Apison School Updates



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

(o) 423.200.3314  |  (c) 586.549.9590 soccershots.com/chattanooga


As you know, during the Monday Night Football game on January 2, Bills player Damar Hamlin suffered cardiac arrest  and was administered CPR and an automated external defibrillator (AED) was used before being transferred to an area hospital.

Our hearts have been with Damar Hamlin and his family as he recovers. The actions taken by the team are heroic and demonstrated the importance of knowing lifesaving CPR skills, having an AED available, and acting when seconds matter.

The Kids Heart Challenge’s goal this year is to teach 1.8M families Hands-Only CPR. That would be teaching approximately every seat in all 30 NFL stadiums this lifesaving skills!

Can you image the impact?!  

When you sign-up, your student can complete Finn’s Mission, a digital journey named after eight-year-old heart survivor Finn, that takes you through a variety of challenges, including learning Hands-Only CPR and how to spot the warning signs of a stroke, while raising awareness and funds to change lives.

Mrs. Painter - December 2022
Our Teacher of the Month for December is Mrs. Taryn Painter.  Currently, a 3rd Grade ELA and Social Studies teacher, she has embraced teaching and learning of students to look for innovative and engaging ways to bring learning to life.  
As a Harry Potter super-fan, she has decorated her classroom and created groups to replicate the different houses.  This by far engages students to compete in interactive ways.  In addition, she incorporates technology in a variety of ways to also meet the needs of students as well as to offer different presentation formats.  As an Innovative Educator Fellow,  Mrs. Painter collaborates with other peers to find ways to extend student learning through technology.  This month, we celebrate Mrs. Taryn Painter.  In the words of Albus Dumbledore, "It is our choices, [Harry], that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities".  Thank you, Mrs. Painter, for choosing Apison to be your Hogwarts in which to serve.

 Apison Culture Fest

Polar Express Day

With a special thanks to Mrs. Newby! All Aboard!
Thanks Mrs. Newby



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.

Santa Shop

The PTA will host Santa Shop Monday thru Wednesday of this upcoming week.  All items are $2.00.  This is a great time for students to participate in holiday gift giving.  If you'd like for your child to participate, please send money with your child in an envelop or storage bag with his or her name on it.  All items will come home with your child after purchase.

Thank you for your continued support of the PTA and Apison Elementary School!

November Teacher of the Month

State Farm November Teacher of the Month is Mrs. Vandana Taneja who serves as our ESOL Teacher for students who are learning English as a second language.  Mrs. Taneja is very committed to the work and wants all students to thrive and succeed.  Whenever there's an opportunity to volunteer, Mrs. Taneja steps right in to lend a hand.  This willingness to serve also extends beyond the children who receive her services.  Daily she is seen encouraging and motivating students to be STARS:  Safe-Trustworthy-Respectful-Successful.  We're grateful for the continued service Mrs. Taneja provides to our students and school.

Holiday Showcase 2022

The Holiday Showcase Concert for Kindergarten, First Grade, and Second Grade will be on Tuesday, December 6, in the school gym at 6 pm.  Please wear your Holiday colors.  Students will meet in the music room at 5:45 pm.

The Holiday Showcase Concert for Third, Fourth, and Fifth Grade will be on Thursday, December 8, in the school gym at 6 pm.  Please remember to wear your Holiday colors.  Students will meet in the music room at 5:45 pm.

 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


Apison Families,
Our fall book fair ends Tuesday, November 21 @ 10:00am. 

Parents are still able to order Speed Stacking Cups online through Tuesday, November 21. There was a misunderstanding with the company and the link has been re-opened. 

Thank you.

 3rd Grade Parent Night

School Age Child Care Thanksgiving Break
SACC November 2022 Update

The School Age Child Care Program will be operating sites on Wednesday, November 23 from 6 AM – 6 PM. All SACC sites will be closed on Thursday, November 24 and Friday, November 25. Students must currently be registered in the SACC Program to be eligible to attend. To register for care, parents will need to sign their child up at their school. The deadline to sign up for care is Wednesday, November 18, 2022. Children must bring a sack lunch and drink. Snack will be provided in the evening. If you have any questions, please contact the Site Director at your school or call the SACC Office at (423) 893-3530.

UTC Youth Day 2022
MOCS Youth Day 2022 
World of Reading Tutoring Event
HCS & Urban League Creative Discovery Museum Event

Join us tomorrow at the Creative Discovery Museum from 9-10am for free books, and all day admission to the museum. This event is open to all elementary students that have participated in tutoring or Summer Reach. 

 Half Day Wednesday

Wednesday, November 9 is a half day. Brunch will be served.
Dismissal will begin at 12:15 PM.

 October - Jason Bevil
October Teacher of the Month
Mr. Jason Bevil serves as our 3rd grade Instructional Leader, Tech Coordinator, as well as our after-school enrichment coordinator. He never ceases to amaze us with his dedication for seeking out STEAM opportunities for our students. Mr. Bevil takes the initiative to also connect with parents and businesses to support these enriching experiences financially and as coaches and mentors. Most recently, the Green Prix team he coached won first place at the Chattanooga Green Prix competition on October 28th sponsored by EPB, the Lyndhurst Foundation, and other sponsors!  As a PEF Innovative Educator Fellow, Mr. Bevil is taking his passion and developing it to extend beyond the school walls. This month we celebrate Mr. Jason Bevil for sharing his passion for teaching and learning before, during, and after the school day as well as being an exemplary teacher leader at Apison Elementary School. 


