!!
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Saturday, August 19, 2017
Greetings McKinley Students and Families...

Greetings McKinley Students and Families,

Welcome to the 2017-2018 School Year!  It is hard to believe that the summer is over and a new school year will begin shortly.  We are excited to reconnect with our students and meet new Trainers who will be joining the McKinley family.   We plan to have our best year yet, and look forward to strengthening our partnership with families to ensure each and every student finds success.   Our goal is to provide opportunities for every student to be an integral part of McKinley school culture where we are committed to academic success, involvement in extracurricular activities, and representing the “McKinley Way”.

You will have the opportunity to meet the faculty at our Back-To-School event on Thursday, September 7th from 6-8pm.  You will have the opportunity to visit your child’s classroom, begin to form a relationship with the classroom teacher, as well as learn about the grade level curriculum, classroom technology, and activities.

Throughout the community, there is an incredible level of excitement as everyone makes final preparations for the arrival of our McKinley scholars.  It is with the same care, enthusiasm, and commitment that we approach the instruction.  As the people you have entrusted with the education of your child, we continue our focus on developing a strong educational program that addresses each child’s social, emotional and academic needs.  We promote an educational environment that engages the students in meaningful work so that they develop the critical skills necessary to become independent, responsible, and productive citizens.

Schedule Changes:

Student schedules were made available this week.   Schedule concerns can be addressed with your counselor during LUNCH or AFTER SCHOOL.  Students should ask their advisor for a copy of the “Schedule Change” form.  Counselor will handle all requests throughout the next two weeks (please be patient).  Students will get a new schedule every day in advisory in case the schedule changes.  We will only allow schedule changes for the following reasons:

  1. a student attended summer school and passed a course that is currently on their schedule.
  2. a student has secured an internship to replace a non-core class.
  3. a student (senior) is missing a class needed for graduation or college admissions.
  4. a student was placed in a class without completing the required pre-requisite course.

Contact your child’s counselor if you have any questions.  The counseling suite is located at the end of the hallway on the 2nd floor: last door on the left (278):

    • Ms. Welsh  
      • 9th Grade
      • 12th Graders with the last names beginning with the letters A & B)
    • Ms. Mason
      • 10th Grade
      • 12th Graders with the last names beginning with the letters C-P)
    • Ms. Wilson  
      • 11th Grade
      • 12th Graders with the last names beginning with the letters Q-Z)

Policies You Should Be Aware Of:

Dress Code –You can also purchase uniforms on-line here:

The entire uniform policy is in the student handbook, but for clarification, students MUST be in a Solid White, Grey or Maroon polo with the McKinley Tech logo or Academy logo AND gray pants. 

The following changes were made to diversify our uniform policy:

  • White button down oxford shirt is acceptable
  • All gray pants, joggers and cargos in any material are acceptable (no sweatpants, leggings, or BLUE jeans)
  • Any Solid White, Gray, Black, Beige, or Maroon sweater, cardigan, fleece, or hooded sweatshirts are acceptable (an approximately quarter size logo is permitted on the sweaters)

Cell Phones – Cell Phones are no longer permitted in the building during the school day.  Students will have an opportunity to secure their cell phones in lockers before entering the school to start their day.   They can get their cell phone after school.  If you need to contact your child during the school day, please contact the Main Office (202) 281-3950.  Please note for the first week of school, staff members will be collecting cell phone and storing them in a secure location until your student can get an assigned cell phone locker and mini lock.  You can purchase a similar lock to the one below in the link; however, we wanted to provide an example for your reference.

Lockers – All students have been provided with an assigned locker and combination lock to store their books and outerwear.  See Dean Cain for your locker assignment.

DC One Cards – DC Public School students must request their Replacement DC One Card from the ID Administrator at their school.  Please see Mr. Sims for more information.

Aspen Gradebook Logins – If you are a returning student, you will use the same username and password from the previous school year.   If you would like to watch a training video on Aspen, please use the following link:

If you forgot your password, please email  For new students and families, follow the instructions below:

Navigate to url:

Log in: Student ID #

Password: Student’s Birthday (MMDDYY – ex: 081701)

Laptops – We are excited to be participating in DCPS’ 1:1 device initiative.  In this initiative, students will be assigned a laptop for use during instructional hours.  Students will pick up their assigned computer each day from their advisory teacher between 8:30 a.m. – 8:40 am and then return the computer to the advisory teacher after school before 3:25 so that it can be charged and ready for the next day. Students will be asked to take and pass a technology assessment before being issued a school laptop they will keep for their time at McKinley Technology High School.  Computer distribution will be rolled out by grade level after students pass their tech test and sign off on an agreement form documenting expectations.  The approximate date for rolling out laptops is September 12th.  

Upcoming Events:

  • Our first football game of the season is Saturday, August 26th at 6pm @ McKinley vs. National Collegiate.
  • Open House is September 7th from 6-8pm
  • No School on Monday September 4th in observance of Labor Day.
  • September 13th is our Annual Club Fair! Join us during both lunch periods where McKinley organizations will have a chance to promote their clubs and sports.

The staff and I are eagerly waiting to welcome you to another wonderful school year and look forward to seeing families and students very soon!  

If you have any questions, please contact the main office at (202) 281-3950 or you can contact one of the following individuals via email:


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