2019

News & Updates

  • December

    Dec. 6

    Jeff Howard
    Shorter Days and Fewer
    The calendar has turned to December and, as I look ahead and plan for the next few weeks, I find it is difficult not to consider all that has to be done and the short time in which there is to do it. As you read this on Friday, December 6, we have only nine days of class left before Christmas Break. We will also be just over a third of the way through the second trimester by that point. We surely have much to do in that time as do our students. As we prepare for Christmas, I hope that we can all not be too caught up in the rush of these few days to enjoy one another and to enjoy the blessings of this special time of year. That is one of my Advent prayers for our community! 
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  • 2019 Tuition Giveaway, Mullen Alum has a chance to win $100,000 from Dr. Pepper

    By Neil H. Devlin, Mullen Sports Information Director
    Jazlyn Rodriguez Hernandez is more student than athlete, more female than football player and certainly more budding entrepreneur than quarterback.

    But the former Mullen Mustang, Class of 2019, will be combining both of the above references this weekend in hopes of winning as much as six figures toward her college tuition and propelling her into becoming the business woman and difference-maker she craves to be into her adult life.

    And she said her days at Mullen helped her with the opportunity.

    “I’m super-excited,” she said by telephone from Texas.
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  • Ben CdeBaca '20

    #MyGivingStory, Ben CdeBaca, Class of 2020

    By Neil H. Devlin, Mullen Sports Information Director
    Ben CdeBaca admits it.

    “I was a bad kid,” the Mullen senior recently said. He can recite his attitude from memory: “I just don’t care. I don’t care about you, what’s going on, everything that’s happening … you’re not me.”

    The Denver native was spinning toward trouble. Potentially, lots of it. He needed leadership. Desperately. And direction. And opportunity. And he wasn’t getting any of it.

    What he was getting wasn’t working. His parents were divorced. There were assorted, unannounced moves from dwelling to dwelling as well as the confusing allure of wanting to hang out with bad boys. Possibly joining a gang. Crime. And his father had a problem with prescription drugs.

     
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  • November

    Nov. 22, 2019

    Jeff Howard
    From the Principal's Computer
     
    Giving Thanks

    As we close the building for the next week in celebration of the Thanksgiving holiday, I want to say, as clearly as I can, THANK YOU to all of you for entrusting your students to us. We are humbled to be able to serve your students and conscious of the responsibility it is to do so. As we all go through our days next week leading up to Thursday’s celebrations, please know that we know how lucky we are to have your students with us! 

    Tradition
    This past Wednesday, the administration and president’s staff served lunch to the students, faculty and staff in the Rilko. This is a wonderful tradition and one that says so much about who we are as a community. I am grateful to Dr. Cardenas for continuing this special day, grateful to the guests who joined us, and grateful to be a part of the special place that is Mullen High School.

     
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  • Nov. 15, 2019

    Jeffrey M. Howard
    What Our College Counselors Do...
     
    Whether you are the parent of a 9th, 10th, 11th or 12th grader, I’d like you to know about the amazing work our College Counseling Team has done already this year. It has processed a total of 1000 transcript requests to over 230 colleges for 180 seniors - that’s 80% of the class! 
     
    Parents of seniors likely know that the Colorado Free Application Day was moved two weeks earlier this year, and schools like CU, CSU, and DU added early applicant pools to their processes. Our team of Mrs. Santillo, Mrs. Randa-MacCrea, Mr. O’Rourke and Mrs. Rosengarten essentially had 20% fewer school days to support students in the three most significant tasks we do this time of year: assist with applications, assist with essays, and give pep-talks that everything is going to be ok, and they made it happen! I am very grateful for their critical work on behalf of our students!
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  • Prospective Family Night

    Lauren St. John
    Families will discover the many benefits provided by a “Lasallian, Catholic, College-prep” education at Mullen. The evening's topics include events on the admissions calendar, the Mullen curriculum, the tradition, and many other factors that influence the selection of a great high school. There will be time at the conclusion for a question and answer session. This event is a significant factor in making informed decisions about Mullen High School.
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  • A New Kind of Classroom

    Neil H. Devlin, Sports Information Director
    The days of kids casually showing up, laying down on the bench, pushing up some reps and then telling everyone how much they lifted have long been gone.

