This week’s highlights

The most important news and events for the week of February 12, 2018:

“Pretty in Pink” Campaign


The Philadelphia Federation of Teachers will be selling pink pig cut-outs during the half days this week in front of the office. For a cash donation (which will go to “Komen for the Cure Philadelphia”) donors may decorate pink pig cut-outs.

Students Run Philly Style


Over the past 13 years, Students Run Philly Style has created a movement of healthy young people in Philadelphia — a movement­­ that has touched multiple generations of families and measurably impacted the lives of its participants. Serving 1,200 youth annually, the Students Run Philly Style mentoring model pairs youth ages 12-18 with volunteer mentors. Together, youth and volunteers train alongside each other as they prepare for the Broad Street run and a full or half marathon. After completing a major accomplishment, such as finishing a marathon, and forming a close relationship with a mentor, these students graduate from high school prepared to turn challenges into opportunities for success. It is this model that has proven itself to be the most powerful way to transform the lives of young people.

You may sign up online. All signups must be completed by March 2.

There is no registration fee.  In addition, there is no cost for any of the races Students Run Philly Style participate in.

This week’s highlights

The most important news and events for the week of February 5, 2018:

McCall Art Show

During the report card conferences, Ms. Mandell, our fantastic art teacher, will be having an art show in the main lobby.

Please make sure to stop by! The students have been busy creating incredible pieces this year!

Below is a small sample of their amazing work:

Google Expedition Day: Expeditions Augmented Reality (AR) Demo

Google expeditions

On Tuesday, February 13thfrom 2:30 to 3:00 PM, parents are invited to the Tech Lab (Room 219) for a sneak peak of a new program: Expeditions AR, an unreleased feature of Expeditions!

With Expeditions AR, teachers and students map the physical classroom and place 3D objects like one of Michelangelo’s statues on the students’ desks so that everyone can examine the statue together at the same time. Anything from a strand of DNA to a whirling tornado can be brought into the classroom.

Students will use our devices to get up close to see detail or step back to get a sense of scale and point out new discoveries together. Teachers are able to highlight specific points of interest on the object and incorporate it to suit the lesson.

Report Card Conferences/Early Dismissal


Report Card Conferences will take place on Wednesday, February 14thThursday, February 15th, and Friday, February 16th.  McCall will have early dismissal on these days. Your teachers will be in touch directly about conference times.

Please note that the specials teachers are available for parents’ drop in visits during the conference days. So stop by to visit Ms. Mandell in the art room, Ms. Gooding in the music room, Mr. Duenas in the gym, Ms. Smith in the tech lab, and Ms. Phillips in the library and learn more about the curriculum and your children’s progress!