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McKinney School Section

  • ‘Black Panther’ inspires PBL at McKinney

    A Black Panther-themed Project-Based Learning unit took McKinney Middle School seventh-graders on a journey through African geography, history and culture; the American civil rights movement; and comic book history with the end result of creating their own African superhero or heroine. Those individual characters were then fully rendered by art students at the Columbus College of Art & Design. (Photo by Carol Simmons)

    Joining a pantheon of costumed comic book predecessors fighting injustice and oppression around them, some new superheroines and heroes are the original creations of McKinney Middle School seventh-graders.

  • The school levy: What you need to know

    by Yellow Springs School Board The Yellow Springs school board voted unanimously at its Dec. 14 meeting to seek a May 2018 levy for a proposed $18.5 million rebuild/renovation of McKinney Middle/YSHS. Pictured here is a concept design, prepared by Ruetschle Architects and presented at the meeting, showing the buildings targeted for demolition, as well as those where renovations only are planned. (Rendering submitted)

    On Tuesday, May 8, residents of the Yellow Springs Exempted Village School District will vote on a combined property tax and income tax bond levy for the renovation and replacement of the local middle school and high school. Learn more about the issue.

  • “No more fear” — Students walk out to protest school shootings

    Local students gathered downtown for a rally last Friday, April 20, to commemorate the 19th anniversary of a school shooting at Columbine High School. Pictured are, from left, Mason Lindsey, JJ Bledsoe, Ellery Bledsoe and Mark Bricker (at rear). Students walked out of Yellow Springs High School/McKinney Middle School and marched downtown to express their support for stricter gun control measures and to urge the government to do more to improve school safety. (Photo by Megan Bachman)

    Students from McKinney Middle School and Yellow Springs High Schools participated in the National School Walkout on Friday, April 20. See a gallery from the protest.

  • Operation Bluebird — YS students monitor nesting boxes

    Operation Bluebird, a collaboration between Yellow Springs Schools and Tecumseh Land Trust that puts McKinney Middle School seventh-graders in the role of “Citizen Scientists” to monitor the activity at local nesting boxes, will resume this spring with a new crop of students. Pictured from last year, from left, are Aamil Wagner, Joaquin Espinosa and Jonathan Garrett. (Submitted photo)

    There’s nothing quite like seeing a bluebird in its environment, especially for bird lovers.

  • Great chili, with a side of dancing

    Lorrie Sparrow-Knapp, right, served up one of the 20 chilis on offer at last year’s McKinney chili cook-off, an annual fundraiser for the eighth-grade trip to Washington, D.C. This year’s cook-off is Saturday, Feb. 17, and includes a barn dance. (Submitted photo by Maria Booth)

    A celebration of Americana to send eighth-graders to America’s capital, this year’s annual McKinney Chili Cook-Off is doubling down on national nostalgia with the addition of square dancing and bluegrass music.

  • Square meal

    The 2018 McKinney Chili contest this year featured a side of square dancing. Swinging their partners above are, in foreground from left, Era Creepingbear and Matthew Collins, Shane Creepingbear with Tiger Collins (going ‘round the outside). (Photos by Matt Minde)

    This year’s YSHS/McKinney Annual Chili Cook-off had a special twist — and turn — for patrons, namely square dancing.

  • YS teacher named finalist for national award

    McKinney Middle school English teacher Jaime Adoff is a top-10 finalist for the biennial Teaching Tolerance Award for Excellence in Teaching, a national award sponsored by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

  • YS Schools cancelations, postponements and rescheduled events

    YS Schools cancelations, postponements and rescheduled events for Jan. 12–20, 2018.

  • Projecting their knowledge

    Sumaya Chappelle presents a PBL project on garbage to teachers, parents and peers. (Photos by Matt Minde)

    Students of McKinney Middle School and Yellow Springs High School held their annual Fall Exposition Night Monday evening, Nov. 19, showcasing end results or intermediate stages of many PBL projects.

  • ‘Gear’ up for ‘Into the Wild’ with training rides

    A series of training rides for the upcoming seventh grade "Into the Wild" project begin Thursday, Aug. 31.

    McKinney seventh graders are invited to begin preparing for this year’s “Into the Wild: Learning On the Land” project with a series of bike rides facilitated by teachers.

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