McAuliffe Scholars Learn from Experts

Earlier this week, a group of McAuliffe 8th graders visited the Access Framingham studio and worked with studio staff to learn about professional recording practices and standards. These scholars will ...
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Winners Announced!

The winners of the Framingham Cultural Council's City Art Competition have been announced and McAuliffe Charter School Scholars placed first, second, and third in the middle school category and also ...
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Trimester 2 HOWLs and Academic Awards

McAuliffe scholars received Trimester 2 awards during Grade Level Meetings over the past few weeks. McAuliffe distributes three types of awards at the end of each trimester. The awards celebrate ...
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Born to Run: 6th Grade Culminating Event

On the evening of Monday, March 19, sixth grade scholars presented their learning from a new McAuliffe learning expedition, “Born to Run.”  In this new expedition, scholars researched the impact ...
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Important Updates to Spring 2018 Calendar

As a result of having five snow days this winter, McAuliffe is making a couple of adjustments to our spring calendar: Friday, April 13 will be a full day of ...
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Faculty vs. Scholar Basketball Game

On Wednesday, March 21, 2018, McAuliffe faculty challenged McAuliffe’s boys and girls basketball teams. The girls played a great game but were overtaken by the teachers 10-14.  The boys team ...
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McAuliffe Scholars Lead a Peaceful Walkout

On Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at 10am, McAuliffe scholars led a peaceful walkout. The original walkout date of March 14 scheduled to align with the national walkout was postponed due ...
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Couch to 5K 2018

This Saturday, March 24, 2018 marks nine weeks until McAuliffe’s 5K Road Race.  Below is a couch to 5k training plan. With 3 workouts a week you can get in ...
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Framingham Cultural Council Design Contest

McAuliffe scholars will submit over 40 designs to the Framingham Cultural Council Art Contest this week. The theme for the contest this year is "city." Featured below are all of ...
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Christa McAuliffe Charter School Accepts 140 Sixth Graders in Annual Admissions Lottery

The Christa McAuliffe Charter School conducted its annual admissions lottery on Thursday, March 15, 9am, at 139 Newbury Street in Framingham. Carolyn Lister, Director of Marketing at Metrowest YMCA, served ...
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McAuliffe Lottery Snow Date

McAuliffe is planning on proceeding with the Wednesday, March 7, 2018 lottery at 6pm. However, we are closely monitoring the weather and will be in touch with families if the ...
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Spring 2018 MCAS Dates

Below is McAuliffe’s MCAS testing schedule for April and May 2018. Please mark these days on your calendar and refrain from scheduling any appointments that will cause your scholar to ...
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Framingham Heart Study Poster Contest Winners

Earlier this month, The Framingham Heart Study kicked off their 70th anniversary celebration with a poster contest. Two winners were chosen from each of the Framingham Middle Schools. The first place prize ...
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McAuliffe Student Presents Proposal to City Council

Written by Amanda Finizio, 8th Grade Humanities Teacher On Tuesday February 6, 2018, Christa McAuliffe Charter School 8th grader, Elana Gelfand, took a stand for a local issue she feels ...
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McAuliffe Charter Announces a Two-Year Project to Build a Brazilian Museum

Sixth grade scholars at McAuliffe are learning about South America and are engaged in a case study of Governador Valadares, Framingham’s sister city in Brazil.  Scholars have identified that Framingham ...
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STEM Lab

Scholars in Mr. Anderson’s STEM lab were presented a challenge during each lab session.  Some of the topics included catapults, lunar landers, towers, the structural integrity of buildings, tornadoes, and ...
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Snowshoeing

The recent snowfall has made for a great place to snowshoe during Adventure class. Share on Facebook Share Share on TwitterTweet Share on LinkedIn Share ...
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Trimester 1 HOWLs and Academic Awards

On Tuesday, January 9, 2018 the entire McAuliffe community came together for our monthly community meeting. We celebrated our scholars who earned awards during Trimester One. McAuliffe distributes three types ...
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McAuliffe Charter School Earns EL Education Credentialing

Dear McAuliffe Community, As a CREW and not passengers, we have accomplished a goal that has required participation from every member of the community; Together, through our deepening implementation of ...
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Alumni Spotlight: Cameron Burke

