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Inclement Weather Practices FAQ

Posted on: February 8, 2019

Inclement Weather Practices FAQ

This is an update to our Delays & Closures page: https://albany.k12.or.us/parents/delays-closures.

Albany Public Schools could experience unseasonably cold and wet weather for the next couple weeks. Here are our most frequently asked questions concerning school delays and closures.

What happens when the schools are closed?

There is no school or transportation. Closure information will ordinarily be broadcast by 6:00AM. The information will also be posted on the District Website and shared through FlashAlert.

Are there still school activities when the schools are closed?

No, all trips, activities, and practices are cancelled. On non-school days, contact building administration, your coach, or your advisor to see if activities are still running.

Do schedules run the same the first school day after a closure?

Yes. For West Albany High School, block schedule continues as normal. The school closure does not change the schedule.

What happens to buses if there is a two hour delayed start?

Delayed start information will ordinarily be broadcast by 6:00AM. The buses run two hours later, at the same locations. The buses are equipped to handle most weather. If a bus cannot make its pick-up destination, the affected houses will be contacted by district transportation.

Is there still school lunch during a delayed start?

Yes, all lunches will be served as close to their normal schedule as possible.

Is there still breakfast?

In general, if a school’s normal start time is 8:30AM or later, there will be no breakfast served, because lunch will be scheduled soon after classes start for that day. Grab-and-go breakfasts will be made available at select locations with earlier starts. Contact your school with any questions concerning breakfast availability.

Are there school activities when there’s a delayed start?

Morning activities are cancelled; afternoon activities will run normally.

For SPED partial-day programs:

  • Any program that starts or ends before noon will be cancelled.
  • Any student that would be in school less than two hours will not be transported (e.g. they would arrive at school at 12:30PM and go home at 1:45PM).
  • For BIC students with a split full-day, they will be transported to the afternoon portion of their instruction. Transportation will call households with pickup times.

Contact Transportation for any trip-specific questions: (541) 967-4626

If you have questions about the procedures summarized above, please contact the school or contact the District Office at (541) 967-4501.


Preguntas frecuentes sobre las prácticas por el mal clima

Las Escuelas Públicas de Albany podrían experimentar un clima inusualmente frío y húmedo durante las próximas dos semanas. Aquí están nuestras preguntas más frecuentes sobre retrasos y cierres escolares.

¿Qué sucede cuando las escuelas están cerradas?

No hay clases ni transporte. La información de cierre se emitirá normalmente a las 6:00 AM. La información también se publicará en el sitio del Internet del Distrito y se compartirá a través de  FlashAlert.

¿Todavía hay actividades escolares cuando las escuelas están cerradas?

No, todos los viajes, actividades y prácticas son cancelados. En días no escolares, comuníquese con la administración del edificio, su entrenador o su asesor para ver si las actividades aún se están ejecutando.

¿Los horarios funcionan igual el primer día escolar después de un cierre?

Sí. Para la preparatoria West Albany High School, el horario de bloque continúa de manera normal. El cierre de la escuela no cambia el horario.

¿Qué pasa con los autobuses si hay un inicio retrasado de dos horas?

La información de inicio con retraso generalmente se transmitirá a las 6:00 AM. Los autobuses salen dos horas más tarde, en los mismos lugares. Los autobuses están equipados para manejar la mayoría de los climas. Si un autobús no puede realizar recorrido para recoger a los estudiantes, los hogares afectados serán contactados por el transporte del distrito.

¿Todavía hay almuerzo escolar durante un inicio retrasado?

Sí, todos los almuerzos se servirán lo más cerca posible de su horario normal.

¿Todavía hay desayuno?

En general, si la hora de inicio normal de una escuela es a las 8:30 AM o más tarde, no se servirá el desayuno, ya que el almuerzo se programará poco después de que comiencen las clases para ese día. Los desayunos que son de llevar, estarán disponibles en lugares seleccionados con inicios más temprano. Póngase en contacto con su escuela si tiene alguna pregunta sobre la disponibilidad del desayuno.

¿Hay actividades escolares cuando hay un inicio retrasado?

