Pre-Academy Monthly Newsletter

April 2022 Edition

Dear APA Families,

HELLO SPRING! We hope you all had a safe and restful spring break. Now, it's time to get back to work! Spring represents renewal and rejuvenation, and we only have two more months left of school! So, let's use this rejuvenation to finish the school year strong!


We know it's getting closer to summer break and everyone is ready for campfires and s'mores, but please make sure you and your child are reviewing APA's dress code expectations. We will continue to enforce the dress code the remainder of the school year. Dress code expectations are listed below.


Spring pictures will be April 1 from 8:30-noon at both 29th and 22nd street. This will be available for all PRE-PAID students. Students are allowed to be out of dress code with a prepaid envelope or receipt for photos. Outfits must be appropriate or students will be asked to change into spirit wear. Pre-pay via myLifetouch.com and send any questions to brue@goapa.org.


O-Flights return this month! O-Flights are scheduled during the week of April 4th through April 8th at the Anderson Airport. Parents and family members are welcome to watch O-Flights. Schedules will be posted on Google Classroom. Be sure to remind your child to check their Google Classroom.


We are also gearing up for ILEARN testing here in the Pre-Academy. ILEARN testing begins on April 18th for grades 6-8. Please remind your child to take these tests seriously and to do their very best.


Lastly, please click on the PDF files below if you are interested in viewing the end of school year calendar of events and next year's school calendar.


TWO MORE MONTHS! WE CAN DO THIS! LET'S GO JETS!


If you have questions about anything published in this newsletter, please email mmccullough@goapa.org or jnahlik@goapa.org .

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PRE-ACADEMY DRESS CODE

Please see attached image to read important information about this year’s school uniform expectations. If you have any questions regarding the school uniform, please email mstottlemyer@goapa.org.
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IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS

1.) ILEARN TESTING:


ILEARN testing for grades 6-8 begins on April 18th.


2.) O-FLIGHT WEEK:


O-Flights are scheduled during the week of April 4th-8th at the Anderson Airport. Parents and family members are welcome to watch O-Flights. Schedules will be posted on Google Classroom.


3.) SPRING PICTURES:


Spring pictures will be April 1 from 8:30-noon at both 29th and 22nd street. This will be available for all PRE-PAID students. Students are allowed to be out of dress code with a prepaid envelope or receipt for photos. Outfits must be appropriate or students will be asked to change into spirit wear. Pre-pay via myLifetouch.com and send any questions to brue@goapa.org.


4.) POSSIBLE SUMMER SCHOOL/RETENTION LETTER:


During the month of April, some of you will receive documentation for your child who may need additional academic support in Math and/or Language Arts over the summer. Students were chosen based on several different factors during the end of the first term, such as IXL scores, NWEA scores, classroom grades, and teacher recommendations. If you are interested in your child attending summer school, please reach out to our Academic Dean, Mallory McCullough, at mmccullough@goapa.org.


Please reach out to Ms. McCullough if you receive the summer school letter and would like additional information or a meeting to discuss your child’s academics.


5.) 21ST CENTURY SCHOLARS:


Students in grades 7 and 8 may apply for a 21st century scholarship to assist in paying for college. In order to qualify for the scholarship, students must apply by June 30th of their 8th grade year. This is an income based scholarship, and more information can be found at the links below. Please contact Julie King at jking@goapa.org if you have any questions.



6.) REMINDER FOR QUARANTINED OR ABSENT STUDENTS:


If your child is quarantined or absent, they are responsible for completing daily homework assignments in all subject areas. Students need to check their Remind101 notifications, their Google Classrooms, and the APA Blog for any daily homework assignments so they do not fall behind. Remind101 join codes, Google Classroom codes, and the APA Blog are linked at the bottom of this newsletter for your convenience. If you have any questions or concerns about this expectation, please contact mmccullough@goapa.org.


7.) AFJROTC:


  • The Annual AFJROTC Awards Ceremony will be held on Friday, April 15, 2022 at 6:00 pm. in the large gym. Parents, Faculty and Staff members are invited to attend. All Cadets are required to wear their Service Dress Uniform. Immediately following the Awards Ceremony will be the AFJROTC Military Ball. Cadets are allowed to bring guests that attend Anderson Preparatory Academy (to include virtual students). There is no cost to attend this event. If you have any questions, please contact an AFJROTC Staff Member.
  • Cadets will be able to turn in their AFJROTC uniforms beginning on Friday, April 15, 2022 after the Awards Ceremony. All uniforms MUST be turned no later than Friday, May 13, 2022. If you have any questions or concerns contact TSgt Tidwell.


