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Join us in the Superintendent Search process!

Posted on: December 21, 2018

The search is underway for a new superintendent, and our school board is asking for your input!  What qualities would you like to see in a new leader? What experience should that person have? Should the board consider special areas of knowledge or skills?

In January, there will be two ways to share your input: in person at focus groups or through an online survey.  The focus groups and online survey will gather the perceptions of staff, students, parents and community members to create a district profile for the search process.  

To share in person:
Student & Parent Focus Group – January 16 – 7:00-8:00 pm
The Student & Parent Focus Group is ideal for current students and parents in the district.

Community Member Focus Group – January 17 – 7:00-8:00 pm
The Community Member Focus Group is ideal for any one who is part of the community.

To share online:
If you are not able to share in person, please consider sharing your thoughts through an online survey. The survey will be open January 14-21.  Staff and parents will receive a link to the survey by e-mail and the link will be posted on the Superintendent Search page.

Our school board and search committee members will use your feedback as they move forward in the selection process. Choosing a new superintendent is one of the most important decisions a school board can make, and we look forward to your participation!


¡Únase a nosotros en el proceso de búsqueda del Superintendente!

¡La búsqueda está en marcha para un nuevo superintendente y nuestra Mesa Directiva está solicitando su opinión! ¿Qué cualidades le gustaría ver en un nuevo líder? ¿Qué experiencia debe tener esa persona? ¿Debería la Mesa Directiva considerar áreas especiales de conocimiento o habilidades?

En enero, habrá dos formas de compartir su opinión: en persona en grupos de conversación o mediante una encuesta en el Internet. Los grupos de conversación y la encuesta en el Internet, reunirán las percepciones del personal, los estudiantes, los padres y los miembros de la comunidad, para crear un perfil del distrito para el proceso de búsqueda.

Para compartir en persona:
Grupo de conversación de padres y estudiantes – 16 de enero – 7: 00-8: 00 pm
El grupo de conversación de padres y estudiantes, es ideal para estudiantes y padres actuales en el distrito.

Grupo de conversación de miembros de la comunidad – 17 de enero – 7: 00-8: 00 pm
El grupo de conversación de miembros de la comunidad, es ideal para cualquiera que forme parte de la comunidad.

Para compartir en el Internet:
Si no puede compartir en persona, considere compartir sus ideas a través de una encuesta en el Internet. La encuesta estará abierta del 14 al 21 de enero. El personal y los padres recibirán un enlace a la encuesta por correo electrónico y el enlace se publicará en la página de Búsqueda del Superintendente.

Los miembros de nuestra Mesa Directiva y del comité de búsqueda, utilizarán sus comentarios a medida que avanzan en el proceso de selección. ¡La elección de un nuevo superintendente es una de las decisiones más importantes que una Mesa Directiva puede tomar, y esperamos su participación!

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.

Academic Awards for Trimester 1, Grading Period 2

Posted on: December 21, 2018

Congratulations to the following students who earned academic and attendance awards during the second six-week grading period of the first trimester:

Mr. Corliss:
CJ Womack—Geometry
Stephen Bedford—Financial Algebra
Anna Hiner—Algebra I
Elise Hart—Financial Algebra
Sarah Watts—Algebra II

Ms. Fitzpatrick:
Stephen Bedford—Health II
Champayne Perry—Music
Sierra Tagen—Geometry

Mrs. Gillispie:
Elise Hart—Art
CJ Preston—Biology
Anna Hiner—Physics
Gracie Chagnon—Chemistry
Cimantha Hormel—Chemistry
Sarah Watts—Physics
Caleb Mitchell—Astronomy

Mr. Wolfe:
Jose Mendoza—Weight Training
Sarah Watts—Street Law
Caleb Mitchell— Psychology
Cimantha Hormel—Sociology

Ms. Jansen:
Tannyr Whitecotton—Modes of Writing
Annaliese Papesh-Schmidt —Contemporary  Literature
Liliana Sanders—Contemporary Literature
Caleb Mitchell—Speculative Fiction Literature
Mackenzie Gruenhagen—Speculative Fiction Literature

Mrs. Mitchell:
Liliana Sanders—Pilates
Josie-Beau DeVaney—U.S. History
Jacob Oliver—Cultural Literature
Mackenzie Gruenhagen—Cultural Literature

Mrs. Roundy:
Sarah Watts—Current World Topics
Josie-Beau DeVaney—Technical Writing
Alex Clark—Technical Writing
Miranda Holcomb—Foods

100% Attendance:
Alex Clark
Gabe Mena
Alejandro Padilla
CJ Preston
Alex Sandoval

No Tardies:
Cole Bussell
Alex Clark
Elise Hart
Gavin Maloney
Riley McClearn
Alejandro Padilla
Lexus Rutherford

Congratulations to the students who earned a place on the Honor Roll during the first six-week grading period:

4.0 GPA:
Ernie Berridge
Lyndsey Frank
Anna Hiner
Cimantha Hormel

3.5-3.99 GPA:

Allyson Backer
Autumn Benthien
Leo Brown-Morales
Josie-Beau DeVaney
Elise Hart
Hunter Jameson
Jordyn Lockwood
Gavin Maloney
Caleb Mitchell
Jacob Oliver
Champayne Perry
Liliana Sanders
Ethan Sjolander
Hunter Treglown
Sarah Watts

Happy Holidays from AOS

Posted on: December 21, 2018

Wishing all of our students, families, and friends a very wonderful holiday season and a happy New Year.

Have a relaxing and safe Winter Break and we will see you in the New Year.

From all of us here at Albany Options School

2019 Best School Districts in Oregon

Posted on: December 5, 2018

A company called Niche researches U.S. colleges, schools, neighborhoods, and companies. They recently released their school district rankings. The 2019 Best School Districts ranking is based on rigorous analysis of key statistics and millions of reviews from students and parents using data from the U.S. Department of Education. Ranking factors include state test scores, college readiness, graduation rates, SAT/ACT scores, teacher quality, public school district ratings, and more. Greater Albany Public Schools ranked #8 in the state of Oregon with an Overall Niche Grade of B+.

https://www.bizjournals.com/portland/news/2018/12/04/these-are-oregons-top-30-school-districts-for-2019.html#g/446765/24


Los mejores Distritos Escolares en Oregon del 2019

Una empresa llamada “Niche” analiza a universidades, escuelas, vecindarios y
empresas de los EE. UU. Recientemente publicaron su clasificación de distritos
escolares. La clasificación de los mejores distritos escolares del 2019, se basa en un
análisis riguroso de estadísticas clave y en millones de evaluaciones de estudiantes y
padres que utilizan datos del Departamento de Educación de los Estados Unidos. Los
factores de clasificación incluyen, calificaciones de exámenes estatales, preparación
para la universidad, tasas de graduación, calificaciones de SAT / ACT, calidad de
maestros, calificaciones de distritos de escuelas públicas y más. Las Escuelas Públicas
de Albany se ubicaron en el número 8 en el estado de Oregón, con una calificación
general de la empresa Niche de B+.

https://www.bizjournals.com/portland/news/2018/12/04/these-are-oregons-top-30-
school-districts-for-2019.html#g/446765/24