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  • 2016 Summer Wrestling Camp

    Posted by Dan Anderson at 6/10/2016


    Grade 2-6 wrestlers

    The 2nd Annual and 2016 Fun in the Sun Wrestling camp was held Tuesday June 7-Thursday June 9 at Albany's North Park. Over 45 wrestlers participated in the 3 day camp. Wrestlers from Albany, Avon,
    Holdingford, and Sartell enjoyed the beautiful weather learning various wrestling techniques.

    On Tuesday the wrestlers were taught various wrestling techniques by Albany Alum Nick Mergen. Mergen just completed his redshirt season wrestling for the NDSU Bison. For the Albany Huskies, Nick was a 2-time state placewinner finishing 5th in 2014 and 3rd in 2015. He currently holds the Albany wrestling school record for most takedowns in a season (185) and wins in a season (43).


    Alumni Nick Mergen discusses the importance of a 3 sport athlete with wrestlers grade 7-12. (Mergen was a 3 sport All-State athlete for the Albany Huskies.)

    Technique on Wednesday and Thursday was taught by Jay Hildreth. Hildreth just completed his senior season wrestling for the SCSU Huskies. The Huskies were Back to Back NCAA Division II National Wrestling Champions in 2015 and 2016. Hildreth was a 2x All-American for the Huskies.

    Parents helped grill and serve Hot Dogs and Hamburgers after the grade 2-6 session. On Thursday Godfather's Pizza was served. After both sessions wrestlers also received Root Beer Floats. Over 10 gallons of root beer along with cups, spoons, and straws were all graciously donated by the Albany A&W and ice cream was donated by Teal's.


    Nick Mergen and Sophomore Huskie Gabe Zierden wrestle for fun and entertain the youth wrestlers.

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  • Summer Learning Adventures

    Posted by Sharon Navratil at 6/9/2016

    Albany and Avon Elementary kicked off their Summer Learning Adventures program today.  The program gives those who participate a chance to keep their reading and math skills sharp during the summer.  The participants attend for a total of 5 weeks: 3 weeks in June and 2 weeks in August.  A weekly trip to the library is also a part of the program.  The pictures below show incoming second graders playing math games and puzzles.



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  • Junior High Awards Day

    Posted by Aileen Swenson at 6/1/2016

    On the last day of school, the junior high students celebrated a year of successes at their award ceremony. Students in 7th and 8th grade were recognized for a variety of accomplishments including awards in different academic subjects, attendance, and extracurricular activities.

    The first round of awards were given out by Mrs. Hanson to junior high members of Albany’s Adapted Bowling team who placed first and second at state this year.


    Adapted Bowlers

    Mrs. Schmitz and Mrs. Mendoza handed out recognition to some of the top students in English and Visual Arts.


    English Award Students

    Students in both seventh and eighth grade were honored with the President’s Award for having grade point averages of 3.67 or better. Students with perfect attendance and exemplary attendance (missing one day or less) were honored in both grades as well.

    Ms. Syvertsen handed out awards to the top 7th grade Social Studies students, followed by Mr. Kvistad and Mrs. Dunlap recognizing the top Science students in both grades. Next, Mr. Anderson and Mr. McLachlan handed out Presidential Fitness Awards. Mr. Herdan also recognized several Band students for their outstanding efforts during the year.


    Social Studies Students with Ms. Syvertsen

    To wrap the ceremony up, Mrs. Bruns honored the Math Team, students who took part in the A.S.K. Peer Tutor program were recognized, Mrs. Dunlap had the current Student Council Members take the stage for a thank you, and all 45 Students of the Month came on stage to be recognized one more time for the year.


    Student Council Members

    The ceremony was a positive ending to an excellent school year, one filled with ups and downs, friendships, teamwork, and growth. The Albany Area Junior High staff looks forward to another great year with the fantastic students in our communities!


    Mr. Herdan with Band Award Winners

    Photos provided by Mrs. Swenson

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  • Last Star Day

    Posted by Holly Boeckermann - 8th Grader at 5/27/2016


    Star Day is a reward for good behavior in junior high classes.  It happens near the end of the quarter, and it can be tons of fun.  It is a day when you can hang out with all of your friends and talk.  This last Star Day at North Park was amazing.

