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Oregon Shakespeare Festival Visits WAHS

Posted on: November 15, 2016

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival School Visit Program is at WAHS this week for the third year in a row! OSF actors work with students in acting workshops as well as in performances attended by English classes. West Albany invited OSF to visit the school in December of 2014, and were immediately invited to apply for the School Partnership Program, which provides professional development and curriculum for teachers and brings actors to the school for a week-long interaction with students. Partnership status was awarded to WAHS for the 2015-16 school year, and continues through this year and next. West Albany is thrilled to be able to provide this incredible experience for our students!

WAHS also conducts an overnight field trip to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland every spring for AP English classes. If students are interested in attending, please ask an AP English teacher for more information.

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.