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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.

3rd Grade news from the Classroom Corner!

Posted on: October 9, 2017

Last week, students in 3rd grade were working on dialogue writing by creating their own comic strips. They learned to identify and analyze examples of dialogue, how to make their stories more descriptive, and correctly write and punctuate their comics. Some student chose to work alone, but most decided to work as a team in developing their stories.

Imani Milele Children’s Choir visits Tangent

Posted on: October 6, 2017

Today, our students were entertained by the Imani Milele Children’s Choir during an assembly. Please see the following Albany Democrat Herald article and check out the beautiful images within the article and in our gallery of pictures taken by staff.

World beat: Ugandan choir performs in Albany

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Imani Milele Children’s Choir
“Expect to experience TRUE AFRICA showcased through culturally unique music, a variety of dances, and well-crafted drum routines, performed with great passion and high energy. Audiences will feel the spirit and energy of Africa, infused with passionate voices, as the Imani choir tells their story. They use art to narrate some of Uganda’s culture and history. Students will learn something new but they will also be elated at the opportunity of sharing the stage with the choir, participating in the playing of the African drums.”

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

 

Tangent students receive preventative dental care

Posted on: October 2, 2017

Hygienist Ann Ossinger is making her annual rounds at local schools, offering voluntary dental screening to first and second graders. Ossinger is part of a mobile dental hygiene service funded by the Oregon Health Authority.

The program is reaching out to students who may not have regular dental screening. The early grade levels are the focus because that is the age when young children get their six-year molars. Her first stop was at Tangent Elementary School on Monday, Oct. 2.

Parents must provide written parent permission for the screening. She offers dental sealants to students who have their molars. If they need additional dental care, Ossinger refers them to a dental clinic, including a free children’s dental care clinic operated by the Boys and Girls Club of Albany.

Pictured (from left): Dental assistant Edith Ibanez and registered dental hygienist Ann Ossinger