Dear Students and Families,

Welcome to a new year at Ackerman School!  My name is Kelly Grigsby—I am the principal and Lisa Leonard-Sneed is the assistant principal. We are excited to welcome students back and to begin the 2018-2019 school year! Our Annual Meet the Teacher Night is scheduled for August 9 from 4-6 p.m. This event provides an opportunity for students and families to meet with teachers and drop off supplies prior to the first day of school! We hope to see you all here!

The first day of school is August 13. Transportation will contact you with bus information prior to the first day of school. Our goal is 100% student attendance on the first day—please help us reach our goal! 

As a district, we are continuing with online registration for families this school year. Online registration has many benefits – it’s faster, information can be updated at any time without a phone call, and it helpful for the environment. Online registration can be completed on any mobile device or computer with internet access. If families do not have online access or need assistance, we will offer registration assistance at school in the main office on August 1 and August 2 from 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Please call the office at 314.989.7200 for more information.

  • Parent Portal: This online registration system should only take 10-15 minutes to complete. The Portal can be accessed through most internet-enabled devices. Computers will be at Open House. The website will help you with forgotten usernames and passwords. The Web address for Parent Portal is

We are anxiously awaiting the results of our performance on the state assessments last spring. We are confident that our scores will support our devotion to improving student performance! We continue to work to improve student attendance – our goal is for all students to attend school every day. The State’s expectations for attendance require 90% of our students to attend at least 90% of the time. Unfortunately, we still continue to struggle to meet the state expectation of 90% over 90% - only 79% of our students met this goal. While we didn’t meet the state expectation for the number of students over 90%, we continue to work to achieve this goal. Thank you for committing to send your students to school every day! Please help us continue to meet this goal by sending your child to school every day and working to schedule appointments at the beginning/end of the school day or on days when there is no school. 

This summer seven classrooms were remodeled with new flooring, paint, lighting and furniture. We will continue to focus on improving the overall and daily cleanliness of our school and ensure the school is maintained at the highest level. We are very proud of our school and are thrilled to have your family as members of our school family!

Last year, we experienced great successes with the continuation of our student programs. This year, we plan to expand this event to encourage more family participation including our first annual Ackerman Family Happy Hour. For our end-of-the-year picnic, we had representation from more than two-thirds of our families! In addition to school-wide events, many of you have attended classroom-specific events. During this school year, we will continue to identify ways to increase the levels of family engagement by improving the quality of the events we host -- we welcome your input along the way!  Our goals continue to focus on improving student achievement and attendance while building meaningful relationships with students in a safe, nurturing school environment. We are looking forward to a safe and productive school year! Thank you in advance for all of your support and dedication in helping your child meet his or her academic goals!

Best Regards,

Kelly Grigsby, Ph.D., Principal
Lisa Leonard, Assistant Principal