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Congratulations, Retirees!

Posted on: May 24, 2017

The annual retiree reception recognized the contributions of 30 GAPS teachers, classified staff and administrators who are leaving the District after serving Greater Albany students for a combined total of 539 years.

Family members and friends joined retirees at the tropical paradise-themed reception. Human Resources Director Randy Lary introduced the following retirees:

  • Lenora Roberts, Grade 1 – Fir Grove : 37 years
  • Kerri Lemerande, Science – WAHS: 29 years
  • Lori McGuire, Assistant to HR Director – District Office: 29 years
  • Barb Villaruel, School Office Manager – Waverly: 28 years
  • Cindy Holcomb, Grade 2 – Oak: 26 years
  • Kathy Kalina, Special Education Assistant – Periwinkle : 26 years
  • Karen Kennedy, School Office Manager – SAHS: 24 years
  • Connie Shrout, Grade 4 – Timber Ridge: 23 years
  • Judy Davies, Special Education Assistant – North Albany Elementary: 22 years
  • Cindy Miller, Functional Skills – Calapooia Middle: 22 years
  • Krista Hartman, College Credit – WAHS: 21 years
  • Maria Martinez, Counseling Secretary & Registrar – Memorial Middle: 21 years
  • Pat Weidmann, Principal – Sunrise : 21 years
  • Sharon DuBeau,  Language Arts – Calapooia Middle: 18 years
  • Jessica Jamison-Wells, Language Arts – North Albany Middle: 18 years
  • Terry Amerling, Special Education Assistant – Liberty : 17 years
  • Jennifer Hagen, Personal Care Assistant – SAHS: 16 years
  • Leo Huot, Assistant Principal – North Albany Middle: 16 years
  • Sandi McGinnis, Special Education Assistant – Calapooia Middle: 16 years
  • Robert Frampton, Special Needs Bus Driver – Transportation: 15 years
  • LaDeen Marlowe, Bus Driver – Transportation: 14 years
  • Gary Johnson, Custodian – Memoria Middle: 13 years
  • Mary Lou Seibel, Custodian – Oak: 12 years
  • Tim Haag, Grade 4 – Central: 11 years
  • Ruth Holmes, Special Education Assistant – South Shore: 11 years
  • Greg Lehr, Custodian – Calapooia Middle: 11 years
  • Durwood Ranton, Bus Driver – Transportation: 11 years
  • Joyce Stringer, Business – SAHS: 11 years
  • Corina Victorio, Secretary – South Shore; 5 years
  • Kim Schueller, Special Education Assistant-Communication – Takena: 5 years

Bond project planning has started

Posted on: May 22, 2017

Bond project timelines were discussed during the last School Board meeting on May 18. The plan is to open three of the four new construction projects by start of school in fall 2019: new elementary school, rebuild of Oak Grove Elementary School, vocational space/gym at South Albany High school.

Phase 1 of West Albany High School is scheduled to be completed in summer 2020.

See the draft project timeline for more information.

We will provide updates during the planning process on the bond information section of the website.

Students win district spelling bee

Posted on: May 17, 2017

The annual GAPS spelling bee was May 10, and winners were announced for each grade level.

The following press release is from Calapooia Middle School teacher and Greater Albany Education Association President Sue McGrory.

Congrats to all students who participated.

DISTRICT HOLDS ANNUAL SPELLING CONTEST

Students from across the Greater Albany Public School District participated in the annual District Spelling Contest, which was held on Wednesday, May 10 at Calapooia Middle School. The school library, site of the competition, was also filled with parents and teachers from across the district, supporting their spellers.

There were three divisions competing at the local school level. Division I is grades 1 – 5; Division II is grades 6 – 8; and Division III is grades 9 -12. Each winner received a certificate and was recognized at a School Board meeting.

Winners were:

Elementary – Division I:

  • 1st Place:  Brynna Gritter Kenneke, Grade 5, North Albany Elementary
  • 2nd Place: Logan Falotico, Grade 4, Liberty Elementary
  • 3rd Place:  Michael Franzwa, Grade 5, North Albany Elementary

Middle School – Division II:

  • 1st Place:  Paige Rogers, Grade 7, Memorial Middle School
  • 2nd Place Azlynn Warren, Grade 7, Calapooia Middle School
  • 3rd Place: Dru Huddleston, Grade 6, Memorial Middle School

High School – Division III:

  • 1st Place: Stephni DeMello, Grade 11, Albany Options School
  • 2nd Place: Nathaniel Hering, Grade 10, South Albany High School

Statewide, the spelling contest is held at three levels – local school district, county, and state. GAPS winners will go onto compete at the next levels. The winners from each division will represent Greater Albany Public School district at a regional spelling contest held at Calapooia Middle School on Wednesday, May 24.

This year’s district level contest and regional (county) contest are coordinated by district teachers and staff, volunteering their time to continue the annual competition.

Pictured (from left): Division 1: Michael Franzwa, Brynna Gritter Kenneke, Logan Falotico; Division 2: Paige Rogers, Azlynn Warren, Dru Huddleston; Division 3: Stephni DeMello, Nathaniel Hering

Voters pass Ballot Measure 22-165 for new schools and improvements

Posted on: May 16, 2017

Greater Albany voters approved Measure 22-165 in the May 16 election with a passing rate of  54 percent.

“We want to thank our community for its support of our schools,” said Superintendent Jim Golden. “This measure will make a difference to kids and to our whole community.”

The bond will:

  • Fix aging school buildings
  • Make energy improvements
  • Make school safety and security improvements
  • Add/expand vocational and technical classrooms at all middle and high schools
  • Relieve overcrowding and accommodate growth

The planning process will begin immediately. A project timeline and plan will be announced in the coming weeks and will include opportunities for community involvement.

Rebels Basketball Kids Camp

Posted on: May 15, 2017

This summer, our Boys Basketball staff will be hosting our 1st Annual Rebels Kids Camp! It will be a four-day event that will include a morning session for incoming 2nd-5th graders (Boys AND Girls), and an afternoon session for incoming 6th-9th graders (Boys).

Our Camp Director, Tim Matuszak, will be accompanied by the entire Rebels coaching staff and Varsity basketball program in coordinating a fun week of instruction, drills, games, and competitions. Camp fees will go towards our Camp T-shirt, prizes/drawings, and a popsicle feed on Thursday. We will also present awards at the end of the week based on effort and sportsmanship!

Camp brochures have been distributed to students at Clover Ridge, South Shore, Sunrise, Waverly, and Periwinkle elementary schools (all that responded to requests), as well as at Calapooia MS and through email by Timber Ridge MS. Although we only distributed brochures to our feeder schools, we welcome any and all young players that want to come enjoy the week with us and improve.

Please refer to the brochure for complete camp information, and email Tim Matuszak (tim.matuszak@albany.k12.or.us) with any additional questions! We hope to see you all there.

Kids Camp Brochures in ENGLISH and SPANISH

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