Welcome Back!

Hi Everyone,

Welcome back from spring break! It’s hard to believe but we only have less than 7 weeks until we break for the summer. There is much to do and see and experience and learn in the weeks ahead! We have overnights, field trips, an art show, a learning day, middle school conferences, exit projects, and so much more!! Hold on to your hats! It’s going to be a wild ride. 

Amidst the craziness of May, grab a few moments for yourself. Reflect on the year and just how much your child has grown (physically, emotionally, and as an individual finding their way in this world). What is one thing that they did this year that completely surprised you? 

Have a wonderful weekend!



Before the break we announced that with the new kindergarten ratios, Sarah Flanagan’s departure for New York, and our two middle school teachers transitioning to a modified schedule, that we are looking to hire several great people to join our community.

Get the word out!

We are looking for exemplary teachers and Instructional Assistants to support the teaching and learning at McAuliffe. In particular, we are looking for:

One .4 FTE Middle School teacher (part time)

One Kindergarten teacher

Three IA’s (each 15 hours a week)

If you, or someone you, know is interested in any of these positions, please apply at the district office, and email me with the name and position you/they are interested in so I can be sure you/they get an interview.

What does the selection process look like?

In addition to the selective process our district employs, our interviewing process at McAuliffe is very much aligned to our philosophy. Highly collaborative teams comprised of parents, teachers, and the principal ask the candidates questions that are designed specifically to meet the needs of our student population and program.

Where are we so far?

I am happy to announce that the interview teams have selected two outstanding educators. Maria Yoo will join Jackie in one of the middle school positions and Susan Hedgecock will join us to teach 2nd grade. Both candidates impressed the committees with their thoughtful responses and positive energy and we are excited for them to begin at McAuliffe.

Welcome Maria and Sue!!!

Here are messages from them to you:


I am excited to become a part of the McAuliffe community and to team-teach with Jackie next year. I have been teaching in Cupertino for seven years, most recently at Miller. My background is in literature and journalism and my passions are creative writing, reading fantasy books, and training for triathlons. I am a mom of two girls, a kindergartener and a baby. I look forward to sharing my experience and to helping students discover their own passions. 


My name is Susan Hedgecock and this is my seventeenth year as a teacher in the Cupertino Union School District.  I have taught first, second and fifth grade at Eaton Elementary and before that, fifth/sixth grade ELD at De Vargas Elementary. My degrees are from Northwestern University which is located outside of Chicago, where I was born, and Santa Clara University here in Silicon Valley. Outside of school I enjoy gardening, DIY projects, motorcycle rides with my husband, and my first grandchild. Over the years, I’ve done my best to incorporate choice, inquiry and community building in my classroom and I am over the moon to join the McAuliffe School Community to share, learn and grow with you all.

Containers in the parking lot… what’s happened and what’s next?

Thank you!

Thanks to all of the parents who spent time organizing and packing our common spaces prior to the break. Our summer modernization plan is well underway!

Stage One… Check!

The first stage of moving is now complete. During spring break, 12 storage containers were placed in the faculty lot and the boxes from the PAC, UG, and Big Room were placed into storage.

The rest of the containers (8- 10) will be dropped the week before school gets out. The containers will be placed in the faculty lot and on our blacktop. We recognize that this isn’t ideal.  We spent a lot of time looking at options and timelines and determined that this was the best plan of action based on those choices.

Concerns around parking – Check!

One concern about the storage containers was the loss of parking spaces, particularly because we are a commuter school and parent participation is a key element of our program. I’m happy to report that we only lost four parking spots with the temporary addition! The faculty is looking at the current container configuration to see if we can add a few more spaces by parking outside of the lines in the staff lot.

While this modernization is unsightly and a logistical inconvenience, it’s a small price to pay for the exciting upgrades our school will receive this summer!






























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