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  • Junior High Math Team Highlights

    Posted by Jeanne Bruns at 2/22/2017

    The Albany Junior High Math Team just completed their 2016-2017 season with a day spent at the MATHCOUNTS competition held at St. Cloud State University on February 7th.  Prior to that, the team of 7 was a part of the Minnesota Junior High Math League, competing in 5 meets from October to January with 7 other area teams. Albany finished 3rd in their division. Top individual awards went to Gina Wege (2nd) and Natalie Fischer (5th), both receiving medals for their accomplishment!  At MATHCOUNTS, Natalie Fischer finished in the top 16 (tie for 7th place) and was awarded the opportunity to participate in the Countdown Round. The team, coached by senior high math teacher, Jeanne Bruns, practiced Wednesday mornings at 7:20-8:05.

    Math Team

    Math Team Members (Front, L to R): Andrew Burnett, Declan Crumley, Luke Laing (back) Natalie Fischer, Gina Wege, Adrianna Salzer, Coach Jeanne Bruns. Absent from the photo was Alexis Zierden.

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  • Swimming Competition

    Posted by Wendy Hanson at 2/15/2017

    Albany Special Olympics Athletes made quite a splash on Sunday, February 12th at the Area 7 Special Olympics Aquatics Competition. The competition was held at the Becker High School. Our Albany Athletes were well supported in the stands with many family members and friends in attendance to cheer on our athletes. The meet started with the singing of the National Anthem followed by Albany‛s Allison Wielenberg leading the athletes in the Special Olympics Oath, “Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt!” Many personal best times were shattered by our athletes and they represented Albany with great pride. A special thanks to Ann Ressler, Sandy Wielenberg and Kylie Bartz for all their help in getting athletes to staging, chaperoning athletes when they were not competing and leading the cheering section.

    Swimming Collage

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  • February in the Junior High

    Posted by Paul Conrad at 2/13/2017
    There many exciting events happening the month of February for grades 7 and 8.  
    February is "I Love to Read" month and we have a competition between 7th and 8th graders to see which grade can read the most minutes during the month. The chart shows where classes currently are in the competition. The winning class will earn the opportunity to purchase $300 worth of books for Mrs. Gilk's grade 7 room or Mrs. Schmitz's grade 8 room. Reading is a skill which holds great value across all learning and all content areas. 
    I love to read month graph
    Click here to see the live graph! (It changes daily.)

    Our latest homeroom activity was a basketball tournament and the winners, Upstreet Connections, were challenged by the staff. 
    Staff basketball team
    Staff basketball team members.
    Staff vs. Students basketball game
    Student Council held their annual candy gram sale. Candy Grams were purchased by students to be given to other students as a token of appreciation. 
    Candy Gram Sucker and Card
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  • Preschoolers Step-up Their Reading

    Posted by Mary Beth Droogsma at 2/9/2017

    The Step Up Preschool class takes a few minutes every afternoon to read by themselves or read with a partner. It is a good opportunity to unwind after a busy morning, but there is a lot of learning taking place. The preschoolers are retelling stories, making up their own stories, looking for alphabet letters, finding sight words, and engaging in great conversations about the books! 

    Two Preschool boys reading

    Two preschool girls reading

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  • Welcome to Our Newest School Board Members

    Posted by Greg Johnson at 12/15/2016
    Beginning January 1, Albany Area Schools will welcome two new members to the school board.
    Ozzie Carbajal is the father of two children and currently serves as the Chief of Police for the City of Albany. Ozzie has been a police officer for 20 years. Ozzie has been a member of the MN National Guard for the past 22 years where he currently serves as a first sergeant. He enjoys a wide variety of activities and is very excited about the opportunity to serve on the school board.
    Ron Paulsen and his wife Sandy have lived in Albany for 21 years and have three children who have all graduated from Albany Area Schools and have gone on to further their education. Ron has been active in the school district his entire time in Albany working closely with the theatre department, Community Education, and Robotics Team. Ron looks forward to building on his past experiences in the district, especially as a former school board member, to help lead Albany Area Schools into the future.
    Both Ozzie and Ron are serving four year terms. Welcome!
    New School board members, Ron and Ozzie
    Ron Paulsen and Ozzie Carbajal
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  • Mrs. Braschayko's Fourth Graders: How to Make a Reindeer Purse (Featured Blog)

    Posted by Madisen - 4th Grader at 12/14/2016

    Do you like reindeer? Here is the materials you need to make a reindeer bag.You will need brown or gold ducktape,white ducktape,small empty tissue box,any color you want for the handle and scissors.You can put small things in it but they have to be light so you dont break the bag like coins or small rocks that are light.

    Supplies for project: 3 rolls of tape, tissue box, scissors, and a velcro sticker

    First,you need to gather all the things you need.Once you have all the things you need you take the small tissue box and put brown or gold duck tape all over it but make sure you don’t cover the hole.

    Covered tissue box with hole on top

    Next you make 4 legs by taking 4 pieces of brown or gold tape about 2 inches long and fold it the long way and take a tiny piece of tape the same color you need to put 2 on each side.

    After that you can take black tape and fold it so all the corners are touching at the top then tape them on. You need to make 4 of them if you want be taped on the bottom of the legs then take white tape and make it look like reindeer’s antlers. You can pick how to do them.

    Covered tissue box with tape legs added    Covered tissue box with legs and antlers

    Now you take a long piece of tape of tape any color and fold it the long way then and put a little piece of tape and tape it on the short sides of the box and that’s your handle.

    Finally make the head by taking a piece of tape gold or brown and tape it on the top you can make it whatever shape and size and the sticky side tape stuff on the back and you can  add eyes if you want.

    Handle added

    You can use this for christmas gifts or you can just use it to decorate.

    Finished reindeer box

    Thank you to Mrs. Braschayko's class for writing these blog posts! Here is link to the rest of the students' work: Class Blog Posts

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  • FACS Class News

    Posted by Lori Young at 12/12/2016
    Mrs. Young's 1st Quarter Family and Consumer Science Class Donate Quilt 
    Each 8th grade student constructed a 9 square quilt block, then cast a vote for where they wanted the quilt top donated upon it's completion.  They majority of the votes went to the Mother of Mercy Axillary.  Four students pictured represent the 8th grade classes.
    Students in front of Quilt
    Madison Stich, Kianna Gertken, Hunter Tschida, and Adrianna Salzer
    Dine in Day
    Family and Consumer Science Dine In Day was Saturday December 3rd. Mrs. Young's FACS students were asked to eat a meal at home with those they loved and email a picture to her.  Here are a few pictures she received.  Last year Governor Mark Dayton proclaimed every December 3rd Family and Consumer Science Day as a way to honor the birthday of Ellen Swallow Richards, the founder of the home economics movement.  Remember meal time is the most important part of a child's day; eat together as a family and enjoy the conversation!
    Student selfie with family on Dine-in Day
    Family enjoying Dine in Day
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