Las actividades de la mañana son canceladas; Las actividades de la tarde se ejecutarán normalmente.

Para programas de Educación Especial de medio día.

  • Cualquier programa que comience o termine antes del mediodía será cancelado.
  • Cualquier estudiante que esté en la escuela menos de dos horas no será transportado (Por ejemplo: Si llegaría a la escuela a las 12:30 PM y se iría a casa a la 1:45 PM).
  • Para los estudiantes del programa BIC con una división en un día completo, serán transportados a la parte de la tarde de su instrucción. El transporte llamará a los hogares con los horarios de recojo.

Comuníquese con el departamento de Transporte para cualquier pregunta específica del viaje: (541) 967-4626.

Si tiene preguntas sobre los procedimientos resumidos anteriormente, comuníquese con la escuela o comuníquese con la Oficina del Distrito al (541) 967-4501.

South Shore and Waverly Lockout Update

Posted on: February 7, 2019

ON FEBRUARY 7th, Albany Police Department briefly placed South Shore and Waverly Elementary on cautionary lockout. The event was triggered due to a suspect around the neighborhood of the schools, and the schools were immediately taken off lockout once the situation was resolved.

Safety for our children is our number one priority and at no time during this incident was the safety of the staff or students in jeopardy. These procedures are in place to minimize disruption to the learning environment while ensuring everyone’s safety.

During a lockout, the school’s outer doors are locked and an Albany police officer remains on site for the entire event. The school day continues ‘business as usual’, while the entrance and exit points to the school are monitored and the staff are vigilant.

Please feel free to call the district office at (541) 967-4517 if you have any questions or concerns.


El 7 de febrero, el Departamento de Policía de Albany colocó brevemente a las escuelas primarias South Shore Elementary y Waverly Elementary en un cierre preventivo. El evento se desencadenó debido a una persona peligrosa en el vecindario de las escuelas, y las escuelas fueron retiradas inmediatamente del cierre una vez que se resolvió la situación.

La seguridad de nuestros niños es nuestra prioridad número uno y en ningún momento durante este incidente estuvo en peligro la seguridad de los estudiantes o del personal. Estos procedimientos existen para minimizar las interrupciones en el entorno de aprendizaje y garantizar la seguridad de todos.

Durante un cierre escolar, las puertas exteriores de las escuelas están cerradas y un oficial de la Policía de Albany permanece en las escuelas durante todo el evento. El día escolar continúa de manera normal, mientras los puntos de entrada y salida de la escuela son monitoreados y el personal está atento.

No dude en llamar a la oficina del distrito al (541) 967-4517 si tiene alguna pregunta o inquietud.

Graduation Data Shows Gains in All Three Albany High Schools!

Posted on: February 7, 2019

THE 2017-2018 graduation data for Greater Albany Public Schools shows gains across all three high schools in four-year cohort graduation rates, with a total of 2.3% growth from last year, and a 4.6% growth from five years ago. The percentage of overall growth in GAPS is greater than the state average, including graduation rates in underserved student populations, such as Hispanic/Latino, economically disadvantaged, and students with disabilities populations.

South Albany High School had a four-year cohort graduation rate of 88.4% in the 2017-18 school year.

They continue to close the achievement gap, with 86.9% of underserved races and ethnicities graduating, a 1.5% variance.

West Albany High School had a graduation rate of 98.4%, with 2.3% growth from the year before.

Underserved races and ethnicities graduated at 95.2%, students with disabilities graduated at 84.9%, and economically disadvantaged students graduated at 97.4%.

Albany Options, the alternative high school for GAPS, had nearly 5% in growth of their graduation rates from the year before. Their four-year cohort completer rate was 78.4%, a growth of 1.6%.

A completer rate is the percentage of students who received a diploma or a GED, which gives a more holistic view of measuring student success in alternative high school programs.

A visual representation of the grad rates in different colored pie charts.“Every child matters and our staff go above and beyond to see their students succeed.” That’s how Assistant Superintendent Lisa Harlan explains how the Greater Albany Public School District increased their overall high school graduation rates.

