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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!

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.

School Registration Dates and Times / Fechas y horarios para la inscripción en la escuela

Posted on: August 8, 2019

Welcome parents! Please click HERE for our registration process. School registration times and locations are posted HERE.

Warning: As we have thirty-five construction projects running in the district, please heed the construction signs; some schools will have alternate locations for registration.

Spanish Translation

Fechas y horarios para la inscripción en la escuela

¡Bienvenidos padres de familia! Por favor marque  AQUÍ para obtener nuestro proceso de inscripción. Los horario y lugares para la inscripción en la escuela están publicados  AQUÍ.

Advertencia: Como tenemos treinta y cinco proyectos de construcción en ejecución en el distrito, preste atención a las señales de construcción; algunas escuelas tendrán lugares alternativos para la inscripción.

Important Dates and Information for the New School Year

Posted on: August 6, 2019

Online Registration is open NOW for the 2019-2020 school year!  Please go online and complete your child’s registration using the following link:

Returning students as well as incoming kinders who enrolled in May need to use the Returning Student button.   You will need a valid email address, as well as your PIV number that was mailed home in June.  If you have misplaced your PIV number, please call the office.  If you are new to Clover Ridge and have not completed an enrollment packet, please contact the office as soon as possible.

NEW FOR 2019-2020 You no longer need to verify your address as a returning student.  Address verification is only required for first time enrollment at a school (Kindergarten, move in, level change).

Important Dates:

  • 8/29  – 1st and 2nd grade Open House 5-6pm.  Class lists are posted, meet your child’s teacher, drop off school supplies, put money on lunch accounts, submit go home plans for your student.
  • 9/3 – First day of school for 1st and 2nd grades
  • 9/3 – 9/5 – Kindergarten interviews.  The office will be calling to schedule a time for your incoming kindergartner to participate in our interview/skills assessment process.
  • 9/6 – Kindergarten Orientation/Open House 5-6pm  We will hold an orientation at 5:00, followed by an Open House. Class lists are posted, meet your child’s teacher, drop off school supplies, put money on lunch accounts, submit go home plans for your student.
  • 9/24 – Picture Day  More information on this will be sent home with your student.

Please call the office with any questions.




Grief Counseling at GAPS / Consejería por duelo en GAPS

Posted on: July 17, 2019

Consejería por duelo en GAPS: Clic AQUÍ

Upon hearing the news of the death of a GAPS student, Greater Albany Public Schools will have district counselors available at the district office. We recognize our families and community may be struggling and require additional resources and support at this time. Please see us on Thursday, July 18, from 12-4 p.m., and Friday, July 19, from 12-2 p.m. Check in at the front desk.

What • FREE Grief Counseling
Where • GAPS District Office
718 Seventh Ave. SW
Albany, OR 97321
When • July 18, 12-4 p.m. and
July 19, 12-2 p.m.

Questions about this service? Please call: (541)967-4501.

Linn County Department of Health Services

Linn County Department of Health Services offers emergency crisis support. Mental Health Services provides a 24-hour, seven-day-a-week crisis service for Linn County which includes:

Phone: (541)967-3866 or 1(800)304-7468

Their webpage with additional resources can be accessed here:

Spanish Translation 

Al escuchar la noticia de la muerte de un estudiante de GAPS, las Escuelas Públicas de Greater Albany tendrán consejeros de distrito disponibles en la oficina del distrito. Reconocemos que nuestras familias y nuestra comunidad pueden tener dificultades y requieren recursos y apoyo adicionales en este momento. Por favor visítenos el jueves 18 de julio de 12 a 4 p.m. y el viernes 19 de julio de 12 a 2 p.m. Registrarse en la recepción.

Que: Consejería GRATUITA por duelo 
Dónde: Oficina del Distrito GAPS
718 Seventh Ave. SW
Albany, OR 97321
Cuando: 18 de julio de 12 a 4 p.m. y  19 de julio de 12 a 2 p.m.

¿Preguntas acerca de este servicio? Por favor llamar: (541)967-4501.

