FAQ McAuliffe at Manual

Manual High School and McAuliffe Manual Middle School Frequently Asked Questions

Q:  What  factors  influenced  the  decision  to  bring  McAuliffe  to  the  Manual  building  High  School   Building?   A:  In  the  2015  Call  for  New  Quality  Schools  and  its  Supplement,  DPS  requested  a  new  middle  school   provider  to  serve  as  a  feeder  for  Manual  High  School.  This  need  was  identified,  in  part,  due  to  the   voluntary  contract  surrender  of  Pioneer  Charter  School.  The  Call  did  not  produce  high  quality   applications.  On  Sept.  17,  2015,  the  Board  instructed  the  District  to  hire  a  school  leader  to  work  in   collaboration  with  the  community  and  the  principal  of  Manual  High  School  to  design  a  school  to  open   in  fall  2016.  In  Oct.  2015,  the  District  hired  Jessica  Long  to  lead  the  Manual  feeder  middle  school,  now   called  McAuliffe  Manual  Middle  School.  Ms.  Long  developed  the  school  plan  in  consultation  with   Manual  High  School  principal  Nick  Dawkins,  McAuliffe  International  School  principal  Kurt  Dennis,   District  staff,  and  members  of  the  Manual  and  Near  Northeast  communities.  The  Office  of  Family  and   Community  Engagement  further  supported  community  dialogue  toward  the  school  design  and  the   shared  campus  considerations.

Q:  What  is  the  focus  of  McAuliffe  Manual  Middle  School?     A:  McAuliffe  Manual  Middle  School  is  dedicated  to  providing  students  with  an  outstanding  liberal  arts   education  with  an  international  focus.  By  developing  strong  learning  communities  centered  on  core   values  and  shared  commitment  to  academic  excellence,  all  of  our  graduates  will  be  prepared  for  high   school,  college,  and  beyond.  Through  the  collaborative  efforts  of  students,  teachers,  parents  and   community  our  graduates  will  be  inquiring,  knowledgeable  and  caring  young  people  who  are  prepared   to  live  the  life  they  dream  and  be  leaders  of  the  future.  McAuliffe  Manual  Middle  School  will  increase   the  number  of  students  in  poverty,  students  of  color,  students  with  disabilities,  and  English  language   learners  that  enter  high  school  at  grade-­‐level.  McAuliffe  Manual  Middle  School  is  a  diverse  community   that  has  a  relentless  focus  on  academic  excellence  and  embraces  culture,  language,  innovation,  arts   and  athletics.

Q:  How  does  the  school  plan  for  McAuliffe  align  with  Manual  High  School?     A:  Co-­‐locating  and  aligning  programming  with  Manual  High  School  offers  many  unique  opportunities   for  McAuliffe  Manual  Middle  School  students.  McAuliffe  Manual  Middle  School  shares  in  the  Manual   High  School’s  focus  areas  of  culture,  community  and  innovation.    In  order  to  prepare  middle  school   students  for  success  in  high  school,  McAuliffe  Manual  Middle  School  will  emphasize  rigorous   academics,  career  and  college  preparedness,  student  life  and  character  development,  and  shared   school  leadership.  McAuliffe  Manual  Middle  School  students  will  also  have  access  to  high  school  level   courses  while  in  middle  school.  There  will  be  strong  collaboration  between  the  curriculum,  vision,  and   values  at  both  schools.  Manual  students  will  have  leadership  and  mentorship  opportunities  as  they   work  with  McAuliffe  students.  McAuliffe  Manual  Middle  School  students  will  potentially  be  able  to   earn  high  school  credit  by  taking  advanced  classes  at  Manual,  and  will  have  the  opportunity  to  access   collegiate  prep  programming.           Manual  High  School’s  physical  facilities  are  among  the  best  in  the  city.    The  school’s  1,200-­‐seat   auditorium  is  the  venue  for  events  ranging  from  musical  productions  to  major  community  meetings.     The  Thunderdome  is  a  fully  equipped,  state-­‐of  the-­‐art  gym  for  basketball  and  other  indoor  athletics.
Manual  also  has  an  Olympic-­‐sized  pool,  one  of  the  district’s  largest  outdoor  stadiums,  music  rooms,   and  recently  refurbished  science  labs  –  all  of  which  will  be  available  to  McAuliffe  Manual  Middle  School   students  for  their  use.  Both  principals  will  work  together  to  create  a  shared-­‐campus  plan  for  the  use  of   the  facilities  in  order  to  best  serve  students  at  both  schools.

Q:  Who  will  the  school  leaders  be  and  how  will  they  work  together?   A:  Nick  Dawkins  will  be  the  principal  of  Manual  and  Jessica  Long  will  be  the  principal  at  McAuliffe   Manual  Middle  School.  Both  leaders  have  demonstrated  a  shared  commitment  to  collaborative   leadership  and  continuity  between  mission  and  vision  between  schools.

