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Mackintosh Academy Littleton 2018-2019 ANNUAL REPORT



Mackintosh Academy nurtures the keen minds and compassionate hearts of the gifted child in a responsive and caring community of learners. Our students mature into confident, healthy human beings inspired to contribute to a world that needs them.

FROM THE BOARD Dear Friends,

This 2018-2019 school year brought many wonder-filled “Mack Moments” as we focused on expanding our treasured campus to accommodate more keen minds and compassionate hearts. In December of 2018, after several years of analysis and preparatory work, the Board of Trustees unanimously supported an expansion to our existing campus to accommodate up to 148 students. As a result of this decision and a plethora of pre-construction efforts, we formally broke ground in the fall of 2019 on the new performing and visual arts space that will also include additional classroom and teacher workspace, bathrooms, serving kitchen, and storage.

The Board of Trustees recruited additional members to increase its governing body from 8 to 12 members to more effectively support the campus and enrollment expansion, strategic planning, and the administration for the 19-20 school year and beyond. The board is comprised of alumni parents, current parents, educators and legal experts. Following best practices for independent schools, the Board of Trustees and the Administration contracted with a trusted firm, Eide Bailly, for our annual audit, resulting in a positive audit of financials for the 2018-19 school year, once again illustrating the school’s strong financial position.

The Board of Trustees thanks Mackintosh Academy’s leadership and faculty for their commitment and tireless efforts to deliver a world-class education to our students. We are also grateful for the ongoing support of our parent community, and we look forward to sharing more details on the expansion during the annual State of the School meeting in March 2020.

Most sincerely,

Stephanie Gill-Kelly Co-Chair of the Board

Annie Slothower Vice-Chair of the Board

Current Board of Trustees Stephanie Gill-Kelly, Co-Chair Keely Bostock, Co-Chair Annie Slothower, Vice-Chair Bart Crawford, Treasurer Trey Douglass, Secretary Christopher Brion Alex Claypool Kristina Campos Clifford Hickerson Dr. Kelly Keena Kelly Noble Dr. Jason Widegren

HEAD OF SCHOOL REPORT Each school year tells a story, with a beginning, a middle, and an end. It incorporates setting, character, and plot, complete with challenge and accomplishment, laughter and tears, conflict and resolution, promise and frustration. Mackintosh continued to write its own story as we embarked upon our 41st year as a

Our story continues -strong,

highly respected International Baccalaureate World School and a beacon for gifted education.

We embraced a sustainable growth mindset throughout the year, solidifying healthy enrollment growth, launching our first major capital campaign, preparing the ground -literally and figuratively -- for a major expansion project. We earned our third authorization from the International Baccalaureate and achieved acclaim for our environmental initiatives.

inspiring, innovative, and green

A highpoint in our 2018-2019 story was receiving the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School Award in September and earning Gold Level membership in the Environmental Leadership Program (ELP) through the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. We are one of only three schools to achieve the latter honor and are now part of an impressive cohort that includes some of Colorado’s biggest companies, including Ball Aerospace, Denver International Airport, Children’s Hospital, and DaVita.

While these are impressive accomplishments, the core of our story lay in empowering interactions and innovative teaching and learning that unfolded every day during the 2018-2019 school year. Living and learning abounded on the playground and in the classroom. High quality inquiry pervaded the campus, and a sense of wonder for the richness and beauty of the whole child drove our work. Pre-K students created public service announcements about fire safety, while first and second graders engaged in coding on robotic Spheros.

Receiving Gold Level membership in the State of Colorado Environmental Leadership Program.

Third and fourth graders transformed their classroom into a representation of the state of Colorado with highways and landmark monuments. Fifth and sixth graders explored the dynamics of revolution from the Arab Spring uprisings in Tahrir Square back through time to our own American revolution. And seventh and eighth graders won acclaim at the World Affairs Challenge by addressing the need for education around the world. They then made their research come alive through their fundraising support for a Mack Alum’s Peace Corps project in Liberia, establishing a school library.

All our students were involved in service to the community through two allschool service days -- International Day of Peace and Earth Day -- as well as through class-specific activities, such as campus and community cleanups, and creating postcards for peace to send around the world.

Enjoying a performance during the International Day of Peace.

