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Having Tech Issues?

Posted on: September 16, 2020

Best practices for technology use:

After class or schoolwork each day, log out of everything and completely shut down your Chromebook (do not just close the lid while logged in).

Each morning, log back in in this order (because our accounts are tied to the Gmail account):

1. Gmail 2. Canvas 3. Zoom


GAPS Common Tech Issues for Students and Parents

If students are having trouble logging in, please email GAPS Tech Support at or call 5451-967 4635.

Canvas Info for Students and Parents

Posted on: September 9, 2020

Canvas Info for Students:

How to login to Class Day 1 Video

In this video, you will learn about your Canvas Dashboard and Global Navigation links. You’ll also learn about navigating a course and accessing assignments.

Canvas Overview (Students)

This video is for Canvas Student app users on iOS and Android devices. The steps in this video are shown for a phone display, but unless otherwise noted, tablet displays mirror the same steps. To learn more about this topic, visit the Canvas Guides at Additionally, permissions and login steps vary between users and institutions, so what you see in this video may be different from what you see in the Student app.

Canvas Student App


Canvas Info for Parents:

In this video, you will learn about observer account registration and how to link students to your account using a student pairing code.

Account Registration and Student Pairing (Observers)

In this video, you will learn about the Canvas Dashboard and Global Navigation links, and about basic course navigation to view assignment details and grades.

Canvas Overview (Observers)

In this video you will learn how to use the Canvas Parent app. The steps in this video are shown for a phone display, but unless otherwise noted, tablet displays mirror the same steps. Most of this video was created using an iOS device. Any differences for Android users are noted.

Canvas Parent App

WAHS Class Schedule for 2020-2021

Posted on: August 17, 2020

We are so excited to connect with our students again this fall! We learned so much when we transitioned to distance learning last spring, and we have worked to make a plan that values our students, staff, and the entire educational process. We know how important interaction is for our students, and the plans in place will allow for consistency, interaction, and access to quality instruction. We want to ensure our parents, guardians, and students understand the class schedule for the upcoming academic school year. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact an administrator for clarification. Principal Susie Orsborn can be reached by email at

The schedule for the 2020-2021 school year will remain in place for the duration of the academic calendar year. Though we are all beginning virtually, when we transition to an in-person hybrid (or virtual from home model for those who choose this option), the class schedule will remain the same ‌unless‌ ‌regulations‌ ‌set‌ ‌forth‌ ‌by‌ ‌the‌ ‌Governor‌ ‌change.‌

Rather than our traditional schedule of a Blue/Gold block for an 18-week semester with up to eight classes, we will be working on four 9-week quarters. This modified block will allow students to focus on a maximum of four classes at a time. Each 9 week’s worth of work will still receive a semester credit. Freshmen and sophomores are required to take four classes each quarter. Juniors and seniors are required to take three classes each quarter, but may take four if they choose or are credit deficient.

WAHS‌ ‌CLASS‌ ‌SCHEDULE‌ ‌for‌ ‌2020-2021‌ ‌‌(Monday-Tuesday‌ ‌and‌ ‌Thursday-Friday)‌ ‌

8:00‌ ‌-‌ ‌9:25‌ ‌ 1/2‌ ‌
9:25‌ ‌-‌ ‌9:40‌ ‌ Break‌ ‌
9:40‌ ‌-‌ ‌11:05‌ ‌ 3/4‌ ‌
11:05‌ ‌-‌ ‌11:40‌ ‌ Lunch‌ ‌
11:40‌ ‌-‌ ‌1:05‌ ‌ 5/6‌ ‌
1:05‌ ‌-‌ ‌1:20‌ ‌ Break‌ ‌
1:20‌ ‌-‌ ‌2:45‌ ‌ 7/8‌ ‌


Wednesday‌ ‌ 9:00‌ ‌-‌ ‌9:30‌ ‌



When classes begin on September 14, we will begin Quarter 1. Students will attend ONLY their Blue day classes for the first 9-week period. All quarter 1 classes will work continuously for 9 weeks before then switching to a focus on ONLY Gold day classes for the subsequent 9 weeks. Quarter 3 will be a return to Blue day classes, and Quarter 4 will finish out the year with Gold day classes.

