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LBCC Summer Academies offer career exploration opportunities

Posted on: May 28, 2018

It’s not too late to sign up for hands-on career exploration at Linn Benton Community College. Summer Career Academies are a chance for high school students and graduating seniors to experience hands-on learning in high-demand career fields.

Academies are scheduled for June 18 and 19 on the LBCC campus in Computer Systems, Computer-Aided Design and Drafting, Child and Family Studies, Mechatronics, and welding.

Sign up at Spots are filling fast.

Read the Summer Academies flyer

Lisa Harlan selected for GAPS assistant superintendent position

Posted on: May 25, 2018

Greater Albany Public Schools recently selected Albany resident Lisa Harlan for the assistant superintendent position. The post is currently held by Tonja Everest, who will assume superintendent duties at the Linn Benton Lincoln ESD on July 1.

Harlan was offered the position after an extensive application process. Her official appointment is pending School Board approval at its June 4 meeting.

“A very rigorous hiring process revealed that Lisa is all about kids,” said Everest. “The committee was impressed with her passion, practical decision-making and authentic communication style. They also appreciated her deep knowledge in the areas of curriculum, instruction, and behavior,” she said.

Harlan is currently the Director of Elementary Education for Salem-Keizer Public Schools. She brings bilingual skills and extensive experience in educational leadership. She has taught high school and middle school Spanish at Corvallis High School and Western View Middle School. She has served as a middle school assistant principal at Linus Pauling Middle School, a middle school principal at Cheldelin Middle School and an elementary principal at Lincoln Elementary Dual Language School in Corvallis. She has also been a Director of School Improvement for the Oregon Department of Education.

Harlan earned her B.A. in Education from Western Oregon University, her M.Ed. From University of Oregon, and her administrative licensure from Portland State University.

Harlan is an Albany resident with children in GAPS schools. Upon accepting the offer for the position, she said, “I am so glad to serve a district that has served my family so well.”

La Sra. Lisa Harlan fue seleccionada para la posición de Asistente Superintendente del Distrito de las Escuelas Públicas de Greater Albany

Las Escuelas Públicas de Greater Albany, recientemente seleccionó a la residente deAlbany Sra. Lisa Harlan, para la posición de Asistente Superintendente. El cargo actualmente lo ocupa la Sra. Tonja Everest, quien asumirá sus obligaciones como superintendente de Linn Benton Lincoln ESD el 1° de julio. A la Sra. Harlan se le ofreció el puesto después de un extenso proceso de contratación. Su nombramiento oficial está pendiente de la aprobación de la Mesa Directiva en su junta del 4 de junio.

Un proceso de contratación muy riguroso reveló que Lisa se enfoca en los niños", dijo la Sra. Everest. "El comité quedó impresionado con su pasión, su toma de decisions práctica y su auténtico estilo de comunicación. También apreciaron su profundo conocimiento en las áreas de planes de estudio, instrucción y comportamiento", dijo. La Sra. Harlan es actualmente la Directora de Educación Primaria de las Escuelas Públicas del Distrito Salem-Keizer. Ella aporta habilidades bilingües y una amplia experiencia en liderazgo educativo. Ella ha enseñado español en la preparatoria y secundaria en la preparatoria Corvallis High School y escuela secundaria Western View Middle School. Ella se ha desempeñado como subdirectora de la secundaria en la escuela secundaria Linus Pauling Middle School, directora de la escuela secundaria Cheldelin Middle School y como directora de la escuela primaria de idioma dual Lincoln Elementary School en Corvallis. Ella también ha sido Directora de Mejoramiento Escolar para el Departamento de Educación de Oregon.

La Sra. Harlan obtuvo su grado de bachiller (B.A) en el área de la Educación en la universidad “Western Oregon University”, su grado de master en Educación en la  universidad “University of Oregon”, y su licenciatura administrativa en la Universidad “Portland State University”.

La Sra. Harlan reside en Albany con niños en las escuelas de GAPS. Al aceptar la oferta para el puesto, ella dijo: "Estoy muy contenta de servir a un distrito que ha servido tan bien a mi familia.”

AOS, SAHS and WAHS students and staff receive 2018 Peacemaker awards

Posted on: May 18, 2018

The annual Peacekeepers awards ceremony honored students and staff from Albany Options, South Albany and West Albany high schools. The award recognizes schools that promote harmony, peace and justice in the community.

