McKendree Elementary School

Expecting Excellence, Making a Difference

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  • Testing for Lead in Water

    In December 2023, Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) began participating in the Georgia Department of Education’s statewide “Clean Water for Georgia Kids” program. This program tests all drinking and cooking water taps in schools for lead. Testing began in January 2024 and is scheduled to continue through July. Elementary schools were tested first before moving to middle and high schools.

    To be clear, GCPS has no evidence of a widespread problem with the water quality in any school or building. This testing is a proactive measure to ensure the health and safety of our students, staff, parents, and community.

    According to EPA guidelines, if any test shows lead is present at 15 parts per billion or higher, we will turn off the fixture’s water supply and immediately take action to fix the problem. The fixture will only be used again after a follow-up test confirms the water is safe to drink.

    In accordance with our commitment to transparency, test results for each and every school will be available on the Clean Water for Georgia Kids Website.

    For more information about our testing program, including the schedule, process, frequently asked questions, and test results, visit the GCPS website, click on Schools, and look for “Testing for Lead in Water.”

    Thank you for your continued support of our schools.

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  • McKendree's Principal Moving to Creekland Middle School

    Dear McKendree Elementary Families,

    It's hard to believe that eight years have passed since I began my journey as principal at McKendree Elementary. Time has truly flown by, filled with countless memorable moments. As I reflect on my time here, I feel grateful for the opportunity to have supported the growth and learning of our students in this wonderful community.

    Looking ahead to the upcoming school year, I'm excited to embark on a new chapter in my career. I will be taking on the role of principal at Creekland Middle School. While I am eager for the opportunities that lie ahead, I also feel a tinge of sorrow at the thought of leaving behind the amazing relationships I've formed at McKendree. Your support and dedication over the years have meant the world to me, and I will always cherish the memories we've created together.

    Though I may be moving on to a new school, please know that I will be cheering on each and every one of your children as they continue their educational journey. I look forward to hearing about their progress and successes along the way.

    Thank you all from the bottom of my heart for your unwavering support and friendship. Here's to new beginnings and the wonderful memories yet to come.

    With heartfelt gratitude,

    Tyese Scott, Principal


    McKendree Leaving Letter

    McKendree Elementary School Principal Selection Survey

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  • McKendree's Little Learners Academy

    Come learn how to be your child's first and best teacher because home is your child's first school. This 60-minute program is for children ages birth to 5 years with a parent or caregiver. We will engage with you and your children through reading books, singing songs, and playing in centers. We will have our Little Learners Academy on the second Thursday of the month at 5:30 p.m.

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  • Early Learning Programs

    Play 2 Learn - is designed for children birth to age 5 and their parents/caregivers. This is a weekly 90 minute program that focuses on building capacity in parents to be their child’s first teacher, exposing children to a high quality school environment, providing social opportunities for children and increasing their access to books and resources.  

    Play 2 Learn @home- is designed for learning without ever leaving the home.  This program provides videos that model for parents great ways to read books and teach concepts in all subject areas using everyday items that can be found in the home.

    Gwinnett Building Babies’ Brains- is a community initiative that provides parents with the information they need to be their child’s first and best teacher.

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  • Did you know learning begins at Birth? Build your toolkit to become your child's first and best teacher

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Mission and Vision

  • McKendree Motto

    “Expecting Excellence, Making a Difference” 

    McKendree Vision

         McKendree Elementary School will become a challenging environment that motivates students to become responsible, productive citizens and lifelong learners. 

    McKendree Mission

         The mission of McKendree Elementary School is to be a school that prepares students to accept the challenges of a changing world by arming them with the skills of problem-solving, critical thinking, academic knowledge, and the citizenship attributes of empathy and social conscience that will enable them to become competitive and cooperative citizens. 

    McKendree Beliefs 

    • We believe in the intrinsic value and dignity of all people. 

    • We believe in creating a climate that promotes responsibility, self-discipline, citizenship, and motivation in our students. 

    • We believe in the partnership of the home, school and community in educating the whole child. 

    • We believe in developing high but achievable goals for each child. 

    • We believe in establishing high standards of learning and performance for all students. 

  • Principal Courtney Bernardo

    Principal, Courtney Bernardo