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Middle School Art Show at Heritage Mall / Muestra de arte de la escuela secundaria en el centro comercial “Heritage Mall”

Posted on: July 8, 2019

AT THE END of May, middle school students at Calapooia had their photography and art featured at Heritage Mall in Albany. Their collected works can be viewed on this Google Drive, click HERE.

The young artists made a statement on the medium they used and the inspiration for their works. We are so impressed by their creativity!

Spanish Translation

Muestra de arte de la escuela secundaria en el centro comercial “Heritage Mall”

A finales de mayo, los estudiantes de secundaria en Calapooia exhibieron su fotografía y arte en el “Heritage Mall” en Albany. Sus trabajos recopilados se pueden ver en este Google Drive, haga clic AQUI.

Los jóvenes artistas hacen una declaración sobre el medio que utilizaron y la inspiración para sus obras. ¡Estamos tan impresionados por su creatividad!

School Supply Giveaways / Entrega gratuita de útiles escolares

Posted on: July 2, 2019

LOCATIONS/EVENTS FOR school supplies and clothing for the fall. 

Entrega gratuita de útiles escolares: Clic AQUÍ

Block Party: Saturday, August 10, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Location: Jesus Pursuit Church, 2110 Santiam Hwy SE, Albany, OR 97322  

This year’s clothing and school supply giveaway with family fun booths. Backpacks will be geared toward elementary. Clothes/shoes will be middle/high school appropriate since they are donations from OSU students. School supplies for all ages.

FREE Audiobook Downloads and Apps for Literacy 

Sync is supplying two free audiobook downloads per week through the end of July. Amarita Learning and Codex: The Lost Words of Atlantis are two android apps that support adult literacy. 

Click HERE for the PDFs, supplied by FirstBook and Sync.  

FACT Program (Located in Albany Options School Building) 

FACT will ready to distribute school supplies from Red Canoe on Tuesday, August 27. (Staff start August 26.)

Some of GAPS schools have a limited amount of supplies and backpacks available to families during registration. Inquire in the office at elementary schools or in counseling offices at middle schools. Contact FACT if more help is needed. 

Phone: 541-924-3720


Spanish Translation

Lugares/eventos para la entrega de útiles escolares y ropa para el otoño.

Block Party: El sábado 10 de agosto de 10 a.m. a 3 p.m.

Lugar: Iglesia Jesus Pursuit Church, 2110 Santiam Hwy SE, Albany, OR 97322 

La entrega de ropa y útiles escolares gratuitas de este año tendrán puestos de diversión familiar. Las mochilas estarán orientadas hacia la escuela primaria. La ropa/ los zapatos serán apropiados para los estudiantes de escuela secundaria/preparatoria ya que son donaciones de estudiantes de OSU. Útiles escolares para todas las edades.

Descargas GRATUITAS de audiolibros y aplicaciones para aprender a leer y escribir

Sync suministra dos descargas gratuitas de audiolibros por semana hasta finales de julio. Amarita Learning y Codex: “The Lost Words of Atlantis” son dos aplicaciones de Android que admiten el aprendizaje de leer y escribir de adultos.

Marque AQUÍ para descargar los documentos en versión PDF, proporcionado por  FirstBook y Sync.  

Programa FACT (Localizado en el edificio de la escuela alternativa Albany Options School)

FACT estará listo para distribuir los útiles escolares donados por “Red Canoe” el martes 27 de agosto. (El personal empieza el 26 de agosto).

Algunas de las escuelas de GAPS tienen una cantidad limitada de útiles escolares y mochilas disponibles, para las familias durante la inscripción. Pregunte en la oficina de las escuelas primarias o en las oficinas de consejería de las escuelas secundarias. Póngase en contacto con FACT si necesita más ayuda.

Teléfono: 541-924-3720

Lugar en el Internet:


Congratulations, Retirees!

Posted on: July 1, 2019

The annual retiree celebration at the district office in the end of May recognized the GAPS teachers, classified staff, and administrators who are leaving the district after serving our students. Family members and friends joined staff at the reception, where retirees imparted a few wise words.

