Hours extended for student registration
The City School
District of Albany is offering families extended hours to register
their children for the 2014-15 school year.
The district is hold four registration nights
at several community locations this week. The final two
Wednesday -- Steamboat Square Homes
community room, 220 Green St., 5-6:30 p.m.
Thursday -- North Albany Homes community
room, 41 Jennings Drive, 5-6:30 p.m.
Also, the district's Central Registration
Office, located in the Harriet Gibbons Student Services Center at 75
Watervliet Ave., will be open from 8:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. on
Tuesday and Wednesday. Those hours
will be in effect on Tuesday, Sept. 2 and Wednesday, Sept. 3, as
Contact state with STAR questions
denied a School Tax Relief (STAR) exemption should contact the state
Department of Tax and Finance if they want to challenge the
The phone number is 457-2036.
Tax and Finance officials have informed more
than 1,200 Albany taxpayers that they won’t receive a STAR exemption
in their school tax bills because they failed to meet registration
The first signs of a new school year
High School varsity and JV student-athletes are hard at work this
week preparing for the start of the fall sports seasons. Preseason
practice is underway for all teams.
Visit our Athletics
section for complete practice schedules for the rest of the
week. You also can
check out our Photo Gallery to see photos from the first days of
practice for each fall team. Let's go Falcons!
Early registration available for
second Falcon 5K and Fun Run/Walk
Discounted early registration is available
for the second Albany Booster Club Falcon 5K and Fun Run/Walk, which
will be held Sunday, Sept. 28 in Washington Park.
You can register online or by regular mail. The first 350
registrants will receive a Falcon 5K T-shirt.
Last year, more than 500 runners and walkers took part in
the first Falcon 5K. All are invited to participate in this fun
community event to help celebrate the start of a healthy and
productive new school year!
Visit our District News section for more information.
State test results continue to
emphasize need for systemic change
The New York State
Education Department has released the results of this year’s statewide tests
in English-language arts and math for students in grades 3-8. The City School District of Albany has shown some
progress, but there remains a lot of work to be done systemically to
change our students’ outcomes, said Superintendent Marguerite Vanden
This year, 13 percent of district students in grades 3-8 achieved Level
3 or Level 4 in ELA, and 12 percent in math.
“These results emphasize the need for everyone within the City School
District of Albany to remain focused on and committed to our
our strategic roadmap for improvement,” Dr. V said.
Please visit our District News section
to read more.
Fall bus transportation applications available
School District of Albany families are encouraged to complete and turn
in applications for bus transportation for their children in September.
Click on the highlighted text for an application for
yellow bus service
(for elementary schools, North Albany Academy and Stephen and Harriet
Myers Middle School) or a
(for transportation to Albany High School and William S. Hackett Middle School).
New immunization rules effective for 2014-15
The New York State Health Department has
changed the frequency and type of immunizations that children must have
in order to attend school in 2014-15.
State law requires districts to deny
admitting children to school if their family cannot prove they
received or are in the process of receiving required immunizations
against diseases including polio, pertussis and measles.
Click the highlighted text for a complete
list of the
new state immunization requirements.
Dr. V goes to Washington
College access topic of high-level meetings
School District of Albany Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard,
Ph.D., and a group of local leaders in higher education, business and the
community met July 31 with White House and U.S. Education Department
officials about ways to expand college opportunities for young people.
"The City School District of Albany and our
community partners are now at the center of a national conversation
about making college more affordable and accessible for all
students,” Dr. Vanden Wyngaard said. (MORE)
Summer Celebration draws record crowd
friends and neighbors flocked to Krank Park on July 19 for food and
family fun at the City School District of Albany's 2014 Summer
The annual community party drew more than 450
people, an all-time high for the four years the district has held
Click here to see a gallery of photos from the day's activities.
Thanks to sponsors JAMZ/96.3, ShopRite of Albany,
the Albany Housing Authority, Honest Weight and Whitsons for their
support of this great event!
Re-Imagining Albany High School
Environmental review to move forward
people have until Aug. 8 to comment on a preliminary environmental
review of proposals to rebuild or renovate Albany High School.
Click here for a copy of the draft review. (MORE)
New board member
July 17, the City School District of Albany Board of Education
appointed Kenneth M. Bruce to fill the remaining five months of a board
term vacated when Felicia Green resigned this spring.
Above right, Bruce
(left) takes the Oath of Office from Bernard Bryan, president of the
Albany chapter of the NAACP.
Bruce was among eight candidates who
expressed interest at the board’s June 19 meeting.
The position Bruce
will fill will be one of two seats up for election in November. Board
member Alexandra Streznewski’s term also is ending this year.
Great book titles aplenty
in 2014 Summer Reading Program
and high-school students have a great selection of book titles from
which to choose in the City School District of Albany's 2014 Summer Reading Program.
Summer reading supports and builds on lessons of the previous school
year and prepares students for success in the year ahead. (MORE)
Community swimming takes summer break
Community swimming at Stephen and Harriet Myers
Middle School will be on a summer hiatus due to necessary pool
repairs. Community swimming at Myers will resume in September.
Ticky Burden among 2014 Hall of Famers
October, a former pro basketball player, a national TV producer and a
longtime volunteer athletic coach are among the eight who will join the
ranks of those enshrined in the City School District of Albany Hall of
The Class of 2014 includes 1972 Philip Schuyler High School graduate Luther “Ticky” Burden,
who went on to star at the University of Utah and play in the ABA
our Hall of Fame section to read more about this year's
Free summer meals for kids
at 12 Albany city schools
City School District of Albany once again is participating in the Summer
Food Service Program, with free breakfast and lunch for all children 18
and under at a dozen schools across the city.
The program started July 7 and continues into
Con-GRAD-ulations Class of 2014!!!!
Pride was on full display Sunday as the Albany High School Class of
2014 celebrated graduation at the University at Albany's SEFCU
From Class President Denis Leon urging that his classmates "never
forget that unconquerable spirit that goes with being a Falcon," to
the the familiar "Allll-bany" chant as the grads prepared to exit
the auditorium as a class for the final time, the members of the
Class of 2014 moved on to the next stage in their lives proud of the
high school journey that helped them get here.
Forham-bound valedictorian Andrew Tarwerdi, a National Merit
Scholarship recipient, and Cornell-bound salutatorian Elana Cohen
also addressed their classmates.
Visit our District News section to read more. You also can
click here to view a Photo Gallery of the day's events.
And, as Cohen noted -- Con-GRAD-ulations everyone!