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Bell schedules will change for 2018-19

Posted on: April 24, 2018

This week, the School Board heard a report from Assistant Superintendent Tonja Everest about bell schedule changes for next school year. After a one-year pilot to adjust school start times based on research about adolescent sleep needs, the schedules will revert back. The changes will make the schedules similar to bell schedules for the 2016-17 school year.

The details for the schedules at each school are not available yet. They will be presented at an upcoming School Board meeting. Busing schedule needs will influence any final adjustments.

One of the goals of the pilot bell schedule change was to ensure that all students had the same instructional time. Proposed changes will help ensure that all students have the same amount of learning time.

“One of the things we gained from this pilot is standardization of school times among elementary schools,” said Everest. “There used to be a 30-minute variance among some schools.”

The School Board is expected to vote on the proposed schedule for 2018-19 at its May meeting.

Read the School Board report


Los horarios de los timbres de inicio cambiaran para el periodo escolar 2018-19

Esta semana, la Mesa Directiva escucho un reporte de la Superintendente Interina, Sra.
Tonja Everest, sobre los cambios de los horarios de clases para el próximo año. Después
de un plan piloto de un año, para ajustar los horarios de inicio de clases basados en la
investigación sobre las necesidades de sueño de los adolescentes, los horarios se
revertirán. Los cambios harán que los horarios sean similares a los horarios de timbres de
ingreso del año escolar 2016-17.

Los detalles de los horarios en cada escuela aún no están disponibles. Se presentarán en
una próxima reunión de la Mesa Directiva. Las necesidades del horario de transporte
influirán en cualquier ajuste final.

Uno de los objetivos del cambio de horario piloto, fue asegurar que todos los estudiantes
tuvieran el mismo tiempo de instrucción. Los cambios propuestos ayudarán a asegurar que todos los estudiantes tengan la misma cantidad de tiempo de aprendizaje.

“Una de las cosas que obtuvimos de este plan piloto, es la estandarización de los tiempos
escolares en las escuelas primarias”, dijo Everest. “Solía haber una variación de 30
minutos entre algunas escuelas”.

Se espera que la Mesa Directiva vote sobre el calendario propuesto para 2018-19 en su reunión del mes de mayo.

Team SWARM will compete in world robotics competion

Posted on: April 13, 2018

Congratulations to SWARM, the South West Albany Robotics Maniacs team, for qualifying for the FIRST Robotics world champion competition.

Fifteen team members from South Albany and West Albany high schools and Oregon Connections Academy will travel to Houston, Texas, next week to join 400 teams from around the world for a chance to be a FIRST Lego Robotics champion.

The team qualified by earning second place at a March qualifying competition in Wilsonville and Lake Oswego. Combined with a good showing at the regional competition, they ranked 15th among teams in the Pacific Northwest and earned a chance to compete in the world event.

Congratulations, SWARM, and good luck in Houston!

Read more in the Democrat-Herald.

New Anti-Bullying Task Force yields recommendations

Posted on: April 8, 2018

Last month, the district’s new Anti-Bullying Task Force presented recommendations to the School Board.

The task force, which is comprised of GAPS staff, parents, and community partners, has had two community forums. At the first forum, a definition of bullying was presented, along with various statistics and facts related to bullying and its effects on students. The group also began to look at the scope of bullying in our community, both at the school level and in the community at large.

At the second forum, the Task Force formulated concrete suggestions for the school Board to consider to address the problem.

The forums yielded recommendations for improvements to school climate that included curriculum and behavioral supports to improve school climate; new rules and policies to prevent bullying and education about policies and consequences; staff training in bullying prevention; and programs to improve coordinated prevention efforts.

Anti-Bullying Task Force Recommendations to the Board

Read the story in the Democrat-Herald

Congratulations, Team SWARM, GAPS high school robotics team!

Posted on: April 4, 2018

Team SWARM, made up of students from South Albany and West Albany high schools, is competing at the Pacific Northwest robotics championship event this weekend at Memorial Coliseum. Heading into the competition, Team SWARM is ranked ninth among all other teams.

The team placed second at the last two district events, taking home a Judges Award and a Quality Award.

The team is organized by students but has the support of coaches, mentors and parents. Parent Jodie Bowens Shilling praised the students and showed her support on a team Facebook post: “Kudos for all their hard work these past few months. They definitely deserve our praise and recognition. Signed….one proud mama and wife to a mentor.”

The competition in Portland is open to the public — admission is free. The team is also seeking support to help fund expenses for their trip to Houston, Texas, for the world championship competition on April 18-21. Read more on the SWARM 957 To FRC World Championship fundraising page on gofundme.com.

Attention students: Submit art for character education poster contest

Posted on: April 2, 2018

The annual Character Education poster contest is accepting art submissions from students in grades K-12 through April 20. Original art can be no larger than 8.5″ x 11″ in any medium and must address at least one of the following character traits: personal responsibility, honesty and integrity, self-discipline, courage, social responsibility, kindness, respect, justice.

Students can submit artwork to a staff member at their school. All submissions will be displayed at the main branch of the Albany Public Library. Winners will a frame for their art and a poster of all winning art.

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