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News and Events

Back to School !

Hi Mavericks 

School is starting up soon and the PTSA is getting ready for a great year.  We are looking forward to welcoming all students - new and returning - and their families. 

There are a few volunteer opportunities we wanted to make you aware of...

First Day Packet Assembly -- Do you have an hour or two to share on Thurs 8/28 from 9-11? Please join us in the Staff lounge to assemble the first day packets. These packets contain all the important school and PTSA information (SPS forms, Locker forms, Calendar, Spiritwear order forms etc).  Come for an hour or two, get a donut, make and visit w/ friends - what's not to love?
McClure: Packet Assembly
www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0944ACAC2BA02-packet

AND

First Day of School help with handing out schedules.
On Wed. Sept 3rd from 7:15 - 8:00 AM in the Gym, the PTSA will help hand out schedules to students and help send new students off for a great first day. Be a part of the fun.
McClure: Schedule Pass Out 
http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0944ACAC2BA02-schedule

Thanks for your help.
Go Mavs !


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6th Grade Meet & Greet

Tuesday, August 26, 2014
6:30pm to 7:30pm

McClure Courtyard
1915 1st Ave. W
Seattle, WA 98119

This will be a low key event where you can visit with your friends and meet some new McClure families and students!

Several 
schools feed into McClure and this event helps you get to know your new classmates and their families!

No need to RSVP - Please drop by!


Principal's Back to School Letter
 
August 4, 2014
 
2014-2015 Back to School Letter to Families

Dear McClure Middle School Families:
 
I am happy to welcome you to the 2014-15 school year! I hope your summer has been fun and that students and staff have had time to recharge for this next year. I am ecstatic to enter my second year here at McClure knowing that our school has such a supportive community base, strong, thoughtful teaching corps and, most importantly an extraordinary group of conscientious, hard-working students. As we begin this school year, I want to let you know that we will have several new faces on our teaching faculty. This is due in part to the fact that our school is growing, once again! Also, one of our math teachers, Mr. Johnson, has taken a position at South Lake High School and will be assuming the Department Head position there. We wish him the best of luck in his new position! We welcome the following new staff members:
 
Ms. Janet Bogle             Algebra
Mr. Dennis DeBell           Science
Ms. J.C. Hsudeyin          Spanish
 
I am thrilled to have these quality educators join our staff! We are also currently hiring for both a full-time and a part-time Language Arts/Social Studies teaching position and for many instructional assistant positions. These will all be in place well-before the first day of school.
 
6th grade Orientation/WEB Day
We will be greeting our new 6th graders from 9-11:00 a.m. on August 28th at McClure. 6th graders will meet their WEB leaders (Where Everyone Belongs) and become well-acquainted with our fabulous school. This is a chance for our new students to get to know one another and the McClure community and to take the first big middle school leap into the safe and well-trained hands of their WEB leaders. We ask that parents drop off students in the entrance hallway where they will be guided to our gym for their orientation. Exciting day!
 
First Day of School
Wednesday, September 3rd is the first day of school!!!
All students will be able to pick up their schedules in the gym when they arrive. Our administrative, counseling, A.S.B. and W.E.B. teams will work together to assist students who are new to our McClure community and support them in this significant transition.
Parents: there will some coffee and treats available for you after you drop your student off!
 
WHAT’S THE TIME?
Our start and ending times will remain the same as last year: first period begins at 7:50 AM and 6th period concludes at 2:20 PM. Students should not arrive earlier than 7:15 AM. We will continue to have a standard 6 period day for all students. The only difference will be that we will have three lunches instead of two due to the fact that we no longer have enough time or space in our lunchroom to accommodate our larger numbers of students. Student planners will specify this 3-lunch bell schedule.
 
Schedules
Schedules will be available for pick-up on students’ first day of school. We hope to have finalized schedules available on the Source the night before the start of school but please be flexible as we continually make adjustments to some schedules right up to the last minute. As seasoned McClure families know, we have a process for making schedule changes. In scheduling students our biggest priority, obviously, is to ensure students are placed in the correct courses (Math 7, 8th Grade Spectrum Language Arts, Advanced Orchestra, etc.). We will NOT make schedule changes based on teacher or exploratory preference.
 
What are exploratories? We want students to be exposed to as many new experiences as possible in their middle school years to stretch themselves, “explore” and experiment with new ways of thinking and doing. In this light, our exploratory classes will authentically match up to their title in that students will be randomly assigned to them if they are not already choosing one or more of our elective opportunities (orchestra, band, choir, Spanish). We have expanded our list of exploratory classes to include things like Drama, International Arts, World Cultures, and Science & Math On-the-Job. To be clear, students’ schedules are developed based on first prioritizing their core class needs (i.e. Special Education, intervention classes, Math levels, advanced learning designation, etc). and electives come second (i.e. Advanced Band, Choir, Spanish). Exploratory classes will be assigned randomly.
 
Lockers-a-rama!!
Sixth graders (…and anyone else who needs it!) will be given plenty of support and time to become familiar with their lockers.
 
Transportation and Parking
·   McClure is nestled in a residential neighborhood. Pick up and drop off of students can be a challenge.
·   School bus zones are located on 1st Avenue W. (East side of McClure); the Special Education buses and taxicabs are located on 2nd Avenue W. (West side of McClure). Please be cognizant of the signage that stipulates when NOT to park here.
·   We ask parents/guardians to either drop off students a block away from school or to drop off in our school parking lot; we have very narrow streets next to McClure which allow for only ONE car to traverse the street. We are trying to avoid traffic gridlock and unsafe conditions for our students and neighbors.
·   If you are dropping off in our school parking lot, please proceed (slowly!) in a counterclockwise direction to also avoid gridlock.
·   Students that walk and ride bikes, please remember to be cautious when crossing streets, looking both ways. These are busy streets with lots of traffic. Please use the crosswalks. McClure does provide bike racks for the bicyclists.
·   Students that ride a bus, transportation assignments will be mailed to you mid-to-late August. If you have not received notification or information by then please contact transportation at (206) 252-0900. You can also visit the transportation website for more information.
 
School Supplies
Over the past few years McClure has asked families to contribute supplies to our classrooms as best as they are able; as you probably know, schools are not allotted a specific amount of our budget to pay for the important day to day supply needs for our teachers and students. This year we are requesting a supply donation to better cover our classroom supply needs that our basic education funding does not support: $20 per family. These supplies include markers, rulers, scissors, glue stickers, large post-it/poster paper, post-it notes, pencils/pens, and additional teacher-requested supplies. We are committing to providing those additional supplies for teachers and classrooms. Please make the $20 checks payable to McClure Middle School and thank you in advance for supporting our classrooms, teachers and students. Additionally students should bring:
 
6th, 7th and 8th Grades

·   Flash Drive (USB Storage Device)
·   3-ring or 6-8 pocket binder with pencil pouch
·   6 index dividers
·   Loose leaf (lined) notebook paper
·   8 composition books (lined)
·   2 composition books (quad ruled/ graph paper)
·   3” x 3” post-its
·   Ballpoint pens (blue/black only)
·   #2 Pencils
·   Eraser
·   Ruler (metric and standard markings)
·   Glue stick / glue
·   Colored pencils and highlighters
·   Scissors with blunt ends
·   Kleenex
·   Pocket Calculator
·   SPL Library Card

 
MATH!

6th ,7th and 8th grade Math
·  Basic Calculator

8th Grade Math
·  Protractor / Compass

Algebra or Geometry
·  Algebra TI-36x Pro calculator

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Don’t forget to fulfill the Summer Reading and keyboarding requirements (see the McClure website).   The first week of school you will receive more paperwork than you could ever ask for. We generally do not send home our “first day packet” until Friday of the first week to give families the weekend to go through the information.
Until September 3rd, enjoy the rest of your summer and get revved up for our new year…I’m greatly looking forward to meeting our new students and welcoming back our seasoned 7th and 8th graders!!
 
Go Mavs!!
Shannon Conner
Principal, McClure Middle School


2014-2015 School Supply List

Hello Mavericks - 

Here is the 2014-2015 School Supply List. Remember you don't need to bring all your supplies for the first few days of school, since lockers are assigned during the first few days of school.  Bring your binder and paper and writing utensils and your backpack on the first day and teachers will let you know what supplies to bring before your lockers are assigned.





6th Grade Orientation - Welcome to McClure !



