Albany Public Schools Foundation announced classroom grant awards for 67 projects, totaling $37,683. The annual awards provide funds to enhance classroom projects and educational experiences.
APSF raises money every year to support GAPS schools through the annual iSwim, iRun and iCelebrate Gala fundraisers.
Any teacher in the district can apply for a classroom grant. This year, there were 79 proposals for projects including electronics, robotics, art, reading music and PE.
For the third year in a row, actors from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival visited West Albany High School last week for a week-long event of performances and theater workshops for students.
West Albany is a member of OSF’s School Partnership Program, one of the largest theater outreach programs in the country. Through programming that supports Common Core standards, students experience works of Shakespeare and other great writers, presented in ways that relate to their own experiences and engage their imaginations.
More than just a school visit, the School Partnership Program includes a full week of performances and workshops, as well as professional development and curriculum seminars for teachers in Ashland, and an overnight trip to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival for a group of students.
WAHS is proud to partner with OSF to bring these opportunities to our scholars!
Now in its second year, the West Albany High School Bistro is giving advanced culinary students a real restaurant cooking experience and providing one of the best dining experiences in town.
Led by foods teacher Dolly Victorine, the Bistro is part of the Culinary 4 class for seniors. Students are chosen through an application process and are mostly aspiring chefs or foodies who enjoy cooking and working together in a team environment.
“Everyone helps everyone,” said Logan, who is interested in enrolling in the culinary program at LBCC next year. “I’m not sure what I want to do, but I really like working with food,” he said.
Students are responsible for every aspect of the restaurant, including the menu, budgeting, planning, team assignments, table setting, payments and dishes. Students are also responsible for delivering meals within the school and to staff at other locations around the district.
At its busiest, the restaurant has served 20 in-house meals and 55 food orders to go. The cost of the meal covers the ingredients. Victorine said the class tries to make everything from scratch. This year, they have new mixers, food packagers and new smokers for cheeses and sausage.
All duties rotate and students are assigned to groups. Each group takes a turn assuming head chef duties. This week’s head chefs were Hayley, Kylynn and Ty, who chose American comfort food as a contrast to last week’s Thai-inspired menu.
This week’s menu included a Philly steak pizza, an asparagus-stuffed chicken breast, or potato soup and green salad. Each entree comes with a drink and dessert, which was a vanilla, chocolate or Oreo milkshake. At the end of each meal, the student chefs come out to greet the customers and share the plans for next week’s menu.
Head chef Kylynn said the key to a successful kitchen is to be able to work with people and to accept that people may do things differently. “I love the feeling when it turns out right, and we have the plate beautifully presented,” she said. “When we took out the pizza today, everyone applauded.”
The kitchen isn’t approved for commercial use, so the school restaurant is limited to staff only. Phase I of the bond-funded school rebuild will include a larger, commercially designed culinary classroom that should be accessible to diners from the community.
Many West Albany High School staff members are regulars. One teacher said, “We’re regulars, but it’s always a treat. Once you come once, you keep coming back.”
West Albany Assistant Principal Rich Engel has been selected as the Assistant Principal of the Year for the state of Oregon for the 2017-18 school year!
The Confederation of Oregon School Administrators (COSA) will be recognizing Mr. Engel at their annual conference in June 2018, and he is now also a candidate for national honors as the National Assistant Principal of the Year through the American Association of School Administrators (AASA).
Congratulations, Mr. Engel!
This is the annual reminder of procedures for school closures or schedule changes due to inclement weather.
Closure and delayed start information will ordinarily be broadcast by 6:30 a.m. Closure information will also be posted on the district website.
Our district subscribes to FlashAlert. This service forwards school closure information to local radio and television stations. Staff, parents, or community members wishing to receive these notices directly can register at the Flash Alert website. Notifications can be sent to you via email. For those of you with tablets or smart phones, you can receive messages by downloading the FlashAlert Messenger app. This app is available on Google Play or the iTunes app store. There are no costs to the recipients for using the email or app notifications.
All addresses registered on FlashAlert will remain confidential. You will receive an email message once per year asking if you wish to continue your subscription and to confirm your email address. Subscribers should be aware that some email spam filters can prevent messages from being received.
Below are some of the radio and television stations who are notified of school closures:
FM Radio Stations:
KEHK FM 102.3
KFLY FM 101.5
KKNU FM 93.3
KLOO FM 106.3
KOOL FM 99.1
KRKT FM 99.9
KSND FM 95.1 (Spanish)
AM Radio Stations:
KFIR AM 720
KGAL AM 1580
KLOO AM 1340
KSHO AM 920
KWBY AM 940 (Spanish)
KATU Chan 2
KEZI Chan 9
KGW Chan 8
KLSR Chan 34
KMTR Chan 16
KOIN Chan 6
KVAL Chan 13
*The television channel may vary according to listening area.
From the Chief Education Office:
“Students from three Oregon high schools had the opportunity to meet with state education leaders and policy makers to share their personal experiences with accelerated learning programs. These programs allow students to take college courses and earn college credit in high school.
The student forum, held on Nov. 8 in Salem, was facilitated by Grace Didway, a student at Oregon City High School and a member of Oregon Student Voice. Students in attendance from Oregon City High School, West Albany High School, and South Albany High School talked with members of the Sustainable Systems for Accelerated Learning Work Group. The work group – a collaborative effort among the Chief Education Office, Department of Education, and Higher Education Coordinating Commission – is developing a plan across K-12 and higher education to broaden accelerated learning opportunities and support long-term sustainability. Members of the workgroup include school district superintendents, university leaders, and the directors and staff of the state’s education agencies.”
WAHS Students pictured: Curtis Allen, Dante Ammon, Ashton Davis, Stephanie Farnes, Izzy Hernandez, Elana Meza Wynkoop, Jewel Newman, Eli Nichols, Jacob Stephen, Joanna Viramontes, Gemma Williams