Welcome to Apache Innovative School!  We are so excited to get to know your child and to help them learn to the best of their potential.  We are equally excited to get to know you.  As the parent, you are one of the most important influencers on your child and we work hard to keep you up to speed with and involved in your child's education.  

One of the most frequently asked questions is, "What does it mean to be an innovative school anyway?"  An "innovative" school is one that is seeking innovative ways to meet the needs of students.  It means that our staff is empowered to make professional decisions to increase student engagement, relevance of learning, personalized learning opportunities, and individualized learning as well.  Here at Apache IS your child will be challenged and inspired to solve real problems, to collaborate with other students, and to set individual goals and measure their successes.  It means that your students will be challenged to apply their learning in projects.  It means that we want your child to be excited to come to school and to develop their confidence to speak and write and try and work with others. 

If this is your first year as part of the Apache IS family, then there are a few things you should know.  Our teachers use an app called SeeSaw to share student work with families.  By using this app, you will be able to hear your child's thinking, see their work, encourage them by commenting on their posts, and engage with the teacher and class.  Also, throughout the school year you will get to experience various learning showcases.  These are evening events where our students prepare artifacts of their learning to show off to the community.  The school also sets up learning experiences for the community to take part in so that they can experience a piece of the school day with their child.  Finally, take a look at Twitter.  By occasionally looking at the school's Twitter account, @ApacheIS512, you will get a broad picture of the different things going on here at the school. 

We are so excited and humbled to welcome you to Apache IS.  We aim to develop students who love to learn, are able to solve complex problems, and are able to communicate their learning and their solutions. 

Britt Pumphrey
Principal, Apache Innovative School