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Arbor Hill Elementary School fifth-grader
Nevaeh Murray signs her name to "MyCard," a new library card the
Albany Public Library is offering to city kids that allows them
to borrow up to three items at a time with no late fees. Two
fifth-grade classes from Arbor Hill Elementary were on hand at
City Hall on June 13 -- along with the mayor and the
superintendent -- when library unveiled the card and its summer
Achievement Academy teacher Susan Lofrumento, right, is one of
15 top teachers who received Golden Apple awards on June 10. She
is pictured with Jalinda Soto, her principal, at the awards
here to read more.
Mary Cade, an eighth-grader at Stephen and
Harriet Myers Middle School, savors a lunchtime salad consisting
of veggies grown in and harvested from the school’s garden.
Thanks to the Vegetable Project – the group of student and adult
volunteers that support the garden – the produce was served in
the school cafeteria on June 6.
And they’re off … to
college! Front row from left are graduating seniors Freddie Boeher
(heading to College of the Holy Cross), Romario Barnes (Skidmore
College), Elana Cohen (Cornell University),
(Wellesley College), Tyaela Nieves (Pace University) and Richard Opoku
(University at Albany).
As part of a community service project, third-graders at Pine
Hills Elementary School spent six weeks collecting donations for
a fresh-water well in Tanzania. Among other things, they
collected and sorted more than 8,000 bottles and cans. Their
work paid off: They raised more than $5,000. Pictured here
Bryson Bethea, Zaire Pinto, Andre Nicholson, Adam Sefadine
Ismail, Destiny Pipino, Wendalis Colon-Ortiz and Joel Garcia.
Volunteer Susan DuBois spruces up one of the garden beds
outside Delaware Community School with the help of
second-graders Amazhay Babb, left, and Justin Rattray.
DuBois is a regular volunteer at the school, where she teaches
nature study subjects to kindergarteners and
works with the after-school garden club.
Academy kindergartners Shania Steadman, left, and Brionna
Bennett Holt show off their talent in art
and their knowledge of colors and shapes during their June 3 art
New Scotland Elementary School
second-grader Kade Flynn and third-graders Jayden Brown and
Charles Chandler show elite runner Tera Moody their
starting-line techniques on May 30 on the school playground.
These second-graders at Albany School of
Humanities (ASH) on May 30 show off their smarts in a production
of “Geology Rocks,” a musical about the study of the earth’s
structure and substance. The actors, from left, are Victoria
Penman, Zondaria Smith, Debron Eley-Jackson, Jonathan Besong and
The district and SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and
Engineering recognized thirteen Albany High School students on
Friday, May 30 during a graduation ceremony that marked their
successful completion of the groundbreaking “NanoHigh” program,
believed to be the first-of-its kind in the nation.
Members of the Albany High School Class of ’63 decided to honor
their 50th reunion by making a gift to their alma
mater. On May 29, members of Reunion Committee presented a check
for $1,500 to Albany High Principal Cecily Wilson, third from
left, for creation of a fund to support student receptions. The
alums are, from left, Paul Lamar, Carol Marohn Zahurak, Marsha
Nadell Penrose, Diane Lassi Ray and Larry Becker.
These New Scotland Elementary School
kindergarteners practice their soccer skills on May 23 at the
school's annual Day of Health. The school-wide activity included
yoga, basketball, football, hip-hop dancing, karate and more.
Sheridan Preparatory Academy fifth-graders
Zahir McQueen, Basilio Suriel, Sylvia Nicholas-Patterson and
Zarriah Hendricks on May 21 put their speed and agility to the
test – the math test, that is. They were among 48 students at
the school who took part in “Math Sprint,” a contest designed to
spark student enthusiasm for and interest in science,
technology, engineering and math.
Click here to learn more.
Delaware Community School kindergarteners Kaylee Garcia Ramirez
and Aaron Johnson on May 21 check on the progress of the eggs in
an incubator in their classroom, part of a science project about
the study of chickens. Once the eggs hatch, the chicks will
return to the Radix Ecological Sustainability Center in Albany
and be raised there.
Actors from Albany High School’s Theatre
Ensemble on May 19 rehearse for “The Identity Project,” a
multimedia performance of 14 stories that took shape in the
hands of more than 300 student storytellers, playwrights,
filmmakers, photographers and others through a unique
collaboration with Capital Repertory Theatre.
Click here to learn more.
Albany Fire Department Captain Maria
Walker (AHS '86) gives a pointer to an Albany High School
student during a hands-only CPR training at the school on May
16. Almost 500 students received the training over May 15 and
Click here to learn more.
