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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 drama — upcoming information

Posted on: October 16, 2019

Fall Play:
Check Please!
November 8 at 7:00pm
November 9 at 2pm and 7pm

Theater Costuming Seminar: November 16 from 10am – 12:30 in the WAHS Choir Room. Open to All WAHS Students.

Mary Poppins Informational Meeting: November 20 at 3:15 in the Little Theater. All students interested in auditioning and/or working backstage should plan on attending.

Mary Poppins Auditions: December 3 – 6

Come watch the WAHS Improv Team (WIT) at the
Improv Smackdown vs. SAHS at LBCC
7:30pm on Friday December 6th.

Community Forums: Student Success Act / Ley de Éxito Estudiantil

Posted on: October 10, 2019

The Oregon Legislature passed and the Governor signed the $2 billion Student Success Act (HB 3427), a historic and much needed investment in K-12 schools. Greater Albany Public Schools could be able to access an estimated $5.5 million per year through a state application process.

Districts are allowed four broad uses for the grant proposals:

  1. Increasing instructional time
  2. Addressing student health and safety needs
  3. Increasing adults/decreasing class size
  4. Expanding well-rounded learning opportunities.

Programs must also meet students’ behavioral and mental health needs and increase academic achievement as well as reduce disparities among student groups.

We want to be sure to invest these resources in alignment with our community vision. In conjunction with a new Strategic Plan, input from parents, teachers, staff, students, and the community at large will shape the future of Greater Albany Public Schools!

Community Engagement Survey (English) Community Engagement Survey (Spanish) Student Engagement Survey (English) Student Engagement Survey (Spanish) Download Printable Flyer (English) Download Printable Flyer (Spanish) Community Forums (English & Spanish)
  • Tuesday, October 22, 2019 – 6:00-7:30 p.m. (In Spanish with English interpretation)
  • Wednesday, October 30, 2019 – 9:30 a.m. / 11:30 a.m. (In English with Spanish interpretation)
  • Wednesday, October 30, 2019 –  6:00-7:30 p.m. (In English with Spanish interpretation)

Spanish Translation 

La Legislatura de Oregón aprobó y la Gobernadora firmó la Ley de Éxito Estudiantil de $ 2 mil millones (HB 3427), una inversión histórica y muy necesaria para las escuelas desde Kínder hasta el 12 grado. Las Escuelas Públicas de Greater Albany, podrían acceder a un estimado de $ 5.5 millones por año a través de un proceso de solicitud estatal.

Los distritos tienen cuatro usos generales para las propuestas de subvención:

  1. Incremento del tiempo de instrucción.
  2. Abordar las necesidades de salud y seguridad de los estudiantes. 
  3. Aumento de adultos/disminución del tamaño de la clase.
  4. Expandir oportunidades de aprendizaje integrales.

Los programas también deben satisfacer las necesidades de salud mental y conductual de los estudiantes y aumentar el rendimiento académico, así como reducir la desproporción entre los grupos de estudiantes.

Queremos asegurarnos de invertir estos recursos de acuerdo con nuestra visión comunitaria. ¡Junto con un nuevo Plan Estratégico, los aportes de padres, maestros, personal, estudiantes y la comunidad en general darán forma al futuro de las Escuelas Públicas de Greater Albany!

Encuesta de participación comunitaria (Inglés) Encuesta de participación comunitaria (Español) Encuesta de participación estudiantil (Inglés) Encuesta de participación estudiantil (Español) Descargar folleto imprimible (Inglés) Descargar folleto imprimible (Español) Foros Comunitaios (Ingles y Espanol)

Fall Into Jazz – WAHS, MMS, and NAMS Jazz Bands in concert

Posted on: October 5, 2019

Come enjoy the performance of jazz bands from 3 different schools, and enjoy dinner with the concert!

WAHS, MMS, and NAMS Jazz Bands
WAHS Cafetorium
$7 per person includes pasta dinner
$2 suggested donation for concert only

Tickets available at the door.

Parent-Teacher Conferences on October 23 and 24

Posted on: October 4, 2019

WAHS Parent-Teacher Conferences are coming up on October 23 and 24. Here is the schedule:

Wednesday, October 23rd:
4:00 to 7:30 pm

Thursday, October 24th:
7:30 to 10:30 am
12 to 3:00 pm
4:00 to 7:00 pm

CAFETERIA
CTE/Arts: Matt Boase, Casi Brown, Cate Caffarella, Amy Evilsizer, Tim Fief, Babette Grunwald, Ricky Hall, Joey Running, Dolly Victorine, Morgan Wadlow, Stuart Welsh
Health/PE: Jennifer Bornheimer, Brittany Eudy, Don Lien, Brian Mehl, Shawn Stinson
Language Arts: Michelle Balmeo, Justin Crow, Amber Ferguson, Margie Graves, Jodi Howell, Chris Martin, Kristen Rasmussen, Jordan Ruppert, Blain Willard
Science: Kelli Backer, Gareth Engler, Chris Hains, Shana Hains, Linden Loren, Karissa Olsen, Lucas Risinger, Sylvia Sorenson
World Language: Ken Beiser, Kristen Grosserhode, Jacqueline Kahler, Emily Mehl
Counselors: Karen Beattie, Jan Rasmussen, Casey Sheets
Administrators: Rich Engel, Sean Saxon, Jessica Smith

LIBRARY
Math: Alison Bryant, Ian Condron, Derek Duman, Ashleigh Johnson, Bryce Johnson, Marcie McArthur, Cole Pouliot, Steve Ockerman
Social Studies: Kyle Hall, Erik Ihde, Marty Johnston, June Morris, Andrew Sturgill, Bryan Wadlow, Todd Zimmermann
Special Programs: Carrie Coates, Erik French, Casey Horn, Joene LaCoste, Jordan Silbernagel, Tracy Stinson
Librarian: Jean Gritter
Counselor and Administrator: Ryan Graham, Susie Orsborn

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!