AHS to host college and career event
Monday, Oct.1 5:30 p.m.

Altus High School will be hosting a College and Career evening on Monday, October 3, 2016.  A financial aid advisor will begin the evening speaking to parents about FAFSA at 5:30 p.m.  Beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the cafeteria, college and career representatives will be set up to talk with students and answer any questions parents might have.  “We are proud to provide this opportunity to our senior students and their families,” said AHS counselor Sheryl James. “Encouraging our students to continue their education and enter the work force well prepared is something we believe in.”   For more information, please contact Sheryl James at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (580) 481-2649. 

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Altus Schools Schedule Early Release for Wednesday, Sept. 28

At the February 2016 board meeting, the Altus Board of Education voted to modify the Altus Schools Calendar to allow Early Release Days four times throughout the school year to allow for professional development.  The first of those four days is scheduled for Wednesday, September 28.  On this day, all students will be dismissed at 1:30 p.m. Buses will begin running their routes at 1:30 p.m. as well.  No after school daycare or tutoring services will be available that day at the school sites.  "Allowing time periodically for teachers to collaborate with one another is a practice that we have missed out in the past.  In the big picture, our students will benefit from teachers sharing best practices and implementing those strategies in the classroom," stated Superintendent Roger Hill.  

Early Release Dates have also been set for Wednesday, November 2, 2016, Wednesday, February 15, 2017 and Wednesday, April 5, 2017.  For more information about these days please contact the school in which your student attends. 

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AHS ACT scores above state average
for the third year in a row

Altus High School ACT scores continue to rank above the state average

According to the most current ACT report, Altus High School student ACT scores are above the state of Oklahoma average for the third year in a row.  Data released in August of 2016 documents the trends for Altus High School and the State of Oklahoma over a five-year period. The 2016 graduating class of AHS had an average composite score of 21.1 compared to the 20.4 average across the state.

 “Altus High School students have maintained ACT scores that are above state averages for the past three years.  About 74% of the 2016 graduating class participated in the ACT exam.  I am very proud and encouraged by the trend in ACT scores from our students. This trend indicates that the rigor of coursework that is provided to students is increasing and reflects well on the teachers who help prepare students to take the ACT and is a good indicator of a student’s potential success in post-secondary education courses,” stated High School Principal, Rita Beisel. 

The emphasis placed on reading in all classrooms in grades Pre-K through 12th grade is continuing to pay dividends as the average reading score for AHS graduates is 1.5 points higher than the state average.  The 2016 composite reading score of 22.8 is another .4 gain after 2015’s full point increase.

"Our ACT scores at Altus High School continue to show an upward trend that far exceeds the state average.  That's a reflection of many factors including the dedication of our entire staff and the emphasis we've place on reading as a district-wide goal.  There is a strong correlation between reading comprehension and its relationship to success in other academic subjects," responded Superintendent Roger Hill.

Hill went on to say, "Our entire community benefits by having a student population that is college or career ready.  The ACT scores is one of the best indicators we have to make that determination."

According to the report, 66% of Altus students who have concurrently enrolled in college English Composition are more likely to obtain a B average in corresponding credit-bearing college courses.  This is .5% higher than others across the state. 

Altus Chamber of Commerce CEO, Brian Bush stated, The latest ACT results are yet another example of the strong education system in Altus, and they reflect a pattern of success that is both reassuring to families and exciting to business owners.  Parents can know the outstanding education their children are receiving in Altus means those students are being prepared for a bright future, and employers can be confident there is a talented, educated workforce right here in Altus ready to take their businesses to the next level.” 

Bush added, “I am so proud of the dedicated educators in the Altus school system and so thankful that my own children are receiving such a quality education.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Altus Police Department donates playground toys to Altus Schools

L. Mendel Rivers Elementary among top ten elementary schools in the state.

 

L. Mendel Rivers Elementary has recently been recognized as one of the top ten schools in Oklahoma by the website www.onlyinyourstate.com.  Ashley Wehrli, the article’s author, says schools were selected using SchoolDigger’s average standard scores which include test scores in Reading, Math and Science as well as student teacher ratios.

“Altus schools have long been an important piece of what make this community so special, and seeing Rivers Elementary listed as one of the top schools in the entire state is just one example of the quality of education in Altus.  I am proud of the hard working teachers and administrators who made it happen and excited about what it means for our future.  This is further validation, along with our district's outstanding performance on the state reading tests and A-F grading system, that families can expect stellar results from their children in Altus, OK, with highly dedicated, highly qualified, and highly talented educators.  Education is important to parents and to employers, and coupling our schools' excellence with our city's pro-business, pro-growth climate is a recipe for success,” stated Brian Bush, CEO of the Altus Chamber of Commerce.

 

According to schooldigger.com, Rivers Elementary jumped 14 places in the rankings since the 2010 rankings were released. Roger Hill, Altus Superintendent, was pleased with the recognition of one of the many great schools in Altus. “Rivers Elementary School is a shiny bright star in our school district.  Students have always excelled at a high level at Rivers.  It's a credit to outstanding leadership, a dedicated teaching and support staff, engaged parents, and high expectations for academic achievement.  We are very proud of this special recognition for Rivers Elementary School," he said. 

 

“Rivers is a phenomenal place to call home. Our success is a result of hard work, high expectations, and a partnership between staff, student and parents,” stated Mellissa Fourroux, fourth grade teacher.   Other teachers and staff members were just as proud of the recognition of the hard work students, teachers and parents put into each school year.  “Wow, I was elated to know that our school was one of the top five in the State!  I am so honored to work with a faculty that puts the children first.  I know that River's Elementary is and will continue to be successful,” responded Stephanie Tucker, a 1st grade teacher. 

 

Other schools ranked in the top five in the state of Oklahoma include, Wayland Bond Elementary School in Moore School District, Jenks Southeast Elementary in Jenks School District, Schwartz Elementary School out of Mid-Del School District, and Eisenhower International School in the Tulsa School District.  To view the entire rankings list visit http://www.onlyinyourstate.com/oklahoma/top-schools-in-ok/.   

 

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Altus High School 
400 N. Park Lane
(580) 481-2167

Altus Junior High
1601 S. South Park Lane
(580) 481-2173

Altus Intermediate School
1221 N. Howse
(580) 481-2155

L. Mendel Rivers Elementary
3000 Veterans Drive
(580) 481-2183

Altus Elementary School
1830 Sunset Drive
(580) 481-2180

Altus Primary School
1200 Glenda
(580) 481-2185

Altus Early Childhood Center
1100 North Forest
(580) 481-2151