Times Union reported Sept. 28 on efforts by the
Albany and Schenectady city school districts to increase student
City School District of Albany
Director of Health, Physical Education and Athletics Kathy Ryan was
featured in a Sept. 27
Times Union article about the low numbers of women
leading collegiate athletic departments in the United States.
TimeWarner Cable News/Ch. 9 provided coverage of Dads
Take Your Kids to School Day activities at Thomas O'Brien Academy of
Science and Technology (TOAST) on Sept. 22. More than 1,000 dads and
father figures participated in the event throughout the district.
Times Union highlighted Albany High School junior
receiver Jarrell Chaney in its Sept. 21 weekly student-athlete honor
Times Union highlighted the members of the City
School District of Albany
Hall of Fame Class of 2015 on Sept. 16.
With Albany experiencing its first
heat wave of the summer as the new school year began,
TWCNews/Ch. 9 talked with Director of Athletics Kathy
Ryan on Sept. 9 about precautions for student-athletes in high heat
Times Union back-to-school online photo gallery
included several pictures from the first day at West Hill Middle
School on Sept. 8 (images 11-18). The newspaper's Sept. 9 edition
featured a West Hill photo on the front page.
Times Union reported Sept. 8 on construction
projects at several area school districts, including the athletic
field and swimming pool projects at Albany High School.
Scotland Elementary School PTA organized a colorful start to the new
school year, bringing students and families together on Labor Day to
write and draw back-to-school messages in chalk on the sidewalks
outside of school. The messages greeted staff, students and families
when the school year began the following day.
WNYT/Ch. 13 provided coverage.
Times Union reported Sept. 7
about the challenges and opportunities for the 2015-16 school year
at West Hill Middle School and William S. Hackett Middle School.
A new era in Albany High School
football kicked off Sept. 5 at the University at Albany's Bob Ford
Field as the Falcons took on Columbia in new coach Joey DiPiazza's
first game. The Falcons started fast but wore down late as Columbia
pulled away for a 34-7 win. Read about the game in the Sept. 6
Staff from Giffen Memorial
Elementary School and New Scotland Elementary School welcomed author
Debby Irving on Sept. 4 to discuss her book "Waking up White: and
Finding Myself in the Story of Race."
CBS6Albany provided coverage of the professional
Times Union reported Aug. 16 about the impending
start of a new era in Albany High School football as first-year
coach Joey DiPiazza prepares for his first season.
Times Union reported Aug. 13 on the "receivership"
public hearing Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard, Ph.D.,
hosted at William S. Hackett Middle School the previous evening.
Times Union reported Aug. 12 on the research that
Albany High School students Dhimiter Cobani and Emily Ha are
conducting during the summer at Albany College of Pharmacy and
Several media outlets covered public
hearings that Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard, Ph.D.,
conducted Aug. 11 at Albany High School and Philip Schuyler
Achievement Academy on the state's new "receviership" law.
The Aug. 3
Times Union included a notice of the City School
District of Albany's three scheduled public hearings Aug. 11-12
regarding receivership and changes it will have this school year at
Albany High School, Philip Schuyler Achievement Academy and William
S. Hackett Middle School.
Times Union reported Aug. 2 on the City School
District of Albany's door-to-door community-outreach efforts to
inform families from the closed Brighter Choice charter middle
schools that registration will be available Aug. 5 at the district's
new West Hill Middle School.
Albany High School football coach
Joey DiPiazza talked with
FOX Sports AM-980/Albany Sports Radio about the
upcoming season July 28. Senior Reed Drucker, soon to be a member of
DiPiazza's first team and an aspiring sports journalist, joined host
Rodger Wyland to ask the questions.
Media coverage of the July 21
groundbreaking ceremony for the new athletic field at Albany High
School included the front page of the
Times Union Sports section.
The July 17
Times Union included a story about an agreement on
federal education funding that included full support for Title I
funding for 2015-16. The City School District of Albany could have
lost about $2 million of its $4.2 million in Title I funding without
the agreement, which was supported by U.S. Sen. Charles E. Schumer.
