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South Albany named Oregon’s first AVID National Demonstration School

Posted on: May 3, 2019

Teachers and administrators who work with South Albany High School’s Advancement via Individual Determination (AVID) program don’t like to toot their own horn. But on Tuesday, bells, horns and whistles went off after the school earned the designation of being an AVID National Demonstration School — the first high school in the state to do so.

“It’s a huge honor and a testament to how we support kids here in the building,” said Benjamin Sell, one of the AVID coordinators for the school.

Click image below to read the rest of the story by the Albany Democrat-Herald….

 

Juntos: Local schools work to raise Latino graduation rate

Posted on: April 23, 2019

Rose Davalos has an open-door policy.

She’s only occupied her office in South Albany High School since October, but she’s already made it hers.

College posters for Oregon State University and University of Oregon hang from the wall next to folders of federal-aid forms, free for the taking, and explanatory sheets detailing graduation requirements

There’s a table with four chairs, plenty of space to spread out and work on GPA calculations, and the whole room feels tucked away from the rest of the school — a safe space.

Click image below for the rest of the story by the Albany Democrat-Herald

South Albany High School outreach and engagement coordinator Rosa Davalos speaks with students about college applications and fiinancial assistance during a Juntos session at the school. – Mark Ylen, Mid-Valley media

 

GAPS Welcomes Melissa Goff as New Superintendent / Bienvenida nueva Superintendente

Posted on: April 23, 2019

⇒Bienvenida nueva Superintendente: Haga clic AQUÍ

THE SEARCH for a superintendent for GAPS is finally over! It’s our pleasure to welcome and introduce Superintendent Melissa Goff.

Goff has a BS from Western Oregon State College and a MEd from PSU. She began her career in teaching in Mitchell, Oregon, and has been Superintendent of Philomath School District for the past four years.

A mother of two daughters, Goff has been married for twenty-three years and has parents who live in the Willamette Valley. Besides being an avid reader, she also enjoys golf and yoga.

Goff officially begins in July–come say hello!

The process of hiring a new superintendent is determined by the Greater Albany Public Schools Board of Education. In January, there were seventeen interim superintendent positions throughout Oregon, and even more anticipated openings. In order to ensure we had as many high quality candidates as possible, and to protect competing applicants and their anonymity, the GAPS Board chose to make the entire superintendent search process confidential.

To facilitate this process, the district hired a consultant who accumulated input from the community, using fifteen focus groups and a digital public survey, netting a total of 486 participants. This information was compiled to create a profile of desired attributes, which the board utilized as they continued the search.

After six weeks the position was closed and nearly thirty applicants were narrowed to five semi-finalists, who were interviewed by the board in March. The board accepted applications for a community stakeholder committee, of which twenty people were selected, representing our community, students, and staff.

In April, the committee interviewed Superintendent Melissa Goff as a finalist, providing valuable feedback for the board’s final interview. On April 8th, the board voted to enter contract negotiations with Goff and appointed two board members to perform a site visit as the final component to the selection process.

On April 22nd, the board voted on a contract and hired Goff as superintendent of Greater Albany Public Schools.

“Melissa has been impressive in every interaction I’ve had with her,” Board Chair Ward states. “The board recognizes she has the leadership skills and personal integrity necessary to lead our district, and this understanding was reinforced at the site visit to Philomath with Director Utt.”

The timeline for the superintendent search as been available on the district website, and updates have been discussed during public school board meetings. Throughout the entire process the board has been confident in their selection, and they are grateful for all those who applied and participated in the search. We as a district are thankful to Interim Superintendent, Tim Mills, EdD, for his hard work and are looking forward to resuming the solid leadership he has provided for GAPS.

“Finding opportunities to connect with GAPS families is a priority for me,” says Superintendent Goff. “I look forward to listening to a variety of parent and community groups over the course of the summer.” 


Spanish Translation

¡LA BÚSQUEDA de un superintendente para GAPS finalmente ha terminado! Es un placer darle la bienvenida y presentar a la Superintendente Sra. Melissa Goff.

Goff tiene un título de Bachiller de la universidad Western Oregon State College y un Master en Educación de PSU. Comenzó su carrera en la enseñanza en Mitchell, Oregón, y ha sido Superintendente del Distrito escolar de Philomath durante los últimos cuatro años.

Madre de dos hijas, Goff ha estado casada por veintitrés años y tiene padres que viven en el valle de Willamette. Además de ser una ávida lectora, a ella también le gusta el golf y el yoga.

