Apison School Updates

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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.

Apison Families,

Our school is honored to announce that Apison Elementary received a letter grade of an A from the state based on our overall achievement and growth from last school year. We are very proud of the work our students, teachers, and parents are doing to make Apison Elementary such a top notch school. This Friday, 1/12/24, East Hamilton High School has invited us to be recognized for our accomplishment between the girls' and boys' basketball games, and they are providing our students with a free ticket to the games. Please click on the following document link for details
You did it, Apison Students!.pdf  

If you would like to celebrate with us by attending this Friday's games, please complete the Google Form at the link below to request a free ticket for your Apison student.


Please complete the form for each student attending. The cost for adults is $8. Adults may use the link in the document above or in the Google Form to purchase tickets.

We hope to see you there!

 Happy Birthday Amy!

 Congrats Mrs. Newby 

Congratulations to Mrs. Newby for her recent graduation from Western Governors University! 

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Apison Patriots and Patriot Families,

We are getting so excited about our Apison Holiday Program! This Monday evening, December 11th, our holiday program will take place at East Hamilton High School. Students may arrive at 6 pm, and the program will begin at 6:30. This event will be held in the basketball gymnasium, so participants will drive around the right side of the school to the gym entrance. Chairs will be set up on the gym floor for our student participants. Plenty of seating is available for Patriot family and friends in the bleachers. Students may wear holiday colors and holiday hats to add seasonal flair to the performance. All students K-5 have been rehearsing for this spectacular program. We hope to see everyone there!


Apison Families,

Tomorrow, October 31st, our school will participate in Probasco’s Book character Day. Students may dress up as one of their favorite book characters. If students happen to own the book their character is in, they may also bring the book to school along with them!  Students will be able to share the details of their character with their classmates. Please, no scary costumes or masks. Also, please be sure your child wears tennis shoes to school, as we will play outside at recess. We are so excited about the new play equipment additions to our playground! Thank you, and Happy Book Character Day!


Good evening, Apison families!

Here are a few important announcements:

1. Tomorrow, Friday, October 20th is the last day that Thanksgiving luncheon reservations and money will be accepted.  No late reservations can be honored as the cafeteria must place an order for food for this event.  2. Fall fundraiser packets were sent home today. 3. Report cards will come home tomorrow, Friday, October 20th. 4. Apison Elementary PTA Boo Bash will be Saturday, October 21st from 4:00pm-6:00pm.

Thank you and have a great evening!

Red Ribbon Week

Good evening, Apison families!

We still have a few coupon books available if you are interested in purchasing one. The cost is $15. Please stop by the front office if you would like to purchase one. Get them while they last! Also, we are extremely proud to share that our wonderful Apison Elementary school has been acknowledged as a Level 5 School. This means that our students realized a phenomenal amount of academic growth in the areas of ELA, math, and science.

A typical school year’s growth would be indicated by a level 3 status. Our level 5 is the highest level of academic growth the state of Tennessee can award. This Friday, September 29
th, our entire school will celebrate this accomplishment with a day of fun and exciting activities. Students may bring beach towels to sit on for a picnic lunch. Because this is a school-based event, we are limiting attendance to students, faculty, and staff. We are absolutely thrilled about our students’ accomplishments, and we are very excited to celebrate with them! Level 5 is a vibe!!


Apison Families,

This is just a reminder that picture day is Friday, September 22, so be sure your children bring their smiles to school! Also, our Kids First coupon book sale will continue through Monday, September 25th. We will have coupon books available for purchase in the car rider line tomorrow afternoon, so bring $15 with you and get ready to pay yourself back and then some as you use all the great coupons and offers in this book!

Thank you, and happy Friday-Eve everyone!


Apison Families, 

Just a quick reminder of some important upcoming events and notifications for the week ahead.  