The time of early adolescence brings about a significant amount of change–biologically speaking as individuals begin to enter into puberty, but also in their process of critically contemplating the ideals ...
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Spirit Animals

8th grade scholars recently researched the totem art of the Pacific Northwest indigenous tribes and found their own power and spirit animals. Scholars used observation, invention, and abstraction to discover ...
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BTI Holiday Card Design Contest Winner Announced

Mrs. Ackerman’s 6th grade Designers were given the task of designing a holiday card for BTI Consulting in Framingham. This is the fifth year BTI Consulting has been partnering with ...
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McAuliffe Athletics

We are excited to share that Ed Crowley, McAuliffe’s Athletic Director, has been hired as the Head Coach of the Framingham High School Girls Track Team for the winter and ...
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Announcing Basketball Tryouts!

Mr. Tadmor and Ms. Carr are looking for the best male and female scholar athletes to display their skills of teamwork, athleticism, and basketball abilities for this new winter sports ...
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McAuliffe’s First Hackathon Team

McAuliffe’s first ever hackathon team did an AMAZING job at the hackNEHS hackathon event on Saturday, November 4th at the Microsoft office in Burlington, MA! The team attended a workshop ...
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McAuliffe Scholars Outperform District and State Peers

Dear McAuliffe Community, I am thrilled to share with you information about our scholars’ overwhelming success on the 2017 MCAS. According to the 2017 MCAS results, McAuliffe scholars outperformed Framingham ...
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McAuliffe Flu Clinic

McAuliffe is excited to be partnering with American Family Care (formerly Doctor’s Express) to offer a flu clinic for our families. The clinic will take place at McAuliffe on Thursday, ...
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Immigration Stories: Help Wanted!

We are looking for those who have immigrated to the United States, to share their story with the 7th graders as they begin to learn about immigration and The Hero’s Journey ...
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Saturday School

What is Saturday School? McAuliffe will be piloting an academic intervention called Saturday School. Saturday School will take place once per month from 9:00am-1:00pm. 2-3 McAuliffe staff members will provide academic support ...
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McAuliffe Community Resources

Have you ever wondered where to find lunch forms or the grade level updates? Have no fear, our community resources page is here! Share on Facebook Share Share on TwitterTweet ...
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McAuliffe Soccer Teams Wins Against South Shore Charter

McAuliffe wins 8-1 with six different people scoring! Defense played a strong game. Great saves by Maayan in goal. Kudos to the entire team! Share on Facebook Share Share on ...
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Making water the hard way in Chemistry Lab

Introducing the study of chemistry with a bang with Mr. Ward.  Wearing proper safety equipment, of course, we combined hydrochloric acid with aluminum foil. The reaction started slowly, but generated ...
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Solar Eclipse: August 21, 2017

As most of you probably heard, the United States, parts of Canada and Mexico will able to view one of the greatest phenomenon of our lifetime, a solar eclipse! This ...
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Marine Conservation trip to Dominican Republic in February

Exciting news from Señorita Rupp! Señorita Rupp just came back from a training trip in the Dominican Republic and the trip has her even more excited for the McAuliffe trip in ...
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Summer Mailing 2017

Our summer mailing was sent out to currently enrolled families on July 27, 2017. If you have not yet received yours, you can expect to see it in your mailbox ...
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Celebrating Success: A Letter from the Chair of the Board

Dear McAuliffe Community and Friends, The Christa McAuliffe Charter School continued to see school and scholar success during the 2016-17 school year, McAuliffe’s fifteenth year of operations. As a community ...
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McAuliffe School Supply Lists 2017-18

McAuliffe’s school supply lists are now available to download. The lists are available in English, Portuguese, and Spanish. Our summer mailing is being prepared this week. Enrolled families can expect ...
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Blue Whale Challenge

July 19, 2017 Dear McAuliffe Families, We are writing to make you aware of a new social media app that could have serious implications. This new app is called the ...
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McAuliffe Alumni Invited to U.S. National Team for Football

Shout out to Gabe Paixao, McAuliffe Class of  2016! Gabe was selected to the U.S. National Team Development Games event this summer as a Wide Receiver. He was hand-picked by the U.S. National Team ...
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Shout Out to Bring Your Own Bag Logo Design Winners