Goff comienza oficialmente en julio, ¡ven y salúdala!

El proceso de contratación de un nuevo superintendente está determinado por la Mesa Directiva de las Escuelas Públicas de Albany. En enero, hubo diecisiete puestos de superintendentes interinos en todo Oregón, e incluso más vacantes anticipadas. Para asegurarnos de que tuviéramos tantos candidatos de alta calidad como fuera posible, y para proteger a los solicitantes de la competencia y su anonimato, la Mesa Directiva de GAPS decidió hacer que todo el proceso de búsqueda del superintendente fuera confidencial.

Para facilitar este proceso, el distrito contrató a un consultor que acumuló aportes de la comunidad, utilizando quince grupos de conversación y una encuesta pública digital, que obtuvo un total de 486 participantes. Esta información se reunió para crear un perfil de los atributos deseados, que la Mesa Directiva utilizó a medida que continuaban la búsqueda.

Después de seis semanas, el puesto se cerró y treinta candidatos se redujeron a cinco semifinalistas, que fueron entrevistados por la Mesa Directiva en marzo. La Mesa Directiva aceptó solicitudes para un comité de partes interesadas de la comunidad, de las cuales se seleccionaron veinte personas, que representan a nuestra comunidad, estudiantes y el personal.

En abril, el comité entrevistó a la Superintendente Sra. Melissa Goff como finalista, proporcionando valiosos comentarios para la entrevista final de la Mesa Directiva. El 8 de abril, la Mesa Directiva votó para entrar en las negociaciones del contrato con Goff y designó a dos miembros de la Mesa Directiva, para realizar una visita al sitio como el componente final del proceso de selección.

El 22 de abril, la Mesa Directiva votó por realizar un contrato y contrató a Goff como superintendente de las Escuelas Públicas de Greater Albany.

“Melissa ha sido impresionante en todas las interacciones que he tenido con ella”, afirma la Presidenta de la Mesa Directiva, Ward. “La Mesa Directiva reconoce que tiene las habilidades de liderazgo y la integridad personal necesarias para dirigir nuestro distrito, y este entendimiento se reforzó en la visita a Philomath con el Director Utt”.

La programación para la búsqueda del superintendente estuvo disponible en el sitio web del distrito, y las actualizaciones se discutieron durante las reuniones de la Mesa Directiva de las escuelas públicas. A lo largo de todo el proceso, el consejo ha confiado en su selección, y están agradecidos por todos los que solicitaron y participaron en la búsqueda. Nosotros, como distrito, estamos agradecidos con el Superintendente Interino, Sr. Tim Mills, EdD, por su arduo trabajo y esperamos reanudar el sólido liderazgo que ha proporcionado a GAPS.

“Encontrar oportunidades para conectar con las familias de GAPS es una prioridad para mí”, dice la Superintendente Goff. “Espero escuchar a una variedad de grupos de padres y de la comunidad a lo largo del verano”. ◊

Career Technical Education and the Graduation Rate Connection

Posted on: April 9, 2019

⇒Educación Técnica Profesional y la conexión con la tasa de graduación: Haga clic aquí

CAREER TECHNICAL EDUCATION (CTE) at Greater Albany Public Schools helps expose students to potential career paths and provides them with the academic and technical skills necessary to succeed in future careers. CTE can encompass everything from welding and woodworking to healthcare, digital design, and culinary arts.

The key to the effectiveness of CTE is how it creates a connection from real-world occupations to educational institution learning. The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) has shown students are more likely to graduate if they participate in a CTE program.

“The 2013-2014 four-year cohort graduation rate for CTE concentrators in Oregon was 85.7%; for all students it was 76.4%.”

GAPS prioritizes CTE programs for our students and our graduation rates continue to climb; last year’s growth in 4-year cohort graduation rates for the district was 2.34%; our growth over five years was 4.6%.

Getting students involved in CTE starts young. For our elementary and middle school students, robotics clubs teach members to build code to make objects such as traffic lights, LED reader boards, alarm systems, and drawing bots. In competitions, kids learn high-tech skills to apply to ambitious real-world projects, often working with experts in many fields, including members from NASA. Our teams regularly win first place awards for their innovative designs and teamwork.

In order to foster this type of learning, part of the construction bond funds are being used to improve middle school CTE spaces, which include remodeling existing classrooms to create maker, digital, and culinary labs.  

