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School Board honors West Albany High School All-Stars

Posted on: February 28, 2017

On Monday, the School Board honored Student All-Stars from West Albany High School for their motivation, perseverance, growth, and school and community service.

West Albany students (pictured from left) are:


Drew has been leading and serving others since he stepped foot in West Albany High School. He has spent countless hours volunteering in school and in our community. The amount of service he has compiled is only topped by how he serves. Drew is incredibly encouraging, engaging and accepting of others. This causes him to pull other people into service. He is a service force of nature. Drew makes every event fun. He is the kind of person that you want to serve with because he is always so positive.   


Alli has been an integral part of our leadership program. She does amazing things rather quietly. Alli has served her school for the past four years compiling an impressive resume. She has been the chair of several different committees over her tenure. Her organization and dependability are stellar. She does not seek the spotlight, she just serves others. Alli is truly a servant leader one that doesn’t need recognition; she does it for the right reasons.


Evelyn Lopez has contributed to WAHS in many ways, but her participation in the school and community events associated with Multicultural Club / Encompass West is significant. Since her freshman year, she has chosen to be involved in a variety of activities, while keeping a firm control on her academics. Evelyn has always stepped up to help at Festival Latino and volunteered to translate at Samaritan Health screening events. She has been a key organizer in the annual Cesar E. Chavez Leadership Conference. Most importantly perhaps is her willingness to be inclusive of all people at all times. Through her kindness, she has reached out to many and helped students to feel welcome, included and important.


Tara has been a volunteer in the special education department for the past two years as a peer tutor and as a member of our unified sports team. The connection that Tara has made with the special education department doesn’t stop in the classroom. If you walk the halls of West Albany High School, don’t be surprised if you hear her saying hello and offering a high five to some of our kids. Tara has a heart for the students that desire friendship the most, special needs students. Tara also helped build the foundation of West Albany’s Unified Sport Program making an extremely positive experience for so many of our special needs students. Tara brings a smile and a positive energy to every practice.  

School Board honors South Albany High School All-Stars

Posted on: February 28, 2017

On Monday, the School Board honored Student All-Stars from South Albany High School for their motivation, perseverance, growth, and school and community service.

South Albany students (pictured from left) are:

Riley Swanson

Riley is a kind, thoughtful, empathetic and caring young lady. She cares about those less fortunate and goes above and beyond to find resources to acknowledge those at her school. She is often in the counseling office asking, “do you know of anyone who could use a little ‘pick-me-up’ today?” And every holiday, she prepares gift baskets and goodies for students who are homeless. Her dedication to her Spread the Love campaign is tireless. She makes our school community better.

Alana Jimenez

Alana is studious, hard-working and has an incredible attitude. She is a great addition to all classroom discussions and strives to be the best version of herself. She really likes to help younger kids with music and directs our Pep Band at games. She is a true leader in the band program. She is respected, has incredible skill, and is likely to become a very accomplished conductor as she pursues her dreams in college.

Bryce Burton

Bryce is committed to serving all of the players in the boys soccer program, leading by example and always being one of the first to arrive and last to leave each practice. Bryce is also a huge part of the SAHS student leadership program and is constantly looking for ways to serve and help lighten the load for others. He truly understands the idea of being a servant leader and quietly goes about making everyone around him better.

Not pictured:

Arianna Gonzalez-Caz

Arianna Gonzalez-Caz is a force to be reckoned with…she dives into her school community with passion and purpose.  She is part of MECHA and  Sources of Strength. She isn’t afraid to work on herself and become a better version of herself. She is willing to go out of her comfort zone and push herself as a leader, striving to become a better version of herself. In addition, she has worked hard to achieve while overcoming significant obstacles.


Work group develops plan for vocational (CTE) programs in bond proposal

Posted on: February 20, 2017

Vocational technical training, also known as Career Technical programs and applied learning, helps students learn about possible career paths and prepare for the workforce. These programs also increase the chance that a student will graduate.

The Oregon Department of Education has data that shows students are more likely to graduate if they participate in a vocational technical, or CTE, program:

According to the Oregon Department of Education, “The 2013-2014 four-year cohort graduation rate for CTE concentrators in Oregon was 85.7%; for all students (including CTE concentrators) it was 76.4%. An Oregon CTE concentrator is a student who has earned one or more credits in a technical skill course(s) within an Oregon state-approved CTE Program of Study.” 

Projects in Ballot Measure 22-165 would include remodeling existing classrooms and building new instructional space to allow hands-on activities in high-demand career fields.

A recent work group identified current and planned vocational technical education programs that would be added to all middle and high schools if the bond passes in May.

Read the program development report for more information.

Find more information about Ballot Measure 22-165.

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