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APSF Awards $40,000 to GAPS teachers

Posted on: December 21, 2018

The Albany Public Schools Foundation awarded $40,000 in classroom grants during the month of November.  Funded projects ranged from electronics, to materials for art, reading, music and physical education. Grant applicants have received their grant status notification letters.

Primary funding for the Classroom Grant Program comes from three Albany Public School Foundation events: iSwim for Kids, iCelebrate Kids Benefit Gala and the iRun for Kids race.

See the list of award recipients for details!

Fundación de las escuelas públicas de Albany (APSF por sus siglas en inglés) otorga $40,000 a maestros de GAPS

La Fundación de las Escuelas Públicas de Albany, otorgó $40,000 en subvenciones para los salones de clases durante el mes de noviembre. Los proyectos financiados van desde electrónica, hasta materiales para arte, lectura, música y educación física. Los solicitantes de subvenciones han recibido sus cartas de notificación de estado de concesión.

La financiación principal para el Programa de Subvenciones de Aula, proviene de tres eventos de la Fundación de Escuelas Públicas de Albany: “iSwim for Kids” (Evento de natación), la Gala de Beneficios de “iCelebrate Kids” (Evento recreativo) y “iRun for Kids” (Evento de carreras).

¡Vea la lista de ganadores de premios para más detalles!

National Principal’s Month

Posted on: October 7, 2020

Schools: Central & Takena ElementaryJulia Bradley

  • School Mascots: Central Tigers, Takena Wolves
  • Enrollment: 115 Each

Principal: Julia Bradley

  • GAPS Start Date: July 1, 2020
  • Degrees: BA, Western Oregon, 2001. MAT, Willamette University, 2011
  • Previously: Worked for the Salem-Keizer School District. Also served as an Adjunct Professor for Pacific University.
    Fun Facts: Her favorite restaurant is the Spaghetti Factory; she loves chocolate or sour candies; her drink of choice is a Spicy Chai Latte; she loves to spend time with her family, outside activities (run, bike, kayak, hike) and read a good book. She describes herself as “pretty simple”.
  • School Staff Appreciation: Being a new principal is hard… being a new principal during COVID is really hard, but Julia has stepped up to the challenge! Without missing a beat, she has stepped in and kept us all going with the poise and grace of a real professional!Julia is a true leader and we are so blessed to have her. She has quickly become a vital member of our Central/Takena family. Feels like she’s just always been here!

    Julia answers her phone instantly and is ready to help and support in any way she can, even if it is to share a laugh. I feel so supported and thank her family for sharing her with us!

    I have been impressed with Julia’s stamina in enduring all the rocky waters being new to the job! Not only has Julia been keeping things rolling she has been very supportive of her staff and students in getting instruction up and running while keeping mental health in the forefront for all.

    Julia has a good listening ear and an open phone line for whenever needed.

    Shout out to Julia Bradley for joining our team during such a crazy time. Even though there are still so many unknowns ahead of us, she is still full of enthusiasm and excitement. It has been a pleasure to get to know her over these last few months.

Library Book Check-Out for Central/Takena

Posted on: September 21, 2020

Central Book Pick Up:  Wednesdays, 12-1:00, at Takena

Takena Book Pick Up:  Wednesdays, 12-1:00, at Takena

Library book check-out/drop-off will be available the following Wednesdays…

  • September 30
  • October 14
  • October 28
  • November 4
  • November 18
  • December 2
  • December 9

Check-Out (placing a hold on the books you want) must be completed by midnight on Sunday for pick up on Wednesday.

How to use Virtual Book Check Out… click here.

How to check out a book video online… click here.

A table will be set up near the front entrance.  Students will find their books in a Plastic bag with their name on it.  A bin will also be available for book returns.

