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Summer Reading Challenge

Research shows that students who read for pleasure during the summer avoid the “summer slide” (the loss of academic skills over vacation) and perform better when they get back to school than those who don’t read. Plus, it’s fun — and it will help turn your student into a lifelong reader. That’s why your student’s only assignment this summer is to read for the fun of it. They have the option of filling out an online 2-minute book review found here. Students that read 6 or more books over the summer will be invited to a celebration of readers in the fall.

If your student wants to earn prizes for their reading efforts, the Denver Public Library also has their annual summer of reading program for ages birth through 12th grade that begins June 1st. Click here for more information.

Important YMCA Camp Information for 6th & 7th Grade Families

All 6th grade boys will meet in the north (big) gym and all 7th grade boys in the south (small) gym at 8:30am on Monday, May 21st. All 6th grade girls will meet in the north (big) gym and all 7th grade girls in the south (small) gym at 8:30am on Wednesday, May 23rd. Students will need to find and check in with their designated camp group chaperone. There will be NO bus transportation provided next week, so please plan accordingly.

Camp groups have been posted on Schoology and in grade level hallways. Students will find out their individual rooms assignments upon arrival. All students need to bring a sack lunch, their day pack, and overnight luggage. If you still need the packing list and/or camp schedule, you can find them on the trips page of our website.

6th graders will return from camp at approximately 3:30pm on either Wednesday, May 23rd (boys) or Friday, May 25th (girls). 7th graders will return at approximately 3:45pm on Wednesday, May 23rd (boys) or Friday, May 25th (girls).

If students are interested in ordering the optional Large Group Camp Picture (11′ x 17′), they need to fill out this order form and bring $16 (check made to Gary Dill) the day they leave for camp. Picture order forms will be given to their chaperone upon arrival on a student’s departure day, and students will get their photo prior to leaving camp. For questions, please contact Sherry Beardshear at sherry_beardshear@dpsk12.org.

Order McAuliffe Uniforms

Parents may order school uniforms online through SAI Sports here. Orders must be placed no later than July 15th to ensure deliver for the first day of school.

Use these coupons codes when checking out to save. Coupon codes are valid June1st – July 31st

  • SAVE10 – Save 10% on orders over $25.00
  • SAVE20 – Save 20% on orders over $100.00

School uniforms consist of khaki or black pants, long shorts or skirts plus a McAuliffe t-shirt, plus a gym uniform for PE. Find more details about our dress code here.

Course Selection Forms and Contracts

Course selection forms and contracts are due for the 2018-19 school year. All forms can be turned into the Business Office, faxed to 720-424-1565 or emailed to laura_thompson@dpsk12.org.

All students should select a language, an art elective, an engineering class (7th grade only), and a PE class (8th grade only). All students will be enrolled in our usual 8 courses (Math, Language Arts, Social Studies, Science, Art Elective, Engineering/Design, World Language, and PE).

In the fall, when we have the master schedule built,  we will have PE opt-out forms and student assistant request forms available. Students should get these forms from their counselors in the fall. Not all requests for opting out of PE and student assistants can be accomodated. Please do not email counselors over the summer to request for schedule changes.

6th Grade Welcome Letter
6th Grade Course Selection Forms and Contracts

7th Grade Welcome Letter
7th Grade Course Selection Forms and Contracts

8th Grade Welcome Letter
8th Grade Course Selection Forms and Contracts

2018 McAuliffe Enrollment Information

Dear Greater Park Hill / Stapleton Community,

First of all, thank you to all families who chose McAuliffe International Middle School as a preference on your 2018-19 SchoolChoice Round 1 application. The recent release of results shows that for the first time in several years, we have a waitlist of nearby families wanting to attend our school. We believe it’s a testament to the hard work we’ve put in to make McAuliffe International the kind of school our great community deserves.

We wish we could accept all the families who want to attend our school. However, to best serve our students and families – and as is the case at schools all over DPS – we must cap our enrollment at an appropriate number that fits our available space and resources.

Along those lines, I’d like to further explain the factors that McAuliffe International uses to prioritize applications during SchoolChoice.

All DPS schools have specific admission priorities. Our school is part of the Greater Park Hill Stapleton Middle School Enrollment Zone, which means students residing within this zone have an admission priority over all students residing outside the zone (except for students of school staff or siblings of current students).

This year, McAuliffe International chose to participate in a new enrollment pilot program that takes a student’s free and reduced lunch status into account as an admission priority. We feel very strongly – and research shows – that students of all income levels and races benefit from diversity in their school. We believe these schools offer the best education for our kids by breaking down stereotypes, building bridges and promoting vibrant neighborhoods throughout Denver.

McAuliffe International offered 510 seats to students residing within our enrollment zone for the 2018-19 school year. Any seats that went to students eligible for free and reduced lunch from outside our enrollment zone were added on top of that 510-seat amount.

Below is the ranked order of admission priorities used to determine enrollment at McAuliffe International:

  1. Children of staff
  2. Siblings of current students
  3.  Students who live in the Greater Park Hill Stapleton Middle School Enrollment Zone
  4. Students eligible for free and reduced lunch who live outside the enrollment zone and are Denver residents
  5. Students who live outside the enrollment zone and are Denver residents
  6.  Students eligible for free and reduced lunch who live outside Denver
  7. Students who live outside Denver

We are proud of the good things going on at McAuliffe International, and with this success comes more demand for available seats. DPS’ system of fair and transparent enrollment is meant to give all families equal access to these seats, while taking into account priorities that we hope benefit our school and create a richer and more vibrant community as a whole.

I hope this letter helps answer how McAuliffe International builds its student roster. If you have further questions or need any assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely,

Kurt Dennis
Principal
McAuliffe International Middle School

2017 PARCC Data Released

We are happy to share that McAuliffe International School students excelled on the PARCC assessments administered in the Spring of 2017.  Our students’ median growth in math skills ranked #13 in the state out of over 500 middle schools and our students median growth in literacy skills ranked #16. McAuliffe is also #1 of all middle schools in Denver Public Schools for average student academic growth the past two school years.  We realize that standardized test scores are just one indicator of a student’s success in school, but we are proud to know that our students are learning at the highest rates of any middle school in state of Colorado.  Kudos to our students and our teachers for their hard work and excellence in the classroom!