Classical Columns

February 2020

BLACK HISTORY MONTH CELEBRATION

Appleton Area School District's Black Student Union presents:


"STRONG ROOTS, AMAZING ACHIEVEMENTS"

BLACK HISTORY MONTH CELEBRATION


Saturday, February 1, 2020

3:00 PM -- 6:00 PM

Appleton North High School

5000 N. Ballard Road, Appleton


KEYNOTE SPEAKER: LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR MANDELA BARNES


Mandela Barnes serves as Wisconsin's 45th Lieutenant Governor. He is the first African-American to serve as a Lieutenant Governor in Wisconsin and the second African-American to ever hold statewide office.


STAY FOR THE


  • Awards presentation
  • Tribute to the culture
  • Black student union cultural expression
  • Soul food dinner catered by Cozzy Corner


Contact: Kemptom Freeman (920) 997-1399 ext 7477


mailto:freemankempton@aasd.k12.wi.us

FEBRUARY CCSA BOARD MEETING

Please join us for the upcoming CCSA Board meeting on February 6, 2020, 6:30-8:30 pm in the Founders Room (L08).

NEW STUDENT ENROLLMENT FOR 2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR

Classical School's application period for the 2020-2021 school year is in full swing! A completed application must be returned by February 21st for any siblings, including incoming kindergarteners, of current K-8 Classical School students. Only those applications for siblings returned by February 21st will receive priority in the lottery for enrollment placement or waiting list order. Applications received after February 21st will not be included in the lottery, and those students will be added to the end of any waiting list for their grade in the order applications are received.


The online application may be accessed here:


http://www3.aasd.k12.wi.us/Charterapp/


Alternatively paper applications are available outside the school office.


Please see the school website http://www.classicalcharter.com/prospective-families/application-procedure/ if you have questions about the lottery process, or contact Joanne Bielmeier at mailto:bielmeierjoann@aasd.k12.wi.us.


A Classical School information night for prospective families wishing to learn more about our program will be held on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 6:30 -- 8:00 pm. Please join us!

VALLEY TRANSIT

Did you know middle and high school students with an AASD ID card ride the buss FREE?


Download the Valley Transit app: myvalleytransit.com/app.


For more information visit http://myvalleytransit.com

WELCOME, MRS. HUCK!

Classical School is happy to welcome Mrs. Tiffany Huck to the middle school level teaching Algebra. Please read her bio below:


"My name is Tiffany Huck, and I am excited to be the new algebra teacher for 7th and 8th grade. I grew up in Appleton, attended the University of Wisconsin - Green Bay, and then returned to Appleton to begin my teaching career. I previously taught for eight years at Highlands Elementary in Appleton before stepping away from teaching to be a stay-at-home mom. My husband, Andy, and I have been married for 13 years and have a son, Camden, who is a third grader at Classical. We have been so thankful for the education he has received here, and I am excited to have been given the opportunity to step into this role!"


Mrs. Huck teaches at Classical 3rd and 4th hour (9:35-11:10). She will be here at Resource (2:15-2:45) on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday most weeks for any students that would need extra help/have questions.


Email: mailto:hucktiffany@aasd.k12.wi.us

SECOND QUARTER HONOR ROLL

Congratulations to the following middle school students who are on the second quarter honor roll:



