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APSF Awards $40,000 to GAPS teachers

Posted on: December 21, 2018

The Albany Public Schools Foundation awarded $40,000 in classroom grants during the month of November.  Funded projects ranged from electronics, to materials for art, reading, music and physical education. Grant applicants have received their grant status notification letters.

Primary funding for the Classroom Grant Program comes from three Albany Public School Foundation events: iSwim for Kids, iCelebrate Kids Benefit Gala and the iRun for Kids race.

See the list of award recipients for details!

Fundación de las escuelas públicas de Albany (APSF por sus siglas en inglés) otorga $40,000 a maestros de GAPS

La Fundación de las Escuelas Públicas de Albany, otorgó $40,000 en subvenciones para los salones de clases durante el mes de noviembre. Los proyectos financiados van desde electrónica, hasta materiales para arte, lectura, música y educación física. Los solicitantes de subvenciones han recibido sus cartas de notificación de estado de concesión.

La financiación principal para el Programa de Subvenciones de Aula, proviene de tres eventos de la Fundación de Escuelas Públicas de Albany: “iSwim for Kids” (Evento de natación), la Gala de Beneficios de “iCelebrate Kids” (Evento recreativo) y “iRun for Kids” (Evento de carreras).

¡Vea la lista de ganadores de premios para más detalles!

School Board approves bond proposal for May election

Posted on: January 23, 2017

The School Board unanimously voted to send a $159 million bond measure to voters in the May 16, 2017, election.

The measure would:

  • Make upgrades and improvements, including replacing roofs, siding, windows, plumbing, electrical systems in schools around the District.
  • Make energy improvements, including replacing old, inefficient high maintenance heating/ventilation systems, doors, which would save energy costs.
  • Make safety/security upgrades, including automatic door locks, fire alarms, security cameras to improve the safety of students.
  • Make seismic upgrades to enable buildings to better withstand earthquakes.
  • Renovate and/or add classroom space to support vocational/technical classes for all district middle school buildings.
  • Renovate and add classrooms and a cafeteria at Oak Grove Elementary School; purchase property and construct a new elementary school in NE Albany to address growing enrollment and reduce overcrowding.
  • Complete the first phase of West Albany High School’s rebuild that would include new classrooms, commons, auditorium, cafeteria and administrative space; and multipurpose space for vocational/technical education and gymnasium uses at South Albany High School.

The bond proposal is the result of a more than two-year process to identify facility needs in the District. The projects were reviewed by architects and recommended by a community-based District Facilities Advisory Committee (DFAC) that was made up of community members, parents and staff members.

DFAC initially identified more than $250 million in facility needs. This proposal represents the School Board’s priority to balance the most critical needs and the cost to taxpayers. This bond proposal is expected to increase taxes by an estimated $.64 per $1,000 of assessed property value because the 2006 bond is expiring.

For more information, read the resolution and explanatory statement. 

Find more information on the bond information page.

Student Success Act / Ley de Éxito Estudiantil

Posted on: October 10, 2019

The Oregon Legislature passed and the Governor signed the $2 billion Student Success Act (HB 3427), a historic and much needed investment in K-12 schools. Greater Albany Public Schools could be able to access an estimated $5.5 million per year through a state application process.

Districts are allowed four broad uses for the grant proposals:

  1. Increasing instructional time
  2. Addressing student health and safety needs
  3. Increasing adults/decreasing class size
  4. Expanding well-rounded learning opportunities.

Programs must also meet students’ behavioral and mental health needs and increase academic achievement as well as reduce disparities among student groups.

We want to be sure to invest these resources in alignment with our community vision. In conjunction with a new Strategic Plan, input from parents, teachers, staff, students, and the community at large will shape the future of Greater Albany Public Schools!

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  • Tuesday, October 22, 2019 – 6:00-7:30 p.m. (In Spanish with English interpretation)
  • Wednesday, October 30, 2019 – 9:30 a.m. / 11:30 a.m. (In English with Spanish interpretation)
  • Wednesday, October 30, 2019 –  6:00-7:30 p.m. (In English with Spanish interpretation)

Spanish Translation 

La Legislatura de Oregón aprobó y la Gobernadora firmó la Ley de Éxito Estudiantil de $ 2 mil millones (HB 3427), una inversión histórica y muy necesaria para las escuelas desde Kínder hasta el 12 grado. Las Escuelas Públicas de Greater Albany, podrían acceder a un estimado de $ 5.5 millones por año a través de un proceso de solicitud estatal.

Los distritos tienen cuatro usos generales para las propuestas de subvención:

  1. Incremento del tiempo de instrucción.
  2. Abordar las necesidades de salud y seguridad de los estudiantes. 
  3. Aumento de adultos/disminución del tamaño de la clase.
  4. Expandir oportunidades de aprendizaje integrales.

