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As we believe that keeping you informed is an essential part of a strong student, family and school partnership, I would like to share some information with you regarding events at McCluer North yesterday and earlier today.
Due to strong storms that swept through the area Thursday afternoon, and high winds that persisted this morning, our school experienced some weather-related issues. Power went out when storms moved in Thursday around 4 p.m. When this occurred, a generator outside the school became operational. The unit began to burn oil a short time later, and the resulting smoke caught the attention of school staff who alerted the Florissant Valley Fire Department. Shortly thereafter, the cause of the smoke was discovered and FFSD staff was dispatched to make the necessary repairs to the generator.
Throughout the night and early this morning, District administrators were in contact with Ameren Missouri to track the progress of power restoration to several schools, including McCluer North. We were informed that all buildings except Halls Ferry Elementary School were restored, so the decision was made to hold classes today except at Halls Ferry. Upon arrival, we learned that 18 classrooms in our building remained without power; however, we were assured by the local utility that power would be restored to all parts of our building shortly. The decision was made to hold classes and arrangements were made to continue teaching and learning in our school as usual during the temporary power outage. Classes were relocated and other accommodations, such as signage to direct students from one girls’ and one boys’ first-floor restrooms to alternate restrooms, were made.
At 6:34 a.m., Florissant Police received an unsubstantiated bomb threat from an anonymous caller. Despite strong reservations about the credibility of the threat, police came to the school to conduct a building-wide sweep according to standard practice. This sweep was underway at arrival time this morning, which caused students to have to wait outside of our building for 30 minutes until the investigation could be completed. Police completed their investigation, finding no threat, and school was opened to students at 7:30 a.m. I want to thank everyone for their patience in this matter.
Students were directed to their classrooms, and those that were in the part of the building that was without power were relocated or teachers made other arrangements to continue instruction as necessary. I am proud of the resilience and commitment that many of our students and staff demonstrated during this time, until power was fully restored at 10 a.m. As the power came back on, we did experience an issue with the fire alarm sounding and facilities staff quickly stepped in to fix the issue.
I want to thank all of our students and staff for their cooperation as we all responded to these unexpected events. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me directly at 506-9207.
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- It is American Education Week. We have fantastic teachers at McCluer North! We have so many educators who go above and beyond to serve the students of our community. Many times, they aren't even interested in others knowing what they do behind the scenes. That isn't the reason they do the things they do to help a young person. They do it because they care about McCluer North and our student Stars! I am thankful for you.
- We have wonderful students that walk our halls each and every day. They are trying to figure out who they are and what they will be. Being a teen can be both scary and exciting, because the possibilities are truly endless. You have so many roads to potentially travel. Pick positive and good ones for a great life during and after high school. I am very thankful for you.
- The support staff at McCluer North does great work for our school community. They truly have the pulse of the building. They put in a lot of time and energy to make the building run efficiently for all of our stakeholders. Whether they are custodial, maintenance, office professional, or cafeteria, we owe them all so much. I am thankful for you.
- This is the best counseling crew I have seen since I have been at North. They work really hard to assist our students in a most personal way. They orchestrate all of our testing, help individuals out with post-secondary items, and most of all look out for the students in their grade level. It is a lot of work! I am thankful for you.
- Our parents are an integral part of what takes place at McCluer North each and every day. We have a very active PTG and we are always looking for more parents to join (contact Mr. Noel if interested). They raise money throughout the year for senior scholarships and Project Graduation. They do all of this strictly on a volunteer basis only. I am thankful for you.
- The administrators at our school try hard to help at all levels in the building, both with teacher and student/parent needs. No day is ever the same, trust me! It is an exciting part, of what we do, to see students grow from their freshmen year to graduates. Through good and bad, the administrators see them through the high school experience. That is the pay off each and every time. I am thankful for you.
- Our topnotch extracurricular programs keep students involved. We have so many adult sponsors/coaches that help facilitate these things, whether clubs, organizations, and/or team sports. They don't make a lot of money to do this. They do it because of their passion to continue teaching beyond the classroom walls.For many students, activities and athletics are a saving grace and keep them focused on school. I am thankful for you.
- We have a most excellent Florissant SRO in Officer Lee and our security staff does great things to keep us in a safe environment. It is often a thankless job. We count on them to be a presence in the building to safeguard the great things going on in classes and all around campus. It is a great group of caring people. I am thankful for you.
- The spouses and significant others of our staff understand the sacrifices of time and energy it takes to work in public education. I know I personally rely on my wife (Patrice) for emotional support and a sounding board to work through various things, great and small. I know this is the case for most of us, a built-in support system. I am thankful for you.
