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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.

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+.

Student Academic Awards for Trimester 1, Grading Period 1

Posted on: October 30, 2018

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

Mr. Corliss:
Alejandro Padilla—Geometry
Kylend Hart—Financial Algebra
Champayne Perry—Algebra I
Alaina Fosdick—Financial Algebra
Sarah Watts—Algebra II
Ernie Berridge—Leadership

Ms. Fitzpatrick:
Ramona Maciel—Health
Kendra Deleon—Health
Christian Reynolds—Geometry

Mrs. Gillispie:
Annaliese Papesh-Schmidt—Art
Liliana Sanders—Biology
Lilianna Childress—Physics
Gracie Chagnon—Chemistry
Cimantha Hormel—Chemistry
Gemini Soules—Physics
Sage Floyd—Astronomy

Mr. Wolfe:
Sarah Watts—Weight Training
Alaina Fosdick—Street Law
Annaliese Papesh-Schmidt– Psychology
Cimantha Hormel—Sociology

Ms. Jansen:
Connor Hemzacek—Modes of Writing
CJ Womack—Contemporary Fiction as Literature
Ethan Sjolander—Contemporary Fiction as Literature
Ernie Berridge—Contemporary Fiction as Literature
Jordan Gaede—Speculative Fiction Literature
Elise Hart—Speculative Fiction Literature

Mrs. Mitchell:
Elise Hart—Pilates
Anna Hiner—U.S. History
Cimantha Hormel—Cultural Literature
Charles Shelton—Cultural Literature

Mrs. Roundy:
Cimantha Hormel—Mythology Literature
Hunter Treglown—Current World Topics
Anna Hiner—Technical Writing
Omar Vera—Technical Writing
Elias Utt—Foods

100% Attendance:
Jose Mendoza
Alejandro Padilla
Alex Sandoval
Gavin Maloney

No Tardies:
Cole Bussell
Elise Hart
Gavin Maloney
Caleb Mitchell

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

4.0 GPA:
Anna Hiner
Elise Hart
Ernest Berridge
Sage Floyd
Cimantha Hormel
Gavin Maloney
Annaliese Papesh-Schmidt
Ethan Sjolander
Hunter Treglown

3.5 – 3.99 GPA:
Lilianna Childress
Liliana Sanders
Mackenzie Gruenhagen
Alaina Fosdick
Nayely Orozco-Valencia
Caleb Mitchell
Sarah Watts
Connor Hemzacek
Leo Brown
Gracie Chagnon
Jose Mendoza
Omar Vera
Mikayla Weis

Latinos Unidos – AOS Latino Club

Posted on: October 30, 2018

Mr. Diaz, the new Bilingual Liaison at AOS, took over as the staff mentor for the Latino Club at AOS.

The club was founded last year and was lead by Mrs. Mitchell and Ms. Fitzpatrick, who are still involved with the club. The club renamed themselves Latinos Unidos and meet weekly.

In addition to planning school-wide events such as Dia de los Muertos, the students participate in fellowship, study groups, volunteering , and cultural educational opportunities.

Next month the students will be going on a field trip to the multicultural centers at Oregon State University, and will start their construction project on our school grounds.

Gabe Diaz joined AOS this year as the new Bilingual Liaison and will serve as a Latino Community Coordinator at AOS. Gabe Diaz is from the island of Puerto Rico where he grew up in the small town of Barranquitas located in the center of the island. There he
attended college for computer drafting and architecture.

Mr. Diaz is married and has an 11-year-old daughter. In 2011 he and his family moved to Oregon for a new adventure. Prior to AOS he was the Bilingual Clerical Assistant at North Albany Middle School.

First Ever AOS Students Attend University!

Posted on: October 10, 2018

In the history of Albany Options School (AOS) no student has been accepted to a four-year university, much less gone on to attend one. But AOS is all about “Why Nots?” Last Spring AOS had five students accepted into four-year universities with three currently attending Western Oregon University (the other two are attending LBCC). These three girls are first-generation college students in their families, and two of them were classified as homeless students. The three girls are majoring in Psychology, Criminal Justice, and Pre-Nursing.


¡Los primeros estudiantes de AOS asistirán a la universidad!

Publicado el: 10 de octubre del 2018

En la historia de Albany Options School (AOS) ningún estudiante había sido aceptado a una universidad de cuatro años, mucho menos comenzado a asistir a una.  Pero AOS se trata del “¿Por qué no?” La primavera pasada AOS tenía cinco estudiantes aceptados a una universidad de cuatro años, con tres actualmente asistiendo a Western Oregon University (los otros dos asistiendo al colegio comunitario LBCC).  Estas tres jóvenes son estudiantes universitarias de primera generación en sus familias y dos de ellas fueron clasificadas como estudiantes sin hogar. Las tres jóvenes se especializarán en Psicología, Justicia Criminal y Pre-Enfermería.

The Staff At AOS Ask “Why Not?”

Posted on: October 10, 2018

Albany Options School (AOS) is dedicated to providing students with a smaller learning environment, social and emotional stability, support, and a variety of programs and opportunities for students to meet their educational goals. In other words, AOS is all about asking “Why Not?” Why not get good grades? Why not graduate? Why not go to college or trade school? Why not achieve your dreams? They even created a short video exploring these and other Why Not questions:

El personal de AOS se pregunta:

“¿Por qué no?”

Publicado el: 10 de octubre del 2018

Albany Options School (AOS) está dedicado a proporcionar a los estudiantes un entorno de aprendizaje más pequeño, estabilidad social y emocional, apoyo y una variedad de programas y oportunidades para que los estudiantes alcancen sus objetivos educativos. En otras palabras, AOS se trata de preguntar “¿Por qué no?” ¿Por qué no obtener buenas calificaciones? ¿Por qué no graduarse? ¿Por qué no ir a la universidad o la escuela de carreras técnicas? ¿Por qué no lograr tus sueños? Incluso crearon un video corto que explora estas y otras preguntas de ¿Por qué no?: