News & Announcements

McClure Science Night & Pizza Dinner

Thursday, May 14, 2015
5:30pm - 7:30pm

Bring the whole family!  Pizza, salad, drink & cookie only $5.00

Awesome science on display for free!

Staff Appreciation 2015

Hi Maverick parents,
Can you bring something to the Staff Appreciation Breakfast?
Thank you in advance.
Sign up here
Email with questions.


Staff Appreciation Breakfast - Monday May 4th

Hi Mavericks - Staff Appreciation week is next week - May 4th to May 8th and the PTSA is hosting our traditional Staff Breakfast on Monday, May 4th.

If you are able to help by bringing one of the items on the list we'd really appreciate it.This is a great way to say THANK YOU to our fabulous and hardworking staff.

Please deliver items to the staff lounge by 7 AM on Monday.
Please bring hot things (quiches etc) already hot since there no way to cook food in the staff lounge.

Thanks for your help,
The PTSA board

DATE: 5/4/2015 (Mon 7:00AM - 7:15AM)

McClure Staff Lounge

Smarter Balance Testing Begins at McClure the week of April 27th!

McClure Middle School will be on a “testing schedule” for the next three weeks.

Principal Conner's announcement with tips for students and families is HERE


While the Mixer reconciliation is ongoing, we know Mixer, 2015 brought in over $52,000 !! 

A Big Thank You to our Magnolia and Queen Anne families for coming to the Mixer. Your support and your enthusiasm on March 14th was amazing! The Mixer was a wonderful community social event and if you couldn't make it this year - do try to make it next year! You will see friends and get to bid on fantastic items. But not only that, you get to make a lasting impact on our community school.

McClure is the comprehensive middle school for our attendance area.  It's our neighborhood school and more and more of our children are attending McClure.  With with that comes our collective responsibility to support it. And we are grateful to everyone who does !!   If you were not able to make it to the Mixer and wish to support McClure. You can send a donation to McClure Middle School ATTN: Mixer 1915 1st Ave W 98119 or contact Theresa Marzio and she can take your donation by phone.

This event was made possible due to the tremendous volunteer efforts of the Mixer team and their helpers. The PTSA gratefully thanks the following folks for their help:  Mixer Co-Chairs Theresa Marzio and Amy Wick and overall helpers: Cara Curphey, Elizabeth Hudd, Eric Hanson, Heather Scott-Goddard, Kimball Mullins, Kitt Day, Lee Scovern,  Linda Jweinat, Maria Kanel, Nancy Knoll, Paula Hoff, Reese Duck, Ted Chesledon, and Julie Chesledon.

We are also very grateful for the sponsorship and/or in kind donation by Peoples Bank, Targy's,  Roslyn Brewery, Ovation Live, Mr. Magnolia/Colwell Banker Danforth.

BUT WAIT THERE'S MORE...... We still have some spots at our parties and teacher experiences.  Act soon though so they don't sell out...  Contact Theresa Marzio if you'd like to buy a spot in one of these great parties or teacher experiences !  Click here to  see the descriptions and find out more information

Dodge ball with Mr. Colwell

Have the pressures of being a grown-up got you down? Then come relive your glory days with everyone's favorite PE game, dodge ball! You'll get to work out all the pressures and stresses of the modern world by hurling balls at fellow McClure parents. Even if you still have nightmares from that rubber playground ball you took to the face in 7th grade and everyone laughed at you as your nose bled all over the floor, I guarantee you will have a blast. We use foam balls now and there are all kinds of new variations on the game that take the fun and excitement to the next level. This event will be hosted in the McClure gymnasium by McClure's PE teacher, Mr. Colwell, on Friday April 3rd from 7-8:30pm. And just so there are no hard feelings, there will be unofficial post game drinks at a local bar afterwards. So grab your sweatbands and knee high socks, it's time for some dodge ball! $30 per dodge ball player!

Elegant Texas Hold'em Poker night

Drinks and appetizers will be served throughout the night. Fun prizes and trophies for top 3. Cash prizes as well for an additional gambling side-pot. It's always a good time. Poker newbies are welcome; we will have "cheat sheets" around, so feel free to come even if you aren't a poker player! But with all the poker players we know, we will definitely sell all these spots - not to worry about this!

