2020

News & Updates

  • April

    April 3, 2020

    Jeffrey Howard
    Distance Learning Week Two
    Distance Learning… there is still so much to learn, but the staff and faculty and students of Mullen High School will not shrink from the challenge…

    I am so very pleased with and proud of the Mullen community for the manner in which we are engaging in Distance Learning. Our transition to this new world has not, of course, been perfect and we are learning as we go, but I have to say that early results are, on the whole, very positive. Teachers are discovering what works well, what does not and what needs to be adapted. Students are doing very much the same thing. The administration, the department chairs, the Distance Learning Task Force and academic departments are meeting, discussing, adapting and growing.

    The critical thing here is that we are engaging. That has been my priority as principal, that we continue to engage with our students, that we communicate with them, that we pray with them and that we remind them we love them. 
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  • No school, sports through April 30

    By The MBN
    Extension for the stay-at-home order by Gov. Polis to be determined; current deadline is April 11. Campus remains closed.
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  • Distance Learning Will Continue - COVID-19 Update


    Dear Mustangs,

    As Pope Francis has reminded us, our shared Lenten journey has taken on new significance this year. As we move towards Easter and the miracle of the resurrection, we hope that your family is staying safe, healthy and peaceful. Though we are not physically together as a community, we continue to support each other during our time apart. Please remember to send us prayer intentions to Mrs. Niblack at Niblack@mullenhigh.com so that they can be shared in our daily prayers
     
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  • March

    March 27, 2020

    Jeffrey M. Howard
    Distance Learning Week One
    For the foreseeable future, it is my intention to use this space to provide some updates on how we are doing as a community with Distance Learning, what the new, temporary normal looks like and how the staff and faculty are working on behalf of your students. 

    As you know, we launched into the Distance Learning Adventure this week. Our preparation for it was most helpful for our faculty and staff. Having in person discussions on Thursday, March 12 and then two days of preparations earlier this week has helped our teachers feel as confident as they can be going into these next weeks. I am incredibly gratified by the work of the Distance Learning Task Force (13 of our teachers, counselors and staff) who planned for this work. I’d like to note that over 25 faculty and staff members volunteered to take part in the Task Force… such is the quality of educators who serve your students.

    The Task Force spent time considering the best ways to begin Distance Learning with your students. We discussed the new reality we are facing and the best ways to address it. We debated content, context and collaboration going forward. We determined a solid course of action and handed the work of it over to the immensely talented faculty and staff. 
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  • Distance Learning

    Jeffrey M. Howard
    Dear Students (and Families) -

    I sincerely hope this letter finds you very well. Each time we have gathered to talk about this unprecedented situation, a teacher or staff member reminds us about you, our students, and that all the work we do is for you. Our prayers - the prayers of the faculty and staff of Mullen High School - are with you and will remain with you for the duration of this truly amazing time. 

    Please pray for us as well.
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  • March 20, 2020

    Jeffrey M. Howard
    Changing Realities… and Those That Do Not Change
    Just a week ago, I wrote that our plan at Mullen High School was to be back with the students we treasure in the place we love on Tuesday, March 24. Obviously, this has changed. 

    Significantly.

    The world itself has changed a bit, has it not?

    Please allow me to take a few moments of your time to write about what has not changed.

    What has not changed is that Mullen High School is Lasallian and Catholic. What has not changed is that we provide a high quality, rigorous college preparatory education. What has not changed is that we know we are in the Holy Presence of God. What has not changed is that we give our students opportunities for prayer and community. What has not changed is our staff and faculty have deep care for and commitment to your students.

    None of that has changed. None of it will during these weeks of uncertainty. We will do our utmost to have your students know they are Mullen High School Mustangs. We want them to be proud of that unifying fact - as proud of it as we are.

    I cannot tell you what the coming days and weeks look like completely and I do not know what things will look like when we return to school. I cannot even tell you when we will do so.

    But I can assure you of all the above things to do not and will not change. Ever.

    For me, there is amazing comfort and peace in that.
     
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  • March 19 | COVID-19

    Friends of Mullen, 

    Let us remember…that we are in the holy presence of God.

    We remain committed to keeping our students, parents, families, alumni, faculty and staff informed about these unprecedented events and our plans and responses to these complex times. We are deeply grateful to you for your prayers and know that you are very much in ours. We do always remain in God’s Holy Presence...
     
    On Wednesday, March 18, as many of you did, Mullen High School leadership received word that Colorado Governor Jared Polis signed an executive order closing Colorado schools through Friday, April 17 due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. You may read the press release and executive order here
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  • March 16 | COVID-19

    Dear Mullen Community,

    From the Lasallian Prayer for Peace: “We pray for peace in our lives; in our towns, in our schools, in our families and in our hearts. We pray for a peace that the world cannot give us. We pray for a peace that will make us whole and transform us into ambassadors of justice for Your sake.” We hope you find in this prayer solace, comfort and strength. 
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  • Senior Citizen Prom is Cancelled for 2020

    Senior Citizens' Prom is CANCELLED for 2020.  We are cancelling the SCP prom this year, but look forward to a terrific event in 2021.  All students who signed up to volunteer should check their email for communication on cancelling their volunteer shifts and contact Dr. Daugherty to discuss options for volunteer hours.  Families who have donated items already for this event, please know we thank you and will be using them for the 2021 event.
     
