Atchison Alternative School

AdvancED Standard 1.1


Standard 1 addresses the way a school communicates their purpose and direction. In this document you will find samples and ways that Atchison Alternative School addresses this process.

Vison and Mission Worksheet

Tool 2 - Vision and Mission Statement Worksheets

Here is a list of questions that may be used to focus discussions with community members in developing vision and mission statements. These questions may be used for individual interviews, focus groups, public forums, or in any other way you choose to gather information.[i]

What is the dream for the Alternative School?


What needs to be changed?


What kind of program should be created?


What are the school's major issues or problems?


What are the school’s major strengths and assets?


What should be the purpose of this school?


Why should these issues be addressed?


What would success look like?


Sample Vision and Mission Statements

Below are examples of vision statements and mission statements that a group may develop.

Sample Vision Statements:

Every student will strive for his/her personal best in academics, civic consciousness, individual responsibility, and personal skills.

_________ will strive for effective intervention today for success in the school and community tomorrow.

It is the vision of _______________ to have each and every student achieve his or her individual potential in a safe, positive and nurturing environment.

______________ will endeavor to become a learning community, committed to excellence, where all people grow to their best potential and help others to do the same.

Sample Mission Statements:

___________ will provide a safe, structured learning environment that promotes academic and social growth for students to attain their highest levels of success.

It is the mission of _____________________________ to encourage and recognize excellence of students and staff, provide a supportive environment while maintaining current teaching strategies using state-of-the-art technologies and philosophies, and promote involvement of the community.

________________ will empower all students with the knowledge, skills, compassion, and integrity needed to contribute and succeed as responsible, life-long learners in a competitive global community.

In partnership with parents, teachers, and community members, ___________ will provide an education for all students which will prepare them for academic and social success. We build relationships in a progressive educational community with high expectations, tolerance, integrity, and personal growth.

Vision and Mission Statement Worksheet

Key action words to use in vision and mission statements:








(Your key action words)


Vision Statement:


Mission Statement:


[i] Proclaiming Your Dream: Developing Vision and Mission Statements, The Community Tool Box, University of Kansas

December 1st Site Council Agenda

USD409, Atchison Public Schools

Atchison Alternative School

Site Council

December 1, 2015

11:45 am


1. Welcome

a. Introductions

b. Purpose/goals

2. Approve agenda

3. State of the school

a. Student numbers

b. Projected graduates

4. Issues presented to the USD409, school board

a. Honor Roll

b. Homecoming candidates

c. Parent access to Power School

d. Senior Yearbook/DVDs

e. iPads

5. AAS as a school building

6. AAS in relationship to AHS

7. Moving forward

a. Items the site council can address

b. Short term initiatives

c. Long term goals

8. 2015-1016 meeting dates

9. Adjourn

Minutes from Faculty Meeting on 10/14/13


Notes on our discussion of the data from first semester.

The Atchison Alternative School has released first quarter results for student progress. The Alternative School has moved to a semester that corresponds with a quarter with each student in core classes for 90 minutes. With this change, student achievement has increased. The ratio of earned credits as apposed to failed credits has increased. Students should be able to earn 3.5 credits at the end of December or 7 credits per school year. Students need 25 credits to graduate.

The attendance results for the term were positive. Some students have greatly improved their attendance this year while others are slightly improved. Results did not show excused absences. Data was not available for students who transferred into the district.

The numbers of A’s and B’s have significantly increased compared to the 2012 grades. There is a shift to have only six failing grades out of seventy-two. This relates for every twelve passing grades there is only one grade that is failing. In 2012, for every four passing grades there was one failing grade. The passing ratio has quadrupled from 22% to 83%. In the elementary level, every student’s grade was passing. Every student passed physical education.

Parent E Mail 4/4/14

State Assessment Information

We start taking state assessments next week. I am always excited when this time of year comes – we get to see how well our students have performed over the school year! Plus testing time always ends in a celebration of our successes! You can help you student be successful by:

Encourage your child to do well but don't pressure him/her. You may stress him/her out. It is important for your child to stay relaxed for the test.

