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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.
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.
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.
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 csst 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