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Mac El Principal highlighted
McPike receives three major recognitions
By Eric Stoff,

Kelly McPike has a busy season ahead of her as a result of three major recognitions.

The Maconaquah Elementary School Principal has been nominated as Principal of the Year for District 5 in Indiana, she has accepted a representative position with the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP), and she is presenting in Anaheim, Calif. this week at a national conference with her Assistant Principal Jeremy Fewell.


McPike said she is “humbled beyond measure” by the recognitions, and she credits her school staff for her success.

“I’m not successful without the people that are part of this staff,” she said. “This is recognition for our school and not just for me.”

As Indiana Association of School Principals’ (IASP) District 5 Principal of the Year, McPike joins her Maconaquah colleagues Craig Jernagan and Dr. James Callane, who have previously been recognized for the award. She is also one of 12 principals in Indiana who could be named the statewide Principal of the Year in a few weeks.

“She is very forward-thinking,” said Fewell as to why he nominated her for IASP Principal of the Year. “She does what’s best for the kids, and puts her staff in a position to help kids.”

Maconaquah Superintendent Dr. Doug Arnold said McPike is “one of our top administrators in the Maconaquah School Corporation.”

He described her as “knowledgeable, hard-working, adaptable, innovative, and very personable.”

“With her experience as an educator and her strong communication skills, she is a natural to serve in each of the three positions,” Arnold said. “Maconaquah Elementary School is very fortunate to be under Mrs. Kelly McPike's leadership.”

McPike has also been selected as Indiana’s representative for the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP), which she described as being “the liaison between the IASP and the NAESP.”

She previously served as the elementary school representative on the IASP Board of Directors, but she will now work with legislators at the federal level. She said the focus is “not just on how legislation affects principals, but how it affects kids.”

McPike said she feels she can “serve Indiana well” in this new role due to her experience in the classroom, in grants management, as an elementary administrator, and a board member of the IASP.

“I look at it as a great opportunity to network with other elementary administrators from across the country,” she said. “I will continue to bring back their ideas and the things that they’re doing to Maconaquah Elementary, but also to Indiana at large.”

Finally, McPike and Fewell are presenting in Anaheim Calif. this week at the national No Excuses University (NEU) Convention and Leadership Summit. Mac El has been an official NEU school for two years, and McPike and Fewell are sharing information on two outreach initiatives at the school: Mac El on the Road and Kids Hope USA.

Mac El on the Road is an outreach initiative that school staff completes at the beginning of each school year. Staff members take water bottles and hotdogs to students’ neighborhoods and connect with them for about an hour. McPike and Fewell said the “simple” and “low stress” environment makes it easy to connect with their students and families. Kids Hope USA is a new mentorship program the school started this year in partnership with McGrawsville United Methodist Church.

Throughout her career in education, McPike has run her thoughts through a “lens” that asks, “‘Are we doing what’s best for the kids?’ (Because) it’s not about me. It’s all about the kids.”

She extended credit to her husband and two children, who support her and refer to her students as “her kids.”

“They understand the day-to-day joy and stress of having a wife and mom who happens to be an elementary principal,” she said. “And they are always there to cheer me on or just listen when needed.”


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  January 13 2017



5th Grade BOYS Basketball:

COACH Miley~contact email:

Practice Times  3:30-5:00 Monday-Thursday

Games: click here for schedule:   16-17 Boys Basketball Schedule


 4th Grade Boys Basketball Club: Coach Mike Thayer 765-419-1175


5th Grade GIRLS Basketball:

COACH Rusty Merritt: #765-432-6393 and COACH Lauren Barnes: 260-571-5571

Call out meeting: December 1 @ 8:45 (parents do not need to attend, any 5th grade girl interested in playing can go to meeting to get info)


5th Grade CHEERLEADING: COACH (open position)

Call out meeting: November 1 @ 8:45 (parents do not need to attend, any 5th grade girl interested in cheering can go to meeting to get info)



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  Mrs. McPike             Mr. Fewell

Welcome to the 2016-17 school year!  We are excited to begin this journey with our students and families.  As we kick off the school year, please remember to check our website often for announcements and information.  I have listed a few helpful reminders to make it a great start.  As always, please feel free to contact me at anytime.  Welcome to Mac El!  It 's going to be a great year!

Kelly McPike

  • Lunch Visitors: Please remember that lunch visitors and not allowed to go to recess with their child (indoor or outdoor). This is school policy. It is in the handbook and posted in the office.
  •  ID Badges: Students are required to wear their ID badges at school all day and on the buses. Students need to have their ID out and ready to scan on and off the buses. School ID’s are used for student lunch, breakfast, library, bus security, and school security. So please be sure your child brings their ID every day. Any students that purposefully damage their ID’s or lose their ID’s will need to bring in $5 to purchase a new ID.
  •  Proper Dress: Parents just a reminder to have your students dress appropriately for school. We will continue to go outside as it gets colder. We pay attention to the heat index and wind chill factor to make our decision on whether or not students should be outside or not. Please take a look at the following statements from our 2016-17 Maconaquah Elementary student/Parent Handbook. RECESS CLOTHING AND PROPER DRESS – Whenever possible, our students will be expected to go outside for recess, students should be dressed appropriately according to the weather.  If a child has been ill and parent desires for him/her to stay in at recess and or Physical Education class, a note from the doctor is required. (Page 9 of the 2015-16 Maconaquah Elementary Student/Parent Handbook).
  •  Mac El is now on Twitter! Follow us @Macelbraves. There is additional information on how to create a twitter account. If you do not want a Twitter account, you can still get the information and tweets via text messages to your phone by texting 40404 and sending follow @Macelbraves. Standard data and messaging rates apply.