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  • March 13, 2020

    Jeffrey M. Howard
    Our Plans and COVID-19 
    The last days and weeks have, as you know, been filled with questions, reflection, prayer and concern about the coronavirus, its potential impacts on our Mullen community and our extended family and how we continue to do our utmost to protect that community, keep it whole and keep it safe. It is not an exaggeration to say that the administration, faculty and staff have agonized over striking an appropriate balance between instituting reasonable, proactive measures and overreacting to this complex situation.
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  • Campus closed; spring sports on the road

    By Neil H. Devlin, Mullen Sports Information Director
    Mullen elects to be pro-active about COVID-19; spring sports mandated to play away events at least until end of the month.
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  • March 11 | COVID-19

    As we continue our shared Lenten journey, faced with the seemingly ever-changing challenges of the pandemic coronavirus (COVID-19), we begin this update in a spirit of faith and prayer, confident in our association within our Lasallian community. Know that we pray with you and for you.
     
    The health and safety of all of our students continues to be our first priority in the wake of the evolving situation around COVID-19 in Colorado. We encourage everyone in our school community to continue to take note of facts and not to panic, but to take appropriate precautions. With Spring Break next week, we provide you this update on our response to COVID-19.  This same communication has been disseminated to faculty and staff in addition to parents. 
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  • Important Update regarding COVID-19

    Mullen Administration
    Mullen High School will be closing Wednesday, March 11th at 3 PM through Tuesday, March 24th.All classes, activities and spring sports are canceled as of 3 PM that day.

    At this time, Mullen High School does not have any confirmed cases of COVID-19. The administration will continue to update the community if there are developments of confirmed cases of students or families. 
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  • Michelle Poffel returns to Mullen High School

    On April 28, 1989 Michelle Poffel enrolled as the first girl at Mullen.

    Neil H. Devlin, Sports Information Director
    Michelle Poffel said she talked about it with her mother.

    If Mullen was going co-ed by adding girls to the all-boys school, she would be a Mustang when it occurred.

    Already enrolled at Machebeuf in downtown Denver late in her eighth-grade class at All Souls Catholic School, Poffel, whose older brother, Matthew, was a Mustangs sophomore, didn’t want to get her hopes up and be overly disappointed if it didn’t happen.

    However, it arrived at her Englewood home. The letter. Acceptance to Mullen. For real.
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  • March 6, 2020

    Jeffrey M. Howard
    Coronavirus
    Dr. Cardenas and I sent out a series of communications this week concerning coronavirus. Please know that we are paying close attention to developments and our team discusses this every day. We want to be sure we find that very difficult space between under reacting and over reacting to this situation. At the center of our approach - always and ever - will be keeping your students as safe as we possibly can. Each decision we make is evaluated through that perspective. We will continue to communicate clearly about steps we are taking and we are very much encouraging you to monitor your students’ health - as you always do - and to keep them home when appropriate - as I know you do as well!
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  • Infectious Disease Preparedness | 2020

    Raul Cardenas, President & CEO
    Due to the high alert around the world concerning the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), Mullen High School has prepared a plan of response. We are monitoring statements and advice from the Center for Disease Control and the Colorado State Department of Health.  As of now, even with the lower risk here in Colorado and the United States, steps will be made at the school to prepare students and staff in the currently very low chance that a breakout occurs in our buildings. These best practice procedures are designed to protect the safety of all parties involved and to prevent any further infections from occurring.
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  • February

    February 28, 2020

    Jeffrey Howard
    Returning from Houston
    What a terrific four days in Houston this week! Joining over 100 chief administrators from the 55 Lasallian high schools around the United States, Dr. Cardenas and I heard 3 separate keynote speakers, attended a District meeting (and a wonderful dinner with our colleagues from the schools in the San Francisco/New Orleans District) went to breakout sessions (one of which I co-presented) and prayed with, enjoyed fellowship with and laughed with principals and presidents who are dedicated to our same mission. This was truly food for the journey and well timed as we head into the Third Trimester next week.

     
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  • February 21, 2020

    Jeffrey Howard
    Houston Interlude...
    Early next week, Dr. Cardenas and I will travel to Houston to attend the Lasallian Association of Secondary School Chief Administrators (or LASSCA) gathering and I could not be more excited. Having been asked to serve on the planning committee this year, I know that there is much good work in store for us and I am very much looking forward to connecting with principals and presidents from Lasallian schools across the United States. I am most pleased to attend this year because, last year at this time, I was in the early stages of my bout with Shingles - that was fun - and this year I am feeling fit and ready to go! This will be a wonderful gathering.
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  • February 14, 2020

    Jeffrey M. Howard
    Ambiguity Tolerance and Weather Adjustments
     
    A friend of mine, a veteran teacher with whom I used to work, told me once that the key to working in a high school was ambiguity tolerance - the idea that things do not always go as we plan them or as they were promised to go. I am not sure exactly about what we were talking, but it may have had to do with snow delays and snow days.
     
