McPherson Magnet School
McPherson was built as a junior high school in 1960 in a residential area on Prospect St. between Chapman and La Veta Avenues. The school sits on 24.2 acres. Due to declining enrollment, the school was closed in the late 1980’s. McPherson reopened in September, 1997, as a science, mathematics, and technology K-8 magnet school on the traditional academic calendar. Currently, Eight hundred and seventy students are enrolled in grades kindergarten through eighth during the 2018/2019 school year.
The vision of McPherson Magnet School is to integrate all aspects of learning and education, by using a thematic teaching approach that focuses on science, mathematics, and technology. Our staff expects the students to utilize a variety of methods to demonstrate their learning, to take risks, and to use productive skills. We are committed to:
- Educating the whole child to reach their greatest potential
- Valuing a range of learning styles
- Utilizing a variety of learning tools and strategies
- Extending the learning environment beyond the walls of the classroom
- Encouraging students to become confident, lifelong learners
Our vision is based on an appreciation and a celebration of the differences among us, as well as the cooperation that we employ as we work together to create a total learning environment for all. We value various ways that individuals learn. Our school is committed to providing a variety of experiences that allows the learners to discover their areas of greatest intellectual development.
The school’s focus and magnet area is in math, science, and technology. McPherson is a Project Lead the Way School. All of our students K-5 have the opportunity to visit our STEM Lab weekly and are taught by a STEM specialist with a CTE (Career Technical Education) credential. Middle school stduents at McPherson also take a STEM course as one of their 7 classes.
McPherson also uses hands-on science kits in grades K- 5 to help students deepen their conceptual understanding in science. McPherson utilizes ST Math fluency to increase students’ mathematical fluency skills. McPherson has a student owned laptop program in grades 5, 6, 7 and 8. We also have a 1:1 technology program in K-1st (iPADs) and 2nd-4th (HP Streams and Chromebooks).
The Foundation was stood up to support the Magnet vision for the McPherson Magnet School.
Check out the McPherson Magnet School Website for more information.
As McPherson Magnet School’s local chapter of the National PTA, the McPherson PTSA shares the common mission to make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children. We can only do that with the help of all of our parents.
Donations to McPherson PTSA help fund:
Music Coach for the music component of Jiji Mind Institute
Meet the Masters an art program teaching children about important artists and having them recreate their art work.
Book Fair with all proceeds going back to the library to help supply books in the library
Teacher Grants & MUCH MORE!
Come share your thoughts & ideas. General meetings will be held the last Wednesday of the month following Principal Coffee at 8:30am in the Library.
For more information, check out the McPherson PTSA Website.