Skip Navigation
Home    News    Page 3

News

Mileage Club at Clover Ridge

Posted on: April 23, 2019

Mileage Club is going strong this spring!  Each day, students have the option to participate in our Mileage Club during the afternoon recess.  This year, we have changed Mileage Club to give more rewards and have more competition between the classes.

Rewards/Prizes (8 laps = 1 mile)

3 miles – first foot and treat(last year was 5 miles)

6 miles – second foot, first in lunch line and pick a song for lunch time

10 miles – third foot, ice cream certificate, foot on track in hallway

15 miles- tropical foot and sign poster in hallway

20 miles – gold and silver foot, McDonald certificate

25 miles – large foot, and Izzys certificate

30 miles – mystery token, and Izzys certificate

35 miles – glow in the dark spacers and colored chain

Classroom competition!!

1st place cupcakes and drink party

2nd place cookie party

3rd place popcorn party

 

The number one class each week gets a crown for their teacher.

Children are able to participate in Mileage Club at any time, it’s never to late to start!

GAPS Welcomes Melissa Goff as New Superintendent / Bienvenida nueva Superintendente

Posted on: April 23, 2019

⇒Bienvenida nueva Superintendente: Haga clic AQUÍ

THE SEARCH for a superintendent for GAPS is finally over! It’s our pleasure to welcome and introduce Superintendent Melissa Goff.

Goff has a BS from Western Oregon State College and a MEd from PSU. She began her career in teaching in Mitchell, Oregon, and has been Superintendent of Philomath School District for the past four years.

A mother of two daughters, Goff has been married for twenty-three years and has parents who live in the Willamette Valley. Besides being an avid reader, she also enjoys golf and yoga.

Goff officially begins in July–come say hello!

The process of hiring a new superintendent is determined by the Greater Albany Public Schools Board of Education. In January, there were seventeen interim superintendent positions throughout Oregon, and even more anticipated openings. In order to ensure we had as many high quality candidates as possible, and to protect competing applicants and their anonymity, the GAPS Board chose to make the entire superintendent search process confidential.

To facilitate this process, the district hired a consultant who accumulated input from the community, using fifteen focus groups and a digital public survey, netting a total of 486 participants. This information was compiled to create a profile of desired attributes, which the board utilized as they continued the search.

After six weeks the position was closed and nearly thirty applicants were narrowed to five semi-finalists, who were interviewed by the board in March. The board accepted applications for a community stakeholder committee, of which twenty people were selected, representing our community, students, and staff.

In April, the committee interviewed Superintendent Melissa Goff as a finalist, providing valuable feedback for the board’s final interview. On April 8th, the board voted to enter contract negotiations with Goff and appointed two board members to perform a site visit as the final component to the selection process.

On April 22nd, the board voted on a contract and hired Goff as superintendent of Greater Albany Public Schools.

“Melissa has been impressive in every interaction I’ve had with her,” Board Chair Ward states. “The board recognizes she has the leadership skills and personal integrity necessary to lead our district, and this understanding was reinforced at the site visit to Philomath with Director Utt.”

The timeline for the superintendent search as been available on the district website, and updates have been discussed during public school board meetings. Throughout the entire process the board has been confident in their selection, and they are grateful for all those who applied and participated in the search. We as a district are thankful to Interim Superintendent, Tim Mills, EdD, for his hard work and are looking forward to resuming the solid leadership he has provided for GAPS.

“Finding opportunities to connect with GAPS families is a priority for me,” says Superintendent Goff. “I look forward to listening to a variety of parent and community groups over the course of the summer.” 


Spanish Translation

¡LA BÚSQUEDA de un superintendente para GAPS finalmente ha terminado! Es un placer darle la bienvenida y presentar a la Superintendente Sra. Melissa Goff.

Goff tiene un título de Bachiller de la universidad Western Oregon State College y un Master en Educación de PSU. Comenzó su carrera en la enseñanza en Mitchell, Oregón, y ha sido Superintendente del Distrito escolar de Philomath durante los últimos cuatro años.

Madre de dos hijas, Goff ha estado casada por veintitrés años y tiene padres que viven en el valle de Willamette. Además de ser una ávida lectora, a ella también le gusta el golf y el yoga.

Goff comienza oficialmente en julio, ¡ven y salúdala!

