Albany, NY 12202
Shelette R. Pleat,
TOAST to retain
sixth grade for 2014-15
In an effort to address
the high overall enrollment anticipated for William S.
Hackett Middle School, and to provide the best possible
learning environment for all students in 2014-15, Thomas
O’Brien Academy of Science and Technology (TOAST) will
retain its fifth-grade students for sixth grade in
"We understand that this will be an
adjustment for you and our students," TOAST Principal
Shelette Pleat said in a letter mailed to the families
of TOAST's sixth-graders. "Please know that we are
excited to welcome your child back for one more year at
TOAST and will be ready to provide an enriching academic
experience that will prepare all of our sixth-graders
for success in middle school and beyond."
Pleat has invited sixth-grade parents
and students to a meeting at school
Thursday, Aug. 28
from 5-6 pm. She will meet with the families to
answer any questions in advance of the start of school
Thursday, Sept. 4. Please
for additional information.
O'Brien Academy of Science and Technology
The school we know as
Thomas O'Brien Academy of Science and Technology (TOAST)
was built in 1954 as Public School 24. Its namesake is
Thomas O'Brien, who served as principal at P.S. 24 more
than 100 years ago. He died in 1921 at the age of 72,
and the school was named after him when it became at
magnet school in 1990. The original P.S. 24 was built in
1893 and located just a few blocks north of the current
school on the Delaware Avenue plot of land where the
Boys and Girls Club of Albany now stands.
The TOAST building reopened in January 2010 following a complete
renovation. It now features state-of-the-art computers
and technology in every classroom and throughout the
We are proud to be able
to provide a range of programs and services to take care
of our children's academic needs as well as provide
health and wellness services onsite. These services
mobile dental health services through our
partnership with St. Peter's Hospital and Ronald
Click here for more information about the district's
magnet schools, or call the Magnet Office at 475-6551.
begins: 8 a.m.
School day ends:
child care ends: 6 p.m.
- Tuesday, Oct. 21
-- PTA Chat and Chew, noon-1 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 23 --
Music Teachers' Annual Concert and Variety Show,
7 p.m. (Details)
Friday, Oct. 24
- School Picture Day
Harvest Fest and Dance, 5:30-7 p.m.
- Thursday, Nov. 6
-- PBIS meeting, 2:45 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 7
- Bird-watching, 7
- School Spirit Day
First quarter ends
- Monday, Nov. 10
- Staff professional
development day, no school for students
Building Leadership Team meeting, 2:45
- Tuesday, Nov. 11
-- Veterans Day, no school
Friday, Nov. 14 -- College
- Monday, Nov 17
-- PTA meeting, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 18 -- PTA Chat
and Chew, noon-1 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 20 --
PJs for Presents Day
Friday, Nov. 21 -- Parent-Teacher
Conference Day, no school for students
Tuesday, Nov. 25 --
English-Language Arts Night, 5:30-7 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 26 --
Thanksgiving Recess, no school
Thursday, Nov. 27 --
Thanksgiving Day, no school
Friday, Nov. 28 -- Thanksgiving
Recess, no school
News and information
If your child is absent
for any reason, call the school nurse at 475-6875 during
the morning and provide a written excuse when your child
returns to school.