Please read this update on Alton R-IV protocols based on the latest guidance concerning COVID-19 and the public school setting: https://www.alton.k12.mo.us/article/287060?org=alton-r-iv
Attention Virtual Seniors! All seniors who are virtual will come October 9th at 8 am for their individual picture. After all seniors are finished with their individual picture, we will take the Charter Senior picture and the 2021 picture.
An individual that tested positive for COVID-19 was last on the Alton R-IV campus September 9, 2020. There are a limited number of individuals with direct contact that will need to quarantine. These individuals have been contacted and provided specific guidance.
Parents, please remember to send a water bottle with your child each day. We have supplied students with reusable water bottles, as needed. Make sure your child's name is on their water bottle and return it with them to school each day.
Purchase your 2021 Yearbook now! Click the link below to order online. Remember, online orders receive a discount! https://yearbookforever.com/schools/alton_riv_schools_buy_yearbook_726/ I also have 2020 yearbooks available. To purchase one, please contact the school.
We have received word that Alton R-IV qualifies for free meals for all students through the USDA extension of the Seamless Summer Option (SSO) Program. Starting Wednesday, September 16, 2020, ALL STUDENTS WILL RECEIVE BREAKFAST AND LUNCH MEALS AT NO COST TO STUDENTS. The meals will remain free until further notice from USDA, or until December 31, 2020, whichever comes first based on additional information provided to the District from USDA regarding the extension of the SSO Program. In the event your family normally receives free or reduced meals at school, we will still need you to complete and submit those forms to the school (if you have not already done so) so that you will be able to continue on that program without interruption when the SSO Program waiver ends.
An individual that tested positive for COVID-19 was on the Alton R-IV campus September 9 & 10, 2020. There are a limited number of individuals with direct contact that will need to quarantine. These individuals have been contacted and provided specific guidance.
REMINDER: All beginning of the year paperwork needs to be completed and returned to the school as quickly as possible. This includes the enrollment verification form, health forms, and lunch forms. At the elementary level, you should also return the signature page inside the front cover of the handbook and parent, student, teacher compact. If you did not receive these items, please contact the school.
School Picture Day at Alton Schools has been moved to October 9, 2020. There will be no pictures taken on September 8, 2020.
Reminder: Alton R-IV will resume in-person classes on Friday, September 4, 2020. Normal bus times and school day start times will occur. Labor Day will be observed on September 7, as scheduled, with no school in session that day. Please bring ALL first day student information forms back on Friday so that school personnel can process those forms and update our student records system as soon as possible. Please bring all school provided technology devices (chrome book and/or hot spot) back on Friday. Those devices are used daily in various classrooms and are needed for normal campus operations for all students. Elementary students need to take the devices to their elementary homeroom class and JH/HS students need to take the devices to their first hour class. Please bring any homework and assignments not yet turned in to school with you Friday. Please remember the new parent drop off and parent pick up procedures that have been into place. Please continue to screen your child(ren) at home each morning for the following symptoms before sending them to school if they are symptom free: cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, congestion, fever, aches, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and loss of taste or smell.
School will be back in session on Friday, September 4th. We will have one last drop-off and pick-up of materials on Wednesday, September 2 from 12:00 until 2:00 at the pick-up locations. In addition, we will run the bus routes beginning from the school at the normal dismissal time. If you are not expecting any further materials for your child, there may be nothing for you to pick up. PLEASE be sure to return any and all of the beginning of the year informational sheets on Friday, as well as any completed work. It is important that all materials be returned in a timely fashion for teachers to gauge the understanding of the materials that they sent home for your child. We look forward to seeing all of our students on Friday!
Dear Alton Comet Families, As you know, the Alton School District has made the difficult decision to close buildings and move to remote education for a brief period of time. Although our school buildings are closed to students and staff, your school counselors remain committed to serving the Alton community and providing ongoing guidance and resources through this unprecedented situation. Those students who rely on their counselors for support are encouraged to reach out via email, google classroom, or through the school messenger. In times such as these, we find ourselves in a unique position to offer support to the community. We are trained with crisis response skills and also have strong relationships with many of our students and families. While the support we are able to offer is limited in this current climate, we are eager to help. If you have any questions or general concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out. School counselors aim to support all students in the areas of career, academic and social/emotional development. While we are implementing means of doing so remotely, we encourage students and their families to seek out additional resources related to their needs. Remember, we are here to help and we can work together to make it through this difficult time! Please do not hesitate to reach out to your school counselors for any concerns you may have. For grades PreK- 5, you may contact Elementary Counselor, Tonya Willard (firstname.lastname@example.org). For grades 6-8, please contact Middle School Counselor, Tiffanie Bryant. Grades 9-12 should contact High School Counselor, Jessi Johnson (email@example.com). We look forward to hearing from you!
Elementary Parents: We know your students are working hard to get their work done. Please share pictures through Facebook or email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org -- any pictures that we could share. We are looking forward to seeing them back on campus on Friday! #CometFamily
Please be advised: We have been made aware that if your student is utilizing a school provided hot spot for internet access and if you have a metal style roof, the metal roof is most likely inhibiting or totally blocking the hot spot signal. Please try to be located near a window to maximize the signal strength for the hot spot when in use.
This is a reminder that educational deliveries and pickups using bus routes will occur again today with buses leaving campus at 3:37pm like a normal school day is ending. Also, for those parents utilizing the various pickup points around the district, those will again be in place from 12:00pm-2:00pm today. Lastly, any student needing to utilize campus internet, it can be accessed from the school parking lot just as well as if the student was sitting in a classroom.
Just a quick update on the Alton R-IV deliveries from yesterday. First of all, a big thank you to the parents and community members for meeting us at various locations around the county or in your driveways to receive the materials. I know we had a few missed connections on our end as well and apologize for those----the biggest was for folks that picked up materials at the School Campus location as the technology/device items were ready, but simply put, the cart they were on did not make it over to the pickup location by the JH doors. Those devices will be ready at the Campus location on Monday from 12:00-2:00pm. We will do another delivery round next Monday and Wednesday by running routes and having location pickups again on the same time schedule. Anything you did not receive this time we will be working on diligently to have ready for Monday. With that said, most students received materials for all five days we have AMI planned for and may not have additional items coming from us. Technology Only Note: If you have requested a tech device, an adult must be present at delivery to sign the tech agreement form we have to have on file. This last part will apply more to elementary students, but not exclusively: We will accept completed work (hardcopy papers) to be returned at the bus stops or delivery points both Monday and Wednesday next week. PLEASE return the work in the envelope we provided it in for your child. PLEASE return each child’s work in their own envelope and do not mix them together if you have multiple students in your home. This will greatly streamline our sorting of the material and getting it to the correct teacher(s) for feedback to the students. Again, a genuine thank you to the parents and community members for your partnership with Alton R-IV as we navigate these trying times. Dr. Eric Allen Superintendent, Alton R-IV
The following will describe the plans and procedures for the delivery of academic packets and materials, as well as technology devices for those individual students that expressed a certain need, to take place on Thursday, August 27, 2020. For students that routinely ride a bus route, materials will literally be available at the bus stop and need to be picked up at that location for each family. On Thursday, August 27 buses will leave campus at 3:37pm just like a normal school day had ended and run the given route stop by stop. Whatever time you would expect your child to arrive home on the bus is when you should expect the bus Thursday to deliver materials from the school (plus or minus a few minutes). It will be that simple---we are coming to you this year. Also, on Thursday, August 27 for students that do not routinely ride a bus route, please make plans to be at the location around the county that is closest to your home between 12:00pm to 2:00pm: Alton City Limits and Hwy 19 South: Alton School Campus JH Doors Rover Area: Shiloh Church Parking Lot Thomasville Area: Thomasville School Parking Lot Hwy 19 North and AA Hwy: United Baptist Church Parking Lot Hwy 160 East: Riverton Boat Ramp For non-bus route families, please be sure and attend the above location that fits where you geographically live as materials will be sorted and loaded on to a bus based on the location of your home. A bus will park at the various locations and be stationary and these families will come to the most relevant location based on where they live to receive the academic packets and other materials. Any families that have a scheduling issue or conflict with the above listed delivery times need to email the following: PK-5 grade students email@example.com and/or 6-12 grade students firstname.lastname@example.org Alternate Methods of Instruction will formally begin on Friday, August 28, 2020 and continue through Thursday, September 3, 2020. Very simply put, the rigor of the material and the expectation level for students will be much higher than what took place last spring with the academic packet expectations. All students will be expected to complete all work assigned. Grades will be taken and teacher expectations of student engagement will be just as if we were in regular seated class. Additionally, at Alton R-IV we believe accountability and responsibility is a two-way street, and Alton R-IV Administrators have been very clear and direct with teachers what the District’s expectations are as well as the expectations of the State of Missouri for this Alternate Method of Instruction. Please do not think of this unplanned COVID closure as an extended school break while Alternate Methods of Instruction are in place, as it is not. Classes will resume in-person on Friday, September 4, 2020 and Labor Day will still be observed and there will be no school on September 7, 2020. For this current COVID closure, we will again run all bus routes and park at all locations listed previously on the same time schedules on Monday, August 31 and Wednesday, September 2 to bring any additional materials provided by teachers to students and families (or deliver items not picked up on the first attempt on Thursday). We will also be taking back work that is a hardcopy and to be turned in to teachers on those days next week. Any work that is to be submitted digitally to a teacher will be submitted in that format only. Finally, these are trying times for everyone that is an Alton R-IV student, parent, employee, or community member. This AMI format is not easy, it is not comfortable, and it is not natural for our School District or for our students and families. As a District we had planned over the summer for an eventual COVID related short-term closure, just as with this scenario. Needless to say, we did not expect it to occur after one day of classes. I truly believe the in-person school experience is always at its best when it is a partnership between the student, the parents, and the staff members. This Alternate Method of Instruction (both this round and, sadly, possible future rounds as well) will not be without hiccups and potholes in the logistics on the District’s end or frustrations and aggravations on the student and parent side, no doubt. I also truly believe this Alternate Method of Instruction format will also be at its best if the same concept of a student-parent-staff member partnership is at the focus of what we are doing. Respectively, Dr. Eric Allen Superintendent, Alton R-IV
Alternate instruction plans are being finalized today. Detailed information about resources, technology options, and more will be distributed tomorrow. All instructional resources and technology will be delivered to your home on Thursday, August 27th. Alternate instruction will start on Friday, August 28th.