Saturday May 30th 7:00 pm Hosted by Magnolia Family $75.00 per player

McDerby Party !

Support McClure, grab some friends, and come join us for an afternoon of horse races & mint juleps. Be ready to place your bets, and don't forget the fancy hats and seersucker suits! Fun, food, and drinks will be provided. Prizes will be awarded for Best-Dressed and Best Kentucky Derby Hat.

Saturday May 2, 2-6 pm at the home of Doug & Kindred Colbeck in Queen Anne

$40 per person.

Targy's Party

Support McClure by going to Queen Anne's favorite watering hole and McClure's biggest sponsor! Go shoot pool, play darts and hang with the other cool parents at this McClure Party! May 9th 7:00 to close. You get a drink ticket and games are free. Fun is guaranteed! $30.00 per person

Teacher Experiences! Dates TBD/ Space limited

XBOX Gaming experience with Mr. DeBell & Ms. Wisenhunt after school snacks/drinks included-$30 per player.

Skate with everyone's favorite lady-Ms. Luke! Lace up your skates and have a skate party with Ms. Luke in the McClure's Court yard- $25.00 per skater.

Scary Stories with Ms. Chambers! This is a favorite-have Ms. Chambers make the kids believe it's Halloween all over again with her scary ways $15.00 per thrill seeker.

Starbucks Break with Ms. Jennings and Ms. McGinty during 2nd period. Is your teen tired? Then you better snatch up the last spot of this fun coffee train. $25.00 per sleepy teen

Soccer and Snacks The counselors would like to offer an experience of soccer and snacks with the counselors. Izabel Ferel, an SPU student who will begin volunteer experience in the counseling department this spring, will provide a small group training session for up to 6 students. Ms. Collings and Ms. Dawson will bring yummy snacks. Isabel is a junior on the Women's SPU soccer team and has played on the U17, U18, and U20 National teams, is an All American and will play for the Women's Sounders team this summer.  The training must be redeemed by the end of the school year on either a T or Th after school. $30 per Mia or Beckham

Pizza Party with Ms. Fish - Pizza-Pizza- Does your kiddo love Pizza. Get this for them and they will have a pizza party with Ms. Fish. Please sign up according to your child's lunch (1st, 2nd or 3rd). $20 per pizza lover!

Kickball Madness - with Hunter and Draggo- This is guaranteed fun - Sign your kid up to play school yard kickball! All fun and laughs-after school! $15.00 per kicker

Principal Conner's Family Newletter for April

High School & Beyond

Thursday, April 9, 2015
6:30pm - 8:45pm

Whitman Middle School
9201 15th Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98117

Flyer is here

Please join us for the 2nd annual NW Regional High School & Beyond Event on April 9th, 2015 at Whitman Middle School.

It’s the journey that counts!

ALL 8th grade students and their families are invited to the NW Regional K-8 and Middle Schools’
(Broadview Thompson, Hamilton, McClure, Salmon Bay & Whitman)

Gain tips and insights into making high school an easy transition.

6:30pm - High School activity clubs will be presenting information in the Cafeteria
            Pizza dinner available for purchase

            Opening Remarks: Seattle Mayor, Edward B. Murray

7:15pm - 7:45pm – Susanna Cerasuolo (CEO at CollegeMapper, Inc): CollegeMapper provides free, personalized, expert guidance through the college admissions process.

Breakout Sessions*:    Last Name A-L        Last Name K-M
7:45 - 8:15                 Auditorium               Cafeteria/Library
8:15 - 8:45                 Cafeteria/Library       Auditorium

*High School Counselor Panel (Auditorium):
Counselors will be available to give insight into common concerns fami-lies have about transitioning to high school.

*Ballard Student Panel (Cafeteria) OR Ingraham/Roosevelt Student Panel (Library):
Featuring students from Ballard, Ingraham and Roosevelt High Schools answering frequently asked questions.



Our students are learning and doing exciting and amazing things in class.

