Tiger Notes

Monday, September 23

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Announcements & Reminders

This is RED week for music lessons.



FAFSA Night

Seniors: The ALHS Family Financial Aid Night is scheduled for Wednesday, September 25 at 6:00 p.m. in the ALHS auditorium. There will be a financial aid expert available to provide information and answer questions about all things Financial Aid and FAFSA related. The FAFSA opens October 1.


College Fair At Riverland

All juniors are invited to attend the College Fair at Riverland in Austin on Monday, October 7 from 1:15-2:00 p.m. Over 115 colleges and recruiters will be there for students to ask questions about future plans. Interested juniors must complete the Field Trip Permission form and return it no later than Monday, September 30 at 8:00 a.m. to Mrs. Lommen. The form was sent to your school email on Monday, or you can find hard copies in the front office or from your counselor.


Credit Recovery

Credit Recovery starts on October 7. Forms need to be turned in by Tuesday, October 1 to start right away. See your counselor for more information.


Senior Pictures

Senior pictures are due November 1. Pictures can be emailed to alhsyb@gmail.com. Please put the students name in the subject line. Photo specifications were mailed out this summer and are as follows:


  • high-resolution photos (or they will not print clearly)
  • a close up head shot (head and shoulders only)
  • a portrait (no landscape/sideways pictures)
  • color picture
  • no soft-touch photos
  • no props

Repeated Announcements

PSAT

The PSAT test will be given at Albert Lea High School on Wednesday, October 30. This test is typically taken by Juniors, but Sophomores can also take it. Please keep in mind that this is no a required test, as it is challenging. THE PSAT IS NOT A COLLEGE ENTRANCE EXAM. It helps prepare students for the SAT. Spots will be filled on a first come, first serve basis. The test costs $17. A flyer was sent to your school email with more information. Please contact the counseling office with any questions.


Scholarships

Seniors: All scholarship information will be posted via Naviance. Please log into your account and find the information under "Colleges" > "Scholarships and Money" > "Scholarship List."


December 10 & 11 - FREE Dental Clinic

Services provided by Children's Dental Health Services for students who qualify for the Free/Reduced lunch program, students who do not have a regular dentist office, and for students on a Medical Assistance program or who are uninsured. Students with private dental insurance are not eligible. Families will receive registration forms in the mail and can also be picked up in the back office. Click HERE for more information.


ALHS is a closed campus. Students are not allowed to leave the building at any time during the day unless a parent or guardian has called to excuse their student for an appointment or other pre-approved absence. Students will not be allowed to go to their cars at any time during the school day – no exceptions. The purpose for such restrictions is to ensure safety and to aid in supervision. Students who plan to leave school grounds during the day must request a pass from the attendance office and must sign out by the pool door prior to exiting the building. Passes will only be issued by communication from a parent or guardian. Students returning to school must report to the high school office to receive a readmit slip to class.


Parking permits will be enforced. If you have not yet purchased a parking pass, please see Dani Bryant in the back office or Lynette Emerson in the parking lot to avoid a parking ticket.


Students: Food from outside vendors is prohibited. Students are allowed to bring a sack lunch from home, but not from an outside vendor.


We have students at ALHS who have life threatening allergies to latex, peanuts, and tree nuts. Any deliveries containing latex will be prohibited from entering the building. We request individuals to voluntarily refrain from sending/bringing any peanut or tree nut products or by-products into the high school or to any school-related activities. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding in this matter.


Parents: The main entrance off Hammer Road will be closed from 2:30 until 3:10 p.m. The area will be used for bus entrance and departures at the end of the school day. Students can be picked up from the Pool and Commons doors off of Y.H. Hansen Avenue. Thank you.

Upcoming Events

9/25- FAFSA Night, 6:00 p.m.

9/30- Senior Graduation Meeting, 12:15 p.m.

10/3- Graduation orders due @ lunch

10/4- Homecoming

10/7- RCC MACAC College Fair, 12:30-2:30

10/14- Choir/Orchestra Concert @ First Lutheran Church, 6:30 & 8:00

10/15- Finals

10/16- Finals, End of Quarter 1

10/17- NO SCHOOL, MEA

10/18- NO SCHOOL, MEA

10/21- NO SCHOOL

10/21- College Knowledge Week

10/22- Picture Retakes

10/25- Band Concert, 7:00 p.m.

10/30- PSAT Test

College Events

Various college reps will be visiting Albert Lea High School throughout the fall either in the Commons or the Front Office. All details, times, and locations of college visits are posted on Naviance's homepage or under "College" > "Research Colleges" > "College Visits." Students of all grades are encouraged to sign up.


Please sign up with Katie in the Guidance Office.