Dear Parents & Students, An Alton R-IV employee self-reported a positive case of COVID-19 this afternoon to District Administration and that person was last on the Alton R-IV Campus on the date of August 20, 2020. At this time, no students that were on campus today, August 24, 2020, fall under self-isolation guidelines from the Health Department. Now and in the future, for all confirmed COVID-19 exposures, the Oregon County Health Department will guide the District’s decision making processes. What is shared in any District press release related to a COVID-19 exposure is the maximum extent to which the Health Department can legally allow us to provide information to the public. In all cases, the names of individuals within the district who are affected by COVID-19 will be kept confidential. The district has a legal obligation to uphold HIPPA privacy rules and will follow the policies of the health department in all notifications or public statements. Due to the nature of the exposure to staff members, Alton R-IV will not have in-person classes from August 25, 2020 through September 3, 2020 with classes resuming on September 4, 2020. Alternative Methods of Instruction (AMI) were already developed by teachers over the summer, and with some last minute guidance and recommendations from DESE last week (on August 20th), those updates are in the process of being implemented before we roll those plans out. Please watch for additional postings and emails related to AMI in the coming days and we plan to begin this method of instruction no later than Monday, August 31, 2020. All extra-curricular activities (practices and contests) will be suspended during the same timeframe of August 25 through September 3, 2020 as well. Sincerely, Dr. Eric Allen Superintendent, Alton R-IV
Parents of elementary students: We are so excited to kick off the 2020-2021 school year tomorrow. Students can begin entering the building at 7:30. High School students from the Open Arms group will be available to walk your students from the new parent pickup area Monday and Tuesday of this week. If you would like, you are welcome to park up the hill and walk your child to the front doors of the elementary. Teachers will be there to greet them and walk them to their classrooms.
Virtual Open House 8/18/2020 Alton Elementary School Welcome Back! https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1k5_psG6JQSKaYot24wQUek3pEvBwh67COOOQCBRSiMY/edit?usp=sharing
Parents: This is a reminder of our new school start and school end times for the 2020-21 school year. All K-12 students will begin class at 8:05am (this means breakfast is to be complete and the student in his or her room at 8:05am, not just making it into the cafeteria at 8:05am) and all K-12 students will dismiss at 3:37pm. This added length to the school day resulted in allowing for our later start to the school year in August, while allowing us to get out around our usual date in mid-May. We are making some changes to help with traffic congestion and maintaining a safer campus by modifying our Parent Pickup and Parent Drop off procedures to start and end the day. We will be making the following adjustments: Students in Grades Kindergarten through Grade 12 that are being dropped off or picked up by parents at the beginning or end of the school day will follow the included map. The Alton City Council approved Market Street being one-way east to west from the Alton Motel to the Clary Funeral Home on school days from 7:00am until 8:30am and 3:00pm until 4:30pm. Signage will be posted. Students and faculty that drive will still enter the campus as they have traditionally. School buses will also still enter the campus traditionally. Any late arrivals or early pickups by parents for appointments, etc. can still occur at each building office on the main part of campus. The lot behind the Superintendent’s Office will not be open until 7:30am for morning drop offs and will not be open until 3:30pm for afternoon pickups to allow for adequate supervision by school staff. There will be teachers on duty to monitor students and traffic. Please do not line up and wait on Market Street prior to these times and cause additional traffic congestion. Parents should remain in their vehicles during the entirety of this process. Preschool students will continue to be dropped off at the front door of the elementary building. Preschool students will continue to be picked up at the side door of the elementary building. Parents or other adults will escort preschool students to and from the doors.
Elementary teacher assignments were sent out this morning via email. If you do not find this information in your inbox, please check your spam folder. If you have not yet heard who your child's teacher will be for the upcoming school year (grades PreK-5), please call Alton Elementary School at 417-778-7217.
Open House at Alton Elementary is going to look a little bit different on August 18, 2020. Students in grades 1-5, Special class teachers, Special Education and Title I teachers are all preparing videos to introduce you to them and their classrooms that will be posted to the school website on August 18th for you to view with your child. ONLY students coming into Preschool & Kindergarten will have an onsite Open House, with 2 parents/adults being able to attend, beginning at the following times: Students with last names beginning with A-G from 6:00-6:20. Students with last names beginning with H-O from 6:20-6:40. Students with last names beginning with P-Z from 6:40-7:00. Bus drivers will be set up in the Multi-Purpose building from 7:00- 8:00 for anyone to get information about pickup and dropoff times, as well as which bus your child will ride. Anyone with questions regarding busses may come to the school during that time. Only Preschool and Kindergarten will have an opportunity to visit classrooms.
Orientation at Alton High School is going to look a little bit different on August 17, 2020. Each of the following will take place in the High School Gym. 6th/ 7th grade Orientation will take place beginning at 6:00 pm. Freshman Orientation will take place beginning at 6:45 pm. Senior Orientation will take place beginning at 7:30 pm. We ask that students only bring 2 parents or guests. Bus drivers will be set up in the Multi-Purpose building from 7:00- 8:00 on August 18, 2020 for anyone to get information about pickup and drop-off times, as well as which bus your child will ride. Anyone with questions regarding busses may come to the school during that time.
Good news!!! We still have preschool openings! We have one morning spot available and a few afternoon spots. We would love for your child to join us! Students must have turned 3 by August 1st in order to enroll. Students must also be potty trained. Food and transportation are not provided. If you have questions or would like to enroll your child, please send us a message, call, or stop by the school ASAP.
Attention Kindergarten Parents: If you have a child in your home who you plan on sending to Kindergarten, you must get the child enrolled immediately! If you have not completed an enrollment packet, your child is not enrolled in school. If you plan on enrolling the first day, your child will not be able to start on that day because the enrollment process will not be complete. Please contact the school ASAP or drop by. Questions? Call 417-778-7217 or send us a message.
Reminder: Enrollment begins tomorrow at Alton R-IV. New student enrollment for grades Preschool-12th will take place on August 5th and 6th from 9:00-3:00 in the foyer at Alton Elementary. Please bring an immunization record, birth certificate, and proof of residency for all students being enrolled. Parents should also bring copies of any legal documents, such as custody agreements. In addition, any parent who wishes to enroll his or her child in virtual learning must drop by the school to complete a virtual instruction enrollment form. Parents wishing to homeschool are also required to complete a homeschool form. If you are choosing either option, a form must be completed and submitted by August 6th at 3 pm. Counselors will be on hand in the elementary foyer to assist with this process on August 5th and 6th. In order to maintain social distancing, we are asking that only one guardian per family attend enrollment days. Students are not required to be present to enroll and should not attend if at all possible.
We’ve had a great 4 weeks of summer school with lots of learning and lots of fun! Tomorrow will be our last day! It will be slippy slide day, so come ready to end the month on a great note!
Registration for new students, grades Preschool-12th, will be held on August 5th and 6th at Alton Elementary School from 9:00-3:00. Students new to the district must present upon registration the following: - Birth Certificate - Complete Immunization Records - Proof of Residency (e.g. utility bill, rental agreement, driver’s license)
We are all looking forward to getting back to school for the 2020-2021 school year! You will find below the school supply list for elementary students. Teachers and staff appreciate your efforts in making sure that our students come to us with the tools ready to help them learn! August 24th is our start date. We can’t wait to see our smiling students coming through the doors!
Families: Please fill out the Alton R-IV Return to School Survey for the 2020-2021 School Year. We appreciate your feedback. Please list any questions on the survey. This survey is due Tuesday, July 28th at 3PM. You will also receive an email with this form. Only fill it out once. https://forms.gle/d38b4YAy5c1LSzCu9
Please view the documents below that outline Alton R-IV's plan to return to school. Parents: Please watch your email tomorrow for a survey about your plan to send your child to school for the 2020-2021 school year. On that survey you will have an opportunity to ask any questions about the return to school. We will also post the survey link on here and on our school COVID website.
We again want to take this opportunity to thank any of the local businesses, churches or individuals that have made donations for our summer school program. The snacks have been a huge hit with the kids! The attendance prizes have also been very much appreciated! We live in a very caring and giving community! We are lucky and blessed!
High school and Jr. High athletes: Free physicals will be July 23rd from 12-7 at the OMC Parkway center. Please read the attached link as there is important info regarding procedures due to covid precautions. Physical forms can be picked up in the superintendents office. If you had a physical last year, you will not need one this year as they are good for two years. If you did not have to get a physical last year, you must have one prior to participating in any sport. http://www.ecommnewsnetwork.com/2020/07/17/omc-offering-free-athletic-physicals-for-area-students-july-23/
Congratulations to Chaney Janes on her first place finish in Language Arts at National Beta Convention!!
Congratulations to Myles Cockrum, Cordell Hufstedler, Timothy Roberts, and Tyler Goans for winning 9th place at National Beta Convention in Group Talent! As one of your sponsors, I am so proud of you guys!
On Fridays, we recognize students who have perfect attendance through a random drawing! We are very fortunate to have several local businesses who have donated random prizes to help us encourage kids to be excited about coming to summer school. THANK YOU to: Harp's, Alton Burger Palace, Corn-Fed Rascal, Quick Connection and Fuel Express for your kindness and generosity. Please be sure and thank those businesses for everything they do for our students!
Summer School will begin at Alton on July 6. Breakfast will be served beginning at 7:40. Drop-off can begin at this time. Some things you need to keep in mind: Student temperatures will be scanned at the drop-off spot by the multi-purpose building. Parents do not need to leave until we have scanned each child. Hand sanitizer will be readily available for all students and staff to use throughout the day in areas all over campus. PLEASE send a water bottle with your child. We will not be using water fountains to limit any potential exposure. Every effort will be made to clean and sanitize surfaces throughout the building to the best of our ability. Teachers, janitors and cafeteria staff will be utilizing cleaning wipes throughout the day to help in the cleaning and sanitizing. We do have several other tools that we will be receiving to ensure additional safety precautions. If your child is running a fever, do not send them to school. If you have to give them Tylenol for fever, do not send them to school. All students must be fever-free for 24 hours prior to returning to school. Pickup of students will be through the multi-purpose building beginning at 2:45 in the afternoons. Please circle around the high school, and we will get your child out to you quickly. Please remain in your vehicles during drop-off and pick-up.