Congressman Paul Tonko greets a
second-grader at Delaware Community School on May 15. Tonko
stopped in to visit Susan Fowler's class after he held a press
conference to advocate for a bill that would boost mental health
services and supports in public schools.
Click here to learn more.
Members of the Albany High School boys’
lacrosse team, which played its first junior varsity season this
spring, horse around before boarding a bus to an away game on
May 13. The City School District of Albany added boys’ and
girls’ lacrosse to its menu of sports offerings in 2012.
Albany High School senior Oscar Cedeno
rolls up his sleeve on May 8 to donate his first pint of blood
at the third and last blood drive of the school year. Cedeno is
a student coordinator for the drive, which collected more than
100 pints of blood that day -- a school record.
Albany High School senior India
Terrell on May 8 signs a National Letter of Intent to continue
her basketball career at Dean College.
Click here to read more about her success as a Lady Falcon
and her plans for the future.
Albany High School seniors Bess Zafran,
second from left, and Alona Marsh, third from left, are all
smiles on May 8 after they each received a $1,500 college
scholarship from the Berkshire Bank Foundation, Inc. They are
pictured with Berkshire Bank's Karen Mason and Mary Ellen
Milk, cookies, jammies and bedtime
stories for the little ones all were part of Montessori Magnet
School's English Language Arts Night on May 6. The evening also
featured literacy-focused activities throughout the building for
kids of all ages and their families.
Students from Sheridan Preparatory Academy pose
with staff from Hampton Inn and Suites in downtown Albany just before
the students depart for a May 2 performance of Barnum & Bailey Circus.
Thanks to the Hampton Inn's generosity, 120 first- and second-graders
from Sheridan Prep got free tickets and transportation to the show at
the Times Union Center.
These sixth-graders from Albany School of
Humanities (ASH) share a jump rope during the school's annual
"Big Jump" event on May 1. They were among 205 students in
kindergarten-grade 6 who jumped rope and collected more than
$10,000 to benefit the American Heart Association. Jump Rope for
Heart events are a tradition at ASH, which has raised more than
$170,000 for the Heart Association in the past 17 years.
Albany High School inducted 76
high-achieving juniors into its Arista Chapter of the National
Honor Society on April 29. Above, inductees are gathered on the
stage at Albany High School after receiving their National Honor
Society pin and certificate.
Click here to read about the ceremony and see the complete
list of new National Honor Society members.
Albany High School sophomore Ariel King
and teacher Larry Bizzarro fill Albany High School's new raised
garden beds with mulch on April 26. The beds are located behind
the school and the brainchld of sophomore Liz John, who also
helped out that day along with her other classmates in AP
These fifth-graders at Thomas O'Brien
Academy of Science and Technology (TOAST) try their collective
hand at paper-making during the school's Earth Day celebration
on April 22. Making paper was one of dozens of hands-on,
earth-friendly activities going on inside and outside the school
These Arbor Hill Elementary School
students celebrated Earth Day on April 22 by preparing the
school's new garden for the spring planting of what will be
homegrown vegetables. The garden was made possible by a host of
community partners led by Brother Yusuf Burgess and his Youth
Ed-Venture and Nature Network program.
Montessori Magnet School students make up
this mosaic of faces during the school's April 11 "Who We Are
Celebration." The annual multicultural event featured food,
dance, art, activities and more. Above, the students are lying
on a pookalum -- a carpet made of flower petals and blossoms
that is a tradition from Kerala, India.
Students from Albany High School's AP
Environmental Science class tour the greenhouse of the Radix
Ecological Sustainability Center on April 11. Also that day, the
40-plus students powered a light bulb by riding a bike, and
learned about "micro green" planting, spring garden bed
prepping, mushroom cultivation, seed balls, aquaponics and
Author Sandra Pinkney her husband,
photographer Myles Pinkney, brainstorm to write a poem with
Giffen Memorial Elementary students and families at the school's
Author and Illustrator Day on April 5. That day, The Pinkneys
and three other authors were on hand that day to explain their
craft and encourage kids to embrace their inner writer.