Fifth and sixth graders rose to the challenge and “survived� the excitement and demands of the Washington, D.C. trip, while our middle schoolers broadened their world view and deepened their compassionate hearts through a transformative service trip to the Pine Ridge Lakota Reservation in South Dakota.

Volunteering at the Pine Ridge reservation

On the lighter side, all our students danced and sang, rehearsed and performed in class plays; this year was the first time a class (5/6) wrote original sections and commercials to adapt fairy tales and nursery stories in "Tales at Ten." Some of the most important protagonists of our Mack story were, of course, the cast of characters who supported us in big and small ways.

Fifth and sixth graders meet with Senator Michael Bennet during their trip to Washington, D.C. in May.

Our Parent Council spearheaded parent leadership in support of the school, hosting coffees, selling grocery cards, organizing Mack Connections family dinners, and planning the Green Gala, our very successful auction. Our stellar faculty brought their best to each day of teaching and pursued their own learning through rigorous IB and gifted education workshops. Our own Mack Littleton Board provided strategic leadership, not to mention hard work and financial support. Generous community members and businesses allowed us to take over their restaurants, donated auction items, and partnered with us for environmental initiatives.

Reaching the end of this year’s narrative, we were energized to embrace fully the excitement and challenges of the 2019-2020 school year with its major expansion. This new endeavor will take us into the next chapter in the life of our wonderful school. Thank you for being part of our story.

Diane M. Dunne, Head of School

admissions After a stellar increase in enrollment for the 2017-2018 school year, we maintained our higher enrollment numbers through the 2018-2019 school year. Our 1st through 4th grade classes continued to have waiting lists, and both Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten were near capacity.

We continued our award-winning Taste of the Apple experience to support both student retention and attraction of new families to our community. In addition, our Girls in Science event, which was renamed the Genius Girls Gathering, attracted many families from the surrounding community to the Mackintosh campus. In the 2018-2019 school year, Mackintosh received nearly twice as many male applicants as female applicants. Finding ways to attract and retain gifted girls to the community remains an area of significant effort.

Mackintosh is committed to attracting a diverse socio-


economic and cultural

35% of

community. Approximately 35% of our population received some form of tuition assistance. This


included four Solar Scholars, who received full to nearly-full

students receive

scholarships, based on demonstrated need and good academic standing, through a

some form of

dedicated application process. The Mackintosh community continues to show its support for this program through generous

tuition assistance.

donations to our Solar Scholars Program.

Approximately 20% of our student population were ethnically diverse, closely paralleling the diversity in our local community. Mackintosh, however, continued to explore ways to attract a more diverse community of learners with a wide range of perspectives, thus enriching our IB community. To this end, Mackintosh partnered with SCD Enrichment, a nonprofit organization dedicated to collaborating with parents, students and educators to ensure that the voices of communities of color are heard in gifted education. The founder of the organization provided professional development for our staff and began working with several of our students to help them speak up and celebrate their community. We also attended the Colorado Diversity Network hiring fair to start attracting more diverse educators to the Mackintosh teaching team.

Beth Steklac, Director of Admissions

curriculum During the 2018-19 school year, our team strengthened the implementation of the International Baccalaureate (IB) program and enhanced our already-strong gifted pedagogy at Mackintosh Academy. Our collaborative, dynamic group of educators worked hard throughout the year to plan, document, and implement curricular improvements - all the while balancing the daily needs of our students! The IB team who visited campus for our successful authorization renewal was impressed with what they observed, and included the following commendations in their report:

The school's and IB mission statements are internalized in the actions of the staff, teachers, students, and parents. The school creates a welcoming environment for students, who are engaged in the instruction of the classrooms. The school values all students, their abilities, and the languages that they speak.  The governing body and pedagogical leadership team demonstrated commitment to the IB philosophy by ensuring international mindedness is lived through intercultural awareness and global engagement. Mackintosh staff have long-standing relationships and partnerships with other IB professionals throughout the world, continually honing their pedagogical skills and strategies.  The school is committed to a collaborative approach in planning and problem solving.  The school promotes open communication based on understanding and respect. All stakeholders felt a part of the school’s decision making process.

