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April 2019

Spring Testing (Forward Exam and MAP Testing)

The spring state testing window opened for 3rd-8th graders the week of March 18th. This is the fourth year Wisconsin is administering the Forward Exam. This test replaces the Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Exam which had been Wisconsin’s main accountability test for many years.



We recommend that students try the practice test that is available online to familiarize themselves with the format of the test questions. We are providing you with the direct link to the practice test below, but you may also read more about the Forward Exam through the Wisconsin DPI website. Practice Test: https://wbte.drcedirect.com/WI/portals/wi



As with the WKCE, students in grades 3-8th will be tested in ELA (reading & writing) and math. Students in grades 4 & 8 will also be tested in science and social studies. Testing will occur at each grade level over several days between March 18th-May 8th.



Please take special notice of when your child’s class will be testing!

The school-wide testing schedule was sent home in the Pegasus Flyers and is also below. Please note that make-up testing is hard on students as they miss regular classroom instruction and are responsible for the curriculum they missed. Please avoid making appointments during testing.


Thank you for not taking your child out of school when their class is testing!


April 1-5: Grades 5/6/7/8 Forward Exam Science & Social Studies

April 8-12: Grades 3 & 4 Forward Exam ELA & Math

April 15-18: Grades 5/6/7/8 MAP Testing (Gr 5-7) Forward Exam (Gr 8 Science & Social Studies

April 22-April 26: Grades 1/2/3/4 MAP Testing (Reading and Math)

April 29-May 3: Kindergarten MAP Testing (reading)

May 6-8: Makeup Testing for all grades


Thank you for not taking your child out of school when their class is testing!

KAT 2019

The 2019 Knowlege-a-thon continues to pick up momentum! Here's a schedule of events for April:


April 1 -- 5 Lottery Lallapalooza

April 8 -- 12 Bingo Bonanza

April 15 -- 18 Spirit Week

April 18 -- KAT TESTING DAY


This is Classical School's main fundraiser of the year. If you can help out, please follow the link to sign up: https://signup.com/client/invitation2/secure/2711193/false?popup=true#/invitation

Healthy Sleep

Like eating well and being physically active, getting a good night’s sleep is vital to the well-being of students and staff. A number of vital tasks carried out during sleep help maintain good health and enable people to function at their best. Not getting enough sleep can be dangerous and contribute to poor health.

Most adults need 7-8 hours of sleep each night. School-aged children and teens need at least 9 hours of sleep a night. Both the amount and quality of sleep affect how well people learn and remember as well as perform tasks like problem solving and staying focused. Insufficient sleep causes people to be irritable and adversely affects behavior. Poor quality sleep on a regular basis increases the risk of having high blood pressure, heart disease, and other medical conditions.

GETTING A GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP:

● Stick to a regular sleep schedule.

● Exercise is great but not too late in the day.

● Avoid caffeine and nicotine which are stimulants.

● Avoid large meals and beverages late at night.

● Don’t take naps after 3 pm

● Relax before bed by listening to relaxing music or by reading something soothing.

● Turn off the TV, computer, and video games an hour before bed.

● Have a good sleeping environment (quiet, dark, and cool).

● Have the right sunlight exposure.

● Don’t lie in bed awake.

● See a doctor if you have difficulty sleeping.

Attention 5th Grade Parents

New Immunization Requirement!

For those of you already arranging your child’s summer doctor appointments, please be reminded that ALL students are required to receive a Tdap vaccination upon entrance to 6th grade. If your child has not yet received his/her Tdap, please make arrangements for your child to receive this vaccination PRIOR to the start of 6th grade. Community healthcare providers are typically very busy in the weeks leading to the start of fall classes, so you are encouraged to have your child immunized well in advance of school beginning.

If you do not wish to have your child immunized, you are required to sign a waiver. The waiver option is located on the bottom half of the immunization form. These forms are available from the District website (aasd.k12.wi.us) or from the elementary school office. If you already completed a waiver for your child in Kindergarten, you will need to complete a new waiver as this immunization is a new requirement.

If you need assistance or have any questions, please contact Debbie Olson, RN at 920.419.7302 or olsondeborah@aasd.k12.wi.us . Thank you for your prompt attention to this requirement.

National Teacher Appreciation Week


National Teacher Appreciation week is celebrated the week of May 6th-10th. The Classical School Teacher Appreciation Committee would like to remind you to take a moment to show your child’s teacher how much they are appreciated. The Appreciation Committee has various treats planned for the Classical teachers throughout the week,

Perhaps your child would like to bring in a card, drawing, or a flower for their teacher sometime during this week. Remind your teacher how they have made your child’s year better or remind them of your child’s favorite school memory from this school year. If you are looking for ideas for something to purchase for your teachers or support staff, there is a notebook in the office that contains a list

Kindergarten Visitation

Enrolled 2019-20 Classical School kindergartners and their parents or guardians are invited to spend an hour with Mrs. Nagreen and Mrs. Bomann on Friday, May 17, 2019, from 9:30 – 10:30 am for Kindergarten Orientation. All kindergartners enrolled for next school year are asked to attend to meet the teachers and experience a short lesson in a kindergarten classroom. If you haven’t already, please RSVP for orientation to Mrs. Kemps at 832-4968 or kempslinda@aasd.k12.wi.us.

