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WELCOME TO 2014-15!
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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.

School Supply Lists

School Calendars


Elementary Schools:

  • English | Español
    Note: Individual schools may choose to delete items from the supply list but may not add items or require fees as an alternative.

Middle Schools

Pinnacle Parent PortalParent Portal

Pinnacle Parent Portal
The Pinnacle Parent Portal allows you to access student grades, attendance, and assignment information.

Bus Routes

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Find Your Bus Route The District's school and bus route information is available using Infofinder, an interactive, online bus route finder.

How it works:
Type in your address and zip code (include Drive, Street, Avenue, etc. Note: school and grade information is not required for a search.). Click the "Search" button to get a list of routes associated with your address. (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.) If you live in an outlying area and did not have a student from your household riding the bus last year, Infofinder may not be able to identify a route. Please contact the Transportation Office at 541-967-4626.

Print options: Click the printer icon (printer) next to the school name to print bus stop information. To print a list of routes, schools, and an area map, print the page directly from your browser.

Notifications: You can also register to receive notifications sent out by the Transportation Department.

Contact Us

Address: 235 13th Ave. SE, Albany, Oregon 97322
Phone: 541.967.4626   |   Fax: 541-924-3712

Transportation Staff:
Kim Crabtree, Director
Tony Morrison, Dispatch/Router
LeeAnne Poris, Dispatch/Router
Lisa Morton, Dispatch/Secretary

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Library Catalog

The District's Online Library Catalog (organized by school)


School Calendars

School Calendars

Academic Calendars: 2014-2015

updated 6/17/2014


Grades 1—12:

Academic Calendars: 2015-2016

updated 8/4/2014

Grades 1—12:


Pre-Kindergarten Outreach Committee

Pre-Kindergarten Outreach CommitteeOne 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.

Click here to view the Committee's Kindergarten Readiness brochure (English & Español)

Advanced Diploma Program

Advanced Diploma Program

Advanced DiplomaThe Advanced Diploma program is designed specifically to address the needs of motivated seniors who are seeking a seamless transition into the community college environment.

Under the program, a high school senior completes all the requirements for graduation. But instead of receiving a diploma, the student remains in the Greater Albany Public School District for an additional year.

The student then enrolls in Linn Benton Community College (LBCC), and the school district pays for the student's books and tuition for 12 credits of instruction per term with money received from the State School Fund.

Upon completion of the year, the student will:
   • receive a high school diploma,
   • have earned 36 college credits,
   • be well on the way to an Associate's Degree.   

    Learn more about the Advanced Diploma
    Log in to Advanced Diploma Moodle page (Login as "guest")