7th GRADE HONOR ROLL

Highest Honors: 3.90 – 4.00

Rhianna Amador

Ella Devantier

Ava Dietrich

Taylor Lemire

Anya Leschke

Samuel Nam

Griffin Schroeder

Gabrielle Stern

Maya Tallroth

Aidan Wiley

Jade Wood

With Honors: 3.33 – 3.89

Azzahraa Abelazim

Isaac Albers

Quincy Bielmeier

Riya Butala

Austin Chosa

Rowan Cihlar

William Delfosse

Elena Eubank

Supratik Gajavelli

Erika Krupka

Avery Lemire

Smarika Marasini

Sholamipe Olaniregun

Cayden Rath

Natalie Roe

Payton Running

Addison Schneider

Charles Slovick

Liana Sonntag

Abraham Tomori

Emma Zirbel


8th GRADE HONOR ROLL

Highest Honors: 3.90 – 4.00

Maryam Abdelazim

Maryam Amin

Ella Baumgart

Tanvi Gaikwad

Ryan Graf

Caroline Jia

Molly Killian

Ava Kunesh

Adam Nahm

With Honors: 3.33 – 3.89

Evelyn Bomann

Leina Corlan

Simon Freymiller

Madalynn Hansen

Johnathan Hindman

Elizabeth Jeon

Luke Jermain

Katherine Korb

Hope Lemerande

Matthew Lemke

Lisa Luangpraseuth

Miranda Madson

Cora McGovern

Okinyo Menya

Jack Murphy

Nathan Murton

Folarin Olaniregun

Aiden Palma

Mira Rath

Caliene Rettler

Ayanna Reyes

Autumn Sauer

Macayla Stevens

Maria Suarez Pereyra

Jalen Thao

Akshath Vijaykumar

Dhurv Vir

Amirthavarshini Vivekanandan

Lilyana Wamhoff

Mariam Zaiden

HAVE-A-HEART DRIVE

The Student Council Have-a-Heart Drive will be held February 10th-14th. Please bring in dollar donations that week. Money will be collected during the lunch hour. Proceeds go to local homeless shelters for buying hygiene products.


Thank you!

CONGRATULATIONS, SPELLING BEE CONTESTANTS

Congratulations to all of our Spelling Bee participants! Derek Jia (Grade 5), was our first place winner and Utsuk Adhikari (Grade 6), was the runner up! Alternates are Natalie Miller (Grade 6) and Hanish Vunnam (Grade 6).


Please note these important dates for the Spelling Bee:


Tuesday, February 11, 2020: Regional Bee @ Lawrence University; Registration: 12:30 PM. The Bee begins promptly at 1:00 PM (Snow date: Tuesday, February 18, 2020).


Saturday, March 7, 2020: State Bee In Madison, WI at 1:00 PM.


Good Luck, Derek, Utsuk, Natalie, and Hanish!


Below is a photo of our finalists. Left to right: Derek Jia, Utsuk Adhikari, Natalie Miller, Srikar Tanneru, Supratic Gajavelli, Edgar Solis, Oliver Heinritz, Dipson Paudel, Hanish Vunnam, Gabe Walsh, Sienna Zheng.

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SPRING PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCES

Spring Parent-Teacher conferences for K-8 will be held Tuesday, March 3rd, 3:30 -- 7:00 PM and Thursday, March 5th, 3:30 -- 6:45 PM.


To sign up for elementary conferences, go to https://signup.com/go/JNTTNAX to schedule your child's conference with his/her teacher.

Due to time constraints on conference nights, you may sign up with your child's homeroom teacher only. If you would like to speak with your child's reading or math teacher, please email or call that teacher directly.


Please remember to factor in passing time if you are scheduling with multiple teachers. You may choose to schedule a conference with your child's Spanish, music, art, physical education on Signup.com as well.


Middle School Conferences: 7th & 8th Grade



  • MS conferences will be by teacher or parent request only on March 3rd and 5th.
  • If a teacher would like to request a conference with you, a note will be sent home with your child containing the link to the signup website.
  • You may also request a conference with a particular teacher at https://signup.com/go/JNTTNAX
  • If you do not have a concern, please do not feel obligated to request a conference for your child.
  • If you have a question regarding conferences, please email teachers directly.



Mrs. Cote: mailto:coterachel@aasd.k12.wi.us English & Logic

Sra. Cihlar: mailto:cihlaranna@aasd.k12.wi.us Spanish

Mrs. Eastman: mailto:eastmanjennife@aasd.k12.wi.us Art

Mrs. Shinners: mailto:shinnerssusan@aasd.k12.wi.us History & Pre-Algebra

Mrs. Huck: mailto:hucktiffany@aasd.k12.wi.us Algebra

Ms. Kottman: mailto:koittmanjaclyn@aasd.k12.wi.us Choir

Mrs. Juhl: mailto:juhlstacy@aasd.k12.wi.us Band

Ms. Geniesse: mailto:geniessehannah@aasd.k12.wi.us Strings

Mr. Fager: mailto:fagermatthew@aasd.k12.wi.us Science & Geometry

Mr. Gilbert: mailto:gilbertmichael@aasd.k12.wi.us Phy Ed

CONGRATULATIONS, LILLIAN BEVERS!

I am very excited to announce the wonderful artistic accomplishment of 6th Grader, Lillian Bevers!

