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WAHS students will sell Little Free Libraries

Posted on: November 2, 2016

If your neighborhood needs a Little Free Library, you can purchase one from West Albany High School students later this month. The Little Free Libraries are constructed by students in Jeff Hawkins’ trades class and decorated by art students in Babette Grunwald’s art class.

Mr. Hawkins expects to charge $300 for a new, decorated structure. If you are interested, email him at

Read more about the project in the Democrat-Herald.


Low-cost internet service for families

Posted on: October 31, 2016

Low-income families in areas served by Comcast can receive internet access (including wifi) for $9.95 a month (no credit check, no term contract, no installation fees). These families are also eligible for a computer or laptop for $150.

Oregonian: “Some Oregon schools defy odds to succeed…”

Posted on: October 16, 2016

Some Oregon schools defy odds to succeed, some persist in failure

By Betsy Hammond | The Oregonian/OregonLive
October 13, 2016

“Schools with the highest ratings in every or nearly every category, particularly in student growth and high school graduation rates, include West Linn, Lakeridge and Clackamas high schools, Lake Oswego, Sherwood and Happy Valley middle schools, and elementary schools in well-off neighborhoods of Lake Oswego, Portland and West Linn.

Also among them: Philomath High, in a scrappy former timber town near Corvallis; perennial superstar West Albany High; and up-and-comers Elmira and Wilsonville highs.”

Full text of article available here.


Little Free Libraries at West Albany High

Posted on: October 5, 2016


West Albany High School has joined the Little Free Library movement! Mrs. Grunwald’s art classes have teamed with Mr. Hawkins’ woods classes to build, decorate, and install two Little Free Libraries on the WAHS campus — one at either end of the front of the building on Queen Ave SW. The Little Free Libraries have been initially stocked with titles donated by the WAHS library, but the community is encouraged to either take a book to read, or to add a book to pass on to others. Enjoy!



FBLA – Future Business Leaders of America

Posted on: September 14, 2016

Join West Albany’s FBLA Chapter for the opportunity to make new friends, compete in various areas of business, attend AMAZING leadership conferences, and gain skills that will help you stand out among your peers. Chapter members participate in fundraisers, club meetings and activities, and a community service project. All members have the opportunity to attend the State Business Leadership Conference in Portland each spring. This fun, energizing, and educational conference is the highlight of our year.

What is FBLA? The Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, or FBLA-PBL (FBLA-ΦΒΛ), is an American career and technical student organization that has its headquarters in Reston, Virginia. Established in 1940, FBLA-PBL is a non-profit organization of high school (“FBLA”), middle school (“Middle Level”), and college (“PBL”) students, as well as professional members (“Professional Division”), who primarily help students transition to the business world. FBLA-PBL is the largest student-run organization in the United States of America, with 253,365 members, and one of the largest business-related organizations in the world. Local FBLA-PBL chapters are often connected to their school’s business education department, and most advisers are business education teachers. It is one of the top 10 organizations listed by the U.S. Department of Education.