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Suicide Prevention Information for Parents

Posted on: April 25, 2017

Dear Parents,

As a result of the popular new series on Netflix, “13 Reasons Why,” about teen suicide, the Calapooia counseling department would like to provide you with some information that may prove helpful in responding to associated concerns.  Please note that even while your student may not watch this show, there is a strong possibility that they will be exposed to the film’s content via conversations with friends.   We want to remind parents of the importance that youth have access to informed adults that they can turn to and have candid conversations with.  The theme of suicide is not one that middle schoolers are prepared to grapple with alone.  Hopefully, your student already knows that if something makes them feel uncomfortable, then it is probably a good idea to reach out and speak to a trusted adult.  Likewise, it is important that parents understand the warning signs and have information regarding how to address any concerns that may come up.  HELPGUIDE, in collaboration with Harvard Health, has an excellent article regarding warning signs and how to best help a struggling teen.  You can find it at: https://www.helpguide.org/articles/depression/teen-depression-signs-help.htm

Further information can be found at:

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

National Alliance on Mental Illness

Finally, due to the sensationalistic nature of the media, it is increasingly important that we expose students to stories of hope and resilience.  We all need to hear stories about courageous individuals that have overcome great hardships, only to become strong role models in their communities.   Students also need to know that help is available and that even healthy adults ask for help when needed.   If your child appears to be struggling, don’t ignore the problem.  Be direct and ask if they are having any thoughts of hurting themselves or of suicide.  Seek professional help in these cases and ensure your son or daughter that there is always hope to recover.

24 hour crisis lines:  

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1 800 273-(TALK) 8255

Trevor Lifeline for LGBTQ youth: 1 866 488-7386

 

Estimados Padres:

Como resultado de la popular nueva serie de Netflix, “13 Reasons Why” (“13 Razones del porque”),  acerca del suicidio adolescente, el departamento de asesoramiento de Calapooia,  le gustaría proporcionarle información que podría ser útil para responder a las dudas asociadas. Tenga en cuenta que aunque su estudiante no pueda ver este programa, existe una fuerte posibilidad de que se exponga al contenido de la película, a través de conversaciones con sus amigos. Queremos recordarles a los padres la importancia, de que los jóvenes tengan acceso a adultos informados, en quienes puedan acudir y tener conversaciones abiertas.  El tema del suicidio no es algo que los estudiantes de secundaria estén preparados a afrontar solos. Con suerte, su estudiante ya sabe que si algo les hace sentir incómodos, entonces seguramente es una buena idea hablar con un adulto de confianza. Asimismo, es importante que los padres entiendan las señales de advertencia y tengan información sobre cómo abordar cualquier preocupación que pueda surgir. HELPGUIDE (guía de ayuda), en colaboración con Harvard Health (Harvard Salud), tiene un excelente artículo sobre señales de advertencia y cómo ayudar mejor a un adolescente que está teniendo dificultades. Se le puede encontrar en: https://www.helpguide.org/articles/depression/teen-depression-signs-help.htm

Puede encontrar más información en:

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (Fundación Americana para la Prevención de Suicidio)

National Alliance on Mental Illness (Alianza Nacional Sobre Enfermedades Mentales)

Por último, debido al carácter sensacionalista de los medios, es cada vez más importante que expongamos a los estudiantes a historias de esperanza y resistencia. Todos necesitamos escuchar historias sobre personas valientes que han superado grandes dificultades, sólo para convertirse en modelos de conducta fuertes en sus comunidades. Los estudiantes también necesitan saber que la ayuda está disponible y que incluso los adultos sanos piden ayuda cuando es necesario. Si su hijo/a parece estar teniendo dificultades, no ignore el problema. Sea directo y pregunte si está o están teniendo pensamientos de hacerse daño o de suicidarse. Busque ayuda profesional en estos casos y asegure, a su hijo o hija, que siempre hay posibilidad y esperanza de recuperarse.

Líneas  de Crisis 24 horas:

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (Línea Nacional de Ayuda y  Prevención de Suicidio):

1 800 273-(TALK) 8255

 

Trevor Lifeline for LGBTQ youth (Trevor línea de ayuda para jóvenes LGBTQ) : 1 866 488-7386

2017 Optimist Winners

Posted on: March 9, 2017

Ella Galvan, Megan Montes, and Nicole Spriggs are the 2017 CMS Optimist Winners.  Congratulations!

Obtenga la oportunidad de ganar un paquete de premios de Disney

Posted on: March 8, 2017

Premio Mayor

Paquete de vacaciones de Disney, valor de $5,000

2do Lugar

Paquete de hospedaje en Great Wolf Lodge, valor de $1000

Los ganadores serán sorteados el 4 de mayo del 2017.

