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Superintendent plans community roadshows in April

Posted on: March 15, 2018

Last May, voters approved the bond to improve schools and construct new learning space. Since then, district staff have been focused on work to design and plan the construction.

Construction will start in June on school improvements around the district and new elementary school projects at Oak Grove and the new site near Timber Ridge.

Superintendent Golden has announced four community roadshows to share updates and answer questions about the projects. All are open to the public and are scheduled from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

April 4: South Albany High School
April 12: West Albany High School
April 18: Timber Ridge School
April 25: North Albany Middle School

Superintendent Golden declares March 14 School Safety Day

Posted on: March 12, 2018

Superintendent sent the following message home to all families today to announce School Safety Day on March 14 to mark the tragedy in Parkland, Florida.

March 2018

Parents and Guardians,

I have declared March 14 School Safety Day for the Greater Albany Public Schools. I am asking each principal to develop opportunities for students and staff to address how we all need to work together to a create a safe environment for learning.

We know that routines are important for kids. As such, regular instruction and culture-building activities will remain the priority on Wednesday. Each school is unique and our staff are prepared to provide opportunities that best meet the needs of their students and the school’s goals.

In addition, schools will be having culture-building activities to support strong relationships between students and adults — a key to school safety.

Oregon schools are required by law to have fire, earthquake, and lock-down drills each year. District schools will either be coordinating this requirement with School Safety Day, have recently completed these drills, or have them scheduled.

Given the national conversation, we know that students and parents have a heightened interest in school safety and may want to participate in planned demonstrations. District staff cannot encourage or discourage political activities on work time. In the event that some students may choose to leave class, building administrators have been asked to respond in a way consistent with current supervision practices. Please contact your school’s office if you have specific questions about School Safety Day.

Thank you,

Jim Golden

Estimados Padres y Apoderados:

He declarado el 14 de marzo como el Día de Seguridad Escolar, para las Escuelas Públicas de Greater Albany. Le estoy pidiendo a cada Director que desarrolle oportunidades para los estudiantes y los miembros del personal, para abordar como todos necesitamos trabajar juntos para crear un ambiente seguro para el aprendizaje.

Sabemos que las rutinas son importantes para los niños. La instrucción regular y las actividades para  fomentar la cultura, permanecerán siendo la prioridad el día miércoles. Cada escuela es única y nuestros miembros del personal están preparados para proporcionar oportunidades que cumplan mejor con las necesidades de sus estudiantes y las metas de la escuela.

Además, las escuelas tendrán actividades para fomentar la cultura, para apoyar las relaciones sólidas entre los estudiantes y los adultos- una clave para la seguridad escolar.

Por ley estatal, las escuelas del estado de Oregón, deben tener simulacros contra incendios, terremotos y simulacros de emergencia o cierre total cada año. Los distritos escolares, estarán coordinando este requisito ya sea con el día denominado de seguridad escolar (School Safety day en inglés), haber recientemente realizado estos simulacros o haberlos programado.

Dada la conversación a nivel nacional, sabemos que los padres y alumnos, tienen gran interés en la seguridad escolar y querrán participar en las demostraciones planificadas. El personal del distrito no promueve o desanima, actividades políticas durante el horario de trabajo. En el caso de que algunos estudiantes decidan retirarse de la clase, se les ha pedido a los administradores del edificio que respondan de forma consistente con las prácticas de supervisión.  Por favor contacte a la oficina de su escuela, si tiene preguntas específicas en cuanto al día de la seguridad escolar.


Jim Golden

Apply to serve on the Budget Committee

Posted on: March 12, 2018

A vacancy has opened on the GAPS Budget Committee. Applications for this volunteer position are now being accepted to complete the three-year term, ending on June 30, 2019.

Applications are due by March 23.

Budget Committee Vacancy Timeline

March 12:  Vacancy during new business agenda. Vacancy declared.

March 13:  Vacancy is publicly announced. Applications are available online.

March 23:  Applications due to the District Office.

April 2:  Completed applications are emailed to Board members.

April 9:  Board work session to interview applicants, 5 p.m.

April 9: Regular Board meeting. Board members select new Budget Committee member, 7 p.m.

April 16:  Budget Committee meeting. New committee member participates.

If you have questions, please email Jim Haggart.


Attention Parents: Register now for Girls Explore at LBCC

Posted on: March 8, 2018

Middle School can register now for a science and technology workshop at LBCC, starting in April. Students will explore science and technology programs that lead to high-wage, high-demand careers. This program is a hands-on learning opportunity. Students do not need previous experience to sign up!

Register online now. Detailed information and registration forms will be emailed to you. Space is limited, and spots will be filled on a first-come-first-serve basis. Tuition cost is $25; scholarships are available.

Open to all middle school students. Register Now

  • LBCC Albany Campus
  • One day a week for 5 weeks: Wednesdays, April 4 – May 9, 5-6:30 pm
  • Located on campus at Linn Benton Community College in Albany
  • Hands-on learning in each of the following areas; Computer Systems, Welding, Non-Destructive Testing (NDT), Mechatronics, Computer Aided Design, and Drafting (CADD)

Programs include:

Mechatronics: If you like working with your hands while using your brain to make stuff work, or working with robotics, mechatronics is for you!

Welding: In the welding process, heat is used to fuse metal pieces together. If you like working with your hands and making things, welding is for you!

CADD/Engineering: CADD operators play a major role in product design. CADD techs work closely with engineers to develop everything from a three-piece pencil to a multistory building.

Non-Destructive Testing: NDT technicians inspect, test and evaluate materials, components or assemblies for flaws that may lead to failure, without destroying them.

Computer Systems/Science: Computer Science is the study of programming, data storage and retrieval, computing machinery and the interaction with people. Graphics, artificial intelligence, robotics and expert systems are some of the products of computer science. This is an exciting career area that affects many aspects of our lives.

Flyer (English)
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High school student counselors needed for outdoor school

Posted on: March 1, 2018

The first annual GAPS outdoor school is scheduled for this May for Memorial Middle School students. The program will include a week-long overnight camp experience developed in partnership with Calapooia Watershed Council.

High schools are needed for camp counselor positions. Eligible applicants must:

  • Love the outdoors
  • Want to serve as a mentor to 6th grade students
  • Have an interest in the natural sciences
  • Be able to relate to middle school students
  • Want to practice and enhance your leadership and communication skills

For more information:

See the camp counselor presentation
See the Peachjar flyer

High school students can apply online. Applications are due by March 9 and must include a reference form from two teachers and a school counselor, due by March 16.

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