    It was fun to watch the teachers and students play against each other in volleyball.  The students put up a hard fight against the teachers - but not a hard enough fight.  While some people were playing volleyball, there was still action happening.  Many of the students were taking pictures.  Some were playing games or swinging on the swings.  Students were playing all sorts of games.  There was basketball, tennis, frisbee golf, fort-building and even baseball.  Star Day is a day where students can relax from all of the school work and just be kids!



    Pictures provided by Paul Conrad

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  • Adapted Bowling Team Victorious at State

    Posted by Scott Buntje at 5/26/2016


    A huge CONGRATULATIONS and PURPLE PRIDE goes out to our Albany Huskies Adapted Bowlers and Coaches.  After what was described on the Minnesota State High School League write-up as a "rousing pep fest" at Albany High School on Thursday, May 19th, our Adapted Bowlers headed down to compete in the State Tournament on Friday, May 20, and what a fantastic day they had!  Coached by Wendy Hanson and Becky Bartz, our PI Team- Heather Kelly, Brandon Ainali, Abbey Gertken and Jordan Kulzer- came back to Huskie Land as STATE CHAMPIONS!  The CI Team- Alex Miller, Sierra Kittelson, Michael Elliott and Jeremiah Schmitt- finished as STATE RUNNER-UPS! Heather Kelly and Brandon Ainali also brought home 3rd place finishes in the individual competition.  I hope you enjoy the pictures and video clips and find as much PURPLE PRIDE in them as we do here at AHS!!!



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  • Words of Wisdom for the End of the Year

    Posted by Aileen Swenson at 5/23/2016


    Congratulations to our graduates for 2016! Now is an exciting time in your lives, and our school district staff are proud of all of you.

    Our younger students have accomplished great things this year as well. From the class of 2017 all the way to our students in the early childhood program in the classes of 2029 and even 2030, congratulations!

    Several of our staff have offered some words of wisdom for you as you finish the 2015-16 school year.

    “You were made to be AWESOME!” -Kid President, from Kristi Spohn

    Have fun, get dirty, go on lots of adventures! - Sarah Mendoza

    “I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. “  -Maya Angelou, from Dianne Grebinoski

    Happy Summer First Graders! Remember to visit some AWESOME State Parks! -Anne Hoeschen

    “Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.”--quote attributed to John Wesley, from Kathy Gilk

    Another piece of advice: Read all you can this summer! - Kathy Gilk

    "Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you!" -Dr. Seuss, from Stephanie Barthel

    You are in control of your life.  Don't make excuses for your behavior, rather own it and change it to make yourself better.  Make us proud graduates of 2016.  Do great things. -Lori Young

    At school we find our super powers - for some it is called teaching and for some it is called learning.  Find a way to use your super power over the summer! -Angela Haynes


    -from Carol Krueger

     “We lose ourselves in books; we find ourselves there too.” Spend your summer losing yourself in great books, and finding yourself too. -Sonya Hoffarth

    "Although no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending." You choose how happy your life is....choose joy. -Mrs. Curtis

    “Promise me you'll remember: you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think." -A.A. Milne, from Greg Johnson

    Best of luck to all our students in your future endeavors, and enjoy your summer!

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  • Mrs. Roelike's 2nd Graders at Albany Elementary Skype with a 2nd Grade Class in Norwood, Colorado

    Posted by Laura Roelike at 5/4/2016

    Today we had the opportunity to Skype with a 2nd grade class from Norwood Elementary School in Norwood, Colorado! Last month we participated in a "Great Mail Race" where 2nd graders across the country sent letters to other 2nd grade classrooms in all of the states and asked them to fill out a questionnaire about their school and state.  We sent one to Ms. Husky's class in Norwood and she emailed asking if we would like to Skype with them - of course we said yes!  

    Yesterday we brainstormed a list of possible questions we could ask them and they did the same thing. Today we asked those questions and many more!  We did learn that they have a longer school day AND a longer school year, but they get more recess time than we do each day :)  We also learned about the technology they have in their school (Chromebooks) and that they don't have a class pet, but that they are growing a variety of plants in their classroom.  Their climate is similar to ours, but their spring isn't coming quite as quickly as they received over a foot of snow recently!  They only have 15 students in their class and they are the only 2nd grade class in their school.  Also, the nearest large city with a Walmart or Target is close to 1.5 hours away as their cities and towns are more spread out due to ranching.  It was a great experience for both classes to learn a little more about another part of the country!


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