Kindergarten

The Bowen Family is working on a community service project entitled Socks of Love.  Socks are the least donated item to the needy.  The more people that get involved, the more people will receive Socks of Love for Christmas.  The way it works is:

  • You purchase a pair of Tall Warm Socks
  • Place one sock in the toe of the other
  • Fill the remainder of the sock with necessities and small gifts:

Suggestions are:

Toothpaste

Toothbrush

Comb

Chapstick

Deodorant

Soap

Shampoo

Snacks

Chewing Gum

Hard wrapped candy

Nail Clippers

Gloves

Restaurant Gift Cards

Deck of Cards

Note: No items containing Alcohol (Hand Sanitizer, Mouth Wash, etc…)

  • Tie it off with a ribbon
  • All Socks of Love Donations need to be received by Tuesday December 20, 2016
  • All Donations will be distributed to local Homeless Shelters the weekend of Christmas.

A full sock is worth 5 hours of community service. 3 items from the above list is 1 hours.

Contact Info: Kaleb Bowen (765) 602-6464 or Melissa Bowen (217) 416-9880

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Newsletter

by Julieanne Reed on November 21, 2016

Posted in: Kindergarten

11-21-16

 

Here is the Newsletter for this week 11/21. Remember we only have two days of school this week! Happy Thanksgiving!!

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Dear APA Family,

The DOE has released our ISTEP scores for the past school year as you may have seen in the newspaper or recently in the meeting.  I am proud of our APA teachers and students for all of the progress they have made regardless of what these test scores may indicate.  These scores are in no way, shape or form a reflection of the excellence that is being achieved in our classrooms each day and the tremendous individual growth made by our students; however, they do they reflect the challenges that come from losing  months of instruction due to testing.  Our students lose at least ten full days of instruction just for test administration.  This has to stop.

I strongly believe that the inability of the DOE to properly communicate, to provide resources and guidance, and to deliver a quality test should not reflect poorly on schools, teachers or students.  Great things are happening at APA and schools across our community and state, and many other data points show that students are progressing and flourishing statewide; however, the only test that “matters” for accountability purposes does not reflect this.  This should be a huge red flag to our DOE, State Board, and legislators that something is terribly wrong with the test, not our schools or teachers.   Using a test that assumes students have had years to master the new state standards when the testing situation and standard situation has been in turmoil for the past few years is a poor representation of the great work that students and teachers are doing throughout the state.  The test creation process was rushed when best practice dictates that it takes several years to develop a strong and accurate assessment that truly measures the individual growth and mastery of standards for each student.  If you look at how 10th grade students performed on the traditional ECA for the 2015-2016 school year in comparison to the ISTEP 10, you can see a HUGE discrepancy. For APA, there is an average difference of 30% for both Eng. 10 and Alg I vs. ISTEP 10.  While this is extremely beneficial for our students as their scores on ECA reflect years of quality instruction and the ECA counts as their graduation exam, schools will be held accountable for the ISTEP 10 results.  Teachers did NOT have access to resources for this for months and the guidance from the DOE was abysmal.

Until our DOE develops a test that truly focuses on each individual student and measures them in a holistic view with an emphasis on growth, our schools, teachers, and students will suffer with the stigma of inaccurate reflections of the wonderful work that is done in the classroom every day.  Better resources must be provided, a better test must be created, and better communication must come from the DOE.  Politics need to be removed from the process and the focus needs to go back to the intent of accountability and ISTEP which is making sure that each student in the state is progressing and having their individual needs identified and met.  Simply put, I believe education is about kids, not politics, and our DOE pulled their focus away from that many, many years ago.

I fully support accountability as charter schools are held to additional levels of accountability; however, statewide, traditional public schools, charter schools, private schools, teachers, and most importantly, students are being punished due the ineffectiveness of our current accountability system and one very poorly created test.  If any entity should be held accountable for the scores statewide, it should be our Department of Education.  Many parties share in the responsibility for this, and many people will want to point fingers at individuals, but that will not solve the problem.  All parties need to come together to work together and get education back to being about kids.  If this doesn’t happen, we will continue to lose good teachers to other industries and students will fall further behind.

It is my hope that the DOE and our state legislators will listen to educators and get us back to the where teachers can teach without the fear of one test hanging over their heads and students can learn without hiding in bathrooms when it’s time to test.  Learning is about growth, not failure to meet one measurement.  Einstein has a great quote about measuring fish by their ability to climb trees which has been included with this post and that’s exactly what our national educational culture is right now.

APA will continue to stay committed to teaching each student at their individual level, bridging the gap, and celebrating the whole child as our students continue to grow and flourish as they learn beyond the standards measured by ISTEP and the state standards.

Sincerely,

Commandant Barker

K Conference

by Julieanne Reed on November 18, 2016

Posted in: Kindergarten

The kindergarten team just got back from the conference and it was great! There are so many wonderful activities that we could do that don’t involve worksheets. You will be seeing less paper come home in the near future and more hands on activities in the classroom that they will be doing once I am able to gather the funds to buy the supplies.

 

If you have any craft supplies (sequins,  yarn, etc) just laying around the house that are not going to be used, feel free to send them our way! We would love to use them in the classroom for various projects. Thank you!!!

Remember! We are only at school two days next week and then we are going on Thanksgiving break to gobble ’til we wobble!

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Did you miss our book fair? Were you looking for titles that were sold out or unavailable? Our On-line book fair is still open to shoppers until November 22nd!! You can browse and shop for books from your computers and smart phones! All orders will be shipped to the school before winter break, with no shipping and handling costs.
We are 98% to our GOAL!!!! Thank you for making our book fair great!
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All,

Indiana Warrior Alliance and Wolfpack Grafix will be hosting a community event and blood drive on Nov. 12.  They are looking for volunteers and donors.

They will be hosting the VA bus to help ensure that our veterans are connected to the E-benefit and mental health, the Indiana Blood Bank to help increase or resources in Indiana, TBI awareness group will be on site to help people understand what TBI is and St Vincent hospital will be attended to offer free Blood pressure checks and CPR hands-on stations. They will also have a special guest SpongeBob. He will be there taking pictures to help raise money for the Indiana Warrior Alliance. The flyer is below.

If you are seeking community service hours or would like to help out, the times below are when they need you the most.  To sign up, you can contact Tamra Rigdon at 765-393-2283.  If you have donors that are interested in signing up, they can register by going to www.wolfpackgrafix.com to register or by calling Tamra Rigdon.

 

Friday 6-9 PM set up

Saturday 1-6 PM Event

Sunday 11-2 Clean up.

 

 

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The choirs are selling Carson’s Community Days Coupon Booklets now through Nov. 8th.  They are $5 each and 100% of the money collected stays here at APA for the choir department.  Your gift of $5 will get you over $500+ in exclusive coupon savings. Just for the buying a coupon book there is a $10 OFF coupon inside that automatically pays you back double when you shop during the Community Days event November 9th-12th.  I have the coupon books in my office and you can also get them from any of the high school choir students.

I personally have taken advantage of the Carson’s Community Days booklets in the past and I can tell you there are tons of great savings in there.  It’s getting close to start holiday shopping so why not save some money?  If you have any questions, please contact me or see a high school choir student.

 

Have a great day!

Brian Long
Director of Creative & Performing Arts
Anderson Preparatory Academy
blong@goapa.org
(765) 356-0032 – office

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