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Vote for Hannah!

Posted on: April 23, 2019

OUR VERY own Hannah Stevens of Liberty Elementary has made it into the top 5 finalists for our Sodexo Future Chef competition nationwide. Please click the link below and vote for Hannah Stevens! We want her to take home the Grand Prize and the National Future Chef title! 

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FutureChefs

Thanks for voting for Hannah!

Voting will be open from Monday, 4/22 @ 8am PDT through Sunday, 4/28 @ 9pm PDT.

GAPS Welcomes Melissa Goff as New Superintendent / Bienvenida nueva Superintendente

Posted on: April 23, 2019

⇒Bienvenida nueva Superintendente: Haga clic AQUÍ

THE SEARCH for a superintendent for GAPS is finally over! It’s our pleasure to welcome and introduce Superintendent Melissa Goff.

Goff has a BS from Western Oregon State College and a MEd from PSU. She began her career in teaching in Mitchell, Oregon, and has been Superintendent of Philomath School District for the past four years.

A mother of two daughters, Goff has been married for twenty-three years and has parents who live in the Willamette Valley. Besides being an avid reader, she also enjoys golf and yoga.

Goff officially begins in July–come say hello!

The process of hiring a new superintendent is determined by the Greater Albany Public Schools Board of Education. In January, there were seventeen interim superintendent positions throughout Oregon, and even more anticipated openings. In order to ensure we had as many high quality candidates as possible, and to protect competing applicants and their anonymity, the GAPS Board chose to make the entire superintendent search process confidential.

To facilitate this process, the district hired a consultant who accumulated input from the community, using fifteen focus groups and a digital public survey, netting a total of 486 participants. This information was compiled to create a profile of desired attributes, which the board utilized as they continued the search.

After six weeks the position was closed and nearly thirty applicants were narrowed to five semi-finalists, who were interviewed by the board in March. The board accepted applications for a community stakeholder committee, of which twenty people were selected, representing our community, students, and staff.

In April, the committee interviewed Superintendent Melissa Goff as a finalist, providing valuable feedback for the board’s final interview. On April 8th, the board voted to enter contract negotiations with Goff and appointed two board members to perform a site visit as the final component to the selection process.

On April 22nd, the board voted on a contract and hired Goff as superintendent of Greater Albany Public Schools.

“Melissa has been impressive in every interaction I’ve had with her,” Board Chair Ward states. “The board recognizes she has the leadership skills and personal integrity necessary to lead our district, and this understanding was reinforced at the site visit to Philomath with Director Utt.”

The timeline for the superintendent search as been available on the district website, and updates have been discussed during public school board meetings. Throughout the entire process the board has been confident in their selection, and they are grateful for all those who applied and participated in the search. We as a district are thankful to Interim Superintendent, Tim Mills, EdD, for his hard work and are looking forward to resuming the solid leadership he has provided for GAPS.

“Finding opportunities to connect with GAPS families is a priority for me,” says Superintendent Goff. “I look forward to listening to a variety of parent and community groups over the course of the summer.” 


Spanish Translation

¡LA BÚSQUEDA de un superintendente para GAPS finalmente ha terminado! Es un placer darle la bienvenida y presentar a la Superintendente Sra. Melissa Goff.

Goff tiene un título de Bachiller de la universidad Western Oregon State College y un Master en Educación de PSU. Comenzó su carrera en la enseñanza en Mitchell, Oregón, y ha sido Superintendente del Distrito escolar de Philomath durante los últimos cuatro años.

Madre de dos hijas, Goff ha estado casada por veintitrés años y tiene padres que viven en el valle de Willamette. Además de ser una ávida lectora, a ella también le gusta el golf y el yoga.

Goff comienza oficialmente en julio, ¡ven y salúdala!

El proceso de contratación de un nuevo superintendente está determinado por la Mesa Directiva de las Escuelas Públicas de Albany. En enero, hubo diecisiete puestos de superintendentes interinos en todo Oregón, e incluso más vacantes anticipadas. Para asegurarnos de que tuviéramos tantos candidatos de alta calidad como fuera posible, y para proteger a los solicitantes de la competencia y su anonimato, la Mesa Directiva de GAPS decidió hacer que todo el proceso de búsqueda del superintendente fuera confidencial.

Para facilitar este proceso, el distrito contrató a un consultor que acumuló aportes de la comunidad, utilizando quince grupos de conversación y una encuesta pública digital, que obtuvo un total de 486 participantes. Esta información se reunió para crear un perfil de los atributos deseados, que la Mesa Directiva utilizó a medida que continuaban la búsqueda.

Después de seis semanas, el puesto se cerró y treinta candidatos se redujeron a cinco semifinalistas, que fueron entrevistados por la Mesa Directiva en marzo. La Mesa Directiva aceptó solicitudes para un comité de partes interesadas de la comunidad, de las cuales se seleccionaron veinte personas, que representan a nuestra comunidad, estudiantes y el personal.

En abril, el comité entrevistó a la Superintendente Sra. Melissa Goff como finalista, proporcionando valiosos comentarios para la entrevista final de la Mesa Directiva. El 8 de abril, la Mesa Directiva votó para entrar en las negociaciones del contrato con Goff y designó a dos miembros de la Mesa Directiva, para realizar una visita al sitio como el componente final del proceso de selección.