Human Resources Director Randy Lary introduced the following retirees:


Dona Carver Special Education Asst.  Liberty Elementary 4 Years
Sharon Wills Secretary I Special Programs 9 Years
Monica Trujillo Clerical Specialist I Calapooia Middle  10 Years
Mort Harkins Food Service Assistant Periwinkle Elementary 11 Years
Pat Pepper-Thompson Personal Care Assistant Timber Ridge   Years
Jeffrey Hawkins Industrial Arts West Albany 12 Years
Michelle Wilkinson Special Education Asst. Clover Ridge Elementary 12 Years
Mallory Marquet Social Studies Memorial 13 Years
Elizabeth Riley Grade 5 Oak Grove 13 Years
Dave Lofstedt Bus Driver Transportation 14 Years
Cathryn LaDonne Smith Structured Support South Albany 15 Years
Melinda Bailey Math South Albany 16 Years
Donna Leslie Food Service Assistant Liberty Elementary 17 Years
Nancy Boydston Special Education Asst. Lafayette Elementary 18 Years
Trish Cole Special Education Asst. Liberty Elementary 18 Years
Diantha Mollahan Instruction Coach Waverly 19 Years
Kathryn “Kasey” Tegner Grade K  Fir Grove 19 Years
Virginia Smythe Special Needs Driver Transportation 19 Years
Barbara Boenzli Instruction Coach Lafayette 20 Years
Suezette McGrory Social Studies District 20 Years
Leann McAnulty School Office Mgr. II Memorial Middle  20 Years
Pam Bethards Work Experience Spec South Albany High  22 Years
Teresa Hammond Food Service Assistant Sunrise Elementary 23 Years
Virginia “Ginny” Tolfa Science Timber Ridge 24 Years
Rhonda Carroll Education Assistant Timber Ridge  24 Years
Janet Turner Special Needs Driver Transportation 28 Years
William “Bill” Anderson Grade 5 Lafayette 29 Years
Pat Bailey School Office Mgr. I Oak Grove 29 Years
Linda Eng Grade 5 Tangent 37 Years


Thank you for your years of service!

The Farm Comes to the Fields of Lafayette Elementary / La granja llega a los campos de la primaria Lafayette Elementary

Posted on: June 26, 2019

DURING THE 2018/19 school year, Lafayette Elementary School partnered with OSU Extension to incorporate additional information on horticulture, agriculture, and natural resources into their lesson plans. The series culminated in an event in May where students rotated between fourteen stations with presentations, including six live animal demonstrations, in their back field area. 

This educational series also aligned with their post secondary education preparedness goals as a part of No Excuses University organization, which believes in college education equity for all students.

Spanish Translation

La granja llega a los campos de la primaria Lafayette Elementary 

DURANTE EL año escolar 2018/19, la escuela primaria Lafayette se asoció con la oficina OSU Extension para incorporar información adicional sobre horticultura, agricultura y educación de recursos naturales en sus planes de lecciones. La serie culminó en un evento donde los estudiantes rotaron entre catorce estaciones con presentaciones, incluyendo seis demostraciones de animales en vivo en su hábitat natural.

Esta serie educativa también se alineó con sus objetivos de preparación para la educación postsecundaria, como parte de la organización “No Excuses University”, que considera la equidad y disponibilidad de la educación universitaria para todos los estudiantes.



In the News! The Story Next Door: West Albany graduate is passionate about pizza

Posted on: June 25, 2019

West Albany High School graduate Lara Herrmann was working towards starting her wood-fired pizza business in her hometown while she was still serving in the Coast Guard in New Hampshire.

By the time she finished her service in August last year, she had already ordered a custom-built wood-fired pizza oven on a trailer and had committed to working at a major event, the Lebanon Brewfest, with the business, Krakelen Wood Fired Pizza.

However, when she arrived in Oregon with her husband Wolf Herrmann, she hadn’t even seen the oven in person yet, since she’d had it shipped to her parents, and the Brewfest was only about a month away.


Read the rest of the article online from by clicking HERE.
Photo credit: Mark Ylen, Mid-Valley Media