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More latest news ...

Middle schools under the microscope

Group considers location, enrollment

The committee tasked with studying long-term enrollment in the City School District of Albany on Monday sought more information as it moves closer to its decision deadline.

 

The Phase 2 Grade Configuration Steering Committee – made up of parents, community members and district staff – is studying long-term middle-school enrollment options in the district as the number of students continues to exceed the existing space available. (MORE) 

 

Information, resources for families

in advance of annual state 3-8 exams

The annual state exams for all students in grades 3-8 begin this week with the English Language Arts test. The state math exam will be given during the first week of May.

 

Please visit our NYS Testing section for information and resources to help all of our students prepare to do their best.

 

North Albany nurse in

contention for national recognition

North Albany Academy’s Lenore Palladino has been recognized as New York State’s top school nurse in the America’s Greatest School Nurse contest!

 

She was selected over more than 500 school nurses nominated across New York for exemplifying the caring and compassionate nature of nursing, a passion for the job and making a personal impact on students. She is now in contention for the national award. (MORE)

 

District to host March 28 fair

for families affected by autism

The City School District of Albany will host a fair on March 28 for Capital Region children and families affected by autism spectrum disorder.

 

This free event will be held from 5:30-7 p.m. at Montessori Magnet School, 45 Tremont St. Parking is available behind the school on Austain Avenue and at Westland Hills Park, also on Austain Avenue. (MORE)

 

Prekindergarten lottery

applications available through March

Applications are available through the end of March for the lottery to determine spots for September in the City School District of Albany's prekindergarten program for 4-year-olds.

 

Download an information booklet and application here, or download an application only here. The district offers pre-K in all 12 of its elementary schools and in 16 community agencies throughout Albany. (MORE)

 

50 North Lark co-principals

meet future students

North Albany Academy students in grades 5-7 who will be attending the new middle school at 50 North Lark in September had their first opportunity to meet their future co-principals March 24.

 

Veteran City School District of Albany administrators Malik Jones and Kandie Antonetti will be serving as co-principals of the new middle school, and will be visiting each of the schools with grades moving to 50 North Lark. (MORE)

 

'Dream job' for new

Albany High football coach

The last time Albany High School had a championship football season, Mike Ware was excited to see it end.   

 

Ware was a freshman on the Yonkers Roosevelt team that beat the Falcons in the 1996 state quarterfinals, the last time Albany High won the Section II title. Twenty-one years later, Ware is now in charge on the other side of the field and hoping to build on the resurgence the Albany High program has enjoyed the past two years. Please visit our Athletics News section to read more.

 

Law firm showcases

artwork of Albany High students

When Phillips Lytle LLP first commissioned artwork from Albany High School students to hang in its downtown office, the initial intention was to select only the three top paintings. After seeing the 12 beautiful works created by the 19 student artists however, they elected instead to hang all dozen, along with plaques recognizing the students. (MORE)

 

Update on snow days

Following last week’s snow storm, the City School District of Albany has no margin left to absorb additional emergency closings this school year.

 

The district used its three scheduled snow days earlier in the winter. The two additional days March 14-15 put the district right at the minimum number of instructional days that the state requires.

 

That means that if another emergency closing is necessary in the coming weeks, the district would have to make up that day. If that happens, the last day of spring recess – Friday, April 21 – would become a regular school day.

 

Here’s hoping March goes out like a lamb -- and April follows suit! Please also note that May 25-26 also will be regular school days.

 

Getto to return to lead

Albany High in 2017-18

Dale Getto will continue for a third year as principal at Albany High School in 2017-18, providing consistent veteran leadership as the school continues its work to meet the state’s receivership requirements.

 

“This is an important time for Albany High School in our ongoing efforts to get off the state’s receivership list and to continue to increase the success rates for all of our students,” said Interim Superintendent Kimberly Young Wilkins, Ed.D. “We are grateful to Ms. Getto for agreeing to stay to lead that critical work for another year.” Please visit our District News section to read more.       

 

It's March Madness for music, too!

The City School District of Albany is celebrating "Music in Our Schools Month" during March with a variety of student performances.

 

Events wrap up with the All-City Strings Concert Tuesday, April 4 at William S. Hackett Middle School. (MORE)


New procedures for small facilities work

The City School District of Albany is putting in place additional procedures for evaluation and implementation of small facilities projects following an independent audit of a classroom renovation.

 

The audit determined that the district inadvertently classified a theater classroom project at Albany High School’s Abrookin Career and Technical Center as routine maintenance rather than a formal capital project. Please visit our District News section to read more.

 

Albany High juniors

earn playwriting kudos

Two Albany High School juniors have received regional awards for scripts they wrote from the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers.

 

Emma Colton-Heins and Cliodhna Thayer each wrote a dramatic script that earned a Gold Key award. Both their scripts have been submitted for national review; national medalists will be announced March 14. (MORE)

 

Albany High artists

make regional exhibit

Seven pieces of artwork by Albany High School students were selected for participation in 18th Annual High School Regional Juried Art Exhibition and will be on display at a local gallery March 21-April 23.

