What's New



First Honors

Carissa Cayer

Sabrina Dibble

Jake Paquette

Second Honors

Katie Barrows

Oliwia Marchut

Marina Oulundsen

Eryn Pellrine


On June 13th, nine Alta students received their diplomas as part of Southington High School's Class of 2019.

Rocket Launch fundraiser benefits Bread for Life

Thanks to everyone who donated funds to sponsor rockets made by Alta students.

Sabrina's rocket launch

CAASP Conference

Along with students from other alternative programs around the state, ten Alta students traveled to Tunxis Community College on May 17th to present at the annual CAASP Conference.

Beardsley Zoo

Students recently enjoyed a spring field trip to the Beardsley Zoo.

Margaret Griffin Volunteer

Alta student Katie Barrows plays a game with preschoolers while volunteering at the Margaret Griffin Child Development Center.

Cinque's Corner

Students visited Camp Sloper to release mature fingerlings as part of the Trout in the Classroom program. Visit the Alta Family Trout Farm to view more photos.

No Littering Campaign

Students made “no littering” signs, including pictures and facts to post around Alta. They feel that change needs to start with them, and want to keep our town clean and litter free!

The general science class conducted an avalanche lab where students tested different types of terrain on foam boards and measured the angle at which an avalanche would fall.

Mrs. Cinque's biology class has been modeling DNA structure using candy.

Students in Mrs. Cinque's forensic science class are lifting latent fingerprints from their desk, by dusting them and placing them onto black paper.

Environmental science students each chose a biome of the world to study and made a biorama to represent it. Students accurately represented animals, plants, and abiotic elements in their 3 dimensional projects. They presented their bioramas to their classmates during a walk through at the end of the week.

Sloper Plunge

Alta staff and parent Aneta Crooks participated in the Sloper Plunge which raised $72,000 for children to attend Camp Sloper.

Pictured below: Ryan Kosienski, Jess Levin, Aneta Crooks, Elli Cinque and Joyel McEwen

School Spirit

Students and staff participated in a school spirit week. On pajama day, everyone exchanged gifts from their Secret Santa.

Staff Appreciation

The Alta PTO hosted a staff appreciation day on Dec. 4th. Students spoke about each staff member and presented them with a gift and certificate.

Thanksgiving Luncheon

More than one hundred invited guests attended our annual Thanksgiving Luncheon, including district staff, community partners, Alta students, staff and parents. Marina Oulundsen was the master of ceremonies, Edell Bevans led us in the Pledge of Allegiance and Bri Camacho, Kelly Collin and Abby Roche spoke about their Alta experiences.

Many thanks to Rev. Paul Goodman of Plantsville Congregational Church for once again allowing the use of the facility, and Katie Valente of New Britain Transportation for donating bus transportation. Additional thanks to our PTO and Bread for Life for their support, as well as Chris Dibble, Maureen and Frank Kristopik, Sherlee Plawecki, Lynn Morelli and Aneta Crooks for their help in the kitchen. Special thanks to the STELLAR program students for their help with setup and decorating placemats.

Congratulations to our November

Students of the Month:

Carissa CayerEnglish

Oliwia Marchut

Social Studies

Marina Oulundsen


Devin Petrosino


Marina Oulundsen

and Nick Interligi

Elks Lodge

Carissa CayerPerfect Attendance

Special thanks to the Southington Elks Lodge for providing gift cards and goody bags to two deserving Alta students each month. Recipients are invited to attend the lodge's Youth Awards Banquet in the spring.


Family, friends and staff gathered at Bread for Life on May 23rd to honor our nine graduating students. Special thanks go to Donna Ayer and Missy Cipriano from BFL for hosting the event and Chris Conlon from Smokin' with Chris for the donation of food.

Margaret Griffin visits Alta

Forty-five children from the Margaret Griffin Child Development Center visited Alta for Halloween. Alta students sang and read Halloween stories to the children and handed out goodie bags.

Voter Registration

Mr. Patterson's class took a trip to Southington Town Hall so 18-year-old students could register to vote in this year's election.

Alta Garden

With the assistance of John Duffy, district science coordinator, and Mark Ramsey of Lewis Educational Agricultural Farm (LEAF), Alta students planted herbs and vegetables in the school garden.

Carissa and Abby harvested the potato crop.

Book Club

Throughout the year, interested students have the opportunity to visit local elementary schools and read to kindergarteners. The Book Club is facilitated by Karen Smith, retired assistant superintendent of schools. On October 25th, the group traveled to Plantsville Elementary School.

Cooking Class

Thanks to a grant from SEF awarded to Alta and Bread for Life, five Alta students were selected to participate
in an intensive six week culinary program. They have been taking classes and learning in the Bread for Life kitchen twice a week. Each of these students are learning basic food preparation, knife skills, food safety, portion control and other skills needed to work in a restaurant kitchen. Outback Steakhouse is also involved, and we would like to thank Chef/Managing Partner, Ryan Lucas, for his support, instruction and contributions. The students are planning a menu and will be cooking a meal and serving it to the clients of Bread For Life as a culminating activity.

Apple Valley Bowling

Alta students and staff recently took a field trip to Apple Valley Bowling for the family activity of the week.

Apple Harvest Festival Parade

Alta students and staff participated in the Apple Harvest Festival Parade on Sept. 30th. Special thanks to Donald Anderson and Jared Carroll (class of 2015) for donating and driving the trailer and to recent graduate, Alexa Miani, for painting the beautiful Alta apple. Thanks also to Evergreen Nursery, Home Depot, Ali's Nursery and Arisco Farms for donating mums, cornstalks and hay bales.