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District closed Monday for Memorial Day
All City School District of Albany schools and administrative offices will be closed Monday in observance of Memorial Day.

The district will be back in business on Tuesday.

 

Albany High inducts 24

into French Honor Society

Twenty-four students were inducted into Albany High School’s chapter of the Société Honoraire de Français (French Honor Society) on Thursday.

 

To be inducted to the society, students must have achieved a 90 or better average in French and an 85 overall average in their other academic subjects. (MORE)

  

District seeking input on
MWBE/Workforce Development Database

The City School District of Albany is working with technology partner Acuta Digital to develop a web-based MWBE/Workforce Development Database that will support the district’s commitment to educating our community about construction-related job and business opportunities.

Your input will guide Acuta Digital in creating the right tools to help ensure the end-product meets your needs. Acuta Digital has developed the following brief survey to get your input.  (MORE)

 

Albany High cleans up

at regional theater awards

The Albany High School Theatre Ensemble came out on top Saturday at the High School Musical Theatre Awards, taking home four wins out of six nominations.

 

The Theatre Ensemble’s March production of “Hairspray” won best actress, best musical, best technical execution and best choreography execution. (MORE)

    

Wrapping up the year

Photo of two boys sitting on top of playground, silhouetted by the skyWith summer just around the corner, please review this information regarding the last days of the 2017-18 school year in the City School District of Albany.

 

Upcoming OSHA 10 training

Flyer for the upcoming OSHA 10 trainingThe City School District of Albany, in partnership with Turner Construction Co. and Capital Safety Services, is offering another free OSHA 10 Training.  

 

This two-part training for up to 30 individuals will be held on Saturday, June 2 and Saturday, June 9. Both sessions are from 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at William S. Hackett Middle School, located at 45 Delaware Ave. The sessions will be held in the cafeteria, and parking will be available in the rear of the building. (MORE)

 

Spring scholar-athletes earn recognition

Photo of female softball player up to batNearly 100 members of Albany High School’s spring varsity athletic teams have earned scholar-athlete recognition from the New York State Public High School Athletic Association. The student-athletes each maintained an academic average of 90 or higher during the third marking period this school year.

 

The boys’ tennis team also earned recognition as a NYSPHSAA Scholar-Athlete Team, with at least 75 percent of the members achieving a 90 average or higher. (MORE)

 

Budget passes handily

More than 70 percent of voters said "yes" to the City School District of Albany's budget for the third time in four years Tuesday, backing a proposal that will support several important new investments and continue all of the district’s current programs and services in 2018-19.

 

The budget passed 2,329-909, a 72 percent approval rate. Voters also approved the district’s Capital Reserve Fund by a vote of 2,457-766.

 

The community elected three new Board of Education members in the district’s first May board vote: Incumbents Ellen Roach (2,320 votes) and Tabetha Wilson (2,290), and newcomer Damarise Alexander-Mann (2,136). Please visit our 2018-19 Budget News section for more information about the budget proposal.

 

Teachers meet gold standard

Two more City School District of Albany teachers have reached a professional gold standard.

                                                

Christine Rizzo, a reading teacher at William S. Hackett Middle School, and Kelly Toomey, a special education teacher at Philip Schuyler Achievement Academy, have joined the ranks of 25 educators in our school district that have earned the prestigious National Board Certification. (MORE)

 

2018 regional scholars named

The Business and Education Partnership on Wednesday honored three Albany High School seniors in this year's regional Scholars Recognition Program.

 

Gail Cabahug, Erin Lippitt and Harry Zay are among high school seniors from 11 neighboring counties who were nominated by their schools for outstanding academic achievement, leadership skills and service to their community and school. (MORE)

 

District students

earn countywide recognition

The Albany County Youth Bureau has selected five City School District of Albany students to receive Youth Recognition Awards.

