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We will publish a newsletter series here throughout the school year, usually once per trimester. Choose how YOU want to stay in touch with SSS news! Parents can select the Subscribe button on this page to opt-in and receive the SSS newsletter by email. Or you can simply visit these pages to see what's happening any time. The choice is yours.
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Welcome to Student Support Services (SSS) News: We will be posting SSS updates here throughout the year and we invite you to come learn more about what we do to support ALL students at American Academy.  We strive to provide families with information and helpful tools to best support their students.  This webpage is still under construction, so it is highly encouraged that you visit our Student Support Services website throughout the year to learn more about our team and to receive helpful tips to support your child at home. 
Conferences (updated 9/19/18)
The Student Support Services team will be available at elementary conferences at each campus on October 3rd and 4th.  Please sign-up below to schedule a time to speak with a specific member of our team.
Safe2Tell is a resource that our Mental Health team will be sharing with all AA middle school students. This anonymous reporting system provides a way for students, parents, and community members to report unsafe and risky behaviors before they grow out of control. Even though we may feel like our children are too young to be dealing with some serious issues like self-harm, fighting, bullying, and threats, we want to give them the tools to report their concerns when they arise. Students will be provided with handouts that familiarize them with the Safe2Tell resources.
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Cognitive Abilities Test Testing (updated 8/22/18)
CogAT Testing is scheduled for the week of September 10. All students in grades three and six will take the CogAT as part of our universal screening process. Scores and reports will be used to inform instructional practices in the classroom. The scores are also used as ONE component of the body of evidence to determine areas of strength and possible gifted and talented identification.

Students in grades one, two, four, or five may be referred to take the Cognitive Abilities Test to determine areas of strength and possible gifted identification. Referral CogAT testing is not for all students, please connect with our Gifted and Talented Coordinator if you have questions about the referral testing. Parents who would like to refer their student for testing as part of the gifted identification process must request referral testing by September 4. The CogAT window is only open in September and is a required score for the gifted identification process.

All students participating in the referral testing process must have a Consent to Test form signed and turned into the Gifted and Talented Coordinator. Students in grades three and six do not need the Consent to Test form. Forms are available from our Gifted and Talented Coordinator, Karen Billings by email at or by phone at 720-292-5609.