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.

Schoology

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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.

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 laura_thompson@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.

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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