Parent-Teacher Conferences will be this Thursday, October 17th. Grade cards will be given out at the conferences. We hope to see you there!
9TH-12TH GRADERS: We have 11 registered for the College Fair on Oct. 24th. Go to www.strivefair.com to get registered. 5 Seniors, 1 Junior, 4 Sophomores, and 1 Freshman have registered. You will need to be registered in order to attend!
Tonight’s Choir Concert will be at 7:00. Come join us for a concert celebrating the diverse music of the twentieth century. Hope to see you there!
If you would like to create an eWallet for your child, visit our homepage link. https://bookfairs.scholastic.com/bf/altonelementaryschool2
PRUDENTIAL SPIRIT OF COMMUNITY AWARDS: students in grades 5-12 who have engaged in a volunteer activity that occurred during the 12 months prior to the date of the application should apply. Awards can be given from a local honoree level to distinguished finalists to state honorees to national honorees. Our school will review all applications and then select and certify the top candidates for state level judging. You may apply at https://aim.applyISTS.net/spirit. See Mrs. Gilliland if you need more info. DEADLINE TO APPLY IS NOVEMBER 5TH.
SENIORS: HORATIO ALGER SCHOLARSHIP due next Friday. Very few applicants in the state have completely finished and/or submitted applications - you might want to get busy with this! www.horatioalger.org.
12th-9th graders: Register at www.strivefair.com for the MOACAC College Fair to be held at Alton on Thursday, Oct. 24th at 1:00. You will receive a barcode to use which allows colleges and career centers to scan your info! Much simpler than filling out a form for each school!
Wow! It's already the end of the 1st Quarter! On Monday, October 14, elementary students with 95% attendance and ZERO office referrals will be treated to lunch at Tucker Creek. Those students who meet these qualifications will walk over, enjoy a picnic lunch and some play time at the park.
SENIORS & JUNIORS: MSU - West Plains College Recruiter will be here on Monday, October 21st. Make sure to sign the list on Mrs. Gilliland's bulletin board if you would like to meet with her.
National Online Safety believes in empowering parents, carers and trusted adults with the information they need to hold informed and age-appropriate conversations about online safety with their child, should they feel it is needed. Every Wednesday they produce guides to focus on specific platforms/risks which they believe trusted adults should be aware of. #WakeUpWednesday
Dr. Steele recognized HS Beta sponsors, Mr. Brian Foerster and Mrs. Lisa Thompson, for achieving 2018-2019 National Beta Educator of Distinction status. This award is designed to honor Beta sponsors who are committed to Beta Club growth, include members from all eligible grade levels in their club and participate in National Beta events with their students. Because of the efforts of Mrs. Thompson and Mr. Foerster, Alton High School has achieved School of Distinction, School of Merit, and enriched students’ lives by attending a Leadership Summit, State Convention and National Convention. Congratulations Mr. Foerster and Mrs. Thompson!
New Counselor's Corner and Scholarship List posted in the Document Sections of our webpage!
SENIORS: Four new scholarships listed! Check them out in the Counselor's Corner or your Senior Google Classroom!
Set up an eWallet for your student! To get started visit our Book Fair Homepage. https://bookfairs.scholastic.com/bookfairs/cptoolkit/homepage.do?method=homepage&url=altonelementaryschool2
Visit our Book Fair Homepage https://bookfairs.scholastic.com/bookfairs/cptoolkit/homepage.do?method=homepage&url=altonelementaryschool2
Today's BSC Baseball games at Winona have been postponed and rescheduled for tomorrow at 4:00.
1st Term ends this Friday, October 11th. We hope to see you at Parent-Teacher Conferences on Thursday, October 17th!
Don’t forget to wear blue tomorrow in honor of World Day of Bullying Prevention! Post pictures using the #cometsblueup!
DUAL CREDIT STUDENTS: Stop by Mrs. Gilliland's office today to pick up your T-Shirt from MSU!
First FAFSA of the Seniors 2020 Class completed! If you need help, contact Mrs. Gilliland for an appointment or drop into a FAFSA Help Night!
Today is Custodian Appreciation Day which is an acknowledgement and celebration of the essential work provided by our custodial staff. They do so much more than cleaning the inside of the classrooms. They are the ones called to clean up the "not so pleasant" messes, mow the grass, fix leaks, and many other tasks. Most importantly, they take time to get to know our students and they make more of an impact on their lives than they probably realize. We can't thank them enough for their commitment to Alton R-IV. If you see Kalan Roberts, Gentry Andrews, Mike Rackley, Larenda Williams, Terry Smith, Ronnie Medlin, Vickie Bettis, or Korena Ming, please thank them for their service.
In conjunction with local law enforcement, Alton High School went to a soft lock down this afternoon while a canine unit visited our campus. The soft lock down has been lifted and Alton High School is back to normal operations at this time.
National Principals Month honors principals for their significant impact on the success and well-being of our nation’s students. We are celebrating all principals for the month of October! Thank you for Dr. Joby Steele, Mrs. Melinda Langston, and Mrs. Stephanie Miller for your hard work and dedication. #ThankAPrincipal
SENIORS: Vocational Rehabilitation representative will be here Friday, Oct.11th at 12:15 to meet with those who turned in the survey form indicating a physical, emotional, or educational injury or disability. If you have not returned your form to Mrs. Gilliland, please do ASAP..
Seniors & Parents: 1st FAFSA Help Night is next Wednesday, October 2nd. Mrs. Gilliland will be available from 3:30 - 7:00 to assist you in completing FAFSA's. Both parent and senior need to be present and will need parent and student 2018 tax return forms. Individual appointments may also be made with Mrs. Gilliland..
FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) for the 2020-2021 school year opens next Tuesday, October 1st! Are you ready to file your FAFSA?
FAFSA Help Nights for those needing assistance: Senior and at least one parent should bring parents' and student’s (if they filed) 2018 tax records. Mrs. Gilliland will host the Help Nights on Wed. Oct. 2nd, Nov. 13th, Jan. 8th, and Feb. 12th. Drop in anytime from 3:30 to 7:00
FREE ACT Class starts tomorrow night, Tues., Sept. 24th @ 6:00 PM. Next one starts in December. Register for free at https://www.varsitytutors.com/free-sat-act-prep-course
SENIORS: Missouri State University - Springfield is now a member of the Common App! You can now apply for admission free of charge via the Common App or Missouri State's online application. Go to misssouristate.edu/apply to complete the application!
Under the age of 30 and going to a vocational/technical program? Last day to apply for the Horatio Alger CTE Scholarship for this year is Friday, Sept. 27th. It will re-open in March 2020 for those entering a program for the next year.
On October 7th, all Alton R-IV students will be participating in World Day of Bullying Prevention. We would like to encourage all students and the community to participate by agreeing to #BlueUp and take a stand against bullying! Wear a blue shirt on 10.7.19! #BlueUp even further by wearing a blue hat, blue shoe laces, blue tie, blue sneakers ... etc. Students can also buy a #CometsBlueUp T-shirt for $12 each through 9/23/19 (contact Ann Oesch for more details). We encourage every parent to have a discussion about bullying with their children. Students will also be taking part in a variety of bullying prevention activities at school. Let's work together as a community to take a stand against bullying! #CometsBlueUp #10.7.19 #StompOutBullying
FAFSA for 2020-21 Opens on October 1st. Find your 2018 tax info and start preparing! For those already in college or a vocational program, remember that you have to do this each and every year!
Parents & Students: 2nd try at sending out correct report cards for 1st term progress reports in the junior and senior high school. Let Mrs. Gilliland know if you see an issue with missing courses or grades. Thank you for your patience with this.
Parents and Students: We have a glitch in the system with 7th and 8th grade report cards not printing the grades! We are working on this and will send out new grade cards and a notice that they are being sent soon.
1st Term Progress Reports are being emailed today, Friday, Sept. 20th. If you do not have an email on file, your child will receive a paper copy.
Check out the info on the Missouri National Guard in our news article. Sgt. Wright will be here on Friday, Oct. 11th at 2:50 to meet with interested seniors and juniors. Sign the list on Mrs. Gilliland's board if you want to meet with him.
Junior Class Fundraiser Just a reminder that the junior class is selling laundry detergent as well as many other products to raise funds for our 2020 prom. Orders and money are due on September 25th (NEXT WEDNESDAY)! If you are wanting to purchase something but can't find a junior please email Mrs. Myers at firstname.lastname@example.org and she will get you connected with a junior! Attached is a copy of the products we are selling and the prices.
New Counselor's Corner posted under documents. Scholarship list is still the same though!
FREE ACT live online classes! Next class begins Tuesday, Sept. 24th from 6:00 to 8:30 PM. Enroll for free at https://www.varsitytutors.com/free-sat-act-prep-course. Next ACT class would start in December.
Sr.'s & Jr.'s: Mizzou Representative will be here on Thursday, October 3rd at 2:30. Sign the list on Mrs. Gilliland's board if you would like to meet with him.
Next ACT Test Date is October 26th. Registration Deadline is next Friday, Sept. 20th! www.actstudent.org.
If you registered for the ACT test for Sept. 14th, please remember to be here with your ticket, photo ID, and calculator before 8:00 AM!
1st Term Progress Report Cards will be emailed on Friday, Sept. 20th. If parents do not have an email address on file, a paper copy will be sent home with students. If you would like to have your email address added, please send it to the counselors or secretaries.
Attention seniors: the senior group photo and the charter senior photo has been moved to tomorrow at 12:30. We will meet in the gym. Please spread the word!
Earlier today, in cooperation with local law enforcement, Alton R-IV went to a campus wide lock down after the lunch periods had ended to allow a trained drug canine unit to visit and have access to our campus. The lock down has been lifted and Alton R-IV is back to normal operations at this time.
Students & Parents: New Counselor's Corner and Scholarship List posted under documents! Check them out!
SENIORS: 2 New Scholarships Posted: VFW Auxiliary Continuing Education and MO Past National President's Scholarships. Posted in your Senior Google Classroom with Mrs. Gilliland. Check them out!
Today's High School Baseball game against Winona has been cancelled. A reschedule date is TBD.
SENIORS:DUE NOVEMBER 15 - HAGAN SCHOLARSHIP - UP TO $48,000 over 4 years, plus a Study Abroad, plus a Schwab Account - seniors with a 3.75 GPA, ACT Composite of 24, and financially eligible. Check this awesome scholarship out at www.hsfmo.org.
ACT SEPTEMBER 14TH - WE ARE OPEN FOR THAT TEST DATE. There was an error on ACT's end and they actually closed another site and are sending more students to test at Alton that morning. If your ticket (printed within the last day or so) says you will test at Alton, you will test here. You will still need to have your photo ID, your ticket, pencils, and a calculator with you. Be here BEFORE 8:00 AM.
This year Alton Elementary School is selling a wallet size discount card that has unlimited discounts to a variety of merchants in the surrounding areas. We hope you will consider taking part in this unique opportunity that will benefit the students at our school by allowing us to purchase items for our PBS store (incentives for positive behaviors). The discount cards are customized to our community. The card is basically several coupon promotions all printed on a single wallet-sized card. The cards will have an expiration of August 31, 2020 and can be used repeatedly by the buyer during that time. Our goal is for every student to sell at least one card. We are selling the cards for $10 each. The more cards that we sell, the more money we raise for our school. The cards can be purchased from any Elementary student and they are also available in the elementary office. Card sales begin tomorrow (9/6). If you have any questions, please contact us at 417-778-7217.
#AltonElem will be celebrating Grandparent’s Day Tomorrow at 11:00 in the Cafeteria. The luncheon is for all grandparents of students in kindergarten through 2nd Grade. Kindergarten students will eat at 10:30. First and 2nd Grades will eat at 11:00. The Grandparent’s Luncheon for students in 3rd-6th Grades will be held next Friday (9/13). Please look for notes to be sent home tomorrow about this event.
High School, FBLA members and officers have until September 24th to pay for dues ($10) and t shirts ($10).
Parents, please take a minute to complete our school safety survey! https://www.pbisassessment.org/Anon/TJe203Ht3G0
SENIORS: We will do the senior group picture in the gym on September 13th at 12:30. Directly after, we will do the charter seniors pic. Prepare for this to take around an hour total. If you have any questions, get with Mrs. Clary.
New Counselor's Corner and Scholarship List posted under "Documents" on the school website!
7th-12th Grade Students: Mrs. Gilliland has updated/created google classrooms for each grade level. If you were in one last year, you are still in it this year. If you didn't accept your invitation or are new this year, you should be getting a new invite in your school email! Please join! Parents, once your child has joined, you can ask to be added to see weekly updates! Contact Mrs. Gilliland at email@example.com if you have questions.
DUE NOVEMBER 5 - ELKS NATIONAL FOUNDATION MOST VALUABLE STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP - 500 4-YEAR AWARDS FROM $4000 TO $50,000 - seniors will be judged on Scholarship, Leadership, and Financial Need. Apply at enf.elks.org/mvs.
DUE OCTOBER 31 - MASFAP WHO’S MAKING A DIFFERENCE SCHOLARSHIP - any 2019 senior graduating from a Missouri High School planning to attend a private, public 2 or 4 year institution, or vocational-technical school in MO should apply. Go to www.myscholarshipcentral.org to apply.
DUE OCTOBER 25 - HORATIO ALGER NATIONAL & STATE SCHOLARSHIPS - up to $25,000 - full-time seniors who plan to pursue a bachelor’s degree (can start at a 2-year college). Must demonstrate financial need, be involved in co-curricular and community service, display integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity, and have a minimum GPA of 2.0. Apply at www.scholars.horatioalger.org.
If your high school student is enrolled in a Rosetta Stone Foreign Language course, please remember they need to make a $40 (cash or check made payable to AHS) security deposit for the use of the headphones, ASAP. They may also purchase their own USB combo speaker & headphone.
JUNIORS, SOPHOMORES, FRESHMEN: U.S. MILITARY SERVICE ACADEMY DAY is Saturday, September 14 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at Jefferson College in Hillsboro, MO. State Representatives and Senators will attend as well as representatives of all four Military Academies. High school students and their parents are invited to learn about Academy Life and how to apply for a congressional nomination to a service academy. RSVP to Mrs. Donna Hickman at 573-756-9755 or Donna.Hickman@mail.house.gov.
SENIORS & JUNIORS: Three Rivers College - Poplar Bluff will be here Wednesday, Sept. 4th at 2:50. Get your name on the sign up list on Mrs. Gilliland's bulletin board to meet with her.
Need deodorant? Pencils? Toothbrush? Paper? Comets Who Care have provided various items to meet students needs. Stored in Mrs. Gilliland's restroom closet - just step in, say I need something, and grab it and go! If there is something you need not in there, leave a note and we will see if we can provide it!