 

Youth Recognition Awards honor young people who show tremendous resiliency and growth, perform community service, or demonstrate athletic or artistic ability. (MORE)

       

Albany High welcomes future families

Albany High School welcomed the next generation of Falcons and their families the evening of May 16 for a first-hand look at the world of opportunities awaiting the current eighth-graders when they arrive as freshmen in the fall. (MORE)

 

Albany High seniors sweep in Tulip Fest

Eight Albany High School seniors donned authentic Dutch clothing and shoes on May 11, helping Mayor Kathy Sheehan usher in the start of the annual Tulip Festival with the scrubbing of State Street. (MORE)

 

ASH joins nationwide bike-to-school effort

They arrived on bicycles, skateboards and scooters. One or two were pushed in strollers. All were on the move.

 

Students at Albany School of Humanities (ASH) joined thousands of schools across the country May 9 to celebrate Bike to School Day, a nationwide effort to encourage kids to bike to school and to be safe when they do. (MORE)

 

Albany High inducts 93

into National Honor Society

A total of 93 academic superstars were inducted into Albany High School's Arista Chapter of the National Honor Society on May 8, and 25 of those students received class awards.

 

The students, all juniors, are eligible for National Honor Society because each has maintained an overall academic average of 89.5 or higher.

 

Important update on student physicals

New York State has changed the timing of required student physicals and the forms that health providers must complete.

 

As of July 1, state law will require public school students to have a health physical when they:

• Enter school as a new student

Enter prekindergarten or kindergarten

Enter grades 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 and 11 (MORE)

 

Moms and more pampered

at Abrookin Mother's Day Spa Day

Andrea Marques, principal at Albany High School's Abrookin Career and Technical Center, was one of many who turned out for some pampering May 5 at the school’s Mother’s Day Spa.

 

Abrookin is home to Albany High’s career and technical education programs. On Spa Day, students in the Cosmetology Department provided a host of services to those who came for a springtime spruce-up. (MORE)

   

Tell us what you think: Code of Conduct

The City School District of Albany will hold two meetings in May to give families and community members the chance to weigh on the Student Code of Conduct.

 

The meetings will be held:

Thursday, May 10 – 5:30-7 p.m., Arbor Hill Elementary School, 1 Arbor Drive

Wednesday, May 23 – 5:30-7 p.m., Albany High School, 700 Washington Ave (MORE)

 

Albany High senior wins

National Honor Society scholarship

The National Association of Secondary School Principals has awarded a $2,850 National Honor Society scholarship to Albany High School senior Alexandra Sipos.

 

Sipos was chosen from more than 11,000 scholarship applicants and is considered to be among the top 500 National Honor Society members in the country. (MORE)

 

Elementary artists showcase work

The Albany Institute of History & Art once again recognized exemplary work created by students representing all 12 elementary buildings in the City School District of Albany.  

 

The Fifth Annual Elementary Art Show – which exclusively highlights the work of students from our district – kicked off with a May 4 reception at the institute and ran through May 6. The reception also included musical performances by students from Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School. (MORE)

 

Second-grader gives lessons

on living with cystic fibrosis

Delaware Community School second-grader CJ Motta got a chance to be the teacher for a while on May 4, giving his classmates some first-hand lessons on what it’s like to live with cystic fibrosis.

 

CJ’s class has been reading up on the disease, which causes a thick, sticky buildup of mucus in the lungs and other organs, making it difficult to breathe. (MORE)

                          

Theatre Ensemble

nominated for six awards

The Albany High School Theatre Ensemble’s March production of “Hairspray” has earned six nominations for the regional 2018 High School Musical Theatre Awards, including best actress. (MORE)

     

Recognizing Albany High's artists

The creative minds of Albany High School’s art students have been hard at work perfecting their craft this spring. Through a variety of field trips, guest artists, community partnerships and competitions, the students and staff have been busy immersing themselves in all things artistic.  

 

Most recently, Albany High sophomore Julianna Di Cioccio and junior Manuela Rowena Jimenez brought home first and second place respectively at the seventh annual Building Communities Youth Art Contest on April 22, a partnership between the Albany Barn and Albany County District Attorney’s Office. (MORE)

 

Albany High seniors

celebrate college picks

Photo of two Albany High seniors in their college shirtsMore than 100 Albany High School seniors joined their peers across the country May 1 for a group photo to showcase where their academic journeys will continue in the fall.  

