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Superintendent Maria Delapoer

Superintendent Maria Delapoer2014-15 Budget Message: Investing in Student Learning

I entitled my 2013-14 budget message "Investing in Student Learning" and that remains my focus. The district must continue to align our time, talents and resources on this critical investment. While the revenue picture at the state level has improved, we cannot be deceived in to thinking that resources can address every need and wish. There will always be the requirement to prioritize what we do to ensure that we get the best return for every dollar spent. Unfortunately, that will include having to say "no" or "not yet" to things that we would really like to fund.

Our investments must continue to be targeted on improving the quality of instruction in the classroom. We must provide professional development and professional learning community time in order to have high quality teachers instructing our students. We must have classes of reasonable sizes where instruction can be differentiated to meet the needs of all students. We must have well-trained administrators who are able to recognize and foster good teaching by being in classrooms as much as possible. We must equip our teachers and students with the tools they need to learn.

To this end, my budget allocates resources to significantly reduce class sizes throughout the district and allows for small group support from our classified staff. We must make sure we are remediating students from day one while it is the most cost effective and will have the longest lasting impact throughout their school careers. Planning for all day kindergarten in 2015 has already begun and will require additional resources to implement. We cannot leave any of our students behind and must have adequate interventions in place for students at all levels who struggle. We must also provide opportunities for students to explore areas of interest and ability, through electives and activities, in order to develop their creativity and their workforce skills in preparation to be successful adults.

For teachers to teach effectively so that students can learn they need proper instructional materials. A textbook augmented with 21st century technology that includes online learning and mobile technology, engages students and expands their learning. We are excited about the classrooms exploring various student devices as learning tools and plan to continue this opportunity across the district over the next several years.

Our facilities, though well maintained, continue to age and require constant upkeep and remodeling to meet the educational needs of students and staff. Our annual operating budget is not sufficient to tackle the number of projects that remain on the deferred maintenance list. In the near future the Board will need to consider reestablishing the District Facilities Advisory Committee to prepare for placing a bond before the community for facilities upgrades and ongoing rehabilitation. Our process for making safety improvements has begun but will need additional funds to complete.

To accomplish all of this, our focus must remain laser-like and our will unwavering. Many of these goals will take more than one year to accomplish and will require incremental progress over multiple budget years. They will also require support from our community partners and parents to provide opportunities and experiences for our students. I believe our school district is up to the task and we are well positioned to make our schools exceptional centers of learning for the next generation of Albany students.

Superintendent: Maria Delapoer

Highlights About Students & Staff

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South Albany HS teacher, students to participate in apprenticeship at OSU


South Albany High School (SAHS) teacher Carla Streng and three students will be participating in the Apprenticeship in Science and Engineering program at Oregon State University. Ms. Streng will serve as one of the Teacher Monitors checking in with and assisting student interns and their mentors during the summer. Tyler Whittaker will be working with Dr. John Simonsen on a biology-based nanotechnology project. Nicole Niskanen will be working with OSU's Dr. Ganti Murthy on his Biochemical Conversion of Grass Straw into Bioethanol project, and Scott Acker will be the intern on Dr. Rajiv Halhotra's research on Machining High-Strength Metal Alloys.

SAHS has never had this many students placed in one summer—just one every now and then in a random year. It's a spectacular example of the District's goal of awakening every student's love of life-long learning.

Spelling Contest Winners

The annual Greater Albany Public School District Spelling Contest was held Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at Calapooia Middle School. Each winner will receive a certificate and be recognized at the May 12, 2014 School Board meeting. The winners were:

Elementary - Division I: Grades 1-5

  • 1st Place: Paige Rogers, Takena Elementary
  • 2nd Place: Jackson Groch, Timber Ridge School
  • 3rd Place: Azlynn Warren, Lafayette Elementary

Middle School - Division II: Grades 6-8

  • 1st Place: Torin Christensen, North Albany M.S.
  • 2nd Place: Lane Giboney, North Albany M.S.
  • 3rd Place: Charlie DeRose, Memorial M.S.

High School - Division III: Grades 9-12

  • 1st Place: Theron Benedict, South Albany H.S.
  • 2nd Place: Chance Becknal, Albany Options School
  • 3rd Place: Gustavo Morales-Aparicio, South Albany H.S.

teacher Kelle Angel
South Albany High School Educator Named Leadership Advisor of the Year

At the state Leadership conference of April 28, 2014, South Albany High School teacher Kelle Angel was named Leadership Advisor of the Year for the state of Oregon.

Congratulations Ms. Angel!

Southern Belles win 5A Dance Title

South Albany High School Southern Belles win 5A Dance Title

The SAHS Southern Belles and Gent Dance Team earned first place in the state 5A state dance team completion on March 20, The team earned 83.11 points to finish ahead of seven other squads. The dancers have a history of achievement at the competition, having earned third place in 2010, 2011 and 2012 and second place in 2013.

Albany Robotics Teams Excel At State Competition

On January 18th & 19th, two of the six LEGO robotics teams made up of students from the District each won trophies at the State of Oregon, First LEGO League State Championship Tournament.

