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Oak Grove’s Fin-tastic Fish team wins international honor

Posted on: May 16, 2018

The all-girls Lego Robotics team from Oak Grove Elementary School won international recognition for “improving the lives of women in third world countries one LEGO® brick at a time.”

The Fin-tastic Fish team was chosen as the Avengers of the Week by the Gender Avengers organization for promoting girls in STEM and CORE Values.

This all-girl robotics team did extensive research on “how girls in developing countries might use micro-hydroelectric water power to improve their quality of life.”

Specifically, this award is based on the team’s solution to a lack of light for studying in developing countries:

“The team figured out how to program a robot that, when placed in a small stream, uses the water current to recharge batteries and small LED lights enabling them to have better light sources than candles/open flames.”

Read more about the Fin-tastic Fish in the Democrat-Herald

Student All-Stars: Fir Grove and Oak Grove Elementary Schools

Posted on: May 11, 2018

At the first annual GAPS Student All-Stars Celebration, the School Board honored outstanding students from each school. Students were nominated by school staff and introduced by the school principal.

Fir Grove and Oak Grove Elementary School All-Stars are: 

Payton Bates, Oak Grove

Payton participates actively in numerous community organizations. For the past five years she has volunteered at Hand-In-Hand Farm where she takes care of the equine animals, helping to train both them and the younger human participants, plus helps with their service outreach events. Payton is an active Girl Scout, a member of Oak Grove’s champion Battle of the Books team, a role model to many of our students and is also a Green Belt in Kenpo Karate. She also participates in our school choir, plays trumpet in the fifth-grade band, and she is an exemplary student who participates with intriguing out-of-the-box ideas.

Owen Duda, Oak Grove

Owen is always eager to help with any task, cheerfully pitching in whenever needed. He spends hours volunteering with his church, as an acolyte and assistant at events, and sings in their choir. He has volunteered at WAHS, with Salem’s food drive and the local FISH organization in numerous capacities. Owen consistently goes out of his way to make everyone’s days easier as a great role model to the other students, and he always has a smile on his face!

Ella Killian, Fir Grove

She’s kind, caring and compassionate towards others. She helps the classroom run smoother by setting out supplies and materials ahead of time and directs other students who need additional help. She is a proactive problem solver when it comes to managing friendships within the classroom and out on the playground. She is active in her community with her family through her church and helping families in need.

Caleb Fifhause, Fir Grove

He is a wonderful classroom citizen and always chooses to do the right thing. He is a really kind boy and a hard worker. He is helpful to others in school and out of school. Caleb always has a smile on his face and spreads his positive attitude throughout the school.



School Board honors Student All-Stars at special meeting

Posted on: May 7, 2018

Tonight, the School Board recognized students from each school in the district for their citizenship and outstanding school and community service. The event was the first annual Recognition of Student All-Stars awards ceremony, held at South Albany High School.

In a move away from student all-star recognition at School Board meetings, the special ceremony was a festive opportunity to praise students for their efforts and character that doesn’t compete with School Board business each month and ensures that families can better celebrate their kids’ achievements.

Students were nominated by school staff. Principals from each school presented the certificates to students, who shook hands with all School Board members and posed for a school photos. In all, 44 students were recognized.

Principal comments and school photos will be posted for each school this week. 

First annual recognition of Student All-Stars awards ceremony. Student all-star holding award.

Come hear a bond update at May 2 community meeting

Posted on: May 1, 2018

Work will start soon on bond-funded projects around the district. Come to a community meeting in May to learn about the plans.

May 2: West Albany High School
May 23: South Albany High School

Both meetings will start at 7 p.m.

¿Usted está invitado!

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.

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