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PTA Provides a Fresh Look

Posted on October 12, 2016 at 11:05 AM

Thanks to the talents and effort of three of our PTA members, the gymnasium lobby and the teachers’ lounge received a wonderful facelift over the summer. April Smith and Linda Zangrilli gave the gym lobby a dynamic T.J. flare, including a great-looking jaguar logo. Linda and Laurie Woodward converted the old teachers’ lounge into a contemporary space with a fresh color palette, new cabinet hardware, and complimentary decorator accents. Both projects greatly enhance the atmosphere at McClellan!

The new gymnasium lobby

The old teachers' lounge

The new teachers' lounge


Red Ribbon Week

Posted on October 7, 2016 at 11:20 AM

We will be participating in Red Ribbon Week, a week-long, school-wide, drug-free awareness campaign from Monday, October 24 thru Friday, October 28.

The theme for Red Ribbon Week this year is: “YOLO, Be Drug Free.” #youonlyliveonce

Students can show their Drug-Free Spirit by participating in the following:

Monday 10/24/16: RED DAY “Red Ribbon week start-up, we are “RED-y to stay Drug Free!” Wear Red Shirts, pants, socks, etc.

Tuesday 10/25/16: MIX MATCH DAY “We won’t get mixed up with drugs, because we are Drug Free!” Wear mix match clothing and crazy socks.

Wednesday 10/26/16: CAMO DAY: “Be all that you can be, because you’re Drug Free!” Wear Camo clothing.

Thursday 10/27/16: CRAZY HAIR DAY: “We are Crazy about being Drug Free!”

Friday 10/28/16: TEAM DAY: “Team Up Against Drugs!” Wear your favorite team/sports jerseys or TJ gear.

PTA Council to Hold Stress & Anxiety Panel

Posted on October 3, 2016 at 10:30 AM

The West Jefferson Hills School District Council of PTAs will host an informational session for parents on student stress and anxiety. The panel will discuss how parents might recognize the signs and symptoms of stress or anxiety in their children, and will propose ideas to help both parents and students cope with these issues. The discussion will encompass all school age children from kindergartners who struggle with separation anxiety through high school juniors or seniors stressed out about Advanced Placement exams or choosing the right college or career path. Scheduled among the presenters will be Jeff Devinney, West Jefferson Hills School District Social Worker; Erin McManus, the Outpatient Supervisor at Mon Yough Community Services, and Rusty Hewitt from the Allegheny County Bureau of Mental Health Services. The panel will speak for approximately one hour and afterwards there will be a thirty minute question and answer session for the parents in attendance. The event is scheduled for Thursday, October 6, 2016, at 7:00 pm in the LGI Room at Pleasant Hills Middle School. Parents from nearby communities are also welcome to attend.

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Giant Eagle Advantage Card Program Pays Off

Posted on September 18, 2016 at 9:40 PM

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Thanks to those who have participated in the Giant Eagle Apples for Students Program, and designated McClellan Elementary as their school of choice, the following pieces of sports equipment have recently been purchased. These additions will provide more play and exercise opportunities for the students, encouraging a healthy and active lifestyle.

  • MacGregor® Rubber Soccer balls
  • Spiral TeachBALLT Junior Training Football
  • MacGregor® X2Y Youth Football - Rubber
  • Voit® Tuff 6 1/4" Dodgeball (low bounce so they won't go over the fence on the lower playground)
  • Compact Ball Locker for cleanup and storage
  • Tchoukball Set
  • HoopKlipz™ With Posts (You can use a hula hoop with this set to create a target to throw things through. The intended use is as a Frisbee or football target.)
  • Plastic Play Balls (6-Pack)
  • Voit® Enduro 8 1/2" Ball - Prism Pack (six for recess, and six to give back to gym for lending us balls that were lost or broken over the hill)
  • US Games Tail Balls (6-Pack)
  • BSN Pop Up Soccer Goal - 72" W
  • Zume Badminton Set (4 rackets,2 birdies,net, poles, case)
  • Hoop Storage Bag - 36"
  • GameCraft® 9 in. Plastic Flying Discs (6-Pack)
  • Premium No-Kink® Hoops - 36" (These can't be ruined by kinks. The kids like to pull each other around with them sometimes.)
  • High Fly'n Footbags (6 to be used as hackie sacks)
  • Junior Plastic Molded Paddle-Prism Pack
  • Adjustable-Length Speed Ropes
  • Segmented Jump Rope w/Foam Handle - 16'

If you haven't already, we encourage you to register your Advantage Card in the Giant Eagle Apples for Students Program. It really does make a difference.