Incoming 
6th grade students
Please join us for McClure 6th Grade Student Orientation

Date: Thursday, August 28, 2014
Time:  9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Place:  McClure Gym (1915 1st Ave. W Seattle, WA 98119)

» Come meet your 8th grade WEB leaders 
» Have fun getting to know other 6th graders
» Tour the school
» Wear comfortable clothes and travel light

If you have any questions or concerns, please email:
Lisa Coacher
WEB Advisor

ljcoacher@seattleschools.org

Parents - Orientation is for students and their WEB leaders.  Parents wishing to stay are invited to the staff room to assist with the assembly of first day packets.  


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McClure Mavericks Summer Reading

  |   McClure Middle School, (206) 252-1900, info@mccluremavericks.org


McClure Mavericks Summer Reading


Directions:   You must read at least 6 books at your level (1 has to be nonfiction) over the summer and enter them onto your reading record.   Of those 6 books, 6th grade students will read one book that we selected for your entire grade, and pick at least 2 other books from the reading list for your grade level (see below).   7th and 8th grade students will choose at least 3 books from the list.   You should also write a mini-review for each book read.

You will be handing your reading record in to your Language Arts teacher in the first week of school.

Students are required to create an account on typingweb.com and practice typing three times a week.   Students will receive a typing test in the library the first month of school which may determine placement in a basic keyboarding training.

Students are also encouraged to use newsela.com to read at least six nonfiction or magazine articles over the summer.

Use Overdrive.com to download free e-books and audiobooks from the public library.

6th  
All Grade Read
Wonder – R.J. Palicio
7th
The Julian Chapter – R.J. Palicio (ebook)
8th
1. The Selection (Series) – Kierra Cass
1. All Our Yesterdays – Cristin Terrill
1. The Assassin’s Curse – Cassandra Rose Clarke
2. Home of the Brave – Katherine Applegate
2. Sabriel (Abhorsen 1) – Garth Nix
2. Juvenile in Justice * – Richard Ross
3. A Monster Calls* – Patrick Ness
3. Shatter Me – Mafi Tahereh
3. Zombie Haiku – Ryan Mecum
4. Proxy – Alex London
4. How to Fake a Moon Landing – Darryl Cunningham
4. The Reason I Jump – Naoki Higashida
5. Sorry You’re Lost – Matt Blackstone
5. If I Stay* – Gayle Forman
5. The Beginning of Everything* – Robyn Schneider
6. Jedi Academy – Jeffrey Brown
6. Crossover – Alexander Kwame
6. Time Bound – Rysa Walker
7. The Testing – Joelle Charbonneau
7. The Winner’s Curse – Marie Rutkoski
7. Stuck in Neutral – Terry Trueman
8. Enclave – Ann Aguirre
8. The Darkest Minds – Alexandra Bracken
8. All the Things I’ve Done – Gabrielle Zevin
9. Open Mic: riffs on life between cultures in ten voices – Mitali Perkins
9. The Last Dragonslayer – Jasper Fforde
9. Sick – Tom Leveen
10. Best Foot Forward – Joan Bauer
10. Every Other Day – Jennifer Barnes
10. Killer of Enemies – Joseph Bruchac
11. QB 1 – Mike Lupica
11. Possess – Gretchen McNeil
11. The Naturals – Jennifer Barnes
12. The Nazi Hunters: How a Team of Spies and Survivors Captured the World’s Most Notorious Nazi – Neal Bascomb
12. War Brothers the Graphic Novel* – Sharon McKay
12. Thirteen Reasons Why* – Jay Asher  
13. Drums, Girls and Dangerous Pie – Jordan Sonnenblick
13. Scarlet* – A.C. Gaughen
13. Boy Nobody* – Allen Zadoff
14. Monster on the Hill – Rob Harrell
14. Under Pressure – (Counterattack Series) – Emma Carleson Berne
14. The Rook – Steven James  
15. Counting by 7s – Holly Sloan
15. Unspoken – Sarah Brennan
15. Peanut – Ayun Halliday
16. Small Steps: The Year I got Polio – Peg Kehret
16. Rithmatist – Brandon Sanderson
16. Skylark – Sarah Cassidy
17. Hold Fast – Blue Balliett
17. Beetles and Angels: A boy’s remarkable journey from a refugee camp to Harvard – Mawi Asgedom
17. Bruiser – Neal Shusterman
18. The Adventures of Superhero Girl – Faith Erin Hicks
18. Africa is My Home – Monica Ediger
18. My Mother the Cheerleader* – Robert Sharenow
19. Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales: Donner Dinner Party – Nathan Hale
19. Kindness for Weakness – Shawn Goodman
19. Burning Blue* – Paul Griffin
20. Fallout – Todd Strasser
20. The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die* – April Henry
20. Boys in the Boat – Daniel Brown
21. The 5th Wave* – Rick Yancy
21. One Dead Spy – Nathan Hale
21. Berlin Boxing Club – Robert Sharenow
22. Underworld Exploring the Secret World Beneath Your Feet – Jane Price
22. Grumpy Cat: A Grumpy Book* – Grumpy Cat
22. Eleanor and Park*– Rainbow Rowell
23. Prisoner B-3087* – Ruth Gruener
23. This is What Happy Looks Like – Jennifer E Smith
23. An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth – Chris Hadfield
24. Zombie Baseball Beatdown – Paolo Bacigalupi
24. The Fashion Book: Advice, Activities & Top Tips to Create Your Own Collection – Marie Vendittelli
24. Bad Girls: Sirens, Jezebels, Murderesses, and Other Female Villains – Jane Yolen
25. Seeing Red – Kathryn Erskine
25. The Boys of Winter – Wayne Coffey
25. Looks Like Daylight: Voice of Indigenous Kids – Deborah Ellis

*indicates titles with mature themes



Student Name___________________ McClure Mavericks Summer Reading Record

Students need to read books over the summer in order to keep or improve their reading level at the end of the school year.

In the space below, list each of the books you read throughout the summer.

 
Title of Book
Author
Genre
Example
Holes
Louis Sachar
Fantasy
Mini-review: I really liked this book, because the characters were realistic.  I also enjoyed the way the author did three sets of characters, events, and times that came together at the end.
1
 
 
 
Mini-review:




2
 
 
 
Mini-review:




3
 
 
 
Mini-review:




4
 
 
 
Mini-review:




5
 
 
 
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6
 
 
 
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Genres may include Historical Fiction, Biography or Autobiography, Fantasy, Mystery, Graphic Novels, Realistic Fiction, Adventure, Science Fiction, Classic Literature, Non-Fiction, and/or General Fiction.

Please consider donating or buying any of the titles above by going to our Wish List on Amazon.com and searching for McClure Middle School where books will be directly delivered to the school with just one click.

McClure Middle School Library Wish List

Or consider participating in our Queen Anne Book Company Book Fair June 9th-13th in our McClure library.

Thank you for the continued reading support!

Ms. Chambers
Teacher Librarian



Additional Resources


  • Graphite.org is a free service from non-profit Common Sense Media designed to help pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade educators discover, use, and share the best apps, games, websites, and digital curricula for their students by providing unbiased, rigorous ratings and practical insights from our active community of teachers.

  • IXL Math and English motivates students through interactive games and exercises while keeping teachers and parents informed and involved. With more than 3,000 skills spanning pre-school through high school, IXL offers a dynamic and enjoyable environment suitable for any learning style.

  • Khan Academy is a not-for-profit with the goal of changing education for the better by providing a free world-class education for anyone anywhere. All of the site's resources are available to anyone. It doesn't matter if you are a student, teacher, home-schooler, principal, adult returning to the classroom after 20 years, or a friendly alien just trying to get a leg up in earthly biology. Khan Academy's materials and resources are available to you completely free of charge.

  • Overdrive ebooks & audiobooks is an app that allows you download e-books and audiobooks free of charge from your local public library.

  • Purple Math offers algebra lessons written with the student in mind. These lessons emphasize the practicalities rather than the technicalities, demonstrating dependable techniques, warning of likely "trick" questions, and pointing out common mistakes. The lessons are cross-referenced to help you find related material, and a "Search free lessons" link is provided above the article title on every page to help you find what you're looking for.

  • Summer Skills books are three different series of review books (math, language arts and foreign language) for students from pre-k through high school. We also offer a Study Skills Review book for grades 7 - high school. Each grade level book helps students maintain their academic skills over the summer months. Since their introduction over 23 years ago, our books have benefited millions of students in over 15,000 schools nationwide.

  • TenMarks Education powers a new generation of math learners. When students work on TenMarks, they have access to hints and video lessons on EVERY problem, so if they can't recall something, or didn't quite get the topic when it was covered in class, they can quickly review the content, and move forward. Immediate support improves motivation and builds confidence, and our data shows that it does wonders for student outcomes.