McAuliffe is proud to share the list of winners in the city’s Bring Your Own Bag logo design contest. Many of the winners are McAuliffe scholars and worth noting is ...
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“Super Week” in the 6th Grade

This week, sixth grade Humanities classes kicked off “Super Week” in preparation for their upcoming culminating event on June 8th. Scholars in the three different classes have been researching different shoe ...
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Shout Out to Suyasha

McAuliffe 6th grade scholar, Suyasha Athuluri from Natick, Massachusetts, was honored as one of the brightest young students in the world at a recent awards ceremony sponsored by the Johns ...
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Message from Brian Prehna, Director of Student Culture re: 13 Reasons Why

I recently learned about the Netflix series, 13 Reasons Why. You may have too — perhaps from a Facebook post, a parent-friend, or from your child. Because of teenagers’ draw ...
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2017-28 Student Travel Opportunities

We are excited to share that McAuliffe teachers will be hosting three student travel opportunities during the 2017-18 school year! Marine Conservation in the Dominican Republic (Feb Break) Bonjour, Québec ...
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Design a Better Mercedes Contest

Sixth grade scholars have been collaborating on teams for the Design a Better Mercedes Contest. Scholar automobile designers worked in groups in one of five specific categories improving upon existing ...
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Mercedes-Benz Design Challenge: The Big Reveal

Mercedes-Benz of Natick is proud to exhibit the gifts and talents of the Christa McAuliffe 6th grade Design students first ever Mercedes-Benz Design Challenge. Students from Trimester 2 and Trimester ...
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Super Social

We are counting the days until our Super Social on Friday, April 28, 2017. Tickets are $10 each, can be purchased at the door the night of the social, or in ...
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Rainbow Peace Flag Collaboration

The McAuliffe GSA in partnership with the Rainbow Peace Flag Project  are distributing 3’x5′ flags. All flags are FREE and donations are welcome, as donations help to support the purchasing of ...
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Service Opportunities in the Community

Community service is an integral part of our program. Listed below are several opportunities currently open for scholars and their families. We look forward to hearing about your experiences volunteering at ...
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An Opportunity to Host a Student From France

We are pleased to inform you of an opportunity to host a French student this summer. The French students will spend 3 weeks in the United States with their host ...
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McAuliffe Communication Update

Thank you to all of the families who provided us feedback in last month’s Family Survey.  Based on the feedback we received regarding our communication practices, we will be eliminating ...
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Grafton Crew Service Project

Ms. Grafton’s Crew is collecting aluminum can tabs for Shriners Hospital.  Retired officer, John Lotti, recently surprised the crew with a HUGE box of aluminum can tabs. He has been ...
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Seeking individuals to interview for spring expeditions

Teachers and scholars are starting to launch spring expeditions! As always, we try to include experts who can speak to our students and engage them in authentic, real-world learning. In ...
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Spring 2017 Event Information

Now that spring is officially here, plans are underway for all of our upcoming spring events. We have outlined below important dates. Please note the change in the 7th grade ...
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Couch to 5K 2017

This Saturday, March 18, 2017 marks nine weeks until McAuliffe’s 5K Road Race.  Below is a couch to 5k training plan. With 3 workouts a week you can get in ...
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Birthday Wishes Granted

Scholars in Dumanksi, King, Richards and Sharrow Crews collected birthday party supplies and created 26 Birthday Boxes for the Newton based nonprofit organization, Birthday Wishes. Birthday Wishes’ mission is to ...
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Community Message re: Safe and Inclusive Community

Dear McAuliffe Community, In the wake of changes to federal guidance regarding rights of transgender students, I find myself reflecting on experiences supporting transgender and gender nonconforming youth who are ...
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MCAS Schedule – Spring 2017

Below is McAuliffe’s MCAS testing schedule for April and May 2017. Please mark these days on your calendar and refrain from scheduling any appointments that will cause your scholar to ...
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Back to the Roots Water Gardens

Eighth grade scholars recently explored chemistry through the lens of aquaponics. Thanks to Ms. Cavanaugh’s Donor’s Choose project, science classes received 12 “Back to the Roots” Water Gardens. After setting ...
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McAuliffe Welcomes All

