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The latest news ...

Police confiscate weapon

during Abrookin arrest

On Tuesday evening, Albany police exercising a warrant at the Abrookin Career and Technical Center arrested a night-school student with a gun.

 

The 17-year-old student was arrested in the Abrookin main office. After interviewing the student, police indicate that the student was carrying the weapon in relation to concerns in the community, not in relation to incidents at school or with any intent related to school.

 

“The safety and security of all of our students and staff is our highest priority,” said Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard, Ph.D. “We have cooperated fully with police in their investigation. We also are taking immediate steps as a result of this breach of our security system and protocols, and have begun an immediate review of all of our safety measures district-wide.” Please visit our District News section for more information.

 

District identifies, responds

to consultant billing questions

The City School District of Albany has been reviewing certain consultant contracts, and the processing of payment for these contracts, since February. A more detailed internal audit began in May. While that internal review was ongoing, the Board of Education also received a complaint regarding these same issues.

 

As a result of that complaint, the board called for a separate independent review alongside the district’s ongoing internal review. The district released the findings of the independent auditor's report Wednesday. Please visit our District News section for more information, including the report.

 

“I want to stress that neither our internal review, nor the independent auditor’s review, found any evidence of intentional or improperly motivated conduct by the consultant or the district’s personnel,” said Board President Rose Brandon, Th.D. “The review did reveal a number of invoices that were submitted to us and paid without adequate documentation.”

  

School board candidates' forums

planned Wednesday, Monday

This year’s candidates for the City School District of Albany Board of Education will participate in two public forums. All are welcome to attend.

 

The first forum will be Wednesday, Oct. 22 from 6-7:30 p.m. at Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School. The second forum is planned for Monday, Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. at the Pine Hills branch of the Albany Public Library.

 

Four candidates are seeking two seats on the board in the November elections. Please visit our District News section for more information.

 

Albany High blood drive a success

Once again, Albany High School students and staff turned out to donate blood in record amounts.

 

On Oct. 16, Albany High held the first of three blood drives for the 2014-15 school year to benefit the American Red Cross of Northeastern New York. They collected 90 pints of blood, the most ever collected in an October drive, and met the goal the Red Cross set for them. (Above, senior Ellenor Hanna gives a thumbs up during her first blood donation.)

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College in focus for all Albany High students

One word said it all for each of Albany High School’s 2,300 students on Oct. 15 – college.

 

From college field trips for every freshman to free PSATs and SATs for every sophomore, junior and senior, everyone's focus was on the pathway toward the next step in the educational journey.

 

Check out a preview on CBS6. You also can visit our District News section to read more.

 

Good will and weather prevail at Homecoming

Against a backdrop of vivid fall colors, Falcon Pride was in full force for  Homecoming 2014.

 

From the pep rally that kicked off Homecoming weekend the afternoon of Oct. 10 to the dance the night of Oct. 11, it was all about Albany High School. (MORE)

 

Re-Imagining Albany High School

Pricetag declines, questions arise 

The total estimated cost and resulting tax impact of a complete makeover for Albany High School continue to decline. However, City School District of Albany Board of Education members also are concerned that the community may not be ready for the project at the current time.

 

Those were the major topics addressed during the board’s discussion on the subject at its Oct. 2 meeting at Sheridan Preparatory Academy. Please visit our Re-Imagining Albany High School section for more information about the project.

 

Albany High seniors

get National Merit recognition

Five Albany High School seniors have been named Commended Students in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program.

 

The seniors are Isaac “Ravi” Brenner, Clare Criscione, Olivia Parker, Isaac Rosen and Isaac Young. They scored in the top 5 percent of the 1.5 million students who took the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test during junior year. Congratulations to them!

   

Marching Falcons Ireland-bound

Next 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 Sept. 25 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)

 

Statewide campaign stars district kids

This fall, seven City School District of Albany students will help spread an important message to families throughout New York state: School attendance counts.

 

The students star in the “Every Student Present” campaign of the New York State Council on Children and Families, which kicked off Sept. 10 at Thomas O’Brien Academy of Science and Technology (TOAST). Click here to see a CBS 6 story about the project.

