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 Georgia Releases 2014 School Climate Star Ratings        

MEDIA CONTACT: Matt Cardoza, GaDOE Communications Office, (404) 651-7358, mcardoza@gadoe.org

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View Online CCRPI and School Climate Report here 

March 16, 2015 – The Georgia Department of Education today released its first School Climate Star Ratings. The 2014 ratings are based on survey results and data from the 2013-2014 school year. 

School climate refers to the quality and character of school life – the “culture” of a school. A sustainable, positive school climate fosters youth development and student learning, which are essential elements for academic success, career-skill improvement and overall quality of life. The School Climate Star Rating helps determine whether a school is on the right path to school improvement. 

“Research has shown us that school climate has a strong impact on student achievement,” State School Superintendent Richard Woods said. “The data used to develop the 2014 Star Ratings proves this once again. If your school has a positive climate, it’s giving students the environment they need to learn. You’ll likely see high achievement there – or a school that’s on the right track toward high achievement.”  

Each school in Georgia received a 1-5 star ratings, with five stars representing an excellent school climate, and one star representing a school climate most in need of improvement. School Climate Star Ratings are an informational tool for schools, administrators, and parents; they do not affect the school’s College & Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) score. 

Interpretations of the star ratings are below; this information can also be found in the School Climate Law. 

'5-star' schools ranked excellent according to the school climate index;

'4-star' schools ranked above average according to the school climate index;

'3-star' schools ranked average according to the school climate index;

'2-star' schools ranked below satisfactory according to the school climate index, or

'1-star' schools ranked unsatisfactory according to the school climate index. 

School Climate Star Ratings are required by law; they also serve as a companion to the Department of Early Care and Learning’s Quality Rated program, which includes an assessment of the learning environment.  

“Students cannot learn in environments that do not support them,” Superintendent Woods said. “Georgia is committed to measuring the quality of its learning climates, and this aligned approach helps us assess that quality from preschool all the way through 12th grade.”



In our continued effort to be environmentally responsible and paperless we will be moving away from sending progress reports each six week grading period beginning in the second semester.  Parents have the ability to regularly monitor their child’s academic progress using ParentVue which alleviates the necessity of paper progress reports.  Students in danger of receiving a D or an F at the 6 or 12 week grading period will receive a progress report for that particular class.”



Parents of McCleskey Middle School-McCleskey is once again participating in the Gimme 5 for Education campaign. Help McCleskey reach a goal of 100% participation by giving a $5 tax-deductible contribution to Cobb Schools Foundation, the only non-profit organization that supports all of our schools through scholarships, teacher impact grants and programs.

Your student should bring home a campaign donation envelope and a Gimme 5 letter. Please place your donation in the envelope and place in the school's safe.  All checks should be made payable to "McCleskey Middle School".  Also, as an incentive, each student who participates will be placed in a drawing for a pair of AMC movie passes!

Thank you in advance for your participation!


From the CCSD Director of Accountability and Research:


The State of Georgia has released the corrected 2014 CCRPI scores for middle schools.  Our corrected score is 86.9 down 1 point from 2013.  This score puts us at the 7th highest scoring middle school out of the 25 middle schools in Cobb (there were 2 schools at 6th place) and the 2nd highest in Area 4 out of 6 middle schools.

Understanding the calculations for scoring the CCRPI can be found at the CCSD web site. 


Please take a few minutes to complete the Climate Survey.  The resulting information assists us to continually improve.  Thank you for your input.

Georgia Parent Survey

The Georgia Parent Survey is also modeled after the student survey and contains 24 questions.  A Spanish version of the parent survey will be available soon.  Parents will be able to complete the survey using their personal computers, smartphones or iPads.   All parents should be encouraged to participate in the Georgia Parent Survey because the data will be used to calculate the School Climate Star Rating .  Survey responses are anonymous and will be submitted directly to the Georgia Department of Education for analysis.  Data results from the Georgia Parent Survey will not be available to the public and will not be posted online.  The URL address for the Georgia Parent Survey is posted below.

