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PARENTS – Please fill out our School Climate Survey

Posted on: June 10, 2019

Students have filled out the School Climate Survey in Dog Teams (Advisory). We value parent feedback and want to hear from you, too! Please take a few minutes to fill out the survey below and let us know how we’re doing.

Oregon Promise Application is Open

Posted on: September 12, 2019

Students may apply now if they are graduating between July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020. Most students must apply DURING their senior year (prior to graduation), or immediately after GED® test completion. Use the Find Your Deadline tool to determine your deadline.

More information is available at the Oregon Promise website.

Change to Deadlines for GED® Applicants: OSAC has made a slight change to the Oregon Promise deadlines starting this fall. The GED® applicant deadlines are now on the 10th of the month (rather than the 5th of the month). The GED® deadlines are now March 10, July 10, and Dec. 10. All other Oregon Promise deadlines remain the same.

PARENTS: A reminder about student drop-off and pick-up

Posted on: September 3, 2019

Please remember that the student drop-off / pick-up area is at the front of the school; parents should turn off of Liberty St. into the driveway closest to Queen to drop students off.

Please do not use the driveway between West Albany and Memorial OR the Liberty Street entrance to drop students off or pick them up. The resulting combination of cars making U-turns, buses, students and staff members parking, and students crossing back and forth between the schools on foot creates a significant safety hazard.

Thank you for helping us keep kids safe!

July Bond Updates / Actualizaciones del Bono escolares

Posted on: August 27, 2019

 ➡ Actualizaciones del Bono escolares: Click AQUÍ

SUMMER HAS BEEN extremely busy for construction bond projects, with activity at eighteen school sites and two district facilities. The largest challenges for the summer has been a number of unforeseen conditions at the middle schools, but those projects should be completed for the start of school with one exception, the locker rooms at North Albany Middle School.

Oak Grove Opening Events: speeches, photos, ribbon cutting, flag raising, self guided tour

The major good news of the summer is the completion of Oak Grove Elementary, the replacement school for the old Oak Grove building, which will open before school starts on August 29 with a public ribbon cutting ceremony and self guided tour. Please join us at 3:30 p.m.

Meadow Ridge Elementary is a brand new school for 600 students and is about three quarters through construction, with a completion date in early 2020.

The big middle school projects are the upgrades to Memorial and North Albany’s CTE spaces. Memorial received a modification of an existing science, leadership, food science, and communications classroom to create a new science lab, fabrication lab, maker space, and digital lab. North Albany Middle is having existing an art classroom and four other classrooms modified into CTE labs and a classroom.

SAHS Auxiliary Gym

SAHS Auxiliary Gym

The bond projects for South Albany High School include the development of an auxiliary gym, theater upgrades, and the renovation of career technical education (CTE) classrooms, including the addition of new CTE spaces. Completion is scheduled for 2020.

At West Albany High School, the developments will relieve crowding with the construction of an auxiliary gym, CTE spaces, a student commons, and an auditorium, which will be available for use by the entire district. Completion in Fall 2020.

Critical facility upgrades continued in Summer 2019, which included projects such as new roofing, restroom remodels, the replacement of water lines, etc.

Thank you, voters! ◊


Spanish Translation

El verano ha sido extremadamente ocupado para proyectos de bonos de construcción escolar, con actividad en dieciocho escuelas y dos instalaciones del distrito. Los mayores desafíos para el verano han sido una serie de condiciones imprevistas en las escuelas secundarias, pero esos proyectos deben completarse para el comienzo de clases, con una excepción, los vestuarios de la escuela secundaria North Albany Middle School.

La principal buena noticia del verano es la finalización de la escuela primaria Oak Grove Elementary, la escuela de reemplazo para el antiguo edificio de Oak Grove, que se abrirá antes de que comience las clases el 29 de agosto con una ceremonia pública de corte de cinta y una visita auto guiada. Únase a nosotros a las 3:30 p.m. (la invitación está en la página dos de este boletín).