Very important! We need to know as soon as possible who is planning to attend Summer School 2020! Please get registered by Friday, July 3, 2020. Classes begin on July 6 and continue through July 30. Breakfast and lunch will be served at no cost to parents. Safety precautions will be strictly observed to ensure that students and staff stay healthy and safe, including monitoring temperatures and strictly adhering to cleaning protocols across the campus. Temperature screenings and health observations will be performed daily upon entry to campus. We will have some procedural changes that will be relayed to you in the future. To prepare for the staffing of our classrooms and to keep lower class sizes, it is EXTREMELY important that we register as many students now. With that said, please complete this form as soon as possible. For elementary students (Grades K through 7): https://forms.gle/7fzzgfi9ZSeb5q9a7 For junior high or high school students: https://forms.gle/CM7Hsgf879ZaKaYz5
Prom Portraits are all edited AND uploaded to the gallery, so be sure to look through the tabs for your names! If you have any questions about your images or about ordering, please feel free to reach out! You can email me at email@example.com OR message Gray Photography through FB! https://grayphotographyalton.pixieset.com/altonpom2020/
Here is the link for the prom pictures... you are welcome to use any photo that does not have a watermark across it. The individual/couple pictures are for purchase only. https://grayphotographyalton.pixieset.com/altonpom2020/
Orders for prom portraits can still be made! Have your order form dropped off at the superintendent's office by 2pm on friday, the 3rd. If you do not have an order from, the forms can be found there. Be sure to have exact change or a check, as the superintendent's office will not have change. If you have any questions, email Mrs. Gray at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Reminder: Food distribution for this week will occur Monday, June 22, 2020 from 5:00-6:00pm at Alton Elementary. The current food distribution program does not have any income guidelines and is open to any children age 18 and under that choose to participate. Additionally, children do not have to be present in the vehicle at the time of meal pickup to receive the items. This will be the last food distribution under the current program regulations that run through June 30, 2020. Regular summer breakfast and lunch options will coincide with Summer School which will occur July 6-30, 2020.
We are excited to say that, at this time, Summer School is a go! We will begin classes on July 6 and continue through July 30. Breakfast and lunch will be served at no cost to parents. Safety precautions will be strictly observed to ensure that students and staff stay healthy and safe, including monitoring temperatures and strictly adhering to cleaning protocols across the campus. Temperature screenings and health observations will be performed daily upon entry to campus. We will have some procedural changes that will be relayed to you in the future. To prepare for the staffing of our classrooms and to keep lower class sizes, it is extremely important that we register as many students now. With that said, please complete this form as soon as possible. For elementary students (Grades K through 7): https://forms.gle/7fzzgfi9ZSeb5q9a7 For junior high or high school students: https://forms.gle/CM7Hsgf879ZaKaYz5
There will be an informational meeting for any High School students interested in playing baseball during the 2020-21 school year on Thursday, June 11, 2020 at 7:00pm in the FEMA Building.
Reminder: Food distribution for this week will occur Monday, June 8, 2020 from 5:00-6:00pm at Alton Elementary. The current food distribution program does not have any income guidelines and is open to any children age 18 and under that choose to participate. Additionally, children do not have to be present in the vehicle at the time of meal pickup to receive the items.
Seniors: we will have Graduation practice on Friday, June 12th, 10:00-12:00. You must attend practice to walk at Graduation. At this time, we are still working with our local health department and other governing agencies to determine our best options in allowing as many tickets per graduate for the Graduation ceremony. Those details will be released as soon as we know them. Please share.
PROM UPDATE: I am hoping that this will be the last change that we have to make, crossing my fingers! Our prom date has changed yet again due to the governor not pushing us into phase 2 yet. Alton 2020 prom will be on June 23. This is a Tuesday, we know, but we are hoping that we are able to give advance notice enough to allow for students to adjust schedules to be there. Prices will all stay the same as what they have and I will be at the school today, Monday June 1, from 4-6 and Wednesday June 3 from 10-12 to sell tickets. Once you have purchased your ticket I will add you to the Google Classroom page so that you get all of the details about prom that you need to know. I will also have our prom bracelets for sale at the school on these days too! These are selling quickly so get yours while you can! I am hoping to be up at the school one more day next week for last minute sales. One additional thing that has changed is that due to the social distancing guidelines we are not allowing students from other districts to attend our prom. We will allow Alton students and Alumni only. We are terribly sorry for any inconvenience this causes but it is what we feel is the best way to maintain the social distancing guidelines. If you have any further questions please email Mrs. Myers at email@example.com
Tonight, Monday, June 1st from 4:00-6:00, last opportunity for students grades 6th-12th (2020-2021 school year) to pick up and turn in tentative schedule requests for next year. Mrs. Gilliland will be outside the high school doors with schedule forms. You may pull up, tell her what grade level forms you need, and then pull into the parking lot to complete them. She will not have pens or pencils available. One person from your vehicle will be able to walk the forms to a box close to her table and drop them into the box. She will not be able to visit with you individually about the forms. If you haven't turned your schedule form in yet, please take advantage of this last opportunity to have some say in your classes for next year!
Reminder: Food distribution for this week will occur Monday, June 1, 2020 from 5:00-6:00pm at Alton Elementary. The current food distribution program will continue through June 30, 2020.
At this time, Summer School at Alton R-IV is being planned for July 6- July 30. These dates are NOT official until approved. Please watch for further updates and an official registration opportunity.
Monday, June 1st from 4:00-6:00, last chance to complete and turn in 2020-2021 schedule forms and graduating senior final checklist forms to Mrs. Gilliland. See the news article for more info.
SENIORS: Ozarka College Foundation Scholarship application is due to them on Monday, June 1. If you plan to attend there, you should be applying for these scholarships - one application puts you in the running for several!
SENIORS 2020 - Your "Final Senior Checklist" is due to Mrs. Gilliland TODAY, Wednesday, May 27th.
5th - 11th Grade Students: Schedule requests/forms/emails MUST be in today, Wednesday, May 27th. Questions? Email Mrs. Gilliland at firstname.lastname@example.org
Grades 5 - 11 (2019-2020) - all schedule selection forms are due tomorrow, Wednesday, May 27th. You need to get your choices in to me by then! Mrs. Gilliland
SENIORS: Reminder that your Final Senior Checklist is due tomorrow, Wednesday, May 27th. This is the official form used to send documentation to colleges, employers, or military. Without you turning it in to me, I cannot release your transcripts or other info. Mrs. Gilliland
SENIORS: If you need your transcripts sent to a specific college, trade school, military recruiter, etc, I need your "Final Senior Checklist" in order to get that done. Mrs. Gilliland
SENIORS: OMC Scholarship applications are due to me by noon today, Friday, May 22nd if you want me to mail them for you! Mrs. Gilliland
Students in grades 5 - 11 this year: The schedule deadline has been extended 1 more time! If you haven't turned yours in for next year, go through my google classroom for your grade level or email email@example.com for a copy. Due Wednesday, May 27. Mrs. Gilliland
MSU Dual Enrollment Students from Spring 2020 - if you believe you are eligible for Reimbursement of Tuition for your dual enrollment class, check your email for a reimbursement form from Mrs. Gilliland. Due next Thursday, May 28th. Questionsfirstname.lastname@example.org.
SENIORS: Daily Reminder - OMC Scholarship due tomorrow, Friday, May 22nd by noon if you want Mrs. Gilliland to mail it. AND, if you haven't turned your final senior checklist in to her, please do so. Email her at email@example.com with questions. Call 778-7215 x 224
SENIORS: I sent an email to each one who has not returned the Final Senior Checklist to me. I cannot send transcripts or answer job inquiries until I get that form back. Check your school email or contact me for the form. Mrs. Gilliland
SENIORS: OMC Scholarship due Friday, May 22nd no later than noon to Mrs. Gilliland. Only one applicant from our school so far!
Grades 7th - 12th: 4th Term/2nd Semester Grades have been emailed to those parents with email addresses on file. Paper copies will be mailed later this week to those who did not have an email on file. If you have questions, email Mrs. Gilliland at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Seniors: Please check google classroom to place senior shirt orders. The deadline is June 1st.
SENIORS: OMC Scholarship is due this Friday, May 22nd. By noon again - no later - if you want me to make sure it is mailed to them. Mrs. Gilliland
The next Alton R-IV meal distribution date will be on Monday, May 18, 2020 from 5:00-6:00pm at Alton Elementary.
SENIORS: NOON TODAY - DEADLINE HOWELL-OREGON ELECTRIC SCHOLARSHIP AND ROTARY SERVICE ABOVE SELF SCHOLARSHIP!!!!!!
Any student grades 7 - 12 who is working in Acellus - all work must be completed before tomorrow, Friday, May 15th. Your grades will be based on what is in the system as of tomorrow morning.
SENIORS: Your final check-out form for me is due tomorrow, Friday, May 15th. Please fill it out in your senior google classroom. Mrs. Gilliland
SENIORS: Reminder that Howell-Oregon Scholarship and the Rotary Service Above Self Scholarship are due by noon tomorrow, Friday, May 15th. I will not accept them after that time. If you can't get into the building Friday morning, call my office - 778-7215 x 224. I will you at the door! Mrs. Gilliland
Myles Cockrum signed his Letter of Intent to run Cross Country and Track next year at Mineral Area College in Park Hills, MO. Pictured seated with Myles (center) is his mom, Marilyn and dad, Michael. Back row from left to right is Dr. Joby Steele, High School Principal and Stephanie Miller, High School Athletic Director and Assistant Principal. Myles’ parents are the Head Boys’ and Girls’ Cross Country and Track Coaches at Alton High School in Alton, Missouri. Myles will be running for Coach Steve Davis, Head CC and Track Coach at Mineral Area College.
SENIORS: 2 Scholarships due this Friday, May 15th by 12:00 noon! They are the Rotary Service Above Self and the Howell-Oregon Electric Coop! They are both available in the google classroom!
5th - 11th Grade Students: Today, Wednesday, May 13th is the final date to return schedule options to Mrs. Gilliland! Make sure you get them in so you have some choices in your schedule for next year! Email email@example.com if you have questions or need to just email your options in!
Vaccination Requirements for the 2020-2021 school year: 8th grade students will need a Tdap and MCV vaccination. 12th grade students will need a second MCV vaccination unless the first vaccination was given after the age of 16, in which case they will only need the one shot. You can get the vaccinations anytime starting now but please do not wait until August to get these required vaccinations because you run the risk of doctors offices/health departments running out of the shots before your child can receive one. If you are going to the Health Department to get your vaccination you must call to make an appointment before going due to the social distancing requirements.
5th - 11th Graders: Tomorrow, Wednesday, May 13th is the final day for you to turn in schedule options for the 2020-2021 school year. Please get your options in so Mrs. Gilliland doesn't have to just pick classes for you!
Our teachers are missing our students every day! This will be our last AMI Packet! However, please look watch our website and Facebook page for suggested activities and updates to information about summer school. Please stay safe and healthy! The link to the Elementary AMI Newsletter for the week of May 11-15 is https://bit.ly/3fEvTKz.
SENIORS: New Scholarship - due this Friday, May 15th to me by noon! Rotary Service-Above-Self Scholarship. Valued at $500 - any senior may apply. Check the application out in your google classroom. Let me know if you have questions. Mrs. Gilliland
SENIORS! OMC Scholarship is due Friday, May 22nd.
Seniors! Howell-Oregon Electric Coop Scholarship is due Friday, May 15th. You must have it turned in by noon if you want Mrs. Gilliland to mail it in. After that time, you will need to do it.
5th - 11th Grade Students: Schedule forms for next year are due to Mrs. Gilliland by this Wednesday, May 13th!
