“The mission of the Alton School District, as our community school, is to ensure our students learn and apply the knowledge and skills essential to become critical thinkers and contributing citizens.”
A new communication tool for SAU 72 is now available!
The Alton Central School mobile app is now available! The app can be found at the iTunes App Store or, for Android owners, at the Google Play Store. The download is free and provides direct access to calendars, menus, contact information, and school news. The school is currently working to create individual teacher webpages that will house assignments and resources.
Just select the link corresponding to your device, or search Alton Central School in either app store, and you will be able to download our new app.
ALTON SCHOOL DISTRICT
Pre-K Screening for 2017-2018
Screening for the 2017-2018 Alton Central School Pre-K program will be held on Wednesday, May 10, 2017.
Students must be 3 years old by September 30, 2017. For more information and to schedule a screening appointment, please call Brandy Sanger, Administrative Assistant to the Special Education Director, at 875-9302.
Alton Central School, SAU #72
SAU #72 serves the Alton School District. As mandated under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), public schools must provide Special Education for all children between the ages of 2 ½ to age 21 who are determined to be educationally disabled. Additionally, school districts are required to have formal “Child Find” procedures to locate, evaluate and count children who may have disabilities to ensure that eligible children are found, classified and provided needed services. This law applies to all children including those in nonpublic schools, preschools and hospital settings as well as children who are wards of the state and transient children.
If you suspect that a child living in Alton may have an educational disabling condition you are encouraged to contact SAU 72 to discuss your concerns. School personnel will provide you with information on the procedure for making a referral. In addition, the School District will provide a screening for those families on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 from 8:00am - 2pm. To schedule an appointment or for additional information please contact Brandy Sanger, Administrative Assistant to the Director of Special Education SAU #72 (875-9302).
LAUNCHING OUR ON-LINE TEXT BOOK CAPABILITIES!
View helpful tutorials with these links to learn how to help your child use the on-line versions of our class materials. These on-line books are an option for you and your family. The on-line option does not replace conventional textbooks. If you have questions or any problems accessing these books, please contact your child’s teacher involved with the course. We hope these tutorials are helpful, and we hope the chance to use on-line books opens up additional opportunities for your child to complete assignments or investigate course material from any location, and any device.
Principal, Alton Central School
Principal’s letter for May 2017
We’re now in full-court press for the many activities in May which signify the home stretch for the 2016-2017 academic year’s successful closure. With middle level Smarter Balanced testing still ahead this month, we’re hopeful that concentration remains high, and engagement remains meaningful, for the testing periods. Thanks, in advance, to the families who help their child/ren by offering words of encouragement, praise for the focus they know their child is capable of, and the help that a good night’s sleep and some protein for breakfast can offer.
Over the April vacation break, I had the opportunity to travel to Washington, DC, as the guest of a professional engineering organization, to my third “STEM on the Hill” multi-day event. During the days visiting Washington, I can say I only saw sites that tourists from around the world come to see, as my Uber car drove by them from my hotel to the Capitol visitor’s center auditorium and then, crossing the main walkway from there to the Senate and Congressional office buildings. I was thrilled to be indoors all day since the meetings with these people and various aides were productive and in the long run, beneficial to ACS. I see the continued relationships bringing us mentor possibilities and connections to real-world experiences, which are going to help as we delve in to project based learning 2017-2018 here at school.
May starts off with our PTSA hosting Teacher Appreciation Week colorful decorations and luncheon Friday. Friday, May 5, we have an assembly during the afternoon, as well as a grade 6-8 dance that night. Barely catching our breath, we continue in May with grade level field trips nearly every week, and with a Science Exploration Night (May 9) sponsored by the PMHS National Honor Society.
Also noteworthy for your social calendars:
May 18 – 6:30 PM, I hope you join the audience at the high school for our Spring Band and Chorus Concert. Helping celebrate the arts as an audience member is important to show interest, support and have a relaxing night out, too!
May 19 – The ASPIRE Club sponsors a Movie Night for ACS children, under the leadership of Mrs. Nicole Poland, our Guidance Counselor. They have planned this event from start to finish, to help learn leadership and organizational skills while at the same time, offering a social outlet for students. While the children are gathering for a movie and refreshments, I hope you take the time away to enjoy some social time and relax, too!
I am thrilled to not only have the Baysider weekly “Alton Central Scoop” column to write and share what’s going on here with the community-at-large, but to also write for the National Association of Elementary School Principals. I have several more articles published in recent journals and online editions of their material, too, offering me a chance to reflect on things important in education as well as relax – since I enjoy writing as a craft.
It’s important to ensure you take time to do something you enjoy, too – exercise can stimulate our bodies to healthful benefits just as relaxing can. I hope you take time to enjoy our student athletic competitions. Those sports events are posted on the web and are also on the Athletics FB pace, maintained by Mrs. Lagace. If you have any questions about athletic events or those schedules, don’t hesitate to contact her in our front office.
The Alton Central School app is a quick click system to find what you may be looking for about school events, menu information or other news items. I hope you are taking advantage of the app on your phone or tablet – it’s a free download that can help you feel connected daily. Feeling connected is important, but I would like to offer a quick reminder that you should refrain from contacting your child directly by his/her cell phone. Please conduct that type of communication through our front office, since cell phone pings and rings can be distracting during classes as well and disruptive to your child’s concentration and flow of lessons or of social life during “down times” at school where you may not realize you are creating a distraction. We do our best to get messages to each child as needed, in a timely fashion, and understand the need for the messages to be accurately relayed to your child. Thanks for your help with the electronics being used for educational purposes only.
May 25 is an Early Release Day. During that afternoon, we’ll be working on 2017-2018 class rosters. This process involves many steps and many professional perspectives to accomplish our goal: ensuring each student is successful, by many, many different measures, during the days, weeks, months and overall academic year ahead. Enjoy that afternoon, knowing we’re working for YOU!
Questions about field trips, yearbook sales, or May/June events can be directed to the teachers involved as your first contact. We’re all here to help, and appreciate your participation as a family, in the ACS community.
Assistant Principal’s Message
March, as the old adage goes roared like a lion. In March, the Wellness Committee held a Wellness Far for faculty and staff. A special thank you goes to many people who helped make our Wellness fair a success.
Heather Smith from Core Dynamix started the week with an excellent presentation about how much sugar is in much of the food we eat and its effect on our bodies. Heather’s talk was still being discussed the next day.
April Elliott, the school nurse, conducted health screening. She checked blood pressure, heart rate and oxygen saturation throughout the day on Thursday. She also answered many health related questions as we were screened.
Jana Dalton from School Care was here answering questions about school care and the incentives that School Care offers to the faculty and staff.
Food Service Director, Sam Cowen, showed the Third and Fourth graders the how delicious fruit infused water tastes as well as the nutritional benefit.
Alton Central School Principal, Cris Blackstone, the Special Education Director Jennifer Katz-Borrin, Curriculum Coordinator Denise Perry and I helped create and serve a light lunch to the staff during the in-service day.
A thank you goes to the Wellness Committee for their suggestions and support.
As I look out the window, I hope that April showers will turn into May flowers.