Classical Columns

October 4, 2018

Classical School Staff 2018-2019

This school year we have added a few new faces at Classical School. Please join us in welcoming both our new and returning staff members. We are fortunate to have a knowledgeable, hardworking staff. Check out the directory on our website to find out more information about our new staff members

New Classical Staff

Matthew Anderson School Resource Officer

Shobha Chetty Psychologist

Stacy Juhl Band

Laura Miller Paraprofessional

Lynn Schilling Social Worker

Student Teachers

Mrs. Foley is mentoring a student teacher in 5th grade this year, Ms. Miranda Flunker.

Mrs. Campshure is mentoring a student teacher in 2nd grade this year, Ms. Shelby Day.

Mrs. Grover will be mentoring a student teacher in Music this year, Ms. Casey Urbanek.

Sra. Cihlar will be mentoring a student teacher in Spanish this year, Ms. Marissa Wettengel.

High School Interns

Salma Abdel-Azim is a senior at ESchool. She is working with Mrs. VanRyzin in 8th grade.

Nathan Campshure is a senior at Appleton East High School. He is working with Mrs. Duesterhaus in 2nd grade.

Grace Delfosse is a senior at Appleton North High School. She is working with Mrs. Eastman in Art.

Maddie Paulow is a senior at ESchool. She is working with Sra. Cihlar in Spanish.


The fall weather has arrived, students have settled into their new routines and classroom expectations, and the 2018-2019 academic year is well underway. The Classical Charter School Association (CCSA) board has also begun its efforts toward meeting its goals for the year. Those goals can be found in our school's strategic plan which is the roadmap we have developed for keeping us focused on those activities that will be most beneficial for the success of Classical School. This plan is carefully revised each spring with input from all stakeholder groups including Classical School staff and parents. Below is a brief summary of the key components of our plan for this year.

Strategic Goal #2 - Maintain staff member effectiveness to avoid obstacles to and/or interruption of well-established, high quality instruction practices.

Our school is fortunate to have many veteran staff members who have been part of the Classical family since its early years. It's our goal to capture as much of their knowledge as we can to ensure all of our class' valued methods and content are transitioned as seemlessly as possible. It is also important to continually assess how technology can be used as a tool to improve on the the delivery of our curriculum.

Strategic Goal #4 - Advocate for charter laws that protect and grow the mission of Classical School.

Most years there are opportunities for the state of Wisconsin to receive federal funding or grants for Charter Schools. Many times these come with expectations for certain Charter School standards that do not always mesh well with our state or our district. Each year our board works to advocate for our school to our local representatives and works with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction and the Appleton Area School District to ensure that we are meeting our school's obligations and are prepared for the expectations of the future.

Strategic Goal #5 - Engage in cyclical curriculum review to ensure full coverage of the Core Knowledge Sequence, best practices in the classroom, continuity of the program, and the opportunity to further develop expertise through professional development.

Reviewing and updating curriculum is vital for the success of our school and is at the center of our strategic plan. Significant changes have been made in recent years to strengthen our writing program in grades 5-8 and our middle school science program. This year we will remain focused on both of these programs assessing how well each is meeting its goals and fine tuning where there is opportunity. We are also taking a look at our math program's emphasis on mastery of foundations such as math facts. Students who lack this end up working harder through each problem which likely slows them down and makes focusing on the new content more challenging. We hope to bolster our support of the basics ensuring that those are not hindering students as they work through more challenging concepts.

We encourage all parents to read the full plan and bookmark it so you can keep up to date on our progress. The Strategic Plan and CCSA Board meeting agendas and minutes can be found at the following link- We always welcome parents to join us in supporting Classical School by volunteering on either the Marketing/Alumni relations or Fundraising/Grant Writing Committees, attending a board meeting, or becoming a board member. We thank all of those who continue to contribute in any way they can!

~The CCSA Board

Classical School board meetings are scheduled on the following Thursdays:

October 4th, November 1st, January 3rd, February 7th, April 4th, and May 2nd

Meetings will be held at Classical School from 6:30-8:30 pm. These are open meetings and we welcome your attendance. If you would like to address the Board at a scheduled meeting, please come early to fill out a request card. You may also contact Tim Broeckert, CCSA Board President, with your comments.

