- September 11 Academic Extended Day Begins, Cross-Country Team Practice Begins
- September 12 Parent Empowerment Meeting
- September 14 Mid-Term Missing Work Deadline
- September 18 Lock Down Drill
- September 19 Constitution Day
- September 20 7th and 8th Grade Leaders For Life Event
- September 22 Spirit Wear Day
- September 27 Picture Day
- September 25 – 29 College Week
- September 27 College Fair
September Builders Theme: I am a builder when I build with enthusiasm.
The human brain is continually altering its structure, cell total, circuitry and chemistry as a direct result of everything we do, experience, think, and believe. Research shows that by thinking of a single optimistic word, you stimulate frontal lobe activity. This area is connected to your motor cortex, which is responsible for moving you to act. The longer you focus on positive words, the stronger it affects your brain. Therefore, we are more likely to become enthusiastic if we think enthusiastically.
Academic Extended Day – Starting September 11
We are excited to start Academic Extended Day this afternoon from 3:10 – 3:35 pm. Elementary students enrolled in the program by completing a participation form. If you feel your elementary student would benefit, please reach out to Mrs. Barton at email@example.com if you didn’t receive a form.
Secondary students were enrolled in Skyward, it shows as their 9th period class. If you would like to enroll your secondary student, please reach out to Mrs. Peery at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cross Country Team – Starting September 11
We are so excited to announce that our Cross Country season is starting. Practice will start on Monday the 11th and continue through the end of October. Permission slips are available from Coach Vance at email@example.com. Practice will be: Mon & Tue 3:15-3:55 and Thurs 2:15-2:55. We will start in the gym, and weather permitting, go outside on the field for most of practice. Meets will be announced as soon as we have the schedule. It should be a great season! Let’s run!
Parent Empowerment Meeting – September 12
Our first parent empowerment meeting will be about internet and cell phone safety. This will be a virtual meeting at 7 PM on September 12th. You can join this meeting by using the following zoom link: https://uetn-org.zoom.us/j/89267303321
Mid-Term Missing Work Deadline – September 14
Both Elementary AND Secondary mid-term missing work deadline is this Thursday at 4pm.
Lock Down Drill- September 18
We will have a lock down drill on September 18th. There will be law enforcement on campus. Students will receive instructions prior to the drill.
Constitution Day – September 19
Our school will be reading the constitution from 9am-10am on Tuesday, September 19th. We’d love to have everyone join us through our vimeo link. We are looking for prominent members of our community to join us and read a part of the constitution. If you know any firefighters, police officers, city council members, mayors, representatives, community leaders, or if you are interested in reading a part, please reach out to Mrs. Hillyard at firstname.lastname@example.org.
7th and 8th Grade Leaders for Life Event – September 20
On September 20th, we will be having our Leaders for Life event for our 7th and 8th graders. We would love to have more parent volunteers come in and help us run this event from 11:40 am until 2:05 pm. Please reach out to Mrs. Hillyard email@example.com if you have any questions or would like to volunteer.
College Fair – Calling All Parents! – September 27
Did you love your college experience? Are you passionate about your career? If so, you would be perfect to join us this year on September 27th. Present to elementary students or junior high! Sign up here if you are interested. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A094DAEAE2FA1FA7-college. Please reach out to Mrs. Hillyard at WHillyard@apamail.org with questions.
Yearbooks can be purchased at the following website: www.treering.com/validate using passcode 1013947202713106. The price for yearbooks is $22.68, but you can get a 10% discount if you order before October 31st.
Our parent surveys consistently express confidence and overwhelming satisfaction with our teachers at American Prep. In accordance with state regulation, all APA teachers are licensed through one of three licensing paths: Professional, Associates, and LEA specific. Parents are welcome at any time to request information regarding the professional qualifications of the student’s classroom teachers including: 1) whether the teacher has met state qualification and licensing criteria for the grade levels and subject areas in which the teacher provides instruction or whether the teacher is teaching under emergency or other provisional status through which state qualification or licensing criteria have been waived; 2) the baccalaureate degree major of the teacher and any other graduate certification or degree held by the teacher, and the field of discipline of the certification or degree; and 3) whether the child is provided services by paraprofessionals and, if so, their qualifications.
School Parent and Family Engagement Policies
School Parent Involvement Policies vary slightly by campus and are located within the Parent-Student Handbooks https://www.americanprep.org/parent-student-handbooks/. These Handbooks are distributed annually to parents and are now accessible on the APA website under the Parent Library drop-down tab. West Valley Parent-Student Handbooks will be available in Spanish.
District Parent and Family Engagement Policy
American Prep recognizes that parent and family engagement is key to student achievement. We provide many opportunities for parents and family members to participate in, and stay informed of, their student’s academic achievement. American Preparatory Academy trains staff annually during pre-service and teacher academy on how to communicate, build meaningful connections, and otherwise involve parents/families and the school. These topics are reinforced during professional development opportunities throughout the year as needed. Additional details regarding parent and family engagement are available in the annual Parent-Student Handbooks (PSHB) which are distributed annually, posted on the school websites, and available in Spanish at our West Valley campuses. For the full District Parent and Family Engagement Policy, please refer to this link on the policy page of the americanprep.org website.
Mandated Assessments and Opt-Outs
American Preparatory recognizes that Standardized Testing is an essential tool for measuring student learning and teacher success. The data obtained from these assessments may be utilized by teachers and administrators to review student academic progress, plan instruction, and share with students and parents. Summative assessments allow for data to be used in public reporting about school quality. Parents may opt-out of most state standardized tests by submitting a Parental Exclusion form to the Academic Director. You can learn more about the state assessments administered at American Prep and find the testing schedules for your student’s campus by following this link: https://www.americanprep.org/state-assessments/.