In 2018-2019, our PreKindergarten class moved to an authentic, play-based experience balanced with more "traditional" classroom practices. Their play-based experiences included more outdoor exploration and richer, more varied materials. In addition, the Kindergarten team enhanced their teaching strategies for math inquiry and literacy, directly relating to their Unit of Inquiry studies around the human body, nursery rhymes and tales, rainforests, Native Americans, and weather.

A student gets into character while sharing her research on Amelia Earhart

First and second graders explored coding throughout the year with multiple technologies, including block coding and Sphero robotics. A highlight this year were their presentations on explorers and famous persons. In third and fourth grade, our students learned about Colorado history, Ancient Greece, geology, art, economics, and invertebrates.

In the fifth and sixth grade classes, students were organized into two groups, the "Conundrums" and the "Quandaries," named after famous Colorado mountain peaks, in order to experience the talents and strengths of both lead teachers. The units included focus on the brain, media, chemistry, geologic time, revolutions, and government that culminated in our trip to Washington, D.C. where

A student's self portrait, created during the fifth and sixth grade unit on the brain

they were the first Mackintosh class to visit the White House. Students also incorporated learning new skills such as programming, 3D printing, sewing, sculpting, and video editing into their units and their capstone project, the Primary Years Project Exhibition.

Our new teaching team in seventh and eighth grade this year brought enhanced energy that helped to revitalize our curriculum and to ensure that we were more evenly matched with Next Generation Science Standards and learning outcomes. Our service trip to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota was the highlight of the year for the middle school.

Sharon Muench, Curriculum Coordinator

Green initiatives “Mackintosh Academy strives every day to be a wise, compassionate, collaborative, innovative, diverse, and sustainable center for teaching and learning. Our students have sounded a clear call to action that the adults in the school community are excited, and, in fact, compelled to follow.�

Diane Dunne, Head of School

Sustainability is a daily commitment at Mackintosh. Throughout the week, students may be found harvesting and selling crops grown in our hydroponic greenhouse, collecting and weighing plastic wrap brought in for recycling, or changing the colored flags on our flagpole to raise awareness of air quality. Because of these programs and more, in October 2018 Mackintosh Academy Littleton was recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a Green Ribbon School, one of only six independent schools nationally to receive this award.

Program highlights We started an

air quality flag program to monitor daily air quality

and raise community awareness of air pollution.

We began a

plastic wrap recycling program through Trex


International Peace Day and Autumnal Equinox Celebration, students engaged in service projects including school For our

and park clean-up, greenhouse-gardening maintenance, and art projects made from repurposed materials.

Mackintosh sponsored the

annual bike/walk to school day in the

fall to encourage students to use alternative modes of transportation on a regular basis.

We celebrated

Earth Day with an all school clean-up, working in the

greenhouse, and helping park managers remove invasive species from our local adopted park.

Our Pre-K students

planted edible plants and flowers in the

raised gardens on their playground.

Green Data 200 pounds of food waste composted. 670 Go Go Squeeze containers collected.

2,135 pounds paper, cardboard, metal and plastics recycled through Alpine Recycling.

3,000 energy bars collected through our Terracycling program.

12,247 pounds of glass collected through Clear Intentions, a 70% increase over last year.

18,000 kilowatt hours renewable energy produced by our solar panel arrays, an increase of 1,326 kWh over last year.

Giving Mackintosh Academy has two primary sources of revenue: tuition and philanthropic support. We rely on philanthropic gifts from our Board of Trustees, parents, faculty, staff, alumni, grandparents, and friends to provide the extra margin of excellence not afforded by tuition, and to further enhance the educational experience at Mackintosh. This funding comes from monies raised through a number of initiatives including: the Annual Fund, the annual auction, Parent Council activities, and the Capital Campaign. The Annual Fund is one of our most significant fundraising programs, running from October to January each year. Thanks to our generous donors, last year we were able to exceed our goal of $50,000 and provide the following with Annual Fund dollars:

Staff professional development in IB, gifted education, socialemotional learning, and other special trainings Technology equipment upgrades State-of-the-art classroom equipment and supplies (like our flex space tables and chairs in the Middle School) Continuing environmental and sustainability initiatives, such as the greenhouse Vibrant, integrated visual and performing arts, PE and Spanish programming (these are “extras” at some schools, but not at Mack!)

