Happy New Year!
A welcome message from Dr. Colucciello as the 2012-13 school year
ALBANY, N.Y. (Sept.
5, 2012) -- As we begin the 2012-13 school year, a warm
welcome to those of you are new to us, and an equally warm welcome-back
to those of you who are returning. I invite you to take a moment to
visit our online Photo Gallery to see pictures from around the
district on the first day of school Tuesday, Sept. 4. I visited six of
our schools on the first day and was impressed with the level of
instruction taking place in every building. Our staff members were well
prepared to serve our 8,600 students and their families.
As always at the start of a new year, students will
experience back-to-school excitement and jitters as they take on a new
set of academic challenges.
My colleagues may be feeling the same way as we face
our own new challenges this school year. A
new state law requires that, for the first time ever, teachers,
principals and administrators be graded on our job performance. The
evaluation process is designed to help educators get better at what
they do, just as tests, quizzes and homework are designed to help
students get better in a given subject.
Now, more than ever, the success of one is tied to the success of the
other, and vice versa. That has always been the case. However, what
happens now goes on everyone’s permanent record.
The 2012-13 school year also starts off with several
changes. Since the end of the last school year, six
administrators with nearly 200 years of combined experience have
To begin with, we soon
will welcome a new superintendent.
Vanden Wyngaard, Ph.D., comes to us from Paterson, N.J., with the
experience and the vision to lead our district forward. She has
exceptional credentials, and I know that she will find an exceptional
community ready to embrace the challenges that lie ahead.
We also have several new and
highly qualified district leaders stepping up, including Albany High
School Interim Principal
Cecily Wilson, Albany School of Humanities (ASH) Principal
Englehardt Jr., Giffen Memorial Elementary School Principal
and Philip J. Schuyler Achievement Academy Principal
Please welcome all the new leaders with enthusiasm and give them your
full support and commitment.
My time with you is almost up. It has been a pleasure to serve you and
the entire Albany community over these past three years. We have made
progress together on behalf of our students, and I know you are poised
to make even greater strides this year and in the years to come.
Best wishes for a happy and successful school year to
all of you.
Raymond Colucciello, Ed.D.
The mission of the City School District of
Albany is to educate and nurture all students to be
responsible citizens, critical thinkers and lifelong learners to
successfully compete in the global community by providing an
academically rigorous and safe environment in partnership with parents,
students and the community. The district serves about 8,600
students in 15
elementary, middle and high schools. In addition to neighborhood
schools, the district includes several magnet schools and programs, as
well as other innovative academic opportunities for students,
including four themed academies at Albany High