Fall Exams - December 2017
  Dec. 19 Dec. 20 Dec. 21
First Period B1 Exam A1 Exam B3 Exam
Second Period B2 Exam A2 Exam A3 Exam
Third Period B3 CLASS A3 CLASS STUDNETS Dismiss @ 11:06
Fourth Period B4 Exam A4 Exam  

This ONLY applies to Altamont High School students.  This does NOT apply to Altamont Grade School or Altamont Junior High Students.

ACHS and AGS Parents:

Beginning December 5, students, teachers and parents across Illinois will have an opportunity to participate in the sixth annual statewide Illinois 5Essentials Survey. This survey is designed to generate a detailed picture of the inner workings of your child’s school. As a parent, this opportunity will allow you to share your thoughts on the important elements of school effectiveness in a survey about your child’s school.

On behalf of the Illinois State Board of Education, the Illinois 5Essentials Survey will be administered online by UChicago Impact at the University of Chicago. The survey gathers data related to five indicators that can predict important student outcomes, including improved attendance and larger test score gains. These five indicators that affect and predict school success are:

  • Effective Leaders

  • Collaborative Teachers

  • Involved Families

  • Supportive Environments

  • Ambitious Instruction

Prior research in more than 400 schools has shown that schools that were strong on at least three of these “5Essential” indicators were 10 times more likely to improve student learning gains in math and reading than those that were weak on three or more Essentials.

All teachers and 6th through 12th grade students will be responding to this survey. 5Essentials Reports will be generated for schools if their teachers and/or students meet the response rate threshold of 50 percent. These reports will be sent to schools and districts in March 2018 and will also be included in the State School Report Card.

Additionally, your district has chosen to provide the optional 5Essentials parent survey. If at least 20 percent of Altamont High School parents or Altamont Grade School parents complete this survey, a parent supplement for each school that reached the 20% mark will also be generated. The parent data will not be reported on the State Report Card.

Your participation in the parent portion of the survey will help us understand the conditions at your child’s school and guide improvement. Your identity and survey responses will be kept completely confidential and will never be connected to you or your child.

The Illinois 5Essentials Survey will be conducted November 15 through January 18, 2018. To take the survey please visit https://survey.5-essentials.org/illinois/survey/parent/login/ to begin the survey.

For more information about the Illinois 5Essentials Survey, or to view previous years’ Reports, please visit https://illinois.5-essentials.org. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact 5Essentials Client Services at 1-866-440-1874 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Altamont FFA will be holding an opening FFA Alumni Meeting.  This meeting is open to any individuals interested in supporting the Altamont FFA and Altamont High Schoo's Agricultural Education Program.  Any questions contact Miss Zimmer, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or 618-483-6193.

The  meeting will be conducted on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. in the Altamont High School Ag Room, which is located at the north end of the building.  

We hope that you will come and join us.

The ACHS school newspaper, Tribal Tribune has gone online! You can read the paper with this link: ACHS Tribal Tribune

Sportsmanship. There is the sportsmanship that we all hope to portray and there is poor sportsmanship. We do not receive a lot of positive sportsmanship reports during the course of the school year but when we do, we post those reports on our website. I hope you will take the time to read those that we have received for the 2015-16 school year. http://www.iesa.org/citizenship/reports.asp. I know that the reports posted are only a fraction of the positive sportsmanship acts that have occurred this school year in our member schools and, to that end, I encourage you to submit a report of good sportsmanship that you may witness so we can share the positive news.

Unfortunately, the number of bad sportsmanship reports resulting in ejections we have received this year is reaching record numbers. Year after year, the majority of the ejection reports are attributed to basketball. Last year, in all IESA activities we had 48 reported ejections. Of those 48 ejections, basketball (girls and boys)accounted for 75% of the ejections. This school year is no different, Eighty percent of the ejections received to date have occurred during a basketball contest. The most unfortunate part about these numbers is 90% of the ejections were adults---either coaches or parents/fans.

At the beginning of the school year we had students with problems being able to access the internet using their school issued Chromebook at home or off campus.  We have resolved the issue but we still had some students saying they were having issues.  It took a while to replicate what the students were seeing and we have made some changes to make that better.  First - remember that our Chromebooks are behind the school filtering system and logged ALL the time, and if for some reason the Chrombook is not able to pass the web traffic through our filters and log the traffic then the internet just does not work.  This is related to the latest problems we have been seeing but the filtering and logging is working correctly.

The problem is a "The cart before the horse" type of problem.  Let me explain.