Los programas también deben satisfacer las necesidades de salud mental y conductual de los estudiantes y aumentar el rendimiento académico, así como reducir la desproporción entre los grupos de estudiantes.

Queremos asegurarnos de invertir estos recursos de acuerdo con nuestra visión comunitaria. ¡Junto con un nuevo Plan Estratégico, los aportes de padres, maestros, personal, estudiantes y la comunidad en general darán forma al futuro de las Escuelas Públicas de Greater Albany!

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Student’s Artwork Celebrated at Sate Fair

Posted on: September 4, 2019
Oak student honored at State Fair for Artwork Contest

Oak Student Honored for Artwork

Oak Elementary Student’s Art Celebrated at State Fair 

SALEM, Oregon – Fifth grade student Brienna Walder of Oak Elementary in Albany was honored during a reception held at the Oregon State Fair along with 12 other students on Sunday, August 25. Brienna’s artwork was selected among 2,100 entries submitted to the AITC Calendar Art Contest, sponsored by Oregon Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation (AITC). The AITC Calendar Art Contest showcases Oregon’s diverse agricultural and natural resource commodities. 

This year, artwork was submitted by students kindergarten through sixth grade across the state in public, private, charter and homeschool education systems featuring Oregon agriculture and natural resources. The entries received celebrated Oregon’s diverse agriculture with artwork depicting a wide variety of Oregon’s 220 agricultural commodities. Brienna’s artwork featured a farmer’s market and can be viewed on the September page of the calendar. In describing her artwork, Brienna said, “I couldn’t actually decide on one single Oregon product to draw, so I decided to draw a picture that had a lot of products all in one place.” 

Brienna also said, “I chose to draw a farmers market for my entry because every year we have a downtown Albany farmers market where local farmers can bring their produce to sell. Our family enjoys eating the foods from the Albany Farmers market in the summer and fall. I found out that Albany’s farmers market is the oldest outdoor market in Oregon. That is what inspired this idea.” 

“The calendar contest is a great project for teachers and students. It gives them an opportunity to teach and discuss about the bounty and beauty of Oregon agriculture and incorporate art into their classrooms,” said Jessica Jansen, AITC Executive Director. Each month in the calendar features one of the winning student’s art and each day of the year has a fact about agriculture. 

The thirteen students selected to be featured in our 2019-2020 calendar received a $50 award and certificate to commemorate this honor. The winning artwork will be displayed at the Oregon State Fair which runs through Labor Day in Salem. Calendars are free to Oregon teachers, and can be ordered for just $4 on


Media Contact: Brittany Capell, Education Programs Coordinator Oregon Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation

School Registration Dates and Times / Fechas y horarios para la inscripción en la escuela

Posted on: August 8, 2019

Welcome parents! Please click HERE for our registration process. School registration times and locations are posted HERE.

Warning: As we have thirty-five construction projects running in the district, please heed the construction signs; some schools will have alternate locations for registration.

Spanish Translation

Fechas y horarios para la inscripción en la escuela

¡Bienvenidos padres de familia! Por favor marque  AQUÍ para obtener nuestro proceso de inscripción. Los horario y lugares para la inscripción en la escuela están publicados  AQUÍ.

Advertencia: Como tenemos treinta y cinco proyectos de construcción en ejecución en el distrito, preste atención a las señales de construcción; algunas escuelas tendrán lugares alternativos para la inscripción.

Grief Counseling at GAPS / Consejería por duelo en GAPS

Posted on: July 17, 2019

Consejería por duelo en GAPS: Clic AQUÍ

Upon hearing the news of the death of a GAPS student, Greater Albany Public Schools will have district counselors available at the district office. We recognize our families and community may be struggling and require additional resources and support at this time. Please see us on Thursday, July 18, from 12-4 p.m., and Friday, July 19, from 12-2 p.m. Check in at the front desk.

What • FREE Grief Counseling
Where • GAPS District Office
718 Seventh Ave. SW
Albany, OR 97321
When • July 18, 12-4 p.m. and
July 19, 12-2 p.m.

Questions about this service? Please call: (541)967-4501.

Linn County Department of Health Services

Linn County Department of Health Services offers emergency crisis support. Mental Health Services provides a 24-hour, seven-day-a-week crisis service for Linn County which includes:

Phone: (541)967-3866 or 1(800)304-7468

Their webpage with additional resources can be accessed here:

Spanish Translation 

Al escuchar la noticia de la muerte de un estudiante de GAPS, las Escuelas Públicas de Greater Albany tendrán consejeros de distrito disponibles en la oficina del distrito. Reconocemos que nuestras familias y nuestra comunidad pueden tener dificultades y requieren recursos y apoyo adicionales en este momento. Por favor visítenos el jueves 18 de julio de 12 a 4 p.m. y el viernes 19 de julio de 12 a 2 p.m. Registrarse en la recepción.