If a student is taking a year-long course, they will either complete it in Quarters 1 & 3 or in Quarters 2 & 4, still earning the full year’s credit.

In‌ ‌other‌ ‌words,‌ ‌students’‌ ‌schedules‌ ‌will‌ ‌work‌ ‌as‌ ‌follows:‌ ‌

Quarters‌ ‌1‌ ‌and‌ ‌3‌ ‌


Quarters‌ ‌2‌ ‌and‌ ‌4‌ ‌


8:00‌ ‌-‌ ‌9:25‌ ‌ 1‌ ‌ 2‌ ‌
9:25‌ ‌-‌ ‌9:40‌ ‌ Break‌ ‌ Break‌ ‌
9:40‌ ‌-‌ ‌11:05‌ ‌ 3‌ ‌ 4‌ ‌
11:05‌ ‌-‌ ‌11:40‌ ‌ Lunch‌ ‌ Lunch‌ ‌
11:40‌ ‌-‌ ‌1:05‌ ‌ 5‌ ‌ 6‌ ‌
1:05‌ ‌-‌ ‌1:20‌ ‌ Break‌ ‌ Break‌ ‌
1:20‌ ‌-‌ ‌2:45‌ ‌ 7‌ ‌ 8‌ ‌

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As‌ ‌we‌ ‌begin‌ ‌virtually,‌ ‌students‌ ‌will‌ ‌attend‌ ‌live‌ ‌feed‌ ‌(synchronous)‌ ‌classes‌ ‌with‌ ‌their‌ ‌teachers‌ ‌and‌ ‌peers‌ ‌five‌ ‌days‌ ‌a‌ ‌week.‌ ‌Students‌ ‌will‌ ‌attend‌ ‌Advisory‌ ‌on‌ ‌Wednesdays‌ ‌only.‌ ‌Students‌ ‌will‌ ‌be‌ engaged‌ ‌and‌ ‌actively‌ ‌learning‌ ‌all‌ ‌week.‌ ‌Staff‌ ‌will‌ ‌be‌ ‌participating‌ ‌in‌ ‌professional‌ ‌development, teacher‌ ‌preparatory‌ ‌activities,‌ ‌and‌ ‌grading‌ ‌on‌ ‌Wednesdays‌ ‌as‌ ‌well.‌ ‌ ‌

  • Live‌ ‌lessons‌ ‌will‌ ‌be‌ ‌recorded‌ ‌and‌ ‌available‌ ‌for‌ ‌students‌ ‌to‌ ‌access‌ ‌if‌ ‌they‌ ‌are‌ ‌unable‌ ‌to‌ ‌attend‌ ‌class.‌ ‌ ‌
  • Office‌ ‌hours‌ ‌with‌ ‌individual‌ ‌teachers‌ ‌will‌ ‌be‌ ‌communicated‌ ‌through‌ ‌email.‌ ‌Students‌ ‌can‌ ‌email‌ ‌if‌ ‌they‌ ‌have‌ ‌questions‌ ‌or‌ ‌academic‌ ‌concerns.‌ ‌


LIVE‌ ‌ENGAGEMENT‌ ‌DAYS‌ ‌ ‌(Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, & Friday)

On‌ ‌the‌ ‌days‌ ‌students‌ ‌attend‌ ‌class,‌ ‌the‌ ‌expectation‌ ‌will‌ ‌be‌ ‌to‌ ‌have‌ ‌them‌ ‌logged‌ ‌into‌ ‌their‌ ‌virtual‌ ‌class‌ ‌with‌ ‌their‌ ‌teacher‌ ‌and‌ ‌peers.‌ ‌Classes‌ ‌will‌ ‌be‌ ‌live‌ ‌with‌ ‌interactive‌ ‌assignments,‌ ‌small‌ ‌group‌ ‌work,‌ ‌live‌ ‌teacher‌ ‌instruction,‌ ‌‌tutorials‌ ‌or‌ ‌videos‌ ‌to‌ ‌watch,‌ ‌supplemental‌ ‌reading‌ ‌or‌ ‌writing‌ ‌tasks,‌ ‌discussion‌ ‌boards,‌ ‌etc‌.‌ ‌These‌ ‌days‌ ‌will‌ ‌work‌ ‌as‌ ‌if‌ ‌we‌ ‌were‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌school‌ ‌building‌ ‌and‌ ‌ ‌attendance‌ ‌and‌ ‌participation‌ ‌will‌ ‌be‌ ‌extremely‌ ‌important‌.‌ ‌ ‌‌Students‌ ‌will‌ ‌follow‌ ‌their‌ ‌class‌ ‌schedule‌ ‌for‌ ‌the‌ ‌day‌ ‌from‌ ‌8:00‌ ‌a.m.‌ ‌to‌ ‌2:45‌ ‌p.m.‌ ‌ ‌