Times Union reported July 17 about the State
Education Department's official list of 144 "persistently
struggling" and "struggling" school statewide, and steps districts
must take to avoid losing local control over decisions affecting
those schools. The list includes William S. Hackett Middle School
("persistently struggling"), Albany High School ("struggling") and
Philip Schuyler Achievement Academy ("struggling").
Times Union included photos and a complete listing
of the City School District of Albany's locations for
free summer meals in its July 6 editions.
The July 2
Times Union included a story about the City School
District of Albany's plan to lease the former Brigher Choice middle
schools to serve students in grades 6-8 for the 2015-16 school year.
The schools closed at the end of the 2014-15 school year due to low
26 edition of the weekly
Business Review featured an interview with Albany
High School parent James Ketterer, whose daughter Molly ranked fifth
out of nearly 400 students in the Class of 2015 and is headed to
prestigious Barnard College in New York City this fall.
The June 26
Times Union included a look at taxpayer-funded
middle-school education in Albany in conjunction with the closure of
the city's fourth and fifth charter middle schools.
CBS6Albany reported June 25 on the last day of classes
at the Brighter Choice charter middle schools, the fourth and fifth
charter schools to close in Albany due to poor academic performance.
The City School District of Albany will operate the schools as West
Hill Middle School for one year in 2015-16 while the district's
Configuration Steering Committee helps the Board of Education
plan for elementary and middle-school enrollment in 2016-17 and
CBS6Albany talked with Superintendent Marguerite Vanden
Wyngaard, Ph.D., on June 11 about the City School District of
Albany's plans to serve the students and families who will be
affected by the closure of the Brighter Choice charter middle
schools at the end of June.
Albany School of Humanities on June 8 to advocate for continued
federal funding for school meals and summer meals. Check out
coverage in the
CBS6Albany reported May 28 about Albany High School
teacher Brian Huskie's efforts to establish a scholarship fund
through the University at Albany to assist refugee students in
New State Education Commissioner
visited Pine Hills Elementary School on May 27, one day after
taking on her new job. Check out coverage in the
Times Union reported May 21 on the new state law
regarding school receivership, previewing that night's Board of
Education discussion on the topic.
WTEN/Ch. 10 reported May 20 on the successful vote for
Proposition #2, which will bring a new artificial-turf athletic
field to Albany High School.
WTEN/Ch. 10 reported May 19 on the annual budget vote
in Albany, including an interview with Superintendent Marguerite
Vanden Wyngaard, Ph.D.
WNYT/Ch. 13 recognized Albany High School student
Victoria LaVigne as one of its "13 Kids Who Care" on May 11.
Times Union sports columnist James Allen shared
his opinion April 27 about the
proposed Albany High School athletic field, which voters will
consider May 19 along with the
budget and a second tax-free proposition (subscription may
be required to read the whole article).
Times Union included the City School District of
Albany in a round-up story April 23 following the first day of the
2015 state math exam for students in grades 3-8.
Times Union included Superintendent Marguerite
Vanden Wyngaard, Ph.D., in an April 19 follow-up story about the
increase in parents locallyo and statewide opting their children out
of this year's state ELA exam.
Times Union included the City School District of
Albany in an April 15 roundup of families choosing to have their
children opt out of the annual state English-language arts exam. Of
the 3,854 district students in grades 3-8, 597 opted out on the
first day of the ELA exam, about 16 percent. Other local coverage
including the district:
Time Warner Cable News/Ch. 9 and
Times Union reported April 10 about the closing of
two Brighter Choice middle schools at the end of the current school
year and the distric'ts plans to serve the returning students and
reported April 2 about the
budget-development discussion at the previous night's Board of
The April edition of
included an article about Albany's failing charter schools, most
recently two Brighter Choice middle schools slated to close at the
end of the current school year.
Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard, Ph.D., was one of three
local superintendents and 13 statewide to send a letter to Gov.
Cuomo urging him to provide fair and equitable funding for
high-needs school districts, and to find alternative ways to reach
students impacted by poverty. The
Times Union reported March 31.
WNYT/Ch. 13 recognized
Albany High School's Ward Dales, director of the school's Theatre
Ensemble, as a Top Teacher for the 2014-15 school year March 25.
WRGB/Ch 6 each featured stories March 24 about
second-graders in Susan Fowler's class at Delaware Community School
Skyping with a group of Ugandan orphan boys.
Times Union included Albany High School
guidance counselor Karen Moorby in a March 21 story about a local
couple who are raising money to help a former Albany High student.
Times Union and
WNYT/Ch. 13 featured the Albany High School Robotics
Club in their coverage of the March 20 FIRST Robotics Competition at
The March 20
Times Union included coverage of the previous
night's Board of Education meeting, focusing on development of the
2015-16 budget proposal.
Times Union featured Albany High School junior
Jahari Coleman in its Pine Hills blog March 19. Coleman was one of
the top sprinters in Section II and in the state during the indoor
track and field season.
reported March 19 on Albany School of Humanities' school-banking
program in partnership with SEFCU
reported March 16 about the New York
State Board of Regents' decision to reject the full five-year
renewal requests by the Brighter Choice boys' and girls' elementary
schools and instead give both schools a short-term three-year
renewal. The decision reflected both schools' subpar performance in
their current charter terms.
Times Union stopped by Albany School of Humanities
(ASH) on March 14 as the Albany Marching Falcons prepared to leave
for the highly anticipated
trip to Ireland to participate in the Dublin St. Patrick's Day
Parade on March 17.
WNYT/Ch. 13 on March 9 spotlighted Albany High School
junior Laura Manilenko as one of "13 Kids Who Care" in the Capital
The March 9
Times Union included a story about New York State
Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli's criticism of the finances of the
Brighter Choice Charter Miiddle School for Girls, which on March 6
was ordered by the State University of New York to close.
Times Union and
reported March 9 about a crumbling exterior wall at Albany High
Times Union reported March 7 about the State
University of New York Board of Trustees' decision to close the
Brighter Choice middle schools for boys and girls at the end of the
current school year.
featured the Albany High School Robotics Team on March 6 in a story
about their participation in the upcoming
New York Tech Valley
Regional FIRST Robotics Team competition.
On March 4, the
Times Union named Albany High School junior Jahari
Coleman the Athlete of the Month for February.
WNYT/Ch. 13 featured a story on Feb. 28 about a Selma
commemorative event that included musicians from Stephen and Harriet
Myers Middle School.
Times Union featured Superintendent Marguerite
Vanden Wyngaard, Ph.D., in a Feb. 26 story about
The Albany Promise 2014 Report Card release.
Times Union included comments from Superintendent
Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard, Ph.D., in a Feb. 26 story about a
charter-school-advocacy group calling for the state to take over
"Priority Schools" in the 2015-16 school year. "The premise of (a
state takeover) is that other folks can do that better," Dr. V told
the newspaper. "And I understand that notion. It's a business model,
but we are not that kind of business. We are not creating a factory
or parts. We are trying to develop human beings."
Times Union published a letter to the editor Feb.
23 from Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School sixth-grader Sarah
Times Union included Albany High School junior
Jahari Coleman in its Feb. 22 coverage of the Section II Division I
girls' indoor track and field championships. Coleman won the 55
meters and the 300 meters to help the Lady Falcons to a strong
fourth-place team finish.
Times Union covered
the Albany High School girls' basketball team's impressive 96-56 win
over New York City's Frederick Douglas Academy on Feb. 16. The Lady
Falcons finished the regular season 17-2 and aiming for their second
Section II Class AA championship in the last three years.
TWC/Ch. 9 featured Albany High School
senior Jerryangelo Torres as Scholar Athlete of the Week on Feb. 9.
