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Join us in the Superintendent Search process!

Posted on: December 21, 2018

The search is underway for a new superintendent, and our school board is asking for your input!  What qualities would you like to see in a new leader? What experience should that person have? Should the board consider special areas of knowledge or skills?

In January, there will be two ways to share your input: in person at focus groups or through an online survey.  The focus groups and online survey will gather the perceptions of staff, students, parents and community members to create a district profile for the search process.  

To share in person:
Student & Parent Focus Group – January 16 – 7:00-8:00 pm
The Student & Parent Focus Group is ideal for current students and parents in the district.

Community Member Focus Group – January 17 – 7:00-8:00 pm
The Community Member Focus Group is ideal for any one who is part of the community.

To share online:
If you are not able to share in person, please consider sharing your thoughts through an online survey. The survey will be open January 14-21.  Staff and parents will receive a link to the survey by e-mail and the link will be posted on the Superintendent Search page.

Our school board and search committee members will use your feedback as they move forward in the selection process. Choosing a new superintendent is one of the most important decisions a school board can make, and we look forward to your participation!


¡Únase a nosotros en el proceso de búsqueda del Superintendente!

¡La búsqueda está en marcha para un nuevo superintendente y nuestra Mesa Directiva está solicitando su opinión! ¿Qué cualidades le gustaría ver en un nuevo líder? ¿Qué experiencia debe tener esa persona? ¿Debería la Mesa Directiva considerar áreas especiales de conocimiento o habilidades?

En enero, habrá dos formas de compartir su opinión: en persona en grupos de conversación o mediante una encuesta en el Internet. Los grupos de conversación y la encuesta en el Internet, reunirán las percepciones del personal, los estudiantes, los padres y los miembros de la comunidad, para crear un perfil del distrito para el proceso de búsqueda.

Para compartir en persona:
Grupo de conversación de padres y estudiantes – 16 de enero – 7: 00-8: 00 pm
El grupo de conversación de padres y estudiantes, es ideal para estudiantes y padres actuales en el distrito.

Grupo de conversación de miembros de la comunidad – 17 de enero – 7: 00-8: 00 pm
El grupo de conversación de miembros de la comunidad, es ideal para cualquiera que forme parte de la comunidad.

Para compartir en el Internet:
Si no puede compartir en persona, considere compartir sus ideas a través de una encuesta en el Internet. La encuesta estará abierta del 14 al 21 de enero. El personal y los padres recibirán un enlace a la encuesta por correo electrónico y el enlace se publicará en la página de Búsqueda del Superintendente.

Los miembros de nuestra Mesa Directiva y del comité de búsqueda, utilizarán sus comentarios a medida que avanzan en el proceso de selección. ¡La elección de un nuevo superintendente es una de las decisiones más importantes que una Mesa Directiva puede tomar, y esperamos su participación!

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!

Oak Grove and Meadow Ridge Open House

Posted on: February 13, 2019

Casa abierta de las escuelas primarias Oak Grove y Meadow Ridge: Haga Clic Aquí Para Español

Community open house times and locations

February 26th: Timber Ridge, 6:30PM to 8:30PM

February 27th: North Albany Middle, 6:30PM to 8:30PM

PDF in English; en Español 

CONSTRUCTION IS nearing completion on Greater Albany School District’s two new facilities at Oak Grove and Meadow Ridge. The district has formed a committee to address the activation of these facilities, composed of parents, teachers, principals, seniors, and other community leaders.

Questions to be addressed by the committee:

How should Oak Grove, North Albany Elementary, and Fir Grove be organized by grade level and general use? How should the school boundaries be organized?

Should Fir Grove remain in use as a neighborhood school?

Should Meadow Ridge open in the middle of the academic year when it’s complete, or should the district wait until Fall 2020?

How should the grade levels for Meadow Ridge and Timber Ridge be organized?

Community open house structure and process:

There is no fixed presentation; information will be presented on informational kiosk stations and participants may hear a brief, personalized presentation from a district facilitator and ask questions.

Community members may attend a meeting at any time during the declared two-hour meeting window, and at any location. The content of both meetings at each location is the same.

An information sheet will be distributed identifying the remaining decisions, and a survey will be be made available for reporting to the committee and school board, to inform their final decisions.

Please call the schools with any questions.


Spanish Translation

Meadow Ridge Construction Site Feb 2019

Casa abierta de las escuelas primarias Oak Grove y Meadow Ridge

La construcción está casi llegando a su culminación en las dos nuevas instalaciones del Distrito Escolar de Albany, para Oak Grove y Meadow Ridge. El distrito ha formado un comité para conversar acerca del funcionamiento de estas instalaciones, compuesto por padres, maestros, directores, adultos mayores y otros líderes de la comunidad.

Horarios y lugares de casas abiertas de la comunidad:

26 de febrero: Timber Ridge, de 6:30 PM a 8:30 PM

27 de febrero: Escuela secundaria North Albany Middle School, de 6:30 p.m. a 8:30 p.m.

Preguntas que serán abordadas por el comité:

¿Cómo deberían organizarse las escuelas primarias Oak Grove, North Albany Elementary y Fir Grove por nivel de grado y para el uso general? ¿Cómo deberían organizarse los límites escolares?

¿Debería la escuela Fir Grove permanecer en uso como una escuela de vecindario?

¿Debe la escuela Meadow Ridge abrir a mediados del año académico, cuando se complete o el distrito debe esperar hasta el otoño del 2020?

¿Cómo deberían organizarse los niveles de grado en Meadow Ridge y Timber Ridge?

