For Students

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A Message from APS

Please take a moment to read this important letter from Assistant Superintendent Meaghan Gauthier. You may also visit our Closure Information Page for information and resources about COVID-19 and what you can do to stay safe.

Learning Resources

During this unprecedented school closure, many families have requested quality educational resources for their children while they are away from school. APS has compiled a number of resources to help keep students' minds engaged and learning during this crisis.

The resources on this page can be helpful to keep students' minds engaged and learning during this crisis. However, APS is not assigning or requiring the use of any of these sites or activities. Also, APS is not responsible for the content on any of these linked sites.

Parenting Resources

Parents, visit our For Parents page for information on how to support your child during the school closure. Review our Guide to Transitioning to School at Home for helpful tips.

Chromebook Loans Available

If your student does not have access to appropriate technology (such as a laptop or desktop computer), APS will loan a Chromebook to your family for use during the emergency closure. Complete the online Chromebook  Checkout Form or call 989-358-5029. Chromebooks can be picked up at AHS on food distribution days (schedule). Please allow 24 hours lead time.

Note that Chromebooks required internet access. Charter will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription at any service level up to 100 Mbps. To enroll call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households. (Note that this offer is direct from the company and is not affiliated with or supported by APS.)

Community Wi-Fi Locations

COVID-19 Closure Info & FAQs

Information & Resources

  • APS Food Distribution - Note this document is updated as needed, so check back often.
  • Access to Internet - Charter will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription at any service level up to 100 Mbps. To enroll call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households.
  • 211 - Dial 211 to get help with food, housing, paying bills, family crisis, etc.
  • NEMSCA Resources - Get information on local resources and how they have been modified due to COVID-19.
  • District Health Department #4 - Track how many tests have been given in this service area.

FAQs

Click to view the latest version of our Frequently Asked Questions. Check back often and we will updated the information to reflect any changes.

Health & Wellness

Healthy Minds & Bodies

It's important to take care of physical and mental health. Here are some ideas to help:

K-5 Learning Resources

Printable Resources

Math

Language Arts

  • Imagine Language & Literature Login  |  Student Introduction Video  |  For help: email or call 989-358-5573
  • Benchmark Universe - Sign up for free access to a quality ebook library for kids created for use at home.
  • Free Audible Stories - Now, kids of all ages can stream hundreds of free audiobooks across 6 different languages. Totally free. No sign-ups. No personal information required. No strings attached.
  • Storyline Online - Celebrity read-alouds

Science

Social Studies

Art & Music

  • KinderArt - Ideas and resources for teaching and exploring art at home.
  • PBSkids.org - Fun music games for younger students 

Be sure to check  under "All Grades" for more  resources.

6-8 Learning Resources

Math

Language Arts

Science

Social Studies

Be sure to check out under "All Grades" for more resources.

9-12 Learning Resources

Math

Language Arts

Science

Social Studies

AP Students

Be sure to check out under "All Grades" for more resources.

All Grades Learning Resources

Reading Lists

Although Alpena Public Schools does not publish an official reading list, we certainly encourage reading all year long! Here is a list of links to some reading ideas. These lists have been reviewed by educators and provide suggestions for students (and parents) looking for a good book to help any season pass a little more pleasantly! Note that these lists are not created by APS and the District is not responsible for the contents of these links.

Fine Arts

  • Chrome Music Lab - A website that makes learning music more accessible through fun, hands-on experiments
  • Folk Cloud - This project is focused on original folk and traditional music of different countries, nations and ethnic groups of the world.Students click on a region and can listen to folk music from that part of the world. 
  • The Metropolitan Opera - Enjoy free live streaming of favorite operas.  
  • The Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s Educational Concert Series - These concerts bring kids inside the orchestra! A downloadable resource guide is available for each performance.

Virtual Field Trips

All Subject Resources

  • Brain Pop - Animated movies, creative thinking tools, interactive quizzes, and playful assessments have made a difference for millions of students.
  • TypingClub - Practice to build keyboarding skills

Synergy Gradebook for Students & Families

Our new Synergy online grading system is being configured. Logins for parents and students are being reset. New login information will be distributed in mid-September.

The Synergy Student VUE and ParentVUE systems allows students and parents secure access to information about grades, assignments, and attendance as well as instructional resources to help support student success.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What are our StudentVUE and ParentVUE passwords?
A: The Synergy system generates a new user registration key which we will distribute to families. Each family should receive a copy of those letters, which includes login information.

Q: What's my username for the StudentVUE or ParentVUE system?
A: You will set your own username and password to access these systems. Once you receive your registration key, follow the included instructions to set up your account.

Q: What if I forget my password?
A: The login screen includes a link to follow for help to reset your password if you forget.

Q: Who can access the Synergy StudentVUE and ParentVUE systems?
A: Students and parents from any APS school may log on using the username and password they set up.

Q: What about students in grades K-2?
A: Students in the early elementary years do not receive traditional letter grades until 3rd grade. The types of records gathered by teachers in grades K-2 are not usually helpful to parents in the same way records of grades and assignments might be. If you are parent of a child in K-2 and have a concern about your child's progress, it's best to speak to the teacher directly. You may access ParentVUE online, but you'll get much more helpful information about your young child's learning through one-on-one conversation.

Q: Do students and parents get different passwords? What about separated/divorced families?
A: Our system generates usernames and passwords for each individual user. We ask separate families to help by sharing information as appropriate for the benefit of the student.

Q: Is ParentVUE or StudentVUE information secure?
A: Yes. No one except your student's teacher(s) or other authorized official (like a building secretary helping with attendance), can access or change this information. Your gradebook information is as secure as your username and password, so do not share login information with anyone.  

Thank you!

APS always appreciates your support!

Acceptable Use Policy

All internet activity is monitored and recorded in detail. Failure to follow the District's Acceptable Use Policy for Students or the policies set forth by your school or instructor may result in the loss of your internet privileges and/or referral to school administrators.