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The Animal Rescue League Receives Donation From the Altoona Elementary Student Council

June 15, 2017

Each school year, the Altoona Student Council hosts several events to raise money for community service projects. At the end of the the 2016-17 school year, the student council decided to use some of their money collected from movie nights to . . . read more

Summer School is Underway!

June 8, 2017

The doors opened on Thursday morning, June 8th for our summer school session. Fifty students arrived at 8:30am ready for their first, fun day of learning. Summer school will run from June 8-22 and students will be working hard to . . . read more

Altoona Student Council Wraps Up a Successful Year

On Tuesday, June 6, the Altoona Elementary Student Council finished a terrific school year by going on their annual field trip. Twenty members of the group went to the "Great Escape" Bowling Center to enjoy some bowling and eat . . . read more

Altoona Students Selected to Display Artwork

Four Altoona Elementary students will be recognized at the Des Moines Art Festival, June 23-25. Taylor Potratz, Claire Capps, Jack Spoerl, and Parker Eden had their art pieces selected to be on display during the art festival. Each school . . . read more

Field Day Fun @ Altoona Elementary

Physical Education Instructor, Amanda Kielman planned a great day of fun for our students on Friday, May 26th. Students rotated through numerous stations to play games and have some fun with classmates. We offer a special thanks to . . . read more

4th and 5th Grade BOK Champions Celebrate!

On Friday, May 12th, the fourth and fifth grade students who participated in BOK and teamed up to win their respective sessions, journeyed to the Bass Pro Shop to enjoy some bowling, pizza, and pop. Congratulations to this group of students . . . read more

A Kindergarten Celebration Indeed!!!

On Friday, May 12th, our kindergarten students participated in their music program and celebration to recognize their accomplishments during the 2016-17 school year. Mrs. Amy Mechling directed the music portion of the program and the . . . read more

A Perfect Day of Learning at the Environmental Classroom

On Thursday, May 11th, our fourth and fifth grade students traveled to the environmental classroom to learn more about the prairie, pond life, and much more. Students were also busy planting trees to help the environment and support the . . . read more

Third Graders Share "How To" Presentations

May 14, 2017

Recently, students in Mrs. Nikkel's class worked on their public speaking skills by sharing their "How To" presentations with their classmates. During their presentations, students discussed the step-by-step tasks that . . . read more

Mrs. Geiger and Mrs Nikkel's Classes Receive April "Top Dog" Award

Mrs. Geiger's first grade class and Mrs. Nikkel's third grade class enjoyed their "Top Dog" award lunch on Tuesday, May 2nd.  The classes were recognized for doing a great job of following the RAMS Way during the month . . . read more

Band Students Shine at Spring Concert

On Thursday evening, April 27th, Altoona band members joined the band students from Willowbrook, Delaware, and Clay Elementary to perform for a packed house. Enjoy the pictures from a great night of entertainment. A special thank you to . . . read more

Pictures from the Second Session of BOK: GREAT KIDS & GREAT EFFORT!

April 23, 2017

The second session of our morning team-building and physical fitness activity wrapped up on Friday, April 14th. Several 4th and 5th grade students participated in the program over a period of four weeks. We congratulate each of them for . . . read more

Top Dog Classroom Winners for the Month of March: Mrs. Bruner's Second Grade and Ms. Peterson's Fifth Grade

April 23, 2017

Mrs. Bruner's and Ms. Peterson's students were recognized and honored for doing a great job of following the RAMS Way during the month of March. Their award lunch was held in early April and their class received a banner to hang in . . . read more

Old Creamery Theatre Visits Altoona Elementary

Old Creamery Theatre visited Altoona Elementary on Thursday, March 9th to present a series of short performances on the six pillars of character. Students in grades kindergarten through fifth grade attended the performance and enjoyed . . . read more

Top Dog Classroom Winners for the Month of February

Congratulations to Mrs. Haines and her kindergarten students and Mrs. Petersen and her fourth grade students for earning the "Top Dog" awards for the month of February. Each month of the school year, a K-2 classroom and a 3-5 . . . read more

BOK Physical Activity Photos From Session I

The first session of BOK will wrap up on Friday, March 3rd. Students in 4th and 5th grade have joined this fitness activity on Friday mornings (7:45-8:35am) over the last four weeks. Students are placed on teams to complete physical . . . read more

Fourth Graders Perform "Bring On the Snow!"

