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Latest news ...

No school Wednesday through Friday

All City School District of Albany students will be off Wednesday through Friday this week. Parent-teacher conferences are scheduled Wednesday district-wide. All schools and offices will be closed Thursday and Friday for Thanksgiving break. We will return Monday.

 

Have a happy, healthy and safe Thanksgiving!

 

Pre-K spots still available

Are you considering prekinder-

garten for your 4-year-old, or do you know someone who might be? There are still spots available for 2017-18 in City School District of Albany prekindergarten programs based at elementary schools and community agencies.

 

Please visit our District News section to learn more.

 

District plans MBWE,

workforce development workshops

The City School District of Albany is hosting three MWBE/Workforce Development Community Workshops from late November through late January. These workshops are designed to help individuals and MWBE companies learn how to position themselves for work on facilities projects throughout the state and region.

 

All three workshops will cover the same material. The first workshop is planned for Thursday, Nov. 30 from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Capital South Campus Center, 20 Warren St. Please visit our Rebuilding Albany High School section for more information, including information about how to add your name or company to our contact list to receive future updates.

 

Albany High musicians

chosen for Suburban Council festival

A dozen outstanding Albany High School vocalists and instrumentalists have been selected from among top local high-school musicians to perform in the Suburban Council Music Festival.

 

The annual festival will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13 at Columbia High School, 962 Luther Road, East Greenbush. Ensembles will include a high-school band, chorus and orchestra and a middle-school jazz band. (MORE)

 

Senior earns engineering distinction

Congratulations to Albany High School senior Erin Lippitt, who has earned an Advanced Placement-Project Lead the Way Achievement in Engineering award.

         

She is one of some 3,000 students from throughout the United States to receive the distinction from The College Board. (MORE)

  

A warmer winter on the way

Thousands of students throughout the City School District of Albany will have a warmer winter once again this year thanks to the mayor’s annual Cash for Coats clothing drive.

 

Superintendent Kaweeda G. Adams joined Mayor Kathy M. Sheehan, Cash for Coats sponsors and students at North Albany Academy on Nov. 14 for the distribution of winter coats, hats, gloves and scarves.

 

“I know I speak for everyone in the school district when I say that I am profoundly grateful to everyone who helped make this wonderful day possible,” Adams said. “Thank you!” Please visit our District News section to read more.

 

District experiencing

periodic phone interruptions

The City School District of Albany is experiencing periodic phone outages. We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause as you try to reach a school, office or department.

 

If you are not able to get through to us in an emergency, please contact Director of Communications Ron Lesko at (518) 376-0013. We are continuing to work with our provider to fix the problems that are causing these intermittent service interruptions. Thank you for your patience and consideration as we work to resolve this issue.

    

Albany High principal search

survey open through Monday

The City School District of Albany invites all families and community members to complete a survey that will help inform the search for Albany High School's next principal.

 

The survey allows all participants to provide input on the qualities and characteristics they believe are most important in Albany High’s leader. Click here to take the survey, which has been extended until Monday, Nov. 20. You also can visit our District News section for more information about the search and the timeline.

 

The Family Engagement Survey

The City School District of Albany is asking all families to take a survey that will help guide its work to raise achievement for all students.

 

The Family Engagement Survey will be open through Dec. 22. All responses are anonymous. Staff also will work with students in grades 3-12 to get their responses.

 

For more information, including the survey password and links to the survey in multiple languages, please visit our From the Superintendent section. You can click here to access the survey directly in English. We look forward to your input!

 

School food survey deadline Nov. 30

Whitsons Culinary Group, which provides breakfast and lunch to all district schools, is conducting a 12-question survey in order to get feedback on student and parent satisfaction. The survey will be open through Nov. 30.

 

Click here to take the survey. You also can scan the QR code in this attachment and take the survey on your cell phone.

 

Albany High basketball standouts announce college decisions

Albany High School girls' basketball standouts Haille Hart and Bridget Whelan announced their college decisions Nov. 13 surrounded by family, friends, teammates and coaches.