To access CCSA Board meeting notes, please follow this link:


October 16th from 4:00 -- 6:15 pm for Kindergarten-8th grade

October 17th from 4:00 -- 6:15 pm for Kindergarten-8th grade

October 18th from 4:00 -- 6:15 pm for Kindergarten-8th grade

Below is the link to sign up for conferences if you haven't already done so:

Fall Break

Please note that there will be no school for students on October 25th & 26th.

Fall Fest/Alumni Reception/Scholastic Book Fair

Friday, Oct. 12th, 4-7:30pm

Classical School

Fall Fest is a great opportunity to meet and enjoy other Classical families in a fun and festive atmosphere. Fall Fest begins at 5:00 p.m. Classical parent Ann Krieg has graciously offered to coordinate Fall Fest again this year. Thank you, Ann! Volunteer sign up opportunities have been sent home via the Pegasus Flyers and email. The link to sign up to help:

Alumni Reception will be held again this year prior to Fall Fest. Spread the word and join us from 4:00 -- 5:00 p.m. for an informal alumni reception for Classical graduates prior to the start of Fall Fest October 12th. This is an excellent time to reconnect with Classical staff, fellow classmates, and friends!

Scholastic Book Fair will open at Classical School during the Fall Fest October 12th. The book fair is an excellent opportunity to purchase quality books from Scholastic. The book fair not only supports our classroom book needs, but we also donate many books to Harbor House and the Emergency Shelter. Laurie Munson parent volunteer has offered to coordinate our book fair again this year -- Thank you, Laurie!

Homework Help

Homework Help is offered to 6-8 grade students after school from 3:00 -- 4:00 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Tuesdays and Wednesdays are in Room 122 with the exception of conference nights: Tuesday, October 16th, Wednesday, October 17th and Tuesday, March 5th and Wednesday, March 6th. Thursdays are in room 126 with the exception of Thursday staff meeting days: October 4th, November 1st, December 6th, January 3rd, February 7th, March 14th, April 4th, and May 2nd.

Classical School Picture Re-Take Day

Classical School Picture Re-Take Day will take place on the morning of October 30th. If you are having your child's picture retaken, the student needs to bring the rejected pictures to hand to the photographer.

Drop Off and Pick Up

Thank you so much for your courteous cooperation with our drop-off procedures! One parked-empty car in the "Quick Drop" area causes backups and congestion for many.

If you park across the street or farther away from the grassy area near the ball diamonds, we ask that you escort your child across the street or parking lot.

Though it is tempting, waving your child to come to you across a street is unsafe and has caused a few "close calls" in the past. We also ask that you refrain from taking/placing cell phone calls or texting during drop off/pick up after kids have been released while you are in the school zone.


Bell Times for Start of the School Day

All students in Grades 7-8 should be on the blacktop/playground area by the 7:45 a.m. bell. Students must be in their classroom seats by the 7:50 a.m. bell.

Students in Grades K-6 should be on the blacktop/playground area by the 7:45 a.m. bell. Students are to be in their classroom seats by the 8:00 a.m. bell.

School Security -- Adults in the School Building

We ask all parents to drop off their children and pick them up on the playground. Please remember that school is in session earlier and later for our 7th and 8th grade students. We need to keep our building secure for our students between the school hours of 7:30 a.m. -- 3:15 p.m.

To ensure safety all adults need to sign in at the office and wear a visitor's badge. Staff is required to stop all adults without a badge and escort them to the office.

Pegasus Flyers, Classical Columns, the Classical Website, and Facebook

Classical School uses several communication vehicles for valuable school information:

Pegasus Flyer

The white envelope that typically comes home on Thursdays (Gr.K-8) is called the “Pegasus Flyer”. Important notices and school papers are sent home in this envelope weekly.

Classical Columns

The Classical Columns, the school’s newsletter, is typically published once a month and emailed home at the end of the month. Please take time to read this important publication as you will find answers to what is up and coming, an address from our principal, information on CCSA Board work, club and activities updates, school calendar, and much more! If you would like a hard copy, you may pick one up outside the school office attached to the bulletin board.

Classical School Website

If you haven’t had a chance to visit our school’s website lately, please do so! It is an excellent resource for current and prospective families who would like to learn more about classical education and the Core Knowledge Curriculum! Visit the website for teacher biographies, enrollment information, and so much more!