The following students and staff were recognized at a lunch event on May 7.

Albany Options

Hailey Cotton
Laurel Elliott
Stefany Sanchez
Breanna Volkers

Faculty/Staff: Danny Corliss

South Albany High School

Itzel Alvarez
Emily Balck
Katie Beasley
Sage Bodily
Ambri Burton
Ryan Butler
Samantha Chavarria
Daniela Chavez
Angel Escorcia
Samantha Escorcia
Isaiah Exton
Moises Gonzalez
Jaden Guilford
Ramon Hernandez
Rose Howard
Alex King
Grace Lawson
Taylor Lewis
Brenda Lopez-Lopez
Eddie Martinez
Victor Maxfield
Nick McBee
Susie Montes
Ashlee Nunez
Karla Ortega-Montenegro
Savannah Partridge
Matthew Perry
Pippa Richardson
Isaac Soutwick
Terran Swope
Christopher Vega DeLeon
Christian Vosgien
Elizabeth Wood
Evelin Zuniga

Faculty/Staff: Brandon Neal, Chelsea Palmer, Kaylee Roderick, Chris Van Cauteren, Rose Zoellner

West Albany High School

Liliana Bacilio
Colton Byers
Athena Boysen
Esther Bugge
Jacqueline Clark
Josie Davis
Sabrina Davis
Ceanne Elliott
Hailyn Gibson
Karlie Guilliot
Kennedy Guilliot
Jalen Handy
Jack Lamont
Freddy Lopez
Eli Nicholas
Marcella Norris
Yurtzia Peraza
Vada Shelby
Diego Silva
Anna Soot
Hannah Thorp
Cindy Wong
Abby Wooton
Kassandra Worley

Faculty/Staff: Mr. Wadlow

Photos by Don Bacher. See entire album on Flickr.

Peacemaker award winners pose for photo

Students Create New Pizza for Southpaw’s

Posted on: May 16, 2018

Southpaw’s Perfect Pizza & Sports Pub has had a Bulldog pizza on their menu for West Albany High School, and a Rebel pizza for South Albany High School, but starting in June, there will be the Knight pizza on their menu for Albany Options School!making pizza

Thursday, May 10th, nine AOS students went to Southpaw’s to create the concept for the new pizza. They worked in teams of three to create their concept with the mentorship of both a Southpaw’s and an AOS staff member. The students were then able to go into the kitchen, create the pizza, bake it, and present it to a panel of judges to determine which pizza would become the new Knight.

pizza judges

The panel of judges was made up of Human Resources Administrator, Rich Sipe; FACT Consultant, Rich Guzman; School Resource Officer, Ken Fandrem; and Executive Assistant to the Superintendent, Jim Haggart.


The winning pizza was created by Laurel Elliott, Ethan Sjolander, and Abigail Ross, who were coached by AOS Registrar and Office Manager, Gwen Barker.

The Knight pizza

The pizza includes Hawaiian sauce, mozzarella cheese, pepperoni, Italian sausage, bacon, black olives, sliced jalapeños, and pineapple chunks.

Look forward to seeing the Knight on the menu at Southpaw’s in June!

Check out the story in the Albany Democrat-Herald.

AOS Hosts First Prom

Posted on: May 16, 2018

Prom couple.On Friday, May 4th, Albany Options School hosted their first ever prom, “A Knight to Remember.”

The event was held at AOS and over 75 were in attendance. Many community partners supported the event so that it could be cost-free for all AOS Juniors and Seniors and their guests.

It was an incredible event and a lot of fun. We are already looking forward to prom next year.

We would like to give a special thank you to the following community partners who donated their time and resources in order to make it a special evening, including, but not limited to:

Prom attendees.
– Sarah Steen, AmeriTitle
– Courtney Paul, AmeriTitle
– Steve Yutzie Floral
– DJ Dogs
– My Best Friend’s Closet, Altrusa International of Albany, OR
– Melissa Schumacher, Marrakesh Full Service Salon
– Billy and Jessica Burris
– Koontz, Perdue, Blasquez & Co, P.C.
– Leanna Langley, HomeSmart Realty, Lebanon
– Eric Aguinaga
– Scott and Mary Harer, Columbia Seeds
– Don and Tera Fief, Office Nancy
– Katy Rosecrans, RE/Max Integrity
– J Bros Concrete