SENIORS: Your final senior form for Mrs. Gilliland is in your google classroom. You may return it through the classroom or drop it off today if you come in to clean out your lockers!
SENIORS: One final shout out to let Mrs. Gilliland know if you want her to check to see if you qualify for Honors, College Prep, etc. Email her if you haven't!
SENIORS: Final Checklist for Mrs. Gilliland is in your google classroom under important information. All seniors must complete this form. You may bring it in on Monday when you do locker clean out or send it back through google classroom!
Grades 5 - 11: I have sent emails to each student (and parent if they had an email) that has not completed a schedule form as of today. Please make sure you get those forms or pictures or emails with your schedule choices in to me by Wed., May 13th! Thank you! Mrs. Gilliland
ACT INFO: If you were registered to test the ACT in April and want to test in June or July, you need to go into your ACT account and change the registration or email them. You were not automatically switched to June is the info I received in a phone call today. Mrs. Gilliland
The elementary office is open today and tomorrow (May 6 & 7) from 9:00-2:00. You can drop by and pay a lunch bill, drop off books, and pick up supplies left from last night!
SENIORS: Alton Alumni Scholarship application due by 3:00 today, Wednesday, May 6th. Call in to my office if you are dropping it off. Mrs. Gilliland 778-7215 ext 224
ATTENTION! The food pickup day has been changed to Monday, May 11th (5:00-6:00) due to Mother’s Day falling on Sunday. Please share!
Just a reminder! Pickup of Elementary Student (Preschool through Sixth Grade) Materials takes place this evening from 5:00 until 7:00. You can pay lunch bills and return any books and library books at that time! We look forward to seeing you all, then!
Kindergarten and Preschool Orientation will be held on Tuesday, May 12th from 5:00 to 7:00 at the main entrance of the Alton Elementary School. Any child who will turn 5 before August 1st is eligible for kindergarten. Any child who will turn 3 before August 1st is eligible for preschool. Please bring your child's shot records, birth certificate, and proof of residency (piece of mail) with you to the orientation. In order to maintain social distancing, we ask that only one parent attends orientation. Students do not need to attend. Parents will be allowed into the foyer one at a time. Copies will be made of the required documents and returned to the parent before the next parent is allowed in the building. At the orientation, you will be asked to turn in enrollment forms for your child. You can pick up a packet on Tuesday, May 5th drive through style from 5:00-7:00 at Alton elementary. Printable enrollment forms can also be found online at http://www.alton.k12.mo.us/o/alton-r-iv/browse/17745 . Click on the “Enrollment Forms for New Students” link. Next, click on “2020-2021 Enrollment Forms for Parents.” If you have questions, feel free to contact Alton Elementary at 778-7217.
SENIORS: Ozarka college Foundation Scholarship has extended their deadline for applications to June 1. 75 SCHOLARSHIPS! APPLY, APPLY, APPLY! Process is in the news section and in your google classroom!
SENIORS: Howell-Oregon Electric Coop Scholarship is due Friday, May 15th. OMC Scholarship is due Friday, May 22nd.
SENIORS: Reminder that the Alton Alumni Scholarship is due by the 3:00 Wednesday, May 6th. I am in my office if you need to drop it off. Call 778-7215 ext. 224 and I will meet you at the door.
5th - 11th Grade Students: I am extending the deadline one final time. All schedules will be due by Wednesday, May 13th. After that date if they are not turned in, your schedule will be created for you without your input. Questions - email firstname.lastname@example.org
Alton R-IV will be continuing to offer free grab-and-go food pickup for families who need this service. The program is for children ages 18 or under. We will provide breakfast and lunch. Details on the exact date, time, and location will be announced soon. At this point we are trying to get a head count for those that wish to continue this service in order to secure the food options. Use the link below to indicate your interest in the program. FILL OUT THE FORM FOR EACH CHILD. https://forms.gle/4jyvEBzhMRE6efzz6
Dual Enrollment Students - please make sure you are finishing your courses. Email your instructor if you are having any issues.
Students taking courses on Acellus or Launch must have those courses completed no later than Wednesday, May 13th. Questions - email Mrs. Gilliland.
Good Monday Morning! Reminder that all students grades 5th - 11th should be working on next year's schedule information if they haven't turned it in to Mrs. Gilliland yet! Email her with questions at email@example.com. Please do not respond to her on here!
Our teachers are missing our students every day! We hope you are staying safe and healthy! The link to the Elementary AMI Newsletter for the week of May 4-8 is https://bit.ly/35kbfe1
Grab and Go Food Pickup for Sunday, May 3rd will be from 2:00 until 3:00 pm. PLEASE note the modified time. PICKUP OF ITEMS FOR ELEMENTARY: We will be having classroom cleanout of student materials for elementary students only on Tuesday, May 5th from 5:00-7:00 pm, weather permitting, in a drive-thru style around the high school. Any items that were left at school will be bagged, and we will have them organized by grade level along the sidewalk between buildings. Parents can stop at the grade level table for their child, and elementary staff will bring the bag to your cars. Leslie will also have any medications available for pickup that were left at school. Please follow the CDC guideline by staying in your vehicles. Plans are in the works for High School student pickup and will be announced soon.
SENIORS: If you plan to attend Ozarka College in Arkansas today is the final day to let me know you would like to be considered for the Ozarka College Opportunity Scholarship. Send me an email TODAY, April 30th! Mrs. Gilliland
5th - 11th grade Students: Make sure you are checking out the instructions in the google classroom to finish up your scheduling options for next year! Mrs. Gilliland
SENIORS: Make sure you are checking the google classroom for the last few scholarship opportunities! Mrs. Gilliland
Sophomores & Juniors: Reminder that applications to South Central Career Center are due tomorrow. Check the google classroom for instructions on how to apply. Mrs. Gilliland
SENIORS: If you believe you might be eligible for College Prep or Honors Recognition, please email me. I will be working on those certifications soon. You may check the requirements in your student handbook, which is online on the school webpage if you don't have that handy.
SENIORS: If you plan to attend Ozarka College and would like to be considered for the Ozarka College Opportunity Scholarship, please email Mrs. Gilliland by the deadline of this Thursday, April 30th!
10th & 11th Graders: South Central Career Center applications are due this Thursday, April 30th. Link to apply is in your Google Classroom. Send me an email telling me what course you signed up for. Mrs. Gilliland
5th - 7th Graders: Mrs. Gilliland has posted your assignment for scheduling for 2020-2021 in her grade level google classroom. If you still haven't joined the classroom, please do so. If you can't for some reason and need an emailed copy of the forms, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you need paper copies of the forms, send her your updated mailing address to her email. You may also call 417-778-7215 ext 224 and leave her a message. Please do not post or respond back to her through the school website.
New Welding Program at GoCATS: We are planning to offer a new specialized welding program this fall. It is a course designed to ensure students receive the specific training needed and wanted by local employers. It will be an extensive 16 week program. Individuals who are accepted into and complete the program will be well prepared for AWS Certifications as well as have excellent job opportunities locally and nationwide. Contact Roy Crouch at RoyCrouch@missouristate.edu for more info.
We hope everyone is staying safe and healthy! The link to the Elementary AMI Newsletter for the week of April 27-May1 is below: https://bit.ly/2W2JDpg
Reminder: Alton R-IV meal distribution will continue on Sunday, April 26, 2020 from 2:00-4:00pm on the Alton R-IV Campus.
5th - 7th Grade Students (next year's 6th - 8th graders): Watch my Google classroom beginning Monday, April 27th for scheduling information. If you haven't joined, I will send another invitation by email today to you. So, check your school email! Mrs. Gilliland
8th - 11th Graders (next year's 9th - 12th graders): All schedule forms will be due Thursday, April 30th. The forms are posted with instructions in my google classroom. Email me if you have questions. email@example.com (Please do not post on the website.)
8th Graders going to 9th Grade next year - your schedule forms are in the Google Classroom. Please be working on these. A couple of you are completely done already! Mrs. Gilliland
Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors: Some of you still need to complete your schedule forms for next year. 10th and 11th graders going to Career Center - applications are due next Thursday to them. Information is in your google classroom. Mrs. Gilliland
New Scholarship! Seniors-The Alton Alumni Association is offering a scholarship. Application is in Mrs. Gilliland's Google Classroom. Due May 6th!
8th Graders going to 9th grade - I have made an assignment in your google classroom for scheduling. Check it out. Mrs. Gilliland
Updated Counselor's Corner and Scholarship List are in the Documents Sections - check them out!
Seniors: Ozarks Medical Center is offering a $500 scholarship - due May 22nd. It is posted in Mrs. Gilliland's Senior Google Classroom.
9th - 11th grade students should be working on their schedule for next year from Mrs. Gilliland's Google Classroom. If you need an emailed or mailed copy, please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a message at 417-778-7215 ext 224.
9th Grade Students: I have put an assignment in my google classroom for next year's schedule. They are due Thurs., April 23rd. If you can't access the classroom and need an email or mailed copy, please email me at email@example.com.
11th Grade Students: Your schedules for 2020-2021 are past due. Please get those in as soon as you can. Email me if you are having difficulties or have questions. Mrs. Gilliland
10th Graders: Your junior year schedule is due to me tomorrow, April 21! Mrs. Gilliland
Please work through these educational enrichment opportunities with your child as you have time. Look to create opportunities outside of the regular school day and make things work best for your family. If you have a student who struggles with any of the suggested “assignments”, we would recommend that you modify by breaking things down into smaller chunks or decrease the amount that you expect students to complete at a time. We are here to support you in any way that we can. Don’t hesitate to reach out to the office or your child’s teacher at any time. Link to AMI Newsletter: https://bit.ly/2ys4Hh7
Summer School 2020 is in the planning stages. Complete the form by clicking on the link to register your child for an elementary class. Dates are undetermined at this time, but will be announced when guidance is received from DESE. https://forms.gle/aWdrD9cxbFhFjcnC9
Summer School 2020 is in the planning stages. Complete the form by clicking on the link to register your child for a Junior High/High School class. Dates are undetermined at this time, but will be announced when guidance is received from DESE https://forms.gle/bSzbZRAzmSTk9zkEA
As a reminder, any Alton R-IV student needing internet access (or better internet access than what they have at home) for dual credit classes or other school related assignments may park in the Alton R-IV parking lot and access our network just as if they were on campus during a normal school day. Please comply with all the social distancing recommendations and remember the Alton R-IV filtering system and internet conduct rules will be in place as well.