  • Our kids first coupon book sale continues through Sept 25th. The cost is $15 per book. I realize there has been an increase in price, but the book is worth every single penny and you will pay yourselves back in no time. Also, a portion of our proceeds returns directly to Apison Elementary, benefitting and enriching our students’ school experience. So, let’s sell some coupon books! 
  • Apison Elementary is committed to student connectivity and personalization. Every child is unique, and engaging in Student Success Planning (SSP) aligns a broad range of supports to meet students’ individual needs and capitalize on their strengths and interests, enabling all students to thrive. We encourage you to participate in creating your child’s success plan by completing the Family Questionnaire in PowerSchool. To complete the questionnaire, log in to PowerSchool. Under the INFORMATION section on the left side of the screen, choose "FORMS". Choose the form "FAMILY QUESTIONNAIRE: STUDENT SUCCESS PLANNING" and click submit when you have completed it. We appreciate your help. 
  • On September 20th at 8:00 am, some of our fourth and fifth grade students will share songs and facts about America at the flagpole. We’d love for you to join us if you can. 
  • Wednesday, Sept 20th will be a half-day for students. Dismissal will be at 12:15. Buses will run. Brunch will be served in lieu of breakfast and lunch. 
  • Picture Day is Friday, Sept 22nd, so make sure your children bring their smiles! 
  • Our PTA will hold a meeting Sept 26th at 6pm. We hope to see you there.  

Thank you so much for your attention and have a great weekend! 

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



Student Success Planning Family Questionnaire
(Note! This is for all grades.)

Hamilton County Schools is committed to student connectivity and personalization. Every child is unique, and Student Success Planning (SSP) aligns a broad range of supports to meet students’ individual needs and engage their strengths and interests, enabling all students to thrive.

In Hamilton County Schools, each student will have a plan that grows with them. Student Success Plans are a personalized, relationship based approach that considers a student’s strengths, needs, and goals. Their individual plan will identify their academic and non-academic strengths, interests, and needs and will connect them with additional support in and out of the classroom.

We encourage you to participate in creating your child’s success plan by completing the Family Questionnaire in PowerSchool, and by engaging with your child’s school through parent-teacher conferences and during the school year.

To complete the Family Questionnaire: 1. Navigate to PowerSchool by going to https://powerschool.hcde.org or use the PowerSchool App on your smart phone

2. (***You can add the PowerSchool application from the App store or Google Play. Use HCDE District code of ZRCD)

3. Log in to PowerSchool

4. Select the student you want to complete the Questionnaire regarding

5. Under the INFORMATION section on the left side of the screen, choose "FORMS"


7. You can choose the language to complete the questionnaire in by selecting "ENGLISH" or "SPANISH" on the top right corner of the questionnaire

8. Please complete the family questionnaire regarding your student

9. Sign, date, and press blue "SUBMIT" button on the bottom right when you are done

10. If you have additional students to complete Family Questionnaires for, please repeat the process starting at step #2

Video tutorial to access and complete the family questionnaire in English: https://youtu.be/_67_nTszA4w

Video tutorial to access and complete the family questionnaire in Spanish: https://youtu.be/JLTOtE3bTUY



Please review the attached contract in the link provided for student Chromebook distribution. Once contracts are agreed upon and signed, your child will be issued a Chromebook for use at school and at home. These devices become the responsibility of the student and their family through the duration of the school year. All families are encouraged to obtain the insurance for the device. This insurance is affordable and ensures that your child will have the tools needed in 
the event the device is damaged.

Please CLICK HERE to open the Chrome contract information link.

Thank you,

Michele Reeves


Good Evening Parents & Guardians,

We've had a great full week of school!  Today, we welcomed all Kindergarteners.  They had a full day of learning and were able to get home safely.  We're certain they will be very tired!

In addition, we're grateful for your support with ensuring that students arrive no later than 8:40 a.m. so that they are in their seats by 8:45 a.m.  This week there were some students who may have missed breakfast as they were tardy.  Breakfast ends at 8:35 a.m.  Please ensure that students who plan to eat breakfast are here no later than 8:30 a.m.  

