FEBRUARY 4, 2020
Dear McAuliffe Parents and Families,

The Spring is an exciting time at McAuliffe Middle School! As we passionately pursue opportunities for all students to connect to school through academics, activities, athletics, and the arts--there is a lot to share! Thank you for taking the time to follow along with the great things happening at school.

In this week's issue:
  • Spotlight on 21 Day Challenge and student response
  • Film Festival is coming! Next mentor session is Monday, February 10th. Films are due by midnight February 12th.
  • Update on the Congressman visit for the Congressional App Challenge
  • Lunar New Year at McAuliffe!
  • Science Olympiad Invitational
  • Update on our middle school Speech and Debate Team
  • What's happening this week in the Birdwatch! Click here.
  • Follow us on Instagram!
  • Order a Yearbook today! Available online only!

Keep dreaming big, Eagles!

Dr. Ryan Weiss-Wright

Homework Club meets after school for 45 minutes Monday through Thursday in the Media Center. We also now have Homework Club before school in Room 24.

Chinese New Year celebration at lunch and all day for 7th grade History students
Regular schedule, dismissal at 3:10
Middle School Health Education Preview, 6:00 at the District Office
Twin, Triplet, Quadruplet, Quintuplet, Etc. Day sponsored by ASB
9:30 am Middle School Health Education Preview (same presentation) at the District Office
Career Cafe--Business Professor--at both lunches
Regular schedule, dismissal at 3:10
District Advisory Committee, 5:00 at District Office
College Day--wear your college gear!
Valentine’s Grams on sale at lunch
Dismissal at 2:05pm
3:30 Drama Improv Show
6:30 Drama Improv Show
Club Photo Day for the yearbook
Valentine’s Grams on sale at lunch
Regular schedule, dismissal at 3:10
The Talk for 7th and 8th Grade Students, 6:30pm
Valentine’s Grams on sale at lunch
Regular schedule, dismissal at 3:10
LAEF King and Queen Royal Gala--BID ONLINE there are some really cool auction items to look at!

For complete 19/20 School Year Calendar, click here .
Congressman Alan Lowenthal visits our 6th Grade App-Developers!
Our 6th grade students in Mr. Danforth's STEM I class participated this year in the Congressional App Challenge. The Congressional App Challenge is a national effort to promote critical thinking and computer science at every grade level. The McAuliffe STEM I students designed apps to solve a real world problem as part of the congressional effort to further student exploration of Computer Science, teamwork, and design thinking.  

Last Friday, Congressman Lowenthal came to McAuliffe to recognize these students. He presented to the 55 students that participated and recognized them for their ingenuity, creativity, teamwork, and innovation. It was a great day for these students!
21 Day Challenge Update: What's in your heart?
One of the 21 Challenges asks students to articulate what was important to them by sharing what's in their heart. This was a great activity for helping students articulate what they found valuable.

For more updates on the 21 Day Challenge, please follow us on Instagram @mcauliffe_middle_school

Or follow our hashtag: #mcauliffefullycharged
21 Day Challenge: Commit to Principles
Another one of the 21 Day Challenges is finding principles to live by. Students articulated principles that they wanted to use to live their best life!

For more updates on the 21 Day Challenge, please follow us on Instagram @mcauliffe_middle_school

Or follow our hashtag: #mcauliffefullycharged
Science Olympiad Invitational
Our Science Olympiad team competed at Portola High School for the Jeffrey Trail Science Olympiad Invitational this past weekend. We are excited to get ready for our regional tournament coming up on February 15th at UCI!
Lunar New Year Celebration
We were grateful to welcome Jennifer Hewitt from the Global Cultural Foundation to guest teach all of our 7th Grade history classes this week about the Year of the Rat. We also were grateful to celebrate during lunch with all students!
Speech and Debate Team Update
This past Saturday, McAuliffe Middle school students participated in the OCDL Winter tournament.They honed their debating skills over 4 debates that lasted the whole day.They had a lot of fun!

Names of the McAuliffe participants :
Landon Das, Sanaya Bose, and Kai Slowinski, Ava Avedisian.

Attached is a photo of the students along with their coaches from New England Academy - Coach Garcia and Coach Isaac.
Film Festival coming in February!
We invite all students to participate in the 2020 McAuliffe Film Festival. This year's theme is " Never Be Afraid to Dream " and the possibilities are endless for student work! If you would like to participate please click on the details below.

Any questions? contact rweisswright@losal.org.

Need equipment for filming? We have that available for checkout as well. We can't wait to see what our students come up with!
Hey Eagles!!!
It is time for you, your family, and your friends to sign up for the annual Seal Beach 5k/10k!!! Join the McAuliffe Eagles team and be part of this awesome event!! Click on the link below and follow the simple steps or email Mr. Grillo for more information!! Race day is Saturday March 28th!!! Sign up now and start training!! 

Amazon Smile!
On your first visit to AmazonSmile  smile.amazon.com , you need to select a charitable organization to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. Choose McAuliffe Middle School PTA ! Amazon will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make at  smile.amazon.com  will result in a donation. AmazonSmile will occasionally contact you about donation amounts disbursed to your chosen charity or about the program.

Read the full letter here.
Community Service at McAuliffe!
If you know of any non-profit organizations offering volunteer opportunities for middle school students, please submit the name of the organization and their contact info (phone or email) and we will add them to our list! Send to mcauliffemiddlepta@gmail.com. All 8th grade students earning 100 or more volunteer hours during the school year will be recognized at 8th grade promotion. Beginning this year, 6th and 7th grade students may start accumulating volunteer hours and will be recognized for each year they achieve the 100 hour goal. To track your hours, use the "Community Service Log", available in the main office and online:  

Download Log here .

  1. Seal Beach Leo Club is always looking for new recruits!

If you know of any volunteer opportunities, please email rweisswright@losal.org to promote!
Birthday Wishes!
Two easy steps:   Click this link  and hit “birthday wishes.” Complete the information and then hit “donation” at the bottom. That takes you straight to the Make a Wish Foundation and you can make your contribution directly to the Foundation. Minimum donation: $20.00. 
McAuliffe has granted 4 wishes and we will be celebrating Wish #5 this school year, with your help!
Please email  vmiller@losal.org  if you have any questions. Thank you and welcome back to school!
Order Your Yearbook Today!
Order your yearbook early! They are available for purchase online only using this link .
Want to Get Involved with PTA?
Want to enrich your child’s educational experience? Support our teachers and help our community?

We are searching for parents who are team players, have a quest to be the best and are upstanding role models to join Mcauliffe’s PTA for the 2020-2021 school year! With more than 1,200 students at our school, we need helping hands to keep our programs, our spirit and our kids soaring! Whether you have a little or a lot of time, we need you! No experience necessary, just a desire to help and do good for our middle school family!

To inquire, please contact Mai Lu, nomination committee chair, at mainctran@hotmail.com by Friday, Feb. 7. 
Box Tops for Education!

Now there are two ways to earn money for McAuliffe. You can download the Box Tops app and scan your receipt for eligible products. Traditional box tops clips are also still available on some products. Be sure to clip these and return to the office. Please check out the flyer for more details. If you have any questions, please contact Julie Billings at  jvrb006@gmail.com .
This section is for all important reminders from the District and McAuliffe Middle School
LAEF Online Auction
Even if you're not able to make it to the Gala, you can still participate in the LAEF annual fundraiser online! Click the image to bid online!
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