The Capital Region soccer club Black Watch Premier donated U.S. men's
national team warm-ups to the Albany High School boys' varsity soccer
team April 30. The warm-ups are the same that the Americans will wear in
the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. The donation was in recognition of the
Falcons' success last fall -- they won the Big 10 for the third time in
five years and advanced to the Section II Class AA final for the first
time in school history. M&T Bank Vice President Michael Whalen, a Black
Watch board member, and Mayor Kathy Sheehan joined Superintendent
Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard, Ph.D., and coach Dave Weiss for the
presentation at school. Above right, freshman Emmanuel Ishimwe, the
Falcons' leading scorer during their exciting playoff run last fall,
receives his warm-ups from Mayor Sheehan.
At left, fourth- and fifth-grade girls from Thomas
O'Brien Academy of Science and Technology (TOAST) get a lesson in
nanotechnology 101 from Steve Stewart at the SUNY College of Nanoscience
and Engineering. The girls spent a half-day at CNSE headquarters on
March 28 to learn about the science behind nanotechnology and to hear
about careers in STEM -- science, techology, engineering and math. At
right, TOAST student Molly O'Toole dons the outfit she would need to
wear in a "clean" nano lab.
A hip-hop Harry Potter, Amelia Bedelia and Puss in Boots were among the
hundred-plus students and staff members that dressed as their favorite
book characters at Delaware Community School at "Living Literacy Day" on
March 27. At left, prekindergarteners Andres O'Connor is Waldo and
Merari Rojas is a princess. At right, fifth-grade teachers Ryan Gifford
and Teri Wislous and their class took their cues from "Snow White," who
this time had an entourage of 20 dwarfs, each named as a different
Members of the Scholars' Institute -- an after-school program that
focuses on academics -- celebrate their work at a ceremony on March 27.
here to read more about this program, which is a partnership between
the City School District of Albany and The Sage Colleges.
Montessori Magnet School second-grader
Tinley Palden and first-grader Riley Lavigne debate whether the
numbers add up while they play a math game during the school's
annual Math Night on March 26.
Superintendent Marguerite Vanden
Wyngaard, Ph.D. is a "mystery reader" in Susan Loomis'
first-grade class at Delaware Community School. Dr. V and Albany
Mayor Kathy Sheehan were among the people invited to read to
classes on March 26, part of the school's Literacy Week
Albany High School senior Wilfred Brian
Lopez Concepcion, center, took part in the 2014 Puerto
Rican/Hispanic Youth Leadership Institute in the New York State
Assembly March 22-24. He is pictured in the Assembly chamber
with Congressman Paul Tonko and Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy.
The saxophone section of the Stephen and
Harriet Myers Middle School jazz ensemble performs March 21 on
the concourse of the Empire State Plaza. The school's jazz band,
chorus and string quartet played as part of the New York State
School Music Association's "Music in Our Schools Month" concert
series at the plaza.
Click here to see Times Union photo coverage of the
Students in Connie Blair's fourh-grade class at
Albany School of Humanities (ASH) hang out with representatives from
Target on March 21 after the store gave the school a $500 grant for
Students in the after-school ballroom dance progran
at Thomas O'Brien Academy of Science and Technology (TOAST) show some
fancy footwork in the form of the foxtrot, salsa, swing, merengue and
the minuet. The students spent 10 weeks learning and perfecting these
moves and on March 20 performed a recital for the school community.
Joshua Campbell, an eighth-grader at
Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School, experiments with
enzymes on March 13 in an after-school science program deigned
to get kids interested in STEM -- science, technology,
engineering and math. Myers students in the program conduct
experiments with guidance from graduate students from the SUNY
Center for Nanoscale Science and Engineering.
Click here to watch a WNYT/Ch. 13 video about the program.
The Ju family of Montessori Magnet School enjoys yummy stacks of
flapjacks at the March 8 Applebee's Pancake Breakfast fundraiser
at the Route 9W Applebee's. From left, they are mom Tamirah,
daughter Maya and dad Jeff.
New Scotland Elementary School
fifth-graders in Kim McDonough and Kristen Clancy's class on
March 5 shower coins and dollars on Rylyn Swierzewski, center, a
Hackett Middle School sixth-grader and New Scotland alum who is
a leukemia survivor. After Rylyn spoke to the class about her
illness, they decided to hold a coin drive to benefit the
Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. In three weeks, they raised
Schuyler Achievement Academy fifth-grader
Lanahria Whitaker poses with her artwork at a March 5 reception
at the Empire State Plaza. Her work was among some 125 pieces of
art by City School District of Albany students on display at the
plaza in celebration of National Youth Art Month. Click here to
read more about the exhibit.
Albany High School senior Afua Sarfo
crafts the fine details on her sculpture, one of six pieces of
artwork by Albany High students selected for review in the 15th
Annual High School Regional Juried Art Exhibition, which opens
March 17 at Opalka Gallery. Click here to read more.
