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Below is the Forward and iReady testing schedule. Please refrain from scheduling appointments for students during test times. Thank you!

Monday, April 12th: Forward ELA Test Grades 3-6 AM

Tuesday, April 13th: Forward Math Test Grades 3-6 PM

Thursday, April 15th: iReady Test Grades K-6, more specific times to follow

Friday, April 16th: iReady Test Grades K-6, more specific times to follow

Monday, April 26th: Forward Science/Social Studies Tests Grade 4 only AM

Forward Science/Social Studies Tests Grade 8 AM

iReady Grade 7 AM

Thursday, April 29th: Make-up Testing Grades 3-6 ALL DAY

April 27th - May 14th: Make-up Testing Grades 3-6 SITE BASED

KAT 2021

The 2021 Knowledge-a-thon continues to pick up momentum! Here is the schedule of events for April:

April 9th: Posters are due

April 12th--16th: Lottery Lollapalooza: Students in Grades K-4 answer KAT questions and receive a prize at the end of the week. Students in Grades 5-8 answer KAT questions to be put in a daily prize drawing.

April 19th--April 23rd: Quizlet Live/Games: Students play fun games in the classroom to win prizes.

April 26th--April 30th: KAT Testing & Spirit Week: Students will be given ten test questions/day in the classroom. Results are tabulated, pledges calculated, and students begin collecting their pledges. KAT ears and whiskers are encouraged all week!

April 28th: KAT Dress-up Day: Students dress up like a KAT question or answer.


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. This booster shot is typically administered on or after the 11th birthday. 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 or from the 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 Stacey Rottier, RN, school nurse, at 920-419-7302 or Thank you for your prompt attention to this requirement.


National Teacher Appreciation week is celebrated the week of May 3-7. 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.

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 of favorite things.


School Site Coordinator: Kari Campshure,

AASD Summer School Director: Gary Mulry,

Coordination Specialist: Karrie Kadolph:

Summer School information has been published to the AASD Summer School Webpage!

To find Summer School, click the following link:


Since 1912, the Eagle Scout rank has represented a milestone of accomplishment—perhaps without equal—that is recognized across the country and even the world. Those who have earned the Eagle Scout rank count it among their most treasured achievements. “Eagle Scout” is not just an award; it is a state of being. Those who earned it as youth continue to earn it every day as adults. That is why an Eagle Scout IS an Eagle Scout—not was.

Congratulations to Rowan Cihlar, Classical 8th grader and Sra. Cihlar's son, for earning his Boy Scout Eagle merit badge! Rowan planned and supervised the construction of the podium seen in the above picture.


The Helen & Ade Dillon Award recognizes an AASD staff member who encourages a balanced life for students in and out of the classroom or school setting. This staff member takes a personal interest in students' moral, mental, and physical development. Thereby, this person enhances 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. To honor the Dillons' legacy, one unrestricted cash award of $1,000 will be presented to a recipient at the Appleton Area School District All Staff Gathering in August.

Information and nomination forms for the Helen & Ade Dillon Award are located in the hallway outside the school office. Nominations for this award must be received by Kimm Smith 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. For more information, please call Kimm in School Services at 832-6301.

Helen and Ade Dillon were educators in the Appleton Area School District for 23 years and 35 years, respectively. During those years they left a distinguished legacy in the community. Helen taught at the elementary level, English, and Social Studies at the middle school level, and completed her career as a high school guidance counselor. In her retirement Helen was an active volunteer for LEAVEN, Appleton Medical Center, and Hospice and also served as a volunteer teaching English as a second language.

Ade taught Social Studies at Appleton West and was well known as a coach, using sports as an additional medium to continue the educational process. He was instrumental in starting programs in tennis, wrestling, and swimming at West. Ade was inducted as a charter member of the Wisconsin Football Coaches Hall of Fame and was also awarded a Distinguished Service Award in the community. He was endearingly referred to by his players as a "builder of men."

The Dillons' dedication to education and values, and their commitment to students and the community, were accomplished with respect and class. Together they left their students with richer lives and left the community a better place.

A selection committee made up of the Assistant Superintendent -- School Services, a current or former Board of Education member, a community representative or parent, a teacher, a student leader from one of the high schools (intended to rotate between high schools), and at least one Dillon family member will choose the recipient of the award through a rubric format with the highest score determining the recipient.