Lillian’s 5th grade watercolor painting will represent Classical School as one of the pieces that hangs in the conference room of the Appleton Area School District Board of Education. The Appleton Area School District Board asks the art teachers from each school in the district to choose a piece to hang in the School Board conference room for the remainder of the school year while the Board conducts their monthly meetings. These pieces represent the hard work and talents of students from all grade levels from all schools in the district. We are very proud to have Lillian represent Classical School’s visual talents this year!


Mrs. Eastman, Art Teacher

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SCHOOL CLOSING INFORMATION

In the event that school is cancelled due to inclement weather, important information may be announced on local radio and TV stations. AASD uses the radio and TV stations listed below to inform families of such schedule changes as quickly as possible. Please avoid calling district or school offices during such emergency situations. This seriously disrupts our phone lines and makes it difficult to make vital outgoing calls


91.5 FM WEMY

1150 AM WHBY

91.9 FM WEMI

1280 AM WNAM

1150 AM WHBY

91.9 FM WEMI

1280 AM WNAM

94.7 FM WZOR

1450 AM KFIZ

95.9 FM WKSZ

1490 AM WOSH

96.9 FM WWWX

1570 AM WSCO

96.5 FM WQLH

99.5 FM WPKR

103.9 FM WVBO

104.3 FM WECB

105.7 FM WAPL

107.5 FM WDUZ


WGBA-NBC 26

WBAY-TV Ch2

WFRV-TV Ch 5

WLUK-Fox 11



The following websites also contain school cancellation information: http://www.aasd.k12.wi.us & http://www.postcrescent.com.

OUTERWEAR PLEASE

Please be sure to send your student with the appropriate clothing for outdoor recess. We will continue to have all recesses outside unless it is raining or the windchill falls below the safe levels. Students should have coats, gloves, hats, mittens, scarves, boots, and snow pants for recesses.

4K ENROLLMENT BEGINS

If your child will be 4-years-old on or before September 1, 2020, online enrollment for 4K will begin Monday, February 3rd. For more information go to http://4k.aasd.k12.wi.us/our_school/registration

CLASSICAL SCHOOL INFORMATION NIGHT

Spread the word! The last Classical School Informational Night will be held on Wednesday, February 12th from 6:30-8:30 pm in Room 122.

VALENTINE'S DAY

Each classroom has its own practice for the days that are celebrated. If your child's classroom is participating in a Valentine's Day celebration, we ask parents to observe the following requests:



  1. Please be sure to include a card for each student in the classroom to avoid hurt feelings.
  2. Students may include one small, inexpensive non-food item per Valentine card such as a pencil, small set of stickers, etc.

KNOWLEDGE-A-THON (KAT)

Knowledge-A-Thon -- commonly referred to as "KAT" -- is our school's chief fundraiser -- generating upwards of $20,000 to meet the wide-ranging needs of our students and classrooms.


Each student is given a list of 100 questions and answers related to our Core Knowledge curriculum that will be taught -- or has already been taught -- this school year. Students study with their teachers and parents to prepare for KAT Day while collecting pledges from their families. For instance let's say Aunt Betty offers her niece a per question pledge of 50 cents. Her niece will be asked 100 questions on KAT Day. If her niece gets 95 answers correct, her Aunt Betty will donate $47.50 (.50 X 95) to our school. Also, anyone can choose to give a straight dollar amount instead of a per question pledge.


Unlike many other potential school fundraisers involving selling products or coupons, KAT is a low-cost, high-profit fundraiser that promotes our curriculum and guarantees that 100% of what students earn goes directly to Classical School.


More information will follow in the Pegasus Flyers but for now below is the timeline for the 2020 KAT fundraiser:


1. Poster contest runs February 13th -- February 27th. Students can pick up poster paper in the office on Thursday, February 13th. The last day to turn in completed posters is Thursday, February 27th.


2. Kick Off: Friday, March 20th at 1:45 PM. Students receive their question booklets/pledge sheets


3. Star Week: March 23rd -- March 27th


4. Lottery Lollapalooza: March 30th -- April 3rd


5. Bingo Bonanza: April 13th -- April 17th


6. Spirit Week: April 20th -- April 24th


7. KAT DAY: April 24th

KAT GIFT CARD DONATIONS NEEDED

We are in need of $5-10 gift cards for KAT Lottery prizes. What type of gift cards? Target, Dairy Queen, Cousins, Subs, ITunes, Barnes & Noble, Walmart, etc. If you are able to donate a card, please send it to school in an envelope marked "KAT: Attn: Linda Kemps" by March 15th. Thank you!