Proceso y estructura de la casa abierta de la comunidad:

No hay una presentación fija; se presentará información en los quioscos con estaciones informativas y los participantes podrán escuchar una presentación breve y personalizada de un facilitador del distrito y hacer preguntas.

Los miembros de la comunidad pueden asistir a una junta en cualquier momento durante el periodo establecido para las juntas de dos horas y en cualquier lugar. En cada lugar, el contenido de ambas juntas es el mismo.

Se distribuirá una hoja informativa que identificará las decisiones restantes, y una encuesta estará disponible para presentarlo al comité y a la Mesa Directiva, para informar acerca de sus decisiones finales.

¿Tiene Preguntas? Por favor llame a su escuela o al centro de bienvenida.

North Albany Robotics Team News!

Posted on: February 4, 2019

The Oak Grove School had a couple of teams competing in the state LEGO Robotics Competition this month.

The “N.A.S.A. (Nerds Are Super Awesome!),” team of boys did very well.  They had a strong performance in Core Values, and did solidly on Robot Design.  They did a nice job on their project presentation.  Their table scores were very respectable.  They effectively used their practice table time to improve after each run and their highest score was their last run.  They had a fun, but exhausting, day.  They didn’t win any major awards but the experience was worthwhile for all.

The Fin-tastic Fish team had an amazing day. Their three robot performances went extremely well for them – they reached their goals of everyone getting a chance to participate, and their robot performed incredibly well by completing all 10 missions they had programmed. The fish team won the state CORE Values Champions Award. This was one of the four individual category winners. There were about 60 teams that competed. There were 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place overall tournament award winners of which the 1st place winners will move on to the World Championships.  The fish team missed going to the World Championship by 3 places, but had an outstanding day and are very proud of their accomplishments.

We are proud of all our LEGO Robotics teams! Thanks for representing us!

N.A.S.A. team membersFin-tastic Fish Team

Albany FIRST FLL Robotics Team #27006, the Fin-tastic Fish, Win First Place Championship Honors at 2018-2019 State Robotics Championship Tournament

Posted on: February 1, 2019

FIRST FLL LEGO robotics team from Albany, the Fin-tastic Fish, FLL Team #27006, won first place honors at the 2018-2019 ORTOP State Championship Tournament in Hillsboro, OR on Sunday, January 20th, 2019.

The team took first place honors for CORE Values. They were recognized for being the tournament’s outstanding Inspiration Award winning team and were presented the Tektronix Inspiration Champions Award. The Tektronix Inspiration Award recognizes a team that displays outstanding teamwork, professionalism, and spirit, both at the tournament, as well as throughout the season. The small team of six was comprised of students from Oak Grove and NAMS.

Fin-Tastic Fish Team member

Fin-Tastic Fish team member hard at work.

The judges were especially impressed by the team’s humanitarian work to provide clothing for homeless families in Linn County, as well as their work with Heifer International in which the team raised and funded new aquaculture–fish farm–programs in the Philippines and Vietnam.

Finally, the team was also recognized by the tournament judges for their outstanding robot design, advanced programming abilities, and competition table mission strategies related to this year’s NASA space theme, Into Orbit. There were 400+ teams competing in Oregon this year of which 120 advanced to the state championships.

 

Boldly Going Forward

Something the team is especially proud of is their development of an edible food-based material that can be 3D printed and hydrated in space to improve both the social and mental health of people living and working in space for extended periods of time. They worked with Dr. Lining Yau from the Carnegie Mellon University, Morphing Matter Lab; the MIT Media Lab–Transformative Appetite program, NASA food specialist for the ISS, as well as a number of food industry specialist involved in 2D to 3D printing of food.

The team’s NASA themed FLL Into Orbit research project video on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ng_X4OjCtl4&feature=youtu.be

Fan-tastic Fish State Championships Award Ceremony.

Fan-tastic Fish State Championships Award Ceremony.

FIRST LEGO League

FIRST LEGO League® (FLL) is a science, technology, engineering, and math program for small teams of students in the 4th-8th grades. FIRST LEGO League challenges teams to solve a real-world (space) problem with their own innovative solution and to design, build, and program a LEGO robot to autonomously manipulate LEGO models in no more than 2:30 minutes. Team members do all the work while being guided by mentors and their adult coaches.

More information can be found about ORTOP here: https://ortop.org/fll/fll-home

 

Aquarium Assembly!

Posted on: January 29, 2019

Students enjoyed theirselves at our

Aquarium Assembly

on Thursday, January 24th!

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3RD-5TH GRADES PARTICIPATE IN OBOB!

Posted on: January 7, 2019

 

The Battles are going well!

Best of luck to all those participating!

 

 

For OBOB Website Click Here

Official 2018-2019 OBOB Titles:

3rd to 5th Grade Division

  • Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman
  • George by Alex Gino
  • Hana’s Suitcase by Karen Levine
  • The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy
  • In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse by Joseph Marshall III
  • The Infinity Year of Avalon James by Dana Middleton
  • Nightbird by Alice Hoffman
  • Pip Bartlett’s Guide to Magical Creatures by Jackson Pearce & Maggie Stiefvater
  • Real Friends by Shannon Hale
  • Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson
  • Ugly by Robert Hoge
  • Waylon! One Awesome Thing by Sara Pennypacker
  • When the Sea Turned to Silver by Grace Lin
  • A Whole New Ballgame by Phil Bildner
  • The Wild Robot by Peter Brown
  • Wish by Barbara O’Connor