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Join us in the Superintendent Search process!

Posted on: December 21, 2018

The search is underway for a new superintendent, and our school board is asking for your input!  What qualities would you like to see in a new leader? What experience should that person have? Should the board consider special areas of knowledge or skills?

In January, there will be two ways to share your input: in person at focus groups or through an online survey.  The focus groups and online survey will gather the perceptions of staff, students, parents and community members to create a district profile for the search process.  

To share in person:
Student & Parent Focus Group – January 16 – 7:00-8:00 pm
The Student & Parent Focus Group is ideal for current students and parents in the district.

Community Member Focus Group – January 17 – 7:00-8:00 pm
The Community Member Focus Group is ideal for any one who is part of the community.

To share online:
If you are not able to share in person, please consider sharing your thoughts through an online survey. The survey will be open January 14-21.  Staff and parents will receive a link to the survey by e-mail and the link will be posted on the Superintendent Search page.

Our school board and search committee members will use your feedback as they move forward in the selection process. Choosing a new superintendent is one of the most important decisions a school board can make, and we look forward to your participation!


¡Únase a nosotros en el proceso de búsqueda del Superintendente!

¡La búsqueda está en marcha para un nuevo superintendente y nuestra Mesa Directiva está solicitando su opinión! ¿Qué cualidades le gustaría ver en un nuevo líder? ¿Qué experiencia debe tener esa persona? ¿Debería la Mesa Directiva considerar áreas especiales de conocimiento o habilidades?

En enero, habrá dos formas de compartir su opinión: en persona en grupos de conversación o mediante una encuesta en el Internet. Los grupos de conversación y la encuesta en el Internet, reunirán las percepciones del personal, los estudiantes, los padres y los miembros de la comunidad, para crear un perfil del distrito para el proceso de búsqueda.

Para compartir en persona:
Grupo de conversación de padres y estudiantes – 16 de enero – 7: 00-8: 00 pm
El grupo de conversación de padres y estudiantes, es ideal para estudiantes y padres actuales en el distrito.

Grupo de conversación de miembros de la comunidad – 17 de enero – 7: 00-8: 00 pm
El grupo de conversación de miembros de la comunidad, es ideal para cualquiera que forme parte de la comunidad.

Para compartir en el Internet:
Si no puede compartir en persona, considere compartir sus ideas a través de una encuesta en el Internet. La encuesta estará abierta del 14 al 21 de enero. El personal y los padres recibirán un enlace a la encuesta por correo electrónico y el enlace se publicará en la página de Búsqueda del Superintendente.

Los miembros de nuestra Mesa Directiva y del comité de búsqueda, utilizarán sus comentarios a medida que avanzan en el proceso de selección. ¡La elección de un nuevo superintendente es una de las decisiones más importantes que una Mesa Directiva puede tomar, y esperamos su participación!

APSF Awards $40,000 to GAPS teachers

Posted on: December 21, 2018

The Albany Public Schools Foundation awarded $40,000 in classroom grants during the month of November.  Funded projects ranged from electronics, to materials for art, reading, music and physical education. Grant applicants have received their grant status notification letters.

Primary funding for the Classroom Grant Program comes from three Albany Public School Foundation events: iSwim for Kids, iCelebrate Kids Benefit Gala and the iRun for Kids race.

See the list of award recipients for details!


Fundación de las escuelas públicas de Albany (APSF por sus siglas en inglés) otorga $40,000 a maestros de GAPS

La Fundación de las Escuelas Públicas de Albany, otorgó $40,000 en subvenciones para los salones de clases durante el mes de noviembre. Los proyectos financiados van desde electrónica, hasta materiales para arte, lectura, música y educación física. Los solicitantes de subvenciones han recibido sus cartas de notificación de estado de concesión.

La financiación principal para el Programa de Subvenciones de Aula, proviene de tres eventos de la Fundación de Escuelas Públicas de Albany: “iSwim for Kids” (Evento de natación), la Gala de Beneficios de “iCelebrate Kids” (Evento recreativo) y “iRun for Kids” (Evento de carreras).

¡Vea la lista de ganadores de premios para más detalles!

School Board approves bond proposal for May election

Posted on: January 23, 2017

The School Board unanimously voted to send a $159 million bond measure to voters in the May 16, 2017, election.

The measure would:

  • Make upgrades and improvements, including replacing roofs, siding, windows, plumbing, electrical systems in schools around the District.
  • Make energy improvements, including replacing old, inefficient high maintenance heating/ventilation systems, doors, which would save energy costs.
  • Make safety/security upgrades, including automatic door locks, fire alarms, security cameras to improve the safety of students.
  • Make seismic upgrades to enable buildings to better withstand earthquakes.
  • Renovate and/or add classroom space to support vocational/technical classes for all district middle school buildings.
  • Renovate and add classrooms and a cafeteria at Oak Grove Elementary School; purchase property and construct a new elementary school in NE Albany to address growing enrollment and reduce overcrowding.
  • Complete the first phase of West Albany High School’s rebuild that would include new classrooms, commons, auditorium, cafeteria and administrative space; and multipurpose space for vocational/technical education and gymnasium uses at South Albany High School.

The bond proposal is the result of a more than two-year process to identify facility needs in the District. The projects were reviewed by architects and recommended by a community-based District Facilities Advisory Committee (DFAC) that was made up of community members, parents and staff members.