 

May 1 is National Decision Day, which encourages high school seniors to finalize the college entry process with a ceremonial announcement of the school they plan to attend. (MORE

 

Kindergarten registration open

Kindergarten registration is open for the 2018-19 school year, and the City School District of Albany has options in place to make registration easier for families.

 

If your child currently is enrolled in a prekindergarten program in one of the district's 12 elementary schools, he or she automatically will be registered for kindergarten in the district for next school year. (MORE)

  

Spring concerts

showcase musical talents

City School District of Albany schools will showcase the musical talents of students during the 2018 spring concert season.

 

The season opens May 7 and runs through June 5. Elementary and middle school concerts will feature performances by students in band, orchestra and chorus. At the high school, in two performances, concert-goers will hear from two bands, two orchestras and two choirs. (MORE)

 

Six Albany High

students make regional exhibit

The Albany Center Gallery has selected six Albany High School students to participate in the 19th Annual High School Regional Juried Art Exhibition.

 

The students’ work will be on display at the gallery through May 18.  

 

The exhibit will feature work by 100 high school students from 24 Capital Region schools. They were selected from more than 500 pieces submitted. (MORE)

    

2018-19 school calendar

Picture of the 2018-19 school calendarThe City School District of Albany Board of Education has approved the school calendar for 2018-19.

 

One-page calendars are available online now for families and for staff. The full district wall calendar of events and activities will be mailed home to families and available online in August. (MORE

District responding

to suspension disparities

In response to the report of the New York State Attorney General’s Office, the City School District of Albany has reaffirmed its commitment to changing discipline practices and procedures that have perpetuated disproportionate suspension rates for black students and students with disabilities.

 

Two important individuals in that process are Independent Monitor Maxine Fantroy-Ford, Ed.D. (at left in photo above), and Chief Ombudsperson Valarie Ann Scott (at right). Please visit our Assurance of Discontinuance section to read more, and to find out how to contact the chief ombudsperson if you have complaints about student discipline.

  

  

