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William McKinley School

Genesis Torres
Grade 2

Joan Lopez
Grade 2

Pasadena Unified Principal for a Day 2013
William McKinley School
Principal: Dr. John Albert

The McKinley Philosophy

Since the 2008-2009 school year, PUSD has implemented the Excellent Middle School (EMS) initiative. We have developed this plan at McKinley in order to refine and align the pillars of the EMS Plan to the unique needs of our K-8 school. The process began in spring of 2010 with Middle School Work Group meetings which led to focus group meeting and a planning session in May 2010. Content of this document are based on the information compiled by all stakeholder groups. In spring of 2011, the plan was discussed and revised after input from elementary staff.

Working with our students, we will create an exemplary, model K-8 school which will equip our students with the knowledge and skills to be ready for high school. We will continue to win the Title I Achievement Award and will become a California Distinguished School.

Our mission is to provide a collaborative learning environment which enables all students to reach their academic and artistic potential. We will accomplish this mission by providing a rigorous curriculum and instruction of the highest quality utilizing the resources of the school, home, and community. We will maintain high expectations, foster a positive and orderly school environment, and frequently monitor and respond to student needs and progress. Our firm belief is that the integration of academic and artistic training will strengthen students’ character, judgment, and sensitivity.

McKinley students will be

  • academically & emotionally ready for High School (including math, English, note-taking, research skills)
  • self-disciplined
  • leaders
  • creative
  • college-bound
  • problem solvers
  • equipped with strong social skills
  • model citizens who display integrity and respect

In keeping with the PUSD Excellent Middle Schools plan, the McKinley plan is organized around these same pillars/components. The dates listed in parentheses indicate the school year in which each item will be initiated.

Curriculum & Instruction

  • Higher expectations and instruction (2010-2011)
  • Differentiated instruction, student engagement and teaching in longer blocks (2010-2011)
  • Expanding the arts (2011-2012)
  • Expanding project-based learning (2011-2012)
  • Outstanding, collaborative staff (2010-2011)

College & Career Pathways

  • All student should have access to honors and Advanced Placement classes in high school (2010-2011)
  • Provide opportunities to visit college campuses and explore careers (2010-2011)

Personalization / Student Relations

  • Early intervention for personal/social needs of students (2010-2011)
  • Interest-based clubs & activities / opportunities for adults to build relationships with students (2010-2011)
  • Anti-bullying curriculum / building sensitivity in students (2010-2011)
  • Study groups & after-school tutoring opportunities (2010-2011)
  • More student choice and responsibility (2011-2012)
  • Enhance school image and pride (2011-2012)

Parent Involvement / Communication

  • Better communication among teachers, parents and students, as well as access for all to communication (2010-2011)
  • Clear avenues and guidelines for parent involvement and participation (2011-2012)

Principal for a Day: Aimee Marie Daniels
Financial Advisor Merrill Lynch

As a Merrill Lynch Financial Advisor, I strive to be the best in my field by assisting families, individuals and successful business owners in the development of robust, long-term financial strategies. I help my clients organize their personal and business finances so they can fulfill their dreams. My goal is to become a trusted resource to each of my clients so that they may rely on me for financial advice and guidance in their pursuit of personal, financial and professional success.

Aimee Daniels has been in the securities industry since 1998. She holds the Chartered Retirement Planning CounselorSM designation, the Accredited Domestic Partnership AdvisorSM designation and is a graduate of San Diego State University. In addition to volunteering for various charities in her community, Aimee is on the board of the Altadena Library Foundation. Aimee and her husband, Harry, live in Altadena with their twins, Harry & Ruby.


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