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WAHS honored by Special Olympics

Posted on: April 2, 2018

Before spring break, West Albany High Schools earned a distinction by Special Olympics of Oregon for inclusiveness. The school was named an Oregon Unified Champion School.

Representatives from Special Olympics presented the school with a Unified Champion banner during a school awards assembly, where they were also presented with the OSAA Unified Basketball Championship trophy for prevailing in the recent unified basketball tournament.

The Unified Champion award honors schools for creating a socially inclusive climate.

“The Unified Champion Schools approach incorporates Special Olympics sports, leadership and related activities that empower youth to be change agents in their communities. This is a paradigm shift from a focus on events to that of a whole school movement for inclusion.

Special education and general education students alongside educators and administrators are encouraged to collaborate to create supportive classrooms, school-wide activities and opportunities for growth and success for all.

When everyone in a school fosters a socially inclusive school climate that emphasizes acceptance, respect and human dignity for all students, schools become places where no student is isolated because of the degree or type of disability or the services required to meet his/her needs.

Together we are creating a Unified Generation that Chooses to Include.”

Congratulations, Unified Sports!

Special Olympics Champion Schools website

Photo credit: Special Olympics Oregon

New Printing Policy

Posted on: March 20, 2018

Starting April 2, 2018

In order to control paper waste and related costs, as of April 2018 students may print to the Production Center printer ONLY.

Printing may be picked up in the Production Center at lunch, or between 3:00 and 3:15.

All printing over 50 pages per semester will be charged @ 5¢ per page.

See the latest school bond project designs

Posted on: February 28, 2018

The prep work is nearly done for the major bond-funded construction projects. Planning has included seeking permits, planning for logistics for each site, creating a work timeline and, of course, designing the projects.

Construction work will start as soon as school is out at South Albany High School, West Albany High School, the new elementary school near Timber Ridge, the replacement of Oak Grove Elementary and the middle school vocational/CTE classrooms.

It is an exciting time. We will share more details as the work progresses. Here are design concept videos for each project:

West Albany High School
South Albany High School
New elementary school near Timber Ridge
Oak Grove Elementary School replacement

Questions about the bond? Check out our new Frequently Asked Questions page.

WAHS students place at OMEA District Solo-Small Ensemble Contest

Posted on: February 26, 2018

Many students from our district competed in the OMEA district Solo-Small Ensemble Contest at OSU.  Below are the results for students from West.  GREAT work to all of these students!

Small Woodwind:
Winner: WAHS Woodwind Trio, West Albany High School
Ryan Nelson, Zoe Ames, Brandon Dodd

Small Percussion:
Winner: WAHS Percussion Quartet, West Albany High School
Tanner Wind, Jessica Bradley, Curtis Allen, Kyle Jensen
First Alternate: Jessicurtis, West Albany High School
Jessica Bradley, Curtis Allen

Large Percussion:
Winner: WAHS Percussion Ensemble, West Albany High School
16 Students

Bassoon Solo:
Winner: Ryan Nelson, West Albany High School

Oboe Solo:
Winner: Amanda Givens: West Albany High School

Horn Solo:
Winner: Isabel Vetter, West Albany High School

Large Brass:
Winner: Kickin’ Brass, West Albany High School

Tuba Solo:
Winner: Cindy Wong, West Albany High School

Large Women’s Vocal Ensemble:
Winner: Large Ensemble Women 1, West Albany High School

Alto Voice Solo:
Winner: Anna Soot, West Albany High School

Trumpet Solo:
Winner: Colton Byers, West Albany High School
First Alternate: Jacob Shipley, West Albany High School
Second Alternate: Will Radke, West Albany High School

Euphonium Solo:
Winner: Paul Sprague, West Albany High School

Large Men’s Vocal Ensemble:
Winner: WAHS Men’s 2, West Albany High School

Baritone Voice Solo:
Winner: Colton Byers, West Albany High School

GAPS students sign acceptance letters for technical training programs at LBCC

Posted on: February 16, 2018

The third annual CTE (Career Technical Education) Signing Day at LBCC was Feb. 15. The annual event celebrates technical training programs and allows high school students to get early acceptance to CTE programs and assistance with scholarships and college resources.

