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Notes from the Dean

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Dear Classical School Families,


Fall Festival and Book Fair

The annual Fall Fest and Book Fair were a great success! It was wonderful to see so many families and students enjoying Fall Fest on Friday, October 9th. I was delighted to meet many of our new families for the first time; thank you for introducing yourselves to me. Many, many thanks are extended to Fall Fest Coordinator, Kara Carman and the Fall Fest Committee members. A special thank you to Lisa Tillema-Cuff for coordinating and running the Scholastic Book
Fair during Fall Fest and the following week. We so appreciate the many parents who made generous donations of resources and time. Planning and coordinating these school events takes countless hours—we appreciate your efforts on behalf of our school community!

New Academic Program

The Appleton Area School District (AASD) has expanded English Language Learning (ELL) programming in the district to now include Classical School, Appleton Public Montessori (APM), Central High School, and Wisconsin Connections Academy. Prior to this, parents of students who speak another language other than English at home had to decline ELL services if they wanted to attend Classical School. Nicole Korn was hired by AASD to fill this position; we will share her with the aforementioned schools. She will be at Classical for 2-4 half-days/week to provide additional academic support to students who qualify for ELL services.

The overall mission of the ELL and Bilingual Education program is for students to attain English language proficiency, develop high levels of academic achievement in English, and meet the same challenging state academic standards that all children are expected to meet. At all grade levels, the program will utilize a variety of instructional approaches to teach English. Students may receive more intensive, small group instruction with their ELL teacher in their classroom or through pull-out services.These services will focus on the development of English through content area instruction. Particular attention is paid to the development of academic literacy skills in the areas of listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

Participation in the program is voluntary and requires parent or guardian permission. If your child qualifies for the additional ELL support, Ms. Korn will contact you for your permission before proceeding. Students are assessed annually to determine their progress in the English language. Their exit from the program is dependent upon the results of the language assessments and classroom performance.

Partial funding for the ELL and Bilingual Education program comes from Federal and State funding sources.

Our new ELL teacher, Nicole Korn, is featured on page 3 of this month’s Classical Columns, or you can read her bio.

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