There is a supply sign up in that email listing classroom supplies that would help our teachers in their classroom instruction.

If you are able, please take a look at the list and sign up if you can help.

The link is here:

Please coordinate delivery directly with the teacher listed in the request.

Our students and teachers thank you for your support!!

Principal Conner's letter about state mandated assessments

Brandon Mull, Author Visit to McClure

Friday, March 27th during 2nd period
8:50am - 9:50am
McClure Library

Book order form is here.

University Bookstore and McClure Middle School are proud to  present Brandon Mull!
Brandon Mull, author of the Fablehaven, Beyonders, Candy Shop War, and Five Kingdoms series will be speaking to students at McClure Middle School on Friday, March 27th during 2nd period.
If you would like to purchase a book for your child and have it signed please fill out the attached form and put it in my mailbox.

Your child will pick up their book order at the event.

If you have questions please email me at
Thank you,
TuesD Chambers
McClure Middle School Teach Librarian

Social Media, Internet Safety and Your Child


featuring Stefanie Thomas

McClure PTSA General Meeting

Monday, March 23, 2015
6:30pm - 7:45pm
McClure Library

Flyer is here

Do you know which apps and social media sites your child uses?

Do you know what kind of a 'digital footprint' your child is leaving?

According to TweenUs "apps that are popular with kids and full of inappropriate content keep popping up.

It's like a game of whack-a-mole: just when you get a handle on one and smack it down, another one pops up."

McClure Mixer,Saturday, March 14th at 7:00pm


Saturday, March 14, 2015
7:00pm - 11:00pm

Queen Anne Community Center, Gym

» Purchase Tickets Today!

» Donate an Item or Service Today!

» Volunteer for the Mixer Today!

Dear McClure Parents, Grandparents, Friends and Supporters! 

Just a reminder that although our kids have moved on to middle school, they still need the same support and funding as they did in the elementary years.  Donations have already made a tremendous impact on our school. For example, donations have helped fund a new initiative; putting hands on technology right in the classroom.  Look for the addition of IPADS in the spring of 2015.  Research indicates this type of technology engages students by building enthusiasm for learning through innovative tools while improving skills and performance scores.  

The McClure Mixer and Auction is a great way for all of us as a community to keep building on this momentum. There are many ways to contribute from donating an item or service for the auctionpurchasing tickets and attending the auction, donating wine for the wine toss and of course raising your paddle!

We will have a few changes to the event that will certainly make you smile. The Mixer will have fabulous food by a local caterer.  There will be a host bar sponsored by Targy's and Roslyn Brewery. This will enable you to check out much quicker at the end of the night!

You may ask, how do I facilitate making a difference?  Information on attending the mixer as well as donating an item or service is explained in detail in the attachments!  Please take a moment to review.  We are also in need of bottles of wine for our wine toss.  Bottles can simply be dropped off at 2115 1st Avenue W (two houses from McClure, bright blue box on doorstep).

Thank you so much for your support and see you at the McClure Mixer!

The McClure Mixer is March 14, 2015 7-11pm Queen Anne Community Center -Save the date! We ask that you please purchase tickets by February 28th for catering purposes.  Tickets can be purchased -  Buy Mixer tickets!! 

Download Procurement Form

Want to volunteer on the Mixer Team? Click here.

Open Enrollment is Monday, Feb. 23 to Friday, Mar. 6, 2015

In an effort to provide quality customer service, the district has created an easy-to-use Assignment Look-Up Tool on the Seattle Public Schools Admissions website ( allowing families greater ease in identifying their student’s assigned school both this year and the next school year.

As a result, families will no longer be mailed a next-year assignment letter for each student in mid-February. In the past, we took this extra step to help families transition to our New Student Assignment Plan as enrollment growth boundaries changed and while we established attendance area schools and choice assignments.

As a general rule, your student is assigned to the same school he or she is attending now.

In the case of students moving up to middle or high school, students will be automatically assigned to their neighborhood school. This can be confirmed on the Assignment Look-Up Tool (available by Monday, Feb. 23rd), or by using our automated phone system by calling (206) 252-0212.

