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School Board hears survey results for bond projects

Posted on: January 9, 2017

The School Board is continuing to review community input and facility needs for a bond proposal for the May 16 election. At the Board meeting on Jan. 9, they heard results of the December voter survey that was conducted by The Nelson Report, a survey firm.

The results showed that voters understand the need to make facility updates and improvements and indicated support for a bond that would:

  • Make major renovations and upgrades districtwide, such as replacing heating and ventilation systems and roofs, improve safety and security and add or improve vocational education classrooms at middle and high schools.
  • Add classrooms to reduce overcrowding and accommodate projected growth, including new classrooms at Oak Grove Elementary School and a new elementary school near Timber Ridge.
  • Begin the first phase of a rebuild of West Albany High School, which is aging and doesn’t meet current instructional needs. This rebuild could include adding a commons, vocational classrooms and an auditorium.

The Board will meet again on Thursday in a work session at 6 p.m.

See more information in the Survey Executive Summary and the survey presentation.

West Albany music student earns spot on High School Honors Choir at Carnegie Hall

Posted on: January 19, 2017

Photo by Democrat-Herald

West Albany High School Press Release:

West Albany High School student Marissa Fieland has been selected for the 2017 High School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall. She will perform Soprano 1 in February with the Concert Choir. Participation in one of the five Honors Ensembles is limited to the highest-rated high school performers from across the world.

Earlier this year, Fieland auditioned for the Honors Performance Series and was accepted after a review by the Honors Selection Board. Acceptance to the elite group is a direct result of the talent, dedication, and achievements demonstrated in her application and audition recording. She will join other performers from all 50 United States, Guam, two Canadian provinces, and a number of foreign countries for a special performance at world-famous Carnegie Hall, a venue that marks the pinnacle of musical achievement.

According to Morgan Smith, Program Director, “Being selected to the Honors Performance Series is something each finalist should be extremely proud of accomplishing. We processed more than 18,000 nominations this year and have selected nearly 750 of the most talented student performers from around the world. Working with these conductors and performing at Carnegie Hall is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that these musicians never forget.”

Marissa Fieland has studied music for six and a half years. Currently, she studies with Amy Hansen and is under the direction of West Albany music teachers Cate Caffarella for choir and Stuart Welsh for band. Previously she studied under Mrs. Wind and Mr. Nelson.

Marissa is a member of West Albany High School’s A Capella Choir, Rhythmix Choir, and Drumline. She has been a member of the Oregon All-State Choir for four years (2014-2017). She will perform in the All Northwest Choir in February of 2017. She won first place at the Oregon district 11 Solo and Ensemble Festival for Soprano voice in 2015 and 2016; last year she went on to place third in the State Solo Competition.

In response to her selection as a Finalist, Marissa Fieland said, “I feel so blessed to have this opportunity. I’ve worked hard to get here and God has been very good to me.”

Finalists will come together in New York City for five days in February. They will have the opportunity to learn from world-renowned conductors, work with other finalists, and get a taste of New York City. Two performances, an Honors Choral Performance and an Honors Instrumental Performance, will take place Sunday, Feb. 5, and are open to the public.

Marissa will hold a fundraising concert to raise money for her trip to New York on Sunday, Jan. 22 at 6 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. at North Albany Community Church . There is a suggested donation of $5-10.

Tangent and Sunrise students enjoy puppet performance

Posted on: January 18, 2017

Last week, Tangent Elementary School students and staff were treated to a puppet show, sponsored by the Albany Parks and Recreation’s 2017 Children’s Performing Arts Series.

The production of “The Toad Prince” was performed by a husband and wife team from the Tears of Joy Puppet Theater.

The show was also performed at Sunrise Elementary School.

Additional performances are scheduled for the 2017 performing arts series. See the flyer for dates and more information.

Congratulations to SAHS Principal Brent Belveal, Oregon Music Educators Outstanding Administrator!

Posted on: January 12, 2017

South Albany High School Principal Brent Belveal has been chosen by the Oregon Music Educators Association to be this year’s Outstanding Administrator. He was nominated by music teachers Brett DeYoung and Andrew Isaac.

“Brett and I nominated him for his tireless work during the fire rebuilding efforts on behalf of all the teachers who lost their classrooms and program materials,” said Isaac. “Through his work with the insurance company and donors and Albany Public Schools Foundation, architecture firm and general contractor, Brent championed his teachers, students and school and brokered the best deal he could for our programs and students.”

Brent will be publicly honored at an awards presentation at OMEA’s annual conference banquet in Eugene this Saturday in front of hundreds of music educators from all over the state.

“Way to go, Brent and way to go Rebels,” said Isaac. “Thank you for your dedicated service, Brent!”

How do we decide school closure days?

Posted on: January 11, 2017

Safety is our number one priority, and it is the main consideration when deciding school closures due to weather.

The district carefully evaluates road conditions and weather forecasts both the night before and early in the morning of a school day. The Superintendent and Director of Transportation start driving the roads around the district starting at 4 a.m. They consider the conditions of the roads, sidewalks and parking lots in Albany and the outlying areas.

They don’t make decisions lightly, but they choose to err on the side of caution in order to keep the more than 9,000 students and staff members safe.

It is not an easy process, and we understand that it can be frustrating for many parents. Making the decision is not an easy call, but we make that decision with the best possible information available and in the best interest of student, parent and staff safety.

Read the District statement about deciding school closures due to weather:

School Closure Process

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