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Parent/Guardian Conferences

Posted on: October 18, 2019

Parent/Guardian Conferences are Wednesday, October 23rd and Thursday, October 24th. Conferences are drop-in and do not require an appointment.

Wednesday, October 23rd: 4pm-8pm
Thursday, October 24th: 7:30am-12pm, 1pm-6pm

On Wednesday, October 23rd we will also be offering a focus group forum opportunity for parents and guardians to give feedback to the School District about their experiences. You can read more about it here.

We hope all of our parents and guardians are able to come visit us during that time. If those dates do not work for you, but there is a teacher you would like to speak with, please do not hesitate to contact the school to schedule an alternative time.

Translators will be available during conferences.

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Spanish Translation

Las Conferencias de Padres/Apoderados son el miércoles 23 de octubre y el jueves 24 de octubre. A las conferencias se puede venir dentro de los siguientes horarios y no se necesita hacer una cita.

Miércoles 23 de octubre: 4 pm-8 pm
Jueves 24 de octubre: 7:30 am-12 pm, 1 pm-6 pm

El miércoles 23 de octubre también ofreceremos una oportunidad de foro de grupo de conversación, para padres y apoderados para que den su opinión al Distrito Escolar sobre sus experiencias. Puede leer más sobre esto aquí.

Esperamos que todos nuestros padres y apoderados puedan visitarnos durante ese tiempo. Si esas fechas no funcionan para usted, pero hay un maestro con el que le gustaría hablar, no dude en comunicarse con la escuela para programar un horario alternativo.

Interpretes en el idioma español estarán disponibles durante las conferencias.

AOS to Host Parent/Guardian Focus Group – October 23rd at 5:30pm

Posted on: October 18, 2019

AOS will be hosting a Focus group for our parents and guardians on Wednesday, October 23rd at 5:30pm. This will be held during our Parent Conferences time so that parents can participate in both that evening. 

Greater Albany Public Schools is embarking on the implementation of a comprehensive Strategic Plan and will be asking for your guidance in the process. The core values, goals, expectations, and growth opportunities for the district are imperative for success in giving our children an education that will prepare them for successful adult lives.

Coinciding with the creation of our Strategic Plan is an opportunity for additional funding provided by the Oregon Legislature’s $2 billion Student Success Act. This historic investment in k-12 schools throughout the state could allow Albany to receive $5.5 million per year through a state application process. The 2019-20 Strategic Plan will not only guide our work for the next several years but also inform our investments from the Student Success Act.

The planning process begins in October, as Greater Albany Public Schools will hold a series of focus groups and community forums while distributing a survey throughout all of our schools and the community at large. The district will reach a diverse group of stakeholders reflecting the students in our schools and help determine how best we can meet their needs.

Input from parents, teachers, staff, students, and the community at large will shape the future of Greater Albany Public Schools!

In November, a strategic planning team will analyze community feedback to help determine a vision statement outlining what the district wants to become in the next three-five years. In weekly meetings the strategic planning team will develop broad-based strategies to achieve the district’s vision for the future in the form of strategic goals.

The strategic goals will then by presented to the school board and district staff for approval and implementation. The development of specific, measurable, realistic, and time-bound performance indicators will ensure that each of the strategic goals are met.

A tactical strategy will be put in place prior to the 2020-21 school year as the strategic plan is engaged.

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Spanish Translation

AOS organizará un grupo de conversación para nuestros padres y apoderados el miércoles 23 de octubre a las 5:30 pm. Esto se llevará a cabo durante nuestro horario de Conferencias para Padres, para que los padres puedan participar en ambos eventos esa noche.

Las Escuelas Públicas de Greater Albany, se están embarcando en la implementación de un Plan Estratégico integral y le pedirán su orientación en el proceso. Los valores centrales, metas, expectativas y oportunidades de crecimiento para el distrito, son imprescindibles para tener éxito en brindar a nuestros hijos una educación que los prepare para una vida adulta exitosa.

Coincidiendo con la creación de nuestro Plan Estratégico, hay una oportunidad de financiación adicional proporcionada por la Ley de Éxito Estudiantil de $ 2 mil millones de la Legislatura de Oregón. Esta inversión histórica en las escuelas desde el Kínder hasta el 12º grado en todo el estado, podría permitir que Albany reciba $ 5.5 millones por año a través de un proceso de solicitud estatal. El Plan Estratégico 2019-20 no solo guiará nuestro trabajo durante los próximos años, sino que también informará nuestras inversiones de la Ley de Éxito Estudiantil.

El proceso de planificación comienza en octubre, conforme las Escuelas Públicas de Greater Albany realizarán una serie de grupos de conversación y foros comunitarios mientras distribuyen una encuesta en todas nuestras escuelas y la comunidad en general. El distrito contactará un grupo diverso de partes interesadas que reflejen a los estudiantes en nuestras escuelas y ayudarán a determinar cómo podemos satisfacer mejor sus necesidades.

¡Los aportes de padres, maestros, personal, estudiantes y la comunidad en general darán forma al futuro de las Escuelas Públicas de Greater Albany!

En noviembre, un equipo de planificación estratégica analizará los comentarios de la comunidad para ayudar a determinar una declaración de la visión, que describa en qué quiere convertirse el distrito en los próximos tres a cinco años. En las reuniones semanales, el equipo de planificación estratégica desarrollará estrategias de base amplia para lograr la visión del futuro del distrito en la forma de metas estratégicas.

