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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.

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Groundbreaking marks start of construction at Meadow Ridge Elementary School

Posted on: April 25, 2018

Work will start soon on the new elementary school near Timber Ridge. The new school, funded by the 2017 bond measure, will be ready for students in fall 2019.

This morning’s official groundbreaking ceremony included district staff and School Board members, city officials, parents, the Timber Ridge band, and future Meadow Ridge Elementary School students.

Students paired with project team members to shovel some dirt with golden shovels. Before they officially broke ground, Acting Superintendent Tonja Everest introduced the public officials who participated, including architects, project management staff and city officials.

Albany Mayor Sharon Konopa also spoke and credited the support from the Albany community. She said the new building was a testament to the high level of support among Albany residents for schools. “This new school shows how wonderful our community is in supporting our kids,” she said.

Watch the video from today’s live stream

Timber Ridge BandMayor Sharon Konopa speaksPeople at the groundbreaking ceremony.Future Meadow Ridge Elementary School students.Students getting their shovels.Students with gold shovels.Students shovel dirt with golden shovels. Students shovel dirt with golden shovels.Project team members with shovels.

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.

Announcing…Meadow Ridge Elementary School!

Posted on: April 23, 2018

This week, the Board voted unanimously to name the new elementary school near Timber Ridge Meadow Ridge Elementary School. The school is funded by the bond that was approved by voters in 2017. It will be completed by the start of school in fall 2019.

The name was among the suggestions submitted through a community-based naming process. Meadow Ridge was the first choice for the following reasons:

  • The committee felt it important to keep with the Ridge theme to tie the new school to both Clover Ridge and Timber Ridge.
  • The committee felt that Clover, Meadow, and Timber had a good flow to the names.
  • Meadow Ridge tied for the most submissions from the public at 12. (Knox Butte Elementary also received 12 submissions. However, Knox Butte Elementary School was an elementary prior to unification of Greater Albany Public Schools.)
  • Meadow Ridge was one of the top recommendations when the name for Timber Ridge was being decided.
  • The committee noted that the new school will be built in the middle of existing, lovely meadows.
  • Meadow Ridge symbolizes: Walking through pleasant meadows portends happiness. To dream of a meadow symbolizes acceptance and protection.

Read the report

The groundbreaking ceremony for Meadow Ridge Elementary School is April 25 at 10 a.m.

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