  • Timberdoodle offers unique and innovative homeschooling items that are fun for kids and parents. Our special emphasis is engineering, hands-on and thinking-skills products that kids love. Our Curriculum Kits contain our favorites for each grade level, but we love to help families cherry-pick what works best for their children.

  • UW Center for Game Science focuses on solving hard problems facing humanity today in a game based environment. Our focus is on scientific discovery games, games that discover optimal learning pathways for STEM education, cognitive skill training games, games that promote human creativity, games that explore collective over individual intelligence, and many more.


McClure Presents: Nottingham, A Totally Teen Musical

McClure Presents: Nottingham, A Totally Teen Musical


Saturday, May 31, 2014
7:00pm ~ 8:30pm

Lincoln HS Auditorium
4400 Interlake Ave N.
Seattle, WA 98103

Tickets:
In advance: $10 adult, $5 student/senior
At the door: $15 adult, $10 student/senior

Purchase tickets in advance in the McClure Attendance Office.

This totally teen rock ’n’ roll musical puts a retro spin on the Robin Hood legend!

Jeepers!  It’s 1961, and life is just swell at Nottingham High.  Unless you come from the wrong side of the tracks, that is.  John Prince, class president and big man on campus, keeps the rich Normans happy by stealing from the poor Saxons.  But things are about to change when Robin Loxley comes back to spend her senior year at her old school.  And she (Yes, SHE!)  is one cat who will fight for justice.  With the help of Little John — the former all-state quarterback — and a team of not-so-merry men, Robin sets off to stop the awful Normans and their hateful schemes.  The task might seem straightforward, except that she finds a Norman who’s not so awful — Marion is a good guy.  (Yes, a GUY!)  As our two heroes fall in love, they realize there’s really no such thing as “us” and “them.”  Now what do they do?  Can Robin steal from the rich, give to the poor, unify the cliques, win the Hula hoop contest and still make it to prom on time?




McClure Science Fair & Pizza Dinner, Thursday, May 15th at 5:30pm




Principal Conner's Spring Newsletter

Happy spring to our Maverick Families!

As I write this newsletter, I am looking out at our sunny courtyard and reflecting on how unnerving it is that we are already almost finished with April…and more than three quarters of the way through this school year; where has the time gone? I can safely say that staff and students will begin to see “the light at the end of the tunnel”, and soon we will set into place all the rituals and commitments for bringing a year to closure and planning for the following year.  We here at McClure are in a perpetual planning mode – planning for student assessments, planning to progress monitor their learning and our teaching, planning for summer reading, planning for the Common Core State Standards, planning for end of year celebrations, planning for professional development opportunities next year, and the list goes on.

We also find it useful to reflect on our work and progress monitor how our planning comes to fruition.  In this light, I’d like to share with you a few items that have been outstanding successes in our school this year.

First, our Spring Mixer was a magnificent success! I had the honor of attending and I got to meet McClure Middle School’s very first principal, Mr. Warren Arnhart, his assistant principal, Mr. Jack Duanceau and one of McClure’s very first 8th graders, Mr. Craig Smith.  Principal Arnhart pulled me aside and said he is hearing some great things about McClure and is delighted by its positive reputation in the community.  This made my night!  In the past few weeks, the PTSA has been continually sharing the Mixer fundraising stats with me and as of today, the mixer event has brought in well over $53,000 for McClure Middle School. (This is about $13,000 from last year’s mixer and $31,000 more than 2012!) This made my Spring! 

 

Secondly, this year in addition to the District’s five scheduled early release days, McClure invested in eight extra early release days so that staff could engage in Professional Development in a more consistent and ongoing basis.  In general, teachers have very little time/money/resources to collaborate or engage in quality professional development; just like in any other professional line of work like doctors, engineers, or attorneys, our professional teachers need time to focus on and improve their craft and collectively develop quality, aligned curriculum to challenge and support our students. Last year McClure Middle School staff voted and approved a budget that would accommodate these early releases. The school attained a waiver for these days and set aside money for transportation of students.  I can assure you that teachers are engaging in important and very focused professional development as Departmental Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) to develop, progress monitor and assess results of student learning/growth goals AND to prepare for the onset of the Common Core State Standards that will be in full force next year.  I know it’s a hardship on families and it does reduce instructional time, but I really have to say as a veteran educator who worked in a high school (Nathan Hale) which had late start Tuesdays almost every week, the time has been essential to increase our practice as professionals and thus, increase student achievement in our classrooms.  That said, next year the state has greatly reduced any opportunities for waivers that carve into instructional time so in all likelihood there will at least be a significant reduction. I do greatly appreciate that our families have made this work this year for our school and our students.

 

Finally, I want to take this opportunity to give you all a heads up on registration and a few changes for next year. First, you can expect to see more students and staff here at McClure Middle School next year!  Though we are still the smallest middle school in the district we are, indeed growing.  We will have at least two new teachers hired by next fall who will be in place to meet our 2014-15 student body.  Also, there are a few new components to our registration process this year.  The theory of action here is that we want students to be exposed to as many new experiences as possible in their middle school years to stretch themselves, “explore” and experiment with new ways of thinking and doing.  In this light, our exploratory classes will authentically match up to their title in that students will be randomly assigned to them if they are not already choosing one or more of our elective opportunities.  Here’s how it will work; students will have three “options” for their coursework next year:

  • Option A: One semester of PE and 3 semesters of randomly assigned exploratories
  • Option B: One semester of PE, one full-year elective (like Band, Choir, or Spanish) and one semester of randomly assigned exploratory classes.
  • Option C: two full-year elective classes. (This option will require a PE waiver).

In more good news, we have expanded the list of exploratory classes to include courses like Drama, Speech/Debate, and International Arts.  We will also maintain most of our current offerings like Tech Ed and Computer tech.  To be clear, students’ schedules are developed based on first prioritizing their core class needs (i.e. Special Education, intervention classes, Math levels, advanced learning designation, etc). and the electives come second (i.e. Advanced Band, Choir, Spanish,). Exploratory classes will be assigned randomly and students will not have the opportunity to request a particular course. Exploratory teachers have agreed to teach different curriculum or a different exploratory course each semester so students are not repeating an experience and we are also working on finding ways to ensure that students don’t repeat an exploratory more than once in their McClure Middle School career. Counselors will be meeting with all 6th and 7th grade students on Wednesday, April 30th, to help them complete the registration forms. Students will bring a copy of the registration form home on Wednesday.   If you are happy with how your child filled out the form, keep it for your records.  If you would like to make changes to it, please do so and return the form to Ms. Boodell, our Registrar. 

McClure will unfortunately no longer be able to support our swimming program; the program is expensive with the need for extra life guards and with an even larger student body we need to provide PE courses that can be safely comprised of 30 or more students.  We of course understand that some students will be disappointed by this and we greatly appreciate Mr. Streit’s fortitude and passion for maintaining the swimming program at McClure. We also know that we have two outstanding PE instructors (Mr. Streit and Mr. Colwell) who are excited for next year and have new and exciting ideas for their PE courses for 2014-15!  Our students will definitely still be moving and shaking in our PE program.

Finally, I am happy to announce that Ms. Coacher will be taking over as our Where Everyone Belongs (W.E.B.) program advisor next year. Ms. Chambers is stepping down so she may fully embrace her role as teacher-librarian at McClure.  She will be supporting Ms. Coacher as she gradually takes over the duties of the WEB advisor. Thank you Ms. Chambers and thank you Ms. Coacher for stepping up and continuing this essential program at McClure.

Thanks for reading!

Go Mavs!

Shannon Conner
Principal, McClure Middle School



Not MY kid! - Drug and alcohol prevention movie night @ McClure

Thursday, May 1, 2014
6:30pm - 8:00pm

McClure Library
1915 1st Ave W
Seattle, WA 98119

FREE POPCORN will be served

Please join us for a McClure Movie night featuring videos and discussion about drug and alcohol prevention among our children.

Do you have questions about...
• Legalization of marijuana
• Privatization of alcohol
• Prescription drugs

Guest Panel includes:

• Lisa Chinn; LMHC, CDP, from Seattle Children’s Hospital

• Kathyrn Korch; Drug and Alcohol Prevention Specialist at SAMA and Ingraham High School

DO NOT MISS this great opportunity to learn more about how to protect your kids.

We are a great community! We deserve the best for our families!