Once again, thank you for a successful full week of school.  Have a great weekend!
August 20, 2023

Good Evening Apison Families,

We've had an exceptional start to the beginning of this school year!  We're extremely grateful for our community partners, parents, PTA, faculty, and staff who've stepped in and stepped up to ensure that we were First Day Ready for a great start.  Students have come to school on time, they are showing excitement for learning and are introduced to or reacclimating to behavioral expectations.  Your partnership is essential for academic and behavioral success.  We're poised for a great school year!

Finally, a few quick reminders.  Our school hours are 8:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.  Breakfast is served daily beginning at 8:15 a.m. and ending at 8:35 a.m. to ensure that students are in their seats for learning by 8:45 a.m.  Lastly, there is no school tomorrow.  School will resume on Monday, August 14th.

Have a great evening! 
August 10, 2023

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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.   


Third Grade Parents,

There have been several questions about the return of 3rd grade TCAP scores and the retake of that test if students are required to do so.  We wanted to provide you with the information we have at this time:

  • Per district testing information, the scores to determine retake will not be released to schools until 5:00pm Central Time today (Friday, May 19, 2023).  This is 6:00pm in Hamilton County. 
  • Parents of students who will retake the test will be notified Monday, May 22, 2023.  This communication will come from administration.
  • Third grade retake will be completed on Tuesday, May 23, 2023 at 9:00am.  This test will be online and will consist of two subparts. 
  • Results for this retake will not be received until Thursday or Friday (May 25-26) of next week.  The results of this retake and any additional information will be shared with parents at that time.

Thank you for your patience in this process.


Good Evening Apison Parents and Guardians,

We hope that you've had a wonderful Spring Break, Good Friday, and Easter/Resurrection Holiday!  Students will be welcomed back beginning at 8:15 a.m. in the morning.

As you are aware, schools within HCS continue to experience student threats.  In an effort to address this, HCS has created family and student videos to share the importance of refraining from making or writing statements that are threatening.  These threats require a full threat assessment and resulting consequences regardless of the the intent.  All 3rd-5th grade students will watch the less than 3-minute student video tomorrow.  In addition, all students will hear from administration the importance of creating a safe environment for all students, faculty, and staff.  All student threats will be taken seriously and investigated with resulting consequences.  
If you've not had a chance to watch the family video sent via Facebook on Friday, April 7th, please take a moment to do so. The family video is available to view by clicking HERE. Otherwise, the student video will be posted to the school website following the showing of the video tomorrow.

We are forever grateful for your continued support as we keep students, faculty, and staff safe in Hamilton County Schools.

Have a great evening!  
April 9, 2023

The student video can be viewed by clicking HERE.

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We hope you all are having a great start to your 2023, and it’s hard to believe we are getting close to February!  Many of you are enrolled in Soccer Shots, and we hope that your experience with Soccer Shots has exceeded your expectations. Our goal is Soccer Shots provides a beloved growth experience for each and every child.

We know that many of you haven’t jumped in just yet to soccer, and we would love to have your child be a part of our program!  Soccer Shots is once per week for 45 minutes, and your child will have an absolute blast with our coaches.  You can jump in at any time with Soccer Shots since our enrollment never closes!  

Our coaches are the best in the business, we have an exceptional customer experience with ongoing communication, and we have an expert-approved curriculum that aligns with early childhood education standards.

Soccer Shots is an engaging children’s soccer program with a focus on character development for children ages 2-8. 

Here is a quick video that highlights a bit of who we are!  https://youtu.be/3WAOkiXynVY

Below is a link to see all the details and start the enrollment process at Apison Elementary.  


Thanks so much, and we will see you all soon!

Owner/Executive Director


Mike Stiner Owner/Executive Director

Soccer Shots Chattanooga, TN

Soccer Shots Boise, ID ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– 1100 Market St., STE 600, Chattanooga, TN 37402

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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


Dear Apison Parent/Guardian,

Our school's highest priority is the safety of our students, faculty, and staff.  In order to maintain a safe environment, it is necessary that we practice our emergency and crisis response plans which includes lockdown drills.  We are required by the state to conduct at least one intruder drill annually to ensure that our students know their role during a potential threat.