Esta rifa está siendo organizada por la “PTSA” (la asociación de padres, maestros y estudiantes) de Calapooia M.S.

Información de la recaudación de fondos para los estudiantes y los padres:

Los ganadores serán sorteados el jueves 4 de mayo a las 7pm.  Los ganadores no necesitan estar presentes.

Cada boleto cuesta $10.00. Un máximo de 2,000 boletos serán vendidos. Cada boleto vale 1 (una) entrada en la rifa.

Los estudiantes colectarán el dinero y los pedidos para los boletos. Los boletos serán enviados directamente al comprador por la “PTSA” de Calapooia Middle. Todos los pedidos deben ser entregados a la oficina de Calapooia Middle School.

La “PTSA” de Calapooia Middle School en coordinación con los

ganadores, realizaran las reservas para ambos paquetes de vacaciones.

Premios para los estudiantes:

Se realizarán sorteos semanales para todos los estudiantes que vendan boletos.

El recaudador de fondos en 1er lugar recibirá una tarjeta de regalos de $100.

 El recaudador de fondos en 2do lugar recibirá una tarjeta de regalo de $75.

 El recaudador de fondos en 3er lugar recibirá una tarjeta de regalo de  $50.

Para más información o si tiene preguntas, por favor contacte a

Chaundra Carter al (541)936-4701

Por favor NO contacte a la escuela directamente.

CMS PTSA Disney Raffle

Posted on: March 3, 2017

Grand Prize

$5,000 Disney Vacation Package

2nd Place

$1,000 Great Wolf Lodge Package

Winners will be drawn on May 4, 2017

This Raffle is being organized by the Calapooia M.S. PTSA

For more information or if you have questions please contact

Chaundra Carter—(541)936-4701

Please DO NOT Contact School directly

 

Student and Parent Fundraiser Information

Winners will be drawn on Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 7pm.  Winners do not need to be present.

Ticket Prices are $10.00 Each with a maximum of 2,000 Tickets being sold.  Each ticket is worth 1 (one) entry into the drawing.

Students will collect money and orders for tickets.  Tickets will be sent out by the Calapooia Middle School PtSA directly to buyer.  All orders are to be turned into the Calapooia Middle School Office.

The Calapooia Middle School PTSA, in coordination with the

winners, will arrange both vacation packages.

Prizes for Students:

Weekly Prize Drawings will be held for all students who sell tickets.

Top Fundraiser will receive a $100 Gift Card

2nd Place fundraiser will receive a $75.00 Gift Card

3rd Place Fundraiser will receive  a $50.00 Gift Card

School Board approves bond proposal for May election

Posted on: January 23, 2017

The School Board unanimously voted to send a $159 million bond measure to voters in the May 16, 2017, election.

The measure would:

  • Make upgrades and improvements, including replacing roofs, siding, windows, plumbing, electrical systems in schools around the District.
  • Make energy improvements, including replacing old, inefficient high maintenance heating/ventilation systems, doors, which would save energy costs.
  • Make safety/security upgrades, including automatic door locks, fire alarms, security cameras to improve the safety of students.
  • Make seismic upgrades to enable buildings to better withstand earthquakes.
  • Renovate and/or add classroom space to support vocational/technical classes for all district middle school buildings.
  • Renovate and add classrooms and a cafeteria at Oak Grove Elementary School; purchase property and construct a new elementary school in NE Albany to address growing enrollment and reduce overcrowding.
  • Complete the first phase of West Albany High School’s rebuild that would include new classrooms, commons, auditorium, cafeteria and administrative space; and multipurpose space for vocational/technical education and gymnasium uses at South Albany High School.

The bond proposal is the result of a more than two-year process to identify facility needs in the District. The projects were reviewed by architects and recommended by a community-based District Facilities Advisory Committee (DFAC) that was made up of community members, parents and staff members.

DFAC initially identified more than $250 million in facility needs. This proposal represents the School Board’s priority to balance the most critical needs and the cost to taxpayers. This bond proposal is expected to increase taxes by an estimated $.64 per $1,000 of assessed property value because the 2006 bond is expiring.

For more information, read the resolution and explanatory statement. 

Find more information on the bond information page.

Inclement Weather Procedures

Posted on: November 22, 2016

 Inclement Weather Procedures
November 21, 2016

Dear Parents:

 

Sometimes we have to close school, delay the start of school, or release early because of bad weather.  This is the annual reminder of procedures for school closures or schedule changes due to inclement weather.