For the third year in a row, 100% of our families, staff, and Board of Trustees supported our Annual Giving efforts. Thank YOU for making Mackintosh Academy one of your family’s top giving priorities! Every gift is a gesture of support that truly matters. In addition, we would like to thank our Mack community members including grandparents, alumni families, and our vendors and friends, for supporting our school with financial and in-kind support.

Fundraising is a team effort at Mack, and we are fortunate to have so many wonderful friends and families who roll up their sleeves and help make the school the best that it can be. Our wonderful Parent Council raises money throughout the year from Mack Connections, pizza Fridays, book fair, spirit gear, rewards cards and other efforts. Thanks to the Parent Council’s fundraising efforts, we were able to purchase a new state-of-the art table for the visual arts classroom. Thank you Parent Council!

Giving to Mackintosh helps support a variety of programs, including physical education, which is offered daily to all students.

In the summer of 2018 we launched the silent phase of our capital campaign to fund the first phase of our campus expansion project.

100% of our

This expansion includes the addition of a theatre space, visual arts and design studio, bathrooms, office, and kitchenette facilities.

families, staff,

These additions will allow us to fully integrate the arts, which are central to the

and Board of

International Baccalaureate curriculum at Mackintosh. Our students are excited for this new upgrade that will allow them to fully


express their creativity through visual and performing arts! We broke ground on the first phase of our campus expansion in Summer

contributed to

2019. Thanks to early supporters, including 100% of our Board of Trustees and

the Annual

administrative leadership team, current families, grandparents and community friends, we have now raised $323,000 towards our $1.25 million dollar goal.

Construction underway on our campus extension project.


Fund Totals for 2018-19 Grants & In-Kind Support Annual Giving 3.8% 13.3%

Auction Revenues 10.4%

Solar Scholars Fund 6.3% Parent Council 2.9%

Capital Campaign 63.3%

2018-19 Giving Annual Giving


Auction Revenues


Solar Scholars Fund


Parent Council


Capital Campaign


Grants & In-Kind Support

Grand Total



We would like to thank the following individuals, organizations, foundations, and corporations for supporting Mackintosh Academy between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019. Donor lists include all fundraising efforts including: Annual Fund, Capital Campaign, Solar Scholars, Auction, and other fundraising efforts. Thank you for your generous support.

Individual Donors Kurt Gotschall and Marie Adams

Mary Lou Faddick

Christy Allen

Cindy Frederick

Stacey and Wayne Anderson

Nolan Frederick

Greg Ashworth Fanch

Sandra Furth

Jim and Mary Austin

Joshua and Naomi Garcia

Natalie Austin

Nancy Gary

Rebecca Beavers David Beitel Rich and Katie Bellon Ross and Jennifer Bielak William and Laura Boroughf Keely and Vance Bostock Blaise Brady Alex and Ashley Brahl Christopher and Susan Brion Arleen Brogan-Smith Dan and Clara Butler Maria Cardona Alex and Brianne Claypool John and Sherry Claypool John Cobb Marcie Colledge Drew and Sarah Collins Lisa Weiske Conner Bart and Allyson Crawford Timothy and Deborah Daugherty Jared Davis Marco Bello and Lynette DeSchepper Steve Doty Robert Douglass

David and Melissa Gibbons Vasilisa Glauser Kenton and Lula Guilbert Eden and Erica Gutierrez Pam Haigh Dr. Suzanne Hamm Peter and Erin Heim Glen Roberts and Alison Heller Thomas and Mariane Henderson Pearl Henderson Cliff and Leigh Hickerson Judy Holmes Eric and Kelli Imada Thomas and Heather Jakub Victoria Jeffrey Susan Jenkins Jeff and Mary Jochum Dallas and Paula Johnson Seth and Allison Jones Matthew Williams and Rachel Kelly Stephanie Gill Kelly and Keith Kelly Mary Ellen Keough Roger and Megan Knight Karen Knudsen Jamie and Karinn Koback Michele Kramer

