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Last Chance to Pre-purchase the 2017 AHS Yearbook

posted by AHS Webmaster

Sales will continue through next Monday, May 1.

Cost is $90. Checks can be made payable to AHS. Bring to Ms. Radford in room 206 or leave in Ms. Radford's box in the main office.

A limited number of books will be available for purchase in June.

Questions? email jradford@ausdk12.org

Leadership Election Results

posted Apr 21, 2017, 8:08 PM by AHS Webmaster

Over the past 24 hours, Albany High School has gone to the polling booths and voted for the Student Leadership of 2017-18. As the outgoing ASB President, I have had the great honor of serving this school and community, but it is now time to pass the baton.

I know that the incoming leadership will continue to lead and strengthen our community, no matter the obstacles in their path.

Congratulations to everyone who ran for elected office and good luck in all of your future endeavors.

Best Wishes,
Sarah Xu


ASB Elected Positions

ASB President
Anne Wong

ASB Vice-President

Mahima Silwal

ASB Secretary-Treasurer
Dakota Bodell

ASB Commissioner of Publicity
Alyssa Ha

ASB Commissioner of Clubs, Diversity, and Arts

Sarah Hartono


Senior Class

Senior Class President
Gia Nealy

Senior Class Vice-President
Riley Harmon 

Senior Class Secretary-Treasurer
Jared Williams

Senior Class Council Members
Alissa Neou
Kassidy Chan
Claire O’Brien
Kyleen Vo
Allie Larman


Junior Class


Junior Class President
Wictoria Silvestre

Junior Class Vice-President

Daniel Liu

Junior Class Secretary-Treasurer

Julie Khou

Junior Class Council Members
Ezra Mander
Jade Goree
Maddy Chen
Jungah Ahn
Sunny Zhou


Sophomore Class

Sophomore Class President
Michaela Weinstein

Sophomore Class Vice-President

George Song

Sophomore Class Secretary-Treasurer

Elizabeth Miki

Sophomore Class Council Members

Jennifer Yang
Zi Qing (Amy) Tan

Message to AUSD Community from the Albany High Parents for Diversity and Inclusion

posted Apr 5, 2017, 8:54 PM by AHS Webmaster

To The Albany Community:

The school district is honored to share this message from a group of parents who are committed to facing painful situations about racism with a genuine desire to learn and improve.

The Albany community has the District’s unwavering commitment to work tirelessly and with vigilance to honor this request. We agree with the values and we hear the sense of urgency.

We will be working with staff, students, parents, and community members to realize the goals beautifully articulated in the message below. \

Respectfully,
Val Williams, Superintendent


Dear Albany Community,

Many of the parents of the children directly involved in the Albany High School Instagram incident met on Sunday, April 2nd to discuss what happened and to determine how to move forward. Specifically included were many the parents of kids that were involved in starting and following the account, along with some of the parents of the students directly targeted by the account.

All of the parents took turns to very sincerely share their most heartfelt feelings about this terrible incident. We want the Albany community to know that we are unified in our goal of capitalizing on this teachable moment by first healing and educating our children and secondly committing to long-term solutions that will prevent such incidents in the future.

As such, our vision and mission is to show and demand that AUSD curriculum, staff and leadership promote inclusion and a breadth of cultural education that empowers our kids -- our future leaders of this community -- to fulfill the vision we see for Albany and the world at large.

We are united in this process to help our children heal, learn and emerge as strong, confident young adults who are sensitive to and supportive of diversity everywhere. So far, our parent group has committed to continuing to meet together, to talking with our children about atonement and forgiveness, and to communicating with the community about our progress.

We want the community to know that our families are working to heal together. This will take time and from where the process is today, day one, we are asking a lot of our children. They are just beginning to know about the adult realities of the world. And as the adult influences in their lives we must also be committed to growth and learning in this journey toward true-unity, true-community, true-communication and true-love. We trust that you too will join us on this journey.

~Albany High Parents for Diversity and Inclusion

Message to the Community About Anti-Semitic Incident at AHS

posted Mar 28, 2017, 3:43 PM by AHS Webmaster   [ updated Mar 28, 2017, 3:44 PM ]

AUSD Parents, Staff, Students & Community Members,

The purpose of this letter is to inform you of an anti-semitic incident that occurred on the Albany High School campus. The situation, which I describe below, was handled the day that Principal Anderson and his co-administrators were alerted to the incident. Given our recent experiences and our reaffirmed commitment to safe and welcoming campuses, we are providing the details of this situation to you.

On March 8th, AHS administrators were notified that a group of seven 9th graders had been engaging in Nazi salutes to each other when passing in the halls. While administrators were alerted to this behavior on March 8th, upon further investigation, it was determined that these students were making these salutes to each other for several months. The vice principal immediately brought these students into the office, determined what occurred, contacted their parents, and took appropriate action.

