Albany School District Newsletter

April 28, 2023

Doing something BIG in a special little place


A Message from Mr. Soderberg, Superintendent

April 2023

What a great time of year! Even though the weather hasn’t cooperated yet, we know it will eventually give in and warm up. Maybe by June!

It may be chilly outside but the Comet Spirit inside the Albany School District keeps us warm. The Spring is hopping with many student activities, events, and accomplishments to celebrate and look forward to. When spending time with the staff and students you quickly realize just how special this place is. The strong connections are clear and powerful, and the sense of community and collective responsibility separates Albany from many other districts

The staff has been working on our “Measures of Excellence” (see below). These measures will be the guideposts for our behaviors as adults in the district. We will continue to spend time as a staff developing the meanings and actions associated with these guideposts. This will result will in a staff that operates at a high level of efficiency and effectiveness which ultimately benefits our students.

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!

Go Comets!

Mr. Soderberg

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A Message from Mr. Ritzert, 4K-12 Principal

Hello, Comet Nation,

April seems to have flown by! The weather has been fairly unpredictable throughout the month, with 80-degree days followed by 30-degree days with continued snowfall. I am not sure about all of you, but I am ready for the warm weather to stay. I can’t wait to enjoy, along with our elementary students, sunny, 70-80 degree weather at recess. It’s just not the same when recess is indoors!

On Friday, April 21, 2023 students from across all of our grade levels participated in an Earth Day clean-up around the Albany Community. Thank you to our amazing high school student council for planning this event. Despite the windy day, this was a wonderful opportunity for our students to understand the importance of giving back to our community and taking care of our environment.

When looking at student behavior, our focus for quarter 4 is Excellence. Twenty-eight students representing all grade levels will be nominated and recognized during our 4th quarter “Excellence” recognition assembly. I am happy to report we have had 8 classes save 100 CARE coupons as a class and enjoy a pizza party for their hard work. It has been wonderful celebrating all of the positive behaviors throughout the year. As we reflect on this year, we will look to expand on what Comet CARE looks like in 2023-24.

This is an exciting time of the year, as we look to finish out the 2022-23 school year strong, we are working to ensure we have summer school options that provide enrichment opportunities for all of our students across all of our grade levels. Additionally, we continue to review all of our systems and processes as we plan for the upcoming 2023-24 school year. As we make the final push through this school year, I reflect on the work we have done together this year and can’t help but smile. It’s been incredible so far, and this is just the beginning.

Throughout the month of May, Ms. Schulz and I will start having meetings with our high school students to discuss their schedules for the upcoming 2023-24 school year. These schedules will be in “draft form” until finalized with students & parents. I encourage you to reach out if you have questions or concerns about your child. I will continue to promote the partnership between home and school as I believe it is critical to our success. Together, we will continue our mission to do big things in this special little place.

Go Comets!

Mr. Ritzert

A Message from Ms. Becher, Spec. Ed. Director/Speech Pathologist

The Albany School District is excited to announce our Summer School Programs for 2023. Elementary students entering kindergarten through fifth grades can join Camp Comet. Students will rotate through six fun classes, have recess and snacks. In addition to our elementary enrichment program, we are now offering middle and high school classes. Students can sign up for one of six courses: PE Games and Fitness, Exploratory Art, Creative Writing, Introduction to Film Studies, Wilderness Literature, and Historical Methods. We also will have youth sports camps and a new Strength and Conditioning program. Please visit the Summer School 2023 page on our website for more information and registration:
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2023-2024 District Calendar Highlights

Back to School Night - Tuesday, August 29, 2023

"Jumpstart Days" - Wednesday, August 30 & Thursday, 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 and create some great memories and connections. Our focus will be on organization, enrichment activities, and transition. All students are strongly 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

Last Day for Students - Thursday, May 30, 2024

First Day of Summer School - Monday, June 3, 2024


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Large Group Festival Participants

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Monday, May 1st @ Brodhead 4:00pm

Thursday, May 4th @ Beloit Turner 4:00pm

Tuesday, May 9th @ Black Hawk 4:15pm

Thursday, May 11th @ Monroe 4:15pm

Tuesday, May 16th @ Darlington 4:15pm


Friday, May 5th @ Deerfield HS (4:00pm)

Monday, May 8th @ Darlington HS (4:00pm)

Friday, May 12th @ Belleville HS (4:30pm)

Monday, May 15th @ UW Platteville University (4:00pm) CONFERENCE MEET

Thursday, May 18th (Fresh/Soph) @ Evansville (4:00pm)

Regionals: May 22 @ Darlington HS (4:00pm)

Sectionals: May 25 @ Horicon (4:00pm)

State: June 2-3 @ UW LaCrosse University


Monday, May 1st @ Pecatonica (5:00pm)

Tuesday, May 2nd (HOME) Juda vs. Argyle (5:00pm)

Monday, May 8th (HOME) Juda vs. Monticello-NG (5:00pm)

Tuesday, May 9th @ Barneveld (5:00pm)

Friday, May 12th (HOME) Juda vs. Potosi-Cassville (5:00pm)

Saturday, May 13th @ Clinton Tournament (2 Games) TBD

Monday, May 15th @ Evansville (5:00pm)

WIAA Regionals ~ May 18th, May 23rd, & May 25th

WIAA Sectionals ~ May 30th & June 1st

WIAA State ~ June 8th, 9th, & 10th


Monday, May 1st (HOME) Monticello vs. Barneveld HS 4:30 PM

Tuesday, May 2nd @ Argyle HS 5:00 PM

Friday, May 5th (HOME) Albany vs. Highland HS 4:30 PM (DH)

Monday, May 8th (HOME) Monticello vs. Pecatonica HS 4:30 PM

Tuesday, May 9th @ Parkview HS 5:00 PM

Friday, May 12th @ Potosi HS 4:30 PM (DH)

Monday, May 15th @ Monticello vs Belleville 4:30pm

Tuesday, May 16th @ Black Hawk HS 5:00 PM

Thursday, May 18 @Monticello vs Argyle 4:30pm

Friday, May 19th @ Wisconsin Heights HS 5:00 PM

Thursday, May 25 ~ WIAA Regional

Tuesday, May 30 ~ WIAA Regional

Wednesday, May 31st ~ WIAA Regional Finals

Tuesday, June 6 ~ WIAA Sectionals Prairie du Chien, WI

June 13 - June 15 ~ WIAA State Finals Grand Chute, WI

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