  • Live‌ ‌lessons‌ ‌will‌ ‌be‌ ‌recorded‌ ‌and‌ ‌available‌ ‌for‌ ‌students‌ ‌to‌ ‌access‌ ‌if‌ ‌they‌ ‌are‌ ‌unable‌ ‌to‌ ‌attend‌ ‌class.‌ ‌ ‌



In‌ ‌addition‌ ‌to‌ ‌Advisory,‌ ‌on‌ ‌Wednesday‌ ‌students‌ ‌will‌ ‌participate‌ ‌in‌ ‌independent‌ ‌work‌ ‌in‌ ‌all‌  classes.‌ ‌Teachers‌ ‌will‌ ‌have‌ ‌reviewed‌ ‌and‌ ‌explained‌ ‌the‌ ‌independent‌ ‌work‌ ‌to‌ ‌be‌ ‌done‌ ‌at‌ ‌the‌ ‌end‌ ‌of‌ ‌their‌ ‌previous‌ ‌live‌ ‌class.‌ ‌Assignments‌ ‌on‌ ‌these‌ ‌days‌ ‌could‌ ‌include‌ ‌recorded‌ ‌teacher‌ ‌lessons,‌ ‌tutorials‌ ‌or‌ ‌videos‌ ‌to‌ ‌watch,‌ ‌supplemental‌ ‌reading‌ ‌or‌ ‌writing‌ ‌tasks,‌ ‌discussion‌ ‌boards,‌ ‌group‌ ‌work,‌ ‌etc.‌ ‌This‌ ‌work‌ ‌will‌ ‌be‌ ‌an‌ ‌expectation‌ ‌the‌ ‌same‌ ‌as‌ ‌if‌ ‌students‌ ‌were‌ ‌in‌ ‌class.‌ ‌The‌ ‌balance‌ ‌of‌ ‌live‌ ‌and‌ ‌virtual‌ ‌learning‌ ‌days‌ ‌ensures‌ ‌students‌ ‌are‌ ‌actively‌ ‌learning‌ ‌and‌ ‌engaged‌ ‌each‌ ‌day‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌week,‌ ‌which‌ ‌will‌ ‌allow‌ ‌students‌ ‌to‌ ‌receive‌ ‌consistent‌ ‌instruction‌ ‌in‌ ‌a‌ ‌course‌ ‌for‌ ‌a‌ ‌full‌ ‌9‌ ‌weeks‌ ‌in‌ ‌order‌ ‌to‌ ‌receive‌ ‌a‌ ‌semester‌ ‌credit.‌ ‌


ADVISORY‌ ‌(Wednesday)

Advisory‌ ‌is‌ ‌a‌ ‌small‌ ‌group‌ ‌of‌ ‌common-grade‌ ‌students‌ ‌whom‌ ‌a‌ ‌teacher‌ ‌will‌ ‌work‌ ‌with‌ ‌throughout‌ ‌the‌ ‌year‌ ‌to‌ ‌ensure‌ ‌every‌ ‌student‌ ‌is‌ ‌successful‌ ‌regardless‌ ‌of‌ ‌their‌ ‌learning‌ ‌model.‌ ‌The‌ ‌purpose‌ ‌of‌ ‌Advisory‌ ‌is‌ ‌to‌ ‌have‌ ‌consistent‌ ‌check-ins‌ ‌‌making‌ ‌sure‌ ‌student‌ ‌learning‌ ‌needs‌ ‌are‌ ‌being‌ ‌met,‌ ‌encouraging‌ ‌them‌ ‌to‌ ‌make‌ ‌good‌ ‌academic‌ ‌choices,‌ ‌and‌ ‌to‌ ‌share‌ ‌important‌ ‌information.‌ ‌