Alton R-IV Update: We hope this message finds you and your family well, both physically and emotionally, as we continue down this COVID-19 road that has become our new normal. Governor Parson announced on April 9, 2020 that all Missouri Public Schools would remain closed for the remainder of the 2019-20 Spring Semester, and Alton R-IV will comply with this directive. Packets may continue to be deposited at the blue drop box located at the Superintendent's Office at your convenience, including during food pickups on Sundays, but we will not be staffing this location on Sundays. All academic material from April 20, 2020 through May 14, 2020 will be considered as enrichment activities and educational opportunities for our students. For PK-6 students, weekly newsletters with grade appropriate activities and skills will be provided. For 7-12 grade students, teachers will continue to provide opportunities for students to remain engaged in academic content. We have determined the lag-time between students receiving assignments and teachers being able to grade the material is quite long. Once assigned, work then took one to two weeks for completion before returning of the packets to campus and then a mandatory quarantine time of several days before staff could sort the packets by teacher or subject area. Only then could the grading process even start for teachers. This lengthy process and time delay has led us to reconsider and adjust our strategy for student academic engagement moving forward. We do want students to be engaged and actively participate in these educational opportunities and enrichment activities! However, no formal grades will be taken for any educational opportunities or enrichment activities provided to students and families between April 20 and May 14, 2020 and there is no expectation of the work to be returned to campus. Teachers will still be contacting students and families on a regular basis and will be available via email or other contact methods to assist as needed with the educational opportunities provided and to check in on the well-being of our students. We are working on plans and methods for students to return books and other school property to campus in the near future. We are also developing plans to collect and return student items and possessions from desks, lockers, or other locations on the Alton R-IV campus to the appropriate students. Lastly, we are evaluating some alternate dates for HS Graduation, Honors Night, and Prom during the month of June and do plan for the milestone events to occur. More information on all of the topics listed in this paragraph will be provided in the coming weeks as we finalize the plans. Food pickups will continue this Sunday, April 19, 2020 from 2:00-4:00pm in the same format and location as previous weeks. Any child aged 18 and under is eligible for this meal program and does not have to be in the vehicle to receive the meals. Again, we do ask adults to be ethical and truthful in the meal counts that are requested at the point of service.
SENIORS: If you received scholarship offers from colleges, churches, insurance companies, etc., that I might not have received, please send me a copy of the info. I want to make sure it is included on the Honors List. Even if you don't plan to attend that college, but want it announced, send it to me!
SENIORS: If you plan to attend Ozarka College next year, please email Mrs. Gilliland if you would like to be considered for nomination for the Ozarka College Opportunity Scholarship. More info is in your assignment section.
10th & 11th Graders interested in attending the Career Center next year need to complete the application. Reference the assignment in Mrs. Gilliland's Google Classroom. These are due April 30th, but spots are filling up!
10th Graders - your schedule forms are due TODAY, April 16th. However, I will extend your deadline to next Wednesday, April 22. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions. Mrs. Gilliland
11th Graders - your schedule forms for your senior year are due TODAY, April 16th! Mrs. Gilliland
ACT has distributed updated information in regards to summer and fall testing and test prep. Please check out the article in the News section and/or Mrs. Gilliland's Google Classroom for grades 9 through 12.
JUNIORS: Strive Scan will be offering a "Strive Virtual College Exploration Week" next week, Monday, April 20 - Thursday, April 23, 2020. Check it out at https://www.strivescan.com/virtual/
10th and 11th Grade Students: Schedule forms for next year are due tomorrow, Thursday, April 16th.
Seniors: Jostens orders are available for pick up on Thursday, April 16th from 1-3 pm. You may enter the front lobby of the school to pick up your order. All items must be paid in full.
10th Graders: The deadline for 2020-2021 Schedules is Thursday, April 16th. Please have them in by then. Questions - email me at email@example.com or you can try my office at 778-7215 ext 224. Mrs. Gilliland
11th Graders: I have extended your deadline for 2020-2021 Schedules to Thursday, April 16th. Please have them in by then. Questions - email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can try my office at 778-7215 ext 224. Mrs. Gilliland
Students are now able to take Accelerated Reader tests at home! Students will need to go to the Alton Elementary Library page to take a test. Accelerated Reader will be available for students to use Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m.-5:15 p.m. Since we will not be back in school, students will not be rewarded with AR prizes, but it will be excellent practice for them. https://sites.google.com/alton.k12.mo.us/altonelementarylibrary
10th Graders: I just posted an assignment in my Google Classroom for your 2020-2021 Schedule. If you cannot get the form returned to me via your classroom or by email, let me know and I will send you a paper copy for you to return to me when finished. Mrs. Gilliland.
Juniors: If you cannot get the google classroom scheduling form to work or you cannot email me your schedule, please let me know and I will mail you a paper copy that you can then return to me. Mrs. Gilliland
Mrs. Allen's 5th Grade English students and parents, please check your email. I look forward to hearing about your "adventure" on Friday!
SENIORS: Three Scholarships due this Wednesday, April 15th. If you need anything from me or others, please ask before then. Mrs. Gilliland
SENIORS: If you believe you might be eligible for College Prep or Honors Recognition, email me. will be working on those certifications soon. Check the requirements in the student handbook. That is online on the school webpage if you don't have that handy. Mrs. Gilliland
JUNIORS: If you haven't been in Mrs. Gilliland's Google Classroom to work on your scheduling for next year, here is your reminder. They are due on Monday!
Horatio Alger Career & Technical Scholarship is due April 15th. If you are under the age of 30 and considering any type of vocational/technical field, please apply for this scholarship. In past years, they did not have enough applicants to give the money away. Apply at https://scholars.horatioalger.org/horatio-alger-scholarship-applications/
SENIORS: I am in my office today (Thursday, April 9th) until 3:30. Three scholarship applications are due today (2 are tomorrow, but if you want me to mail them, I need them today). Email, Fax, or google classroom them to me if possible. If not, I can meet you at the door with gloves and a mask! Call into my office 417-778-7215 ext 224 Mrs. Gilliland
10th (any any 11th that did not go this year) graders who are interested in SCCC for next year - I put the link for the online application in your google classroom. However, if you need me to mail you a paper copy, please let me know - email@example.com.
For the last few weeks, the entire Alton R-IV community and nation as a whole have been working through the many changes and adjustments brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. Snow days, floods, and even Christmas and Spring Breaks have an endpoint where normal routines return. However, there was no “playbook” for schools to plan for an indefinite closure whether for a pandemic or any other event. In many ways, the fact this COVID-19 situation is indefinite has been one of the greatest challenges for all of us! It is sometimes hard to believe that in a little over three weeks, we have gone from being excited about the upcoming Spring Break to a complete shift in the way we live, work, teach, and learn. It is safe to say we have not seen circumstances like these in our lifetimes. This has caused us at Alton R-IV to reconsider our original thoughts on the type and amount of schoolwork being provided as this COVID-19 situation has become an indefinite and on-going way of life now. As we have reflected on our Alternate Methods of Instruction (AMI) to date, it has become rather clear to us that we have provided more work than was appropriate in some cases for the week to week time frame we have been utilizing. With that said, no new AMI packets will be provided for PK-6 on Sunday, April 12, 2020. Also, no additional digital and on-line AMI material will be provided for our 7-12 grade students on Sunday, April 12, 2020. Please continue to work on the AMI material you have already been provided moving toward the Sunday, April 19, 2020 date. We will not be accepting packets back on Sunday, April 12, 2020 for PK-12. However, any 7-12 grade students who have been submitting work on-line may continue to submit their work on-line as it is completed. A blue drop box is now located on the porch at the Superintendent’s Office and may be utilized to return any student packets as needed. We are wholly committed to doing everything we can to safeguard the health and safety of our students and staff, as well as our Alton R-IV community, and we are equally committed to providing the best and most practical educational opportunities possible. While our faculty and staff do take great pride in the educational opportunities we offer our students, PK-12, it was never the intent of Alton R-IV to add additional stress or frustration to the daily routines of our families during the unprecedented nation-wide COVID-19 pandemic. I have also had, and will continue to have, videoconferences with fellow superintendents and district leaders throughout Missouri to share best practices and discuss our next steps as we move forward. More information and details on the AMI format for the Week of April 20-24, 2020 will be provided at a future date. Our student meal pick-up will continue on Sunday, April 12, 2020 from 2:00-4:00pm. Stay safe, take care of yourself and each other, because as proud COMETS we will all get through this together!
5th - 12th grade students: I have a google classroom for each grade. You have been sent an invitation to join via your school email. Please check your email for the invitation. If you did not receive it or need more information about how to join the classroom, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will be using these classrooms to facilitate scheduling for the 2020-2021 school year. So far, most high school students have joined (but not all). And, only two sixth graders and 10 fifth graders have joined! Parents, I can only add you as a guardian to receive updates from my classroom after your child has joined. Mrs. Gilliland
10th Grade Students (11th graders who did not attend SCCC this year): Applications to attend South Central Career Center are in your assignments in Mrs. Gilliland's google classroom.
SENIORS: Three Scholarships due on Thursday, April 9. Email, fax, doc, take a picture and email it - get it to me however you can. Preferably no drop-offs, but email me if you can't get them to me any other way and we'll figure out something! Mrs. Gilliland
SENIORS: Ozarka College Opportunity Scholarship has been posted in your classroom. Check it Out!
SENIORS: If you are emailing, faxing, dropping off any applications for scholarships, I need them before 2:00. Mrs. Gilliland
Alton R-IV Student Meal and Academic Packet Pickup Instructions for Sunday April 5, 2020 from 2:00-3:30 pm We will follow the same general format and process as last week for those that participated concerning where and how vehicles drive through campus. Note the change in times to 2:00-3:30pm. Please do not arrive early and wait, as our staff will not be prepared to begin before 2:00pm. Meal & Academic Packet pickup participants will circle the HS Building and receive food at the entrance to the Elementary Building. Requirements mandating the child be in the vehicle to receive the student meals have now been waived at the State of Missouri level. However, we do ask for integrity and ethical conduct from adults when obtaining the meals for children. Academic Packets from the week of March 30 – April 3 can be returned and exchanged for the Academic Packet for the week of April 6 – 10 as you exit campus going up the hill. Academic Packet pickup and exchange only (no Student Meal pickup) will again occur on the east side of the Superintendent’s Office at the corner of Hodge and Owens streets and run from 2:00-3:30pm. Academic Packet pickup will again be for all students, grades PK-6 as well as select 7-12 students.
SENIORS: I am in my office from now until about 2:00 today. Please make sure you turn in all scholarships that are due today or tomorrow (Thurs. or Fri., April 2 or 3) by 2:00 today, Thurs. Make sure you have all documents with them. I am mailing them out today when I leave!
SENIORS: 6 scholarships are due today (Wednesday, April 1st) and 3 tomorrow. I am here until 1:30 or so today. Don't miss out! Mrs. Gilliland
5th and 6th Graders and Parents: Mrs. Gilliland, the high school counselor, is creating google classrooms for 5th and 6th grade. Your child should be receiving a message via their school email about joining the classroom. Please allow them to do so.
