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Dear Appanoose Families, Students and Staff,

The ending of another school year is quickly drawing closer.  We have many activities planned between now and our last day of school on May 15. This is an exciting time for us, as we see  the academic growth of students blossom as they continue to put forth great effort to accomplish their yearly goals.  We continue to crunch kindergarten numbers following Kindergarten Round Up in anticipation of students who will be joining us at Appanoose in the fall. 

KS State Assessments have been completed for grades 3-5. As a reward for putting forth great effort, reading carefully with purpose, demonstrating testing stamina, and using problem solving strategies, ALL students K-5 enjoyed a Friday afternoon of entertainment on April 27.  Nick Scott, a former Pomona HS graduate, was  here to speak with students about the importance of their education as a tool to help achieve their dreams and goals.  He emphasized challenges are gifts of learning opportunities.  Thank you, to Appanoose PTO for sponsoring this worthwhile presentation for our students.

Our Fifth grade classes are preparing for their transition to West Franklin Middle School.  They attended 5th grade Orientation on Thursday, April 26  from 10:00-12:00.  Students were given a campus tour, enjoyed lunch with the 6th grade class, meet with Mr. Smith to discuss expectations and had a chance to ask questions during a question/answer session with a 6th grade panel. We are sending a fabulous group of 36 students to Middle School next year who have demonstrated great academic aptitude. We have appreciated their leadership and look forward to watching them grow as they progress through West Franklin School District.

The West Franklin Board of Education approved Bridges in Mathematics 2nd Edition as our new Math series for K-5 students.  This series developed with initial support from the National Science Foundation, Bridges in Mathematics provides the tools, guidance and materials teacher need to implement the KS College and Career State Standards.  The curriculum  is a unique blend of problem solving and skill building and moves through each grade level with common models, teaching strategies and objectives.  This hands on curriculum, invites students at all grade levels the opportunity to explore, test, discuss, and apply mathematical ideas and concepts.  Staff members will be attending inservice opportunities this summer to support the implementation of Bridges.

The students, staff and I would like to thank our many families and volunteers who support Appanoose through an array of activities throughout the year.  For those who serve on PTO, Site Council, WFEA Recreation Commission and our many community events, we Thank YOU!

Have a wonderful summer!  Keep those math skills sharp and spend time reading those books you love.  

Best regards for a great summer,

Chris Robertson, WFEA Principal