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FROM THE SCHOOL NURSE: Influenza and What You Need to Know

Influenza (also called flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. Flu viruses are spread in respiratory droplets caused by coughing and sneezing. They usually spread from person to person, though sometimes people become infected by touching something with flu viruses on it and then touching their mouth or nose.

Symptoms of flu include:

· Fever

· Headache

· Extreme tiredness

· Dry cough

· Sore throat

· Runny or stuffy nose

· Muscle aches

The best way to prevent the flu is to be immunized against the flu. The CDC (Center for Disease Control) recommends Influenza vaccination for children 6 months through 18 years of age. Vaccine is available as nasal spray or injection. Immunizations are available through physicians, public health, and at many local sites. Flu season can begin as early as October and last as late as May, so it is not too late to be immunized!

Other ways to help stop the spread of flu viruses:

· Wash hands often

· Stay home when you are sick

· Avoid close contact with people who are sick

· Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing

· Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth

People need to get plenty of sleep and physical activity, drink water and eat good food to help them stay healthy in the winter and all year. Be proactive in protecting your health! Discuss the flu vaccine with your health care provider to determine if it is right for you and your family. For more information, please go to or contact your healthcare provider.


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Quiet Zone Near MS Wing after School

Be aware that 7th and 8th grade homerooms remain in class until 3:00, while K-6 grades are out of school by 2:49. Please do not stand near the school windows that border the playground during elementary pickup. Adult conversations can be heard even through the closed windows and are a great distraction for our 7-8 grade students. If you would like to converse with other parents at elementary pick-up, please step away from the MS classrooms. Thank you!

Student Openings Available in 6th, 7th & 8th Grade

Classical School currently has openings in our 6th, 7th, and 8th grade classes for the 2018-19 school year. If a grade level is full at the time of application, the student will be placed on that grade level’s waiting list in the order their application is received. Families will be contacted as soon as possible with their student’s status. Please share this information with anyone you know who may be considering another option for 6th, 7th, or 8th grade this school year.

Please note: We do not currently have any openings in grades Kindergarten through 5th grade, and there are waiting lists at all of those grade levels. If you know of a student interested in grades K – 5, please contact Joanne Bielmeier at to have that student added to the end of the waiting list

From the desk of Mrs. Kemps

Grades K-6: When homework is requested in the morning, it is collected in the office for pickup at the end of the school day. Any homework that has not been picked up by the time the school office closes at 3:45 pm will be put on the homework cart in the hallway outside the office. The school building is open until 6:00 pm, so you will have access to the homework until that time.

Grades 7/8: Homework is collected in file folders in Mrs. VanRyzin's room (Room 122). Her room will remain unlocked until 6:00 p.m. as well.

Boxtops Contest is Coming!

October 8th--12th marks our first Box Tops contest for 2018-2019! Please bring in your Box Tops to earn money for our school.

7th/8th Grade Students Participating in WIAA Athletics

Classical School is happy to be participating in Middle School Interscholastic Athletics with Einstein Middle School again this school year. Classical 7th/8th grade students’ school day ends approximately 20 minutes earlier than Einstein 7th/8th grade students’ school day.

  • When your child’s sport is “in season”, they should report to room 124/125 at Classical School by 3:05. A Classical paraprofessional supervises the athletes at Classical until Einstein dismissal.

  • Classical School is responsible for supervising the student athletes until they arrive at Einstein for practice/games. Students should bring their jackets and homework to room 124/125 and plan to work on homework during this supervised time.

  • An after-school snack for your student athlete is highly recommended!

  • At 3:20 p.m. a paraprofessional will escort the athletes over to Einstein. Parents, plan to pick up your student athlete from Einstein Middle School after his or her practice ends.

Classical/Einstein Upcoming Fall Athletic Teams

7th/8th Boys' Basketball

The Einstein/Classical boys' basketball season is just around the corner! Sign up is taking place in the Classical School office until October 5th.

Try outs begin on October 8th at Einstein. All potential players MUST have an updated physical or alternate year physical form on file in the Classical School office prior to the first day of practice. You will not be able to practice unless you have the proper forms turned in. forms can be picked up from the Classical School office or print them from the AASD website:

Treats and Snacks in the School Setting

The Appleton Area School District continues to update practices that provide our students with a safe, welcoming, and healthy environment. As part of these efforts, the AASD School Wellness Policy Committee recently updated School Wellness Policy 458 in order to align our school wellness procedures with best practices.

