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SAHS students participate in OSU science internships

Posted on: October 13, 2016

The SAHS College and Career Readiness Center shared the following story about one of their students, who had the opportunity to participate in a science internship at OSU. Riley Duncan and classmate Ryan Nafziger spoke to the board about the experience at a School Board meeting in late September.

Read the story published in the Rebel Pride: SAHS Paths to Success Student for October:

Riley Duncan was one of two students at South Albany High School to be accepted for the ASE (apprenticeship in science and engineering) program at OSU through the Saturday Academy.  Riley was able to work with OSU’s botanical research and ecology department alongside professors and college students to conduct research.  There were a total of 155 students that interned in different areas of science and engineering and at the end of their experiences the students presented at a symposium.  Ryan Nafziger was also accepted into the program and we hope to feature his experience soon!

Riley shared that he had the opportunity to work in a lab and he would mate moths in a greenhouse to study their preferences on where they wanted to lay their eggs between tansy ragwort and arrowleaf groundsel. He also conducted research on caterpillars and their egg laying preferences. When discussing how this internship impacted his future goals, Riley shared, “I myself I want to be a professor and I want to work in academia. I want to work specifically with arachnids which are very related to insects, so just the fact that I got to work with insects got me a step closer to working with spiders. Now as a result of this internship I actually got to network without knowing it. I was offered a job by the curator of the arthropod museum at OSU (which he unfortunately wasn’t able to accept) and I was able to work with someone that is an arachnologist, which is something that I want to do.  I just learned so much about different aspects of entomology and arachnology.”

When discussing this program, Riley found impossible to find the right words to express his gratitude for the experience. Riley was able to make this possible by focusing on something he was truly passionate about in his application and being able to demonstrate his proven interest in this area of science. Riley also participates in SAHS’s horticulture club and had encouragement from his club leader and SAHS teacher Hans Schneiter to apply. Riley has also been able to develop important interpersonal skills through SAHS’s transition program through his involvement in working in the  Red and Gray store and engaging in the T3 internship program at the Boys and Girls. After Riley graduates he plans to attend to LBCC at first, but then he plans to enroll at OSU.

SAHS staff is thrilled that Riley had this opportunity. We hope to continue seeing our students enroll into theses hands-on experiences that help them better prepare for their future and create paths for new opportunities.  Riley is our featured SAHS Paths to Success Student for the career center for October, but stay tuned to see some of the other amazing activities our students are involved in and what they aspire to be!

rileyduncan-project Riley Duncan’s final project on moth plant preferences.

interns Ryan Nafziger studied heat transfer efficiency at during his internship at thge Apprenticeships in Science and Engineering (ASE) program.


Hygienist visits schools to provide dental screening

Posted on: October 12, 2016

Hygienist Ann Ossinger is visiting schools around the district to offer voluntary dental screening to first and second graders. Ossinger is part of a mobile dental hygiene service funded by the Oregon Health Authority.

The program is reaching out to students who may not have regular dental screening. The early grade levels are the focus because that is the age when young children get their six-year molars. Her first stop was at Tangent Elementary School on Monday, Oct. 11.

Parents must provide written parent permission for the screening. She offers dental sealants to students who have their molars. If they need additional dental care, Ossinger refers them to a dental clinic, including a free children’s dental care clinic operated by the Boys and Girls Club of Albany.


Attention teachers: Apply for an Albany Public Schools Foundation grant

Posted on: October 11, 2016

The Albany Public Schools Foundation’s classroom grants deadline is this Friday, Oct. 14, at 5 p.m.  Grants will be awarded to proposals that expand enrichment opportunities for students in art, music, STEM, and health and wellness.

Last year, the foundation gave out $26,000 in classroom grants for programs like drumming, printmaking, dance and outdoor school.

Find more information and download a grant application on the foundation website. If you have questions, email

Remember this? Read the report from the spring Oregon Rising forums

Posted on: October 7, 2016

Last spring, hundreds of parents, staff and community members attended GAPS-sponsored Oregon Rising Forums. Oregon Rising is was a statewide effort to learn more about what we want for our schools.

Participants had a chance to learn about local schools, share their voice in the forums and complete a survey about their priorities.

In all, 10,894 people around the state shared their views about education.

The statewide report sums up the input. You can read it here.