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The latest news ...

Freshman sets long-range shooting record

Freshman Bridget Whelan set a school record Wednesday night with seven 3-pointers to lead the Albany High School girls' basketball team to a 63-41 win over Guilderland.


Whelan scored all 21 of her points from beyond the arc to lead the Lady Falcons (14-2) to their eighth straight win. Her seven 3-pointers tied for the fourth-most in the history of Section II girls' basketball. Her 41 3-pointers on the season also is a new school record -- and counting!


Congratulations to Whelan and her Albany High teammates on another great performance!


Coleman shines at major indoor track event

Albany High School junior Jahari Coleman won her heat and placed seventh overall in the 300 meters at last weekend's New Balance Games at the Armory in the New York City.


Competing against 148 student-athletes from throughout the northeast, Coleman turned in a personal-best time of 41.25 seconds to win her heat. Click here to watch her performance in the 300.


Coleman also won her heat in the 55 meters and placed ninth out of 73 student-athletes in that event. Congratulations to Coleman on her exceptional performances!


Hall of Fame nominations due by Feb. 1

A reminder that nominations for the City School District of Albany Hall of Fame Class of 2015 will be accepted through Feb. 1.


Nominations can be made in three categories: graduates who excelled as students or in life after high school, exceptional district staff people and community people whose efforts support Albany public schools. Visit our Hall of Fame section to learn more and download a nomination form.


Magnet elementary, prekindergarten

lottery applications available

Applications are available now for the lotteries to determine 2015-16 admission to the City School District of Albany's three themed magnet schools and prekindergarten programs.


Click the highlighted text for the application you want.


Magnet elementary school lottery application

Prekindergarten lottery application


Deadline to apply for the lotteries is Feb. 20. The lotteries will be held March 3.


Enrollment changes planned for 2015-16

to address growing elementary populations

In an effort to balance growing enrollment at the elementary and middle-school levels, the City School District of Albany will implement changes at three elementary schools for the 2015-16 school year.


The changes for next school year will be at New Scotland Elementary School, Pine Hills Elementary School and Thomas O’Brien Academy of Science and Technology (TOAST). All three schools currently have no additional classroom space to accommodate their growing student populations without changes.


“We believe these solutions for 2015-16 will allow us to provide the least possible impact for one year while providing all students with the best possible learning environments,” said Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard, Ph.D. Please visit our District News section to read more.


Albany High artists' work

chosen for regional show

Three works by Albany High School students have been accepted for review in the 16th Annual High School Regional Juried Art Exhibition.


The exhibition, opening Feb. 12 at the Esther Massry Gallery at The College of Saint Rose, will feature works by 104 high school students from 21 Capital Region school districts. (MORE)


Board unanimous in opposition

to state's plan for mandatory field testing

The City School District of Albany Board of Education voted unanimously Jan. 15 to oppose the New York State Board of Regents' proposal to institute mandatory field testing for students.


The proposal would force school districts to participate in 40-minute stand-alone field testing. Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard, Ph.D., also has asked residents to contact the Regents and other elected offiicials to oppose the proposal.


District committee to study

student drop-off, parental access

The City School District of Albany is forming a committee to evaluate student drop-off and parental access to all district schools.


The committee will evaluate whether there is a need for common procedures across the district, while recognizing that differences may exist from school to school. The primary goal is to ensure safety and security for all students and staff district-wide. Please visit our District News section to read more.


District students

'Creative Expressions' winners

Seven City School District of Albany students were named winners in the 19th annual Black History Month Creative Expressions Contest sponsored by the Albany Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.


The students were among 28 winners selected out of more than 300 contest entries from area schools. All will appear in public service announcements on local TV and radio stations during February. (MORE)


Presidential Scholar finalist at Albany High

An Albany High School senior is one of 10 U.S. Presidential Scholar Program finalists from New York state.


Isabel Pottinger, who will attend Cornell University in the fall, has a stellar resume of academic achievement, extracurricular activities and community service. (MORE)


Albany High teacher

earns prestigious national certification

Albany High School English teacher Brian Huskie has earned certification through the highly prestigious National Board of Teaching Standards.


NBTS develops rigorous standards for teaching and certifies teachers who meet those standards. (MORE)


Myers student clinches district bee

Sixth-grader Graham Gordon of Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School is the 2015 spelling bee champion of the City School District of Albany.


On Tuesday, Gordon (pictured above) outspelled the best from every elementary and middle school at the district-wide bee at William S. Hackett Middle School. His winning word was “cobalt.”


Gordon and the five other top finishers in the district will represent the district on Feb. 24 at the 2015 Capital Region Spelling Bee at Proctor’s Theatre in Schenectady. (MORE)


Delaware student's artwork

selected in anti-bullying poster contest

The City School District of Albany and community partners CDPHP, Albany PAL and the Albany Police Department recognized students from all 12 district elementary schools Dec. 19 for their achievement in the "Don't Be a Bully" poster contest. Each school had one winner selected from more than 1,200 total participating fourth- and fifth-grade students.


The school winners included fifth-grader Ma Nyunt Aye from Delaware Community School, the contest's grand-prize winner. Please visit our District News section to read more.


Albany High gymnast

earns Division I scholarship

Albany High School senior Mary Elle Arduino has signed a National Letter of Intent to compete in gymnastics at Division I Towson University next year.


Arduino, also ranked in the top 10 of her class academically, is among the top gymnasts nationally on the balance beam, the sport's most difficult apparatus. She finished second in the event at a national competition last winter and has earned the nickname "Beam Queen." Visit our Athletics section to read more.