Dress Code Review

With warmer weather on the way, it's a good time to review our dress code!



We take pride in the appearance of our students. How students act is often affected by what they wear. Students are expected to dress appropriately in clean, well-fitting clothing appropriate for the weather. This makes them feel more comfortable about school and increases their chances of being successful students ready to learn.

Students’ dress or attire must adhere to the following minimum standards. The standards maintained align with the BOE approved policy 443.1, June 1999 found in the family district handbooks. ·

Students may not wear scanty/revealing clothing. Examples of these items include but are not limited to tube tops, halter tops, backless tops, strapless tops, spaghetti straps, and clothing that expose the midriff and/or undergarments.

· Students must wear shoes/appropriate footwear in and around the school at all times.

· Students are not allowed to wear head gear in the school building unless for traditional religious reasons.. Removing a person’s hat/hood when entering a building is a well-established sign of respect in our country and one that will be reinforced in our schools. Examples of head gear include but are not limited to hats, hoods, caps, and bandanas.

· No garments that advertise alcohol, alcohol establishments, tobacco products, or other drugs may be worn.

· No attire with messages or symbols that include profanity, violent or sexual language/actions, or inappropriate subject matter is allowed to be worn in the school buildings.

· Any attire or accessory which by its design, use or intended use, could cause bodily harm, property damage, or intimidation to other persons, may not be worn. Examples of these items include but are not limited to chains, leather straps, pet collars, and spikes.

· No attire with any gang-related purpose is allowed.

· Jackets, coats, and gloves must be removed at the student’s locker/hallway hook area. Any such items may not be worn around the building during school hours.

Body markings or tattoos that do not meet the above standards must be fully covered at all times.

This policy is in force during the school day, in school vehicles, and at all school activities. The wearing of outer garments and headwear will be permitted in school vehicles and at school activities when deemed appropriate by building administration. This list is not meant to be exhaustive; rather it is intended to provide some idea of acceptable dress. Since styles of clothing change rapidly, the administration reserves the right to restrict certain fashions that are inappropriate as well as interpret what is considered to be in poor taste or distracting to the learning environment. Members of the staff will use their professional judgment when enforcing this policy.

Arts & Culture Fair

Please join us for our Arts & Culture Fair (formerly The International Fair and Fine Arts Night) on Friday, May 3rd from 4:30 -- 6:00 p.m.


The fair combines the former International Fair and Fine Arts Night into one event. The fine arts portion of the fair will be prepared by students within the school day and will be led by Mrs. Grover (music) and Mrs. Eastman (fine arts). The culture portion of the fair will be run similarly to how the International Fair was run with parent volunteer presenters to provide educational opportunities about their family's culture/heritage.


Please note: The Arts & Culture Fair will feature a new format this year combining what was formerly known as "Fine Arts Night" and "International Fair." Therefore, musical performances will be located in the Forum, art will be displaced throughout the hallways of the entire school, and families will set up their cultural booths in various classrooms.


Volunteers are also needed for set up, clean up, supervision, passport table. Please follow the link to sign up to sponsor a booth or volunteer to help:


http://signup.com/go/KxjvAyg


Questions? Email Sra. Cihlar -- cihlaranna@aasd.k12.wi.us

National Take Our Daughters & Sons to Work Day

The annual Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day will be held on
Thursday, April 25, 2019. For more information and permission forms, please see the school office. Any absences without the appropriate paperwork will be considered unexcused.

2019 Summer School

School Site Coordinator: Kari Campshure mailto:campshurekari@aasd.k12.wi.us

AASD Summer School Director: Gary Mulry mailto:mulrygary@aasd.k12.wi.us

AASD Summer Administrative Assistant: Karrie Kadolph mailto:kadolphkarrie@aasd.k12.wi.us

AASD District Summer School Office Phone: (920) 832-4976 Web site: http://www.aasd.k12.wi.us/district/district_departments___contacts/standards___curriculum/summer_school/


If you are unable to register for summer school classes online, hard copies are available in the school office.

The Helen & Ade Dillon Award

This award recognizes an AASD staff member who encourages a balanced life for students through excellence in education and involvement in student activities outside of the classroom. This staff member takes a personal interest in students’ moral, mental, and physical development, thereby enhancing students’ life skills for continued development of academics, fitness, and citizenship. This individual will have successfully completed a minimum of five years employment with the Appleton Area School District. One unrestricted cash award of $1,000 will be presented to a recipient at the Appleton Area School District All Staff Gathering at the beginning of the school year.


Nomination forms can be found outside the Classical School office. Nominations for this award must be received by Ruth Woelfel in the AASD School Services’ Office at the Scullen Leadership Center no later than June 15th. Any district employee, student, parent, or community member may nominate an AASD staff member.

