Classical Columns

June 8, 2020

We did it!

The 2019-2020 school year is in the history books! The team that was Classical staff and Classical parents prevailed during some very challenging times -- kudos to all!

It's time to unplug and enjoy summer and less demanding times. Relax, unwind, read for pleasure , take walks, and de-stress!


Congratulations to Mrs. Laura Hinkens (part-time assistant secretary/part-time parapro) on her retirement as of June 5th. She will be hugely missed and we wish her a long and happy retirement traveling, staying active, and enjoying her grandchildren!


Congratulations to Mrs. Debbie Olson (registered nurse) on her retirement as of June 5th. Deb is the consummate professional and really knows her nursing stuff! We wish her a long and happy retirement traveling, clipping coupons, and enjoying her downtime!


7/8 Grade Choir: Good luck to Ms. Jaclyn Kottman, who will be full time at Einstein (good for her!). We are still in the process of hiring a replacement so stay tuned...

Band: Also, Mrs. Stacy Juehl will be leaving us for Ferber and Einstein. We wish her well and know she will be missed. Welcome to Mrs. Julie Brown, parent of Classical 6th grader Sebastian. Mrs. Brown has been a band teacher in the AASD since 2004 at several schools including McKinley, Madison Middle School, Berry, Johnston, and Horizons!

Positions that are in the process of being posted:

Grade 4 teacher

Part-time secretary/parapro




  • Thank you to the Classical School KAT committee: Gwen Bomann, Kathy Diedrich, Anna Cihlar, Robyn Nagreen, Jenny Eastman, and Tom Bomann for running our most important fundraiser long distance during a pandemic.
  • Thank you to Abbie Grosskreutz for putting together the amazing KAT poster contest video.
  • Thank you to Stacey Foley for coordinating KAT so everything ran smoothly.
  • Thank you to our business sponsors who advertised in our KAT 2020 booklet.
  • Thank you to the students who participated, studied hard, and gave it their all.
  • Thank you to the parents that supported and encouraged their students.


KAT pledges are due by June 30th this year. You can either snail mail them to school (3310 N. Durkee Street, Appleton, WI 54911) or -- new this year -- donate via Paypal:


Summer is a great time for students to work on their keyboarding skills. Students currently in grades 2-6 can access the district software called Typing Club online through the district website. Students have their login and password on a sticker attached to their 2019-20 assignment notebook. Students entering 2nd grade next school year are unable to access at this time.

Link to access Typing Club:


Not much to say! We still have not gotten a ship date for our yearbooks. As soon as we do, we will let families know. We do have a limited supply of yearbooks available for purchase for people who did not order on a first-come, first-served basis.

All book fines/school fees must be paid before your student will receive his/her yearbook.


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 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.


Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine:

This is a three-dose series of vaccine given to girls and boys at age 11-12 years to protect against diseases caused by the human papillomavirus. This vaccine can prevent most cases of cervical cancer in females if it is given before exposure to the virus. In addition it can prevent other cancers in both males and females. The second and third doses of vaccine should be administered 2 and 6 months after the first dose. This vaccine is recommended for the following people who have not completed the 3-dose series: Females age 13 through 26 years of age; Males age 13 through 21 years of age.


The Appleton Area School District is pleased to offer online summer school sessions for students in grades 5K-12 during the 2019-20 school year. Sessions in grades 5K-8 will provide students the opportunity to receive additional support in Math as well as English Language Arts. Sessions offered for students in grades 9-12 will provide the opportunity to recover academic credits needed towards graduation in selected courses. If you are interested in participating in the online summer school sessions, please click on the links provided for the appropriate registration document. The registration deadline for the 5K-8 sessions is Tuesday, June 30th and the deadline for registering for the 9-12 sessions is Friday, June 19th. Thank you.

5K-8 Summer School (July 13th-24th) Registration Link

9-12 Summer School (July 6th-24th) Registration Link


Classical School does not accept requests for specific teachers by parents for their children for the following reasons:

  1. It is logistically impossible to honor everyone’s request because of the sheer number of requests in addition to the imbalances they would create. It is important, for example, to have good gender balance and balance of aptitude in classrooms.
  2. It is important to consider the morale of the teachers. Some teachers might be highly requested for reasons that have nothing to do with their effectiveness as teachers. Indeed, we have very high regard for the ability, character, and knowledge of all of our teachers.
  3. The distinctive effectiveness of our school is not driven by the individual style or personality of the teachers but by the curriculum. Of course individual teachers bring their own unique strengths and variety to the delivery of the curriculum; however, they work in a highly integrated “teamwork” environment where curricular expectations are clear to everyone. Teachers depend on each other to bring the children to mastery before moving to the next grade and build on each other’s work through the skill-level groupings. As in the rest of life, school is an opportunity to grow through interaction with all different styles and personalities.
  4. Classroom placement is a task that our staff takes very seriously. We want the process to be fair for parents, children, and teachers. We want it to be efficient and effective. We want to honor the input of parents as well as living and working together in an atmosphere that fosters trust, mutual support, and a spirit of service to one another.


Summer reading is important! For your convenience below is a list of books for each grade level:


If you're looking for summer math practice, follow the link below to our summer Saxon math packets: