MCKINLEY MATTERS

What can one middle school teach us about public education today?

Academic, social and emotional growth takes time. We're documenting it throughout the 2019-2020 school year at McKinley STEAM Academy, a 97-year-old institution in downtown Cedar Rapids.

CEDAR RAPIDS - When McKinley STEAM Academy opened this school year, the first face many students saw was Willie Guy's. He stood outside the Cedar Rapids middle school on that unseasonably cool August morning, cheerful and loud, to welcome students to the 2019-2020 academic year. ...

CEDAR RAPIDS - Between gulps of chocolate milk, Jack Pedron leaned back in his desk chair to whisper to a classmate in Andrea Velasquez's seventh-grade language arts class. ...

CEDAR RAPIDS - Students huddled just inside McKinley Middle School's side doorway on Valentine's Day, while a line of idling cars formed outside. Through the shivering pack and down the hall, Zumani Macheremo was planted behind the counter of a concession store. ...

As McKinley STEAM Academy students are wrapping up classes this week before winter break, they got a chance to spend some time with friends away from the classroom at the Cedar Rapids Ice Arena. This video and photos are part of our series about public education through the eyes of one Ced ...

  CEDAR RAPIDS - The leather chairs and fuzzy seats are always arranged in a circle in the green, windowless room where Judy Goldberg works. ...

  CEDAR RAPIDS - Some things on Jason Martinez's to-do list are crossed off quickly. Other items seem to live forever, appearing day after day on the white sheet of paper he prints every morning at McKinley STEAM Academy. ...

  If you've been keeping up with The Gazette for the last couple of months, you'll know that education reporter Molly Duffy and I are spending the schoolyear embedding at McKinley STEAM Academy in Cedar Rapids. We're looking at public education, their transition to a STEAM academy, and is ...

  CEDAR RAPIDS - Mary Church clocks in at 5:56 a.m. every day, the first person to greet the 97-year-old school towering over 10th Street SE.She has been the first line of defense for McKinley Middle School for nearly 20 years, she said, the one called when a student spills a drink in one ...