Assignment Look-up Tool
Address Look-up Tool

If you would like to change your current or assigned school for the 2015-16 school year, Open Enrollment runs from Monday, February 23rd to Friday, March 6th.

Full instructions on how to participate in Open Enrollment and choose a different school can be found on the Admissions website at, or by contacting the Admissions office at (206) 252-0760. Choice forms will be available on Monday, Feb. 23.

For families who applied for Advanced Learning testing, information about how to apply for a Choice school serving Highly Capable Cohort (HCC) students during Open Enrollment can be found at

Students affected by Special Education program changes, transportation changes due to growth boundary changes, and Advance Learning testing results will receive additional letters in the next several weeks with further information.

Open Enrollment results will be sent in April.

Thank you for your support of Seattle Public Schools.

New WA State Graduation Requirements for Class of 2019 (Current 8th Graders)

This WA State Board of Education video will explain the new requirements for your High School student:

Registration for M.O.S.T. After School Programs is now open

High School Tours for 8th Grade Students!

Ballard High School Tours
Starting in the Commons
Thursday, February 12, 2015 at 8:00am - 9:30am
Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 8:00am - 9:30am
Ballard HS FAQS are here

Complete list of all high school tours is here

McClure Informational Open House and Tour - Thursday, January 29th

McClure Mixer, Saturday, March 14th at 7:00pm

The McClure Mixer is Saturday, March 14, 2015 7:00-11:00pm in the Queen Anne Community Center - Save the date!

We ask that you please purchase tickets by February 28th for catering purposes.
Buy Mixer tickets today!!
Download Procurement Form to donate items for the Mixer

Volunteer on the Mixer Team!
Theresa Marzio

Principal Conner's January Newsletter

A belated Happy New Year to all of our McClure families.

I am writing to catch you up on a few things at McClure as we head into our second semester of the 2014-15 school year.  I also want to take this time to acknowledge that the Seahawks are providing our school once again with so much community spirit and unity; I have to say we are our own little “Legion of Boom” here atop “the hill” and the principal has been known to amp it up on Friday and Monday mornings – she can’t seem to help herself.  Go Hawks!!!

This past week we had two really remarkable events:  an all-school McClure service and community-building day and our Martin Luther King Assembly:

  • On Wednesday, January 14th, (an early release day) every student at McClure Middle School was involved with some kind of service learning or activity to foster acceptance or teamwork.Our 6th graders had a WEB event, 7th graders spent the morning playing academic/thinking games, watching and discussing a TED talk on grit and/or engaging in an artistic endeavor, and 8th graders got to provide service at our feeder schools, lead the WEB event or experience the Gates Foundation. I can’t say it wasn’t a crazy-busy day - we had a different schedule for each grade level and our staff was stepping up all over the place to cover activities, provide breaks for colleagues and support students in being in the right place at the right time. But it was clearly a successful day of learning and building community.
  • Our Martin Luther King assembly on Friday was also a very successful and positive event.Thank you to guest speakers Molly Peters (ASB president) and Ms. Moon for inspirational thoughts and to our ASB students who developed the content.I am also really proud of our students who have clearly assumed ownership over our Maverick PRIDE expectations.Our kids were so respectful, quiet and attentive at the assembly – all 543 of them!

I’d also like to give you a heads up on some upcoming plans for next year.  It seems really hard to believe that we are already almost halfway through the year and we need to start planning for next year but…that’s just the reality!

Language Arts:

First, next year the McClure Language Arts Department will be joining the rest of our departments at McClure and mirroring the advanced learning policies within our feeder schools. We are establishing a “blended” or “clustered” model in which all of our students who have been Spectrum-identified and our General Education students will be blended into the same Language Arts classrooms. There will no longer be separate Spectrum and General Education classes. There are many reasons behind this modification, not the least of which is our commitment to the concept of growth mindset – the researched-validated principle that we can teach students that their success in school is not stagnantly based on their past but, with grit and perseverance (and a supportive, intentional school environment) all of our students can and will grow. We have looked at testing, classroom performance and discipline data and found that the array of skills, behaviors and challenges in both of these “tracks” are similar.  All of our Language Arts teachers are currently teaching (or have taught in the recent past) both sets of students and our curriculum for both Spectrum and General Education courses have already been aligned. Finally, our teachers are spending this school year and this summer to collaboratively develop differentiated lessons, assessments, projects and activities to support and challenge all of our learners.  For even more details on this, please see the McClure website for the informational document which includes more about the research, philosophy and mindset behind this shift in our Language Arts program.