Students‌ ‌will‌ ‌meet‌ ‌in‌ ‌their‌ ‌Advisory‌ ‌on‌ ‌Wednesdays‌ ‌from‌ ‌9:00‌ ‌a.m.‌ ‌to‌ ‌9:30‌ ‌a.m.‌ ‌Advisory‌ ‌teachers‌ ‌will‌ ‌facilitate‌ ‌any‌ ‌assistance‌ ‌students‌ ‌need‌ ‌and‌ ‌reach‌ ‌out‌ ‌for‌ ‌connections‌ ‌with‌ ‌additional‌ ‌services‌ ‌(counseling,‌ ‌tutoring,‌ ‌FACT,‌ ‌Linn‌ ‌County‌ ‌Mental‌ ‌Health,‌ ‌etc.).‌ ‌ ‌


**‌ ‌When‌ ‌we‌ ‌transition‌ ‌to‌ ‌the‌ ‌in-person‌ ‌hybrid‌ ‌model,‌ ‌student‌ ‌schedules‌ ‌will‌ ‌hopefully‌ ‌stay‌ ‌the‌ ‌same‌ ‌depending‌ ‌on‌ ‌regulations‌ ‌set‌ ‌forth‌ ‌by‌ ‌the‌ ‌Governor, ODE and or OHA.‌ ‌Students‌ ‌who‌ ‌chose‌ ‌fully‌ ‌virtual‌ (interactive at home learning model) ‌will‌ ‌continue‌ ‌to‌ ‌log‌ ‌into‌ ‌their‌ ‌classes‌ ‌to‌ ‌interact‌ ‌with‌ ‌their‌ ‌teachers‌ ‌and‌ ‌peers.‌ ‌If students and families want to change their choice between ‌hybrid and virtual when we return to school, please contact their counselor or administrator. 



 ‌Special‌ ‌Education‌ ‌Support‌

  • We‌ ‌will‌ ‌collaborate‌ ‌with District SpEd Director‌ ‌Ryan‌ ‌Mattingly‌ ‌and‌ ‌SpEd‌ ‌teachers‌ ‌to‌ ‌monitor‌ ‌and‌ ‌adjust‌ ‌to‌ ‌meet‌ ‌the‌ ‌needs‌ ‌of‌ ‌all‌ ‌of‌ ‌our‌ ‌students.‌ ‌ ‌

 ‌English‌ ‌Language‌ ‌Development‌ ‌Support‌ ‌

  • We are excited about having ELD support  available to our students this year.  All‌ ‌ELD‌ ‌students‌ ‌will‌ ‌have‌ ‌a‌ ‌support‌ ‌class‌ ‌first‌ ‌quarter with Mrs. Mehl.‌ ‌We‌ ‌will‌ monitor and ‌adjust‌ ‌schedules‌ ‌after‌ ‌the‌ ‌first‌ ‌quarter,‌ ‌according‌ ‌to‌ ‌student‌ ‌needs.‌ ‌ ‌
  • Depending‌ ‌on‌ ‌student‌ ‌needs,‌ ‌students‌ ‌will‌ ‌be‌ ‌scheduled‌ ‌into‌ ‌ELD‌ ‌for‌ ‌part‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌period‌ ‌then‌ ‌may‌ ‌join‌ ‌an‌ ‌elective‌ ‌or‌ ‌remain‌ ‌in‌ ‌study‌ ‌skills‌ ‌for‌ ‌ELD‌ ‌support.‌ ‌The‌ ‌ELD‌ ‌teacher‌ ‌will‌ ‌discuss‌ ‌with‌ ‌each‌ ‌student‌ ‌and‌ ‌family‌ ‌in‌ ‌order‌ ‌to‌ ‌determine‌ ‌the‌ ‌best‌ ‌placement.‌ ‌
  • We‌ ‌will‌ ‌collaborate‌ ‌with‌ District ELD Director ‌Heather‌ ‌Huzefka‌ ‌and‌ ‌our‌ ‌ELD‌ ‌teacher Mrs. Mehl‌ ‌to‌ ‌monitor‌ ‌and‌ ‌adjust‌ ‌to‌ ‌meet‌ ‌the‌ ‌needs‌ ‌of‌ ‌all‌ ‌of‌ ‌our‌ ‌students.‌ ‌
  • As‌ ‌an‌ ‌added‌ ‌support,‌ ‌we‌ ‌will‌ ‌have‌ ‌a‌ ‌counselor‌ ‌that‌ ‌will‌ ‌specialize‌ ‌her‌ ‌work‌ ‌with‌ ‌our‌ ‌ELD‌ ‌students‌ ‌and‌ ‌their‌ ‌families.‌ ‌

