Apison School Updates

  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

[email protected]



 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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