Mrs. Allen's 5th Grade English classes, I miss your smiles, laughter and wonderful conversations that we have throughout the day. Please check your school email and Google Classroom so that we can still have class discussions and just catch up on what everyone is doing during this long break.
I want my students to know that if they need anything to please reach out. We can talk (via phone or email or google classroom). If you are in need of anything else, I will do my best to get whatever I can for you. Mrs. Gilliland - High School Counselor
8th - 12th graders who are working on online courses such as Launch, Acellus, or MSU-Dual Enrollment, please keep working on these. If you have an issue with internet access, you need to be emailing Mrs. Gilliland. This includes SCCC and ALC students on Acellus.
9th - 11th Grade Students: MSU-Dual Enrollment forms are due today (Wed., April 1st). If you need a copy, email me or call and I will get you a form. email@example.com 417-778-7215 ext 224
SENIORS: Get your scholarship applications that are due this week turned in. Several are due today and any that are due Thursday or Friday will need to be turned in on Thursday. Email or Google Classroom is preferred, but I will take drop-offs. Call into my office and I will come get them. 778-7215 ext 224.
Mrs. Gilliland is in her office today from 8:30 until 1:30 or so. You may call her at 417-778-7215 ext 224 if you need to or email her with questions and such!
Congratulations to senior, Cordell Hufstedler on earning "Honorable Mention" for the 2020 Missouri Scholars 100, a statewide program that honors 100 of Missouri's top academic students in the 2020 graduating class!
SENIORS: Howell-Oregon Electric Cooperative has extended their scholarship deadline to May 15th. If you haven't turned that one in, you might want to do so!
SENIORS: Some of you are rocking the many ways you are getting your scholarship applications to me! Keep up the good work - emails and google docs and drive-by drop-offs are doing the trick! Mrs. Gilliland
Alton R-4 will be extending our closure through April 24, 2020. While nothing would make us happier as educators than to return to normal in-person operations immediately, that simply is not prudent or practical at this time. With that said, it also is not in anyone’s best interest to be left guessing on a daily and weekly timeline as to the operational plans of the Alton R-4 School District. This closure extension through April 24, 2020 will include the formal position that no co-curricular or extra-curricular practices/competitions or events/trips will occur as well as the continued protocol of no public use of campus facilities by members of the community. Please continue to check our website and Facebook page for ongoing updates and notices relevant to COVID-19 situation.
Seniors: 5 scholarships are due today Tuesday, March 31)! I will be here until 2:00 or so. Make sure you have them to me by email or bring them to me at the school before then.
9th - 12th Grade: If you planned to take a dual enrollment course for next year (2020-2021) and you did not return your application to me, please email me - firstname.lastname@example.org. I need this information by Wednesday, April 1st if at all possible. Mrs. Gilliland
Students in Mrs. Thompson's freshmen and sophomore classes: I have assigned a new assignment on Study Sync. Please check your school email for vocabulary and the name of the assignment. Stay well and hope to see you soon!
All academic packets (PS-6th gr.) that were not picked up yesterday at the school were mailed today. We had several that we could not mail because the address had not been updated. PLEASE make sure that your address, email, and phone number have been updated with us. If you need to make changes, email Holly Reese (email@example.com). Academic packets are expected to be returned each Sunday during grab and go pickup. If you are unable to return the packet on Sundays we will SOON have a drop box available outside the Superintendent's office. We will make an announcement when it is ready. Please let us know if you have any questions. Thank you for your patience with us as we try to figure all of this out! We appreciate you!
Remember, TODAY from 2:00-4:00 PM we will be having our grab and go meals and academic packet pickups at the school. You don't have to sit in the meal service line if you only want the academic packet. Visit our COVID-19 page for further guidance. https://www.alton.k12.mo.us/covid-19-preparedness-and-response--7 See you soon and please stay IN your vehicles.
Seniors: The Shelter Insurance Scholarship and the Jane Biles Reese Scholarship both have deadlines on their applications of March 30th. We are moving those to Tuesday, March 31st. Mrs. Gilliland will be at school on Tuesday to take those applications and any others you have ready. There are several due next week. Keep working on them!
Seamless Summer Student Meal Breakfast and Lunch Pickup Instructions for Alton R-IV. Pickups will occur on Sunday March 29, 2020 from 2:00-4:00pm on the Alton Campus. Sunday afternoons from 2:00-4:00pm will also be the standard pickup date and time until further notice for this service provided by Alton R-IV. Vehicles will enter campus and follow the standard one-way method around the High School Building and form a line for the food pickup near the main entrance to the Elementary Building. Literally, think of the line like a fast food restaurant drive-thru. Individuals are to stay in the vehicle and not park and get out. The child receiving the meals MUST BE IN THE VEHICLE for the food to be distributed (this is a state regulation we must abide by). Five breakfast meals and five lunch meals along with the corresponding milk will be provided to each eligible child under the age of 18.
PROM, scheduled for April 11th, is currently postponed. Length of quarantine is uncertain, therefore we cannot set a definite date at this time. All other school activities are on hold until we resume classes. AMI (Alternative Method of Instruction) packets will be mailed out each week, as needed. If your student has been receiving work via the internet then teachers will continue using that format. This information is directed toward our JH and/or HS students.
Alton R-IV will be offering free grab-and-go food pickup for families who need this service. The program is for children ages 18 or under. We will provide breakfast and lunch. Details on the exact date, time, and location will be announced soon. Children must be in the vehicle for pickup. At this point we are trying to get a head count to order the food. Use the link below to indicate your interest in the program. FILL OUT THE FORM FOR EACH CHILD. https://forms.gle/feFnRyRYSKWj1cYX6 Frequently Asked Questions: Why aren't you offering the service this week? We are currently on spring break and cannot ask for reimbursement for the meals if we were already scheduled to be out. Why do children have to be in the vehicle during pickup? Per state guidelines, the child receiving the meal must be in the vehicle during pickup.
Per Governor Parson's directive, Alton R-IV will be closed until Monday, April 6, 2020. https://governor.mo.gov/press-releases/archive/governor-parson-directs-dhss-director-require-social-distancing-statewide We will stay in touch with you if any of this changes.
2020-2021 Dual Enrollment Applications that were due on Thursday, March 19th will be due after we return to school. Mrs. Gilliland will post a final due date then.
Updated Counselor's Corner & Scholarship List in the Documents Section and in the Student's Google Classroom for Mrs. Gilliland! Check them out!
STUDENTS: If you are working on an online class through Acellus, Launch, or Dual Enrollment, those classes will continue as normal. You still need to work on those as if we were in school.
SENIORS: Scholarship Deadlines are not being adjusted at this time. Please continue to work on them based on the original deadline. If you need letters of recommendation or transcripts, please make sure you have copies available. I will be posting in your google classroom and checking my school email for anything you might need. If necessary, I will meet you at school to assist however I can. Please reach out to me as you need to. Mrs. Gilliland
This brief announcement will be followed with more detailed information on the school website and Facebook page before the end of the school day today. Alton R-4 will not be in session on March 18 and March 19, 2020. The Teacher in-service day scheduled for March 20, 2020 will be cancelled as well. Spring Break will then be observed as scheduled the week of March 23-27, 2020. The status of the week of March 30, 2020 will be addressed before the end of the day on March 27, 2020.
SENIORS: Several scholarships are due Tuesday, March 17 on www.cfozarks.org. Please get your materials completed on time.
SENIORS & JUNIORS: Ozark Technical College - Springfield (OTC) will have a representative here on Monday, March 30th. Please sign the list on Mrs. Gilliland's bulletin board if you would like to visit with her.
SENIORS (and college/vocational school students): www.cfozarks.org has fantastic scholarship opportunities. Several are due today, Sunday (15th) or Tuesday (17th). Please stay on top of these!
Third Term Grade Cards are being sent home today via email if there is a parent email on file. If not, a paper copy will be sent home with your child.
MO S & T Discover Your Summer Camps: Inspiring the Next Generation: Camps for students entering grades 5 - 12. Visit summer.mst.edu for more info on the various camps!
SENIORS: A couple of you have asked if you should go ahead and apply for certain scholarships because they ask for you to be a specific major; for example, the Cline Scholarship is looking for an accounting major. If it says "preference" that means it is still wide open for any major possibly. If it doesn't say preference, but lists a specific major, that is a different matter. However, ask me to check for you. We sometimes find out that they will go ahead and accept any major and not just the one they asked for. I checked on the Cline and Vincent Scholarships through www.cfozarks.org and they are looking for accounting majors. HOWEVER, if we don't have an accounting major that fits the other criteria, the scholarship committee can look at other majors. SO, apply! Ask if you are unsure. I don't mind checking for you!
9th - 11th graders: Dual Enrollment meeting for 2020-2021 school year in the library today, Wednesday, March 11th, during 8th hour. MANDATORY for you to be there if you plan to take a dual enrollment course.
The online world can be an unforgiving place. We are now more connected than we have ever been which means opening ourselves and others up to potential online abuse, bullying or negative comments. Sometimes we can overlook the consequences of our actions. That’s why this week we want to promote the message of just ‘being kind online’ with a reminder towards how we can develop a more empathetic side and be a more responsible online consumer.
SENIORS: www.cfozarks.org - Out of 9 possible scholarships that are due on March 13th or 17th, we have two with ZERO applications, six with only one applicant, and one with two applicants. The money is there - you just have to do a bit of work to be in the running for it!
SENIORS: Please make sure you are applying for scholarships! Read through the applications carefully and include all documentation including essays and reference letters. Neatness and black ink helps as well!
New Counselor's Corner and Scholarship List posted today!
DUE MARCH 31 - 2020 SOUTHEAST MO CENTRAL LABOR COUNCIL SCHOLARSHIP - $750 TO $1000 - any senior may apply. See the application in the Senior Google Classroom.
Freshmen-Juniors: If you plan to take a dual enrollment course through MSU - West Plains during the 2020-2021 school year, you will meet with Mrs. Gilliland in the library on Wed., March 11th during 8th hour. You MUST be there in order to enroll in a dual enrollment course.
3rd Term ends Friday, March 6th. Grades will be emailed/mailed on Friday, March 13th.
Seniors & Parents: 2 new scholarships today. I also received word that for the 10+ scholarships that are available at www.cfozarks.org only 1 student has completed an application for several of the scholarships. One is in progress on several, but there is one scholarship that has NO applicants so far! Get Busy!
SENIORS-Due APRIL 1 - NORMAN MILLS MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP - those actively involved in school sponsored sports should apply. Sports may include, but are not limited to: basketball, baseball, softball, cross country, trap shooting, track team managers/bookkeepers/statisticians. Application in the Google Classroom.