A number of families have come to me asking about our math trajectory, particularly for students who have been accelerated in elementary school.  First, let me explain that our philosophy behind our math program is to ensure that no McClure student skips any grade level skills or standards during their time here. We are working closely with our feeder schools to redefine what it means to challenge and support highly skilled math students. We are coming to an understanding that doing math “faster” or skipping grade level skills/standards doesn’t necessarily mean “advanced” or “mastery”.  That said, we are working on creating a more effective experience for our double-accelerated students (skipping 2+ years of math in elementary school); this year we have a total of ten students in this category and will have about the same next year. Otherwise, our students will continue on the math pathway that has been established.  A few more math “pointers”:

  1.  We place our math students based on the most appropriate “next” course in their learning. If a student does not receive the 7th grade curriculum in 5th grade, s/he needs to take this course in middle school. Skipping an entire year (or even a portion of a year) of coursework/standards/skills obviously does not serve students in their math development and can actually have fairly egregious consequences as students progress through school. Elementary, middle and high schools in the city and state are becoming more and more resistant to “double-advancing” students because of the reasons I listed above. 
  2. Our current students who have been double-advanced are now in Geometry or Algebra II – we have ten of them. This year’s pilot with having these Algebra II and Geometry students take on-line courses with tutor support has not proven to be optimal.  Next year, we will utilize one of our math teachers to teach and support these double-advanced students by combining advanced math courses into one math class.
  3. When students enter middle school (all middle schools) their placement in math has nothing to do with the Spectrum status.  Students are placed, again, based on the next “step” in the prescribed math pathway for all students in the state of Washington; this is even more crucial as we prepare our students each year to master a (now) more rigorous set of grade level standards and to perform well on our state assessments.  If a student is a 6th grader in 7th grade math, they are already advanced…there is no “advanced”, “honors” or “Spectrum” math courses at McClure.
  4.  All math teachers are following a pacing guide to ensure our students are on-point to learn all of the standards and to be prepared for high school and beyond.

New Staff and Staff Shifts!

Finally: I’d like to formally welcome a few new faces to the McClure staff.

  • Sheldon Durr has been hired for the remainder of the school year in Mr. Soble’s position; he is teaching 7th and 8th grade Social Studies.
  • Kelsey Way - new Instructional Assistant in Ms. Ingram’s classroom.
  • Nina Carpenter – new Instructional Assistant in Mr. Bremson’s program.
  • Sheilah Murphy – is our long-term substitute in the Special Education position vacated by Mr. Aytch at the beginning of the year and then Ms. McGinty in December.

There are also some familiar faces in new capacities in our building:

  • Laura McGinty is the long-term substitute in Ms. Littlefield’s classroom while Ms. Littlefield is on long-term health leave.
  • Jackie Harden has shifted into Ms. Ingram’s classroom to assume Instructional Assistant duties there.
  • Instructional Assistant Michael David has moved into Ms. Murphy’s classroom (formerly Mr. Aytch and Ms. McGinty) to provide support there.

Russell Wilson: Finally, I leave you with this.  Our building-wide principles highlight the concept of grit – the idea that no matter what, our McClure staff will support all of our students in looking at challenges with a mindset of perseverance and support them in reaching beyond their comfort zones. Sometimes work is easy, sometimes it causes a bit of anxiety, sometimes it seems like that hill you have to climb is mighty high.  The last Seahawks game and, in fact, this entire Hawks season verifies the power of this mindset. Russell Wilson says it best in his post-game interview:  

Q: What does it mean to be the first…to have a chance to win [the Super Bowl] back to back?