Order your yearbook today! The new order form is now open and you can access it anywhere. Follow the link and fill out your form today! https://wpcgo.yearbookforever.com/WPlkg
Transportation Policy: To clarify any confusion, we are asking that parents please provide a primary address, one that your child/children will go to every day. Then, please provide a secondary address that children will go to in an emergency. If an address change needs to be made, please do so in the office. If you have any questions, please call the office.
*August 13, 2019 prior to the Alton R-IV Open House: The Alton Public School Foundation will host a hotdog supper which includes a hotdog, chips, and drink for $2.00 in the Alton Elementary Multi-Purpose Building beginning at 5:30 pm. Spring Dipper Ice Cream will also be available for purchase as well.
Welcome back! We are going to host a Kindergarten Meet and Greet on Monday, August 12 at 5:30 in the multi-purpose building. We hope to provide parents with the chance to learn about some important information to help you and your child have a successful year. Bring supplies and you can leave them in the rooms and meet your teachers.
Meet Mrs. Lacie Willard- Second Grade Teacher Hometown: Westwood, CA High School: Yerington High- Nevada College: University of Arkansas Experience: taught 3rd grade for 4 years in Fort Smith, AR Certifications: CGI math, Effective Literacy, StarLab portable planetarium Birthday: April 19th Favorites: Italian food, Target, all berries, green beans, turtle candy, sour patch kids, monster cookies, key-lime pie, hazelnut and vanilla coffees, vanilla root beer, poppies, cherry almond scents, the color purple, and the Boston Bruins. She and her husband have one son, Dean (4 mths.) and live in Alton.She has two dogs (Fonzy and Bart) and one cat (Birdie). She has a farm full of chickens, ducks, geese, goats, and sheep. In her spare time she enjoys camping, hiking, and traveling. Wish list for classroom: to have guest readers visit
Meet Mrs. Andrea Foerster- HS Science Mrs. Foerster lives in Van Buren, MO and also taught at the Van Buren School District. Her husband, Mr. Brian Foerster, is our high school math teacher. Birthday: March 1st Favorites: Panera Bread, Hobby Lobby, sushi, pineapple, Almond Joy, peanut M&Ms, Oreos, german chocolate, coffee, Dr. Pepper, cinnamon scents, daisies, the color teal, and the STL Cardinals. She has two children (Ella Rose & Daisy). Her pets include three cats, and two dogs (Rosie & Franz). In her spare time she likes to garden, crochet, and read. Classroom wish list: student binders, colored pencils, molecular model kits
Meet Mrs. Amy King-Special Education Paraprofessional Hometown: Alton, MO High School: Alton, MO College: SBU-Mtn. View Birthday: July 1 Favorites: Chili's, TJ Maxx, fried chicken, grapes, Reese's pb cups, chips, chocolate chip cookies, cheesecake, McCafe coffee, Mtn. Dew, vanilla scents, sunflowers, the color yellow, and the Royals. She has three daughters (Michaela, Aubrey, & Jorja). Her pets include two cats (Ellis & Demon) and a yorkie named Millie. She likes to watch movies and the Hallmark channel, read, and play with her granddaughter.
Meet Mrs. Molly Chester- Sixth Grade Teacher (ELA) Hometown: Thayer, MO High School: Thayer, MO College: MSU-Springfield Experience: first year Birthday: January 17th Favorites: Olive Garden, Target, pizza, apples, chocolate chip cookies, chocolate cake, Dr. Pepper, cinnamon scents, daisies, the color blue, and the Arkansas Razorbacks. She has one dog named Lulu. She loves to travel, read books, go to the river, fish, and spend time with family. Wish list for classroom: more books!
The Horatio Alger CTE Scholarship is still open. For students under the age of 30 seeking some type of career and technical certificate or degree. Apply at https://scholars.horatioalger.org/horatio-alger-scholarship-applications/ Apply NOW!
Meet Mrs. Korena Ming- Special Education Paraprofessional Hometown: Hinckley, IL High School: Hinckley-Big Rock College: Waubonsee CC-general education MacCormac College- paralegal Everest College- medical assistant Experience: Head Start Birthday: July 18th Favorites: Kohl's, pizza, watermelon, M&Ms, gum, trail mix, chocolate chip cookies, chocolate cake, coffee, water, coconut/seasonal scented candles, ALL flowers, the colors green and blue, and the Cubs! She and her husband live in Alton and have three children (Kamdyn, Raina, and Kashton). She has six dogs and three cats. She loves to watch movies, travel, play roller derby and softball, and spend time with her family.
Had a great first meeting with the "Open Arms" group this morning. Their goals are to welcome new students and be a contact for them, to be a resource of info for clubs and activities, and to help other students who might be struggling with an issue or just need a buddy.
Alton Elementary would like to say thank you to all of the members of our community who have agreed to partner with a class at Alton Elementary for the 2019-2020 school year! We feel so supported! Thank you very much to the following businesses and individuals for working to make a difference in the lives of our students! Wright’s Station Shepherd’s View Randall and Becky Combs David and Kelly Stubblefield Alton Auto Parts Value Seekers United Country- Kristie Rackley Bless UR Heart Warehouse Southern Bank Cauthen Steer and Clear Style and Grace Mandy Williams and Leslie Davis The Corn-Fed Rascal Alton Burger Palace Ron and Sheila Campbell Alton Methodist Church Young’s Produce Hirsch Feed Shiloh Church Shepherd’s Tree House Quick Connection/Fuel Express Mark and Saundra Dorris Mr.Dent Alton Culture Club Alton Bank *We are still looking for a few more partners. If you are interested in helping out, please contact the school.
Meet Ms. Mandy Wright-Second Grade Teacher Hometown: Alton High School: Alton College: Williams Baptist University Years of Experience- 4 years (Doniphan and Faith Christian Academy) Birthday: February 25th Favorites: El Charro, shopping at flea markets, taco salad, mandarin oranges, dark chocolate, apples and peanut butter, chocolate chip cookies, ooey gooey butter cookies, cheesecake, coffee, Sprite, pine and lilac scents, daffodils, the color blue, and the STL Cardinals. Mandy has one cat and four dogs. She enjoys reading books, listening to music, and going for walks.
Meet Mrs. Rebecca Bryant- Alternative School Teacher/ISS Hometown: Summersville, MO High School: Summersville, MO College: Southwest Baptist University Experience: 10 years as a sub and paraprofessional at Summersville, Houston, Van Buren, Mtn. View, and Success; first year teaching Birthday: March 3rd Favorites: Olive Garden, apples, oranges, dark chocolate, pretzels, sweet tea, apple pie scents, yellow roses, the colors green and cobalt blue, and the Green Bay Packers. She lives in Summersville and has four children (Connor, Tara, Gabriel, and Isobella). She has one basset hound named Roscoe. She enjoys watching movies, traveling, being outdoors with her husband and kids, and her church. Wish list for classroom: student binders for the students to keep track of goals, etc.
Meet Mrs. Brittany Fettig- Special Education Paraprofessional Hometown: Alton, MO High School: Alton, MO College: MSU- West Plains Favorites: Nakato Restaurant, Hobby Lobby, sushi, tacos, kiwi, Caramello, chocolate chip cookies, chocolate cake/chocolate icing, decaf McCafe, root beer, water, apple cinnamon candles, calla lilies, the color maroon, and the STL Cardinals. She and her husband have three children (Emiley, Noah, and Adeline) and three pets (Lola, Bobcat, and Sugar). She enjoys traveling, reading books, baking, sewing, and hiking.
Meet Mrs. Valerie Pitts- Fifth Grade Teacher (Science/Social Studies) Hometown: Mtn. Home, AR High School: Mtn. Home Colleges: MSU-WP, Arkansas State, Williams Baptist Experience: 17 years between Thayer, Kosh, and Hartville Birthday: October 20th Favorites: Olive Garden, Amazon, pizza, strawberries, pink Starburst, chocolate chip cookies, funfetti cake, Mtn. Dew, Gerber daisies, the color purple, the smell of Gain original, and the Arkansas Razorbacks. She and her husband, Matt, have two boys (Gaige, 16 and Easton, 12) and lives in Thayer. She enjoys watching her boys play sports, traveling, and reading books.
Meet Mrs.Jana Gauley- Sixth Grade Teacher (Math) Mrs. Gauley graduated from and lives in Bakersfield, MO. She attended college at Arkansas State and MSU-Springfield. She has 25 years experience in education and has worked at Gainesville and Bakersfield School Districts. She is a former high school softball coach. Her birthday is March 2nd and she loves to shop at any mall and Hirsch's. She enjoys hamburgers, apples, butterscotch candy, Clif Bars, black coffee, tea, lilies, the color blue, pumpkin pie candles, and the Iowa Hawkeyes. She has two boys (Chris and Taylor Bales) and loves spending time with her four grandsons. Her pets include Toby, Bigs, Frankie, Cash, Max, and Jo Jo. She prefers being at home and working outside on the farm. Her classroom wish list includes Expo markers, grid paper, #2 pencils (not mechanical), and sticky notes.
Meet Mrs. Jerri Williams-First Grade Teacher Mrs. Williams lives in Alton, but graduated from Van Buren, MO. She graduated from the College of the Ozarks and has been a very active substitute teacher at Alton Elementary for many years. This will be her first year teaching. Some of her favorites include Colton's and Las Margaritas restaurants. She loves tacos, watermelon, chocolate, goldfish crackers, chewy chocolate chip cookies, yellow cake with chocolate frosting, sweet tea, Coke, pink roses, the color pink, and her favorite sports teams are the Alton Comets and VB Bulldogs. She does not like coffee, but loves a beach vibe smell. Mrs. Williams and her husband have two girls (Hattie, 9; Hadlee, 4). She has several cows and a dog named Sammie. Her birthday is August 27th and she loves to shop at Maurices, Target, and Dollar Tree. She enjoys having fun with her girls, watching movies, and spending time at the river. Wishlist for her classroom: hands on science supplies and fun seating for her reading corner
NEED AN EARLY ACT SCORE? Registration deadline is Friday, August 16th for the September 14th ACT. www.actstudent.org
9th Grade Orientation at 5:15 this Thursday, August 8th. 12th Grade Orientation at 5:45 this Thursday, August 8th. 7th Grade Orientation at 5:45 on Tuesday, August 13th. Hope to see you in the high school cafeteria!
It was brought to our attention that there were no pencils on the 3rd grade supply list! 3rd graders will need pencils and a composition notebook.
Meet Mrs.Elizabeth Williams-First Grade Teacher Mrs. Williams' hometown is Tylare, California. She attended college at Azusa Pacific University & Grand Canyon University. This will be her first year teaching. She and her husband live in Thayer, MO and have three children (Annabelle, 9; Riley, 7; Ryden, 6) and a dog named Dandylion. Her birthday is November 10th. Her favorite restaurants are Chili's and Chipotle. She loves to shop at Target and the Goodwill. Some of her other favorites are Mexican food, black cherries, chocolate, granola bars, chocolate chip cookies, red velvet cake, caramel frappe coffee, blackberry lemonade, flavored water, cinnamon scents, sunflowers, the color teal and the Dodgers. In her spare times she loves to go to yard sales, spend time with her family, explore new places, and read books. Wishlist for her classroom: comfy seating for a reading nook
With the remaining employee spotlights we will use a different format. We want to share some likes, dislikes, and other important details about them. We think this information may come in handy if you want to treat your child's teacher or aide on occasion. Ms. Allyson Hartwick- Kindergarten Teacher Hometown: Harrison, AR College: North Arkansas & ASU Years of experience- 2 @ Green Forest Elementary Birthday: 9-27 Favorites: Chili's Restaurant, shrimp, blueberries, chocolate, trail mix, chocolate chip cookies, coffee, green tea, tiger lilies, the color green, and the Arkansas Razorbacks. She does not have any kids but has 5 pets named Mayzie, Jozie, Xena, Penny, & Hank. She loves to kayak, swim, fish, hunt, target practice, read, and travel. Wish List for Her Classroom: books!
Chris Walker-School Resource Officer (SRO) Officer Walker comes to Alton R-IV to fill the position of School Resource Officer. We are excited about this new position and believe he will bring many positive things to our district. Chris has an extensive background in law enforcement. He has attended officer academies in AL, CA, and WA. He holds an Associate of Science in Administration of Justice from College of the Canyons. Chris served in the U.S. Army as a military policeman for five years, was the Deputy Sheriff of Los Angeles County, CA for nine years, and came to us after serving as a Reserve Deputy and Jail Administrator for Oregon County. He holds multiple certifications and awards in law enforcement. When Chris isn't working he enjoys camping, hunting, fishing and athletics. He has a positive and professional attitude and truly cares about the safety and well-being of others. If you see him around, please take the time to introduce yourself and welcome him to Alton R-IV.
New student enrollment starts tomorrow! New Student Registration will be July 31 and August 1 from 8:30 until 3:00. Parents with students new to the district will need previous school phone and fax number and address. They will also need proof of residency in the Alton School District such as a rent receipt, bill, or other mail sent to their Alton address. A current shot record and birth certificate for the student(s) will also be needed.
8th and 12th Grade Students: Be sure to bring in your updated shot record before school begins!
7th Grade Orientation will be held Tuesday, August 13th at 5:45 in the high school cafeteria. Students will have the opportunity to meet their teachers and pick up their schedules at that time. Hope to see you there.
Open House will be held Tuesday, August 13th from 6:00 until 7:30 in both the Alton Elementary and High School buildings. Please come out and meet the teachers and staff for the 2019-2020 school year.
New Student Registration will be July 31 and August 1 from 8:30 until 3:00. Parents with students new to the district will need previous school phone and fax number and address. They will also need proof of residency in the Alton School District such as a rent receipt, bill, or other mail sent to their Alton address. A current shot record and birth certificate for the student(s) will also be needed.
Open House will be held Tuesday, August 13th from 6:00 until 7:30 in both the Alton Elementary and High School buildings. Please come out and meet the teachers and staff for the 2019-2020 school year.
12th Grade Orientation will be held Thursday, August 8th at 5:45 in the high school cafeteria. Students will receive their schedule and information for their senior year. Principals, counselor, and senior sponsors will be available for questions.
9th Grade Orientation will be held on Thursday, August 8th at 5:15 in the high school cafeteria. Students will receive their schedule at that time. Parents and students will meet with the principals and counselor as well.
Schedule pick-ups for students in grades 8th, 10th, and 11th will be Tuesday, August 6th from 8:30 until 3:00 in the high school Counselor's Office.
New Student Registration will be July 31 and August 1 from 8:30 until 3:00. Parents with students new to the district will need previous school phone and fax number and address. They will also need proof of residency in the Alton School District such as a rent receipt, bill, or other mail sent to their Alton address. A current shot record and birth certificate for the student(s) will also be needed.