A Feb. 7 entry in
the Times Union Pine Hills blog,
written by journalism students at The College of St. Rose, featured
Albany High School students whose artwork was
selected for a regional exhibit in February.
featured Albany High School senior Cy-Mier
Dace on Feb. 3 as its Athlete of the Week.
TWC/Ch. 9 featured Albany High School seniors Mylah
Chandler, Ariel Greer and Cyla Wilson as Scholar Athletes of the
Week on Jan. 27.
The Jan. 25
Times Union included coverage of the previous
day's fund-raiser at the Albany Ancient Order of Hibernians Hall to
benefit the Albany Marching Falcons' upcoming
trip to Ireland.
Students from the Automotive
Technologies program at Albany High School's Abrookin Career and
Technical Institute got a behind-the-scenes look at the mechanics of
Monster Jam at the Times Union Center on Jan. 16. The
Times Union published photos of their experience
on the front page Jan. 17, with additional photos online.
Senior Mylah Chandler had 12 points,
20 rebounds, five blocked shots and three assists Jan. 15 to lead
the Albany High School girls' basketball team to a 47-41 victory at
rival Catholic Central. Check out coverage of the game in the
Check out this Jan. 14
WNYT/Ch. 13 story about students from Giffen Memorial
Elementary School and Stephen and Harriet Myers MIddle School who
have formed a music group to spread a positive message for their
peers. They call themselves "Young and Gifted" -- and they are!
YNN/Ch. 9 visited Albany School of Humanities (ASH) on
Jan. 13 for a story about the school's Blast-Off for Math
activities, a precursor to ASH's second annual Math Night on Jan.
15. You also can
visit our Photo Gallery for more information about the event.
WNYT/Ch. 13 covered a fundraiser Jan. 11 at the North
Albany American Legion Post to benefit the Albany Marching Falcons,
travel to Ireland in March.
Times Union covered the second blood drive of the
school year Jan. 9 at Albany High School.
CBS6Albany interviewed Assistant Superintendent for
Business Affairs Bill Hogan for a Jan. 9 story about the severe
impact that the state's gap elimination adjustment has had on the
district over the past five years.
City School District of Albany School
Lunch Director Lisa Finkenbinder was featured in the
Times Union's Jan. 8 coverage of the annual New
York School Nutrition Association Regional Seminar in Albany.
Members of the Siena College men's
and women's basketball teams, including 2013 Albany High School
graduate Emia Willingham-Hurst, visited North Albany Academy on Jan.
Times Union and
CBS6Albany provided coverage.
ESPN Radio/104.5 FM interviewed Albany High School's
new football coach, Joey DiPiazza, on Dec. 16.
The Times Union
reported on Albany High School's new football coach, Joey
DiPiazza, in its
Dec. 11 and
Dec. 12 editions.
The Nov. 20
Times Union provided coverage of the previous
night's district-wide enrollment and grade-configuration
presentation at Delaware Community School.
The Nov. 19
Times Union included a story about the district's
planning process to address growing student enrollment.
Visit our From the Superintendent section for additional
Albany High School senior Mylah Chandler
signed a National Letter of Intent on Nov. 14 to play basketball
at Division I Colgate University next year.
CBS6Albany and YNN/Ch. 9 (video not
available online) were there to cover it.
WNYT/Ch. 13 covered the New York State Office of People
with Developmental Disabilities event at the New York State Museum
on Nov. 6 at which Albany High School and the City School District
of Albany's Special Education Department were recognized for
programs that successfully transition students from high school to
Visit our District News section to read more about the 2014
Youth Transition Award.
City School District of Albany Director of ESL and Refugee Services
Tom Giglio was among the interview subjects for a Nov. 2
Times Union story about ESL services in area
Times Union reported Oct. 31 on the Albany High
School football team's
win at Lansingburgh to close out the season
and coach Jon McClement's five-year tenure.
