Albany School District Newsletter
The Comet Way - October 28, 2022
A Message from Mr. Soderberg, Superintendent
The mantra “Doing something BIG is a special little place!” has come to life! As we march through the Fall and brace for the upcoming winter, we have seen the culture within our district move in a very positive direction.
A walk down the hallways, a visit to the playground, or a chat with a staff member provides a clear sense of the positive energy and high expectations throughout our school community. As I observe our staff and students, two things are evident. First, the staff cares deeply about every student, gets to know them personally, welcomes them daily, and works tirelessly to help them achieve their very best. Secondly, our students support each other, enjoy being at school, and strive to live our four core values of Citizenship, Achievement, Respect, and Excellence (CARE).
Our staff has been working together in collaborative teams to identify and address the academic and behavioral needs of all students. Each Wednesday our teaching staff spends time examining academic results and setting a course to help all students achieve at high levels.
The Albany School District is indeed a special place. The 4K-12 setting provides ample opportunities for our district to truly become a family. The connections between students and staff at all levels create a legacy of support and connection. We will continue to work in partnership with our community and families to serve, guide, and support all of our students to be their very best.
It's a great day to be a Comet!
A Message from Mr. Ritzert, 4K-12 Principal
We are just about a week away from the end of quarter 1 for the 2022-23 school year. Information about scheduling parent/teacher conferences has been shared. We look forward to having our staff continue to grow the partnership between home and school. There are many things to be proud of as we reflect on the time we have spent together this school year. Our students are embracing our 4 core values of Citizenship, Achievement, Respect, and Excellence. Our CARE store is open every other Friday for our students to spend the CARE coupons they are earning for demonstrating qualities that fit within those values. The CARE store has proven to be a hit, especially with our elementary students. We will continue to place items in the CARE store that fit the interest of students in all grades. Each quarter, we will have a recognition assembly, where 2 students will be selected from each grade level to be recognized. Those students will receive a Comet CARE “Swag Bag,” and a certificate. For quarter one, our focus has been Citizenship. This assembly will take place in early November, stay tuned for more information in next month's newsletter.
The belief in “Doing something BIG in this special little place," is a focal point of everything we do in the Albany School District. We have such a unique opportunity as a 4K-12 district to see our students throughout their entire educational journey. As we continue to learn and grow together, I am excited that I get to be a part of this process. I will continue to stress the importance of the partnership between home and school. It takes all of us, working together, to accomplish BIG things.
A Message from Student Services
The IEP document is the cornerstone of the special education process and the key to the services your child receives. By understanding your child’s IEP and taking an active role in developing it, you can help ensure that your child receives the education and services he or she needs.
As a parent, you have the right to have the information explained to you in understandable language. You know your child’s strengths and needs, and you should discuss them with the rest of the IEP team. It is a good idea for both parents and teachers to have high expectations for your child.
To help develop the goals that will enable your child to become as independent and productive as possible, you may want to ask yourself:
What do I want for my child?
What can he or she do now?
What do we need to do so my child will gain new skills?
Together, you, school personnel, and others can discuss, plan, and implement a special education program that serves your child’s needs. There is no blueprint or prescription for an IEP. The IEP team, which includes the parent(s), will develop a program that meets your child’s individual and specific needs. This flexibility is good, but it requires your preparation and participation.
Paperwork Tip of the Month: Goals
The IEP will have annual instructional goals that describe what your child is expected to accomplish within a year of writing the IEP when provided with special education instruction and related services. Each goal will have short-term objectives or benchmarks.
The goals are based on the Present Level of Academic Achievement and Functional Performance (PLAAFP) statement. The IEP team will determine:
What skill needs to be learned or what behavior needs to change so that your child can be involved in and make progress in the general education curriculum, or make progress on other appropriate goals and objectives
Whether your child should increase, decrease, or maintain specific skills and behaviors
What level of performance should be achieved and how that
Goals may cover any of several areas: academic, behavioral, functional, social, or other educational skills that are important for your child to master. Goals must be measurable so that the IEP team will know if your child is making progress on each one. The IEP must address all the educational needs that result from your child’s disability or disabilities, regardless of the disability label.
The Important Role of Parents in Special Education
Parent and guardian participation in the special education decision-making process is vitally important. The most important thing parents of disabled kids can do is take an active role as a member of the Individual Education Program (IEP) team that determines a student's path.
Halloween Parade October 31, 2022
High School Basketball Parent Meetings November 1, 2022
Veteran's Day Assembly November 10, 2022
Regular Board of Education Meeting November 16, 2022
6:00 pm-9:00 pm
Albany HS Volleyball Schedule
WIAA Sectionals ~ October 27th & October 29th
WIAA State ~ November 4th & November 5th
Albany HS Football Schedule
WIAA Playoffs ~ October 21, 28, & November 4
WIAA State FB November 11 & 12
Albany HS Cross Country Schedule
Saturday, October 29th WIAA State Meet @ Wisconsin Rapids (11:00 am)
Albany HS Boys Basketball Schedule
Friday, November 18th ~ Scrimmage @ Evansville (JV & Varsity @ 5:00pm)
Tuesday, November 22nd (HOME) vs. Johnson Creek (JV 6:00 pm/Varsity 7:15 pm)
Saturday, November 26th (HOME) vs. Brodhead (JV 4:00 pm/Varsity 5:30 pm) HALL OF FAME
Monday, November 28th @ Belmont (JV 6:00pm/Varsity 7:15pm)
Albany HS Girls Basketball Schedule
Saturday, November 12th ~ Scrimmage @ Evansville (JV & Varsity @ 9:00am)
Tuesday, November 15th (HOME) vs. Benton (JV 6:00pm/Varsity 7:15pm)
Thursday, November 17th @ Belleville (JV 6:00pm/Varsity 7:15pm)
Saturday, November 19th @ Williams Bay (JV Noon/Varsity 1:30pm)
Tuesday, November 29th (HOME) vs. Belmont (JV 6:00pm/Varsity 7:15pm)