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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.
The Neon Sparks LEGO Robotics team includes Itzel Ayala, Keely
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, 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
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.
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.
Educator, Police Officer Named 'Staff All-Stars'
The School Board recognized Education Assistant Lois Corbett and named her a 'Staff All-Star' for coming to the rescue of a first grader at Central Elementary School.
West Albany Wins Oregonian Cup
West Albany High School was named by the Oregonian newspaper as the winner of the Oregonian Cup for the 2012-13 school year in the 5A category.
The award recognizes excellence in academics, activities, athletics and sportsmanship. West Albany also won the award in 2009-10.
Albany Spellers Score Well in Regional Contest
Greater Albany students scored well in the regional spelling contest held May 21st. Students from Albany, Corvallis, Lebanon and Scio competed at elementary, middle and high school levels. Albany's winning spellers are:
ELEMENTARY, Grades 1-5:
MIDDLE SCHOOL—Division II:
HIGH SCHOOL—Division III:
Each first place winner will be invited to participate in the annual statewide spelling contest to be held at the Oregon State Fairgrounds on August 31.
At its annual meeting in April, the Oregon Association of Family and Consumer Sciences named Rosalind Robbins as the organization's Teacher of the Year.
Mrs. Robbins is a Family Studies teacher
at both Calapooia Middle and Albany Options Schools.
Greater Albany bus drivers Janet Turner and Bonnie Brown recently participated in the 16th Annual National Special Needs Team Safety Roadeo held in Texas March 8th to 10th.
Nine Greater Albany students earned 2013 WillametteValley Scholastic Art Awards.A public display of their work is planned for March 8 through 30, at the Benton County Museum in Philomath. Receiving awards were:
North Albany Middle School band director Andy Nelson was the Fall 2012 recipient of the Oregon College Savings Plan's Education Celebration Award. The award recognizes Oregon K-12 teachers who have motivated and inspired children to be better students.
Mr. Nelson has been the band director at NAMS for 16 years. For eight of those years he also served as the band director at West Albany High School. He earned a personal award of $1,500 and his school received an additional $5,000.
Several South Albany High School choir members were recently recognized for their voices. McKenzie Smith was selected to the All-State choir and will train and perform at the All-State competition. Caeleb Murray and Kara Klinkebiel were selected to the All-Northwest choir and will train and perform at the All-Northwest competition. These students will have incredible opportunities to perform with the very best choirs in the state and region.
SAHS dancers had a killer performance at the December 2012 state level championships held at Tualatin High School. The JV squad was named "champions" of the small novelty division. The varsity Southern Belles and Gent earned second place in the hip hop division and first place in the small jazz competition.
LEGO Whippersnappers took top honors at the First LEGO League (FLL) robotics regional championships held December 1st at Memorial Middle School. The team won both the Robot Performance Award and the Director’s Award, which is presented to the team that receives top scores in four areas: robot performance, robot design/programming, research project presentation, and team work.
The Whippersnappers designed a personal medication dispenser for in-home use by seniors, especially those experiencing the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease. Team members (pictured above, clockwise from left): Riley L., Blake H., Alayna W., Sam R., River H., Garret T., and Bri R. The team is coached by teachers Robin Hobbensiefken and Mark Gullickson.
2013-14 SCHOOL YEAR
Pinnacle Parent Portal
The Pinnacle Parent Portal allows you to access student grades, attendance, and assignment information.
Interactive Bus Route Finder
Online bus route information is available from Infofinder which lets you find school and bus route information by typing in your street address. You can also register to receive notifications sent out by the Transportation Department.
How it works
1. Type in your address and zip code, including Dr, St, Ave, etc. (school / grade isn't required for a search.)
2. Click search button to get a list of routes associated with your address. Print bus stop information by clicking the printer icon () next to the school name. To print a list of routes and schools plus an area map, print the page from your browser.
NOTE: PM bus stop times listed are approximate due to unforseen traffic, weather, etc. Students are to be at the assigned stop at least 5 minutes before the posted times.
Deb Burchfiel is the Business-to-School Liaison for the Greater Albany Public School District. She coordinates career-related work opportunities for Albany high school students. Student opportunities may include job shadows, career-related field trips, mentorships, structured work experiences, internships, co-operative work experiences, and informational interviews.
If you work for or own a business that would like to participate and provide Albany high school students training for their future careers, please contact Josefine via the information below:
Greater Albany Public Schools
718 Seventh Ave. SW
Albany, Oregon 97321
Greater Albany Public Schools appreciates the volunteer efforts that support our schools. The school district encourages parents and community volunteers to be in our schools for the primary purpose of enriching the education opportunities for students.
The district requires all volunteers to be familiar with its volunteer policies. Policies include JHFF, IICC and IICC-AR. For everyone's protection, GAPS requires all volunteers to complete a Criminal History Verification application prior to engaging in any volunteer activities. Please view the District's Volunteer Guidelines (English or Español) for more.
Safety trainings are also available to volunteers to assist them in providing a safe and secure environment for themselves and students. If interested, please click on the following link: SafeSchools Training.
Criminal Background Check
Please complete the District's online Criminal Background Check form one time only within a two-year period. If you completed a background check for 2012-13 you DO NOT need to complete one as approval is good for two years.
For more information about volunteering please contact the Human Resources Department by phone: 541-967-4501; fax: 541-967-4587; or at 718 7th Ave. SW, Albany, OR 97321.
The District's Online Library Catalog (organized by school)
Please go to our delays and closures web page to locate information about our FlashAlert system. Parents may register with FlashAlert to get notifications.
One of the goals of the Pre-Kindergarten Outreach Committee is to contact parents and community members who work with children younger than kindergarten age to inform them of current school expectations.
Greater Albany Public Schools is using SafeSchools online safety training program to train staff and parents on school-related safety issues. SafeSchools offers trainings in all facets of school safety, and its compliance management system tracks all the training for the district, allowing us to easily demonstrate state and federal compliance with safety mandates.
As a district parent, you will need to register in order to take your optional trainings. Click on the link below to go directly to the registration page where you will enter your basic information, including your username.
Already Registered? Click here to sign in.
Once you login to the site, you will see a list of courses assigned to you, and the date on which they are due. To begin a course, click on the title then follow the prompts. To earn a certificate of completion, you must complete all sections of a course and pass the quiz. You do not have to take SafeSchools courses in one sitting, however; if you are called away, the system will remember where you left off and allow you to pick up again at that point.
Your participation will help to make Greater Albany Public Schools a safer place to work and learn! If you have any questions, please contact Dustie Branton, 541-967-4503.
Professional Learning Communities (PLCs). PLCs give principals, teachers and staff the opportunity to meet to discuss curriculum, assessments, and how to meet individual student needs.
All schools within the Greater Albany Public School District participate in these communities. During the school year the District has shortened school days — Early Release Wednesdays — so teachers can work together in PLCs.
Early Release Days. The District has 35 early release days scheduled for 2013-2014. On these days students will be released from school 60 minutes early and may participate in activities sponsored by the our Community Partners.
Letter to Parents. Superintendent Delapoer has written a letter to parents explaining why PLCs are important to your child.
The Advanced Diploma program is designed specifically to address the needs of motivated seniors who are seeking a seamless transition into the community college environment.