Departamento de servicios de salud del Condado de Linn

El Departamento de Servicios de Salud del Condado de Linn, ofrece apoyo de emergencia en caso de crisis. El servicio de salud mental brinda un servicio de crisis las 24 horas, los siete días de la semana para el condado de Linn, que incluye:

  • Evaluación inicial de detección de crisis
  • Triaje por teléfono
  • Intervención en momentos de crisis
  • Investigación previa al compromiso
  • Servicios de conexión de ayuda en el Hospital

Teléfono: (541)967-3866 o 1(800)304-7468

Se puede acceder a su página web con recursos adicionales aquí:

Welcome New Members of the School Board / Bienvenidos, nuevos miembros de la Mesa Directiva

Posted on: July 17, 2019

 ➡ Nuevos miembros de la Mesa Directiva: Clic AQUÍ

ON THE 9TH of July, the two newly elected school board members of GAPS, Michael Thomson and Eric Aguinaga, were sworn in by Board Chair Ward in a special session.

Meet our New Members!

Eric AguinagaEric Aguinaga

As a longtime Albany resident, husband, father, and businessman, Eric Aguinaga has learned our community is only as great as the time we invest in it. With his experience as a United States Air Force Veteran and as a former commercial sales representative, he brings a unique background and skill set to the school board. 

Eric understands and appreciates the hard work in which our community is founded on and enjoys spending his time volunteering with the Albany Public School Foundation, Albany Carousel, Albany Aquatics Association, Jackson Street Youth Services, and serving on the GAPS School Board. 

Michael ThomsonMichael Thomson

Michael Thomson grew up in Washington and graduated from Evergreen State College in Olympia, where he worked at the capitol. He and his wife have lived in Albany for twelve years, serving on city committees and with non-profit organizations, including the Central-Takena PTA. They are also active at St. Mary’s Parish.

Growing up with parents who were school teachers, Michael has always had an interest in public education, and since his daughter has been attending school, he has been heavily involved at GAPS. His wish and goal for all GAPS kids is for them to have as many positive experiences as his daughter has had. 

Welcome, new board members! Thank you for your service.

Spanish Translation

EL 9 DE JULIO, los dos nuevos miembros de la Mesa Directiva de GAPS, el Sr. Michael Thomson y Eric Aguinaga, juramentaron ante el Presidente de la Mesa Directiva en una sesión especial (corta).

¡Conoce a nuestros nuevos miembros!

Eric Aguinaga

Eric Aguinaga, residente de Albany desde hace mucho tiempo, esposo, padre y hombre de negocios, ha aprendido que nuestra comunidad es tan buena como el tiempo que invertimos en ella. Veterano de la Fuerza Aérea de los Estados Unidos y ex representante de ventas comerciales de Les Schwab, aporta a la Mesa Directiva conocimientos y habilidades únicas.

Eric comprende y aprecia el arduo trabajo en el que se basa nuestra comunidad y disfruta pasar su tiempo como voluntario en la Fundación de las Escuelas Públicas de Albany, el Carrusel de Albany, la Asociación Acuática de Albany, los Servicios Juveniles de Jackson Street y el servir en la Mesa Directiva de GAPS.

Michael ThomsonMichael Thomson

Michael Thomson creció en Washington y se graduó de la universidad Evergreen State College en Olympia, donde trabajó en la Capitolio. Él y su esposa han vivido en Albany durante doce años, sirviendo en comités de la ciudad y con organizaciones sin fines de lucro, incluida la Asociación de Padres y Maestros (PTA por sus siglas en ingles) de Central-Takena. También son activos en la parroquia de Santa María.

Al crecer con padres que eran maestros de escuela, Michael siempre ha tenido interés en la educación pública, y desde que su hija ha asistido a la escuela, ha estado muy involucrado en GAPS. Su deseo y objetivo para todos los niños de GAPS es que tengan tantas experiencias positivas como su hija. 

¡Bienvenidos, nuevos miembros de la Mesa Directiva! Gracias por su servicio.