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Theatre Ensemble to present Annie

Albany High School's award-winning Theatre Ensemble this month will present four performances of the Broadway musical Annie.

 

The play opens with a 7 p.m. performance on Thursday, March 19. Additional performances will be at 7 p.m. Friday, March 20 and Saturday, March 21, with a matinee at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 22.

 

Tickets are $15 for general admission and $5 for students and seniors. (MORE)

  

Musical March madness takes hold

Musical March madness breaks out this week as "Music in Our Schools Month" begins in the City School District of Albany.

 

Events kick off Wednesday with the All-City Chorus Concert, when top choir students from the elementary, middle and high schools join together for an evening of music at 6:30 p.m. at Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School. The Myers PTSA will be selling pizza, snacks and beverages before the concert. (MORE)

 

School-based budget updates

scheduled March 9-12

Families and community members city-wide will have opportunities close to home during the week of March 9 to learn more about the City School District of Albany’s budget-development process.

 

Principals at all 16 buildings will provide school-based budget presentations March 9-12. They will discuss and get feedback on the district’s most recent draft budget proposal for 2015-16. (MORE)

 

November public vote set

for Albany High renovation, reconstruction

The future of Albany High School is in voters’ hands.

 

After more than a decade of discussion about how new facilities would best serve students for generations to come, including two years of planning for the current proposal, the City School District of Albany Board of Education voted unanimously Thursday night to let voters decide in November.

 

The vote will be Nov. 3, in conjunction with the general election. (MORE)

 

Egan steps down from school board

City School District of Albany Board of Education member Dan Egan has announced his resignation, effective at the close of business Monday.

 

Egan first was elected in to the board in 2008. He was re-elected in 2012, and his current term runs through 2016. During his board tenure, he served as president three times and vice president once. (MORE)

 

Albany Promise cites progress, partnerships on behalf of students, families

City School District of Albany Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard, Ph.D., joined area education, business, community and government leaders Wednesday to release the 2014 Albany Promise Report Card, which offers an update on progress the partnership is making to improve student achievement from cradle to career.

 

"I am amazed and humbled by the number of partners willing to work on behalf of the district and support our students and families," Dr. V said. "I believe I am the luckiest superintendent in the world to have that kind of support behind us as we try to change the lives of our students." Visit our District News section to read more.

 

Founders' Day celebration set for April 24

The Albany City Council PTA will hold its annual Founders' Day celebration and scholarship fundraiser on Friday, April 24.

 

This event -- a reception featuring a silent auction and fabulous finger foods -- will be from 6-10 p.m. at the Italian American Community Center on Washington Avenue Extension.

 

Every year, Founders' Day recognizes people who give their time and talents on behalf of City School District of Albany students and schools. (MORE)

 

Common Council lauds district employees

Three City School District of Albany employees (two of them alums!) were honored Feb. 19 by the Albany Common Council at its  2015 African-American History Month Celebration.

 

Cathy Edmondson, community engagement coordinator for the district, Barbara Howard, a sixth-grade teacher at Arbor Hill Elementary School, and Dana Mackey, a teaching assistant at Arbor Hill Elementary School, were recognized for their leadership, service and contributions to civic life in Albany. Both Edmondson and Mackey attended and graduated from Albany public schools. (MORE)

 

Safe travels in wintry conditions

As we continue through another cold, snowy winter in the Northeast, please take a few moments to read an important message from Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard, Ph.D., regarding safe travels, especially to and from school. Please visit our From the Superintendent section. 

 

District mourns a tragic accident

Feb. 12 was a tragic day for the City School District of Albany, with a 4-year-old prekindergarten student killed in a pedestrian accident while walking to school.

 

"There are no words to adequately convey the depth of our sadness, or of our sympathy for this child’s family," said Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard, Ph.D. "Our thoughts and prayers are with them as they try to find a way to cope with their devastating loss. This is every parent’s worst nightmare." Please visit our From the Superintendent section to read more.

 

Albany High artists' work

chosen for regional show

Another piece of art by an Albany High School student has been selected for review in the 16th annual High School Regional Juried Art Exhibition, bringing the number of Albany High student works in the show to five.

 

The exhibit is open at the Esther Massry Gallery at The College of Saint Rose. (MORE)

                                        

Enrollment changes planned for 2015-16

to address growing elementary populations

In an effort to balance growing enrollment at the elementary and middle-school levels, the City School District of Albany will implement changes at three elementary schools for the 2015-16 school year.

 

The changes for next school year will be at New Scotland Elementary School, Pine Hills Elementary School and Thomas O’Brien Academy of Science and Technology (TOAST). All three schools currently have no additional classroom space to accommodate their growing student populations without changes.

 

“We believe these solutions for 2015-16 will allow us to provide the least possible impact for one year while providing all students with the best possible learning environments,” said Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard, Ph.D. Please visit our District News section to read more.

 

District committee to study

student drop-off, parental access

The City School District of Albany is forming a committee to evaluate student drop-off and parental access to all district schools.

 

The committee will evaluate whether there is a need for common procedures across the district, while recognizing that differences may exist from school to school. The primary goal is to ensure safety and security for all students and staff district-wide. Please visit our District News section to read more.

 

District students

'Creative Expressions' winners

Seven City School District of Albany students were named winners in the 19th annual Black History Month Creative Expressions Contest sponsored by the Albany Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

 

The students were among 28 winners selected out of more than 300 contest entries from area schools. All will appear in public service announcements on local TV and radio stations during February. (MORE)

 

Presidential Scholar finalist at Albany High

An Albany High School senior is one of 10 U.S. Presidential Scholar Program finalists from New York state.

