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Planned 30-minute phone outage Friday

To fix Internet issues that have caused occasional phone and web interruptions recently, the City School District of Albany has planned a 30-minute phone outage Friday morning. 


The outage will begin at 11 a.m. The district's phone system will not be able to receive outside calls during the scheduled 30-minute outage.


If there is an emergency that requires contact with a school, office or department during this time, please contact Director of Communications Ron Lesko at (518) 376-0013. Please visit our District News section to read more.


Wellness Policy update

City School District of Albany Superintendent Kaweeda G. Adams provided an update for families Wednesday regarding the district's Wellness Policy, which seeks to create an environment where healthy eating and physical activity are encouraged for all students.


The Board of Education is in the process of reviewing and updating the Wellness Policy. The Policy Committee is scheduled to discuss the Wellness Policy at its meeting Nov. 8. The meeting will be held at Academy Park at 5:30 p.m. The public is welcome to attend. Please visit our From the Superintendent section for more information.  


Arbor Hill speech

teacher wins regional award

Arbor Hill speech teacher wins regional award   Arbor Hill Elementary School speech teacher Dawn Ray has been named by the Capital Area Speech Language and Hearing Association (CASHA) as the winner of its 2017 Distinguished Service Award.  


Ray’s career in education spans more than three decades, of which the past 23 have been spent serving the children and families of Arbor Hill Elementary. (MORE)


Albany High musicians

chosen for festivals

Eleven Albany High School virtuosos will represent their school Nov. 18 at the Area All-State Music Festival of the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA).


The annual event features outstanding music students from high schools throughout the Capital Region performing in band, chorus, jazz band or orchestra. Students were selected based on scores they received at NYSSMA auditions last spring. (MORE)


District to take part in health survey

The New York State Department of Health has selected the City School District of Albany to take part in a survey about childhood weight.


State law requires that a student be weighed and his or her height measured as part of his or her school health exam for prekindergarten, kindergarten, second, fourth, seventh and 10th grade. These numbers are used to figure out the student’s body mass index, or “BMI. The BMI helps a doctor or nurse know if the student’s weight is in a healthy range for his or her height. (MORE)


District seeks input

on next Albany High principal

The City School District of Albany is inviting students, staff, families and community members to give their input on qualities and characteristics they would like to see in the next Albany High School principal.


Click here to take a survey and provide feedback.


The goal of the nine-question survey is to gain an understanding of what the community is looking for in the leader of Albany High, the district’s flagship school. (MORE)


Albany High saves a potential 318 lives

The results are in, and Albany High School students and staff collected a total of 106 pints of blood, saving a potential 318 lives.


The Albany High community filled the gym for the first of its three annual American Red Cross blood drives on Oct. 12, where they rolled up their sleeves to help save the lives of others. (MORE)


Applications available

for Albany High lottery

Applications are available for the lottery to determine placement in Albany High School’s four academies for the 2018-19 school year.


Click here to download an information booklet and application.


Each of Albany High's four unique academies has its own theme. Each offers electives specific to that theme, and the themes also are woven into the core curriculum. However, students also can take electives in different academies and the electives are equally available to all. (MORE)


Volunteer literacy tutor training Oct. 28

There are still spots available in a free Oct. 28 training for people who want to volunteer as elementary school reading tutors in the City School District of Albany.


The training will be held from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28 at Harriet Gibbons Student Services Center, 75 Watervliet Avenue. Lunch and a beverage will be provided. (MORE)


Social media safety and awareness

City School District of Albany Superintendent Kaweeda G. Adams has shared information with families about social media safety and awareness.


The superintendent's letter informs families about a serious social media safety concern brought to our attention by students. It referred to "Exposure Day" – the posting or sharing of photos or video intended to shame, embarrass, humiliate, intimidate or otherwise “expose” other students. Please visit our From the Superintendent section to read more. We encourage parents and guardians to talk with students about appropriate social media behavior and safety, and also have provided information for families who believe their children may need additional support.


Weekend food program expands again

Beginning in October, 150 more students in the City School District of Albany are taking home backpacks filled with food to help their families provide nutritional meals on the weekends.


The Feed and Read Program, formerly the Weekend Backpack Food Program, is expanding to serve 625 families in the 2017-18 school year. City School District of Albany Superintendent Kaweeda G. Adams joined the Homeless and Travelers Aid Society and other community partners Oct. 4 to kick off the program for another school year. Please visit our District News section to read more.


District lauds great students

The outstanding students who appear in the City School District of Albany’s annual calendar were recognized on Oct. 3 at a special reception in Academy Park.