Starting the beginning of the 2018-19 school year, birthday and other celebrations during the school day will not include students bringing in snacks from home to share and will instead take place through non-food practices.

Recognizing students ways that better support overall student wellness also has a variety of positive benefits:

  • Reduced social and economic pressures on families to provide celebration snacks

  • Increased cultural awareness for families with respect to birthday and other celebrations

  • Avoidance of unintended consequences related to food allergies and decreased complications for students with medical issues

Knowing this is a change from past practices, we understand that part of the process is learning together the many ways we can still honor and recognize our students without the incorporation of food items.

Together, we will continue to ensure that we are implementing best practices that focus on increased student wellness for every child, every day in the Appleton Area School District.

If you have any questions about this policy, please reach out to Mr. Bomann.

2019 Conservation Awareness Poster Contest

The Outagamie County Land Conservation Department is sponsoring a Conservation Poster contest which provides an opportunity for young people to become more aware of the conservation of our natural resources through artistic design. If your child(ren) is interested in entering the contest, more information and entry forms can be found in the hallway outside the school office.

Appleton East Cheerleading Kid's Clinic Winter 2018

Hello parents and cheerleaders!

Please join the Appleton East Varsity Cheer Team for a fun time cheering and stunting! Cheerleaders will be taught motions, jumps, and basic stunts while working together, and most importantly, having fun, to learn a routine which will be performed at the Varsity Basketball double-header on December 14th, 2018!

Clinic Date&Time: Saturday, December 8th from PM to 4PM, registration begins at 1PM

Performance Time: Dinner&stretching at 5:00PM, perform at half-time of 6PM game on 12/14!

Cost (includes t-shirt, snack at clinic, dinner, & pom poms): $30.00 per cheerleader

Ages: Grades 4K-8th grade are invited to attend!

Questions? Contact Abigayle Zimmerman at or 703-407-6774

Please return to: Appleton East Cheerleading 2121 E. Emmers Drive, Appleton, WI 54915 no later than November 30th. Please make checks payable to Appleton East. NO REFUNDS available, performance will be rescheduled if weather issues arise.


________________________________________ ________ Shirt Size: Youth S M L Adult S M L

Cheerleader Name Grade

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Cheerleader Name Grade

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Cheerleader Name Grade

____________________________________ __________________ ___________________________ Parent/Guardian Name (print) Phone Email

____________________________________ __________________ ___________________________ Emergency Contact Name (print) Phone Relationship to Cheerleader

I understand that the participation in the above event could include actions or tasks which might be hazardous to the participant named above. By signing below, I assume any risk of harm or injury which might occur to the participant due to their participation in the event. I release Appleton East High School from all liability, costs, and damages which might arise from participation in the above named event. I agree that the minor has my consent to participate in the event. I further provide my consent for Appleton East or any of the employees to seek emergency treatment for the minor if necessary. I agree to accept financial responsibility for the costs related to this emergency treatment.

______________________________________________________ _____________________________ Parent/Guardian Signature Date

_____Yes, I give permission to use pictures from our clinic on the Appleton East Cheerleading Facebook, Instagram and website. No names will be used.

_____Yes, my child has a food allergy/preference and I agree to provide a dinner.

October Calendar

Thursday, October 4, 2018Meeting : Oversight Committee

Thursday, October 4, 2018Activity : Homework Help

Thursday, October 4, 2018Meeting : Staff

Thursday, October 4, 2018Meeting : Staff - Middle School 3:45-4:30 in Mrs. VanRyzin's Room)

Thursday, October 4, 2018Sports: VB: Black @ Madison 2

Thursday, October 4, 2018Meeting : Marketing/Alumni Relations Committie

Thursday, October 4, 2018Sports: VB: Gold @ Madison 3

Thursday, October 4, 2018Meeting : CCSA Board

Friday, October 5, 2018Deadline: October Newsletters due for website (email to Joanne Bielmeier)

Friday, October 5, 2018Meeting : Admin. Team

Monday, October 8, 2018Special Week : Box Tops Contest

Monday, October 8, 2018EPC - World Language

Monday, October 8, 2018EPC - Writing

Monday, October 8, 2018Deadline: Mid-quarter grades due by 4 PM (Infinite Campus - Parents must be notified for all students receiving a C grade or below (or an N))