 

The students attend Delaware Community School and TOAST. (Pictured above unveiling posters with their faces are Delaware Community School fifth-grader Selina Lora and TOAST third-grader Edward Foster.) (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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10/22 ACCESS-VR special-education transition program, Albany High School, 5-6 p.m. (Details)
10/22 Math Night, Montessori Magnet School,
6:30 p.m.
10/22 School Board Candidates' Forum, Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School,
6-7:30 p.m. (Details)
10/23 Multicultural Celebration, Albany School of Humanities (ASH), 5:15 p.m.
10/23 Cultural Celebration, Sheridan Preparatory Academy. 6 p.m.
10/23 Music Teacher Concert and Variety Show, Albany High School,
7 p.m. (Details)
10/24 Family Math Night, Delaware Community School, 5:30 p.m.
10/24 Harvest Fest and Dance, Thomas O'Brien Academy of Science and Technology, 5:30 p.m.
10/24 Harvest Fesitval, Pine Hills Elementary School, 6 p.m.
10/27 School Board Candidates' Forum, Pine Hills branch of the Albany Public Library,
7 p.m. (Details)
10/29 Parent Night, Philip Schuyler Achievement Academy, 5 p.m.
10/30 Harvest Fest, Giffen Memorial Elementary School, 4 p.m.
11/4 Election Day
11/6 Board of Education meeting, Arbor Hill Elementary School,
7 p.m.
11/7 Multicultural Dinner, Montessori Magnet School, 6 p.m.
11/8 Delaware Community School Pancake Breakfast fundraiser, Route 9W Applebee's, 8-10 a.m.
11/10 Staff professional development day
No school for students
11/11 Veterans Day
All schools and offices closed
11/13 Math Night, Giffen Memorial Elementary School, 5 p.m.
11/13 Albany Fund for Education Gala, Woolferts Roost Country Club, Albany, 5:30 p.m.
11/13 Potluck Dinner, North Albany Academy, 5:30 p.m.
11/13 Family Literacy Night, Albany School of Humanities (ASH), 6 p.m.
11/14 Harvest Fest, New Scotland Elementary School, 6 p.m.
11/17 Modified winter sports begin
11/20 Harvest Feast, Arbor Hill Elementary School, 6 p.m.
11/20 Curriculum Fair, Albany High School, 6:30 p.m.
11/20 Board of Education meeting, Giffen Memorial Elementary School, 7 p.m.
11/21 Parent-Teacher Conference Day
No school for students
11/21 Application deadline for the Albany High School 2015-16 academy lottery
11/24 Community Dinner/Honor Roll Recognition, 5 p.m.
11/25 English-Language Arts (ELA) Night, 5:30 p.m.
11/26 Thanksgiving Recess
All schools and offices closed
11/27 Thanksgiving Day
All schools and offices closed
11/28 Thanksgiving Recess
All schools and offices closed
12/3  Winter Concert featuring Albanettes, Jazz Band, Men's Ensemble, Strings Trio, Albany High School, 7 p.m. 
12/8 Winter Concert, New Scotland Elementary School, 7 p.m.
12/9 Winter Concerts, Albany School of Humanities (ASH), 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. 
12/9  Winter Concert, Philip Schuyler Achievement Academy, 6 p.m.
12/9  Winter Concert and Art Show, North Albany Academy, 6:30 p.m. 
12/9 Winter Concert and Dessert Auction, William S. Hackett Middle School, 6:30 p.m. 
12/10 Winter Concert featuring Vocal Music, Orchestra, Symphonic Band, Albany High School, 7 p.m. 
12/11 Albany High School academy lottery, Albany High, 10 a.m. 
12/11 Winter Concerts, Delaware Community School, 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. 
12/11 Winter Concert, Sheridan Preparatory Academy, 6 p.m.
12/11 Board of Education meeting, Philip Schuyler Achievement Academy, 7 p.m.
12/11 Winter Concert, Montessori Magnet School, 7 p.m.
12/15 Winter Concert, Eagle Point Elementary School, 7 p.m.
12/16  Winter Concert, Giffen Memorial Elementary School, 5:30 p.m.
12/16  Winter Concerts, Pine Hills Elementary School, 1:15 p.m. and 7 p.m.
12/16 Winter Concert, Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School, 7 p.m.
12/18  Winter Concerts, Arbor Hill Elementary School, 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.

 

 

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