May 27, 2015

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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

ORDERING SCHOOL SUPPLIES FOR 2015-2016

Information about ordering school supplies is available when you register your student. You may purchase supplies on your own, or for greater convenience you may purchase an EduKit for your student online here by June 10th for the best pricing and free shipping. A confirmation will be emailed to you after your order is placed, and your child’s EduKit will be available during Locker Check-In before school starts.


SUMMER READING HOMEWORK

Stay mentally active with some great summer reading! Check out our summer reading homework, book recommendations, and summer gatherings at the Park Hill and Sam Gary (Stapleton) public libraries on our Summer + Back to School page.


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. For special pricing and free shipping, please order by July 31, 2015; orders must be placed by July 15 to ensure delivery for the beginning of school. 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.


2015-2016 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.


2015-2016 MCAULIFFE FAMILY HANDBOOK

For our new and returning families at McAuliffe, please read our 2015-2016 Family Handbook here. We do not provide this handbook in printed format but will continue to make this link available on our website here for future reference. If you have comments, questions or concerns, please submit them via email to kurt_dennis@dpsk12.org.


CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 8TH GRADERS! 

On May 21st, our founding students graduated from McAuliffe in a beautiful Continuation Ceremony held at East High School. Thank you to our founding class for their great work these past three years and for laying the foundation for our wonderful school community. We will miss you and wish you all the best as you continue on to high school!

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IMPORTANT CAMP INFO FOR 6TH AND 7TH GRADERS! 

Our 6th and 7th graders are going to Outdoor Education Camp next week, May 26-28! Be sure to check out details regarding departure and return times, what to bring, and much more on our website here.


6TH GRADE PERFORMANCES OF ALICE IN WONDERLAND!- MAY 18-20

Come and join us for a trip down the rabbit hole in our production of Alice in Wonderland, May 18-20 at 6:30pm! The most frequently quoted and well-known children’s story of all time is brought to life by McAuliffe 6th graders. Lewis Carroll’s unflappable young heroine, Alice, takes a tumble down an enchanted rabbit hole to an off-kilter world of mock turtles, punctual rabbits, and mad tea parties. Playing cards hold court, and nothing is as it seems in this land where whimsy and wordplay are the order of the day. Will Alice be able to get find her footing in this bizarre place?! More importantly, will she ever figure out how to get home?! Tickets are available for purchase online here, or at the door.

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THANKS FOR COMING TO TRAGEDIE OF MACBETH!

Thanks to all who came to our production of Tragedie of Macbeth! Our 8th grade theatre students performed four consecutive nights, and their command of this Shakespeare tale was impressive! Thanks to Macy for her opening dance performance each evening, which wowed the audience.

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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.


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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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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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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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.


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!

 


Find the latest edition of McAuliffe School News here!