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Clover Ridge teaches positive behavioral skills for K-2 students

Posted on: November 2, 2016

Read this post from Clover Ridge Elementary School’s website about their new strategies for helping students build self-management skills:

At Clover Ridge, we teach our students that they can solve small problems on their own, using Kelso’s Wheel.  Interim Principal Kilee Sowa helped create a great visual for our kids that reminds them of the many options they have to deal with small issues as they arise, such as:

  • Wait and cool off
  • Tell others to stop
  • Go to another game
  • Talk it out
  • Walk away
  • Apologize
  • Share and take turns
  • Ignore it
  • Make a deal

If you are interested in implementing/reinforcing Kelso’s Wheel at home,we have flyers in the office that you can stop in and pick up anytime.

WAHS students will sell little libraries

Posted on: November 2, 2016

If your neighborhood needs a local library, you can purchase one from West Albany High School students later this month. The “little libraries” are constructed by students in Jeff Hawkins’ trades class and decorated by art students in Babette Grunwald’s art class.

Mr. Hawkins expects to charge $300 for a new, decorated library structure. If you are interested, email him at

Read more about the project in the Democrat-Herald.


South students thank Dutch Bros. for help opening Red Zone Cafe

Posted on: October 31, 2016

The South Albany High School Red Zone Cafe is open for business in the new cafeteria. To celebrate, the school honored Dutch Bros. Coffee last week for their help and support.

Dutch Bros. owners, managers and workers visited the now open cafe and attended a school assembly for recognition in front of the whole school. SAHS students presented Dutch Bros. managers and staff with thank you gifts.

Dutch Bros. has provided important mentorship to students operating the new coffee shop and even hired one of the SAHS Red Zone students as a permanent employee in one of their coffee locations.

“I am really excited that our workers get firsthand training weekly from Annie, the general manager from Dutch Bros.,” said Pam Bethards, Red Zone student advisor.


Sunrise students guess exact weight of pumpkin

Posted on: October 31, 2016

Students love lessons that connect real-life with instruction. Sunrise Elementary School used a symbol from the fall season – a pumpkin – for a lesson in estimation skills.

The annual Sunrise Elementary School pumpkin contest had two winners who guessed the exact weight of a 48-pound pumpkin. Second grader Thomas (pictured left) and fourth grader Katie are pictured with Principal Pat Weidmann.


Bond planning includes community input. Tell us what you think.

Posted on: October 26, 2016

The School Board hosted four community meeting this month to share information about the status of planning for a potential bond measure next May.

The District is still reviewing needs and gathering information, but the list of identified improvements includes many critical facility upgrades, new classrooms to address current enrollment and projected growth, and adding or renovating classrooms to improve learning space.

Learn more about bond planning. The following materials were shared at the community meetings:

High school projects:

What do you think?

Complete the questionnaire and return it to any school or the District office, 718 Seventh Avenue SW, Albany, OR 97321.

Questionnaire about possible projects