Besser Elementary

Besser Elementary School is located in the City of Alpena in northeastern Michigan. We are one of six elementary schools currently operated by the Alpena Public School District.

Besser serves a population of approximately 425 K-5 students from the City and Township of Alpena.  About 16% of our students attend Besser from other district elementary schools by “special permission” via the district’s open enrollment policy. Students from other school districts may also attend Besser Elementary to benefit from the Hearing Impaired program. Alpena Public Schools also supports a preschool program on the Besser campus with 35 children enrolled.

Located on twenty acres of land donated by local philanthropist Jesse Besser, the school opened in 1958 as an elementary school of the K-8 Thunder Bay School District. Besser became part of Alpena Public Schools as a junior high school in 1963. Due to declining enrollment, Besser was closed from 1983 until it reopened in 1986 as an elementary school.

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  • 3 Aug
    • APS Community Town Hall Meeting
      Date: Aug 3
      Time: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
      Location: Alpena Senior High School, 3303 S 3rd Ave, Alpena, MI 49707, USA
      Calendar: District Calendar
      Join APS Superintendent David Rabbideau for an engaging and interactive evening of dialogue for members of the Alpena Community and School District. Topics of focus will be those that have been shared recently with the Board of Education.
  • 5 Aug
    • APS Online Parent Meeting 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
      APS Online Parent Meeting
      Date: Aug 5
      Time: 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
      Calendar: District Calendar
      Informational Meeting for any Alpena Public School parent interested in APS Online for Fall, 2021
  • 6 Aug
    • Property Committee 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
      Property Committee
      Date: Aug 6
      Time: 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
      Calendar: District Calendar
  • 16 Aug
    • BOE Meeting 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
      BOE Meeting
      Date: Aug 16
      Time: 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
      Calendar: District Calendar
      This meeting will be held in-person in the Gerry Ludwig Board Room, 2373 Gordon Rd., Alpena, MI 49707.


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  • 20 Aug

Office Personnel

Stephanie Hitchcock
Principal
Tracey Urlaub
Dean of Students
Cindy Garber
Secretary
Kristen Sherwood
Secretary

Schedule

9:20 - Doors Open/Breakfast
9:33 - Instruction Begins
3:42 - Dismissal

Recess/Lunch

10:55-11:40 - Kdg (Recess-Lunch)
11:00-11:45 - 4th Grade (Lunch-Recess)
11:25-12:10 - 5th Grade (Lunch-Recess)
11:50-12:35 - 2nd Grade (Lunch-Recess)
12:15-1:00 - 3rd Grade (Lunch-Recess)
12:40-1:25 - 1st Grade (Lunch-Recess)

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