La escuela primaria Meadow Ridge es una escuela completamente nueva para 600 estudiantes y tiene aproximadamente tres trimestres de construcción, con una fecha de finalización a principios de 2020.

Los grandes proyectos de la escuela secundaria son las mejoras a los espacios CTE de Memorial y North Albany. Memorial recibió una modificación de un aula existente de ciencias, liderazgo, ciencias de los alimentos y comunicaciones para crear un nuevo laboratorio de ciencias, laboratorio de fabricación, espacio para fabricantes y laboratorio digital. North Albany Middle tiene un aula de arte y otras cuatro aulas modificadas en laboratorios de CTE y un aula.

SAHS Auxiliary Gym

Los proyectos del bono escolar para South Albany High School incluyen el desarrollo de un gimnasio auxiliar / espacio multipropósito, mejoras de teatro y la renovación de aulas de educación técnica profesional (CTE), incluida la adición de nuevos espacios CTE. La finalización está programada para 2020.

En West Albany High School, los desarrollos aliviarán la sobrepoblación con la construcción de un gimnasio auxiliar, espacios CTE, un área para estudiantes y un auditorio, que estará disponible para su uso por todo el distrito. Terminación en el otoño de 2020.

Las remodelaciones críticas de las instalaciones continuaron en el verano de 2019, que incluyeron proyectos como nuevos techos, remodelaciones de baños, reemplazo de tuberías de agua, etc.

¡Gracias a los votantes!

West Albany makes top schools list again for 2020

Posted on: August 18, 2019

In Portland Business Journal’s ranking of top high schools in Oregon, West Albany High School once again makes the list! The rankings are based on eight factors: academics, culture and diversity, parent/student surveys, teachers, clubs and activities, health and safety, resources and facilities, and sports.

Details can be found here.

Welcome New Members of the School Board / Bienvenidos, nuevos miembros de la Mesa Directiva

Posted on: July 17, 2019

 ➡ Nuevos miembros de la Mesa Directiva: Clic AQUÍ

ON THE 9TH of July, the two newly elected school board members of GAPS, Michael Thomson and Eric Aguinaga, were sworn in by Board Chair Ward in a special session.

Meet our New Members!

Eric AguinagaEric Aguinaga

As a longtime Albany resident, husband, father, and businessman, Eric Aguinaga has learned our community is only as great as the time we invest in it. With his experience as a United States Air Force Veteran and as a former commercial sales representative, he brings a unique background and skill set to the school board. 

Eric understands and appreciates the hard work in which our community is founded on and enjoys spending his time volunteering with the Albany Public School Foundation, Albany Carousel, Albany Aquatics Association, Jackson Street Youth Services, and serving on the GAPS School Board. 

Michael ThomsonMichael Thomson

Michael Thomson grew up in Washington and graduated from Evergreen State College in Olympia, where he worked at the capitol. He and his wife have lived in Albany for twelve years, serving on city committees and with non-profit organizations, including the Central-Takena PTA. They are also active at St. Mary’s Parish.

Growing up with parents who were school teachers, Michael has always had an interest in public education, and since his daughter has been attending school, he has been heavily involved at GAPS. His wish and goal for all GAPS kids is for them to have as many positive experiences as his daughter has had. 

Welcome, new board members! Thank you for your service.


Spanish Translation

EL 9 DE JULIO, los dos nuevos miembros de la Mesa Directiva de GAPS, el Sr. Michael Thomson y Eric Aguinaga, juramentaron ante el Presidente de la Mesa Directiva en una sesión especial (corta).

¡Conoce a nuestros nuevos miembros!

Eric Aguinaga

Eric Aguinaga, residente de Albany desde hace mucho tiempo, esposo, padre y hombre de negocios, ha aprendido que nuestra comunidad es tan buena como el tiempo que invertimos en ella. Veterano de la Fuerza Aérea de los Estados Unidos y ex representante de ventas comerciales de Les Schwab, aporta a la Mesa Directiva conocimientos y habilidades únicas.