Monday, October 8, 2018Deadline: Principal opens Infinite Campus posting window after 4 pm for teachers who want to post/print mid-quarter reports for parents/guardians

Tuesday, October 9, 2018Special Day: Leif Ericson Day(special observance day - Wisconsin State Statute)

Tuesday, October 9, 2018Field Trip : 3rd Grade to Bubolz Nature Center

Tuesday, October 9, 2018Activity : Homework Help

Wednesday, October 10, 2018Birthday : Kari Campshure

Wednesday, October 10, 2018Info : AASD Late Start ( Classical School does not participate)

Wednesday, October 10, 2018Activity : Homework Help

Wednesday, October 10, 2018Activity : Kidstage

Thursday, October 11, 2018Deadline : Pegasus Flyers go home today

Thursday, October 11, 2018Info: Staff "Book Fair Breakfast & Browsing" time, 7:30 - 8 am, Forum

Thursday, October 11, 2018Activity : Homework Help

Thursday, October 11, 2018Club : We are Classical

Friday, October 12, 2018Special Day : Christopher Columbus (Special Observance Day - Wisconsin State Statute)

Friday, October 12, 2018Meeting : Admin. Team

Friday, October 12, 2018Activity : Alumni Homecoming Reception

Friday, October 12, 2018Activity : Fall Fest

Friday, October 12, 2018Info : Fall Fest & Scholastic Book Fair opens to families

Monday, October 15, 2018Deadline : Mid-quarter forms for students receiving a C grade or below (or an N for the lower grades) are due to school administrator by 4 pm

Monday, October 15, 2018PT Conferences (Middle School)

Tuesday, October 16, 2018Info : Yellow Alert Drill & then Red Alert Drill (Lockdown w/o barricade and then evacuate) @ 10:40 am

Tuesday, October 16, 2018Activity : Homework Help

Tuesday, October 16, 2018PT Conferences (K-8)

Wednesday, October 17, 2018Testing : Last Day of Fall MAP window

Wednesday, October 17, 2018Activity : Homework Help

Wednesday, October 17, 2018Activity : Kidstage

Wednesday, October 17, 2018PT Conferences (K-8)

Thursday, October 18, 2018Activity : Homework Help

Thursday, October 18, 2018PT Conferences (K-8)

Thursday, October 18, 2018Deadline : Pegasus Flyers go home today

Friday, October 19, 2018Meeting : Admin. Team meeting - with CSS

Sunday, October 21, 2018Birthday : Craig Heckner

Sunday, October 21, 2018Birthday : Jenny Eastman

Tuesday, October 23, 2018Deadline : Pegasus Flyers go home today

Tuesday, October 23, 2018Meeting : Mandatory MS for all students attending Concordia Language Village @ 2:15 RM. 124

Tuesday, October 23, 2018Activity : After School Study Hall

Tuesday, October 23, 2018Activity : Homework Help

Tuesday, October 23, 2018Deadline : Advanced homework for all students going to Concordia

Wednesday, October 24, 2018Info : Elementary School Arbitrary Friday

Wednesday, October 24, 2018Activity : After School Study Hall

Wednesday, October 24, 2018Activity : Homework Help

Wednesday, October 24, 2018Activity : Kidstage

Wednesday, October 24, 2018Deadline : Grade posting window opened by Principal in Infinite Campus after 4 pm

Thursday, October 25, 2018Special Day : No Classes - Classical Staff Development in AM, PM off as compensation for Back to School Night, no classes (the rest of AASD has full day of Staff Development)

Thursday, October 25, 2018Deadline : Principal opens posting window for 2nd quarter after 11:15 am

Friday, October 26, 2018Info : NO SCHOOL - Conference Compensation

Monday, October 29, 2018EPC - Math

Tuesday, October 30, 2018Birthday : Sara Lariviere

Tuesday, October 30, 2018Deadline : Picture retake day

Tuesday, October 30, 2018Activity : After School Study Hall

Tuesday, October 30, 2018Activity : Homework Help

Wednesday, October 31, 2018Activity : After School Study Hall

Wednesday, October 31, 2018Activity : Homework Help