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Health Screening for 7th graders – Oct 17th

oct 17The purpose of the health portion of the DPS Universal Screening is to quickly identify students who may be at risk for health concerns affecting the student’s ability to reach academic benchmarks. The health screening  will be completed on October 17th, 2018. Parents/guardians will be notified in writing if any health concerns are found.

Letters and permission slips are coming home for review/signature. You can read a copy of that communication here (Engl/Sp).

Social/Emotional Screening Next Week

handsNext week, from October 9-12, we will be implementing a social and emotional screening of all 6th and 7th Grade students. This is a universal screening, it is NOT an assessment or an evaluation.


Please click here to visit our MMMS Counseling Corner webpage for more details.

This week, students are bringing home passive permission slips with more information. These permission slips only need to be returned if you do NOT wish for your student to participate. If you have any questions please contact McKenna Scott, School Counselor, at 720-423-6583.

What does IB programming mean for your student?

ibworldschool-300x293Please join our school IB coordinator, school leadership, and the Northfield High School IB coordinator for a two part IB PYP/MYP/DP parent information session. We’ll dive into what an IB program looks like at the school site, what an IB student looks like, and what it means to be international minded. When: Monday October 8th from 5:15-6:00 pm at the Swigert International School Library (3480 Syracuse Street).

Volleyball Season Starts Soon!

volleyball-90896__3407th and 8th graders interested in competitive volleyball . . .

We are holding tryouts on Wednesday, October 10th from 4-5 pm in the Thunderdome. A completed sports packet is due to the main office in order to try out.  Also, you must have a valid sports physical before try outs. Grab a sports packet from Coach Walsh (Ms. Walsh).  There will be a parent meeting on Thursday, October 11 from 7:15-8:00 am.

Practices will be on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 4-5pm in the Thunderdome.  Games will be scheduled for weekdays (Mon – Fri). $25 sports fee is due the first day of practice (please pay the main office).

6th graders interested in recreational volleyball . . .

You must have a valid sports physical to play on the team.  A completed sports packet (to Coach Hernandez) with the $25 sports fee (to the main office) must be turned in by Tuesday, October 16.

Practices will be on Tuesday and Thursday from 4-5 pm in the small gym. Games will be on Saturdays.

Flag Football Tryouts – Mon 10/8

flag-football-1575457__3406th, 7th and 8th Graders – are you interested in Flag Football?

We’ll hold tryouts on  Monday, October 8th at the Turf Football Field from 4:10-5:10pm. You must get a sports packet from Mr. Couchman and have it completely filled out for tryouts. A valid physical is also required for tryouts.

Practices will be Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 4:10-5:10pm. $25 fee is due the first practice.  Bring cleats, water bottle, t-shirt, shorts and a good attitude.

Opioid Epidemic Meeting Hosted by SAFE Project

preventionS.A.F.E. Project supports and drives action that prevents fatal overdoses and mitigates the impact of the opioid epidemic on our society – especially campuses and communities.

You are invited to join this important panel discussion around the opioid epidemic on Monday, Oct 29th, from 6:30-8:00pm, at McAuliffe International School. You can view the flyer here.

Further information about the epidemic from the SAFE Project website:

“In 2017, 11.4 million Americans aged 12 or older misused opioids. The vast majority misused prescription pain relievers.”

“Statistics show that young people between the ages of 18 and 25 are least likely to view drug usage as risky behavior. It demands rejuvenated drug education programs, beginning in elementary school.”

Watch the NOVA documentary, “Addiction” on PBS, Oct 17th @ 9pm.


Teacher Appreciation Breakfast Thursday – Please Donate

muffinsOur September teacher appreciation breakfast will be on Thursday, September 27th. Families are asked to donate items (if possible) for teachers to enjoy during their professional development sessions, which take place prior to our late-start mornings. You can use this link to sign up for items. You may drop off non-perishable items the day before (9/26) and perishable items the morning of (9/27 by 7:30am). Thank you!

Extra Academic Support for Students!

road to successAcademic Success Center and Work Zone launches this week!

Academic Success Center and Work Zone will be available for your student to support their learning. Please contact Andrea Sunday with any questions or concerns.


  • We encourage students to take advantage of this positive, academic support; ASC allows students to get extra support, extra practice, and get caught up on missing/unsatisfactory work before a mandatory Work-zone is assigned (on Thursday).
  • Tuesday and Wednesday every week from 4:10-5:00 pm in room 311
  • Students MUST sign up by 3:00 pm on the Tuesday or the Wednesday that they plan to attend ASC; sign-up sheets are posted each morning outside room 311


  • Work-zone is a MANDATORY assignment for students to complete missing or unsatisfactory work
  • Work-zone is held Thursday after school from 4:10-5:00 pm in room 311
  • On Thursdays after 1:00pm, Work-zone assignments are posted to Kickboard (for parent notice) and lists are posted in the hall at the top of each staircase (for student notice). It is the student’s responsibility to check the list to see if they have been assigned to Work-zone

Parents/Guardians will receive a phone call on Thursday before 2:00 PM if their student is on the Work-zone list. Please be sure your student is picked up promptly at 5:00 from school if they are attending either Academic Support Center or Work Zone.