    So are coaches loosely running today’s high-school weight rooms as well as bulk being the primary goal.
    “It’s not a 24-Hour Fitness and you can’t do whatever you want, when you want and unsupervised,” Mullen Director of Sports Medicine Joey Mahmood said.

    No, weight rooms on campuses have turned into classrooms. Teaching lifelong lessons and fitness, and becoming centers for decision-making, leadership and respect have taken precedence over getting out of the way of the football players and how much someone can squat or leg-press.
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  • Nov. 8, 2019

    End of the Tri
    As you read this, your students have completed their final exams. I hope that they performed to the standard they wanted to and that they look back on the first trimester and can point to all they know now they didn’t know back in August. I hope they have had a terrific first third of the year.

    I am grateful to the dedication of the teaching staff. When I walk the halls and drop into classes, I am so impressed by much of what I see going on in our rooms. I see talented teachers and counselors and support staff who are working - hard - every day to inspire our students, to teach them, and to help them grow. 
     
    I truly feel we are all blessed to be a part of this community we call Mullen!
     
    I trust your students will have a lovely few days off before Second Trimester begins!
     
     
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  • Nov. 1, 2019

    Jeffrey M. Howard
    Frightful...
     
    I wish “frightful” referred to Halloween yesterday, but I am afraid it is more like “the weather outside has been frightful…”.

    Boy, has it.

    I cannot remember in my time in education in Colorado a late October like the one we just witnessed. It’s been something else. I am very aware of the disruptions and disappointments some of our schedule changes and event cancellations have caused and am sympathetic to all of that. I want to thank Mrs. McCarty, Ms. Abeyta, Mr. Gray and all those teachers, clubs and students who were going to put on a wonderful Booville. With school closed for the three days before it, there was no way to pull it together in time and no viable date for a reschedule. It’s such a great event and I am already looking forward to it for next year. We are also indebted to Mrs. Davis for rolling with the challenge of moving this trimester’s concert from this week to next. None of these changes were ideal, but all were necessary. 
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  • October

    Oct. 25, 2019

    Jeffrey M. Howard
    End of the Tri

    In a few short days, six, to be exact, if you’re reading this on the day it’s published), the first trimester will wrap up. Typically, the end of the tri can cause some stress in students and teachers alike as students look to what they wanted to get done, what they need to get done and what they actually can get done before the trimester concludes. It is my prayer and hope that your students feel they have accomplished very much over the course of the tri and that, as we approach exams, they feel they have mastered their content, they have learned much, and they are ready for the challenges that lie ahead. 

     
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  • CyberPatriot Competition

    Michael McGuire
    On Friday, October 25th, seven Mullen students competed in the national CyberPatriot competition - part of the Air Force Association’s National Youth Cyber Education Program.

    Team members were given special versions of Windows 10, Ubuntu 14, Windows Server, and a packet tracer and asked to “harden” the sites against simulated cyberattack.

    This was Mullen’s first foray into the online six-hour competition, and freshman team captain Andrew Markel said, “I’m excited to bring a new cybersecurity club to Mullen and to increase everyone’s knowledge of online safety.”
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  • Freshman Service Days

    Katie Abeyta
    As October winds down, I would like to update families of freshmen in regards to a change in freshman service days. 
     
    Due to a scheduling conflict, the remainder of the freshman days of service for the first trimester will be postponed to a later date. We apologize for any inconvenience. This means if you have yet to attend a day of service, it will happen during second trimester rather than in the next week. 
     
    As a reminder for those who have attended already, please remember to upload your hours and reflection to MobileServe, which can be found on the Mullen website. 
     
    If you have any questions, please email Katie Abeyta, Director of Community Life. 
     
    Have a great end to your first trimester at Mullen!
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  • Oct. 18th

    Jeffrey M. Howard
    Approaching the End of the Tri
    It may be hard for you to believe, but, as of today, Friday, October 18, there are only 10 class days left in this trimester. Seems like we were just buying first day pizza yesterday… 

    As we approach the trimester’s end and exams, stress is likely to increase for our students. I know that it increases for our faculty. There is an inherent push to get to the end of the curriculum and to ensure that students know all that they need to heading into their second trimester courses. This is an appropriate pressure, but our job as teachers and families is to help mitigate and navigate it.
     
