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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  • Swimming Preview

    Last year two guys, Jacob Crow and Hayden Voelker,  started a boys

    swim team, even though said team wasn’t actually a team, they still competed as individuals. The girl’s swimmer , Brooke Stuckemeyer, has competed her whole high school career. The ACHS swim team has had at most 3 people ever, but this year five new freshmen boys have joined. One is an experienced swimmer, tyler Stuckemeyer. The other four, Kolby Brewer, Sam Mathesius, Isaac Crow, and Will Overton, have never swam competitively. Now that the boys swim team is actually a team with 6 people, they can compete in meets as a school.

                The boys sectionals is on February 17, and the girls is November 11. Hayden will compete in 100 breaststroke, 200 medley relay, and possibly a 200 freestyle relay. Tyler will compete in 100 backstroke, 100 freestyle, 200 freestyle and 200 medley relay. The other male swimmers are unsure of what events they would like to compete in. Brooke will compete in 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke.

    Though swimming isn’t the most popular sport at Altamont, we still do have a

    swim team. Many think that swimming isn’t a very challenging sport, but you would be surprised. If you would like to watch a meet, talk to any of the swimmers or Mrs. Stuckemeyer.

  • Baseball Season Wrap-Up

    The Altamont Indians 2017 Fall Baseball season has ended, and the Indians managed a 14-7 record, 7 games over .500, which is a very nice season. Led by seniors Kolby Pemberton, Wyatt Vaughn, and Kaleb Whitt, the Indians pulled out some very nice victories, and also lost some very close games. The highlights of the season were the four walk off victories throughout the year. Kolby Pemberton had a walk off against the North Clay Cardinals, Wyatt Vaughn was the hero against Brownstown-St. Elmo, against the South Central Cougars Connor Reardon was the hero, and in the victory against the Woodlawn Cardinals, Kaden Eirhardt was the hero.

     

    The Indians were led on the offensive side by Kaleb Whitt, Wyatt Vaughn, Alek Biggs, and Kolby Pemberton. The leader in batting average was Kaleb WHitt, with a .455 average, Wyatt Vaughn, and Alek Biggs were not far behind. The player that scored the most amount of runs was junior Dakota Kuhlman and the two Indians with the most RBIs are Kaleb Whitt with 20, and Kolby Pemberton with 18. On the mound, Pemberton was the leader of IP with 39.2. Pemberton also had the lowest ERA with 1.41. The Indians were a very good team this fall, and we can only hope for a better spring season from our high school baseball team.

     

    The largest margin of victory for the Indians was 12 runs, and they pulled that off against the Mulberry Grove Aces. Wyatt Vaughn led the Indians with 3 hits in that game, and Kaleb Whitt led the way with 4 RBIs. Vaughn also led the way on the mound, throwing 5.0 innings, and striking out 6.

     

    The Indians also put together two 10-run victories against the Ramsey Rams, and the Beecher City-Cowden-Herrick Bobcats.