Welcome to McCleskey MS
Principal: Claire Lyons
News and Announcements
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR PARENTS
Biscuit Sales begin on Fridays 7:45-9a
OCTOBER 1, 2015
Iowa Assessments and
Cognitive Abilities Test
On October 1,
2015, your child will take the
Cognitive Abilities Test,
and from October 5 to October 8, 2015 your child will take the
Iowa Assessments™. The purpose of this letter is to inform
you about the tests so that—with your support and
encouragement—your child will do his or her best on the tests.
About the Iowa
Assessments and Cognitive Abilities Test
Iowa Assessments and
Cognitive Abilities Test help determine how students are
performing on nationwide standards. The
Cognitive Abilities Test measures students’ learned reasoning
abilities in three areas that closely relate to success in
school; verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and nonverbal
measure achievement in several important content areas including
Reading, English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social
The tests help
teachers identify a student’s strengths and areas that may need
additional emphasis. The
Iowa Assessments also measure student growth and progress in
the content areas assessed from year to year and may provide
information about college readiness for older students. The
assessments produce information that enables sound decision
making and provides a focus for teachers to evaluate
Each test includes
sample questions to help students become familiar with the
content and format of the tests. Samples help students
understand what to do—how to mark answers and move from question
For most tests,
students read the questions and mark their answers by filling in
a circle for each question. All test questions are multiple
choice, and the tests last about 10 to 35 minutes.
your child can prepare for test taking—and what you can do to
A student who is
well rested and well fed and has a positive attitude about
testing is best prepared for testing. You can help your child do
his or her best by considering these tips:
that your child is in school and on time on test days.
your child gets a good night’s sleep and eats a healthy
breakfast before each day of testing.
child that these tests are only
one measure of
what he or she has learned. Emphasize that you have
confidence in his or her ability to do the best job
SCOLIOSIS SCREENING- OCTOBER 30,
The Cobb County School System will conduct
the annual scoliosis screening program for middle school
students. The screenings are jointly conducted by Cobb County
Physical Education teachers and the Cobb/Douglas Public Health
Nurses. The initial scoliosis screening will be
conducted by physical educators and must be completed 2 weeks
prior to the scheduled secondary screening (see pg. 2).
The Cobb/Douglas Public Health Nurses and Cobb County
School District Consulting Nurses will provide the secondary
screening for middle school students who test positive
during the initial screening.
The following guidelines will be used:
(1) All new physical education teachers and
volunteers must be trained in scoliosis screening protocol by
the Cobb and Douglas Health Department. Contact Laurie Ross to
schedule (see pg.2).
(2) Notify parents of the dates that the
screening will occur. A parent letter is included for
(3) Show the scoliosis video to the entire
6th and 8th grade population prior to the
(4)Conduct the Initial Screening for only 6th
and 8th grade students
before your secondary screening date listed.
(5) Complete the Individual Student
Screening Sheet (with
printed label) and Summary Report Form for each student
who tests positive and are recommended for a secondary
(6) Make the Individual and Summary
Screening Forms available
to the nurse who conducts the secondary screening at your
(7) Provide a location within your facility
for the Secondary Screening which will be conducted by the
(8) Forward all results of the secondary
screenings that reflect positive results to the Cobb/ Douglas
Public Health Department.
ASSISTANCE: Each school is asked to
make arrangements to provide any additional personnel or PTA
volunteers deemed necessary to supplement the work of the
physical education staff for the initial screening.
Senate Bill 165 (Act 324) was signed into law on March
27, 1985. It states,
“rules and regulations providing for the screening of public
school children for scoliosis shall not require the prior
approval of parents or legal guardians.
However, such rules and regulations shall provide for
advanced written notice of the time of such screening to be
given to parents and legal guardians of such child being
screened for scoliosis.
Schools should use the school newsletter or other such
communication to announce the screening effort for all
FORMS CAN BE PRINTED OFF THE WEBSITE
(LOCATED UNDER FORMS ON THE LEFT-SIDE)
2015-16 Cobb County School District Strategic Plan
McCleskey Middle School
2015-McCleskey StrategicPlan Template.docx
Georgia Parent Survey
Please note that the
school climate surveys for the 2015-2016 school year will
officially open on Monday, October 5, 2015 and will remain open
through Friday, February 26, 2016
The Georgia Parent Survey
is also modeled after the student survey and contains 24
questions. Parents may complete the survey using their personal
computer, smartphones or tablet. For parents that do not have
access to the Internet, school administrators should consider
scheduling dates and times to allow parents to complete the
Georgia Parent Survey at school. All parents should be
encouraged to participate in the Georgia Parent Survey because
the data will be used as part of the calculation of the School
Climate Star Rating. Survey responses are anonymous and will be
submitted directly to the Georgia Department of Education for
analysis. Individual 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:
Please review the CCSD Dress Code Policy with your student!
McCleskey Text Message Code Correction
Sorry...... We gave you
the wrong phone number!
During Open House we
erroneously provided you with a phone number
that could be used to receive text messages from
McCleskey Middle School.
