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Greetings Appanoose Families,


I hope all is well with each of you as we move into the colder months of winter.  Please dress your child warmly for outside recess.  Fresh air and exercise are so important for our students and they enjoy play more if they are dressed appropriately.  If you are missing jackets; please, check our lost and found as we are accumulating several.

The full excitement of the season is being felt throughout the halls of Appanoose Elementary!  Even though this is a busy time of year, we continue to take our learning seriously and work hard each day to  meet our academic goals.  All students K-5 will be taking their AIMSwebPlus Winter Assessments December 5-11.  5th grade students will also be MAP tested in both Math and Reading the first week in December.  Once data is compiled, we will use it to drive our instructional decisions. Our Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) grouping also changes with our new winter data.  MTSS is a system of prevention, early intervention and support intended to support all students as it relates to teaching and learning.  MTSS is a set of evidenced-based practices implemented to meet the needs of learners.  This applies to our core curriculum as it is delivered to all children, and also for children needing extra support as it relates to specific literacy skill development.

The month of December is also a time when we have several days out of school. Please encourage your child to spend some time reading.  Even just 20 minutes a day makes a huge difference in reading fluency, introduction to vocabulary words, and reading comprehension practice. Helping foster a love of reading is one of the most important gifts you can give a child.

Happiest of Holidays is wished to YOU and yours. Enjoy your time with family.  I look forward to seeing you in 2018!!  

Safe travels,

Chris Robertson

WFEA Principal