Tiger Notes

Tuesday, January 28

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Announcements & Reminders

This is BLUE week for music lessons.

Tigers Roar

Auditions for the MC positions will be held January 28 and 29 after school. Ms. Heaney is looking for both men and women for these positions. Sign up on the vocal music board for a time slot. The theme of the show this year is ROARING into the 20s!

Auditions for the ACTS for TIGERS ROAR will be held February 4, 5, 6, and 7. Start preparing now! All kinds of acts are encouraged - the more creative the better! The show will be March 19, 20, and 21. Sign up on the vocal music board for a time slot.

ASVAB Testing

The ASVAB test for students interested in the military and/or career exploration will be offered on February 13. You must sign up by February 6 by adding your name to the list located in the counseling office.

2020 Electric Youth Tour

Freeborn-Mower Cooperative Services is sponsoring two high school students to attend the 2020 Electric Youth Tour in Washington D.C. next June. High school juniors and seniors can apply for a chance to win this all-expense paid trip. Applicants must reside in Freeborn-Mower Cooperative Services' territory and receive electric service from them. If interested, see your school counselor for more information. Applications are due Friday, February 14.

RCTC Open House

RCTC is holding an open house in their surgical tech lab on Wednesday, February 26 from 3:00-4:00 p.m. Students will be able to see a hands-on demonstration of surgical instruments, scrub in for surgery, and visit with instructors. See your counselor for more information.

Mayo Clinic Career Immersion Program

Mayo Clinic will be hosting a summer Career Immersion Program for any Sophomores and Juniors interested in the health care field. The event will run from June 21 - June 26 and will allow students an opportunity to gain hands-on experience in about 15 different healthcare related careers. Students accepted into the program will be eligible to participate tuition-free. For questions or information on how to apply, please see your counselor. The application deadline is March 1.

Happenings at ALHS

Repeated Announcements

Strength & Conditioning

Any student interested in beginning strength, conditioning, and agility workouts, our Tennis coaches will be providing opportunities after school from 3:15-4:15 on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. If you have questions, see Coach Runia-Bade or Coach Chalmers.

Chromebook Reminder

Please remember not to leave your Chromebooks in your vehicle overnight. With the cold temperatures, it can damage them. Thank you!

Speaking Opportunities for Seniors

SENIORS: Spots are available to speak at local clubs' meetings. These clubs offer scholarships to students, so it's a great opportunity for them to get to know you! Please stop by Mrs. Lageson's office to get signed up.


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."

Daily Reminders

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

2/3- Winterfest Week Begins

2/3- Quarter 3 Conferences, 4:00-7:00

2/3- Accuplacer Testing

2/8- Dance Sections

2/8- Winterfest Dance, 8:00

2/13- ASVAB Testing

2/17- President's Day - NO SCHOOL

2/26- PSEO Night, 6:00

2/27- Choir Concert

3/2- Band Concert

3/5- Orchestra Concert

3/5- Finals

3/6- End of Quarter 3

3/9- Spring Break Begins - NO SCHOOL

3/16- School Resumes, Begin Quarter 4

3/17- Accuplacer

3/19- Tigers' Roar

3/20- Tigers' Roar

3/21- Tigers' Roar

3/24- ACT

3/25- NHS Blood Drive

3/26- Senior Dinner and Dance, 5:30

3/27- RCC Career Day

3/27- Wall of Inspiration

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.

Wednesday, January 29

The Navy @ Lunch

Tuesday, February 11

The Marines @ 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


Paul Durbahn - 379.5359

Jen Zoller - 379.5345


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

· 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.