Albany School District Newsletter
March 27, 2023
Doing something BIG in a special little place
ACADEMICS * ARTS * ATHLETICS
A Message from Mr. Soderberg, Superintendent
With Spring knocking on the door and the hope of warmer weather our attention shifts to outdoor activities, registration for 4K, state testing, spring sports and activities, class trips, graduation, and yes, yard work.
You may have noticed our commitment to promoting our wonderful district throughout the local area and within our community. Currently, we have three billboards promoting our district as traditional, safe, and personal. In addition, we are continuing to send postcards promoting our district to all Albany residents and it is our plan to expand mailbox communication with our community members. At this time, we have a significant number of school-aged students living in our district borders who attend school outside of our district; many of whom have never attended our schools. It is our intention to promote our district to those families and show them the many benefits of attending school locally.
You can help, too! I would encourage you to speak to your neighbors about the positive experiences you and your child(ren) have had in our district. We have much to celebrate and share. Together we can build a strong district now and well into the future.
I want to thank the community for their exceptional support of our students and staff. We are truly doing something BIG in a special little place.
It's a great day to be a Comet!
A Message from Mr. Ritzert, 4K-12 Principal
District Newsletter March
Happy March, Comet Nation,
It’s hard to believe we are finishing up quarter 3 and headed into the final stretch of the 2022-23 school year. We have had so many things to be proud of throughout the year. One thing that happened in March will go down in the history books.
We could not reflect on the month of March without talking about the Albany Lady Comets Girls’ Basketball Team! So much can be said about this team and the coaching staff. We were given an incredible opportunity to be taken along for the ride throughout the season. As each individual game unfolded, it created another step along the path of success culminating with the team advancing to their first-ever trip to the WIAA Girls’ State Basketball tournament. The community support was something to behold as “Comet Nation” was fully represented at the Resch Center in Green Bay cheering on their Lady Comets! Congratulations on such a remarkable 2022-23 girls’ basketball season.
Our students have been working very hard to earn CARE coupons for a variety of positive behaviors they are demonstrating throughout the school day. These coupons are given to students of all grade levels. It is incredible to watch our students take pride in being recognized. Whether it is a 4K or senior student dropping off a CARE coupon in the office in hopes of having their name drawn for a shirt at the end of the week, it puts a smile on our faces and theirs! We have had 8 elementary classrooms work collectively to save up 100 CARE coupons as a class. Each of these classes has earned a pizza party throughout the year to celebrate this positive teamwork.
We will celebrate our students who were selected as the recipients of the quarter 3 Respect recognition at our PBIS awards assembly on Friday, March 31st starting at approximately 2:45 pm. These award winners will also have their names shared in the April newsletter.
Illness has certainly run its course in our district over throughout the year. I would just like to provide some insight and hopefully clarity on absences and truancy. It will never be our lens to penalize students or families because of absences. However, we do have a duty to notify you of these absences which also falls under state requirements and guidelines. We are about to enter quarter 4 which still has 47 days of school for students to attend.
Illness happens, we understand that. We are not encouraging our families to send sick students to school. Doctors' appointments are often scheduled during the school day and those also need to be attended. However, when the state looks at absence, some things are not taken into consideration. The length of the day a student is absent, if the absence is excused or unexcused, or even if the student has a doctor’s note does not remove the absence from the student’s record. Simply put, absent is absent. This can create situations where it is unfortunately unavoidable to exceed the 10+ day absences.
Our goal is to work with families to provide information and the opportunity to partner in your child/children’s education. This can best be achieved through communication and a proactive approach to absences. If you receive any attendance letter and have questions, I encourage you to contact the school and schedule a meeting to discuss this.
As always, any questions or concerns that you may have, please feel free to contact me.
A Message from Ms. Becher, Spec. Ed Director/Speech Pathologist
Students will be taking the Wisconsin Forward Exam starting on Monday, March 27, 2023. Testing will take place across the next three weeks in order to accommodate all of the grades and content areas. One or more subtests may be administered daily during our selected time frame. Students not in school on testing days will be scheduled for a make-up test prior to the close of the testing window.
3rd Grade: English Language Arts and Mathematics
4th Grade: English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies
5th Grade: English Language Arts and Mathematics
6th Grade: English Language Arts and Mathematics
7th Grade: English Language Arts and Mathematics
8th Grade: English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies
10th Grade: Social Studies
The Wisconsin Forward Exam measures the knowledge and skills students should have for their grade level. Student’s performance on the assessment will not affect their grades. Please encourage your child to do the best they can. The results of these tests will be used to help school staff make determinations regarding curriculum, placement, and services to best support students.
If you have any questions about the Wisconsin Forward Exam, please contact Amber Becher, Director of Special Education and Student Services/District Assessment Coordinator.
Director of Special Education & Student Services/District Assessment Coordinator
608-862-3135 extension 2421
A TRIBUTE TO DEBBIE KAUK
Over 25 years of devoted service to our students, families, and community will not be forgotten. Your legacy in our schools will live on.
