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Who needs the Super Bowl in February? McKay’s students have the Read Bowl!
Second graders in Shelby Cook’s classroom and third graders in Noele Mead’s classroom have been highly focused on reading with a fun football component. The students in the two classes are participating in Read Bowl, which uses a football theme and some friendly competition in the four weeks leading up to the Super Bowl.
Each day, students get to count the reading they do while at school – this could be reading instruction, reading silently, group reading, or anything they have read during the day. They also keep track of the minutes they read at home. On their own football tracker, they color in how many minutes they read every day.
Second-grade teacher Cook said she saw the idea of Read Bowl on social media and thought she would try it to get her students reading more because she has a lot of students who really like football. “My main goal is to help my students find books they really like so they start loving to read!”
Mead’s third-grade class is also participating. At halftime, or halfway through the Read Bowl of four weeks, Mead’s students have read 26,838 minutes (about 447 hours). “This competition has really helped all my students, even the non-readers, find a love for reading!” Mead said.
So, no matter who wins the Super Bowl, these young readers are stars!
The Pendleton School District is happy to feature new PSD teachers.
Third graders in Noele Mead’s classroom at McKay Creek Elementary recently worked on a project combining reading, writing, and a little bit of science. The students had to choose an animal to read about and research and then write about the animal.
On the wall outside Mead’s classroom are the resulting reports created by her students, with animals ranging from a koala to a Gila Monster to ocean creatures.
Third grader Gwen said she read and wrote about the Blue Marlin, one of the largest, fastest, and most recognizable fish in the world due to the long bill that grows from the front of its head. Gwen said she chose the marlin because her teacher said to pick an animal, probably nobody else would, so she searched in the fish category. Gwen discovered a Blue Marlin could weigh over 1,800 pounds and live in the Atlantic, Indian, and Pacific oceans.
A main part of the assignment was to research adaptations of the animal you chose. Andrew, a third grader, said, “An adaptation is one of their special body parts that helps them survive.”
The sharp, spear-like nose on the Blue Marlin is an adaptation that helps it catch its prey, and it’s also a very fast swimmer, Gwen said.
Andrew chose to report on the King Cobra since he likes snakes. He said he learned that the hood of the snake, an expansion of their neck skin, makes it look threatening, and the snake’s bite can kill an elephant. It lives in forests and deserts and eats rats, squirrels, and frogs. The King Cobra’s adaptation is its threatening hood, and one type of cobra can spit venom into a predator’s eyes.
Both students explained that after reading about their animals, they completed pre-writes of their report, which their teacher reviewed and edited to be ready for publishing. Mead, their teacher, said the process of reading a variety of information, in addition to incorporating what they already know, helps them determine the most important items to include in the report. “This is a skill students need to develop that will help them be successful for future third grade lessons, but also as they progress through school,” Mead said.
In addition to their own animals, Andrew said he liked fellow student Noah’s report on the beaver, because he is a big Oregon State University Beavers fan and he also liked the Glass Frog. Gwen said she liked the report on the Gila Monster.
“In this project, I liked learning more about the Blue Marlin,” Gwen said. Would she want to see one in the ocean? Yes, she said, but “I would like to have a safe distance from it.”
Dear Mustang Families and Students,
As the proud principal of McKay Creek Elementary School, I would like to welcome you to the 2023-2024 school year. McKay is Mustang Mighty and boasts a reputation of rigor, engagement and kindness. It is nestled near McKay Creek and stables approximately 250 Mustangs grades first–fifth. McKay has phenomenal teachers who practice instructional excellence, respond to the needs of all students, and who are innovative. They promote high expectations for active learning while increasing emotional awareness, self-management, and leadership skills in all of our students. The staff is dedicated to meeting students where they are and identifying and addressing the learning needs of all students through enrichment and student-specific interventions in reading, writing and math.
The staff and I are excited to have the opportunity to work with you and your child and provide a safe space where all students belong, succeed, learn and grow. The Pendleton School District will occasionally send messages to families using School Messenger or Remind and the webpage and Facebook pages are also great resources for updates.
McKay and community are dedicated to establishing a safe, nurturing environment in which each student experiences success in learning and positive self-esteem. We hold the interest of children at the heart of all decision making. We nurture, instruct, and encourage our students to become lifelong learners capable of maximizing their potential as responsible, productive citizens. In addition, we value the culture and experiences of every family and welcome you to be part of our school family.
It is a pleasure and honor to extend a warm and heartfelt welcome to every student and family as the school year begins. If you have questions, concerns, or ideas, my door is open, and I am here to listen. As a staff, we look forward to joining you in this exciting partnership.
Office Phone: 541-966-3000
All fifth graders in the Pendleton School District got a glimpse of the community college in their own hometown on Wednesday, April 19th.
After a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, McKay Creek Elementary announces the return of the 4th Grade Wax Museum.
Learning Fun in December at McKay Creek Elementary
During December, several McKay students’ classes embarked on fun learning units and projects to celebrate the holiday season and winter.
The two 1st Grade classes worked on creating a calendar to give to their parents – each calendar featured 12 pieces of amazing art (one for each month) created by the individual student. Wendy Phillips, 1st Grade Teacher, said, “Our Christmas Calendar project is 12 months of amazing art wrapped into one special gift. This has been a traditional project at McKay for many years, and it’s been great this year to continue this tradition.”
First graders also began their Reindeer Unit. Phillips said some of the interesting things they have learned together are:
- Caribou means “snow shoveler”
- Arctic Tundra has permafrost; the climate is never warm enough to melt the frozen ground
- Moss, lichen, shrubs, and short grasses grow in the tundra
- One animal adaptation there is hollow fur to help them float
- Animals have huge nostrils to warm air before breathing
- Cow, bull, and calf communicate through snorts and grunts
Second graders in Shelby Spriet’s classroom were busy with their “Around the World” unit during December. Spriet said the class “flew” to Australia, England, France, China, and Israel. They also will be going to Germany and Russia.
To make the world traveler experience as authentic as possible, Spriet dresses up as a pilot, and the class watches a video of an airplane taking off. Then they go to “baggage claim” each day to grab their “luggage,” and they have passports where students place country stamps each time they travel to a new country.
“The kids love it! When we go to each country, we learn about the holidays they celebrate this time of year and how they celebrate. We learn the foods they eat and the traditions they have,” Spriet said.
McKay’s two fifth-grade classes, taught by Linzie Noble and Cathy Walters, got into the holiday spirit by creating multimedia pictures of tree boughs with watercolor ornaments.
Pendleton School District and the Oregon East Symphony are excited to begin a new season of Symphony Strings! This program is open to all 4th and 5th grade students in the PSD and is an exciting opportunity to learn to play violin, viola, or cello.
We meet Mondays and Wednesdays in the Pendleton High School music department from 3:45-4:15 (we are unable to provide transportation), and students can still enroll! Classes start October 19, and students may enroll up until Oct. 26.
Students can bring their completed registration form with them. Please note that financial assistance and instrument loans are available for anyone who needs them.
Registration forms and the information are below and also on the Oregon East Symphony website.
A video message about the McKay Parent Club from Principal Kilgore.