Congratulations to Memorial Middle School’s Oregon Battle of the Books team, Dumbleldore’s Army. The team placed 15th out of approximately 250 teams statewide at the state competition in Salem last week.
Pictured (from left) are Dru Huddleston, Tori Thorp, Sachi Wrigley, Maddie Wang and center, Izzy Harwood.
Last month, the district’s new Anti-Bullying Task Force presented recommendations to the School Board.
The task force, which is comprised of GAPS staff, parents, and community partners, has had two community forums. At the first forum, a definition of bullying was presented, along with various statistics and facts related to bullying and its effects on students. The group also began to look at the scope of bullying in our community, both at the school level and in the community at large.
At the second forum, the Task Force formulated concrete suggestions for the school Board to consider to address the problem.
The forums yielded recommendations for improvements to school climate that included curriculum and behavioral supports to improve school climate; new rules and policies to prevent bullying and education about policies and consequences; staff training in bullying prevention; and programs to improve coordinated prevention efforts.
The annual Character Education poster contest is accepting art submissions from students in grades K-12 through April 20. Original art can be no larger than 8.5″ x 11″ in any medium and must address at least one of the following character traits: personal responsibility, honesty and integrity, self-discipline, courage, social responsibility, kindness, respect, justice.
Students can submit artwork to a staff member at their school. All submissions will be displayed at the main branch of the Albany Public Library. Winners will a frame for their art and a poster of all winning art.
If you ran in the iRun fundraiser for Albany Public Schools Foundation last weekend — or if you supported a runner — you will likely find your photo in the event gallery from Jodi B. Herrling Photography.
Dozens of photos are available. Check out the gallery.