Dear McAuliffe Community, Current events have raised anxieties for many people within and beyond our school community.  As I consider what it means to be a McAuliffe Crew, certain priorities ...
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7th Grade Algebra Scholars Skype with an Expert

As Seventh Grade Algebra scholars study exponential functions and half lives in particular they are tackling a real world problem.  Asking the question, “What is the future of lead in ...
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Design Class Expert

On Jan 27, architect and Representative Chris Walsh visited McAuliffe’s sixth grade Design class and spoke with them about how he became an architect, his architectural projects in and around ...
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Design Surrealism

Surrealism is defined as the principles, ideals, or practice of producing fantastic or incongruous imagery or effects in art, literature, film, or theater by means of unnatural or irrational juxtapositions ...
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Skit About Kindness

At Community Meeting in October, crews brainstormed ideas and later practiced skits they developed to show an act of kindness. Scripts were sent to Mr. Fratantonio and those scripts were ...
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Art Movements

Eighth grade Designers researched artists from different art movements including: pop artists Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Impressionists, Surrealists, and Expressionist Jackson Pollack. They then created their own original designs inspired by their ...
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Helping Our Neighbors

On January 12, Amanti, Dao, and Rouleau Crews met with Courtney McSparron, Program Director at Bethany Hill Place. Bethany Hill Place is a living and learning community of neighbors that provides ...
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Trimester 1 Awards

On Wednesday December 28, 2016, our full McAuliffe CREW gathered for a community meeting at the YMCA. At this Community Meeting, facilitated by 8th grade Carr Crew, we celebrated our ...
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Totems

McAuliffe’s 8th grade Designers worked on Pacific Northwest designs first in 2D format and then created their own 3D totems inspired by shapes, colors, and imagery from Pacific Northwest native American ...
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Product Designing and 3D Printing

Ms. Ackerman’s 6th grade Design scholars are practicing being Product Designers in collaboration with T4L2 teacher, Michelle Ciccone, researching tech and its effect on the brain, body, emotions, and social ...
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Post Election: Next Steps

A letter from Kristin Harrison, Executive Director Dear McAuliffe Community, Today we woke up to the results of the presidential election and the charter school ballot initiative. Some families have ...
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Skype with Experts

Today, eighth grade scholars had the opportunity to Skype with their first space expert of their expedition: Are We Alone. Dr. Alexander Van der Horst is currently a professor of Astronomy at ...
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Experts Join Our T4L2 Scholars

Eighth graders in T4L2 are  learning about how the Internet works – moving beyond “the cloud” to think about the physical infrastructure of this resource we use every day. Scholars have ...
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Anti-Bullying Bookmark Awards

The Framingham Coalition Roundtable Anti Bullying Bookmark Awards Ceremony was held at Town Hall in Framingham where 6th grade scholars Ethan G. and Arnav S. received awards and a printed calendar ...
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Spinathon to Support Our Falmouth Road Race Runners

McAuliffe has a charity team of 5 running in the Falmouth Road Race on August 21, 2016. Amy Beckhusen (McAuliffe Teacher) Ben Burgess (McAuliffe Alumni) Andrea Cardarelli (McAuliffe Parent) Kristin ...
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Outing Club Climbs Mount Monadnock

Our Outing Club recently hiked up Mount Monadnock in Jaffrey, NH. It was a four hour round trip hike to the 3,165 foot summit. They hiked four miles up some challenging ...
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Design It: Print It

McAuliffe Scholars are studying architect Antoni Gaudi’s La Segrada Famiglia as well as architect Frank Gehry’s amazing Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain. Pictured below, Design students are collaborating in groups and ...
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Where Am I Wearing?