If you have any questions please contact McClure Middle School Librarian at tschambers@seattleschools.org

In collaboration with Ballard Coalition, http://www.ballardcoalition.org



McClure Science Fair
McClure Science Fair Projects Due this week on Friday, May 2nd


McClure Science Fair
GETTING STARTED & STAYING ORGANIZED

 99% of past science fair participants say, “I wish I had started my project earlier!”
 

The number one problem students have with their science fair project is organizing their time.
  It will be very important that you get started early and work on your project throughout the time period so that you are not trying to get it done at the last minute.

Below is a checklist to use to keep organized over the many weeks necessary to complete a quality project.
Good luck and have fun!
STEP
TASK
DUE DATE
1
Choose a topic and turn in your topic question sheet filled out by you and signed by a home adult.
 
You are expected to keep a log of all science fair related work or thinking you do on your project, nothing fancy, could be pages stapled together.
Due:  Monday,
March 17, 2014
2
Continue gathering research and sources on your topic.
Write down the scientific sources you found each piece of information on.
March 14-20
3
Your question and hypothesis are due, and begin writing your materials list, procedure list, and document steps necessary for completion.
Due:  Friday
March 21, 2014
Question & Hypothesis
4
Gather materials, set up and begin your experiment and recording data as you run each trial.
Make sure you follow your procedure, change any steps you do differently as you work through your project.
 
Due:  Friday,
March 28, 2014
Experiment Design, Written Procedures, & Data Table
5
Continue recording data as necessary.
Depending upon your experiment, it may take a couple of hours, or weeks.
 
Friday, April 4, 2014
Check-in
6
Begin designing display board and continue recording data.
Friday, April 11, 2014
Check-in
7
Begin assembling display, analyzing and using your data, to make and write conclusions.
 
Friday, April 25, 2014
(After Spring Break)
Check-in
8
Design charts, graphs, and finalize writing for display.
All work should be final display quality.
Due: Week of
April 28, 2014
9
Finalize display.
You may bring in your project materials for assemble only-materials must be ready to attach.
Friday, May 2, 2014
Project Due
10
Science Fair Night and Pizza Dinner @ McClure Gym
Please join us in the McClure Gym to see all the awesome science projects
Thursday, May 15, 2014
5:30pm - 7:30pm
Science Fair Night
and Pizza Dinner
11
Science Fair Finalists @ Museum of Flight
Please join us at the Museum of Flight to see all the awesome school science projects
Thursday, June 5, 2014
10:00am - 5:00pm
Science Fair Finalists
at Museum of Flight



Call for Field Trip Chaperones ! ! ! !

Call for Field Trip Chaperones ! ! ! !

7th Grade Field Trip to the UW Engineering Discovery Days

Friday, April 25, 2014
8:30am ~ 1:30pm

McClure Middle School
1915 1st Ave. W.
Seattle, WA 98119

Contact:
Kim Noble
McClure Science Teacher
kfnoble@seattleschools.org

Background check form must be filled out and can be obtained in the McClure Office, or on-line:
Seattle Public Schools - Volunteer Screening Form

Please bring the background check form to the school office by Thursday, April 24th.

Students and faculty from all UW engineering departments share their amazing work with students, teachers, families and the community.

In order for this awesome field trip to be a success, parents/guardians, we need your help.

We need at least 10-12 chaperones, to accommodate us on this field trip.

Each group will consist of 10 students (max).

The more chaperones we have, the smaller the adult/student ratio.

Thank you in advance for all of your help.

UW Engineering Discovery Days 2014 - Program of Events
http://www.engr.washington.edu/files/prosp_students/docs/EDD2014Program.pdf

If there are any questions or concerns, please contact:
Kim Noble
McClure Science Teacher
206-252-1839
kfnoble@seattleschools.org


Dr. Laura Kastner to speak at McClure PTSA General Meeting, Tue, 4/22
 
Please save the date for the next PTSA General Meeting on 
Tuesday April 22nd at 6:30 in the McClure Cafeteria.  
 
The McClure PTSA is pleased to host Dr. Laura Kastner and hear her presentation HARD WORK: Building Success with Good Habits, Wisdom and Grit. 

The first 62 meeting attendees will receive Dr. Kastner's most recent book (Wise-Minded Parenting: 7 Essentials for Raising Successful tweens and teensfor FREE. Everyone is invited and welcome. 
6:00-6:30 Social time and PTSA business (budget, board elections)
6:30-8:30 Dr. Kastner presentation 
HARD WORK: Building Success with Good Habits, Wisdom and Grit
Laura Kastner, Ph.D
 
When we envision our parenting experience after infancy, we think of cuddling with our children, enjoying books and puzzles and teaching them life skills. And then reality ensues, and we also experience rudeness, non-compliance, and down-right defiance of your reasonable rules. Yes, that is normal child development. How much should you prioritize respect, manners and chores? And how do you improve their homework and achievement habits? You know you're supposed to give them wiggle-room for mistakes and moodiness, but still-how do you implement strategies that truly engender cooperation? 
 
In this presentation, Dr. Kastner will review some of the "best practices" in parenting that have emerged over the last fifty years of research and highlight recent research in the field which are game changers. For instance, did you know that compared to IQ scores, self-control is twice as predictive of success in adulthood? And that trying to discipline a child in the midst of an extreme outburst will backfire, worsen your relationship and lead to poorer outcomes in their development? And if you don't know a whole lot about the science of emotions, you're really missing the boat!
 

Come join us for a stimulating discussion about wise-minded parenting strategies and the predictors of success in adolescence. Dr. Kastner will present highlights from her new book, Wise-minded Parenting, and answer your questions about any aspect of parenting adolescents.

  

For more information, refer to www.laurakastnerphd.com and http://www.parentmap.com/article/wise-minded-parenting-7-essentials-for-raising-successful-tweens-teens

  

 

Bio: 
DR. LAURA KASTNER is a clinical psychologist who has conducted research, maintained a clinical practice and presented numerous workshops for parents. She is a clinical professor in both the psychology department and the department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the University of Washington. In addition to her academic articles in the fields of child, adolescent and pediatric psychology, Dr. Kastner has co-authored four books:  The Seven Year Stretch:  How Families Work Together To Grow Through Adolescence, Houghton-Mifflin, 1997; The Launching Years:  Strategies for Parents from Senior Year to College Life, Three Rivers Press, 2003; Getting to Calm:  Cool-headed strategies for parenting tweens and teens, ParentMap, 2009; and
Wise-Minded Parenting: 7 Essentials for Raising Successful tweens and teens, ParentMap, 2013.

 

Dr. Kastner is frequently interviewed in the media and presents lectures to the public on a wide-range of family and child development topics in settings across the United States. She and her husband of 28 years have two grown children.


PTSA Survey - closes on Friday April 11th

  

The McClure PTSA board represents our membership. That's YOU !!

 

Your feedback is important to us. Your responses will help the board direct our priorities, assist the board in the creation of our budget and guide us in our advocacy for our students and families. Thank you for completing this survey. 

Questions will be in the following categories: Membership, Fundraising, Budget Priorities, Communications, Community Events and General Feedback.

The survey closes on Friday, April 11th, so please take a moment to complete it.

Thank you,
your McClure PTSA Board

  

 

Click below to take the survey

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CP3CMPM



Spring Break 2015 Washington, D.C. Trip Planning Meeting

Spring Break 2015 Washington, D.C. Trip

 

2015 Washington DC Trip
Sunday, April 12, 2015 to Thursday, April 16, 2015 (spring break)
Trip ID#104017

Thursday, April 10, 2014 - Registration Deadline for $125 discount

Feel free to contact Stephanie Miller at 1-866-664-0031 or email at stephaniem@worldstrides.org if you have any questions.

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Mr. Parker is excited to announce that he will be leading a group of McClure Middle School students on a WorldStrides DiscoverNow program to Washington D.C., where students will learn about history and government firsthand. This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity will inspire your student to think about the future, pursue goals, and create lifelong memories.


This is a trip your child will be talking about for years to come!


On this educational adventure, students will explore our nation's most important historical sites and experience incomparable learning moments like:

·         Standing where Martin Luther King Jr., delivered his "I have a Dream" speech at the Lincoln Memorial

·         Understanding the true meaning of sacrifice at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

·         Seeing the Constitution, Bill of Rights, and Declaration of Independence at the National Archives


I have chosen to travel with WorldStrides because of their exceptional service, their nearly 50 years of experience, their safety record, and their preventive measures that ensure learning in a safe and fun environment. I will chaperone the program with other teachers as needed, and throughout the program our group will be guided by a WorldStrides-certified Course Leader.

Since this is not a school sponsored trip, we will not be attending as representatives or employees of the school.