DFAC initially identified more than $250 million in facility needs. This proposal represents the School Board’s priority to balance the most critical needs and the cost to taxpayers. This bond proposal is expected to increase taxes by an estimated $.64 per $1,000 of assessed property value because the 2006 bond is expiring.

For more information, read the resolution and explanatory statement. 

Find more information on the bond information page.

Albany FIRST FLL Robotics Team #27006, the Fin-tastic Fish, Win First Place Championship Honors at 2018-2019 State Robotics Championship Tournament

Posted on: February 1, 2019

FIRST FLL LEGO robotics team from Albany, the Fin-tastic Fish, FLL Team #27006, won first place honors at the 2018-2019 ORTOP State Championship Tournament in Hillsboro, OR on Sunday, January 20th, 2019.

The team took first place honors for CORE Values. They were recognized for being the tournament’s outstanding Inspiration Award winning team and were presented the Tektronix Inspiration Champions Award. The Tektronix Inspiration Award recognizes a team that displays outstanding teamwork, professionalism, and spirit, both at the tournament, as well as throughout the season. The small team of six was comprised of students from Oak Grove and NAMS.

Fin-Tastic Fish Team member

Fin-Tastic Fish team member hard at work.

The judges were especially impressed by the team’s humanitarian work to provide clothing for homeless families in Linn County, as well as their work with Heifer International in which the team raised and funded new aquaculture–fish farm–programs in the Philippines and Vietnam.

Finally, the team was also recognized by the tournament judges for their outstanding robot design, advanced programming abilities, and competition table mission strategies related to this year’s NASA space theme, Into Orbit. There were 400+ teams competing in Oregon this year of which 120 advanced to the state championships.

 

Boldly Going Forward

Something the team is especially proud of is their development of an edible food-based material that can be 3D printed and hydrated in space to improve both the social and mental health of people living and working in space for extended periods of time. They worked with Dr. Lining Yau from the Carnegie Mellon University, Morphing Matter Lab; the MIT Media Lab–Transformative Appetite program, NASA food specialist for the ISS, as well as a number of food industry specialist involved in 2D to 3D printing of food.

The team’s NASA themed FLL Into Orbit research project video on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ng_X4OjCtl4&feature=youtu.be

Fan-tastic Fish State Championships Award Ceremony.

Fan-tastic Fish State Championships Award Ceremony.

FIRST LEGO League

FIRST LEGO League® (FLL) is a science, technology, engineering, and math program for small teams of students in the 4th-8th grades. FIRST LEGO League challenges teams to solve a real-world (space) problem with their own innovative solution and to design, build, and program a LEGO robot to autonomously manipulate LEGO models in no more than 2:30 minutes. Team members do all the work while being guided by mentors and their adult coaches.

More information can be found about ORTOP here: https://ortop.org/fll/fll-home

 

2019 Best School Districts in Oregon

Posted on: December 5, 2018

A company called Niche researches U.S. colleges, schools, neighborhoods, and companies. They recently released their school district rankings. The 2019 Best School Districts ranking is based on rigorous analysis of key statistics and millions of reviews from students and parents using data from the U.S. Department of Education. Ranking factors include state test scores, college readiness, graduation rates, SAT/ACT scores, teacher quality, public school district ratings, and more. Greater Albany Public Schools ranked #8 in the state of Oregon with an Overall Niche Grade of B+.

https://www.bizjournals.com/portland/news/2018/12/04/these-are-oregons-top-30-school-districts-for-2019.html#g/446765/24


Los mejores Distritos Escolares en Oregon del 2019

Una empresa llamada “Niche” analiza a universidades, escuelas, vecindarios y
empresas de los EE. UU. Recientemente publicaron su clasificación de distritos
escolares. La clasificación de los mejores distritos escolares del 2019, se basa en un
análisis riguroso de estadísticas clave y en millones de evaluaciones de estudiantes y
padres que utilizan datos del Departamento de Educación de los Estados Unidos. Los
factores de clasificación incluyen, calificaciones de exámenes estatales, preparación
para la universidad, tasas de graduación, calificaciones de SAT / ACT, calidad de
maestros, calificaciones de distritos de escuelas públicas y más. Las Escuelas Públicas
de Albany se ubicaron en el número 8 en el estado de Oregón, con una calificación
general de la empresa Niche de B+.

https://www.bizjournals.com/portland/news/2018/12/04/these-are-oregons-top-30-
school-districts-for-2019.html#g/446765/24

GAPS Co-Sponsoring Bullying Prevention Presentation

Posted on: October 8, 2018

Linn Together, a countywide network of volunteers with the mission to strengthen local prevention networks, has partnered with several local organizations, including GAPS, to present “Bullying Prevention in School and Cyber Settings”.   Parents, school staff, and other adults in the community can help kids prevent bullying. Join national bullying expert Dr. Michael Sulkowski, PhD, University of Arizona, for an interactive presentation on bullying prevention in both school and cyber settings.

The presentation will take place on October 17, 2018 from 9:00 – 11:00 am at Boulder Falls Center in Lebanon.  The event is free, but registration is required and space is limited.  Please register by October 10.  For additional information and registration, please see https://www.linncountyhealth.org/adg/page/topic-month or contact Julie Greene of Linn County Health Services at 541-967-3819.