Keep a positive attitude about tests.

Ensure that your child eats a healthy breakfast and avoid heavy foods that may make him/her groggy and avoid high sugar foods that may make him/her hyper.

Please Take Our Survey!!

In an effort to improve our school practices, we are conducting our first annual Family Survey. We value your opinion and ask that you take the time to complete this survey (5-10 minutes at most). In order to do this, please go to: Please be assured that your responses to this survey will be anonymous. Your honest opinion is greatly appreciated. We do request that you take the survey by Friday, April 11. Thank you in advance for your feedback - we appreciate it!

Here are the links to all of your surveys and a pdf hard copy.

Parent email link:

If we have 85% participation, so if all the students do the survey at school and about 35 parents take the survey – I will treat the students to an ice cream sundae party at school. So please, help your student’s earn this treat.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Beginning March 31, 2014 meal balance phone calls will be sent through school messenger.

Paid students who have activity on their meal account and a positive balance of $5.00 - $.01 will receive a call Friday evening.

Paid and Reduced status students who have activity on their meal account that day and a negative balance will receive a call Monday through Friday evenings.

All students regardless of meal status or recent activity who have a negative balance will receive a call Sunday evening.

We truly appreciate and enjoy serving breakfast and lunch to students and staff. Please contact the kitchen manager at your school if you have any questions or concerns regarding your meal balance.

As a reminder, families may apply for free or reduced price meals at any time during the school year. If you would like more information or an application to determine if your children qualify please call or come by the board of education office and talk to Patty Gaul.

Lunch Menu

7th Baked Chicken

8th Salisbury Steak

9th Corn Dog

10th Spaghetti, Meat Sauce



Mon Apr 7

All day

AMS Spirit Week

12:00pm – 1:00pm

AHS Site Council Mtg

4:30pm – 5:30pm

AHS BsB V @ Pleasant Ridge

4:30pm – 5:30pm

AHS SB V @ Valley Falls

7:00pm – 8:00pm

Board of Education Mtg

Tue Apr 8

All day

AMS Spirit Week

8:00am – 9:00am

AHS V Tennis @ Immaculata

3:00pm – 4:00pm

AMS TR Pictures

3:30pm – 4:30pm

AHS TR @ Lansing

4:00pm – 5:00pm

AHS BsB JV @ Pleasant Ridge

Wed Apr 9

All day

AMS Spirit Week

All day

Early Release

11:45am – 12:45pm

AMS Count on More Lunch

Thu Apr 10

All day

AMS Spirit Week

3:30pm – 4:30pm

AMS TR @ Lawrence South

3:30pm – 4:30pm

AHS TR Atchison Invitational

4:00pm – 5:00pm

AHS BsB V @ Harmon

4:30pm – 5:30pm

AHS SB V @ Washington

Fri Apr 11

All day

AES School Carnival

All day

No School-Professional Development

3:00pm – 4:00pm

AHS GF V @ Hiawatha

3:00pm – 4:00pm

AHS GF JV @ Sabetha

3:00pm – 4:00pm

AHS BT @ Hayden

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! It looks like the weather will be beautiful!


Gerre Martin, Principal
Atchison Alternative School
215 N 8th St
Atchison, KS 66002
(913)360-6541 office (913)547-2090 cell

Parent Email 9/27/13

Wow – the end of September is here! Parent-Teacher conferences were held this week. On Monday (September 30th) we will have drawings for the prizes. So if you attended, your child may be lucky winner. Watch next week’s email for that information.

The end of the first nine weeks is approaching at the speed of light. October 10th is officially the last day of the first quarter. There is no school on Friday October 11th. Grade cards will be mailed home on October 15th. Remember parents of upstairs high school students; your students will receive a .5 credit for each class they pass. They will also have a new schedule on October 15th when we come back.

It is Homecoming week! I am encouraging all students to participate in the spirit dress – as they choose their clothing, have them think about the dress code also.

