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MMMS intent to form DPS Innovation Zone

dps logoMcAuliffe Manual and McAuliffe International School recently submitted a Letter of Intent to Denver Public Schools to form an Innovation Zone with other IB Schools in Northeast Denver.  The purpose of the zone is to leverage the flexibilities and budgetary benefits of a more autonomous governance structure to better serve our students and communities.  An innovation zone is a zone of governance and not an enrollment zone.  McAuliffe Manual Middle School is part of the Near Northeast Enrollment Zone and will continue to serve as a logical feeder for students to attend Manual High School, starting with the first class of students in fall of 2019.  If you have any questions or concerns regarding this matter, please contact Kurt Dennis at
You can learn more about innovation zones at these links:

Futures Football – Final Try Out Practice Today

futures_logoBroncos Futures Football, developed with the Denver Broncos as the lead partner, was designed to promote the sport of Football in Denver Public Schools. The program is open to 7th and 8th grade DPS students who are academically eligible to participate. The registration fee is $40, and students need to bring workout clothes and shoes. Equipment will be issued to all players. Each Futures player will also participate in a five-week character development course led by local non-profit Project PAVE. Instructors will teach the ‘True Man’ curriculum, which is specifically designed for middle school football players and focuses on team values, healthy masculinity, healthy relationships, character development, positive conflict resolution and other relevant topics.

Click here for practice information and to access the registration link.

Impressive Girls Basketball Season

basketballchampionship2-1024x680McAuliffe Manual girls basketball recently competed for both the Northeast Divisional Title and the 2017-18 DPS Prep League Championship. Thunder was undefeated when they battled for the title in the divisional round, and they entered the championship playoffs as the #2 seed. Congratulations to Coach Clinkskales and Team Thunder!

You can read more about their impressive season here.


Support our School – Scholastic Book Fair This Week

book fairYou can support teachers and students by purchasing books either online or at the fair, February 12-15.

The Scholastic Book Fair offers a great selection of engaging and affordable books at every reading level. Throughout the week of the fair we will have incentives and raffles for students and teachers to win books.  50% of the fair profits will go directly back to MMMS classroom libraries.

Stop by the fair between 3:45-4:30pm. Or shop online. Your online book order will be delivered to school.

IB Inclusion Policy – Get Involved!

IBLearner-ProfileAs an IB candidate school, we are creating four policies to guide our practices: assessment, inclusion, language, and academic honesty. The assessment policy is on our website. The inclusion policy has been drafted by a committee of stakeholders; if you would like to provide feedback on the draft, please email Stephanie Gronholz. We really value parent/guardian input on these policies!  Interested in helping write the language or academic honesty policy? Email Stephanie with your name and interest and she will follow up with you in March.

World Affairs Challenge Fundraiser for Pakistan

sewing machindThe World Affairs Challenge (WAC) elective course has been investigating educational access in Pakistan, and in preparation for the formal presentation they will deliver at DU on March 3, they have also been making plans to take “WACtion.” They have learned about the Marshall Direct Fund, who has a need for sewing machines for their vocational training program. Our MMMS students have set an ambitious goal of purchasing 5 sewing machines at $200 each!
Plan to send you children with cash on Friday, February 16, when the WAC team will be having an after-school food cart to raise some of this money! Also, you can read more about the project and make a tax-deductible donation here.