April 25, 2015

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TRAGEDIE OF MACBETH – 8th GRADE THEATRE PRODUCTION APRIL 28 – MAY 1

Tickets are now available for purchase here for the 8th Grade Theatre production of Tragedie of Macbeth, running for 4 consecutive nights from Tuesday, April 28th through Friday, May 1st at 6:30PM. Stay tuned for more details coming soon, including cast lists. Enjoy the video ‘sneak preview’ below featuring McAuliffe students who are in this amazing production!


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+ INTERNATIONAL NIGHT – MAY 7TH

One evening, two great events! Join us Thursday, May 7th for our combined Shakespeare in the Courtyard +  International Night event in the South Courtyard! Starting at 5:30PM, kids will present several scenes from Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew, performed by students who auditioned for our Shakespeare Club. Then Ms. Wood-R’s a cappella choir will treat everyone to an amazing singing performance. Starting at 6:30pm, enjoy our 2nd annual International Night celebration with food trucks, music, games, and a raffle drawing! Our new Global Service Leadership Group will make a presentation about their work with Free the Children to raise money for a village in Kenya. The combined event will be a great chance to enjoy these student presentations and socialize with other McAuliffe families as we approach the end of this school year.

 


PROPOSAL FOR SECOND MCAULIFFE SCHOOL

McAuliffe has applied to open a second school in the Manual campus for the 2016-2017 school year. Please see this letter from Principal Kurt Dennis regarding this proposal and how to find out more information.


REGISTRATION DATES FOR 2015-2016 SCHOOL YEAR

6th Grade Registration:

  • Tuesday, June 9th –  Last names A – L, 9:00-11:00am or 1:00-3:00pm
  • Wednesday, June 10th –  Last names M – Z, 9:00-11:00am or 1:00-3:00pm

7th and 8th Grade Registration:

  • Last names, A – L: Tuesday May 26th, Wednesday May 27th, Thursday May 28th from 8:00-11:00am
  • Last names, M – Z: Tuesday May 26th, Wednesday May 27th, Thursday May 28th from 1:00-3:00pm

OUR BIGGEST SERVICE LEARNING DAY YET!

Our 3rd annual Service Day was a big success on Friday, with over 700 students working with local and global charity organizations for the whole day. The morning began with a keynote address from Mayor Michael Hancock and a grant ceremony in which students presented a total of over $5700 raised through Penny Harvest to 21 charity organizations. The representatives of those organizations shared heartfelt stories about their charity work with our entire student body, and it was hard to tell who was more moved by the experience! Then students headed out to local charities to lend a helping hand at these very deserving organizations. Thanks to all our staff and parent chaperones for helping us make this Service Day possible, and a big thanks to service learning coordinator Sherry Beardshear for organizing this massive undertaking!

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REGISTRATION FOR 2015-2016 SCHOOL YEAR

Please save the date for registration for the 2015-2016 school year. Come register during the last name times listed below, or during whichever time works for your schedule.

  • Last names, A – L: Tuesday May 26th, Wednesday May 27th, Thursday May 28th from 8:00-11:00am
  • Last names, M – Z: Tuesday May 26th, Wednesday May 27th, Thursday May 28th from 1:00-3:00pm

MATH TEAM TAKES 3RD AT MATHCOUNTS STATE COMPETITION!  

McAuliffe Math Team students competed in the MathCounts State competition in late March at DU. Four students represented McAuliffe in the team competition and took 3rd Place, and nearly all competing at the individual level came in the top 100, including 7th, 9th, and 11th place. Congratulations to the entire Math Team of 55 kids who have been working hard for two mornings a week for the entire year, and a big thanks to Coach Graham Ray!

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DESTINATION IMAGINATION TEAM WINS REGIONAL COMPETITION!
Congratulations goes to our two Destination Imagination teams who competed in the district competition on Saturday in the category ‘Feary Tales’. The 8th grade team (pictured below) came in 1st place! They will now go on to the state competition, which will be held in April. Our 6th grade team came in 4th place overall, missing 3rd place and a shot at state by only a matter of a few points.

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SCHOOL CHOICE PLACEMENTS FOR 2015-16

The lottery for seats at McAuliffe for the 2015-16 school year has been completed and families have been notified of their placement via email or letter by the Office of Choice and Enrollment Services. McAuliffe accepted 285 sixth grade students (35 more than the previous school year). Unfortunately, we were not able to meet all of the demand from families in the Greater Park Hill/Stapleton Enrollment boundary. One hundred thirty-five students from the boundary have been placed on a waitlist and will be notified in order as seats become available. If you have a question regarding the waitlist, we will be able to provide you with information starting on Monday, March 16th. If you have questions or concerns regarding the School Choice process, please contact the DPS Office of Choice and Enrollment Services at 720-423-3493.