Que: Consejería GRATUITA por duelo 
Dónde: Oficina del Distrito GAPS
718 Seventh Ave. SW
Albany, OR 97321
Cuando: 18 de julio de 12 a 4 p.m. y  19 de julio de 12 a 2 p.m.

¿Preguntas acerca de este servicio? Por favor llamar: (541)967-4501.

Departamento de servicios de salud del Condado de Linn

El Departamento de Servicios de Salud del Condado de Linn, ofrece apoyo de emergencia en caso de crisis. El servicio de salud mental brinda un servicio de crisis las 24 horas, los siete días de la semana para el condado de Linn, que incluye:

  • Evaluación inicial de detección de crisis
  • Triaje por teléfono
  • Intervención en momentos de crisis
  • Investigación previa al compromiso
  • Servicios de conexión de ayuda en el Hospital

Teléfono: (541)967-3866 o 1(800)304-7468

Se puede acceder a su página web con recursos adicionales aquí:

Welcome New Members of the School Board / Bienvenidos, nuevos miembros de la Mesa Directiva

Posted on: July 17, 2019

 ➡ Nuevos miembros de la Mesa Directiva: Clic AQUÍ

ON THE 9TH of July, the two newly elected school board members of GAPS, Michael Thomson and Eric Aguinaga, were sworn in by Board Chair Ward in a special session.

Meet our New Members!

Eric AguinagaEric Aguinaga

As a longtime Albany resident, husband, father, and businessman, Eric Aguinaga has learned our community is only as great as the time we invest in it. With his experience as a United States Air Force Veteran and as a former commercial sales representative, he brings a unique background and skill set to the school board. 

Eric understands and appreciates the hard work in which our community is founded on and enjoys spending his time volunteering with the Albany Public School Foundation, Albany Carousel, Albany Aquatics Association, Jackson Street Youth Services, and serving on the GAPS School Board. 

Michael ThomsonMichael Thomson

Michael Thomson grew up in Washington and graduated from Evergreen State College in Olympia, where he worked at the capitol. He and his wife have lived in Albany for twelve years, serving on city committees and with non-profit organizations, including the Central-Takena PTA. They are also active at St. Mary’s Parish.

Growing up with parents who were school teachers, Michael has always had an interest in public education, and since his daughter has been attending school, he has been heavily involved at GAPS. His wish and goal for all GAPS kids is for them to have as many positive experiences as his daughter has had. 

Welcome, new board members! Thank you for your service.

Spanish Translation

EL 9 DE JULIO, los dos nuevos miembros de la Mesa Directiva de GAPS, el Sr. Michael Thomson y Eric Aguinaga, juramentaron ante el Presidente de la Mesa Directiva en una sesión especial (corta).

¡Conoce a nuestros nuevos miembros!

Eric Aguinaga

Eric Aguinaga, residente de Albany desde hace mucho tiempo, esposo, padre y hombre de negocios, ha aprendido que nuestra comunidad es tan buena como el tiempo que invertimos en ella. Veterano de la Fuerza Aérea de los Estados Unidos y ex representante de ventas comerciales de Les Schwab, aporta a la Mesa Directiva conocimientos y habilidades únicas.

Eric comprende y aprecia el arduo trabajo en el que se basa nuestra comunidad y disfruta pasar su tiempo como voluntario en la Fundación de las Escuelas Públicas de Albany, el Carrusel de Albany, la Asociación Acuática de Albany, los Servicios Juveniles de Jackson Street y el servir en la Mesa Directiva de GAPS.

Michael ThomsonMichael Thomson

Michael Thomson creció en Washington y se graduó de la universidad Evergreen State College en Olympia, donde trabajó en la Capitolio. Él y su esposa han vivido en Albany durante doce años, sirviendo en comités de la ciudad y con organizaciones sin fines de lucro, incluida la Asociación de Padres y Maestros (PTA por sus siglas en ingles) de Central-Takena. También son activos en la parroquia de Santa María.

Al crecer con padres que eran maestros de escuela, Michael siempre ha tenido interés en la educación pública, y desde que su hija ha asistido a la escuela, ha estado muy involucrado en GAPS. Su deseo y objetivo para todos los niños de GAPS es que tengan tantas experiencias positivas como su hija. 

¡Bienvenidos, nuevos miembros de la Mesa Directiva! Gracias por su servicio.