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AVID Socratic Seminars

Posted on: November 2, 2018

AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) coursework provides students additional academic, social, and emotional supports that will help them succeed in their school’s most rigorous courses.   Elements of AVID are currently being used at all middle schools and at West and South Albany high schools. At South Albany High School recently, approximately 80 freshmen participated in a Socratic Seminar, a popular AVID activity.

A Socratic Seminar is a method to try to understand information by creating a dialectic class in regards to a specific text. In a Socratic Seminar, participants seek deeper understanding of complex ideas in the text through rigorously thoughtful dialogue. This process encourages divergent thinking rather than convergent.  

Students are given opportunities to “examine” a common piece of text, whether it is in the form of a novel, poem, art print, or piece of music.  After “reading” the common text, several questions are posed — primarily open-ended, world connection, universal theme, and literary analysis questions.  Such questions allow students to think critically, analyze multiple meanings in text, and express ideas with clarity and confidence. “Students had their articles highlighted, were summarizing and building on each other’s thoughts, and continually referred to the text.”, stated a South Albany staff member.  “It was awesome!”


Seminarios Socráticos de AVID

El plan del curso de AVID (Avance Vía a Determinación Individual) proporciona
a los estudiantes apoyo académico, social y emocional, adicional que los
ayudará a tener éxito en los cursos más rigurosos de su escuela. Los elementos
de AVID se están utilizando actualmente en todas las escuelas secundarias y en
las escuelas preparatorias West y South Albany. En South Albany High School
recientemente, aproximadamente 80 estudiantes de primer año participaron en un
Seminario Socrático, una actividad popular de AVID.

Un seminario socrático es un método para tratar de comprender la información mediante la creación de una clase dialéctica con respecto a un texto específico. En un seminario socrático, los participantes buscan una comprensión más profunda de las ideas complejas en el texto a través de un diálogo rigurosamente reflexivo. Este proceso alienta el pensamiento divergente en lugar de convergente.

Los estudiantes tienen la oportunidad de “examinar” una pieza de texto común, ya sea en forma de novela, poema, impresión artística o pieza musical. Después de “leer” el texto común, se plantean varias preguntas, principalmente preguntas abiertas, conexión mundial, tema universal y análisis literario. Estas preguntas permiten a los estudiantes pensar críticamente, analizar múltiples significados en el texto y expresar ideas con claridad y confianza. “Los estudiantes destacaron sus artículos, resumieron y desarrollaron los pensamientos de los demás y se refirieron continuamente al texto”, tal como un miembro del personal de South Albany calificó esto:”¡Fue increíble!”

Albany Online Enrolling for the 2018-19 Academic Year!

Posted on: October 17, 2018

Albany Online is a public school program using an innovative educational model to provide your child with the best online education possible. As a program within the Greater Albany Public School District, our unique educational approach allows us to tailor an education that is specific to each learner.

By enrolling in our school, you are partnering with a team of knowledgeable and experienced educators. Teachers work with you in monitoring student progress, attendance, and content mastery while providing professional insight, instruction, and support. Our administrative staff is committed to the success of every child in the program.

We know that choosing the right educational setting for your child is an important decision for any parent to make. We encourage you to learn more about our program and how it may benefit your child. Our dedicated staff is here to assist you as you go through this exciting endeavor.

Call: 541-967-4607 for more information.

First Ever AOS Students Attend University!

Posted on: October 10, 2018

In the history of Albany Options School (AOS) no student has been accepted to a four-year university, much less gone on to attend one. But AOS is all about “Why Nots?” Last Spring AOS had five students accepted into four-year universities with three currently attending Western Oregon University (the other two are attending LBCC). These three girls are first-generation college students in their families, and two of them were classified as homeless students. The three girls are majoring in Psychology, Criminal Justice, and Pre-Nursing.

 

¡Los primeros estudiantes de AOS asistirán a la universidad!

Publicado el: 10 de octubre del 2018

En la historia de Albany Options School (AOS) ningún estudiante había sido aceptado a una universidad de cuatro años, mucho menos comenzado a asistir a una.  Pero AOS se trata del “¿Por qué no?” La primavera pasada AOS tenía cinco estudiantes aceptados a una universidad de cuatro años, con tres actualmente asistiendo a Western Oregon University (los otros dos asistiendo al colegio comunitario LBCC).  Estas tres jóvenes son estudiantes universitarias de primera generación en sus familias y dos de ellas fueron clasificadas como estudiantes sin hogar. Las tres jóvenes se especializarán en Psicología, Justicia Criminal y Pre-Enfermería.

The Staff At AOS Ask “Why Not?”

Posted on: October 10, 2018

Albany Options School (AOS) is dedicated to providing students with a smaller learning environment, social and emotional stability, support, and a variety of programs and opportunities for students to meet their educational goals. In other words, AOS is all about asking “Why Not?” Why not get good grades? Why not graduate? Why not go to college or trade school? Why not achieve your dreams? They even created a short video exploring these and other Why Not questions:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DnBDVY3-0xw

El personal de AOS se pregunta:

“¿Por qué no?”

Publicado el: 10 de octubre del 2018

Albany Options School (AOS) está dedicado a proporcionar a los estudiantes un entorno de aprendizaje más pequeño, estabilidad social y emocional, apoyo y una variedad de programas y oportunidades para que los estudiantes alcancen sus objetivos educativos. En otras palabras, AOS se trata de preguntar “¿Por qué no?” ¿Por qué no obtener buenas calificaciones? ¿Por qué no graduarse? ¿Por qué no ir a la universidad o la escuela de carreras técnicas? ¿Por qué no lograr tus sueños? Incluso crearon un video corto que explora estas y otras preguntas de ¿Por qué no?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DnBDVY3-0xw

WELCOME ROWDY REDHAWK!!!

Posted on: October 3, 2018

South Albany High School’s new mascot made his debut at the South-West Football Game.  Welcome to town Rowdy!