Please read through all attachments to this email and visit www.worldstridesdiscovernow.org where you can sign up for our trip using ID #104017 and our group's trip.

If you have any questions, you can contact me at (206)-252-1900 (school), or via email at japarker1@seattleschools.org.


There will be a trip information meeting to discuss this wonderful opportunity on March 27, 2014 at 7:00 PM in Mr. Parker's Classroom #226.


I would love your student to join us on this unforgettable trip! Register by April 10, 201


Julian Parker

Program Leader

Click here for Parent Letter

Click Here for Registration and Trip Details

Click Here for Trip Funding

Click Here for Full Refund Program

Click Here for Early Registration 

Click Here for Earn School Credit



Friday, March 14th IS a school day

Hi Mavericks
There has been a bit of confusion over whether we will be in school on Friday, March 14th.  To clarify, the office has confirmed that is a school day!

Thanks.


High School and Beyond
McClure Mixer Volunteer Opportunities
Upcoming Community Events and Parent Education Opportunities

Wednedsay, 2/26/14 at 7:15 pm - Roosevelt PTSA Promoting Healthy Internet Use. 
Sex, Drugs ‘n Facebook: A Parent’s Toolkit for Promoting Healthy Internet Use
Roosevelt High School Library
Guest Speaker:

Megan Moreno, MD, MPH

Dr. Moreno is an adolescent medicine physician, researcher, and educator at Seattle Children’s Hospital and the University of Washington. Come learn about strategies aimed at helping parents keep their teens and ‘tweens safe in the digital era.

For more information contact: Saroja Reddy 

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ParentMap is hosting a Youth Drug Forum on Wednesday, February 26, 7:30-9 p.m.
(doors open at 6:30 p.m.) at Great Hall at Town Hall, Seattle (Not City Hall!)

The legalization of marijuana in Washington State has real implications for parents and kids. What are current teen attitudes about drug use and accessibility? How will things change when legal marijuana shops are open for business and marijuana is increasingly available in homes? What about the growing prevalence of heroin and toxic mixtures, such as “molly?”

During this panel discussion featuring experts on adolescent psychology, drug addiction and law enforcement, parents will be armed with the knowledge and tools they need to help kids navigate the risks and dangers in this changing environment.

Presented by: Town Hall in partnership with ParentMap, as part of the Civics series.

Tickets: $5.
Doors open: 6:30 p.m. 

Moderator: Leslie R. Walker, MD, chief of the Division of Adolescent Medicine at Seattle Children's Hospital and professor of pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine

Panel lineup:
Laura S. Kastner Ph.D, Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington
Paul Weatherly, head of drug/alcohol studies at Bellevue College
Frank Couch, director of SAMA (Science and Management of Addictions)
Dan Satterberg, King County prosecutor
JB, recovering teen addict

Information:
http://www.townhallseattle.org/youth-drug-summitkeeping-kids-safe-in-changing-times/

http://www.parentmap.com/article/youth-drug-forum-keeping-kids-safe-in-changing-times

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MONDAY, MARCH 3, 2014, 7:30 – 9:00PM 
Technological Teens - The Ins and Outs of Social Networking by Danah Boyd

Downstairs at Town Hall; Enter on Seneca Street. $5

From relationship troubles to new after school jobs, the personal lives of today’s teens are displayed in real time on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social media sites. Despite controversial sites such as Ask.fm which can lead to incidents of bullying, the majority of teens are happy with their online lives. InIt’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens, technology expert danah boyd explores the ups, downs and overall effects of online connectivity on teens. A Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research, boyd says online use shapes identity, creativity and political engagement — even as it creates a “complicated” path for teens to navigate.


Tickets: $5.
Doors open: 6:30 p.m.
Town Hall member benefits: Priority seating, discounted onsite book sales.
Learn more: danah’s blog. 

http://www.townhallseattle.org/danah-boydtechnological-teens-the-ins-and-outs-of-social-networking/
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Parent Education Night - Mindfulness Education in K-12 Schools: A Panel Discussion
Tuesday, March 18, 2014 - 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Location: Frantz Coe Elementary Auditorium (2424 7th Ave W, Seattle, WA  98119)

Mindfulness is “the awareness that emerges through paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally to the unfolding of experience moment by moment” (Kabat-Zinn, 2003, p. 145). Mindfulness-based interventions have demonstrated benefits in clinical settings and in neurological studies. Given these demonstrated benefits, mindfulness-based education has been introduced in K-12 public and private schools. Come see how this is being done in and around Seattle!

Facilitator: Brody LaRock, Assistant Principal, John Hay ElementaryPanel Members: Renee Metty, Stacy Lawson, Ann Hollar, Lynne Brazg, Janine Bloomfield, Richard Berger

  • What is Mindfulness?
  • What Mindfulness is not
  • Current Research in:  Neuroscience, Clinical Interventions, K-12 Education
  • What Mindfulness looks like in the classroom: Select documentary clips
  • Experiences of select Seattle pioneers integrating Mindfulness in local schools

Donations made at the door will be divided equally between Food for Kids and Operation School Bell Programs. These programs provide food and new clothing to our students currently in need.

Please RSVP before Friday, March 14, 2014 by phone or by e-mail
Main office: 206-252-2100 or to wabella@seattleschools.org

Childcare will be provided at Coe Elementary (ages 4+), but space is limited!  Call now to reserve a space for your child – 206.252.2100

Click here for Full Flyer.



McClure Mixer and 50th Anniversary
Buy your tickets now for McClure's Mixer and 50th Anniversary Celebration.

Saturday, April 5th 6-10 PM

Click here to buy tickets.
 Buy tickets before March 15th to be entered in a drawing for a fabulous prize!

Have something to donate to our silent auction? Download the Procurement form here.










































High School and Beyond - 3/18 7pm
For students headed to high school next year, don't miss the NW regional K-8 and Middle Schools’ (Broadview Thompson, Salmon Bay, McClure & Whitman) first annual, High School and Beyond Night. Gain tips and insights into making high school an easy transition.
Download full flyer here.
It's not MY kid!

McClure PTSA is proud to present, "It's not MY kid!"

 

The McClure PTSA invites students and parents to join us for this informative session on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 from 6:30 - 8:00 pm at the McClure Middle School Commons.

 

Every two years, the state conducts a survey among 8th, 10th and 12th grade students that assesses health and risk behaviors.

 

Lisa Sharp, Prevention Program Coordinator from the Seattle School district will present an analysis of the Seattle School's newest data, including interesting information on kids' attitudes towards marijuana and alcohol use.

 

Frank Couch, MA, LMFT, CDP, NCACI Executive Director will speak to us about how to coach your kids through this landscape and how to clarify family rules and expectations. Frank manages SAMA's clinical programs and Family Navigator support line.

 

Questions and open discussion immediately following the presentation.

 

Presented by:

McClure Middle School PTSA

 

Questions and suggestions are welcome via email at:

info@mccluremavericks.org


Camp Seymour - Packing List

Hey 6th grade families - are you getting ready for Camp Seymour?
Be sure to check the packing list to know what TO and what NOT TO bring to camp.

Packing List 



Principal Conner's January newsletter
 
 

January 6, 2014

 

Happy New Year to our McClure Community! 

 

It was so refreshing...and necessary for our staff (and myself!) to take some time to reconnect with friends and family over this last Winter Break.  (Now for the challenge of remembering to write "2014" on all of the pertinent documents and communications from here on out.) 

 

Over the break I had a chance to reflect on the first four months of the school year and the remarkable attributes of our school and community.  Thank you to our staff and students for persevering through the first quarter of this year and for the transition at second quarter; we have a truly "gritty" community and the learning and relationship-building persisted through all of these changes and challenges. 

 

New Staff: On the note of changes, since November, we have hired some exceptional staff members to our teaching corps and I would like to introduce them to you.

  • Ms. Anne Jennings joins us the Science/Math Departments.  She is teaching 6th grade science and 7th grade Math Honors. 
  • Mr. John Rutledge is our Special Education teacher in our second SM2 classroom.
  • Ms. Natasha Boswell joins us as our 7th grade Language Arts teacher.
  • Mr. Josh Colwell is our newest staff hire as our full-time second PE teacher (finally!) J 

Instructional Assistants

  • Stephen Dziadosz - works with our students receiving SM2 level Special Education services in Mari Ingram's classroom
  • Beth Williams - also works with our students receiving SM2 level Special Education services in Mari Ingram's classroom
  • Cesar Jimenez - English Language Learner Instructional Assistant
  • George Foster - works with our students receiving SM2 level Special Education services in Mr. Rutledge's classroom

 

We are lucky to have garnered such an impressive group of educators at such a late date in the school year.  If you have a chance, say "hello" and welcome them to our community, please do!

