Appleton City R-II School District
408 W. 4th Street
Appleton City, MO 64724

Appleton City R-II School District

408 W. 4th Street
Appleton City, MO 64724

From Mr. Dunlap, Appleton City R-II Superintendent

With the end of the first semester approaching, along with the holiday season, we look back on what we
have been through here in Appleton City R-II School District. Over all, there is a lot to be grateful for. We
have not experienced anything like the lockdown, which happened in March, April and May. They
majority of our students have been in school receiving seated classroom instruction. All of us agree that
there is no better way to teach kids than to have them present in the classroom with the teachers and
resources they need. We have made the best of any distance learning that has been necessary with our
team giving 120% in every way to make the experience as effective as possible. The goal of our Board of
Education and Staff has been and will continue to be to use quarantining only when needed to keep kids
and staff safe and to bring them back as soon as is safely possible.

Teaching happens in two ways at ACR2. First is in the classroom; great teachers giving everything they have to motivate and educate the kids of our community, support staff meeting the needs of our kids as they go through their day, and
administration providing leadership that supports our mission. Teaching also happens during our
extracurricular activities: clubs, academic and service activities, the arts, and athletics. Here as well as in
the classroom, the community and our staff have had great success as partners in keeping most of these
opportunities available and safe for our kids. This partnership deserves to be celebrated and continued.
This road has not been easy in many ways; but everyone involved has strived to do their best with the
commitment to do better.

Both in and out of the classroom, our strength lies in the mission statement of our district: Building
Unique and Lifelong Learners, Developing Ongoing Growth and Success. We are strongest when we
work together, help each other in our weaknesses and support each other in our successes. On behalf of
the Appleton City R-II Board of Education and ACR2 staff, we thank you.

Joe Dunlap
Appleton City R-II Superintendent

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