JANUARY 21, 2020
Students in Spanish class on Day 5 of the 21 Day Challenge identify their worth and the value they add to the community. #McAuliffeFullyCharged
Dear McAuliffe Parents and Families,

At McAuliffe, we aim to educate the whole child by providing authentic opportunities for every student to connect to school through activities, athletics, academics, and the arts. Our next opportunity for students to showcase their talents and connect through an activity and the arts is the McAuliffe Film Festival. Students are invited to create short films that will be showcased at this red carpet event! For all the details, click here .

Also, thank you for following along with the 21 Day Challenge! Updates are emailed weekly and updated on our social media daily. We are excited to come together to ensure everyone is FULLY CHARGED for 2020!

For the complete list of challenges, click here .

In this week's issue:
  • Spotlight on 21 Day Challenge and student response
  • Film Festival is coming! Next mentor session is Wednesday, January 22nd.
  • Family Life--health education preview meetings
  • What's happening this week in the Birdwatch! Click here.
  • Birthday on the Marquee with Make a Wish!
  • BYOD Information
  • 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 starting August 19th, we also now have Homework Club before school in Room 24.

No School: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
21 Day Challenge:
Day Six (Science): A New Scorecard!
Post: Someone you admire

Pennies for Patients launch at McAuliffe
Regular schedule, dismissal at 3:10
21 Day Challenge:
Day Seven (English): Call out and celebrate greatness in 2 people today

Post: Someone you think is great!

2:30 Film Festival Workshop in Room 85
6:30 Operation Steering Committee
21 Day Challenge:
Day Eight (History): Movie Moments: Reflection on favorite movie and movie characters

Post: Your favorite movie!

School Site Council, 3:30pm at McAuliffe
The Talk for 7th and 8th Grade Students, 6:30pm
21 Day Challenge:

Day Nine (Electives): The Power of Positivity: Watch “The Happy Secret to Better Work” write down three ideas and apply them

Post: The happy secret! 

For complete 19/20 School Year Calendar, click here .
Parent Ed Night on Vaping and Middle School life is NEXT WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 29TH at 6:00pm in the McAuliffe MPR. We hope to see you there!
21 Day Challenge, Day 5: What's your worth?
We have been having a great time on our 21 Day Challenge journey! Spotlight on Day 5 where students and staff examined their worth. In different elective classes, students reflected on how they add value to their friends, family, and school community. Reflecting on how we add value has huge benefits for our self esteem and self efficacy.

For more updates follow us on Instagram: @mcauliffe_middle_school and our 21 Day Challenge hashtag #mcauliffefullycharged
Film Festival Mentor Session Kick Off!
Last week we kicked off the McAuliffe Film Festival mentor sessions as an opportunity for students to work on their films for our event on February 26th.

It's been great to see students take this year's theme "Never Be Afraid to Dream" and make it come to life with their creativity and film editing skills!

It's not too late to start your film. For the complete list of guidelines, click here .

To view footage of last year's event, click here .

Next Mentor Session is this Wednesday, January 22nd from 2:30-3:30 in Room 85
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 .
Middle School Family Life for 7th and 8th Grade Students
7th and 8th grade students will participate in a Family Life unit during May 2020. Under the California Healthy Youth Act, Education Code (EC) sections 51930-51939, school districts must integrate the instruction of comprehensive sexual health education and HIV prevention education into the classroom once in middle school and once in high-school. Parents have the right to opt out of the instructional unit by stating their desire to have their child not participate in writing to their school principal. 

There are two parent meetings to discuss this curriculum with our Assistant Superintendent, Mrs. Ondrea Reed.

Middle School Instructional Materials Preview Presentations:
(Same presentation offered on multiple dates) 

February 3, 2020 at 6:00pm in the District Office Training Room 

February 4, 2020 at 9:30am in the District Office Training Room 

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
A private Team Store has been set up specifically customized with your apparel and discounted pricing. McAuliffe Middle School families will now need a code , assigned here in this email, to enter your Team Store. This privacy code allows CAS to offer your team custom items along with discounted accessory items normally only offered when purchased in one of our retail stores.

The domain name will remain unchanged.     
  1. casswimshop.com
  2. Enter the : TEAM STORE
  3. McAuliffe Middle School team code is : MAC  (case sensitive-all caps)

Call 714.898.2655, in case you have any difficulty
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