When students are ON campus our WiFi and network system is able to identify each individual Chromebook and it knows who that Chromebook was issued to and it filters that Chromebook based on that.  If it knows the Chromebook was issued to a student then it gets filtered as a student.  Students do not have to log into the filtering system (LightSpeed) when they are on campus.  But OFF campus WiFi and network systems are not able to identify the Chromebooks the same way so there is a different way to identify who is using the Chromebook. OFF campus students have to log into the LightSpeed system to get access to the internet.  This is where some students have had some confusion.  Up to 9-16-15 we had the student Chromebooks set to load TWO web pages when the system started.  One was the school Google calendar and the other is a Symbaloo page which is a collection of internet links that students use to access educational materials on the internet.  When the Chrome browser on the Chromebooks opens more than one internet web page at a time it puts each page in its own tab.  One of the tabs will be active and all the other tabs will be inactive.  You cannot see what is on the inactive tabs until you click on the tab near the top of the browser.  This is how we had the cart before the horse.  The student Chromebooks were opening the Google calendar as the active tab and the Symbaloo page as an inactive tab that was BEHIND the active calendar tab.  The Google calendar page uses a secure web page that sends encrypted information to the Chromeook to protect the user from having the information in the page intercepted by a hacker.  The Symbaloo page is a "normal" http:// page that does NOT use an encrypted connection.  We found that when students started their computer they would see an error on the encrypted calendar page that looked something like:

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The page indicated an error and stated that the connection was not private.  Many students knew that they had to click on the "Advanced" link on the left side to bypass this "error" and continue on to use the internet.  After they clicked "Advanced" they would get another page asking them if they wanted to proceed even with the risk of having their information being in open view to anyone that is watching the connection.  They usually clicked the "proceed to . . " link on the next page (see below) and it usually would load the pages in spite of the encryption not being correct.  In the cases where this worked our system was still filtering all the web pages and logging what pages were looked at by whom.


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BUT in some cases this second click did not seem to work.  The student would get a page that said that their internet access had been suspended.  It looked something like:



The students that reported to us that their internet was not working at home would throw up their hands at this point and were giving up.

BUT . . . 

Most other students knew to check that other tab that was not opened.  When they checked the other tab that was supposed to load the Symbaloo page they saw a LightSpeed login page that looked something like:



These students knew that they would have to log in using their USERNAME and password.  The username is NOT the same as their email, it is the name BEFORE the @ in the email address.  So a student with the email address:

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would have the username of


The password is the same password they have been using to log into their Chromebook since the beginning of the year.  Once they logged into that page then USUALLY the internet took off and started working fine.  (In some cases the login page did not advance to another web page like the Symbaloo page so students would have to close the browser and open it up again and all would be fine.)

So - How do we fix this?

Well - TECHNICALLY there was no problem - but due to the way students were seeing things it looked like there was a problem.  (That is what was driving the tech guys batty - there was no problem - everything was working fine!)  To HELP the issue we changed the ORDER of the web pages that the Chromebooks load up when they start.  Now the Symbaloo page should be the active tab and the page the students see when they start up their Chromebooks off campus (or on campus for that matter.)  The Google calendar page should load in the other tab that is inactive and hidden behind the active web page tab.  This SHOULD present the students with the LightSpeed login screen when they start up the Chromebook off campus and the students should get the idea that they need to log in on this page before anything else works.

Now if they only remember their user names and passwords . . . 

There is always one in the crowd that will not.



The Chromebooks have a really good battery life which actually can end up causing problems.  Since students do not have to charge the Chromebooks as often some do not turn off their Chromebook for days or weeks at a time.  The Chromebooks receive updates pushed through the internet and sometimes these updates require that the device be power cycled (turned off and back on.)  If the device is kept running for days after an update comes through the device may expect that update to be in place when it has not been completed since the device did not power cycle.

Simply put - If you have problems the FIRST thing to try is to shut OFF the Chromebook and turn it back on.

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    Most teachers goals aren’t to have you necessarily remember the quadratic formula years down the road, but instead to help youlearnoverall, whichdoes help your brain (believe it or not!)

    Different classes help to focus on developing and challenging different parts of the brain. When a person crams material for a test, it is only stored in the short-term memory. The fast pace of trying to learn the material, doesn’t help it to stick well. This makes it hard to connect the new material with things you’ve learned in your previous long-term memory. Therefore, you don’t ever really learn the material you cram for. A simple way to put this is, you have to know what an apple is, before you understand the idea of an apple pie.

    Next week is the week of final exams. If you’re a regularly disciplined student, who learns a small amount each class, final exam week should be a breeze for you.  However, many of us will feel overwhelmed with feeling the need to cram. The best advice is to not worry about what grade you will get on the exam, but focus on the need to learn the material. Fully understanding and knowing a few concepts is more rewarding than regurgitating tons of answers that you don’t actually understand. Learn a little each day, and don’t overwhelm/cram your brain 24 hours before an exam, then I’m sure you’ll see a difference in your grades and your anxiety. :)

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