Atchison Alternative School

November 13th, 2015

Should I look at a technical college or a traditional colleges??

This is a great question. Usually when we start talking about a students future we start talking about college. We may ask what college are you going to, what will you study, do you have any scholarships. . . . But while college/university is a wonderful choice for some it might not be right for your student. Technical colleges have a great deal to offer – I was just talking to a colleague who had three of her children go the college route but her senior has decided to enter a vocational college because he knows it will be a better fit for him. Traditional book learning isn’t for everyone. There is no guarantee that you’ll never open a book in a vocational college but a majority of the learning is done in a hands on environment that some students love. Plus technical colleges sometimes have smaller class sizes and typically are not as costly as a traditional college. Technical colleges will prepare you for a career and then they will also help you find a job in that area after you finish. So as you student thinks about the future . . . you might want to have some discussions about how they learn best, what their interests are and also the cost of the education.

Next week I’ll add some information about the military.

Weekly Happenings

November 14th - November 20th

Sat Nov 14

All day

KSHSAA Fall Buffer Week


7:00pm – 8:00pm

AHS Musical @ AMS - Atchison Middle School, 301 North 5th Street, Atchison, KS 66002, United States


Sun Nov 15


2:00pm – 3:00pm

AHS Musical @ AMS - Atchison Middle School, 301 North 5th Street, Atchison, KS 66002, United States


Mon Nov 16

All day

AHS 1st Day of Winter Sports Practice


4:00pm – 5:00pm

AMS GB 7A/B vs. Smithville - Atchison Middle School, 301 North 5th Street, Atchison, KS 66002, United States


4:00pm – 5:00pm

AMS WR @ ACCMS Quad - Effingham Middle School, 607 8th Street, Effingham, KS 66023, United States


4:00pm – 5:00pm

AHS Scholar's Bowl JV @ DeSoto


6:30pm – 7:30pm

JAG Initiation and Installation Ceremony


Tue Nov 17



7:30am – 8:30am

Math to Washburn


9:15am – 10:45am

AES Edwards am FT


9:30am – 10:00am

NHS/FCA Clubs


1:15pm – 2:45pm

AES Edwards & Pummel pm FT


3:30pm – 4:30pm

AMS GB 7-8A @ Lawrence Central - Liberty Memorial Central Middle School, 1400 Massachusetts Street, Lawrence, KS 66044, United States


7:00pm – 8:00pm

AMS Parent Club Meeting


Wed Nov 18

All day

Early Release


Thu Nov 19

9:30am – 10:00am

StuCo and DECA Clubs


4:00pm – 5:00pm

AMS GB 8B/A @ Savannah - Savannah Middle School, 10500 State Highway T, Savannah, MO 64485, United States



Radmenpalooza Talent Show

RADD is putting on a talent show for all students and staff. It is open if parents would like to attend! It will be help in the afternoon of November 24th!

Bell Ringing

Salvation Army is looking students and student groups to ring bells. You can get RSVP hours for helping with this! If you are interested please contact Kim at 367-1207.

Toy Drive

FCCLA, Student Council and RADD are sponsoring a Toy Drive for the children of Atchison for Christmas. The drive runs through November 24. Please help support the students in this great endeavor.

What's For Lunch

What’s for Lunch

Monday November 16th Chili Cinnamon Puff Corn, Crackers Peaches

Tuesday November 17th Chicken Nuggets Fresh Spinach Green Beans Dried Cranberries

Wednesday November18th Rib Pattie OR BBQ Beef Whole Grain Bun Sweet Potatoes Coleslaw, Pears

Thursday November 19th Turkey, Mashed Potatoes & Gravy Steamed Broccoli Oatmeal Roll Pineapple

Friday November 20th Cheese Sandwich Tomato Soup Veggies w/Dip Applesauce