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School Board honors Oak Elementary Student All Stars

Posted on: January 24, 2018

On Monday, the School Board honored Student All-Stars from Oak Elementary School for earning the highest scores on the 2016-17 state assessments in language arts, math and science.

The students were introduced by Principal Kelly Bussard. Oak students are (from left):

Lilyanah Poris, fourth-grade math: Lilyanah is an all-around joy to have at Oak. She is careful and deliberate in her learning and always takes the time to correct her mistakes. She takes responsibility for her learning and consistently works hard to do her best.

Luke Haury, third-grade English language arts and math: Luke is a dedicated student, and his love of learning is evident in all that he does. He is constantly challenging himself and others to look for alternative strategies and new ways of learning.

Darien Rowe, fourth-grade English language arts: Darien has a sharp mind and is always curious about how things work. He’s a student who thinks outside of the box and is never afraid to ask questions.

Mason Luke, fourth-grade English language arts: Mason is a respectful and responsible student who is in charge of his education. He is a pleasure to be around because of the attitude he brings to school every day.

Ashley Gibbs , fifth-grade English language arts: Ashley’s prior teachers describe her as sweet, focused and a hard worker. She was a quiet leader at Oak who was always willing to share her love of learning with her fellow classmates.

Not present: Ryan Diller, fifth-grade math and science: Ryan has moved, but he is missed at Oak. He was a very mature and thoughtful student who truly wanted to know how everything works. He had an active, curious mind and was a delightful student.

Bond update: Designs for Oak Grove and summer project schedule

Posted on: January 21, 2018

The bond project plan and timeline is nearly complete, and work is scheduled to start this summer at school sites around the district.

This summer, high-priority projects at 18 school sites will begin, including upgrades at 11 elementary schools, three middle schools, two high schools, the district office and facility department.

The project list includes Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) improvements, fire alarms and doors, food science classroom and PE locker room upgrades, and improvements to address HVAC, plumbing, paving, roofing and seismic needs.

See the list of school sites and projects. 

Demolition and reconstruction work will also start at Oak Grove Elementary School as soon as school is out for the year.

Designs for the new building are complete. See the latest drawings.

January is School Board Recognition Month. Thank you, School Board!

Posted on: January 9, 2018

Last night, Superintendent Golden thanked the School Board members for their service to GAPS students. He read the official Governor’s Proclamation and showed a video of students thanking the School Board for their service.

The Proclamation reads as follows:

WHEREAS: Oregonians rely on public education to ensure a prosperous quality of life and strong economic health for Oregon; and

WHEREAS: Locally elected boards fulfill leadership roles and serve as the conduit through which teachers, parents, businesses and conununities demonstrate the care, creativity and support that lead to student achievement; and
WHEREAS: Public schools nurture and train diverse student populations to the best of their ability, whatever the resources, to give students the knowledge, skills and opportunities they need to succeed; and

WHEREAS: Board members build the framework that makes it possible for education organizations to teach Oregon’s children; and

WHEREAS: The committed men and women who serve on the boards of Oregon’s 197 school districts, 19 education service districts and 17 community colleges deserve recognition and thanks for their dedication to the education needs of the people of Oregon.

NOW, THEREFORE: I, Kate Brown, Governor of the State of Oregon, hereby proclaim January 2018 to be

SCHOOL BOARD RECOGNITION MONTH

See the official signed proclamation. 

Anti-bullying Task Force to hold two community forums, develop call to action

Posted on: January 5, 2018

A new Anti-Bullying, Anti-Harassment Task Force will meet in two community forums at the end of January and beginning of February to develop a plan to reduce behaviors that negatively impact our community and our schools.

The goal is to generate a community-based “call to action” in response to our common concerns related to these issues. The task force leaders include South Shore Principal Kraig Sproles, Calapooia Middle School Principal Gina Ayers, Albany Options Principal John Hunter, and District Human Resources Administrator Rich Sipe.

The purpose of the forums will be twofold.  First, we will work together to formulate an understanding of the scope and nature of bullying and harassment in our community, and second, we will develop a community “Call to Action” in response. This plan will be presented to the school Board for their review and consideration in March.

The community is invited to attend the two community forums.

  • The first forum will be on Wednesday, Jan. 24 at 6 p.m. at Albany Options School, 701 SE 19th Avenue (across the street from Sunrise Elementary School).
  • The second forum will be on Wednesday, Feb. 7, at 6 p.m. at Albany Options School.

Each meeting is expected to last about 90 minutes.

Several community partners will be represented at the forums, including the Albany Police Department, Linn County Sheriff’s Office, Linn County Mental Health, the City of Albany, FACT, Albany Boys and Girls Club, CAP, local faith community, and the YMCA.

Free LBCC parenting classes start next week

Posted on: January 3, 2018

Linn Benton Community College is offering free parenting classes at three sites, starting in January. Classes are free and include dinner and child care.

The Albany class is The Incredible Years. It will run from Jan. 10 to March 21 at DHS, 118 2nd Avenue.

For families with children ages 2–10. Raise responsible children! Use play and praise to build a more cooperative relationship with your children. Learn how to make clear family rules. Prevent and reduce behavior problems. Improve your children’s social skills.

Read the flyer for more information about the classes scheduled for Albany, Corvallis and Sweet Home.