Albany Online, AVID, Red Hawks Rising, Albany Options School–these programs have an individualized approach for students to make up credits and demonstrate their abilities. They are time intensive but create necessary relationships between teachers and students, and the numbers speak for themselves.

“Having served in other districts, I’ve been impressed with the focus our district has given to the importance of high school graduation,” Interim Superintendent Tim Mills, EdD, said.

“Graduation rates are a reflection of the entire k-12 system, and the result of a supportive community. The community should be proud of the work of teachers and administrators in our district. We’re committed to continuing the trend of increasing graduation rates.”

Thank you, teachers! And thank you, students, for your perseverance. Without a community effort, none of this would have been possible.


Tasas de graduación

LOS DATOS de graduación del 2017-2018 para las Escuelas Públicas de Greater Albany, muestran crecimiento en todas las tres escuelas secundarias, en las tasas de graduación del grupo de cuatro años, con un crecimiento total del 2.3% el año anterior y un crecimiento del 4.6% desde de hace cinco años atrás. El porcentaje de crecimiento general en GAPS es mayor que el promedio estatal, incluyendo las tasas de graduación en poblaciones de estudiantes desatendidos, tales como hispanos/latinos, estudiantes en desventaja económica y con discapacidades.

La preparatoria South Albany High School, tuvo un índice de graduación de 88.4% en el año escolar 2017-2018.

Siguen cerrando la brecha de logros, con 86.9% de razas y etnias desatendidas graduándose, lo cual es una diferencia de 1.5%.

La preparatoria West Albany High School, tuvo un índice de graduación del 98.4%, con un crecimiento del 2.3% el año anterior.

Las razas y grupos étnicos desatendidos se graduaron en el 95.2%, los estudiantes con discapacidades se graduaron en el 84.9% y los estudiantes en desventaja económica se graduaron en el 97.4%.

Albany Options, la escuela preparatoria alternativa para GAPS, tuvo un crecimiento de casi el 5% en sus índices de graduación el año anterior. Su índice de compleción del grupo de cuatro años fue de 78.4%, lo cual es un crecimiento de 1.6%.

Un índice más completo es el porcentaje de estudiantes que recibieron un diploma o un GED (diploma de educación general), que brinda una visión más integral de la medición del éxito de los estudiantes en los programas de las escuelas preparatorias alternativas.

Graduations Rates pie charts“Todos los niños son importantes y nuestro personal va más allá para ver a sus estudiantes tener éxito”. Así es como la Asistente Superintendente, Sra. Lisa Harlan explica cómo el Distrito de las Escuelas Públicas de Greater Albany, aumentó sus índices generales de graduación de la escuela preparatoria.

Albany Online, AVID, RedHawks Rising, y Albany Options School: Estos programas tienen un enfoque individualizado para que los estudiantes recuperen créditos y demuestren sus habilidades. Exigen mucho tiempo, pero crean las relaciones necesarias entre maestros y estudiantes, y los números hablan por sí mismos.

“Habiendo servido en otros distritos, me ha impresionado el enfoque que nuestro distrito le ha dado a la importancia de la graduación de la escuela preparatoria”, dijo el Superintendente Interino Sr. Tim Mills, EdD.

“Los índices de graduación son un reflejo de todo el sistema escolar K-12 y el resultado de una comunidad solidaria. La comunidad debería estar orgullosa del trabajo de los maestros y administradores en nuestro distrito. Estamos comprometidos a continuar la tendencia de aumentar los índices de graduación “.

¡Gracias maestros! Y gracias a ustedes estudiantes por su perseverancia. Sin un esfuerzo de la comunidad, nada de esto hubiera sido posible.

Second Annual Timber Ridge Bowl-a-thon

Posted on: February 4, 2019

COME ONE, Come All, Parents, Staff Members, Local Potters, Students of all ages! To the 2nd Annual Timber Ridge Bowl-a-thon!

When: Feb. 9, 2018 (making) and Feb. 16th, 2018 (decorating)

Time: 10:00am to 3:00pm

Where: Timber Ridge Art Room B112

What to bring: yourself, your favorite pottery tools, sack lunch, creative energy!

*All children who attend MUST be accompanied by an adult.*

Please do not drop off your kids.

