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A Message From Albany High School Principal, Alexia Ritchie

posted Jun 14, 2017, 5:08 PM by AHS Webmaster

To our Albany High School community,

I am so honored to be the new principal of this fantastic school! My twenty-six years in education, which includes twenty-four in Albany, have provided me with valuable insights into a school where academic rigour and individual student purpose are consistently ranked among the highest priorities of the community. Having served in both general and special education teaching positions, matched with principalships at MacGregor, Albany Adult School and Marin. I will apply what I have learned to promote positive relationships and systems, founded on trust, respect and effective synergy amongst staff, students and the greater Albany community. I look forward to working with our student, staff and family stakeholders to facilitate pathways that strengthen communication and that obtain enthusiastic commitments towards supporting all students. My ability to produce tangible results will support the high expectations of Albany High with strong, loyal site leadership, accountability and clear expectations that ensure the entire school team understands and acts on behalf of our students.

Looking at 2017-18 and beyond, there are many opportunities for me to work with Albany High in multiple areas included in your Site Plan for Student Achievement. I will coordinate efforts to support our school culture in which high expectations for academic achievement, postsecondary readiness, and social/emotional resiliency are evident in student learning outcomes and the professional growth of all staff members. My goal is to always make sound decisions by assembling multiple perspectives and facts while weighing potential outcomes that affect our community. I look forward to working on best learning practices, assessment systems, interventions strategies and supporting the next level of cultural competencies that Albany is currently exploring.

The breadth and depth of my teaching and administrative experiences in Albany aligns with that synergy already present in this incredibly resilient school. I look forward to continuing my service in our success-oriented learning community and thank you in advance for your support and contributions in 2017-18.

Respectfully,

Alexia Ritchie, Principal
Albany High School

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Senior Awards Lunch - Still need help!

posted Jun 5, 2017, 8:29 PM by PTSA Moderator

Hi AHS families,

Thanks so much to those who have already signed up to contribute to the Senior Awards Lunch next Friday, June 9th, but with less than a week to go we're still very short of cupcakes and strawberries. Please click on the link below to donate!

Many thanks,
Becky Hopwood

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0a4ba5a723a5f85-senior

Volunteers Needed for Senior Awards Event

posted Jun 2, 2017, 11:39 AM by AHS Webmaster   [ updated Jun 2, 2017, 11:40 AM ]

With less than 2 weeks to go until The Senior Awards event, the PTSA has had very little luck getting people to sign up. Traditionally families of everyone except seniors contribute items. Please help us out if you can.

See sign-up link below.

Thanks!
Theresa B

http://www.signupgenius.com/ go/20f0a4ba5a723a5f85-senior

Teacher Appreciation Luncheon Volunteers and Donations Needed Still Needed!

posted May 16, 2017, 9:23 PM by PTSA Moderator

Teacher Appreciation Luncheon Volunteers and Donations Needed!

WE NEED VOLUNTEERS AND DONATIONS OF FOOD for the annual Teacher Appreciation Luncheon on Wednesday, May 24th.  

Yes, it's that time of year when we express our gratitude to the teachers and staff at Albany High School. Please help us make the Annual Teacher Luncheon a success by signing up to bring food items or by volunteering your time.  

We really cannot make this event happen without the generosity of you, the parents of Albany High School!

Please go to:  TEACHER & STAFF LUNCHEON SIGN-UP SHEET 
and let us know what you will be donating.

Thank you for your time and donations!  

If you have any questions, please contact the coordinators:  
Beth Thomsen (beth.thomsen@gmail.com), Lisa Kirkby (breadandcake@comcast.net) or Liz McBee-Horner (mcbee.horner@gmail.com).

Teacher Appreciation Luncheon Volunteers and Donations Needed!

posted May 11, 2017, 12:22 PM by PTSA Moderator   [ updated May 11, 2017, 12:25 PM ]

WE NEED VOLUNTEERS AND DONATIONS OF FOOD for the annual Teacher Appreciation Luncheon on Wednesday, May 24th.  

Yes, it's that time of year when we express our gratitude to the teachers and staff at Albany High School. Please help us make the Annual Teacher Luncheon a success by signing up to bring food items or by volunteering your time.  

We really cannot make this event happen without the generosity of you, the parents of Albany High School!

Please go to:  TEACHER & STAFF LUNCHEON SIGN-UP SHEET 
and let us know what you will be donating.

Thank you for your time and donations!  

If you have any questions, please contact the coordinators:  
Beth Thomsen (beth.thomsen@gmail.com), Lisa Kirkby (breadandcake@comcast.net) or Liz McBee-Horner (mcbee.horner@gmail.com).

Teacher and Staff Luncheon Committee Needs Volunteers

posted May 3, 2017, 9:58 PM by PTSA Moderator

WE NEED VOLUNTEERS AND DONATIONS OF FOOD!  
It's the time of year when we express our gratitude to the teachers and staff at Albany High School. Please help us make the Annual Teacher Luncheon a success by signing up to bring food items or volunteering your time.  
Please go to:  TEACHER & STAFF LUNCHEON SIGN-UP SHEET
and let us know what you will be donating.

Thank you for your time and donations!  

AHS PTSA Meeting

posted Apr 28, 2017, 8:28 PM by PTSA Moderator

AHS PTSA meeting on Monday, May 1st! 7:00 in the library!


Theresa Bittner

A Message from AHS Parents for Diversity and Inclusion

posted Apr 3, 2017, 2:05 PM by PTSA Moderator   [ updated Apr 3, 2017, 2:07 PM ]

Dear Albany Community,

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 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

​​Luring Attempt—AHS Male Student March 2017​

posted Mar 20, 2017, 11:37 AM by AHS Webmaster

​As part of the AUSD Concentric Circles Protocol, you are being notified of the following incident:

Board of Education Members; Student Board Members; AUSD Staff, Parents, & Students; and Community Stakeholders:

On March 14th, an Albany High School 9th grade male student was walking home from school when a man in a brown 4-door older car approached him. The man tried to engage him in conversation by asking questions, and then he told him to get in the car for a ride home. This took place at the top of Washington Street near Albany Hill.

The man was described as a white, middle-aged man, with a European accent, balding, but with some longish brown/gray hair, with a medium build. The student used excellent personal safety habits by immediately leaving the area and reporting the matter to an adult. The adult reported the incident to the Albany police.

We ask that you remind students that if they are approached by a stranger to let you, their teacher, or principal know immediately. Also, please take time to remind students, in an age appropriate manner, what to do if a stranger approaches them.

The links below are being provided as helpful safety resources:

1. Tips for Parents:
https://www.ncjrs.gov/html/ojjdp/psc_english_02/page3.html & http://www.childabductions.org/prevention3.html

2. Tips for Students:
https://www.kidpower.org/library/article/safety-tips-kidnapping/

Please remind students to report any suspicious activity immediately to the school and Albany Police at (510) 525-7300.

Albany Unified School District
This message was distributed using AUSD's Emergency Communication Process.

IIC Agenda — November 21, 2016

posted Nov 20, 2016, 9:28 PM by AHS Webmaster

  • Approval of 10/ 17 / 16 Minutes 
  • Course Approval Process and Timeline 
    • Math 3 / Math 3 + 
    • Ethnic Studies 
    • World Cuisine 
  • A-G / AHS Graduation Requirements 
  • Haiku Update
  • Valedictorian Selection Process

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