Alton Elementary is looking for Community Partners for the 2019-2020 school year. If interested, please contact the classroom teacher, the school, or PM the Alton School District. Thank you to everyone who helped make our first year of partnerships a success! Alton Elementary students and teachers were beyond blessed!
Elementary Parents: We do realize that there are several issues with the emails sent out concerning homeroom teacher assignments. This is our first year trying this system and we are working on correcting the errors. Please bare with us! We will be busy with a summer school field trip tomorrow, so we will try sending out emails again on Friday. #SoSorry
Correction: A system setting caused the name of the preschool teacher to be left off of all emails to parents. Preschool parents should have already received a letter from our preschool teacher. Preschool will be taught by Mrs. Tina Dern this year with the help of Ms. Lisa Willard who will serve as the Classroom Para.
Elementary Parents: Information regarding your child's homeroom teacher for the 2019-2020 school year has been emailed to each parent. If you have questions or concerns, or if you did not receive an email, please call Alton Elementary Thursday or Friday during Summer School hours. We cannot wait to see our kiddos again in August! #AltonElem
Summer School Field trip to Alley Springs: It is very possible that our trip may be postponed/cancelled due to the weather. Students, come prepared to go, but we may have other plans!
2019-2020 Vaccination Requirements All 8th graders will need a Tdap and MCV vaccination All 12th graders will need 2 MCV vaccinations unless the first one was given after the the age of 16 Please go ahead and get these vaccinations as soon as possible. The Health Department has them on hand now. You will need to provide proof of the vaccinations or an exemption card to the school before your child can start school in August.
The 2019-2020 district calendar is found on our website by clicking on Menu>Documents>2019-2020 School Calendar.
Remember: Children 18 and under can eat for free at the Elementary School through June 21st. Breakfast is served from 7:40-8:00. Lunch is served from 11:00-12:00.
ACT June 8th-if ACT emailed you to go to West Plains High School on that date, you will report to the MIDDLE SCHOOL instead-which is up the street from the high school. Email or call Mrs. Gilliland if you have questions.
Graduates: Diplomas need to be picked up TODAY, Thursday, May 23rd. Final Day!
Graduates: Diplomas need to be picked up by Thursday, May 23rd or they will be mailed Friday, May 24th. We can't guarantee delivery/condition of diplomas upon delivery. Pick up is best. You may call the school to give permission for someone else to pick up your diploma.
If you registered for the June ACT at Alton, you should have an email from ACT telling you they have closed our site due to low volume. Your email tells you where you have been reassigned to. Be at your new site before 8:00 and have photo ID, ACT ticket, pencils, and calculator.
Physical Therapy Specialists will be on the Alton R-IV Campus Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at 9:00am to conduct a Next Level Training Program. The cost is $45 per Alton R-IV student athlete. This event will utilize various biometric movement screenings, provide corrective exercises and routines, and offer a follow-up and rescreening after approximately 8 weeks to analyze progress.
Grades cards for students in 7th - 12th grade will be mailed on Wednesday, May 15th. If you owe a bill of over $5.00, your grade card will be held in the main office until the bill is paid. The offices will be open until Friday, May 24th for you to pay bills.
GRADUATES: DIPLOMAS ARE READY TO BE PICKED UP! You may pick them up from the main office between the hours of 8:00 and 3:00 from now until Thursday, May 23rd. Those left will be mailed to the address on file on Friday, May 24th.
2019-20 Juniors & Senior: SCCC has hired an IT Instructor for their new course "Information Technology." The instructor has both teaching and business experience. If you are interested in enrolling in this course, email Mrs. Gilliland soon!
The make up date and time for today's postponed Baseball game will be 4:00 on Monday vs Neelyville at Van Buren.
Elementary Parents: Grade cards will be emailed today. If you do not have an email on file, they will be sent home with students. If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact the elementary office.
Time for a cheer closet clean out!! We have been hoarding old cheer uniforms. Posting what we have, if you'd like to purchase them to make sports quilts or maybe your little pee wee cheerleaders to wear to the games contact Ms. Watts firstname.lastname@example.org
High School Parents & Students: Grade cards will be mailed home next week if the student does not owe a lunch bill. If they owe a lunch bill, you will be sent the bill and the grade card will be held until it is paid.
A big shout out to all parents and members of the community for all the donations to make our AR Carnival a success! We were blown away by the generous donations this year! Without your support, the AR Carnival would not be possible. Thank you.
16 to 18 year olds: Earn money by being open and frank about mental health. Check out the contest at https://www.nimh.nih.gov/news/science-news/2019/nationwide-essay-contest-challenges-high-schoolers-to-be-frank-about-mental-health.shtml
Today's baseball games at Thayer have been cancelled.
Rain, rain go away! Kindergarten through 2nd Field Day will begin in the FEMA at noon today! There will be NO outside events!
3 & 4 outside events are a washout! We will begin the afternoon events in the FEMA at NOON! There will be NO outside events today.
2019-2020 FBLA Officers, President- Misty Johnson, Vice President- Andrea VonAllmen, Vice President of Membership- Blake Barton, Vice President of Fundraising- Lauren Bell, Secretary- Mya Shields, Treasurer- Colby Kernodle, Reporter- Jace Reese, Historian- Hannah Wigger
Seniors: Mandatory graduation practice is tomorrow May 1st and Friday May 3 at 12:00 PM. Both days please park at the top of hill due to elementary's field day and awards going on. (Spread the word)
It's not too late to sign your child up for summer school! If you need an enrollment form, drop by the elementary or high school office. You may also print the forms from the following link: http://www.alton.k12.mo.us/o/alton-r-iv/browse/55234 *Please choose either the HS or Elementary form based on your child's enrollment.
Field Day Events: 5th & 6th Grade events will begin today in the FEMA at 8:45 and on the field at 1:00. Show your Comet Pride!
Field Day Reminders: Please remember-- We are a tobacco-free campus! If you wish to smoke, you will need to do that off-campus. Also- for the safety of ALL students, ONLY students and teachers are allowed inside the fence. Thank you!
Elementary Field Days: Rain is in the forecast for the next several days. In the event of rain, the indoor activities will be held during the afternoon in the FEMA building. Unfortunately, we will not be able to reschedule the outdoor events.
Okay last call for Prom Pictures... if anyone wants pictures printed let me know!! I am sending in what I have but can send in another order. So many of you looked so cute but didn't order any of them :) Pkg A - 1- 8x10, 1- 5x7 & 4 wallets --> $12 Pkg B- 1- 8x10, 2- 5x7, 2-4x6 & 4 wallets --> $20 Pkg C- 2- 8x10, 2- 5x7, 4-4x6 & 16 wallets --> $25 (See Ms. Watts for order forms and more options)
Jr. High Baseball games vs Thayer today on 4/25 have been cancelled.
The Book Fair has arrived!! Our book fair has a new digital payment option. When you click on the link it will give you an option to load money in your child's eWallet for them to spend at the BOGO book fair! https://www.scholastic.com/bf/altonelementaryschool5
SENIORS: If you have scholarships that you have been awarded and want them announced at Honors Night, I need that information/documentation before Tuesday, April 30th. Mrs. Gilliland
Grade Level Testing for 7th and 8th grades begins next Monday, April 22 and ends Friday, April 26th. Please encourage your child to eat a good breakfast, to get plenty of rest the night before, and to do their best on the tests!
Today's baseball games at Dora for the Dora Tournament are postponed until tomorrow. If the times or location is changed an updated will be posted.
Senior Class of 2019: Go to the link below and submit your information for the Area-wide Media Newspaper. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc-0eKlLRewVtBpXiXFZE-EtZQcuXGAlB57T_pH8364wf0AQA/viewform?usp=sf_link Also, REQUIRED graduation practices are scheduled for May 1st and 3rd at 12:00 p.m. until practice is over. Please tag all seniors.
New Scholarship List and Counselor's Corner has been posted.
Elementary Basketball Pictures: Just a reminder! Students in grades K, 1, 2, 4 & 5 will have pictures made on Wednesday, April 17th. Don't forget your t-shirt or jersey! 3rd & 6th grades will have theirs made on April 24th.
The schedule for today's baseball games against Summersville will be Varsity at 4:00 followed immediately by Junior High.
4th Term Progress Report Cards will be emailed today (Friday, April 12th). If you do not have an email address on file, your child will receive a paper copy to bring home. If you haven't been receiving them by email and would like to start, please send us your email address.
2019-2020 Vaccination Requirements All incoming 8th grade students will need a Tdap and MCV vaccination before starting school in August All incoming 12th grade students will need 2 MCV vaccinations unless the first one was given on or after 16 years of age, in which case they will only need 1 vaccination
Schedule forms for 2019-2020 have been given to all 6th - 11th grade students. They are due by Friday, April 12th.
Dual Enrollment Forms are due tomorrow, Tuesday, April 9th to Mrs. Gilliland. No late forms will be accepted.
Today's Junior High Baseball game at Van Buren has been rescheduled for Wednesday at 2:00.
Today's High School Baseball game at Lesterville has been cancelled. Make up date TBD.
Summer School Forms went home with elementary students today. They are available in the main office for high school students. If interested in signing up, the forms are due by April 26. Dates are not finalized, but tentatively set form May 28- June 21.
PROM PROM PROM, tomorrow is a big day!! LAST day to purchase a prom ticket, turn in your permission slips and your 30 second song choice is due!! 10 more days til PROM!
Regretfully, the Beta Club dodgeball tournament scheduled for this Friday has been cancelled due to scheduling conflicts.
Alton Beta Club is sponsoring a Red Cross Blood Drive on Monday, May 6, 2019 Alton High School FEMA Building 505 School Street Alton, MO 65606 01:00 PM - 06:00 PM Come out and help a senior earn scholarship money from the Red Cross.
Alton Beta Club is sponsoring a Red Cross Blood Drive on Monday, May 6, 2019 Alton High School FEMA Building 505 School Street Alton, MO 65606 01:00 PM - 06:00 PM Come out and help a senior earn scholarship money from the Red Cross.
New Counselor's Corner and Scholarship List being posted today! Check them out under the document section.
SENIORS: Three new scholarships posted! Check your google classroom out. This includes the Alton Alumni Scholarship.
JUNIORS: SCHOLARSHIP FOR YOU! BBB Student of Ethics $2500 Award. Apply by May 31st at bbb.org/stlouis/student-of-ethics-awards. The link is also posted in your google classroom from Mrs. Gilliland.
DUAL ENROLLMENT: Mrs. Gilliland now has copies of dual enrollment summer courses and fall online courses to go with the applications. See her if you haven't picked yours up yet.
DUAL ENROLLMENT: Planning to take dual enrollment courses in 2019-20? Get an application from Mrs. Gilliland. They will be due on Tues., April 9th. If you plan to take the Math 135 course and do not have an ACT Math score of 22, sign up to test on Thurs, April 11th at 8:15.
New Counselor's Corner with summer camp info and scholarships online today! New Scholarship List also!
Dual Enrollment Meeting for Parents/Students Wednesday, March 20th at 5:30 in the HS Library.
Outdoor Skills Camp for Deaf & Hard of Hearing Children- July 27th-28. This is sponsored by the MO Department of Conservation and it is in its 18th year. The cost is only $30 per family of 6, but scholarships are available. Contact Mrs. Gilliland at the school for more info.
Under 30 years of age? Working on a career or technical certification? Check out the $2500 scholarship at https://scholars.horatioalger.org/scholarships/about-our-scholarship-programs/technical/. Awesome opportunity!
SENIORS: Reminder that you need to watch the scholarships that are due while we are on spring break and the day or two after we return. Get ahead on these!
MFPA Logging School gives graduates the skills needed to succeed in the logging industry. For more info about this ten week program that begins May 28th go to www.moforest.org/logging-school/. Financial assistance is available.
Reminder that Air Evac is landing due to the Career Day. There is no emergency at the school.
Career Day will be held at Alton Elementary tomorrow (3/15). Students will spend part of the day outside, and should remember to bring a jacket. In addition, the Air Evac helicopter will be landing on the ballfield at 8:30. Please do not be alarmed; the Air Evac landing is part of our Career Day activities and should not be seen as a sign of an emergency.
MAP Grade Level Testing with 7th and 8th grade will be April 22nd-26th. Please schedule appointments around those dates if possible. Contact Mrs. Gilliland if you need more specific testing information.
EOC Testing in the High School will be the week of April 15th-18th. 9th-12th grade students may test in English II, Algebra I, Am. Government, Biology, or Geometry. Please schedule appointments around those dates. Check with Mrs. Gilliland if you need more specific info.
Parents: District Testing for Mandated Tests will begin April 15th and run through May 3rd. Please schedule doctor, dentist, and other appointments around those dates. Watch for more specific test info in future posts.
National Beta is proud to announce Alton High School as a 2018-2019 National School of Distinction and Merit. The School of Distinction Award is an honor for Beta Chapters striving towards academic achievement, exemplary character, demonstrated leadership and service to others. With an ongoing quest to instill these qualities in more students, the National Beta School of Distinction Award is designed to award those schools that show an increase in membership for the current school year. The School of Merit Award is designed to award those schools that offer Beta membership to all eligible grades levels. Award recipients received a National Beta School of Distinction banner to proudly display as a symbol of their accomplishment. In addition, National Beta School of Distinction recipients will be publicized at the 2019 National Beta Convention in Oklahoma City, OK this June. “This prestigious honor is a true indication of Alton School’s dedication to academic excellence, leadership development and commitment to celebrating their student’s achievements,” said National Beta’s Chief Executive Officer, Bobby Hart. In addition to the two club awards from National Beta, three Alton High School Beta students won plaques in their competitive divisions. At state convention, Beta holds competitions in different school subjects. Each club can enter one student to compete in each grade level for one school subject. Freshman Jace Reese won third place in math, and senior Melany Woods won third place in photography, and senior Kelsie Orr won first place in Agriscience. These three students will now travel to National Beta Convention to compete with other students from the United States. Additionally, senior Mikayla Hood won a scholarship to Missouri State University in Springfield. About National Beta: National Beta is the largest independent, non-profit, educational youth organization in America. Since its beginnings in 1934, National Beta has been committed to providing students with a positive experience in a supportive manner in grades 4-12. The organization recognizes outstanding achievement, promotes character and social responsibility, encourages service involvement to school and community, and fosters leadership skills. For more information about National Beta, visit betaclub.org
SENIORS: At least 5 new scholarships posted today. Values from $200 to one that is $12,000 per year! Check them out in your Google Classroom or in the updated Counselor's Corner!
Third Term Report Cards will be emailed or sent home with students today, Friday, March 8th. If you do not receive one by email and would like to, please contact the school with your email address.
