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Rebuilding Albany High School

Vote Tuesday, Feb. 9 -- 7 a.m.-9 p.m.

 

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School tours Saturday, Monday

in advance of Feb. 9 Albany High vote

There still are opportunities to learn more about the proposal to rebuild Albany High School before the Feb. 9 vote.

 

Tours of Albany High are scheduled on Saturday from 9:30-11:30 a.m. and Monday from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

 

Visit our Rebuilding Albany High School section for more information.

 

Winter Guard Home Show Saturday

Check out the whirl of color and movement that’s known as “winter guard” on Saturday at the Albany Winter Guard Home Show.

    

The event begins at 5 p.m. on Saturday in the Albany High School gym. Ticket prices are $6 for adults, $5 for students and seniors and free for children 5 and under. (MORE)

        

Thursday hearing

about two charter schools

The City School District of Albany will hold a public hearing Thursday to provide community members an opportunity to comment on applications by two charter schools to merge and expand the grades they serve.

 

The charter schools seeking to merge are Brighter Choice Charter School for Boys and Brighter Choice Charter School for Girls. Both schools also are applying to expand to grade 5; now they serve students in kindergarten through fourth grade.

 

The public hearing will be held Thursday from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Albany High School, 700 Washington Ave. (MORE)

 

Going to the Grammys!

Two aspiring hip-hop artists from Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School are jetting off to Los Angeles and the Grammys on Feb. 11 after winning first prize in a national songwriting contest.

 

Eighth-graders Rah-mene McDuffie and Lee Reh – their professional name is Young Noble Gentlemen, or YNG – penned and recorded the song “FIGHT” last November. They entered it in a contest asking young musicians to submit an original piece of music that celebrates life without drugs and alcohol or the consequences of substance abuse. (MORE)

 

A message from the

new acting superintendent

After beginning her first full day helping to lead a 7:30 a.m. tour for community members at Albany High School on Jan. 25, Acting Superintendent Kimberly Young Wilkins, Ed.D., joined Board of Education President Kenneth Bruce to meet with the media to discuss the district's immediate future.

 

"We recognize that this is not the position we wish we were in," Dr. Wilkins said. "But it is where we are, and it is the steps and actions we take together from this point forward that will define our organization and our capacity to succeed in achieving our goals." Please visit our From the Superintendent section to read Dr. Wilkins' entire message.

 

Superintendent resigns,

board appoints acting superintendent

City School District of Albany Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard, Ph.D., has resigned, Board of Education President Kenneth M. Bruce announced Jan. 21.

 

The board appointed Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School Principal Kimberly Young Wilkins, Ed.D., as acting superintendent. An Albany native, Dr. Wilkins is the district's longest-serving principal. Please visit our District News section to read more.

 

Albany High 'faces' displayed at Sage

Masks created by five Albany High School artists are on display through Feb. 25 at the Little Gallery at Sage College of Albany.

 

The masks are part of a display in the “Faces of Humanity” community art project, which challenged Capital Region students to create a mask that reflects their relationship to their cultural or social environment. The base for every mask was a head cast of Michelangelo’s sculpture of David; each student individualized his or her mask from that base. (MORE)

  

Magnet lottery applications available

Applications are available for the lottery to determined 2016-17 placement in the three magnet elementary schools in the City School District of Albany.

 

You can download an application here or pick up one at any district school or at Central Registration, located at 75 Watervliet Ave.

 

A magnet school is a specialized program that focuses instruction on a particular theme and incorporates that theme across all subject areas. (MORE)

 

District teachers meet gold standard

Two more City School District of Albany teachers have reached their profession's gold standard.

 

Katie Chainyk, a fourth-grade teacher at Thomas O’Brien Academy of Science and Technology (TOAST), and Zeovadis Tavarez, a fifth-grade teacher in the Dual-Language Program at Delaware Community School, have earned certification through the highly prestigious National Board of Teaching Standards. (MORE)

 

Albany High artists' work in 3-D show

Four Albany High School students have had their artwork selected for the 2016 Art in Three Dimensions show.

 

This annual juried show is an opportunity for Capital Region schools to highlight and showcase their three-dimensional art programs. The show runs Feb. 1-25 at Mohonansen High School, and there will be an opening reception from 6:30-8 p.m. on Feb. 3. (MORE)

 

Albany High singers

perform at State of the State

The Albanettes once again shared a stage with the governor.

 

Albany High School’s all-female a cappella singing group sang at Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s 2016 State of the State message on Wednesday. (MORE)

 

ALC students learn from the pros

Four Alternative Learning Center students wrapped up a three-month session for aspiring professionals on Tuesday by shadowing lawyers, information technology specialists and others for the day.

 

The day was part of in “Seeking, Getting and Keeping a Job,” a series of trainings to help prepare young people for the workforce. (MORE)

 

Albany High graduation rate

reaches highest mark in seven years

Albany High School’s graduation rate increased to its highest level in seven years in 2015, indicating both that the City School District of Albany is making progress in raising student achievement and that much work remains to be done, said Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard, Ph.D.

 

“It is clearly a sign that we are starting to move in the right direction,” she said. (MORE)

 

Hackett STEM Club

a Future City 'Rookie of the Year'

Budding engineers at William S. Hackett Middle School fared well Jan. 9 in their first foray into designing and building a 3-D model of a future city in the Capital District Future City Competition.

