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Oak Grove parent and staff meeting to discuss construction relocation plans

Posted on: January 16, 2018

Construction on the replacement of Oak Grove will begin this summer. The bond-funded project will increase enrollment capacity and improve learning spaces for students.

During construction, students will be relocated for the 2018-19 school year. The goals of any proposal are to minimize disruptions to students and to keep students in the same grade together at a temporary location for the coming school year. A recommendation to the board will be made on Jan. 22 after seeking input from parents.

A meeting to discuss options for students during construction is planned for tonight at North Albany Elementary School at 6:30 p.m. This is the second of two meetings. The first was last week at Oak Grove.

The new Oak Grove Elementary School is scheduled to open for school in fall 2019.

West Albany Wind Ensemble featured at All-State Conference

Posted on: January 15, 2018

The West Albany High School wind ensemble, directed by Stuart Welsh, performed at the All-State Music Conference in Eugene this weekend. The group also modeled good practices for the other student musicians in attendance by demonstrating rehearsal techniques that could be put into practice in other schools.

Welsh is pictured above with Dr. Lewis Norfleet, Director of Bands Central Washington University.

GAPS students perform in All-State honor groups

Posted on: January 15, 2018

Music students from Greater Albany middle and high schools participated in the All-State Music Conference in Eugene this weekend. The high school students were selected through an audition process, and the middle school students were recommended by their music teachers. The annual event is sponsored by the Oregon Music Education Association.

Pictured above are students Emma Yonemura and Gabe LaChapelle with guest conductor Cheryl Floyd from Austin, Texas, preparing for an Honor Band performance in the Hult Center.

Below are Ryan Nelson (senior WAHS bassoon) and Brandon Dodd (senior WAHS, oboe) with conductor Kevin Noe, guest conductor from Michigan State University after their performance with the All-State Honor Orchestra.


Waverly All-Star student is recognized for math test scores

Posted on: January 12, 2018

On Monday, the School Board honored Student All-Stars, including an All-Star student from Waverly Elementary School who was absent during the school’s December recognition.

Pictured is Takoda Cunningham, who achieved the highest score in the school on the 2016-17 fourth-grade math assessments.

Congratulations Takoda!

School Board honors Periwinkle Student All-Stars

Posted on: January 12, 2018

On Monday, the School Board honored Student All-Stars from Periwinkle Elementary School for earning the highest scores on the 2016-17 state assessments in language arts, math and science.

The students were introduced by Principal Chaundra Smith. Pictured (from left):

Sam Nelson, science
Sam is a highly motivated self-starter. He sets a strong example for his peers and is a great friend. Math is a strength for Sam, and he loves to push his thinking and expand his learning. He may seem quiet, but when you take time to talk with him, you will see what great ideas he has.

Brenden Wrigley, math
Brenden is a great student. He works hard and puts 100% into every assignment. Brenden loves to read and was always sharing with us what he was currently reading. He was definitely our resident Harry Potter expert!

Anthony Bowen, language arts
Anthony is a sharp-minded young man. The effort he puts into his work is always his hardest, and he consistently pushes himself to do more. Because of his endless drive and natural intuition, I know Anthony will go on to do important things in life.

Brayden McKay, math
Brayden is an exceptional student and leader. He works well above his grade level in math and has fantastic critical-thinking skills. He is a model student with high motivation and determination to exceed at high levels in math.

McKenzie McKay, math
Kenzie is a very kind, hard-working student who gives her best effort on anything she attempts.

Sofi Li, language arts
Sofia is a phenomenal student who is extremely motivated. Her reading and writing skills are significantly above grade level. She is extremely creative in her writing and shows a deep understanding for looking at text critically.

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