Welcome to McClure Middle School
Welcome Summer! Important
Information for All McClurians
- Report cards will be mailed
home on June 4th. If you did not provide a self
addressed stamped envelope you may pick up report cards
starting on that date.
- We are not sending home summer math this
year. Your log ins for USATest Prep still work,
you can spend time brushing up on your other subjects that
A message from the Oklahoma State
School Board Association about the recent tornados
Our heartfelt prayers and thoughts go out to the victims of the
recent tornadoes. When members of our OSSBA family are
hurting, we are all hurting. We would like to offer an
opportunity for those wishing to give to have an outlet to do
so. If you would like to donate items from the list
below, they can be mailed to the OSSBA offices:
Oklahoma State School Boards Assn
2801 N. Lincoln Blvd, Suite 125
Oklahoma City, OK 73105-4223
We will also be taking donations of money that will be
distributed to the school districts impacted by the storms.
All donations will go to the victims of these recent tragedies.
Checks can be made out to "OSSBA Tornado Relief."
Donations for School Supplies
Notebooks and paper (wide and narrow ruled), markers, crayons,
glue (bottle and glue stick), backpacks, pens and pencils,
pencil sharpeners, erasers, highlighters, dry-erase markers,
construction paper, copy paper, binders, rulers, tape, art
supplies, gym supplies, desks, computers.
Canned goods, Diapers, clothes, dog and cat food, work gloves,
toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, hand sanitizer, baby wipes,
baby formula, soap, sunscreen, trash bags, insect spray, brooms,
Thank you, Dr. Jeff Mills, Executive Director, OSSBA
The Eighth Grade Dance is this Week!
This year’s 8th
grade dance is scheduled for Friday, May 17th from
7:00 until 9:30 pm.
We wanted to provide some general information as you plan for
This is not
a high school prom
–this is a special farewell dance for our eighth graders.
The dance is for McClure students only.
There will be special decorations and food for the
students to make this a very special evening.
Tickets will be sold for this event.
for the event is as follows:
may wear short or long dresses that are appropriate.
dresses should be at least as long as school dress code
requires, at least to the tip of the longest finger when the
student is standing straight.
Strapless dresses and/or dresses with slits that are higher
than dress code length are not to be worn to the dance.
Gentlemen should wear dress pants or khakis with a shirt &
Jackets may be worn, but are not required.
Tuxedos should not be worn to the eighth grade dance.
Transportation should occur in normal fashion.
Limousines are not allowed.
are not encouraging students leaving early, we often have
questions about early dismissals.
We will be changing schedules for that day so that our
eighth grade students will be in connections from 2:40-4:15. For
those students who may want more time to get ready for the
dance, it is important to remember the following information.
Georgia State Law requires
that a student must attend school for 3 ½ hours to be counted
present for the school day.
Your child’s attendance will be required until 12:45 P.M.
if he or she is attending the dance
2014 Teacher of the Year Named!
to Ms. Cyndi Sallas, McClure's head band director! Ms.
Sallas has been elected teacher of year. We are all proud
of her! Email Ms. Sallas congratulations
Have you ordered your yearbook yet?
You still have time to
order your 2012-2013 yearbook! Yearbook sales have been
extended. Click the Jostens icon on the left or call the
toll-free ordering number
(1-866-282-1516) to order
your yearbook today!
The McClure Shake!
Did you miss the McClure Shake on this morning's
announcements? Watch it here! Thank you again to
everyone who helped bring Good Day Atlanta to McClure.
This is our faculty's way to say thank you!
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
2013-14 School Choice: HB
The application period for
students interested in transferring to McClure for the 2012-2012
school year under House Bill 251 is now open. Applications
will be accepted at the district office through March 8th. All
applications must go to the district office, we cannot accept
them here at McClure. For the next school year, McClure will be
accepting up to 20 sixth graders, 20 seventh graders, and 10
eighth graders. More information and the application can
be found on the
school system's website.
GIMME 5 is Back!
year, McClure is once again participating in the GIMME 5
campaign for the
Cobb Schools Foundation. Did you know that if we raise
more than $750, 50% of whatever we raise will go directly to
McClure projects? Please visit the
Foundation's GIMME 5 page to learn more. Remember to
specify McClure if you donate to make sure we earn the credit!
As always, thank you for your generosity in support of McClure!
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.
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
McClure Media Program Wins Accolade
Congratulations to Ms. Cara Harpin and the
McClure Media Center. McClure's media program was named the
Exemplary Middle School Media Program for the state of Georgia
for 2012-2013. We are proud of our program that excells
under Ms. Harpin's guidance! (more
Change You Want to See in the World!
We are excited to announce our theme, Be the Change You Want to
See in the World, for the 2012-2012 school year. This
theme has many opportunities for our students to affect change
in our community and perhaps the world. This will be a
year long effort to increase student awareness of how they can
be of service and in the community at large. (more)
Community Service Documentation form.
Is Your Child a Car Rider?
Please view this video on
pick up procedure. This informative
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.)
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
to our new 6th Graders!
Thank you to the families that were able to make the Sixth Grade
University program on May 7th. If you weren't able to make
it, you can download the
presentation. Also check out the
Sixth Grade University blog for more
2012- 2013 McClure TOTY
is proud to announce our Teacher of the Year for
the 2012-2013 school year! This year's TOTY is Paul
Mr. Gandolfo readily takes on any subject to teach each year
with a positive attitude. In addition to Mr. G's
responsibilities as a teacher, he offers technology assistance
to those in need with patience, a smile, and sometimes a piece
of chocolate. Most importantly, Mr. Gandolfo creates a rapport
with his students that have a longlasting effect on them.
E-mail Mr. Gandolfo if you would like to express your
2012- 2013 McClure SPOTY
is proud to announce our Support Professional of the Year for
the 2012-2013 school year! This year's SPOTY is Cathy
Strudthoff, our bookkeeper.
Ms. Strudthoff joined the McClure staff in 2008 after working
three years at Blackwell Elementary School. When asked
what her favorite thing about McClure, Cathy replied, "the staff
and people that come through the office each day!"
E-mail Ms. Strudthoff if you would like to express your
If you are moving into our attendance zone and need to
register your student for the 2012-2013 school year, we will have registration day,
on July 25th. Please call the school to make an
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!
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.
Sixth Grade University!
Parents of rising sixth graders, do you have a question about
next year? Visit our new
Sixth Grade University blog. Learn great tips and
suggestions for how to make your student's transition into
middle school a success.
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
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 cyberbullying 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
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.