RUSSELL WILSON: Well, what it means is we’ve worked really hard for it. All the preparation, all the doubters, all the people that said we couldn’t get here, and it’s not about that, though. It’s just about the work that you put in. It’s just about the preparation that you put in and the belief in one another. A season is a long, long journey, to be where we are…It takes some ups and downs. It takes a lot of grit. It takes a lot of belief, and it takes a lot of consistency, too. That’s a big part of it… 

We challenge our students to consistently “work hard for it”, we support them when they struggle through the “ups and downs”. It’s about the preparation, the belief…and the journey.

Go Seahawks and Go Mavs!!

Shannon Conner
Principal, McClure Middle School

click here for: Informational Document on Language Arts at McClure Middle School - 2015-2015 School Year Change

Principals Newsletter

High School Tours for 8th Grade Students start this week!

McClure Library Wish List

We have a great way to contribute to the McClure Library for your kids, our McClure Middle School Amazon Wish List.

We've put together a great list of books that would be terrific additions to our library.

You can order the books on-line and have them shipped directly to the McClure Library, or print the list and take it to your local bookstore.

McClure Library Wish List

Breaking News - McClure Theatrical Production

Tuesday, December, 16, 2014
7:00pm ~ 8:00pm
McClure Lunchroom

Cost: $5

Channel Eight is Detroit's least-watched newscast.  The ratings are lower than ever, the viewers are leaving their TVs off so they don't accidentally tune in, the writers are adding on-air fights to the anchors' scripts, and the reporters can't tell a story to save their lives.  As a last-ditch effort, the station hires a news director with a plan to make Channel Eight number one.  What the station doesn't realize is that his plan involves a reporter being killed on air.  Will the Channel Eight news team catch on to his diabolical scheme?  Or will it turn out that the best way to break news is to fix it?  Find out, straight ahead.

Only 23% of families have donated so far. Let's work together!

Only 23% of families have donated so far.  Let's work together to get that percentage higher.  Now is your chance to donate to our McClure 2014 Fall Fund Drive, Education = Everything!  Every donation helps support ALL McClure students, and the funds we raise are spent this year.

Please give whatever amount fits your budget - large or small - every donation helps our students. Thank you for your support of our neighborhood school.

Education=Everything Poster

Turkey Bingo

Thursday, November 20, 2014
5:30pm - 7:30pm

McClure Gym

Cost: $5 for fifteen Bingo cards

Please join us for Turkey Bingo to support McClure families and students in need!

Proceeds benefit McClure's Community Learning Center which is the M.O.S.T. after school program and helps provide scholarships for students who might not be able to participate otherwise.

If you are able to donate a prize:

If you are able to volunteer for this super fun event:

Mavericks’ Book Fair

Monday, November 17th  through Friday, November 21st
7:30am – 3:30pm daily

Thursday, November 20th
5:00pm - 8:00pm - additional hours during McClure Turkey Bingo

McClure Library

Queen Anne Book Company, the bookstore right around the corner, will bring reading books to the school for a Book Fair November 17th-21st.  The Book Fair will be open from 7:30am - 3:30pm Monday through Friday, and open from 5:00 to 8:00 pm on Thursday, November 20th.

This is the perfect opportunity to buy holiday gifts for family and friends.

All payments will be processed at the book fair.  You can pay at school with cash or by check made out to Queen Anne Book Company.  We can also process credit cards.

Good news: Queen Anne Books is donating 10% the money you spend back to McClure to use for your library!

Thank you for your continued reading support.

Enjoy your holiday reading,
Ms. Chambers
McClure Middle School Librarian

Why Did We Donate?

20% of our families have donated so far. We would love to see support for McClure students from every family.

Please give whatever amount fits your budget - large or small - every donation helps our students.

Education=Everything Poster

Less Than Halfway to the Goal of $75,000

Education=Everything Poster

Education=Everything Fund Drive is the McClure fall fund drive for student and teacher needs at our neighborhood public middle school.

Education=Everything Teacher Testimonial

Education=Everything Fund Drive is the McClure fall fund drive for student and teacher needs at our neighborhood public middle school.

Education=Everything Poster

How is your money spent?

Education=Everything Fund Drive is the McClure fall fund drive for student and teacher needs at our neighborhood public middle school.

