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Parent-teacher conferences are this month

Posted on: October 17, 2017

All GAPS schools will host parent-teacher conferences on Oct. 25 and 26. There is no school on Friday, Oct. 27.

Check with your school for the conference schedule and more information.

Posted below is the Parent Information letter about conferences and each day’s schedule.


Fall Conferences Schedule

Posted on: October 17, 2017

Conferences will be held at Calapooia Middle School during the following dates and times:

October 25

  • 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm

October 26

  • 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • 1:30 pm – 7:00 pm

National School Lunch Week celebrates healthy school meals

Posted on: October 12, 2017

This week, schools are celebrating National School Lunch Week. GAPS joins schools around the country in recognizing the hard work and dedication of school food service staff members who work hard to prepare healthy and appealing meals for students.

Here are a few facts about nutrition services in our schools from Nutrition Services General Manager Kathy Pitzer:

We serve an average of 7,700 meals per day. That is broken down by 2,500 breakfasts, 4,500 lunches, 700 other (after school suppers, ala carte purchases, etc.).

There are around 90 food service employees in the 21 schools plus four support staff at the Nutrition Services Department.

We buy locally grown/produced food where/when we can. Currently there are about seven local vendors we work with, including Lochmead Dairy for milk, Truitt Family Farms for beans and Bob’s Red Mills for granola.

Book Fair!

Posted on: October 10, 2017

Mark your calendars: Book Fair week starts October 23rd! All purchases benefit our school Library. You don’t have to wait; you can order Online today. Book fair will be available during conferences.   To order, click here!

We also need volunteers!  If you would like to help, please sign up.

Schools plan bus safety drills for October and November

Posted on: October 4, 2017

The transportation department will work with all elementary and middle schools in October and November to practice emergency evacuations. The emergency plans for all of GAPS schools include the option to evacuate students and staff to the Linn County Fair and Expo Center.

This is a required training at all Oregon schools in the first eight weeks of the school year. A second training will be in spring.

In the event of an emergency, students and their teachers would be bused to the Expo Center and stay there until they could be picked up by their families. The school would provide supervision for the students and supervise the release of students to families. Parents would use the Expo Center parking lot when picking up their student/s.

If a school evacuation to the Fair and Expo Center is necessary, families will be notified. If the situation at the school is such that the building is to be evacuated, law enforcement personnel will likely close off the surrounding neighborhood and prevent anyone from accessing the school campus. Emergency responders will instead direct family members to pick up their child at the Fair and Expo Center.

The drill will help students who are non-bus riders become familiar with buses and reduce potential anxiety about transportation during an actual emergency.

During the training, students will load the buses and be taught bus safety by the drivers. The buses will not take the students anywhere during this drill, but the idea of the training is to practice loading for the same reason students practice leaving the building for a fire drill.

Students walking in a line on a sidewalk next to the school


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