- Put all of these points together, it is easy to understand why we have Star Pride! I wish all of of those touched by our school a terrific Thanksgiving Break. Enjoy time off with your family and friends and know that first semester will soon be over as well. Finish strong and do your best on the EOC and finals. I am thankful for all the spokes in the McCluer North wheel.
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It is hard enough being a teenager. My biggest question is what gives any of us the right to make things harder for someone else? People can be emotionally distraught or hurt themselves physically due to this type of behavior. This is what happens when a student abuses Facebook, Kik, Instagram, creates burn pages, or negatively uses any of the countless sites that have developed over time. It is easy to sit on a computer and say/do terrible things towards others. These actions can have consequences in a school environment. Students have been suspended 10 days and gone to a hearing for what could be constituted as school disruption, cyber bullying, and harassment. If bad enough, you can also be arrested for the behavior. Over the last few years we have been dealing with social media situations that fall under these areas. I recently dealt with one that left me rather sad for all the parties involved. Instead of tearing each other down, we need to learn how to love one another.
I am not saying social media is all bad. It can actually enhance our enjoyment and lives. We use it in a positive fashion for our school newspaper, Facebook page, PTG, MN website, YouTube, and e-mail blast to parents with school information. It helps connect us to a greater audience and share information. The problem is when students get brazen enough to be mean and hurtful to others electronically. Students need to understand anything you put on a computer never really disappears. If someone is savvy enough with technology, they can retrieve pictures, texts, emails, and etc. Most people know how to do screenshots to capture an image. All of this can lead to great embarrassment and shame for the originator or those they target. If I could preach anything to our school community, it would be to make sure you are displaying responsible social media use at all times. With parents, please take the time to investigate what your son/daughter is actually looking at or involved with. It might surprise you. It surprises me more often than I would like to admit...
I've linked to resources for students, parents, and our staff to continue the conversation about digital citizenship.
NetSmartz Workshop - Articles, Videos, and Downloadable Presentations on a range of internet-safety issues
Posted by C. Baker on Oct 28, 130 comments View
Homecoming week on one end of the spectrum is exciting/fun/high energy and on the other physically/emotionally draining! A lot of preliminary work goes into the whole process, with dedicated staff and our student homecoming committee working together in the month plus. They are carefully planning the whole week out for our student body. They do all of this around the regular school window of time. When the week finally gets here, students are really excited and momentum builds. The bonfire on Thursday was well executed by Student Council! I am very pleased they are being more visible around campus. I personally took 75 pies to the face for the STUCO fundraiser! Let's just say I got my fill of whipped cream for a while. Whipped cream: it's not the greatest dinner option. We were worried about thunderstorms, but it turned out to be the best weather we have ever had for bonfire. Mr. Noel and Mr. Kern attempted to light the bonfire by using flaming arrows. Let's just say a little help was needed (thanks Mr. Harter).Saturday finally arrived for the parade. I personally thought the junior class (Mr. Frazier and Ms. Bell assisting) had the best float, with the freshmen as runner-ups! Clearly, all classes put a lot of work into it...keeps getting better each year. The football game was against a tough Hazelwood East. We got down early, but came back to win 31-30 on a Max Pauley field goal in the last minute! The dance went very well too. To be quite honest, I thought student behavior and school spirit was the best yet during this process. It made everyone very proud to be a STAR!
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Last year we created a partnership with Florissant Chipotle on North Lindbergh and New Halls Ferry. They promised to give us 50 percent of the proceeds if our McCluer North community came in with the flyer or mentioned verbally they support the high school. We did this last May on Senior Night. It brought in a nice amount of money for student activities. We have our next one this Wednesday, October 2nd, from 5 to 9 p.m. We could use the support of the entire school community to come out and help with this fundraiser. We appreciate their willingness to help raise funds for our students. We also are thankful for yours, as half of what is spent will help our North Stars!
The event has been added on the school calendar if you'd like to sync it with your mobile device. Linked below are directions for syncing with an Apple device, Google Calendar, or Android.
Posted by C. Baker on Sep 30, 130 comments View
This last Wednesday (the 18th), McCluer North staff and students were very busy helping out the Florissant community. It makes me very proud to see our school community doing things without personal gain. That is what service is all about for others.
The day started off with our National Honor Society and Renaissance students working with Red Cross for our semester blood drive. They helped recruit donors and worked the entire process with our friends from Red Cross. Teacher sponsors Ms. Klamm, Ms. Schnettler, and Ms. Kane navigated behind the scenes to make sure it was a fluid process. I am proud to say that 66 units of blood were collected! Having previously worked in a hospital and being in the military, I know firsthand how every donor is very valuable. I want to thank all involved for their help in making this happen. It very well could be someone in our Florissant community whose life is saved due to their generosity.