El proceso de contratación de un nuevo superintendente está determinado por la Mesa Directiva de las Escuelas Públicas de Albany. En enero, hubo diecisiete puestos de superintendentes interinos en todo Oregón, e incluso más vacantes anticipadas. Para asegurarnos de que tuviéramos tantos candidatos de alta calidad como fuera posible, y para proteger a los solicitantes de la competencia y su anonimato, la Mesa Directiva de GAPS decidió hacer que todo el proceso de búsqueda del superintendente fuera confidencial.

Para facilitar este proceso, el distrito contrató a un consultor que acumuló aportes de la comunidad, utilizando quince grupos de conversación y una encuesta pública digital, que obtuvo un total de 486 participantes. Esta información se reunió para crear un perfil de los atributos deseados, que la Mesa Directiva utilizó a medida que continuaban la búsqueda.

Después de seis semanas, el puesto se cerró y treinta candidatos se redujeron a cinco semifinalistas, que fueron entrevistados por la Mesa Directiva en marzo. La Mesa Directiva aceptó solicitudes para un comité de partes interesadas de la comunidad, de las cuales se seleccionaron veinte personas, que representan a nuestra comunidad, estudiantes y el personal.

En abril, el comité entrevistó a la Superintendente Sra. Melissa Goff como finalista, proporcionando valiosos comentarios para la entrevista final de la Mesa Directiva. El 8 de abril, la Mesa Directiva votó para entrar en las negociaciones del contrato con Goff y designó a dos miembros de la Mesa Directiva, para realizar una visita al sitio como el componente final del proceso de selección.

El 22 de abril, la Mesa Directiva votó por realizar un contrato y contrató a Goff como superintendente de las Escuelas Públicas de Greater Albany.

“Melissa ha sido impresionante en todas las interacciones que he tenido con ella”, afirma la Presidenta de la Mesa Directiva, Ward. “La Mesa Directiva reconoce que tiene las habilidades de liderazgo y la integridad personal necesarias para dirigir nuestro distrito, y este entendimiento se reforzó en la visita a Philomath con el Director Utt”.

La programación para la búsqueda del superintendente estuvo disponible en el sitio web del distrito, y las actualizaciones se discutieron durante las reuniones de la Mesa Directiva de las escuelas públicas. A lo largo de todo el proceso, el consejo ha confiado en su selección, y están agradecidos por todos los que solicitaron y participaron en la búsqueda. Nosotros, como distrito, estamos agradecidos con el Superintendente Interino, Sr. Tim Mills, EdD, por su arduo trabajo y esperamos reanudar el sólido liderazgo que ha proporcionado a GAPS.

“Encontrar oportunidades para conectar con las familias de GAPS es una prioridad para mí”, dice la Superintendente Goff. “Espero escuchar a una variedad de grupos de padres y de la comunidad a lo largo del verano”. ◊

Teacher Appreciation Week Coming Soon!

Posted on: April 19, 2019

Teacher Appreciation Week is May 6-10th.  Many parents have approached us, asking for ideas for what their child’s teacher(s) really need and want.  We asked our staff what their wish list would be, and we’ve compiled them in one place for you!

Teacher’s Favorite Things

Teacher Appreciation doesn’t have to be store bought!  A kind letter, drawing, or flower from the yard brightens any teacher’s day.

 

The Home Depot at Clover Ridge

Posted on: April 16, 2019

In the fall of 2018 Adrianne Betterton, classroom teacher for our STAR program (Strategies for Teaching based on Autism Research) reached out to The Home Depot in Albany requesting a small donation of supplies for a flower box for her students.  Mrs. Betterton’s hope was to incorporate learning about plant life with hands on activities.

The Home Depot response was above and beyond anything Mrs. Betterton had hoped for.  Through their Team Depot Foundation, The Home Depot took on our project, donating all the supplies as well as the labor to make it happen.  The result was nothing short of amazing, and included the following:

  • removal of existing walkway pavers, stone flower bed border, and multiple plants and shrubbery
  • painted the outside of the school behind the new bed area
  • laid a new stone walkway
  • laid new rubber mulch to make access to the beds easier on little hands and knees
  • built 4 custom planter boxes, specially designed to be portable to move with us to Meadow Ridge
  • repainted the United States mural in our covered play area
  • donated all the supplies, including planting soil for the beds

This wonderful new area is such a blessing and will be put to good use by all our students, providing a great opportunity to use hands on learning.  A huge thank you to The Home Depot – Albany and their crew for making this all possible!

