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State math tests May 2-4

A reminder that next week students in grades 3-8 will take state tests that measure math skills.

 

Schools will administer the tests May 2-4. (MORE)

 

Albany High choir gets top marks

They sang three pieces of challenging music at the most difficult level of competition. And the judges gave their performance the highest possible rating.

 

Led by Director Brendan Hoffman, Albany High School's Select Choir earned a "gold with distinction" rating – the highest given to any performing group – at the New York State School Music Association's Choral Festival on April 13 at Niskayuna High School. (MORE)

 

Award-winning authors

to visit Giffen this Saturday

The author of the “Jigsaw Jones” children’s mystery series is among the award-winning writers who will discuss their craft Saturday, April 29 at “Meet the Author and Illustrator Day.”

 

City School District of Albany families are invited to the event, scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Giffen Memorial Elementary School, 274 South Pearl St. In addition to presentations by authors and a free continental breakfast, Giffen musicians will perform throughout the day. (MORE)

 

NYU Steinhardt partnership

to help develop teaching staff

The City School District of Albany has forged a new partnership with New York University in its ongoing efforts to develop its teaching staff to better serve all students and families.

 

The partnership with NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development will bring the Embedded Master of Arts in Teaching Residency Program to the district beginning with the 2017-18 school year. Please visit our District News section to read more.

 

District STEM teachers recognized

in state Master Teacher Program

Four City School District of Albany teachers have been recognized in the state’s 2017 STEM Master Teacher Program, celebrating their work to deliver innovative science, technology, engineering and math education to their students.

 

Albany’s representatives are among 37 2017 STEM Master Teachers in the Capital Region. Please visit our District News section to read more.

 

Principal keeps a promise,

gets 64 pies in the face

For Teresa Brown, keeping a promise meant being hit in the face April 7 with 64 whipped-cream pies.

 

Brown is the principal at Thomas O’Brien Academy of Science and Technology (TOAST). In February, she launched a school-wide read-a-thon with a vow that students who read the most or raised the most money could hit her in the face with a pie. (MORE)

 

Hackett leader

named 'Principal of the Year'

William S. Hackett Middle School’s Michael Paolino has been chosen to receive a 2017 Principal of the Year Award from the Greater Capital Region Principals’ Center.

 

The award is given to a principal whose outstanding leadership embodies the mission and values of the Principals’ Center and celebrates the unique role of the principal in shaping school communities. (MORE)

 

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)

 

Albany High jazz talent

to be featured on Ch. 18 during April

The Albany High School Jazz Ensemble will celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month with appearances throughout April on Channel 18, one of Albany’s three public-access television stations.

 

The ensemble will perform on the show “Albany Tempo Spectrum,” which will air at 5 p.m. on April 1. The show will run Thursday-Sunday at 5 p.m. during the rest of the month. (MORE)

 

Middle schools under the microscope

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) 

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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 State Education Department data. 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.

 

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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4/25 Arbor Hill Elementary School Parent University: Pre-K literacy, 5-7 p.m.
4/26 North Albany Academy Parent University, 5:30-7 p.m.
4/27 Eagle Point Elementary School Multicultural Dinner Celebration, 5:30-7 p.m. (Details)
4/27 Sheridan Preparatory Academy PTA PJs and  a Picutre Night, 5:30 p.m.
4/27 Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School Parent University, 5:30-7 p.m.
4/27 Board of Education meeting, North Albany Academy, 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
5/1 Pine Hills Elementary School Junior Writers Week begins
5/2-4 New York State math exam for grades 3-8
5/2 Albany High School National Honor Society Inductions, 6 p.m.
5/3 William S. Hackett Middle School Honor Roll Reception, 8:30-9:45 a.m.
5/4 North Albany Academy Honor Roll Dinner, 5 p.m.
5/4 Board of Education budget hearing and meeting, Albany High School, 7 p.m.
5/5 Delaware Community School Cinco de Mayo Celebration, 5:30-7 p.m.
5/5 Elementary School Art Show, Albany Institute of History and Art, 5-8 p.m.
5/6 Albany High School SAT exam, 8 a.m.
5/6 Sheridan Preparatory Academy Parent University: Literacy at home, 10 a.m.-noon
5/8 New Scotland Elementary School Spring Concert at William S. Hackett Middle School, 7 p.m.
5/16 SCHOOL BUDGET VOTE
5/16 Philip Schuyler Achievement Academy Spring Concerts, 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.
5/16 Eagle Point Elementary School Spring Literacy Celebration, 5:30-7 p.m.
5/16 Montessori Magnet School Spring Concert at Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School, 7 p.m.
5/17 Parent University Year End Celebration at Albany High School, 6 p.m.
5/17 Sheridan Preparatory Academy Spring Concert, 6 p.m.
5/17 TOAST Spring Concert, 6:30 p.m.
5/18 Arbor Hill Elementary School TCBY Family Night, 5 p.m.
5/18 Board of Education meeting, Montessori Magnet School, 7 p.m.
5/18-5/20 Albany High School Promising Playwrights Festival, 7 p.m.
5/19 ASH Multicultural Celebration, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
5/20 TOAST Parent University: Literacy at home, 10 a.m.-noon
5/22 Grade Configuration Steering Committee meeting, Harriet Gibbons Student Services Center, 6-8 p.m.