Frequently Asked Questions
McClure Middle Frequently Asked Questions 2021-22
What will school look like in the Fall, 2021
Great Question (as of this publication, 1/21/21)! Every single one of us is optimistic that we will all be back together. Whatever the future brings us, though, we have proven we are ready for it. Our staff quickly pivoted to the virtual space in 2020 and worked tirelessly to engage and support kids to the extend that is humanly possible.
We miss our kids.
We can’t wait to welcome them back into our classrooms – and we can’t wait to welcome you into our community in the fall!!
How do I access up-to-date and important McClure information?
This is easy! Just download our McClure app! Go to the app store, type in McClure Middle School, and download the free app. The app includes access to helpful resources like: the daily bell schedule, Schoology and Source portals, Nurse and Counselors’ updates, Athletics info, etc. But…most importantly, it provides you access to just-in-time announcements and information so you are well-informed and prepared to support your middle schooler!
How will you welcome and reorient kids back into school in the Fall?
We have already started planning for this. We recognize that not one McClure student next year will have been in our building as a middle schooler for more than six months (next year’s 8th graders) and next year’s 7th and 6th graders will have never been in the school at all. In addition to what we already know about welcoming and familiarizing students into school in the fall, we know and are preparing for an even bigger and intense “lift” in the first weeks of school for all students. The good news is that we have many systems, resources and, of course, willing staff to facilitate a more robust on-ramping to the school year so students feel welcomed, safe and set up for success.
Traditionally, how do you help students transition to 6th grade?
McClure is organized to ensure a comfortable transition for our 6th graders. To facilitate a seamless transition to middle school we use a variety of strategies: in the spring, we send an informational document to families and request registration information. McClure counselors also reach out to 5th grade, feeder-school teachers to collect information on students’ needs so we have a sense of their strengths and needs before they arrive at McClure.
Enrolled 6th grade families will also receive notices throughout the spring and summer about other important resources and events – for example the W.E. B. (Where Everybody Belongs) Orientation, that occurs before school begins. All 6th grade students receive W.E.B. mentoring throughout the year from our 8th grade W.E.B. leaders.
We also coordinate activities and assemblies throughout the year to provide more support for all of our students and deepen our sense of what it means to be a McClure Maverick. For students who receive Special Education or English Language Learner Services, our teacher leaders in these services meet with the 5th grade teachers at “Riser Meetings” in June to glean information about individual students so we may serve them well.
How big is McClure, and how many 6th graders do you enroll?
McClure is a relatively small middle school with about 500-550 students. We enroll about 150-180 sixth graders each year.
What does the daily schedule look like?
Subject to change for the 2021-22 school year.
Students arrive at McClure at 8:35 a.m. and are to be seated in their first period class by 8:55 a.m. School ends at 3:45 p.m.
What will course requests look like for 2021/2022?
- During the week of 4/19/21 NEW Families will receive a welcome email with directions about completing an online elective request and information form.
- Electives available to 6th graders include: Choir, Band and Orchestra. Students may choose to be in these classes.
- All students must take PE per state law for one semester per year unless other electives do not allow room in their 6-period schedule.
- Exploratories are classes that allow middle schoolers to “explore” something outside of their core classes and are randomly assigned to students.
- Students and families do not make course requests beyond electives (Band, Orchestra, Choir – (and Spanish after 6th grade).
- Request and information forms need to be returned by 5/6/21.
- Schedules will be viewable on the SOURCE the day before school begins in the fall. Printed schedules will be distributed on the first day of school.
When does my child get his/her schedule?
Students get their schedules on the first day of school. Tables are set up in the gym organized by grade and students’ last names. Students meet friends, staff and parent volunteers in the gym to collect their schedules. Though schedules may be viewable on the Source preceding this date, we caution students and families that changes might be made up to the very last minute, so don’t become super attached to your schedule until the first day of school! 😊
Does every student have a locker?
Yes, every McClure student is assigned a locker. Students receive a locker use agreement during the first week of school, and lockers are given out during the second week of school. At the orientation in August, sample locks are available and students are taught how to open them. There is A LOT of support in helping kids get used to their lockers!!
Students do not need to bring all school supplies on the first day(s) of school since students won’t have locker assignments yet. Please bring a notebook and pens or pencils and backpack on the first day and teachers will let students know what supplies they will need before lockers are assigned. Lockers are assigned upon receipt of a signed locker agreement; signed by both parent and student. Note: Per school rule, locker combinations are not to be shared. Other school rules are outlined in our student planner. Students are expected to put backpacks and electronic devices in lockers as they are not permitted in the classroom during the day.
Can I use my cell phone during the school day?
McClure is a cell-phone-free zone during school hours. The expectation is to leave phones in lockers or at home.
How much homework is there?
