Posted April 12, 2022
Welcome to McKinley-Thatcher Elementary! We are excited to have your family join us for the 2022-2023 school year.
We are a small school of about 250 students in ECE-4 through 5th grade. Our students represent our neighborhood’s rich cultural background and come from a wide variety of countries and family experiences. We are also proud to be a 2021 National Blue Ribbon School!
Our teachers and staff are committed to offering your child hands-on, individualized learning filled with opportunities for academics, arts, music, technology, physical education, and field trips. At McKinley-Thatcher, we inspire authentic, joyful learners who are ready to explore the world!
We are proud to use an instructional model called “platooning” for our core content instruction. In kindergarten through fifth grade, our teachers specialize in teaching either literacy or math and science. This model allows teachers to develop deep expertise in their content areas, to create more individualized support for students, and to implement more experiential learning opportunities in our classrooms!
Our small size allows us to create educational experiences that meet each child’s specific needs, including differentiated instruction and student-led conferences. All of our students also participate in hands-on learning and unique experiential opportunities with our partners, including South Platte River Environmental Education (SPREE) and the Denver Zoo.
We want to make the transition to McKinley-Thatcher effortless and fun for our new students and families. With that in mind, please mark your calendars for some important upcoming events!
We work hard to keep our school website up-to-date with important information for current and new families, so check back in over the summer for the latest news. New families may also sign up to receive our weekly school newsletter, News from the Nest, by sending an email request to McKinley_Thatcher@dpsk12.org.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call us at (720) 424-5600 or email us at McKinley_Thatcher@dpsk12.org. We look forward to meeting you as we build the foundation for a fun and successful school year together. Thank you for choosing McKinley-Thatcher and welcome to our school family!
Ms. Sonia Geerdes (she/her)