Albany High School's Ayanna Hunter drills the ball past
Shenendehowa at the Section II Class AA final on March 3. Shen
beat the Lady Falcons 76-54 at the Times Union Center, ending
Albany High's season one win short of a return trip to the state
Schuyler Achievement Academy fifth-grader Jah'kir Lane poses by
the poster he designed that won first place in the
2014 Building Communities Youth Art
Contest, sponsored by the Albany County District Attorney's
Office and Albany Barn, Inc. The theme of the contest was
anti-bullying, and Jah'kir's poster was selected from 28
finalists from seven elementary schools.
Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan, right, meets with an Albany High
School student on Feb. 28 in the school's UN room. Mayor
Sheehan's visit was part of the "Lunch with a Neighbor" speakers
series in Citizenship Academy.
At left, Albany High School sophomores Arielle
King, left and Silas Ward rehearse the song "I'm a Woman" for
school's musical Smokey Joe's Cafe, which ran March 6-9.
At right, Broadway veteran Kecia Lewis provides feedback to the
actors during cast workshops on Feb. 28 and March 1.
Albany High School senior India Terrell, center, is poised to
pass the ball on Feb. 27 during the Section II Class AA
semifinals against Bethlehem. The Lady Falcons prevailed, 51-47.
Click here to read
more about the game.
Prekindergarteners at Thomas O'Brien Academy of Science and
Technology examine the work of a visiting author and illustrator
during their school's Black History Celebration on Feb. 27.
Giffen Memorial Elementary School kindergartners sing about
Garrett Morgan, who invented the traffic light, at their
school's Feb. 27 Black History Month Celebration.
Prekindergarteners at Albany School of Humanities (ASH) perform
at their school's Feb. 27 Black History Month Celebration.
These members of the district's Buildings and Grounds Department take a
breather on Feb. 14 while clearing some of the snow that shrouded Albany
in a two-day storm. Schools closed because of the storm, which dumped a
foot or more of snow, but the Buildings and Grounds crew was on the job
throughout. From left, they are Matthew Grant, Tony Redmond, Dave
Garrison, Gary Koonz, Tom Lofrumento, Kyle Jojo and Howard Butler.
Pine Hills Elementary School third-graders A'layah
Rochford-Hinkle, Joel Garcia-Richardson and Kaiis Alford join
their classmates in describing George Washington Carver's
contributions during the school's Black History Celebration on
New Scotland Elementary School fifth-grader Devonne Ryder,
center, shares a smile on Feb. 4 after receiving a “thank you”
plaque from St. Jude’s
Children’s Research Hospital. Devonne had raised $200 for the
hospital during Childhood Cancer Awareness month in December.
With Devonne are a St. Jude’s representative, left, and Interim
Principal Beverly Ivey.
Kylee Elliott, left, and Naliah Jones get a close look at a
feather at the science station of their prekindergarten
classroom at North Albany Academy. The City School District of
Albany offers more than 600 full-day prekindergarten seats
Chandler Lipscomb practices his letters in his prekindergarten
classroom at Sheridan Preparatory Academy in early February. The
deadline to enter students in the prekindergarten lottery for
2014-15 is March 31 --
click here for
City School District of Albany Superintendent Marguerite Vanden
Wyngaard, Ph.D., right, and Albany High School senior Zilpa
Oduor share their views about what’s at stake if state leaders
do not provide adequate and equitable funding for our schools.
They were part of a panel that was the focus of a Jan. 30
advocacy event at Colonie Central High School that drew more
than 1,000 public education supporters.
Second-graders Eh Gay Moo and Jahari Bryant examine a turtle
shell during a Jan. 26 lesson on science and the natural world
in Susan Fowler’s classroom at Delaware Community School.
Sheridan Preparatory Academy Principal Zuleika Sanchez-Gayle,
left, and Philip Schuyler Achievement Academy Teacher Kerri
Barrington work with two fourth-graders in a studio classroom on
Jan. 23 at Schuyler Achievement Academy.
These Oompa Loompas are actually New Scotland Elementary School
first-graders Gabe Bryer, Sean Halligan and Ava Tabakian. They
sing along with the cast of Roald Dahl's "Willie Wonks Junior,"
the school play, during a Jan. 21 rehearsal. The play ran Jan.
