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Rep. Olson chooses GAPS teachers for civic scholar initiative

Posted on: August 15, 2017

Memorial Middle School teacher Jana Swearingen and West Albany High School teacher Erik Ihde will join teachers from around the state at a statewide civics conference. The two were nominated by Representative Andy Olson to represent civics educators from his house district.

The following announcement came from the conference sponsor, the Classroom Law Project:

Congratulations on two teachers from the Greater Albany School District being named 2017-18 Civic Scholars by Representative Andy Olson for House District 15! They are Jana Swearingen, Memorial MS, and Erik Ihde, West Albany HS. Congratulations!

Every state legislator is naming two teachers from their district to be Civic Scholars. This is part of a statewide initiative to enhance high quality professional development in civic education for teachers.

With the recognition of Civic Scholar, teachers receive:

  •  registration for the Civics Conference for Teachers at the State Capitol, Dec. 1, 2017. The conference will feature workshop presenters from each branch of Oregon government as well as strategies from master teachers.
  •  special recognition at the conference
  •  follow-up classroom assistance

We look forward to seeing Ms. Swearingen and Mr. Ihde the conference. Best wishes and, again, congratulations!

 

West Albany places second in first statewide unified basketball tournament

Posted on: August 4, 2017

In July, the the West Albany unified basketball team took second place in the first annual Unified Basketball State Championships.

The tournament was sponsored by the Oregon School Activities Association and the Oregon Special Olympics. Teams from around the state earned a spot at state after competing in regional competitions last spring.

Alix Wasteney, Director of School Engagement for Special Olympics of Oregon, issued the following statement:

This year Special Olympics Oregon and Oregon School Activities Association made history by holding the first annual Unified Basketball State Championship in conjunction with the OSAA 4A State Basketball Championships. This was the first time inclusive Special Olympics Unified basketball teams were included and recognized at State Championships in Oregon.

Unified Sports joins people with and without intellectual disabilities on the same team to train and compete together.

Congratulations to all four teams that competed and demonstrated outstanding sportsmanship and skills!

The top four teams were

  • 1st place: Forest Grove Vikings
  • 2nd place: West Albany Bulldogs
  • 3rd place: Bend Lava Bears
  • 4th place: Wilson Trojans

Albany Public Schools Foundation announces scholarships

Posted on: June 16, 2017

The Albany Public Schools Foundation announced its list of annual scholarship winners. The awards go to graduating seniors from Greater Albany high schools.

Albany Public Schools Foundation issued a press release announcing the winners. Pictured are Jessica Woodall (left), winner of the Chris Lukesic Memorial Scholarship and Evelynn Flamez, winner of the Albany Chamber Pipeline/LBCC scholarship.

NEWS RELEASE

Albany Public Schools Foundation
Contact: Aimee Addison 541-979-2773
June 10, 2017

The Albany Public Schools Foundation was honored to award nineteen scholarships, totaling $44,250, to high school seniors from the 2017 Albany graduating classes this year.

Albany Options scholarship award winners were: Jordan Monet Jackson, Albany Public Schools Foundation scholarship; Alan Hernandez, Albany Chamber Pipeline/LBCC scholarship.

South Albany High School scholarship award winners were: Emma Clare, Jim Linhart scholarship; Riley Swanson, Howell/DKG scholarship; Hannah Barber, Eric Mann scholarship; Cristian Amador and Katie Osuna, Jeanne Linn scholarship; Katie Osuna, Central Willamette Credit Union scholarship.

West Albany High School scholarship award winners were: Josh Rondeau and Delanie Phillips, Teddy Brown scholarship; Felicia Lopez-Martinez, Jim Linhart scholarship; Denisse Medina, Joseph Blickenstaff scholarship; Jessica Woodall, Chris Lukesic Memorial scholarship; Lauren Schuh, Howell/DKG scholarship; Anthony Straw, Botkin Memorial scholarship; Evelynn Flamez and Kylan Moe, Albany Chamber Pipeline/LBCC scholarship; Emily Harding and Riley Lamont, ATI – Allegheny Technologies Inc. scholarship.

The Albany Public Schools Foundation scholarships range from $500 to $5000 and are available for one to four years. The Foundation, founded in 1984, has awarded $348,994 in scholarships. In addition, the Foundation funds classroom grants and school enrichment grants providing support for education enhancing opportunities throughout the Greater Albany School District.

Please contact the Albany Public Schools Foundation at 541-979-2773 for more information on how you can help support kids in the Greater Albany Public School District through setting up or donating to a scholarship fund.

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