SENIORS: Victory FreeWill Baptist Church Scholarship-$1500 posted today. Application in your Senior Google Classroom. Any senior - you do not have to be a member of the church to apply.
Congratulations to Matthew Townsend on signing with Mineral Area College for next year! Alton High School is very proud of him!
JUNIORS: MIZZOU Mini Medical School - juniors interested in careers in medicine can preview what medical school is like. You will spend a week in June on MIzzou’s campus exploring PBL, having interactions with medical students, faculty, and staff, taking hospital tours, and having hand-son experiences in anatomy, microbiology, and clinical skills among other activities. The cost is $600, but there is some financial aid to help with that cost. Deadline to apply is March 1st. Apply https://medicine.missouri.edu/education/pre-med-outreach-programs/mini-medical-school
SOPHOMORES & JUNIORS: MIZZOU Medical Explorations Summer Workshop - a 2-week online course and one-day campus visit to either the MU’s School of Medicine - Columbia or the Springfield Clinical Campus. Students will explore careers in healthcare, enhance self-awareness, and connect with peers, students, staff and faculty in healthcare. The fee is $60, but there is financial assistance available. Apply by March 28 at https://medicine.missouri.edu/education/pre-med-outreach-programs/mizzou-medprep-explorations/medical-explorations
SENIORS: 11 Scholarships posted in the last 2 days - one application has at least 11 scholarships in that application! Read and apply. If you have questions about eligibility, please ask Mrs. Gilliland - don't just assume you won't be eligible and miss out on a scholarship!
DUE MARCH 31 - JANE BILES REESE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP - $500 - seniors with a minimum GPA of 3.25 who have participated in community and school events should apply. Application in the Google Classroom.
UNDER 30? Check out Horatio Alger Career & Technical Scholarship: DUE APRIL 15-$2500-enroll in a 2 year or less career or technical degree/certificate program, Pell Grant eligible, and under the age of 30- https://scholars.horatioalger.org/horatio-alger-scholarship-applications/
DUE APRIL 9 (10th on form, but if you want Mrs. Gilliland to mail, you must have it to her by the 9th) - ALTON-THAYER ELKS LODGE SCHOLARSHIP - any senior may apply. Application in Senior Google Classroom.
DUE APRIL 1 - CURT, CLIFF, AND OPAL YOUNG COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP - $20,000 - seniors who plan to pursue a four year degree in any field should apply. Application in the Google Classroom.
DUE APRIL 1 - CURT, CLIFF, AND OPAL YOUNG TECHNICAL/VOCATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP - $5000 - seniors who plan to earn a certificate or degree in a technical/vocational field should apply. This includes nursing, welding, auto mechanics, etc. programs. Application in Google Classroom.
DUE MARCH 30 - SHELTER INSURANCE FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP - $2000 - any senior may apply for this scholarship. See Mrs. Gilliland for an application
DUE APRIL 2 - ALTON PUBLIC SCHOOL FOUNDATION AFFILIATED SCHOLARSHIPS (includes Alton Chamber of Commerce, Alton Public Schools Foundation, Campbell Family Medical, Clary Family, Dethrow-Roy Family, Eddie J. Johnson, Jr. Memorial, Paintmaster, and Simpson Ag Ed/FFA Alumni Scholarships) - any senior may apply for one or all of these scholarships using one application. Application in the Senior Google Classroom.
DUE APRIL 1 - BILL MCDONALD SCHOLARSHIP - seniors involved in FFA and/or Choir with a GPA of 3.00 minimum should apply. Application in the Senior Google Classroom.
DUE MARCH 1 - MSU - WEST PLAINS SCHOLARSHIPS - seniors planning to attend MSU - West Plains should submit their general scholarship application. You must be admitted and have set up a “My Grizzly Den” account. The scholarship application is located in your student portal.
DUE JULY 20 - LEADERS OF TOMORROW SCHOLARSHIP - senior males who will attend Mizzou, exhibit leadership potential, and have academic achievement should apply at http://agsig.org/scholarship/.
MO Bankers Foundation EVERFI Scholarship has been posted! Seniors who have completed or are in the process of completing Personal Finance class should check it out in the Senior Classroom.
9th - 11th Grade Students & Parents: Reminder that a dual enrollment informational meeting for the 2020-2021 school year will be next Wednesday, Feb. 26th at 5:30 in the HS Library. Please attend if you plan to take dual enrollment classes next year.
The seniors vs faculty basketball game. The most hype event of the school year! The faculty who ruled the courts back in their day? They’re gonna dominate. The varsity basketball team? They’re gonna be up and down the court dunking on the faculty before anyone knows what’s happening. Watch as the students take revenge for all the bad grades they’ve received over the years.😉 It’s gonna be intense!
SENIORS & JUNIORS: MSU-WP Red Carpet Day is Friday, Feb. 21. Get your permission & assignment forms from Mrs. Gilliland. They are due on Tues., Feb. 18th and we do not have school on Monday, Feb. 17th!
COMMUNITY PARTNER NEEDED! Alton Elementary recently started a STEAM Club. STEAM Education is an approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics as access points for guiding student inquiry, dialogue, and critical thinking. Every Wednesday, a group of 30 students participate in STEAM Club after school. We would love to find a community partner to help purchase snacks and other materials for the students who participate in STEAM. If you are interested, please message the school or contact Amy Janes.
SENIORS & PARENTS: If you have not completed the FAFSA, you need to do so ASAP using your 2018 tax info. Deadlines for 20-21 school year are fast approaching! If you are eligible for supplemental grants along with PELL grants, don't miss out because you missed a deadline!
Alton High School FBLA brought home 15 medals in various business competitions on Friday during district 14 leadership conference. There were 23 other schools at the competition. Check out the News for further details.
Congratulations to Jace Reese for being chosen to represent our school at the Sophomore Pilgrimage in April! Jace will spend the day in Jefferson City and will meet with the top six elected officials in the state of Missouri as well as with a Supreme Court Justice.
SENIORS: www.cfozarks.org At least 22, yes, 22 scholarships should be available for you to apply to. Check them out and see if you meet the criteria. If you are remotely eligible at all, apply. Check with Mrs. Gilliland if you are unsure.
Congratulations to Sophomore Harly Howell for being selected to represent our school at the Missouri Leadership Seminar! This three-day summer seminar at UCM-Warrensburg helps students develop their leadership potential.
In recognition of National Counselors Week, Alton Elementary would like to express our appreciation for our school counselor, Mrs. Tonya Willard. School counselors are uniquely equipped to bridge the gaps between administration, teachers, parents, and students. As the demands placed on everyone in our school community increase, Mrs. Willard rises to each need with excellence, a positive attitude and an immeasurable amount of compassion. Mrs. Willard works tirelessly to serve our students growing needs. Whether students need someone to listen, guide them through reflection, process emotional situations, encourage school attendance, recognize good works, supply clothing or advocate for a better quality of life, Mrs. Willard is always willing to serve each and every student who graces our halls. Mrs. Willard is a vital asset to our school district and we cannot thank her enough for all that she does!
College or Technical School Students over 21: GFWC of MO has a scholarship for you. Email Mrs. Gilliland at firstname.lastname@example.org and she will send you a copy. Due by 3:00 PM February 20 to Mrs. Gilliland or Mrs. Oesch.
GFWC Scholarship-Any senior may apply. One applicant from Alton will be selected to be sent to the District Competition where one finalist will be selected for the $1000 scholarship. Return applications to Mrs. Gilliland or Mrs. Oesch by 3:00 on Feb. 20th.
DUE APRIL 1 - THREE RIVERS COLLEGE ACHIEVEMENT SCHOLARSHIP - senior planning to attend TRC who ranks in the top 25% of the class or has at least a 21 composite score on the ACT may be nominated by Mrs. Gilliland. Please see her if you plan to attend Three Rivers College.
3rd Term Progress Reports are being emailed out today. If you do not have an email on file, your child will receive a report card by Monday. If you would like your email added, please contact the school.
SENIORS & JUNIORS: MSU-WP RED CARPET DAY will be Friday, February 21st. If you would like to attend, you need to get a permission form from Mrs. Gilliland and return it and your assignment sheet by Tuesday, February 18th. We will leave at 8:30 and return around 2:30.
Junior class is once again selling laundry detergent, as well as other cleaning supplies, to raise money for prom. Attached is a copy of the order form. This will include a list of the products and prices. All 5 gallon buckets come with a pump to easily dispense the product. This fundraiser will run from now until February 28th. Please contact the high school for more information or to place your order.
Alton High School Beta Club Announces Winner of their Gun Raffle Alton, Missouri – Alton High School Beta Club held a gun raffle which started on October 5, 2019, at the Alton Chamber of Commerce’s Walnut Festival in Alton, Missouri. Alton Gun and Pawn/Alton Auto Parts located at Highway 160 South in Alton, Missouri, donated a .22 Henry rifle for the students in the Beta club to raffle off. The winner, Edward and Beverly Goans of Mammoth Springs, was announced in November. The raffle was held to raise money for Beta students to attend state convention in Springfield, Missouri, in December. 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
2020-2021 DUAL ENROLLMENT MEETING - 9TH - 11TH grade students and their parents are invited to a meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 26th at 5:30 in the high school library. Dr. Michael Orf from MSU - West Plains will be here to speak about courses, costs and tuition waivers, calendar, etc. Students who are interested in dual enrollment courses for next year and their parents should plan to attend.
Oops! Some of the scholarships through Community Foundation of the Ozarks are due March 13 - not just the 15th or 17th!
SENIORS (and current college or vocational program students): Multiple scholarship opportunities at www.cfozarks.org. Create your account and some may be applied for online while others will have you see your counselor for an application! Due either March 15 or 17! Get busy!
JUNIORS: Missouri Public Affairs Academy - MSU-Springfield-explore leadership skills along with the practices of civic engagement and service. Eight days on the campus of MSU - all expenses paid. More info and application in the Junior Google Classroom for Mrs. Gilliland.
SENIORS & JUNIORS: Truman State University Rep will be here Thursday, Feb. 13th at 2:50. Please sign the list on Mrs. Gilliland's bulletin board if you would like to meet with them.
SENIORS & JUNIORS: Ozarka College Reps will be here Wednesday, Feb. 12th at 2:50. Please sign the list on Mrs. Gilliland's bulletin board if you would like to meet with them.
Breaking news! Alton Elementary School is the recipient of a $6,044.96 grant from Missouri S and T that will be used to purchase items for our STEAM program! STEAM empowers teachers to employ project-based learning that crosses all 5 disciplines (science, technology, engineering, arts, math) and fosters an inclusive learning environment where all students are able to engage and contribute.The money from the grant will be used to purchase the items pictured below, as well as several additional items. The district was able to purchase a 4 ft robot, a 2 ft robot, 6 Dash robots, 2 Dot robots, 4 Fire HD 8 tablets, curriculum guides, and so much more! The district would like to thank Mrs. Shayna Poole and Mrs. Amy Janes for working hard to implement the STEAM program!. Because of these ladies, our students are learning to use evidence to create knowledge and solve problems. We would also like to send a HUGE thank you to Mrs. Poole for working countless hours to secure this grant for our students!