Georgia Parent Survey:


McCleskey 2014- 2015 Tutoring Schedule

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There is plenty of good information at the Georgia Dept. of Education website about the new Ga. Milestones Assessment we will be using for Standardized testing later this year. Please use these resources to familiarize yourself with new assessment procedures and methods for the state of Georgia. There are many differences from previous assessments.

Parent information guide about the new Georgia Milestones Test:


Georgia Milestones Calculator Policy

ga milestones calculator policy 3.3.15.pdf


We will keep updating you with information as we receive it.


More ParentVue Information:


 See the following Civil Rights Compliance Notices:

Civil Rights Compliance Notice
Civil Rights Compliance Notice-Spanish

CCSD Asbestos Mgmt Plan information:

AHERA Flyer 2014.pdf

 Click on the following links for information for Parents to manage Blackboard Connect Portal for Cobb County School District contact:





See the following documents for Vaccination Requirements:

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Effective July 1, 2014, all children born on or after January 1, 2002 who are entering 7th grade, and new entrants* to Georgia schools in grades 8-12 will be required to have Tdap (Tetanus, Diptheria and Pertussis) and meningococcal conjugate vaccines before entering school for the 2014-2015 school year. Visit Cobb Public Health or your private physician to get these vaccines NOW.

*New entrants include anyone that is entering Georgia schools for the first time or is returning to a Georgia school after being gone for more than 12 months or one school year.

For more information, call Cobb Public Health at 770-514-2349 or visit www.cobbanddouglaspublichealth.org.

Please review the CCSD Dress Code Policy with your student!


Parents Encouraged To Review New Common Core Standards

The Common Core Georgia Performance Standards (CCGPS) are being implemented. Learn more about how these new standards will better prepare Cobb County students for future college and career choices on a special section of the District website.

Clubs and Activities

Intramurals begin at 8:00 am.  Please enter at the front and remain in the lower lobby until a PE teacher comes to get you.  No students are admitted to intramurals after 8:00 am.


Robotics – Tuesdays and Thursdays until 5:30 pm


Garden Club – Every other Tuesday until 5:00 pm


Fit Club Activities all at 8:00 am on the following days; arrive at 7:50 to dress out

Running Club – Tuesdays

All Girls Fitness  – Wednesdays

Fitness Friday – Fridays


Art Club – Mondays at 8:00 am; Art Room


Board Game Club – Wednesdays until 5:15; Ms. Skelton’s room


BAM (Boys at McCleskey) – Every Thursday @ 8:15 am in Room 8A3/4


Environmental Club – after school until 5:15 pm; see Mrs. Ghosh for a schedule


Hat Days – every Wednesday – pay $1, wear a hat for Relay for Life


Yearbook – yearbook staff only Thursdays @ 8:00 am; 7A3


NJHS – 1st & 3rd Thursdays until 5:15 pm


CCSD District Calendar
Click here for Traditional Calendar View

Congratulations to the 2014 Teacher of the Year
Ms. Amy Shannon!

And the 2014 Classified Employee of the Year
Ms. Mary Nobles!

And our Cobb County Counselor of the Year
Dr. Helen Nguyen!

Click the link below to donate funds to our school through the Cobb Schools Foundation in partnership with our McCleskey Foundation!


Be sure and select McCleskey Middle School under the Gift Designation drop down menu to ensure that your gift is directed to our school.


You can also donate using the form below:

McCleskey Middle School Foundation Donation Form.docx

The McCleskey Foundation grade level T shirts will be on sale every Monday and Friday in the skylight.  The cost for the T shirts is $10. 

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         Help support our schools & students!

Seeking professional, safety-minded individuals for

School Bus Drivers!

Starting rate is $14.51/hour

Apply online:  www.ccsdbusdriver.com