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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

    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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  • Granite Ridge Conference Art Show

    Posted by Sarah Mendoza at 5/2/2016


    On Friday, April 15 a group of 15 awesome high school artists journeyed to Cathedral high school in hopes of winning a Spotlight, All Conference, Best in Show, and People's Choice award at the 2016 Granite Ridge Conference Art show.  The art conference includes 8 schools from around the area: Albany, Becker, Cathedral, Foley, Little Falls, Mora, Milaca, and Zimmerman, where each school can bring 20 of their best artworks.  Earlier in the school year students worked hard through out various high school studio arts courses to create artwork to be entered into the show.  Artworks were selected by our two art teachers, Ridell Curtis and Sarah Mendoza and included sculptures, drawings, paintings, and photography pieces.  We went to Cathedral the night before to set up our artwork to be judged by a panel of judges and scored quite well! 

    The day was spent by looking, admiring, and critiquing all of the pieces at the show.  The judges were there creating demonstrations for students to watch and interact with.  The judges were also available to answer questions about their scoring sheets and why the judged pieces the way that they did.  We also heard from the keynote speaker, Anne Meyer, who is a local artist working out of St. Joseph.  The end of the day was spent handing out awards and door prizes.  Out of the 20 works we brought to the show we had 6 score a Superior (15-16 pts. out of a possible 16) and 9 scores of Excellence (13-15 pts.).  Although we didn't win any of the media categories, we came home with the student voted category of Best in Show to our very own Mckenzie Dotzler for her Crushed Can drawing! 

    The pictures below show some of our students with their artwork who attended the show.  A great time was had by all and our underclassman are looking forward to another chance to attend next year in Foley!



    Marcus Mergen with his Excellence scoring oil painting "Cloud Lane"


    Mckenzie Dotzler with her People's Choice award winning drawing "Crushed Can" and her Superior rating "Wings" drawing

    Click here to see more pictures of the students with their art!

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  • Despite the Cold, Groundbreaking a Success

    Posted by Greg Johnson at 4/29/2016


    In the next two weeks, our school district will embark on an exciting journey. The next 19 months we will see an amazing transformation in all of our schools. The growth and expansion of our school facilities will be a constant reminder of our community support and the need to offer the best possible programming for our students. Construction on our district’s building project is scheduled to begin May 2. Site work will begin south of the football field as excavators dig a new holding pond. Shortly thereafter, work will begin on the west side of the secondary school with the demolition of the walking bridge.

    The bid package for the elementary secure entrances and the expansion at Albany Elementary is due mid-May. All of the construction in May will be restricted to areas that should not disrupt teaching and learning. Once June 1 hits, major excavating work will begin as well at both elementary schools.Yesterday, a formal groundbreaking was held at 1:15 p.m. south of the football field. Another groundbreaking took place south of Albany Elementary at 2:15 p.m. 

    Thank you to those braved the elements to take part in the ceremonies yesterday, and thank you to our communities for their ongoing support of these projects.


    Secondary School Assistant Principal Paul Conrad, Secondary School Principal Tim Wege, Superintendent Greg Johnson


    Senior Student School Board Representatives: Savannah Studniski, McKenzie Dotzler, Madison Eiynck


    Students from Albany Elementary take part in the groundbreaking.


    Staff and Students at yesterday's groundbreaking at Albany Elementary.

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