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Clover Ridge brings students back to school for summer library program

Posted on: June 29, 2016

Today was the first day of the summer reading program at Clover Ridge Elementary School. To combat summer learning loss from the extended academic break, the school is opening its doors to its students every Wednesday.

Students will have an opportunity to check out books and participate in reading incentives.

This summer the theme is, “On Your Mark, Get Set, Read.” Each week features a special program or guest as part of that theme.

Today, children’s entertainer Leapin’ Louie brought his juggling, roping and unicycle skills to the library.

The next program is on July 6 and will feature jump roping by Mrs. Miller.

See the entire summer schedule in the Democrat-Herald.

Three GAPS staff earn LifeChanger of the Year nominations

Posted on: June 26, 2016

Three schools nominated outstanding staff members for the national LifeChanger of the Year award, sponsored by National Life Group.

Pictured (from left) are Pam McQueary, SEA/behavior specialist at Liberty Elementary; Laurie Robinson, kitchen manager at SAHS; and Les Sprinkel, head custodian at SAHS.

According to the LifeChanger of the Year website, “LifeChanger of the Year is an annual program that recognizes and rewards K-12 education professionals. LifeChangers must be K-12 educators, teachers, administrators or any member of a school’s staff who makes a positive difference in the lives of students.”

Nominees compete against nominated staff from around the country. A selection committee will choose 15 winners.

Read the official nominations for each of the three GAPS nominees.

Pam McQueary Laurie Robinson-web Les Sprinkel-web

SAHS cafeteria open house scheduled for Sept. 24

Posted on: June 26, 2016

The new cafeteria at South Albany High School is almost finished. It will be done when staff come back before school starts in September.

The community support for the reconstruction has been tremendous. Albany Public Schools Foundation has collected significant donations from community donations that will help fund new equipment for students, such as band instruments.

We want to show the building off to the community. An open house is planned for Sept. 24 Please note the date change. Watch for more details.