Albany High musicians

chosen for elite jazz ensemble

Two Albany High School seniors outperformed musicians from 11 states, the District of Columbia and Europe, and they have been selected to take part in the prestigious All-Eastern Honors Jazz Ensemble.


Trumpeter John Dimase and tenor saxophonist Livio Fasullo survived the arduous audition process that led to their selection for the elite group, which is made up of students from as far south as the District of Columbia and as far north as Maine. (MORE)


Marching Falcons Ireland-bound

On St. Patrick’s Day, the Albany Marching Falcons will get their Irish up in the capital city of the Emerald Isle itself.


At the invitation of Dublin Lord Mayor Oisin Quinn, the City School District of Albany’s marching band and color guard will perform in the 2015 St. Patrick’s Day parade in Dublin, Ireland. Visit our District News section to read more, including a Times Union article.


Free breakfast, lunch

for all district students

All City School District of Albany students are eligible to receive a free breakfast and lunch each day at their school during the 2014-15 school year.


That's because all district schools have been approved to take part in the Community Eligibility Provision, a program available through the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Program.


The program allows any district student to receive one complete breakfast and one complete lunch at no charge (although extra food or milk is an extra cost). (MORE)


Calendar celebrates extraordinary students

Some of the faces in this year's calendar might look familiar. One might belong to a neighbor, a friend or a kid who shoveled your driveway last winter. Perhaps you saw another compete on the field or perform onstage.


They are the faces of your community. And they are the faces of exceptional students in the City School District of Albany. (MORE)


Contact state with STAR questions

Albany homeowners denied a School Tax Relief (STAR) exemption should contact the state Department of Tax and Finance if they want to challenge the decision. 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 requirements. (MORE)


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Upcoming events
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1/29 Regents exams
1/29 Montessori Magnet School Super Spectacular Science Night, 6:30 p.m.
1/30 Superintendent's Conference Day, no school for students
2/4 Board Governmental Relations Committee meeting, Academy Park, 6 p.m.
2/5 Pine Hills Elementary School Black Heritage Potluck Dinner, 6 p.m.
2/5 Board of Education meeting, Delaware Community School,
7 p.m.
2/10 William S. Hackett MiddleSchool Midwinter Feast and Black History Month Celebration, 6 p.m.
2/10 Special Education Department Parent Workshop, "Strategies for Supporting a Child with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD," Harriet Gibbons Student Services Center, 6-7:30 p.m.  (Details)
2/12 Thomas O'Brien Academy of Science and Technology (TOAST) Fall in Love with Math Night, 5:30-7 p.m.
2/13 Sheridan Preparatory Academy Black History Celebration, 9 a.m.
2/13 Deadline to apply for the 2015-16 magnet and prekindergarten lotteries, 4 p.m.
2/14 Abrookin Career and Technical Center Valentine's Day Spa Day, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
2/16-20 Winter Recess
No school
2/25 Giffen Memorial Elementary School Black History Assembly, 2 p.m.
2/26 Albany School of Humanities (ASH) Black History Celebration, 9-11:30 a.m.
2/26 Eagle Point Elementary School Black History Month Celebration, 1 p.m.
2/26 North Albany Academy Black History Month Workshop, 9:15 a.m.
2/26 Board of Education meeting, Giffen Memorial Elementary School,
7 p.m.
2/26 Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School Black History Program, 7 p.m.
2/27 North Albany Academy Black History Month Assembly, 9:15 a.m.
2/27 Arbor Hill Elementary School African-American Heritage Celebrations, 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
2/27 Montessori Magnet School Black History Month Celebration, 1 p.m.
2/27 Philip Schuyler Achievement Academy Black History Month Assembly, 2 p.m.
3/3 2015-16 magnet elementary school and prekindergarten lotteries, Thomas O'Brien Academy of Science and Technology (TOAST), 10 a.m.
3/4 All-City Chorus Concert, Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School, 6:30 p.m.
3/5 Eagle Point Elementary School Science Fair, 5:30-7 p.m.
3/5 Albany School of Humanities (ASH) Science Fair, 6-7:30 p.m.
3/5 Board of Education Meeting, Philip Schuyler Achievement Academy, 7 p.m.
3/6 Third-quarter interim marking period begins
3/7 Delaware Community School Science Night, 6-7:30 p.m.
3/7 Montessori Magnet School Applebee's pancake breakfast fundraiser, Route 9W Applebee's in Glenmont, 8-10 a.m.
3/9 Varsity and JV spring sports begin
3/10 Special Education Department Parent Workshop, "Bullying in School and Special Consideration for Students with Disabilities," Harriet Gibbons Student Services Center, 6-7:30 p.m.  (Details)
3/11 All-City Band Concert, Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School, 6:30 p.m.
3/12 Eagle Point Elementary School Math Night,
5:30-7 p.m.
3/16 Modified spring sports begin
3/18 Albany High School hosts author Ruta Sepety,
8 a.m.-3 p.m.
3/18 Adult Continuing Education spring registration, Albany High School, 5:30-8:30 p.m. (Details)
3/19 Adult Continuing Education spring registration, Albany High School, 5:30-8:30 p.m. (Details)
3/19 Albany High School spring musical, "Annie,"  7 p.m.
3/19 Board of Education meeting, Sheridan Preparatory Academy,
7 p.m.
3/20 Albany High School spring musical, "Annie,"  7 p.m.
3/21 New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) Festival, William S. Hackett Middle School, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
3/21 Albany High School spring musical, "Annie,"  7 p.m.
3/24 Board of Education special budget forum, Albany High School,
7 p.m.
3/25 All-City Strings Concert, William S. Hackett Middle School, 6:30 p.m.
3/27 Albany School of Humanities (ASH) Talent Show, 5:30-8:30 p.m.



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