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Changes announced for 2017-18 school day schedules

Posted on: June 12, 2017

Adjustments have been made to the bell schedules at all schools. The changes will be in place when school starts in the fall.

The changes will reduce differences in start and stop times among same-level schools. Elementary schools will be in two bell schedule groups rather than nine different schedules, and they will gain 20 minutes of instructional time per day. Middle schools will all start and stop at the same time.

Research has shown that students benefit from more sleep, but the natural sleep and wake cycles are later for older students and earlier for younger students. Adjusting the schedule will allow older students to start a little later in the day.

The changes are also expected to make the district transportation system more efficient.

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Character education poster winners receive framed art prints

Posted on: June 11, 2017

Winners of the annual character education poster contest were recognized at the June 5 School Board meeting. The winners at the elementary, middle and high school levels received framed prints of their artwork. Awards were presented by Amanda Miller.

The annual contest is sponsored by the Albany Public Library. Students were allowed to submit original art in any medium and must feature one of eight character traits: honesty and integrity, self-discipline, courage, social responsibility, kindness, respect, justice and personal responsibility.

There were 625 entries from students in grades K-12. Winners are:

  • Grades K-2 winner: Paige Morse, Liberty Elementary School
  • Grades 3-5 winner: Jazmin Palencia Rosel, South Shore Elementary School
  • Grades 6-8 winner: Bella Forney, Memorial Middle School
  • Grade 9-12 winner: Trevor DeFord, South Albany High School

School Board honors spelling bee winners

Posted on: June 8, 2017

This week, the School Board recognized the winners of the county spelling bee. The students were top spellers in the district and county competitions.

Pictured are Brynna Gritter Kenneke, Logan Falotico, Michael Franzwa, Dru Huddleston, Paige Rogers and Stephanie DeMello.

Read more about the competition. 

Students can learn about LBCC programs at CTE open house

Posted on: May 31, 2017

LBCC is hosting an open house on Monday, June 5, to share information about skilled trade programs at LBCC. Information sessions and tours start at 4 p.m. in Takena Hall.

Students can tour instructional spaces and shops in these high-demand career technical programs:

  • Welding
  • Mechatronics
  • Computer-Aided Design and Drafting (CADD)
  • Machine Tool
  • Non-Destructive Testing and Evaluation

For more information, contact LBCC.

Students win county spelling contest, advance to state in September

Posted on: May 26, 2017

GAPS students performed well in the county spelling competition. The winners in each division will compete at the state level, held at the Oregon State Fair on Sept. 2.

The following press release was issued by GAPS teacher and spelling bee coordinator Sue McGrory:

Students from Albany, Lebanon, and Sweet Home participated in the annual Linn County Spelling Contest, which was held on May 24 at Calapooia Middle School in Albany. There were three divisions competing at the county level. Division I is grades 1 – 5; Division II is grades 6 – 8; and Division III is grades 9 -12.

Winners in all divisions were:

Elementary – Division I:

  • 1st Place:  Jazmine Jordan, Sweet Home Charter School, Sweet Home
  •  2nd Place: Brynna Gritter Kenneke, North Albany Elementary School, Albany
  • 3rd Place:  Ethan Parrish, Sweet Home Charter School, Sweet home

Middle School – Division II:

  • 1st Place:  Paige Rogers, Memorial Middle School, Albany
  • 2nd Place: Porter Tiffee, Seven Oaks Middle School, Lebanon
  • 3rd Place: Josie Cleveland, Hamilton Creek School, Lebanon

High School – Division III:

  • 1st Place:  Stephni DeMello, Albany Options School, Albany
  •  2nd Place:  Nathaniel Hering, South Albany High School, Albany
  • 3rd Place:  No participants

Each first place winner in Linn County will be invited to participate in the annual statewide spelling contest to be held at the Oregon State Fairgrounds, during the Oregon State Fair, on Saturday, Sept.2, 2017.

Statewide, the spelling contest is held at three levels – district, county, and state. This year’s Linn County contest was coordinated by district teachers, volunteering their time to continue this annual competition. Benton County held its own contest this year. The state contest is now being coordinated by the Oregon Spellers, a volunteer organization.

From left: Brynna Gritter Kenneke, North Albany Elementary School (2nd place); Jazmine Jordan (1st Place); Ethan Parrish (3rdPlace).

From left: Porter Tiffee (2nd place); Josie Cleveland (3rd place); Paige Rogers, Memorial Middle School (1st place)

From left: Nathaniel Hering, South Albany High School (2nd place); Stephni DeMello, Albany Options (1st place)

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