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Releases 2014 School Climate Star
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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
“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
'4-star' schools ranked above average according to the
school climate index;
'3-star' schools ranked average according to the school
'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
program, which includes an assessment of the learning
“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.”
2015 EOG TEST SCHEDULE
WEDS. APRIL 15- TUES. APRIL 21
EOG Test Scheduleforpublication.docx
APRIL 1ST WAS THE END OF THE 5th SIX
WEEKS. PROGRESS REPORTS WILL BE GOING HOME ON THURS. APRIL
16TH. ADMINISTRATION WILL BE SENDING ALL STUDENTS A PROGRESS
REPORT SINCE THIS IS THE LAST REPORT PRIOR TO THE FINAL REPORT
DISTRICT-WIDE VIDEO COMPETITION
KID-TALK IDEAS FROM THE MINDS OF COBB KIDS
All information is available at
will continue to be updated as we get closer to the contest.
We are so excited to hear from your
talented students and to better understand “Why Not?” from the
perspective of our future leaders.
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
GEORGIA MILESTONES INFORMATION
TESTING DATES- APRIL 15,16,17, 20 & 21
WITH MAKE-UP DAYS APRIL 22,23 & 24TH
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
Georgia Milestones Calculator Policy
ga milestones calculator policy 3.3.15.pdf
PLEASE HAVE YOUR CHILD BRING IN THE CALCULATOR THEY WANT TO
USE, SO THE TEACHER CAN CHECK IT BY TUES. APRIL 14!!!!!
CALCULATORS WILL NOT BE PROVIDED FOR THE TESTING!!!
PLEASE BE ON TIME AND SCHEDULE
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.
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
Robotics – Tuesdays and Thursdays until
Garden Club – Every other Tuesday until
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
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
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.
Seeking professional, safety-minded individuals for
School Bus Drivers!
Starting rate is $14.51/hour
SCHEDULED TOUR DATES FOR
6TH GRADE PARENT OPEN HOUSE
MAY 4 @7PM
BLACKWELL ELEM. VISIT TO MCCLESKEY
WEDNESDAY MAY 6 930A-1115A
ELEM. VISIT TO MCCLESKEY
MAY 12 930A-1115A
NICHOLSON ELEM. VISIT TO MCCLESKEY
WEDNESDAY MAY 13 930A-1115A