School is out for summer break. School offices will be closed for the month of July.
Calapooia Middle School Registration Times:
- August 15th– For All Returning 7th, 8th and incoming in-district 6th graders
8:00am – 1:00pm
3:00pm – 7:00pm
- August 16th– For All Students New to the District
8:00am – 1:00pm
- August 22nd– Make up registration for 6th, 7th and 8th graders and new students
2:00pm – 7:00pm
Registration times have been posted for all schools in the district. Find the date and time for all Albany Schools.
School will end at 10:50 am this Friday, June 16.
The 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony will be on June 15 at 6:00 pm in the large gym. Afterwards will be the 8th Grade Celebration party put on by the PTSA in the cafeteria. Any major office referrals could prevent you from attending both of these events.
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
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
Ella Galvan, Megan Montes, and Nicole Spriggs are the 2017 CMS Optimist Winners. Congratulations!
Paquete de vacaciones de Disney, valor de $5,000
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.
$5,000 Disney Vacation Package
$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
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
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.
Inclement Weather Procedures
November 21, 2016
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.
Human Resources Director
To all GAPS staff: We want you to stay healthy during flu season! Get your flu shot at one of the upcoming seasonal flu shot clinics, which are free to all employees.
If you have questions, call Dusti Ker at the District Office, 541-967-4505.
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.
Wildfires around the state have affected air quality in our region. Conditions are not expected to improve this week, and the National Weather Service has issued an Air Quality alert through Friday.
We are watching for air quality updates and will announce any changes to school activities and programs based on recommendations from the Oregon Health Authority guidelines for outdoor activities and the Oregon School Activities Association.
Decisions on school closures will be made in consultation with the Linn County Health Department.
If you have questions, check with your school. Find more information:
- Real Time Air Quality Index: Check this site to determine the current index rating for Albany. If the rating is Very Unhealthy, schools will follow the recommendation to “Keep all students indoors. Move all activities indoors. Limit all students to light activities. Increase rest periods and make substitutions.” Please reference this document for each rating.
- Public Health Guidance for School Outdoor Activities During Wildfire Events
- OSAA smoke memo: Sport team practices are governed by OSAA who provide daily heat and air quality directives to our schools.
Tuesday, Sept. 5, is the first day of school for students in Greater Albany schools, and about a third of them travel there by school bus.
Last year, GAPS yellow buses traveled more than 959,000 miles, carrying a daily average of 3,600 kids each way on 37 general education routes and 18 special education routes. That number doesn’t include field trips and transportation for school activities, which totaled an estimated 50,000 miles in 1,256 trips.
It’s a large transportation system that requires careful planning to make the buses run on time.
This year, extra attention and planning was needed to adjust schedules for efficiency for the new bell time system. Each bus covers three routes for morning and afternoon runs. Combined with a finite number of buses and drivers, the routes have to be exact to ensure best coverage of our geographically large district.
Watch for our buses this Tuesday and please be extra attentive in the mornings and afternoons when you see them on the roads. District bus drivers would like to remind drivers to slow down and watch for kids as they walk to or from the bus.
Transportation resources for parents include:
Thank you, GAPS bus drivers!