St. High Students: Chad Cargill ACT Workshop at Willow Springs on Thurs., March 14th. It's an excellent opportunity to learn methods to improve ACT Scores. Bus will leave school promptly at 7:30 AM & return by 3:00. Cost of the workshop is $30. See Mrs. Gilliland for more info.
Don't forget! Preschool & Kindergarten Orientation is this evening from 6:00-7:30 in the Elementary Multi-Purpose Building. Appointments will be made for Friday for screening between the hours of 8:30 and 3:00. If you are unable to make it tonight, please call the office to schedule an appointment.
DUAL ENROLLMENT INFORMATIONAL MEETINGS FOR 19-20 SCHOOL YEAR: Dr. Michael Orf from MSU-West Plains will be here at 5:30 on Wednesday, March 20th to meet with parents and students. Please make plans to attend if you are interested in taking a dual enrollment course next year.
DUAL ENROLLMENT INFORMATIONAL MEETINGS FOR 19-20 SCHOOL YEAR: Mrs. Gilliland will meet with all 9th -11th grade students who are interested in taking a dual enrollment course next year on Tues, March 19th 8th hour.
NCRC WorkKeys Testing will be Tues., March 12th from 8:15-11:45. Please arrive at school on time that day. SCCC students, let your instructors know you will not be in class that day. Partial Day students, you will need to be here that morning. See Mrs. Gilliland for more info.
Due to the possibility of bad weather the Human Anatomy trip for the cadaver lab at St. Louis University, originally scheduled for Monday March 4th, has been rescheduled for May.
This month our teacher spotlight shines on Ms. Melissa Childers. Ms. Melissa works as a Paraprofessional in the Special Education Department at Alton Elementary School. She also drives a bus for the district. Ms. Melissa is one of the most caring individuals you will ever meet! She loves the children that she serves as her own. She goes above and beyond to improve the lives of our little Comets. She even uses her own money to pay for things like field trip fees for students who need help coming up with the money! She would not even hesitate to take a child in need into her own home, and voices that she wishes she could do this on a regular basis. Ms. Melissa truly has a heart of gold. She cares about our kiddos. When their hearts break, her heart breaks. She is truly a guardian angel for so many of our sweet kiddoes. She is a beautiful person on the inside and out. She is also such a hard worker! We are so very proud to call Ms. Melissa a Comet! Thank you for all you do for our students! #CometPride #BlessedWithTheBest #AltonElem
It is almost PROM time!!! Theme: Oh, the places you’ll go (Traveling theme) Where: This year’s prom will be hosted at Rustic Charms in Mountain View, MO. When: Saturday April 13th 2019 Important Times: Students need to arrive for Grand March Line-up →4:00pm, Grand March → 4:30, Bus departs to Mountain View → 5:15 pm, Prom → 6pm - 10 pm, Bus departs to Alton → 10 pm, Bus Arrival at Alton → 10:45 pm Prom Sponsors: Ms. Watts (email@example.com) Mrs. Myers (firstname.lastname@example.org) PROM SALES (March 4-29th) Ticket sales will start March 4th-29th at the following prices. All tickets sales will be non-refundable. Sales will take place during 8th hours in Ms. Watts’ classroom! (If Vo Tech student or check-out early you may purchase before 1st hour) Senior Single Free Senior w/ Senior Free Senior w/ Junior $35 Senior w/ Sophomore $45 Senior w/ Freshman $45 Senior w/ Out of School $50 Junior Single $35 Junior w/ Senior $35 Junior w/ Junior $70 Junior w/ Sophomore $80 Junior w/ Freshman $80 Junior w/ Out of School $85 Prom Comm. Mem. Single Free Prom Comm. Mem/ Senior Free Prom Comm. Mem/ Junior $35 Prom Comm. Mem/ Soph. $45 Prom Comm Mem/ Fresh $45 Comm Mem/ Out of School $50
SENIORS: If any of you plan to attend Three Rivers College in Poplar Bluff next year, their Registration ROCKS will be held in April. You need to let Mrs. Gilliland know by Friday, March 8 and she will help you get registered to attend one of the open dates.
6th grade parents: Bus leaves for Field Trip tomorrow morning at6:30. Have a great time 6th graders!
No school at Alton R-4 on Thursday, February 28, 2019 due to freezing drizzle and slick roads, especially in the northern part of the District.
SOPHOMORES: If you are interested in attending classes next year at the South Central Career Center, we will register for those courses during 3rd hour on Thursday, March 7th in the library computer lab.
SENIORS & Parents: A representative from vocational rehabilitation will be here on Thursday, March 14th to meet with seniors who have any type of physical, educational, emotional, or other disability to see if you would benefit from their services. This is a reschedule. See Mrs. Gilliland for more info or to sign up to meet with her.
SENIORS: Please look ahead at scholarship due dates and work required. There are several that could be affected by weather, Spring Break, or other "no-school" reasons. You have several scholarship applications due March 8th online. Don't get caught unprepared by weather!
10th & 11th Graders: Check out MSU-Springfield Bear Partnership Camp-free week long camp for those who may want to teach someday. Held on the campus at Springfield. Pick up an application from Mrs. Gilliland or download one from your Google Classroom!
SENIORS: SIX New Scholarships posted in the senior classroom today! Valued from $500 to $20,000!
SENIORS: Vocational Rehab Supervisor will be here on Monday, March 4th. If you have any type of physical, medical, emotional, educational issue or disability, please let Mrs. Gilliland know you would like to meet with the rep.
Ozarka College Recruiter here today and MSU - West Plains on Wednesday, Feb. 27th. Sr.'s and Jr.'s, be sure to sign the list on Mrs. Gilliland's bulletin board if you would like to meet with them.
Third Term will end this Friday, March 1, 2019. Grades will be sent home by Friday, March 8, 2019.
10th & 11th Grade Students: UM-Columbia School of Medicine has a Mizzou MedPrep: Medical Explorations Workshop. 2 weeks online and one day visit to either Columbia campus or Springfield campus. Info in your Google Classroom!
Sr.'s & Jr.'s - Ozarka College here next Monday and MSU-West Plains on Wednesday. Sign the list on Mrs. Gilliland's bulletin board if you wish to meet with them.
Around 20 new scholarships listed today alone - around 60 currently listed on our website. Seniors should be busy!
New Counselor's Corner and new Scholarship List posted in Documents section today!
Alton FFA is hosting a Red Cross Blood Drive in the FEMA TODAY until 6PM. Please share!
FBLA State Leadership Conference is April 14th-15th, members need to let Mrs. Smith know ASAP if you plan on attending. I have to register everyone by Monday, February 25th.
Ozarka College Recruiter will be here on Monday, Feb. 25th to meet with interested seniors & juniors. Sign the list on Mrs. Gilliland's bulletin board if you would like to meet with her.
The Alton GWFC Culture Club Scholarship Essay will need to be turned in on the first day we are back at school - whatever day that might be. None turned in so far!
Alton R-IV will dismiss at 1:00pm on Tuesday, February 19, 2019.
Seniors: The GWFC Alton Culture Club Scholarship essay that was due today, Friday, Feb. 15 will need to be turned in to Mrs. Gilliland on Tuesday, Feb. 19th.
There will be no school at Alton R-4 on Friday, February 15, 2019 due to a Winter Weather Advisory and the forecast for deteriorating road conditions during the day.
MSU-West Plains has cancelled the Red Carpet Day for Friday, Feb. 15th. We will be letting seniors & juniors know if we plan to reschedule a visit to the campus.
Dear Mrs. Walsh, I have some snack sacks ready for the children, as well as a little project they might have some fun with. I made each student an "Encouragement Book" and I hope they'll write something kind to each of their classmates. If done with any thought, I think they'll find things they can really appreciate about what others recognize in them-- atleast that's my hope. Please share the attached minute science video that shows the effect of word frequency on water with the kids. I think it will blow their minds! It's amazing to think of the impact kind words have over water, much less a human that understands words! I've written a personal message in every book, and I would love it if you could do the same before we hand them out. Sincerely, Jennifer Wilson Ozark Equipment Company #CommunityPartners #AltonElem #CommunitySupport #BlessedWithTheBest #EncouragOneAnother
It's almost that time of year again! Ms. Watts' Human Anatomy classes are taking a trip to participate in the interactive Cadaver lab at St. Louis University. This is a great and even a once in a lifetime experience for some students. If you would like to help sponsor the cost of a student or students please feel free to contact Ms. Watts @ the High School (call or email, email@example.com). The cost for the field trip is roughly $45 per student (including lunch and dinner costs). This is a lot for some families. Last year I was amazed and very appreciative of those that contributed. The lunch meal for the entire trip was paid for and many students were able to attend stress free due to the generosity of our community. Thank you again for all that you do for our students here at Alton High School.
Sr.'s & Jr.'s: MSU-West Plains Recruiter will be here on Wednesday, Feb. 27th at 2:50. Sign the list on Mrs. Gilliland's board if you would like to meet with her.
Sr.'s & Jr.'s: UM-Columbia (Mizzou) Recruiter will be here Thursday, Feb. 21st at 1:45. Sign the list on Mrs. Gilliland's board if you would like to meet with him.
St. Jude tickets and money will be collected through Tuesday morning, February 12th. If you forgot today, there is still time to get those turned into the office. Thank you for showing your Comet Pride by helping those in need!
In recognition of School Counselor’s Week, the Alton Elementary would like to take this time to honor our school counselor, Mrs. Willard. Mrs. Willard exemplifies love and compassion for our students in so many ways. She implements counseling lessons each week with our students, takes the time to listen to their individual needs and goes above and beyond to connect them with the necessary resources to support their daily needs at home and in school. Mrs. Willard has worked tirelessly to improve our school climate and culture through the establishment of Comets Who Care. Comets Who Care is a student led group who work to set an example for others and give back to our community. In addition to her many roles and responsibilities as the counselor, this year she has organized a clothing closet to fill clothing needs as they may arise and established a classroom partnership to grow our relationship with our community. Thank you to Mrs. Willard for all your hard work and dedication to our students and school!
The Elementary continues its' fundraising efforts for St. Jude! Coin Drive will begin on Thursday and go through Monday the 11th. Hat Day will be on Friday- bring a $1 and wear your hat for the day! All tickets and money are due on Monday, February 11th! Thanks for caring!
FBLA Members Brenda Palmer and Ashley Barton receive Future Level of Business Achievement Awards.
New Counselor's Corner and Scholarship List have been posted under the document sections in the school website!
Sr.'s: The GWFC Alton Culture Club Scholarship application has opened. See the essay you need to write by February 15th to be considered in your google classroom.
Senior Females: Delta Kappa Gamma Scholarship for those planning to major in education with an ACT composite score of at least 20 should apply. See application in your google classroom.
Juniors: Howell-Oregon Electric Cooperative CYCLE program is now open for applications. Please use the paper app that you were given by Dakota Bates or log on to www.hoecoop.org to apply by February 18th. See Mrs. Gilliland for help if needed.
This is Eric Allen. There will be no school at Alton R-IV on Friday February 1, 2019 because of overnight freezing drizzle and black ice. The FBLA trip scheduled for this morning is also cancelled.
Progress Reports for students in grades 4-12 will be emailed to parents today (1/31/19). Please review your child's grades and contact your child's teacher(s) if you have questions or concerns. If you do not have an email address on file, a paper copy will be sent home with your child tomorrow. Please contact the office if you do not receive your child's grades, or if you would like to request a paper copy.
Jr. High AND Sr. High Students: AgDiscovery is a 2-4 week summer program for students interested in learning more about plants, animals, and agribusiness. Over the last 2 summers, 4 Alton students attended and had great experiences. See Mrs. Gilliland for more info.
Students ages 14-17 interested in exploring the economic way of thinking are invited to apply for The Foundation for Economic Education Educational Summer Camps. Learn more at FEE.org/seminars.
SENIORS (& PARENTS): 25, yes, 25 NEW scholarships opened today (or tomorrow). Check out your senior Google classroom! Many come from the www.cfozarks.org link. 53 scholarships (some connect to more than 1) are currently open!
SENIORS & JUNIORS: Three Rivers College Recruiter will be here on Wednesday, Feb. 13th at 2:50. If you would like to meet with her, please sign the list on Mrs. Gilliland's board.
ANNOUNCEMENT: We are so excited to announce that our very own Mrs. Margaret Hufstedler is a published author! She has been working diligently with Hameray Publishing Group to write STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) books for students. What an accomplishment! This is just one of the many books she has authored. We are so blessed to have such a talented teacher in our district. She is one of many! Check out more of her books at: https://www.hameraypublishing.com/collections/stem-explorations
SENIORS & JUNIORS: MSU-WEST PLAINS RED CARPET DAY is Friday, Feb. 15th. See Mrs. Gilliland for a permission form. More details in your google classroom.
CYCLE Program Presentation by Dakota Bates from Howell-Oregon electric for juniors has been rescheduled. He will be here to meet with all juniors at 2:50 on Thursday, January 31st.
New Counselor's Corner being posted in documents. New scholarships on there for seniors and more info for other grade levels!
SOPHOMORES: The SCCC trip to West Plains is still on for Thursday (as long as we are in school). Make sure to bring your permission form to school Thursday morning. Don't forget your lunch money-we will eat in West Plains!
This is Eric Allen. There will be no School at Alton R-4 on Wednesday, January 23, 2019. Many back roads remain ice covered.
SOPHOMORES: SCCC trip for Thursday, Jan. 24th is still on. Bring your permission forms on Wednesday & get your assignment sheets completed and turned in then as well.
This is Eric Allen. There will be no school at Alton R-4 on Tuesday, January 22, 2019.
We need your help, please! With the ever-increasing amount of technology that we have on our campus, we ASK that you PLEASE do not allow your children to bring slime to school. This is very damaging to the equipment that we have and a disruption in the classroom. Thank you!
Juniors: You will meet with Howell-Oregon Electric Coop Representative Dakota Bates during 8th hour on Thursday, January 24th in the high school library. He will be presenting information on the CYCLE program.
Sophomores: Permission forms and Course Assignment Sheets will be due to Mrs. Gilliland by next Tuesday, Jan. 22nd if you want to tour the South Central Career Center on Thurs., Jan. 24th. Bring lunch money that day! We will eat in West Plains.
SENIORS & PARENTS: Last FAFSA Help Night is this Thursday, January 17th 3:30 until 7:00. Need parent & student 2017 tax returns and FSA ID if already created for student & one parent. State & College Financial Aid Deadlines are fast approaching. Make sure you have this done!
