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APSF Awards $40,000 to GAPS teachers

Posted on: December 21, 2018

The Albany Public Schools Foundation awarded $40,000 in classroom grants during the month of November.  Funded projects ranged from electronics, to materials for art, reading, music and physical education. Grant applicants have received their grant status notification letters.

Primary funding for the Classroom Grant Program comes from three Albany Public School Foundation events: iSwim for Kids, iCelebrate Kids Benefit Gala and the iRun for Kids race.

See the list of award recipients for details!


Fundación de las escuelas públicas de Albany (APSF por sus siglas en inglés) otorga $40,000 a maestros de GAPS

La Fundación de las Escuelas Públicas de Albany, otorgó $40,000 en subvenciones para los salones de clases durante el mes de noviembre. Los proyectos financiados van desde electrónica, hasta materiales para arte, lectura, música y educación física. Los solicitantes de subvenciones han recibido sus cartas de notificación de estado de concesión.

La financiación principal para el Programa de Subvenciones de Aula, proviene de tres eventos de la Fundación de Escuelas Públicas de Albany: “iSwim for Kids” (Evento de natación), la Gala de Beneficios de “iCelebrate Kids” (Evento recreativo) y “iRun for Kids” (Evento de carreras).

¡Vea la lista de ganadores de premios para más detalles!

Student Success Act / Ley de Éxito Estudiantil

Posted on: October 10, 2019

The Oregon Legislature passed and the Governor signed the $2 billion Student Success Act (HB 3427), a historic and much needed investment in K-12 schools. Greater Albany Public Schools could be able to access an estimated $5.5 million per year through a state application process.

Districts are allowed four broad uses for the grant proposals:

  1. Increasing instructional time
  2. Addressing student health and safety needs
  3. Increasing adults/decreasing class size
  4. Expanding well-rounded learning opportunities.

Programs must also meet students’ behavioral and mental health needs and increase academic achievement as well as reduce disparities among student groups.

We want to be sure to invest these resources in alignment with our community vision. In conjunction with a new Strategic Plan, input from parents, teachers, staff, students, and the community at large will shape the future of Greater Albany Public Schools!

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  • Tuesday, October 22, 2019 – 6:00-7:30 p.m. (In Spanish with English interpretation)
  • Wednesday, October 30, 2019 – 9:30 a.m. / 11:30 a.m. (In English with Spanish interpretation)
  • Wednesday, October 30, 2019 –  6:00-7:30 p.m. (In English with Spanish interpretation)

Spanish Translation 

La Legislatura de Oregón aprobó y la Gobernadora firmó la Ley de Éxito Estudiantil de $ 2 mil millones (HB 3427), una inversión histórica y muy necesaria para las escuelas desde Kínder hasta el 12 grado. Las Escuelas Públicas de Greater Albany, podrían acceder a un estimado de $ 5.5 millones por año a través de un proceso de solicitud estatal.

Los distritos tienen cuatro usos generales para las propuestas de subvención:

  1. Incremento del tiempo de instrucción.
  2. Abordar las necesidades de salud y seguridad de los estudiantes. 
  3. Aumento de adultos/disminución del tamaño de la clase.
  4. Expandir oportunidades de aprendizaje integrales.

Los programas también deben satisfacer las necesidades de salud mental y conductual de los estudiantes y aumentar el rendimiento académico, así como reducir la desproporción entre los grupos de estudiantes.

Queremos asegurarnos de invertir estos recursos de acuerdo con nuestra visión comunitaria. ¡Junto con un nuevo Plan Estratégico, los aportes de padres, maestros, personal, estudiantes y la comunidad en general darán forma al futuro de las Escuelas Públicas de Greater Albany!

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2019 Best School Districts in Oregon

Posted on: December 5, 2018

A company called Niche researches U.S. colleges, schools, neighborhoods, and companies. They recently released their school district rankings. The 2019 Best School Districts ranking is based on rigorous analysis of key statistics and millions of reviews from students and parents using data from the U.S. Department of Education. Ranking factors include state test scores, college readiness, graduation rates, SAT/ACT scores, teacher quality, public school district ratings, and more. Greater Albany Public Schools ranked #8 in the state of Oregon with an Overall Niche Grade of B+.

https://www.bizjournals.com/portland/news/2018/12/04/these-are-oregons-top-30-school-districts-for-2019.html#g/446765/24


Los mejores Distritos Escolares en Oregon del 2019

Una empresa llamada “Niche” analiza a universidades, escuelas, vecindarios y
empresas de los EE. UU. Recientemente publicaron su clasificación de distritos
escolares. La clasificación de los mejores distritos escolares del 2019, se basa en un
análisis riguroso de estadísticas clave y en millones de evaluaciones de estudiantes y
padres que utilizan datos del Departamento de Educación de los Estados Unidos. Los
factores de clasificación incluyen, calificaciones de exámenes estatales, preparación
para la universidad, tasas de graduación, calificaciones de SAT / ACT, calidad de
maestros, calificaciones de distritos de escuelas públicas y más. Las Escuelas Públicas
de Albany se ubicaron en el número 8 en el estado de Oregón, con una calificación
general de la empresa Niche de B+.

https://www.bizjournals.com/portland/news/2018/12/04/these-are-oregons-top-30-
school-districts-for-2019.html#g/446765/24

GAPS Co-Sponsoring Bullying Prevention Presentation

Posted on: October 8, 2018

Linn Together, a countywide network of volunteers with the mission to strengthen local prevention networks, has partnered with several local organizations, including GAPS, to present “Bullying Prevention in School and Cyber Settings”.   Parents, school staff, and other adults in the community can help kids prevent bullying. Join national bullying expert Dr. Michael Sulkowski, PhD, University of Arizona, for an interactive presentation on bullying prevention in both school and cyber settings.

The presentation will take place on October 17, 2018 from 9:00 – 11:00 am at Boulder Falls Center in Lebanon.  The event is free, but registration is required and space is limited.  Please register by October 10.  For additional information and registration, please see https://www.linncountyhealth.org/adg/page/topic-month or contact Julie Greene of Linn County Health Services at 541-967-3819.

 

Waverly teacher Melissa Straughan wins Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching

Posted on: June 29, 2018

Congratulations to Waverly Elementary School teacher Melissa Straughan, recipient of a Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST).

The award is one of the highest honors a teacher can receive. Straughan was nominated for the award by Diane Stone, a consultant for Teacher’s Development Group who helped with the implementation of Math Studio, a district math program. She is the math recipient and one of only two recipients from Oregon.

The following description is from the PAEMST website:

The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching is the highest recognition that a kindergarten through 12th grade mathematics or science (including computer science) teacher may receive for outstanding teaching in the United States. Up to 108 teachers are recognized each year.

Presidential Awardees receive a certificate signed by the President of the United States, a trip to Washington D.C. to attend a series of recognition events and professional development opportunities, and a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation.

Straughan recently joined other K-6 teacher recipients from around the country at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. She credits the support of the district and the math curriculum adopted by the School Board.

“I wouldn’t be where I am today without Math Studio and all the support from Diane Stone and my principal, Anne Griffith. Thank you for opening these doors for our district and supporting such incredible work.”