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

Apison Parents,
Red Ribbon Week is next week, October 24th through October 28th.  This is a reminder of how we are celebrating each day.  Monday, your child may wear funny socks.  Tuesday, wear your favorite team jersey.  Wednesday, wear a crazy mixed up outfit.  Thursday, wear bright colors.  And lastly, on Friday, your child may dress up as their favorite book character.  Also, don't forget on Saturday, October 29th, the PTA is hosting a Fall Fundraiser here at the school from 4 o'clock until 6 o'clock.  


Dear Apison Families,

Thank you for your patience as we were under a Secure status at Apison due to an incident within the community.  We have received notification from local law enforcement that our Secure status has been lifted and we can resume normal activities including those outside the building.  In addition, we will have a normal afternoon dismissal.  We appreciate your support and understanding.

Have a great fall break!

October 7, 2022 - 2:00 PM

  September Teacher of the Month is Mrs. Sharon DeVaney
Sharon DeVaney
Mrs. DeVaney is an invaluable resource to all students, faculty and staff at Apison Elementary school.  Her willingness to support all things Apison is refreshing and appreciated.  Thank you, Mr. Ryan Hicks, State Farm owner/agent for recognizing Mrs. Sharon DeVaney as the September Apison Teacher of the Month with a certificate and a $100.00 Amazon gift card.  We love you, Mrs. DeVaney!

Ryan Hicks, Agent

1101 Greens Rd

Chattanooga, TN 37421

business: 423-521-7243 | fax: 423-435-0514




 Math & Literacy Night

Kids First Coupon Book

The 35th annual Kids First Coupon Book sale begins on Friday, September 9. For two weeks, students in the Hamilton County elementary schools will be selling the nearly 200-page booklets that cost only$10and feature hundreds of dollars in savings from area stores, restaurants, attractions, and service providers. See all savings here

During the past 34 years, the Kids First Coupon Book has generated over 12 million dollars in direct revenue to the schools. Unlike other school fundraisers, Kids First is produced by the non-profit Fund for Excellence. All proceeds stay in Hamilton County for the benefit of local schools. The schools keep $7 for every book sold, and the money is allocated according to their individual needs to pay for things like technology upgrades, art supplies, playground equipment, and library books. The remaining 30 percent of coupon book revenue covers program-related expenses.

For more information, visit www.KidsFirstCouponBook.com or call (423)498-7212.


 Open House 2022

Apison Elementary Open House 


August 25th @ 6 pm 

Kindergarten, 2nd Grade & Intensive Support 


August 29th @ 6 pm 

1st & 3rd Grade 


August 30th @ 6 pm 

4th, 5th, & PreK 


Changes for School Lunches Coming this Fall

Dear HCS Families,

Hamilton County students and their families will see changes to the District’s school meal program this fall as the federal government’s pandemic assistance expires. The expiration of the federal program, which is run by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, means school meals will no longer be free for all students in our district. 

With the start of the 2022-23 school year, school meal programs will go back to how they operated before the pandemic. While some schools will qualify for free lunches for all students under federal guidelines, others, including your school, will not. However, many families at your school will still qualify for free and reduced lunch prices based on income. To receive these benefits, you must complete and submit a Free and Reduced Lunch application. If your family qualified for free or reduced price meals before the pandemic, you will likely still be eligible unless your income has changed substantially.

The application process for free or reduced price lunch is now open. Families are encouraged to complete and submit the application if they have been eligible in the past or if they think they may be eligible now. Completing the process now will simplify the process once school starts. The application can be found at: 


If you have any questions, please contact Crystal Baker at 423-498-7290.

 Better Together 2022

Better Together- Saturday, July 30

Our district-wide service day is Saturday, July 30, and we are seeking over 400 volunteers to refresh and beautify school campuses for the new school year. 

Better Together volunteer sign up here.

 Back to School Bash 2022

Back to School Bash- Saturday, August 6

Our fifth annual Back to School Bash will be on Saturday, August 6 from 10 am-1 pm at the First Horizon Pavilion. We anticipate serving our 10,000th student at this year's event! Families attending will receive free backpacks and school supplies, enjoy fun activities, and learn about many community resources available to them.

Volunteers help make this big event a success, and we offer multiple shifts between 7:30 am-2:00 pm. 

Volunteer sign up here.

Facebook even page can be found here.

Kindergarten Screener Information
Kindergarten Screener Information
Screening Dates:
June 10th 9:00-1:00
June 17th 9:00-1:00
June 24th 9:00-1:00

 Summer Reading Skills ProgramsSummer Reading Skills Programs

 Officer Turner

My name is Jennifer Turner and I am excited to be part of Apison Elementary! This opportunity allows me to utilize both my experience as a Police Officer and as a teacher.  I grew up in Kennesaw, Ga, and graduated from KSU in 2006 with a Bachelors in Criminal Justice, and a concentration in Forensic Behavioral Science.  I served as a Police Officer for the Cobb County Police Department in Marietta, Ga for where I patrolled the metro Atlanta communities.  There I utilized my training and skills in de-escalation techniques, crisis mitigation, and restoring order to tumultuous environments. I was also part of multiple undercover operations with the Crimes Against Children Unit and Permit offices within my department. 


My family and I moved to Chattanooga 4 years ago as my husband started a career with Life Force Air Medical. We have three children that attend Westview Elementary where I was also a teacher.  There, I was honored to be nominated and receive the "Golden Apple" teacher award. 

I love spending time with my family outdoors!  My passions include having fun, making productive impacts and being a positive role model for children! I look forward to getting to know the families at Apison!


Governor's Early Literacy Foundation



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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