Several local TV stations covered the Oct. 24 announcement of the
district's partnership with CDPHP, the Albany Police Department and
Albany PAL on
an anti-bullying poster contest for fourth- and fifth-graders:
Times Union reported Oct. 23 on the first of two
public forums for the four candidates running for Board of Education
seats in the November elections.
Several local media outets reported Oct. 22-23 regarding
of a student in the evening program at Abrookin Career and
Technical Center. Albany police found a gun in his possession when
they came to school to arrest him on an unrelated matter.
Several local media outlets reported on the district's Oct. 22
an independent audit regarding billing and payment for a
New Scotland Elementary School fourth-grader Olivia Penna was
recognized Oct. 22 as the grand-prize winner in this year's
Times Union Halloween Story Contest.
CBS6Albany previewed Albany High School's College
Readiness Day on Oct. 14. You also can
visit our District News section to read more.
WNYT/Ch. 13 and
YNN/Ch. 9 covered Mayor Kathy Sheehan's Oct. 14 launch
of the City of Albany's eighth annual Cash for Coats campaign. The
effort helps send thousands of coats and other winter clothing items
to school-age children throughout the city each year.
The TImes Union reported Oct. 4 about
the discussion at the Oct. 2 Board of Education meeting regarding
the planning process for the future of Albany High School.
YNN/Ch. 9 provided coverage of the Sept. 28 Albany
Booster Club Falcon 5K and Fun Run/Walk in Washington Park. The
second annual event drew more than 500 participants.
Sept. 25 Times Union included
coverage of the Albany Marching Falcons' planned trip to Ireland to
perform in the 2015 St. Patrick's Day Parade in Dublin. You also can
visit our District News section to find out how to support the
Marching Falcons' fundraising efforts for the trip.
Times Union reported on its website Sept. 19 about
the public hearing held the previous night regaridng
Sept. 18 Times Union included
coverage of the Board of Education's discussions regarding potential
plans to renovate Albany High School.
Sept. 17 Times Union
featured North Albany Academy in a story about the annual
Dads Take Your Child to School Day.
YNN/Ch. 9 also reported on "Dads Day" with a
visit to Delaware Community School on Sept. 16 (log-in required to
view video). You can
visit our Facebook page to check out Dads Day photos from
Delaware and Eagle Point Elementary School.
CBS6Albany reported Sept. 16 on the launch of a
statewide initiative to increase student attendance at school. The
effort by the New York State Council on Children and Families
featured seven students from Delaware Community School and Thomas
O'Brien Academy of Science and Tehcnology (TOAST).
Visit our District News section to read more.
Sept. 5 Times Union featured
first-year Eagle Point Elementary School teacher Christina Hannah in
its back-to-school coverage.
WTEN/Ch. 10 featured Albany High School on the first
day of the 2014-15 school year, highlighting the school's Freshman
Falcons First Day to help ninth-graders with the transition to high
Sept. 4 Times Union included
the City School District of Albany in a regional look at how school
districts communicate with families.
The front page of the Capital Region
section in the July 10 Times Union
featured photos of the City School District of Albany's summer meals
program, and The Boys and Girls Club of Albany's free summer camp.
You can view the photos online among others in the
Capital Region photos gallery (photos 27-29 on July 10).
Times Union reported on the City School District
of Albany's 2014 Hall of Fame inductees July 9.
CBS6Albany featured the City School District of
Albany's summer meals program July 7. The program provides free
breakfast and lunch to anyone 18 years or younger at 12 district
Visit our District News section for more information.
July 3 Times Union included a
story about teen-agers from across the country spending the week
(June 29-July 5) participating in in the Albany Workcamp, a
community service project in which the teens worked on minor home
repairs and painting projects in the South End. Stephen and Harriet
Myers Middle School provided a home to the campers during their
The July 3 edition of the
Times Union including photo coverage of Albany
High School's June 29 graduation ceremonies. The newspaper also
additional photos online June 30.
You also can
media coverage of Albany's public schools in past years at the following