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Annual school radon tests will start this week

Posted on: November 5, 2017

Radon testing is scheduled to start this week and will be conducted at all schools by the end of January.

Radon tests in schools are required by the state to ensure that air quality is safe for students. Radon is a gas found in soil caused by natural deposits of uranium. It is more common in some geographic areas, but it can be found anywhere. If it is present and moves through the soil into a building, it can disperse into the air and release damaging particles that can lead to lung cancer after prolonged exposure.

The following is the anticipated schedule for this round of testing:

School Approximate Test Dates
Week 1
Timber Ridge School November 6 – 10, 2017
Clover Ridge Elementary November 6 – 10, 2017
South Shore Elementary November 6 – 10, 2017
Waverly Elementary School November 6 – 10, 2017
Week 2
North Albany Elementary November 13 – 17, 2017
North Albany Middle School November 13 – 17, 2017
Fir Grove Elementary November 13 – 17, 2017
Oak Grove Elementary November 13 – 17, 2017
Fairmount November 13 – 17, 2017
Week 3
Memorial Middle School November 27 – December 1, 2017
Liberty Elementary School November 27 – December 1, 2017
Takena Elementary School November 27 – December 1, 2017
Oak Elementary School November 27 – December 1, 2017
Week 4
Central Elementary School December 4 – 8, 2017
Calapooia Middle School December 4 – 8, 2017
Periwinkle Elementary School December 4 – 8, 2017
Tangent Elementary School December 4 – 8, 2017
Week 5
Albany Options School December 11 – 15, 2017
Sunrise Elementary School December 11 – 15, 2017
Lafayette Elementary School December 11 – 15, 2017
Week 6
South Albany High School January 8 – 12, 2018
Week 7
West Albany High School January 22 – 26, 2018

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Lions Club conducts annual elementary vision screening

Posted on: October 30, 2017

This month, the East Albany Lions Club conducted their annual vision screening program for elementary students. Each year, they visit every elementary school in the district.

With parent permission, students sit for eye measurements taken with a device that is similar in appearance to a camera or a pair of binoculars. The screening is fast and does not require students to read eye charts or look into vision machines. The procedure is so quick that four Lions Club members using four devices can examine an entire class in just 10 minutes.

Results are later shared with families. If results indicate additional testing is needed, parent receive a letter recommending additional evaluation by an eyecare specialist. The Lions Club can help needy families obtain eyeglasses if necessary.

 

 

 

Tangent holds color run fundraiser

Posted on: October 18, 2017

The Tangent Elementary School Around the World Color Run fundraiser was today. The combined fun/fundraising event benefited the school Parent Teacher Club.

Students walked or ran around the school track and participated in several obstacles along the way. A “color zone’ consisted of adult volunteers who threw non-toxic colored powder on the students as they passed. The color zone could be bypassed if students did not wish to go through it. Students and staff participated and South Albany High School Leadership students assisted in the event.

1st Grade News from the Classroom Corner

Posted on: October 18, 2017

1st grade began the Stellaluna Language Arts lessons this month and Mrs. Nelson jump started the lessons in a big way by dressing the part to get her students excited!

“When Stellaluna is separated from her mother before she is old enough to fly, she finds out that not all winged creatures eat fruit. Swallowing food that crawls is just one of the many amazing things this little fruit bat must learn to do.”

Students will think about friendships and lessons learned in this beautiful story. They will think about themselves and when they learned the meaning of friendship. They will also learn to write narratives from beginning to end using common vocabulary in recounting their story.