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 to begin the survey.

For more information about the Illinois 5Essentials Survey, or to view previous years’ Reports, please visit 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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  • NTC (Boy's)

    Next week is NTC week, one of the busiest weeks of the year. With either one, two, or three games every night of the week, the school gets overflowed with fans. Some teachers even assign less homework. So for the basketball players, the band members, the fans, and even the cheerleaders, it’s hectic. The first game of the week is the number eight seed North Clay vs. the number nine seed Cowden-Herrick/Beecher City on Monday at 6:15. The second game is the number one seed St. Anthony vs the winner of game one. The third game is the number four seed Altamont vs. the number five seed Negoa. Both the second and third game are on Tuesday. Game number two will start at 6:15 with game number three following. On Wednesday, the games start with game four, the number two seeded Dietrich plays the number seven seeded South Central at 6:15. Game five is following game four with the number three seed St. Elmo/ Brownstown playing the number six seed Windsor/Stew-Stras. Thursday is game six, seven and eight, six starting at 5:00 and the other two following after. Game six is the loser of game one vs. the loser of game 4. Game number seven is the loser of game two vs. the loser of game three. Game eight is the winner of game two vs. the winner of game three. Friday is game nine at 6:15 and game ten after, game nine is the winner of game six vs. the loser of game five. Game ten is the winner of game four vs. the winner of game five. Saturday has four games, the first is game eleven at 11:30, then game twelve and game thirteen are after, then at 7:30 is the championship game. Game eleven is the loser of game seven vs. the loser of game nine. Game twelve is the winner of game seven vs. the winner of game nine, this is the consolation championship. Game thirteen is the loser of game eight and the loser of game ten, this is the third place game. Game fourteen is the championship game, it will be the winner of game eight vs. the winner of game ten. For a schedule for the list of games.

  • Logan Paul Controversy

    The near year brings new opportunities for many people. Opportunities to do good and opportunities to do bad, such is the case for Youtube star Logan Paul. Logan Paul and his brother Jake Paul have had many controversies last year and some hoped that there would be a change in their behavior for at least a couple days in the new year. The award goes to the oldest Paul brother for starting the controversies in this new year.

    On January 2nd the world awakened to see a new video by the Youtube famous Logan Paul. The video featured Logan and group of friends visiting Japan’s Aokigahara forest, which is more commonly known across the world as the infamous suicide forest. To state this is not the first time youtubers have gone into the forest for the thrill or the fame. The issue that’s arising with Logan is the fact that he actually found a dead body this time and to make matters worse he only blurred the face.

    The blurring of the image is just one of the many things people are upset about, the fact that he even decided to post the video in the first place enraged people. He did put a disclaimer on the video, but that falls flat when the thumbnail has the image of the dead body hanging from the tree with Logan standing next to it.

    Another thing that upset people about Paul’s video is the way he acted during the video, laughing and trying to keep a smile. This is where I must disagree with the crowd of people. When you are put in a traumatizing experience like finding a suicide victim you don’t know how you are going to act. Sometimes your mind tries to force something funny to combat the dreary feeling of what you are going through. I am in no way defending what he did. My personal opinion is that he shouldn’t have even posted the video in the first place. But with how he reacted  I feel like he shouldn’t be hated for that because if you watch the video you can clearly see this is a traumatizing thing.

    Away from Logan Paul people are angry at Youtube for allowing the video to go up and even for it appearing on the trending page before Logan Paul took it down. With Youtube the way it is now quickly demonetizing videos and taking them down it was crazy to some people that it seemed Logan Paul was an exception to these strict guidelines.

    With Logan Paul being Youtube’s new golden child bringing in the site a steady stream of revenue it’s no surprise that he would get a free pass from this. The fact that Logan Paul took down the video himself with no push from Youtube tells you how they operate.

    Logan has since apologized twice for is actions, once on twitter and a second and more scenery time on Youtube. He even demonetized his own video as to not gain any profits from his public apology. He even told his fans who have been defending him online to stop. He admits that what he did was inexcusable. He apologized to his viewers and most importantly he apologized to the family of the man he found.

    So where does this leave Logan Paul’s rising career? Does this send his growing media empire tumbling down? No, not really. As the case with the media cycle and the world as it is someone else will gain the hatred of the world for a couple days and this speed bump in Paul’s career will be forgotten. Let’s hope though that Logan doesn’t forget this, and that he learns from what has happened. He has public stated how he’s taking some time to reflect on what he’s done and to hopefully improve who is as a person. I for one hope he finds what he’s looking for with his time away from the platform and to come back a better person.