COMPUTER CLUB

Over the past few years, our state assessments have transitioned from paper/pencil tests to electronic versions. Older students are increasingly being asked to use Google Classroom as well. While we do not have time in our daily schedule to provide keyboarding practice, your child can practice keyboarding skills at home using the AASD typing program called "Typing Club." Your 2nd-8th grade student has their login information on their assignment notebook and can use this to access Typing Club through the AASD website.


You may also follow this link to access that program: https://appleton.typingclub.com/


Sra. Lariviere and Mrs. Tassi are offering an after school session once a week during the third quarter for 3rd-6th grade students who would like to practice this program from 3:00-3:30 PM. Permission forms were sent home in the Pegasus Flyers before Winter Break. Please contact Sra. Lariviere to see if she has any seats available for your student if you are interested: mailto:larivieresara@aasd.k12.wi.us.



7TH & 8TH GIRLS AND BOYS TRACK & FIELD

The Girls and Boys Track & Field season is just around the corner. Student athletes MUST have an updated physical or alternate year physical form and concussion form on file in the Classical School office PRIOR to the first practice. Set up your physical now for your son or daughter, if they need one to participate. Athletes will not be able to practice if their updated physical forms are not turned in. All athletic forms are available in the office or online.

CLASSICAL SCHOOL SCIENCE FAIR

Classical School's Science Fair will be held on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 from 3:00 to 6:00 PM in the Forum. The middle school students will be presenting science project displays. Local scientists from the community, along with parents from our school who have a background in science, will be judging the displays and determining awards.

Due to the nature of the planning, hard work, and perhaps some breakable or valuable displays, children of all ages through sixth grade must remain with their parents for this event.

FORWARD AND MAP TESTING ARE COMING!

Below is the testing schedule for the Forward exam and MAP testing. Please avoid scheduling appointments during these time frames:


Monday, March 23 -- Friday, March 27

FORWARD

Grades 3 - 5


Monday, March 30 -- Friday, April 3

FORWARD

Make-up testing


Monday, April 13 -- Friday, April 17

FORWARD & MAP

Grades 6, 7, and 8 during AM


Monday, April 20 -- Friday April 24

MAKE-UP FORWARD & MAP TESTING FOR GRADES 6, 7, 8


Tuesday, April 28 -- Wednesday, April 29

MAP Testing for Grades K-5

CHARTWELLS: GET TO KNOW YOUR FOOD SERVICE PROGRAM

FEBRUARY 5, 2020 FROM 6:00 PM -- 7:00 PM


APPLETON WEST CAFETERIA, 610 N BADGER AVENUE, APPLETON


JOIN US TO LEARN MORE ABOUT

  • SCHOOL MENU PLANNING
  • NUTRITION
  • WHAT MAKES A MEAL?
  • DPI STANDARDS
  • PARENT TOOLS
  • STUDENT ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES


QUESTIONS? REACH OUT TO mailto:foodservice@aasd.k12.wi.us

ROCKIN' DECADES DANCE A BIG HIT!

We had another GREAT turnout at the annual Classical School Rockin' Decades Dance. Many students and siblings dressed in poodle skirts, hair scarves, blue jeans, and big hair this year! What a great way to take us all back in time for the evening.


Thank you to all the volunteers who helped out with the dance this year. Thank you to all of the parents and Classical staff who generously donated their time to decorate, scoop popcorn, make lemonade, sell glow necklaces and register the families who attended. Thank you to those parents who came early and stayed late to decorate and help with the clean up.

SPANISH BACKPACKS

We are pleased to announce that our school library now has Spanish backpacks to check out! There are three different backpacks available which include:



  • A book with CD recording
  • A book of common Spanish phrases
  • Vocabulary flashcards
  • Pirinola: a traditional Mexican game

FEBRUARY CALENDAR

Saturday, February 1, 2020 Forensics Practice for Elementary and Middle School @ Classical School Forum and MS 8:30 AM--11:30 AM

Tuesday, February 4, 2020 After School Study Hall Grades 4-5 Room L02 3:00 PM--3:45 PM

Tuesday, February 4, 2020 Battle of the Books Room L12 3:00 PM--3:45 PM

Tuesday, February 4, 2020 After School Study Hall Grades 6-8 Room 122 3:00 PM--3:45 PM

