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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.

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

GAPS Summer Food Program 2019 / Programa de comidas del verano 2019 en Albany

Posted on: June 13, 2019

Here is the Greater Albany Public Schools Summer Food Program for 2019. All children eat for FREE, ages 1-18. Sites will be closed July 4 and 5 to honor Independence Day.

Click HERE for program.

Spanish Translation

Programa de comidas del verano 2019 en Albany

Aquí está el Programa de comidas del verano 2019 de las escuelas en Albany. Todos los niños comen GRATIS, de 1 a 18 años de edad. Los lugares estarán cerrados el 4 y 5 de julio para honrar el Día de la Independencia.

Marque AQUÍ para encontrar el programa.