Welcome to McClure Middle School
Make a Difference Day
This Saturday is Make A Difference Day across the
United States. So we are Making a Difference at
McClure this week. You can help us by donating toilet
paper, diapers, socks and underwear (all ages) any day this
week. These donations will be given to MUST Ministries.
Thank you for Making a Difference in our community!
CCSD Updates Enrollment
The health and safety of our
students and school staffs is our highest priority. National and
international health authorities are currently working to manage
an ongoing outbreak of the Ebola virus disease in several
countries in West Africa. The Cobb County School District has
released an update to the Enrollment Protocol as well a letter
to parents informing them of the changes. The letter was sent
home with students on Friday, October 17th, you can also
download a copy
STEAM Fair Coming to McClure
The first annual STEAM (Science,
Technology, Engineering, Art, & Math) fair will be at McClure on
January 15th. This is your chance to show off your
research skills and your talents in the areas of science,
technolgy, engineering, art and math. Enter your project
in one or more of the STEAM categories. Check the
link for entrance requirements.
year, the McClure Foundation is offering a special opportunity
to the our families to become a part of Maverick
history. Families can purchase a commemorative horseshoe with
their family’s name on it to be uniquely displayed on a focal
wall in the main hallway in the school. The donation prices are
as followed: Bronze Horseshoe $100-$249, Silver Horseshoe $250-
$499, and Gold Horseshoe $500.00 and up. This donation
will make a lasting impact on the McClure Community. Don't let
this monumental occasion pass by without participating!! If you
would like to invest in the future of McClure and the McClure
community, please visit our
website to order your horseshoe today.
Help McClure Get "Shoe-d!"
It is with great Maverick pride that we announce that our own
Debra Carter, McClure Secretary, has been named as the Cobb
County School District's Middle School Support Professional of
the Year! Twelve hundred students, faculty, staff, family
members and the McClure Drum Line were on hand to welcome Ms.
Carter back to school after the annoucement luncheon. We
are all so proud of you Ms. Carter! You can send
congratulatory messages to Ms. Carter
Debra Carter- CCSD Middle School SPOTY!
Powder Springs Offers P.R.I.D.E.
The Power Springs Police Department is offering a seminar to
help parents get their 14, 15, and 16 year olds ready to be
drivers. Parents Reducing Injuries & Driver
Error (P.R.I.D.E.), helps you with the skills necessary to make
your child a safer driver.
Click for more information.
Progress reports for the first six weeks will go home on Friday,
September 26th. That is the week after Fall Break
(September 15th through 19th).
Weeks Progress Reports
programs will went live on Monday, August 10th. Existing
users should see schedules and grades (once teachers begin
posting grades)after that date. If you are unable to log in (and
have an existing account) after the 10th, please email
Mr. Gandolfo for assistance- after August 10th.
ParentVue & StudentVue
please watch Facebook and this website for announcements about
when new accounts will be distributed.
If you have recently moved into McClure's attendance zone please
call the school to make a registration appointment. You can also
click on "Enrolling Your Student" link on the left to learn what
you will need to register.
New to our Community?
the Cobb County School District approved the funding and hiring
of a number of additional campus security officers. We are
happy to announce that one of those officers is housed here at
McClure. Officer Scott Howard comes to us after an
illustrious, twenty-nine year career with the Cobb County Police
Meet Officer Howard
He has served as a patrol officer, an investigative detective, a
detective with the crimes against children unit, a bureau
supervisior and a shift commander. In addition to his work
with the Cobb County Police Department, Officer Howard has
served in the United States Airforce & Air Force Reserve.
His tours of duty included serving at Manas Air Base in Bishkek,
Scott is a Cobb native and a product of Cobb
schools, his youngest daughter is a junior at Allatoona.
His two older daughters are students at Kennesaw State and
Officer Howard is responsible for three
schools in our area, McClure, Bullard and Lewis. If you
see him or his Campus security car at one of his schools make
sure you wave and say hello!
Welcome Officer Howard!
McClure School Council Needs YOU!
Council currently has two vacant parent
positions that need to be filled. The School Council meets
once a month in the morning at 8:00am in the front office
conference room. The School Council acts as an advisory body,
offering recommendations and assistance to the principal and,
where appropriate, the Superintendent and Cobb County Board of
Education on any matter relating to student achievement and
school improvement. Involvement with the School Council is a
great way to get involved with McClure and have your voice
Nomination forms will be
available in the front office or can be downloaded
Interested persons can nominate themselves, or you can nominate
someone else with their permission, for School Council.