Las metas estratégicas serán presentadas a la Mesa Directiva escolar y al personal del distrito para su aprobación e implementación. El desarrollo de indicadores de desempeño específicos, medibles, realistas y con plazos determinados garantizará que se cumplan cada una de las metas estratégicas.

Se implementará una estrategia táctica antes del año escolar 2020-21 a medida que se implemente el plan estratégico.

Student Success Act / Ley de Éxito Estudiantil

Posted on: October 10, 2019

The Oregon Legislature passed and the Governor signed the $2 billion Student Success Act (HB 3427), a historic and much needed investment in K-12 schools. Greater Albany Public Schools could be able to access an estimated $5.5 million per year through a state application process.

Districts are allowed four broad uses for the grant proposals:

  1. Increasing instructional time
  2. Addressing student health and safety needs
  3. Increasing adults/decreasing class size
  4. Expanding well-rounded learning opportunities.

Programs must also meet students’ behavioral and mental health needs and increase academic achievement as well as reduce disparities among student groups.

We want to be sure to invest these resources in alignment with our community vision. In conjunction with a new Strategic Plan, input from parents, teachers, staff, students, and the community at large will shape the future of Greater Albany Public Schools!

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  • Tuesday, October 22, 2019 – 6:00-7:30 p.m. (In Spanish with English interpretation)
  • Wednesday, October 30, 2019 – 9:30 a.m. / 11:30 a.m. (In English with Spanish interpretation)
  • Wednesday, October 30, 2019 –  6:00-7:30 p.m. (In English with Spanish interpretation)

Spanish Translation 

La Legislatura de Oregón aprobó y la Gobernadora firmó la Ley de Éxito Estudiantil de $ 2 mil millones (HB 3427), una inversión histórica y muy necesaria para las escuelas desde Kínder hasta el 12 grado. Las Escuelas Públicas de Greater Albany, podrían acceder a un estimado de $ 5.5 millones por año a través de un proceso de solicitud estatal.

Los distritos tienen cuatro usos generales para las propuestas de subvención:

  1. Incremento del tiempo de instrucción.
  2. Abordar las necesidades de salud y seguridad de los estudiantes. 
  3. Aumento de adultos/disminución del tamaño de la clase.
  4. Expandir oportunidades de aprendizaje integrales.

Los programas también deben satisfacer las necesidades de salud mental y conductual de los estudiantes y aumentar el rendimiento académico, así como reducir la desproporción entre los grupos de estudiantes.

Queremos asegurarnos de invertir estos recursos de acuerdo con nuestra visión comunitaria. ¡Junto con un nuevo Plan Estratégico, los aportes de padres, maestros, personal, estudiantes y la comunidad en general darán forma al futuro de las Escuelas Públicas de Greater Albany!

Encuesta de participación comunitaria (Inglés) Encuesta de participación comunitaria (Español) Encuesta de participación estudiantil (Inglés) Encuesta de participación estudiantil (Español) Descargar folleto imprimible (Inglés) Descargar folleto imprimible (Español) Foros Comunitaios (Ingles y Espanol)

Welcome Letter from Principal John Hunter

Posted on: October 2, 2019

Welcome to the new school year! This year I have been more excited than ever to return to all of you. After five years at AOS, I  continue to be inspired by those around me, both the staff and students, and want to be the best principal and leader I can for all of you.

Last year we finished off the school year with 75 students graduating, and 45 receiving their GED. AOS has never experienced such high numbers, and it is truly a testament to the hard work and motivation of the students, and the wonderful things happening at this school.

Over the summer the teaching staff flew down to San Francisco for the week to attend the Quality Teaching for English Learners (QTEL) academy. Our teachers completely embraced the opportunity to learn new strategies to better serve all of our students, and continue to work hard on implementing QTEL into their classes.

We have also been very fortunate to welcome Ms. Bellando as our new English Language Arts teacher. A few weeks into the year and it is like she has always been part of the AOS family. We are very grateful to have her on our team.

This year we are celebrating our legacy. In 2009 AOS had just 10 graduates. Ten years later, the class of 2019 was 75. That growth is a testament to the many great principals, teachers, staff, students, families, and community partners we’ve had over the last decade who have continued to make AOS a better and better place to be. We want to strive to continue to build off of that legacy so that we can keep better serving the youth of our Albany community. You can watch our short video about the AOS legacy here.

September 17th we hosted our annual Fall Open House. It was wonderful to be able to meet and visit with so many of our families. I hope that you, and those of you who were unable to make it, are all able to return for Parent Conferences later this month. We love having the opportunity to share with you how great your student is doing and the progress they are making towards reaching their educational goal.

I am confident that the 2019-2020 school year is going to be a great one. Students, I hope this is the year you push yourself to have better attendance, better grades, and positive experiences. Parents and guardians, support your student by encouraging them to come to school and do their best, and by always communicating with the school so that we can work together.

Wishing you all a wonderful school year,

John Hunter

AOS Welcomes New Teacher

Posted on: October 2, 2019

Please join us in welcoming Maria Bellando to our AOS family as the new English Language Arts teacher. In addition to English, Ms. Bellando is also teaching our Film and Music electives this year.

Maria came to us from North Albany Middle School, where she was teaching 8th grade English Language Arts.

Prior to that she has experience at both Corvallis High School and College Hill High School, the alternative high school in Corvallis.

She graduated from West Albany High School and earned her Bachelor of the Arts from Oregon State University, where she double-majored in English and Education.

Maria has already been a great addition to our team and has transitioned into our team seamlessly. We are thrilled to have her here.

Welcome, Ms. Bellando!