Eric comprende y aprecia el arduo trabajo en el que se basa nuestra comunidad y disfruta pasar su tiempo como voluntario en la Fundación de las Escuelas Públicas de Albany, el Carrusel de Albany, la Asociación Acuática de Albany, los Servicios Juveniles de Jackson Street y el servir en la Mesa Directiva de GAPS.

Michael ThomsonMichael Thomson

Michael Thomson creció en Washington y se graduó de la universidad Evergreen State College en Olympia, donde trabajó en la Capitolio. Él y su esposa han vivido en Albany durante doce años, sirviendo en comités de la ciudad y con organizaciones sin fines de lucro, incluida la Asociación de Padres y Maestros (PTA por sus siglas en ingles) de Central-Takena. También son activos en la parroquia de Santa María.

Al crecer con padres que eran maestros de escuela, Michael siempre ha tenido interés en la educación pública, y desde que su hija ha asistido a la escuela, ha estado muy involucrado en GAPS. Su deseo y objetivo para todos los niños de GAPS es que tengan tantas experiencias positivas como su hija. 

¡Bienvenidos, nuevos miembros de la Mesa Directiva! Gracias por su servicio.

 

Disposable Menstrual Products Access at GAPS / Acceso en GAPS de productos menstruales desechables

Posted on: July 16, 2019

 ➡ Acceso en GAPS de productos menstruales desechables: Click AQU

THE ALBANY ELKS Lodge #359 has been a strong supporter of GAPS students and GAPS is thankful for their generosity and benevolence. Last year they obtained a grant for school supplies for low income students; this year, they obtained a grant from the Elks National Foundation for disposable menstrual products for low income K-12 students. All the supplies have been ordered and will be distributed during registration day. 

To inquire about the availability of these products and additional resources, please see your school during registration. These are free products, a gift from Albany Elks Lodge, and no student will be denied access while supplies last. Thank you, Albany Elks Lodge!

In addition, Greater Albany Public Schools will have disposable menstrual product dispensers installed in every secondary education building, in all the girls’ restrooms and gender neutral restrooms. These facilities are expected to be installed before winter break, of the 2019/20 school year. 


Spanish Translation 

La organización “Albany Elks Lodge #359” ha sido un gran apoyo para nuestros estudiantes de GAPS y GAPS está muy agradecido por su generosidad y benevolencia. El año pasado obtuvo una subvención para útiles escolares para estudiantes de bajos ingresos; este año, ellos obtuvieron una subvención de la fundación “Elks National Foundation” para productos menstruales para estudiantes desde Kínder hasta el 12° grado de bajos ingresos. Todos los productos han sido ordenados y serán distribuidos durante el día de inscripción. 

Para consultar sobre la disponibilidad de estos productos y recursos adicionales, por favor consulte a su escuela durante la inscripción. Estos son productos gratuitos, un regalo de Albany Elks Lodge, y a ninguna estudiante se le negará el acceso mientras se tengan los productos. ¡Gracias, Albany Elks Lodge!

Además, las Escuelas Públicas de Greater Albany tendrán equipos dispensadores de productos menstruales desechables, instalados en todos los edificios de educación secundaria, en todos los baños de las niñas y en los baños de género neutral. Se espera que estos equipos de dispensadores se instalen antes de las vacaciones de invierno, del año escolar 2019/20.

In the News! The Story Next Door: West Albany graduate is passionate about pizza

Posted on: June 25, 2019

West Albany High School graduate Lara Herrmann was working towards starting her wood-fired pizza business in her hometown while she was still serving in the Coast Guard in New Hampshire.

By the time she finished her service in August last year, she had already ordered a custom-built wood-fired pizza oven on a trailer and had committed to working at a major event, the Lebanon Brewfest, with the business, Krakelen Wood Fired Pizza.

However, when she arrived in Oregon with her husband Wolf Herrmann, she hadn’t even seen the oven in person yet, since she’d had it shipped to her parents, and the Brewfest was only about a month away.

 

Read the rest of the article online from by clicking HERE.
Photo credit: Mark Ylen, Mid-Valley Media