 

McClure Families Rock!!: I also wanted to thank Doug Berndt, our Parks and Recreation Community Learning Center coordinator, our counselors and, particularly our amazing parent community for coordinating and contributing to the Families in Need drive. I was so moved to watch from my office window as family after family marched into the building with multiple packages of wrapped (beautifully, I might add) presents for our McClure families.  I am continuously so impressed with the care and generosity of this community! (Please see Mr. Berndt's communication regarding this in the McClure news.)

 

Semester's Almost Over? A few things to be thinking about as we return to the work of school...First, we are nearing the end of the semester; judging from cadence of years' past, students will most likely be engaged in some rigorous projects, papers and other types of learning for the next few weeks and then comes some end-of-semester assessments and summative work.  January 31st will be our day between semesters and we will begin anew (new semester with balanced classes!) on Monday, February 3rd. A note about second semester:  students will maintain their same core classes/teachers but their Exploratory class will be changed unless they are full year exploratory classes (i.e. choir, band/orchestra, WEB, Spanish).  We will use the exploratory preference information from your registration forms as best as we can but we simply cannot guarantee your child's preference(s) request(s) will be met.

 

How will new families get to know the wonder that awaits them at McClure?: A quick note that we will be discontinuing school tours for prospective families this year.  In their place, we will be augmenting the Open House event which will occur on Thursday, February 27th and will include lots of information on academics, special programs, and opportunities for community involvement.  The reasoning behind this change is as follows: 1) School tours cause a major disruption to the learning environment; this will only be intensified by a projected increase in feeder school 5th grade families; 2) we are now and in the foreseeable future will be a "neighborhood school"; 3) there are considerable safety concerns with publically advertising for this event and opening the building up for potential security issues.  I have contacted the closest middle schools in our area (Hamilton and Whitman) and, for the same reasons, these schools are also ceasing the school tour events.  We promise that the Informational Open House event will fulfill the need for prospective families to key into the McClure experience! (More info to come...)

 

What to do at Lunch? I am happy to announce that our PTSA has graciously funded the supervision of our school gym during the lunch time hours.  In the next week, students will have the option of frequenting four different locations during their lunch period: the cafeteria, the library, the school gym and, on sunny days, the outside courtyard.  Thank you to Doug Berndt for coordinating and to PTSA for funding! From now on, though, students will not be allowed to be in the hallways during the lunch periods.  On another note, our Lunchtime Hall Parent program will be up and running this month; there are still a few slots open and the job just got a little easier since most students will be in (or traveling to) one of the designated lunchtime spaces.

 

Science Opps!: Finally, I am excited to kick off 2014 with a wonderful way to become involved at McClure in our science programs.  With McClure located at the very epicenter of global innovation in science education and business we would love to join with our parents and science community to bring knowledge and opportunity to our students.   Our plan is to develop a guest speaker program and other opportunities involving our local science community.  If you are interested in being a guest speaker, coordinating partnerships or arranging field trips with your place of business, supporting this program as a program lead or guest speaker coordinator, or have other ideas we would love to hear from you. Below is a brief outline of the sciences taught at each grade level at McClure.  We are especially interested in subject experts and opportunities in these and related areas.

 

6th grade - Chemistry, Biology, Genetics, Human Body

7th grade - Chemistry, Physics, Catastrophic Events

8th grade  - Astronomy,  Physics, Catastrophic Events, Human body

 

 

McClure is an exciting place to be and we have an amazing group of dedicated teachers and parents in our growing community.  I welcome you to become involved in this and other volunteer opportunities at McClure.  If you are interested in this program, please reach out to myself, or our PTSA co-presidents Chris Karam and Kimball Mullins at presidents@mccluremavericks.org.

 

Best,

Shannon Conner


McClure PTSA General Meeting - It's Not My Kid !
 
"It's not MY kid!" - Presentation on Middle School and High School alcohol and substance abuse

Tuesday, January 28, 2014  6:30pm - 8:00pm

McClure Middle School Commons
1915 1st Ave W.
Seattle, WA  98119

We invite students and parents to join us for this informative session on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 from  6:30-8 at the McClure Middle School Commons. This presentation is open to all families.

Every two years, the state conducts a survey among 8th, 10th and 12th grade students that assesses health and risk behaviors.

Lisa Sharp, Prevention Program Coordinator from the Seattle School district will present an analysis of the Seattle School's newest data, including interesting information on kids' attitudes towards marijuana and alcohol use.

Frank Couch, MA, LMFT, CDP, NCACI Executive Director will speak to us about how to coach your kids through this landscape and how to clarify family rules and expectations. Frank manages SAMA’s clinical programs and Family Navigator support line.

Questions and open discussion immediately following the presentation.

Presented by:
McClure Middle School PTSA


Save the Date - McClure Mixer April 5th 2014





McClure Middle School Celebrating 50 Years!

Did you know McClure first opened our doors in the Fall of 1964?  Save the date for an extra special McClure Mixer 50 year anniversary celebration & spring fundraiser.

Saturday April 5, 2014, 6-10pm at the Queen Anne Community Center

Please plan to join us for great food, drinks, music, plus a silent and live auction!!

Get your 60’s groove on - Tickets will go on sale soon!


 


Mystery Theater, Winter Concert, Evening Book Fair - Tues 12/10

Join us Tuesday, December 10th 
at McClure for an evening of events.
  • Mystery Theater - Murder in the Knife Room
    Dinner starts at 5:30, tickets sold in advance only; Play starts at 6pm, suggested donation of $5
  • Winter Concert - starts at 7 pm 
  • Evening Book Fair - 4-9 pm in the Library


Book Fair Dec 9-13



McClure's Book Fair
starts Monday December 9th and runs through December 13th






The schedule is

12/9 7:20-2:30 pm
12/10 7:20-2:30 pm & 4-9 pm (FAMILY night - Play and Winter Concert too)
12/11 7:20-1 pm
12/12 7:20-2:30 pm
12/13 7:20-2:30 pm

You can visit the book fair in the library starting December 9th or you can buy online.

NEW !!!  the link to the online book store is here.
http://bookfairs.scholastic.com/homepage/mccluremiddleschool

The books purchased online will be sent to the school and won't be available until after Christmas.  For people purchasing this way, you will have to wrap up an "IOU" if this is a Christmas or Hanukkah gift.

If you are able to work a shift at the book fair, click here for the sign up. http://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040F44ACA62FAB9-volunteers/2313125




Parent-Teacher Conferences 2013


McClure empowers and educates all students with the skills to be compassionate, confident and creative life-long learners and contributing members of our global community.

PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCES

November 11, 2013

Dear McClure Families,

Last year the McClure BLT (Building Leadership Team comprised of teachers, administration and PTSA/parent reps) and the staff voted to host parent-teacher conferences during the days preceding the Thanksgiving Break, November 25, 26, and 27.  The administration worked hard to put in place waivers so these days could be freed up for this purpose.  Feedback from parents and teachers indicated that the community wanted to continue with parent-teacher conferences but that the arena-style conferences caused some limitations in effectively conferencing with teachers about students’ progress and areas for growth.

This year, the McClure BLT began the process of crafting our new schedule and format for parent-teacher conferences.  We developed a mission statement: “The purpose of parent-teacher-student conferences at McClure Middle School is to enhance a positive, productive relationship between students, teachers and parents and to provide a better understanding of student progress and performance in individual classrooms.” We also began to craft the structure and format of the 3-day conferences.

Mid-planning, I received notice from the lead counsel for Seattle Public Schools that during the summer, the state had retracted the ability for middle schools to waive more than one instructional school day.  Since then I have worked with Ms. Pritchett (former McClure Principal and current Executive Director for the Central Region) and the Seattle Public Schools Legal and Transportation Departments to negotiate a compromise so we can at least get some additional time for our conferences while still being in compliance with District and State directives. The final outcome for parent-teacher conferences is as follows:

November 25 and 26 will be half days for our students.  They will leave campus at 11:20.  Lunch will still be included in the student day.  Parent-teacher conferences will begin at 12:00 and will run in 10 minute increments through 6:00 with a scheduled half-hour teacher break and two other planned 10-minute breaks in the schedule. There will be no school on Wednesday, November 27th.

We realize this not the originally proposed time allotment for conferences but we do believe that we can still meet our purpose statement goals in informing parents of their students’ progress and augment our communication and relationships with families. 

Here are some details to guide you:

How do I get a time slot?

