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Rebels Rising: After-School Programs

Posted on: March 21, 2017

Dear SAHS Families,

We are excited to announce Rebels Rising, South Albany High School’s initiative to expand to a Community School model.

For parents and guardians this will mean an increase in after-school academic and educational programs and resources for your student. Parents, there is NO cost to your student to utilize these resources! There will also be parent opportunities to get more involved at the school through volunteering, leadership, and community classes. We will also be incorporating more training opportunities to help prepare your student for entering the workforce and connecting them more to local professionals.

During the first weeks of April we will be releasing an official schedule and registering students for activities that include: tutoring, study groups, leadership opportunities, career related skills courses, art classes, computer coding/game design, and much more.  We will be providing participants with snack, dinner, and resources for transportation. Students with excellent attendance will be eligible for special recognition opportunities and rewards. You can find more information on our school website  http://sahs.albany.k12.or.us/departments/rebels-rising-community-schools/

Under the Departments tab, just look for Rebels Rising Community School.

The tentative dates for programs are April 25 through June 1. Programs will be available every Tuesday and Thursday for 6 weeks. Below is our current schedule for academic and enrichment programs.

Time                   Activity

2:45-2:55pm       School ends and students transition to programs

2:55-3:35pm       Academic support programs available

3:35-3:40pm       Transition to enrichment

3:40-4:30pm       Enrichment programs available

4:30-4:45 pm      Meal pick-up and departure

4:51pm                City bus will depart or parents can pick-up

A Community School is both a place and a set of partnerships between the school and its surrounding community. It has an integrated focus on academics, youth development, family support, health and social services, and community development. Through strategic partnerships that we are developing we will increase equitable access and opportunity for post-secondary success by empowering students to find self-fulfillment and guiding them towards tangible career related goals.

This will be accomplished through initiatives that involve the following:

  • Strategic academic success support programs
  • Career related experiences that offer real-world work experience and develop knowledge relevant to the pathway as well as soft skills to increase employability
  • Parent partnerships and role identification in educational outcomes for their student
  • Resources and supports for any health and social barriers that can impact student success
  • Accessible opportunities for students and families to immerse in the community through integrated activities

If you have any questions about Rebels Rising After-school programs, please contact Coordinator Rose.Zoellner@albany.k12.or.us or Assistant Principal Nate.Munoz@albany.k12.or.us


SAHS dance team wins state championship

Posted on: March 21, 2017

The South Albany High School Southern Belles and Gents dance won the state championship at state competition in Portland this month.

During the announcement of the finalists, the team was erroneously not included in the list. After the mistake was corrected, the team went on to with the 5A OSAA 2017 Dance and Drill State Championships.

Here is an account by team coach Amanda Gavette:

The team had whirlwind of a weekend up at the OSAA Dance & Drill State Championships!

Friday night was preliminary rounds. For some reason,South Albany was NOT announced as a finalist. After the event, I ran to the competition director to see what had happened, and found they forgot to announce us. We were finalists!

This has been one of the hardest working teams I have ever had the pleasure of coaching. They knew what they wanted, were willing to invest the work it took, and were rewarded for their efforts this year.

During the event, senior dancer Jennifer Hayden earned a $1,000 academic scholarship from the Dance and Drill Coaches Association. Seniors Gabrielle Morgan and Makayla Sloan were named to the prestigious All-State Team.

Watch videos of the dance performances:

See a photo gallery of the performances. Photo credit: Don Bacher

Students learn about careers during Lunch and Learn at SAHS

Posted on: March 16, 2017

As part of the effort to help students train for careers after graduating, South Albany High School has a lunch and learn program that introduces students to business owners who share expertise and tips for pursuing skilled work.

The following story is by Stutzman Services, Inc., which sent representatives to SAHS on Tuesday.

SAHS Students Explore Water Management Careers

On Tuesday, March 14, representatives of Stutzman Services gave an interactive presentation to students at South Albany High School as part of a Lunch & Learn event.

Fifteen students gathered in a classroom to eat pizza and learn more about career opportunities in the skilled trades, which are in high-demand according to Stutzman Services Communications Director Chris Nafziger. “We believe that water is life’s most valuable resource, and today we are going to talk about two careers that are crucial to managing water, and also in high-demand,” he said.

The presentation focused on two careers: Well Water Systems Technician and Journeyman Plumber.

Water Systems Manager Dale Aerni spoke about his career path and encouraged students to discover what they like to do and are good at doing. For him, it was managing groundwater by installing and servicing submersible pumps and water treatment systems, work that eventually led him to become a co-owner of the company.

Well Water Systems Technician Luke Butler described the education and training required for his career and what he likes best about the job. “I enjoy the travel. We drive a lot and get to see a lot of the Mid-Willamette Valley,” he said. “I also like the variety of the job and working outside with my hands. Seventeen years into my career and I’m still learning.”

Plumbing Manager Brent Stutzman began by asking students what comes to mind when they picture a plumber. After acknowledging the expected negative caricature, he explained the importance of plumbing systems and quoted from Plumbing Manufacturers International: “Clean, drinkable water has likely protected more lives and extended life expectancy more than any medical advancement.”

Stutzman said that Journeyman Plumbers are in very short supply across the nation, and that is resulting in increased wages. In Oregon, students in a plumbing apprenticeship are also required to work full time, which means they can move into a high-paying career without college debt.

Stutzman also encouraged the female students in attendance to pursue career paths in the skilled trades, including plumbing.

Afterwards, students had the chance to see a submersible well pump and control system close-up, and use a power tool to assemble some pipe and fittings.

“The students loved the presentation and the speakers did an excellent job engaging the group,” said Rose Zoellner, Business to School Liaison at South Albany High School.

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