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Superintendent Message: Attendance remains key to student success / Mensaje del Superintendente: La asistencia sigue siendo clave para el éxito de los estudiantes.

Posted on: October 18, 2022

Superintendent’s message: Attendance remains key to student success

Dear GAPS families, 

Andy GardnerAs we settle into the school year, the district will be focusing on a foundational building block for our students’ success: regular attendance. We have some catching up to do academically, and having students regularly attend school is critical to closing the learning gap. By having your child in school each day, we can continue to make progress toward academic success. 

Research shows missing just two days of school each month – whether excused or unexcused absences – can have a significant impact on students’ ability to master subjects such as math and reading at the same level as their classmates. Learning is a progressive activity which builds on what teachers have discussed the previous day. Despite our best efforts during the pandemic, we found at-home reading and learning is not as effective in comparison to in-person classwork. We need your child at school every day.

As a district, we will be celebrating attendance in our schools with positive reinforcement and recognition. This year, you will also see reminder messages regarding the importance of attending school on social media, ParentSquare, and from your school. Some things you can do at home to help support your child:

  • Establish bedtime and morning routines, including setting an alarm clock in the morning.
  • Have your child eat a healthy breakfast so they come to school prepared to learn.
  • If possible, schedule medical and dental appointments outside of school hours.
  • Reinforce the importance of showing up to school every day. Attendance is an important life skill, which will help them later in life when they enter the workforce. 

Our teachers, staff, and administrators are dedicated to your student’s continued success and growth. However, as parents and guardians, you hold the most influence with your children, and we seek your support to encourage student attendance this year. Thank you for all you do to support your child’s academic success and well-being. 

Sincerely,

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Superintendent Andy Gardner
Greater Albany Public Schools


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Mensaje del Superintendente: La asistencia sigue siendo clave para el éxito de los estudiantes.

Estimadas familias de GAPS:

Andy GardnerA medida que nos asentamos en el año escolar, el distrito se centrará en un elemento fundamental para el éxito de nuestros estudiantes: la asistencia regular. Tenemos que ponernos al día académicamente, y hacer que los estudiantes asistan regularmente a la escuela, es fundamental para cerrar la brecha de aprendizaje. Al tener a su hijo/a en la escuela todos los días, podemos continuar progresando hacia el éxito académico.

Las investigaciones muestran que faltar solo dos días a la escuela cada mes, ya sean ausencias justificadas o injustificadas, puede tener un impacto significativo en la capacidad de los estudiantes para dominar materias como matemáticas y lectura, al mismo nivel que sus compañeros de clase. El aprendizaje es una actividad progresiva que se basa en lo que los maestros han presentado el día anterior. A pesar de nuestros mejores esfuerzos durante la pandemia, descubrimos que la lectura y el aprendizaje en el hogar no son tan efectivos en comparación con el trabajo en persona en clase. Necesitamos que su hijo/a este en la escuela todos los días.

Como distrito, celebráremos la asistencia en nuestras escuelas con un reforzamiento positivo y reconocimiento. Este año, también verá mensajes de recordatorios en las redes sociales, ParentSquare y de su escuela sobre la importancia de asistir a la escuela. Algunas cosas que puede hacer en casa para ayudar a apoyar a su hijo/a son:

  • Establecer rutinas para la hora de acostarse y de la mañana, incluyendo la configuración de una alarma para despertarse en la mañana.
  • Hacer que su hijo/a tome un desayuno saludable para que venga a la escuela preparado para aprender.
  • Si es posible, programe citas médicas y dentales fuera del horario escolar.
  • Reforzar la importancia de asistir a la escuela todos los días. La asistencia es una habilidad importante para la vida, que los ayudará más adelante en la vida cuando ingresen a la fuerza laboral. 

Nuestros maestros, personal y administradores, están dedicados al éxito y crecimiento continuo de su estudiante. Sin embargo, como padres y apoderados, ustedes tienen la mayor influencia sobre sus hijos y buscamos su apoyo para alentar la asistencia de los estudiantes este año. Gracias por todo lo que hacen para apoyar el éxito académico y el bienestar de su hijo/a. 

Atentamente,

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Superintendente Andy Gardner
Escuelas Públicas de Greater Albany

South Albany Holiday Bazaar

Posted on: October 16, 2022

The South Albany Boys Basketball program will be hosting a Holiday Bazaar on November 25th in the South Albany cafeteria!

They are looking for local vendors interested in purchasing a booth to sell their holiday products and other homemade items!

Reservation fees are donations to the program. You can reserve 1 booth for $40, or 2 booths for $80.

Here is the link to the online Registration/Contract Form that contains all information you’ll need if interested in reserving a booth.

You may also email sahs.holidaybazaar@gmail.com if you have any questions!

If you aren’t interested in becoming a vendor, we hope to see you at the bazaar as a customer! Please help spread the word of the bazaar to your family and friends!

 

 

South Albany Holiday Bazaar

Family Night at South Albany

Posted on: October 12, 2022

The RedHawks had a great Family Night on October 5th. Families joined our staff for  a spaghetti dinner, raffles, activities and club fair, and a silent auction in the library. In addition, prior to Family Night, our Seniors had FAFSA and ORSA Night hosted by our Career and Counseling Center. This event had an amazing turnout of over 100 Seniors. Thanks to our students, staff, community members, and parents for joining us for this celebration. The RedHawks are ready for a great school year!

Family Night at South Albany

Family Night at South Albany

Family Night at South Albany

Family Night at South Albany

Join the RedHawks Flight Club!

Posted on: October 6, 2022

We would love for you to consider supporting our RedHawks Flight Club!

The RedHawks Flight Club is an organization of proud South Albany supporters—both parents and businesses—joining forces to promote excellence in South’s extra-curricular activities. We began in 2019 after the disbanding of the South Albany Booster Club several years earlier. Though we’re a completely new and separate organization, it might be helpful to think of the RedHawks Flight Club as the Booster Club 2.0.

The RedHawks Flight Club is once again offering free admission passes with membership purchases that are good for free admission to regular season home games and activities for the entire school year. We are also offering concessions and spirit gear at all of our home games. 

This year, we are also offering concessions and spirit shops at all of our home games. Our programs are also donating tim

Our goal is to provide financial and moral support that benefit all South Albany students involved in extra-curricular activities—and not just sports! Our support is offered to a wide array of the school’s athletics, activities and clubs.

We believe that the more we can ease the fundraising burden experienced by our sport and activity leaders, the more time and energy they can put into building great programs that build great kids!

The RedHawks Flight Club is under the leadership of a Board of Directors. We are a non-profit, tax-exempt public charity under section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code. All donations to the RedHawks Flight Club are tax deductible. Our tax identification number (EIN) is 84-2635880.

Go RedHawks!