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NAMS students win engineering essay contest

Posted on: February 22, 2018

North Albany Middle School sixth grader Ming Wong (pictured, right) and seventh grader Caroline Gao are winners in the Willamette Valley Section of the Society of Women Engineers Essay contest.

The essay submissions were part of a December homework assignment for science classes taught by Katy Kelly and Mary Hannan. They each wrote an essay on a famous woman scientists or mathematician.

“Mary and I are super proud of these young women and how they are representing Albany and the future of science,” said Kelly.

The students will be honored at a banquet at the end of February.

Read the essays:
Chinese Madame Curie by Ming Wong

Rosalind Franklin by Caroline Gao

Albany Online organizes student field trip to State Capitol

Posted on: February 21, 2018

On Feb. 14, a group of Albany Online students and their families enjoyed a field trip to the Oregon State Capitol where they participated in a guided tour of the Senate, House of Representatives and Governor’s office. They also enjoyed birthday cake in celebration of Oregon’s 159th birthday.

Representative Andy Olson (pictured) visited with the student’s and their families during the tour.

The virtual school has more field trips and activities on the calendar this school year, including participating in iRun, visiting the Gilbert House Children’s Museum in Salem and attending an OSU Math, English, Arts and Music exhibit, featuring OMSI and a special baseball game of the Corvallis Knights.

Reminder about inclement weather procedures

Posted on: February 20, 2018

Sometimes we have to close school, delay the start of school, or release early because of bad weather. This is the annual reminder of procedures for school closures or schedule changes due to inclement weather.

When the decision has been made to close school or delay the start, we rely on local radio and television stations for notifications. Closure and delayed start information will ordinarily be broadcast by 6:30 a.m. Closure information will also be posted on the District website.

 Our District subscribes to FlashAlert. This service forwards school closure information to local radio and television stations. Staff, parents, or community members can register to receive these notices directlyNotifications will be sent via email. For those of you with tablets or smart phones, you can also receive messages by downloading the FlashAlert Messenger app. This app is available on Google Play or the iTunes app store. There are no costs to the recipients for using the email or app for notifications.

All addresses registered on FlashAlert will remain confidential. You will receive an email message once per year asking if you wish to continue your subscription and to confirm your email address.  Subscribers should be aware that some email spam filters may prevent messages from being received.

Below are some of the radio and television stations that will be notified of school closures: 

FM Radio Stations: AM Radio Stations: Television Stations:
KEHK FM 102.3

KFLY FM 101.5

KKNU FM 93.3

KLOO FM 106.3

KOOL FM 99.1

KRKT FM 99.9

KSND FM 95.1 (Spanish)


KGAL AM 1580

KLOO AM 1340


KWBY AM 940 (Spanish)


KATU Chan 2

KEZI Chan 9

KGW Chan 8

KLSR Chan 34

KMTR Chan 16

KOIN Chan 6

KVAL Chan 13

  *The television channel may vary according to listening area.

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

Download this letter to parents in English or Spanish.

Attention EL Parents: Important Meeting for Parents of English Learners

Posted on: February 16, 2018

Dear Parents,


To better meet the needs of your child as an identified English learner (EL), we have hired an outside group to complete a District EL Program Review. We are conducting observations in classrooms, surveying teachers and assistants, and would like to get your input as a parent regarding what you think about your child’s education here in GAPS.


The Quality Teaching for English Learners (QTEL) research and professional development group will be here on Tuesday, February 20th and would like to meet with as many parents as they can. We have asked QTEL to collect parent feedback so we can improve our systems and instruction for your students. Your voice is important!


Parent Meeting Tuesday, February 20th

Facilitated in Spanish

6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at AOS School

701 SE 19th Avenue

Right Next to the Welcome Center

Across the Street from Sunrise Elementary

Childcare Provided


The meeting will be casual with a few questions asked but mainly the opportunity to hear from you. Our district staff will be there to welcome you and assist the QTEL staff if needed as well as providing childcare for families who need it.

Please share this opportunity with your family, friends, and neighbors who also have children in GAPS that are part of the English Language Development program.



Heather Huzefkam Director of Student Services

David Jazmin,  District Family Liaison

Importante junta para los padres de estudiantes aprendiendo inglés

El martes 20 de febrero

Estimados padres de familia:

Para atender mejor las necesidades de su hijo/a identificado como aprendiz del idioma inglés (EL por sus siglas en inglés), hemos contratado un grupo externo para realizar una revisión del Programa de EL del Distrito. Estamos llevando a cabo observaciones en los salones de clase, encuestas a los maestros y asistentes; y nos gustaría conocer sus opiniones como padres, con respecto a lo que piensan de la educación de su hijo/a aquí en el Distrito de las Escuelas Públicas de Albany (GAPS por sus siglas en inglés).

El grupo que investiga y realiza desarrollo profesional “The Quality Teaching for English Learners –QTEL” (La calidad de la enseñanza para los aprendices del idioma inglés), estará aquí el martes 20 de febrero y les gustaría reunirse con la mayoría de padres que puedan. Le hemos pedido a QTEL recolectar la opinión de los padres, así podremos mejorar nuestros sistemas e instrucción para nuestros estudiantes. ¡Su voz es importante!

