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High School Newsletter (January 2019)

News for January 2019
From the Principal's Desk

Welcome to the January Huskie Newsletter. We have reached the midpoint of the year with many accomplishments achieved by students so far and much work to be done as well. The second half of the year focuses on getting students to start thinking about courses for next year and getting ready for state and national assessments.
The end of January is usually when we begin the process of meeting with students to make plans for pre-registration. It can be difficult for students to know what they should take next year when they haven’t finished all of their classes this year, but it is necessary to begin at this time to ensure we can finish before the school year ends.
The registration process has three main components. 

First, we want students to reflect on their goals for college and career readiness and begin to think about the courses that will get them to that goal. 

Second, students will pre-register for the courses they would like to take. This information is then compiled to develop a master schedule. It is nearly impossible to make everyone’s schedule work perfectly so we do ask students to have alternative choices and understand that we will do the best we can, but can’t guarantee all courses. 

Third, we put together the students’ schedule with our counselor, Jess Savolainen. Eleventh and 12th graders will meet with her individually and 9th-10th graders will meet if there are scheduling conflicts.

As we begin this long process of registering for the 2019-20 school year, please be sure to take time to review the courses your child is selecting. The registration manual will be posted on the school website after the January 23 school board meeting. In the past I have told students to be sure to take some courses for fun as well as the ones you need. You never know what your future holds and taking interest-based classes can open up some opportunities for a career you didn’t consider before. I remember my dad saying to me, “In high school try everything, because you just might find that you’re really good at something.” It is hard to know what you want to do the rest of your life when you are 15 or 16 years old, so I encourage students to explore some classes and enjoy learning new things. The key to a successful future is to open as many doors as you can.
Tim Wege
High School Principal
Albany Area Schools ISD 745

This Month's News


Snow Daze

Students kicked off Snow Days celebration today with a Winter Walkathon in the gym.  For every lap completed, they added their name to a drawing for Huskie apparel. Snow Daze Coronation is today, January 15, at 1:15 p.m. in the BEAT.  Other activities to follow this week include a beard growing contest, a medallion hunt, and dress up days.  The dress up days are as follows: Monday - Pajama Day, Tuesday - Jersey Day, Wednesday - America Day, Thursday - Camo Day, and Friday - Huskie Purple Pride/Super Fan Day.


Drawing students have had an eye-opening experience with landscape drawings using new media to create their drawings. With the use of oil or chalk pastels we created abstract expressive landscapes that focused on the use of perspective, rules of composition, and learned about foreground, middleground and background.  The results were amazing! 
Artworks are done by Breanna Mellesmoen, Faith Fourre, Wyatt Shay, and Ryan Schmidt.
School District Community Survey Reminder

Just a friendly reminder that the school district community survey will be open and available for you to take until midnight Sunday, January 20.  If you have not yet taken the survey, please consider doing so. Your feedback will help our school district make important decisions directly affecting your child's or children's education.

Click here to complete the survey.

Thank you! Your participation is important and much appreciated.
Jam the Gym
On February 1, 2019, Albany Area High School Captains and Leaders is hosting their annual Jam the Gym Fundraiser. We invite you to bring in your pop tabs or cash donations to be entered in a prize drawing. All the proceeds will go to the Ronald McDonald House. Either bring your pop tabs to your teacher by February 1, or bring them to the boys basketball game that night. JV/9th at 6:00 p.m. and varsity at 7:15 p.m.

News in Review


Student Council Activites

AHS Student Council has been doing a great job planning fun events for all students to enjoy.  Pictured below are a few from before the holiday break.

Counselor's Corner

Registration for the 2019-2020 school year is approaching soon.  There will be class meetings the first week of February for students. Information will be presented on courses and the registration process. Students will be hearing from teachers about core and elective course options.  Students will receive a registration sheet to take home, fill out, and return with signatures from both students and parent/guardian.  Please look over the sheet with your student and call or email with any questions or concerns.  Jess Savolainen or 1-320-845-5039

Local scholarship information will be distributed to seniors at the end of February. Click here to check out the Counseling Office page of the district website for additional information regarding available scholarships.  
Upcoming Dates
January 18: End of Quarter/Early Release
January 19: One Act Play Fesitval - BEAT 9:00 a.m.
January 21: No School
February 11: AHS Jazz Band Concert - BEAT 7:00 p.m.
February 14-18: No School - President's Day Break