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..


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  • Band Performance at Busch Stadium

    Sunday April 8th the ACHS Band took a trip to St. Louis to play before the Cardinals vs. Diamondbacks game. The band has been playing at Busch Stadium for four consecutive years, ever since Mrs. Berg became the teacher. Performing here is a big fundraiser for the band allowing them to raise funds for the band department. Every year the place is packed to see the ACHS Band perform. The band usually has a set list of at least ten songs, as well as cadences for the drum line. The band members helped select their best pep band songs to perform at the game. The day of the performance the weather was not very pleasing. Forty degrees with high winds is not an ideal atmosphere to play an instrument in. Despite the weather, the band played well. It’s hard to get a well-rounded sound in the cold but the band managed to do so. The crowd definitely enjoyed to see a great performance right before the game. The community was also very happy to see the hard work from the students pay off. When asked about his favorite part of the game Austin Wendling, a senior band member, said “I enjoyed the fight, my least favorite part was the cold weather.” Also when asked if there was one thing he could change he replied with, “The weather!” After the performance the band members enjoyed watching the game with their friends, and had a great time!

    Despite the cold weather and the St. Louis Cardinals losing to the Arizona Diamondbacks, it was a successful day for the ACHS Band.

  • Vision 20/20

    On April 11 the Vision 20/20 breakfast took place at the Carriage House Event Center. The purpose of the breakfast was to talk about the future of Effingham County. Many business owners from around Effingham County were in attendance. The breakfast allowed many people to talk about what can be done to improve the County. The breakfast was put on by the Effingham Chamber of Commerce. The breakfast had a few speakers too; the speakers talked about what the future if Effingham county could be. One speaker was Dr. Josh Bullock, the President of Lakeland College. He discussed a new project which was a center of Ag mechanics and Engineering school in Effingham. This school would be available to all area high school students. The center was estimated to be done by 2023, and it could be a great opportunity for area students interested in the engineering and ag fields. The future of Effingham County is bright and the breakfast highlighted this. For more information go to the Effingham Chamber of Commerce website:http://www.effinghamcountychamber.com/