There will be two ways to go about this:

1.     On Wednesday, November 13th, from 7:30-9:00 a.m., parents will be able to physically sign up for parent-teacher conferences in the hallway right outside the Attendance Office by the lunchroom.  Volunteers will help parents sign up for designated time slots with teachers (10-minute increments). 

2.     After 9:00 on the 13th and until Monday, November 18th, parents may call the Attendance Office (206-252-1904) to set up their parent-teacher appointments.  If you leave a message, just make sure you are clear about the teacher and time(s) for which you would like to sign up and please leave your name, your child’s name and a phone number so that our Attendance Secretary, Ms. Barnes, can call you back.  Ms. Barnes will call you back to confirm your appointment or to reschedule if a teacher(s) is not available during your requested time slot. 

Can I sign up for other parents when I come in or when I call?

We realize this would be a convenient way for parents to sign up, but in the interest of fairness and equity, please sign up with your own student’s teachers.

Can I have my son or daughter sign up for our family?

We know that we have responsible, thoughtful students here at McClure but to guarantee that parents sign up for the time slot(s) they desire and record these times in their calendars, we prefer that parents sign up for the conferences. 

How are conferences structured?

This year, conferences at McClure will be held in teachers’ classrooms. Because of limited conference time, teachers will prepare to give parents feedback on student growth, areas of concern, how they plan to communicate student progress, and strategies to help parents support students at home. Students may attend these conferences, if desired. All conferences will be 10 minutes in length.    Please be cognizant of time and that other parents/families are waiting for the next time slot.  Teachers will have breaks structured into their conference time…we want them to survive these two days and be able to give the same amount of energy to all families that visit them! 

What if this doesn’t seem like enough time? 

If you foresee needing more time to confer with a teacher or you have strong concerns about your son or daughter’s progress in a course, please consider connecting with the teacher to schedule a meeting at another time.

Will I be guaranteed to meet with all of my student’s teachers?

We recommend that you are strategic and sign up for a time slot with the teachers you especially want to see. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee that you will have the opportunity to speak with all of your student’s teachers. Due to the large number of students (150+ in most cases) that a teacher has in his/her classes over the course of the day, it is difficult to speak with every family.  If you are unable to meet with a teacher, please contact the teacher or a school counselor with your questions.

What if I am unavailable to come to McClure during these designated days?

We understand that work, family and other commitments are inevitable and we will not be able to serve all of our families under this format. As at any other point in the school year, please feel free to call or email your teachers or one of our school counselors if you have questions or concerns about your student’s performance in a specific class.

 Thank you for your support of students at McClure.  We look forward to having you join us November 25-26.

Sincerely,
Shannon Conner
Principal, McClure Middle School


Seattle Council PTSA Survey on Growth Boundary Planning
Dear Central Area PTA and Community Leaders,
As you hopefully know, Seattle Council PTSA is conducting a survey to measure awareness of the Seattle Public School (SPS) Growth Boundary Planning process.  We have had a tremendous response rate in the one day the survey has been available.  However, the Central and South regions have had a significantly lower response rate than other areas.  We are hoping that you can encourage families you represent to please complete the survey.  
We realize that a computer based survey may not be the best tool for some families.  If your school or community group is having an event or meeting in which we might able to attend and reach out to parents or if there are other ways in which we could help facilitate parent feedback,  we would welcome this information.  The SCPTSA would like every SPS family to have an opportunity to participate.

 

We are hoping to get as many responses as we can before the next Seattle School Board meeting on November 6, 2013, so we can present preliminary results.  Please encourage your membership and community to respond by this date.  We will continue to gather feedback after November 6th as well.


Complete results of the survey will be provided on our website by November 19, 2013 or sooner. If you have any questions or comments please contact me or the Council president at  president@seattlecouncilptsa.org.

 


Principal Conner's Newsletter - Nov 4th schedule adjustments

October 25, 2013

Principal Newsletter
   “Change, it is a-comin’”

Families:

We are nearing the end of our first quarter. This has certainly been a fast and eventful beginning of the school year!   

As I explained in my last principal newsletter, McClure has been allotted another 1.5 FTE (in layman’s terms, this means we can now spread what amounts to “1.5 teacher(s)” into our master schedule to reduce class sizes.)  We are fortunate to have this new allocation. The benefits of lower teacher-to-student ratios are obvious; teachers can know their students better, provide more immediate and consistent feedback and have more opportunities to differentiate based on students’ skills and interests.   

The challenge is that this FTE came well after the school year began.  These teacher/class changes are coming at the quarter (November 4th) for many McClure students.  The overriding “driver” of these class changes was students’ core classes – ensuring lower class sizes in these classes and making sure students were appropriately placed.

We waited for the quarter break for these changes to occur because we needed some time to 1) thoughtfully create a master schedule that would intentionally address class overages 2) do our very best to mitigate as many class schedule and teacher changes as possible 3) post job openings, screen and hire new teachers, and 4) help staff move classrooms, transfer grades, and thoughtfully guide students toward the change.  We have followed through on the above criteria and we are ready for next quarter.

I am not making light of the fact that about a third of our school will have at least one change in their class schedules. Change is hard.  I get it.  Some students won’t have any changes, some will have some, some will have more.  Some students will be moving on to a new exploratory class; some won’t.  Some students will have a new core class teacher; some won’t.  The teachers here at McClure are working hard to gently and thoughtfully guide students toward and through the changes.  I can say, with full confidence, that students will be better served because of these changes.  We have awesome, resilient kids here at McClure and they will get through this just fine.

On your end, I am requesting that you also help students persevere through any changes they might face in their new class schedules.  These changes will be permanent; they were made in the interest of not only individual students, but the school as a whole.  These are the talking points I gave to staff that might be helpful to you when explaining these changes:

o    Explain the reason behind the schedule changes; that McClure is growing and that is a good thing!  The school did not know our final student count until virtually the day before school started.  The District did not provide the new FTE allocation until mid-October. We didn’t want to make changes in schedules until we had hired new teachers and had crafted a much better schedule. The quarter cut-off will be the best option so grades could be complete and transferred.

o    This is a text-book example of utilizing our grit and growth mind-set.  Change is hard but students will be in a setting where teachers can know them better and they can get the attention they need to be successful. It’s going to be OKAY!!

o    BE POSITIVE!  This is a complicated process. We understand that your child has made connections with their teachers; but please be positive and encouraging of students with these changes.  They are going to be successful with a new class schedule!

o    To be clear, changes will be irreversible; they have been made with great consideration for the benefit of all (trust me!)  Please make sure students understand this.

Finally, I would like to thank our staff members who will also be persevering through this change – from taking on new classes, to giving up courses and saying good-bye to students, to giving up classrooms…for the greater good.  (Please see below for details on this). When you have a chance, please feel free to thank these individuals and any member of the McClure staff for their flexibility and positive outlook.

Below* I have listed some more granular information if you would like to know some of the nitty-gritty pieces. 

Otherwise, thank you so much in advance for supporting our staff and students through the next couple of weeks. I am looking forward to moving on to the rest of the school year with students placed in more personalized settings and enjoying stability from here on out!

Best,

Shannon Conner
Principal, McClure Middle School

*granular information attached for ease of electronic transmission



Ski Bus 2014
 
McClure Ski Bus News
2014

It's Ski Bus time!

 

There is snow in the mountains, homework on the dining room table, and teenage kids wearing tall wool socks with shorts. This can only mean one thing . . . it is time to sign up for McClure Ski Bus! Yes, it is time to pull the skis and boards out from under the bed, dust them off, and wax them up to hit the slopes of Snoqualmie starting January 10th and running through the 14th of February. As in the past, the McClure Ski Bus program will operate on Friday evenings, departing and returning to McClure Middle School.

 

To sign up, follow these three easy steps:

 

1. Register for Ski Bus

a. Go to http://www.skimasters.net/McClure_Middle_School.htm

b Click on the "Register Now" button.

c Select "McClure Middle School" from the menus on the left.

d All Ski Bus riders select "Bus." The button reads"$5," but ski bus is $170 for the six weeks, and that price will show up in your cart.

 

2. Register for Ski or Snowboard lessons from Ski Masters (optional)

a. On the same page where "Bus" was selected, select either "ski" or "snowboard" for lessons every Friday. Ski Masters teaches based upon skill level, so even intermediate/advanced skiers or boarders can improve their skills. Don't fret, the lessons leave enough time for both new and improved shredders to display their skills with their friends each night.

