The Appoquinimink School District uses a number of different communication tools to share the accomplishments of its students, staff and schools and alert stakeholders about weather-related delays or closures. We hope you'll connect with us through these channels:
WHEN YOU HAVE QUESTIONS
- Automated Calls/Email System. We use an automated message system (School Messenger) to issue important alerts about student attendance; weather-related delays or closings; and special events including "Meet the Teacher" night, open house events, school choice registration, parent conferences, student performances, curriculum nights, parent-teacher meetings, and more. Messages are sent by voicemail and email using the contact information you've supplied to the school.
- Text Messages. You can register to receive text messages by following these simple procedures.
- Mobile App. The Appoquinimink app is free and compatible with smartphones, tablets and computers. It allows you to access homework, grades, menus; send messages to teachers; catch up on school news; follow high school sports; engage in lively discussions on our Facebook page; stay on top of holidays, special events, and seasonal activities like the summer reading assignment or school supply lists. New features allow users to report bullying; or send a note to alert us when your child will be late, absent or needs to be picked up early.
- Home Access Center or HAC (Grades 3-12). The Home Access Center is an online portal that offers parents a way to track their child's schedule, attendance, test scores, homework assignments, grades and more. Access is password secured. Directions for use can be found here. If you have questions or encounter problems, contact the secretary at your child's school.
- Agenda Book. Students carry an agenda book where the teacher may ask them to copy homework or include notes and reminders for parents.
- Weekly Folder. Elementary teachers send home a weekly folder or packet of information addressing academics and behavior.
- Blogs. Select classrooms may participate in an informational blog or wiki.
- Electronic Calendar. School and District websites, and our mobile app, include a 12-month calendar of events. Check with your local school about possible updates to building- or grade-specific events such as concerts and plays.
- Interim Reports, Report Cards. Interim reports and report cards offer a window into your child’s learning progress. Distribution dates are published on our calendar.
- Elementary School students receive three report cards a year. Distribution occurs at parent conferences and on the last day of school. Parents with a child in Grades 3-5 can also view the information from our online portal, the Home Access Center.
- Middle School students receive four report cards a year. The first three semesters, report cards will be sent home with your student. The final report card will be mailed home. Parents have the option of logging on to the Home Access Center to view the information electronically.
- High School students receive four report cards a year. The cards are mailed home. Parents can also log on to view the password-protected information online.
- Conferences. A school-wide conference day is scheduled in the fall to give parents and teachers an opportunity to discuss individual student performance. A second conference occurs at the end of the second report card period, but parents are encouraged to request a meeting any time there are problems or concerns. Parents may leave a message by telephone, email or a note sent into school. The teacher will then schedule a time to discuss your concern with you.
- Principal's issue regular newsletters (methods vary by school and grade).
- The District's monthly newsletter, The Appoquinimink Bulletin, is transmitted electronically to the email address on file for your family.
- Copies are archived on the District website under the News & Events button.
- Friends and family can sign up to be added to our mailing list by clicking on the "subscribe" button when you share a copy of the newsletter with them.
- Specialty Mailings. Families will receive mailings from the school and District several times a year. These include, but are not limited to: a welcome letter at the start of the new school year, the District's annual report to the community, an address verification mailing, report cards (select grades), and postcard promotions for special events like High School Preview Night or the New Parent Orientation.
- Facebook. You can join other District parents in lively discussions on our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/AppoSchoolDistrict. The page is maintained year round with late-breaking news.
- Websites. Our school and district websites are updated on a weekly, sometimes daily, basis. Be sure to check the News and Calendar sections regularly.
- Messages to Staff. All of our teachers and administrators have email addresses and review their messages daily. If you have questions or concerns, or need to provide the teacher with additional information, please email or send a written note in to school.
- You’ll find the list of staff emails on school and district websites and our mobile app.
- Outdoor signage. Many buildings have outdoor signs visible from walk- or roadways. They carry a monthly message about upcoming events.
- PTA/PTO/Boosters Meetings. These meetings offer a chance to catch up with teachers, administrators and other parents. You'll enjoy updates about curriculum and academics, help plan events and activities for our students, and have an opportunity to discuss ideas and concerns at the school level.
- School Board Meetings. Our five-member, volunteer board is publicly elected. Meetings are open to the public and provide opportunities to hear about academic progress; monitor the budget; listen to discussions about emerging needs and policy decisions; bring concerns before the Board; and participate in the recognition of students, schools and teachers.
- Meetings are scheduled the second Tuesday of the month and begin at 7:00 p.m. We invite you to join us at the Marion E. Proffitt Training Center, 118 South Fifth Street, Odessa, DE 19709.
- If you can't make it in person, you can view the agenda and minutes, or listen to an audio recording at Board Docs.
- Group Presentations. The Superintendent addresses parent and community groups on a regular basis. Annual presentations include: Parent Teacher Organizations, the Rotary, the Chamber of Commerce, local homeowner's associations, Women's Clubs and more. If you're active in a local organization and wish to request a presentation for your group, call us at 302.376.4101 and we'll be happy to assist you!
- Focus Groups. We make it a point to regularly gather small groups of engaged parents, business and civic leaders together for informal discussion around emerging needs. If you wish to be considered for participation, please contact the Superintendent's office at 302.376.4101.
From time to time, families may have questions or concerns they wish to bring to the attention of the appropriate school official. To assist in this regard, the following guidelines have been developed:
- Any concern regarding a school-related matter should be discussed first with the staff member closest to the issue.
- If, after discussion, the matter is not resolved, families may wish to speak to the building principal. Appointments can be scheduled by contacting the office of the principal involved.
- If the matter is still not resolved to your satisfaction, a family may wish to speak with the Assistant Superintendent. For an appointment, simply call the Assistant Superintendent's Office at 376.4105.