 Destiny Discover for Central        Destiny Discover for Takena

Information Hub for Parents

Posted on: September 3, 2020

Ways to Find Information


(To open links, hold Control button and the link)

¨ Teacher email:

¨ District webpage:

¨ Central/Takena webpage:

¨ Central/Takena Official Facebook Page:  Central/Takena Elementary  (Public page that provides information regarding Central Ementary and Takena Elementary)

¨ Central/Takena PTA Facebook Page:  Central-Takena PTA  (Private Group)

¨ Inclement weather information (school closures):  sign up at

¨ Calendars:

* District Academic Calendar

* Central’s Calendar on our website

¨ PeachJar:  all flyers and newsletters are posted here; click here for more information

¨ Newsletter:  will be sent every Monday after school starts (via PeachJar)

¨ Parent/Student Handbook:  on our website; click here

¨ Supply List:  Updated for 20/21

¨ Technology…

Common Tech Issues

* Frequently Asked Questions

* Parent Access to Canvas

* Student Accounts and Chromebook Logins

¨ Internet Accessibility:  click here

¨ Schedules:

* General Student Schedules

* Oregon Guidance:  Instructional Time | Learning Day


GAPS announces administrative assignments for 2020-21 school year / GAPS anuncia asignaciones administrativos para el año escolar 2020-21

Posted on: May 1, 2020

Greater Albany Public Schools announces the following administrative changes and assignments for the 2020-21 school year:

Calapooia Middle School

  • Assistant Principal George Sanchez has accepted an Assistant Principal position with the Salem-Keizer School District. We thank George for his years of service to the district and wish him well in his new role!  
  • Marshall Jackson will be the new assistant principal. Mr. Jackson previously served in the district as principal at North Albany Middle School. Those who worked with Marshall previously know that he has important strengths that will be a great complement to the team at Calapooia. As an experienced administrator, Marshall will be able to hit the ground running and support CMS staff and students from day one.

Central and Takena Elementary

  • Principal Lisa Shogren is retiring. She has worked with GAPS since 1988. Shogren worked for the Greater Albany School District for 32 years. She started her career at Liberty Elementary as a kindergarten teacher and continued at Liberty for over 20 years teaching kindergarten, first grade, and acting as their reading specialist. She later worked as a reading specialist at North Albany, Fir Grove, and Clover Ridge Elementary. She then moved into an instructional coaching role at the district office, and once she received her administrative degree, she was hired at Takena and Central Elementary as their principal and continued in that role until her retirement. “I feel blessed to have had such a rewarding career serving our students and families in the GAPS community,” Shogren said. 
  • Julia Bradley will be the new principal at Central and Takena.

Liberty Elementary

  • Principal Tracy Day is retiring. She has worked with GAPS since 1991. Day is a product of Albany schools, attending Riverside Elementary, Memorial Jr. High and West Albany High School, graduating in 1983. A Beaver believer and OSU grad, she taught first at Fern Ridge Middle School and then Memorial Middle School as a 6th grade teacher. For one year she was a Student Achievement Specialist for the secondary level before becoming the assistant principal at North Albany Middle School. She was able to move to principalship at North Albany Elementary and then moved to Liberty in 2017. “This is my 30th year and I feel VERY fortunate to have worked for one of the best school districts in Oregon,” Day said. “I will miss my school family very much, but plan to volunteer often in the years to come.”
  • Bob Daugherty, currently the principal at Sunrise Elementary, will be the new Liberty principal.

Oak Grove Elementary

  • Principal Jerrie Matuszak is retiring. She has worked with GAPS since 2008. Jerrie Matuszak worked in the The Greater Albany Public School District for a total of 12 years. For the last six years she has served as an elementary principal at Oak Grove Elementary and previously for six years she was a reading teacher/coach at Sunrise Elementary. She will retire at the end of this school year. “It has been an honor to serve the families of this school district,” Matuszk said. “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time and will miss the students, staff, parents, fellow administrators and community members. I am ready for the next adventure in my life of lazy days, time with grandbabies and traveling with my husband. Thank you everyone!” 
  • Anne Griffith, currently the principal at Waverly Elementary, will be the new Oak Grove principal.

Sunrise Elementary

  • Bob Daugherty, currently the principal at Sunrise Elementary, will be the new Liberty principal.
  • Kimberly Jordan will be the new principal at Sunrise.

Waverly Elementary

  • Anne Griffith, currently the principal at Waverly Elementary, will be the new Oak Grove principal.
  • Melanie Casprowiak will be the new principal at Waverly.