******FOCUS ON STUDENTS******
2023-2024 School Calendar Highlights
Back to School Night - Tuesday, August 29, 2023
"Jumpstart Days" - Thursday, August 30 & Friday, August 31, 2023
**We will begin our school year with 2 optional "jumpstart days". Several schools in our area begin the school year in this manner. These days will be designed to help students get off to a great start. Our focus will be on organization, enrichment activities, and transition. While these days are optional, all students are encouraged to attend.**
1st Day of School - Tuesday, September 5, 2023
Parent Teacher Conferences - Thursday, November 8, 2023 (4:00-7:00 PM)
Christmas Break - Saturday, December 23, 2023, through January 2, 2024
Parent Teacher Conferences - Wednesday, February 15, 2024 (4:00-7:00 PM)
Spring Break - March 21, 2024, through April 1, 2024
Last Day for SENIORS - Wednesday, May 22, 2024
Graduation Ceremony - Friday, May 24, 2024
First Day of Summer School - Monday, June 3, 2024
Alumni Basketball Tournament - March 31 & April 1
To be held Friday evening at 6:30 pm and Saturday starting at 11:00 am
Class of 2025 Pancake Breakfast - April 1
In the Albany School Cafeteria from 7:30 am-11:30 am
Annual Easter Egg Hunt - April 1
Held outside(in the elementary/elementary gym if inclement weather) from 10:00 am-11:30 am
Alumni Basketball Tournament - March 31 & April 1
School Board Meeting - April 19
Held in the Albany School Board Room, or via google meet @
PTO Carnival - April 21
At the Albany School from 5:30 pm-7:30 pm
School Board Meeting - April 19
***DOING SOMETHING BIG IN A SPECIAL LITTLE PLACE***
ALBANY HS TRACK & FIELD
Saturday, March 18th @ UW Platteville University (9:30am)
Thursday, March 30th @ UW Platteville University (5:30pm)
Tuesday, April 4th @ Belleville HS (4:30pm)
Thursday, April 6th @ Mt. Horeb HS (4:15pm)
Monday, April 10th @ Monroe HS (4:30pm)
Thursday, April 13th @ Cambridge HS (4:00pm)
Tuesday, April 18th @ River Ridge HS (4:15pm)
Friday, April 21st @ Brodhead HS (4:00pm)
Monday, April 24th @ Darlington HS (4:00pm)
Thursday, April 27th @ Cuba City HS (4:00pm)
JUDA-ALBANY HS SOFTBALL
Thursday, March 30th @ Durand, IL. (4:30pm)
Monday, April 3rd @ Orangeville, IL. (4:30pm)
Thursday, April 6th @ River Ridge (5:00pm)
Tuesday, April 11th (HOME) Albany vs. Pecatonica (5:00pm)
Thursday, April 13th @ Belmont (5:00pm)
Friday, April 14th @ Deerfield (5:00pm)
Monday, April 17th @ Argyle (5:00pm)
Tuesday, April 18th @ Monticello-NG (5:00pm)
Thursday, April 20th (HOME) Albany vs. Benton-Shulls. (5:00pm)
Friday, April 21st (HOME) Juda vs. Waunakee (5:00pm)
Saturday, April 22nd @ Mineral Point Tournament (2 Games) TBD
Monday, April 24th (HOME) Juda vs. Barneveld (5:00pm)
Tuesday, April 25th @ Black Hawk (5:00pm)
Thursday, April 27th @ Highland (5:00pm)
Friday, April 28th (HOME) Albany vs. Johnson Creek (5:00pm)
MONTICELLO-ALBANY HS BASEBALL
Thursday, March 30th (HOME) Monticello vs. New Glarus HS 4:30 PM
Monday, April 3rd (HOME) Monticello vs. Iowa-Grant HS 4:30 PM
Tuesday, April 4th (HOME) Monticello vs. Belleville HS 4:30 PM
Thursday, April 6th @ Cambridge HS 5:00 PM
Thursday, April 11th @ Barneveld HS 5:00 PM
Friday, April 14th @ River Ridge HS 4:30 PM (DH)
Monday, April 17th (HOME) Monticello vs. Argyle HS 4:30 PM
Tuesday, April 18th @ Pecatonica HS 5:00 PM
Friday, April 21st (HOME) Albany vs. Belmont HS 4:30 PM (DH)
Tuesday, April 25th (HOME) Monticello vs. Black Hawk HS 4:30 PM
Friday, April 28th (HOME) Albany vs. Shullsburg/Benton HS 4:30 PM (DH)
ALBANY MS BOYS BASKETBALL
Tuesday, March 21st @ Barneveld
Thursday, March 23rd @ Juda
Monday, March 27th (HOME) vs. Black Hawk
Tuesday, March 28th @ Pecatonica
Thursday, March 30th (HOME) vs. Monticello
ALBANY MS TRACK & FIELD
Tuesday, April 25th @ Darlington 4:15pm
Thursday, April 27th @ Belleville 4:15pm
The School District of Albany does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, national origin, ancestry, creed, pregnancy, marital or parental status, sexual orientation, or physical, mental, emotional, or learning disability or handicap in its education programs or activities.