The Beacon Newsletter

A Guiding Light for EVERYTHING Anchor Pointe Related

Friday, April 16, 2021

Calendar of Events

  • April 20-21 Grades 3-5 NSCAS Math Testing
  • April 22: Color Vision Screenings (1st Grade)
  • April 28: 11:40 Dismissal
  • April 29: Kindergarten Roundup Virtual Parent Meeting
  • May 11: PTO Meeting 6:30 pm
  • May 12: 11:40 Dismissal
  • May 14: Fun Day
  • May 21: Last Student Day, 11:40 Dismissal
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Congratulations to Shelly Christensen, Support Staff Member of the Year!

Superintendent Dr. Terry Haack, Foundation Executive Director Regina Meredith, and Principal Chad Boyes were happy to present Anchor Pointe's own Shelly Christensen with the Bennington Public Schools Foundation's Support Staff Member of the Year award.

Shelly works as a para-professional in Anchor Pointe's preschool program.

Congrats, Shelly!

2021-2022 PTO Board Openings

The PTO is looking for Board Members to lead this amazing organization!

There are four positions open for the 2021-2022 school year. If you are interested in being a board member, please email a one paragraph bio to Bio's are due by Thursday, April 22th.

Voting will take place week of April 26th (only paid PTO members are eligible to vote).

If you have any questions, email


AP PTO Board

NSCAS Testing for 3rd, 4th, and 5th Graders

5th graders will take the NSCAS Science Assessment on March 23rd and 24th.

Grades 3-5 will be taking the NSCAS Reading Assessment on April 13th and 14th,

and taking the NSCAS Math Assessment on April 20th and 21st.

Additionally, 5th graders will be taking Math Placement tests the week of April 26th.

Tips for Success in NSCAS Reading and Math Tests

Attendance is a MUST

Please avoid scheduling appointments or vacation time on your child's testing dates.

Get enough sleep and eat a good breakfast

This is probably the most underrated tip!

Encourage reading

Good reading skills factor heavily in a timed test, so help motivate your child to read by offering fun and interesting materials. Ask questions about what your child is reading for insight into progress he/she is making in reading comprehension.

Chat with your child

Testing measures critical thinking. Ask your child to discuss his/her ideas and voice their opinions often to stimulate thought processes.

Communicate with your child's teacher

Your child's teacher is your partner in monitoring their overall academic progress.

Relax and remain positive

The best test takers are calm, confident, and at ease!

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VIrtual Parent Meeting for Incoming Kindergarten Families

We will have a VIRTUAL PARENT MEETING on April 29th, 2021 at 5:30 for parents of registered incoming Kindergartners.

All registered families will receive the link for this meeting. Kindergarten Roundup for students will happen at the conclusion of summer prior to the start of school.

If you have not yet registered your soon-to-be kindergarten student, please enroll today so you may be included in our meeting and receive important communication regarding the upcoming school year.

If your child will be eligible for Kindergarten (age 5 by July 31, 2021) please visit our district website and click on "Enroll New Student" at the top to register for the upcoming school year.

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2021 Li'l Badgers Track Sessions Information

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Anchor Pointe Elementary School

A wonderful elementary school located in beautiful Bennington, Nebraska built to Inspire, Learn, and Achieve...TOGETHER. #anchoreducated