March 1, 2017

The fourth grade students took the stage on Tuesday evening, February 28th to present the musical program, "Bring On the Snow!" Several students had speaking parts and solos during the 45 minute program. We congratulate the . . . read more

Altoona Kindergarten Round-Up Meeting: March 28th

On Tuesday, March 28th, Altoona Elementary will host its annual "Kindergarten Round-Up" meeting. The doors will open at 6:15pm and the presentation will begin at 6:45pm. Parents/guardians of our incoming kindergarten . . . read more

Miss Iowa, Kelly Koch visits Altoona Elementary

February 22, 2017

On Wednesday, February 22nd, Miss Iowa, Kelly Koch visited the fourth and fifth grade students at Altoona Elementary. Miss Koch has been traveling the state of Iowa to visit schools and share her message with students. Miss Koch talked about . . . read more

Student Council Project to Help the Homeless

On Monday morning, February 20th, the Altoona Elementary Student Council met to make sack lunches for the homeless around the metro area. The student council members put together a lunch of a ham & cheese sandwich, chips, an orange, and a . . . read more

Altoona PTA Restaurant Night at Culver's on February 21

February 12, 2017

Culver’s Restaurant and the Altoona Elementary PTA are partnering up to sponsor an Altoona Elementary Night on Tuesday, February 21 st . Between the hours of 3:00-10:00pm, 10% of all sales will be donated back to the Altoona . . . read more

Project Lead the Way: Studying the Brain in 4th Grade Science

Students in Mr. Vander Sanden's science class have been working on constructing a model of the major regions of the human brain. Students are working collaboratively to  discover how each region within the brain helps control . . . read more

Altoona Music Concerts: First and Second Graders Wow the Crowd!

February 3, 2017

On Thursday, February 2nd, the Altoona Elementary students in grades 1 and 2 got their chance to perform in front of a packed house. The evening started with our first grade students taking the stage. Their musical program included six . . . read more

Guest Author Visits Altoona Elementary

Guest author, Shelba Oberto visited Altoona Elementary on Tuesday, January 31st. She met with students from Mrs. Carter, Mrs. Geiger, Mrs. Moore, and Mrs. Bruner's classrooms. During the visit, Mrs. Oberto talked about her . . . read more

Altoona Elementary: Golf in the Halls on January 28th

Just a reminder that our annual "Golf in the Halls" event will be held on Saturday, January 28th from 9:00am-3:00pm. We hope to see you there for a great day of mini golf, food, and fun! Check out our link below. . . . read more

"Golf in the Halls" at Altoona Elementary on January 28th!

GOLF IN THE HALLS  will be here in a few short weeks! Join us on Saturday, January 28 th  for mini-golf in the halls of our school. Tee times are available from 9am to 3pm. There will be mini-golf, a chance to win . . . read more

Recognizing Our Heroes.... The Altoona Police Officers and Fire Fighters

December 21, 2016

On Wednesday morning, December 21st, 384 kindergarten through fifth grade students took a short walk to visit the police station and recognize some heroes in our community. Each student decorated snack bags and stuffed them with some . . . read more

"Band For All" at the Elementary Level

Every year, our Southeast Polk band instructors come together to help all of the district’s fourth graders try out instruments. We use this as a recruiting tool to get them interested and excited in joining the band when they transition . . . read more

Fourth and Fifth Graders Perform @ the Iowa Wild Hockey Game

December 11, 2016

On Tuesday, December 6th, approximately 40 fourth and fifth grade students performed at the Iowa Wild Hockey game. The students opened the evening by singing just prior to the game and then enjoyed some fun with family and friends. We thank . . . read more

Mrs. Anstine's Third Grade Students Engage in "Project Lead the Way"