Monday September 30th Tie Dye Day

Tuesday October 1st Neon Color Day

Wednesday October 2nd 50’s Day

Thursday October 3 Class Colors

Friday October 4th Red & Yellow

There are also some special activities:

Tuesday October 1st a COMMUNITY PEP RALLY will be held at the stadium from 5:30 – 6:30

Wednesday October 2nd Dodgeball Tournament from 6:00 to 800 at AHS Gym

Thursday October 3rd Pep Assembly at the high school

Friday October 4th We will go to the parade at 2:30 (Middle School and High School Students will be dismissed from the parade)

Saturday October 5th Dance from 9 p.m. – 12 a.m. at the High School

Have a great 3 day weekend!

Gerre Martin, Principal

913-360-6541 office

913-547-2090 cell


Monday September 30 Salisbury Steak

Tuesday October 1 Rib Pattie or BBQ Beef

Wednesday October 2 Spaghetti

Thursday October 3 Baked Chicken

Friday October 4th Chicken or Cheese Enchilada

Mon Sep 30

All day

AMS Fundraiser Begins

4:00pm – 5:00pm

AMS VB 7B/A vs Maryville

4:30pm – 5:30pm

AHS FB JV @ Wyandotte

4:30pm – 5:30pm

AHS SC JV/V vs Wyandotte

5:00pm – 6:00pm

AHS V & JV @ Leavenworth Tri

5:30pm – 6:30pm

AES "Watch Dog Kick-Off"

6:00pm – 7:00pm

AMS GB/WR Parent Mtg - AMS Auditorium

Tue Oct 1

3:30pm – 4:30pm

AMS VB 8B/A @ Washburn-Rural Quad - Washburn-Rural Middle School - Topeka, KS

3:30pm – 4:30pm

AMS FB 7 @ Warren - Warren Middle School - Leavenworth, KS

5:30pm – 6:30pm

AMS FB 8 @ Warren - Warren Middle School - Leavenworth, KS

7:00pm – 8:00pm

AHS Fall Vocal Concert

Wed Oct 2

All day

AMS CLASS Leadership

Thu Oct 3

3:30pm – 4:30pm

AMS VB 7-8B/A @ Perry-Lecompton

4:00pm – 5:00pm

AMS FB 8 vs Lawrence South - Amelia Earhart Stadium - AHS

4:00pm – 5:00pm

AHS GT @ Lafayette

4:00pm – 5:00pm

AHS CC @ Horton

5:00pm – 6:00pm

AMS FB 7 @ Smithville - Smithville Middle School - Smithville, MO

5:00pm – 6:00pm

AHS VB FR @ Jeff West Quad

5:30pm – 6:30pm

AHS VB V/JV vs Bonner Springs, Schlagle

Fri Oct 4

All day

AES Count Your Kid In Screening - Screening

All day

AES Popcorn Party

All day

AMS School Pictures

2:30pm – 3:30pm

AHS Homecoming Parade Downtown

7:00pm – 8:00pm

AHS FB V vs Harmon (Homecoming)

Communication Sites


You can find Atchison Alternative Handbook under the school tab and then go to Atchison Alternative School. There is a handbook tab on the left side.


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Article for Newspaper at the End of 1st Quarter 2014 - 15

Atchison Alternative School Students Earn Awards

Students at Atchison Alternative School were recently awarded certificates for their outstanding work during the 1st quarter of the 2014-2015 school year. These students are to be commended for their hard work. Congratulations!

Front row: (left to right) Christopher Paxton, Academic Award and Perfect Attendance Award; Ayden Bulgin Perfect Attendance Award; Alex Schwartz – Awesome Attendance (just missing one day); Caden Kuhnert Academic Award;

Back row: (left to right) Brennan Lopez, Academic Award; Jace Crail Academic Award and Perfect Attendance; Michaela Sullivan Academic Excellence Award (4.0 grade point average); Zoe Jones Academic Award; Ashli Brown Academic Award; Orion Duwyenie Academic Award and Perfect Attendance.