Spanish Translation

Las Escuelas Públicas de Greater Albany anuncian los siguientes cambios administrativos para el año escolar 2020-21:

Secundario Calapooia

  • El subdirector George Sanchez ha aceptado un subdirector puesto en el distrito escolar de Salem-Keizer. ¡Le agradecemos a George por sus años de servicio al distrito y le deseamos lo mejor en su nuevo puesto!
  • Marshall Jackson será el nuevo subdirector. El Sr. Jackson anteriormente sirvió en el distrito como director de la secundaria North Albany. Aquellos que trabajaron con el Sr. Marshall previamente saben que tiene fortalezas importantes que serán un gran complemento para el equipo de Calapooia. Como administrador experimentado, Marshall podrá comenzar a trabajar y apoyar al personal y los estudiantes de CMS desde el primer día.

Primarias Central and Takena

  • La directora Lisa Shogren se retirará. Ella ha trabajado con GAPS desde 1988. Shogren trabajó para el Distrito Escolar de Greater Albany durante 32 años. Comenzó su carrera en la primaria Liberty Elementary como maestra de kínder y continuó en Liberty durante más de 20 años enseñando kínder, primer grado y actuando como la especialista en lectura. Más tarde trabajó como especialista en lectura en las primarias North Albany, Fir Grove y Clover Ridge. Luego se trasladó a una función de instrucción/entrenadora en la oficina central del distrito, y una vez que recibió su título administrativo, fue contratada en las primarias Takena y Central como directora y continuó en esa función hasta su jubilación. “Me siento bendecida de haber tenido una carrera tan gratificante sirviendo a nuestros estudiantes y familias en la comunidad GAPS”, dijo Shogren.
  • Julia Bradley será la nueva directora en las escuelas Central y Takena.

Primaria Liberty

  • La directora Tracy Day se retirará. Ella ha trabajado con GAPS desde 1991. Day es un producto de las escuelas de Albany, asistiendo a la primaria Riverside, secundaria Memorial Jr. High y preparatoria West Albany, graduándose en 1983. Fanática de los castores y graduada de OSU, enseñó primero en la secundaria Fern Ridge Middle School y luego en Memorial Middle School como maestra de sexto grado. Durante un año fue Especialista en Logros Estudiantiles para el nivel secundario antes de convertirse en subdirectora de North Albany Middle School. Pudo mudarse hacia el camino al puesto de directora en la primaria North Albany Elementary y luego se mudó a Liberty en 2017. “Este es mi trigésimo año y me siento MUY afortunada de haber trabajado para uno de los mejores distritos escolares de Oregon”, dijo Day. “Extrañaré mucho a mi familia de la escuela, pero planeo ser voluntaria a menudo en los próximos años”.
  • Bob Daugherty, actualmente el director de la primaria Sunrise, será el nuevo director de Liberty.

Primaria Oak Grove

  • La directora Jerrie Matuszak se retirará. Ella ha trabajado con GAPS desde 2008. Jerrie Matuszak trabajó en el Distrito de Escuelas Públicas de Greater Albany por un total de 12 años. Durante los últimos seis años, ha servido como directora de la primaria en Oak Grove y anteriormente durante seis años fue maestra/entrenadora de lectura en la primaria Sunrise. Ella se jubilará al final de este año escolar. “Ha sido un honor servir a las familias de este distrito escolar”, dijo Matuszak. “He disfrutado mucho mi tiempo y extrañaré a los estudiantes, el personal, los padres, los compañeros administradores y los miembros de la comunidad. Estoy lista para la próxima aventura en mi vida de días perezosos, tiempo con mis nietos/nietas y el viajar con mi esposo. ¡Gracias a todos! “
  • Anne Griffith, actualmente la directora en la primaria Waverly, será la nueva directora de la primaria Oak Grove.

Primaria Sunrise

  • Bob Daugherty, actualmente el director en la primaria Sunrise, será el nuevo director en Liberty.
  • Kimberly Jordan será la nueva directora en Sunrise.

Primaria Waverly

  • Anne Griffith, actualmente la directora en Waverly, será la nueva directora en Oak Grove.
  • Melanie Casprowiak será la nueva directora en Waverly.

Message to Special Programs Families / Mensaje para las familias de los Programas Especiales

Posted on: April 10, 2020

Dear Parents of Students who have Individualized Education Plans (IEPs),

We know that this is a trying time for all of us, and we look forward to working together to serve our students with IEPs. We realize that as parents you know your students and circumstances best. Our goal is to provide you the option of access to the services in your child’s IEP as well as the general education curriculum. 