Diane Dunne

Matthew Kratter and Souen Park

Reeve Dunne

Ana and Matt Krumholz

Cheryl Eckhardt

Lindsey Kurz

Kristi and Andres Espineira

Chris Kurz

Colleen Faddick

Robert and Marian Kurz

Martin and Christine Remy

Mindy Lambert

Siobhan Roder-Cox

Adam and Tori Larson

Sam Rodina

John and Jodie Leatherman

Glenn Roettger and Michelle Horne

Stephen and Mary Leathers

Matthew Routzon

Ashley Logan

Patrick and Jan Rutty

Jeff and Kate Lormand

Mary Schaefer

Joe and Sherry Mackinnon

Kristin Schledorn

David and Sherri McAninch

Christopher and Sarah Schultz

Matthew McMillon

Timothy Simmons

Jim and Valerie Metcalfe

Susan Sipay

Walter and Connolly Meyer

William and Anne Slothower

Max and Amy Mitchell

Tari St.Marie

Writer Mott

Beth and Ivo Steklac

Brian Reichlin and Cathy Mueller

Laura Stinson

Cory and Sharon Muench

Josh Taylor

Gene and Maureen Muhich

Heather Thomas

Barry and Nancy Muhich

Nick and Amy VanMatre

Brenda Newton

Gary and Cheryl VanMatre

Nadine Neswadi and Kelly Noble

Jonathan and Jennifer Von Stroh

Dominic and Melissa Ortega

Patrice Von Stroh

Joe and Lara Pausback

Maxine Wagoner

Leslie Pedersen

Carol Wall

Bill and Lisa Peretti

Greg and Patty Walters

Steve and Cori Peterson

Kirk Ward

Karl Thomas and Julie Petty

Tara Wass and Matt McMillon

William and Betty Petty

Alison and Weyman Weems

Huy Pham

Patty and Chuck Weston

Kelly Plunkett

Ken and Debbie Whaley

Richard Wortmann and Caroline Ponce-

Brittny Wheeler


Jason Widegren and Michelle Beutz

Keith Price

Scott and Kathy Yates

John Morrison and Stephanie Price

Celia and Paul Zaharas

John Ridgley and Sarah Quinlan

Anonymous (9)

Mark and Shauna Quistorff Rick and Amanda Raddatz Mallory Remy

Corporate Donors

Parent Council

Financial Overview Assets Cash and cash equivalents


Operating investments


Tuition and other accounts receivable, net


Prepaid expenses and other receivables


Promises to give


Cash restricted for building project


Property and equipment, net


Endowment investments




Liabilities Accounts payable and accrued expenses


Tuition and fees paid in advance


Notes payable, net




Net Assets

Without donor restrictions Undesignated


Board-designated for capital expenditures


Board-designated endowment


Invested in property and equipment,


net of related debt

With donor restrictions




Operating Revenue Tuition, net


Student activities and camps


Interest and other income




Operating Expenses Educational programs


Administrative support and facility expenses






Non-Operating Activities Contributions Special events (net cost of direct benefits to donors) Fundraising and development costs Net investment return (including CFF)



$362,079 $57,937 ($137,805) $44,728 $326,939


2018-2019 Staff Christy Allen

Mindy Lambert

Visual Arts Lead Teacher

1st/2nd Grade Associate Teacher

Stacey Anderson

Sharon Muench

Learning Specialist

Curriculum Coordinator

Greg Ashworth

Nancy Muhich

Pre-K Associate Teacher

5th/6th Grade Lead Teacher

Arleen Brogan-Smith

Joe Pausback

Business Manager

7th/8th Grade Lead Teacher

Maria Cardona

Lara Pausback

Spanish Lead Teacher

1st/2nd Grade Lead Teacher

Kindergarten Associate Teacher

Lisa Conner

Mallory Remy 7th/8th Grade Lead Teacher

Kindergarten Lead Teacher

Lynette De Schepper Bello

Jan Rutty Counselor

5/6 Math Teacher

Diane Dunne

Beth Steklac Assistant Head of School

Head of School

Director of Admissions

Kristi Espineira

Laura Stinson

Director of Advancement

5th/6th Grade Associate Teacher

Lula Guilbert

Heather Thomas

34d/4th Grade Lead Teacher

3rd/4th Grade Associate Teacher

Susan Jenkins

Carol Wall

3rd-8th Grade Lead Spanish Teacher

5th/6th Grade Associate Teacher

Kelly Kates

Alison Weems

Performing Arts Lead Teacher

Sustainability Coordinator

Karinn Koback

Patty Weston

Front Office Assistant

Physical Education Lead Teacher

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