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SWARM wins state grant to support robotics program

Posted on: October 26, 2017

The South and West Albany Robotics Maniacs (SWARM) team has been awarded a $2,500 grant from the Oregon Department of Education. This was the highest grant award in the state for the $20,000 grant program for Oregon teams.

The grant will provide an important part of the financial support the team needs to compete. According to volunteer Jodie Bowen, the team has worked on fundraising for this year’s challenge all year. “The entire team has put in countless hours throughout the year, including the summer, to raise awareness and money to fund the 2017-18 year,” she said.

This grant was part of the year-long fundraising effort. West Albany High School junior Josh Richardson was responsible for the grant writing that made this particular award possible.

The team is preparing for the FIRST Robotics competition, which start later this year. The challenge includes skills in science, technology, engineering and math to design and build a robot using a standard “kit of parts” within a common set of rules to play a sophisticated field game during the tournaments. Each team is guided by mentors with expertise in their fields.

The team meets every Thursday evening at South Albany High School in the woodshop. During the build season they meet more frequently.

This will be the first year the team will use space at one of the high schools. In prior years, they had been meeting in Tangent, but the donated space is no longer available.

“Principal Belveal offered them use of the woodshop in addition to a small room for their equipment,” said Bowen. “They also had a shipping container donated to them by Boeing that they can keep the rest of their equipment in. It was all such a blessing and the team spent the summer moving and getting their personal areas prepared and ready for the season.”

The competition will officially start at the competition kickoff on Jan. 6, 2018.

West Albany All-Sport Season Pass

Posted on: October 18, 2017

West Albany All-Sport Season Pass – $175.00

Good for all Home Bulldog Home Games (Varsity, JV and Freshman — boys’ and girls’ events)

Good for the entire family (4 max)

Not valid for away games or OSAA Playoff games

Proceeds go directly to support West Albany Athletics!

See front office for details.

Students take industry tours, see LBCC programs on Manufacturing Day

Posted on: October 11, 2017

On Oct. 6, high school students visited local companies to learn more about career opportunities in manufacturing. Students from South and West Albany high schools and Albany Options School joined the nationwide Manufacturing Day event to “celebrate modern manufacturing and inspire the next generation of manufacturers.”

In Albany, Pipeline to Jobs organized tours for students at industry, including ATI, National Frozen Foods and Wood Castle Furniture. Students toured the facilities, spoke to employers and learned about skills to help them get hired and advance in a career.

At National Frozen Foods, students learned and practiced welding skills and won prizes for welding activities. Wyett Luttrell, pictured above, won a welding helmet provided by General Manager Armando Nunez.

student in helmet welding

metal weld sample

general manager with five students

After the tours, students returned to LBCC to learn more about LBCC programs that train students for local jobs. Students toured training space for Machine Tool, Mechatronics, CADD, Welding and Non-Destructive Testing programs.

students listening to teacher near machinery

WAHS reclassified as 5A

Posted on: October 10, 2017


Superintendent Jim Golden announced that the Oregon School Activities Association has recommended that West Albany High School be reclassified as a 5A campus, down from the 6A level it has competed at for the last several years. The reclassification cleared the way for the school to rejoin the Mid-Valley Conference which already includes nearby schools such as South Albany, Corvallis, Crescent Valley and Lebanon High Schools. District officials lobbied hard for the moves as they were concerned that the increased travel distances to 6A schools such as Bend High School were a safety concern and would cause students to miss an increased amount of class time in travelling to those distant cities.

School Board honors WAHS Student All Stars

Posted on: October 10, 2017

This week, the School Board honored Student All-Stars from West Albany High School for earning the highest scores on the Oregon Smarter Balanced state tests last spring.

The students were introduced by Principal Susie Orsborne. West Albany High School students are (from left):

Curtis Allen: Highest score in state tests in reading

Curtis has a 3.92 GPA while taking five AP classes, including AP European History, AP Composition, AP U.S. History, AP Literature, and Spanish IV. He is active in the school’s award-winning band and choir, where he has won numerous awards. He has played the lead role in school musical productions and is on the varsity soccer team. Curtis is also a WAHS Linn County Junior First Citizen nominee in recognition of his character, leadership and service.

Eli Nicholas: Highest score in state tests in mathematics

Eli has a 4.0 GPA that includes 10 AP classes: AP European History, AP Biology, AP Composition, AP U.S. History, AP Physics, AP Calculus BC, AP Literature, AP Chemistry and Spanish IV. He is very active in the school’s award-winning band and choirs and a great actor in school musicals. He is on track to be a valedictorian for the Class of 2018.

Not pictured:

Jewel Newman: Highest score in state tests in science

Jewel came to us last year after being in the International Baccalaureate program at South Salem High School. He has a 4.0 GPA that includes 10 AP classes at WAHS: AP Calculus A/B, AP Composition, AP Environmental Science, AP European History, AP Physics, AP Psychology, AP Calculus BC,  AP Literature, AP Chemistry and Spanish IV. Jewel is active in orchestra and is an AVID tutor. She is on track to be a valedictorian for the Class of 2018.

NEW – Order West Albany Bulldog Gear Online!

Posted on: September 14, 2017

We’ve partnered with one of our athletic equipment suppliers, BSN, to develop a new Official Online Apparel Store where students, parents, alumni and fans can go to design and order custom West Albany Bulldog gear!

Order yours now!