These lockdown drills are designed to protect students from danger in and around a school.  Lockdowns are intended to secure a school and to keep out a threat.  They also require students to sit quietly and out of sight.   Today, we conducted a lockdown drill.  The students did a beautiful job following the directions of their teachers, faculty, and staff.  

When talking with your child, lockdown drills are considered safety drills that schools practice.  We will continue to partner with you to protect the children, to ensure smooth and uneventful practices that result in habits, supporting fast, efficient procedures in case of a threat or emergency.  We hope to never have to utilize this procedure in a real situation, but it is important for us all to walk through the process of staying safe at school.

Thank you and have a great evening!
October 31, 2022

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Safe Return to Schools 

Hamilton County Schools prioritizes the health and wellness of our students, staff, families, and community members. With the recent rise in active cases in our area, we continue to encourage members of our community to follow these Covid-19 Mitigation Strategies. 

COVID Mitigation Strategies

Student Cases

Any positive students returning to school should be fever free for 48 hours without fever reducing medications. Parents are to confirm with the school, and students are to report to the nurse clinic on their return day. 

Students in quarantine will be marked as “Quarantine” for attendance purposes and shift to remote learning. Students must complete assigned work in order to be counted present. Teachers will  provide assignments for students to complete at home.

Quarantine and isolation guidelines are recommended for students; they are not required if asymptomatic. The new CDC Guidelines are attached.

School Visitors and Volunteers

Visitors will be allowed in the building but will be limited to those that directly impact student learning. Visiting during lunch will be revisited as soon as COVID cases show a significant decrease. Face coverings are strongly recommended for all visitors.

January 4, 2022 

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.



Dear Bentwood Cove Parents, Due to the construction of East Hamilton Middle School (East Brainerd Elementary School), a relief lane was created to ease the traffic on Bentwood Cove Drive. Parents are no longer allowed to park along Bentwood Cove Drive to wait for their student(s) to cross the crosswalk. NO PARKING signs will be posted along the drive. As a result, all Bentwood Cove students will become car riders. We will no longer walk the students to the crosswalk. Lane #1 in the front of the building is designated for Bentwood Cove parents allowing you to turn right to return to your neighborhood. Others who may choose to join Bentwood Cove parents in lane #1 are choosing to turn right to either go to your neighborhood or to East Hamilton Middle School/East Brainerd Elementary School.

On Friday, August 7th during registration, you will have an opportunity to pick up your new red car tag. Beginning on Wednesday, August 12th , all previous Bentwood Cove walkers will walk the car rider line and will meet you in lane #1.

We realize this is new to all of you but please understand that changes with new construction create challenges. This is a prime example and we are adjusting our traffic flow/pattern to accommodate the new build. We thank you, in advance, for your understanding and grace as we all become accustomed to this new change.

Mrs. Callie Stewart


New principal selected for the fall

 Callie Stewart

Callie Stewart, assistant principal at Apison Elementary, will move into the principal's chair next year, replacing Ron Hughes, who is retiring at the end of this school year.  Hughes was an excellent mentor as he was selected 2014-15 Tennessee Principal of the Year.  Stewart is an accomplished, experienced administrator having served at Hillcrest, Woodmore, Hixson, and Apison elementary schools in Hamilton County as an assistant principal.

During her time as an assistant principal, she was instrumental in creating a parental involvement program as a culminating project for the Principal Leadership Academyserved on a local university education advisory board, and revised the institute's education curriculum and training process.  She also collaborated with faculty to develop an after-school tutorial program.  She taught math and science for six years at East Lake Academy of Fine Arts and Ooltewah Middle School.

In April 1999, she was selected as one of the first participants in the inaugural cohort of the Alternative Certification Program for Hamilton County Schools. She successfully completed the PEF Principal Leadership Academy Cohort 3, was a participant in Columbia University's Teacher College Writers' Program, and completed McRel Balanced Leadership training.

She holds bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and a specialist degree from Tennessee Tech University.



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