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SAHS AVID program helps students succeed

Posted on: May 24, 2017

Now three years old, the South Albany High School AVID program is showing great success in raising student achievement. It provides a boost to students who might not otherwise apply to college or enroll in advanced classes.

Benjamin Sell (pictured), is the SAHS AVID teacher. He says the data shows marked improvements in attendance, grades and higher-level courses.

Read more in the Democrat-Herald.

South Albany High School will hold its annual AVID night to officially welcome students into next year’s AVID class. Contact SAHS for more information.

Photo: Democrat-Herald

Congratulations, Retirees!

Posted on: May 24, 2017

The annual retiree reception recognized the contributions of 30 GAPS teachers, classified staff and administrators who are leaving the District after serving Greater Albany students for a combined total of 539 years.

Family members and friends joined retirees at the tropical paradise-themed reception. Human Resources Director Randy Lary introduced the following retirees:

  • Lenora Roberts, Grade 1 – Fir Grove : 37 years
  • Kerri Lemerande, Science – WAHS: 29 years
  • Lori McGuire, Assistant to HR Director – District Office: 29 years
  • Barb Villaruel, School Office Manager – Waverly: 28 years
  • Cindy Holcomb, Grade 2 – Oak: 26 years
  • Kathy Kalina, Special Education Assistant – Periwinkle : 26 years
  • Karen Kennedy, School Office Manager – SAHS: 24 years
  • Connie Shrout, Grade 4 – Timber Ridge: 23 years
  • Judy Davies, Special Education Assistant – North Albany Elementary: 22 years
  • Cindy Miller, Functional Skills – Calapooia Middle: 22 years
  • Krista Hartman, College Credit – WAHS: 21 years
  • Maria Martinez, Counseling Secretary & Registrar – Memorial Middle: 21 years
  • Pat Weidmann, Principal – Sunrise : 21 years
  • Sharon DuBeau,  Language Arts – Calapooia Middle: 18 years
  • Jessica Jamison-Wells, Language Arts – North Albany Middle: 18 years
  • Terry Amerling, Special Education Assistant – Liberty : 17 years
  • Jennifer Hagen, Personal Care Assistant – SAHS: 16 years
  • Leo Huot, Assistant Principal – North Albany Middle: 16 years
  • Sandi McGinnis, Special Education Assistant – Calapooia Middle: 16 years
  • Robert Frampton, Special Needs Bus Driver – Transportation: 15 years
  • LaDeen Marlowe, Bus Driver – Transportation: 14 years
  • Gary Johnson, Custodian – Memoria Middle: 13 years
  • Mary Lou Seibel, Custodian – Oak: 12 years
  • Tim Haag, Grade 4 – Central: 11 years
  • Ruth Holmes, Special Education Assistant – South Shore: 11 years
  • Greg Lehr, Custodian – Calapooia Middle: 11 years
  • Durwood Ranton, Bus Driver – Transportation: 11 years
  • Joyce Stringer, Business – SAHS: 11 years
  • Corina Victorio, Secretary – South Shore; 5 years
  • Kim Schueller, Special Education Assistant-Communication – Takena: 5 years

Bond project planning has started

Posted on: May 22, 2017

Bond project timelines were discussed during the last School Board meeting on May 18. The plan is to open three of the four new construction projects by start of school in fall 2019: new elementary school, rebuild of Oak Grove Elementary School, vocational space/gym at South Albany High school.

Phase 1 of West Albany High School is scheduled to be completed in summer 2020.

See the draft project timeline for more information.

We will provide updates during the planning process on the bond information section of the website.

Oak Elementary students enjoy story time with Rotary members

Posted on: May 22, 2017

Last Friday, GAPS hosted a regional Rotary conference. Rotary is an international service club. Local chapters focus on community service projects and donations.

One of the central missions of Rotary is to improve literacy for kids. Each year, Rotarians provide free dictionaries to all third graders.

During last week’s conference, Rotary members visited our schools to read to children. These photos are from Oak Elementary School.

School Board honors Waverly Student All Stars

Posted on: May 18, 2017

On Monday, the School Board honored Student All-Stars from Waverly Elementary School for their motivation, perseverance, growth, and school and community service.

Waverly students are:

Sofia Leal

Sofia is the definition of motivation and perseverance. She works hard every day and gives her very best effort on each assignment. She is a kind and compassionate person who is a great role model to her classmates and other students in our school. She has not missed one day of school since she began attending Waverly as a kindergartner.

Maritza Casillas

Maritza is an amazing, hard-working, intelligent, and responsible student who continues to show growth mindset my always working hard and pushing her thinking by asking genuine questions. By making connections to our learning in the classroom and by finding multiple pathways to solve a problem, she is always pushing her thinking to the next level.


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