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AOS and Timber Ridge earn top honors for iRun participation

Posted on: March 19, 2018

The annual fun run to support the Albany Public Schools Foundation was last weekend and schools competed to turn out the most participants. Congratulations for Albany Options and Timber Ridge for bringing the most runners!

The following thank you is from APSF Executive Director Aimee Addison:

Thank you for helping make this the best iRun for Kids ever! We had 737 registrations and 671 runners. Last year we were at 626.

The winners for the 2018 iRun for Kids school contest are:

  • 1st place with 55% participation: AOS – $500 cash prize
  • 2nd place with 28% participation: Timber Ridge – Dutch Bros. party
  • The 3rd place runner up was Memorial MS at 15% / 86 participants.

A huge thank you to all of the schools that participated! We really appreciate all of your hard work in promoting iRun for Kids and supporting the Albany Public Schools Foundation. The proceeds from this benefit the Foundation and our programs including classroom grants for teachers, elementary and middle school enrichment, Sources of Strength and scholarships for graduating seniors.


Timber Ridge School iRun participants.

Coins for Cancer Fundraiser Total

Posted on: March 16, 2018

Cancer fundraiser money goal chart.

Calapooia was buzzing with energy as students filled fish bowls with dollars and coins.  The goal: raise money for Leukemia Society.  Pennies and bills added to the score, quarters, nickels, and dimes subtracted points.  It was a grade level competition, and eighth grade won.

An added challenge/reward was raised: If the school brought in $700, students could throw water balloons at Mrs. Ayers and Mr. Sanchez.  This total was exceeded, and the final count was $819.12.  It looks like the administrators are in for an exciting assembly!

Thank you to everyone who donated to this cause.

Superintendent plans community roadshows in April

Posted on: March 15, 2018

Last May, voters approved the bond to improve schools and construct new learning space. Since then, district staff have been focused on work to design and plan the construction.

Construction will start in June on school improvements around the district and new elementary school projects at Oak Grove and the new site near Timber Ridge.

Superintendent Golden has announced four community roadshows to share updates and answer questions about the projects. All are open to the public and are scheduled from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

April 4: South Albany High School
April 12: West Albany High School
April 18: Timber Ridge School
April 25: North Albany Middle School

Superintendent Golden declares March 14 School Safety Day

Posted on: March 12, 2018

Superintendent sent the following message home to all families today to announce School Safety Day on March 14 to mark the tragedy in Parkland, Florida.

March 2018

Parents and Guardians,

I have declared March 14 School Safety Day for the Greater Albany Public Schools. I am asking each principal to develop opportunities for students and staff to address how we all need to work together to a create a safe environment for learning.

We know that routines are important for kids. As such, regular instruction and culture-building activities will remain the priority on Wednesday. Each school is unique and our staff are prepared to provide opportunities that best meet the needs of their students and the school’s goals.

In addition, schools will be having culture-building activities to support strong relationships between students and adults — a key to school safety.

Oregon schools are required by law to have fire, earthquake, and lock-down drills each year. District schools will either be coordinating this requirement with School Safety Day, have recently completed these drills, or have them scheduled.

Given the national conversation, we know that students and parents have a heightened interest in school safety and may want to participate in planned demonstrations. District staff cannot encourage or discourage political activities on work time. In the event that some students may choose to leave class, building administrators have been asked to respond in a way consistent with current supervision practices. Please contact your school’s office if you have specific questions about School Safety Day.

Thank you,

Jim Golden

Estimados Padres y Apoderados:

He declarado el 14 de marzo como el Día de Seguridad Escolar, para las Escuelas Públicas de Greater Albany. Le estoy pidiendo a cada Director que desarrolle oportunidades para los estudiantes y los miembros del personal, para abordar como todos necesitamos trabajar juntos para crear un ambiente seguro para el aprendizaje.

Sabemos que las rutinas son importantes para los niños. La instrucción regular y las actividades para  fomentar la cultura, permanecerán siendo la prioridad el día miércoles. Cada escuela es única y nuestros miembros del personal están preparados para proporcionar oportunidades que cumplan mejor con las necesidades de sus estudiantes y las metas de la escuela.

Además, las escuelas tendrán actividades para fomentar la cultura, para apoyar las relaciones sólidas entre los estudiantes y los adultos- una clave para la seguridad escolar.

Por ley estatal, las escuelas del estado de Oregón, deben tener simulacros contra incendios, terremotos y simulacros de emergencia o cierre total cada año. Los distritos escolares, estarán coordinando este requisito ya sea con el día denominado de seguridad escolar (School Safety day en inglés), haber recientemente realizado estos simulacros o haberlos programado.

Dada la conversación a nivel nacional, sabemos que los padres y alumnos, tienen gran interés en la seguridad escolar y querrán participar en las demostraciones planificadas. El personal del distrito no promueve o desanima, actividades políticas durante el horario de trabajo. En el caso de que algunos estudiantes decidan retirarse de la clase, se les ha pedido a los administradores del edificio que respondan de forma consistente con las prácticas de supervisión.  Por favor contacte a la oficina de su escuela, si tiene preguntas específicas en cuanto al día de la seguridad escolar.


Jim Golden

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