When the decision has been made to close school or delay the start, we rely on local radio and television stations for notifications.   Closure and delayed start information will ordinarily be broadcast by 6:30 a.m.  Closure information will also be posted on the district website at www.albany.k12.or.us

 Our district subscribes to FlashAlert.  This service forwards school closure information to local radio and television stations.  Staff, parents, or community members wishing to receive these notices directly can register at http://www.flashalert.net/news.html?id=879.    Notifications then will be sent to you via email.  For those of you with tablets or smart phones, you can receive messages by downloading the FlashAlert Messenger app.  This app is available on Google Play or the iTunes app store.   There are no costs to the recipients for using the email or app for notifications.

All addresses registered on FlashAlert will remain confidential.  You will receive an email message once per year asking if you wish to continue your subscription and to confirm your email address.  Subscribers should be aware that some email spam filters may prevent messages from being received.

 

Below are some of the radio and television stations who will be notified of school closures: 

FM Radio Stations: AM Radio Stations: Television Stations:
KEHK FM 102.3

KFLY FM 101.5

KKNU FM 93.3

KLOO FM 106.3

KOOL FM 99.1

KRKT FM 99.9

KSND FM 95.1 (Spanish)

KFIR AM 720

KGAL AM 1580

KLOO AM 1340

KSHO AM 920

KWBY AM 940 (Spanish)

 

KATU Chan 2

KEZI Chan 9

KGW Chan 8

KLSR Chan 34

KMTR Chan 16

KOIN Chan 6

KVAL Chan 13

  *The television channel may vary according to listening area.

If you have questions about the procedures summarized above, please contact the school or contact the District Office at 541-967-4501.

Sincerely,

Randy Lary

Human Resources Director

 

HP donation helps Calapooia Makers Club build musical bots

Posted on: May 25, 2017

Earlier this year, HP donated a Sprout computer station to the makers club at Calapooia Middle School. Sprout is an interactive computer, scanner and design station.

Students are building programmable Arduino bots and using the Sprout to program them to sing. An Arduino bot is a robot on wheels that can be programmed for specific movement or tasks.

HP published an article with photos in its HP Developers newsletter. Read more about this fun program for students and the partnership with HP.

Pianotime for Sprout gives Arduino bots a voice in Oregon.

Congratulations, Retirees!

Posted on: May 24, 2017

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

Bond project planning has started

Posted on: May 22, 2017

Bond project timelines were discussed during the last School Board meeting on May 18. The plan is to open three of the four new construction projects by start of school in fall 2019: new elementary school, rebuild of Oak Grove Elementary School, vocational space/gym at South Albany High school.

Phase 1 of West Albany High School is scheduled to be completed in summer 2020.

See the draft project timeline for more information.

We will provide updates during the planning process on the bond information section of the website.

Students win district spelling bee

Posted on: May 17, 2017

The annual GAPS spelling bee was May 10, and winners were announced for each grade level.

The following press release is from Calapooia Middle School teacher and Greater Albany Education Association President Sue McGrory.

Congrats to all students who participated.

DISTRICT HOLDS ANNUAL SPELLING CONTEST

Students from across the Greater Albany Public School District participated in the annual District Spelling Contest, which was held on Wednesday, May 10 at Calapooia Middle School. The school library, site of the competition, was also filled with parents and teachers from across the district, supporting their spellers.

There were three divisions competing at the local school level. Division I is grades 1 – 5; Division II is grades 6 – 8; and Division III is grades 9 -12. Each winner received a certificate and was recognized at a School Board meeting.

Winners were:

Elementary – Division I:

  • 1st Place:  Brynna Gritter Kenneke, Grade 5, North Albany Elementary
  • 2nd Place: Logan Falotico, Grade 4, Liberty Elementary
  • 3rd Place:  Michael Franzwa, Grade 5, North Albany Elementary

Middle School – Division II:

  • 1st Place:  Paige Rogers, Grade 7, Memorial Middle School
  • 2nd Place Azlynn Warren, Grade 7, Calapooia Middle School
  • 3rd Place: Dru Huddleston, Grade 6, Memorial Middle School

High School – Division III:

  • 1st Place: Stephni DeMello, Grade 11, Albany Options School
  • 2nd Place: Nathaniel Hering, Grade 10, South Albany High School

Statewide, the spelling contest is held at three levels – local school district, county, and state. GAPS winners will go onto compete at the next levels. The winners from each division will represent Greater Albany Public School district at a regional spelling contest held at Calapooia Middle School on Wednesday, May 24.

This year’s district level contest and regional (county) contest are coordinated by district teachers and staff, volunteering their time to continue the annual competition.

Pictured (from left): Division 1: Michael Franzwa, Brynna Gritter Kenneke, Logan Falotico; Division 2: Paige Rogers, Azlynn Warren, Dru Huddleston; Division 3: Stephni DeMello, Nathaniel Hering

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