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  • Mullen’s Speech and Debate program continues to reach new heights

    By Neil H. Devlin, Mullen Sports Information Director
    The consistency and excellence of Mullen’s Speech and Debate program continues to reach new heights.

    Recently, the Mustangs’ S&D earned two more acknowledgements, and they are considerable.
    For one, Mullen was cited for attending a national tournament for 50 years. For another, the Mustangs joined the organization’s Top 100 Club.

    “Not a whole lot of schools have attended more than Mullen,” program coach Mike Trevithick said, “and, basically, they have a way of counting strong programs, which is based on the number of competition points students have earned. Schools are ranked based on that.

    “Ever since we started coaching and under (the late) Frank (Sferra, nationally renowned in the field), we’ve had this distinction of being in the club. We’re basically in the top-seven percent of schools in the country. There’s a fairly small group of schools that are considered pretty elite competitors.”
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  • Oct. 11, 2019

    Jeffrey M. Howard
    A homeCOming Reflection
     
    Throughout the course of this week, we have celebrated what it means to be Mullen. From the wonderful mass on Monday to the dress days and music playing during passing periods and coming together for the Powder Puff game and the Pep Rally and Carnival right up to this evening’s football game (beat Ralston Valley!) and tomorrow’s dance and all of the alumni events that are taking place as well, we have had so much fun together and will continue to do so over the next few days.

    It’s been a great week!
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  • Oct. 4, 2019

    Jeffrey M. Howard
    Coming Home

    Next week, we will celebrate Homecoming Week with homeCOming 2019. Student Council has selected “Colorado” as the theme of Homecoming this year and, to a native like me (not that I am judging all of you who are not natives…) is a terrifically fun way to go. The week will feature dress days and pep rallies and Masses and some surprises, especially for our ninth graders. Student Council has been hard at work pulling this together, and I am looking forward to a terrific celebration of all things Mullen.

    We are instituting a new policy around dances which you may have read about here last week. Students will be “locked-in” to our dances until an hour before the dance ends. In the case of the Homecoming Dance, which will be held at Wings Over the Rockies, this means that students who do not have written permission cannot leave until 10:00 p.m. Please see elsewhere in The Weekly or on the website for how to procure written permission. I am very much in support of this change in how we conduct our dances. 

    homeCOming 2019 is going to be wonderful! I hope you might be able to join us for some of the fun!
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  • Fall Play - Our Miss Brooks

    Miss Brooks has plenty of teacher troubles and her "escape" is in dreaming about her vacation. She has travel folders on several Caribbean cruises which she discusses with the athletic coach who owns his own little sailboat. Miss Brooks suddenly sees that perhaps he's "the man" for her. She's glad she isn't putting on the school play this year so she won't have to fight him for use of the gym. Then the ax falls. The play is thrust upon her! A battle royal develops. The coach's star athlete Ted gives up the team to play the leading boy's part. The daughter of the school board president is determined to play opposite him but she reads her lines so poorly that Miss Brooks gives the role to an attractive nobody with real talent.

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  • September

    September 27, 2019

    Jeffrey M. Howard
    Gates on Campus
    If you have been on campus in recent weeks, you have noticed the installation of gates at some entrances to the parking lots. Please allow me to share some information about them while noting there will be more information to follow. Last year, when I was serving the dual roles of principal and president, I supported and approved the addition of these gates as an added security measure. When he arrived last spring, Dr. Cardenas approved them as well and we moved to get them installed. Given the nature of the exposure of our campus, the gates will help keep us safe and help secure the parking lots. These are good things. There was no single event that precipitated their installation. Their addition was an outgrowth of continuing conversations around the safety and security of our campus.
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  • September 20, 2019

    Jeffrey M. Howard
    Lasallian Days of Peace
    On Saturday, our Lasallian world begins a deep and important time of reflection on peace. So often in the course of the days at school - in the lives of our students and faculty and staff and for myself - I know that peace would benefit us. I know that peace would renew us. Our world is in need of that renewal and in need of peace. Please join us over the next month dedicating moments of your lives to peace. You can learn more HERE.
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  • Mullen Community 5K Fun Run/Walk

    Joe Welling
    Hosted by the Mullen Cross Country team, the Mullen Community 5K Fun Run/Walk will take place at 8:00am on Oct. 5th. This family-friendly event is for everyone, whether you’re a competitive runner or want to enjoy a walk/jog with friends and family around the beautiful Mullen High School campus in south Denver.  It's a great way to be healthy and active before over 800 Catholic middle school runners (CSAL) take to the course starting at 9:30 a.m.
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  • September 13th, 2019

