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Dear Parents,

On behalf of the staff at McKinley Middle and High Schools, I am happy to welcome you to the 2017-18 school year!  We are looking forward to a school year filled with learning, social growth, and positive social experiences.  As the summer wraps up, the McKinley teachers and staff will be very busy getting ready to provide these experiences for your child. 

We recognize that in order to be successful in school, our students need support from both the home and school.  As partners, we share the responsibility for our children’s success and want you to know that we will do our very best to carry out our responsibilities. We look forward to working together this year for the success of all McKinley students.

We ask that you guide and support your child’s learning by ensuring that he/she:

  • Attends school daily and arrives on time, ready for the day’s learning experience
  • Completes all homework assignments given by teachers. (Please monitor progress with Parent Portal)
  • Shares school experiences with you so that you are aware of his/her school life
  • Informs you if he/she needs additional support in any area or subject
  • Knows that you expect him/her to succeed in school and be college or career ready by graduation time

 As a school, we will:

  • Provide your child with a rigorous and stimulating curricular experience
  • Support your child through positive behavior interventions
  • Communicate on a regular basis
  • Encourage your child to be a lifelong learner and someone who contributes in a positive manner to society

It is very important that you and your child(ren) are fully informed regarding standards related to appropriate behavior for a safe and productive school year.  School handbooks and the SLPS “Parent Information Guide & Student Code of Conduct” will be distributed the first week of school.  Please review these with your child at the beginning of the year and periodically throughout the year.  Additionally, the McKinley web page is a great way to keep track of what is going on at our school.  We will make efforts to keep the calendar updated on a regular basis.  (Middle School https://www.slps.org/Domain/3164 and High School https://www.slps.org/Domain/2997).  We are excited to announce we have earned AdvancED national accreditation!  Find more information under the headlines at the bottom of our webpages.

Lastly, please consider joining our Parent Teacher Organization (MS:   http://www.slps.org/domain/5532 and HS: http://www.slps.org/domain/7917) as our students can greatly benefit from your involvement and contributions to the school’s program and its operations.

Welcome (or welcome back) to the McKinley Goldbug Family. We thank you for your support and look forward to working together this school year!


Stephen D. Warmack, Sr.

School Principal





There’s a competition afoot among St. Louis-area school districts that are trying to find the best person to fill open superintendent positions.

But it’s not an unusual situation, especially because the area has so many districts, Missouri School Board Association associate executive director Mike Parnell said.

Leaders of the Affton, St. Charles and Lindbergh districts are retiring at the end of the 2017-18 school year, and Kirkwood has an interim superintendent after the district’s leader retired in June.

“There’s the mindset out there that if we get ours first we’re going to get the best person. And there may be some merit in that,” said Parnell, who helps more than a dozen districts in Missouri a year find new superintendents.

Superintendent turnover is higher than it used to be, according to Steve Humphrey. He’s with hiring firm Hazard, Young and Attea, which Kirkwood has hired to help find the right person.

“Depending on the district, and they’re all different, you’re seeing five years, hopefully, at a minimum, knowing that stability is really important for the organization,” Humphrey said.

St. Charles School Board President Josh Kean said he’s expecting to see some of the same applications as other area districts, but isn’t concerned about finding a good candidate.

“We have so many great school districts in the metro area, plus even outside the St. Louis metro area, that I’m sure there are going to be a lot of quality candidates,” Kean said. “My hope is there’s enough to go around.”

Lindbergh School Board President Karen Schuster also expects some competition, but she thinks there will be a large enough pool of candidates for all four districts.

Both St. Charles and Lindbergh plan to offer candidates jobs in December. Humphrey said districts usually start their search process in late September or early October and make their final selection by February.

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