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.


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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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.) 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.


2.) 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.


3.) 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.


4.) QUARANTINED OR ABSENT CADETS REMINDER:


If your child is quarantined or absent, they are responsible for completing daily homework assignments in all subject areas. Cadets need to check their Google Classrooms and the APA Blog for any daily homework assignments so they do not fall behind.


5.) BAND:


  • Fine Arts Gala (Spring Band Concert)-Sat. May 14th-7pm in the APA Hangar Gym
  • Graduation (includes grades 8-11 in band)-Sat. June, 4th at 1pm at Anderson University in the Reardon Auditorium


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


6.) NHS:


NHS welcomed 11 new members on March 8, 2022:


  • Hope Blocher
  • Britney Garcia
  • Madisyn Grimes
  • James Hornocker
  • Imari Lee
  • Eduardo Martinez-Padilla
  • Valerie Martinez-Padilla
  • Kenley McConnell
  • Kayden Mondragon
  • Julia Smith
  • Ruth Weinschrott


These cadets demonstrate the best qualities of scholarship, leadership, service, and character.


7.) HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL TRASH BAG FUNDRAISER:


The APA baseball team is selling trash bags to raise money for team shirts and other equipment. Each roll costs $17. One order will go a long way to help them reach their goals. Thanks for your support for the APA baseball team.


Link for orders: https://www.igiv.org/s/apabaseball/


Email Eric Sturgeon at esturgeon@goapa.org if you have any questions.


8.) QUILTING CLUB SHOUT OUT:


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.


9.) 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.


10.) PROM:


  • Date: April 30th
  • Time: 8-11 p.m.
  • Location: The Community Room

    200 W 53rd St, Anderson, IN 46013


Please email mstottlemyer@goapa.org if you have any questions.


11.) GRADUATION:


Graduation

  • Date: June 4th
  • Time: 1 p.m.
  • Location: Reardon Auditorium at Anderson University


Graduation Rehearsal

  • Date: June 1st
  • Time: 12:30 p.m.
  • Location: Reardon Auditorium at Anderson University
  • Seniors only—Mandatory


Please email mstottlemyer@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 to our Pre-Academy and Academy cadets here at the 29th street campus. Tutoring for Pre-Academy and Academy cadets takes place immediately after school until 5:30 p.m. Monday--Thursday. Cadets should report immediately to the cafeteria after school. Cadets 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 cadet's name, 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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CADET SHOUT-OUTS!

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


  • Lanaya Grier
  • Aidan Roman
  • Conner Ring
  • Akyr Harris
  • Camron Anderson
  • Aunesti' Reed
  • Vanessa Fragoso
  • Ka'Marieyon Chamberlain
  • Ashton Stephens
  • Elise Stearman

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PBL/MAKERSPACE HIGHLIGHTS

Lt. Shah's Biology 2 cadets just completed a presentation project, where they taught each other important Bio 2 concepts, such as amino acids, DNA structure, etc. Cadets created their own tri-fold presentation boards and presented them to their classmates.
Mr. Yergin's cadets had the opportunity to create their own windmills in class. Students conducted research, created their own designs, and tested their final products using a wind machine.

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SPRING TESTING SCHEDULE

Download the spring testing schedule below:

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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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ACADEMY SYLLABI

Click the link below if you wish to view the Academy syllabi for each subject area:


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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.


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, ISTEP, WIDA, ASVAB, PSAT, or SAT 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. Emily Berticelli: Academy School Counselor - Contact eberticelli@goapa.org with any questions regarding class scheduling or counseling services.
  9. Mallory McCullough: Dean of Academics – Contact mmccullough@goapa.org with any questions regarding student academics, progress, grades, etc.
  10. Dr. Jennifer Nahlik: Secondary Curriculum Director – Contact jnahlik@goapa.org with any questions regarding curriculum, academics, etc.
  11. Matthew Walsh: Family Outreach Coordinator/Student Liaison - Contact mwalsh@goapa.org with any questions regarding resourcing or outreach.
  12. Lieutenant Colonel Smith: JROTC Department Chair - Contact osmith@goapa.org with any questions regarding JROTC.
  13. Michael Stottlemyer: Math Department Chair - Contact mstottlemyer@goapa.org with any questions regarding the math department.
  14. Mary Rasbach: English Department Chair - Contact mrasbach@goapa.org with any questions regarding the English department.
  15. Nicholas Karr: Social Studies Department Chair - Contact nkarr@goapa.org with any questions regarding the social studies department.
  16. Syed Shah: Science Department Chair - Contact sshah@goapa.org with any questions regarding the science department.

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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 Google Classrooms and the APA Blog for any daily homework assignments so they do not fall behind.

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LUNCH MENU

The lunch menu is attached below.

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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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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. Mack is in charge of grades 8-9 and Lt. Renner is in charge of grades 9-12.
  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 some Academy teachers use to supplement their PBL/high 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