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  • Celebrating National Community Ed Day

    Posted by Cassie Nentl at 12/2/2016

    In November, Albany Area Schools celebrated National Community Education Day! Our district is thankful for all of you – our participants and supporters – for allowing us to continue to provide quality programming for community members of all ages.

    To help celebrate National Community Education Day, our Kids Company School Age Child Care students discussed all of the different ways that they utilize Community Education. Our students are involved in Community Education not only through Kids Company, but also recreational activities such as t-ball, flag football and basketball camps, enrichment activities such as PotSpot classes, Chess Club, and Safe at Home classes, community-sponsored special events like Boo Bash and Santa Day, and much more!

    The Community Education Staff looks forward to another year of supporting our community through providing lifelong learning opportunities in 2017!

    Click the link below to hear a couple reasons why our students love attending Kids Company!

    Kids Company


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  • Eighth Graders Create Multimedia Short Stories

    Posted by Kathy Gilk at 12/1/2016

    Eighth graders engaged their creative sides last month to write an original story using a multimedia format. The story was the culmination of a media literacy unit in English class, where students learned about media bias, misinformation, copyright, and fair use--all essential topics to know about in our ever-growing technological world. For their story, students chose a media platform to use such as Google slides, (which is a wiki space for a choose-your-own-adventure story), or Story Jumper (a way to make a story book online). Students also learned how to use Creative Commons to incorporate images in their stories; this way, they didn’t “plagiarize” pictures and learned a bit about copyright law. 

    The stories themselves were well-written and, of course, entertaining. I was impressed with all of the ideas they formulated. Here are a few screen shots I took of some of the stories:

    From "The Ramen Heist"

    Scene from "The Ramen Heist"

    From "The Dream"

    Scene from "The Dream"

    From "Dream of Kiwi", the theme of which was "Always pursue your dreams even if people say it's impossible."

    Scene 1 from "Dream of Kiwi"

    Scene 2 from "Dream of Kiwi"

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  • Seventh Graders Work to Bolster Vocabularies

    Posted by Kathy Gilk at 12/1/2016

    This quarter in English the seventh graders have been working on using better word choice when writing. We have worked on writing with detail by adding adjectives and adverbs, and we have been studying synonyms for overused words (such as “good”). 

    Now the seventh graders are reading a play version of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Vocabulary study is part of the unit, and students prepared to read by creating Google Drawings based on Marzano’s six steps to vocabulary instruction. Some examples are below.

    Picture of student Vocabulary Work 1

    Picture of student vocabulary work 2

    Picture of student vocabulary work 3

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  • Students Dive Into "The Pearl" Using Literature Circles

    Posted by Paula VanderHagen at 11/10/2016

    Students in Mrs. van der Hagen's 9th grade language arts class experienced reading John Steinbeck's novel The Pearl as part of a literature circle. Literature circles are like a mini-book club where students take on roles and tasks for each day they meet to discuss the book. For her class, the students became lesson planners, summarizers, wordsmiths, and discussion leaders. These literature circles promoted student choice and ownership in how the students wanted to discuss the book and learn from it. Each student in the group had to plan and deliver a lesson on one of the key concepts of the book. Mrs. van der Hagen was pleased with the high level of engagement and participation shown by her students, and the students took their understanding of the novel to a deeper level. Students pictured (Grace Hoffman and Nathan Krebs) had to create a brush house based on the description in the novel as part of a lesson taught by student, Meghan Krumrei.


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  • Leaders of the Future

    Posted by Brittany Brinkman, Junior, at 11/8/2016

    On November 2nd a group of Albany High School students joined 24 other schools at Wayzata High to listen to Mike Smith speak. The event started at 9:00 a.m and ended at 12:30 p.m. Along with Mike Smith, Dr. Phillip Campbell also spoke at the event. Dr. Phillip Campbell is a coach, teacher, and principal who believes in seeing the best in his students. He promotes the Jostens Renaissance organization. Jostens Renaissance helps thousands of schools across the country build a good climate and culture within the hallways of each school. Mike Smith is a motivational speaker who transformed his life in his senior year of highschool. He went from the kid who was always alone and had no friends, to the person who was arrogant and made fun of kids who were always alone or had no friends.  He then transformed into somebody who is helpful, motivating, and is currently the CEO of two nonprofit organizations. He talks not only about where he’s been, but what he’s doing, and where he’s going.