 
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5/30 Albany High School Spring Concert, 6:30 p.m.
5/31 Montessori Magnet School Spring Concert at Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School,
7 p.m.
6/1 Eagle Point Elementary School Field Day
6/1 Pine Hills Elementary School Field Day
6/2 Albany High School SAT exam, 8 a.m.
6/2 Part one of free OSHA 10 training at William S. Hackett Middle School, 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; pre-registration required (Details)
6/4 Deadline to register students chosen in the 2018-19 lottery for pre-K for 3-year-olds
6/4 NYS science written exam, grades 4 and 8
6/4 Albany High School Spring Concert, 6:30 p.m.
6/5 ASH Field Day for students in K, and grades 1, 4 and 6
6/5 Edmund J. O'Neal Middle School of Excellence Spring Concert, 6:30 p.m.
6/6 Albany High School Athleetics Banquet, Polish American Community Center, 225 Washington Ave. Extension, 5:45 p.m. (Details)
6/6 Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School Incoming Student Infromation Night, 6 p.m.
6/7 ASH Field Day for students in grades 2, 3, 5 and special education
6/7 Sheridan Prepatory Academy Spring Open House, 3 p.m.
6/7 Philip J. Schuyler Achievement Academy End of the Year Social, 4 p.m.
6/7 Board of Education meeting, Pine Hills Elementary School, 7 p.m.
6/8 Arbor Hill Elementary School Field Day
6/8 North Albany Academy Field Day
6/9 Albany High School ACT exam, 8 a.m.
6/9 Part two of free OSHA 10 training at William S. Hackett Middle School, 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; pre-registration required (Details)
6/9 TOAST Soapbox Derby in Schenectady, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
6/11 Albany High School last day of classes
6/11 Philip J. Schuyler Achievement Academy Field Day
6/13 Eagle Point Elementary School Mrs. Barry's First Grade Play, 9:15 a.m. and 6:45 p.m.
6/13 Board Policy Committee meeting, Academy Park, 5:30 p.m.
6/14 ASH Pre-K Moving Up, 9 a.m.
6/14 Eagle Point Elementary School Grade 6 Moving Up, 9:30 a.m.
6/14 Sheridan Preparatory Academy Grade 5 Dance, 6 p.m.
6/15 ASH Kindergarten Blastoff, 9:30 a.m.
6/15 Giffen Memorial Elementary School Pre-K Moving Up, 10 a.m.
6/15 New Scotland Elementary School Kindergarten Moving Up, 10 a.m.
6/15 North Albany Academy Kindergarten Rodeo and Moving Up, 10 a.m.
6/15 William S. Hackett Middle School Grade 8 Dance, 7-10 p.m.
6/18 Giffen Memorial Elementary School Awards Day
6/18 Arbor Hill Elementary School Pre-K Moving Up, 10 a.m.
6/18 Philip J. Schuyler Achievement Academy Awards Ceremony for Grades 1-4, 10 a.m.
6/18 TOAST Pre-K Moving Up, 10-11:15 a.m.
6/18 TOAST Peace Parade, 1 p.m.
6/19 TOAST Field Day, pre-K through grade 3
6/19 Eagle Point Elementary School Pre-K Moving Up, 9 a.m.
6/19 Giffen Memorial Elementary School Kindergarten Moving Up, 9:30 a.m.
6/19 Philip J. Schuyler Achievement Academy Pre-K Moving Up, 10 a.m.
6/19 Pine Hills Elementary School Grade 5 Moving Up, 10 a.m.
6/19 Delaware Community School Dual Language Pre-K Moving Up, 10:30 a.m.
6/19 Delaware Community School Pre-K Moving Up, 2 p.m.
6/19 Board of Educaton Facilities Committee meeting, Academy Park, 5:30 p.m.
6/20 TOAST Field Day, grades 4-6
6/20 Pine Hills Elementary School Pre-K Moving Up, 8:30-9:30 a.m.
6/20 Eagle Point Elementary School Kindergarten Moving Up, 9 a.m.
6/20 Sheridan Preparatory Academy Grade 5 Moving Up, 9 a.m.
6/20 Arbor Hill Elementary School Kindergarten Moving Up, 10 a.m.
6/20 Delaware Community School Kindergarten Moving Up, 10 a.m.
6/20 New Scotland Elementary School Grade 5 Moving Up, 10 a.m.
6/20 Philip J. Schuyler Achievement Academy Kindergarten Moving Up, 10 a.m.
6/20 Pine Hills Elementary School Kindergarten Moving Up, 10-11 a.m.
6/20 North Albany Academy Honor Roll Ice Cream Social, 5 p.m.
6/21 Last day of classes for middle schools
6/21 Early dismissal for elementary schools
6/21 TOAST Kindergarten Moving Up, 8:30-9:45 a.m.
6/21 ASH Grade 6 Moving Up, 9 a.m.
6/21 Giffen Memorial Elementary School Grade 6 Moving Up, 9:30 a.m.
6/21 Montessori Magnet School Grade 5 Moving Up, 9:30 a.m.
6/21 Arbor Hill Elementary School Grade 5 Moving Up, 10 a.m.
6/21 Philip J. Schuyler Achievement Academy Grade 5 Moving Up, 10 a.m.
6/21 Board of Education meeting, Thomas O'Brien Academy of Science and Technology (TOAST),
7 p.m.
6/22 Early dismissal for elementary schools
6/22 Albany International Center Grade 8 Moving Up, 9 a.m.
6/22 TOAST Grade 6 Moving Up, 9 a.m.
6/22 William S. Hackett Middle School Grade 8 Moving Up Ceremony, 9 a.m.
6/22 Edmund J. O'Neal Middle School of Excellence Grade 8 Moving Up Ceremony, 10 a.m.
6/22 Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School Grade 8 Moving Up Ceremony, 10 a.m.
6/22 Delaware Community School Grade 5 Moving Up at Hackett, 2 p.m.
6/24 Albany High School Graduation, Times Union Center, 2 p.m.
7/2 Board of Education meeting, location TBD,
7 p.m.
7/19 Board of Education meeting, Albany School of Humanities (ASH), 7 p.m.