 

Members of Hackett’s after-school STEM Club earned “Rookie of the Year” and “Best Use of Construction Materials” awards at the competition, which featured 20 area middle schools. (MORE)

 

Hackett video offers powerful reminder

Students and staff on William S. Hackett Middle School's Team 7A delivered a powerful, poignant message before leaving for the holiday break. Click here to watch their video. We promised you will be moved.

 

Arbor Hill Elementary

gets 'Little Free Library'

Students at Arbor Hill Elementary School ventured into the cold Dec. 21 to help the school’s community partners break the seal on a new “Little Free Library” outside their school.

 

Little Free Libraries provide a selection of quality, free books for community members to take and keep. In Albany, there are a total of 10 of these small, enclosed structures – roughly two feet high, two feet wide and two feet deep – and seven of those are near City School District of Albany buildings. (MORE)

 

District responds to report

on suspension disparities

In response to the findings of an investigation by 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.

 

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced an agreement with the district Dec. 16 that all parties believe will foster safe and effective school climates.

 

“We are on a path to right this incredible issue for our students,” said Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard, Ph.D. Please visit our District News section to read more.

   

Sheridan Prep receives gift of music

The trumpet Dwayne Mallory played Dec. 10 at Sheridan Preparatory Academy didn’t just look good. It sounded good. It felt good.

 

“The new one plays more smooth, sounds more smooth,” said Dwayne, a fifth-grader who performed a solo in band during the school’s winter concert. “It’s great to play.”

 

Dwayne’s horn is one of 15 new musical instruments Sheridan Prep received this school year through a donation from The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation. The new instruments were officially unveiled at the school concert. (MORE)

 

Albany High black belt

earns international silver

Congratulations to Albany High School freshman Claire Patnaude, who recently earned a silver medal at the 2015 International Karate-Do Championships in Hawaii.

 

Patnaude started karate in 2009 in an after-school club at New Scotland Elementary School and went on to participate in programs offered by the City of Albany Department of Recreation. She joined the American Institute of Japanese Karate in 2010 and has trained there since, earning her black belt in 2012. (MORE)

 

Community swimming at Myers

Community swimming is back in session for the 2015-16 school year at Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School.

 

The Myers pool is open for swimming each Monday and Wednesday night while school is in session. Swimming will not be offered on Mondays or Wednesdays when school is closed. This is a free activity. (MORE)

 

School taxes decrease

Albany homeowners had their school tax bills decreased in 2015-16.

 

The City School District of Albany Board of Education approved a 2015-16 tax warrant that resulted in a 1.54 percent decrease in taxes – about $49 – on an Albany home assessed at $150,000.

 

Homeowners that take part in STAR and Enhanced STAR fared even better, saving $62 (a 2.45 percent decrease) and $74 (a 3.90 percent decrease) for homes assessed at $150,000. (MORE)

   

 
 
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2/6 Rebuilding Albany High School Tour, Albany High School, 9:30-11:30 a.m. (Details)
2/6 Winter Guard Home Show, Albany High School, 4:30 p.m.
2/8 Rebuilding Albany High School Tour, Albany High School, 6:30-8:30 p.m. (Details)
2/9 ALBANY HIGH SCHOOL FACILITIES VOTE, polls open 7 a.m.-9 p.m. (Details)
2/9 Pine Hills Elementary School Black History Month Celebration,
6 p.m.
2/9 William S. Hackett Middle School Black History Month Celebration, 6 p.m.
2/11 Alternative Learning Center Black History Month Celebration, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
2/11 Eagle Point Elementary School Math Night,
5:30 p.m.
2/11 North Albany Academy Parent University,
5:30 p.m.
2/11 Thomas O'Brien Academy of Science and Technology (TOAST) Fall in Love with Math Night, 5:30 p.m.
2/11 Pine Hills Elementary School Black Heritage Potluck Dinner, 6 p.m.
2/11 Board of Education public hearing on charter school applications, Albany HIgh School, 6:30 p.m. (Details)
2/12 Sheridan Preparatory Academy Black History Celebration, 9 a.m.
2/12 Giffen Memorial Elementary School Black History Month Celebration, 2 p.m.
2/13 Albany High School Chess Tournament,
9 a.m.-3 p.m.
2/13 Abrookin Career and Technical Center Valentine's Spa Day,
9 a.m.-2 p.m.
2/15 President's Day
No school
2/16-19
Winter Recess
No school
2/24 Albany High School FAFSA Help Night,
4-7 p.m.
2/24 Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School Black History Program, 6:30 p.m.
2/24 West Hill Middle School Parent University,
5:30 p.m.
2/25 Albany School of Humanities (ASH) Black History Celebration,
9-11:30 a.m.
2/25 North Albany Academy Black History Month Celebration, 9:15 a.m.
2/25 Board of Education meeting, Giffen Memorial Elementary School,
7 p.m.
2/26 Eagle Point Elementary School Black History Month Celebration,
9 a.m.
2/26 Montessori Magnet School Black History Month Celebration,
1 p.m.
2/26 Arbor Hill Elementary School Black History Month Celebration,
2-3 p.m.
2/29 Deadline to apply for 2016-17 magnet elementary school lottery
3/1 2016-17 prekindergarten lottery applications available (lottery 4/7)
3/3 Board of Education meeting, Philip Schuyler Achievement Academy,
7 p.m.