Tiger Notes

Tuesday, October 22

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Announcements & Reminders

*College Knowledge Week*

This is RED week for music lessons.

Girls Basketball

There will be a Girls Basketball informational meeting for all girls 7-12 grade who are planning on playing or managing basketball this winter. We will meet in room E113 on Tuesday, October 22 from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Picture Retakes

Picture retakes will be held TODAY. If you have not signed up for a time-slot, please see Dani in the back office.

Riverland Career Day

All 10th, 11th, and 12th graders interested in researching a career path locally and invited to attend the Riverland Career Day. You can sign up in the Counseling Office and take a permission slip. All career days are held from 12:30-2:30 p.m.

  • Thursday, October 24 - Manufacturing, building trades, and transportation careers @ Albert Lea Campus

  • Thursday, November 7 - Business, accounting, computer science, and office careers @ Owatonna Campus

  • Thursday, November 14 - Liberal arts, transfer to 4-year, fine arts, and athletic careers @ Austin East Campus

  • Thursday, November 20 - Health and human services, massage, cosmetology, public safety, construction, agriculture, and food science at Austin West Campus

Health Care Career Night

The University of Minnesota - Rochester and Mayo School of Health Sciences are hosting a Health Care Career Night in Austin, MN on Tuesday, October 29 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. Stop by the counseling office for a flyer with more information.

Latino Engineering Day

Latino Engineering Day will be held Friday, November 1 at Minnesota State University, Mankato from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Transportation and meals will be provided. This event is geared toward promoting the exploration of STEM careers. Any students who are interested should see Miriam Highum in the Success Coach office to register.

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


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

10/22- Picture Retakes

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

10/30- PSAT Test

11/1- Senior Pictures Due

11/7- Fall Musical, 7:00 p.m.

11/8- Fall Musical, 7:00 p.m.

11/9- Fall Musical, 7:00 p.m.

11/11- NHS Induction Ceremony, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

11/27- NHS Blood Drive

11/28- NO SCHOOL, Thanksgiving Break

11/29- NO SCHOOL, Thanksgiving Break

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.

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

Wednesday, October 30

University of Northern Iowa @ Lunch

Thursday, November 7

North Dakota State University

Monday, November 11

Minnesota State University, Mankato @ 8:30

Wednesday, November 13

The Army @ Lunch

Tuesday, November 19

The Navy @ Lunch

Friday, November 22

University of Wisconsin, Superior @ 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


Paul Durbahn - 379.5359

Jen Zoller - 379.5345

Laurie Neff - 379.4833


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.