Framing the two new classrooms at SAHS.

Framing the two new classrooms at SAHS.

South Albany High School has consulted local businesses to help align specific skills students will need to enter the workforce with their educational programs, and bond funds are being used to provide South with cutting edge technology.

The groundbreaking ceremony on South’s new multi-purpose/auxiliary gym took place December 21st of last year. The bond project will include the development of two career technical classrooms, a lobby, concessions, an elevator addition, and a restroom expansion. Critical facility updates include improved safety through fencing and key-scan systems, as well as the remodeling of several classrooms.

In January, a temporary shelter was made so the gym could continue being used during construction, and the foundation was prepared for the two new classrooms. Once underground utilities are resolved around the auxiliary gym, the building pad will be completed and under slab utilities will be installed.

“We as a staff are excited about the renovations and additions,” says South Albany High School’s principal, Nate Munoz. “The CTE buildings and theater allow us to grow and support more students in these areas.”

The gym will be large enough to serve as a multi-purpose learning environment for STEM education. Principal Munoz is also pleased the building will be eye-catching and provide excellent “curb appeal”.     

Taking out the tennis courts at WAHS.

Taking out the tennis courts at WAHS.

At West Albany High School, all freshmen start in what they call the ‘Freshmen Wheel’, a program where every six weeks freshmen explore different disciplines in career technical education.

Linden Loren is a Health Services CTE teacher at West. For his portion of the Freshmen Wheel, he gives students an introduction into health occupations consisting of various topics such as health basics, statistics, and careers.

“I get them for six weeks and use different teaching strategies to keep them engaged. The idea is if they are interested in this pathway, I can direct them to the appropriate path for specific classes at West geared towards their future in the health care world.”

Loren has also created a new class based on his research. “It’s a human potential class, based on nutrigenomics and exercise physiology.” He saw a need for a class that could reveal to students the factors influencing gene expression when he noticed many students getting only five hours of sleep, suffering from frequent illnesses, and having to take excessive medications.

“My goal is to educate students on how they can change specific variables to turn genes on or off in regards to overall health.” 


Spanish Translation

EDUCACIÓN TÉCNICA PROFESIONAL (CTE por sus siglas en inglés) en las Escuelas Públicas de Greater Albany, ayuda a exponer a los estudiantes a posibles trayectorias profesionales y les proporciona las habilidades académicas y técnicas necesarias, para tener éxito en futuras carreras. CTE puede abarcar todo, desde soldadura y carpintería hasta atención médica, diseño digital y artes culinarias.

La clave para la efectividad de CTE es cómo crea una conexión entre las ocupaciones del mundo real y el aprendizaje de las instituciones educativas. El Departamento de Educación de Oregon (ODE, por sus siglas en inglés) ha demostrado que es más probable que los estudiantes se gradúen si participan en un programa CTE.

“La tasa de graduación de la cohorte de cuatro años de 2013-2014 para los concentradores de CTE en Oregón fue de 85.7%; mientras que para todos los estudiantes fue de 76.4% “.

GAPS prioriza los programas CTE para nuestros estudiantes y nuestros índices de graduación continúan subiendo; el crecimiento del año pasado en tasas de graduación de la cohorte de 4 años para el distrito fue de 2.34%; nuestro crecimiento en cinco años fue de 4.6%.

Hacer que los estudiantes se involucren en CTE comienza cuando son pequeños. Para nuestros estudiantes de escuelas primarias y secundarias, los clubes de robótica enseñan a los miembros a construir códigos para crear objetos como semáforos, tableros de lectores LED, sistemas de alarma y robots de dibujo. En las competencias, los niños aprenden destrezas de alta tecnología, para aplicar en proyectos ambiciosos del mundo real, a menudo trabajando con expertos en muchos campos, incluidos miembros de la NASA. Nuestros equipos ganan regularmente premios de primer lugar por sus diseños innovadores y trabajo en equipo.

Para fomentar este tipo de aprendizaje, parte de los fondos del bono de construcción se están utilizando para mejorar los espacios CTE de las escuelas secundarias, que incluyen la remodelación de las aulas existentes para crear laboratorios de fabricación, digitales y culinarios.

Framing the two new classrooms.

Framing the two new classrooms.

La preparatoria South Albany High School, ha consultado a empresas locales para ayudar a alinear las habilidades específicas que los estudiantes necesitarán para ingresar a la fuerza laboral con sus programas educativos, y se están utilizando fondos de los bonos escolares para proporcionar a South tecnología avanzada.

