General News

Help Albany Donate to Victims of the Camp Fire

Dear Albany community,

As you know by now the Butte County fire has affected numerous people in the north state. Being Chico natives who were raised in Chico, attended Chico State we are taking part in this effort to help those in need. Many many of our friends and family have been affected by the fire and have lost their homes and loved ones. The latest rumor is that my parents' house survived- one of five in a neighborhood between Chico and Paradise that had about 50-60 homes. My mom as she was leaving said, "there was a river of embers flowing down the street as the neighbors houses were burning." Fortunately they are ok, but sadly some people either didn't make it or their homes were lost, and some neighborhood friends are in the hospital from smoke inhalation or burns. It is very difficult to come to terms with this reality as people's lives have deeply been affected forever.

Please join us in our personal crusade to get a U-haul donated filled with essential items as there are 52,000 homeless people in need of basic essentials. Please read the following from people who are in the trenches and what they need:

  • Backpacks

  • Phone chargers are desperately needed

  • duffel bags, luggage

  • underwear

  • socks

  • Blankets are what are primarily needed

  • Toiletry items

  • Safeway, or Costco gift cards are also very useful

  • Soaps

The goal is to fill up the U-haul by 6pm on Friday. Please drop all donations off to the Albany High School front lobby.

David Janinis, Marin PE
Ernesto Rogers, AMS PE

Award-Winning Documentary "Near Normal Man" Screening at UC Village

Prepared to stop hate? Make sure you see Near Normal Man at the UC Village Community Center on November 16th.

This award-winning documentary shows how one young man defied the forces that sought to destroy him in the Holocaust, then sparked a fierce public battle in Skokie, Illinois, 30 years later; leading a fight against Neo-Nazis with courage, kindness, and hope for this country. This 30-minute film and discussion (led by producer/director Charlene Stern) is co-sponsored by Albany Unified School District, City of Albany, University Village, and the Albany Community Foundation, as part of "Bay Area Stands United Against Hate Week", November 11-18, 2018.

Date: Friday, Nov. 16th
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: UC Village Community Center
Cost: Free, no tickets necessary. Please arrive early to be seated before the program begins at 6:00pm.

This event is dedicated to the victims of hate at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. Suitable for high school students and adults.

Help Support Performing Arts @ AHS

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Did you know that last spring Albany High School was not able to produce it’s annual spring musical? A group of us parents were alarmed to discover this and the following information -

  • Albany High is one of the only large high schools in the area without a theater class or full-time drama teacher.

  • The Theatre Ensemble, the drama club at AHS, is primarily student-run and they have struggled to find a faculty advisor every year because the workload is so large and the compensation is so small.

  • AHS used to support three amazing shows per year. Now, they are struggling to finance one show per year.

As a result, we parents mobilized and created the Albany Performing and Fine Arts Boosters (pFAB –silent “p”) and, as of July 2018, we are a non-profit organization (501 c.3).

I am writing to you at this time because we need to raise approximately $5,000 by December, 2018 in order to fund the Theatre Ensemble’s annual spring musical. We need this money to pay the following -

  • Stipends for the club faculty advisors, a professional theater producer, and musical and dance directors

  • Funds for the rights to the musical as well as costumes and sets

  • Costs for renting a theater and publicizing for the event

We hope that you will consider making a tax-deductible donation to PFAB at this time through our website, or by mailing us a check made out to pFAB at 1005 Talbot Ave., Albany, CA 94706. Please support our children’s education in the arts and help the Theatre Ensemble produce a pFABulous (silent “p”) spring musical. In addition, please check us out on Facebook, and sign up on our website to become part of our mailing list and get involved in supporting theater arts at AHS.

Thanks so much for your consideration!

Heidi Ronfeldt
pFAB, President

AHS Career Fair This Wednesday

This Wednesday November 7, in partnership with our PTSA, Albany High School will be hosting over twenty local professionals at our Career Fair from 11:33-12:20 during your student's normally scheduled advisory. This revised format encourages all students to explore and ask questions of experts in fields ranging from education to engineering and many more! Join me in thanking our PTSA for all of their hard work, organization, and for providing this opportunity to all students.

A list of available presenters is here.

Alexia Ritchie, Principal

Important Community Alert from Albany Police Department

Suspicious Male Approached Two Female Juveniles October 30, 2018

On 10/29/2018, at approx. 7:30am, in the 900 block of Key Route Blvd., a female juvenile on her way to meet a friend saw several people in the area trying to corral a loose dog. A short time later the friend saw a male subject holding onto the dog by the collar who appeared to then let the dog go in the same area. Both juveniles began to run after the loose dog. While partly down the 900 block of Key Route Blvd., the same male subject, now driving a newer model, full size, white truck with camper shell, pulled up alongside the two juveniles and said, “Get in”. The juveniles declined, and the male drove away. The reporting parties described the male adult as having a light complexion, approx. 27-32 years old, 5’6” – 5’8” tall, medium build with straight posture and a squared shaped face, unshaven, and short dark brown hair. They added that he was possibly wearing faded blue jeans.

