Fall varsity teams earn scholar-athlete
Six fall varsity
teams at Albany High School have received scholar-athlete recognition
from the New York State Public High School Athletic Association.
The award is given to teams with a composite grade-point average of 90
or greater. Girls' teams named are cross country, soccer, swimming,
tennis, and volleyball. The boys' team named is cross country. (MORE)
Holiday concert season is here
If you want to get into the spirit of the season and hear
great music at the same time, catch a holiday concert in the City School District of Albany.
The school concert season officially began Dec. 2 and runs through Dec. 19. (Click
here for the complete schedule).
Also, the Albany Marching Falcons will hold
their annual holiday fundraiser at Barnes and
Noble in Colonie Center on Dec. 11. Get a jump
on your shopping and support the district's
marching band and color guard!
Click here for details.
TOAST engineers work with the pros
at Thomas O'Brien Academy of Science and
Technology (TOAST) were able to show off their
engineering skills Nov. 26 when they built model
roller coasters in their science classroom.
Their work was part of Engineer Day at
TOAST, an effort organized by Congressman Paul
Tonko and his staff to expose students --
particularly girls -- to careers in science,
technology, engineering and math, or STEM.
A mechanical engineer by training, Tonko talked to the
students about the significance of STEM and the
opportunities it offers young people. (MORE)
Where to turn for information
about school closings and delays
With winter on its way and stormy weather
forecast this week, we wanted to share this
reminder about where to find information about
school closings and delays in the City School
District of Albany.
visit our District News section for
information about a wide range of sources for
school closings and delays. Please remember to
rely on more than one source for your
information as power outages and other
weather-related delays can sometimes delay or
prevent communication through some sources.
Community forum on Common Core,
testing, advocacy draws about 100
100 parents, community members and City School
District of Albany staff members attended a
community forum Nov. 19 on state testing,
the Common Core, teacher and principal
evaluations, and legislative advocacy.
Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard,
Ph.D., led a conversation about the many changes
that have come to public schools over the last
year through the New York State Regents Reform
Agenda. Assemblymembers Pat Fahy and John
McDonald, and Citizen Action of New York
representative Mark Emanatian helped audience
members better understand how they can make
their voices heard.
Visit our District News section for more
information about the forum. Thank you to all of
those who attended.
Top Albany High
to take part in
state, regional festivals
Three Albany High School juniors have been
selected among thousands of high school students to participate in
statewide ensembles of the New York State School Music Association
who plays clarinet, will
perform in NYSSMA’s Conference All-State Wind Ensemble.
a violinist, will perform in the Conference All-State Orchestra and
who plays tenor saxophone, will perform in the Conference All-State
Symphonic Band. Their concerts will take place in Rochester in December.
The three students also will perform in Area
All-State groups, regional ensembles of NYSSMA, at concerts in Nov.
22-23 at Saratoga Springs High School. Bangert-Drowns and Criscione will
perform in the orchestra and Fasullo will perform in the jazz ensemble.
They will be joined by 17 other students. (MORE)
Model UN duo
High School freshman Angel Pollydore and senior
Anna Stoneman received kudos for their
performance at the Oct. 26 Horace Mann Model
United Nations Conference in New York City.
Pollydore, left, and
Stoneman represented Poland on the Social,
Humanitarian and Cultural Affairs Committee and
received an “honorable” designation for
distinctive service on the committee.
More than 45 schools from around the Northeast
attended the conference and students represented
the 193 nations of the UN.
This is Stoneman’s third award since joining
Albany High's Model UN Club.
Top teachers get
City School District of Albany celebrated 15 top teachers Wednesday at
the 2013 Golden Apple Awards.
The Golden Apple is an
annual recognition of district teachers who
practice creative and innovative methods that
significantly affect students’ grades, behaviors
and motivation to learn.
Golden Apple Award winner Barbara Rosselli of
New Scotland Elementary School, left, and her
daughter Cheryl Brannock, a school counselor at
Abrookin Career and Technical Center.)
incident prompts reminder
The Albany Police Department
and City School District of Albany are
urging parents to review safety tips with the whole family after
receiving reports of an
adult male inappropriately approaching students Friday morning.
Police are continuing to
investigate the incident, which took place while
elementary school students waited
at a bus stop at South Pearl and Rensselaer
streets. A letter informing parents about the
incident also went home Friday with students who
attend school nearby.
The safety of
all students is a top priority of the district, and
we want to remind parents and guardians to review the following safety
tips with the entire family. This information is
intended to keep children safe while they are walking, biking, riding
a bus to school or from school or anytime they are out in the community without parental supervision.
Elementary celebrates 40th
1973, Richard Nixon was president. The first
cell phone call was made (on a phone weighing
almost two pounds). Supermodel Tyra Banks was
born. And Arbor Hill Elementary School opened.
On Oct. 18,
some 200 people turned out to celebrate the
school's 40th anniversary, including current and
former students, past and present principals and
current and former staff. (Above, at left,
retired Principal Linda Jackson-Chalmers accepts
a plaque from current Principal Rosalind
District launches new monthly TV program
City School District of Albany has launched a new monthly television
program on Channel Albany/Channel 18, one of the city’s new
public-access channels. “Capital Education” airs
Tuesday at 7:30 p.m., Thursday at 1:30 p.m. and Saturday at 4:30 p.m. The program is available on Ch. 18 only in Albany.
“‘Capital Education’ is another way for our
school district to provide information to our
families and the community about the great
people and programs in Albany’s public schools,”
said Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard,
Visit our District News section to read
Albany High seniors get National Merit nod
An Albany High School senior has been named a
semifinalist in the competition for prestigious
National Merit Scholarships, ranking him among
top students in the United States.nother senior has been named a National
Merit Commended Student.
Tarwerdi is among the 1.5 million students nationwide that took the
2012 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. His
stellar scores place him in the top 1 percent of students in both New
York state and the U.S. (MORE)
Re-Imagining Albany High School
The City School District of Albany is continuing the planning process to develop a vision for the
future of high school education in our city this summer.
Summer workshops provided opportunities for district staff,
students and community members to provide their
input in this ongoing work. Stay tuned for more
opportunities as the process continues this
Albany High School" section for more
information. You will find a
Frequently Asked Questions,
and also a link to an online survey that will
allow you to provide additional feedback.
Stay tuned for many more opportunities to be
part of this important process during the
2013-14 school year.
Community swimming offered at Myers
swimming once again is available at Stephen
and Harriet Myers Middle School during the
2013-14 school year.
pool is open to adults 50 and over on
Monday evenings and to families on Wednesday
evenings. For the family swim night on
Wednesdays, participants under 18 must be
accompanied by an adult. (MORE)