Welcome to McClure!

Eclipse Information
Permission forms to view the eclipse next Monday were sent home earlier this week.  In order for use to plan our eclipse experience we need to know how many of our students will be viewing live and how many will be viewing via television.  Please return your permission forms by Thursday to assist is in that planning.
         -Permission Form- English
         -Permission Form- Spanish

We are excited about the upcoming eclipse and need to share some information with you.  If you wish for your child to view the eclipse on Monday, August 21st, we need the permission form returned tomorrow, Thursday, August 17.  If you do not wish for them to participate in the outside activity, they will be able to watch the eclipse in the classroom via the tv. 

The district has declared that if a student misses school on August 21st that it will be an excused absence as long as a parent note is turned in to the school. 

If you choose to check your student out early that day, they must be here until 12:45 in order be counted as present for the entire day. 

We are asking that all check-outs be done by 1:30 to ensure a smooth dismissal process.  If you elect to have your child remain at school that day, the latest that they can be checked out will be 4:30 due to the 5:00 dismissal.

Friday, August 25th is McClure night at Sparkles!
Come to Sparkles in Kennesaw on Friday, August 25th, have a great time and support McClure!  $6.00 covers shoe rental, skating and one game of laser tag.  $12.00 covers skating, rental and unlmited games of laser tag!  There are also food specials- .99 pizza and .99 small drinks.  The fun goes from 6:00 to 10:00.  See you on the 25th!

August 30th is an Early Release Day!
Students will be released at 1:30 on August 30th for teacher professional development.

Cobb Schools Extend School Day on August 21, 2017, Due to Solar Eclipse

Due to the solar eclipse on August 21, 2017, the Cobb County School District will delay dismissal of elementary, middle, and high school students by 45 minutes.

 

This means that McClure will be dismissing at 5:00 on August 21st

The peak time to experience the solar eclipse falls during our regularly scheduled elementary school dismissal time. Since student safety is always our first priority, we will start the day on time and delay dismissal to ensure that neither students nor employees are on the roadways during the time of the eclipse. Subsequently, high schools and middle schools will delay dismissal as well.

We will provide schools with further guidance and instructional resources as appropriate. Parents are welcome to pick-up their child at the typical dismissal time if needed. For more information regarding the solar eclipse, please visit the National Weather Service website.

You may also visit the Cobb County School District website for further information and helpful links.

We would like to offer a very special thank you to the McClure Foundation for ordering eclipse glasses for all of our students and staff so we can safely take part in the big event!

State School Superintendent Richard Woods seeks Student Advisory Council

 State School Superintendent Richard Woods is seeking middle and high school students to serve on his 2017-2018 Student Advisory Council. These students will meet with Superintendent Woods to discuss the impact of state policies in the classroom, along with other issues related to education, and will serve as the Superintendent’s ambassadors to their respective schools.

Applicants must be enrolled in a Georgia public middle or high school for the 2017-18 school year. To apply:

·         Click here to download an application:

·         Send applications by September 1, 2016 at 5 p.m. to students@doe.k12.ga.us    

·         Selected students will be contacted via email. All students can check gadoe.org, under News & Announcements, on September 12 at 10 a.m. to see whether they have been selected.

Middle school students will meet October 3, January 17, and April 10.

High school students will meet October 4, January 18, April 11.

“The Student Advisory Council is an absolutely invaluable resource for the Georgia Department of Education team as we make decisions that impact students and classrooms,” Superintendent Woods said. “Nothing can replace the opportunity to hear directly from students about their experience in Georgia’s public schools and what we can improve. I’m looking forward to meeting and working with this year’s Student Advisory Council members.”

Dress Code Information-

It's never too early to begin back to school shopping!  A reminder of our school dress code to assist you in your fashion choices can be found here.

Summer Reading Expectations

§  WhoAll 2017-2018 McClure Students

§  WhatRead one or more age- and level-appropriate book(s) of their choice and submit a review using the Summer Reading Form.

§  WhenMay 29th – August 4th

§  Where: Form, suggested reading lists, and more information can be found on our Media Center’s blog.

§  Why:  Research confirms that children who participate in summer library programs better retain the reading skills they gained during the school year and may even improve their reading level.

Our students are expected to read one or more age- and level-appropriate book(s) of their choice and submit a review using the Summer Reading Form on Ms. Harpin's Media Center blogStudents who submit at least one Summer Reading Form by August 4th will begin the school year with a positive assignment grade in the Synergy gradebook & will be eligible for rewards and recognition.