In Mrs. Anstine's classroom, students completed a project through Project Lead the Way to wrap up their Force and Motion unit. Students worked in groups to design and test a model of an animal rescue device. All groups received the same . . . read more

Students Show Pride in their Hobby Collections

On Wednesday, November 23rd, Altoona students brought in several trinkets and items that represented their favorite hobbies. The students displayed these items on their desks while others observed their treasures. Hobby collections included . . . read more

Fourth Grade: Exploring Science in Mr. VanderSanden's Classroom

To wrap-up the students' Energy Unit, fourth grade students were placed with partners to create a jet toy. Students were given a blueprint to assemble the chassis of their jet toy. From here, the students . . . read more

5th Grade Discovery in Science: Structures & Properties of Matter

In Miss Peterson's science classroom, fifth graders have been hard at work learning about the structures and properties of matter. In a mystery powder investigation, students used water and vinegar to test out 6 unknown . . . read more

Discovering the World of Owls

Altoona Elementary second grade students spent some time studying owls.They learned about different adaptations that owls have made in order to survive in their environment. To assist students in learning about these amazing raptors, Joe . . . read more

Movie Night Fun @ Altoona Elementary

The Altoona Student Council sponsored their first movie night of the school year on Friday, November 11th. Approximately 150 third through fifth grade students attended the event and donated canned food items for the Altoona Food Pantry. . . . read more

Altoona PROUD

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Top Dog Award Winners for October: Mrs. Carter's 1st Grade & Mrs. Anstine's 3rd Grade

Mrs. Carter's and Mrs. Anstine's students were recognized for doing a terrific job of following the "RAMS WAY" plan for the month of October. Both classes were invited to a special lunch to honor them in early November. Each . . . read more

Jamestown Projects: 5th Grade Collaborative Work

Over the past couple of weeks, 5th graders at Altoona Elementary have been learning about the early European settlements in North America. After reading about and discussing the colony of Jamestown, students worked in groups to build their . . . read more

5th Grade Band Members Host Demonstration Concert

On Tuesday evening, November 1st, the fifth grade band members hosted a concert to show their parents and our guests how they have progressed over the last eight weeks of school. Thirty one members strong, the band played a number of crowd . . . read more

Fifth Graders Go On a "Deep Sea" Investigation in Social Studies

In social studies, fifth graders at Altoona Elementary have been busy learning about the early European explorers and their voyages to the New World. During the week of October 10-14, students participated in a "deep sea" . . . read more

Altoona Elementary Honors the "Wall that Heals" Tour

October 10, 2016

In late September, Altoona Elementary students and staff members took time out of their school day to recognize and honor the "Wall that Heals" tour and the many veterans who served in the Vietnam War. A replica of the wall . . . read more

PBIS Assembly: Celebrating Homecoming & Positive Student Behaviors

September 26, 2016

On Friday afternoon, September 23rd, Altoona students enjoyed their first PBIS assembly of the new school year. PBIS assemblies are held throughout the school year to recognize our students for doing an excellent job of following the RAMS Way . . . read more

Student Council Officers Selected for the 2016-17 School Year

September 26, 2016

On Thursday, September 22nd, the student council election was held at Altoona Elementary. Seventeen 5th grade students participated in the election by running for the offices of president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer. The . . . read more

Preparing for a Great Year in 5th Grade Band!

September 1, 2016

On Monday evening, August 29th, band instructors, Kris Joy and Chad Criswell hosted a "Super" band lesson for the new 5th grade students who will be participating in band this year. After introductions, the students . . . read more

Kindergarten Open House

Kindergarten Open House  Thursday, August 18th from 4 pm to 6 pm Families of students that are going into kindergarten are welcome to come meet their teachers and see their classrooms.   . . . read more

Meet the Teacher Night

  Please join us for Meet the Teacher Night on Thursday, September 1 from 5 to 6:30. Due to construction going on at Altoona Elementary,  there will  NOT . . . read more

Getting Ready for a Great Year at Altoona Elementary!

August 1, 2016

Greetings from Altoona Elementary! We hope everyone has had a fantastic summer and the students are ready to return for a another great year of school! As most of you know our school has been under some extensive construction to . . . read more

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