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Learn about bond project updates at May 23 community meeting

Posted on: May 23, 2018

The second bond information meeting is tonight at South Albany High School. The community meeting is open to the public.

Please join us and learn about the projects in the voter-approved 2017 bond measure. Construction will start this summer at several sites.

Student All-Stars: North Albany Elementary School

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.

North Albany Elementary School All-Stars are: 

Sadie Tatum

Sadie is an all-star student in her classroom and her school. In the classroom, Sadie excels in academics and citizenship. Her leadership, focus, and communication skills lead to success for her and her classmates as they learn together. Sadie uses these same qualities to impact our school. As a member of our student leadership team she has been a morning greeter, made morning announcements, and helped run our Pennies for Patients fundraiser. She has also given up her free time to work with younger students, helping them improve their reading skills.

Ian Bell

Ian is a charismatic, friendly, dependable student. His natural ability to lead and his confidence with his peers makes him a quality role model in the classroom. One of Ian’s best assets is his sense of humor. He uses it in the classroom to bring joy and energy to learning. When a peer is in need of academic support or a friendship, he is the first one to volunteer. In class and at recess, he is the one we can count on to include anyone and everyone. Ian is the perfect example of a student who is respectful, responsible, safe, and inclusive.

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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