 

The exhibit, at the Opalka Gallery, will feature work by more than 130 high school students from 21 Capital Region schools. They were selected from almost 500 pieces submitted. (MORE)

 

District reaffirms commitment

to safeguarding all students' rights

The City School District of Albany applauds our state government, law and education leaders' strong opposition to what Gov. Cuomo correctly has called "the misguided action taken by the federal government" to rescind legal protections for transgender students, said Interim Superintendent Kimberly Young Wilkins, Ed.D.

 

"The City School District of Albany absolutely will continue to protect transgender students and all of our students from discrimination and harassment -- because it's still the law in New York in spite of this misguided federal action, and, most importantly, because it will always be the right thing to do," Dr. Wilkins said. Please visit our District News section to read more about the district's commitment to all studetns and families.

 

Fledgling junior ROTC drill team

tapped to compete in nationals

Members of Albany High School’s Sgt. Henry Johnson Battalion junior ROTC drill team will head to Louisville, Ky., at the end of March to compete in the official Army Junior ROTC drill championships. (MORE)

 

Albany High grad rate rises

to 62 percent for Class of 2016

Albany High School’s graduation rate increased for the third consecutive year in 2016 and surpassed 60 percent for the first time in eight years.

 

The graduation rate for the Class of 2016 was 62 percent, according to data the State Education Department released Feb. 10. Please visit our District News section to read more.

 

District seeks substitute teachers, TAs

The City School District of Albany is continually hiring for substitutes to fill various long- and short-term positions throughout the district. Click here to see the daily rates of pay.

 

For more information, contact the Office of Human Resources at 475-6057, 475-6023, humanresources@albany.k12.ny.us or visit the Employment section of the website.

 

Follow your child's bus

with Durham Bus Tracker

To provide families with a greater sense of comfort with student transportation, Durham School Services has developed an app that lets you check the location of your child's bus.

 

Durham Bus Tracker tells you where your bus is on its route, when it will arrive at your stop and other information about the route in real time. It’s free and user-friendly. Please visit our Transportation section to learn more and download the app.   

 

Calendar spotlights

exceptional students

Great things are happening in Albany's public schools. And that's partly because we have so many great students!

 

The 2016-17 school calendar features the faces of 25 exceptional young people in the City School District of Albany. They are but a small fraction of the outstanding students who attend our schools. (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 steps in that process have been the hirings of 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.

  

Community swimming at Myers

The City School District of Albany once again is offering free community swimming at Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School this school year.

 

Swimming is available on Monday and Wednesday evenings when school is in session. Please visit our District News section for details. 

  

 
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Upcoming events
(visit each school's page for more listings; visit our Athletics section for game schedules) 

3/28-30 New York State English language arts exam for grades 3-8
3/28 Philip Schuyler Achievement Academy Parent University: Pre-K literacy, 5-7 p.m.
3/28 Autism Spectrum Fair, Montessori Magnet School, 5:30-7 p.m. (Details)
3/30 West Hill Middle School Parent University, 5:30-7 p.m.
3/31 Prekindergarten lottery application deadline
4/1 William S. Hackett Middle School, TOAST and Giffen Memorial Elementary School combination Parent University: Restorative justice at Hackett Middle School, 10 a.m.-noon
4/4 Sheridan Preparatory Academy Parent University: Pre-K literacy, 5-7 p.m.
4/4 All-City Strings Concert, William S. Hackett Middle School, 6:30 p.m.
4/6 Albany High School Theatre Ensemble production of Oliver!,
7 p.m. (Details)
4/6 Board of Education meeting and budget forum, Albany High School, 700 Washington Ave., 7 p.m.
4/7 Albany High School Theatre Ensemble production of Oliver!,
7 p.m. (Details)
4/8 Giffen Memorial Elementary School Parent University: Literacy at home, 10 a.m.-noon
4/8 Albany High School Theatre Ensemble production of Oliver!,
7 p.m. (Details)
4/9 Albany High School Theatre Ensemble production of Oliver!,
2 p.m. (Details)
4/10 ASH, Spring School Picture Day
4/11 TOAST Parent University: Pre-K literacy, 5-7 p.m.
4/12 TOAST ELA and STEAM Family Night, 5:30-7 p.m.
4/14 Good Friday
No school
4/17-21 Spring Recess
No school
4/25 Arbor Hill Elementary School Parent University: Pre-K literacy, 5-7 p.m.
4/29 Giffen Memorial Elementary School Meet the Author-Illustrator Day, 9:30 a.m.
4/29 Philip Schuyler Achievement Academy Parent University: Literacy at home, 10 a.m.-noon
5/2-4 New York State math exam for grades 3-8
5/4 Board of Education budget hearing and meeting, Albany High School, 700 Washington Ave., 7 p.m.
5/6 Sheridan Preparatory Academy Parent University: Literacy at home, 10 a.m.-noon
5/20 TOAST Parent University: Literacy at home, 10 a.m.-noon