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Working together to keep

our students and our community safe

Spring finally is here to stay, with opportunities to be outside more often and walk or ride a bike to places that we might take the car or bus during the cold months -- including school!

 

This also is a good time to refresh ourselves about the important steps that are necessary to ensure the safety of our more than 11,000 students and staff each day. Please visit our From the Superintendent section for important reminders about safety tips to review at home with the entire family.

 

 

ASH's global citizens
plant trees for Arbor Day

The theme of Albany School of Humanities (ASH) is global citizenship, which teaches students that they have the power to make positive impacts on the world at large.

 

ASH students put this philosophy into action as they celebrated Arbor Day by planting trees behind the school on April 28. They also marked the occasion by performing an environmental-themed song for Mayor Kathy Sheehan, who stopped by with an official Arbor Day proclamation. (MORE)

 

Award-winning authors

to visit Giffen this Saturday

The author of the “Jigsaw Jones” children’s mystery series is among the award-winning writers who will discuss their craft Saturday at “Meet the Author and Illustrator Day.”

 

City School District of Albany families are invited to the event, scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Giffen Memorial Elementary School, 274 South Pearl St. In addition to presentations by authors and a free continental breakfast, Giffen musicians will perform throughout the day. (MORE)

 

Budget proposal would hold

tax levy flat for the second year in a row

Albany voters will consider an annual school budget with no tax-levy increase for the second year in a row and the third time in seven years when they head to the polls May 16.

 

The City School District of Albany Board of Education voted April 12 to approve a $240.2 million budget proposal that is supported by strong state funding. Please visit our 2017-18 Budget News section for complete information about the proposal.

 

State math tests May 2-4

A reminder that next week students in grades 3-8 will take state tests that measure math skills. Schools will administer the tests May 2-4. (MORE)

 

Albany High teacher

joins PAL Hall of Fame

Congratulations to Albany High School physical education teacher Ashley Chapple, whose hard work and dedication to the youth of the city have earned her an induction to the Albany Police Athletic League (PAL) Hall of Fame. (MORE)

 

Albany High senior named

Presidential Scholar semifinalist

Albany High School senior Santos Otero has been named a semifinalist in the 2017 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program.

 

That means he is in the running to be one of up to 141 scholars from throughout the country selected for the prestigious program, one of the nation’s highest honors for high-school students. (MORE)

 

Advisory group:

District needs four middle schools

The committee tasked with studying long-term enrollment in the City School District of Albany on Monday recommended that the district operate four middle schools to accommodate its increasing student population.

 

The Phase 2 Grade Configuration Steering Committee – made up of parents, community members and district staff – is studying long-term middle-school enrollment options in the district as the number of students continues to exceed the existing space available. (MORE)

 

Albany High choir gets top marks

They sang three pieces of challenging music at the most difficult level of competition. And the judges gave their performance the highest possible rating.

 

Led by Director Brendan Hoffman, Albany High School's Select Choir earned a "gold with distinction" rating – the highest given to any performing group – at the New York State School Music Association's Choral Festival on April 13 at Niskayuna High School. (MORE)

 

NYU Steinhardt partnership

to help develop teaching staff

The City School District of Albany has forged a new partnership with New York University in its ongoing efforts to develop its teaching staff to better serve all students and families.

 

The partnership with NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development will bring the Embedded Master of Arts in Teaching Residency Program to the district beginning with the 2017-18 school year. Please visit our District News section to read more.

 

District STEM teachers recognized

in state Master Teacher Program

Four City School District of Albany teachers have been recognized in the state’s 2017 STEM Master Teacher Program, celebrating their work to deliver innovative science, technology, engineering and math education to their students.

 

Albany’s representatives are among 37 2017 STEM Master Teachers in the Capital Region. Please visit our District News section to read more.

 

North Albany nurse in

contention for national recognition

North Albany Academy’s Lenore Palladino has been recognized as New York State’s top school nurse in the America’s Greatest School Nurse contest!

 

She was selected over more than 500 school nurses nominated across New York for exemplifying the caring and compassionate nature of nursing, a passion for the job and making a personal impact on students. She is now in contention for the national award, which will be announced in May. (MORE)

 

Albany High jazz talent

to be featured on Ch. 18 during April

The Albany High School Jazz Ensemble will celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month with appearances throughout April on Channel 18, one of Albany’s three public-access television stations.

 

The ensemble will perform on the show “Albany Tempo Spectrum,” which will air at 5 p.m. on April 1. The show will run Thursday-Sunday at 5 p.m. during the rest of the month. (MORE)

 

50 North Lark co-principals

meet future students

North Albany Academy students in grades 5-7 who will be attending the new middle school at 50 North Lark in September had their first opportunity to meet their future co-principals March 24.

