The Illinois State Board of Education is dedicated to developing highly prepared and effective teachers for all Illinois students. Beginning September 1, 2015, all teacher candidates enrolled in a teacher preparation program in Illinois must complete the edTPA.

Illinois recognizes the need for a common, standards- and performance-based assessment of teaching effectiveness that measures the classroom readiness of teacher candidates and provides information for program improvement. The edTPA is designed to ensure that those who become teachers not only understand educational theory and subject matter content, but can demonstrate their ability to lead a classroom and support students in their learning. New teachers have to be effective from day one.

The edTPA is a performance-based, subject-specific assessment that measures effectiveness in the classroom by focusing on student learning. The edTPA uses processes similar to National Board certification insofar as candidates are required to provide evidence of their practice through the submission of video and other artifacts.

For more info see the document below.


Each first grader at Altamont Grade School recently received his/her own copy of My Favorite Book. This book instills the positive character traits that will hopefully stay with them throughout their lives. These include: good manners, responsibility, friendship, family, community, staying healthy, and emergency procedures. My Favorite Book is being made available through the generosity of local businesses. The first graders would like to thank the following businesses for contributing to the purchase of this book:

  • Irwin Telescopic Seating Company
  • Peoples Bank & Trust
  • Carriage House Event Center
  • R & H Plumbing and Heating
  • Country Financial
  • CBert's Body Shop
  • Altamont Lumber
  • Promark Advertising, Inc.
School Messenger
Altamont Schools is in the process of migrating from School Reach to School Messenger. School Reach was recently acquired by School Messenger and as part of that process all School Reach accounts are becoming School Messenger accounts.
How will the affect you?
If you are the parent or guardian of an ACUSD#10 student you may have received phone calls that start out with "This is School Reach calling . . ." That pre message may change. Also School Messenger pulls the student home phone number directly from Teacher Ease so whatever home phone number is listed for your son or daughter in Teacher Ease that is the number the system is going to call.

IF YOUR HOME PHONE NUMBER HAS CHANGED RECENTLY PLEASE CALL THE SCHOOL OFFICE AND HAVE IT CHANGED ASAP.

Also - if you have any School Reach smart phone apps that are using the ACUSD#10 accounts please be aware that those will stop working on or about December 2nd as the changeover should be complete by that time.

LASTLY If you get a call from either of our automated calling systems and it is calling the wrong number or you do not have a student attending ACUSD#10 schools please call the school office that made the call. (AGS - 618-483-5171 / ACHS 618-483-6193). When you call please give us the phone number that the system is calling and if possible what student might be tied to that number.
Thanks


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  • Science of Studying

    Are you the student who usually doesn’t know there’s a test until the day of? Or the student who stays up the entire night before a big exam to cram as much information into your brain as possible? If so, you’re not doing yourself a favor. You may think, “well I won’t need to know the quadratic formula after high school.” Being the student with this kind of attitude only sets yourself up for future failure.

    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. :)

  • Celtics winning streak

    The Boston Celtics held a 16 game winning streak. They had big wins over the Thunder, Hornets, Warriors, Hawks, and the Mavericks winning the games by as many as double digits. The Celtics have young and growing talent as well as a couple veterans. The Celtics’ draft pick this year was Jason Tatum. Jason attended college at Duke University and was very talented. The oldest player on the Celtics’ team is Al Horford, 31 years old. Horford is a stretch 5 man, he can spread the floor, bang inside, pass, and grab rebounds. The Celtics’ star player is Kyrie Irving. This is Kyrie’s first year in Boston. He came from The Cavaliers after requesting a trade. Kyrie was the sidekick to arguably the greatest player of all time, Lebron James. Kyrie possesses a versatile range of skill and aggressiveness. At only 25 years of age Kyrie already has years of playoff and even finals experience, and is not afraid to take the big shots, and orchestrate a team. Other Celtics’ key players are: Marcus Smart, Jaylen Brown, Marcus Morris, Aaron Baynes, and Terry Rozier.

    The Celtics’ streak was ended at 16 games losing to the Miami Heat. The winning streak which almost stood as the fourth longest winning streak in their franchise history. This is no easy achievement when looking back at some of the Celtics’ great teams including the 85-86 Celtics with greats of Larry Bird, Robert Parrish, Kevin Mchale, and Danny Ainge. Also including the 2008 Celtics including The big four of Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, Rajon Rondo and Kevin Garnett. When comparing this year's Celtics to these great teams they are among the greatest. The disappointing outcome against the Heat ended the Celtics’ winning streak. The outcome was 104-98. The Heat’s record is 10-11. The Heat’s key players consist of Hassan Whiteside, Goran Dragic, and Dion Waiters. This team is not winning their conference and they are not rebuilding. They are stuck in the middle just trying to win games. The game Wednesday November 22nd took place on Miami’s home court. The Heat had a lot of help from Goran Dragic, 27 points, and DIon waiters, who dethroned Boston’s comeback scoring 8 points in the final 3 minutes. The story of the game was Miami’s momentum feeding off the crowd and bench players, which lead them to rally past the Celtics by 6 points.

    Although the Celtics do not hold an outstanding winning streak anymore, don’t overlook them as they are the best team in the East with the record of 18-4. Despite this small set back the Celtics are still looking to remain aggressive and show the league they are a finals contender and will not be a doormat for the toughened western conference.