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Student All-Stars: North Albany Middle School

Posted on: May 9, 2018

At the first annual GAPS Student All-Stars Celebration, the School Board honored outstanding students from each school. Students were nominated by school staff and introduced by the school principal.

North Albany Middle School All-Stars are: 

Grace Nealy

G- Gives all of her effort on EVERYTHING she does. I have never seen her not try her absolute hardest in ALL areas of school, sports, drama, etc.

R- Radiates positivity and joy. Her bright smile in the morning always makes her teachers and classmates have a more wonderful day by just being in the same room.

A-  Academic Excellence: she has no weakness- I think she may be an undercover superhero.

C- Creativity that is effortless. She thinks concretely and abstractly, performs in the drama productions, MC of the talent show, and her academic work always exhibits out of the box thinking and questions.

E- Excellence in all aspects of life. Not only does she win the award for most fashionable in the 8th grade, but she also excels in competitive volleyball and gives much her time to her team, which she balances between perfect grades and citizenship.

Selena Diviney

G is for green. Everyday Selena is head to toe in her favorite color and she never strays. That self confidence is unique in the middle school and her teachers applaud Selena for being true to who she is.

R Resourceful. Selena uses what is around her to make the best decision possible.

E Everything. Selena is good at everything. She excels at science and math but is an incredible artist. She wants to go to culinary school but the truth is she could be anything she wants.  She is an avid reader and goes through books faster than I can recommend them.

E Excellence. Selena never does work for just the sake of doing it. She puts 100% into everything she does and goes the extra distance. She never settles, she refuses to let those around her settle.

N nice. Selena is kind to everyone with no exceptions. She has a witty and fun sense of humor that is a delight to hear.

Art of Expression showcases student creativity at NAMS

Posted on: May 9, 2018

The annual NAMS Art of Expression event allows students to share their art, poetry, photography and cartoons in an exhibit that is open to the public.

The event will also feature a talk by Beaverton author Lisa Schroeder.

See the official school invitation:

NAMS wants to invite you to the Art of Expression Gallery Day in the school cafeteria from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. Come and enjoy the incredible talent from our artistic students.

NAMS quiere invitarlos al Día de la galería,Expresión de Arte en la cafetería de la escuela de 10:00 a.m. a 1:00 p.m. Ven y disfruta del increíble talento de nuestros artísticos estudiantes .

School Board honors Student All-Stars at special meeting

Posted on: May 7, 2018

Tonight, the School Board recognized students from each school in the district for their citizenship and outstanding school and community service. The event was the first annual Recognition of Student All-Stars awards ceremony, held at South Albany High School.

In a move away from student all-star recognition at School Board meetings, the special ceremony was a festive opportunity to praise students for their efforts and character that doesn’t compete with School Board business each month and ensures that families can better celebrate their kids’ achievements.

Students were nominated by school staff. Principals from each school presented the certificates to students, who shook hands with all School Board members and posed for a school photos. In all, 44 students were recognized.

Principal comments and school photos will be posted for each school this week. 

First annual recognition of Student All-Stars awards ceremony. Student all-star holding award.

Come hear a bond update at May 2 community meeting

Posted on: May 1, 2018

Work will start soon on bond-funded projects around the district. Come to a community meeting in May to learn about the plans.

May 2: West Albany High School
May 23: South Albany High School

Both meetings will start at 7 p.m.

¿Usted está invitado!

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