On Wednesday May 4th, 2016, the 6th grade had an amazing opportunity to Skype with the author, Kelsey Timmerman. He is the New York Times Bestselling author of the book ...
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Experts in the Juvenile Justice System

The 8th grade Humanities Expedition, Justice,  is in full swing! Students are meeting with experts on a daily basis, and bring back diverse views on the Juvenile Justice system. Students obtained ...
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Outing Club Takes to the Hills

On Monday afternoon, the Outing Club went to Callahan State Park for a Mountain Bike Ride / Mini Clinic. The rain held off for our ride, but made some nice ...
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This is Officer John Salt…

Written by Mark McKellar, 8th Grade Science Teacher and Lucas M., McAuliffe Scholar Class of 2016 I assigned my science students the task of writing a story. It was part ...
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Reset, Revise, Repeat

Written by Mark McKellar, McAuliffe 8th Grade Math and Science Teacher Reposted from his blog, On The Shoulders of Giants. This is my favorite button in the whole school. It’s ...
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Couch to 5K

Saturday night marks “Spring Forward” which means it is time to start training for Mcauliffe’s Annual 5K Road Race. With 9 weeks to go until the race, there is still time for ...
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Birdwatching with Outing Club

This past Saturday, the Outing Club set out to the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge on Plum Island in Newbury, MA.  This trip was to test out our birdwatching skills ...
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Grafton Crew Service Project: Penny Drive for LLS

McAuliffe is participating in the Pennies for Patients Campaign benefiting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. We will be collecting pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters during this campaign. Scholars will be given a box to ...
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McAuliffe 7th Grade Round Table

An important part of our scholars’ learning involves community involvement. Our 7th grade scholars are investigating and evaluating current discipline practices at McAuliffe as well as the recently enacted state ...
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MA.P.S: McAuliffe’s Philanthropic Society

MA.P.S. is an Enrichment Class that teaches about the value of and skills needed for successful philanthropy.  This year’s MA.P.S. group began by discussing causes that were important to them ...
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Roundtable Discussion Led by 7th Grade Scholars

As part of their study of ancient civilizations, our 7th grade scholars recently investigated the Code of Hammurabi,  a set of 282 laws created in Ancient Babylon that were one of ...
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Dumanski Crew Service Project

All around the world there are young children who cannot afford nightwear. Our crew is interested in helping these families in need. For this reason, we are partivipating in the ...
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Student led Round Table Event: Restorative Practices

Please join us on Tuesday, March 8, 2016 for a Roundtable discussions led by 7th grade McAuliffe scholars on restorative practices. There will be two groups: 5:30-6:15 (Group 1) 6:30-7:15 ...
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Trimester One Awards

On Wednesday, January 13, 2016, the entire McAuliffe community came together for our monthly community meeting. We celebrated our scholars who earned all Meetings on their Trimester 1 HOWLs. Each ...
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McAuliffe Receives 5 Charity Bibs for the 2016 Falmouth Road Race

Why wait for the runner lottery when you can secure a bib number now? We are excited to announce that we have received 5 charity bibs for the 2016 Falmouth ...
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Fratantonio’s Fidgets

Help Mr. Fratantonio turn his frown upside down! His primary role at McAuliffe is to support our scholars so they are set up for success. He created this Amazon Wish List ...
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Claymation Storytelling

Scholars in Ms. Leeuwen’s class are creating claymation movies to summarize scenes in William Shakespeare’s works (The Tempest and Macbeth). Scholars are also learning how to develop animation using characters from ...
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Help Our Scholars Win The Fan Favorite Award

Team Innovators comprised of a small group of 8th grade scholars took home the Best in State award in the Verizon Innovative App Challenge for their app concept titled “Wellness ...
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McAuliffe Remembers the Challenger Disaster

Please join us on January 28, 2016, the Thirtieth Anniversary of the Challenger Disaster, for our annual Remembrance Event. This event will take place at The Christa McAuliffe Charter School located ...
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Team of 8th Graders Win Best in State!

We are excited to announce that “Team Innovators”, a small group of dedicated 8th graders has won best in state in the Verizon App Challenge. Their app concept submission titled ...
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Yearbook Cover Design Contest!

We want scholars to design a cover that best represents McAuliffe and hints at a “theme” for the yearbook! Details about the contest: Please design a complete cover: 2 sheets ...
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Even Rudolph…

Bullying is a serious issue in our society. It’s an issue that has garnered a lot of attention over the past few years. Legislation has been enacted by our governments ...
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When Am I Ever Going To Use This Again?

“I don’t understand why I have to learn this. When am I ever going to use this again?” is a query students frequently ask their math teachers. It is often delivered ...
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Empathy and Caring

Ms. Carr’s Crew recently read this article about Safyre, a 5 year old girl who lives in New York who lost her entire family and home in a fire. All Safyre ...
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