 ‌Academic‌ ‌Success‌ ‌Support‌ ‌ ‌

  • Academic‌ ‌Success‌ ‌‌is‌ ‌a‌ ‌small‌ ‌learning‌ ‌community‌ ‌designed‌ ‌to‌ ‌help‌ ‌students‌ ‌who‌ ‌need‌ ‌extra‌ ‌support‌ ‌in‌ ‌their‌ ‌transition‌ ‌into‌ ‌high‌ ‌school‌ ‌as‌ ‌well‌ ‌as‌ ‌students‌ ‌who‌ ‌may‌ ‌be‌ ‌at‌ ‌risk‌ ‌of‌ ‌not‌ ‌graduating‌ ‌or‌ ‌not‌ ‌graduating‌ ‌on‌ ‌time‌ ‌with‌ ‌their‌ ‌peers.‌ ‌ ‌
    • Academic‌ ‌Success‌ ‌students‌ ‌will‌ ‌start‌ ‌each‌ ‌day‌ ‌with‌ ‌their‌ ‌Academic‌ ‌Success‌ ‌teacher‌ ‌ ‌
    • Academic‌ ‌Success‌ ‌students‌ ‌have‌ ‌access‌ ‌to‌ ‌an‌ ‌additional‌ ‌educational‌ ‌assistant‌ ‌who‌ ‌will‌ ‌be‌ ‌available‌ ‌to‌ ‌assist‌ ‌them‌ ‌in‌ ‌their‌ ‌classes,‌ ‌thus‌ ‌providing‌ ‌continual‌ ‌support‌ ‌and‌ ‌accountability.‌ ‌ ‌
    • Academic‌ ‌Success‌ ‌is‌ ‌offered‌ ‌to‌ ‌freshmen‌ ‌(Freshmen‌ ‌Success)‌ ‌and‌ ‌sophomores‌ ‌(Sophomore‌ ‌Success)‌ ‌only.‌ ‌ ‌
  • Junior/Senior‌ ‌Study‌ ‌Skills‌ ‌‌is‌ ‌a‌ ‌course‌ ‌designed‌ ‌for‌ ‌Junior‌ ‌and‌ ‌Senior‌ ‌students‌ ‌to‌ ‌assist‌ ‌their‌ ‌academic‌ ‌growth‌ ‌in‌ ‌all‌ ‌content‌ ‌areas.‌ ‌
    • Students‌ ‌are‌ ‌provided‌ ‌with‌ ‌specific‌ ‌instruction‌ ‌in‌ ‌study‌ ‌techniques,‌ ‌organizational‌ ‌skills,‌ ‌and‌ ‌improving‌ ‌personal‌ ‌academic‌ ‌rigor.‌ ‌ ‌
    • Staff‌ ‌will‌ ‌work‌ ‌with‌ ‌students‌ ‌so‌ ‌they‌ ‌will‌ ‌better‌ ‌understand‌ ‌course‌ ‌content,‌ ‌improve‌ ‌class‌ ‌performance,‌ ‌and‌ ‌demonstrate‌ ‌a‌ ‌growth‌ ‌mindset.‌ ‌
    • Staff‌ ‌will‌ ‌also‌ ‌monitor‌ ‌and‌ ‌support‌ ‌the‌ ‌social‌ ‌emotional‌ ‌health‌ ‌of‌ ‌their‌ ‌students.‌ ‌ ‌


