Welcome to McClure Middle School
School/Parent Survey- Your Help
We are asking for your support in filling out the parent portion
of the State School Climate Survey. The information we
receive from this survey is used to develop our school wide
plans for the next school year. If you would like to have input,
please open the following
website and answer the questions. The survey should
take no longer than 5-8 minutes to complete.
Earning Credit Through Demonstrating
Beginning in the 2013-14 school year,
students will have the option of Testing Out of a high school
course. In order to
Test Out, a student may participate in the administration of an
End-of-Course Test prior to enrolling in and taking the course
and if he or she scores at the “exceeds” level on the state
assessment, he or she will be awarded credit for that course.
You can learn more by
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,
The School of
Engineering at Southern Polytechnic State University (SPSU) is
holding Aerospace Engineering Summer Camps for 12-18 year old
middle and high school students. The camps will be held at SPSU
campus throughout the summer.
All camps are similar. Total fee for the camp
is $250 per student per camp. Students will get a chance to
learn the basics of flight, types of aircraft, introduction to
helicopters, spaceships, balloons, blimps, sail planes etc. The
camp also includes RC flight demos, flight simulator demos,
introduction to computer aided design, and paper aircraft flying
competitions. Visit their
for more information.
The Cobb County School District ELA Adoption Committee is
offering a system wide review of
materials. This is an opportunity to review textbooks and
materials being considered for use in 6-12 English Language Arts
Programs. These materials will be available for System wide
review from January 27th through February 7th, 2014. Review of
materials will take place at McClure Middle.
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.
High School Transition Activities for 8th Graders
Eighth grade students are invited to take
part in a variety of orientation meetings and open houses at our
three feeder high schools:
Monday, February 3rd –
Rising 9th Grade Orientation at Harrison High
School (7 pm)
Tuesday, February 4th – All
three feeder high schools at McClure to present information
about high school to the studnets
Tuesday, February 11th –
Rising 9th Grade Orientation at Allatoona High
School (6:30 pm)
Thursday, February 20th –
Rising 9th Grade Orientation at Kennesaw Mountain
Monday, February 24th – 8th
graders begin the high school registration process. Academic
teachers make recommendation for all core classes, and near
the end of the week students will bring home paperwork to
choose electives and get a parent signature
Thursday, February 27th –
Counselors for all 3 feeder high schools will be in the
McClure Counseling office to answer parent questions – no
Wednesday, March 26th –
Pebblebrook School of Performing Arts auditions held at
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!
The Cobb County School District is again offering
School Choice (HB 251 and SB10) transfers for the 2014-2015
school year. Applications will be available beginning
February 10, 2014. For more information, please see our
2014-15 School Choice website.
McClure Middle School Writing
Eighth grade students are invited to practice and polish their
writing skills to prepare for the 8th grade writing test with
their Language Arts teachers. The workshop is Saturday,
January 18th from 11:15 to 1:15 at McClure and is absolutely
free! Download a permission form
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.
Tutoring is Available
you find yourself struggling in one of your core classes, we
have a program for you. We are offering before and after
school tutoring in math, science, language arts, and social
studies for all three grade levels. The tutoring is run by
McClure teachers and ias available for free. Parents are
responsible for dropping off and picking up students at the
appropriate times. Go to our
tutoring page for times and
Important Message About
Parents and students, each time you
log on to
you will need to select the current grading period on the upper
right corner of the grades screen. The default is to show
Progress Report 1 and we are currently in Progress 2. If you do
not click on the current term you will not see an updated grade.
We are working with the vendor to address this issue.
Interested in STEM & Careers?
Kennesaw Mountain High School is
exploring the possibility of offering a career fair for
middle and high school families on January 27, 2014,
6:30-8:30 PM. Please note that this is a date change
from the original date of November 12th. We will have a general session with
Gilda Lyon, GADOE STEM Coordinator as the
keynote and 35 professionals in STEM (science,
technology, engineering, mathematics)-related fields
leading break-out sessions.
to learn more.
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.
Celebrating the 50th Anniversary
of the "I have a dream" speech
Click here to listen to Dr.
King's, "I have a dream" speech and to read Ms. Metcalfe's
message from the morning announcements. How can you help
Dr. King's speech affect the future?
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.
Instructional Coaching at McClure
As part of the school district's initiative
to increase student achievement local and district
administrators will be spending more time in classrooms this
year. Read an important message from Dr. Hinojosa about
instructional coaching (English/Spanish)
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.
ParentVue & StudentVue are Live!
ParentVue and StudentVue are the new
replacements for Pinnacle and they are both live! Click on
the link to the left to access your grades, attendance reports,
Students, you will log in using your
normal school computer log in (lunch number and the password
that you set up). Now that your log in is tied to your
grade reports it is very important that you keep your log in and
password secure. You should not share your log in for any
Parents, in order to set up your account you will need to
come to school to fill out the necessary forms. Once
complete you will be given your family specific activation code.
Please note, you will be given a family account that will work
with all the students in your family that are enrolled in grades
4 through 12. If you have already set up an account for
high school or elementary students you will not have to set up
an additional account.
Your information can be picked up during
normal school hours.
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
GIMME 5 is Back!
This 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. (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.
Welcome 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 PowerPoint presentation.
Also check out the Sixth Grade University
blog for more information.
If you are moving into our attendance zone and need to register
your student please call the guidance office at 678/331-8131 to
make a registration appointment. Please note that
appointments are at 9:30 each day. For more information
about what you will need to register your child, please visit
CCSD Enrollment page.
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.
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 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.