Several minutes later as the two juveniles were walking on Key Route Blvd. near Washington Ave., the same male drove up alongside them again and said, “Hi girls”. They juveniles immediately ran away and called a parent.

If you have additional information about this incident, please call the Albany Police at 510-525-7300.

These events are a good reminder that we need to engage in conversation with our family members about being aware of their surroundings and not talking to strangers or approaching vehicles if the occupants attempt to engage them in conversation.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the Polly Klass Foundation offer resources parents and family can consult to find ways to keep children safe.

A PDF version of this bulletin is available here.

Message Regarding the Killings in Pittsburgh

Dear Albany High School Community,

Our hearts and thoughts are with the families of those killed and injured at the Tree of Life Synagogue, and for the entire Jewish community of Pittsburgh. As we respond to these unconscionable acts with compassion, empathy and education, please know that we have counselors and other resources available for students, staff and our community.

Take care of yourselves and each other,

Alexia Ritchie, Principal

School Board Candidate Forum This Monday

This is a reminder that the final AUSD School Board candidate forum takes place this Monday, October 29th from 7-9p in the Little Theater. Attendance was really low at the last forum. We really hope people will come out to this one and educate themselves about the candidates!

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*This is an updated version of the flyer we sent out last week. We apologize for the grammatical mistakes on the previous version; it was not an accurate representation of the quality of our forum.

All New, Expanded College Night For Juniors and Seniors – This Wednesday

Please join the Albany High counselors for our annual College Night this Wednesday, October 24th from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. Hear from admissions reps and experts on a variety of topics, including some of particular interest to juniors and seniors:

  • College 101 for 11th graders – what every Junior should be doing now to prepare for life after high school

  • College testing, including an overview of changes to the SAT

  • Writing the College Essay – tips for telling your story

Other session include:

  • College 101 for 11th graders – what every Junior should be doing now to prepare for life after high school

  • PTSA and AHS Counseling Department pairing up to discuss pathway options beyond a 4 year college: Community College transfer and career/certificate options

  • University of California and California State University admissions and campus life

  • Special programs at SFSU. Our local area campus offers some great support and academic options including METRO Academies, a ‘school within a school’ with smaller classes in a cohort model as well as dedicated advising and tutoring

  • Private liberal arts colleges Cal Arts and Howard University – thinking outside the UC/CSU systems

  • College testing, including an overview of changes to the SAT

  • Writing the College Essay – tips for telling your story

  • Coast Guard representative discussing their experience, opportunities and job placement within the military and as a civilian

  • Alternative career pathways - Public defender and Photographer sharing their experiences.

The event starts at 6:30 with an introduction in the Little Theater, followed by two 45-minute breakout sessions allowing attendees to hear from their choice of 2 different speakers. Hope to see you there!

New at the AHS Library

Are you looking for a new book to read? Check out some of our newest titles at the AHS Library. Stop by or send Ms. Scheuer an email (

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Anger is a Gift, by Mark Oshiro -- Set in Oakland, this story is a great follow-up to The Hate U Give or The 57 Bus. Racial profiling, police brutality and discrimination impact teen Moss and his friends, but this is also a sweet love story with memorable characters.

Aru Shah and the End of Time, by Roshani Chokshi -- This new series is a great choice for fantasy fans, especially readers who loved Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson books, as Aru Shah enters the world of Hindu mythology to save the world from destruction.

Fly Girls: The Daring American Women Pilots Who Helped Win WWII, by P. O’Connell Pearson -- This book explores the forgotten heroines of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP), a group of over 1,000 young women who transported planes, towed supply gliders behind enemy lines and served as flight instructors. Pearson highlights the courage and tenacity that bound them together, as they endured gender discrimination and harassment throughout their service.

Racial Profiling: Everyday Inequality, by Alison Behnke -- Examining both historic roots and current events, Behnke takes a clear stance that “whether implicit or explicit, individual or institutional, racial profiling leaves deep psychological scars among its victims, hinders the social and economic opportunities of people of color, and creates deep mistrust and fear at all levels of society.”

Solo, by Kwame Alexander -- The summer after graduating high school, Blade Morrison is determined to find his own path away from his troubled rock-star father. Reeling from his girlfriend’s betrayal and his family’s secrets, Blade sets off for Ghana in search of his birth mother. This novel in verse reverberates with the music that fills Blade’s heart and soul, pulling readers into his emotional journey of self-discovery.

Wildcard, by Marie Lu -- This fast, intense sequel to Lu’s popular Warcross jumps right into the action. Will Emika Chen be able to stop a NeuroLink algorithm that takes control of average people and turns them to crime? This high-stakes thriller will appeal to gamers and sci-fans alike.