Junta para padres el 20 de febrero

Realizado en español

De 6:00 p.m. a 7:30 p.m. en la escuela AOS School

701 SE 19th Avenue

Al lado derecho del Centro de Bienvenida

Cruzando la calle de la escuela primaria Sunrise Elementary

Se proporcionará cuidado de niños

La junta será informal con algunas preguntas, pero principalmente será una oportunidad para escucharle. Nuestro personal del distrito estará allí para darle la bienvenida y ayudar al personal de QTEL, de ser necesario junto con la provisión de cuidado de niños que lo necesitan.

Por favor comparta esta oportunidad con su familia, amigos y vecinos que también tengan niños en GAPS que sean parte del programa del Desarrollo del idioma inglés.


Sra. Heather Huzefka                                                         Sr. David Jazmin

Directora de Servicios Estudiantiles                                Enlace de Familias del Distrito

GAPS students sign acceptance letters for technical training programs at LBCC

Posted on: February 16, 2018

The third annual CTE (Career Technical Education) Signing Day at LBCC was Feb. 15. The annual event celebrates technical training programs and allows high school students to get early acceptance to CTE programs and assistance with scholarships and college resources.

LBCC President Greg Hamann welcomed students and their families. He congratulated them for making an important career choice. “I think you have figured out something that not everyone has figured out,” he said. “One: You are choosing to be part of a great opportunity. Two: High school isn’t enough. Today’s careers require education and training beyond high school, and we want to partner with you as an investment in your success.”

The event, sponsored by LBCC and the Pipeline to Jobs project, was one of 50 events at colleges around the country. More than 3,000 students signed letters of acceptance to a variety of training and certificate programs. Thirty-two GAPS students signed letters of intent in a variety of programs at LBCC.

The program included speakers from local industry, who emphasized the need for skilled workers in technical jobs and the opportunities for students who pursue these careers. Speakers included representatives from NC3, ATI, TRANE, Greenlee, SNAP-On, Fiat Chrysler Automotive. Albany City Councilor Mike Sykes, owner of Mike’s Heating and Air, and Oregon Department of Education Deputy Superintendent Theresa Richards also spoke.

The event concluded with comments from Dave Turin from the Discovery Channel’s reality TV show, Gold Rush. Turin encouraged the students to continuing learning throughout their careers, to challenge themselves and to give back to their communities when they achieve success.

The following students will enroll in career technical programs at LBCC in the fall.

Accounting Technology

  • Gerardo Cortez Ortiz, Albany Options
  • Victor Campbell, West Albany

Students signing letters of acceptance to LBCC technical training programs.

Automotive Technology

  • Eric Martinez-Contreras, Albany Options
  • Israel Moreno, Albany Options
  • Dillon Garcia, South Albany
  • Antonio Cintron, West Albany
  • Jacob Van Order, West Albany

Students signing letters of acceptance to LBCC technical training programs. Students signing letters of acceptance to LBCC technical training programs.

Computer Aided Design and Drafting

  • Madeline Crocker, Albany Options
  • Cole Beaty, West Albany

Students signing letters of acceptance to LBCC technical training programs. Students signing letters of acceptance to LBCC technical training programs.

Culinary Arts

  • Austin Allen, South Albany
  • Courtney Rich, West Albany

Students signing letters of acceptance to LBCC technical training programs.

Machine Tool Technology

  • Austin Stewart, Albany Options
  • Oscar Fryman, West Albany

Students signing letters of acceptance to LBCC technical training programs.

Mechatronics/Industrial Automation Technology

  • Jose Mendoza-Ramirez Albany Options
  • Airell Clark III, South Albany
  • Zack Engel-Christensenm South Albany
  • Quetzal Palma, South Albany
  • Zachary Reeves, South Albany
  • Bobby Joe Chavez-Paloma, West Albany

Students signing letters of acceptance to LBCC technical training programs.

Medical Assistant

  • Rosa Mendoza-Vidrio, Albany Options
  • Jennifer Orozco Sanabria, Albany Options
  • Adela Ortiz, Albany Options
  • Yuritzi Rivas Romero, Albany Options
  • Stefany Sanchez, Albany Options
  • Hatsli Talavera Arreola, South Albany

Students signing letters of acceptance to LBCC technical training programs.

Non-Destructive Testing

  • Connor Schaffner, West Albany

Students signing letters of acceptance to LBCC technical training programs.

Practical Business Management

  • Morgan Carr, South Albany
  • Kylynn Rodriguez, West Albany

Students signing letters of acceptance to LBCC technical training programs.

Welding and Fabrication Technology

  • Talton Dunshee, Albany Options
  • Gilbert Howell, Albany Options
  • Elver Antonio May Uc, Albany Options
  • Matthew McMenamin, Albany Options

Students signing letters of acceptance to LBCC technical training programs.