We believe it would be helpful for our community to know the process AHS uses when issues of bullying, harassment, racism, anti-semitism, or any other hate motivated speech or acts occur. When a student or group of students is reported to have engaged in these behaviors, administration:
  • Conducts an investigation to determine the facts. This includes speaking with the students involved (victims, perpetrators)
  • Notifies the parents of both alleged perpetrators and victims
  • Determines consequences for the students who engaged in the behavior, including school-related discipline
  • Puts in place the appropriate counseling or other support services for the students involved
These recent events have underscored our need to work with organizations like SEEDS to implement restorative justice practices, as well as culturally responsive teaching and practices. It is our goal not only to set the tone that any racist, sexist, discriminatory, or hate related speech and behavior will not be tolerated, but that we also create a school community in which all students feel safe, welcome, and respected. This is a community effort, and we are grateful for the outpouring of support and advocacy for our students.

We realize that strong home-school partnerships are based on trust, and that trust is built from honest, forthright communication. Upon reflection, we recognize that this incident should also have been reported to the AHS staff and parent community. In the future, Principal Anderson will make sure that his school community is informed about such serious incidents and the proactive steps that are being taken to reinforce our commitment to a safe learning and teaching environment.

Val Williams, Superintendent
Jeff Anderson, Principal Albany High School

Update on Recent Events at Albany High School

posted Mar 28, 2017, 10:15 AM by AHS Webmaster

AUSD Parents, Staff, Students & Community Members,

It is important that our AUSD students, parents, staff and community knows that we are moving as quickly, proactively, and thoughtfully as possible in response to the recent racism and hate that surfaced last week at Albany High School. We also want the Albany community to know that we are responding with systemic action and using this as a teachable moment for all AUSD students.

The first of several steps for Albany High School began today when Principal Jeff Anderson and his team met with Jeff Sloan, Executive Director of SEEDS (Services that Encourage Effective Dialogue and Solutions) and his team. SEEDS is a nonprofit community-based organization that has been providing mediation, facilitation, training and restorative justice to residents, organizations, and schools in the Bay Area since 1983. This morning, they collaborated on a plan which begins with a series of SEEDS facilitated restorative circles with all AHS juniors. In addition, a student-organized All School Assembly is planned for Wednesday, and AUSD faculty will receive support through a SEEDS facilitated faculty conversation.

District office staff are reviewing current Board Policies to ensure students are protected from bullying, harassment, and hate-speech, and we will continue to collaborate with parent-leaders to foster respect, empathy, and caring in our schools. As we continue our work together, we will provide frequent updates to the community.

Statement of Support for the Students and Families Targeted by Racist Photos Posted to Social Media

posted Mar 26, 2017, 9:23 PM by AHS Webmaster

The members of the African-American/Black Parent Engagement Committee are deeply saddened and concerned by the recent racist actions at Albany High School; we extend our heartfelt support and empathy to the students and their parents of AHS that were the targets of hate and bigotry this week. Members of the AA/BPEC are parents, teachers and administrators of Albany Unified. We stand behind you and support you during this stressful time.

We know that racism and discrimination exist in this country. As parents we try to teach and prepare our children to deal with these challenges. It is our expectation that school is a safe haven where our children will learn and grow in a safe and inclusive environment. We would like to believe this hateful act is not indicative of the Albany community, but nevertheless we are left with feelings of uncertainty and restlessness when things like this occur and question the world and the community we live in. It is very disheartening when our children are forced to deal with racism, bigotry and discrimination at school and it will not be tolerated. It is our hope that this incident will be dealt with by not just punitive action for the perpetrators, but with systemic action by AUSD to un-teach this type of behavior that has existed for far too long. We must work together to stop hate and racism in our schools and community. It is our hope that we will learn from this experience and grow together as a community.

Over the past few days the students at AHS have displayed tremendous amounts of support for their peers that were targets of this racist act. We also stand in support and solidarity with the students, teachers, administrators and staff against such actions and acts of discrimination, hate and inequity.

Sincerely,

African-American/Black Engagement Committee Members
The African-American/Black Parent Engagement Committee may be contacted on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AABPEG

Joint Letter from the Board President and Superintendent to the AUSD Community

posted Mar 24, 2017, 9:09 AM by AHS Webmaster   [ updated Mar 24, 2017, 9:17 AM ]

Dear AUSD Community,

Both Superintendent Williams and I know that the posting of racially offensive and hurtful pictures on Instagram has deeply impacted our community. We are extremely disturbed by these photos and saddened that this occurred at AHS. Racially offensive and other hurtful behavior will not be tolerated at any of our schools. Our Board Policy states "The Board prohibits, at any District school or school activity, unlawful discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying of any student based on the student's actual race, color, ancestry, national origin, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital or parental status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or gender expression; the perception of one or more of such characteristics; or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics."

