The annual summer meal program will offer free breakfast and lunch to children this summer. Any child under 18 can receive free breakfast and lunch at eight lunch locations and two breakfast locations from June 20 and Aug. 25.
Adjustments have been made to the bell schedules at all schools. The changes will be in place when school starts in the fall.
The changes will reduce differences in start and stop times among same-level schools. Elementary schools will be in two bell schedule groups rather than nine different schedules, and they will gain 20 minutes of instructional time per day. Middle schools will all start and stop at the same time.
Research has shown that students benefit from more sleep, but the natural sleep and wake cycles are later for older students and earlier for younger students. Adjusting the schedule will allow older students to start a little later in the day.
The changes are also expected to make the district transportation system more efficient.
This week, the School Board recognized the winners of the county spelling bee. The students were top spellers in the district and county competitions.
Pictured are Brynna Gritter Kenneke, Logan Falotico, Michael Franzwa, Dru Huddleston, Paige Rogers and Stephanie DeMello.
GAPS students performed well in the county spelling competition. The winners in each division will compete at the state level, held at the Oregon State Fair on Sept. 2.
The following press release was issued by GAPS teacher and spelling bee coordinator Sue McGrory:
Students from Albany, Lebanon, and Sweet Home participated in the annual Linn County Spelling Contest, which was held on May 24 at Calapooia Middle School in Albany. There were three divisions competing at the county level. Division I is grades 1 – 5; Division II is grades 6 – 8; and Division III is grades 9 -12.
Winners in all divisions were:
Elementary – Division I:
- 1st Place: Jazmine Jordan, Sweet Home Charter School, Sweet Home
- 2nd Place: Brynna Gritter Kenneke, North Albany Elementary School, Albany
- 3rd Place: Ethan Parrish, Sweet Home Charter School, Sweet home
Middle School – Division II:
- 1st Place: Paige Rogers, Memorial Middle School, Albany
- 2nd Place: Porter Tiffee, Seven Oaks Middle School, Lebanon
- 3rd Place: Josie Cleveland, Hamilton Creek School, Lebanon
High School – Division III:
- 1st Place: Stephni DeMello, Albany Options School, Albany
- 2nd Place: Nathaniel Hering, South Albany High School, Albany
- 3rd Place: No participants
Each first place winner in Linn County will be invited to participate in the annual statewide spelling contest to be held at the Oregon State Fairgrounds, during the Oregon State Fair, on Saturday, Sept.2, 2017.
Statewide, the spelling contest is held at three levels – district, county, and state. This year’s Linn County contest was coordinated by district teachers, volunteering their time to continue this annual competition. Benton County held its own contest this year. The state contest is now being coordinated by the Oregon Spellers, a volunteer organization.
From left: Brynna Gritter Kenneke, North Albany Elementary School (2nd place); Jazmine Jordan (1st Place); Ethan Parrish (3rdPlace).
From left: Porter Tiffee (2nd place); Josie Cleveland (3rd place); Paige Rogers, Memorial Middle School (1st place)
From left: Nathaniel Hering, South Albany High School (2nd place); Stephni DeMello, Albany Options (1st place)
The annual retiree reception recognized the contributions of 30 GAPS teachers, classified staff and administrators who are leaving the District after serving Greater Albany students for a combined total of 539 years.
Family members and friends joined retirees at the tropical paradise-themed reception. Human Resources Director Randy Lary introduced the following retirees:
- Lenora Roberts, Grade 1 – Fir Grove : 37 years
- Kerri Lemerande, Science – WAHS: 29 years
- Lori McGuire, Assistant to HR Director – District Office: 29 years
- Barb Villaruel, School Office Manager – Waverly: 28 years
- Cindy Holcomb, Grade 2 – Oak: 26 years
- Kathy Kalina, Special Education Assistant – Periwinkle : 26 years
- Karen Kennedy, School Office Manager – SAHS: 24 years
- Connie Shrout, Grade 4 – Timber Ridge: 23 years
- Judy Davies, Special Education Assistant – North Albany Elementary: 22 years
- Cindy Miller, Functional Skills – Calapooia Middle: 22 years
- Krista Hartman, College Credit – WAHS: 21 years
- Maria Martinez, Counseling Secretary & Registrar – Memorial Middle: 21 years
- Pat Weidmann, Principal – Sunrise : 21 years
- Sharon DuBeau, Language Arts – Calapooia Middle: 18 years
- Jessica Jamison-Wells, Language Arts – North Albany Middle: 18 years
- Terry Amerling, Special Education Assistant – Liberty : 17 years
- Jennifer Hagen, Personal Care Assistant – SAHS: 16 years
- Leo Huot, Assistant Principal – North Albany Middle: 16 years
- Sandi McGinnis, Special Education Assistant – Calapooia Middle: 16 years
- Robert Frampton, Special Needs Bus Driver – Transportation: 15 years
- LaDeen Marlowe, Bus Driver – Transportation: 14 years
- Gary Johnson, Custodian – Memoria Middle: 13 years
- Mary Lou Seibel, Custodian – Oak: 12 years
- Tim Haag, Grade 4 – Central: 11 years
- Ruth Holmes, Special Education Assistant – South Shore: 11 years
- Greg Lehr, Custodian – Calapooia Middle: 11 years
- Durwood Ranton, Bus Driver – Transportation: 11 years
- Joyce Stringer, Business – SAHS: 11 years
- Corina Victorio, Secretary – South Shore; 5 years
- Kim Schueller, Special Education Assistant-Communication – Takena: 5 years