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    March 26,2020

    Good afternoon.  This is Pam Stiles, Superintendent of Schools.  This afternoon, Governor Sununu announced that NH will begin a “Stay at Home” order starting tomorrow, Friday, March 27 at midnight.  This order directs everyone to stay at home unless absolutely necessary.  At this time, Alton Central School is closed to the public, and has been since Monday, open only to essential personnel. 

    Also in his announcement this afternoon was the extension of remote learning until at least May 4.  We know that families are working tirelessly with our teachers to continue education for our children—your efforts are greatly appreciated.  I also want to acknowledge the exceptional work being done by our teachers and staff.  They changed the delivery of education within a few days and did so with professionalism.  They are here to support you and your child—please reach out to them if you have any questions or need support.

    Finally, let me specify some points:

    • The school will continue to provide meals.  You can find the order form on the school’s website in the scrolling banner.  Meals are available to all students. 
    • We will continue the process of requesting items such as instructional materials, desk or locker items or technology.  If you need anything brought to you, please call the school at 875-7500, leave a message on the voicemail and Mrs. Flanagan or Mrs. Lagace will get back to you quickly.  Let them know what you need and your item will be brought to you.  Our delivery system is working very well right now.
    • Finally, April vacation is from the 27th to May 1.  We will be observing that week as a vacation week.  Remote learning classrooms will be unplugged for those 5 days—hopefully this will give you time to get out and enjoy the spring sunshine!

    As always, we will keep you informed of changes as they happen.  If you’d like more information about the status in NH and the Governor’s Emergency Orders, please visit

    Be well and please, don’t hesitate to contact us if we can be of help.


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    Good Morning Alton Central School Families,

    Before we leave for the long weekend, I wanted to share a slideshow that we have put together as a dedication to all of our ACS students.  We love and miss you all and truly can’t wait for the day we can be together again at ACS!

    Please click this link to view the slideshow.


    Special thanks to Ms. Riendeau for the idea, Mr. Neveu for the music, our ACS staff, and to Mr. Pfenninger for putting it together and making this dream become a reality in our current world of uncertainty!


    Have a great weekend everybody!


    -Mr. Mac


    RL Spirit Week 2020!!!


    3/16/2020: Please click HERE for the ACS Remote Learning Plan


    NJHS Pi(e) Day is Friday, March 13th. Slices will be sold for $1.50 during lunches. Proceeds will benefit Make-a-Wish Foundation.
    Please note that all pies will be purchased from Market Basket in order to ensure that safe kitchen procedures have been followed. Students will wear gloves and follow safe serving procedures while slicing and serving. 
    If you have already baked a pie, NJHS thanks you for your support, and hopes that you enjoy eating it in the comfort of your home. Please do not send homemade pies to school.
    Thank you!

    Shaleen Cassily, Ph.D., M.S.Ed.

    Director of Curriculum and Instruction

    Alton Central School

    41 School Street

    Alton, NH 03809

    (603) 875-7500



    Please click on the links below to read important information regarding our preparedness for the Coronavirus.

    COVID-19 Superintendent Letter

    COVID-19 NH Public Health Guide

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    Kindergarten registration for the 2020-21 school year will be held on Friday, April 24, 2020 from 8:00-12:30 at ACS. Parents and guardians are asked to call Sonya Kelly, Administrative Assistant to the Special Education Director, to schedule an appointment (603-875-9302). Please note that appointments are needed for all students, even those who are currently enrolled in pre-school at ACS. Thank you!



    A Great Incentive from the Boys and Girls Club... Don't miss out!!!

    We are offering a free week to the first 12 members to enroll!
    We are offering 5 days a week for $50. Daily contract rates are also available.
    The Boys & Girls Club of Alton is now up and running! We are so excited to offer this opportunity to our community. The program is staffed by our own ACS educators- Marianne Clegg, Sarah Guillemette, & Pam Forbes, with substitute staff, Eric Dickson & Sandy Flanagan. We are offering a wide variety of activities, including cooking, art, board games, STEM challenges, and cooperative learning opportunities. We are also able to work with classroom teachers to provide support on homework, along with any other academic needs.
    Come join us at the club!
    Contact Julie Rothemund, Lakes Region School Age Manager at for information & enrollment.







    SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2020 @ 1:00 PM

    Snow Date: February 3, 2020

    Same Location at 7:00 pm





    JANUARY 22, 2020 THROUGH JANUARY 31, 2020

     The following Town and School District positions are open for filing:


    Two (2) Selectmen                                                      3 Year Terms

    One (1) Trustee of Trust Funds                                  3 Year Term

    One (1) Trustee of Trust Funds                                  2 Year Term

    Two (2) Library Trustees                                            3 Year Terms

    One (1) Library Trustees                                             2 Year Term

     One (1) Moderator                                                      2 Year Term

    One (1) Budget Committee Member                          3 Year Term

    Two (2) Planning Board Members                             3 Year Terms

    One (1) Supervisor of the Checklist                           6 Year Term

    Two (2) Zoning Board Members                                3 Year Terms

    One (1) Zoning Board Member                                  2 Year Term


                ALTON SCHOOL DISTRICT POSITIONS:            

    One (1) Moderator                                                      1 Year Term

    One (1) School Clerk                                                  1 Year Term

    One (1) School Treasurer                                            3 Year Term

    One (1) School Board Member                                   3 Year Term

    One (1) School Board Member                                   2 Year Term


    Filing papers are available at the Alton Town Hall, Town Clerk’s Office.

    Office hours: Daily 8:00 A.M. - 4:30 P.M.; January 31, 2020 - 8:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.

    Lisa Noyes, Alton Town Clerk


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    ACS Families... please click below for registration materials for the after school program being run by the Boys and Girls Club.



    ACS Parent Pick Up Procedure


    Pickup Patrol Link  



    Alton Central School Families, 

    If you are not receiving ACS Sunday phone messages or school delay/cancellation messages, please be sure to contact Kathy Lagace or Sandy Flanagan in the main office ASAP to ensure proper delivery.

    (603) 875-7500


    Thank you.



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Principal's Corner


    Principal MacArthur



    John W. MacArthur, Jr.


    Alton Central School

    41 School Street

    Alton, NH  03809

    (603) 875-7500

    (603) 875-0380 (FAX) 

    Dear ACS Students, Parents, and Community Members,

    It is my honor to serve as the Principal of Alton Central School.  It is my continued goal to learn from and work alongside parents and staff to help improve and prepare our students to be active, educated, and productive citizens.

    My wife, Gina, and I live in Hooksett, NH. We love living in New England, and love spending our summers visiting the Seacoast area, most notably Portsmouth and the beach. We have one son; Jonah who just turned eight and is currently in the third grade.  My hobbies include spending time with my family and friends, making music, and anything automotive.  I also love to unwind by spending time in my kayak, travelling, and attending concerts.

    I am originally from Salem, NH. Both my parents are retired teachers, and my sister is also a teacher.  We joke that education is our family business!  I earned my undergraduate degree in music education from University of Massachusetts, Lowell. After graduating, I worked for three years in North Andover, Massachusetts at North Andover Middle School as a music teacher and band director.  In 2003, I accepted a position as director of instrumental music and music teacher at Milford Middle School in Milford, New Hampshire. During this time I helped build the music program, hosted and attended music festivals with my students, and chaired the NHMEA Southwest Music Festival.  Also, I earned my Master of Education in educational administration from Rivier College. This enabled my next career move to SAU#24 where I was assistant principal at Weare Middle School for four years.  Prior to my position here at ACS, I was the principal of Boynton Middle School in New Ipswich, NH for two years.

    I am one who believes in respect, responsibility, and positive relationships both inside and outside of the school walls.  I truly feel that it “takes a village” and look forward to working closely with the students, staff, and Alton community!


    John W. MacArthur, Jr.


    Current Happenings at ACS:



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    Welcome Back Letter 2019




    School Board Reports 19-20

    School Board Reports 18-19