Our loss your gain... due to the bad weather and postponement of homecoming we have some gorgeous flowers that can't be used. How about buying and sending a bouquet to your favorite student, staff, teachers or administrators to let them know how much you appreciate them?! We have bouquets of 1, 2, 3, 4 roses (9 different bouquets), 10 boutineers and little girl corsage ❤ Please see comments for pricing or if you'd like to make a donation we'll gladly accept it! Contact Ms. Watts at the HS or via email firstname.lastname@example.org. We appreciate your continued support so much!💐🌷
This is Eric Allen, Superintendent at Alton R-4. There will be no school at Alton R-4 on Friday, January 11, 2019. Ballgame and Homecoming activities are also postponed.
With Winter weather season upon us, please be thinking now about any alternate plan for your child(ren) in the event of an early dismissal for school for inclement weather. A little planning now can greatly reduce the stress of this event in the moment it occurs.
Students in grades 10-12 who took any EOC exam in the Spring of 2018 will have scores sent home over the next few days. Please watch for them. Some Sr.'s, Jr.'s, & Sophomores may be receiving ASVAB or PSAT scores as well.
Updated Counselor's Corner and Scholarship List under the documents section. Info on summer programs as well as ACT and scholarship info that might apply to any 7th - 12th grade student!
SOPHOMORES: Tour of South Central Career Center to learn more about the programs offered there on Thursday, Jan. 24th. See Mrs. Gilliland for a permission form-due Tuesday, Jan. 22nd.
Don't forget it's homecoming week which means Spirit Week in the Junior High and High School!!!! Show your school spirit by wearing mismatch colors today!
Alton Elementary students are spending the day in Comet Pride Bootcamp! We know the importance of having consistent rules throughout our building in each location. We also value uniform rules for all students, preschool through 6th Grade. We felt that January was the perfect time to brush up on our school expectations! #AltonElem #PBIS #CometPride
This month our teacher spotlight sparkles on Mrs. Melissa Hufstedler. Mrs. Hufstedler has taught Music at Alton Elementary for 26 years. During this time, Mrs. Hufstedler has put together over 50 music programs that have sparked talent in children and made parents proud. She has instilled an appreciation and love for music within hundreds of students! Mrs. Hufstedler is one talented woman. There isn’t much that this lovely lady cannot do- from singing, to painting, to sewing, to playing the piano and more, the list is never ending. Mrs. Hufstedler is a hard worker. She puts everything she has into the music program at Alton Elementary and is always there to help others make their endeavors successful, adding a special touch to everything she is involved in. In addition, Mrs. Hufstedler always makes sure our students have what they need. If she finds out a student is doing without, she will personally make sure that the student's needs are met. In her spare time, Mrs. Hufstedler continues to touch the lives of others by teaching college courses at Missouri State University. She also gives private lessons to many aspiring pianists. Mrs. Hufstedler is an amazing role model for our students. Her presence truly makes our school a better place. Thanks for making Alton Elementary shine, Mrs. Hufstedler! *Thank you to the Alton Burger Palace for sponsoring our Teacher Spotlight Program each month. Mrs. Hufstedler received a $25 gift certificate from the Burger Palace.
The Elementary Canned Food Drive ends tomorrow! Please be sure and send anything that you can to help the Oregon County Food Bank. Thank you for all of your support in helping us teach our students to help those in need!
Parents & 7th-12th Graders: Mrs. Gilliland has created a "Google" classroom for each grade level. She will be using this as a means of communicating information that might be important to each grade level. Students should watch for their invite to the class.
SR.'s & Parents: FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) Help Night is tonight (Thurs., Dec. 13th) from 3:30 until 7:00. Mrs. Gilliland will either be in her office or Mrs. Wright's Business Lab.
Cookie dough and Tumblers are here! Please be sure and pick your orders up TODAY between 3:30 and 6:00 in the Multi-Purpose Building.
One of our sweet families lost their home in a house fire this week. The fire resulted in a total loss of the home and all belongings inside. The family also lost all of their Christmas gifts. Our students and staff are heart broken for the Conner family. We would like to find a way to help ensure that Brad, Cassandra, and their 6 children have a merry Christmas. For this reason, we are collecting money and gift cards to be sent to the family. Donations can be dropped off at the elementary or high school office. Thanks for your support!
SENIORS: 8 NEW scholarships posted in your google classroom and in the Counselor's Corner! Christmas Homework!
Due to scheduling conflicts, Beta Club will be passing out their candy grams on Monday, December 17, instead of Friday, December 14. There is still time to purchase candy grams. If you need extras, just ask Mrs. Thompson in the high school or Ms. Theresa in the elementary.
9th through 12th Grade Students: Mrs. Gilliland, the counselor, has created google classrooms for each grade level (7th and 8th grade coming soon). If you didn't accept your invitation via your email and you need the class code to get in, see her soon!
SENIORS: Check your senior google classroom for Mrs. Gilliland. Several new scholarships posted today!
SENIORS & JUNIORS: The meeting with vocational rehabilitation representative has been postponed from Thursday, Dec. 13th to an undetermined future date.
Kelsie Orr won first place in 12th grade agriculture, Melany Woods won third place in photography, and Jace Reese won third place in 9th grade math at Beta state convention in Springfield. This qualifies them to compete at national convention in June in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The Alton Senior Beta Club took 61 of its 88 members to state convention to compete in various educational competitions.
We have an amazing network of parents for our class this year who donate special items for our projects all year. We appreciate being able to learn about how to treat others by reading about how the Grinch was bullied as a child, and how love and kindness helped him become a better Grinch. We celebrated learning with Grinch Hot Chocolate. Thank you to all of our parents and our Community Sponsor, Value Seekers. ❤️
Seniors & Parents: If you have any type of physical, medical, emotional, or educational disability and would like to visit the Vocational Rehabilitation Representative about future school or work opportunities, see Mrs. Gilliland by Wed., Dec. 12th.
Juniors & Parents: If you have any type of physical, medical, emotional, or educational disability and would like to visit with the Vocational Rehabilitation Representative, let Mrs. Gilliland know by Wed., Dec. 12th. Summer job opportunity!
Students who are scheduled to take the ACT on Saturday, Dec. 8th should still be prepared to take the ACT at whatever location they have been assigned. If you have concerns about it being cancelled, listen to the radio station. They would announce that on Saturday morning.
The December 8th Saturday School for Alton High School students has been postponed. It is rescheduled for Saturday, December 15th.
Congratulations to Alee Willard and Gunnar Kennedy! They both took home state awards yesterday at the Missouri Junior Beta Convention in Springfield, Missouri. Alee was the State Runner Up in the Language Arts Competition and Gunnar was the State Runner Up in the Digital Arts Competition. Way to represent Comet Country!
FAFSA Help Night is Thursday, Dec. 13th from 3:30 to 7:00. Seniors & a parent who need assistance should bring their 2017 tax info in order to complete the FAFSA. Contact Mrs. Gilliland for more info. 778-7215 x 224.
Seniors & Juniors: MSU-West Plains Recruiter will be here on Tues., Dec. 11th at 2:50. Sign up with Mrs. Gilliland if you want to meet with the recruiter.
Seniors: John T. Belcher scholarship application is due Friday. Some of you will be leaving for BETA convention early Friday. Make sure to turn it in on Thursday! Or email it to Mrs. Gilliland on Friday!
JR & SR High Concert 7:00 pm
Elementary Parents: Activities for Friday, November 30— 3 & 4 Parent Lunch at 11:30; 5 & 6 Parent Lunch at 12:00; and K-6 Fall Parties at 2:00. We hope to see you there!
Tomorrow is pajama day at the elementary. Bring a $1 and you can wear pajamas for the day. The money raised will be used to purchase items for foster children in the area.
2018 Alton High School Graduates: We need to complete a one-year follow-up. Please email to email@example.com your current college, vocational school, military, or work info. Need the name and your major or if work or military, your job title. Thank you!
Senior FBLA Members-check out the scholarship application info. Due to Mrs. Gilliland by January 18 - ignore the February 1st deadline!
Juniors 2019: Mrs. Gilliland has created a google classroom for you. Check your school email for your invitation to join the class! Seniors 2019, your invitation was sent before break. Check your emails also!
Young Ladies' Gently Used Coats sizes medium through X-large are available for girls in need of one in the high school counselor's office. Stop and grab one if you are in need!
New Scholarship List and Counselor's Corner posted in the document section today, Tuesday, Nov. 27th!
JUNIORS: If you have physical or intellectual disabilities, vocational rehabilitation may have a summer job opportunity for you. Please see Mrs. Gilliland by Friday, Nov. 30th for more information.
Dual Enrollment Forms for Spring 2019 MUST be turned in to Mrs. Gilliland by Wednesday, Nov. 28th. If not returned by then, you will not be allowed to enroll in a dual enrollment course for the spring.
Elementary Parents: Fall Parties will be held on Friday, November 30. Teachers will be sending home notes when we return from Thanksgiving Break! Enjoy time with family and friends and Happy Thanksgiving!
This is Eric Allen. There will be no school at Alton R-4 on Thursday, November 15, 2018 due to snow and ice on the roadways. Thanksgiving Break will begin on Friday November 16 and continue until classes resume on Monday, November 26, 2018. Please enjoy this time with family and friends and travel safely over the break.
Seniors: National FFA Scholarship opens Nov. 15th. Not just for FFA members! www.FFA.org/Scholarships
SENIORS: Voice of Rural Missouri Scholarship application is available in your Senior Google Classroom or from Mrs. Gilliland. Due March 31st.
SENIORS: ESA Foundation Scholarships-multiple scholarship applications. Go to www.epsilonsigmaalpha.org for more information. Early Bird Deadline is Dec. 15th (3 additional scholarship opportunities by meeting this deadline).
Senior Parents: Two great scholarships are due Thursday, Nov. 15th. Missouri BETA - must be a BETA member (three different scholarships) and Hagan - must have a minimum 23 ACT Composite score. Encourage your seniors to apply.
Congratulations to Treyton Terrill, he scored a 27 on the SCIENCE portion of his ACT!! The ACT is scored on a scale of 1–36. The national average ACT score is currently 21. Scoring above average opens the door for scholarships, potential college acceptances and academic recommendations. Keep working hard, AHS is proud of you!!
This is Eric Allen. At this time, 9:00pm on November 12, 2018, Alton R-IV will be in session on November 13. The Springfield TV stations rolled today's early dismissal into being closed on November 13 which is not fact at this time (and has since been corrected). A weather check will be made early in the morning and any updates provided, if warranted. Again, as of now school is in session at Alton R-IV November 13, 2018.
The calling company was able to fix the issue with our calling system. If there are further issues in the future, please do not hesitate to let us know. We appreciate your understanding and patience.
We have had a few instances of people not receiving the call or text that went out about dismissal. We apologize for any issue with this situation. We are currently checking with the company to determine what happened, as we show that those who have notified us should have received the calls. As there is a potential for further precipitation, please also listen to radio and television for any further cancellations.
This is Eric Allen, Superintendent at Alton R-4. School will dismiss at 2:00pm on Monday, November 12, 2018. The Blue and Gold Scrimmage for tonight is postponed to a future date.
Six new scholarships listed today. If you are a descendant of a veteran (child, grandchild, great-grandchild, etc), check out the different criteria for each of the six.
New "Counselor's Corner" and "Scholarship List" posted in the Documents section.
Seniors & Parents: Mrs. Gilliland has created a google classroom for Sr.'s. She will post scholarships & other info there. Watch for & accept the invitation to join "Seniors 2019: Not Done Yet" classroom! Let her know if you didn't get the invite.
BETA club's spirit week begins today with the St. Jude's RED day. Wear your RED to show your support for the fight against childhood cancer.
With Winter weather season approaching, please be thinking now about any alternate plan for your child(ren) in the event of an early dismissal for school for inclement weather. A little planning now can greatly reduce the stress of this event in the moment it occurs.
Shout out on an awesome Veteran's Day Program! FBLA, Choirs, Speakers, Veterans' Presentation of the Meaning of the Folding of the Flag: All did a very meaningful job. It was great to see so many Veterans and some of our current military here today. Thank you for your service.
High School - 2nd Term Progress Grade Reports will be emailed on Friday, November 9th. If the parent does not have an email address on file, a paper copy will be sent home. Please contact your child's teachers if you have any concerns.
Veterans Day Assembly Friday, November 9th, 1:00 PM Alton High School FEMA FBLA would like to invite veterans and community to pay tribute to those who have served our country.
Congratulations to our Elementary Little Mr. and Miss Merry Christmas Candidates! Thanks to the Culture Club and our Community Partners for sponsoring this program. To help your favorite candidates win, stop by one of the businesses who are sponsoring them and make a donation! All money received will used to make our town beautiful and to sponsor youth related activities.
This month, the teacher spotlight shines on Mrs. Adrian Clary. Mrs. Clary is one of our kindergarten teachers at #AltonElem. Mrs. Clary also serves as the Junior High Girls Basketball Coach and the High School Girls Assistant Basketball Coach. In the classroom, Mrs. Clary pushes her students to do their very best. Her classroom is a loving, inviting room filled with bright colors and learning adventures galore! All of Mrs. Clary’s students definitely walk out of kindergarten knowing that their teacher loves them very much! Mrs. Clary looks after her students. She is the first to notice when one of her students is in need or is simply having a rough day. Mrs. Clary also fights for her students to ensure that they have the love and support that they need to be successful. In addition, Mrs. Clary goes out of her way to provide unique experiences for her students, like trips to Shepherd’s View to read to residents. On the court, Mrs. Clary serves as an amazing role model to the girls that she coaches. She pours her heart and soul into her ball team. She works to develop positive relationships with her girls. She creates an environment that allows everyone on her team to feel like they are part of a family. Between teaching and coaching, Mrs. Clary truly pours everything she has into the Alton School District. Many days, she starts her morning with a 5 AM ball practice, teaches kindergarten all day, and then ends the day with an after school practice. It would be difficult to find an educator who works harder than her. We are so lucky to be able to call Mrs. Clary an Alton Comet. Thanks for all you do to make our school a better place, Mrs. Clary! You are appreciated! *Thank you to the Alton Burger Palace for sponsoring our monthly teacher spotlight! Each month, the winning teacher receives a $25 gift card from the Alton Burger Palace.
New Name and Cause for the Basketball Jamboree for 2018! Alton High School Beta Club is sponsoring the Red Out Games this year with a new color, red instead of pink, and a new charity. This year all funds will be raised for St. Judes Children's Hospital. T-shirts are $10.00. The money is due Wednesday November 7, (Your student should have come home yesterday with the order form). Due to scheduling conflicts the date had to be moved up giving us little time to get t-shirts designed, so that is the reason for the quick turn around in the orders forms due date.
Blue- Yellow, Yellow-Blue Go Comets Fight!! Join the Comet Cheerleaders by wearing your school colors to send the cross country athletes off to State competitions this morning!! See you and your school spirit very soon!