Wednesday, February 5, 2020 After School Study Hall Grades 4-5 Room L21 3:00 PM--3:45

Wednesday, February 5, 2020 After School Study Hall Grades 6-8 Room 122 3:00 PM--3:45

Wednesday, February 5, 2020 Computer Club Room 126 3:00 PM--3:30 PM

Thursday, February 6, 2020 100th Day of School

Thursday, February 6, 2020 After School Study Hall Grades 6-8 Room 126 3:00 PM--3:45 PM

Thursday, February 6, 2020 Wrestling Meet: Einstein/Hortonville/Xavier @ Kaleidoscope 4:15

Thursday, February 6, 2020 Meeting: CCSA Governance Board L08 6:30 PM--8:30 PM

Friday, February 7, 2020 Middle School Ski Club (Make-Up Date) Nordic 3:00 PM--11:00 PM

Saturday, February 8, 2020 Forensics Meet for Elementary and Middle School Little Chute Middle School 8:00 AM--12:00 PM

Monday, February 10, 2020 Grades 1-3 Dress Rehearsal Forum 1:45 PM--2:45 PM

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 After School Study Hall Grades 4-5 Room L02 3:00 PM--3:45 PM

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 Battle of the Books Room L12 3:00 PM--3:45 PM

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 After School Study Hall Grades 6-8 Room 122 3:00 PM--3:45 PM

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 Wrestling Meet: Wilson/Madison/KA @ Einstein 4:15 PM

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 Grades 1-3 Winter Music Concert 6:00 PM--7:00 PM

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 Regional 1 Spelling Bee at Lawrence 12:30 PM

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 After School Study Hall Grades 4-5 Room L21 3:00 PM--3:45 Wednesday, February 12, 2020 After School Study Hall Grades 6-8 Room 122 3:00 PM--3:45

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 Computer Club Room 126 3:00 PM--3:30 PM

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 Informational Session for Prospective Families Room 122 6:30 PM--8:30 PM

Thursday, February 13, 2020 We Are Classical Club Room 112 3:00 PM--3:45 PM

Thursday, February 13, 2020 After School Study Hall Grades 6-8 Room 126 3:00 PM--3:45 PM

Friday, February 14, 2020 Ski Club Make up Date at Nordic (if needed) 3:00 PM--11:00 PM

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 After School Study Hall Grades 4-5 Room L02 3:00 PM--3:45 PM

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 After School Study Hall Grades 6-8 Room 122 3:00 PM--3:45 PM

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 After School Study Hall Grades 4-5 Room L21 3:00 PM--3:45

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 After School Study Hall Grades 6-8 Room 122 3:00 PM--3:45

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 Computer Club Room 126 3:00 PM--3:30 PM

Thursday, February 20, 2020 After School Study Hall Grades 6-8 Room 126 3:00 PM--3:45 PM

Thursday, February 20, 2020 Wrestling Meet: Einstein/Little Chute/Omro @ Wilson 4:15 PM

Friday, February 21, 2020 NO SCHOOL - Conference Compensation

February 21, 2020 Classical Lottery application period for 2020-21 ends

Tuesday, February 25, 2020 7th/8th Grade Science Fair Forum/Middle School Hallway 3:00 PM--6:00 PM

Tuesday, February 25, 2020 After School Study Hall Grades 4-5 Room L02 3:00 PM--3:45 PM

Tuesday, February 25, 2020 After School Study Hall Grades 6-8 Room 122 3:00 PM--3:45 PM

Tuesday, February 25, 2020 Wrestling Meet: Kaleidoscope/Kimberly @ Einstein 4:15 PM

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 After School Study Hall Grades 4-5 Room L21 3:00 PM--3:45

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 After School Study Hall Grades 6-8 Room 122 3:00 PM--3:45

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 Computer Club Room 126 3:00 PM--3:30 PM

Thursday, February 27, 2020 After School Study Hall Grades 6-8 Room 126 3:00 PM--3:45 PM

Saturday, February 29, 2020 WSMA District Piano & Vocal Solo & Ensemble Grades 6-8 at Kaukauna HS 8:00 AM--4:00 PM

Saturday, February 29, 2020 Forensics Meet for Elementary and Middle School at Little Chute Middle School 8:00 AM--12:00 PM