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School Board honors SAHS Student All Stars

Posted on: October 10, 2017

This week, the School Board honored Student All-Stars from South Albany High School for earning the highest scores on the Oregon Smarter Balanced state tests last spring.

The students were introduced by Principal Brent Belveal. South Albany High School students are (from left):

Nathan Greensweight

Nathan earned the highest score in science at South Albany. He plans to attend Southwestern Oregon Community College after attaining a transfer degree to then attend Southern Oregon University. He has enjoyed Mr. Chris VanCauterans psychology class the most as Mr. VanCauterans adjusts to meet the interests of each class and his students. Nathan enjoys Mrs. Hillary Mehlhoff as a teacher who truly connects and cares about her students. Nathan enjoys hanging out with his friends in a casual atmosphere on our campus and just talking about nothing real important.

Terran Swope

Terran earned the highest mat score on the state test last spring. Terran plans to enroll in the electrical apprenticeship program to become an electrician while avoiding the debt of college. His favorite class has been AP Computer Science and mentions that he enjoys the challenge of programming. Mrs. Carla Streng and Ms. Holly Garrow have become his favorite teachers as they teach life lessons and support his efforts along the way. Terran has enjoyed his high school years and the people he has met.

Aaron Pierce

Aaron also earned the highest score on the state test in reading. Aaron would like to study graphic design at LBCC and continue involvement in athletics. His favorite classes have been product design and basic design. Aaron really appreciates Mr. Brandon Johnson as a teacher who demonstrates that he cares and believes in his students. He has enjoyed involvement in the track program both in season and pre-season and the friendships he’s been able to develop through his involvement.

Lili Kanthack

Lili earned the highest score on the Smarter Balanced reading test. Lili plans to attend OSU and go into the STEM field. Her favorite class at South as been improvisational theater and musical theater. Her favorite memories in high school are of performing in musicals and shows over the years.


SAHS boys’ soccer team plans community service event

Posted on: September 29, 2017

The boys’ soccer team at South Albany High School are using their skills to give back to their community. The team has launched Futcare, a project to incorporate community service into their team culture.

Their first effort will be on Saturday, Sept. 30, at South Albany Stadium. All proceeds will be donated to Global Giving to benefit victims of Hurricane Harvey and the earthquake in Mexico. All proceeds from these events will be donated to charity.

Several activities are planned:

  • Youth soccer clinic for ages 5-12. This bilingual clinic will be coached in partnership with Total Futbol Academy and run from 5:00-6:30. The $10 fee will also cover entry into the men’s leagues
    championship match.
  • Men’s leagues championship match. Jalisco (Eugene league champions) vs Villalobos (Salem league champions). $5 entry fee. Match sponsored by the South Albany HS M.E.Ch.A Club.
  • High school skills contest sponsored by No Dinx. During halftime of the men’s match local area high school soccer starts will engage in various soccer skills!’
  • Refreshments provided by the South Albany Boosters Club and Taco El Machin.

For more information, read the flyers:

Futcare Clinic
Futcare Championship Match between league champion teams from Salem and Eugene
Futcare Skills Contest

SAHS science students present community service project to Board

Posted on: September 26, 2017

South Albany High School students in Carla Streng’s science classes are combining instruction and service learning. Since 2014, students studying biodiversity have volunteered their time and labor to improve local watershed habitats.

Three of the students presented information about the project, which started in 2014, to the School Board on Sept. 25.

Pictured (from left): Terran Swope, grade 12; Pippa Richardson, grade 10; Ms. Streng; and Angeline Huntington, grade 11.

The project involved work at Bryant Park and included clean-up efforts to restore the natural habitat and remove invasive species.

“A lot of invasive species are crowding out natural species,” said Terrance. We worked with the City of Albany to clean out invasives and remove blackberry vines.”

Angeline said the goal was to remove invasive species and garbage from the park. “To be able to clean that up and preserve our environment into the future is so important,” she said.

Attention teachers: Apply for a classroom grant

Posted on: September 20, 2017

Applications are open for the 2017-18 Albany Public Schools Foundation classroom grants.

Each fall, the Albany Public Schools Foundation accepts grant applications from teachers in the Greater Albany Public School District for innovative programs, tools and supplies supporting enrichment opportunities for students in the areas of art, music, science and health/wellness.

Grants are due on Oct. 13 and applications are open to all GAPS teachers.

Download the application.
Find more information on the Albany Public Schools Foundation website.

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