8.) NJHS:


Please welcome the newest members of the National Junior Honor Society:


  • Julisa Balderrama
  • Don Bowling
  • Raymond Bowling
  • Jacoby Bradford
  • Valerie Fischer
  • Lucas Jackson
  • Emily O’Keefe
  • Aubrey Smith


These students have been honored based on their achievements in the areas of scholarship, character, leadership, citizenship, and service.


9.) BAND:


  • The Pre-Academy Spring Concert is scheduled for Tuesday, May 3rd at 6:30 p.m. in the APA Hangar Gym.
  • Fine Arts Gala (Spring Band Concert) is scheduled for Saturday, May 14th at 7:00 p.m. in the APA Hangar Gym (will include select 7th and 8th grade students).
  • Graduation Performance (includes grades 8-11 in band) is scheduled for Saturday, June 4th at 1 p.m. at Anderson University in the Reardon Auditorium (will include select 7th and 8th grade students).


If you have any questions, please contact Chris Drabyn at cdrabyn@goapa.org.


10.) QUILTING CLUB:


The Quilting Club is open to all students grades 7-12. Students will learn how to use a variety of sewing and quilting techniques to create their own quilts. This is a great way for students to build relationships and life skills needed to thrive in today's world.


Please email Wendi South at wsouth@goapa.org if you have any questions.


11.) GIRLS WHO CODE CLUB:


Girls Who Code is a free after-school program for female students grades 7-12. Girls Who Code is on a mission to close the gender gap in technology and to change the image of what a programmer looks like and does. Join our sisterhood of supportive peers and role models to change the world using computer science! All are welcome.


Please email Wendi South at wsouth@goapa.org if you have any questions.


12.) BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION:


Our school is participating in Box Tops for Education, which means that you can earn cash with the products you already buy to help our school get the supplies it needs. Our goal is to earn $1,000 through Box Tops this year to help purchase much needed supplies for our students. Here’s how you can help:


  • Download the Box Tops app on your phone and follow instructions on how to set up an account and sign up to support our school.
  • Then, just shop as you normally would.
  • Use the app to snap a photo of your receipt within 14 days of purchase. It’ll automatically identify any Box Tops participating products and you’ll give back to our school with each product you buy. Twice a year, we’ll get a check!


If you shop online, you can earn with your digital or email receipt, too. See how to submit those receipts at BTFE.com/digitalreceipts.


Help us give students what they need to succeed. Let’s see how much we can earn!

If you have any questions, please contact Michael Austin at maustin@goapa.org.


ANDERSON PREPARATORY ACADEMY| School ID: 9659953


13.) STAR TUTORING:


APA has partnered with the STAR Tutoring Program to provide FREE math and reading tutoring services for our Pre-Academy students here at the 29th street campus. Tutoring for Pre-Academy cadets takes place immediately after school until 5:30 p.m. Monday--Thursday. Students should report immediately to the cafeteria after school. Students will either be enrolled in the Monday and Tuesday session or the Wednesday and Thursday session. There is no tutoring during breaks or holidays.


If you are interested in enrolling your child in the STAR Tutoring Program, please fill out this form: https://forms.gle/3cqTuJHq9efjvwjv7


14.) JETS ATHLETICS CALENDAR:


Click here to access the Jets Athletics Calendar: https://apajetsathletics.bigteams.com/main/calendar/


15.) FOOD ASSISTANCE:


Those in need of food assistance during the 2021-2022 academic school year, please email mwalsh@goapa.org with the student name(s), school they attend, number of persons in the household, and an address. He will deliver a box of non-perishable food to your door.

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STUDENT SHOUT-OUTS!