La ceremonia de inauguración en el nuevo gimnasio multiusos/auxiliar de South, tuvo lugar el 21 de diciembre del año pasado. El proyecto de bonos escolares incluirá el desarrollo de dos aulas técnicas de carrera, un vestíbulo, concesiones, una adición de elevador y una expansión de baños. Las actualizaciones críticas de las instalaciones incluyen la mejora a la seguridad, a través de cercado y sistemas de escaneo de llaves electrónicas, así como la remodelación de varias aulas.

En enero, se construyó una cobertura temporal para que el gimnasio pudiera seguir utilizándose durante la construcción y se preparó la fundación para las dos nuevas aulas. Una vez que se resuelvan los servicios públicos subterráneos alrededor del gimnasio auxiliar, se completará la plataforma del edificio y se instalarán los servicios públicos debajo de la losa.

“Nosotros, como personal, estamos entusiasmados con las renovaciones y adiciones”, dice el Director de South Albany High School, Sr. Nate Muñoz. “Los edificios de CTE y el teatro nos permiten crecer y apoyar a más estudiantes en estas áreas”.

El gimnasio será lo suficientemente grande, como para servir como un entorno de aprendizaje de propósitos múltiples para la educación STEM. El Director Muñoz también está satisfecho de que el edificio será llamativo y proporcionará un excelente “atractivo”.

Taking out the tennis courts.

Taking out the tennis courts.

En la preparatoria West Albany High School, todos los estudiantes de 9° grado comienzan en lo que llaman “Freshmen Wheel”, un programa donde cada seis semanas los estudiantes de 9° grado exploran diferentes disciplinas en la educación técnica profesional.

El Sr. Linden Loren es maestro de Servicios de Salud de CTE en la preparatoria West. Por su parte de “Freshmen Wheel”, él les da a los estudiantes una introducción a las ocupaciones de salud que consta de varios temas, tales como conceptos básicos de salud, estadísticas y carreras.

“Los tengo por seis semanas y utilizo diferentes estrategias de enseñanza para mantenerlos comprometidos. La idea es que, si están interesados en este camino, puedo dirigirlos al camino apropiado para clases específicas en West orientadas hacia su futuro en el mundo de la atención médica”.

Loren también ha creado una nueva clase basada en su investigación. “Es una clase de potencial humano, basada en la nutrigenómica y la fisiología del ejercicio”. El vio la necesidad de una clase que pudiera revelar a los estudiantes los factores que influyen en la expresión genética, cuando notó que muchos estudiantes duermen solo cinco horas, sufren enfermedades frecuentes y tienen que tomar excesivos medicamentos.

“Mi objetivo es educar a los estudiantes sobre cómo pueden cambiar variables específicas, para activar o desactivar los genes en lo que respecta a la salud general”

Please help support our RedHawk Statue Fund!

Posted on: March 12, 2019

 

 

 

As a part of the first graduating class of South Albany RedHawks, we are here reaching out to you, our community, because we have a dream of leaving a legacy for all of our classmates to follow.

For the past three months, the ASB team has been working on a RedHawk statue that will be put up in the new gym in 2019. Our statue is going to be 8 feet tall, with a 14 foot wing span, sitting on a 4 foot base.

Hand crafted out of steel, and towering over anybody that comes near it. We’ll have it there to set an atomasphere of excellence, competitiveness, and belonging.

Our goal with the statue is to have a syumbol that represents the South Albany family. To have something for all graduating classes, from past and present, to be proud of.

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Mission Statement: By creating a RedHawk statue, our goal is to unify the past, present, and future through pride and excellence. We want to make sure our legacy as the first graduating class of RedHawks to set the precedence for PRIDE in our shool for the generations to come, just like the previous 47 graduating classes. This statue is to represent and to inspire our community and make the students proud of where they come from and why they are here.

Link to donate: Please Click HERE!

When you reach our donation page, please select South Albany High School, and under Items, please choose RedHawk Statue Fund.

Payment Info:

  • Donors that donate $1,000 or more have the option to put their name/name of business on a donors plaque on the base of the statue.
  • Tax write-offs are available.

Statue Info:

  • Size: 8 feet tall, 14 feet wingspan
  • Location: It will be placed in the new gym lobby when finished, but will be placed in the commons upon completion of the new gym.