El 22 de abril, la Mesa Directiva votó por realizar un contrato y contrató a Goff como superintendente de las Escuelas Públicas de Greater Albany.

“Melissa ha sido impresionante en todas las interacciones que he tenido con ella”, afirma la Presidenta de la Mesa Directiva, Ward. “La Mesa Directiva reconoce que tiene las habilidades de liderazgo y la integridad personal necesarias para dirigir nuestro distrito, y este entendimiento se reforzó en la visita a Philomath con el Director Utt”.

La programación para la búsqueda del superintendente estuvo disponible en el sitio web del distrito, y las actualizaciones se discutieron durante las reuniones de la Mesa Directiva de las escuelas públicas. A lo largo de todo el proceso, el consejo ha confiado en su selección, y están agradecidos por todos los que solicitaron y participaron en la búsqueda. Nosotros, como distrito, estamos agradecidos con el Superintendente Interino, Sr. Tim Mills, EdD, por su arduo trabajo y esperamos reanudar el sólido liderazgo que ha proporcionado a GAPS.

“Encontrar oportunidades para conectar con las familias de GAPS es una prioridad para mí”, dice la Superintendente Goff. “Espero escuchar a una variedad de grupos de padres y de la comunidad a lo largo del verano”. ◊

Students Tour the Construction at SAHS

Posted on: April 17, 2019

⇒Los estudiantes de South Albany realizaron una visita a la construcción de SAHS: clic AQUÍ.

ON FRIDAY, April 12th, HMK Company and Gerding Builders hosted a tour at South Albany High School for three SAHS metals/construction program students and a handful of construction bond overseers and GAPS staff.

The construction companies led the students to the existing structure where the auxiliary gym will be attached, and to the two CTE classrooms being added to what used to be the old auto shop.

One of the students remarked that the loss of the auto shop was unfortunate, because he’d like to go to trade school after high school to become a mechanic, but he was interested in applying what he was learning in class to what was being built with the construction bond funds.

The students, a sophomore, junior, and senior, have interests in construction and manufacturing and take two to three classes a day in the SAHS metals program. As they study framing and welding, their projects include creating high quality sheds and dog houses, which they sell for a great value. On Friday, the project managers for Gerding Builders and HMK Company patiently answered the students’ keen questions and showed them how the projects they were working on in class applied on a greater scale to what the bond was building for the district.

There are many opportunities for GAPS classrooms to explore the relationship with career technical education and our construction bond projects. If that’s something you believe you and your students would find value discovering, please reach out to the district office.


Spanish Translation

El viernes 12 de abril, las compañías de construcción “HMK Company” y “Gerding Builders” organizaron una visita a la preparatoria South Albany High School (SAHS), para tres estudiantes del programa de metales/construcción de SAHS y algunos de supervisores del bono escolar para la construcción y personal de GAPS.

La compañía HMK condujo a los estudiantes a la estructura existente donde se adjuntaría el gimnasio auxiliar, y a las dos aulas CTE que se agregaron a lo que solía ser el antiguo taller automovilístico.

Uno de los estudiantes comentó que la pérdida del taller de automóviles era desafortunada, porque le gustaría ir a la escuela técnica, después de la escuela preparatoria para convertirse en mecánico, pero estaba interesado en aplicar lo que estaba aprendiendo en clase a lo que se estaba construyendo con los fondos del bono escolar de construcción.

Los estudiantes, un estudiante del 10° grado, uno de 11° grado y otro del 12° grado, tienen intereses en la construcción y manufacturación y toman de dos a tres clases por día en el programa de metales SAHS. A medida que estudian el encuadre y la soldadura, sus proyectos incluyen la creación de cobertizos de alta calidad y casetas para perros, que venden por un buen precio. El viernes, los gerentes de proyecto de “HMK Company”, respondieron pacientemente las preguntas entusiastas de los estudiantes y les mostraron, cómo los proyectos en los que estaban trabajando en clase se aplicaron en mayor escala a lo que “HMK Company” estaba construyendo para el distrito.

Hay muchas oportunidades para que los salones de clases de GAPS, apliquen lo que están aprendiendo en los programas de educación técnica profesional en muchos de nuestros proyectos del bono escolar para la construcción. Si eso es algo que cree que usted y sus estudiantes encontrarán valioso para explorar, comuníquese con la oficina del distrito.

The Home Depot at Clover Ridge

Posted on: April 16, 2019

IN THE fall of 2018, Adrianne Betterton, teacher for our Strategies for Teaching based on Autism Research program (STAR), reached out to The Home Depot in Albany, requesting a small donation of supplies for a flower box for her students. Mrs. Betterton’s hope was to incorporate learning about plant life with hands-on activities.

The Home Depot’s response was above and beyond anything Mrs. Betterton had hoped for. Through their Team Depot Foundation, The Home Depot took on the project, donating all the supplies as well as the labor to make it happen.  

The labor for the project included the following:

  • removal of existing walkway pavers, stone flower bed borders, and multiple plants and shrubbery
  • painting the outside of the school behind the new bed area
  • laying a new stone walkway
  • laying new rubber mulch to make access to the beds easier 
  • building four custom planter boxes, designed to be portable to move with to Meadow Ridge
  • repainting the United States mural in our covered play area

This wonderful new area is such a blessing and will be put to good use by all our students, providing a great opportunity to use hands-on learning. A huge thank you to The Home Depot Albany and their crew for making this all possible!