Please note the CORRECT information for
signing up for text and email messages
from McCleskey Middle School PTSA.
You have 3 options to Opt-in:
1) You can text the code
"81010" to @mccles from your cell phone or
2) You can text the code
"81010" to 470-235-4144 from your cell phone or
3) Use this link to
THE BOOK FAIR IS COMING!
McCleskey's fabulous Monster Book Fair is coming
soon! Preview Day for teachers and their
students will be on October 16, 2015. The book
fair will run from October 19th through
the 23rd! Visa and MasterCard will be
accepted. Don't miss out!
YOU MAY ALSO SHARE PHOTOS
FOR THE YEARBOOK!
McCleskey SCHOOL STORE is now OPEN
Hours: Monday - Friday 8:40a - 9:10a
Care Items, Snacks,Drinks School
Supplies…..Notebooks and graph paper, pencils,
highlighters, colored pencils, crayons,
proceeds from the school store go to help fund
PTSA activities such as dances, staff lunches,
A message from Officer Ayers:
NO PARKING IN THE FIRE LANE!!
“No Parking in the Fire Lane” will
be enforced starting August
24th. At no time can you park your
vehicle in the fire lane, except to
drop off. If business is to be
conducted within the school or area
of the drop-off, you will need to
move your vehicle to the parking
When picking up the students at the
time of dismissal, do not park in
the Fire Lane along the school
entrance to the Band room until 4:10
pm. You are allowed to park along
the driveway from the entrance to
the school where the road terminates
for teacher parking and enters the
A Fire Lane violation is $137 and no
warnings will be issued as the signs
are posted for the warning.
We received the following
information about Dual Enrollment – Move on When
Ready (MOWR). Students can participate as early
as 9th grade.
I shared it on my blog but
I think it is worthy of putting on the school
website. PTSA is putting it in the e-news
Move On When
Georgia’s New Dual
Wednesday, October 21st
Mt. View Campus
of Chattahoochee Technical
2680 Gordy Pkwy
Marietta, GA 30066
6:30- 8:00 pm
Learn about 100% paid
tuition, mandatory fees and books!
A counselor’s session will
be available to explain the details about
College Representative Expo
with details about MOWR.
Office 365 Local School Support FAQ’s
What is my child’s username and/or password?
The child’s username is sent to the parent
via email if the parent selects either
Option 1 or Option 2.
student has the same name as another student in
the district, each student will have a 3 digit
number appended to their last name, i.e.,
Passwords for Office 365 are the
same as the CCSD Network login. The
password that the student uses to
log into a school computer is the
password for the student to log into
Media Specialists and/or Lab Managers have
the ability to view Office 365 login
usernames for students and change student
passwords if necessary.
I am having trouble downloading the Office
Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, OneNote).
the Microsoft Office Suite is not required
in order to use Office 365; however, if a
parent would like to download the Office
Suite, please send the following to the
parent. Please note, the Cobb County
School District does NOT support non-CCSD
computing devices. Parents should
contact Microsoft directly for technical
to watch the Parent
Video on Office 365
ALL STUDENTS BORN ON OR AFTER
JANUARY 1, 2002 AND ENTERING, ADVANCING OR TRANSFERRING INTO 7TH
GRADE IN GEORGIA NEED PROOF OF PERTUSSIS(WHOOPING COUGH-tdap AND
MENINGOCOCCAL (mcv 4). PROOF OF BOTH VACCINES MUST BE ON GEORGIA
IMMUNIZATION CERTIFICATE FORM 3231.
STUDENTS NEEDTO HAVE THE
APPROPRIATE DOCUMENTS IN THEIR PERMANENT RECORD IN ORDER TO BE
ENROLLED IN MIDDLE SCHOOL.
PLEASE PROVIDE THESE
DOCUMENTS BEFORE THE START OF THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR 2015/2016.
From the CCSD Director of Accountability and Research:
Showing up for school every day on time has a huge impact on a student’s
academic success starting in kindergarten and continuing through
high school. Even as children grow older and more independent,
families play a key role in making sure students get to school
safely every day and understand why attendance is so important
for success in school and in life.
Regular attendance is
critical to your child’s success at McCleskey and we encourage
you to have your child at school all day every day unless sick.
Attendance is also an important component is our CCRPI
score. Once a
student reaches 6 or more days absent, whether excused or
unexcused they do not count for our attendance data in both the
CCRPI and the 5 Star Climate Survey.
Students who are present less than 65% of their
enrollment period have standardized state test scores that do
not count for McCleskey on the CCRPI. Please support your child
and our school by having your child in attendance each day.
McCleskey appreciates your
support in having your child at school all day every day.
Below is the web address for the CCRPI
scores. This link takes you to the GADOE site and then you
must choose Cobb and then the school.
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
See the following documents for Vaccination Requirements:
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.
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 begins at
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
3rd Wednesday -415PM-500PM
GLAM 2ND/4TH Fri.
815A-900A Ms. Henry's room
Robotics Tuesday and Thursdays
-415PM - 530PM
1st and 3rd Thursday
- Every Tues. 8AM-845AM
Art Club Thursdays 8AM -845AM