We have developed a plan that we believe will meet most of the IEP needs for your children with full awareness that these IEPs were developed to be implemented in a physical school setting under the full time guidance of trained professionals, which is no longer the case. Our goal is meet each of our families where you are in this difficult situation and provide the individual support that you need to the best of our ability. 

You will be hearing from your student’s Case Manager this week to discuss the options to serve your child during distance learning. Here are some important things for you to know:

  • All Special Education Teachers will create a classroom contact site using Class Dojo or Google Classroom.
  • Each Special Education Teacher will have virtual office hours where you and/or your student can choose a check-in time, at least weekly.
  • The district has selected a limited set of resources at this time but will be looking at expanding the options as we move forward. 
  • We are working on providing Chromebooks and internet solutions to students in need, but all of our resources will also have an offline option available if needed.
  • Service minutes on an IEP reflect the total amount of time spent on that content. If you feel that it is too much time in the home setting, please let your case manager know. We want to be flexible with the amount of work we ask for and tailor to individual needs.
  • Students and families will receive direction for how to access each goal area of the IEP.
  • Students who receive speech services will be hearing from their SLP regarding how those services will be delivered.

We understand that this is a challenging time for all of us, and we want you to know that we care about you and are here for you and your family. We invite you to communicate with your school’s Special Education teacher at any time and we will work together to come up with a plan that is workable for your family.

Please know that you and your children are sorely missed by their teachers. We look forward to touching base soon! 

Special Programs Staff 

Spanish Translation

Estimados padres de estudiantes que tienen Planes de Educación Individualizado (IEP por sus siglas en inglés):

Sabemos que este es un momento difícil para todos nosotros, y esperamos trabajar juntos para servir a nuestros estudiantes con IEP. Nos damos cuenta de que, como padres, ustedes conocen mejor a sus estudiantes y sus circunstancias. Nuestro objetivo es brindarle la opción de acceso a los servicios en el IEP de su hijo/a, así como en el plan de estudios de educación general. 

Hemos desarrollado un plan que creemos que satisfará la mayoría de las necesidades de IEP, para sus hijos con plena conciencia de que estos IEP se desarrollaron para implementarse en un entorno escolar físico, bajo la guía a tiempo completo de profesionales capacitados, lo cual ya no es el caso. Nuestro objetivo es conocer a cada una de nuestras familias, en las que se encuentra esta difícil situación y brindarles el apoyo individual que necesitan, de la mejor manera posible. 

Esta semana tendrá noticias del gerente de caso de su hijo/a, para hablar sobre las opciones para atender a su hijo/a durante el aprendizaje a distancia. Aquí hay algunas cosas importantes que debe saber:

  • Todos los maestros de educación especial crearán un sitio de contacto del salón de clase, usando las plataformas “Class Dojo” o “Google Classroom”.
  • Cada maestro de educación especial tendrá un horario de oficina virtual donde usted y/o su estudiante pueden elegir un horario para hacer revisiones, al menos semanalmente.
  • El distrito ha seleccionado un conjunto limitado de recursos en este momento, pero buscará expandir las opciones a medida que avancemos.
  • Estamos trabajando para proporcionar “Chromebooks” (especie de laptop) y soluciones de Internet a los estudiantes que lo necesitan, pero todos nuestros recursos también tendrán disponible una opción fuera del Internet si es necesario.
  • Los minutos de servicio en un IEP reflejan la cantidad total de tiempo dedicado a ese contenido. Si cree que es demasiado tiempo en el hogar, infórmele a su gerente de caso. Queremos ser flexibles con la cantidad de trabajo que solicitamos y adaptarnos a las necesidades individuales.
  • Los estudiantes y las familias recibirán instrucciones sobre cómo acceder a cada área de meta del IEP.
  • Los estudiantes que reciben servicios de habla y lenguaje, recibirán noticias de su Especialista de Habla y Lenguaje (SLP por sus siglas en inglés) sobre cómo se prestarán esos servicios.

Entendemos que este es un momento desafiante para todos nosotros, y queremos que sepa que nos preocupamos por usted y que estamos aquí para usted y su familia. Lo invitamos a comunicarse con el maestro de Educación Especial de su escuela en cualquier momento y trabajaremos juntos para llegar a un plan que sea viable para su familia.

Por favor sepa que usted y sus hijos son profundamente extrañados por sus maestros. ¡Esperamos conectarnos con usted pronto!

Personal de los Programas Especiales