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paw printThe staff and I would like to extend a warm welcome to all our Atchison County Community families as we prepare for another outstanding school year. We are all eager and ready to make this a transformative and memorable year for our children. I look forward to seeing everyone and hearing about your summer either at the Open House on Wednesday, August 15 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. or on the first day of school, Thursday, August 16.

Our devoted staff has spent much of the summer preparing for your child(ren) and the 2018-19 school year. ACCES teachers have spent time throughout the summer attending professional development activities—I am thankful to be a member of such a devoted team of educators! The custodians are working tirelessly to ensure the buildings are ready for the start of the school year.

Our #1 goal is to improve student learning. Regardless of where students begin the year, we want to help them in advancing their critical thinking, knowledge, skills, and ability to problem solve. Our teachers are continuing to align instruction and refining assessments to meet the needs of our students. We working to improve communication with parents and students on the learning that is taking place in our classrooms. If at any time you have a question about what is occurring in your student’s class, please contact your student’s teacher. Your child’s classroom teacher is always the place to start. If you still have concerns, then you should contact your child’s building principal. We all need to work together to benefit our students.

As the saying goes, “It takes a village,” and so we welcome you as partners in making this purpose a reality. Working together, in many different capacities, we can have an incredible impact on our children in terms of their learning, life skills, as well as their emotional wellness. Research has shown that a strong parent-school relationship is a big factor in increasing student performance. We understand that your lives are busy, but being part of your child’s school experience can take on many forms, such as asking your child about their day, helping with homework, volunteering at school, or attending school events. All of these interactions have an impact on your child’s school experience. No matter how much or how little time you can dedicate, you are always welcome. I encourage you to regularly communicate with your child’s teacher or any other member of our ACCES staff who could be of assistance throughout the year.

Mandi McMillan, Elementary Principal