Neon Sparks

 The Neon Sparks LEGO Robotics team includes Itzel Ayala, Keely
 Kohlleppel, Emma Houdek, Elyse Peter, Katrina Clare, Katie Tracy, Lilly
 Jorgensen-MacDougall and Cassidy Johnston; Team Mentors Kassandra
 Clare and Alayna Walters; and Coach Mark Gullickson.

The Neon Sparks, comprised of Timber Ridge School students and coached by teacher Mark Gullickson, won the 2013-2014 State LEGO Robotics Championship, Rookie Team of The Year award. This year there were more than 250 Rookie Teams in Oregon, out of the nearly 500 total teams state-wide that competed.

Team What?, a neighborhood team comprised of three Memorial Middle School students and a former district student, Team What?won the 4th Place Overall award. This year the Team's project, "EarTooth", was designed to help the deaf community be more informed during natural disasters.

Team What? LEGO Robotics team: River Hobbensiefken, Garret Tyson, Sam Rossback and Patrick Spence. The team's coached by Robin Hobbensiefken, parent
of a team member.

Calapooia Students Present At OHSU Symposium

Students in Calapooia Middle School's advanced computers class recently joined teacher Cindy Etherton in presenting at the Oregon Academic Technology Society (OAtS) Symposium held at Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) and did a fabulous job.

Students Josiah Balderas, Lauren Burton, Cole Weaver and Seth Cullison. The students — Josiah Balderas, Lauren Burton, Cole Weaver and Seth Cullison — interacted with teachers, university professors and IT professionals. Many individuals at all levels of education, including symposium organizer, Scott Christian, commented on the students' professionalism and insight.

Torin Christensen won 1st Place in the 2013 Division I (Grades 1-5) Oregon Stewide Spelling Championship

Albany Student Wins 1st Place In State Spelling Championship

Oak Grove Elementary student Torin Christensen won 1st Place (Division I) in the Oregon Statewide Spelling Championship held August 31st at the Oregon State Fairgrounds.

Christensen, who won 1st Place in the May 21st regional spelling contest (Grades 1-5), was invited to participate in the statewide spelling contest.

Education Update

Board Considers School Facility Needs

Central Elementary School seismic upgradeAs part of their study of the district's future needs, the Board discussed the possibility of reconvening the District Facility Advisory Committee. A similar group of citizens in 2004-2005 identified the growth and repair requirements of school buildings prior to the 2006 bond. The Board approved an application procedure and directed that staff begin recruiting committee members. People wishing to participate in identifying future facility needs are encouraged to apply.

   Read more from the October 28, 2014 Education Update
   Apply: District Facility Advisory Committee

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Donate to Education

There are a number of ways to support District schools. A variety of opportunities are listed below.

Donate to Individual Schools

District schools have prepared wish lists of support that range from books and curtains to painting and tutoring. To view a school's wish list, visit the school website. Click here for a list of schools.

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Donate Through iVolunteer For KidsiVolunteer for Kids

The iVolunteer for Kids program (adopted by the Albany Public Schools Foundation) enables volunteers to support students by painting/landscaping schools, sponsoring activities, providing student supplies, or donating funds and/or time. Click herefor more information about iVolunteer.

Donate Computer Equipment

The Greater Albany Public School District Technology Department accepts computer, printer, and network equipment donations. All donated items must follow the Technology Department's equipment donation guidelines. Click here to view the guidelines.

Albany Public Schools FoundationDonate Monetary Gifts

Please donate through the Albany Public Schools Foundation which supports the District's students. The Foundation accepts monetary gifts by check, phone, or credit card using a secure donation form. Click here to donate to our schools.

This online charity connects donors to classrooms in need.Teacherspost their classroom project requests on Donors
,potential donors search classroom projects, and donors decide how much to donate - even as little as $1. Click here to view projects needed in our District.

Donate Your Time

Greater Albany Public Schools appreciates the volunteer efforts that support our schools. The District encourages parents and community volunteers to be in our schools for the primary purpose of enriching the education opportunities for students.

District policy requires all volunteers become familiarized with its volunteer policy. Policies include IICC and IICC-AR. For everyone's protection, GAPS requires all volunteers to sign a Volunteer Release waiver and Criminal History Verification form prior to engaging in any volunteer activities.

For more information about volunteering please contact the Human Resources Department by phone: 541-967-4501; fax: 541-967-4587; or visit us at 718 7th Ave. SW, Albany Oregon.

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Extra Credit Newsletter


Achievement Compacts and 40/40/20 Update

    Keeping up with the changes in education can be confusing. Schools everywhere have been working with intensity and speed to Oregon Diploma, Achievement Compacts and 40/40/20 Updateclose what have been termed "achievement gaps." These gaps have been variously defined as the differences between minority and white students' standardized test scores, between disabled and mainstream students, the gap in standardized test scores between students in the United States and their counterparts in other developed countries.
    Here is a short summary of events affecting the Greater Albany School District journey toward closing these various "gaps" as measured in local schools.

     Read more from the April 2013 newsletter

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