Education=Everything Poster

PTSA General Meeting, Tue, 10/28/2014, 6:30pm-8:30pm

Please join the McClure Middle School PTSA at our first General Meeting of the 2014-2015 school year.  The PTSA, in partnership with McClure Middle School, is pleased to welcome Kathleen Vasquez presenting:

Getting Smarter about the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBAC)

Tuesday, October 28th
6:30pm - Social
6:45pm - PTSA meeting start
7:00pm - 8:30pm - Presentation

McClure Middle School, 1915 1st Avenue West, Seattle, WA 98119 (

 Poster here

Where does McClure Stand?

Education=Everything Fund Drive is the McClure fall fund drive for student and teacher needs at our neighborhood public middle school.

Education=Everything Poster

Education=Everything Annual Fund Drive

Education=Everything Fund Drive is the McClure fall fund drive for student and teacher needs at our neighborhood public middle school.

Education=Everything Poster

Volunteering at McClure

Dear McClure Families,

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at McClure Middle School! Our community would not be the same without the unique skills and generous amounts of time that you bring. Every contribution is appreciated and volunteering is a great way to support your student and connect with the McClure community.

We wanted to keep you up to date regarding some new guidelines from Seattle Public Schools for volunteers - please see below. The full list can be found at the SPS website Volunteering in Seattle Schools page.

General Volunteering at McClure -- We welcome all volunteers at McClure Middle School! If you plan to volunteer this academic year, please complete the required actions below:

1. Fill out the Volunteer Screening Form(WATCH form): Print and complete this form and please return with a copy of photo ID.This is the same form we have completed and used for all our volunteers for several years, but it now needs to be completed every year.This form was also in your First Day packet and can be found on the SPS website.

If you have already sent in your Volunteer Screening Form already but did not send in a photocopy of your id, you may take a picture of it or scan it and send it to or send a copy to the front office attn Volunteer Coordinator.

Volunteers working directly with students (chaperoning, working with students in the classroom, tutoring etc)must also:

2.Watch the district video: Adult Sexual Misconduct Prevention Course foundhere. Once you complete the course, you will receive an online certificate to either email to the volunteer coordinator ( or to print out and bring to the front office.

3.Readand complete the signature pages of the SPS District Volunteer Handbook.

If you will be chaperoning an overnight field trip, I will be in touch with you regarding additional requirements.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns that you may have.

Elizabeth Hudd
Volunteer Coordinator

You're invited - Curriculum Night - October 1st

SAVE THE DATE - Curriculum Night
Wednesday, October 1st
6:30 – 8:15 pm

It's Back to School - For the Adults !!

Parents are invited to attend McClure’s 2014-2015 Curriculum Night. The evening is from 6:30-8:15.We’ll have a short welcome in the gym – (information and overview) like last year then off to the classrooms for teacher presentation.

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!

McClure Academics

Books and Bagels Book Club

Monday, September 29, 2014
2:30pm - 4:30pm

McClure Library

M.O.S.T. Registration Form

Book club will meet on Mondays to discuss and analyze great books, while enjoying delicious bagels and beverages.

Together we will have an interactive “get to know you” for the book club members, we will then answer questions and discuss the book in detail with students having the opportunity to be a facilitator.

Program dates are Mondays, 2:30pm-4:30pm :
September 29th
October 27th
November 10th and 24th
December 8th
January 12th and 26th.

"Proxy" by Alex London has been chosen for the first Book Club.

If you want to know more join Book Club on Monday, September 29th - stop by the library and pick up a copy.

Please email me at with any questions.

We look forward to seeing your child there!

Ms. Chambers
McClure Middle School

McClure Spiritwear

Lose your form? No worries, here it is. Show your Maverick Pride while sporting your Maverick Spiritwear !!
Printable form here.

SPS - African American Family Gathering

From SPS - School Family Partnerships Advisory Committee

Seattle Public Schools is recruiting parents/guardians of students in Seattle Public Schools to become part of the School Family Partnerships Advisory Committee to the Superintendent. We are looking for representation from our diverse families including diverse languages, cultures, family compositions, regions, special needs, etc.

