Academy Monthly Newsletter

May 2022 Edition

Dear APA Families,

Summertime is almost upon us, friends! As our days stretch longer and the sun shines brighter, let's not forget to finish this school year strong!


We have lots of fun activities and ceremonies planned for May/June, and you don't want to miss them! Keep reading for more information!


Please don't forget to continue reviewing APA's dress code expectations. We will enforce the dress code for the remainder of the school year. Dress code expectations are listed below.


Lastly, please take a look at the end of school year calendar of events and next year's school calendar attached below.


ONE MORE MONTH! 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.) SPECIAL EDUCATION NEWSLETTER:


In an effort to increase communication with parents, the Special Education Department has started their own monthly newsletter. This will continue into next school year.



2.) APA SUMMER ENRICHMENT PROGRAM:


The Summer Enrichment Program will run from June 6th – June 24th for Academy students. Academy students will attend summer school three hours a day for three weeks. We will have a morning session from 8:30am – 11:30am and an afternoon session from 12pm – 3pm. We will serve lunch from 11:30am – 12:00pm every day.


If you are interested in enrolling your child in summer school and you have not received a summer school letter, please contact:



3.) AFJROTC:


All uniforms MUST be turned in no later than Friday, May 13, 2022. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact TSgt. Tidwell at ktidwell@goapa.org.


4.) DAY OF SERVICE:


Day of service is scheduled for Friday, May 13th. Academy students will be working around the community to successfully complete their community service requirements.


If you have any questions regarding day of service, please contact Charles Miller at cmiller@goapa.org.


5.) ACADEMY BAND:


  • Saturday, May 14th Academy Spring Concert Gala at 7pm
  • Saturday, June 4th Graduation Band at the Reardon Auditorium at Anderson University at 1pm

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


6.) BOOK FAIR:


We are hosting one last book fair to get students reading this summer. The book fair is scheduled for the week of May 16 through May 20. Books will be buy one, get one free.


7.) ACADEMY AWARDS:


Academy Awards is scheduled for Thursday, May 19th at 1:40pm in the big gym.


8.) FINALS SCHEDULE:


  • Blocks 2 & 4: Monday, May 23rd, 2022
  • Blocks 6 & 8: Tuesday, May 24th, 2022
  • Blocks 1 & 3: Wednesday, May 25th, 2022
  • Blocks 5 & 7: Thursday, May 26th, 2022


9.) FIELD DAY:


Field Day is scheduled for Friday, May 27th. Students can bring a change of clothes to participate in field day.


10.) 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.


11.) FOOD ADVISORY COUNCIL:


APA is committed to working to improve the food services program. Capt. John Hayden is the Food Services Administrator and works with the vendor to oversee the program quality. No better way to get input and direction than working with the customers, our Cadets.


A Food Advisory Council has been formed and APA cadets have been recommended for service. This group will assist in getting ideas, opinions, and preferences shared. Community service hours will be given for this work.


Here are the tasks that will be part of the program:


  • Review food choices for lunch program
  • Help develop and process surveys
  • Serve as a tasting committee for new food items
  • Give opinions and evaluations of food
  • Help talk to all Cadets to get feedback on food
  • Act as responsible, objective quality judges for the food program
  • Learn to be professional critics
  • Assist us to develop the best food program we can while following state and federal requirements and limitations.


For questions and to express thoughts about the program, please contact Capt. Hayden at jhayden@goapa.org. If a Cadet wishes to be included as part of the team, please let Capt. Hayden know as soon as possible.


12.) JETS ATHLETICS CALENDAR:


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


13.) 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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Prom

On Saturday, April 30th, several cadets in grades 10-12 attended the prom. The theme was enchanted forest, and it was a wonderful evening seeing everyone dressed up and having a great time. Special shout out to this year’s prom royalty and to everyone who donated and supported this event as we couldn’t have done this without you!


Prom King: Hayden Hornocker

Prom Queen: Isabella Verdin

Prom Prince: Imari Lee

Prom Princess: Vanessa McNeal

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Ball State Youth Writing Summer Camps

Youth Writing Camps, Summer 2022
Indiana Writing Project


SUMMER IS ALMOST HERE!
If your kids are looking for something fun and creative to do this summer, sign them up for one of Indiana Writing Project’s Summer Writing Camps! This summer we are able to offer FREE writing camps for students in grades 4-12. Each camp will help students build their writing skills while having fun and teach them how to collaborate with one another.


Register online: https://bit.ly/3O0YDOW


MORNING CAMP (2 WEEKS):


1. Youth Writing Camp (Multi-Genre)
June 13-24, 9AM - 12 PM
Ball State Campus
Open to students in grades 4-8 and 9-12
Cost: FREE


Ideal for writers who want to work in many genres (narrative, poetry, non-fiction). This two-week camp will allow students to refine and develop writing and to polish something for publication!


AFTERNOON CAMPS (1 WEEK):


1. Poetry Camp
June 20-24, 1-4 PM
Ball State Campus
Open to: Grades rising 4-12
Cost: FREE


Perfect for the budding poet! We'll experiment with different types of poetry and use the campus setting as our canvas for ideas!


2. Journalism Camp
June 20-24, 1-4 PM
Ball State Campus
Open to: Grades rising 6 - 12
Cost: FREE


Calling all journalists and future news writers! This camp is for middle and high school students who are interested in exploring nonfiction, journalistic writing.


3. Nonfiction Writing Camp
June 20-24, 1-4 PM
Ball State Campus
Open to: Grades rising 6 - 12
Cost: FREE


This camp is for students interested in exploring the creative side of nonfiction writing, including writing from personal experience and observation.


Register online: https://bit.ly/3O0YDOW

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Space Exploration Camp Opportunity

WHAT:

  • Explore the universe with NASA built radio telescopes and research grade optical telescopes.
  • Research under the mentorship of astronomers and scientists.
  • Tour cutting edge astronomy research labs at Clemson University and hear guest speakers share their experiences working in space science.
  • Have fun with STEM challenges, field trips, games, and more!


WHEN:

  • Space Cadets Camp (Ages 11-14): June 26-July 2
  • Milky Way Trailblazers Camp (Ages 14-17): July 17-July 30


WHERE:

  • Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute in Rosman, North Carolina.


REGISTER TODAY:


Please see flyer attachment below for more information.

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CADET SHOUT-OUTS!

Here's a shout-out to the top 10 point earners in PBIS who demonstrated respect of others in the month of April:


  • Mar'riel Brown
  • Aidan Roman
  • Amon Robinson
  • Aunesti' Reed
  • Ava Bundy
  • Victoria Cox
  • Mara Campbell
  • Andrew Strong
  • Draven Davidson
  • Elise Stearman

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PBL/MAKERSPACE HIGHLIGHTS

Capt. Rasbach's speech class created persuasive presentations using Monroe's Motivated Sequence. Cadets selected a problem to solve, researched the problem using Ball State University's library system, and developed a speaking outline. Cadets presented their speeches in front of their peers using visual aids.
Capt. South's cadets learned about the issue of fair trade and the exploitation of workers in the coffee industry in Latin America. Cadets had the opportunity to visit local coffee shops and share fair trade coffee product ideas with them.

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AFJROTC CORNER

The Annual AFJROTC Awards Ceremony & Military Ball was a success!

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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

day of service

Friday, May 13th, 8am

101 West 29th Street

Anderson, IN

band spring concert

Saturday, May 14th, 7pm

101 West 29th Street

Anderson, IN

graduation

Saturday, June 4th, 1pm

1100 East 5th Street

Anderson, IN