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Students take industry tours, see LBCC programs on Manufacturing Day

Posted on: October 11, 2017

On Oct. 6, high school students visited local companies to learn more about career opportunities in manufacturing. Students from South and West Albany high schools and Albany Options School joined the nationwide Manufacturing Day event to “celebrate modern manufacturing and inspire the next generation of manufacturers.”

In Albany, Pipeline to Jobs organized tours for students at industry, including ATI, National Frozen Foods and Wood Castle Furniture. Students toured the facilities, spoke to employers and learned about skills to help them get hired and advance in a career.

At National Frozen Foods, students learned and practiced welding skills and won prizes for welding activities. Wyett Luttrell, pictured above, won a welding helmet provided by General Manager Armando Nunez.

student in helmet welding

metal weld sample

general manager with five students

After the tours, students returned to LBCC to learn more about LBCC programs that train students for local jobs. Students toured training space for Machine Tool, Mechatronics, CADD, Welding and Non-Destructive Testing programs.

students listening to teacher near machinery

WAHS reclassified as 5A

Posted on: October 10, 2017


Superintendent Jim Golden announced that the Oregon School Activities Association has recommended that West Albany High School be reclassified as a 5A campus, down from the 6A level it has competed at for the last several years. The reclassification cleared the way for the school to rejoin the Mid-Valley Conference which already includes nearby schools such as South Albany, Corvallis, Crescent Valley and Lebanon High Schools. District officials lobbied hard for the moves as they were concerned that the increased travel distances to 6A schools such as Bend High School were a safety concern and would cause students to miss an increased amount of class time in travelling to those distant cities.

School Board honors WAHS Student All Stars

Posted on: October 10, 2017

This week, the School Board honored Student All-Stars from West Albany High School for earning the highest scores on the Oregon Smarter Balanced state tests last spring.

The students were introduced by Principal Susie Orsborne. West Albany High School students are (from left):

Curtis Allen: Highest score in state tests in reading

Curtis has a 3.92 GPA while taking five AP classes, including AP European History, AP Composition, AP U.S. History, AP Literature, and Spanish IV. He is active in the school’s award-winning band and choir, where he has won numerous awards. He has played the lead role in school musical productions and is on the varsity soccer team. Curtis is also a WAHS Linn County Junior First Citizen nominee in recognition of his character, leadership and service.

Eli Nicholas: Highest score in state tests in mathematics

Eli has a 4.0 GPA that includes 10 AP classes: AP European History, AP Biology, AP Composition, AP U.S. History, AP Physics, AP Calculus BC, AP Literature, AP Chemistry and Spanish IV. He is very active in the school’s award-winning band and choirs and a great actor in school musicals. He is on track to be a valedictorian for the Class of 2018.

Not pictured:

Jewel Newman: Highest score in state tests in science

Jewel came to us last year after being in the International Baccalaureate program at South Salem High School. He has a 4.0 GPA that includes 10 AP classes at WAHS: AP Calculus A/B, AP Composition, AP Environmental Science, AP European History, AP Physics, AP Psychology, AP Calculus BC,  AP Literature, AP Chemistry and Spanish IV. Jewel is active in orchestra and is an AVID tutor. She is on track to be a valedictorian for the Class of 2018.

NEW – Order West Albany Bulldog Gear Online!

Posted on: September 14, 2017

We’ve partnered with one of our athletic equipment suppliers, BSN, to develop a new Official Online Apparel Store where students, parents, alumni and fans can go to design and order custom West Albany Bulldog gear!

Order yours now!

Bond sale yields additional funds for projects

Posted on: August 23, 2017

The District recently sold the bonds approved by voters for school construction projects. There was very good news: they were able to get more for the money through premium bonds, a higher cost bond for investors. For GAPS taxpayers, this means that an additional $28 million will be available for projects at no additional cost to them.

The District also qualified for $6.9 million in state matching funds that became available after other districts with higher priority for the funds failed to pass their measures. These funds will ensure that the tax rate stays at the level that was estimated prior to the election.

Planning for the projects is on a fast track. Design drawings, timelines and project details will be published this fall. We’ll publish the news as we get it.

Read the story in the Democrat-Herald.

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!