McClure holding Open House and Tour for prospective students and their families

If you’re the parent of a soon-to-be middle-schooler, mark your calendars for this Thursday, January 29th. McClure Middle School is hosting an Open House and Tour to help families learn more about Queen Anne’s neighborhood middle school. Incoming students can learn more about their new school and parents can learn more about what McClure offers its students.

Check out the flyer below for all the information you need to know:

Inspire future scientists! McClure seeks scientists to present at Science Career Day

McClure Middle School is hosting a Science Career Day on Thursday, April 10th, and they need guest speakers to inspire kids and answer their questions on what it’s like to be a scientist.

If you have a cool science career or know someone who does and would be a great speaker, this is a great opportunity to make Science Career Day a success, and inspire future scientists. The school is hoping for at least 13 guest speakers, and it needs your help!

In addition to speaking at Science Career Day, the school is also interested in field trips to real-life scientist work locations – a great opportunity for students to learn even more about what it’s like to work in a scientific field.

McClure teaches the following subjects, and is especially interested in guest speakers for these areas:

  • 6th grade – Chemistry, Biology, Genetics, Human Body
  • 7th grade – Chemistry, Physics, Catastrophic Events
  • 8th grade  – Astronomy, Physics, Catastrophic Events, Human Body

For interested speakers, McClure Middle School is at 1915 1st Ave W and the school day starts 7:50am and finishes at 2:20pm. McClure has 3 time blocks for Guest Speakers to share their expertise with students, presenting to 2-3 classrooms for 30 minutes. If you or your nominated speaker needs more or less time, just ask!

  • Block 1 – 7:30 am – 10am
  • Block 2 – 9:30 am  – 12noon
  • Block 3 – 12noon – 2:30 pm

If you’re interested in inspiring future scientists, contact Sandra Katsoolis via email or at 206-512-0440.

Free Screening of “Race to Nowhere” at McClure Middle

The McClure Middle School PTSA is hosting a free screening of the documentary “Race to Nowhere” on Wednesday night. Filmmaker and mother Vicki Abeles’ “Race to Nowhere” premiered at film festivals in 2009 before opening in select theaters in 2010; it highlights the stories of students “who have been pushed to the brink by over-scheduling, over-testing and the relentless pressure to achieve.”

A concerned mother turned filmmaker aims her camera at the culture of hollow achievement and pressure to perform that has invaded Americaʼs schools.  It is destroying our childrenʼs love of learning and feeding an epidemic of unprepared, disengaged, and unhealthy students.

This remarkable new film shines a light on the price our kids pay for this “race to nowhere.” Cheating is commonplace, stress-related illness, depression and burnout are rampant, and ironically, young people arrive at college and the workplace unprepared and uninspired.

Race to Nowhere is a call to families, educators, experts and policy makers to examine current assumptions on how to best prepare the youth of America to become the healthy, bright, contributing and leading citizens in the 21st century.

You can watch the trailer and read more about Race to Nowhere online. The McClure screening is free and open to all. Advance registration is helpful but not required.

Key Details:

  • What: McClure PTSA General Meeting and screening of Race to Nowhere
  • When: Wednesday, January 23 at 6:30pm (PTSA meeting is at 6:00 pm)
  • Where: McClure Middle School Cafeteria

McClure Middle Recognized for Outstanding Academic Improvements

McClure Middle School is one of six Seattle public schools that has been recognized for “outstanding academic improvements in math and reading” – landing the school in the top 5% of the highest-improving schools in the state. This is McClure’s first year winning the award, which will be presented at a ceremony on January 24th at the Puget Sound Educational Service District headquarters in Renton.

Joining McClure in outstanding academic improvements are Greenwood Elementary School, Hamilton International Middle School, Jane Addams K-8, Mercer Middle School, and Wing Luke Elementary School.

According to Seattle Public Schools Superintendent José Banda:

“We are honored to have our six schools recognized with this prestigious award. It reflects the ongoing achievement of our students in math and reading, thanks to our strong teachers and instructional leaders.”

McClure and the other 5 SPS schools are also among 96 schools in Washington State that met the Schools of Distinction performance criteria for this school year. Congratulations to McClure Middle School’s teachers and students!

QA Windermere gives back in day of service Friday

This Friday is the 27th annual Windermere’s Community Service Day. Our local Queen Anne associates will be taking the day off from their normal duties to roll up their sleeves and get dirty doing extensive landscaping and painting projects at McClure Middle School and the Queen Anne Community Center.

Other local projects in other neighborhoods include:

Green Lake – Daniel Bagley Elementary: development of the outdoor classroom including construction of a shed and benches.

Fremont – BF Day Elementary: grounds maintenance and the creation of paper “birthday crowns” for the student body.

Wedgwood – Theodora (HUD 202) Housing: projects as assigned.

Sand Point – Magnuson Park YMCA: projects as assigned.

Lake Forest Park – Ballinger (Low income) Homes: maintenance and beautification projects as directed.

