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Many exciting new things are happening on our campus!

  • The Little Comet Pre-School is off to a wonderful start. Kudos to Mrs. Stubblefield and Mrs. Bridges for all the hard work that goes into the start-up phase of any new and successful program.
  •  Our HS students now have four Advanced Placement (AP) Classes to choose from and more will be added in the coming years. AP classes are essentially college level courses we can now offer on our campus “just like the big schools do.” A big thank you to Mrs. Benson, Mr. Collins, Mr. Kreutzer, and Mrs. Shaw for being willing to fulfill the summer training requirements for this endeavor.
  •  New scoreboards have been installed at both the baseball and softball fields thanks to a donation from Pepsi.
  •  Our safety and security renovations are now complete as is the additional sidewalk.
  •  We have added a second van to the school fleet. As of now, it still needs a nickname to match the “green bean.”


Additionally, we have had several individual accomplishments by various faculty members and students to recognize:

  • Evalina Harper has been offered the opportunity to travel to Scotland for 2 weeks with her bag-pipe playing group to experience the Scottish Culture first-hand. This is a tremendous accomplishment by Evalina!
  •  Kudos to Mrs. Oesch and her Speech Department for the new recording on the answering service for Alton R-IV. If you have not called the school recently, please do so—the new recording no doubt sounds better than my gruff voice would have.
  •  Beta Club hosted a successful Red Cross Blood Drive in September collecting 19 units of blood.
  •  Mrs. Gilliland did another outstanding job organizing our College Fair, not only for our students but also for students from Winona and Couch who attended as well.
  •  Fiddler on the Roof was an enjoyable event for the school and community. My Compliments to the Drama and Music departments for a job well done!
  •  The Boys Cross Country Team recently won the Big Springs Conference meet at Eminence while our Girls Cross Country Team finished second. We are proud of both teams.
  •  All District and All Region Softball Teams have been announced and Alton R-IV was well represented. 1st Team All District included Hannah Brewer, Alex Mills, and Jena Woodside with Honorable Mention honors to Ashlyn Hufstedler. All Region selections included 1st  Team honors for Alex Mills and Jena Woodside and a 2nd Team selection for Hannah Brewer.
  •  The Alton HS Chess Club recently competed in the Howell County Tournament and placed 2nd overall as a team. Michael Barton took home FIRST PLACE honors individually from among all players entered in the Tournament and Drew Hufstedler placed 4th individually! Very well done!

Eric Allen – Alton R-IV High School Superintendent


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Alton High School has been named to the U.S. News & World Report “Best High Schools in America” list.  Only 146 of 555 public high schools in Missouri received this honor.  When compared to other schools in our class 3A district we ranked first in the composite score.


We need to congratulate several of our softball and baseball players for making all-conference.  (Softball- Alex Mills, Molly Steele, Jenna Woodside, and Hannah Brewer Honorable Mention.  Baseball- Frank Alford, Wes Carswell, Dusty Chester, Eric Honeycutt, Kalon Honeycutt and Skyler Chronister Honorable Mention.  Kalon also was named MVP of conference and Coach Jarvis Reed was named Big Springs Conference Coach of the Year.)



We have had several students do well in several competitions.  We are proud of each and every student who does their best in each of these competitions.  (Michael Barton-1st Interscholastic Competition, Becca Barton-1st Bookkeeping and Accounting, Andy Chapko-1st English,Eric Honeycutt- 1st Psychology/Sociology, Tom Koson-3rd Computer Technology, Miranda Moore- 2nd Psychology/Sociology, Molly Steele-1st Speech, Noah Williams-1st Geography & 3rd European History, Becca Brandon-1st Overall Bookkeeping and Accounting, Eric Honeycutt- 1st Overall Psychology/Sociology, Miranda Moore-3rd Overall in Psychology/Sociology, Noah Williams- 2nd Overall in Geography)  As a school we placed 1st place in our division and 3rd Overall.  Great Job.



Congratulations to the following Alton FFA members for qualifying for state competitions. (Dairy Team- 3rd Overall Luke Buckner, Blane Marrow, Kaitlin Jones, and Shelby Cooper.  Forestry Team- 3rd Overall James Alford, Kay friesz, Jonathan Ragan.  FFA Knowledge Team- 6th place Kaley Keplinger Ashley Brandon, Caleb Buffington Bailey Johnson.  Livestock Team- 7th place Nathan Simpson, Bryar Trevino and Jacob Whittington.  Poultry Team- 7th Place Liz Baty, Chris Pearson, Cody Whittington, and Joe Storr.  Dairy Foods Team- 6th Place  Eric Honeycutt, Frank Alford, Dustin Shaw and John Shields.




We also had several band students receive excellent ratings in their competitions. (Amber VonAllmen- I Flute Solo, Victoria Johnson- I Clarinet Solo, Drew Hufstedler- I Trumpet Solo, Savannah Hornback- I Flute Solo, Darci Elliott- I Flute Solo, Christopher Church- II Clarinet Solo, Aaron Woodson- I Saxophone Solo, Matthew Townsend- II Trumpet Solo, Cordell Hufstedler- I Trombone Solo, Jason Shields-II Drum solo, Savannah Hornback/Darci Elliott- I Flute Duet



 Alton schools would like to congratulate all of our students who take their time to represent themselves and our school.  The results of all of these competitions as well as any others that we may have missed show why we feel we have the best students and faculty one could ask for.  Again Thank You and Congratulations.




Alton R4 Elementary Principal