New Counselor's Corner and Scholarship List posted in the Documents section! Check them out!
SPRING DUAL ENROLLMENT STUDENTS: If you wish to see if you are eligible for MSU - West Plains' Tuition Scholarship, see Mrs. Gilliland ASAP. They will cover up to a five hour tuition only course per semester.
STUDENTS WHO TOOK FALL DUAL ENROLLMENT COURSES: If you scored an A or B in your fall dual enrollment course, see Mrs. Gilliland for a Tuition Reimbursement Form ASAP - good for only one course in your entire high school career. If your course tuition was covered by MSU West Plains' Tuition Scholarship, you cannot apply for this. See Mrs. Gilliland with questions.
SENIORS: (AND PARENTS) - 10 additional scholarships posted today. Welcome to Scholarship Season!
JUNIORS: HOWELL-OREGON ELECTRIC 2020 CYCLE PROGRAM will be held July 15th - 17th in Jefferson City. If you would like to apply for this opportunity, you will find the application in your Junior Google Classroom or see Mrs. Gilliland.
SENIORS: Four new scholarships posted today! Some have multiple scholarships within the application. Make sure you check them out in your google classroom. Counselor's Corner and Scholarship List have also updated, but will have more added SOON! Time to get busy!
No school at Alton R-4 on Friday, January 24, 2020.
No school at Alton R-4 on Thursday, January 23, 2020.
No school at Alton R-4 on Friday, January 17, 2020.
The safety of our students and staff is very important to us. It is critical that you use caution while driving on the school campus. We have had issues with vehicles speeding, not acknowledging crosswalks, speed bumps, and other traffic signage on campus. Please use caution and handle every situation as if it were your child or loved one in the potentially dangerous situation. Please share.
Juniors & Seniors: MSU - West Plains Rep will be here at 2:50 today. Make sure you get your name on the list if you want to visit with her.
MSU - West Plains College Recruiter will be here to visit with juniors/seniors on Monday, Jan. 13th. Be sure to sign up if you are interested in meeting with her.
Term 2/Semester 1 Grades will be emailed Friday, Jan. 10th. If you do not have an email on file, your child will be given a paper copy. If you need to update your email address, please send the email address to the school.
A Big Thank You to students, staff, and families for helping AHS FBLA raise $250 for March of Dimes!
***Immediate Opening for Permanent Full-Time Custodian*** Information requests can be made by contacting the Office of the Superintendent at 417-778-7216. Completed applications, resumes, and other supporting materials may be sent to: Office of the Superintendent Alton R-IV School District 505 School Street 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.
SENIORS & JUNIORS: MSU - West Plains Recruiter will be here on Monday, January 13th at 2:50. Please sign the list on Mrs. Gilliland's bulletin board if you would like to meet with her.
The Alton High School Winter Concert has been rescheduled for this Saturday, December 21st at 6:00 pm. The concert will be held in the high school gym. Students that are participating in the concert need to meet in the choir room at 5:30 pm.
Don’t forget to bring your items for the Hunger Heroes campaign.
No School at Alton R-4 on Tuesday, December 17, 2019.
The High School Christmas concert scheduled for Monday, December 16, 2019 has been postponed. Information on the make-up date will be shared when finalized.
5th and 6th Jr. Beta Bell Ringing for tonight has been cancelled. It's supposed to be extremely cold.
No School at Alton R-4 on Monday, December 16, 2019.
Updated Counselor's Corner and Scholarship List have been posted in the Documents section AND in the Google Classrooms!
The Alton Elementary Christmas Program will be held tonight in the High School Gym! The program starts at 6:30. Students should arrive no later than 6:15. If a student needs his or her face painted for the program, the student needs to arrive by 5:50. Please make plans to come out and join us for this special night! We cannot wait to show you what our students have been working on! #ChristmasProgram2019 #AltonElem
DUE FEBRUARY 25 - NATIONAL FARMERS FARM KIDS FOR COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP - $1,000 (3 National Winners) and $500 (1 State Winner) - seniors who plan to major in an agricultural field should apply. Applications in Senior Google Classroom.
Alton Senior Beta members Myles Cockrum, Tyler Goans, Cordell Hufstedler, and Timothy Roberts won first place in group talent at Missouri Beta State Convention. Christian Orr won 5th place in Agriscience. Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!
Thank you, Marilyn Cockrum and Tasha Reeves for your help during the Jr. Beta Convention. I gave them an itinerary (because it's hard for me to be in two places at once) and they took care of business. It's so WONDERFUL to work at a school with such caring and hardworking teachers as Mrs. Cockrum and Mrs. Reeves. THANKS AGAIN!
5th and 6th Grade had a GREAT day at the Jr. Beta Convention. The students represented Alton Elem. School very well! We brought home 5th in Language Arts, Chaney Janes, 2nd in Science and S.S., Burk Hopkins and Wyatt Cone. The construction crew brought home the GRAND PRIZE! I am super proud of the winners, but in my eyes they are all winners!
Seniors: Conservation Foundation of MO Scholarships - $250 to $1000. Go to http://www.moswcs.org/scholarship/ for more info!
Seniors: Dr. Darrell Holley Scholarship application is now available in the google classroom. Due by January 8th!
Seniors: National FFA Scholarship application will be due January 15th. Apply online at FFA.org/Scholarships.
DUE FEBRUARY 1 - ASU - JONESBORO’S PRIVATELY FUNDED SCHOLARSHIPS - various amounts - any senior who has been accepted into ASU should apply online at https://webapps.astate.edu/pfs/.
Shattering Personal Records today in Body Conditioning. Congratulations to Colby Kernodle for reaching the 400 pound club on Deadlift!
If you have not received your pictures from Lifetouch, from both fall pictures and re-takes, please let Mrs. Clary know ASAP.
Updated Counselor's Corner and Scholarship List have been posted in the Documents section!
Senior parents: I messed up and made the senior ads due during Thanksgiving break. They will be due the first day we are back, which is December 2nd. Let me know if you have any questions!
We have learned from the city that parts of the Alton campus will be without water for a period of time tomorrow. Please have elementary students bring water bottles, if possible.
2nd Term Progress Report Cards are being emailed this morning. If a parent does not have an email address on file, the student should receive a printed version of his/her grades.
No school at Alton R-4 on Tuesday November 12, 2019.
Alton R-IV will dismiss at 2:00pm on Monday November 11, 2019 based on the snowfall and frozen precipitation forecast.
SOPHOMORES: If you think you would be interested in learning more about classes at South Central Career Center for your junior and senior year, we will be going on a tour on Thursday, November 21st. We will ride up on the Career Center bus and return in time for lunch at school (leave at 8:00 AM and return by 11:45 PM). We will tour both school sites for programs such as Culinary Arts, Health Occupations, Construction, Welding, Creative Design, IT, Auto Mechanics and Body Collision. See Mrs. Gilliland for a permission form and course assignment sheet. These will be due by Tuesday, November 19th.
SENIORS & JUNIORS: Baptist Bible College Recruiter will be here on Wednesday, December 4th at 2:50. Please sign the list on Mrs. Gilliland's bulletin board if you would like to meet with the rep.
SENIORS & JUNIORS: OZARKA COLLEGE - Arkansas will have representatives here on Monday, November 18th at 2:50. If you would like to meet with them, please sign the list on Mrs. Gilliland's bulletin board.
October was National Principal’s Month. National Principal’s Month is an opportunity to say “thank you” to principals everywhere in honor of their hard work and dedication. At Alton School, we are lucky to have Mrs. Langston, Mrs. Miller, and Dr. Steele. All three of you are wonderful Principals! Thank you for making Alton R-IV a better place 💙💛💙
Senior parents: Don’t forget, senior tribute pages are due November 29th. If you have any questions or need a new form, please contact Mrs. Clary.
Dual Enrollment forms for MSU-West Plains Spring semester are available from Mrs. Gilliland. Students who are interested in taking a dual enrollment course in the spring will need to return the forms to her by Tues., Nov. 19th. If you have questions, please see Mrs. Gilliland.
Veterans Day Assembly 1:00 pm Monday, November 11th
SENIOR ATHLETES: Heisman High School Scholarship opportunity is due tomorrow, Tuesday, October 29th! Check you "Assignment" section in your google classroom for more info and the link to apply.
The trip for Kindergarten and First Grade to the Pumpkin Patch has been postponed until Monday, October 28th due to the weather. We will follow the same itinerary, but on a different day.
Thank you to our students for their excellent behavior during the college and career fair. Many of the representatives commented on how polite you were and how nice it was to have conversations with you. It's so awesome to hear that other people see the best in our kids! Thanks to Mrs. Granger-Bettis and the FCCLA students who helped with the hospitality baking, set-up, and service. And, thank you to my greeters who assisted in many ways before, during, and after the fair. You kids are awesome! And, thanks to the custodians for setting the FEMA up and breaking it all down. We have the greatest custodial staff ever!
College & Career Fair is today at 1:00 in the FEMA for grades 9-12! Military, Vocational, Career Schools, Financial Aid, 2 and 4 year colleges will have representatives here. Make sure you are registered at www.strivefair.com in order to attend!
Welding schools, military recruiters, career centers, colleges - both 2 and 4 year will be at the College and Career Fair on Thursday at Alton in the FEMA from 1:00 to 2:30 for 9th through 12th grade students. Make sure you registered at www.strivefair.com in order to attend!
"Counselor's Corner" and "Scholarship List" have been updated. FIVE new scholarships listed as well as other important info. Check them out under the "Documents" section!
College Fair will not only have college recruiters, but career centers and vocational schools will have reps there as well as military recruiters and financial aid reps!
12th-9th grade students: 83 of you are now registered to attend the college fair on Thursday. Where are the rest of you?????? www.strivefair.com
In honor of National School Bus Safety Week we want to acknowledge our transportation department. In a recent bus inspection by the Missouri Highway Patrol our district received the Total Fleet Excellence Award for 100% of our buses passing a very detailed inspection. Thank you to Jerry Granger and our bus drivers for making sure our students are riding on the safest buses possible!
Seniors - Freshmen: Only 41 of you have registered for the college and career fair for this Thursday, Oct. 24th! You must be registered to attend!
12th - 9th graders - get yourselves registered for the College Fair on Thursday, Oct. 24th. Only 18 of you have registered so far. www.strivefair.com. Must be registered in order to attend!
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) Mrs. Myers (email@example.com) 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, firstname.lastname@example.org). 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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.