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Student All-Stars: Memorial Middle School

Posted on: May 10, 2018

At the first annual GAPS Student All-Stars Celebration, the School Board honored outstanding students from each school. Students were nominated by school staff and introduced by the school principal.

Memorial Middle School All-Stars are: 

Danielle Hernandez

Danielle has been an amazing leader and volunteer for our Green Team. She has helped organize and run our school cleanups, works on the recycling and reusing program, and has volunteered to be an advocate at school board meetings and a city council meeting for better environmental practices.

Sequoia Farnsworth

Sequoia has been a godsend for our garden program. He has volunteered many hours with back-breaking work to help harvest the crop to be put in the school lunches, has fixed broken items, and built many nice planter boxes. He is always ready to go, rain or shine, with a smile on his face.

School Board honors Student All-Stars at special meeting

Posted on: May 7, 2018

Tonight, the School Board recognized students from each school in the district for their citizenship and outstanding school and community service. The event was the first annual Recognition of Student All-Stars awards ceremony, held at South Albany High School.

In a move away from student all-star recognition at School Board meetings, the special ceremony was a festive opportunity to praise students for their efforts and character that doesn’t compete with School Board business each month and ensures that families can better celebrate their kids’ achievements.

Students were nominated by school staff. Principals from each school presented the certificates to students, who shook hands with all School Board members and posed for a school photos. In all, 44 students were recognized.

Principal comments and school photos will be posted for each school this week. 

First annual recognition of Student All-Stars awards ceremony. Student all-star holding award.

Come hear a bond update at May 2 community meeting

Posted on: May 1, 2018

Work will start soon on bond-funded projects around the district. Come to a community meeting in May to learn about the plans.

May 2: West Albany High School
May 23: South Albany High School

Both meetings will start at 7 p.m.

¿Usted está invitado!

Memorial Battle of the Books team places 15th in state competition

Posted on: April 9, 2018

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.

 

New Anti-Bullying Task Force yields recommendations

Posted on: April 8, 2018

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.

Anti-Bullying Task Force Recommendations to the Board

Read the story in the Democrat-Herald