Members of the Albany High School boys' basketball program join
Superintendent Marguerite Vanden
Wyngaard, Ph.D., (center) at the Empire State Plaza on Jan. 20 to
participate in events celebrating the life of
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
From left, sixth-graders Amaja Croley and Jada Hartfield of
Giffen Memorial Elementary School perform a dance number during
a Jan. 16 dress rehearsal of "Giffen's Got Talent," the school's
annual showcase of students singing, dancing, acting and more.
The performance was held Jan. 23.
Brazilian-American composer and songwriter Clarice Assad, far
right, is collaborating with some 25 William S. Hackett Middle
School girls on a "Literacy through Songwriting" project
sponsored by the Albany Symphony Orchestra's "Composer to Center
Stage" program. The students in this Jan. 15 photo are John Ezra
Malibago, Lyric Kornegay and Indian McCain.
In two years, Eagle Point Elementary School fourth-grader Martha
Samadashvili went from learning the game of chess to being one
of the top players in her age group in the world.
Click here to read a Capital Education story about her
Albany High School junior Amar Joyner touches up the paint on an
old car on Jan. 15 as part of his basic care class at Abrookin
Career and Technical Center. HIs work was part of a larger
effort by some 85 Abrookin students to trick out a junker for
the Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam.
Albany High School senior Mamadou Diagne was one of 89 students
and staff members who rolled up their sleeves to donate blood
during the school's winter drive on Jan. 9.
Albany High School music teacher Brendan Hoffman is interviewed
by WNYT/Ch. 13 reporter Elaine Houston on Jan. 9 after he was
selected as one of 13 Top Teachers in the Capital Region. He was
chosen out of more than 200 nominated.
Click here to see the video interview.
Giffen Memorial Elementary School fifth-grade
students celebrated the culmination of a six-week research project Dec.
20 with an exhibit of their reports on the 50 states. Each student
selected a state and conducted extensive research to learn more about
that state’s history, culture and defining characteristics.
With gadgets and gizmos aplenty, robotics teams
from City School District of Albany elementary, middle and high schools
showed off their engineering skills on Dec. 7 at tournaments at the
State University of New York at Albany and RPI. At left, members of the
Albany High team show Myers students how their robot works. On the
right, a Montessori Magnet School team surveys their work.
here to see more photos of the day.
The district's singers, dancers, musicians and artists were showcased on
Dec. 6 during the last 1st Friday Albany celebration of 2013. The event
was held at the Cathedral of All Saints in downtown Albany. At left, a
Hackett trombone player quietly practices his piece. On the right,
members of the Albany School of Humanities sing songs of the season.
The Eagle Point Elementary School choir sings for a large and
enthusiastic audience on Dec. 6 at Colonie Center. They
performed as part of Colonie Center's Holiday Music Program and
earned School Bucks for their school at the same time!
Albany HIgh School choir director Brendan Hoffman, left, directs
the Albanettes as the sing at Albany City Hall on Dec. 5 during
the city's annual holiday open house and tree lighting ceremony,
Some district schools celebrated Thanksgiving a day
early -- Nov. 27 -- with their own turkey-day feasts. At left,
kindergarteners from New Scotland Elementary School share after-dinner
treats while at right, Sheridan Preparatory Academy prekindergartners
enjoy their Thanksgiving luncheon.
Thanks to Congressman Paul Tonko, pictured in the
photo at right, fourth- and fifth-graders at Thomas O'Brien Academy of
Science and Technology (TOAST) had a chance to take part in Engineer Day
at their school on Nov. 26.
Click here to read more about this exciting
Students at Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School
will help kick off the holiday music season with appearances on Channel Albany/Channel 18's "Albany
Tempo Spectrum" program, hosted by Donald "The
Soul Man" Hyman. Pictured above, L-R, are teacher
Sue Roberts, Matthew Rivera, Quentin Rodriguez,
Maura Palden, Esmeralda Jones, Alexa Kosinski,
Arianna Brooks, Saquan Malloy, Alison Nakai-Lackey
and music teacher Minitria Slade. Also participating
in the performance but not pictured are teacher Scott
Kiernan and students Alexus Perez, Drelle Nzabi-Bongo,
Ciarrah Virrey and Ferit Brace. The program will air
Dec. 2 at 7 p.m., Dec. 5 at 7 p.m., Dec. 7 at 6 p.m. and
Dec. 8 at 4 p.m.
right, Mayor Gerald Jennings officially opens his annual "Coats
for Kids" drive on Nov. 19 at Philip Schuyler Achievement
Academy. The mayor and community partners including Lodge's
Department Store, Albany Devils Hockey and Burke Companies made
it possible for Albany students to get 900 new coats this year.