Each review will be used to enter you into a prize drawing! Your chances of winning increase each time you submit a book review! (Up to 10 entries per person.) Every student that submits at least one review will receive a treat when school starts back in the ‘fall’.

Welcome New Mavericks
As the year draws to a close it is time to start thinking about our rising sixth graders and new students that will enroll between now and the end of the summer. If you weren't able to attend our rising sixth grade night, you can download the PowerPoint. There are several other resources that you might find helpful:

-Dress Code
-Things you need to know
-Study Aids
-Suggested Supplies

You might also enjoy watching what a day in the life of a sixth grader looks like!


Teacher of the Year Announced!

Congratulations of Ms. Bethany Horsley, our 2017-2018 Teacher of the Year! Ms. Horsley teaches math and science in our eighth grade.  She is one of our original faculty members who opened McClure in 2006.  We appreciate all that Ms. Horsley does to encourage her students and help them become successful young adults.  Feel free to email Ms. Horsley with a congratulatory message or two!

Congratulations to our New Classified Employee of the Year

Congratulations to Mr. Greg Hicks our head evening custodian for being elected our newest CEOTY (Classified Employee of the Year).  Mr. Hicks has been here at McClure for the past four  years. His commitment to the building's saftey and cleanliness makes a difference to all of us.  He is always willing to help students and faculty alike however he can.  He is a true role model for all of us, thank you Mr. Hicks for all that you do!

Modular Mavericks Advance to State Competition
Kudos to McClure Middle School STEM/Technology teacher Mr. Alex Swan and his Robotics team, The Modular Mavericks! After advancing to Regionals in the Lego League Robotics Competition and bringing home a trophy for the Core Values Award, they have done it again! This past Saturday, the team brought home another trophy for the Robot Design Award and received the awesome news today that they will be advancing to the state competition on February the 4th! Mr. Swan had this to say about this talented group: "I am really proud of our team. They have really worked hard and have exceeded expectations."  If you see any of the Robotics Team members around, please give them a shout out. They are really excited about their accomplishment! Good luck next Saturday, Modular Mavericks!

McClure Ranked 5th among Cobb County Middle Schools!
Congratulations to McClure students, staff and parents on our latest CCRPI score!  The Georgia Department of Education released scores for the 2016 College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI). The CCRPI measurement is the rating system used to measure the academic achievement and progress of individual schools and their school systems. This year McClure scored a 90.7% for the 2015/2016 school year. This score represents an increase from the previous year of 87.4%.  McClure currently ranks 5th out of 25 Cobb County middle schools which is up from last year’s 6th place ranking. You can learn more about CCRPI and see our scores at the following link.

These results are due to the hard work of our teachers and students each and every day.  Thank you for your support of our school as we could not do this work without our parents, families and community.

Food Finder

FoodFinderGA is a free smartphone app developed by a Georgia public school graduate. It is available on the Apple App Store or Google Play right now (search: foodfinderga). The app creates a 100% anonymous, direct connection between students who need food with their closest free food provider.

Both the FoodFinderGA app and the website -www.foodfinderga.org - are year-round resources, but data shows a dramatic increase in use when school is out of session, and the need for food is greatest.

Tutoring to Begin
The McClure tutoring program will begin on Monday, October 10th.  We offering the following sessions for interested students:

Recognize your student’s birthday!
Support the McClure Foundation by purchasing a Happy Birthday message for your student on our school marquee! Announcements are $20.00 and run for one full school day on a first come, first served basis. For more information or to order a message, click here: Birthday Messages

Don't Let Bullying Go Unnoticed
Each of us has a responsibility to prevent bullying behavior.  If you are aware of a bullying situation please report it to an adult in the building.  If you would rather, you can complete the Bullying Incident Report form and return it to school. The form is available in the academic wings as well.  You can make a difference by reporting bullying. You can also click on the link to the left to learn about more school district resources.  Please help us make McClure a bully free zone. 

New to McClure?

Whether you are a rising sixth grader or a newly registered seventh or eighth grader you may find the PowerPoint from our rising sixth grade parent night helpful!