LBCC President Greg Hamann welcomed students and their families. He congratulated them for making an important career choice. “I think you have figured out something that not everyone has figured out,” he said. “One: You are choosing to be part of a great opportunity. Two: High school isn’t enough. Today’s careers require education and training beyond high school, and we want to partner with you as an investment in your success.”

The event, sponsored by LBCC and the Pipeline to Jobs project, was one of 50 events at colleges around the country. More than 3,000 students signed letters of acceptance to a variety of training and certificate programs. Thirty-two GAPS students signed letters of intent in a variety of programs at LBCC.

The program included speakers from local industry, who emphasized the need for skilled workers in technical jobs and the opportunities for students who pursue these careers. Speakers included representatives from NC3, ATI, TRANE, Greenlee, SNAP-On, Fiat Chrysler Automotive. Albany City Councilor Mike Sykes, owner of Mike’s Heating and Air, and Oregon Department of Education Deputy Superintendent Theresa Richards also spoke.

The event concluded with comments from Dave Turin from the Discovery Channel’s reality TV show, Gold Rush. Turin encouraged the students to continuing learning throughout their careers, to challenge themselves and to give back to their communities when they achieve success.

The following students will enroll in career technical programs at LBCC in the fall.

Accounting Technology

  • Gerardo Cortez Ortiz, Albany Options
  • Victor Campbell, West Albany

Students signing letters of acceptance to LBCC technical training programs.

Automotive Technology

  • Eric Martinez-Contreras, Albany Options
  • Israel Moreno, Albany Options
  • Dillon Garcia, South Albany
  • Antonio Cintron, West Albany
  • Jacob Van Order, West Albany

Students signing letters of acceptance to LBCC technical training programs. Students signing letters of acceptance to LBCC technical training programs.

Computer Aided Design and Drafting

  • Madeline Crocker, Albany Options
  • Cole Beaty, West Albany

Students signing letters of acceptance to LBCC technical training programs. Students signing letters of acceptance to LBCC technical training programs.

Culinary Arts

  • Austin Allen, South Albany
  • Courtney Rich, West Albany

Students signing letters of acceptance to LBCC technical training programs.

Machine Tool Technology

  • Austin Stewart, Albany Options
  • Oscar Fryman, West Albany

Students signing letters of acceptance to LBCC technical training programs.

Mechatronics/Industrial Automation Technology

  • Jose Mendoza-Ramirez Albany Options
  • Airell Clark III, South Albany
  • Zack Engel-Christensenm South Albany
  • Quetzal Palma, South Albany
  • Zachary Reeves, South Albany
  • Bobby Joe Chavez-Paloma, West Albany

Students signing letters of acceptance to LBCC technical training programs.

Medical Assistant

  • Rosa Mendoza-Vidrio, Albany Options
  • Jennifer Orozco Sanabria, Albany Options
  • Adela Ortiz, Albany Options
  • Yuritzi Rivas Romero, Albany Options
  • Stefany Sanchez, Albany Options
  • Hatsli Talavera Arreola, South Albany

Students signing letters of acceptance to LBCC technical training programs.

Non-Destructive Testing

  • Connor Schaffner, West Albany

Students signing letters of acceptance to LBCC technical training programs.

Practical Business Management

  • Morgan Carr, South Albany
  • Kylynn Rodriguez, West Albany

Students signing letters of acceptance to LBCC technical training programs.

Welding and Fabrication Technology

  • Talton Dunshee, Albany Options
  • Gilbert Howell, Albany Options
  • Elver Antonio May Uc, Albany Options
  • Matthew McMenamin, Albany Options

Students signing letters of acceptance to LBCC technical training programs.

Counseling Center News

Posted on: February 14, 2018

February 2018

Welcome to the second semester of the school year! Spring is fast approaching and we have a lot of new information and resources to share with you.

Highlights and updates in this newsletter include: ACT for Juniors, class forecasting, Oregon Promise information, scholarship tips, preparing for college, and more.

Counseling Center News

Counseling Department

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