Have you ever worked with clay? Or wanted to work with clay? This is your opportunity to play in the mud and help feed the hungry in the community!

This year Timber Ridge is partnering with OSU in an Empty Bowls fundraiser. If you have never heard of the Empty Bowls fundraiser, here’s a little history for you:

Clay bowl with a dog painted on it.The Empty Bowls Project started in 1990 with a Michigan high school teacher and his students envisioning an event to raise funds for a local food drive. What started as a small class project spread across the nation as a benefit event module for alleviating food insecurity and hunger. The concept is simple: a group hosts an Empty Bowls benefit event in their community, where attendees pay a small donation fee and partake in a meal of soup and bread. Ceramic bowls created by local artists are an integral part of the event, symbolizing and reminding attendees of the food insecurity faced by so many on a daily basis. Our event also includes a silent auction, which might feature other works of art. All raised funds are donated to a local, national, and/or international anti-hunger organization.

Staff, Parents, and students are all invited to attend the Bowl-a-thon on Saturday Feb.9th and Feb. 16th from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. On the 9th we will make the bowls and on the 17th we will decorate them. Feel free to attend either or both sessions.

The Bowl-a-thon will create bowls for an event on Saturday, March 9th, from 5-7pm in the McNary Dining Center.

Message from the teacher:

I will have two electric potters wheels and one kick wheel available for use. If you have a wheel and can bring it with you that would be great! I will also have some press molds that can be used.

Snack foods and tea will be provided. If you need a real lunch, please bring it with you.

I look forward to creating with you! Thank you in advance!

Elizabeth A. Mann

Art Teacher

Timber Ridge School

 

Clay bowl with a cat painted on it in white.

Albany FIRST FLL Robotics Team #27006, the Fin-tastic Fish, Win First Place Championship Honors at 2018-2019 State Robotics Championship Tournament

Posted on: February 1, 2019

FIRST FLL LEGO robotics team from Albany, the Fin-tastic Fish, FLL Team #27006, won first place honors at the 2018-2019 ORTOP State Championship Tournament in Hillsboro, OR on Sunday, January 20th, 2019.

The team took first place honors for CORE Values. They were recognized for being the tournament’s outstanding Inspiration Award winning team and were presented the Tektronix Inspiration Champions Award. The Tektronix Inspiration Award recognizes a team that displays outstanding teamwork, professionalism, and spirit, both at the tournament, as well as throughout the season. The small team of six was comprised of students from Oak Grove and NAMS.

Fin-Tastic Fish Team member

Fin-Tastic Fish team member hard at work.

The judges were especially impressed by the team’s humanitarian work to provide clothing for homeless families in Linn County, as well as their work with Heifer International in which the team raised and funded new aquaculture–fish farm–programs in the Philippines and Vietnam.

Finally, the team was also recognized by the tournament judges for their outstanding robot design, advanced programming abilities, and competition table mission strategies related to this year’s NASA space theme, Into Orbit. There were 400+ teams competing in Oregon this year of which 120 advanced to the state championships.

 

Boldly Going Forward

Something the team is especially proud of is their development of an edible food-based material that can be 3D printed and hydrated in space to improve both the social and mental health of people living and working in space for extended periods of time. They worked with Dr. Lining Yau from the Carnegie Mellon University, Morphing Matter Lab; the MIT Media Lab–Transformative Appetite program, NASA food specialist for the ISS, as well as a number of food industry specialist involved in 2D to 3D printing of food.

The team’s NASA themed FLL Into Orbit research project video on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ng_X4OjCtl4&feature=youtu.be

Fan-tastic Fish State Championships Award Ceremony.

Fan-tastic Fish State Championships Award Ceremony.

FIRST LEGO League

FIRST LEGO League® (FLL) is a science, technology, engineering, and math program for small teams of students in the 4th-8th grades. FIRST LEGO League challenges teams to solve a real-world (space) problem with their own innovative solution and to design, build, and program a LEGO robot to autonomously manipulate LEGO models in no more than 2:30 minutes. Team members do all the work while being guided by mentors and their adult coaches.

More information can be found about ORTOP here: https://ortop.org/fll/fll-home