After school, we pulled together in the community garden (located behind the building) to construct eight more garden bins, set up four new benches, and establish a place for our compost area. We received our second Gateway Greening Grant, thanks in large part to Ms. Hancock and Ms. King. We had approximately sixty students and adults working to add on to our existing garden. Mr. Bender brought the JV soccer team over to assist as well. We are creating something that will be of use to our school community for years to come! If interested, five bins are currently available. Contact Ms. Hancock at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to utilize your green thumb.
If you are reading this and have been on the sidelines, I say get involved. There is a place and interest for everyone at McCluer North. Hopefully, I see you at our next event!
Posted by C. Baker on Sep 20, 130 comments View
We will use this blog to answer questions, discuss events at McCluer North, and give our school community another way to get information from the school. About five years ago, a parent had suggested we needed to communicate better with the home. I have taken that remark to heart. Since then, we have developed a much better school website, MN Facebook page, TeleParent voicemails, and e-mail blasts to parents (if you want your e-mail added, contact Mr. Noel at email@example.com). Now comes a blog! The blog will reflect events around campus and daily life. Some entries will be long, others shorter. Read what is interesting to you! Have a fantastic 2013-14 school year.
Posted by C. Baker on Sep 5, 130 comments View
Saturday we had our first home game for football, band, flags, pommies, and cheer. Our opponent was Jefferson City. They are always a tough matchup and have beaten us the first game of the year, several times in a row! I call it the Jefferson City Curse. All the young men have been very excited all week! I kept insisting different players hydrate each day at school. We had a very nice crowd. After an impressive first drive touchdown (our QB threw more than we have been doing in the past), we kept making too many mental mistakes. We were down 24-7 at half.
I love seeing the band sit in the home bleachers. I think it energizes the crowd more than sitting in the end zone bleacher. Mr. Schroyer has had the band moving in a very nice direction. The halftime medley was very entertaining, with the pommies performing a routine in the middle. Pom numbers are up big time! Dr. Metropoulos has teamed up with Ms. Kilcullen to get a nice group of girls together. I think the band, flags (kudos to Ms. Ehlers), and pommies looked as good as they have in the last nine years...impressive.
Much goes into preparation for game day. A lot of coordination happens in getting workers for the gates, trainer (superb job monitoring things by Ms. Mueller), security, custodians, team doctor, sound booth (Mr. Polk was on fire the whole game), and chain crew. The science department for years has been responsible for moving the chains during the game. Today it was Ms. Hancock, Mr. Gregory, Ms. Flecke (doing a nice tap dance to avoid a player going out of bounds), and new counselor Mr. White.
We were collectively very concerned about the heat. Mr. Smith (the hardest working man in show business) moved the game to a 10:30 start time in the morning. Cheer (Ms. Meitz and her ladies/gents, rock solid as usual) did a fantastic job, but they had to be melting in that sun! Star Girl had to take the head piece off for safety reasons. We knew if the heat advisory reached 105, we were required to stop the game. Sure enough, early in the third quarter things were halted. Better to be safe than have someone injured with a serious heat-related incident. Though we lost the game, it felt really nice having all these groups work in unison to showcase McCluer North! There is something very sentimental about the whole experience of a game and the cheering home crowd, regardless of outcome.
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We are three days into the new school year, but my head is still in the last one. I am typing this as I wait for the 2013 Summer School graduation to begin. We have sixteen students ready to get their diploma. I know it is tough for them all, at the end of their senior year, to realize they have come up just a little short. At that point, they have two options: give up or have the resolve to finish the race. They finished the race! I am very proud of them all. Part of what makes anyone successful is the ability to overcome personal challenges and push forward at all times. They are successful because they did not take the easy way out of this scenario. As they walked to the front of the board room to accept a handshake and diploma, they have my ultimate respect. Tonight, they have crossed one hurdle and are up to and ready for the challenges of the next life throws at them. Tonight, I am a very proud principal of these sixteen North Stars!
Posted by C. Baker on Aug 15, 130 comments View
Hello and welcome to the McCluer North High School website. We have great enthusiasm in being STARS, full of Star Pride! Our students are excelling in the classroom, community, and through technical, academic, artistic, and athletic competitions. McCluer North has been in the business of offering first-class education to students for over 40 years. We have fantastic teachers and support staff that help in making this happen. We consider our graduates well-rounded, civic-minded, and prepared for the challenges of life after high school. Please do not hesitate in contacting us for any reason and thank you for your continued and desired support.
Posted by C. Baker on Aug 15, 130 comments View