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New school groundbreaking is April 25

Posted on: April 18, 2018

Mark your calendars and please join us for the official groundbreaking ceremony for the new elementary school near Timber Ridge on April 25 at 10 a.m.

The groundbreaking will mark the start of construction for the new 600-student school, which will open in time for the start of school in September 2019.

A naming process is also underway and will be announced soon.

Please join us to celebrate the start of construction for the newest GAPS school!

New Anti-Bullying Task Force yields recommendations

Posted on: April 8, 2018

Last month, the district’s new Anti-Bullying Task Force presented recommendations to the School Board.

The task force, which is comprised of GAPS staff, parents, and community partners, has had two community forums. At the first forum, a definition of bullying was presented, along with various statistics and facts related to bullying and its effects on students. The group also began to look at the scope of bullying in our community, both at the school level and in the community at large.

At the second forum, the Task Force formulated concrete suggestions for the school Board to consider to address the problem.

The forums yielded recommendations for improvements to school climate that included curriculum and behavioral supports to improve school climate; new rules and policies to prevent bullying and education about policies and consequences; staff training in bullying prevention; and programs to improve coordinated prevention efforts.

Anti-Bullying Task Force Recommendations to the Board

Read the story in the Democrat-Herald

Groundbreaking ceremony for new elementary school is April 25

Posted on: April 3, 2018

Work will start this summer on the bond projects approved by voters last May. Schools around the district will get facility upgrades and new construction projects will include additions at South Albany and West Albany high schools, the replacement of Oak Grove Elementary School and a new elementary school near Timber Ridge, opening in fall 2019.

The official construction kick-off for the new elementary school near Timber Ridge is scheduled for April 25 at 10 a.m. at the school site. Save the date and plan to join us to celebrate this exciting milestone.

More details will be posted on the district website soon.

Attention students: Submit art for character education poster contest

Posted on: April 2, 2018

The annual Character Education poster contest is accepting art submissions from students in grades K-12 through April 20. Original art can be no larger than 8.5″ x 11″ in any medium and must address at least one of the following character traits: personal responsibility, honesty and integrity, self-discipline, courage, social responsibility, kindness, respect, justice.

Students can submit artwork to a staff member at their school. All submissions will be displayed at the main branch of the Albany Public Library. Winners will a frame for their art and a poster of all winning art.

See the flyer

Community input requested for new school name

Posted on: April 2, 2018

The new elementary school near Timber Ridge will open in fall 2019. Help us name the new school. The district is seeking community input to gather name suggestions.

An online survey will be open until April 13 at 5 p.m. Please submit up to three name suggestions.

An appointed advisory committee made up of community members will review all suggestions and make recommendations. The School Board will make the final decision.

Online survey for name suggestions

Sugerencias de nombres para la nueva escuela primaria

En mayo del 2017, los votantes generosamente pasaron un bono escolar que incluía una nueva escuela primaria, que reamente era necesaria para reemplazar la escuela primara Clover Ridge. Esta escuela será construida justo al norte de la escuela Timber Ridge School.

Esta escuela necesita un nombre. Deseamos su opinión y les damos la bienvenida a sus ideas. Por favor envíenos hasta tres sugerencias de nombres. Las sugerencias serán recibidas hasta el 13 de abril a las 5:00 pm.

Un comité asesor designado conformado por ciudadanos de la comunidad, revisarán todas las sugerencias y harán sus recomendaciones al Superintendente. La Mesa Directiva tomará la decisión final.

Por favor envíenos sugerencias de nombres