South Albany Dance Team
The South Albany High School Southern Belles dance team competed in the DDCA championship in Canby on December 6 and earned first place among 5A teams in the Large Jazz event and second place in the Hip Hop event.
LEGO Robotics Team heading to the State Championship
On December 6, The Bacon Bricks, an all-girls robotics team led by teacher Mark Gullickson earned second place at the ORTOP Regional State Qualifying Tournament held in Philomath. They are now heading to the State Championship Tournament which will be held in Hillsboro this coming January.
This year, the research challenge theme is called, “World Class Learning Unleashed" and is centered upon improving the way people learn. Participating teams had to research a topic under this theme. The Bacon Bricks developed an innovative way for students to learn about the Cartesian coordinate graphing system. They have worked collaboratively with educators and professionals in the fields of mathematics and science education, both in the USA and in Europe. They have also been working with a partnership/buddy school in Zelenograd, Russia. To date, they have shared their FLL research project with more than 104,000 students all over the world. The Bacon Bricks were also selected by the national FIRST LEGO robotics organization as the featured research project team in the USA. Teachers and schools in both the USA and Russia - and others in Europe too -have begun using their innovative solution for teaching elementary students how the Cartesian coordinate graphing system works.
Students Tour Local Firms, Career Exploration Opportunities Focus on Manufacturing, Technology
Students at Albany middle schools aren’t quite ready for full-time jobs, but when they are, they may not have to leave Albany to find them. That’s the word from several local businesses acting as tour guides this year in Timber Ridge, Calapooia, Memorial and North Albany Middle Schools. Josephine Fleetwood of the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce is working with district schools to provide a middle school careers program. The after-school Career Exploration Club meets for an hour on early release Wednesdays for five weeks, spending one Wednesday each at local firms and organizations.
Seven Calapooia students visited Concept Systems which provides factory automation and systems integration services to manufacturers. Ed Diehl, president and co-founder of the company said that labor shortage is a big concern as not enough new employees are entering the field and those who currently have the skills are beginning to retire.
South Albany High School students visited CADD Connection, a company which creates 3D modeling for building designs.
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Address: 235 13th Ave. SE, Albany, Oregon 97322
Deb Burchfiel is the Business-to-School Liaison for the Greater Albany Public School District. She coordinates career-related work opportunities for Albany high school students. Student opportunities may include job shadows, career-related field trips, mentorships, structured work experiences, internships, co-operative work experiences, and informational interviews.
If you work for or own a business that would like to participate and provide Albany high school students training for their future careers, please contact Josefine via the information below:
Greater Albany Public Schools
718 Seventh Ave. SW
Albany, Oregon 97321
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One of the goals of the Pre-Kindergarten Outreach Committee is to contact parents and community members who work with children younger than kindergarten age to inform them of current school expectations.