BACK‌ ‌TO‌ ‌SCHOOL‌ ‌PREP‌ ‌DAY‌ ‌(previously‌ ‌known‌ ‌as‌ ‌Registration)‌ ‌

In‌ ‌order‌ ‌to‌ ‌complete‌ ‌the‌ ‌registration‌ ‌process‌ ‌and‌ ‌prepare‌ ‌for‌ ‌classes,‌ ‌we‌ ‌will‌ ‌host‌ ‌a‌ ‌drive‌ ‌through‌ ‌Back‌ ‌to‌ ‌School‌ ‌Prep‌ ‌Day‌ ‌for‌ ‌each‌ ‌class.‌ ‌More‌ ‌information‌ ‌will‌ ‌be‌ ‌sent,‌ ‌but‌ ‌please‌ ‌note‌ ‌the‌ ‌dates‌ ‌below:‌ ‌ ‌

  • Monday,‌ ‌August‌ ‌31‌ ‌-‌ ‌‌Seniors‌ ‌‌-‌ ‌2:00-6:00‌ ‌p.m.‌ ‌
  • Tuesday,‌ ‌September‌ ‌1‌ ‌-‌ ‌‌Juniors‌ ‌‌-‌ ‌2:00-6:00‌ ‌p.m.‌ ‌
  • Wednesday,‌ ‌September‌ ‌2‌ ‌-‌ ‌‌Sophomores‌ ‌‌-‌ ‌2:00-6:00‌ ‌p.m.‌ ‌
  • Thursday,‌ ‌September‌ ‌3‌ ‌-‌ ‌‌Freshmen‌ ‌‌-‌ ‌2:00-6:00‌ ‌p.m.‌ ‌

During‌ ‌these‌ ‌times,‌ ‌students‌ ‌will‌ ‌be‌ ‌able‌ ‌to‌ ‌complete/turn‌ ‌in‌ ‌any‌ ‌necessary‌ ‌paperwork,‌ ‌have‌ ‌their‌ ‌picture‌ ‌taken‌ ‌for‌ ‌student‌ ‌body‌ ‌cards,‌ ‌receive‌ ‌textbooks‌ ‌(and‌ ‌chrome books‌ ‌if‌ ‌needed),‌ return‌ ‌any‌ ‌textbooks‌ ‌or‌ ‌library‌ ‌books‌ ‌from‌ ‌the‌ ‌2019-2020‌ ‌school‌ ‌year‌ ‌they‌ ‌may‌ ‌still‌ ‌have,‌ ‌and‌ ‌receive‌ ‌schedules.‌ ‌ ‌


Administrators‌ ‌by‌ ‌Class:‌ ‌ ‌

  • Freshmen:‌ ‌‌‌ ‌
  • Sophomores:‌ ‌‌‌ ‌ ‌
  • Juniors:‌ ‌‌‌ ‌
  • Seniors:‌ ‌‌‌ ‌


Counselors‌ ‌by‌ ‌Class:‌‌ ‌(will‌ ‌return‌ ‌August‌ ‌24)‌ ‌

  • Freshmen:‌ ‌‌‌ ‌ ‌
  • Sophomores:‌ ‌A-L‌ ‌‌‌‌ ‌M-Z‌ ‌‌‌ ‌ ‌
  • Juniors:‌ ‌‌‌ ‌ ‌
  • Seniors:‌ ‌‌‌ ‌ ‌

We‌ ‌sincerely‌ ‌hope‌ ‌this‌ ‌information‌ ‌was‌ ‌helpful.‌ ‌‌If‌ ‌you‌ ‌have‌ ‌any‌ ‌further‌ ‌questions,‌ ‌please‌ ‌do‌ ‌not‌ ‌hesitate‌ ‌to‌ ‌contact‌ ‌an‌ ‌administrator‌ ‌for‌ ‌clarification.‌ ‌Principal‌ ‌Susie‌ ‌Orsborn‌ ‌can‌ ‌be‌ ‌reached‌ ‌by‌ ‌email‌ ‌at‌ ‌‌‌.‌ ‌


UPDATE: Graduation – August 27th

Posted on: August 13, 2020


Graduation ceremonies for the class of 2020 will be held at the Linn County Fairgrounds in order to meet all state COVID-19 regulations while allowing us all to be together to celebrate. Students will be in small groups to ensure we meet the Governor’s guidelines of 100 or fewer people during outdoor gatherings. All parents and families of graduates will stay in their vehicles during the ceremonies; however, the ceremony plan in place will ensure a continuous graduation that encompasses tradition and celebration.