Q:  What  are  the  opportunities  my  student  will  have  in  Manual  High  School’s  Med  School?     A:  Manual  High  School  is  the  first  school  confirmed  to  launch  a  new  program  called  the   CareerResidency  as  part  of  its  medical-­‐focused  CareerConnect  pathway,  called  the  “Med  School  at   Manual.”  Manual  may  have  the  opportunity  to  apply  for  state  Pathways  in  Technology  Early  College  (P-­‐ TECH)  funding  to  support  its  CareerResidency  sustainably.  The  program  is  a  grade  9  through  11   CareerConnect  pathway  paired  with  a  grade  12  through  13  (or  potentially  14)  CareerResidency   program  and/or  preferential  admissions  to  a  four-­‐year  university  that  allows  students  to  envision  and   pursue  their  own  personalized  college  and  career  pathway  within  Colorado’s  high-­‐opportunity   industries.  For  more  information  visit:  manual.dpsk12.org/academics/med-­‐school/.

Q:  Are  there  any  enrollment  priorities  for  McAuliffe  students  into  Manual?   A:  Any  McAuliffe  eighth  grader  will  have  a  guaranteed  spot  at  Manual  and  priority  admission  into  the   Med  School  at  Manual  if  he  or  she  chooses  to  pursue  this  program.

Q:  Does  Manual  have  the  facility  space  for  McAuliffe?   A:  Given  current  enrollment  numbers,  Manual  has  enough  room  to  dedicate  the  third  floor  of  the   building  to  the  McAuliffe  Manual  Middle  School  students.  Manual  students  will  attend  classes  on  the   first  and  second  floors.  We  expect  total  student  enrollment  for  both  schools  to  be  1,100  when  both   schools  are  fully  enrolled  in  the  2018-­‐19  school  year,  which  is  well  below  the  building’s  capacity  of   1,600  students.  McAuliffe  Manual  Middle  School  started  with  a  sixth-­‐grade  class  of  about  150  students   and  add  an  additional  sixth-­‐grade  class  in  the  subsequent  years  about  the  same  size  until  it  is  serving   grades  six  through  eight.  How  will  the  space  be  divided  and  how  much  interaction  there  will  be   between  middle  school  and  high  school  students  (this  includes  supervised  and  unsupervised  times)?

Q:  Why  was  McAuliffe  Manual  Middle  School  located  at  the  Smiley  campus  for  its  inaugural  year?   A:  In  order  to  support  the  successful  launch  of  McAuliffe  Manual  Middle  School,  a  one-­‐year  incubation   alongside  the  flagship  McAuliffe  on  the  Smiley  campus  was  proposed  and  approved  by  the  school   board  in  December  2015.  Having  both  schools  on  the  same  campus  allowed  for  easier  collaboration   and  training  between  the  two  school  staffs.  This  plan  also  gave  Nick  Dawkins  and  his  team  more  time   to  focus  on  the  academic  and  cultural  initiatives  already  underway  at  Manual  High  School.

Q:  What  transportation  options  will  be  available  for  students?   A:  Students  will  participate  in  the  Success  Express  transportation  system  for  the  near  northeast  in  the   2017-­‐18  school  year.  More  details  on  transportation  specifics  will  be  provided  as  soon  as  they  are   determined.
Q:  What  will  be  the  name  of  the  new  McAuliffe  Manual  Middle  School?     A:  The  new  name  is  McAuliffe  Manual  Middle  School.  The  principal,  Ms.  Long,  worked  with  McAuliffe   Manual  Middle  School  students  and  Manual  High  School  students  and  families  and  selected  a   permanent  name  for  the  new  school  in  its  innovation  planning  the  spring  of  2016.  Being  a  part  of  a   founding  school  gives  students  many  opportunities  to  shape  their  middle  school  experience.  McAuliffe   Manual  Middle  School  students  will  help  select  the  school’s  mascot  and  help  determine  the  after   school  clubs  and  enrichments  that  the  school  will  offer.

Q:  How  can  I  stay  involved  in  the  design  process  for  McAuliffe  Manual  Middle  School?   A:  We  encourage  community  engagement  in  the  design  process  for  McAuliffe  Manual  Middle  School,   and  there  will  be  opportunities  to  participate  in  this  process  throughout  the  spring.  To  see  upcoming   events  visit  the  school’s  website  at  mcauliffemanual.dpsk12.org.  You  can  also  contact  the  principal,  Ms.   Long,  directly  at  jessica_long@dpsk12.org  or  720-­‐423-­‐6550.

Q:  What  are  the  school  leaders  doing  to  keep  McAuliffe  Manual  Middle  School  and  Manual  students   safe?   A:  Student  safety  is  a  top  priority  for  Mr.  Dawkins  and  Ms.  Long.  We  will  create  a  shared  campus  plan   that  best  supports  middle  school  and  high  school  students.  The  plan  will  ensure  staggered  starts,   dismissals,  passing  periods,  and  lunches  so  that  students  are  interacting  primarily  with  their  peers   during  the  school  day.  Middle  School  students  will  be  supervised  at  all  times  during  the  school  day.       Manual  has  taken  many  steps  to  increase  student  safety  in  recent  years.  The  current  and  past  school   year  has  seen  an  85%  reduction  in  discipline  issues  from  five  years  ago.  This  is  a  decrease  that  few   other  high  schools  in  the  city  can  match  and  is  a  reflection  of  the  enhanced  school,  student,  and   academic  culture  at  Manual.  What  kind  of  structures  are  in  place  already  at  both  schools  and  as  a  joint   partnership  are  there  for  safety?

