Albany School District Newsetter

The Comet Way - September 23, 2022

Big picture

A Message from Mr. Soderberg, Superintendent

The 2022 - 2023 school year is off to a very strong start. Our highly dedicated and skilled staff are working very hard to serve all students in academics, arts, and athletics. Their collective dedication to working in the best interest of students is inspiring.

We've adopted the mantra of "Doing something BIG in a special little place!". I believe we have the staff, families, students, and community support to do just that. As we move through the current school year and into the future, we will work together to build something very special. With a targeted focus on putting "Students First", we will make decisions that drive our four core values of Citizenship, Achievement, Respect, and Excellence (CARE) throughout our district.

I am firmly committed to developing partnerships throughout the Albany Community that will connect our district and the greater community. Together, we can serve, guide, and support all of our students to be their very best.

It's a great day to be a Comet!

Go Comets!

Mr. Soderberg


We are pleased to announce that our school district has its very own APP. This app can be found on the app store by simply searching Albany School District.

We hope you find the platform to be beneficial, increase your access to our district information, and keep you connected to all that the Albany School District has to offer.

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

Today, and every day is a GREAT day to be a Comet! Our 2022-23 school year is off to an amazing start as Albany students and staff are excited to be back in learning and teaching mode. It is great to see the excitement & positive interactions throughout the building as we learn and grow together. I am excited to be back serving in this new role as principal of Albany School District. Some parents reading this may have been students in my classroom years ago, and now I have the honor and privilege to work with their children. Our 4 core values of Citizenship, Achievement, Respect, and Excellence (CARE) are being woven into the fiber that makes us ALBANY. I encourage you to ask your children how they are showing they CARE throughout the day at school.

As we progress through the year, we will continue our belief that a strong partnership between home, school, and our community will yield the greatest success in all that we do. I appreciate the opportunity to be part of something BIG in this special little place.

Go Comets!

Mr. Ritzert

A Message from Student Services

Dear Parents, Students, and Community Members:

As Director of Special Education and Pupil Services, I welcome you to the 2022/2023 school year! I am grateful to begin my 4th year serving students, families, and staff of the Albany School District.

I am looking forward to sharing resources and information through the newsletter with you. Each month, I’ll share an article and an IEP paperwork explanation with you.

We pride ourselves in meeting students’ academic, social-emotional, and functional needs through individualized student plans within the least restrictive environment

If you or anyone you know is aware of a child between the ages of 3 and 21 who is suspected of having a disability please contact us.

If I can be of any assistance, please do not hesitate to call.


Kari Steck

608-862-3135 ext 2421

ARTICLE OF THE MONTH: Back to School Tips for Parents of Children with Special Needs


The Present Levels of Academic Achievement and Functional Performance (PLAAFP) is an integrated summary of data from all sources, including parents.

The Present Level statement describes the levels at which your child is working academically and functionally. The statement summarizes your child’s current status and educational needs in each performance area where there is a need.

Performance areas may include:

  • Academic performance

  • Communication status

  • Functional skills (routine activities of everyday living)

  • General Intelligence

  • Health

  • Motor abilities

  • Sensory status (such as vision and hearing)

  • Social and emotional status

  • Transition to adult living, including employment, postsecondary education and training, and independent living (when appropriate)

The purpose of the PLAAFP statement is to describe what your child can do at the time the IEP is developed.

Parents Need to Know

The present levels section of the IEP provides a snapshot of your child at a particular time and place. You have important information to share about your child. This section may include medical information related to your child's disability. You and school professionals may see your child in different ways. It is important that you and the IEP team agree on your child's needs as instruction will be based on those identified needs.

A Place to Start: Understanding the present levels of academic achievement and functional performance statement


Awesome job to the Albany Marching Band in their performance in the Cheese Days parade!

Big picture
Big picture

Albany HS Volleyball Schedule

Monday, September 26th @ Juda 6:00pm

Tuesday, October 4th @ Pecatonica 6:00pm

Thursday, October 6th @ Barneveld 6:00pm

Tuesday, October 11th (H) vs. Argyle 6:00pm

Thursday, October 13th (H) vs. Black Hawk 6:00pm

WIAA Regionals ~ October 18th, October 20th, October 22nd

WIAA Sectionals ~ October 27th & October 29th

WIAA State ~ November 4th & November 5th

Parkview-Albany HS Football Schedule

Friday, September 23rd @ Cuba City HS 7:00pm

Friday, September 30th @ Fennimore HS 7:00pm

Friday, October 7th (HOME) vs. Mineral Point HS ~ 7:00pm

Friday, October 14th @ Belleville HS 7:00pm

WIAA Playoffs ~ October 21, 28, & November 4

WIAA State FB November 11 & 12

Parkview-Albany MS (7/8) Football Schedule

Tuesday, September 27th @ Edgerton ~ 5:15pm

Tuesday, October 4th (HOME) vs. Marshall ~ 5:15pm

Tuesday, October 11th @ Brodhead ~ 5:15pm

Tuesday, October 18th (HOME) vs. Edison ~ 5:15pm

Tuesday, October 25th @ Franklin (Janesville) ~ 5:15pm

Albany HS Cross Country Schedule

Saturday, September 24th @ Fennimore (Hickory Grove Golf Course) 8:30am

Saturday, October 1st @ Platteville (UW Platteville) 8:00am

Saturday, October 8th HOME @ Albany (Baertschi Course) 9:00am

Thursday, October 13th SWAL Conference Meet @ Fennimore 4:00pm (Hickory Grove Golf Course)

Saturday, October 22nd ~ WIAA Sectional HOME @ Albany (Baertschi’s) 11:00am

Saturday, October 29th WIAA State Meet @ Wisconsin Rapids (11:00am)

Albany MS Cross Country Schedule

Thursday, September 29th @ Monroe (Twining Park) 4:15pm

Saturday, October 1st @ Platteville (UW Platteville) 8:30am

Saturday, October 8th HOME @ Albany (Baertschi Course) 9:00am

Albany MS Girls Basketball Schedule

Monday, October 10th (HOME) vs. Barneveld 5:00pm

Monday, October 17th (HOME) vs. Monticello 5:00pm

Thursday, October 20th @ Juda 5:00pm

Monday, October 24th @ Pecatonica 5:00pm

Tuesday, October 25th @ Argyle 5:00pm

Thursday, October 27th (HOME) vs. Black Hawk 5:00pm


Do you know someone who may be interested in becoming an Albany Comet?

If you know of someone who would benefit from exploring the possibility of becoming part of the Comet family, please put them in touch with us to set up a visit. Call us at 608-862-3135
Big picture