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Anti-Bullying, Anti-Harassment Task Force to meet on Feb. 7

Posted on: February 4, 2018

The second meeting of the new Anti-Bullying, Anti-Harassment Task Force is scheduled for Feb. 7 at Albany Options School at 6 p.m.

More than 40 parents, community members and staff attended the first meeting on Jan. 24. Participants had the opportunity to share, in small groups, why they were attending and what outcomes they anticipating.

At the meeting, district staff presented and overview of bullying and had participants break into small groups to analyze various aspects and data relating to bullying that they could share out to the larger group.

See the presentation.

At the end of the evening, the small groups focused on beginning to look at the various roles community stakeholders play in addressing the issue of bullying in our community. A summary of those findings will be presented at the Feb. 7 meeting.

Attention teachers: Start planning for a Selco grant application

Posted on: January 24, 2018

SELCO Community Credit Union has announced application dates for their 2018 SPARK! Creative Learning Grants. Grants are available up to $1,000 for K-12 teachers.

“We love projects that spark something new and want to see proposals for helping kids create and teachers innovate.”

If interested, find details about grant requirements and scoring criteria on the Selco Community Credit Union website.

Please note the following dates:

August 15: Applications open
SELCO SPARK! Creative Learning Grants

September 30: Application deadline
SELCO SPARK! Creative Learning Grants

Visit for details and to apply.

“We can’t wait to see what innovative projects our teachers come up with this year.”

School Board seeks input for temporary Oak Grove student relocation plan

Posted on: January 22, 2018

Read the proposal for temporary student relocation: 2018-19 school year.

Leer la propuesta para la reubicación temporal de estudiantes: Año escolar 2018-19.

Demolition and reconstruction of Oak Grove is scheduled to start when school lets out for the summer. The new building, funded by the 2017 bond measure and designed for a larger student body, is expected to open in fall 2019.

This means that Oak Grove students will need to spend the year elsewhere. At the School Board meeting on Monday night, the board reviewed options for temporary relocation of Oak Grove students, including scenarios where students attend a combination of Fir Grove, North Albany Elementary School and North Albany Middle School for the year.

See the presentation to the School Board. 

Ver la presentación a la Mesa Directiva.

The district is seeking parent and community input via an online survey that will be open from Jan. 23 to Feb. 11. (Paper copies are available in school offices.) This feedback will be considered by the Board before they make a final decision on the plan.

Take the survey: Open until Feb. 11

Responda la encuesta: Abierto hasta el 11 de febrero

No option is ideal, but the temporary adjustments will allow construction of the new building, which will create space for more students and improve the learning environment for students.

Considerations in the planning process:

  • More than 290 students will be displaced for the year due to construction.
  • Keeping students in North Albany rather than sending them over the bridge to other schools is a priority.
  • There is classroom space at nearby Fir Grove Elementary School, North Albany Elementary School and North Albany Middle School.

Goals for relocation

  • Put kids first.
  • Consider common space needs for lunch, PE classes, etc.
  • Disrupt as few classrooms as possible.
  • Minimize locations, number of schools for families and number of schools for student transitions.
  • Keep the plan as simple as possible.
  • Minimize costs for moving and renovation.

Additional opportunities for feedback are scheduled:

  • Public meeting at NAMS, Feb. 5, 7 p.m.
  • Regularly scheduled School Board meeting, Feb. 26, 7 p.m

NAMS hosts 12th annual jazz festival on Saturday

Posted on: January 22, 2018

On Saturday, 16 middle schools from around the state sent jazz bands to the 12th annual NAMS Music Festival. The event included performances by each school band and clinics taught by high school band directors, including West Albany High School Band Director Stuart Welsh.

The event is a fundraiser for the NAMS music program and provides an opportunity for all GAPS middle school bands to perform and observe other school bands.

Students also had the chance to see a performance by the band directors during the Directors’ Jam during the lunch hour. Concession stand.

School Board Director Jennifer Ward volunteers at the concession stand during the jazz festival.

School band poses for a photo.

A participating school band poses for a group photo after their performance at NAMS.

Bond update: Designs for Oak Grove and summer project schedule

Posted on: January 21, 2018

The bond project plan and timeline is nearly complete, and work is scheduled to start this summer at school sites around the district.

This summer, high-priority projects at 18 school sites will begin, including upgrades at 11 elementary schools, three middle schools, two high schools, the district office and facility department.

The project list includes Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) improvements, fire alarms and doors, food science classroom and PE locker room upgrades, and improvements to address HVAC, plumbing, paving, roofing and seismic needs.

See the list of school sites and projects. 

Demolition and reconstruction work will also start at Oak Grove Elementary School as soon as school is out for the year.

Designs for the new building are complete. See the latest drawings.