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Attention teachers: Apply for a classroom grant

Posted on: September 20, 2017

Applications are open for the 2017-18 Albany Public Schools Foundation classroom grants.

Each fall, the Albany Public Schools Foundation accepts grant applications from teachers in the Greater Albany Public School District for innovative programs, tools and supplies supporting enrichment opportunities for students in the areas of art, music, science and health/wellness.

Grants are due on Oct. 13 and applications are open to all GAPS teachers.

Download the application.
Find more information on the Albany Public Schools Foundation website.

Architectural design unveiled for new elementary school

Posted on: September 18, 2017

Last week, architects and District staff shared information about the new elementary school new Timber Ridge. The new school is part of the May bond measure that was approved by voters.

The building design is complete, but many features are still in the development stage.

 Overview of New Elementary

Opening in September 2019: 16-month construction timeline; groundbreaking planned for spring 2018

Currently designed for grades K-3.

Designed for maximum flexibility: Design will allow capacity of 600 students by adding additional four classrooms later if necessary for growth. Area is expected to continue growing.


Architectural design drawings

Bus volunteers ride along to help elementary students

Posted on: September 15, 2017

Young students who are learning the ropes in the new school year are getting support from older students, who are riding along on bus routes to ease anxiety and help the students find their way home.

For the first three weeks of school, Timber Ridge students in teacher Shay Brunson’s leadership class are catching a bus to Clover Ridge Elementary School and riding along to help make the route run smoother.

Eight students in seventh and eighth grades currently participate as part of volunteer club in the class. They are Emily Hobson, Tyger DeBolt, Ruby Shumaker, Aaliyah Ware, Abby Hobson, Alex Brunson, Maddilyn Neely and Laura Lovell.

The program, now in its second year, is a hit with the student volunteers, the K-2 students they assist and the bus drivers.

The volunteer riders agreed that the first day was challenging, but the ride is smoother now. Route 6 bus driver, Diane, said she would love to keep her student volunteer all year. “I would love it,” said Abby, a seventh grader. She said she will be back to volunteer again on Diane’s bus next year.

Elementary schools welcomed kindergartners on Monday

Posted on: September 13, 2017

Elementary schools around the district welcomed kindergarten students for the first day of school on Monday.

Kindergarten is a full-day program. Aside from starting a week later than students in the upper grades, the schedule is the same for these youngest students, who spend the year building foundational skills in language arts, math and science.

For information about kindergarten academic expectations, read about state standards: What is my child learning in kindergarten?

These photos are from the first day of kindergarten at North Albany and Sunrise elementary schools.

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