Apison School Updates

2024 Apison Talent Show 

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Talent Show 3

 STEM Safety Cards

 Eunseol Cho
Congratulations to Eunseol Cho!
The Collegedale Credit Union Incredible KID Contest Winner!

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Apison Families,

We are grateful to be in the groove of our normal school routines and are looking forward to a fantastic February. We’d like to communicate a few reminders for our morning car riders:

  • During morning arrival, parents who park in the parking lot must accompany their children to the front door of the school building. Parents may walk to the front interior door, but per safety protocol, may not enter the building with the exception of Baby Daycare parents.
  • Per safety protocol, parents and visitors may not enter through any other access point except the front doors.
  • Additionally, all doors are to remain locked at all times. Propping doors is prohibited.

We’d also like to remind families about Hamilton County policy regarding student illness:

Please be attentive to the following symptoms that accompany general childhood illnesses.  If your child is experiencing any of the following symptoms, you will need to keep your child at home.  In addition, if your child begins to exhibit these symptoms during the school day, you will be contacted and your child will need to be picked up from school. 

  • Fever (temperature of 100.4+ degrees)
  • Vomiting/Diarrhea
  • Undiagnosed rash
  • Contagious illness

The student must be symptom/fever-free for 24 hours before returning to school. Thank you for all you do to ensure the health and safety of all students at Apison Elementary.

3rd Grade Retention Law

Please CLICK HERE to view the Apison Presentation on the
3rd Grade Retention Law.

The contact for further information at Apison is our Assistant
Principal: Michele Reeves 
Email Address: [email protected]
School Phone: (423) 498-6895


2023 Summer Meals

Apison Library Donors

We would like to extend our warmest gratitude to the following donors. The East Hamilton High School Key Club donated $250.00 dollars which was matched by the Ooltewah-Collegedale Kiwanis, and the Gupta family for a total of $1000.00. This donation was made to the Apison School Library for the purchase of books for the students of Apison Elementary School.  We are so grateful for their generosity to support reading at our school.   



Foundational literacy skills instruction means an evidence-based method of teaching students to read that includes phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension that enables students to develop reading skills required to meet Tennessee's academic standards. 
Follow the links below for informational cards detailing the literacy skills your child needs to be successful in each elementary grade.

Click HERE for Ready to Rock Kindergarten Reading! 

Click HERE for Ready to Rock 1st Grade Reading! 
Click HERE for Ready to Rock 2nd Grade Reading! 

Click HERE for Ready to Rock 3rd Grade Reading! 
Click HERE for Ready to Rock 4th Grade Reading! 

Click HERE for Ready to Rock 5th Grade Reading! 

Click HERE for Ready to Rock Kindergarten Grade Reading! 

Click HERE for Ready to Rock 1st Grade Reading!
Click HERE for Ready to Rock 2nd Grade Reading! 

 Click HERE for Ready to Rock 3rd Grade Reading! 
Click HERE for Ready to Rock 4th Grade Reading! 
Click HERE for Ready to Rock 5th Grade Reading! 

Click HERE to go to the Hamilton County Schools Literacy Support Home Page.

 Literacy Law Summary 1

Literacy Law Summary 2
Please CLICK HERE to download a copy of the HCS Literacy Laws Pamphlet above.

To download a copy of the TN 3rd Grade Retention Law FAQ, please CLICK HERE.

Please use this QR Code to submit any questions, concerns, or comments to the staff at Apison Elementary. The QR code will open a Google Form that we, at Apison, will use to respond to your specific questions, concerns, or comments. 
Retention Law Questions & Concerns QR Code


Student Security Officers

Student security officers in Hamilton County Schools work alongside the student security coordinator at the district level and school administrators to help provide a safe and secure campus for the children and staff in our schools. The student security officers supplement the safety work of school resource officers provided by the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department. All safety efforts are put in place with the safety and security of children as top priority.

The SSO will be highly visible on school campuses with a focus on building relationships with students and the community. The SSOs will patrol the campus and be highly visible in the schools. The safety professionals will also foster relationships with local law enforcement agencies serving the local schools to further supplement safety in our schools.

Meet the Apison Elementary School SSO:
Michael Darty

Michael Darty Student Security Officer (SSO)

I am excited for the opportunity to be a School Security Officer for the Hamilton County Schools as it allows me to maximize my past experience in both security and education. I served as a police officer for ten years where I commanded the SWAT team and supervised the E-911 system. I am also a current member of the Alabama National Guard, where I have served for 32 years as a military police officer, Security Advisor and Senior Religious Affairs Advisor. I am particularly proud of my two post 9/11 deployments: Operation Noble Eagle (2001-02) where I was responsible for security for Alabama’s five commercial airports and Operation Enduring Freedom (2013-14) where I commanded the soldiers and contractors operating the Persistent Surveillance System at Camp Bala Hissar, Afghanistan.

I am also a certified teacher for grades 6-12. I taught history for 17 years at Pleasant Grove High School, a 5A school in a Birmingham suburb decimated by the April 2011 tornadoes. I also served as the Head Varsity Soccer Coach and an Assistant Coach for both the high school and middle school football teams. I retired in August 2020 from the State of Alabama.

A native of Carbon Hill, Alabama, I graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in History. Roll Tide! After living in Vestavia Hills (a Birmingham suburb) for almost 20 years, I relocated to Chattanooga in Summer 2020 after my wife accepted a job with McKee Foods. My wife is an attorney and family-business consultant. My daughter is a sophomore at the University of Mississippi in the Early-Entry Pharmacy Program and my son is an 8th grader at East Hamilton Middle School. As a family, we love to attend sporting events (especially Alabama football and professional soccer) and travel. We are also huge Disney World fanatics and have been every year since 2005. I also enjoy hunting and woodworking.

As you and your student(s) see him on campus, please welcome him to Apison!  We are grateful to have Officer Darty here to keep us safe at Apison Elementary School. 

Download the PowerSchool App

This year many of our students are attending school through remote learning, so it is essential that our families know how to access and use the PowerSchool Parent Portal. This platform houses all of the information families need to track their child's progress in school including grades, attendance, and teacher communications. The PowerSchool Parent Portal is especially helpful for HCS at Home parents because they can monitor if their child is attending virtual classes.

PowerSchool can be accessed through a computer or via mobile app. We strongly encourage families to download the PowerSchool app on their phones for quick and easy access to their child's school information. The app is available for download on Apple and Google Play.

For more information about how to sign into PowerSchool Parent Portal, visit our website.


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