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Discounted Hall of Fame

reservations available through Wednesday

Discounted reservations are available through Wednesday for the 2014 Hall of Fame Induction Dinner, to be held Friday, Oct. 10 at the Italian-American Community Center on Washington Avenue Extension.

 

Tickets are $40 each with advance purchase by Oct. 1. Tickets will be $50 at the door on the night of the event. Please visit our Hall of Fame section to download a reservation form and learn more about the eight members of the Class of 2014.

 

Second public hearing on charter

renewal applications planned Thursday

The City School District of Albany will hold a public hearing Thursday on two additional charter-school applications following the Sept. 18 public hearing on six charter applications.

 

Thursday's hearing will give community members an opportunity to weigh in on the future of the two Brighter Choice elementary schools. The public hearing will be held at Sheridan Preparatory Academy, 400 Sheridan Ave., from 6-7 p.m. Please visit our District News section for more information.

 

Early dismissal Friday, Oct. 10 for

annual emergency preparedness drill

All City School District of Albany schools will dismiss 15 minutes early Friday, Oct. 10 to participate in the annual Go Home Early emergency preparedness drill. The State Education Department requires all schools to conduct this test each year.

 

All after-school activities will be cancelled, although student-athletes will be allowed to return at 3:15 p.m. for practices or games. Please visit our District News section for more information to assist with your planning for after-school programs.

 

Falcon 5K and Fun Run/Walk draws

more than 500 to support Albany schools

More than 500 runners and walkers took part in the second annual Albany Booster Club Falcon 5K and Fun Run/Walk on Sunday in Washington Park.

 

George Berg Jr. was the overall 5K winner, with Albany High School sophomore Liam Leary finishing second. Kari Gathen posted the fasted women's time. Click the highlighted text for the full race results.

 

Click here to see a Times Union photo gallery of the day's events. You also can check out more photos on the district's Facebook page.

 

Albany High seniors

get National Merit recognition

Five Albany High School seniors have been named Commended Students in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program.

 

The seniors are Isaac “Ravi” Brenner, Clare Criscione, Olivia Parker, Isaac Rosen and Isaac Young.

 

They scored in the top five percent of the 1.5 million students who took the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test during junior year. Congratulations to them!

 

School board candidates forum Oct. 22

This year’s candidates for the City School District of Albany Board of Education will participate in a forum Wednesday, Oct. 22 from 6-7:30 p.m. at Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School. Four candidates are seeking two seats on the board in the November elections. Please visit our District News section for more information.

  

Marching Falcons Ireland-bound

Next 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 Sept. 25 Times Union article.

 

Re-Imagining Albany High School

Board studies plan for major renovation

The City School District of Albany Board of Education is considering a plan for major renovations at Albany High School that would cut tens of millions of dollars off of estimates for earlier designs and significantly reduce the impact on taxpayers.

 

The seven-year renovation project the district’s design partners outlined at the board’s Sept. 18 meeting would cost $199 million or less. That is at least $22 million-$44 million less than the first preliminary concepts the board reviewed in July. Please visit our Re-Imagining Albany High School section for more information about the project and the significantly reduced potential tax impact on homeowners.

 

The board will revisit the plan at its Oct. 2 meeting at Sheridan Preparatory Academy.

 

Droves of dads turn out to support education

More than 1,000 fathers and father figures flocked to City School District of Albany schools on Tuesday in a show of support for their children’s education.

 

They took part in “Dads Take Your Child to School Day,” a state and national effort to encourage men to be more active in their children’s schooling. (MORE)

 

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)

 

Statewide campaign stars district kids

This fall, seven City School District of Albany students will help spread an important message to families throughout New York state: School attendance counts.

 

The students star in the “Every Student Present” campaign of the New York State Council on Children and Families, which kicked off Sept. 10 at Thomas O’Brien Academy of Science and Technology (TOAST). Click here to see a CBS 6 story about the project.

 

The students attend Delaware Community School and TOAST. (Pictured above unveiling posters with their faces are Delaware Community School fifth-grader Selina Lora and TOAST third-grader Edward Foster.) (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)

 

New immunization rules effective for 2014-15

The New York State Health Department has changed the frequency and type of immunizations that children must have in order to attend school in 2014-15.

State law requires districts to deny admitting children to school if their family cannot prove they received or are in the process of receiving required immunizations against diseases including polio, pertussis and measles.

Click the highlighted text for a complete list of the new state immunization requirements. (MORE)

  

 
 
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Upcoming events
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10/2 Eagle Point Elementary School Open House, 5:30-7 p.m.
10/2 Public hearing on charter-school renewal applications, Sheridan Preparatory Academy, 6-7 p.m. (Details)
10/2 Board of Education meeting, Sheridan Preparatory Academy,
7 p.m. (Details)
10/10 Annual Go Home Early emergency preparedness drill -- All schools dismiss 15 minutes early (Details)
10/10 Hall of Fame Class of 2014 Induction Dinner, Italian-American Community Center, Washington Avenue Extension, Albany,
6 p.m. (Details)
10/11 Wall of Fame Class of 2014 ceremony, Albany High School, 11 a.m.
10/11 Homecoming Parade, Albany High School to Bleecker Stadium, noon
10/11 Homecoming football game vs. Shenendehowa, Bleecker Stadium, 1 p.m.
10/13 Columbus Day
All schools and offices closed
10/14 Special Education Department workshop for parents, "Working with Your Child's Education Team," Harriet Gibbons Student Services Center, 6-7:30 p.m. (Details)
10/16 Albany High School Fall Blood Drive,
8 a.m.-2:15 p.m.
10/16 Board of Education meeting, Albany School of Humanities (ASH),
7 p.m.
10/22 School Board Candidates Forum, Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School, 6-7:30 p.m. (Details)
11/4 Election Day
11/6 Board of Education meeting, Arbor Hill Elementary School,
7 p.m.
11/10 Staff professional development day
No school for students
11/11 Veterans Day
All schools and offices closed
11/13 Albany Fund for Education Gala, Woolferts Roost Country Club, Albany, 5:30 p.m.
11/20 Board of Education meeting, Giffen Memorial Elementary School, 7 p.m.
11/21 Parent-Teacher Conference Day
No school for students
11/21 Application deadline for the Albany High School 2015-16 academy lottery
11/26 Thanksgiving Recess
All schools and offices closed
11/27 Thanksgiving Day
All schools and offices closed
11/28 Thanksgiving Recess
All schools and offices closed

 

 

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