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2nd Semester Transfer Application Window Open Until Dec. 31 at 5 p.m.

Posted on: December 1, 2016

If you are interested in applying for a second semester transfer to another school, the online application link is now open and will close Dec. 31 at 5 p.m.

To apply for a transfer, complete the on-line application, which is located on our District website.

  • From the GAPS home page, click on the Parent Box to the right.
  • Click on the Information button.
  • Click on Transfer Requests near the bottom of the list.
  • Click on the 2016-17 Second Semester Transfer Applications button.
  • Click on the link to our on-line application.

There are several reasons a transfer request may be denied. Those include overcrowding at the requested school, or if a student is failing to maintain minimum standards of attendance, behavior, or academics at their current school. For more information about student assignment to schools, please refer to School Board Policies JECA, JECB, and JECC.

Online application for the 2017-18 school year opens Jan. 1 and closes Feb. 28.  If you have any questions about the transfer process, contact the district office at (541) 967-4519 and ask to speak with Jennifer Hart.

Annual WAHS holiday gala concert is Dec. 12 and 13

Posted on: December 7, 2016

The West Albany High School Performing Arts Department invites everyone to the annual holiday gala concert on Monday, Dec, 12 and Tuesday, Dec, 13. Both Shows are at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door or online.

Concert details from Stuart Welsh, WAHS Director of Bands:

There are six combined band and choir piece that have over 100 student musicians performing together.

These concerts feature a wonderful variety of music from our Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band, A Cappella Choir and Rhythmix Choir. We will also feature piano soloist Zoe Ames, soprano vocalist Marissa Fieland, The West Brass Quintet and The Lake Family Trio. You will hear lots of holiday classics, along with selections from Polar Express, The Prince of Egypt, The Pentatonics, Beethoven, and Rachmaninoff’s Vespers.

This is a fantastic evening of music and a great way to celebrate this time of year with some amazing students.  All are welcome!

Inclement Weather Procedures

Posted on: December 7, 2016

Sometimes we have to close school, delay the start of school, or release early because of bad weather. This is the annual reminder of procedures for school closures or schedule changes due to inclement weather.

When the decision has been made to close school or delay the start, we rely on local radio and television stations for notifications. Closure and delayed start information will ordinarily be broadcast by 6:30 a.m. Closure information will also be posted on the District website.

 Our District subscribes to FlashAlert. This service forwards school closure information to local radio and television stations.  Staff, parents, or community members can register to receive these notices directlyNotifications will be sent via email. A FlashAlert Messenger App is also available for tablets and smart phones on Google Play or the iTunes app store.  There are no costs for using email or the app for notifications.

All addresses registered on FlashAlert will remain confidential. You will receive an email message once per year asking if you wish to continue your subscription and to confirm your email address.  Subscribers should be aware that some email spam filters may prevent messages from being received.

Below are some of the radio and television stations that will be notified of school closures: 


FM Radio Stations: AM Radio Stations: Television Stations:
KEHK FM 102.3KFLY FM 101.5

KKNU FM 93.3

KLOO FM 106.3

KOOL FM 99.1

KRKT FM 99.9

KSND FM 95.1 (Spanish)


KLOO AM 1340


KWBY AM 940 (Spanish)


KATU Chan 2KEZI Chan 9

KGW Chan 8

KLSR Chan 34

KMTR Chan 16

KOIN Chan 6

KVAL Chan 13

  *The television channel may vary according to listening area.

If you have questions about the procedures summarized above, please contact the school or contact the District Office at 541-967-4501.

Fir Grove and Oak Grove schools focus on friendship with bench and book projects

Posted on: December 6, 2016

Friendship is an important theme at The Groves schools this year. The focus started with a student whose best friend was absent. From there, it grew to a school-wide kindness effort that includes a book, student illustrations, friendship benches and student fundraising to pay for acts of kindness.

Principal Jerrie Matuszak shares how the kindness initiative started:

“It started when a student, Anna, did not have a friend to play with during recess because her best friend was gone that day at a dentist appointment.  She asked several kids if they wanted to play, but she couldn’t find anyone to play with. So she told her mom, a local author, the sad story and they talked about the idea of a friendship bench at school, which led to the book and then to the student illustrations.”

The book is The Friendship Bench, written by author and Fir Grove parent Whitney Dineen and illustrated by Fir and Oak Grove students.

All grades were able to illustrate a page in the book if they wanted. All student work that was submitted is included in the story section or in the back of the book.

It is available on Amazon.com. “We are selling the books to use the proceeds for acts of kindness in our school and community,” said Matuszak.

The benches were built by Bill Jantzi, who will present them to the school in January. “We are  doing a whole Kindness Challenge week in January full of fun activities,” said Matuszak.

“We will use the funds for acts of kindness in our school and community like for donating to charity or supporting families who are in need,” she said.

Welcome Center hosts immigration information meeting

Posted on: December 6, 2016

An immigration presentation is scheduled for Dec. 10 to share information about immigration, parent involvement with schools and legal rights.

The meeting will be held in Spanish on Dec. 10 from 5-7 p.m. at the Welcome Center, 701 SE 19th Ave., Albany.

For more information, please contact the Welcome Center at 541-704-2376 or email david.jazmin@albany.k12.or.us.

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