Please pass on this message to family members at your school who you think might be interested in being part of the committee.

The first deadline to receive nomination forms is Friday, Sept 19th. But we will accept applications until positions are filled.

Invitation letter

Description and Charge
Nomination form

Thank you!

Margo Siegenthaler

School Family Partnerships Outreach and Training Specialist

Department of School Family Partnerships

Office of the Superintendent

MS 33-160

Seattle Public Schools

Phone: 206-252-0794

Fax: 206-252-0991

Town Hall presentation on Adolescents

7:30pm – 8:45pm

Laurence Steinberg: Adolescence, the ‘Age of Opportunity’
Downstairs at Town Hall; enter on Seneca Street. $5.
Town Hall is at the corner of 8th Ave & Seneca St.

Laurence Steinberg

Stages of puberty, learning to drive, joining the military, and registering to vote all occur during adolescence. According to Laurence Steinberg, these and other factors make ages 13-20 a crucial stage of development. Steinberg, an expert in adolescent psychology, says today’s parenting styles need to adapt to best accommodate the changes taking place at this stage of life. InAge of Opportunity: Lessons from the New Science of Adolescence, he outlines recent research and real-life examples of how “kids are both more and less mature than we think.” He’ll explain what makes teens “wired to succumb to temptation,” and the surprising ways decisions now affect their lives far into the future. A parent, an educator, and a researcher, Steinberg will offer concrete steps for parents and teachers to adapt to, embrace, and nourish their adolescents.

Presented by: Town Hall and University Book Store, as part of The Seattle Science Lectures sponsored by Microsoft. Series media sponsorship provided by KPLU.
Tickets: $5.
Town Hall member benefits: Priority seating, discounted onsite book sales.
Doors open: 6:30 p.m.
Learn more: About the author.

CORRECTED DATE for Picture day - Friday, Sept 12

Hi Mavericks - sorry for the confusion over the information re: Picture day !


We are looking for volunteers to help with Picture Day - on Friday September 12thfrom
We have the following shifts
8 am -10 am
10 am -12 pm
12 pm -2 pm
Please contactvolunteer@mccluremavericks.orgif you are able to help.
Thanks for supporting the McClure PTSA !
Also, online ordering information:
Enter Picture Day ID: LS614443Q0
Order and pay for your pictures andsend your student with the receipton picture day.
The hard copy order form is coming home with students today ortomorrowand will be posted on the McClure website later today!

Welcome Back BBQ - Thursday September 11

Volunteer sign-up to help at the BBQ can be found here - Thanks !

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 onThurs 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


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

Thanks for your help.
Go Mavs !

Stay Informed

Stay informed about what is happening at McClure:
Click here to sign up for the McClure PTSA's weekly email newsletter.

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 whereyou can visit with your friends andmeet some new McClure families and students!

schools feed into McClure and thisevent helps you get to knowyour new classmates and theirfamilies!

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!
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 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.
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


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

8th Grade Math
· Protractor / Compass

Algebra or Geometry
· Algebra TI-36x Pro calculator

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 !

6thgrade 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

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.

AmazonSmile Foundation Supports McClure

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The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of your total purchase to McClure Middle School.

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You can change the organization you support at any time.

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McClure Mavericks Summer Reading

Friday, May. 8, 2015| McClure Middle School, (206) 252-1900,

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 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 to read at least six nonfiction or magazine articles over the summer.

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

All Grade Read
Wonder – R.J. Palicio
The Julian Chapter – R.J. Palicio (ebook)
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 – AnnAguirre
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
Louis Sachar
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.












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 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

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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

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?

Upcoming Events

  • Sep01
    • 6th Grade Student & Family Meet & Greet6:30PM - 7:30PM
  • Sep03
    • 6th Grade Student Orientation9:00AM - 11:00AM
  • Sep09
    • Parent Coffee Reception7:45AM - 9:00AM
  • Sep21
    • Costa Rica Trip 2016 Registration8:00AM - 8:00AM
  • Oct19
    • Costa Rica Trip 2016 Registration8:00AM - 8:00AM


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