 

Veteran City School District of Albany administrators Malik Jones and Kandie Antonetti will be serving as co-principals of the new middle school, and visited each of the elementary schools with grades moving to 50 North Lark in late March and early April. (MORE)

 

District reaffirms commitment

to safeguarding all students' rights

The City School District of Albany applauds our state government, law and education leaders' strong opposition to what Gov. Cuomo correctly has called "the misguided action taken by the federal government" to rescind legal protections for transgender students, said Interim Superintendent Kimberly Young Wilkins, Ed.D.

 

"The City School District of Albany absolutely will continue to protect transgender students and all of our students from discrimination and harassment -- because it's still the law in New York in spite of this misguided federal action, and, most importantly, because it will always be the right thing to do," Dr. Wilkins said. Please visit our District News section to read more about the district's commitment to all studetns and families.

 

Albany High grad rate rises

to 62 percent for Class of 2016

Albany High School’s graduation rate increased for the third consecutive year in 2016 and surpassed 60 percent for the first time in eight years.

 

The graduation rate for the Class of 2016 was 62 percent, according to State Education Department data. Please visit our District News section to read more.

 

District seeks substitute teachers, TAs

The City School District of Albany is continually hiring for substitutes to fill various long- and short-term positions throughout the district. Click here to see the daily rates of pay.

 

For more information, contact the Office of Human Resources at 475-6057, 475-6023, humanresources@albany.k12.ny.us or visit the Employment section of the website.

 

Calendar spotlights

exceptional students

Great things are happening in Albany's public schools. And that's partly because we have so many great students!

 

The 2016-17 school calendar features the faces of 25 exceptional young people in the City School District of Albany. They are but a small fraction of the outstanding students who attend our schools. (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 steps in that process have been the hirings of 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.

  

Community swimming at Myers

The City School District of Albany once again is offering free community swimming at Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School this school year.

 

Swimming is available on Monday and Wednesday evenings when school is in session. Please visit our District News section for details. 

  

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

4/29 Giffen Memorial Elementary School Meet the Author-Illustrator Day, 9:30 a.m.
4/29 Philip Schuyler Achievement Academy Parent University: Literacy at home, 10 a.m.-noon
5/1 Pine Hills Elementary School Junior Writers Week begins
5/2-4 New York State math exam for grades 3-8
5/2 Albany High School National Honor Society Inductions, 6:30 p.m.
5/3 William S. Hackett Middle School Honor Roll Reception, 8:30-9:45 a.m.
5/4 North Albany Academy Honor Roll Dinner, 5 p.m.
5/4 Board of Education budget hearing and meeting, Albany High School, 7 p.m.
5/5 Delaware Community School Cinco de Mayo Celebration, 5:30-7 p.m.
5/5 Elementary School Art Show, Albany Institute of History and Art, 5-8 p.m.
5/6 Albany High School SAT exam, 8 a.m.
5/6 Sheridan Preparatory Academy Parent University: Literacy at home, 10 a.m.-noon
5/8 New Scotland Elementary School Spring Concert at William S. Hackett Middle School, 7 p.m.
5/16 SCHOOL BUDGET VOTE
5/16 Philip Schuyler Achievement Academy Spring Concerts, 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.
5/16 Eagle Point Elementary School Spring Literacy Celebration, 5:30-7 p.m.
5/16 Montessori Magnet School Spring Concert at Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School, 7 p.m.
5/17 Parent University Year End Celebration at Albany High School, 6 p.m.
5/17 Sheridan Preparatory Academy Spring Concert, 6 p.m.
5/17 TOAST Spring Concert, 6:30 p.m.
5/18 Arbor Hill Elementary School TCBY Family Night, 5 p.m.
5/18 Board of Education meeting, Montessori Magnet School, 7 p.m.
5/18-5/20 Albany High School Promising Playwrights Festival, 7 p.m.
5/19 ASH Multicultural Celebration, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
5/20 TOAST Parent University: Literacy at home, 10 a.m.-noon
5/22 Grade Configuration Steering Committee meeting, Harriet Gibbons Student Services Center, 6-8 p.m.
6/1 Board of Education meeting, Pine Hills Elementary School,
7 p.m.
6/2 Albany High School English as a New Language (ENL) Potluck Dinner, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
6/3 SAT exam, Albany High School, 8 a.m.
6/5 NYS science written exam, grade 4 and grade 8
6/10 ACT exam, Albany High School, 8 a.m.
6/10 Soccer Alumni Games, Albany High School, women's game 1 p.m., men's game 3 p.m. (Details)
6/15 Board of Education meeting, Thomas O'Brien Academy of Science and Technology (TOAST),
7 p.m.
6/25 Albany High School Graduation, Times Union Center, 2 p.m.