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Updates From Our Principal

August, 2019

Dear McElwain Families,

Welcome back to school!  It is with great excitement that we begin the 2019-2020 school year.  There are a few new staff members joining us who we hope you take time to meet as we start the year. Please give a warm welcome to: Kylee Simpson-1st,  Chanel Wright-Mental Health/Social Worker, Savannah Wahab-Social Emotion Learning Support, Haley Weintrab - Speach Language, Sara Snider- Digital Literacy Technology and Brooke Tolmochaff- Assistant Principal. Please make sure to say hello during our Back to School night on August 13th, 5-7pm. The first day of school begins the following day, Wednesday, August 14th at 7:35am. As a reminder, all Wednesday’s are Early Release days with the student day ending at 1:15pm.  This is true for the first day of school as well.

We have so many things to celebrate and look forward to during the upcoming  school year.

As a staff we are committed to continuing our focus on Restorative Approaches, supporting the whole child and increasing our efficacy with explicit instruction.  We will 

During the 2017-2018 school year we were also fortunate to be part of a grant partnering us with MSU to create a Family Literacy Program alongside a preschool for those families participating in the program.  This truly amazing program will continue at McElwain and we look forward to new projects and learning that our families will gain.

We will continue our  partnership with Mile High United Way in order to bring great opportunities for families to participate in community leadership and become change makers within our school.  Our goal with this partnership is to join forces in order to make our school the best place possible for the children and families we serve.  Together we will build a foundation for all students to become inquiring, knowledgeable and caring people who strive to become high achievers and create a more peaceful world.

This is an important time to highlight the importance of attendance.  Attending school regularly has a huge impact on a student’s academic success starting in kindergarten and continuing through high school.  The district expectation is that students attend at least 95% of the school year. This means missing no more than 9 days for the school year.  We will be monitoring student attendance, but are here to partner and support you. If you run into a situation please reach out.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for the incredible opportunity to lead McElwain and be a part of this wonderful community.


Justina Carney

Principal, McElwain Elementary


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Ms. Justina Carney

Dear McElwain Community, I am truly honored and quite fortunate to have the opportunity to serve as the Principal of McElwain Elementary School.  Each child and family member I meet reaffirms my excitement for the... Read More