 

Hart, a 6-foot foward/center, signed a National Letter of Intent to attend NCAA DIvision II Clarion University of Pennsylvania. Whelan, a 5-foot-8 shooting guard, announced that she will attend SUNY New Paltz, one of the state's top NCAA Division III programs. Please visit our Athletics News section to read more.

 

'Capital Education' fall edition out now

The fall edition of "Capital Education," the City School District of Albany's award-winning quarterly newsletter is available online now.

 

The lead story in this edition highlights the Theatre Mentor Program, a unique partnership between students at Albany High School and Albany School of Humanities (ASH). You can also view this video about the program.

 

District responding

to suspension disparities

In response to the report of the New York State Attorney General’s Office, the City School District of Albany has reaffirmed its commitment to changing discipline practices and procedures that have perpetuated disproportionate suspension rates for black students and students with disabilities.

 

Two important individuals in that process are Independent Monitor Maxine Fantroy-Ford, Ed.D. (at left in photo above), and Chief Ombudsperson Valarie Ann Scott (at right). Please visit our Assurance of Discontinuance section to read more, and to find out how to contact the chief ombudsperson if you have complaints about student discipline.

  

  

 
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Mark your calendar
Upcoming events
(visit each school's page for more listings; visit our Athletics section for game schedules) 

11/21 Philip J. Schuyler Achievement Academy PTA Harvest Festival, 6 p.m.
11/22 No school
Parent-Teacher Conference Day
11/23-24 No school
Thanksgiving Recess
11/29 Board Facilities Committee meeting, Academy Park, 5:30 p.m.
11/30 MWBE/Workforce Development Community Workshop, Capital South Campus Center, 20 Warren St., 6-7:30 p.m. (Details)
12/2 SAT exam, Albany High School, 8 a.m.
12/4 Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School Winter Concert, 6:30 p.m.
12/4 New Scotland Elementary School Winter Concert at William S. Hackett Middle School, 7 p.m.
12/5 North Albany Academy Winter Concert and Art Show, 6 p.m.
12/5 William S. Hackett Middle School Winter Concert and PTA Dessert Auction, 6:30 p.m.
12/6 Board Government Relations Committee meeting, Sheridan Preparatory Academy,
8 a.m.
12/6 Board Policy Committee meeting, Academy Park, 5:30 p.m.
12/6 Albany High School Winter Concert, 6:30 p.m.
12/9 ACT exam, Albany High School, 8 a.m.
12/11 TOAST Winter Concert for grades 4-6, 6:30 p.m.
12/11 Eagle Point Elementary School Winter Concert, 7 p.m.
12/12 Pine Hills Elementary School Winter Concerts, 1:15 p.m. and 7 p.m.
12/12 Giffen Memorial Elementary School Winter Concert, 5:30 p.m.
12/13 Philip J. Schuyler Achievement Academy Winter Concerts, 2:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.
12/13 Albany High School Winter Concert, 6:30 p.m.
12/14 Delaware Community School Winter Concerts, 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.
12/14 Board of Education meeting, Edmund J. O'Neal Middle School of Excellence, 7 p.m.
12/14 Montessori Magnet School Winter Concert, 7 p.m.
12/15 TOAST Winter Concert, for pre-K through grade 3, 9 a.m.
12/18 Edmund J. O'Neal Middle School of Excellence Winter Concert, 6:30 p.m.
12/19 Sheridan Preparatory Academy Winter Concert, 6 p.m.
12/20 MWBE/Workforce Development Community Workshop, Albany High School, 6-7:30 p.m. (Details)
12/21 Albany School of Humanities (ASH) Winter Concerts, 9 a.m. and 7 p.m.
12/21 Arbor Hill Elementary School Winter Concerts, 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.
12/25-1/1 No school
Holiday Recess
1/4 Board of Education meeting, Albany High School, 7 p.m.
1/16 Board of Education meeting, Albany School of Humanities (ASH),
7 p.m.
1/23 MWBE/Workforce Development Community Workshop, Edmund J. O'Neal Middle School of Excellence, 6-7:30 p.m. (Details)