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Join us in the Superintendent Search process!

Posted on: December 21, 2018

The search is underway for a new superintendent, and our school board is asking for your input!  What qualities would you like to see in a new leader? What experience should that person have? Should the board consider special areas of knowledge or skills?

In January, there will be two ways to share your input: in person at focus groups or through an online survey.  The focus groups and online survey will gather the perceptions of staff, students, parents and community members to create a district profile for the search process.  

To share in person:
Student & Parent Focus Group – January 16 – 7:00-8:00 pm
The Student & Parent Focus Group is ideal for current students and parents in the district.

Community Member Focus Group – January 17 – 7:00-8:00 pm
The Community Member Focus Group is ideal for any one who is part of the community.

To share online:
If you are not able to share in person, please consider sharing your thoughts through an online survey. The survey will be open January 14-21.  Staff and parents will receive a link to the survey by e-mail and the link will be posted on the Superintendent Search page.

Our school board and search committee members will use your feedback as they move forward in the selection process. Choosing a new superintendent is one of the most important decisions a school board can make, and we look forward to your participation!

¡Únase a nosotros en el proceso de búsqueda del Superintendente!

¡La búsqueda está en marcha para un nuevo superintendente y nuestra Mesa Directiva está solicitando su opinión! ¿Qué cualidades le gustaría ver en un nuevo líder? ¿Qué experiencia debe tener esa persona? ¿Debería la Mesa Directiva considerar áreas especiales de conocimiento o habilidades?

En enero, habrá dos formas de compartir su opinión: en persona en grupos de conversación o mediante una encuesta en el Internet. Los grupos de conversación y la encuesta en el Internet, reunirán las percepciones del personal, los estudiantes, los padres y los miembros de la comunidad, para crear un perfil del distrito para el proceso de búsqueda.

Para compartir en persona:
Grupo de conversación de padres y estudiantes – 16 de enero – 7: 00-8: 00 pm
El grupo de conversación de padres y estudiantes, es ideal para estudiantes y padres actuales en el distrito.

Grupo de conversación de miembros de la comunidad – 17 de enero – 7: 00-8: 00 pm
El grupo de conversación de miembros de la comunidad, es ideal para cualquiera que forme parte de la comunidad.

Para compartir en el Internet:
Si no puede compartir en persona, considere compartir sus ideas a través de una encuesta en el Internet. La encuesta estará abierta del 14 al 21 de enero. El personal y los padres recibirán un enlace a la encuesta por correo electrónico y el enlace se publicará en la página de Búsqueda del Superintendente.

Los miembros de nuestra Mesa Directiva y del comité de búsqueda, utilizarán sus comentarios a medida que avanzan en el proceso de selección. ¡La elección de un nuevo superintendente es una de las decisiones más importantes que una Mesa Directiva puede tomar, y esperamos su participación!

APSF Awards $40,000 to GAPS teachers

Posted on: December 21, 2018

The Albany Public Schools Foundation awarded $40,000 in classroom grants during the month of November.  Funded projects ranged from electronics, to materials for art, reading, music and physical education. Grant applicants have received their grant status notification letters.

Primary funding for the Classroom Grant Program comes from three Albany Public School Foundation events: iSwim for Kids, iCelebrate Kids Benefit Gala and the iRun for Kids race.

See the list of award recipients for details!

Fundación de las escuelas públicas de Albany (APSF por sus siglas en inglés) otorga $40,000 a maestros de GAPS

La Fundación de las Escuelas Públicas de Albany, otorgó $40,000 en subvenciones para los salones de clases durante el mes de noviembre. Los proyectos financiados van desde electrónica, hasta materiales para arte, lectura, música y educación física. Los solicitantes de subvenciones han recibido sus cartas de notificación de estado de concesión.

La financiación principal para el Programa de Subvenciones de Aula, proviene de tres eventos de la Fundación de Escuelas Públicas de Albany: “iSwim for Kids” (Evento de natación), la Gala de Beneficios de “iCelebrate Kids” (Evento recreativo) y “iRun for Kids” (Evento de carreras).