Mielke Educator of the Year Award

Since 1983 outstanding AASD educators have been recognized through the Mielke Educator of the Year Awards. Isn’t there someone you have worked with who you believe should be nominated for this award? To nominate an educator does take time and effort. The committee will want to know the nominee’s biography, his/her philosophy, and asks for letters of recommendation. However, when all the information is completed and placed in a binder, it becomes a tribute of the nominee’s contributions to education and can be a keepsake of their AASD career. Link to access more information and forms:

http://www.aasd.k12.wi.us/UserFiles/Servers/Server_457520/File/District%20Leadership/Nominate%20AASD%20Staff/Educator%20of%20the%20Year%20Nomination%20Form.doc


*If you are interested in nominating a teacher or other staff member, you can find the nomination information and forms outside the Classical School office. The deadline is June 15th.

Classical School 20th Year Anniversary Celebration

Save the Date! We will be celebrating Classical School's 20th Anniversary this summer, Sunday, July 28, 2019, by holding a family picnic at Pierce Park. More information to follow...

April Calendar

Monday, April 1, 2019 Special Week: Spring Testing: Middle School 6th, 5th Makeup Testing , 4th FORWARD EXAM Science and SS 9:25 AM -- 11:59

April 1, 2019 Gimmes renew for grades 2-8

Monday, April 1, 2019 KAT WEEK 2 of 4

Tuesday, April 2, 2019 After School Study Hall Rm L08 3:00 -- 3:50 PM

Tuesday, April 2, 2019 Homework Help Rooms 122 & 126 3:00 -- 4:00 PM

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 After School Study Hall Rm L08 3:00 -- 3:50 PM

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 Homework Help Rooms 122 &126 3:00 -- 4:00 PM

Thursday, April 4, 2019 No After School Study Hall

Thursday, April 4, 2019 No Homework Help

Thursday, April 4, 2019 Meeting : CCSA Board Room L08 6:30 PM -- 8:30 PM

Thursday, April 4, 2019 Pegasus Flyers go home today

Friday, April 5, 2019 Report cards go home for K-8

Saturday, April 6, 2019 Band Together Marathon (Gr. 5-8) @ North High School 10:00 AM 10:00 PM

Monday, April 8, 2019 Special Week: Spring Testing: 3rd & 4th FORWARD EXAM ELA & Math

Tuesday, April 9, 2019 Field Trip: PAC : Shakespeare 7th/8th 8:30 AM -- 11:30 AM

Tuesday, April 9, 2019 After School Study Hall Rm L08 3:00 -- 3:50 PM

Tuesday, April 9, 2019 Homework Help Rooms 122 &126 3:00 -- 4:00 PM

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 After School Study Hall Rm L08 3:00 -- 3:50 PM

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 Homework Help Rooms 122 &126 3:00 -- 4:00 PM

Thursday, April 11, 2019 After School Study Hall Rm L08 3:00 -- 3:50 PM

Thursday, April 11, 2019 Homework Help Rooms 122 &126 3:00 -- 4:00 PM

Monday, April 15, 2019 Testing : First Day of Spring MAP window (through 5/8/19) AASD

Monday, April 15, 2019 Special Week: Spring Testing: Middle School, 6th & 5th MAP testing (5th-7th) & FORWARD EXAM (8th Science & SS)

Tuesday, April 16, 2019 After School Study Hall Rm L08 3:00 -- 3:50 PM

Tuesday, April 16, 2019 Homework Help Rooms 122 &126 3:00 -- 4:00 PM

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 After School Study Hall Rm L08 3:00 -- 3:50 PM

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 Homework Help Rooms 122 &126 3:00 -- 4:00 PM

Thursday, April 18, 2019 After School Study Hall Rm L08 3:00 -- 3:50 PM

Thursday, April 18, 2019 Homework Help Rooms 122 &126 3:00 -- 4:00 PM

Monday, April 22, 2019 Special Week: Spring Testing: 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th MAP Testing (reading and math)

Tuesday, April 23, 2019 After School Study Hall Rm L08 3:00 -- 3:50 PM

Tuesday, April 23, 2019 Homework Help Rooms 122 &126 3:00 -- 4:00 PM

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 After School Study Hall Rm L08 3:00 -- 3:50 PM

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 Homework Help Rooms 122 &126 3:00 -- 4:00 PM

Thursday, April 25, 2019 After School Study Hall Rm L08 3:00 --3:50 PM

Thursday, April 25, 2019 Homework Help Rooms 122 &126 3:00 -- 4:00 PM

Saturday, April 27, 2019 WSMA State Solo & Ensemble (6-8) Grover/Heckner /Juhl/Kottman UW-Oshkosh 8:00 AM -- 4:00 PM

Monday, April 29, 2019 Special Week: Spring Testing: Kindergarten MAP (reading) * Makeup Testing for all grades