 

Isabel Pottinger, who will attend Cornell University in the fall, has a stellar resume of academic achievement, extracurricular activities and community service. (MORE)

 

Myers student clinches district bee

Sixth-grader Graham Gordon of Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School is the 2015 spelling bee champion of the City School District of Albany.

 

Gordon (pictured above) outspelled the best from every elementary and middle school at the district-wide bee at William S. Hackett Middle School. His winning word was “cobalt.”

 

Gordon and the five other top finishers in the district will represent the district Feb. 24 at the 2015 Capital Region Spelling Bee at Proctor’s Theatre in Schenectady. (MORE)

    

Marching Falcons Ireland-bound

On St. Patrick’s Day, the Albany Marching Falcons will get their Irish up in the capital city of the Emerald Isle itself.

 

At the invitation of Dublin Lord Mayor Oisin Quinn, the City School District of Albany’s marching band and color guard will perform in the 2015 St. Patrick’s Day parade in Dublin, Ireland. Visit our District News section to read more, including a Times Union article.

 

Free breakfast, lunch

for all district students

All City School District of Albany students are eligible to receive a free breakfast and lunch each day at their school during the 2014-15 school year.

 

That's because all district schools have been approved to take part in the Community Eligibility Provision, a program available through the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Program.

 

The program allows any district student to receive one complete breakfast and one complete lunch at no charge (although extra food or milk is an extra cost). (MORE)

 

Calendar celebrates extraordinary students

Some of the faces in this year's calendar might look familiar. One might belong to a neighbor, a friend or a kid who shoveled your driveway last winter. Perhaps you saw another compete on the field or perform onstage.

 

They are the faces of your community. And they are the faces of exceptional students in the City School District of Albany. (MORE)

 

Contact state with STAR questions

Albany homeowners denied a School Tax Relief (STAR) exemption should contact the state Department of Tax and Finance if they want to challenge the decision. The phone number is 457-2036.

 

Tax and Finance officials have informed more than 1,200 Albany taxpayers that they won’t receive a STAR exemption in their school tax bills because they failed to meet registration requirements. (MORE)

 

 
 
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Upcoming events
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3/4 All-City Chorus Concert, Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School, 6:30 p.m.
3/5 Eagle Point Elementary School Science Fair, 5:30-7 p.m.
3/5 Board of Education Meeting, Philip Schuyler Achievement Academy, 7 p.m. (Details)
3/6 Deadline to submit nominations for Founders' Day honorees (Details)
3/6 Third-quarter interim marking period begins
3/7 Delaware Community School Science Night, 6-7:30 p.m.
3/7 Montessori Magnet School Applebee's pancake breakfast fundraiser, Route 9W Applebee's in Glenmont, 8-10 a.m.
3/9 Varsity and JV spring sports begin
3/9-12 School-based budget presentations (Details)
3/10 Special Education Department Parent Workshop, "Bullying in School and Special Consideration for Students with Disabilities," Harriet Gibbons Student Services Center, 6-7:30 p.m.  (Details)
3/11 Board Policy Committee meeting, Academy Park, 5:30 p.m.
3/11 All-City Band Concert, Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School, 6:30 p.m.
3/12 Eagle Point Elementary School Math Night,
5:30-7 p.m.
3/16 Modified spring sports begin
3/18 Albany High School hosts author Ruta Sepetys,
8 a.m.-3 p.m.
3/18 Adult Continuing Education spring registration, Albany High School, 5:30-8:30 p.m. (Details)
3/19 Adult Continuing Education spring registration, Albany High School, 5:30-8:30 p.m. (Details)
3/19 Albany High School spring musical, "Annie,"  7 p.m.
3/19 Board of Education meeting, Sheridan Preparatory Academy,
7 p.m.
3/20 Albany High School spring musical, "Annie,"  7 p.m.
3/21 New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) Festival, William S. Hackett Middle School, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
3/21 Albany High School spring musical, "Annie,"  7 p.m.
3/22 Albany High School spring musical, "Annie," 2 p.m.
3/24 Board of Education special budget forum, Albany High School,
7 p.m.
3/25 All-City Strings Concert, William S. Hackett Middle School, 6:30 p.m.
3/27 Albany School of Humanities (ASH) Talent Show, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
3/31 Board Governmental Relations Committee, Academy Park, 5:30 p.m.
4/2 Third quarter ends
4/3 Good Friday, no school
4/6-4/10 Spring Recess, no school
4/14 New York State English-language arts exams, grades 3-8
4/15 New York State English-language arts exams, grades 3-8
4/16 New York State English-language arts exams, grades 3-8
4/20 General registration begins for prekindergarten and kindergarten
4/21 Albany High School National Honor Society Inductions, 6:30 p.m.
4/22 New York State math exams, grades 3-8
4/23 New York State math exams, grades 3-8
4/23 Albany High School New Family Orientation, 6:30 p.m.
4/24 New York State math exams, grades 3-8
4/24 Founders' Day, Italian-American Community Center, 257 Washington Ave. Extension, 6-10 p.m. (Details)
4/24 New Scotland Elementary School Talent Show 7 p.m.
5/1 Delaware Community School Cinco de Mayo Celebration, 5:30-7 p.m.
5/2 Pine Hills Elementary School Community Open House, 10 a.m.-noon

 

 

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