Dear Parents and Guardians,
Let me extend an enthusiastic welcome back to students, staff, and families and a special welcome to our new students and their families. We had a wonderful turnout for our back-to-school breakfast Tuesday morning, giving our parents time to connect with one another. Since September is such a busy month, we are publishing two newsletters this month. This first newsletter will go home as a hard copy and electronically through email. If you notice that you do not get the electronic version, please notify the office as your email address may have been recorded incorrectly. The next newsletter will be published the last Thursday of September and go home through email only. In this newsletter you will find information about our staff for the year, medical updates, office procedures, and other important items, so please read the newsletter closely.
Bullying – The Appleton Area School District and the staff of Classical School are committed to providing a safe, secure, and healthy environment that allows all students to maximize their learning potential. The Board of Education and staff consider bullying to be detrimental to the health and safety of students and disruptive to the educational process. Bullying includes aggressive and hostile behavior that is intentional and involves an imbalance of power between the bully and the bullied. This behavior may include but is not limited to physical and verbal assaults, nonverbal or emotional threats or intimidation, social exclusion and isolation, extortion, and the use of computer or telecommunications to send messages or images that are embarrassing, slanderous, threatening, or intimidating. Bullying may also include teasing, put-downs, name calling, rumors, false accusations, and hazing.
Classical School’s bullying prevention curriculum provides students guidelines for school-wide expectations and social responsibility outside the classroom. Students are taught the Stop/Walk/and Talk response to disrespectful behavior and practice the skills through role play. Stop/Walk/and Talk is a three-step response students use to eliminate disrespectful behavior themselves and seek help from an adult if necessary. Students are also taught how to appropriately respond when they are a bystander or the aggressor and they practice these skills in groups. The groups also address the issues involved with gossiping, inappropriate remarks, and cyber-bullying. Nicole Salm, Classical’s School Counselor, will be visiting each classroom to introduce herself to the students.
To be most effective, bullying prevention efforts are the shared responsibility of parents, staff, and community. Parental pride and involvement in the school sets a positive example for children.
NEW Bully & Incident Reporting App
STOPit is a platform that our district has adopted in order to deter, mitigate, and manage bullying/cyberbullying. STOPit empowers individuals with a simple, completely anonymous mobile app to report incidents, including attaching photo or video evidence. STOPit’s anonymous two-way chat provides a safe and comfortable way for people to communicate about sensitive issues. If you are experiencing an emergency, please call 911. An emergency is any situation that requires immediate assistance from the police, fire department, or ambulance. If you do not have access to a mobile device or computer, a report can still be filed by filling out a Bully Allegation Report form. These are available in the school office. Download the app from the App Store or Google Play and then enter in your school’s access code: AASD-CLA If you do not have access to a mobile device, then download a printable form and submit an incident via the web form at https://appweb.stopitsolutions.com.
Once again we are earnestly looking forward to a productive partnership with you to ensure all of our students can achieve their highest potential. We recognize that in order to be successful in school, our students need support from both the home and school. We know a strong partnership with you will make a great difference in your child’s education. As partners we share the responsibility for every student’s success and want you to know that we will do our very best to carry out our responsibilities as educators. Please consider volunteering in the classroom, during school-wide activities, or as a member of the CCSA Governance Board as all our students can greatly benefit from your involvement and contributions to the school’s program and its operations.
The wonderful Classical staff and I feel privileged to be a part of this school family. We thank you for your support and look forward to working together throughout the 2017-18 school year.
Mr. Thomas Bomann
Principal of Classical School