Missouri BETA Club Scholarship is due November 15. See Mrs. Gilliland to have her send you the Google Doc.
New Counselor's Corner and new Scholarship List have been placed in the "documents" section of our website. Check them out!
Financial Aid Presentation tomorrow, Thursday, November 1st at 4:00 in Mrs. Wright's room!
Information on Labor Market Needs for High School Students must be shared before November 1. Students will find updated information at https://dese.mo.gov/sites/default/files/am/documents/CCR-18-011.pdf
Truman State University Admissions Recruiter here on Wednesday, Nov. 14th at 2:50 to meet with seniors & juniors. Sign the list on Mrs. Gilliland's bulletin board to meet with her.
University of Missouri-Columbia Admissions Recruiter here on Monday, Nov. 12th at 2:50 to meet with seniors & juniors. Sign the list on Mrs. Gilliland's board to meet with them.
Financial Aid Presentation for Seniors, Juniors, and Parents/Guardians this Thursday, November 1st at 4:00 in Mrs. Wright's room. FAFSA Help to follow if needed. Bring those 2017 tax documents with you!
Several new scholarships were posted last week when our Facebook connection wasn't working. Please check them out. Some have a very quick deadlines.
SR.'s: MASFAP Scholarship-open to any senior. Apply by Oct. 31st at www.myscholarshipcentral.org. $1000 for a 300 word essay!
SR BETA Members: Missouri BETA Club Scholarship is due Nov. 15th. See Mrs. Gilliland for more info.
SR.'S & jR'S & PARENTS/GUARDIANS: Financial Aid Night next Thursday, November 1st @4:00 in Mrs. Wright's room. Learn more about all types of financial aid for any type of post-secondary education. FAFSA Help to follow if you need it. Bring 2017 Tax Return with you.
SENIORS: Today is the deadline for Horatio Alger Scholarships!
SR BETA Members-Missouri BETA Scholarship is due Nov. 15th. See Mrs. Gilliland ASAP for an application or more. If applying to several colleges, you may need a separate app for each one.
SENIORS: Tomorrow, October 25, is the deadline for the Horatio Alger Scholarship. Make sure you have your application completed and submitted on time.
Don't forget! All cookie dough forms and money are due in the elementary office tomorrow, October 24, 2018! They MUST be turned in tomorrow. Thank you!
Alton Elementary would like to say thank you to Mr. Chris Whitten and the folks at Fuel Express for donating hats and gloves to every student in Mrs. McFann's Kindergarten class. Students will be traveling to the pumpkin patch this week, and Mr. Whitten thought he would help the kiddos stay warm during their outing. In addition, Mr. Whitten has donated over $300 worth of snacks to students in the two classes his businesses sponsor. Thank you Mr. Whitten for all you are doing to help our school!
https://www.sbuniv.edu/admissions/student-receptions.php Link to visit with SBU at West Plains for Sr.'s & Jr.'s on Monday, Oct. 29th.
Financial Aid Presentation for Seniors, Juniors, & Parents on Thursday, Nov. 1st at 4:00 in Mrs. Wright's business lab. FAFSA completion help until 6:00. Need 2017 tax information with you.
SENIORS & JUNIORS: SBU IS COMING TO YOU! Monday, Oct. 29 at West Plains Civic Center from 6:30-7:30. Must pre-register. See Mrs. Gilliland for the link to RSVP.
Seniors & Juniors: Permission forms to attend the college fair in Winona on Thursday, Oct. 25 are due on Tuesday by the time we leave school.
SENIORS: Eight (yes, 8) new scholarships will be posting tomorrow on the bulletin and in an updated Counselor's Corner and Scholarship List. Check them out!
Sr.'s & Jr.'s: College Fair at Winona, Thurs., Oct. 25. Permission forms are due Tuesday, Oct. 23rd. See Mrs. Gilliland.
Financial Aid Presentation for Sr.'s & Jr.'s & their parents/guardians will be Thursday, Nov. 1st at 4:00 in Mrs. Wright's Business Lab. FAFSA Assistance if needed to follow the presentation. Questions? Call Mrs. Gilliland.
Parents: If you did not receive an email with your child's grade card and would like to, please contact the school with your updated email address.
Grade cards for grades 7-12 were emailed on Monday and paper copies that were not picked up at Parent-Teacher Conferences will be given to students this week.
SENIORS: Hagan Scholarship closes in November. If you have at least a 23 composite ACT score, check this scholarship out. It is very specific with its requirements. START EARLY!
SENIORS: Horatio Alger Scholarship closes in 2 weeks! If you have overcome adversity in your life, check this scholarship out!
Sr.'s & Jr.'s: College Fair at Winona, Thursday, Oct. 25th. See Mrs. Gilliland for a permission & assignment form. You must also register on Strive Scan @ www.StriveFair.com.
Early Dismissal on Thursday, October 11 at 12:45 for Parent/Teacher Conferences. Conferences will be from 1:30 to 7:00. Parents please plan to visit with your child(ren)'s teacher(s) anytime after 1:30. We look forward to seeing you here!
September's Teacher Spotlight shines on Mrs. Marilyn Cockrum. Mrs. Cockrum teaches 4th grade at Alton Elementary. Mrs. Cockrum stands out as someone who spends, many, many hours at school perfecting all of her lessons for her students. Mrs. Cockrum teaches Science, and she leaves her students talking nonstop about the neat experiments that take place in her classroom. Mrs. Cockrum also has the biggest heart. She goes out of her way to find out what is going on when one of her students seems to be having a bad day. In addition, Mrs. Cockrum is always looking out for her coworkers. She constantly goes the extra mile to brighten other people's days. We love you Mrs. Cockrum! Thanks for all you do for your students and friends at Alton Elementary!
College of the Ozarks Recruiter will be here today at 2:50 to meet with interested juniors and seniors. Make sure you have signed the list on Mrs. Gilliland's bulletin board in order to meet with her.
1st Term ends today! Parent-Teacher Conferences will be next Thursday, October 11th from 1:00 until 7:00.
Parents/Guardians: If your phone number has changed or is no longer in service, please contact the school to update your information. We have several end of the quarter reminders coming up and want to make sure that everyone receives the calls! You can verify your information through the parent portal. Thank you!
FAFSA OPENS TODAY-Oct. 1st! Anyone planning to be in college or vocational or career programs in 2019-2020 needs to complete this using your 2017 taxes! www.fafsa.gov
1st Term Ends Friday, October 5th. Parent/Teacher Conferences on Thursday, October 11th!
Hagan Scholarship-seniors with an ACT composite score 23 should apply. A great scholarship opportunity that comes with other rewards! Deadline Nov. 15th. www.hsfmo.org
New Counselor's Corner and Scholarship List posted. Check them out under "documents."
Ozarka College Recruiters to visit with Seniors & Juniors on Wed., Sept. 26 at 2:50. Sign the list on Mrs. Gilliland's board to meet with them!
We will be having an Intruder Drill on campus later today. It is a planned drill with local law enforcement.
Ozarka College Recruiters here on Wednesday, Sept. 26 at 2:50 to meet with interested Seniors & Juniors. Sign up if you want to meet with them!
Seniors with a composite ACT of 23-very valuable Hagan Scholarship is open. www.hsfmo.org for an application and more info. Deadline is November 15.
The Baseball game Friday 9/21 has been moved up to Thursday 9/20 at 5:00 due to the large chance of rain Friday afternoon.
Air Force Recruiter here this Thursday, Sept. 20 at 2:50. Sign up to meet with him on the counselor's bulletin board - seniors & juniors.
Ozarka College Recruiters here on Wed., Sept. 26 to meet with 11th & 12th grade students.
Congratulations, Dawson Huckabee and Daniela Vargas-Palma! Both students made the South Central Missouri Honor Choir.
Tomorrow's baseball games on September 15 at Norwood have been cancelled.
Sr.'s & Jr.'s: College of the Ozarks Recruiter will be here Monday, Oct. 8 @ 2:50. Sign up sheet on Mrs. Gilliland's bulletin board.
Attention parents! All grade cards will be delivered to you via email this year. Paper copies will no longer be sent home with students. If you would like a paper copy of your child's grades or if you would like to update your email address in our system, please call the school. Elementary grade cards will be sent from Tonya Willard and Junior High/ High School grade cards will be sent from Pam Gilliland. If you do not have an email address on file with the school, a paper copy will be sent home with your child. Thanks for your support as we transition to digital grade cards. Progress 1 grades will be delivered to all parent email accounts today. The first quarter will end on October 5. Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held on Thursday, October 11. We look forward to seeing you then.
Sr. High Parents-1st Term Progress Reports have been emailed to the address(es) we have on file. Paper copies will go home today only with students who do not have a parent email address on file.
Students/Parents/Guardians: Great college/career school info at this website: www.hscounselorweek.com. This week's focus is on scholarships, grants, and financial aid. Check the articles out!
Brain Injury Scholarship-just received info about this scholarship. It is due Saturday, Sept. 15. If you have a brain injury, check them out at http://braininjuryassociationofmissouri.formstack.com/forms/scholarship_application
1st Term Progress Grades will be emailed on Friday, Sept. 14 to parents with an email address on file. For those who do not, we will send a paper copy home on Friday. If you do not receive the email or if you wish to add an email address on file, please notify the office.
Seniors & Parents: Voc. Rehabilitation can provide services to those who qualify-medical, educational, other disabilities. Their representative is here today meeting with seniors to introduce them to their program. If you need more info, contact Mrs. Gilliland.
Today's baseball game @ Van Buren has been rescheduled to 9/21 at 5:00 pm.
Don’t forget today is school picture day! Put on your best smile!
SCHOOL PICTURES ON MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 10! SMILE FOR THE CAMERA!
Attention: because of the threat of heavy rains tomorrow, the 5/6 grade field to Round & Alley Spring has been cancelled. Students will remain at school on Friday, September 7.
Our hearts are breaking today for Mrs. Reeves, Macy, and Macoy. Classmates of Macy and Macoy took a minute to think of them today. Our little Aubrey used her moment of silence to say a prayer for her sweet friend Macy! Please continue to lift up the Reeves family in your prayers! An account has been set up at the Alton Bank for Macy and Macoy. If you would like to make a donation to their account, please drop off the donation at the Alton Bank or the Alton Elementary Office. All checks should be made payable to: "For the Benefit of Macy Reeves and Macoy Reeves."
9th-12th Grade Students who are interested in Health Careers. Presenter from the Health Careers Club here on Sept. 12 at 12:15 to talk about her program. Sign up with Mrs. Gilliland to meet with her.
Sr.'s & Jr.'s-Army Recruiter here today at 2:50. Sign up if you want to meet with him.
New Counselor's Corner and Scholarship List posted under the "documents" section on our website!
Parents, Could you please take a minute to complete our PBiS School Safety Survey? The survey will only take a few minutes to complete, but the information will give us a better idea of safety concerns that exist in our school. Thanks for your help with this! The link for the survey is included below! https://www.pbisassessment.org/Anon/TJe206WT300
We are looking for a "pony cart" for the musical production Oklahoma in October. Contact Mrs. Johnson or message through here if you can help.
Thanks to the Alton Burger Palace, each month a lucky member of our staff will be randomly selected to win supper for his or her family from the Alton Burger Palace! Thank you to Pamela and everyone at Alton Burger Palace for being so incredibly supportive of our school! This month's winner is Mrs. Annie Whitten! Mrs. Whitten teaches art at Alton Elementary. Mrs. Whitten is one of the most talented people that has ever existed! We are lucky enough to have an elementary school that is more beautiful than ever before because it is filled with her murals! Mrs. Whitten works hard to put on an incredible art show each spring as well. If you ask our students, Art class is one of the most beloved classrooms in the school! Mrs. Whitten is also an amazing resource for all of our teachers when it comes to giving classroom management or behavior modification advice. Our school is a better place because Mrs. Whitten graces our halls. Mrs. Whitten says her favorite part of working at Alton Elementary is how happy the kids are when they come to art class. We all love you Mrs. Whitten! Enjoy your free supper from the Alton Burger Palace! You deserve it!
We started our morning at Alton Elementary with an assembly. We plan to make monthly assemblies a routine part of our month throughout the school year. Each assembly will focus on a specific part of our Comet Matrix. Today, students focused on showing their Comet Pride by always being prepared. Students also learned about proper bathroom behavior. The classrooms who collected the most tickets for the month were announced as well. The assembly turned out to be lots of fun and a huge success! We look forward to our next assembly at the end of September!
Good morning! We want to thank all of the parents that attended the Elementary Parent Information Night! We loved seeing parents come out to support our programs. If you were unable to attend, we want to share a few of the slide shows that may be of interest to you. Parent Information and Reminders: http://bit.ly/parentinfo19 Volunteer Program: http://bit.ly/altonvolunteer Have a wonderful Labor Day weekend!
Have you heard about our Cosmo Kid of the Day Program??? Each day in the elementary, students are rewarded with tickets for following the Comet Code (school rules). If a student chooses to, he or she may use a ticket to enter for a chance to be the Cosmo Kid of the Day. The two chosen students have their names announced during morning announcements and also get to ride around in the super cool seats pictured below for an entire day! The students are loving this opportunity! #EveryCometCounts #PBS #CometPride
Seniors or recent grads-check out Imagine America Scholarship at www.imagine-america.org. Geared towards Career School Programs.
After School Study Hall for grades 7-12 will be held on Tuesday's & Thursday's beginning Tues., Sept. 4th in the high school library from 3:30 to 5:00.
Scholarships due in October: Wendy's High School Heisman and Horatio Alger.
Seniors: If you have a medical, physical, emotional, educational condition that could affect your future, vocational rehabilitation services might be a resource for you. Talk with Mrs. Gilliland ASAP in order to meet with their rep.
Seniors & Juniors: Army Recruiter to visit on Tuesday, Sept. 4th @ 2:50. Sign the list on the counselor's bulletin board to meet with him.
SENIORS: 2 Scholarships due in October - check them out. www.horatioalger.org and wendysheisman.com!
New Counselor's Corner & Scholarship Lists posted under "Documents." Check them out!
Have you purchased your Comet Discount Card yet?!? Tickets are now on sale for $10 each! Proceeds will be used to support our Comet Pride Store in the Elementary. Students can earn tickets to purchase items in the store when they are caught using positive behavior! More information and order forms will be sent home with each elementary student next week! Feel free to turn your order in to an elementary student, or talk to a faculty member at AES. Cards will also be available to purchase in our office. Take a minute to review all of the 30 amazing discounts listed on the card! We are so thankful for the community support for this project shown by businesses in Alton, Thayer, and West Plains! Thank you for helping to make our school a better place for every student who enters! #EveryCometCounts #AltonElem
All Alton Elementary students have now successfully completed Comet Boot Camp! Here at Alton Elementary, we decided to spend the first two days of school teaching students the rules in each setting of our school (playground, cafeteria, bathroom, hallway, bus, classroom). We know it is important for our school to have consistent rules for everyone- from preschool to 6th grade. We've also learned that when students learn the rules first, teachers can gain up to 30% more instructional time due to avoided behaviors and disruptions. We ended bootcamp with a celebratory assembly today where students showed what they had learned in a game of family feud! Students also learned about Comet tickets and how they can be rewarded for their positive behavior. Please take a minute this weekend to ask your child to teach you how to show Comet PRIDE!