Here's a shout-out to the top 10 point earners in PBIS who showed leadership qualities in the month of March:


  • JEFFERY FLOWERS
  • TYWAINE FULLER
  • MACIH BROWN
  • ARIANNA FLOWERS
  • FARRAH BOWLING
  • LEILAH HENDERSON
  • ERIANA HAMILTON
  • SOPHIA CARSON
  • JULISIA BALDERRAMA
  • ISAIAH BRIDGES

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CAP PROMOTIONS

Civil Air Patrol would like to recognize and congratulate the following cadets on their recent promotions during the month of March:


RANK:

  • C/SMSgt: Eriana Hamilton - Achievement 6
  • C/A1C: William Antrobus - Achievement 2
  • C/A1C: Chasen Antrobus - Achievement 2
  • C/A1C: Cortney Arteritano - Achievement 2
  • C/A1C: Keviah Fuller - Achievement 2
  • C/A1C: Brooklyn Gross - Achievement 2
  • C/A1C: Sophia Haines - Achievement 2
  • C/A1C: Brayden Johnson - Achievement 2
  • C/A1C: Hannah Konkle - Achievement 2
  • C/A1C: Jordan Moody - Achievement 2
  • C/A1C: Dariyah Morris - Achievement 2
  • C/A1C: Liana Rivera-Miranda - Achievement 2
  • C/Amn: Farrah Bowling - Achievement 1
  • C/Amn: James Boyd - Achievement 1
  • C/Amn: Shy’auna Carter - Achievement 1
  • C/Amn: Tanner King - Achievement 1
  • C/Amn: Sa’marieya Moody - Achievement 1
  • C/Amn: Liana Rivera-Miranda - Achievement 1
  • C/Amn: Nyla Wilson - Achievement 1

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PBL/MAKERSPACE HIGHLIGHTS

Mrs. Alexander's 7th grade ELA classes are sanding, priming, and painting their 3D boats that they made on the 3D printers in the Pre-Academy Makerspace. Students have started reading the novel, The Secret Lake, and their finished boats will be placed in a diorama after spring break.


This is the fourth PBL project cadets have completed this year with Mrs. Alexander. Students are having so much fun working on projects that help them bring their reading experiences to life!

Ms. Dietrich's exploratory class made their own products to sell at an Entrepreneur Market in the small gym.
In honor of Black History Month, Dr. Nahlik's 8th grade ELA students made newspaper silhouette canvas art for an influential African American of their choosing. This wrapped up their Black History Month Biography Unit!
Dr. Nahlik's 7th grade ELA students just completed their World Fair projects. Students selected a country, conducted research, and presented their information on a tri-fold presentation board. Students presented their World Fair projects at an expo in the small gym to the entire school.

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SETTING UP SKYWARD NOTIFICATIONS FOR PARENTS

If you wish to receive email notifications from Skyward regarding your child's grades, attendance, and food service balance, please follow the directions in the attached documents below:

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COMMUNITY SERVICE HOURS

Students are required to complete 24 hours of community service by the end of the school year. If you need community service ideas, please click on the link below:

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Students can ask their homeroom teachers for the community service link that is listed by their graduation year. Students can also ask their homeroom teacher how many hours they have acquired. The students will fill out their own forms based on their service hours for the specific events/service hours they worked. It will later be approved by administration.

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IMPORTANT PEOPLE TO KNOW

CENTRAL OFFICE:

  1. Commandant Jill Barker: Superintendent
  2. Mrs. Kelley: Treasurer – Contact kkelley@goapa.org with any questions regarding school fees.
  3. Angie Shively: Registrar – Contact ashively@goapa.org for enrollment or withdrawal information.
  4. Lynda Whittaker: Attendance Officer – Contact lwhittaker@goapa.org to report any student absences.


PRE-ACADEMY:

