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Kindergarten Orientation and Enrollment

Posted on: April 19, 2018

Attention parents of incoming kindergartners: Registration and orientation for the 2018-19 school year is scheduled for May 1 at all elementary schools.

Students will attend the school in their attendance boundary area. See the attendance boundary maps and school finder tool for more information.

For information about eligibility and registration requirements, see the Kindergarten Information page.

Registration times are different for each elementary school. 

  • Clover Ridge Elementary: 5:00-6:30 pm
  • Fir Grove Elementary: 5:30-7:00 pm
  • Lafayette Elementary: 5:30-6:30 pm
  • Liberty Elementary: 5:00-6:30 pm
  • North Albany Elementary: 6 pm
  • Oak Elementary: 5:30 pm
  • Periwinkle Elementary: 5 pm
  • South Shore Elementary: 11:30-12:15 and 5:30-6:15 pm
  • Sunrise Elementary: 5:30-6:30 pm
  • Takena Elementary: 6 pm
  • Tangent Elementary: 5:30 pm
  • Waverly Elementary: 1:30-2:30 pm

See this link for more information on Kindergarten orientation and enrollment.

School Board approves bond proposal for May election

Posted on: January 23, 2017

The School Board unanimously voted to send a $159 million bond measure to voters in the May 16, 2017, election.

The measure would:

  • Make upgrades and improvements, including replacing roofs, siding, windows, plumbing, electrical systems in schools around the District.
  • Make energy improvements, including replacing old, inefficient high maintenance heating/ventilation systems, doors, which would save energy costs.
  • Make safety/security upgrades, including automatic door locks, fire alarms, security cameras to improve the safety of students.
  • Make seismic upgrades to enable buildings to better withstand earthquakes.
  • Renovate and/or add classroom space to support vocational/technical classes for all district middle school buildings.
  • Renovate and add classrooms and a cafeteria at Oak Grove Elementary School; purchase property and construct a new elementary school in NE Albany to address growing enrollment and reduce overcrowding.
  • Complete the first phase of West Albany High School’s rebuild that would include new classrooms, commons, auditorium, cafeteria and administrative space; and multipurpose space for vocational/technical education and gymnasium uses at South Albany High School.

The bond proposal is the result of a more than two-year process to identify facility needs in the District. The projects were reviewed by architects and recommended by a community-based District Facilities Advisory Committee (DFAC) that was made up of community members, parents and staff members.

DFAC initially identified more than $250 million in facility needs. This proposal represents the School Board’s priority to balance the most critical needs and the cost to taxpayers. This bond proposal is expected to increase taxes by an estimated $.64 per $1,000 of assessed property value because the 2006 bond is expiring.

For more information, read the resolution and explanatory statement. 

Find more information on the bond information page.

Mr. Gullickson At FIRST LEGO Championship!

Posted on: April 11, 2018

Mr. Gullickson will be attending the FIRST World Robotics Championships in Houston, Texas the week of April 16–20th. There will be FIRST LEGO robotics teams representing more than 70 countries participating at this event. It is estimated that more than 10,000 students and 15,000 adult mentors, team coaches, and student families will be participating with one of the four different leveled robotics programs taking place simultaneously throughout the week.

Mr. G. will be working as part of a team of approximately 27 judges from throughout the world that have been selected to judge LEGO robotics teams’ innovative robot designs, advanced programming code, research projects, and team work/CORE Values.

Albany’s high school team, SWARM, will be attending and competing against 400 other FRC high school age teams; There are members of team SWARM that participated with one or more of the LEGO robotics teams that Mr. G. coached a few years back.

Mr. Gullickson is looking forward to meeting and developing friendships with LEGO robotics teams and coaches from throughout the world, especially those teams from China, South America, and the Middle East.

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

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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