• McAuliffe staff and parents believe in providing a rigorous, nurturing, and active learning environment for all children that ensures personal success, a life-long desire to learn, and civic responsibility.
     "Igniting unlimited possibilities for students!" 

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  •  Celebrating a birthday at McAuliffe? You can celebrate birthday wishes on the school marquee and at the same time make a wish come true for another child through the Make-A-Wish foundation. Click on this link to get started. If you would like more information, please contact Ms. Miller at vmiller@losal.org or the front office. McAuliffe is the most successful middle school with the Make-A-Wish foundation! Thank you for helping make wishes come true!

    Friday, August 24th, is a Minimum Day for students. Students will be released at 12:10 pm or 11:40 am if they usually leave school after 6th period.

    Need to order school pictures? Go to mylifetouch.com - Picture Day ID #RO158021Y0. 

    Don't miss out on sharing & reliving the big events that will make this year special! Order your 2018-2019 McAuliffe yearbook today. Yearbooks are $35 each and can be personalized for $6. Go to Jostensyearbooks.com to order yours today. Orders are due  9/28/2018.

    Attention 8th Graders! Would you like to go to Washington DC, Philadelphia & N.Y.? Sign-ups for the 2019 DC/Philly/NYC trip during Spring Break of 2019 have started. We will be leaving Sat., April 20th & returning Thurs., April 25th.  We have added one extra night to the trip, an extra state to visit, a college tour and, hopefully, a Yankee’s baseball game! To be eligible to travel with us, you must be a student with no N’s, U’s, D’s, or F’s and each student will need one teacher recommendation letter.

    Want more information? Click here for trip information, our Trip # & a link to School Tours of America. Questions? Contact Ms. Miller, ext. 77226 or  vmiller@losal.org

    The first College Day of the school year is Wed., Sept. 5th, wear your favorite college t-shirt!

    For information regarding the Los Alamitos Unified BYOD program, click here.

     Congratulations to McAuliffe's Sherry Tanaka, art teacher extraordinaire! Along with being named the 2017-2018 Seal Beach Lions Club Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Tanaka is the Orange County Middle School Arts Educator of the Year!

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     Meet Jon Grillo! Take two minutes to get to know someone who grew up in Los Al schools and is now in his fifth year teaching history at McAuliffe Middle School! 

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    Box Tops for Education! Clip Box Tops for Education, send them in a baggy to school and have your student drop them off in the front office. 

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     Interested in making a difference in your child's life then participate in PTA by becoming a PTA volunteer! There are a variety of PTA positions open for the 2018-19 school year. For more information go to the PTA webpage.

      Ralph's Rewards program, please enroll to support McAuliffe when you shop! Click here to enroll. Use the following code to designate McAuliffe:

    Organization - McAuliffe Middle School PTA - Organization #81178

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      Sign up for Amazon Smile! Every purchase you make under your Amazon Smile account will support McAuliffe. Click on smile.amazon.com to learn more and sign up under McAuliffe Middle School PTA. Every purchase makes a difference for our students! 

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    Want to know more about what McAuliffe has to offer its students? Interested in sending your student to McAuliffe? Find out more about our school by clicking here.

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Principal's Message

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    Dear McAuliffe Parents and Families,

    It is my distinct privilege to welcome you to the 2018-2019 school year!  I cannot adequately express my gratitude for the warm welcome that I have already received from both staff and families, and I am looking forward to getting to know all of you in the upcoming school year.  Thank you for the opportunity to join a community of people who are committed not only to high student achievement but to the overall well-being of each and every student.  McAuliffe has distinguished itself as a place that is actively committed to the social, emotional, and academic education of each and every child, and I am fortunate to join you in this work.

    Parents, you are vital partners.  One of the most amazing things I have heard about our school district is the way teachers and parents join together to provide meaningful educational experiences for our students. A school like McAuliffe with its history of excellence, inviting front office staff, hardworking custodial team, active parent community, and innovative teachers is hard to find! I look forward to extending the legacy left by Mrs. Allen. A legacy of rigorous instruction paired with creating a family-friendly environment.  

    I eagerly await getting to know you and your child.  A little about me: I started my career as a middle school math teacher, then transitioned to Assistant Principal at a k-8 school, and most recently served as principal of Laguna Road in the Fullerton School District. I have a Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Teaching Credential from Azusa Pacific University, I earned my Administrative Services Credential from Cal State Long Beach, and recently completed my Doctorate in Education from the University of Southern California.  

    My wife, Ashley, and I live in Seal Beach and have three beautiful children: Jadson, who turned 5 in May and will be starting Kindergarten at McGaugh in August; Keller, who turned 3 in June and will be starting Seal Beach Playgroup; and our newborn daughter, Sunny who we just welcomed earlier in July.  My family and I love living in this community and I can’t wait for you to meet them!

    We look forward to seeing all students on August 8th for the opening of school!  I can’t wait to share in the excitement and enthusiasm of the new school year with all of you.  

    Please note the following upcoming important dates:




    Tuesday, July 31st


    8th Grade Registration

    Wednesday, August 1st


    7th Grade Registration

    Thursday, August 2nd


    6th Grade Registration and WEB Day

    Tuesday, August 7th


    Main office closed for All-District Staff Meeting

    Wednesday, August 15th


    Back to School Night

    I am available to meet with you or answer any questions you may have.  So please call our office any time at (714) 816-3320, we are now open!

    In closing, serving as principal of McAuliffe is an honor!  I hope to meet you at the “Meet and Greet” scheduled for Monday, July 30th from 6:00-7:00 in the BRAND-NEW BAND ROOM (Room 62).  I thank you in advance for working with me to support our students and provide the best education possible for them!

    Your principal,

    Ryan Weiss-Wright, Ed.D.




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