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 375 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 33 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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  • 24 Apr
    • Sanborn KG registration 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
      Sanborn KG registration
      Apr 24
      5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
      Sanborn School, 12170 US-23, Ossineke, MI 49766, USA
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  • 25 Apr
    • Lincoln KG registration 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
      Lincoln KG registration
      Apr 25
      5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
      Lincoln Elementary School, 309 W Lake St, Alpena, MI 49707, USA
      District Calendar
  • 26 Apr
    • Besser PAC Meeting 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
      Besser PAC Meeting
      Apr 26
      4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
      Besser Elementary Calendar
    • EW KG registration 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
      EW KG registration
      Apr 26
      5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
      Ella M. White School, 201 N Ripley Blvd, Alpena, MI 49707, USA
      District Calendar
  • 27 Apr
Spring Testing Information

Spring achievement testing is scheduled to take place in schools throughout the district. Students in grades 3-11 will be participating in state-mandated testing with the M-STEP assessment, as well as PSAT, SAT and ACT Workkeys beginning in April.

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APS Partners with Kids Read Now

Alpena Public Schools has partnered with Kids Read Now to prevent the summer reading slide for early elementary age students.  All students in grades K-1 are invited to participate in the program that runs from June 4th through August 31st. 

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Kindergarten Registration Dates Announced

Alpena Public Schools has set dates for Kindergarten registration times at all six of the district's elementary buildings.

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Office Staff

Eric Cardwell
Principal
Allison Byce
Secretary
Kelsey Kannowski
Secretary

Schedule

8:20 - Doors Open/Breakfast
8:33 - Instruction Begins
3:42 - Dismissal

Half-Day Dismissal - 11:45

Recess/Lunch:

11:25-12:10 - 4th & 5th
11:55-12:40 - 2nd & 3rd
12:25-1:10 - Kdg & 1st

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