Reading & Math Inventories

This year the Cobb County School District will utilize the Scholastic Reading Inventory (SRI) College & Career edition and the Scholastic Math Inventory (SMI) College & Career edition. The Scholastic Reading Inventory (SRI) College & Career edition is a classroom-based assessment designed to evaluate students’ reading ability, monitor student reading progress, set goals for reading growth, and match students to books at their reading level. The Scholastic Math Inventory (SMI) College & Career edition is a classroom-based assessment that measures mathematics achievement and growth from Kindergarten through Algebra II. The SMI is designed to evaluate students’ mathematics performance, monitor their progress, and set goals for instruction. McClure Middle School will be administering the SRI and SMI during the months of August, December and April. These assessments are strictly diagnostic and will not count for a grade in any class.

ParentVue & StudentVue

If you do not currently have an account you may fill out the necessary release forms and pick up your access key from the front office after August 8, 2016. If you are unable to log in (and have an existing account), please email Mr. Gandolfo for assistance.

Immunization Requirements
Effective July 1, 2014, all children born on or after January 1, 2002 who are entering 7th grade or are new entrants to Georgia schools in grades 8-12 will be required to have Tdap (Tetanus, Diptheria, and Pertussis) and meningococcal conjugate vacines before entering school for the 2014-2015 school year.  Visit Cobb & Douglas Public Health or your private physician to get these vaccines now!  Call Cobb/Douglas Public Health at 770/514-2349 for more information.

McClure Middle School Foundation
The McClure Middle School Foundation's mission is to help support the instructional program of our school.  You can visit the Foundation's page to learn more about upcoming programs.

A Public Safety Reminder about Fire Lanes at McClure 
Per the Fire Marshall's Office, no one is allowed to park in a Fire Lane, whether there is a driver in the vehicle or not, at any time other than the following:

  • 30 minutes prior to the end of the school day and 30 minutes after the end of the school day (this does not include the After School Program nor any other activity at the school)
  • passengers actively loading or unloading during the day (this would cover students unloading in the morning at the beginning of the school day)

We need to reemphasize that the only time a vehicle would be  allowed in a Fire Lane would be to actively drop-off and/or pick-up a student when there is no waiting.  Other times, such as after school activities would not be included.  If you are in violation of the ordinance, you run the risk of being ticketed. Should you have questions or concerns, please contact the Department of Public Safety (678) 594-8620.

BYOD Has Arrived at McClure!
If you need information about our BYOD network, please visit the BYOD Resource page.

Is Your Child a Car Rider?
Please view this video on car rider pick up procedure. This informative video provides assistance for you to pick up your student in the safest possible manner. We want all of our students to depart from McClure with as little delay and risk as possible. (The movie will take a while to load.)

Back to School Dress Code Information
Please take a few minutes to review the McClure dress code. Additional information can be found in the student handbook.

Performing Arts
The purpose of the Performing Arts program is to provide opportunities for our students to experience uniquely rewarding performing arts that might otherwise be unavailable to them. We try to spark curiosity, broaden awareness of the arts, stimulate minds and emotions. The program is entirely dependent on your donations. For more information, please visit the Performing Arts program's website.

Need to ride a different bus home?
If your student will be riding home with another student there are some important guidelines that must be followed. All bus changes must be approved through the attendance office before a student will be allowed on a different bus. More Details.

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Teacher of the Year

 

Ms. Bethany Horsley
8th Grade Science & Math Teacher

Congratulations to Ms. Bethany Horsley our 2017-2018 Teacher of the Year! Ms. Horsley does an excellent job guiding our students through the rigors of physical science and math but she also takes time out of her day to mentor teachers new to McClure and is always there to help her fellow eighth grade teachers.  She is the embodiment of our four words, Encouraging, Enthusiasm, Excellence and Ingenuity!

Congratulations Bethany on being a model for all of our teachers!

Support Professional
of the Year

Mr. Greg Hicks
Custodian

Mr. Hicks is committed to making certain that the school is as clean and safe as he and his crew can make it. He is always willing to lend a hand to students and staff alike, always with a smile! He is a definite asset to McClure!

Volunteer of the Year



Ms. Emily Dwyer

During her years with us, Ms. Dwyer has served in a number of volunteer roles.  Sciencepalooza has been a success due to her organization and endless hours of volunteer work.  We appreciate you Ms. Dwyer!
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Eighth Grade Dance Memories!
Click on the dancers above to see photos taken the night of the eighth grade dance!

Olympic Sign Up Form


Click on the rings above.


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Milestones Testing Experience

TKES Student Surveys

Georgia Online Assessment System