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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.

Meadow Ridge Elementary to open in August for 2020-21 school year / Escuela primaria Meadow Ridge Elementary abre en agosto para el año escolar 2020-21

Posted on: December 10, 2019

On Monday night the Greater Albany Public Schools Board passed a motion to open the new Meadow Ridge Elementary School in August to begin the 2020-21 school year.

“Clearly the residents of that district have spoken and I’m ready to move the open to next year,” Board Director Michael Thomson said Monday night, making the motion to approve a fall of 2020 opening for Meadow Ridge. The board unanimously approved the motion.

District leadership worked with Western Demographics, Inc. to research and present a survey to the families of Clover Ridge and held a pair of open houses in November to gauge public opinion on the opening of the new school. Presented with three opening date options – immediately after President’s Day weekend (middle of February), immediately following spring break (early April), or at the beginning of next school year (late August) – nearly 70% of respondents chose the beginning of next school year option. Western Demographics owner Shannon Bingham presented those results to the school board on Nov. 18 and the board made its decision on Monday night.

“We greatly appreciate the feedback we received from our Meadow Ridge community and look forward to the grand opening of our new school in August,” Greater Albany Public Schools Superintendent Melissa Goff said. “The public expressed concerns regarding academic disruption and logistics in moving to the new building during the current school year and the board recognized their recommendation in electing to open the new school in the fall.”

Spanish Translation

El lunes por la noche, la Mesa Directiva de Escuelas Públicas del Greater Albany, aprobó una moción para abrir la nueva Escuela Primaria Meadow Ridge Elementary School en agosto para empezar el año escolar 2020-21.

“Claramente, los residentes de este distrito han hablado y estoy listo para cambiar la apertura al próximo año”, dijo el director de la Mesa Directiva Sr. Michael Thomson el lunes por la noche, haciendo la moción para aprobar una apertura de otoño de 2020 para Meadow Ridge. La Mesa Directiva aprobó por unanimidad la moción.

El equipo de liderazgo del distrito trabajó con Western Demographics, Inc. para investigar y presentar una encuesta a las familias de Clover Ridge y realizó un par de “casas abiertas” en noviembre para evaluar la opinión pública sobre la apertura de la nueva escuela. Presentado con tres opciones de fecha de apertura, inmediatamente después del fin de semana del Día del Presidente (mediados de febrero), inmediatamente después de las vacaciones de primavera (principios de abril) o al comienzo del próximo año escolar (finales de agosto), casi el 70% de los encuestados eligió la opción del comienzo del próximo año escolar. El propietario de Western Demographics, Shannon Bingham, presentó esos resultados a la Mesa Directiva el 18 de noviembre y la Mesa Directiva tomó su decisión el lunes por la noche.

“Apreciamos enormemente los comentarios que recibimos de nuestra comunidad de Meadow Ridge y esperamos con ansias la gran inauguración de nuestra nueva escuela en agosto”, dijo la Superintendente de las Escuelas Públicas del Greater Albany, Sra. Melissa Goff. “El público expresó su preocupación con respecto a la interrupción académica y la logística para mudarse al nuevo edificio durante el año escolar actual y la Mesa Directiva reconoció su recomendación al elegir abrir la nueva escuela en el otoño”.

Winter PE Activities with Mrs. Miller

Posted on: December 9, 2019
Clover Ridge students have been having a lot of fun in PE recently!  Mrs. Miller taught them a new game called Journey to the North Pole.   The students had to work together in a group by ice skating (on paper plates) one at a time to collect a hoop. Once they collected all 6 hoops they had to use team work to build an igloo. This was a great team building activity and the kids all enjoyed it!

iSwim Coming on February 8, 2020

Posted on: December 2, 2019

The iSwim for Kids fundraiser will be held on Saturday, February 8, 2020 from 8:00 – 11:00 a.m. If your students cannot swim on Saturday, they can still participate by completing their laps on one of our make-up days, which are on Monday, February 10th or Wednesday, February 12th from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. This event will be held at the South Albany Community Pool.

Why participate:

  • Half the money collected minus expenses goes directly back to your students classroom.
  • The other half of the money collected minus expenses goes to the Albany Public Schools Foundation classroom grant program.
  • No swimming skills needed. The students can walk across the pool in the shallow end to complete their laps or walk on the track.
  • It only takes 20-30 minutes of swimming to complete the 20 widths/laps of the pool.
  • It’s a lot of fun.
  • Clubs are welcome.

Swim-A-Lap Bonus Money

$350 for the school collecting the most money.

$250 and a Dutch Bros Party for the classroom collecting the most money.

(The Albany Public Schools Foundation Board will use a formula to take class and school size into consideration for the bonus money prize, so it will be fair to all schools.)

Pizza and Ice-cream party for the entire class to the student who collected the most money.

Students who raise $40 or more will receive a free iSwim for Kids t-shirt.