We at Alton Elementary are so excited for the new school year and all the positive things going on around school. For the safety of all students, we ask all parents to PLEASE wait to drop off your children AFTER 7:40. Teachers are not required to be on campus until 7:35; therefore, there is no guarantee of supervision. In addition, the exterior doors will be locked until that time. Thank you! Enjoy this fantastic school year! #EveryCometCounts
Have you downloaded our school app? Stay up to date on all school events, view menus, and more by downloading it for FREE from the Apple or Android app stores. Search for Alton R-IV School District!
7th Grade Orientation is Tuesday, August 7th at 5:45 in the high school gym. Hope to see all 7th graders and their parents there!
Horatio Alger Scholarship-Opening Soon. Due Date Oct. 25th. scholars.horatioalger.org.
Alton R-IV Back to School Dates • August 2, 2018 Alton R-IV will host a 9th grade Orientation at 6:00 pm in the High School Library • August 2, 2018 Alton R-IV will host a 12th grade Orientation at 6:30 pm in the High School Library • August 7, 2018 Alton R-IV will host a 7th grade Orientation at 5:45 pm in the High School Library • August 7, 2018 Alton R-IV will host an Open House for grades PK-12 grade from 6:00-7:30 pm. • August 7, 2018 The Alton Public School Foundation will host a hotdog supper which includes a hotdog, chips, and drink for $2.00 in the Alton Elementary Multi-Purpose Building beginning at 5:30 pm. Spring Dipper Ice Cream will also be available for purchase as well. • August 9, 2018 will be the first day of classes for students.
Two Beta students win at National BETA Convention! Paul Hall won first place in social studies, and Gracie Barrett won fourth place in English when they competed at the national convention held in Savannah, Georgia, in June. Thirteen students, plus two co-sponsors and a bus driver and spouse, had a fun filled 3 days in Savannah.
Elementary field trip should be back on campus at approximately 5:00.
Remember: Fritz’s trip for elementary summer school is tommorrow (June 21)! Please remember to send students in tennis shoes. Busses will leave AT 7:30 am and return around 4:45. If your child is not going, please remember that all elementary staff will be on the trip, so enjoy the day with your child. Breakfast will be served at 7:15 am.
Elementary parents & students: Don’t forget Friday Fun-day! Swim clothes for slippy slide, dry clothes and towels please! See you in a bit!
Elementary Summer School will be having Friday Fun-day on June 1st, June 15th and June 22nd. On each of these days, students will be participating in some water activities on campus. We will be having a slippy slide. Please send your child with some dry clothes, a towel and a bag to put those things in. To help us in making sure that all students make it home with what they bring, please put their name on the tags of these items.
Thank you to all of our patient summer school parents during parent pickup! We will work to make this a smoother experience. Beginning tomorrow, we will have elementary students in the lobby around 2:35 to begin the dismissal for the day. Again, we apologize for the delay and sincerely appreciate your patience!
Summer school starts tomorrow! Breakfast served from 7:40-8:00. Parent pickup is 2:50. We hope to see you there!
June ACT: Alton High School Site has been closed- numbers too low. If you signed up to test, watch for email with your new test site.
7th-12th grade report cards were mailed on Thursday. Some contain letters for bills, summer school, attendance grade cuts, & retention.
NOTICE OF OPENINGS 2018-19 School Year The Alton R-IV School District is accepting applications for the following positions for the 2018-19 School Year: Bus Driver, Cook, Custodian, 60 HR Para, Non-60 HR Para, Substitute Teacher Information requests can be made by contacting the Office of the Superintendent at 417-778-7216 and applications may down-loaded from https://www.alton.k12.mo.us/ Completed applications, resumes, and other supporting materials may be sent to: Office of the Superintendent Alton R-IV School District Route 72 Box 2180 Alton, Missouri 65606 It is the policy of the Alton R-IV School District not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, handicap or national origin in its educational programs, extra-curricular activities, or employment policies.
7th-12th grade cards will be mailed at the end of next week. Lunch bills, library fines, etc. must be paid to receive your grade card.
SENIORS 2019-BBB Scholarship-$2500-DUE June 22, 2018. Apply at bbb.org/stlouis/student-of-ethics-awards
4th quarter grade cards will have a new feature for elementary students in kindergarten through 5th grade. Attached to the front, on hot pink paper, will be a note that will tell students and parents who their child’s teacher will be for the 2018-2019 school year! Have a wonderful, relaxing summer!
Dual Enrollment Fall 2018-Mrs. Gilliland has names for textbooks you will need.
Comet Day is tomorrow for Elementary Students! The weather forecast was calling for rain, so we moved it to Tuesday. Hope your students are ready for some fun!
10th graders may pick up PSAT10 results from Mrs. Gilliland.
5th and 6th grade students and parents: We plan to have field day if the rain stops overnight. Please have students bring a clean set of clothes in case they may get a little muddy.
We are continuing to accept donations to the Jane Reese Memorial Scholarship. Please send your contributions to Pam Gilliland or Myrtle Little in care of Alton High School. Thank you!
Baccalaureate Services and Graduation will begin at 7:00, not 6:00 as previously posted in the events section.
Parents: Monitoring your child's social media is highly suggested. Check the news section for an article on how to remove or delete an app from phones, tablets, etc.
Missouri Safe and Sober Presentations for Junior High Students will be Monday, April 30 during the school day.
After tryouts and teacher reviews, A big CONGRATULATIONS to the newest members of the 2018-2019 Alton Cheerleading Team!!! If you see these girls congratulate them. This is going to be an awesome year!!!! Lauren Bell Savannah Deckard Emily Lastinger Kayla Pearson Courtney Weyland Paige Johnston Hannah Sanchez Alajah Rhette Shari Smith Launa Cheever Darci Elliott Tiffany German Makaylah Roberts Jaden Anderson Haley Naponen Nevaeh Cone Ceanna Cook
Vaccination Requirements for 2018-2019 8th grade students will need a Tdap and MCV vaccination 12th grade students will need 2 MCV vaccinations unless the first one was given after the age of 16, in which case they will only need 1 shot You can get these vaccinations anytime, please do not wait until August to get these required vaccinations. Please be aware that if you do not provide proof of your child's vaccinations or exemptions by the first day of school in August they will not be able to start classes. If you have any questions please call the school.
Vaccination Requirements for 2018-2019
Parents: Don't forget that May 4th is the deadline to turn in your child's summer school enrollment form.
Comet Day will be held at Alton Elementary on Wednesday, May 9th. In order to qualify for Comet Day, students are required to have maintained 90% attendance throughout the school year. If your child has missed 15 or more UNEXCUSED days of school, his or her Comet Day privileges may be in jeopardy. It is very important to make sure that you have submitted all Doctor's Notes to the main office by May 7th. If you have questions or concerns, please call the Elementary Office.
SENIORS: OMC SCHOLARSHIP-$500-DUE FRIDAY, APRIL 27. SEE MRS. GILLILAND FOR AN APPLICATION. ANY MAJOR ANY SCHOOL!
Parents, if you received a survey regarding services your child has received from the District's Special Education department, please take the time to complete and mail it to the address at the bottom of the survey. Your assistance with this matter is greatly appreciated!
ACT Testing Saturday, April 14 at 8:00 AM SHARP in the AG Building. Must have Photo ID, ACT Test Ticket, Pencils, and Calculators.
Jr.-Sr. High Report Grades for 4th Term Mid-terms are being emailed to parents and sent home with students today.
Summer school is from May 29-June 22nd. Enrollment forms and course descriptions can be found on the school website. Simply go to Menu>Documents>2018 Summer School. Forms have also been sent home with students. Remember that summer school is offered to students entering Kindergarten next year!
Congratulations to Senior Paul Walker Hall for placing in the top ten at State FBLA Conference!
SENIORS: Ozarka College Academic Excellence Scholarship-full tuition paid for 2 years. Need a 24 on your ACT composite score. See Mrs. G.
SENIORS: Alton-Thayer Elks Lodge Scholarship is due April 18. (Postmarked by April 21-no school on April 20th) See Mrs. Gilliland.
SENIORS: Alton Alumni Scholarship application has opened and is due April 18th. See Mrs. Gilliland for an application!
Elementary Open Library is cancelled for tomorrow (Thursday, April 5th) in order to give teachers time to prepare for the Talent Show and Spring Concert. Thanks for your understanding in this matter!
SENIORS: Fill this form out by April 6th. The link for the GRADUATES to fill out is: www.areawidenews.com/forms/2018graduationbio
Preschool and Kindergarten screening will be held tonight from 6:00- 7:30 in the MPB. If your child would like to attend preschool or kindergarten next year, please make plans to attend. If you cannot make it tonight, call the elementary office ASAP to schedule a screening time for Thursday or Friday of this week.
New "Counselor's Corner" and "Scholarship List" posted in the Documents section of the website!
On Sunday, March 25, 2018 the Alton R-IV campus had a vandalism event involving the theft of a school bus. During this incident, the stolen bus hit several other buses and damaged them as well as the stolen bus being backed into the HS Building. The stolen bus did not leave the campus before the event ended and no one was injured. While repairs will be on-going after classes resume on April 3, 2018, outside agencies have inspected both the bus fleet and HS Building and deemed each safe and ready for normal operations beginning on April 3, 2018 when classes resume at Alton R-IV. We always analyze and review events anytime we have a safety or security incident and have implemented additional safety precautions as a result of this incident.
New Scholarship: BBB STUDENT OF ETHICS AWARD-DUE JUNE 22. Apply bbb.org/stlouis/student-of ethics-awards or see Mrs. Gilliland.
The Alton R-IV campus will be under a boil water order for Thursday, March 22, 2018. Please encourage your student(s) to bring a bottle of water with them to school tomorrow.
SENIORS: PTSC Scholarship-deadline extended to tomorrow (Thursday, March 22) at the end of the day. No one has turned in an application.
5th/6th grade trip to Wonders of Wildlife — March 22nd Breakfast- 5:45a.m. Leave school- 6a.m. Bus returns- 5:30p.m. (Approx.) Students will eat a sack lunch, which will be provided. We will not be stopping for dinner.
PARENTS: Our parent portal has a new look! We are providing a link to a help document if you have trouble navigating. We think you are going to love it! https://sdm.sisk12.com/AL360/Help/Student%20360%20Help.pdf
New Counselor's Corner and Scholarship List being posted! Look for them under the document section.
Congratulations to Paul Walker Hall for receiving Honorable Mention in the Missouri Scholars 100!
10th & 11th graders: Natural Resources Career Academy-week long camp for students interested in outdoor type careers. See Mrs. Gilliland.
Human Anatomy's trip to St. Louis University for the Cadaver demonstration is next Wed, permission slips and $25 fees are due this Friday! This is a fantastic opportunity for the students. The fee of $25 doesn't sound like much but for some students this will be a hardship. If you would like to sponsor a child please feel free to contact Ms. Watts @ the High School (call or email, firstname.lastname@example.org). Your help would be greatly appreciated!!
SENIORS: THE SHELTER INSURANCE FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP is open. See Mrs. Gilliland for an application.
SENIORS: Plan to attend Ozarka College? See Mrs. Gilliland about Ozarka Opportunity Scholarship. One nominee selected from our school.
30 and under? Seeking a career or technical certificate/degree? Check out this scholarship at www.application.horatioalger.org! $2500!
Parents of 7th-12th grade students: Report Cards just went out by email and a paper copy will be sent home today, March 8th.
SENIORS: REMEMBER SPRING BREAK FROM MARCH 23RD THROUGH APRIL 2ND. WATCH THE SCHOLARSHIP DEADLINES. GET THEM DONE EARLY OR BE PREPARED!
SENIORS: FARM BUREAU VOICE OF RURAL MISSOURI SCHOLARSHIP-degree/certification in field related to agriculture. See Mrs. Gilliland.
SENIORS: Bill McDonald Memorial Scholarship-involvement with FFA and/or Choir. See Mrs. Gilliland for an application.
SENIOR GIRLS-want to be a teacher? See Mrs. Gilliland about the new Delta Kappa Gamma Scholarship.
On Friday, March 2, 2018, the Elementary School will be having career day activities on campus. Plans are to have some emergency vehicles on site. Please do not be alarmed if you see or hear Air-Evac land or ambulance sirens. Please share with others in the community.
SENIORS: Please remember your SSN and ID for Monday, March 5's pre-registration for NCRC testing. Early Grads-please contact Mrs. G.
8-11th Graders: Check out the summer activities available in the Counselor's Corner!
SENIORS: If you aren't working on scholarship applications, you should be. Check out the Counselor's Corner or Bulletin!
SENIORS: 4 new scholarships opened today! See Mrs. Gilliland for applications.
MSU-Dual Enrollment Meeting Wed., Feb. 28th @ 5:00 in the high school library. Parents & students are encouraged to attend.
Students & Parents: 3rd Term ends this Friday, March 2nd. Grade cards go home Friday, March 9th.
Alton Public School Foundation Affiliated Scholarships-FOURTEEN scholarships with one application. See Mrs. Gilliland. Due March 16th.
7th Graders: The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation has a scholarship opportunity for you. Apply at www.jkcf.org/scholarship-programs/young-scholars
Alton FFA will be hosting an American Red Cross Blood Drive today in the FEMA Building from 1:00pm to 6:00pm. The need for blood is especially high right now due to recent weather events impacting turnout over the last few weeks.
Sr.'s & Jr.'s: Three Rivers College Rep here on Mon., March 5. Sign the list on Mrs. G.'s bulletin board if you want to meet with her.
Sr.'s & Jr.'s: Ozarka College Reps here on Wed., Feb. 28th. Sign up to meet with them on the list on Mrs. G.'s bulletin board.
Due to the weather, the Financial Aid Help Night for tonight, Wed., Feb. 21 has been cancelled. If you need help with completing the FAFSA, call Mrs. Gilliland for an appointment.
This is Eric Allen, Superintendent at Alton R-4. After a short-notice conference call initiated by the National Weather Service for SW Missouri Schools today, the threat and high probability of ice developing in our area as the day progresses has made us decide to dismiss at 1:15pm today, February 21, 2018. We never take an early dismissal lightly, but beleive the sooner students and employees can get home today the better. Please be safe!