    What a pattern of weather we have been in of late… 
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  • 16 signs of success

    By Neil H. Devlin, Mullen Sports Information Director
    Mustangs, peers, family celebrate National SIgning Day.
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  • Two times a champion

    By Neil H. Devlin, Mullen Sports Information Director
    Soph Antillon wins her 2nd straight wrestling title.
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  • February 7th, 2020

    Jeffrey M. Howard
    A Great Conversation
    It was my pleasure, and that really is the right word, to be invited - along with many other administrators and faculty members - to meet with the senior class at a lunch last week. For my part, I thought the conversation and the exchange was terrific and I was impressed with much of what our students had to say and so impressed by their expressed love of the class and love of Mullen. I was also struck by the respect they gave to one another and to those of us who were speaking with them. I really enjoyed the chat!
      
     
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  • January

    January 31

    Jeffrey M. Howard
    2020-2021 REGISTRATION 
    One of the most fascinating parts of working in education is that, once the calendar turns to a new year, educators are really living both in the current school year and also in the next. That is very much the case at Mullen! While we are enjoying the end of the second trimester and looking forward to the third, we are also looking ahead to 2020-2021.
     
     
    What this means right now is that your students have begun to select courses for next year. That is certainly exciting!
     
    What it will mean very soon is that we will start the re-enrollment process for 2020-2021. In the coming weeks, you will receive an email with a link to re-enroll your students for next year. The re-enrollment fee is $400 which is applied to your tuition for 2020-2021. Please watch for the email announcing re-enrollment coming very soon!
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  • January 24, 2020

    Jeffrey M. Howard
    Catholic Schools Week
    One of the most important parts of our identity at Mullen High School is that we are a Catholic school blessed to be in the Archdiocese of Denver! Next week is Catholic Schools Week, the 46th annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States. We will be engaged in this week in our daily prayer life and in consideration of the five themes of the week: Celebrating our community, our students, our nation, vocations and our faculty, staff and volunteers. I am looking forward to the week and a deeper focus on connections to Catholic schools across the US.
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  • January 15, 2020

    Jeffrey M. Howard
    Parent/Teacher Conferences
    Yesterday, for the first time in many years, I was privileged to participate in Parent/Teacher Conferences as a teacher! I have spent this trimester with a terrific group of seniors in an Honors English IV class and I have had a wonderful time. On a great many days, the time I spend with them has been the best part of my day. I was grateful to meet many of their parents yesterday. I hope that those of you who attended conferences had gratifying and fruitful conversations. 

     
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  • Letter to the Class of 2023 - Freshman Service Day and Service Learning

    Dr. Mara Dougherty
    Dear Freshman students and families:

    For those of you who do not know me, I am Mara Dougherty.  This is my sixth year teaching in the Science Department at Mullen HIgh School and I recently assumed the role as Director of Service Learning.  Service learning is how students at Mullen live out the core principle of Concern for the Poor and Social Justice. As part of this, first year students will be introduced to service by attending a one day immersion trip.  About half the students from the class of 2023 took part in the Freshman Service Day this fall. The remainder of the students will begin to serve at Senior Support Services in Denver starting next week. With the exception of the January 21st trip, students will attend a pre-service meeting in the weeks leading up to service and should expect to attend their first period class on their service day.  Students will be notified of their service day when a packet of information is delivered to them at school. Included in this packet is the Immersion Registration Form and the Parent Authorization for Student Activity and Travel.  A student may not attend the Freshman Service Day without these forms signed and return to Dr. Dougherty prior to the immersion trip.  

     
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  • Class of 2020 - Service Learning Graduation Requirement

    Dr. Mara Dougherty
    Service learning is how students at Mullen live out the core principle of Concern for the Poor and Social Justice. As part of this, students are required to complete 70 total service hours while at Mullen, 50 serving marginalized groups and 20 serving your own Mullen community.  If students do not complete these hours their diploma will be withheld upon graduation.
     
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  • January 10, 2020

    Jeffrey Howard
    Back to School
    And so, just like that, we are back at school! 
     
    I trust you and your family had wonderful times together over Christmas Break and that you are looking forward to a happy and healthy 2020.

    We started January at school with a full day of professional development for the faculty and staff on Monday, and it was a terrific way to get back together and to get energized for the rest of the school year. We discussed topics as practical as the learning management system we will be implementing next year (which I think is going to be great for students, parents and staff alike!) to our continuing efforts on humanizing our pedagogy to admissions to hearing an update from Dr. Cardenas. It was a full day, and a good one. 

    Then your students joined us on Tuesday… it’s great to be back together!
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