The calendar features students who stand out in a variety of ways. Some excel in academics, sports, fine arts, visual arts or performing arts. Others are actively involved in community service. Whatever their interests may be, they are all exceptional students who proudly represent their schools and the district as a whole. (MORE)


Winter Guard seeks new members

Attention students in grades 4-12: Albany Winter Guard wants you!


The Albany Winter Guard is a division of the Albany Marching Falcons. Winter guard combines the precision skills of marching band color guards (using flags and other props) with the grace and agility of gymnastics and the choreography of a dance ensemble. Albany Winter Guard teams practice and compete inside during the cold weather. (MORE)


New STEM focus taking flight

A new STEM focus is taking flight at district schools this fall.


The Flying Classroom is a project-based supplemental curriculum concentrated in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math – or STEM. The Flying Classroom also includes activities related to geography, literacy, writing, art and social studies.


It’s the creation of world-record pilot Capt. Barrington Irving, who visited Albany on Sept. 22 to meet with about 100 teachers and staff members to talk about the opportunities for students. Please visit our District News section to read more.


Pre-K spots still available

Want to get your little one into a quality early childhood education program? There are still spots available in City School District of Albany prekindergarten programs based at elementary schools and community agencies.


Please visit our District News section to learn more.


Dads turn out for education

More than 1,600 men showed up at City School District of Albany schools Sept. 19 with a shared goal: to support their children’s education.


And with that common purpose, fathers, grandfathers, stepfathers, uncles, brothers and other male mentors took part in 2017’s Dads Take Your Child to School Day. (MORE)


Albany High seniors are

National Merit Scholarship semifinalists

Albany High School seniors Matan Adler and Max Heller have been named semifinalists in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Competition.


Their outstanding scores on the PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test placed them in the top 1 percent of the 1.6 million students nationwide who took the test. Please visit our District News section to read more. 


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

10/19 Albany High School boys' soccer Section II Class AA playoffs home vs. Niskayuna, 6:30 p.m.
10/19 Board of Education meeting, Arbor Hill Elementary School,
7 p.m.
10/20 Delaware Community School PTA Family Movie Night, 5:30 p.m.
10/20 TOAST PTA Family Movie Night, 6:30 p.m.
10/23 Albany High School Parent University, 5:30-7 p.m.
10/23 Board Policy Committee meeting, Academy Park, 5:30 p.m.
10/24 Albany Fund for Education Gala at Renaissance Albany, 5:30-8:30 p.m. (Details)
10/25 Edmund J. O'Neal Middle School of Excellence Parent University, 5:30-7 p.m.
10/25 Philip J. Schuyler Achievement Academy Parent University: Early Childhood, 5-7 p.m.
10/26 North Albany Academy AVID Family Workshop, 8:45 a.m.
10/26 Albany High School Financial Aid (FAFSA) Help Night, 4-7 p.m.
10/26 Arbor Hill Elementary School Multicultural Potluck Family Dinner, 4:30 p.m.
10/26 TOAST Harvest Fest, 5:30-7 p.m.
10/26 Pine Hills Elementary School Hispanic Heritage Night, 6-8 p.m.
10/26 Sheridan Preparatory Academy Cultural Celebration, 6 p.m.
10/26 Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School Teen Night, 6-8 p.m.
10/27 Arbor Hill Elementary School Pumpkin Run
10/27 New Scotland Elementary School Parent-Teacher Breakfast, 8-9 a.m.
10/27 Eagle Point Elementary School Halloween Party, 6-8 p.m.
10/27 William S. Hackett Middle School Open School Day
10/27 William S. Hackett Middle School Halloween Teen Night, 6-8:30 p.m.
10/28 Albany High School ACT exam, 8 a.m.
10/28 Training session for volunteer elementary-school reading tutors, Harriet Gibbons Student Services Center, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (Details)
10/30 Board Government Relations Committee meeting, Sheridan Preparatory Academy,
8 a.m.
10/30 Albany High School/Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School/Philip J. Schuyler Achievement Academy Parent University: Restorative Justice at Albany High, 5:30-7 p.m.
11/2 Board of Education meeting, New Scotland Elementary School, 7 p.m.
11/3 SAT exam, Albany High School, 8 a.m.
11/6 Freshman, JV and varsity winter sports practices begin
11/7 No school
Superintendent's Conference Day
11/8 Board Policy Committee meeting, Academy Park, 5:30 p.m.
11/10 No school
Veterans Day
11/13 Modified winter sports practices begin (grades 7-8)
11/13 Albany High School lottery applications due
11/16 Albany High School Financial Aid (FAFSA) Help Night, 4-7 p.m.
11/16 Board of Education meeting, Philip J. Schuyler Achievement Academy, 7 p.m.
11/22 No school
Parent-Teacher Conference Day
11/23-24 No school
Thanksgiving Recess