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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.

South Albany High School students learn about vocational/technical education

Posted on: May 20, 2016

South Albany High School students attended the 2016 Willamette Valley Construction Career Day in Salem on May 10 at the Oregon State Fairgrounds.

The event brought industry experts together to teach students about the range of career options in the construction field. Students drove mini-excavators, hammered, laid brick and visited with professionals from a variety of the building and transportation trades.

A goal of GAPS is to prepare students to pursue successful post-high school opportunities, including hands-on vocational careers. Students have access at South Albany High School to construction and metals classes. The following photos are from the Metals I class, where students learn introductory skills in machining and four different kinds of welding.