New Month Madness!

by Julieanne Reed on October 1, 2015

Posted in: Kindergarten

It’s October and we are gearing up for Halloween! Unfortunately I will be on vacation during Halloween and unable to be with the class :( Even though I will be in the Caribbean, I am really sad that I have to miss Halloween!

While I am on vacation, the kiddos will have a great sub and I will stay connected with the kids with an activity we are doing with the book series, Flat Stanley. I will be taking my “Flat Ms. Reed” with me on my cruise and taking pictures with her everywhere we go. Your kids will bring home a Flat Person of their very own to send out to family members! Send it to a person you know out of state or outside of the city and have them take a picture with the flat person and then either send it back to you with a picture or have them send it to another family member. If you don’t have anyone to send it to, feel free to take the Flat Person around with you and take pictures with the person. You can either e-mail the pictures to me, or send in hard copies of the pictures so we can create a slide show or class board with all the really neat pictures we have and all the places that our Flat People have been. I am really excited about this activity! I will provide the initial envelope and you will need to put a stamp on it to send it wherever it is going. Happy Thursday!


Ms. Reed

Parents of Fine Arts Students,

Please let me thank you for partnering with APA to provide your child with the best possible educational experience we can provide.  It has been a privilege to serve here at APA for the past 6 years.  I don’t typically send out posts of this nature but I believe that this is probably one of the most important decisions that our State Board of Education is getting ready to make and it will potentially affect each child enrolled in the fine arts; not just at APA but at every public school in our state.

It has been brought to my attention that the rumors that I heard over the summer are actually now being proposed in regards to your child’s high school diploma requirements.  This proposal affects the amount and flexibility of your child’s curricular involvement in the arts. Below is the text of an email that I received from our executive board of the Indiana Music Educators Association.  After you have taken the time to read it, please consider what your appropriate action to take would be and act as you deem necessary.  Please also pass this on to anyone that you know that may help in blocking this proposal so that every child can have the benefits and rewards of a well-rounded education that includes the wonderful experiences that a quality fine arts program can bring.


The Executive Committee of the Indiana State School Music Association shares in the concerns about the proposed changes to the Graduation Requirements, and encourages all directors to read the IMEA alert and take immediate action by contacting members of the State Board of Education.


Action Alert: High School Diploma Proposal potentially hinders Fine Arts participation. Contact members of the Indiana State Board of Education today.

The Indiana Music Education Association voices serious concerns about the new Diploma proposal being examined by the State Board of Education. The new College and Career Ready Diploma (which replaces the Core 40 and Honors Diploma) requirements will limit student access to the arts and will be a detriment to their educational progress.

1) All High School students should experience a well-rounded education that includes music and arts. Fine Arts should not be accessible only to those students who think their career path will involve music or art. Research on music education consistently shows a correlation to higher academic and personal achievement for students, regardless of socioeconomic background. If the State Board of Education is truly concerned about College & Career ready — there should be a greater mandate for fine arts in the diploma requirements, not a lesser one.

2) The proposal under current consideration makes Fine Arts less accessible to all students. The Fine Arts ‘option’ is no longer a requirement under this proposal, and is the least attainable concentration for the new Honors Diploma, being tied in with 6 credit hours of world language, leaving only one credit for the arts. Further, the other tracks for an Honors Diploma contain base requirements that most students will take anyway to get into college. These guidelines do not encourage students to participate in fine arts — in fact, it dissuades them from participating due to the limited way music and arts may be taken.

3) The new diploma requirements should focus on providing ways for students to gain necessary 21st century skills such as grit, creativity and improved cognition. These skills and more are gained through regular participation in a high-quality music education program.

4) The current diploma proposal is overly prescriptive and does not provide options for local control or student choice when developing a diploma path that will best suit them. Proposed requirements like World History, Geography and Personal Finance should be viewed as electives that give students and parents the flexibility to decide what is best for them.

Our ask: The Indiana Music Education Association asks the State Board of Education to make 2 credit hours of fine arts classes a specific requirement in the College and Career ready diploma being considered. Additionally, we ask that the new Diploma requirements provide a measure of flexibility so that students and their parents can make educated decisions about what classes they take beyond the ‘core’, giving them the flexibility to participate in music and fine arts for all 4 years of their High School Careers, if they actively choose to. This ensures all Indiana Learners gain a well-rounded education that helps them gain the necessary 21st century skills that businesses want from the workforce of the future.

See the current proposed diploma outline here.

Using the talking points above, make contact and encourage others to make contact with the Indiana State Board of Education.

Dr. Vince Bertram:

Dr. Byron Ernest:

Dr. David Freitas:

Gordon Hendry:

Lee Ann Kwiatkowski:

Eddie Melton:

Sarah O’Brien:

Superintendent Ritz:

B.J. Watts:

Cari Whicker:

Dr. Steve Yager:

Click here to view the State Board of Education Members

Thank you for supporting all of our fine art faculty members and students.  We take great pride in what we do here at APA and we want to be able to continue to bring the best of what we can offer to our community that we humbly serve.

Mister Brian Long
Director of Creative & Performing Arts
Anderson Preparatory Academy – email
765-649-8472 ext. 3114 – office phone

by Julieanne Reed on September 28, 2015

Posted in: Kindergarten


Field trip permission slips will be sent home very soon! Don’t forget to send them back to school as soon as you can.


Hello!  I hope you all enjoyed your extended weekend.  Our choral department has partnered with the Kroger Community Rewards Program to help with our department’s fundraising.  If you have not already registered your Kroger/PayLess Shopper Card to send your rewards to Anderson Prep Academy Choral Department, then here is the way you can do it.  It is really easy to do and it costs you absolutely nothing to help us raise money to be able to provide your students with the best choral program possible.  We count on every dollar that we fundraise so please consider participating in this wonderful program.  Follow the directions below to register your card.


