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Youth Job Fair Volunteers Needed

Posted on: October 4, 2017

Albany Area Chamber of Commerce and Linn-Benton Community College are hosting the annual Youth Job Fair for Linn County high school seniors on December 12th, 2017. This event is a graduation requirement for all seniors as part of their Career Related Learning Standards.

Youth Job FairThe Albany Area Chamber is looking for volunteers for the event. Be one of 250 volunteers interviewing 1300 high school seniors at this great event. The Youth Job Fair helps our students gain valuable job interviewing skills and immediate feedback from professionals.

We are also seeking organizations and representatives to participate with a career Youth Job Fair information table at the Resource Fair portion of the event to share about opportunities after high school. Students attending are interested in learning about career training, future employment, and post-secondary educational opportunities.

The Youth Job Fair begins at 8:45 am and ends at 12:45 pm at Linn-Benton Community College. Interview materials with sample questions will be provided for those helping with mock interviews.

Youth Job Fair

Who? Community volunteers

What? Preparing high school students to join the workforce through mock interviews, speakers, and a resource fair

When? Tuesday, December 12th, 8:45 am -12:45 pm

Where? Linn-Benton Community College

Why? Help build an outstanding work force for the future.

Interested in volunteering? Please contact Firiel Severns at the Chamber at

SAHS boys’ soccer team plans community service event

Posted on: September 29, 2017

The boys’ soccer team at South Albany High School are using their skills to give back to their community. The team has launched Futcare, a project to incorporate community service into their team culture.

Their first effort will be on Saturday, Sept. 30, at South Albany Stadium. All proceeds will be donated to Global Giving to benefit victims of Hurricane Harvey and the earthquake in Mexico. All proceeds from these events will be donated to charity.

Several activities are planned:

  • Youth soccer clinic for ages 5-12. This bilingual clinic will be coached in partnership with Total Futbol Academy and run from 5:00-6:30. The $10 fee will also cover entry into the men’s leagues
    championship match.
  • Men’s leagues championship match. Jalisco (Eugene league champions) vs Villalobos (Salem league champions). $5 entry fee. Match sponsored by the South Albany HS M.E.Ch.A Club.
  • High school skills contest sponsored by No Dinx. During halftime of the men’s match local area high school soccer starts will engage in various soccer skills!’
  • Refreshments provided by the South Albany Boosters Club and Taco El Machin.

For more information, read the flyers:

Futcare Clinic
Futcare Championship Match between league champion teams from Salem and Eugene
Futcare Skills Contest

Attention teachers: Apply for a classroom grant

Posted on: September 20, 2017

Applications are open for the 2017-18 Albany Public Schools Foundation classroom grants.

Each fall, the Albany Public Schools Foundation accepts grant applications from teachers in the Greater Albany Public School District for innovative programs, tools and supplies supporting enrichment opportunities for students in the areas of art, music, science and health/wellness.

Grants are due on Oct. 13 and applications are open to all GAPS teachers.

Download the application.
Find more information on the Albany Public Schools Foundation website.

AOS Welcomes Dr. Lake for Staff Professional Development

Posted on: September 6, 2017

Superintendent Jim Golden spoke to the whole district on Monday, August 28th, during the Back-to-School District Rally, about the importance of breaking down the barriers of race in our culture and schools. In sticking with the theme, the teachers and staff at Albany Options School and district administrators spent the morning of Wednesday, August 30th meeting with Dr. Johnny Lake. Dr. Lake kicked off the school year talking about diversity, race and culture, and equity of learning.

Dr. Lake is an internationally renowned trainer and consultant, and has taught as a professor in the teacher and counseling preparation programs at Northwest Christian University in Eugene. He is an Administrator on Special Assignment with the Eugene 4J school district. Dr. Lake holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Willamette University, has a Masters in educational leadership and administration, and received his Ph.D. in educational leadership, policy, management and organization. Dr. Lake is a former chairman of the State of Oregon Commission on Black Affairs.

Dr. Lake is an incredible speaker and left the staff feeling motivated, inspired, and excited to take on the challenges of the new school year. Principal John Hunter commented that, “Equity of Learning is paramount to the success of all students. It is not just a catchy phrase, it is a necessity, and Dr. Lake was able to bring that to a human and personal level that every teacher in the building can bring back to the classroom with them.”

Mark Wolfe, with 25 years in public education, was extremely inspired by Dr. Lake’s presentation. “After listening to Johnny Lake, I realized that even with all my years of experience there’s still so much I can do to be a better teacher.” In fact, Mr. Wolfe said that on his second day of his Psychology class this term he implemented a group activity that he learned from Dr. Lake.