    Jeffrey M. Howard
    In Remembrance
    I had been teaching for almost a decade on 9-11-01 and I can still place myself in my car driving to school thinking of my lessons for the day when the news broke. This past Wednesday, I sat at my desk listening to Bruce Springsteen’s album The Rising and prayed this prayer I’ve said for the last few years: We come remembering and we come in hope, not in ourselves, but in you. Amen.
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  • 9/11 Stair Climb at Red Rocks

    Neil H. Devlin, Mullen Sports Information Director
    There was a (pant!) Mullen contingent (wheeze!) at Wednesday’s (gasp!) 11th Colorado Stair Climb (leg burn) at Red Rocks Amphitheater (lung burn!).

    The event is a fundraiser to honor the 343 firefighters and 3,000 others who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks in New York City on Sept. 11, 2001.
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  • Experience Mullen High School at our Annual Open House

    Lauren St. John
    The Open House is an excellent opportunity for prospective students and their families to visit our campus and learn more about Mullen’s programs, meet our students and faculty, and learn what it means to be a Mullen Mustang! Mass begins at 8:30 a.m. and student led tours will be from 10:00 a.m.-2 p.m. 
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  • August

    Friday, August 30th

    For Those Who Labor
    As we head into Labor Day Weekend, I am aware - perhaps this week more than ever - of what a blessing it is to have a vocation and to be able to work. As I was looking for a reflection this week, this one seemed most appropriate: Creator Lord, the source of all wisdom and purpose, and the blessing of those who labor; be with us in our work to guide and govern our world. Give to all people work that enhances human dignity and bonds us to one another. Give us pride in our work, a fair return for our labor, and joy in knowing that our work finds its source in you; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.
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  • Friday, August 23

    Jeffrey M. Howard
    Open Our Students’ Eyes
    Deeper into the year we go and, as we do, I hope our students continue to grow in their understanding of the Core Principles and of the mission of the Founder. I was thinking about that as I came across this prayer which I pray for our students: “Good and loving God, open our eyes and our hearts this day … to your presence in all of those with whom we live and work … to your presence in all of those entrusted to our care … to your presence in the vulnerable and the marginalized … to your presence in those who can do nothing for us in return. Lead us to act justly, to love tenderly, and to walk humbly with you.” 
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  • August 16, 2019

    Jeffrey M. Howard
    Send Your Spirit on Our Students
    Two days are down and we have more than a few to go… this week I have been praying these words from Catholic Household Blessings and Prayers found on the National Council of Catholic Bishops’ website for our students: Lord our God,in your wisdom and love you surround us with the mysteries of the universe. Send your Spirit upon these students and fill them with your wisdom and blessings. Grant that they may devote themselves to their studies and draw ever closer to you,the source of all knowledge.

     
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  • August 9, 2019

    Jeffrey M. Howard
    Abandon Me Not

    I have been thinking and praying a modernization of a prayer that the Christian Brothers shared before school each day beginning some time after 1850. It has its genesis in the eighteenth century Traité des Étudesby Charles Rollin. I am sure you will be able to see why it has been turning over-and-over in my brain: You, O Lord, are my strength, my patience, my light, and my counsel. It is you who touch the hearts of the children entrusted to my care. Abandon me not to myself for one moment. 

     
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  • August 2, 2019

    Jeffrey M. Howard
    While it's still summer in the city, we at Mullen High School will be coming back together sooner than later and I, for one, am ready! I know that many of you are too, and I hope that some (most? all?) of your students are as well!
     
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  • June

    Graduation Images

    Ami A. Zach
    Mullen Community,

    This year we benefited from professional photographer John Leyba. He worked tirelessly to capture our student body, student-athletes and faculty throughout the year.  His gift to the class of 2019 includes his shots from the 84th graduation ceremony this past weekend. 
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  • May 28, 2019

    Ami A. Zach
    A Prayer As We Conclude
    As we end the school year let us remember God is never far… God be in my head, and in my understanding; God be in my eyes, and in my looking; God be in my mouth; and in my speaking; God be in my heart; and in my thinking; God be at my end, and at my departing.
     
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