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 McClellan Elementary School
360 School Lane
Pittsburgh, PA, 15236
phone (412)655-2700
fax (412)655-3526

Upcoming Events

August:
Friday, August 23... Back 2 School BBQ (click here to see flyer from the PTA)
Monday, August 26... First Day of School 
 
 
*Every Wednesday will be a "Workout Wednesday"
*All Fridays are Black & Gold days for TJ spirit! 
*Please see the Activities Calendar along the left-hand side for additional dates and upcoming events

Welcome New Students

Earlier this month we held a "New Student Orientation" and a "Kindergarten Orientation".  We are so excited for all of the new faces to join our McClellan Family for the 2019-2020 school year! 
 
If you were not able to make it out for either of these events, please click here to see the slide show that was shared.
Kindergarten Safe Snack List
Due to the later Kindergarten lunch schedule this school year, we are encouraging every child to bring a daily snack to be eaten between 10:00-11:00AM. Click here for the safe snack list and additional information. Thank you.

2019-2020 Car Rider Registration and Information

In order to ensure the safest and most efficient methods for student dismissal, the West Jefferson Hills School District is continuing to use a system at the elementary and intermediate schools for those students who are being picked up at the end of the school day.  The system will utilize car tags and backpack tags to identify students and ensure that they are released only to drivers who are approved to pick them up.  Click here for the registration form and letter. All Car Rider Registration Forms are due by August 9, 2019 at Jefferson Hills Intermediate School.

Kindergarten Registration

 Click here for information on 2019-20 Kindergarten Registration.

Here We Grow!!!

Focusing on the growth mindset, our goal every year is to grow our kids to their fullest potential.  We want them to leave each year a little better than when they came to us... socially, emotionally, and academically.  One way we measure academic growth is through the NWEA: MAP test, administered 3 times through the school year.  At the mid-way point of the school year I shared growth data at an evening PTA meeting.  We had a lot to be proud of, and even more to be proud of now that the end of the year results are in.  Our district has historically been high achieving, and the MAP tests continue to show this as well:
  • Our mean RIT scores on the ELA (English/Language Arts) test are about 9 points higher than the national norm RIT in 1st and 2nd grade, and almost 80% of our students are scoring above that national norm RIT in those respective grades. 
  • Our mean RIT scores on the Math test are about 6 points higher than the national norm RIT in 1st and 2nd grade, and we average close to 70% of students scoring above that national norm RIT in those respective grades.

However, what I am most proud of is the fabulous job our staff did growing the students:

  • As a building, 98% of all students (K-2) showed growth in ELA.
  • As a building, 99% of all students (K-2) showed growth in Math. 

Students also receive an individualized "growth target" goal based on a number of factors.  The hard work the staff and students put in in each and every day paid off:

  • As a building, 78% of all students (K-2) met or exceeded their growth target in ELA.
  • As a building, 70% of all students (K-2) met or exceeded their growth target in Math. 

**(please click here to see the full presentation with grade-level breakdowns)

Accelerated Reader Celebration

We held our end of year Accelerated Reader Celebration, honoring students for reaching their reading goals this year.  Two students from each class were selected as "high flyers", earning recognition in front of the whole school... along with a book and a gift card for Chick-fil-a.  Also at the celebration, a variety of "animal-themed" items were raffled off to go along with our "I'm a Ro(AR)ing Reader" theme for the year.  And two lucky students went home with a Kindle Fire.  Later that afternoon, every student that met their reading goal every quarter this year was invited to our Popcorn & PJ Party with the Principal.  Take a look at the pictures below... 

Field Day

Another Field Day in the books, and it was a great time as always!  A special thanks goes to Mrs. Nagel, her Field Day Committee, and all the parent volunteers for making this such a wonderful tradition. If you weren't able to volunteer, take a look at the pictures below.  I'm sure you'll want to be a part of this fun day next year.
 
Congratulations to the yellow team for taking first place this year!  

At McClellan... We ROCK!

In February we introduced a School Wide Positive Behavior Intervention & Support plan (SWPBIS) to the students.  We wanted a systematic way to teach and reward positive behaviors, so we developed the following pledge:
 
 
For the whole month of May we focused on "K - Keep our hands and feet to ourselves".  Whenever students displayed this positive behavior, a staff member would give them a  "Rock Star Cash" coupon.  They would write their name on the cash and turn it in to the office.  We kept a separate collection bin for each grade level, and would ask the students  what they did to earn the cash before placing the cash in their bin.  At the end of the month, we picked 4 Rock Star Students from each grade.  Those 12 students enjoyed a Rock Star Luncheon with the principal (donated by McDonald's), and a Rock Star photo shoot.  We will keep their pictures up in our "Rock Star Hall of Fame" for the rest of the year.  
 
Our Rock Stars for May were:
Kindergarten - AJ Colaianni, Emma Razorsek, Carter Solivan, Addie English
Grade 1 - Kylie Phillis, Maguire McCafferey, Chase Riley, Nicco Salimbene
Grade 2 - Austin Hinkle, Maddy Oates, Emily Myers, Harper Burnstein
 
Check out their pictures below... 

Bring In Your Box Tops

The PTA will continue to collect Box Tops this year.  You do not have to attach them to a collection sheet like in years past.  Just send them in a baggie and your child can place them in the Box Top collection bin in their home room.
 
If you are wondering what types of products you can find Box Tops on, please click on the link below:
 
 
If you are wondering why we collect these, please watch the video of our students below;
 
 
The winner for the March collection was Miss Hense's class with 249 Box Tops. 
Students will benefit from a new Math Curriculum, Eureka Math, for the 2018-19 school year. Eureka Math curriculum has won accolades at the state and national levels, and is the only comprehensive math curriculum aligned to the Common Core State Standards at every grade. Please click here  for more information and to review a variety of helpful parent resources.

Artists of the Month

Each month, Mrs. Bowser will select 3 artists of the month from each grade level.  One for "Creativity", one for "Craftmanship" and one for "Concept".  These are also the categories that the students will be graded on in Art this year.  Please check back each month to see what lucky winners will be adorning our halls...
 
Congratulations to Bailey Merrell, 1st grade, on being selected as our Artist of the Year for 2019!
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