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Superintendent Jim Golden’s Back-to-School Message

Posted on: August 24, 2016

Welcome Back 2016-17

I hope everyone enjoyed a safe and relaxing summer break and, as I stated in my last newsletter, I hope that all kids read regularly and were active exercising! As we start this new school year we want parents to know that safety and security are our top priorities for all students, staff and school communities, and part of what makes us safe is our relationships with all of you. I believe and expect that the Greater Albany Public Schools are welcoming places for all people and that we promote student learning by embracing a “Growth Mindset.” We believe that learning is a lifelong activity and that all students have the ability to grow and learn with effort and commitment.

The Greater Albany Public Schools have identified five Pillars for making and maintaining a truly great public school system. They are:

  1. Our schools produce good citizens: All kids are mentally and physically healthy. Our kids give back to our community!
  2. All kids graduate and go on to successful post high school experiences: High School is not enough, kids must complete education at a two-year or four-year college, earn a certificate from a community college, or join the military.
  3. We have efficient operations: We maximize our resources and engage in private and public partnerships to leverage resources to benefit our children.
  4. We have an “Equity Lens”: We have a school system where outcomes for all students are similar. We make sure that kids have the resources they need to be successful in our community and in the workplace.
  5. We believe in continuous improvement: We want to get better at getting better!

Using these five principles, we are committed to making sure that kids in our school system always learn and grow. We believe we are here to serve our community and, through our actions, we can make Albany a great place for our children.

Please take the time to look at our newly launched district website at www.albany.k12.or.us. We place important information here and on Facebook @greateralbanypublicschools. Each school will also have its own page with information that is of particular importance to its students. If you can, take the time to attend your son’s or daughter’s open house and get to know your children’s teachers. They are learning specialists who are committed to help your student grow and learn.

Finally, I will be conducting a series of community informational meetings in October regarding facility needs for GAPS and a possible bond election in May. Watch the website for information.

Thank you for trusting us with your child’s education. I look forward to a great new year.

Jim Golden, Superintendent