December 18, 2014

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WINTER DANCE – Important Information

On Friday, December 19th from 7:00-9:00pm, McAuliffe will be hosting its annual winter dance. This event is meant to be a fun evening and a reward for all of our student’s hard work this school year. Please help us to make this evening safe for all students by making sure that your student is picked up by 9pm. In order to more evenly distribute traffic, 7th and 8th grade students will be dropped off and picked up on the north side of the campus in the staff parking lot and on 26th Avenue. 6th grade students will be dropped off and picked up on the south side of the campus on 25th Avenue.

Please understand that being able to attend the dance is a privilege for students and not a right. Any student that is dismissed from class or school wide events due to disruptive behavior over the course of the next two weeks will not be allowed to attend the dance on the 19th. If you have any questions or concerns about this policy, please email Principal Kurt Dennis at kurt_dennis@dpsk12.org.


MCAULIFFE RANKED #10 MIDDLE SCHOOL IN COLORADO!
The Colorado Department of Education released its 2013-14 school report cards last week. School scores may be viewed here. McAuliffe earned an A+ and is ranked #10 out of 510 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!


MCAULIFFE RATED “DISTINGUISHED”!

The DPS School Performance Framework Report Cards were released on September 23rd, and McAuliffe was recognized as a Distinguished (Blue) School for our work last year. Thank you to our staff for their great work and to all our students for their academic effort this past year!


MCAULIFFE OPEN HOUSE EVENTS AND TOURS FOR PROSPECTIVE FAMILIES

We have posted new information about our Open House events and School Tours for prospective families for the 2015/16 school year on the Enrollment page of our website. This includes information about the schedule and format of School Tours, our enrollment boundary, links to register, and information and deadlines about the DPS SchoolChoice process.

Open House dates are as follows:

  • Thursday, October 30th – 6:30pm
  • Thursday, December 11th – 6:30pm

THANKS FOR COMING TO OUR THEATER PRODUCTION!

Thank you to all who came to our fall theater production of The Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow! It was a fantastic way for our 8th graders to start the year and entertain the crowd with this spooky play. And thanks to our generous parent community for helping us update our auditorium equipment and for supporting these talented students who worked so hard. Congratulations to Mrs. Bentley, and thanks are due to Ms. Olesiak for set design, Ms. Benton for sound and singing, and Ms. Carbetta for her support! Bravo to the casts of Sleepy Hollow!

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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.


WE REACHED OUR FALL FUNDRAISING GOAL!therm 20000 goal

We’re finalizing our fundraising tally for our Fall Campaign, but so far we have raised $24,314! This includes $3,020 from Mary Gerwin’s shred-a-thon event, $400 from Eric Theil’s Fire Work Pizza truck and $400 from the McAuliffe run hot dog stand at the Fall Festival. Reaching our goal of $20,000 unlocks an additional $20,000 matching grant that will go toward updates to our auditorium, including new lights, spots, and stage enhancements. Thank you everyone for your contribution to our successful fundraising campaign!

For more information on our Fundraising efforts, visit our Fundraising page here.

 


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 CALENDAR 2014/15

View our McAuliffe School Calendar for 2014/15. This calendar will remain available on our Calendar and Schedule page on our website.


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.


Reach for the Stars Event a Big Success!

Thank you to everyone who joined us on March 14th for a great fundraising event at DaVita! For those who were not able to attend, we’ll share details of our fundraising efforts with our McAuliffe families in an upcoming email newsletter. In the meantime, here is our new McAuliffe video we shared at Reach for the Stars showcasing the energy and spirit of our students and school!


McAuliffe International School Rated One of the Top Ten Middle Schools in the State of Colorado!

The Colorado Department of Education’s School Performance Framework, which came out in December, ranks McAuliffe International School  #8 out of 503 middle schools in the state of Colorado.  McAuliffe is one of only ten middle schools in the state to receive an A+ rating!  For more information, please go to http://coloradoschoolgrades.com/SchoolSearch.aspx?topRanked=true&st=2 click on our school name and you can see how we did in each specific content area. Congratulations McAuliffe students and staff!


UNIFORM ORDERS

Students can now order their McAuliffe uniforms online at http://www.saiteamsportsnorth.com/school-uniforms-mcauliffe-international-c-64.html. Orders will be processed each month on the 15th.  Once orders are filled, they will be shipped directly to the student’s home.


MCAULIFFE FAMILY HANDBOOK

The updated McAuliffe Family Handbook is available in PDF format here. We will not provide a printed version this year but will make it available throughout the year on the Parent page of the website.


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