Pledge forms will be sent to your school office after winter break for any students who would like to participate and do not want to use our new electronic pledge forms (99 pledges at

Thank you for your support for the Albany Public Schools Foundation. You are the ones who make the annual iSwim for Kids a success!

District-Wide Closure / Cierre de todo el distrito

Posted on: November 25, 2019

After consultation with the Oregon Health Authority and the Linn and Benton County Health Departments, ALL GAPS schools will be closed for the remainder of the week. 

Based on Friday’s attendance records, Periwinkle Elementary was closed today as they had a significantly higher percentage than all other schools of students and staff out due to illness. In analyzing Monday’s attendance, we saw a similar jump in absences in most of our other schools as well. In addition to absences due to illness, a number of families chose to keep their children home for precautionary reasons. Given the recommendation that students should not return to school until they have been symptom-free for 48 hours and with the short week, a district-wide closure was determined to be the best course of action.

Cleaning teams will continue to disinfect and sanitize throughout the closure. The District Office will remain open through Wednesday.

To keep your family healthy and to prevent the spread of the virus, please continue: 

  • Washing hands – including between fingers – frequently with soap and warm water, washing for 15 to 20 seconds. Sing the ABCs slowly while scrubbing to ensure a thorough wash. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol based hand sanitizer. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth to prevent the spread of germs. 
  • Limit close contact with sick people and cover your nose and mouth with a disposable tissue or arm if you cough or sneeze. 
  • Clean and disinfect all surfaces that may have germs using bleach-based cleaners.

Thank you for your support and flexibility as we navigate this changing situation. We look forward to seeing students and staff on Monday.

Superintendent Goff

UPDATE: November 27, 2019

The Department of Health has confirmed Norovirus as the cause for widespread illness. Please follow the CDC guidelines ( to keep healthy. Our buildings and buses are being disinfected and sanitized with hospital-grade product. Clean buses, buildings, and our staff will be ready to greet our students on Monday.

Spanish Translation 

Después de consultar con la Autoridad de Salud de Oregón y los Departamentos de Salud del Condado de Linn y Benton, TODAS las escuelas del distrito escolar de Albany (GAPS por sus siglas en inglés) permanecerán cerradas por el resto de la semana.

Según los registros de asistencia del viernes, la Escuela Primaria Periwinkle cerró hoy ya que tuvo un porcentaje significativamente más alto que todas las otras escuelas de estudiantes y personal ausentes debido a una enfermedad. Al analizar la asistencia del lunes, también vimos un incremento similar en ausencias en la mayoría de nuestras otras escuelas. Además de las ausencias por enfermedad, varias familias optaron por mantener a sus hijos en casa por razones de precaución. Debido a la recomendación de que los estudiantes no deben regresar a la escuela hasta que hayan estado libres de síntomas durante 48 horas y con la semana acortada, se determinó que el cierre de todo el distrito es la mejor manera de proceder.  

Los equipos de limpieza continuarán limpiando y desinfectando durante todo el cierre. La oficina del distrito permanecerá abierta hasta el miércoles.

Para mantener a su familia saludable y prevenir la propagación del virus, por favor continúe:

  • Lavándose las manos, incluso entre los dedos, con frecuencia con jabón y agua tibia, lavar durante 15 a 20 segundos. Cante el abecedario lentamente mientras frota para asegurar un lavado completo. Si no hay agua y jabón disponibles, use un desinfectante para manos a base de alcohol.
  • Evite tocarse los ojos, la nariz o la boca para evitar la propagación de gérmenes.
  • Limite el contacto cercano con personas enfermas y cubra su nariz y boca con un pañuelo desechable o brazo si tose o estornuda.
  • Limpie y desinfecte todas las superficies que puedan tener gérmenes con limpiadores a base de cloro.

Gracias por su apoyo y flexibilidad mientras navegamos por esta situación. Esperamos ver a los estudiantes y al personal el próximo lunes.

Superintendente Goff

ACTUALIZACIÓN: 27 de noviembre de 2019

El departamento de salud ha confirmado la causa de la enfermedad que se extendió siendo: Norovirus. Por favor siga las pautas del Centro para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades ( para mantenerse saludables. Nuestros edificios y autobuses escolares están siendo desinfectados con productos usados en hospitales. Con las escuelas limpias y autobuses escolares, nuestro personal estará listo para recibir a sus estudiantes el lunes.

Season of Sickness

Posted on: November 25, 2019

That time of year is upon us, the season when all manner of bugs and germs, cold and flu start to spread among students and staff.  Help do your part to keep everyone as healthy as possible by encouraging your family to do the following:

  • wash their hands regularly and thoroughly
  • cough or sneeze into a tissue or their elbow
  • adhere to the district guidelines for keeping your children home from school
  • be sure to keep your child home until they are fully free from fever and vomit for 24 hours (48 hours under severe circumstances)
  • be sure to send them to school with a warm jacket

Thank you!