Students: Voice Your Priorities for our New Superintendent

Albany Unified School District is searching for a new Superintendent as current Superintendent, Valerie Williams, will retire at the end of this school year. Please visit Superintendent Search 2019 to see more information about the search process and timeline. An essential part of the process is engaging with the Albany community to develop a profile of the most important qualities, skills, and characteristics for the new Superintendent. To that end, an extensive series of public stakeholder engagement meetings will be held on March 19, 20, and 22. Students, you are invited to participate on Wednesday, March 20 from 3:00 – 4:00 pm in the AHS library.

Message Regarding Recent Events in New Zealand

Dear Albany High School community,

We are sadden by the recent events in New Zealand and our hearts and healing thoughts are with the victims, families and community during this difficult time. Hate acts and violence such as this can be countered with compassion and by promoting an understanding of empathy, social justice and efforts towards global acceptance for all people, faiths and beliefs. AHS has counselors should students need additional support during this time. For more information on talking to students about these issues, please visit the following link:

Take care,
Alexia Ritchie

AHS PTSA-Sponsored AP Classes Information Night

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When: Tuesday 3/12 7-9p.
Location: AHS (TBD)

Albany High School offers Advanced Placement (AP) classes in many subjects, and AP classes are popular with AHS students. But some AHS students make themselves miserable by trying to take as many AP classes as they can—often in subjects that don't interest them—in the mistaken belief that this is the only way that they will be admitted to a "good" university. Other AHS students assume that AP classes aren't for them or for "students like them," and either don't sign up for AP classes or don't do the things they need to do early on to prepare for AP classes in their final years of high school. In this information session, AHS Principal Alexia Ritchie, AHS Coordinator of Alternative Education Darren McNally and AHS Teacher Kevin James will discuss how to help your student decide whether to take AP classes (and how many), and the things your student should do to prepare for AP coursework.

pFAB Chipotle Fundraiser This Saturday

Albany Performing and Fine Arts Boosters (pFAB) is holding a fundraiser on Sat., 3/9 from 4-8pm at Chipotle in El Cerrito. If you bring in the flyer or show it on your phone, 33% of your purchase will go toward funds for theater at Albany High School.

Come eat with us before or after you attend the Theatre Ensemble’s performance of “Little Shop of Horrors.” Don’t forget to show them the flyer!

PTSA March Fundraisers

The First Annual AHS PTSA Mattress Fundraiser

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Need a mattress? Look no further, AHS PTSA for the rescue! We are partnering with CFS (Custom Fundraising Solutions) to bring the best deals to your doorstep (AHS GYM)!!! This is an AHS PTSA fundraiser, all the funds raised go towards supporting students education and overall experience at AHS! Have a question? Ask your friendly AHS PTSA board at .

AHS PTSA Giving Fund

AHS PTSA supports AHS clubs, AHS theater program, AHS Senior Grad Night, teachers (via mini grants),and many other initiatives. Our sole purpose is to help create and maintain the support and safety net our AHS students need. Please consider donating here.

Performing and Fine Arts Boosters

Theatre Ensemble presents “Little Shop of Horrors” 3/7 – 3/9 at the Albany High School Little Theater. Don’t miss out on this amazing show. Buy your tickets now before the sell out at Brown Paper Tickets.

At the performances, we will be auctioning off tickets to shows at Berkeley Repertory Theatre and Shotgun Players as well as some smaller items.

Please also sign up to help feed the cast and crew during their late night rehearsals 2/25-3/4

We look forward to seeing you at a show!


Albany Athletic Boosters

Join the Athletic Boosters upstairs at Club Mallard on Thursday, March 7th from 4-7p. Come mingle and have drinks and snacks with community and friends. 50% of proceeds will go to supporting our athletic programs and student-athletes.

SchoolCARE needs your help!

Spring into Action - Volunteers needed to distribute SchoolCARE brochures

Help SchoolCARE kick-off our district-wide spring fundraising campaign! We need your help to raise much-needed funds for Albany schools for the coming school year.

Our district is facing budget cuts that threaten Albany’s schools and staff. With your help we can meet our ambitious goal of raising $325,000. Together we can educate the community by leaving a SchoolCARE brochure at every Albany home.

This is a perfect active volunteer opportunity for families, community members and high school students!

The SchoolCARE brochures will be ready for pick up in Albany on Friday, March 22 after 3:00 pm. We need 35 volunteers who will be able to leave brochures at Albany homes on either Saturday March 23 or Sunday March 24. Maps and routes will be provided upon pick-up.

If you are interested, please email with your name and contact information.


Black History Month at the AHS Library

We apologize for the late nature of this post, but it doesn’t have to be February to enjoy African American authors and stories. Albany High Library is celebrating Black History Month with a dynamic display of fiction and nonfiction. Explore many perspectives on Black History at Albany High Library.

Here are some of our favorite books, that range from inspiring memoirs to powerful history. Learn about local history with The Port Chicago 50, which tells the story of 50 black sailors who refused to work in unsafe and unfair conditions after an explosion in Port Chicago (near the Richmond docks) killed 320 servicemen in WWII. Or try one of our newest books, Inventing Victoria, a historical fiction set in 1880s Savannah and D.C. as a young teen navigating life in the emerging African-American elite. Come by the library and grab a book as we celebrate and honor Black History.

And Still I Rise , by Maya Angelou  Becoming , by Michelle Obama  Double Victory , by Cheryl Mullenbach  Huey: Spirit of the Panther , by David Hilliard  Inventing Victoria , by Tonya Bolden  On Her Own Ground: the Life and Times of Madam C.J. Walker , by A’Lelia Perry  The Port Chicago 50 , by Steve Sheinkin  Roots , by Alex Haley  The Tuskegee Airmen , by Joseph Caver  The Underground Railroad , by Colson Whitehead

And Still I Rise, by Maya Angelou
Becoming, by Michelle Obama
Double Victory, by Cheryl Mullenbach
Huey: Spirit of the Panther, by David Hilliard
Inventing Victoria, by Tonya Bolden
On Her Own Ground: the Life and Times of Madam C.J. Walker, by A’Lelia Perry
The Port Chicago 50, by Steve Sheinkin
Roots, by Alex Haley
The Tuskegee Airmen, by Joseph Caver
The Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead

AHS Students Receive Scholastic Art Awards

This year Scholastic Art Awards were given to 19 AHS students!

Congratulations to each of them on their impressive art achievements:
Julie Knou, Jorgie Kiriuangchai, Gahee Kwon, Vida Lopez-St. John, Sequoia Boubion McKay, Mimi Yu-Ching, Tienna Chen, Elizabeth Ding, Alice Fu, Angela Hung, Shavase Shine, and Olaf Kamperman

Many of their works will be displayed at the Pacific Grove Art Center in a gallery exhibit honoring these young artists. Three pieces are going on to the national level in New York.