Nominations for the annual award must be received in the AASD School Services' Office no later than June 15th. The award recipient will be determined by August 1. Only one person may nominate a staff member; however additional letters of support from each category (parent, student, administrator, teacher, community) may be included in his/her nomination. The total packet including the nomination form may not exceed 10 pages.


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.

The Mielke Foundation has designated two categories for this prestigious award: Elementary (EC-6) and Secondary (7-12) levels. School staff, parents, students, and community members may generate nominations.

Award winners will receive one unrestricted cash award of $1,000 and a plaque, which will be presented at the Appleton Area School District All Staff Gathering (or other event).

Please submit your nomination packets in person to the School Services Office at the Scullen Leadership Center, by Tuesday, June 15th. Should you have any questions, please contact me at 832-6301.

*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.


Keeping hands clean is one of the most important steps we can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. It is best to wash your hands with soap and clean running water for 20 seconds. However if soap and clean water are not available, use an alcohol-based product to clean your hands. Alcohol-based hand rubs significantly reduce the number of germs on skin and are fast acting.

When washing hands with soap and water:

  • Wet your hands with clean running water and apply soap. Use warm water if it is available.
  • Rub hands together to make a lather and scrub all surfaces.
  • Continue rubbing hands for 20 seconds. Need a timer? Imagine singing "Happy Birthday" twice to a friend!
  • Rinse hands well under running water.
  • Dry your hands using a paper towel or air dryer. If possible, use your paper towel to turn off the faucet.

When using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer:

  • Apply product to the palm of one hand
  • rub hands together
  • rub the product over all surfaces of hands and fingers until hands are dry.

When should you wash your hands?

  • Before preparing or eating food.
  • After going to the bathroom.
  • After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has gone to the bathroom.
  • Before and after tending to someone who is sick.
  • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • After handling an animal or animal waste.
  • After handling garbage.
  • Before and after treating a cut or wound.


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.


Hello Parents,

We are excited to see more students in our school buildings! Many students have mentioned how excited they are to be back to school.

The nurses want to remind families to continue to use the AASD screener to check your children for symptoms BEFORE they leave for school each morning. Healthy siblings are no longer excluded from school unless there is a confirmed positive COVID-19 case in the household.

AASD Student Screening and Illness Guide

The district does not have guidelines for travel during Spring break. However, upon return, please monitor your child for symptoms as mentioned in the screening guide and keep your child home and get them tested if necessary.

We hope you all are able to get outside and enjoy the wonderful warmer weather and sunshine!



The Classical Band Program is looking to create an instrument inventory of quality instruments to better serve students who either cannot afford an instrument OR play an instrument that is not readily available to rent from a music store. We want no one turned away from band due to financial reasons.

Please note the specific brands and model numbers are strongly preferred as they have been shown to be quality instruments that hold up in a school inventory situation. If you are interested in donating an instrument whose model is not on this list, please contact Mrs. Brown.

The following instruments can be purchased new or used, unless otherwise indicated. Used instruments are ABSOLUTELY FINE if the condition of the instrument is good. (In some cases in fact, used instruments are preferred as some instruments were built sturdier several years ago than they are now.) Places to purchase used instruments include Ebay, Reverb, and Craigslist. If you are considering purchasing a used instrument for the Classical Band Program, please send a link to Mrs. Brown before purchasing.

1st Priority

2 Flutes (Trevor James TJ-10x or Jupiter JFL-710, Yamaha 225SII)

2 Clarinets (Jupiter JCL-700N or Yamaha Advantage YCL-200ADII or Selmer CL300/301)

2 Trumpets (Jupiter JTR-700 or Bach TR300/Bach Soloist)

2 Trombones (Bach TR301/Bach Soloist or King 606)

4 Baritones (Yamaha YEP-201)

4 Tubas (Yamaha YBB-105)

2nd Priority

2 F Horns (Holton, Conn, Yamaha)

2 Alto Saxophones (Yamaha YAS-23, made in Japan)

2 Tenor Saxophones (Yamaha YTS-23, made in Japan)

1 Baritone Saxophone (Yamaha YBS-23, made in Japan)

3rd Priority

2 Oboes (Fox Renard 330)

2 Bassoons (Fox Renard 220)

2 Double Horns (Holton, Conn, Yamaha)


Thank you, in advance, for your consideration, generosity, and for supporting our current and future Classical Band students!