Thursday, September 26

Drake University @ Lunch


Thursday, October 3

Iowa State University @ 2:00


Tuesday, October 15

The Navy @ Lunch


Wednesday, October 16

The Army @ Lunch


Tuesday, October 22

Augustana University @ 12:00


Wednesday, October 23

University of Minnesota, Twin Cities @ Lunch

University of Minnesota, Duluth @ Lunch


Thursday, October 24

University of Minnesota, Morris @ Lunch


Monday, November 11

Minnesota State University, Mankato @ 8:30


Wednesday, November 13

The Army @ Lunch


Tuesday, November 19

The Navy @ Lunch


Wednesday, December 11

The Army @ Lunch


Tuesday, December 17

The Navy @ Lunch


Tuesday, January 21

The Navy @ Lunch


Wednesday, January 22

The Army @ Lunch


Wednesday, February 12

The Army @ Lunch


Tuesday, February 18

The Navy @ Lunch


Tuesday, March 17

The Navy @ Lunch


Wednesday, April 8

The Army @ Lunch


Tuesday, April 21

The Navy @ Lunch


Wednesday, May 6

The Army @ Lunch


Tuesday, May 19

The Navy @ Lunch



College/military visits take place in the Front Office. Please come down ahead of time to sign up to meet with a representative.

Lunch Menu

Go to Chartwells School Dining Services and click on Albert Lea High School on the right-hand side

Athletics & Activities

Go to the Big 9 website and click on Albert Lea High School

Office Staff/Administration

Mark Grossklaus - Principal

Jeff Halverson - Assistant Principal

Kari McDermott - Administrative Dean, 9th, 10th, 11th grade

Tyler Johnson - Dean of Students, 8th and 12th grade

Sarah Fischer - Counselor, A - G

Amy Lageson - Counselor, H - O

Kathleen Lommen - Counselor, P - Z

Activities/Athletics

Paul Durbahn - 379.5359

Jen Zoller - 379.5345

Laurie Neff - 379.4833

ATTENDANCE HOTLINE...379.5344

Mara Voigt - Attendance, 379.5347

Katie Cords - Counseling Office, 379.5354

Colette Lillibridge - Health Office, 379.5386

Officer Ted Herman - Police Liaison, 379.5352

Dani Bryant - Principal's Office, 379.5342

Jenni Braaten - Social Worker, 379.5358

Heather Leiste - Social Worker, 379.5346

Mary Larscheid - Social Worker, 379.5415

Tara Roberts - Student Services, 379.5361

Policies & Reminders

ABSENCES | Excused and Unexcused


Ten Day Absence Rule

There is a cap of ten (10) total absences (excused) per class per semester. This includes excused vacation days, college visits, drivers test, etc. If a student misses more than 10 days, credit for the class may not be awarded based on this policy. Parents/guardians will receive notification of the third (3), fifth (5) and tenth (10) absence in a course. Three (3) unexcused tardies in a course will equal one (1) unexcused absence for that course and apply to the Ten Day Absence Rule. Failure of parent/guardian to contact the Attendance Office by 9:00 a.m. the following day will result in an unexcused absence and apply toward both the Ten Day Absence Rule and student’s county truancy program. Students are expected to attend their study hall. On any unexcused absence, the teacher will address such absences with the student and parent/guardian. Absences from study halls will be treated as it would be with a regular class.


Absences that are ALWAYS excused and DO NOT count against the cap of Ten Day Absence Rule

· 504s and IEPs that have attendance clauses in them

· Court appearances

· School-sponsored activities

· Suspension

· Verified meeting with office personnel

· Doctor-ordered absence

· Official religious holidays

· Death of an immediate family member (parent, step-parent, guardian, sibling, grandparent)

· Unique or emergency circumstances which are authorized by a school administrator.


Absences that are excused but DO count against the cap of Ten Day Absence Rule

· Absences with proper written verification (written parent note or office form)

· Pre-approved vacation (Paperwork turned in prior to absence)

· College visit (paperwork turned in in advance)

· Drivers Test Appointment

· Funerals

· Illness with a parent note

UNEXCUSED absences | All other absences are considered unexcused.


Two important reminders for students regarding appointments during the school day:

· Please bring documentation from your appointment to the Attendance Office so that your absence may be excused. For example – a note from your doctor or your appointment card. Otherwise you will be responsible to make up the time missed from class.

· If you are arriving at school between 8:00 and 9:00am, please enter through the pool door and check in at the pool door desk.


All students 6th grade and up must have his/her student ID to get in to sporting events. Students 5th grade and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at sporting events.


A reminder to all students that it is state law as well as school policy that anyone under the age of 18 found with tobacco will be cited and suspended from school. Students over the age of 18 found with tobacco on school grounds will be suspended. There is absolutely NO smoking or tobacco use on school grounds!


Any student that displays un-sportsmanlike behavior at ANY athletic contest by using inappropriate language, signs, gestures, etc. will be removed immediately and said student will be suspended from attending any further athletic contests. You will receive NO warnings.

Students that are released early for athletic events are not to leave before the assigned time. Students that leave before their appointed time will be subject to disciplinary action.


This is a reminder that no hunting equipment like shotguns, knives, bow and arrows, or ammunition is allowed on school property. District 241 has a Zero Tolerance policy for weapons on school property.