If you have any questions you
can contact Mrs. Metcalfe at
Why don't we have them? We have not posted supply lists
for the past several years to help minimize unneccessary
purchases. Your students have a large number of potential
placements each year including AC classes, a variety of math
levels, three separate music programs and four different
connections programs. With so many options and teachers, it was
too difficult to develop a meaningful supply list.
Individual teachers will share expectations with students during
the first week of school. In the meantime, when the back
to school sales start, you will never go wrong by stocking up on
ruled notebook paper, blue or black ink pens, pencils (lots and
lots of number 2 pencils!), erasers and a flash drive or two.
It might also be helpful for students to have access to a
(monitored) email account. There are times when it is
extremely useful for students to send class projects to
themselves via email for working at home.
Summer reading is important for
middle school students. It helps foster a lifelong love of
reading and helps students maintain the gains in reading
comprehension skills they have made during the school year. For
this reason, we will require all rising 7th & 8th graders to
read a minimum of one book this summer. While
there will be no formal requirement for rising 6th graders, we
strongly encourage all of our students to read
over the summer.
Summer Reading for Rising 7th & 8th Graders
here to learn more about the summer reading program.
Click to see pictures from our amazing 8th dance!
There couldn't be a better send off for our 8th graders.
We wish them the best as they move on to their high school
Eighth Grade Dance Photos
New School Immunization
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
Cobb/Douglas Public Health at 770/514-2349 for more
Ms. Jezerinac, our TOTY!
Congratulations to Ms. Erin Jezerinac, our 2015 Teacher of the
Year! Ms. J is one our eighth grade math teachers and is a
major influence on the success of our students! We're
proud of you!
When asked about being
at McClure, Ms. J. had this to say, "At
work, I am surrounded by amazingly talented coworkers whom I
consider to be part of my family. Working with my team is the
best part of my job. I work with students who have probably
taught me more than I have taught them. Even on the most
challenging days, my students reminded of how important my role
is as an adult in their lives. I feel so honored and blessed to
be nominated for teacher of the year." We are honored to
have you as our TOTY Ms. J!
Our Newst SPOTY!
to Ms. Debra Carter on her award of Support Professional of the
Year! Ms. Carter, our school secretary, is the longest
serving member of the McClure faculty and staff. She
started even before the school officially opened! Whether
she is answering phones, buzzing in people at the front day, or
making sure the entire staff is dotting all the i's and crossing
all the t's, McClure wouldn't function without Debra's support.
Thanks for all that you do Ms. Carter!
your Student's Birthday
Foundation is excited to offer birthday posts
beginning January 20th.....The McClure Foundation will
post the honoree's name (student, teacher, staff, etc.) on
the McClure school sign to wish them a Happy Birthday - Monday
thru Friday only, for a $20 donation to the Foundation - Click
here to learn how you do it!
Thank You McClure Community
January 30, 2014
Dear Parents and Community members,
I wanted to express my appreciation and
gratitude for the way that students, parents, staff and
community responded and came together to help keep our students
safe during Tuesday and Wednesday’s snow event.
students are the best!
The way they handled the disrupted school day with eating
lunch in their classroom, not being dismissed at 2:15 and then
being consolidated into large groups to quicken the dismissal
process did not fluster them at all.
Students listened and followed our directions to ensure a
safe dismissal process which is what we stress during our safety
Our parents really helped us by getting
their students home and often taking many of their neighboring
students home as well for those parents stuck in traffic.
I cannot thank you enough for working with us as we tried
to make sure our students went home safely.
staff was great in helping with dismissal and keeping order as
we tried to expedite the dismissal process.
So many of our teachers and staff stayed late or spent
the night to help ensure that students were delivered safely
home or had a good time at our first ever McClure sleepover!
I cannot tell you how many phone calls I
received from parents and community members offering to take
students and staff home if buses were not available.
Over and over again we were offered assistance with
anything we might need to help make our situation more
of these good Samaritans did not have students who attend
McClure, they just wanted to help.
would encourage students to write a thank you note to their bus
employees deserve our gratitude for a job well done on Tuesday.
Bus drivers take student safety very seriously and this
training allowed them to get many students home safely that day.