 

*At check-out, use discount code "MCCLUREMS-WINTER2014"

 

3. Purchase a Snoqualmie Ski Pass from the Ski Masters website.

If the young skier or boarder already has a Snoqualmie Season pass, or a premium pass from another resort that allows skiing at Snoqualmie (i.e. Crystal Mountain), then purchasing a pass from Ski Masters is not necessary.

 

This program fills up very quickly, and space is limited to 100 students. Secure you spot now!

(Logistical details will be sent out around the start of November.)

 

I look forward to another great Ski Bus season, and seeing YOU on the slopes.

 

Keith Rudie

Ski Bus Coordinator

keithkelly.rudie@gmail.com

 

P.S. If you would like to ski with us as a chaperone, please shoot me a note.

Source v. School Fusion -- Got Questions ??
From SPS -

There seems to be a lot of confusion regarding the Source and SchoolFusion for parents and guardians.  We hope the following information will provide clarification.

 

Is SchoolFusion part of the Source?

No.  The Source and SchoolFusion are two separate software applications.  After a parent or guardian creates a Source account there is code that exports the parent’s Source username (email address) from the Source to SchoolFusion overnight.  The day after a parent or guardian creates a Source account, they must set up their Source password in SchoolFusion in order to be able to log onto SchoolFusion.  (Instructions are below *) Because SchoolFusion and PowerSchool (which the Source is now a part of) are two different software applications, the password cannot be shared and must be manually entered in SchoolFusion by the parent or guardian.

 

Are there Source resources for parents and guardians online?
Yes!  Please share the, About the Source website with your families:
http://www.seattleschools.org/modules/cms/pages.phtml?pageid=206407

 

Are there SchoolFusion resources for parents and guardians online?

Yes!  Please share the, SchoolFusion School Website Help For Parents and Guardians website with your families:

http://www.seattleschools.org/modules/cms/pages.phtml?sessionid=ecebd7ec12f769c6c3d812272934d7fd&pageid=222335&

 

* Are there steps for parents and guardians to help them setup their SchoolFusion password?
Yes!   The day after the parent or guardian setups up their Source account password, they may setup their SchoolFusion password:

1. Please log onto the Source.

2. Click School Information & Website from the left menu.

3. Click Enable or Change Your School Website Password.

4. Enter your Source account email address in the Email Address field.  Click Submit

5. Close the password window and please check your email in about 10 minutes.

6. You will receive an email from sourcesupport@seattleschools.org

7. Click the link within the email to reset your website password to match your Source password.

8.  Log onto your school website.

 

Other tips or issues to be aware of:
SchoolFusion is case sensitive, but the Source is not.  If a parent can get logged onto the Source, but not SchoolFusion, confirm they have setup their SchoolFusion password as described above, then ask if they have any capital letters in their username and/or password.  That could be the problem.  Also, please discourage the use of apostrophes ‘ in passwords.

 

Please have parents and guardians contact sourcesupport@seattleschools.org if they need help.

 

We hope this information clears things up. 



Special Education PTSA
A message from the Seattle Special Education PTSA

The Seattle Special Education PTSA advocates for all students (birth to 21) with disabilities in the Seattle School District. Our mission is to assist families of students with disabilities as they navigate the educational system, to partner with parents and educators as we advocate for improvements in special education service delivery, and to build bridges between the general and special education communities by bringing increased educational resources and opportunities for all students. The Seattle Special Education PTSA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. We strive to be a racially and socio-economically inclusive group that is representative of the students we serve.

We want to reach more of you – Seattle families and educators – to hear your voices and continue to improve our provision of education and advocacy on your behalf.

Below is a flyer with meeting schedule for interested families.



Annual Donation Campaign 2013-2014

  |   McClure Middle School, (206) 252-1900, info@mccluremavericks.org

McClure Fundraiser Poster

To donate on-line, click here.
For the donation form, click here.

Thank you for supporting our McClure Middle School Students.




McClure Curriculum Night, Wed, 9/25/2013 @ 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Dear Parents and Guardians,
 
We hope you will join us for McClure's 2013 Curriculum Night, this Wednesday, September 25, 2013 from 6:30-8:30.  The schedule can be found below.
 
Teachers have been working diligently to ensure you leave Curriculum Night with a good sense of the essential skills students will be mastering throughout the year, the curriculum scope and sequence, expectations for homework and behavior, and how teachers will be communicating with you.

Most importantly, we hope you leave with a keen sense that McClure is a place where students are well-known, well-liked, and well-supported in their academic journey.

We look forward to working together with you this year! 
 
Your student should be bringing home a schedule, but we will have schedules for those parents who don't have them on Wednesday night.*  You will follow your child's daily schedule, going from classroom to classroom.
 
Parent Check-in - Info tables/pick up schedules, if needed, MSP scores (6:15-6:35)
Principal Welcome & Orientation (6:40-6:50)
Period 1 (6:55-7:05)
Period 2 (7:10-7:20)
Period 3 (7:25-7:35)
Period 4 (7:40-7:50)
Period 5 (7:55-8:05)
Period 6 (8:10-8:20)
 
Go Mavs!!
 
Shannon Conner
Principal, McClure Middle School
 
* If you are able to volunteer to pass out schedules (6:15-6:35, please arrive at McClure by 6:05) please email volunteer@mccluremavericks.org. We would like about 12 volunteers if possible. Thanks !!



Logging into The Source/Powerschool
 From the SPS Webmaster:

Some  parents have reported  trouble logging onto the school website.  Please follow these instructions:

 

1.          Please log onto the Source. (If you can’t log on to the Source, please visit the Source page for more information)

2.          Click School Information & Website from the left menu.

3.          Click Reset Your School Website Password.

4.          Enter your Source account email address in the Email Address field.

5.          Click Ok.

6.          You will receive an email from sourcesupport@seattleschools.org

7.          Click the link within the email to reset your website password.

8.          Click the back arrow of your browser to go back.

The Source Tour shows you the Source features.

The Source website also has helpful information. 

School FusionPage website help.

Questions? Email sourcesupport@seattleschools.org


Advanced Learning Application Information - forms due 10/3
 ADVANCED LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES FOR 2014- 2015:

You can now pick up Advanced Learning Nomination Packets in McClures main office. Completed forms must be returned to McClure by October 3th, 2013.   Parents can also send forms directly to the Advanced Learning Office.  The mailing address is on the information packet.  Faxed or email applications will not be accepted. Forms from the SPS website are here.

 

Current 6th and 7th grade students may request testing for placement in Spectrum next year.  The request is made by completing and turning in the Advanced Learning Nomination Packet by the October 3rd, 2013 deadline. Students who are already district qualified for Spectrum and who are in Spectrum Language Arts do not need to re-test.

 

Current 8th grade students can utilize the Advanced Learning Nomination Packet to request testing for placement in APP/IB program (IBX) at Ingraham.  Eligibility testing is not required for entry into the general International Baccalaureate program (offered at Ingraham, Sealth & Rainier Beach) or to access Advanced Placement courses offered at the other nine high schools.

 

Testing will be arranged by the Seattle Public Schools Advanced Learning office and will be held at McClure.  Testing will occur late-October through mid-December.  The Advanced Learning office will notify parents of exact dates.

 

More information available at: www.seattleschools.org/advlearning.


Math Information Night - to be RESCHEDULED

Families:
Due to a sudden family emergency for one of our math department staff members, this Thursday’s Math Night Event has been cancelled.  We want to make sure we are giving families the full vision and program information of our math department. We apologize for this inconvenience.

The Math Night event will be rescheduled for early October. We look forward to seeing you at Curriculum Night.
 
updated 9/16/2013
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Please join the McClure Math team and Administration for Math Night. 

 

Math Night - September 19th, 6:30-7:30

Location: McClure Middle School Cafeteria

 

Purpose:

  1. To provide information to families about our entire math program.
  2. To provide information to families about how we push students with rigor in every program/at all skill levels and provide support for students who are struggling with concepts/skills in math.
  3. To show parents the trajectory of our programs from 6th -8th grade and how they will be prepared to take on high school math and beyond.

Welcome Back Mavericks !!
Save the Date for our Welcome Back BBQ - Thursday, Sept. 12 from 5:30-8. In the McClure main courtyard. Dinner for $5, scavenger hunt, Q&A with Principal Conner and ice cream sundaes. We hope to see all our McClure families there !




2013-2014 School Calendar
Here is McClure's 2013-2014 school calendar, which is also coming home in the first day packets.
Events are also update through the year - click Calendar  on the left menu  bar and on the News and Annoucements page. 

SPS 2013-2014 calendar recently received in the mail.

At a glance calendar in review from SPS.






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