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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.

SAHS mascot forums scheduled for this month. Sign up to attend

Posted on: February 7, 2018

A review of the South Albany High School Rebels mascot is underway, and a possible change to a more inclusive symbol will be discussed.

Principal Brent Belveal has announced a process that will start later this month to collect input. He sent this email to the South Albany High community announcing the plan:

The school district has hired a consultant to collect input from the community about the mascot at South Albany and we wanted to let you know how you might get involved if you are interested.

Tuesday, February 20

Wednesday, February 21

Tuesday, February 27

6:30 – 8:00 p.m., SAHS Commons Building

These three opportunities are limited to the first 75 people to sign up for each session online using the link:  ttps://

You will need to be signed up as one of the 75 for one of these nights to be admitted.  This will assure that all voices have a chance to be heard during each session.  The information will be collected and provided as data for the district to consider in this discussion.

A quorum of School Board Members may be present.

Attention Parents: You are invited to a TAG forum

Posted on: February 7, 2018

GAPS parents are invited to join parents of talented and gifted students in Corvallis for an informational night about the social-emotional needs of TAG students.

The featured speaker is Paula Prober, author, counselor and educator with more than 30 years experience.

The event will take place in the Linus Pauling Middle School Auditorium in Corvallis on Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. Childcare is available.

“Many staff members and families are eager for more support around TAG students and issues,” said Stacey Torres, District Talented and Gifted Facilitator. “I hope they can attend this event to​​ improve our ability to support our TAG learners.”

Read the flyer

New state reports show strong graduation rates in GAPS high schools

Posted on: January 29, 2018

The Oregon Department of Education recently released graduation rates for the 2016-17 school year. The report showed the already strong graduation rates in Greater Albany High schools stayed strong for students.

For 2016-17, Albany Options rate is 38.39%; South Albany High School is 88.68%; and West Albany High School is 95.83%. The state graduation rate was 76.65%.

The news was even better for Latino students or students who took at least one career technical class.

At South Albany High School, 92% of Latino students graduated within four years; at West Albany High School, 100% of Latino students earned a diploma.

The reports show a boost in statewide completion rates for students who took at least one career technical (CTE) class. CTE classes help train students for careers or vocational training programs. The 2017 bond is adding CTE space at all middle and high schools to increase CTE opportunities for students.

See the ODE data.

Read more in the Democrat-Herald.

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