  • Simply register online at
  • Be sure to have your Kroger Plus card handy and register your card with your organization after you sign up.
  • If you do not yet have a Kroger Plus card, please go to the customer service desk at any Kroger/PayLess.
  • Click on Sign In/Register
  • Most participants are new online customers, so they must click on SIGN UP TODAY in the ‘New Customer?’ box.
  • Sign up for a Kroger Rewards Account by entering zip code, clicking on favorite store, entering your email address and creating a password, agreeing to the terms and conditions. Our local PayLess stores for some reason cannot be used as a preferred store so just select any of the ones closest to you and it will let you continue.  This will not affect our rewards. 
  • You will then get a message to check your email inbox and click on the link within the body of the email.
  • Click on My Account and use your email address and password to proceed to the next step.
  • Click on Edit Kroger Community Rewards information and input your Kroger Plus card number.
  • Update or confirm your information.
  • Enter NPO number or name of organization, select organization from list and click on confirm. Our NPO # is 12005
  • To verify you are enrolled correctly, you will see your organization’s name on the right side of your information page.
  • REMEMBER, purchases will not count for your group until after you register your card(s).
  • Do you use your phone number at the register?  Call 800-576-4377, select option 4 to get your Kroger Plus card number.
  • Members must swipe their registered Kroger Plus card or use the phone number that is related to their registered Kroger Plus card when shopping for each purchase to count.

Pass this on to anyone you know that shop at Kroger or PayLess.  You do not have to have a child here at APA to have your rewards come here.  The rewards that you help us earn do not affect your shopper points for fuel or anything else.  We will receive a check every quarter from Kroger based on the amount of registered members that we have for our school.  If you have any questions on how to use this, please call the number above and they can help you.

Thank you for all of your support!

Mister Brian Long
Director of Creative & Performing Arts
Anderson Preparatory Academy

by Julieanne Reed on September 22, 2015

Posted in: Kindergarten

Welcome back from your LONG weekend! Report cards will be sent home this friday. Don’t be alarmed if you see blank spaces. Some of the standards we have not taught them yet. Please contact me with any concerns regarding your child’s progress. I have been pleased with the progress that I have seen with the students this first 6 weeks! Keep working hard and keep reading with your child at home. Happy Tuesday!

Newsletter 9.21

Just a few reminders

by Julieanne Reed on September 15, 2015

Posted in: Kindergarten

Remember you can send your child a snack to school. We eat lunch really early in the day and they are super hungry at the end of the day.

Homework packets are sent home and they are for the entire week. Not just for one night. They have the whole week to complete the activities. Please practice sight words every night! we are getting so good at them.

No school on friday! It is the end of the 6 weeks and you will be seeing report cards coming home in the next week or two. Keep in mind, some of the standards we have not covered in school yet! So if it is left blank, it is intentional because the materials have not been covered.


Happy Tuesday!

Ms. Reed

September 15, 2015

Dear Parents,

Hello, and welcome to a new school year! I wanted to write and introduce myself.   My name is Lisa McCullough and I am the new K-4 Special Needs teacher who will be working with your child this year making sure his or her IEP goals and accommodations are being met.  This is my 13th year teaching special education and I thoroughly enjoy the challenges and rewards that go along with this opportunity.

In case you would like to know my background… I grew up in Anderson, Indiana and have lived here all of my life.  I attended Anderson University in my forties and earned my bachelor’s degree in 2008.  I am currently certified to teach Elementary Education, as well as students who need “mild interventions”.  My husband and I have been married for 34 years; we have two beautiful daughters, both graduates of Ball State University, and two wonderful grandchildren.

In our Special Service Center (SSC), our staff includes Miss King and Mrs. Gill.  Miss King has been with our students since the opening of APA, her rapport with our students is incredible!!   Mrs. Gill worked with our students last year and is also familiar with our students, making the changes of a new school year comforting for our students.   We will be working on your child’s goals by providing alternative teaching approaches like modeling, visual aids and various other instructional methods.  We will encourage and motivate your child with positive and fun activities, like games and hands-on activities.

I am very excited to be a part of the APA family and look forward to working with your child.   If you have any concerns or questions, please feel free to contact me here at the school, or by e-mail.


Lisa J McCullough

K-4 Special Needs teacher

2200 W. 22nd Street

Anderson, Indiana


by Julieanne Reed on September 14, 2015

Posted in: Kindergarten

Good afternoon! Don’t forget that if you were unable to make it to the open house and would still like to meet with me, please e-mail me or call and set up a time if you would like. I would love to sit down with you and brag about how awesome your student is doing and also talk about where we might need some improvements/ areas we need to work on. The end of the 1st 6 weeks is this week! I am so impressed with the progress everyone has made since the beginning of the school year. Every milestone, no matter how small, is a mountain moved in your child’s eyes. Celebrate the successes, even the small ones. Have an amazing week! Remember, no school friday or monday :) Newsletter 9.14


The Fall Festival Community Service Opportunity scheduled for tonight at the Excel Learning Academy has been cancelled due to the rain.  Thank you and apologies to those who volunteered to help this evening.  We’ll keep posting opportunities as we receive them.


End of the 6 Weeks

by Julieanne Reed on September 8, 2015

Posted in: Kindergarten

Newsletter 9.8

Remember! I have changed the day of our class open house! I will not be here this evening because of a prior engagement. I will be at the school from 5:30-6:15 for our class open house. Thanks for understanding :) I have attached our class newsletter above. Happy Tuesday!