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Before the new school year starts, a last look at our graduates

Posted on: August 1, 2016

A new school year is around the corner. Here is one last look at our graduates from 2016. These students set high standards for achievement, and we are confident that we will continue to build on their success.

  • South Albany High School Graduates: 295, 89.5% graduation rate
  • West Albany High School Graduates: 312, 98.5% graduation rate
  • Albany Options School: 54 dimplomas, 43 GEDs; Largest graduating class to date

SAHS photos by Don and Judy Bacher, WAHS photos by Terry Poe.

Summer lead testing is underway at schools

Posted on: July 13, 2016

GAPS owns and operates public water systems at the following schools – Fir Grove, Clover Ridge and Tangent elementary schools. These water systems are closely monitored following all testing on the required intervals. There are many required tests that take place (including lead), some every quarter, some annually, some every three years. The water systems at all of our schools in the City of Albany are tested and monitored by those municipalities. The testing results from all of the water systems, including the testing results from The City of Albany are available at the following link, hosted by the Oregon Health Authority — Search by the name of the facility for the school district owned water systems, or by the name of the city. Once you get to a particular water system all of the testing results and other system information is available by clicking one of the many links toward the bottom half of the page.

The school district is completing additional testing for lead in each of the schools within the city of Albany. For schools on municipal water, staff began collecting samples early last week. So far samples have been collected at nine sites. Testing is not planned for Albany Options School because it is a new facility. A lower level of testing is planned for Timber Ridge because it is also a fairly new facility.

Results for all sites are expected by mid August. Any water sources detected over the allowable levels will be decommissioned until they can be replaced.

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