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FBLA members qualify for National Conference

Posted on: April 9, 2018

Congratulations to the FBLA club on their success this weekend at the State Conference in Portland! These future business leaders competed in various business tests and performance events. Conner Riley placed in the top 10 in Help Desk, Haley and Riley Spears placed in the top 10 in Marketing, and Grant Farley and Alex Neil placed third in Entrepreneurship, which qualifies them to compete at the National Conference in Baltimore, Maryland in June!

FBLA members at state conference in Portland.

New Anti-Bullying Task Force yields recommendations

Posted on: April 8, 2018

Last month, the district’s new Anti-Bullying Task Force presented recommendations to the School Board.

The task force, which is comprised of GAPS staff, parents, and community partners, has had two community forums. At the first forum, a definition of bullying was presented, along with various statistics and facts related to bullying and its effects on students. The group also began to look at the scope of bullying in our community, both at the school level and in the community at large.

At the second forum, the Task Force formulated concrete suggestions for the school Board to consider to address the problem.

The forums yielded recommendations for improvements to school climate that included curriculum and behavioral supports to improve school climate; new rules and policies to prevent bullying and education about policies and consequences; staff training in bullying prevention; and programs to improve coordinated prevention efforts.

Anti-Bullying Task Force Recommendations to the Board

Read the story in the Democrat-Herald

WAHS honored by Special Olympics

Posted on: April 2, 2018

Before spring break, West Albany High Schools earned a distinction by Special Olympics of Oregon for inclusiveness. The school was named an Oregon Unified Champion School.

Representatives from Special Olympics presented the school with a Unified Champion banner during a school awards assembly, where they were also presented with the OSAA Unified Basketball Championship trophy for prevailing in the recent unified basketball tournament.

The Unified Champion award honors schools for creating a socially inclusive climate.

“The Unified Champion Schools approach incorporates Special Olympics sports, leadership and related activities that empower youth to be change agents in their communities. This is a paradigm shift from a focus on events to that of a whole school movement for inclusion.

Special education and general education students alongside educators and administrators are encouraged to collaborate to create supportive classrooms, school-wide activities and opportunities for growth and success for all.

When everyone in a school fosters a socially inclusive school climate that emphasizes acceptance, respect and human dignity for all students, schools become places where no student is isolated because of the degree or type of disability or the services required to meet his/her needs.

Together we are creating a Unified Generation that Chooses to Include.”

Congratulations, Unified Sports!

Special Olympics Champion Schools website

Photo credit: Special Olympics Oregon

New Printing Policy

Posted on: March 20, 2018

Starting April 2, 2018

In order to control paper waste and related costs, as of April 2018 students may print to the Production Center printer ONLY.

Printing may be picked up in the Production Center at lunch, or between 3:00 and 3:15.

All printing over 50 pages per semester will be charged @ 5¢ per page.

See the latest school bond project designs

Posted on: February 28, 2018

The prep work is nearly done for the major bond-funded construction projects. Planning has included seeking permits, planning for logistics for each site, creating a work timeline and, of course, designing the projects.

Construction work will start as soon as school is out at South Albany High School, West Albany High School, the new elementary school near Timber Ridge, the replacement of Oak Grove Elementary and the middle school vocational/CTE classrooms.

It is an exciting time. We will share more details as the work progresses. Here are design concept videos for each project:

West Albany High School
South Albany High School
New elementary school near Timber Ridge
Oak Grove Elementary School replacement

Questions about the bond? Check out our new Frequently Asked Questions page.

WAHS students place at OMEA District Solo-Small Ensemble Contest

Posted on: February 26, 2018

Many students from our district competed in the OMEA district Solo-Small Ensemble Contest at OSU.  Below are the results for students from West.  GREAT work to all of these students!

Small Woodwind:
Winner: WAHS Woodwind Trio, West Albany High School
Ryan Nelson, Zoe Ames, Brandon Dodd

Small Percussion:
Winner: WAHS Percussion Quartet, West Albany High School
Tanner Wind, Jessica Bradley, Curtis Allen, Kyle Jensen
First Alternate: Jessicurtis, West Albany High School
Jessica Bradley, Curtis Allen

Large Percussion:
Winner: WAHS Percussion Ensemble, West Albany High School
16 Students

Bassoon Solo:
Winner: Ryan Nelson, West Albany High School

Oboe Solo:
Winner: Amanda Givens: West Albany High School

Horn Solo:
Winner: Isabel Vetter, West Albany High School

Large Brass:
Winner: Kickin’ Brass, West Albany High School

Tuba Solo:
Winner: Cindy Wong, West Albany High School

Large Women’s Vocal Ensemble:
Winner: Large Ensemble Women 1, West Albany High School

Alto Voice Solo:
Winner: Anna Soot, West Albany High School

Trumpet Solo:
Winner: Colton Byers, West Albany High School
First Alternate: Jacob Shipley, West Albany High School
Second Alternate: Will Radke, West Albany High School

Euphonium Solo:
Winner: Paul Sprague, West Albany High School

Large Men’s Vocal Ensemble:
Winner: WAHS Men’s 2, West Albany High School

Baritone Voice Solo:
Winner: Colton Byers, West Albany High School