  1. Director Miller: Principal – Contact cmiller@goapa.org with any serious issues.
  2. David Bradford: Athletic Director – Contact dbradford@goapa.org with any questions regarding APA sports.
  3. Capt. Brielle Rue: Director of Communications – Contact brue@goapa.org with any questions regarding social media, branding, PR, marketing, or picture day info.
  4. Casey Cecil: Corporation Testing Coordinator – Contact ccecil@goapa.org with any questions regarding NWEA, ILEARN, or WIDA testing.
  5. Cassandra Cunningham: Special Education Director – Contact ccunningham@goapa.org with any questions regarding special education services.
  6. Jenny Pruett: English-Language Learner Director – Contact jpruett@goapa.org with any questions regarding ELL or ILPs.
  7. Darnell Williams: Dean of Discipline – Contact dwilliams@goapa.org with any questions regarding discipline.
  8. Julie King: Pre-Academy School Counselor – Contact jking@goapa.org with any questions regarding class scheduling or counseling services.
  9. Lieutenant Colonel Smith: JROTC Department Chair - Contact osmith@goapa.org with any questions regarding JROTC.
  10. Mallory McCullough: Dean of Academics – Contact mmccullough@goapa.org with any questions regarding student academics, progress, grades, etc.
  11. Dr. Jennifer Nahlik: Secondary Curriculum Director – Contact jnahlik@goapa.org with any questions regarding curriculum, academics, etc.
  12. Matthew Walsh: Family Outreach Coordinator/Student Liaison - Contact mwalsh@goapa.org with any questions regarding resourcing or outreach.
  13. Michael Austin: Lead Teacher – Maustin@goapa.org
  14. Erica Whittaker: Lead Teacher – ewhittaker@goapa.org

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COVID EXPECTATIONS

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Please keep conducting daily symptom checks and keep students home if the student or a family member is not feeling well. Better to miss a day or two out of caution than to have to miss weeks of in-person instruction. Please email Linda Whittaker at lwhittaker@goapa.org to report any student absences.


In school, students are required to:


  1. Wear a mask.
  2. Wash their hands.
  3. Social distance.


**SPECIAL NOTE: If your child is quarantined, they are responsible for completing daily homework assignments in all subject areas. Students need to check their Remind101 notifications, their Google Classrooms, and the APA Blog for any daily homework assignments so they do not fall behind. Remind101 join codes, Google Classroom codes, and the APA Blog are linked at the bottom of this newsletter for your convenience. If you have any questions or concerns regarding these expectations, please contact mmccullough@goapa.org or jnahlik@goapa.org.

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LUNCH MENU

The lunch menu is attached below.

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PADLET & REMIND 101 CODES

APA strongly recommends that both students and parents/guardians routinely check Padlet (if applicable) and/or sign up for Remind 101 texts. This is a great way for all of us to be on the same page. Padlet link(s) and Remind 101 codes for each teacher are listed/attached below.


PADLET LINK(S):


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GOOGLE CLASSROOM CODES

Please remind your child to join Google Classroom for each subject area using the codes below. Google Class codes for each teacher are attached below. Only students can join Google Classroom.

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QUICK ACCESS GUIDE

Student login and password information is attached below for the following programs:



  • Computer login
  • APA Gmail
  • Edgenuity
  • Google Classroom
  • IXL
  • Mindplay

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SKYWARD ACCESS

Please use Skyward to access your child's attendance and grades. If you do not have access to Skyward, please email mdickson@goapa.org to get your accounts set up.

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APA BLOG

Pre-Academy teachers will post weekly agendas for their subject areas on APA’s blog site. This keeps you informed on what your child is working on for each class.

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IMPORTANT TERMS TO KNOW

  1. PBL stands for project-based learning. PBL encourages students to gain knowledge and skills by working collaboratively on a real-world problem. APA is transiting to PBL in all subject areas.
  2. Rotational learning is an instructional model where students are divided into small groups and they rotate on a fixed schedule among different learning stations.
  3. SEL stands for social emotional learning. Specifically, we are teaching students to manage their emotions and develop empathy for others.
  4. SSC is our student support center for our IEP students. We have two rooms designated for this purpose. Lt. King is in charge of grades 6-7 and Lt. Mack is in charge of grades 8-9.
  5. IXL is a diagnostic tool we use to gauge students' grade level equivalents (i.e., GLE). A students' GLE is used to differentiate instruction in the classroom. Students access IXL on their computers.
  6. GLE stands for grade level equivalent. This information is used to differentiate instruction in the classroom.
  7. Mindplay is a program we use to improve students' reading skills.
  8. Edgenuity is an online K-12 curriculum that Pre-Academy teachers use to supplement their PBL/middle school curriculum.

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UPCOMING CALENDAR EVENTS

Spring Pictures

Friday, April 1st, 8:30am-12pm

101 West 29th Street

Anderson, IN

O-Flights Week

Monday, April 4th, 8am to Friday, April 8th, 3pm

282 Airport Road

Anderson, IN

ILEARN TESTING BEGINS

Monday, April 18th, 8am

101 West 29th Street

Anderson, IN