Parent Communication

McAuliffe and Denver Public Schools offer multiple ways to stay in touch with your student’s information and school experience. Please make use of the following tools to stay connected, including Edmodo, our weekly email newsletter, our school website, Parent Portal, and your student’s work binder. See more details below about each. View this Communications document for an overview of ways to stay in touch with McAuliffe.

McAuliffe Website

For general school information and upcoming events, please visit our McAuliffe website at http://mcauliffe.dpsk12.org. We also post calendars and all recent email newsletters on the site.

McAuliffe App

Download the McAuliffe app, available for iOS and Android devices! The best way to stay in touch with the latest happenings at McAuliffe while on the go. Push notifications, News, Coming Events, and more.

Email Newsletters

McAuliffe sends out a weekly email newsletter every Thursday to all our families to share recent activities, upcoming events, reminders, and more. This is our primary means of communicating important information to all families, and we encourage parents to read each issue. Occasionally, McAuliffe will also send out a News Update for urgent matters or if information cannot wait until our next regular email newsletter. At the bottom of each newsletter, you can update your email information or subscribe if you have not already.

Not receiving our newsletters? At the beginning of August, we add all our new parents/guardians to our School News subscriber list. If you find you are not receiving these newsletters, here are some suggestions to resolve this:

  • Check your spam box or see if your email program is sorting our newsletters into a spam or ‘promotions’ folder. Adding us to your contact list should take care of this problem.
  • Has your email address changed? Contact tamara_pittman@dpsk12.org and mary_epperson@dpsk12.org to let us know your new address.
  • If you are a parent or guardian who is new to McAuliffe after early August, you may also access the ‘subscribe’ link on our website.

Edmodo

An online communication tool for schools with a Facebook-like interface, Edmodo has been implemented at the district level and is a key tool to help teachers and students communicate and manage assignments. Once students have joined Edmodo and their school and class groups, Edmodo streams all relevant information and assignments to them into one convenient interface. McAuliffe helps all incoming students set up their Edmodo accounts if they don’t have one already and to learn how to join a group.

Students log in or create an account at dpsk12.edmodo.com. Students use any of their school-wide or teacher group codes to join, then join all the remaining groups for each teacher and school group. To join a group, click on the + sign in the Groups box and input the group code.

Teachers will copy parents on more important events or due dates. For parents to receive this information via Edmodo, parents must do the following steps:

  • Get your ‘parent code’
    Ask your student to let you know their unique ‘parent code’, located on the home page of the student’s Edmodo page. This same ‘parent code’ can be used by multiple parents but is unique to the student. Codes are always lowercase and may include both letters and numbers.
  • Create your parent account
    On a laptop or desktop computer, go to dpsk12.edmodo.com. Click “I’m a parent”, input the ‘parent code’, add your name, email address, desired password and other account information.
  • Verify your account
    Edmodo may ask you to verify your email address in a separate message; please follow the links and instructions to carry out this step.
  • Set your notifications
    When logged into your parent account, click on ‘Account’ in the upper right corner. You can check your email address or even update to a new email address here. Then click on ‘Email and Text Updates’ and specify if you would like Edmodo notifications to come to you via email or text, and choose which types of notifications you want to receive; we recommend starting with at least ‘New Alerts’, ‘Notes’ and ‘Assignments’. Then save your settings. (If you decide you would like to receive less information, deselect the options you don’t want to receive.)
  • Add another student if applicable
    If you have another child who also uses Edmodo, you may click on ‘Add a student’ and input the ‘parent code’ that is unique to that child.
  • Receive your notifications
    Once your parent account is set up, you can view this activity within your Edmodo parent account, but you may choose to simply follow the notifications that are sent to you by your chosen method (text or email). Otherwise, once set up, Edmodo is meant to run on autopilot so that you can simply view the email or text notifications that come to you.
  • Download the Edmodo for Parents app
    If you prefer to view Edmodo informationĀ on your mobile device, you may download the Edmodo for Parents app (available for iOS and Android). Toggle between “Class Activity” and “Announcements” and slide between multiple children you are linked to.

Remember that teachers and staff may only opt to include parents in their Edmodo posts only for more important information so as not to overwhelm parents with information they don’t need. Any time you would like to see everything your child sees, ask them to log on to their student account and walk through those posts together. Please see this Edmodo Parent Account FAQs document for more information from Edmodo about parent accounts, how you can modify your parent account settings, and more.

DPS Parent Portal

On DPS Parent Portal you will find access to current and confidential information about your child’s school attendance, grades, district and state test scores, and more. You will also be able to access online SchoolChoice forms. The Parent Portal is available in English, Spanish, and many other languages. To create a new account or to log into your existing Parent Portal account, please go to myportal.dpsk12.org.

To see your student’s grades, log into your Parent Portal account, click on Schedule on the left hand side, then click on the pencil icon for whatever class you want to see your student’s grades. Grades are posted and printed copies are mailed home at the end of each trimester. See our updated Assessment Policy here, and see an explanation of our McAuliffe IB grading system here.

Student Binders

Students also keep their work in organized binders that help them stay current in their class work and which their Advisory teachers check on a regular basis. If you would like to ask your student more about their school work or a particular class, please invite them to share this with you. Your student’s online work may be viewed via their Google Apps for Education account (see below).

First Friday Coffee

Our Activities Coordinator, Sherry Beardshear, hosts a First Friday Coffee social time in the library at 8:00am on the first Friday of each month (with the exception of school holidays). Please join us to meet other McAuliffe parents and learn how you can get involved at the school!

Google Apps for Education

DPS recently launched Google Apps for Education for any school in the district wishing to use these online productivity, communication and collaboration tools. Google Apps for Education includes a district email account for each student, online file storage, the tools to create documents and presentations, plus the ability to collaborate on these documents with each other and their teachers. This education-focused version of Google Apps does not include ad feeds, and DPS filters for bad language. Incoming students are taught how to log in at googlemail.dpsk12.net. Their account and username is their six digit student ID @ dpsk12.net. All middle and high school students are required by DPS to log into their Student Portal account first to change their password from the default, which automatically resets their Google password to the same; this step is needed in order to access Google Apps from any mobile device such as an iPad. The district recommends using the Chrome browser for use with Google Apps for Education.

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