At left, Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard, Ph.D. helps
a student try on a new coat.
The Albany High boys' soccer team made history Halloween night with a
2-1 win over Shenendehowa in the Section II Class AA semifinals. The
Falcons (15-2-1) advanced to the championship game for the first time.
It's also the first time ever that a Big 10 team has reached the final.
Pictured above left, Albany's stout defense fends off a threat on a Shen
set piece in the first half. Above right, junior Erick Kwizera fights
two Plainsmen for the ball near the Shen goal in the second half. The
championship game is Nov. 4 against Guilderland at Colonie High School.
Visit our Athletics section
to read more.
The Albany High girls' varsity volleyball team dropped a heartbreaking
five-set match against Notre Dame-Bishop
Gibbons at Troy High School on Oct. 28 in a one-match playoff for the
Big 10 championship. The teams tied for
first place during the regular season. The Lady Falcons won the first
set and ledt 2-1, but the Lady Knights rallied for an 18-25, 25-14,
22-25, 25-21, 25-20 victory. Pictured at left, Mylah Chandler (left)
and Tiaria Gaines block a shot at the net. At right, Mia Valentine goes for
a dig while Devan Finkle (left) and Arielle Greer look on.
The Albany High's boys' varsity soccer team advanced to the Section II
Class AA semifinals with a 1-0 win at Beth-
lehem on Oct. 26. Freshman Emmanuel Ishimwe scored with less than 16
minutes left to play on a pass from
junior Erick Kwizera. The defense recorded its 10th shutout of the
season against the high-powered Eagles, the
2012 Class AA champs (the Falcons beat Schenectady 4-0 in the first
round of the playoffs Oct. 24). In the quarter-
finals, above left, defender Ar Nwai (right) and midfielder
Khalid Holtzclaw put pressure on a Bethlehem player. Above right, coach
Dave Weiss and his players urge on their teammates in the final minutes.
The City School District of Albany recognized 15 top teachers who earned
Golden Apple awards for 2013.
to read more about this impressive group of educators from each district
Albany High School's Falcon pride was in full force Oct. 19 at
Homecoming during the annual parade and football game. The crowd and the
team showed plenty of spirit, but in the end, Ballston Spa prevailed
for a gallery of photos of the day's activities.
Arbor Hil Elementary School celebrated its 40th anniversary on Oct. 18
with a community party that drew hundreds
of alums. At left, partygoers view a photographic timeline of the
school. At right are retired Principal Robert White, left, retired
Principal Linda Jackson-Chalmers and alum Derrick Johnson, now the
home-school coordinator at
Giffen Memorial Elementary School.
Click here to see more photos from the event!
Albany High School kicked off Homecoming and Hall of Fame
weekend with an Oct. 17 pep rally. Above, cheerleaders rev up
the crowd in the Albany High gym.
The City School District of Albany inducted six new members into
its Hall of Fame on Oct. 18. Picture above are inductees and
family members of inductees who were inducted posthumously.
Click here to learn about the amazing people in the 2013 Hall of
On Oct. 17, the Falcon Branch of First New
York Federal Credit Union opened for business at Albany High
School for the 2013-14 school year. Above, a student teller
tells a fellow student how to open an account.
City School District of Albany
Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard, Ph.D. gets prepped to
donate blood Oct. 17 at a blood drive at Albany High School.
Albany School of Humanities (ASH) students
“R.O.A.R.ed” into positive behavior at an Oct. 15 rally to kick
off their Positive Behavior Interventions and Support program.
R.O.A.R. stands for Respecting Others;
Always being safe and
Responsible – the
motto of the ASH Dragons.
Alina Gasanova, a kindergartener at Thomas
O’Brien Academy of Science and Technology (TOAST), listens to
the sound of the ocean in a seashell at TOAST’s Oct. 10 Night at
the Museum. Science
buffs know that the
rushing sound heard in a seashell is really the noise of the
surrounding environment resonating in the cavity of the shell.
FIRST Robotics Team #1493 members survey a portion of the 427 pounds of
food they collected in one day – Oct. 10 -- for Food Pantries for the
Capital District Inc. Pictured, from left, are
Anderson, junior Christopher Kissane, sophomore Max Thomas, freshman
Xavier Rivers, eighth-grader Thomas Ottaway, freshman Michael
Miles-Littlejohn and sophomore Samarri Thomas.