Northgate – Olympic View Elementary: flower and shrub planting.

Oak Tree – Greenwood Elementary: maintenance and beautification as directed.

Successful Schools In Action open house Tuesday

Local education non-profit Successful Schools In Action is hosting an open house fro 3 to 6 p.m. tomorrow, Tuesday, March 29 at McClure Middle School, at 1915 1st Ave. W. in Portable 1. SSIA invites commuting members to stop by and learn about the programs and plans the organization has in the works for the 2011-2012 school year.

Also coming up on the SSIA calendar:

Readers Workshop for Parents – Make reading fun – for you and your student! Every Wed. for five weeks beginning April 27th. Register Here

Spring Break Art Camp – Choose from Painting, Cartooning, Improv, and Plushie Monsters! Tues. – Thurs., April 19, 20, & 21, For 3rd – 6th graders. Register Here

Find more information on SSIA, its work, and programs in the community on the SSIA website.

Coe & Queen Anne Elementary lead in month-long Zaw School Days fundraiser

Last week we reported on Zaw’s month-long fundraiser for neighborhood schools called Zaw School Days, coinciding with the shop’s one-year anniversary on the hill. On every Tuesday and Wednesday through the end of the month the bake-at-home pizza place will be donating $5 to the neighborhood school or PTA funding effort of your choice for every order of $20 and up.

Just one week into the fundraiser Zaw released its donation totals so far, and Coe Elementary and Queen Anne Elementary are two schools leading the way, earning 35 percent of the donations each. From Zaw:

Our first week was a great success, the families and friends of Coe and Queen Anne Elementary came out in force, but there are still three weeks left for McClure, John Hay and St. Anne’s to give them a run for their donation dollars!

In addition to donation checks for each school, we’re spicing things up thanks to a suggestion from a Zaw School Days customer this past week! Whichever school receives the largest number of $5 donations, Zaw will gift an extremely special auction item to the winning school – an all-inclusive Ultimate Pizza Party birthday package for up to eight kids (a up to $150 value)!

Two teen suspects found in McClure school break-in

At approximately 3:48 a.m. today, Thursday, July 1, police were called to McClure Middle School, located in the 1900 block of 1st Ave W, by a silent burglar alarm, according to the SPD Blotter. Officers set up a containment while a K-9 unit began tracking the area. Officers then spotted two juvenile males exit the school and contained them while school security arrived and search the building for any damage or missing property, of which they found none. The two suspects, both 15 years old, admitted to entering the school and were interviewed by police before being released to their parents.

Windermere donates day of service to McClure Middle School & QA Community Center Friday

Windermere’s Queen Anne office will be donating a day of service to McClure Middle School and the Queen Anne Community Center this Friday, June 18, as part of an annual program dedicated to “making a positive change” in the neighborhoods and communities Windermere serves through a workday devoted to “local service projects and volunteerism.”

All day on Friday agents and staff from the Windermere Queen Anne office will be working outside, landscaping and reconstructing the entrances to both McClure and the community center, including painting of all the doors and entryways and planting of 40+ native plants.

Many neighbors and local organizations have made contributions that make the project possible, including Leanne Goulding from Terra Design, Dan Soria from Soria Structural Steel, Candi Nicholson and Gretchen DeDecker from the Seattle School District, Cedar Grove Composting, Swansons Nursery, and Amber Soria and Rene Stern from the Windermere Queen Anne office.

Queen Anne Community Council meeting tonight

The Queen Anne Community Council‘s monthly meeting is happening at 7:30 p.m. tonight, Wednesday, June 2 at the McClure Middle School cafeteria. On the agenda for tonight’s meeting:

7:30 p.m. – Adoption of Agenda, Approval of Minutes, Treasurer’s Report
7:35 p.m. – Open Forum, Comments
7:45 p.m. – McClure Middle School update- John Loacker, Greg Bjarko
8:00 p.m. – Denny Triangle Report-Craig Hanway
8:30 p.m. – Committee Reports:

  • Parks Don Harper
  • LURC/Planning Craig Hanway
  • Communication Michael Lapin
  • NAC Kirk Robbins, Jim Smith, Ron Mason, Don Harper
  • District Council Mike Warren
  • Transportation
  • Social Issues Kirk Robbins
  • Police & Crime Allen Panich

9:15 p.m. – New Business
9:25 p.m. – Adjournment

And just so you can plan ahead, here are upcoming meeting notices for the QACC and its committees over the next month.

  • QACC: July 7, 7:00 p.m., Queen Anne Community Center
  • Parks Committee: June 8, QACC, 7:30 p.m.
  • LURC/Planning: June 21, QACC, 7:00 p.m.
  • Transportation: TBA
  • NAC: June 16, Port Headquarters
  • District Council: June 14, QA/Mag Neighborhood Service Center, 7 p.m.

Keep up to date on QA Community Council happenings on the QACC blog.