In accordance with existing Board policy, to the extent possible, district and school strategies shall focus on prevention of bullying by establishing clear rules for student conduct and strategies to establish a positive, collaborative school climate. Over the coming days, weeks and months, we will be reviewing our policies, curriculum, and training so that we can make sure our students grow to become the best world-citizens they can be. Our district leadership team is also working on a professional development plan for staff this spring and in the 2017-18 school year to provide staff with strategies to prevent and address issues around bullying, harassment, and racism including culturally responsive teaching and practices, and strategies to successfully address these issues when they arise.

Most immediately we need to salve the injury and hurt of the those who were victimized. We are committed to restoring the trust and comfort that all of our Albany schools are safe and harassment-free learning environments.

Superintendent Williams and her staff will be working with every constituent group that is interested in improving the learning environment and preventing racism and bullying in our schools. As stated in our Mission and Vision statement, "AUSD is committed to creating comprehensive learning opportunities in a safe, supportive, and collaborative environment."

Paul Black, AUSD Board President
Val Williams, Superintendent

IIC Agenda for 3/20/17

posted Mar 20, 2017, 11:33 AM by AHS Webmaster

IIC Members
Jeff Anderson, Beth Thomsen, Kendra Knowles, Danielle DeLaurentis, Becca Burns, Mike Davis, Maryflo Hudson Miles King , Wajiha Zahid

Agenda
  • Approval of 2/ 27 / 17 Minutes 
  • LCAP Input 
  • Book Approval 
  • Math Changes (Courses and Structure)

AUSD is a Safe Haven District

posted Feb 28, 2017, 12:32 AM by AHS Webmaster

AUSD Parents, Students, & Community Members,

On February 14, 2017, the Albany Board of Education unanimously adopted Resolution 2016-17-13 - Recognition of AUSD As A Safe Haven School District. This resolution declares AUSD a safe Haven School District and our schools as sensitive locations under a 2011 Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) policy. It affirms the right of undocumented children to a public education and ensures that our students are provided a safe educational environment, serving as a safe haven school district for students and families, threatened by immigration enforcement or discrimination, to the fullest extent provided by the law.

The resolution declares that, agents of ICE or any other immigration law enforcement agency, be directed to the Superintendent before they will be allowed on any of our campuses. I want to assure everyone that I will work carefully with legal counsel and fully vet any subpoena or court order before any decision is made to allow these officials onto our campuses. The resolution also states that the district will not collect any data regarding the immigration status of students or their families. Further, staff will not ask any student or their family about their immigration status. Let me assure you that we will not disclose personally identifiable information in a student's "educational records" to immigration officials without written parental consent, judicial order, or lawfully-issued subpoena.

I want to thank all the AUSD staff, parents, students, and community members who came to the School Board meeting on February 14th to support the Safe Haven School District resolution. A special thank you to the Albany Action Committee for attending the Board meeting and providing feedback and input on this resolution. Over the next few weeks, we will be writing Board policy in support of this resolution. We will notify the AUSD community when a draft of these policies will be brought to the Board of Education for review and discussion, and I encourage you to attend this meeting and provide your input.

To support our community, we have placed the following resources on a new Safe Haven School District section of our district website, and we are in the process of making these resources available in print. Printed copies will be found at all of our school sites, at the Albany public library, the Albany Community Center, the Albany Senior Center, the Albany Aquatics Center, and at Albany City Hall. 

Immigration Information & Resources which includes: 1) Undocumented Students and Families: The Facts; 2) Information and Resources for Immigrants; and 3) Know Your Rights Information. Click here to access this information on the AUSD website at www.ausdk12.org. 

We at AUSD join with our immigrant and refugee families during these unsettling times. As your Superintendent, I want to assure you that I will work closely with the City of Albany, local community organizations and businesses, the Alameda and Contra Costa County Offices of Education, and local and state politicians, to ensure our students and families are offered a protected space to learn. It is our diversity that makes us a proud community! It is our diversity that makes us a welcoming district! It is our diversity that makes us committed to promoting and elevating tolerance, inclusiveness, compassion, and kindness.

Thank you.

Val Williams, Superintendent

IIC Agenda for 2/27/17

posted Feb 26, 2017, 1:49 PM by AHS Webmaster

IIC Committee
Jeff Anderson, Beth Thomsen, Kendra Knowles, Danielle DeLaurentis, Becca Burns, Mike Davis, (Teacher TBD), Miles King, Wahija Zahid

Agenda
  • Approval of Minutes from 1/30/17 
  • AP Biology Book Approval 
  • Alt Education Update 
  • Intervention Course Review 
  • Grading / Haiku

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