    Listening to Mike was inspirational for two reasons: The first, he was very relatable, and secondly, he told us the truth; what we needed to hear, but wouldn’t tell ourselves. Mike Smith told his story, told us why he did with it, and made it very clear that no matter who you are, what you do, or how you look at the world, you can change for the better. Mike Smith said, “Helping people happens when nobody else is looking.”  What he said was really meaningful to me and many others. Many people strive to help others, however, usually we attempt to do this in public places, with a big group of people. While that is good, Mike says that truly helping people can only be done when you care more about helping people than getting the recognition.  

    Something that was very powerful for me was when Mike described three different types of people: people who wish, people who talk, and people who do. This resonated with the crowd because many of the people in that auditorium, myself included, realized that they maybe weren't always the people who do. He inspired us to see a problem, or something that we would like to fix, and fix it. Mike’s message was very action based. It is not enough for us to just talk about the problems that our society faces; it’s not good enough for us to tweet about them. We must act upon them.

    Listening to Mike Smith talk was a very motivating. I am very grateful I had the opportunity to not only listen to him speak, but also to meet him in person. After coming back to school, we made a committee to turn our wishes into actions. We are moving forward in order to enhance the leadership skills of the student body. We enjoyed Mike’s message so much that we are now looking into having Mike Smith come to our school and speak to the entire student body.  I recommend that anyone - student, parent, or faculty member - jump on the opportunity to see Mike Smith.

    Another recent opportunity to help students grow in their leadership skills was the MASC/MAHS Leadership convention. Our school sent 21 people to Fergus Falls on
    November 7th for an overnight stay leadership convention held at The Big Woods Event Center. The main points of the convention, included: inclusion of all and punching the shark. One of the speakers, Nate Eklund, talked about punching sharks. He told a story about a show he watched about what to do if you come across a shark. You are supposed to swim toward it and punch it -- much like the problems we face today. We need to go straight toward our problems and the problems of society. Face the issues and solve them. This was much like what Mike Smith talked about. The second speaker, Tex Ostivig, talked about inclusion with everybody. It was very meaningful to listen to. The students also enjoyed a fun dance on Sunday night.

    Albany High School is very fortunate to have so many opportunities to build leadership, ranging from Mike Smith to overnight leadership conventions. I look forward to continue building leadership within the students and faculty here at Albany High School.

    Lead 2

    Meet the Albany Press Team: a group of students selected by Jostens to record and tell the story of the event. They had behind the scenes access to all of the speakers, interviewed participants, and had a special meet-and-greet with the keynote speakers of the day, Mike Smith and Dr. Phil Campbell.

    This group of seven outstanding Albany leaders showed up early, stayed late, and represented Albany well! The future is bright with these kids at the helm!
    Mrs. Hiltner
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  • 19th Annual Pumpkin Patch Carnival

    Posted by Cassie Nentl at 11/3/2016

    Albany Area Schools Early Childhood Programs hosted the 19th Annual Pumpkin Patch Carnival on Friday, October 28th. Children and their families had a blast dressing up, making crafts, getting their faces painted, playing in the bounce house, and going through the haunted letter maze!

    Pumpkin Patch 1

    Pumpkin Patch 2

    Pumpkin Patch 3

    The Pumpkin Patch Carnival would not be possible without the hard work of our Early Childhood team. A special thank you to Sheila Kost and Amy Hoppe for their work in planning another successful event! It was a purrrfect night!



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  • FACS: Child Development Learning

    Posted by Lori Young at 11/1/2016

    Students in Family and Consumer Sciences recently had an assignment to care for an infant as part of the Child Development Unit.  Pictured are two students caring for baby Amelia, little sister to one of the students.  Baby Amelia had many visitors from Mrs. Young's 8th grade students!  Mrs. Young would like to thank all the parents willing to help us with this assignment.  This spring, the rest of the 8th grade students will have the same assignment. Any one looking for a babysitter?


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