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Clover Ridge 2017 Summer Reading Program Recap

Posted on: September 25, 2017

The Clover Ridge 2017 Summer Reading Program, “Build a Better World, Read!”, was a great success.  The library was open for Clover Ridge students and families every Wednesday morning for two and a half hours from June 28th through August 23rd for checking out books. Our activity/entertainment each week was centered around the theme “Building”.  On different Wednesdays we had programs involving the theme, from Engineering from CH2M, Building a better world by recycling from Republic Services, Building a better world: Plant a garden art by artist by Victoria Wills, Building character and rock art by Mrs. Graham and Build a better city with the city of Albany bringing several of their vehicles for the highlight.  The children also did some hands on science by designing and building their own “roller coasters” and made (built) ice cream during one program. Additionally, on three different Wednesdays, Hands and Hearts Drumming, Pipe Dream Aviary, and Andy Locke Ventriloquist came to the library to entertain or share their expertise with the children and their families.

Children turned in their reading logs and game cards throughout the summer for prizes and books. This last summer 45 children earned their Summer Reading Certificate by either reading 30 days or more, or by attending at least 3 of the Summer Reading Programs.

This summer we were able to add something new and the children who attended also had the chance to earn a free Cool! Pool pass given out each week.  The children who earned the passes were: Katie Day, August DeBolt, Norah Clark, Emma Hudson, Mia Saville, Mariah Ely and Nathanial Ream.

The Fire truck ride to school by the Jefferson Fire Department was awarded to 4 children this year who attended the most programs and checked out books each week.  Emma and Grace Hudson attended 8 programs as well as Colin Saville, and Mia Saville attended all 9 programs!

Congratulations goes out to all the summer readers!!

A BIG THANK YOU goes out to The Albany Public Schools Foundation, The City of Millersburg, The Ridges PTC, The Jefferson Fire Department, The Albany Public Library and The Cool! Pool for helping to get books in children’s hands through their donations and support of the Clover Ridge Summer Reading Program.

Attention teachers: Apply for a classroom grant

Posted on: September 20, 2017

Applications are open for the 2017-18 Albany Public Schools Foundation classroom grants.

Each fall, the Albany Public Schools Foundation accepts grant applications from teachers in the Greater Albany Public School District for innovative programs, tools and supplies supporting enrichment opportunities for students in the areas of art, music, science and health/wellness.

Grants are due on Oct. 13 and applications are open to all GAPS teachers.

Download the application.
Find more information on the Albany Public Schools Foundation website.

Architectural design unveiled for new elementary school

Posted on: September 18, 2017

Last week, architects and District staff shared information about the new elementary school new Timber Ridge. The new school is part of the May bond measure that was approved by voters.

The building design is complete, but many features are still in the development stage.

Overview of New Elementary

Opening in September 2019: 16-month construction timeline; groundbreaking planned for spring 2018

Currently designed for grades K-3.

Designed for maximum flexibility: Design will allow capacity of 600 students by adding additional four classrooms later if necessary for growth. Area is expected to continue growing.

Architectural design drawings

Bus volunteers ride along to help elementary students

Posted on: September 15, 2017

Young students who are learning the ropes in the new school year are getting support from older students, who are riding along on bus routes to ease anxiety and help the students find their way home.

For the first three weeks of school, Timber Ridge students in teacher Shay Brunson’s leadership class are catching a bus to Clover Ridge Elementary School and riding along to help make the route run smoother.

Eight students in seventh and eighth grades currently participate as part of volunteer club in the class. They are Emily Hobson, Tyger DeBolt, Ruby Shumaker, Aaliyah Ware, Abby Hobson, Alex Brunson, Maddilyn Neely and Laura Lovell.

The program, now in its second year, is a hit with the student volunteers, the K-2 students they assist and the bus drivers.

The volunteer riders agreed that the first day was challenging, but the ride is smoother now. Route 6 bus driver, Diane, said she would love to keep her student volunteer all year. “I would love it,” said Abby, a seventh grader. She said she will be back to volunteer again on Diane’s bus next year.