We will hold a mandatory student practice for graduation on Wednesday, August 26 at 5:00 p.m. at WAHS’s Memorial Stadium. If you have a conflict, please reach out to Mrs. Orsborn as soon as possible at . At practice time, we will: 

  • Hand out honors cords (NHS, Bulldog Achievement, etc), stoles, and Smarter Balanced exceeds pins
  • Collect any outstanding textbooks, etc
  • Practice the pronunciation of names and the graduation ceremony
  • Give you an additional parking pass
  • Hand out Senior all-night party parents gift to you

We will have four distinct groups and times for practices. 

  • Group 1: 5:00 p.m. 
  • Group 2: 6:00 p.m.
  • Group 3: 7:00 p.m.
  • Group 4: 8:00 p.m.

IMPORTANT: Group numbers will be assigned once we have an accurate count for participants. This information will then be sent out, so students know which practice time they need to be present for. Graduates, if you plan to attend, it is very important you go to THIS SHEET and sign up–signing this form indicates you plan to participate in the graduation ceremony. We sincerely hope all students will choose to participate. Please have this completed by Tuesday, August 18. 


The WAHS Graduation ceremony will occur on Thursday, August 27, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. 


Graduates will arrive in vehicles with their families and enter the south parking lot of the fairgrounds. Each graduate will also receive a pass for one other vehicle for family and friends to attend. All vehicles will be asked to enter on Price Road by Lassen Chevrolet to help with traffic flow. APD will block off the Knox Butte entrance with barricades and the fairground staff will put cones in front of all other entrances. Vehicles with a graduate will receive a program when they enter the parking lot and then park in the front rows by the security staff. Additional vehicles will park in the back. Please, in order to not block views and allow for the best experience for all, open-bed pickups with back passengers or motor homes will NOT be allowed. 

The ceremony will be live streamed on YouTube. It will also be streamed into vehicles using the Shift church’s FM Radio transmitter. We will also have two jumbo screens for live video feed on each side of the stage. Pictures will be taken throughout the ceremony by a staff member.


  • Students will stay in the vehicles with their families until their group is called to the stage.
  • Students will get out of their cars and file into chairs (6 ft of distance apart).
  • The Senior class President and Vice President will announce the students’ names and future plans.
  • Students will walk across the stage, get their diploma cover from a table on the stage, and then will exit the stage where the senior counselor will put a flower on a table for them to take. A photo of each graduate will be taken as they cross the stage.  
  • Students will then proceed to a table to receive their actual diploma.
  • Students will return to their chairs. When all students’ names have been announced, the president will ask them to raise their flowers, and then they will move their tassels from right to left signifying their graduation.
  • Students will sing the alma mater led by the Senior class President and Vice President.
  • Students may then throw their hats in celebration of their graduation.
  • Students will then return to their vehicles in order to continue watching their peers graduate. 
  • Chairs will be disinfected by administrators in preparation for the next group. We will repeat the process until all our students have been recognized.
  • After all graduates have been recognized, the Principal will congratulate the class and thank everyone.
  • The class of 2020 class song will be played as students and families exit the parking lot.  


Susie Orsborn

WAHS Graduation Video – June 4 at 7:00 p.m.

Posted on: June 4, 2020

The West Albany High School 2020 Commencement Ceremony was originally scheduled for Thursday, June 4, at 7:00 p.m. Because we cannot gather in person, this video celebration of  our graduating Class of 2020 will go live at that time instead.

Our in-person graduation ceremony will take place on Thursday, August 27th. Please watch our website for details as we get closer to that date.

Once a Bulldog, always a Bulldog!



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