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December 2019

Dear Parents and Guardians,

The holiday season is upon us and we are enjoying the preparations, holiday cheer and goodwill.  The McAuliffe Middle School Vintage Shoppe is open for business offering gently used clothing items for $1 per item.  This store is open and available to every student in our school. We are looking for gently used, age-appropriate clothing, coats, and general winter apparel in all sizes for students in grades 6 - 8.  We have placed a storage bin outside our front doors to accept any donations. We are focused right now on wintry items but will accept any clothing items both new or gently used for our shop.  

The newly implemented 6th grade Career Explorations, the 7th-grade Communications, and the 8th grade Community Leadership classes have met with tremendous success. Students are engaged, reflective, and researching a variety of topics opening their exposure to new and exciting possibilities.  The fully implemented Student Advisory Period has also made wonderful strides and opened doors for both students and teachers. Students are more confident in being able to develop stronger goal-setting skills in areas of social, emotional, behavioral, athletic and academic growth. Please be reminded that we opened a Student Portal and provided new passwords for students to continue to monitor their own strengths and areas of improvement in various content areas.  Surveys for both students and parents will be released in late January for us to gain the perspectives of students and parents on this new initiative, its strengths, and areas where we can refocus and adjust the activities and curriculum.

By mid-January, we will be sending out course request sheets for students’ humanities and music electives.  Please be on the lookout for these forms to come home after the new year. Additionally, they will be posted on our website and will be sent out via email.

Please note that the holidays are a wonderful and joyful time for friends and family to reconnect but it can also be a time of stress, anxiety, and loneliness.  Our department of Guidance Counselors, Child Study Team members, and Student Assistance Counselor, as well as our administrative team, is here to help you during these difficult times.  Do not hesitate to reach out for assistance. If we cannot help you directly, we can put you in contact with someone who can.

Warmest wishes and regards,

Debra Phillips