Albany School District Newsletter


November 23, 2022

A Message from Mr. Soderberg, Superintendent

Happy Thanksgiving!

This time of year is an amazing time filled with opportunities to reflect on the many aspects of our lives that we are thankful for. As I take time to reflect on the many aspects of my life that bring a sense of thankfulness, I can’t help but reflect on this special place. We have the great pleasure to experience the full spectrum of an educational experience. From our youngest learners to those preparing for graduation, we share many special life experiences and milestones.

I am thankful for the opportunity to witness the learning, personal growth, and daily display of love, support, and care for others that happens within our district each day. In recent days I’ve had the pleasure to attend our Veteran’s Day assembly and witness the respect, honor, and support our students and community have for our service men and women. For me, the most moving portion of the assembly was listening to the little voices proudly reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. A special thank you to Mr. Campbell and our Civics students for organizing an amazing event.

We also had the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra (WYSO) perform for our staff and students. The display of great musicianship, skill, and music was a great experience! A special thank you to Mrs. Wichner-Cohen for bringing the WYSO to our school.

The Albany School District is truly a special place. Our staff continues to collaborate together to identify and address the academic and behavioral needs of all students. The special care they give to each student is remarkable to witness. Together, we are doing something BIG in a special little place.

It's a great day to be a Comet!

Go Comets!

Mr. Soderberg

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

Happy Thanksgiving, Comet Nation,

I would like to give a special shoutout to a couple of our staff members. I would like to thank Britni Cohen-Wichner for organizing and bringing in the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra as they added Albany as one of their stops along their tour of southern Wisconsin. This was an amazing performance put on at our school for our students and staff. Additionally, I would like to thank Jeff Campbell for his work on organizing and bringing in our local Veterans for this year's Veterans Day assembly. Again, this was a great opportunity for our students to connect with those local service members as we pay respect for their service.

Our core value focus was Citizenship for quarter 1. Staff selected 2 students at each grade who demonstrated outstanding Citizenship. I would like to acknowledge and congratulate our students being recognized at this time:

4K: Jaiden Luedy & Danielle Kiesmore

K: Sara French & Lane Calkins

1: Aria Cavin & Elias Hill

2: Tysen Boss & Braxton Miller

3: Cooper Hamilton & Violet Milbrandt

4: Beau Armitage & Hunter Hedlund

5: Sophie Houlberg & Emma Kopp

6: Michael Schwartz & Izayah Scott

7: Lexi Eastwood & Tatum Doescher

8: Landon Noble & Lydia Ahnen

9: Kaleb Broughton & Priscilla Smith

10: Leon Parker & Kierra Cleasby

11: Ava Ahnen & Skyler Stephens

12: Camden Pryce & Gage Roth

Each student received:

  • A certificate of acknowledgment at our quarter 1 PBIS assembly

  • A Comet CARE “Swag Bag”

  • A Comet CARE “Superstar” t-shirt

  • A postcard mailed home with the specific reason for being recognized

We will continue with the same format and select 2 students from each grade level for:

  • Quarter 2: Achievement

  • Quarter 3: Respect

  • Quarter 4: Excellence

As we approach the end of November, Christmas and our holiday break is right around the corner. Before we know it, quarter 2 will be complete and we will be half way through the 2022-23 school year. If you have questions or concerns about anything related to school, I encourage you to reach out to your child’s teacher(s) and/or reach out to me directly. As we have said, the partnership between home and school is critical to our success.

Go Comets!

Mr. Ritzert

Amber Becher, Special Education Director/Speech and Language Pathologist

I wanted to take the opportunity to introduce myself - or re-introduce myself. My name is Amber Becher. This is my fifth school year as the district's Speech Language Pathologist, and my fifteenth year in education. Starting this November, I am also the district's Director of Special Education and Student Services. The Director of Special Education ensures that districts follow all state and federal regulations for the identification and placement of students, and program development for special education. I will work with students, parents, teachers and administrators to ensure that all students receive a quality, inclusive education. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me throughout the school year.

