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Anti-bullying Task Force to hold two community forums, develop call to action

Posted on: January 5, 2018

A new Anti-Bullying, Anti-Harassment Task Force will meet in two community forums at the end of January and beginning of February to develop a plan to reduce behaviors that negatively impact our community and our schools.

The goal is to generate a community-based “call to action” in response to our common concerns related to these issues. The task force leaders include South Shore Principal Kraig Sproles, Calapooia Middle School Principal Gina Ayers, Albany Options Principal John Hunter, and District Human Resources Administrator Rich Sipe.

The purpose of the forums will be twofold.  First, we will work together to formulate an understanding of the scope and nature of bullying and harassment in our community, and second, we will develop a community “Call to Action” in response. This plan will be presented to the school Board for their review and consideration in March.

The community is invited to attend the two community forums.

  • The first forum will be on Wednesday, Jan. 24 at 6 p.m. at Albany Options School, 701 SE 19th Avenue (across the street from Sunrise Elementary School).
  • The second forum will be on Wednesday, Feb. 7, at 6 p.m. at Albany Options School.

Each meeting is expected to last about 90 minutes.

Several community partners will be represented at the forums, including the Albany Police Department, Linn County Sheriff’s Office, Linn County Mental Health, the City of Albany, FACT, Albany Boys and Girls Club, CAP, local faith community, and the YMCA.

Free LBCC parenting classes start next week

Posted on: January 3, 2018

Linn Benton Community College is offering free parenting classes at three sites, starting in January. Classes are free and include dinner and child care.

The Albany class is The Incredible Years. It will run from Jan. 10 to March 21 at DHS, 118 2nd Avenue.

For families with children ages 2–10. Raise responsible children! Use play and praise to build a more cooperative relationship with your children. Learn how to make clear family rules. Prevent and reduce behavior problems. Improve your children’s social skills.

Read the flyer for more information about the classes scheduled for Albany, Corvallis and Sweet Home.

Oak students explore their interests during Genius Hour

Posted on: January 1, 2018

This year, Oak Elementary School students spend the last hour of the day every Friday participating in Genius Hour, modeled after Google’s employee free time program that allows exploration of special projects and areas of interest.

Before break, Democrat-Herald reporter Jennifer Moody and video producer Jessica Habjan visited the school during Genius Hour.

Read the story.
Watch the video.

Apply to be a standby bus driver

Posted on: January 1, 2018

Greater Albany Public Schools is hiring standby drivers to cover bus routes during driver shortages. This is a great way to contribute to your local district and explore a possible new career path.

Training is provided. Read applicant qualifications and how to apply.

Watch this video from the Transportation Department to learn more about bus driver positions in GAPS:

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