Q:  How  is  discipline  handled  at  McAuliffe?   A:  Should  a  teacher  or  staff  member  have  a  discipline  incident  with  a  student,  the  teacher  will  work  to   correct  the  problem  with  the  individual  student  through  the  least  invasive  intervention  (i.e.  warning  or  a   mandatory  conference,  parent  notification,  written  reflections,  and/or  other  disciplinary  action).  Staff   who  are  hired  at  McAuliffe  Manual  Middle  School  have  experience  with  restorative  approaches  to   discipline  and  the  onboarding  process  allows  them  to  deeply  understand  their  role  in  the  discipline   process.  School  leadership  observations  of  classroom  teachers  will  provide  immediate  and  personalized   support  to  teachers  who  need  it  to  promote  strong  and  healthy  classroom  management  and   environments.  McAuliffe  International  Schools  use  the  Denver  Public  Schools  discipline  matrix  and  follow   DPS  policies  and  procedures  regarding  student  discipline  and  appeals  processes.

Q:  How  will  school  leaders  be  supporting  current  Manual  families  during  this  transition?   A:  We  know  this  is  a  new  change  for  the  Manual  community  and  we  will  work  closely  with  you  in  the   coming  weeks  and  months  to  address  your  questions  and  concerns  and  make  this  transition  as   seamless  as  possible.  We  invite  our  community  to  become  involved  and  join  the  Common  Grounds   team.  If  you  are  interested  in  learning  more,  please  contact  Dr.  Colleen  O’Brien  at   colleen_o’brien@dpsk12.org.

Q:  What  is  a  shared  campus?   A:  In  Denver  Public  Schools,  a  shared  campus  is  when  two  or  more  individual  schools  share  one  or   more  facilities.  This  can  be  multiple  schools  housed  in  one  building,  or  sharing  common  spaces  like   cafeterias,  libraries  and  gyms  (which  are  sometimes  located  in  separate  buildings).  Shared  campuses   allow  DPS  to  serve  more  students  while  reducing  resource  duplication  and  maintenance  costs,  and  they   provide  more  choices  for  students  and  families.

Q:  What  is  the  difference  between  a  campus  and  a  school?   A:  Many  of  us  associate  a  school  with  a  particular  building.  In  DPS,  we  think  of  a  school  as  a  program   serving  a  distinct  community  of  leaders,  educators,  students  and  families  who  share  a  common  vision   for  how  to  educate  their  children.  With  shared  campuses,  more  than  one  of  these  school  communities   share  one  or  more  physical  buildings.

Q:  Do  schools  at  shared  campuses  have  access  to  the  same  resources  as  schools  that  have  their  own   buildings?   A:  Yes.  When  the  DPS  board  votes  to  place  schools  on  a  shared  campus,  school  leaders  and  district  staff   create  a  contract  that  outlines  how  the  schools  will  coordinate  use  of  resources  and  common  spaces,   such  as  the  cafeteria,  gym,  elective  rooms  and  other  shared  spaces.

Q:  Logistically,  how  does  a  shared  campus  work?   A:  Proper  planning  is  key  to  the  success  of  a  shared-­‐campus  arrangement.  Initially,  DPS  staff  review  the   facility  to  come  up  with  hallway  and  classroom  configurations  to  accommodate  each  school’s   enrollment.  School  leaders  work  out  distinct  bell  schedules,  including  pick-­‐up  and  drop-­‐off  times.   Additionally,  each  school  typically  has  its  own  entrance  to  avoid  school  overlap.  A  spirit  of  partnership   is  necessary  for  a  shared  campus  to  succeed. How  much  interaction  will  middle  school  students  have   with  high  school  students?    Will  the  school  be  divided  into  separate  sections?  With  different   entrances?  Will  students  be  able  to  interact  during  passing  periods,  lunch,  before  and  after  school  and   during  athletics?

Q:  What  are  the  benefits  of  being  in  a  shared-­‐campus  environment?   A:  Even  though  it  is  important  for  schools  to  be  separate  and  unique,  a  well-­‐run  shared  campus  creates   many  opportunities  for  collaboration,  including  sharing  of  staff,  specialized  space,  professional   development  and  classroom  resources.  In  particular,  schools  with  fewer  students  and  a  smaller   operating  budget  can  benefit  by  sharing  resources  (including  new  schools  during  their  early  years).       DPS  is  supportive  of  staff  and  students  from  shared-­‐campus  schools  to  interact  and  learn  from  each   other.  Sharing  a  campus  with  one  or  more  schools  can  be  a  rewarding  experience!