Albion’s debate team received some exciting news last week! The National Speech and Debate Association has officially inducted the team into the NSDA’s prestigious “200 Club.” That means Albion is ranked among the top 10% of middle schools nationwide. According to a letter sent by the NSDA, “This milestone is remarkable because it demonstrates outstanding commitment to teaching students essential life skills—including communication, research, listening, writing, and organization.”
Albion debaters competed in the first tournament of the 2018-2019 school year on October 25 at Jordan High School. Their hard work certainly paid off. Albion won almost half of the 12 available first place trophies!
Varsity Policy Debate
- 2nd Place Team--Sam Clayton and Nathan Walker
- 4th Place Speaker Award--Cannon Warner
Novice Policy Debate
- 1st Place Team--Sandrine Mimche and Eelan Le Mon
- 5th Place Team--Jeremy Baker and Lance Gray
Varsity Lincoln-Douglas Debate
- 1st Place Speaker Award--Connor Johns
- 3rd Place Speaker Award--Porter Bach
- 5th Place--Alyssa Gillan
Novice Lincoln-Douglas Debate
- 1st Place Speaker Award--Harrison Jolley
Varsity Oratory Speaking
- 1st Place--Alex Carlyle
Varsity Extemporaneous Speaking
- 3rd Place--Myah Ingebritson
Novice Extemporaneous Speaking
- 1st Place--Reagan Manwaring
- 2nd Place--Abby Rasmussen
- 3rd Place--Teagan Kay
Final Report of Land Trust funds for 2017-18
A requirement of the School Land Trust Program is that a final report is published to the school community. This is the report for the 2017-18 school year for Albion Middle School. We received $88,014 for 2017-18. The School Community Council created a plan and budget for those funds the previous year, then monitored the expenditures and progress throughout the implementation year. What follows is a narrative report of the Land Trust expenditures; details including specific goals, budgets and expenditures are available by contacting the Albion main office, or visiting www.schoollandtrust.com.
The main focus in the Albion School Land Trust plan was to support students academically through aide support who assisted students in the classroom, or in small groups as needed. Larger classes or classes where a larger percentage of the students were demonstrating the need for assistance were given priority status for aide support. These aides help identify students who are at risk for academic failure, provide assistance with learning tasks, track progress, monitor assignments, and implement other interventions as prescribed by the Albion Student Support Team.
Before and after school tutoring was funded through the Land Trust program. Certified teachers worked with students for one hour from September through May in a drop-in style program. Materials and Chromebooks were provided for tutoring programs as well as the aides previously mentioned.
In order to support high quality classroom instruction, teachers were provided with an additional day of preparation prior to the start of the school year. Traditionally, only one or two partial days are available to teachers to prepare to begin the year. This is not enough to plan lessons, develop procedures, organize classrooms and all the other preparation a teacher needs to do prior to the students’ arrival. An additional day allowed teachers to hit the ground running the minute students arrived, and provided a much better start to the year. We were also able to set goals and provide some training on updated intervention and instructional techniques in the classroom.
The best method to improve a teacher’s practice is to observe other teachers, discuss strategies with them, and then plan implementation in their own classroom with their teaching partners. To support this, the Land Trust plan paid for substitutes for teachers to engage in teacher peer observation and partner planning for one day. Teachers report this time to be extremely valuable in their professional development and growth as teaching professionals.
Lastly, to provide students with an interest in Science and Math beyond the classroom, stipends are provided for two teachers to sponsor Lego League and Math Teams. These are very effective programs that extend the science and math curriculum beyond the classroom. We are very proud of our students who choose to participate in these competitions, as they learn valuable teamwork skills, real-world applications, and higher-level content while having a whole bunch of fun.
We are enormously grateful for the opportunities that the Land Trust funds provide. Further details are available on the Schoollandtrust.com website, or by contacting the Albion main office.
Albion Spanish Teacher:
In this class, you begin to communicate in Spanish using reading, writing and, of course, speaking. By the end of the year, you will be able to talk about yourself, your family and friends. You will be able to describe activities that you like and dislike. You will also be able to talk about your school day and your hobbies. Culture, history and customs will also be taught. I hope that you will gain a love for the Spanish language and culture, and also have fun!