Welcome to McClure Middle School

School Council Elections
Below is a list of candidates for the vacant positions on the School Council.  Please review the information and come by the front office at McClure to cast your vote.  The ballots will be available for vote September 24-30  during office hours.  The following nominees are on the ballot:

  • Kim Dahnke
  • Kelly Duncan
  • Mark Hellman
  • Kelly Schatz
  • Tammy Slaten

Information on the candidates is available in the front office.

Debra Carter- CCSD Middle School SPOTY!
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 here.

Powder Springs Offers P.R.I.D.E. Seminar
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.

First Six Weeks Progress Reports 
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).

ParentVue & StudentVue
Both 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.

New Users, please watch Facebook and this website for announcements about when new accounts will be distributed.

New to our Community?
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.

Meet Officer Howard
Officer Scott HowardRecently 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 Department.

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, Kyrgyzstan. 

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 Shorter University.

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!

The McClure School Council Needs YOU!
McClure’s School 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 heard!

 Nomination forms will be available in the front office or can be downloaded here.  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 kelly.metcalfe@cobbk12.org

Supply Lists
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 for Rising 7th & 8th Graders
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.  Click here to learn more about the summer reading program.

Eighth Grade Dance Photos
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 years.

New School 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.

Congratulations 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!

Debra Carter, Our Newst SPOTY!
Congratulations 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! 

Recognize your Student's Birthday
The McClure 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. 

McClure 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 drills.

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.

The 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 comfortable.  Many of these good Samaritans did not have students who attend McClure, they just wanted to help.

 I would encourage students to write a thank you note to their bus driver.  These 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 school. 

My deepest thanks to you all,

Kelly Metcalfe

Principal

Don't Let Bullying Go Unnoticed
On Thursday, January 16th, Ms. Metcalfe introduced a new Bullying 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 the 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.  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.

Magnet School Information for 8th Grade Parents
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. 


WE DID IT!
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 here today!

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 TV.
  • 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 of!

     

 

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.

Get Involved
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.

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.

Internet Safety
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.

Encouraging, Enthusiasm, Excellence & Ingenuity

McClure Middle School

Our Mission:  To be a school where enthusiastic learning shapes individual excellence through innovation and collaboration

  YEARBOOK ORDERS!

It's time to order your yearbook!  Click on the link to the right to order online!

Make sure you check out the cool ways you can customize your book!

Eighth Grade Parents, you can create your own recognition ad for your student.  Click on this link to recognize your eighth grader!

McClure Calendar of Events
Add the McClure & CCSD Calendar to your own Google Calendar by clicking on the "+" button above.

Teacher of the Year
Ms. Erin Jezerinac 8th Grade Math Teacher

Congratulations to Ms. Erin Jezerinac, our 2015 Teacher of the Year!  Ms. J is a major force behind the mathematical and personal success of our students!  We're proud of you!
 
Support Professional of the Year
Ms. Debra Carter
School Secretary

Ms. Carter is our school secretary.  If you have ever visited our office there's always a warm greeting and welcome from Debra.  She truly embodies our four words: enouraging, enthusiasm, excellence and ingenuity!



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Eighth Grade Dance Memories!
Click on the dancers above to see photos taken the night of the eighth grade dance!
(the password is gr8deep)

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