Albany High School senior Deyja
Fredericks reads about and discusses Christopher Columbus with a
group of New Scotland Elementary School second-graders on Oct.
10. She is one of a dozen seniors in Albany High’s Early
Childhood Career Explorations who will intern in Albany public
school classrooms this year.
Fourth-graders from Montessori Magnet
School on Oct. 10
joined thousands of students from New York City to Troy in a
giant science project – “A Day in the Life of the Hudson River.”
Contemplating the data they collected are, from left,
Raleigh Rosales, Sophia Pruzek, Sivian Adler, Sophia Papa
and Cesar Bermejo.
The Albany High School varsity football team got its first win of the
season at home Oct. 4, beating Syracuse
Fowler 34-16 behind the arm and legs of Chris Wolcott (#1 at right).
Wolcott threw for three TDs, ran for one and
returned a fumble 50 yards for another score. Wolcott got plenty of help
from his teammates, including James
Willard's impressive one-handed catch for the Falcons' first score (above
Giffen Memorial Elementary School
second-grade teacher Rebecca Bustelos discusses writing with
student Imani Wilkins, right. In the background, classmate
Danaya Davidson reviews her paper.
Academy of Science and Technology (TOAST) teacher Art Flynn
scours the skies with members of the TOAST Birdwatchers Club at
its monthly meeting Oct.4. From left, the students are
Andrew Eck, fourth-grader Victoria Smith-Wyld and third-grader
Point Elementary School’s Oct. 3 Literacy Night had plenty of
fall-themed activities and of course books. Taking part in the
fun are, from left, first-grader
Mya DeBerry and second-graders Lillian Giuliano, Layla Carrk and
Some 40 fourth- and fifth-graders from New
Scotland Elementary School sang at the premiere of “Fabrizio:
the Musical” at The College of Saint Rose. Here, they rehearse a
on Oct. 4 for the big show.
Click here to read more about the event.
More than 500 runners and walkers of all ages took
part in the first Falcon 5K and Fun Run/Walk on a spectacular fall
morning Sept. 29 in Washington Park. Albany High School senior Brendan
Bequette was the overall 5K winner, and his sister, Eileen, an Albany
High freshman, was the overall women's winner. The Albany High cross
country team took home the first-place team trophy. The event was
sponsored by the Albany Booster Club to support the City School District
our Special Events Photo Gallery to check out more pictures. You
visit the Times Union website. Our thanks to the Albany
Booster Club and everyone who participated and volunteered to make the
day such a huge success for our students, our families and our
William S. Hackett Middle School sixth-graders got a
taste of college life and career opportunities Sept. 25 thanks to a
partnership with the University at Albany. The morning-long series of
workshops led by UAlbany students provided a glimpse into the academic,
extracurricular and social opportunities available at a major
university. The event, connected to UAlbany's partnership with the City
School District of Albany through The Albany Promise, also was part of
UAlbany's week-long series of activities leading up to the Sept. 28
inauguration of President Robert Jones, Ph.D.
Visit our District News section to read more, as well as our
Special Events Photo Gallery to check out pictures and our
In the News section to check out
Myers Middle School eighth-grader Reeve
Churchill returns a serve in Sept. 22
girls' varsity tennis match. She rallied for a 4-6, 6-1, 6-2
victory over Amsterdam's first singles player.
The boys' modified soccer team tied
Amsterdam in a hard-fought Sept. 22 game. Above, Robert Quaye
dribbles down the field with a pass from Lucas Young.
Arbor Hill Elementary kindergartener
Chikaiyah Gilchrist proudly sports her new backpack on Sept. 18.
She is one 24 Arbor Hill students that received a backpack
donated by law firm Tully Rinckey PLLC.
Pictured after their six-day journey up
the Hudson River are, from left, sailors Tajbe Starja, Sofia
Fasullo, Larry Drew, Theotis Johnson and Taelo Sekhobo.
here to learn more about their voyage on the historic Half
Moon sailing vessel.
Board of Education President Alexandra
Streznewski, left, Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard,
center, and Arbor Hill Elementary School Principal Rosalind
Gaines-Harrell flank fourth-grader Nazaruz Thompson at a Sept.
18 reception honoring the 24 spectacular students featured in
the 2013-14 school calendar.
Click here to learn more Nazaruz and the other amazing young
people honored that night.
Montessori Magnet School
second-graders Ayah Farina and Julia Davis dig into some
frozen heaven at the school's annual ice cream social on Sept.