¡Vea la lista de ganadores de premios para más detalles!

Snow day make-up changes finals schedule

Posted on: March 21, 2019

The GAPS School Board voted to make up one of the two inclement weather days lost earlier this year. We will be making up the day lost on February 27. The day lost on February 25 will not be made up. This will push the last day of school for students to June 13 (half day) and the last contract day for teachers to June 14.

This will impact the West Albany High School final exam schedule in June, as indicated below. You can find the entire spring calendar on our Monthly Activity Calendar page.

  • Monday, June 3 = BLUE DAY
  • Tuesday, June 4 = GOLD DAY
  • Wednesday, June 5 = BLUE DAY
  • Thursday, June 6 = BLUE STUDY DAY (also Graduation)
  • Friday, June 7 = BLUE FINALS DAY
  • Monday, June 10 = GOLD DAY
  • Tuesday, June 11 = GOLD STUDY DAY
  • Wednesday, June 12 = GOLD FINALS DAY
  • Thursday, June 13 = 1/2 day, all meet – LAST DAY FOR STUDENTS

Scholastic Art Awards winners honored

Posted on: March 18, 2019

The Scholastic Art Awards Ceremony for the Willamette Valley Region was Saturday, March 16.  All Gold Key winning students were honored at the event, receiving their gold key pins and certificates at LaSells Stewart Center on the OSU campus.  There were also some special awards handed out, which some of our students received:

  • All our 9th-11th grade Gold Key students are receiving a $250 or $400 scholarship to Pacific Northwest College of Art’s pre-college summer program.
  • Our 3 seniors who received Gold Key Portfolios — Geneva Mellison, Jenna Thomas, and Ahni Washburn — received scholarships to attend PNCA for $5,000/yr for 4 years totaling $20,000.
  • Also, the Creative Metal Arts Guild in Portland has given Ahni a one-year student membership to the guild for her Jewelry Portfolio, and has invited her to participate in their Spring Show this April at the Oregon Convention Center.
  • Last week national medalists were also announced, and Leigh Heward received a National Silver Medal for her self-portrait drawing.

The winning work will be on display through Thursday of this week at the LaSells Stewart Center.  There are also photos posted on our art department Instagram at 

We are so proud of these students!

Construction Traffic and Parking Changes Begin March 5

Posted on: March 7, 2019

Due to the start of construction, it is necessary to make some changes to our student and staff parking, student drop-off and pick-up. These changes will be in effect until further notice. Please read carefully as this information is of utmost importance for the safety of our students, parents, staff and community members during this construction process.

The only areas for student drop-off and pick-up are the following:

  1. In front of the school in the area currently used for pick-up and drop-off (not the bus lane) — please be mindful to pull as close to the center median as possible, so cars can pass by;
  2. In the stadium parking lot;
  3. Along Elm Street.

Do not use Liberty Street for this purpose as it will be a construction zone.

Also, there is no drop-off or pick-up between Memorial Middle School and WAHS; this has never been a safe drop-off / pick-up zone, and will now become even more congested.

All student parking will be relocated to the gravel parking lot on Elm Street near Memorial Stadium. Students will walk behind Memorial Middle School and enter the high school through the B-Hall doors.

We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your help with these changes.

73rd Annual Session of the Oregon YMCA Youth & Government

Posted on: February 20, 2019

These West Albany students were participating in the 73rd Annual Session of the Oregon YMCA Youth & Government.

The goal of the program is to create an environment in which students can increase their political awareness and understanding, while learning the meaning of social action through an actual experience in government.

More photos available here.

West Albany wins Nike School Innovation Fund grant

Posted on: February 14, 2019

We are thrilled that WAHS has been awarded the Nike School Innovation Fund grant for the 2019-20 school year! This grant will allow us to expand AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) and invest in other innovative efforts to improve student graduation and success.

We are proud to be among Oregon’s 100 public schools to receive an NSIF grant to help increase graduation rates, close the achievement gap and help students in Oregon prepare for future success!