PBIS - Citizenship Winners

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********FOCUS ON STUDENTS********

Peace Posters

During the month of October, 6th & 7th grade students in Mrs. Nienhaus & Mr. Doescher's ELA classes participated in the LIONS INTERNATIONAL PEACE POSTER CONTEST. This opportunity is sponsored by our local Albany Lions Club and its members.

Students are asked to create a hand-drawn poster related to the sponsored theme. This year's theme was: "Lead with Compassion." All of the students did an outstanding job & put forth great effort. This year's top three place finishers were:

1st Place ~ Emma Thompson

2nd Place ~ Peyton Monasmith-Pickett

3rd Place ~ Kaydra Cleasby

The top three place winners will have their posters sent to the STATE LEVEL of competition. In the spring, the Albany Lions Club will have a special dinner of recognition for these three students.

Mr. Doescher & Mrs. Nienhaus would like to thank all the 6th & 7th-grade students for their efforts. They would also like to thank the Albany Lions Club for sponsoring this educational competition.

********THE COMET CALENDAR********

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********COMET ATHLETICS********

Albany High School Girls Basketball

Tuesday, November 29th (HOME) vs. Belmont (JV 6:00pm/Varsity 7:15pm)

Thursday, December 1st (HOME) vs. Shullsburg (JV 6:00pm/Varsity 7:15pm)

Friday, December 9th (HOME) vs. Barneveld (JV 6:00pm/Varsity 7:15pm)

Saturday, December 10th @ Highland (JV 3:30pm/Varsity 2:00pm)

Monday, December 12th @ Big Foot (JV 5:30pm/Varsity 7:00pm)

Thursday, December 15th @ Argyle (JV 6:00pm/Varsity 7:15pm)

Tuesday, December 20th (HOME) vs. Juda (JV 6:00pm/Varsity 7:15pm)

Friday, December 23rd @ Black Hawk (JV 6:00pm/Varsity 7:15pm)

Thursday, December 29th @ Parkview (Varsity 5:30pm/JV 7:00pm)

Albany HS Boys Basketball Schedule

Saturday, November 26th (HOME) vs. Brodhead (JV 4:00pm/Varsity 5:30pm) HALL OF FAME

Friday, December 2nd @ Belmont (JV 6:00pm/Varsity 7:15pm)

Thursday, December 8th (HOME) vs. Pecatonica (JV 6:00pm/Varsity 7:15pm)

Saturday, December 10th @ Highland (JV 2:00pm/Varsity 3:30pm)

Tuesday, December 13th @ Benton (JV 6:00pm/Varsity 7:15pm)

Friday, December 16th (HOME) vs. Barneveld (JV 6:00pm/Varsity 7:15pm) HOMECOMING GAME

Thursday, December 22nd @ Argyle (JV 6:00pm/Varsity 7:15pm)

Thursday, December 29th @ Parkview (JV 5:30pm/Varsity 7:00pm)

Parkview-Albany HS Wrestling

Thursday, December 1st (Triangular) @ Beloit Turner HS (6:00pm)

Saturday, December 3rd (Tournament) @ Darlington HS (9:00am)

Saturday, December 10th (Tournament) @ Oakfield HS (9:00am)

Thursday, December 15th (Match) @ Clinton HS (6:00pm)

2022 Albany Athletic Hall of Fame

The Albany Athletic Department is proud to announce the 2022 Class of Albany Hall of Fame Inductees. This year’s class is made up of three athletes.


Ciara Kaderly

James Dunphy

Nikki Chrisbaum-Tofte

These individuals will be recognized at the boys basketball games at Albany HS on Saturday, November 26th, 2022. The JV game will start at 4:00pm followed by the varsity game. The induction ceremony of this hall of fame class will take place between the JV & Varsity game at approx. 4:45pm. Please come out on November 26th and show your support for these deserving Albany Hall of Fame Inductees!

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********COMET COMMUNITY********

A HUGE "THANK YOU" to the Green County Fall Nationals (Joanna Hawthorn ) for the AED donation to the Albany School District. This AED will be placed outside the High School gym.

"Doing Something BIG in a Special Little Place."

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