The standing-room only event drew some 200 people.
than 700 local dads, grandfathers, uncles, brothers and mentors took
part Sept. 17 in the City School District of Albany's celebration of
"Dads Take Your Child to School Day." At left, a North Albany Academy
dad and daughter bond over breakfast. On the right, Pine Hills
Elementary fathers and father figures have bagels together.
Click here to learn more about the day's activities.
The first day of school -- Sept. 9 -- dawned chilly and bright in the
City School District of Albany, and students showed up ready to
learn. At left, Arbor Hill Elementary School first-grade teacher Doug
Morris helps Semajalay Johnson with a writing project. On the right,
Sheridan Preparatory Academy first-grade teacher Patrice Loomis gives
students a preview of the day's activities.
North Albany Academy families flocked to
the school's annual Welcome Back Family Barbecue on Sept. 4.
There, they met up with friends and neighbors and enjoyed picnic
fixings prepared and served up by North Albany staff.
School Superintendent Marguerite Vanden
Wyngaard, Ph.D. welcomes district staff back to school on Sept.
Click here to learn more about the events of the day.
Caring community members on Aug 27 distributed
back-to-school supplies they collected for City School District
of Albany students. At left, student-athletes from the Sage College
Department of Athletics and Recreation prepare to deliver supplies for
some 200 students at William S. Hackett Middle School. At right,
district Parent Engagement Coordinator Mary Edwards and custodian Jim
Spooner collect 100 backpacks stuffed with supplies for Albany High
School students donated by FOCUS Churches of Albany. Our thanks to these
Albany High student-athletes in nine sports
went to work Aug. 19 preparing for the 2013 fall sports seasons.
to check out more pictures from a few practices during the week
of Aug. 26. You can find
complete schedules for all of our teams
through the school year in the
Let's go Falcons!
Albany High School's Class of 2013 grew by 26
on Aug. 20 as the school celebrated the achievement of its
summer graduates. The newest grads joined the 417 students who
earned their diplomas in June.
Click here for more photos from the summer graduation
Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard, Ph.D., joined
students, colleagues and community members at the North Albany
YMCA for an Aug. 14 announcement regarding the contribution of
community resources to sustain after-school programs operated by
the Capital District YMCA. Above, Dr. V (back row, second
from left) is joined by Galesi Group Chief Operating
Officer Dave Buicko (back row, left), CAP COM Federal
Credit Union President and CEO Paula Stopera (back row,
third from left) and Capital District YMCA President and
CEO J. David Brown.
Rising young musical talent I Am Trigg from
New York City visited Albany Aug. 11-12 to shoot the video for
his new song, "I Can't Wait for the Bell to Ring," at Stephen
and Harriet Myers Middle School. Above right, Trigg (center)
is joined by members of Albany's Youth FX program
(including Program Director Bhawin Suchak, left with camera) on
the set in the Myers media center Aug. 11. Above left, Suchak
and members of the Youth FX program joined Trigg (center)
on Aug. 12 for a meeting with Albany County Executive Daniel
McCoy, an Albany High School graduate and parent.
Students from the City School District of
Albany's special education summer program enjoyed a field trip
to the Tri-City ValleyCats game in Troy on Aug. 7. Baseball was
the theme of the summer program. The field trip was supported
through the Making Crime Pay initiative of Albany County
District Attorney David Soares.
Students from throughout the district had a chance to take a break from
summer school at an Aug. 2 field day held at Albany School of Humanities
The Elementary School Summer Enrichment Program offered by all 12
district elementary schools culminated Aug. 2 with a Learning Fair,
where young scholars displayed their writing, showed off their math
skills and had a chance to demonstrate what they learned. At left, an
Albany School of Humanities (ASH) student shares his writing skills,
while at right, a Delaware Community School student plays a math game.
Singer-songwriter Ruth Pelham brought her
Music Mobile to Eagle Point Elementary School on July 23 through
an arts-in-education grant the school received. She and the
students sang songs about loving one another, being responsible
and taking care of ourselves and our environment.
The forecasters threatened rain, but the skies and temperatures
cooperated on July 20 during the City School District of
Albany's annual Summer Celebration.
Click here to see a photo page of the day's activities.
Members of the Albany High School football program
volunteered during the LPGA
Symetra Tour's Credit Union Challenge women's golf event July 12-14 at
Golf Course in Albany. Pictured with Albany High JV coach Mike Bernardi
left) are (L-R) Kaiheem Johnson-Morton, Carlton Kippins, Nate Sorce,
Shawn South and Credit Union Challenge Volunteer Coordinator Casey