General News

Summer Reading Recs from the AHS Library

Summer is almost here! We're all looking forward to resting and relaxing. It's also a great time to find a book you want to read. Escape into a mystery, learn about a new topic, or find a story you relate to. Ms. Scheuer has pulled together a great list of recommendations from the AHS staff, as well as brand new books. All students and staff may check out up to 5 books for summer reading—books will be due Friday, August 30th. Enjoy!

Jpeg images below, but you can also view as a PDF on Google Drive.

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AHS Recognized For Promoting Women in Computer Science


We are proud to announce that Albany High School has earned the College Board's AP® Computer Science Female Diversity Award for attaining female student representation in AP Computer Science Principles for 2018. This honor acknowledges our efforts to engage more female students in computer science. Among the more than 18,000 secondary schools worldwide that offer AP courses, we are one of only 685 that have achieved this important result.

Congratulations to CompSci teachers Sean Morris and AnnieJae Fischburg, and all of our hard-working students!

Help Keep the AHS Library Open and Available for Students

Hello AHS Community,

As you know, SchoolCare covers many important parts of Albany High School’s program including funding for electives, our college and career coordinator and one very critical position, our dedicated library techs.

Because of our funding crisis, we are in danger of losing our Library Tech. Our Library tech provides essential support for our students, enabling us to have extended hours before school, during lunch, and after school. If we do not have Library Tech funding, the AHS Library will be closed at lunch and after school. Our students really value using the library. “Lunchtime is really important because it’s when you’re with all your friends, it’s inside, you can eat, and it’s cozy and comfy with books and computers to do work.”

The library is an important place for all students, and an equity issue for those who need access to a quiet work space, a computer, and a printer. As one of our students said, “I know we can use the hallways after school, but the library is a quiet workplace. In the hallway, there’s constant chatter and people going places. In the library, we have resources like Chromebooks, textbooks, printers and tables. I like the quiet here -- it helps me get my work done.” The district which had previously funded 25% of the Library Tech has cut their funding. We are very much hoping that SchoolCARE will pick this up. Any donation you are able and willing to give to SchoolCARE would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you for your support,
Alexia Ritchie, Principal

Assembly Schedule This Wednesday

Albany High School staff and students will be conducting an emergency evacuation drill on Wednesday, May 29. The schedule is included below this announcement. During this assembly schedule drill, I ask our school community to contribute towards this important opportunity to practice safety measures and procedures respectfully. Your help allows us to assess our strengths and challenges accurately and create substantial next steps with our emergency protocols. Thank you in advance for your cooperation,

Principal Ritchie

8:10-9:42 2nd Period
9:42-9:52 Break
9:57-11:29 4th
11:34-12:20 Assembly
12:20-1:05 Lunch
1:10-2:42 6th

AHS Students Place Well at National French Contest

Le Grand Concours, the National French Contest, took place this past March. Thirty students from French 3, 4 and AP participated in this year. Congratulations to all the winners!

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French 3
(14,608 students nationwide participated in this category)

  • Cai Elleen 90th percentile/ silver medalist

  • Joshua Chang 95th percentile /gold medalist

  • Emily Craik-Lacy 80 percentile/ bronze medalist

  • Xinxin Duan 95th percentile /gold medalist

  • Caitlin E.Watt 95th percentile /gold medalist

  • Ahbi Farvid-Wright 85 percentile /silver medalist

  • Enkhjin Gomboluudev 95th percentile /gold medalist

  • Mavi Hodoglugi 95th percentile /gold medalist

  • Melanie Jia-Lin-Zhao 95th percentile /gold medalist

  • Zara Kazi 90TH percentile /silver medalist

  • Max Mayali 95th percentile/ gold medalist

  • Toren Miller-Marcus 80th percentile / bronze medalist

  • Maryam Mirzaie 80th percentile/ bronze medalist

  • Suu Than 90th percentile /silver medalist

  • Tamsin Urbas 75th percentile /bronze medalist

French 4
(9,105 students nationwide participated in this category)

  • Zachary Adler 95th percentile/gold medalist

  • Zoe Ann OU 90th percentile /silver medalist

  • Melissa Hanlin Zhou 75th percentile/bronze medalist

  • Phoebe Josephine Bain 95th percentile /gold medalist

  • Gabriel Malat Del Valle 95th percentile/ gold medalist

  • Isabelle Simone Bain 95th percentile /gold medalist

  • Jennifer Yang 90th percentile /silver medalist

French AP
(3,962 students nationwide participated in this category)

  • Margaret A Silva 95th percentile /gold medalist

  • Kenza Djamaa 85th percentile /silver medalist

Asian Pacific Heritage Month at the AHS Library

Please join us in celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month at the AHS Library.

We have books that reflect many aspects of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders: historical fiction, contemporary YA, fantasy, non-fiction and graphic novels. Special thanks to Angela Hong and Leanne Blum for their help, as leaders with the Asian Student Association and the Hapa Club. Here are a few AHS faves:

American Panda , by Gloria Chao  The Best We Could Do , by Thi Bui  Ember in the Ashes , by Sabaa Tahir  Forward Me Back to You , by Mitali Perkins  Legend , by Marie Lu  I Believe In a Thing Called Love , by Maurene Goo  Meal , by Blue Delliquanti  The Namesake , by Jhumpa Lahiri  Pachinko , by Min Jin Lee  The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories , by Ken Liu  The Samurai's Garden , by Gail Tsukiyama  Snow Flower and the Secret Fan , by Lisa See  Uprooted , by Albert Marrin

American Panda, by Gloria Chao
The Best We Could Do, by Thi Bui
Ember in the Ashes, by Sabaa Tahir
Forward Me Back to You, by Mitali Perkins
Legend, by Marie Lu
I Believe In a Thing Called Love, by Maurene Goo
Meal, by Blue Delliquanti
The Namesake, by Jhumpa Lahiri
Pachinko, by Min Jin Lee
The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories, by Ken Liu
The Samurai's Garden, by Gail Tsukiyama
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, by Lisa See
Uprooted, by Albert Marrin

PTSA Seaking Treasurer for Next Year

Your hardworking and selfless PTSA is looking for a Treasurer for the 2019-20 school year. They are hoping to have someone claim the role by their final meeting on May 7th. Anyone in the community can join AHS PTSA and take on a leadership role.

Budgets and spending are on the minds of all AHS families this year. Here’s your chance to help one of our constituent groups be fiscally responsible… not only through your expertise, but also with your donation of time. Yes, it is a commitment, but you’ll help support students and teachers in a number of ways. Please considering volunteering for the position!

For more information, send an email to

Traffic, Safety and Temporary Housing Outreach Meeting

Albany Unified School District invites you to attend our Traffic, Safety and Temporary Housing Outreach Meeting.

Tuesday April 23rd, 2019

6-7:30 pm in the Albany High School Library

As we plan for the collaboration of Albany High and Ocean View’s 3rd-5th grade students during construction of the new elementary school, we invite the community to a discussion on 2019-20 temporary housing, traffic and safety plans.

Topics include:

  • Elementary temporary classrooms, outdoor spaces and the timeline for completion of the AHS wing.

  • Parent drop-off and pick-up times.

  • Curb striping for parent drop-off and pick-up and the potential impact to parking and traffic on Portland, Key Route and Thousand Oaks.

For additional information, please visit the AUSD website under community and facilities news. AUSD Community and Facilities News