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SAHS student video wins OSAA school pride award

Posted on: April 19, 2017

South Albany – We Are #1 Video

Check out South Albany's We Are #1 Video submission here!Now YOU get to decide who has the best student section in the state! Each like their video receives, here, on the OSAA Facebook page counts as a vote. As well as likes to their trailer on Instagram and the Twitter Poll (coming later).Be sure to share the video you like the most and tell your friends to vote! Voting starts April 3rd at 12:00 PM and ends April 14th at 4:00 PM.

Posted by Oregon School Activities Association on Monday, April 3, 2017

South Albany High School has won the 2016-17 “We Are #1!” Student Section Contest for receiving the most votes on social media. The award recognizes school pride, sportsmanship and creativity.

The school will receive a “Best Student Section in the State” banner and lunch for 300 students. The video will also be displayed on the OSAA Sportsmanship page.

The video entry was produced by students in Andy Winn’s digital media class.

Principal Brent Belveal congratulated staff and students for winning the award and recognized the contributions of all Rebel staff with the following message:

I want to give a huge shout out to Andy Winn and his awesome work with our video students. Their video submission is getting rave reviews from members of the OSAA and others as they’ve viewed the video.

While we tend to focus on academic improvement and graduation requirements in our jobs — I think it’s important to also know that our kids are demonstrating their personal pride and connection to our school through their actions outside the classroom. It all goes together.

For some kids, involvement and success in athletics or activities is what helps them to feel like part of the school and to engage more rigorously in their academic efforts. For some kids, getting to be part of a huge student crowd at events allows them to feel like they are a part of our school and contributors to our success, which tends to impact their classroom efforts as well.

I want to thank our coaches who work directly with our athletes but also each and every staff member who invests daily in our kids. Whether it’s in the classroom, in the hallway, at a game or event, supporting a student club, coaching, volunteering for Saturday Success of Rebels Rising — every single investment contributes to the overall growth of our individual kids and in the bigger picture, our entire school culture.

So thank you Andy for taking the risk to enter this competition and putting yourself and your students “out there” so to speak. Every time we do this, I believe we get better. Thank you each for all that you do every day to impact our kids and to literally change their lives!


Read information about proposed projects at each school

Posted on: April 16, 2017

Enrollment in the District is projected to increase by about 500 students in the next five years. Ballot Measure 22-165 would fund new or renovated classrooms at all grade levels.

A new elementary school is proposed near Timber Ridge, and new classrooms and a major renovation is proposed for Oak Grove Elementary School.

For more information about the proposed Oak Grove project, see the architectural conceptual drawings.

For information about projects proposed for each school in the District, see the school project profiles.

Support high school robotics. Vote for SWARM video submission

Posted on: April 10, 2017

The South and West Albany Robotics team, SWARM, is in the running to win a cash prize in the Dow Corps video competition to answer this question: “In what ways do you see robots and technology shaping your future?”

The winning entries will be based on the number of votes they receive. Support your local team. Vote for SWARM every day until April 16.

SAHS student thespian elected State Thespian Officer

Posted on: April 9, 2017

South Albany sophomore Meighan VanVeldhuizen ran a successful campaign to be State Thespian Officer. She was elected by her peers from across the state for the office at the Oregon State Thespian Festival. She is one of four STOs for Oregon.

In addition, Meighan was selected by the state board to be next year’s State Thespian Vice Chair. Only one of the four incoming STOs is chosen for this even bigger honor.

“This is an amazing compliment to Meighan, our program, and SAHS itself,” said drama instructor Benjamin Sell. “Meighan is an incredibly motivated and talented young lady, and I’m so excited to see all the amazing things she’s going to accomplish in this state-level leadership position next year.”

South and West Albany robotics team qualifies for championship competition

Posted on: April 4, 2017

SWARM, the high school robotics team made up of members of South Albany and West Albany students, has been invited to attend the PNW First District Championship in Cheney Wash. this week.

Each year, the Oregon First Robotics competition features a game theme. This year’s game is called First Steamworks. Two alliances of three teams work together to build and prepare an airship for flight.

The event runs from April 6-8 at Eastern Washington University. SWARM was selected based on their rankings in previous competitions. They are ranked 50th out of 155 teams and won the quality award at the last District competition.

At their last competition, SWARM earned the Quality Award:

Team 957 SWARM Sponsored by Motorola Solutions Foundation, this award celebrates machine robustness in concept and fabrication. The winning team demonstrates these characteristics in many ways from planning through execution. Building the robot is only part of their success and the judges recognize them as a quality example to others. Often, successful engineering projects are based on doing a small number of things extremely well. This team played to their strengths and produced consistent results on the field. Our quality award goes to a team who swarmed on a simple, elegant design.

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