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School Board honors North Albany Elementary All-Stars

Posted on: January 10, 2017

On Monday, the School Board honored Student All-Stars from North Albany and Periwinkle elementary schools and Timber Ridge School for earning the highest scores on the 2015-16 state assessments in reading, math and science.

North Albany students (pictured from left) are Henry Zinck, third-grade language arts; Symeon Braman, third-grade math; Sarah Ward, fourth-grade language arts; Emmy Louber, fourth-grade math; and Caroline Gao, fifth-grade language arts, math and science.


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.

South and West Albany high school robotics team kicks off competition season

Posted on: January 9, 2017

The combined robotics team from South and West Albany high schools, SWARM, started the competition season last Saturday, Jan. 7. The team was slated to join other local teams in Corvallis for the FIRST Robotics national competition at Oregon State University. Due to inclement weather, the team met virtually and started the competition at home.

Team members all worked from home as a team online throughout the weekend. They will continue preparing their project over the next six weeks at the IBEW Training center where SWARM is housed.

At the national event, teams learned the specifications to design, build and program their robots.  After the reveal, they spent the rest of the day and will spend the next six weeks working Mondays-Sundays until the day of competition on Feb. 18 at Corvallis High School.

The following are SWARM Team 957 students who participated in the kickoff:

  • Brady A.
  • Zylan B.
  • Kai B.
  • Emma C.
  • Ethan D.
  • Henry H.
  • River H.
  • Cal K.
  • Jace L.
  • Alex M.
  • Marcella N.
  • Paul N.
  • Josh R.
  • Caleb S.
  • Eric S.
  • Casey S.
  • Melissa S.
  • Jeremiah W.
  • Kassie W.

Clover Ridge students train for iRun fundraiser

Posted on: January 4, 2017

The 15th annual iRun fundraiser to support Albany Public Schools Foundation is March 11.

Each year, more than 650 runners, including GAPS students, sign up for the 5K run/walk or 10-mile run. The event is open to the public. Find more information on the event website.

Clover Ridge students are getting ready to run. Beginning this month, they have the opportunity to join the school running club, led by two teachers, Mrs. Smith and Ms. Stephens.

Students meet Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 8:10 to 8:40 to practice to prepare for the iRun event on March 11.

LBCC Signing Day celebrates applicants in trades programs

Posted on: January 3, 2017

Applications are being accepted now at LBCC for training programs in high-demand, family wage jobs such as auto mechanics, welding and manufacturing.

The second annual Career and Technical Education Letter of Intent Signing Day is scheduled for Feb. 16 at LBCC to celebrate incoming college students who have been accepted to LBCC and committed to the fall 2017 term. The college is joining schools around the country in celebrating students who commit to a career training program.

All local seniors are invited to apply to LBCC’s highly competitive programs. Apply online at