As stressful as events such as these can
be, it is important to see
what we can learn from them.
We will be discussing as a school what we did well and
how we can improve.
One thing that I learned, or had reinforced, is what a wonderful
school community McClure has.
The way all of us; students, parents, staff and community
came together is a testament to what is good and great about our
My deepest thanks to you all,
Don't Let Bullying Go Unnoticed
Thursday, January 16th, Ms. Metcalfe introduced a new
Incident Report form to the student body. We will
conduct three more lessons on bullying prevention during the
rest of this school year. Please contact
Dr. Daniel with
questions or for more information about bullying prevention. 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. If you are aware of a bullying situation,
please download the form and return it to an adult at school.
New Safety Measures Added
The school district has installed new safety measures to the
current surveillance system at McClure. Effective
immediately, we have a "buzz in" system on the front doors.
From 9:15 until the end of each day you will need to ring to
buzzer next to the front doors. Some one from the front
office will ask your to identify yourself and indicate the
nature of your visit before you will be allowed to enter.
A letter with full details was sent home with students on
January 8, 2014. You can also
read it here.
McClure Middle School Foundation
The McClure Middle School Foundation's mission is to help
support the instructional program of our school. You can visit
Foundation's page to learn more about upcoming programs.
A Public Saftey 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.
are in violation of the ordinance, you run the risk of being
Should you have questions or concerns, please contact the
Department of Public Safety (678) 594-8620.
Magnet School Information for 8th
Eighth grade parents, if you are interested in
information about the different magnet programs available
through the CCSD, please visit the
magnet school website. The link will also answer many
of the questions you might have about the magnet programs
we have available.
In case you missed the
broadcast this morning, Fox5 has us online too!
Click to enjoy our segments. We all enjoyed being on
air this morning and there is a lot of Maverick Pride around
Maverick Pride has been strong
this week! Your efforts really paid off, with more than
68,000 votes, we won a visit from Good Day Atlanta on Thursday,
March 14th. Make sure you tune in on Thursday to see live
shots and segments that show off the great things that are
happening here at McClure!
Perhaps the best part of the week was watching McClure
exhibit our four words:
- We were Encouraging to each other to
get the vote out!
- We showed great Enthusiasm as the
excitement built throughout the week.
- Our Excellence shined, especially as we
made suggestions about what programs we should highlight on
- The Ingenuity soared as administrators
stepped out of their usual roles and showed up on the
serving line at lunch or that teacher who dyed his hair blue
because we reached the 65,000 votes level. There are
rumors that even the Harlem Shake might make an appearance
one day next week!
Most of all we are proud that we pulled together and made
this happen! Good job McClure- we have a lot to be proud
CRCT Preparations are here!
Each April, McClure students take the Georgia Criterion Referenced Tests to show what they have
mastered during the school year. Preparations are already underway to help ensure that our students do the best they can
on the tests. You can help increase scores at home through practice, we recommend the following websites for additional
practice and tutorials:
The Words You Should Know!
Research shows that students who have a rich vocabulary achieve at higher levels than those who do not.
On questions that do not specifically test vocabulary, students are often expected to understand the meanings of the
words they encounter within passages, questions and answers on sections that involve reading.
But because vocabulary knowledge is useful for all reading comprehension, an increased vocabulary is not only
beneficial on standardized tests, but in all content areas. (Read More)
BYOD Has Arrived at McClure!
If you weren't able to attend last week's BYOD/Common Core meeting you can download the PowerPoint
presentation and learn more at the new 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.)
Common Core Coming to McClure
You may have heard about curriculum changes coming to our schools next year. The shift to Common Core Standards will help
our student be more competitive in our ever changing society and ushers in some exciting changes for all of us.
Click here to learn more about Common Core.
McClure students, do you want to be more involved with the McClure community? Are there untapped skills and interests
that you want to explore? There are lots of clubs and organizations here at McClure that want to meet you!
Download a list of our clubs and organizations and check the McClure
calendar at the left to see meeting times and locations.
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.
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.
The Internet offers students a wealth of opportunities to communicate, socialize, and explore the world. These
benefits come with certain risks. Net Cetera: Chatting with Kids About Being Online
is a new guide with practical tips to help parents help their kids navigate the online world. It's produced by
the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and covers a variety of topics- from cyber bullying to using mobile phones safely.
Copies will be available during conference week or you can download your own PDF copy.
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.