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Category Archives: Administration

“KAT” Kicks Off Friday, March 17

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Knowledge-A-Thon – commonly referred to as “KAT” – is a fundraiser designed to help meet some of our school’s needs that are not covered by the school’s budget. KAT also enhances and reinforces our Core Knowledge curriculum in a fun and positive way for students, parents, and staff. On Friday, March 17, we will begin the fun with the KAT Kick-Off in the Forum at 1:45 pm. Parents are encouraged to attend to catch the excitement! After the kick-off festivities, each student will receive a KAT Booklet containing 100 grade-level-appropriate KAT Questions/Answers and a Pledge Sheet. KAT questions may also…

Principal’s Address

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Dear Classical Families and Friends, Each of us can think of a hero – fictional or nonfictional – who courageously acts in the service of others and inspires all of us through these selfless accomplishments. I would like to share three stories of significant, yet relatively unsung heroes. These are the stories of three educational pioneers – a retired Air Force officer, a philosopher, and a professor – all of whose inextinguishable determination to share unique visions of academic excellence have each had a significant impact upon the success of Classical School since its founding. John Saxon had always had…

Sign-up for Spring Parent/Teacher Conferences

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Classical School is using SignUp.com to schedule our Spring Parent-Teacher Conferences. Parents of ELEMENTARY STUDENTS:  Please sign up for your child’s conferences with their homeroom teacher as well as Spanish, music, physical education and/or art teacher if you desire. Remember to leave traveling time between teachers. Due to time constraints, please do not schedule a conference with your child’s reading or math teacher on conference nights. Please email that teacher directly if you would like to meet with them another time. Parents of MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS:  Spring conferences are by teacher or parent request only. If you have not received a…

2017 Summer School information now available!

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Summer school information, including course offerings at all AASD sites and various camps and special class offerings, is now available on the district website. On-site summer school registration for courses offered at Classical School will be held Wednesday, March 15, from 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm, in the Middle School wing. If you are unable to register on-site on March 15, you may mail your completed registration form or drop it off (after March 15) at the Classical School office. Please contact Kari Campshure with any questions related to summer school offerings at Classical School.

Principal’s Address

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Reconsidering Reading – A Book Review: Doug Lemov and his colleagues from Uncommon Schools look at reading instruction of best practices in his latest book Reading Reconsidered. Our school has examined and utilized Doug Lemov’s book Teach Like a Champion and have found many of the teaching techniques found in that book to go hand in hand with our school’s educational philosophy. So I was eager to pick up this book over Winter Break and Mr. Lemov did not disappoint. Starting with the premise that reading is an integral part in all learning, Lemov credits most teachers as being “good…

Principal’s Address

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Dear Classical Families and Friends, During the past week I finished reading aloud The Lord of the Rings to my ten year old daughter, and I thought that as an educator I should share and promote the joys and benefits of this bonding family tradition. If you stopped reading books to your child after picture books, you ought to give yourself permission to reengage in this worthwhile experience and extend this meaningful endeavor into your child’s later years. Besides being one of the more satisfying connective traditions, reading aloud increases both a child’s listening comprehension and vocabulary acquisition, develops concentration…

Principal Address

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Dear Classical Families and Friends, Since its establishment in 1999, Classical School has been a remarkable K-8 academic institution and has become near and dear to so many students, families, staff, and alumni. Our current Classical families appreciate how much their children are learning and the care by which each staff member balances the values of responsibility and compassion while delivering a rigorous and content rich curriculum. Our staff members frequently share with one another the many facets of what they love about our students, our curriculum and philosophy, and our culture of structure and high expectations. It is so…

Principal’s Address

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Urban Myths I find the concept of “urban myths’ very interesting. These are stories and statements that are told and retold – without any sort of substantiation. They are frequently told by people with little or no actual experience with the situation they are commenting upon. As a person who is new to the school, I’m paying special attention to comments from people who opine about things being a certain way – either in “Classical Schools” or schools with “the Core Knowledge curriculum.” In some of these cases, they have been spoken by people who should know better. The one…

Principal’s Address

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Hello Classical School Families, I have been thrilled to have met so many of you and your children at the Meet and Greet, in the hallways, and outside before and after school. Relationships are key to building a strong working foundation and it is one part of my job that I enjoy immensely. Please stop in sometime or catch me outside if we have not been introduced! My professional career has taken an interesting path thus far and my work here at Classical School adds to my varied and wonderful experiences. I began my career here in Appleton many years…