For families that were placed at McAuliffe for the 2015-16 school year but wish to relinquish their student’s spot, please complete and turn in this form right away. (Spanish language version)


THANKS FOR SUPPORTING OUR PRODUCTION OF HAIRSPRAY!

Thanks to all who supported and attended our 7th grade Theatre Arts production of Hairspray! Three different casts put on preview and full productions of this lively musical this past week, and the students gave their last performance on a very snowy February day to a packed house. Congratulations to all the students who took part in this production, and a big thanks to Drama teacher Jennifer Carabetta for working with the kids to put on such a great show!

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UPDATED RED/WHITE DAY CALENDAR FOR 2014/15 – * posted February 26, 2015 *

Please see this updated Red Day/White Day calendar. This was updated in response to February 26th being a snow school closure day.


THANKS FOR SUPPORTING REACH FOR THE STARS!

Thank you to everyone who attended the Reach for the Stars fund raiser at DaVita. It was a great success, and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. If you were unable to attend the fundraising event this past Friday, McAuliffe would still love your support! Check out details of our fundraising goals here! Or make a monthly or one-time donation online here!


SPRING SPORTS SEASON  

Check out our Athletics page for the latest news about our upcoming Spring Sports season at McAuliffe, including Girls Soccer, Boys Baseball, 6th Grade Boys and Girls Basketball, Girls Golf, Boys and Girls Lacrosse, Tennis, and Futsal! You’ll find information about tryouts, which club sports don’t have tryouts, dates and times, and more.


2015/16 MCAULIFFE SCHOOL CALENDAR

Our McAuliffe school calendar for the 2015/16 school year is now posted here. Please note the McAuliffe school calendar is different from the DPS 2015/16 school calendar.


ORDER SCHOOL UNIFORMS ONLINE

Parents order their student’s school uniform online with our uniform vendor SAI Team Sports. To view uniforms and place your order, go to their online McAuliffe uniform store here. Note that if you have not ordered from the site since the beginning of the year, because SAI Team Sports has a new website and host, you will need to setup a new account as your old one will not work. Orders are shipped directly to the customer address. Please contact Kevin Hill at SAI Team Sports at 303-664-5580 if you have any questions regarding your order.


UPCOMING STUDENT TRIPS 

McAuliffe staff and parents are leading some great upcoming trips for students, including Curtain Time in London and a STEM-focused trip to England, and a trip to New York City being planned for the 2015/16 school year. There is a trip in April for current 8th graders to Washington D.C., and planning has begun for the trip to Washington D.C. in May 2016 for next year’s 8th graders. Check out our Activities and Trips page for more information, and find more details in our McAuliffe School News.


MCAULIFFE RANKED ONE OF THE TOP TEN MIDDLE SCHOOLS IN COLORADO!

The Colorado Department of Education released its 2013-14 school report cards in December and for the second year in a row, McAuliffe earned an A+ and is ranked #10 out of 505 middle schools in the state of Colorado for our academic achievement and growth! Congratulations to our students and staff for their hard work and for our amazing parent community for your continued support!School scores may be viewed here.


MCAULIFFE LANGUAGE ARTS CLASS FEATURED IN DPS VIDEO

DPS recently highlighted one of our Language Arts classes, which we’re proud to share here. This was a collaborative project with Stephanie Gronholz, Jennifer Snodgrass, and Anne Walker for 7th grade Language Arts last year.

“In Stephanie Gronholz’s Language Arts classroom at McAuliffe International School in northeast Denver, small groups of students are digitally redesigning poetry in iMovie. They blend sound and imagery as they decipher the layers behind poetry such as Casey at the Bat. “It’s a different way of getting down to the meaning of the poem,” said one student, “what it means on the surface and then down on a deeper level.” Watch the video “The Poetry of Success”. Also with Spanish subtitles.”

The Poetry of Success – Denver’s New Academic Standards (Video 1 of 4) from Denver Public Schools on Vimeo.


SCHOOL ACCOUNTABILITY COMMITTEE

The McAuliffe School Accountability Committee meets the third Thursday of every month at 7:00pm in the library. The meetings are open to the public. If you would like to be a voting member of this committee, please contact principal Kurt Dennis at kurt_dennis@dpsk12.org.


UPDATED MCAULIFFE FAMILY HANDBOOK – 2014/15

The 2014/15 McAuliffe Family Handbook is available in PDF format here. We do not plan to provide this handbook in printed format but will continue to make it available throughout the year on this page. If you have comments, questions or concerns, please submit them via e-mail to kurt_dennis@dpsk12.org.


McAuliffe School Video

If you don’t have time to attend a tour or open house, please check out this video about our school.  It will give you a great feel for the energy and spirit of our students and school!

 


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