The “before” of the flower beds

The finished project!

Fresh set of paint for the States

 

The wonderful crew from The Home Depot

 

Melissa Goff, Finalist for Superintendent

Posted on: April 12, 2019

⇒Melissa Goff es finalista para Superintendente: Clic AQUÍ

The Greater Albany Public Schools Board of Directors would like to announce their superintendent finalist, Melissa Goff. Goff has been serving as Superintendent for the Philomath School District for four years.

“There were thirty applicants for the position of superintendent,” Board Chair Jennifer Ward shared. “Melissa quickly rose to the top.”

In a confidential selection process, the pool of thirty applicants were narrowed to five semi-finalist candidates, who were interviewed by the board in March. Superintendent Goff and another candidate were invited to finalist interviews with the board and a community stakeholder committee, consisting of community members, staff, and parents. The board appointed two members to conduct a site visit at Philomath School District with Goff.

“Melissa has been impressive in every interaction I’ve had with her,” Board Chair Ward adds. “The board recognizes she has the leadership skills and personal integrity necessary to lead our district, and this understanding was reinforced at the site visit to Philomath with Director Utt.”

Contract negotiations are underway and any board action would take place at the April 22nd school board meeting.

“I’m thrilled to be considered by the Greater Albany Public Schools Board as the next superintendent,” Superintendent Goff says. “Joining this well-performing district and supporting their continuing growth and evolution would be a privilege. I particularly look forward to engaging with parents and the community to listen and learn from these critical partners. The staff at GAPS is passionate about serving all students, and this is an ideal place to be leading into the future.

“Departing Philomath School District would be bittersweet, as we have grown as a community over the last four years. Together, we have expanded social emotional learning programs for our students, implemented common effective instructional practices, and fine-tuned our system of support for students who have been historically underserved. Philomath Schools are stronger today than ever and I expect to see continued success and achievements in the years to come.”


Spanish Translation

Los Directores de la Mesa Directiva de las Escuelas Públicas de Greater Albany, desean anunciar a su finalista para Superintendente, la Sra. Melissa Goff. Goff ha servido como Superintendente para el Distrito Escolar de Philomath durante cuatro años.

“Había treinta solicitantes para el puesto de superintendente”, compartió la presidenta de la Mesa Directiva, Sra. Jennifer Ward. “Melissa subió rápidamente a los primeros puestos”.

En un proceso de selección confidencial, el grupo de treinta solicitantes se redujo a cinco semifinalistas, que fueron entrevistados por la Mesa Directiva en marzo. La Superintendente Goff y otro candidato fueron invitados a entrevistas como finalistas con la Mesa Directiva y un Comité de personas interesadas de la comunidad, compuesto por miembros de la comunidad, personal y padres de familia. La Mesa Directiva nombró a dos miembros para realizar una visita a las instalaciones en el Distrito Escolar Philomath con Goff.

“Melissa ha sido impresionante en cada interacción que he tenido con ella”, agrega Ward, Presidente de la Mesa Directiva. “La Mesa Directiva reconoce que tiene las habilidades de liderazgo y la integridad personal, necesarias para dirigir a nuestro distrito, y este entendimiento se reforzó en la visita a Philomath con el Director Utt”.

Las negociaciones del contrato están en marcha y cualquier acción de la Mesa Directiva se llevará a cabo en la reunión de la Mesa Directiva escolar del 22 de abril.

“Estoy encantada de ser considerada por la Mesa Directiva de las Escuelas Públicas de Greater Albany, como la próxima superintendente”, dijo la Superintendente Goff. “Unirse a este distrito de tan buen desempeño y apoyar su continuo crecimiento y evolución sería un privilegio. En particular, espero participar con los padres y la comunidad, para escuchar y aprender de estos importantes socios. El personal de GAPS está muy comprometido en servir a todos los estudiantes, y este es un lugar ideal para liderar hacia el futuro.

“Salir del Distrito Escolar de Philomath sería agridulce, ya que hemos crecido como comunidad en los últimos cuatro años. Juntos, hemos expandido los programas de aprendizaje socioemocional para nuestros estudiantes, implementado prácticas comunes de instrucción efectivas y hemos perfeccionado nuestro sistema de apoyo para los estudiantes, los cuales han sido históricamente desatendidos. Las escuelas de Philomath son más fuertes hoy que nunca y espero ver éxitos y logros continuos en los próximos años”.