The purpose of homework in middle school should be to reinforce or give practice with material already taught in class and is intended to be done by the student with minimal assistance from parents. Parents should not expect homework from each class every day as some assignments are best completed with direct teacher guidance in the classroom. Homework varies by classroom and by grade-level. On average, expect between 30-90 minutes of homework per night (with variability depending on use of class time and larger projects that come up during the school year). Students are to read 30 minutes daily.
How does one keep track of assignments/schoolwork?
Every McClure student receives a student planner at the beginning of the year. The planner is used to track assignments. Sixth graders are taught how to use the planner. The student planner is key to success as the class reading log, rubric for the log, hall passes and student code of conduct matrix with PRIDE expectations are all contained within the planner. Replacement cost is $5.00 (limited to availability); A xeroxed copy is provided for $3.00 if supplies run out.
Teachers post homework assignments, projects and other coursework information on their Schoology pages. Students’ grades are posted on the Seattle School District’s online tool The Source. More information on the Source, including instructions on how to register to gain access to The Source, is found on the SPS website, linked here. More information on Schoology is found on the SPS website, linked here. Note: teachers also utilize Schoology to inform students of upcoming assignments, activities and assessments. One planner is issued free of charge to each student at the beginning of the year.
Do all grades eat lunch together?
Yes, there are three different half hour lunch periods with mixed grades in each of the three periods.
Is bus transportation available?
Some McClure students come to us on school buses from the Queen Anne and Magnolia neighborhoods. The school does not set up transportation so to get a confirmed answer on how your child will be transported, you have to contact the Transportation Department for Seattle Public Schools and give them your address and the school. They will confirm if the transportation will be by school bus or by Metro. School transportation is typically not available within a two-mile radius of the school.
What schools feed in to McClure?
Based on the Seattle School District’s neighborhood assignment plan, we receive students from Coe, Hay, Magnolia, Queen Anne, Magnolia Elementary and Lawton Elementary schools. Most of our students come from the Queen Anne, Magnolia neighborhoods. We also have students who enter McClure from a variety of other Seattle neighborhoods, from other states and other countries.
How are students challenged at McClure Middle School?
All classroom teachers take student challenge and support very seriously. This is why they spend so much time collaborating with their teaching colleagues in developing differentiation strategies to both support students who are not mastering a skill or standard and to challenge and inspire students who are meeting or exceeding a particular skill or standard.
To better serve and increase rigorous learning opportunities for all students, McClure Middle School’s Language Arts Department follows a blended (or clustered) model for the composition of our Language Arts; all of our Language Arts courses will include students who have tested in to Spectrum and General Education students who have not. There are no separate Spectrum classes. We effectively serve our students in a blended model which will lead to higher achievement and opportunities for rigor for all of our students.
The McClure program offers math courses ranging from 6th grade math through Algebra I. Unlike elementary school, there are no “honors” or “Spectrum” math classes; students are placed in the next most appropriate math class (i.e. students who completed Math 6 will be promoted into Math 7). Students may be in math courses with students in other grade levels. McClure math teachers are observant of students’ cognitive processing intentionally utilizing observations, student achievement data and diagnostic assessments to ensure students are in the best possible placement.
What Special Education services do you offer?
McClure offers a range of services and supports for students who qualify for an IEP. Some students with IEPs attend all or most classes in a mainstream or inclusion setting. We also provide classes that are considered “Resource” in a special education setting for Math, Reading, Writing, Social and Study Skills for students who qualify for those services. Additionally, we have students with a variety of needs who are served in more intensive settings for some or all of their academic day, for example, at McClure we have a dedicated program for students who are considered Medically Fragile, a Social Emotional Learning (SEL) program for qualifying students with a need for intensive behavior supports and a variety of self-contained settings for students with specific individual needs related to their development. These settings are in the process of being named/realigned with the High School feeder configurations that are consistent with those student’s IEP and academic goals and needs.
What if my child has a 504 Plan in elementary?
We receive information about students who have a 504 support plan from elementary school. Our 504 coordinator will contact the family to review the plan with the 504 team and will make any necessary revisions.
Are there sports at McClure?
McClure participates in all sports offered by Seattle middle schools. They include: Fall – Co-ed Ultimate Frisbee, Girls’ Soccer; Winter – Boys’ and Girls’ Basketball; Spring – Co-ed Track, Boys’ Soccer and Girls’ Volleyball. To participate in the Seattle Public Schools sports program, your child will need to have an Athlete Registration & Physical Form filled out prior to participating. A portion of this form needs to be completed by medical personnel.
How can I be involved in the school?
There are many ways for parents to stay involved and stay informed about what is happening at McClure. McClure’s web site provides information on events and activities. The PTSA emails a weekly newsletter to each family. Many teachers provide ongoing email communication to keep parents updated on classroom assignments. To subscribe to the McClure PTSA newsletter or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our PTSA has many volunteer opportunities! At the beginning of the school year, you will receive either a hard copy or an electronic version of our Volunteer Form. Want to go ahead and sign up now? Email email@example.com. Middle school is over in the blink of an eye, so go ahead and jump in – there are many opportunities to help!