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Welcome To McClure Elementary School -- 2017 Kansas and National School of Character
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PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

Dear Parents, Guardians and Students:

Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year!!

We are so proud to announce that our school has been selected as the 2017 Kansas School of Character! This is an honor and an awesome responsibility for our staff, students, and parents! This recognition means that our efforts to teach and instill good character traits in our students is outstanding. With the help of our Positive Behavorial Intervention Support (PBIS) Team, we have incorporated character education as a foundational part of our education program. We will continue to provide training for our staff, students, parents, and community partners, so that our school is at the forefront in character education in our district.

Building positive relationships to improve our school climate and student behaviors, as well as improve students’ academic performance is important.  Character Education and PBIS are programs will need our parents’ support in order to ensure the success of our students. We encourage every parent to join us this year in learning more about how to help your student be more successful in school.

This Parent/Student Handbook contains information from the Division of Education of Topeka Public Schools. The Topeka Elementary Principals, and building level administrators. The first section is policies and information that are specific to McClure. The final section is district-level approved policy for all elementary schools. Please call the office if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

Dr. Jennifer J. Gordon – Principal



PRINCIPAL'S BIOGRAPHY

       Dr. Jennifer Gordon began her career in education in her hometown of Salina, Kansas, where she worked as a paraprofessional and 3rd grade teacher. She relocated to Topeka and has worked for Topeka Public Schools for 19 years, serving as an elementary school principal for 14 years of those years.  She has worked as the Magnet School Assistance Grant Coordinator for Scott Computer Technology Magnet School and oversaw their 1.5 million dollar federal grant.  Her next appointment was as Student Achievement Director.  She was Principal of Scott Computer Technology Magnet School for four years. Dr. Gordon served at Linn Elementary School for the next 5 years. When the District began a school consolidation process, Dr. Gordon, was one of 3 Principals to serve duel buildings; for both Linn and Quinton Heights. She was responsible for closing both schools. Dr. Gordon served one year at Avondale East Elementary, which closed at the end of that year. Currently, Dr. Gordon is beginning her 5th year as Principal of McClure Elementary School.

               Dr. Gordon has found her passion and purpose in education as an instructional leader. She believes that education is about saving lives; for how well or ill children are educated will determine not only their future, but the future of America. Dr. Gordon is passionate about be a “servant leader,” “leading with the heart,” building strong school teams, and community connections. She feels that her job as an administrator is to provide support that her students, staff, and parents need in order to make learning, teaching, and parenting successful endeavors.

Dr. Gordon received her B.S. degree from Kansas Wesleyan University in Salina, Kansas and her M.A. and PhD. from Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas. Dr. Gordon is married to Loring. They are the proud parents of seven children and have ten grandchildren. She has served on various Topeka Public Schools committees and teams, and as past President, Vice-president, and Secretary for the Topeka Elementary Principals Association and the Topeka Alliance of Black School Educators. Her hobbies are reading, scrapbooking, and singing.