Superintendent's Community Update, June 4, 2021


June 4, 2021

Dear Albany Community,

It’s been a school year full of challenges that is now coming to a close. I congratulate all of our students for the incredible resilience they have shown, learning and progressing under the stress of a pandemic. The Class of 2021 has my sincere congratulations and best wishes for a bright future! Teachers and staff also deserve acknowledgement for keeping learning alive in new ways and our school sites healthy and safe. 

We celebrate the end of the school year in a couple of different ways. One is the annual AUSD Newsletter, which is a printed piece that comes to your home mailbox. This newsletter summarizes some of the most important news from the district. Please look for it in your mailbox next Thursday or Friday and enjoy short and important stories! A few highlights include:

  • The Grand Reopening/Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the new Ocean View Elementary School will be held on August 14.
  • Awards received by Albany Middle School and the Albany High School Addition.
  • Marin Elementary will be under construction shortly.
  • All schools are scheduled to return to full in-person instruction in August.
  • A remarkable student runner from AHS with a jaw-dropping time!

The traditional way we celebrate the end of the school year is with promotion ceremonies at school transition grades (5th & 8th grades) and a commencement ceremony for our graduating seniors. Here’s a list of the events happening next week:


Commencement Ceremony for all Graduating Seniors 

Friday, June 11 at AHS Cougar Field

Time: Parents/Staff arrival at 4:15 pm; Commencement begins at 5 pm

By invitation only


Latinx Ceremony 

Wednesday, June 9 at Cougar Field, 5:30 – 7:30 pm 

By invitation only 


Black Student Union Ceremony

Thursday, June 10 at Memorial Park, 4:30 – 6:00 pm

By invitation only


Indigenous Peoples Ceremony

Thursday, June 10 at Memorial Park, 5:30 pm

All are welcome



8th Grade Promotion Ceremony

Thursday, June 10, at AMS Blacktop, 9:00 am12:45 pm

Details here

By invitation only

Black/African American & Latinx Promotion Celebration
Wednesday, June 9, at AMS Courtyard, 2:003:00 pm

By invitation only



5th Grade Promotion Webinar

Friday, June 11, 11:00 am12:00 pm 

By invitation only

Car Parade 2:004:00 pm

Viewable from the 900 blocks of Cornell Ave. or Talbot Ave.

Ocean View:

5th Grade Promotion In-Person Event

Thursday, June 10, 12:152:15 pm 

Location: OV East Basketball Courts

By invitation only


5th Grade Promotion In-Person Event

Friday, June 11, 9:00 am12:45 pm 

By invitation only

Car Parade 1:152:45 pm

Viewable along the 1000 block of Santa Fe Ave. up to Marin Ave.

Next week, I will be attending a number of promotional and celebratory events, including the Albany High School Graduation and will not be sending out an update. Be assured that I will keep you updated over the summer with news and information as they arise. Have a wonderful summer break!


Stay hopeful and encouraged,

Frank Wells

Dr. Frank Wells 

Superintendent of Schools

Albany Unified School District