ATTENTION Alton Elementary PARENTS AND STUDENTS- Coming to your school soon: "I Think I Can" Talent Show!!! Dust off your tutus, practice those jokes, tune up your instruments, and warm up your vocal chords! Show us what you can do! Entry forms have been sent home with all students. Need another copy? No problem! Stop by Mrs. Holman and Mrs. Steele's room to pick one up. All entry forms are due by March 2nd. The show will be held on April 5th! We cannot wait to see the talent at Alton Elementary!!!
10th-12th graders: ACT Workshop, 03/15/18 @ Willow Springs High School. Cost is $15. Great opportunity to learn ways to score well on ACT. See Mrs. Gilliland for more info.
Mizzou offers 2 summer medical experiences. One for juniors only & one for sophomores or juniors. See Mrs. Gilliland for more info.
10th & 11th graders: MIZZOU MEDICAL EXPLORATIONS SUMMER WORKSHOP-a 2 week online course and 1 day on campus visit to explore health care. See Mrs. Gilliland for more info.
Want to learn more about forensic science or nursing or gaming? Check out Columbia College's Summer Camps at www.ccis.edu/day/summercamps.
State Tech College Open House, Saturday, March 24 on the Linn, MO campus. Register at statetechmo.edu or call 800-743-8324.
Interested in a Summer Camp? Columbia College is offering several for students in grades K-12. Go to www.ccis.edu/day/summercamps.
SENIORS: If you plan to attend OTC-Springfield, please see Mrs. Gilliland about scholarship opportunities BEFORE March 1.
CYCLE APPLICATION DUE DATE CORRECTION! THEY ARE DUE MONDAY, FEBRUARY 19. They will need to be mailed today or tomorrow!
JUNIORS: CYCLE program applications can be mailed to Dakota Bates with HOE or given to Mrs. Gilliland to be mailed by March 2.
JUNIORS: CYCLE program with Howell-Oregon Electric applications due March 2. Great opportunity to experience Jefferson City if selected.
SENIORS: 34 (yes, 34) new scholarships posted on the new Counselor's Corner and Scholarship List! Career & Technical as well as college!
Leadership in Practice-a seminar for 9th & 10th graders. June 24-27 at Westminster College in Fulton, MO. See the news article for info.
Elementary students! Don’t forget Hat Day and Coin Drive on Monday and Tuesday!
Our St. Jude Fundraiser is coming to an end. If you have any money or tickets, please send those with your child on Monday, February 12th!
Happy School Counselor Week to our two awesome counselors, Mrs. Willard and Mrs. Gilliland!
MSU-West Plains Dual Enrollment Informational Meeting has been rescheduled to Wed., Feb. 28th at 5:00 in the high school library.
This is Eric Allen, Superintendent at Alton R-4. There will be no school at Alton on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 due to sleet and freezing rain.
#CometPride #TheVoice @NBCTheVoice
This is Eric Allen,Superintendent at Alton R-4. Due to the updated forecast of freezing precipitation beginning before dark tonight, Alton R-4 will be dismissing at 1:45pm today February 6, 2018 to ensure students and employees the safest possible travel conditions to home this afternoon. All games and practices for February 6, 2018 are also cancelled/postponed. Thank you and be safe.
Good Afternoon. The weather forecast for Tuesday, February 6, 2018 is calling for the possibility of freezing rain and/or sleet in the afternoon and evening. At this time, we plan to have a regular school day on Tuesday, February 6, 2018. However, if an early dismissal is warranted on Tuesday, February 6, 2018 please be planning ahead for what that might mean for you and your child(ren) concerning travel arrangements, being picked up, or bus route issues. Thank you.
MSU West Plains Dual Enrollment Informational Meeting on Wed., Feb. 7th at 5:00 in the library.
Third Term Mid-Term Report Cards are being sent home via email and with students today.
Updated Counselor's Corner and Scholarship Listing in the Documents section on the school website!
New Scholarships being posted on Thursday's bulletin. Seniors, be sure to check them out!
11th graders: Interested in Medicine? Check out Mizzou Mini Medical School. Deadline to apply is March 1st!
7th-12th graders: Interested in agbusiness or plant/animal science? Check out AgDiscovery Camps at www.aphis.usda.gov/agdiscovery!
Dual Enrollment Informational Meeting for parents & students is Wed., Feb. 7th at 5:00 in the high school library.
MSU-West Plains Red Carpet Day for Sr.'s & Jr.'s is Fri., Feb. 9. See Mrs. Gilliland for a permission form.
FAFSA Help Night, Wed. Jan. 31st from 3:30-7:30 HS Counselor's office. Priority deadline to apply for state & federal grants is Feb. 1st.
FAFSA PRIORITY DEADLINE FOR STATE AND FEDERAL PELL GRANTS IS FEBRUARY 1. You can still apply after that, but extra grant money is less.
MSU-West Plains General Scholarship Application is due March 31st. Apply online through your "Grizzly Den".
FBLA Choir members are anxiously waiting to find out if they will have the honor of singing the National Anthem at this years District Leadership Conference. Click the link to listen to the audio. https://drive.google.com/file/d/146U_hrUXjHkvphqhCfwai9b2wTzGadbK/view?usp=sharing
The below link is to a recent news segment on KOLR10 in Springfield concerning Alton R-IV and Secure Rural Schools Funding. http://www.ozarksfirst.com/news/alton-schools-superintendent-us-lawmakers-fail-to-fund-rural-schools/924490265
This is Eric Allen, Superintendent at Alton R-4. There will be no school at Alton on Friday January 19, 2018 due to several bus routes still having snow covered portions of the route.
This is Eric Allen, Superintendent at Alton R-4. There will be no school at Alton on Thursday January 18, 2018 due to snow and ice covered back roads.
Pee Wee Cheer No practice on Wednesday due to no school. The girls will preform Thursday and Friday. Meet in the cafeteria at 5 Thursday!!
This is Eric Allen, Superintendent at Alton R-4. There will be no school at Alton on Wednesday January 17, 2018 due to snow covered roads.
This is Eric Allen, Superintendent at Alton R-4. There will be no school at Alton on Tuesday January 16, 2018 because of snow.
Tomorrow night's ball game has been moved to Thursday night. The Pee Wee Cheer will be Thurs and Friday night with practice Wed.
This is Eric Allen, Superintendent at Alton R-4. Due to below freezing temperatures and concerns for the development of black ice overnight, there will be no school at Alton on Friday January 12, 2018. Classes will resume on Tuesday January 16, 2018.
2nd Term/1st Semester High School Report Cards: These were sent by email today under the subject of Alton Elementary (oops). We will also send a paper copy with high school students on Friday.
Don't forget Pee Wee Pom practice is today in the elementary multipurpose room. Please send a note with your child to go there & pick up @5
This is Eric Allen, Superintendent at Alton R-4. There will be no school at Alton R-4 on Tuesday January 9, 2018.
Juniors-interested in a medical field? Check out MU's High school Mini Medical School @ https://medicine.missouri.edu/education/pre-med-outreach-programs/mini-medical-school/ Deadline is March 1.
Air Force Recruiter to visit with interested juniors & seniors on Wed., January 17 at 2:50. Sign up with Mrs. Gilliland if interested.
ASVAB test results from November will be reviewed with those tested on Tuesday, January 8th.
10th Graders to tour South Central Career Center on Tuesday, January 30th! See Mrs. Gilliland for a permission form and more info.
MSU-West Plains Dual Enrollment Meeting for parents & students on Wed., Feb. 7 @ 5:00 in high school library. More info to come!
Students who maintained perfect attendance for the first semester of school were rewarded with a trip to the movies! Students also received free popcorn and soda. There were 111 students who attended the trip- a third of our elementary student body! We couldn’t be prouder of these kiddos!!! #CometPride #AltonElem
New Counselor's Corner and updated Scholarship List in the "Document" section of the school webpage. Check them out!
Four new scholarships available! See the news section of the webpage or read Friday's bulletin for more info!
We would like to invite all parents and community members to join us tonight for our Elementary Christmas Program! The program will begin at 7:00 in the high school gym. All students should arrive no later than 6:45. Teachers will be waiting at the entry door to help direct students to the proper pre-program holding classroom. Students should wear festive Christmas clothing and remember to bring a flashlight. We hope everyone makes plans to attend tonight's program. Let's pack the gym to support our kiddos!!!
Alton Graduates 2017: please message Mrs. Gilliland with what your are doing. College or work? What are you studying or doing? Thanks
UM-Columbia's Missouri Land Grant Compact covers all tuition & fees for PELL eligible students. Apply (Mizzou and FAFSA) by February 1st.
10th & 11th Graders planning on dual enrollment courses for 2018-19, should register for ACT in Feb. or April. www.act.org.
Congratulations to all of the students that competed at state Beta Convention this weekend! Paul Hall won first in social studies, Gracie Barrett won third in language arts, and Kelsie Orr won third in Agriculture.! We took 41 students this year and are proud of each student that attended. Go Comets!
Attention! There was an error on the Christmas Program notes! K-3 students need to wear nice dressy clothes of festive colors instead of cool colors to the program next Thursday. Students also need to bring a flashlight. The songs are on Mrs. Becks youtube. If you type in Twinkle and Shine Mrs. Beck, your child can practice at home! We cannot wait to see everyone at the program next Thursday at 7:00 in the H.S. Gym!!!
Geography Course Offered-Mr. Kreutzer will be teaching a Geography course 5th hour 2nd semester. It will be a weighted course which means a higher level of work expected, but grades are weighted (worth more). See Mrs. Gilliland/Mr. Kreutzer for more info.
2nd Semester Schedule Changes will be Tuesday & Wednesday, December 12-13. Sign up sheets will be on Mrs. Gilliland's bulletin board on Thursday, December 7th.
Our newly re-designed web page is up! Check it out!
Seniors of 2017-we need to do a follow-up survey for the state. Please send a message to Mrs. Gilliland via Facebook or email (email@example.com). Let us know if you are working, what job, & where. Or if you are in college and what major. Thanks!
Updated Counselor's Corner & Scholarship List with two new scholarships listed-one for seniors majoring in accounting and one for seniors & first-second year college students. Look in the document section!
Sr.'s majoring in accounting? MOCPA Scholarship opportunities are available. See Mrs. Gilliland to have their email forwarded to you.
Sr.'s & two-year college students: James L. & Nellie M. Westlake Scholarship id due February 1st. Apply at https://www.scholarsapply.org/westlake
Sr.'s & Jr.'s-MSU-West Plains Nursing & Allied Health Program Reps will be here on Monday, Dec. 4th at 2:45. If you want to meet with them, sign the list on Mrs. G's. bulletin board.
10 years after graduation a State Tech alumni will have an average salary over 10% higher than the average of the state's regional four-year universities & nearly 30% higher than two-year colleges?
FFA Scholarship-Senior FFA members apply through FFA.org. See FFA Advisors for your "invite code".
SR.'s & Jr.'s-MSU-West Plains Allied Health Program Presentation, Monday, Dec. 4th. Sign the list on Mrs. G.'s Board
The SWCCCA released their All-Regional Cross Country teams for Class 2. Congratulations to these runners for making the Southwest All-Regional team! Sydney Durnell- Honorable Mention Heaven Jackson- Honorable Mention Mason Cockrum- 1st Team Gavin Casey - Honorable Mention Matthew Townsend- Honorable Mention Baylee Sisco- 1st Team
SR's & Parents: FAFSA Help Night tomorrow, Wed., Nov., 15 from 3:30-7:30. Call Mrs. G. for more info-778-7215 x 224
Don't forget to show your school spirit during our Pink Out week! Tomorrow is Rock Star Day!!! Prizes will be given for the best dressed!
Financial Aid Help Night-Wednesday, Nov. 18th from 3:30 to 7:30. SR's and parents with questions contact Mrs. Gilliland.
Hoop Shoot for 12-13 year old boys and girls will be Thursday November 16 right after school. If your child will be staying after without a parent, please remember to send a note.
John T. Belcher Scholarship application due Dec.7th. One senior will be chosen to be the school nominee. See Mrs. Gilliland for an app.
Dual Enrollment for Spring Semester meeting will be in the library during 4th hour on Wed., Nov. 8th. Forms will be due Wed. Nov. 15th.
Students-Dual Enrollment for spring semester courses meeting with Mrs. Gilliland on Wed., November 8th. Watch for info on time and place.
Scholarship info available at www.studentscholarships.org/newletter.php. Ages 5 through adult. Check them out!
Second Term Progress Grade Cycle ends Friday, Nov. 3. Watch for grade cards on Friday, Nov. 10th!
15 New scholarships listed-see the Counselor's Corner or Scholarship List or School Bulletin in the Document section of the website!
SENIORS: Applying to a 4 year college? Most have late November/early December deadlines for admissions & scholarship applications!
A+ Seniors applying to UMKC-A+ Award available-apply by Jan. 15th and complete the scholarship app @go.umkc.edu/scholarships
Missouri BETA Scholarship deadline is November 15th. Senior BETA members see Mrs. Gilliland for an application!
SENIORS: Shane D. Voyles Memorial Scholarship-one SR. from our district will be selected. See Mrs. Gilliland for an application.
SENIORS: Erman W. Taylor Memorial Scholarship-must be a descendant of a veteran & plan to earn a degree in education. See Mrs. Gilliland.
SENIORS: Charles L. Bacon Memorial Scholarship-must be a member or descendant of Am. Legion or Auxiliary or Sons of Am. Legion.
SENIORS: Joseph J. Frank Scholarship-must be a descendant of a veteran & attended Am. Legion Boys or Girls State.
SENIORS: M.D. "Jack" Murphy Memorial Scholarship-seniors who plan to go to nursing programs. See Mrs. Gilliland for an application!
SENIOR Scholarships offered if you attended Am. Legion Boys or Girls State or Cadet Patrol Academy. See Mrs. Gilliland for an app.
SENIORS: US JCI SENATE FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP-$1000-see Mrs. Gilliland for an application. Don't wait until the last minute on this one!
SENIORS: Project 21 Scholarship-use your creativity to earn this one! See Mrs. Gilliland for an application.
Seniors BETA Club Members: National BETA Scholarship application opens Nov. 1st. Apply at www.betaclub.org/scholarship.
Reminder: Hoop Shoot for 8-9 year old boys and girls is this Thursday,October 26th right after school in the MPB. Please remember to send a note with your child if he or she is staying after school without a parent.
SCHOLARSHIPS FOR ALL HS GRADS AND GED RECIPIENTS: TRADE SCHOOLS, COLLEGES, UNDERGRAD, & GRADUATE SCHOOL - www.epsilonsigmaalpha.org