Joyce Orth, Communications Coordinator

1903 Bartlett Avenue
Altoona, WI 54720
Phone: 715-839-6032
Fax: 715-839-6066

Office Hours: 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM

Communications Plan, October 2019

School District of Altoona Ambassador Program

Profile: To identify opportunities to be visible and establish our presence in and around the community, build relationships with all stakeholder groups and grow partnerships. Team members will work with the Communications Coordinator, and will individually and collectively represent the School District of Altoona, further setting our place at the table as a school of choice. 

When stakeholders become partners, educators are motivated, and most importantly, students experience success!  


December 2019

Ambassador Team Job Description
February - March 2020 Accept Interest Applications
April 2020 Appoint Ambassador Team
May 2020 Meet with Ambassador Team to organize
& identify next steps

Apply Today:

Interest Application

2019 Magna First Place Award
We are one of five US school districts and the only Wisconsin school district, with enrollments under 5,000 to receive this award for equity programs. The Magna Awards, honor districts across the country for programs that break down barriers for underserved students. A panel of school board members, administrators, and other educators selected the winners from 200 submissions!

2018 Spectrum Award of Merit in School Communications
WSPRA Spectrum Awards recognize high-quality public relations efforts produced by or on behalf of Wisconsin school districts. This year, this statewide competition honored 42 school districts with awards.

Best High School 2019
US News High School Ranking

  • AHS ranks #60  out of 517 High Schools in Wisconsin #1939 in the National Ranking out of 17,245 Schools 
  • AHS was also recognized as a Silver "BEST High School" in 2018, 2017, 2015, 2014, 2013

July 24, 2020
Railroader Return-to-School Plan Released

July 10, 2020
Graduation Plans Finalized

June 18, 2020
Graduation Plans Uncapped

May 13, 2020
Herb Kohl Foundation Student Initiative Scholarship Recipient

April 20, 2020
Next Superintendent Named

April 18, 2020
Superintendent Finalists Named

March 23, 2020
AHS Student Shines-on with his Entrepreneurship Innovation Plan

March 11, 2020 
AHS Senior, Daeja Loew State Champion Poetry Out Loud

March 5, 2020
Dedicated Student Leaders Named WASC Region 1 Senior High Schools Advisors of the Year

February 28, 2020
Press Release

February 24, 2020
Press Release

February 20, 2020
Press Release

February 5, 2020
AMS Student & Teacher Named Among Winners of the Nationwide Super Sleep Contest

December 13, 2019
Board Leader Passing the Baton with Gratitude and Optimism

November 6, 2019
Veteran's Day Program & Recognition

October 22, 2019
Happening Today!  Surprise for our Principals

October 15, 2019
AMS Cross Country Team on Relay Mission to the Marshfield Clinic Cancer Center

September 24, 2019
Now Trending

August 29, 2019
Grand Opening Celebration OakLeaf Stadium

July 17, 2019
School-Based Mental Health Grant will expand District services

June 25, 2019
Local Teacher Attended Prestigious Supreme Court Summer Institute

June 24, 2019
New Position will Focus on Improving District Communications

May 28, 2019
Opening Ceremony Scheduled for Altoona Fun Fitness Trail

May 3, 2019
Daeja Loew Takes a Win at Nationals

May 2, 2019
AHS Sophomore Influential in Bringing Special Guest Speaker to District

April 17, 2019
New Middle School Principal Announced
New High School Principal Announced

April 9, 2019
Maker Movement Continues

April 5, 2019
Principal Finalists Announced

March 14, 2019
Prevea Health Donation Helps Altoona Athletic Complex Project Hit $1M Fundraising Goal

March 12, 2019
2019 Teacher Fellowship Award

March 11, 2019
AHS Junior, Daeja Loew, State Champion POETRY OUT LOUD

March 7, 2019
2019 Magna Awards for Equity Programs

January 22, 2019
Altoona School District Announces Resignation of High School Principal

January 8, 2019
Leap into Welcoming LeRoy Butler

November 12, 2018
Altoona School District Earns Specturm Award in School Communications

October 31, 2018
School Board Appointment

October 28, 2018
Fab Lab Open House

October 3, 2018
Partnership Announced: Athletic Complex Project



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(Please note: The Care Closet will be closed on Wednesday, January 1, 2020 - see page 4)

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Spring 2017

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Winter 2016/17

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Back to School 2016

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Special Edition Summer 2015

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Back to School 2014

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District Social Media Guidelines
The School District of Altoona realizes that adapting to the changing methods of communication is part of 21st century learning.  As such, it is important that teachers, students and parents engage, collaborate, learn and share in these digital environments as part of of 21st century learning. 
To this aim, the Altoona School District has developed the following guideline to provide direction for instructional employees, and the school district community when participating in online social media activities. Whether or not an employee chooses to participate in a blog, wiki, online social network or any other form of online publishing or discussion is his or her own decision. Free speech protects educators who want to participate in social media, but the laws and courts have ruled that schools can discipline teachers if their speech, including online postings, disrupt school operations. 
The School District of Altoona social media guidelines encourage employees to participate in online social activities. But in doing so, it is important  to create an atmosphere of trust and individual accountability, keeping in mind that information produced by Altoona School District teachers is a reflection on the entire district and is subject to the district's Acceptable Use Policy.  By accessing, creating or contributing to any blogs, wikis, or other social media for classroom or district use, you agree to abide by these guidelines. Please read them carefully before posting or commenting on any blog or creating any classroom blog, wiki and/or podcast.