TANGENT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL — HOME OF THE TANGENT STARS
We're small in number (150), but BIG in academics and character education!
Celebrating Our School Community
As we head into the Holiday Season, we have many reasons to celebrate at Tangent Elementary School. Our students have started the year on solid footing, working hard inside and outside of the classroom to establish a school climate that is safe and inviting for all students. Our teachers and support staff have furthered that work by establishing routines and practices that promote learning and growth. And our parent and community base has supported our efforts with the gifts of time and resources.
We were proud to participate in Albany’s Veterans Day parade and hand out hand-written notes to Veterans expressing our gratitude for their service. Our participation in Oregon State University’s Beavers Beyond the Classroom event gave us the chance to display our outstanding behavior in a university setting. And our 42nd annual Senior Dinner provided us the opportunity to polish ourselves, demonstrate excellent manners, and pay tribute to the senior citizens who play such an important part in our lives and community.
In short, we have worked hard, and will continue to do so, to develop a school community culture that is based on pride, respect, and safety. I am proud to be the principal of Tangent Elementary School and of the effort of the students, staff, parents and community members to make it the very special place that it is. We have much to be thankful for, and to look forward to, this school year. Thank you for your support in continued efforts!
Tangent's Core Purpose: To educate and inspire all students to reach their full potential, equipped to be positive, contributing members of society.
As elementary educators we realize our crucial roles in teaching reading, math, and writing. We are dedicated to focusing on academic skills while culturing character education, physical fitness, and an appreciation of the arts.
We also believe that in order to teach character traits, we must model them with children and one another.
About Our School:
Built in 1965, Tangent Elementary School is proudly educating its second and third generation of children. Located on an 8 acre campus amid fertile farm fields, Tangent Elementary serves a large area surrounding the community for which the school is named.
Our School Is Proud To Offer:
Character Education Program
Tangent Elementary students follow the same three rules in all settings at our school: be safe, respectful, and responsible. Students who follow these rules are invited to participate in school wide rewards throughout the year.
An area in front of our school has been designated as a habitat for plants that are native to our area. The purpose of this project is to familiarize students with plants that are native to Oregon.
We bring our school community together each year with the following events: Fall Open House, Senior Dinner, music programs, carnival, science fair, and an end-of-the-year swimming trip.
Community members and parents help in classrooms, prepare materials for teachers, work one-on one with students, chaperone field trips and provide school wide assistance for events such as Senior Dinner and carnvival.
The Tangent Parent Club works tirelessly to raise funds to support student learning and activities. The club has been instrumental in raising funds for needed school items such as computers and projectors, library books, playground structure and equipment. They also play a major role in planning and putting on our annual events and coordinate volunteering in the school.
Dropping Off and Picking Up Students
Students should not be dropped off before 8:45 AM. There is no one to supervise the students until 8:45 AM. This time before school is a much-needed prep-time for all those associated with the school. School begins at 9:05 AM.
Additional Information for Tangent Parents:
Free and Reduced Lunches — Greater Albany Public Schools and the State of Oregon offer the breakfast and lunch program at reduced prices or free for those families qualifying due to size and income. We encourage parents who have had a change in their family’s situation, due to size or income, to complete applications. If you have not filled out a new application for this school year, please do so immediately.
Kids Going Home — Please talk to your child in the mornings before they leave for school and give them directions of where they are to be after school that day. The office gets calls frequently that could/should have been taken care of at home. Please note that unless your student brings a note to the office or to his/her teacher, or the office receives a phone call, your student/s will ride the bus home if that is what he normally does. Students are required to ride the bus unless prior arrangements or notification has been made. Kindergarten Students… If a guardian or designated adult is not at the bus stop to pick up your child, he or she will be returned to school for you to pick up.
Medication — Students receiving ANY kind of medication, over-the-counter or prescription, must have a medical release form filled out and on file in the office. If your child is taking a prescription, the bottle must come to the office by an adult – NOT ON THE BUS – and be marked EXACTLY how it is to be dispensed (frequency and time of day). All non-prescriptions INCLUDING cough drops, Tylenol, etc. must be accompanied by a medical release and dispensed from the office.
Volunteers are ALWAYS Welcome — Tangent School welcomes parents and community members who wish to volunteer. However, ALL visitors need to enter through the front doors and check in at the office and obtain a badge. Also, volunteers must complete Criminal History Verification form prior to volunteering and receive volunteer training with Mr. Sipe.