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  • Early Childhood Programming 2017-18

    Posted by Cassie Nentl at 4/5/2017

    One of the many exciting components of our district’s building project is the moving of both Early Childhood programming and kindergarten back into the elementary schools. A 2015 community survey clearly indicated that our district families want their children to attend school in their home community. The AAS Early Childhood Task Force (composed of district administrators, Early Childhood, and Community Education staff) with valuable input from community members and the Early Childhood Parent Advisory Council, worked diligently to provide the highest-quality programming options available, based on the following principles:

    1. Best Practice - The Minnesota Department of Education, based on research, strongly encourages districts to provide four-year-old programming that meets for a minimum of 350 hours/year to ensure students acquire the skills necessary to be successful in kindergarten.
    2. Decreased Transitions - Promoting continuity throughout the day for children in early childhood programming reduces anxiety and, in turn, nurtures academic and social/emotional success in school. Our Preschool Camp model is one way we are decreasing student transitions.
    3. Developmentally Appropriate - Our licensed early childhood educators already differentiate curriculum for all students, and our Preschool Camp model (split sections for 3’s and 4’s, programmed by teachers) will ensure our students receive the most  developmentally appropriate programming possible.
    4. Supporting our Families - Our goal is to prepare all children for entrance into kindergarten. In order to do so, we are continuing to offer full-time options, which now include Preschool Camp and Wrap-Around Care, to help enhance preschool access for our families and ensure our students are prepared for kindergarten.


    Preschool Registration for the 2017-18 school year will be held on Thursday, April 6th at 6pm at Avon Elementary. To learn more about the 2017-18 Early Childhood programming options and to print paperwork, please visit our website at and select Community Education, Early Childhood, or call our office at (320) 845-5060.  


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  • Camp Read-A-Lot 2017

    Posted by Laura Roelike at 4/3/2017

    On Friday, March 31st the 2nd graders at Albany Elementary spent the day camping!  This wasn't just any ordinary camping trip, this was a trip to Camp Read-A-Lot!  The day was filled with reading in tents and around campfires, a double digit addition scoot, camping bingo, s’mores and a Camp Trading Post money counting activity.  Check out a video of the highlights of the day below!


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  • 100 Mile Club

    Posted by Annette Brewer at 3/17/2017

    Pictured are students from Albany Elementary who are getting fit by running at school. The students earn a t-shirt after reaching 25 miles, with an ultimate goal of at least 100 miles or more.  A donation from the Albany Jaycees allowed us to order the t-shirts for our participants.

    100 Mile Club

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  • Albany Elementary Jumps for Heart Health!

    Posted by Ann Schultz at 2/26/2017 5:15:00 PM

    Third through sixth grade students raised money for the American Heart Association. One hundred seventeen students collected donations totalling $7,551.36 and pledged to jump rope for two hours on Tuesday, February 21. Students moved between stations during the Albany Elementary annual Jump Rope for Heart. This event has been going for more than 20 years and remains a very popular event for the students.  Thank you to the parent volunteers who helped make this event possible.


    Fifth graders master two ropes.

    Fourth graders work together.

    Sixth graders show what they can do!

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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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  • Marketing Class Learns from Albany Alumni

    Posted by Melanie Thompson, Business Education at 1/6/2017

    Former student shares her experiences in business.  

    Mrs. Thompson would like to recognize and thank 2010 AHS graduate BreAnna (Ahrenholz) Dirkes for presenting to her Introduction to Marketing class on Friday, January 6, 2017.  BreAnna shared her experience as an intern and employee for The Schwan Food Company and her current position as a marketing specialist with Crestliner Boats.  The class has studied the 4 P's of marketing (product, price, place and promotion) and BreAnna's information was a perfect way to experience real application of marketing strategies. 

    Mrs. Thompson welcomes anybody willing to share their business & marketing knowledge and experience with her class to contact her. See the staff directory for her email address.

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  • Letters to Santa

    Posted by Sonya Hoffarth at 12/23/2016

    Elvin and Mrs. Clause forgot to wash Santa's suit.....washed it at the last minute and put it in the dryer where it shrunk. Not to worry, though: Avon’s fourth graders were given the task of engineering a new suit for Santa, complete with the functionality and protection Santa might need on his annual tour. After creating the suit, the fourth graders wrote a letter to Santa explaining why their suit would be Santa’s best choice. Those letters made it only so far as Mrs. Hoffarth’s junior English students, who assisted Santa and his elves (it is a busy time of year, you know) as they focused on quality control and the selection of the new suit. 

    After assessing the writing and offering writing suggestions to the fourth graders, Mrs. Hoffarth’s students selected the suit they deemed best for jolly old St. Nick and wrote messages, in Santa’s name, back to the hard-working fourth graders, thanking them for their ingenuity, encouraging them to read a good book over the holiday break, and other messages Santa might need delivered.
    Santa will be well-equipped to make the trip come Christmas eve. 
    Three Students read letters
    High School student studies santa suit
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