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Magnet lottery deadline Tuesday

The deadline is Tuesday for families that want to apply for the 2017-18 magnet elementary lottery.

 

Click here to download an information booklet and application.

   

A magnet school or program focuses instruction on a particular theme and incorporates that theme across all subject areas. (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, Interim Superintendent Kimberly Young Wilkins, Ed.D., said Thursday.

 

"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.

 

Albany High artists' work

accepted for 3-D show

Two Albany High School students have had their artwork selected for the 2017 Art in Three Dimensions show.

 

The annual juried show is an opportunity for Capital Region schools to highlight and showcase their three-dimensional art programs. The show starts Feb. 27 and runs through March 17 at Mohonansen High School, and there will be an opening reception there from 6:30-8 p.m. on Feb. 28. (MORE)

 

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.

 

Despite being the new kid on the block – it formed last September – Albany’s team won or placed in the top three in recent regional drill competitions.

 

Drill team members practice at school Monday-Friday from 7-7:45 a.m. All that early morning work clearly is paying off. Their outstanding performance prompted another drill team to nominate them to compete in Louisville. (MORE)

    

Albany High students

lend voices to statewide symposium

Albany High School students Donald Gekonge and Zaeqwan Cancer participated in an historic statewide event Feb. 17, joining their peers from the Ithaca City School District for a panel discussion at the state’s first My Brother’s Keeper Symposium. Please visit our District News section to read more.

 

Albany High junior wins

silver at regional piano competition

Albany High School junior Alexandra Sipos once again played her way to the top at the Eighth Annual Rachmaninoff Piano Competition on Feb. 11.

 

Her nine-minute, three-movement performance of Khachaturian’s “Sonatina 1959” earned her silver status at the event, although succeeding in regional piano competitions is nothing new to Sipos. (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.

 

Co-leaders for new middle school
The City School District of Albany is taking an innovative approach to leadership at its new middle school -- co-principals.

 

Montessori Magnet School Principal Malik Jones and West Hill Middle School Principal Kandie Antonetti, both veteran educators in the district, will share leadership at 50 North Lark St., when it opens in September. Please visit our District News section to read more.

 

Parent University is back in session

More than two dozen families helped kick off the winter and spring sessions of the City School District of Albany’s Parent University at William S. Hackett Middle School on Feb. 1.

 

Knowing that parental involvement is one of the most critical factors to student success, particularly at the middle-school level, the district launched Parent University in the spring of 2015. The district holds monthly Parent University programs at Hackett, Myers and West Hill middle schools and North Albany Academy in the fall and again in the winter and spring. (MORE)

 

Music staff bring down the house

at annual Teacher Concert

Students, families, faculty and community members turned out at Albany High in droves on Jan. 26 for the second annual Teacher Concert sponsored by the Albany Friends of Music.

The concert gave the music department a chance to showcase the remarkable talents of it teachers outside of the classroom, all while raising money for a good cause. (MORE)

    

Myers student wins second

Spelling Bee in three years

For the second time in three years, Graham Gordon of Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School has won the City School District of Albany Spelling Bee.

     

Competing alongside the top spellers from elementary and middle schools across the district, Gordon spelled his way to victory in the final round with “conjecture” on Jan. 13. (MORE)

       

Albany public schools dominate

'Creative Expressions' contest

City School District of Albany students’ writing, artistic and oratory skills collectively eclipsed those of students from around the region in the 2017 Black History Month Creative Expressions Contest.

  

Of 28 winners picked, 12 were from Albany public schools. The contest asked students to submit a piece of writing, art or oratory about a person, group, event or movement that significantly affected people of color in a community, the United States or worldwide. (MORE)

 

Giffen teacher meets gold standard

Another City School District of Albany teacher has reached a profes-

sional gold standard.

 

Betsey Domenico, an English-as-a-new-language (ENL) teacher at Giffen Memorial Elementary School, has earned certification through the highly prestigious National Board of Teaching Standards. (MORE)

 

Myers teachers recognized regionally

Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School teachers Cindy Clo (special education) and Melissa Hirt (technology) have been recognized among the best teachers in the Capital Region. 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) 

2/28 ASH Black History Celebration, 9:30 a.m.
2/28 Philip Schuyler Achievement Academy Black History Celebration, 2:15 p.m.
2/28 West Hill Middle School Parent University,
5:30-7 p.m.
2/28 William S. Hackett Middle School Black History Celebration,
6:30 p.m.
3/1 2017-18 pre-K lotter applications available
3/1 Board of Education Facilities Committee meeting, Academy Park, 5:30 p.m.
3/3 Third-quarter interim marking period ends
3/3 North Albany Academy Black History Assembly, 9:15 a.m.
3/3 Delaware Community School Science Night, 5:30 p.m.
3/3 Pine Hills Elementary School STEAM Night, 6 p.m.
3/6 Spring varsity and JV sports begin
3/7 New Scotland Elementary School Science Fair, 6-8 p.m.
3/8 All-City Band Concert at Myers Middle School, 6:30 p.m.
3/9 Eagle Point Elementary School Science Fair, 5:30 p.m.
3/9 North Albany Academy Parent University, 5:30-7 p.m.
3/9 Philip Schuyler Achievement Academy Multicultural Celebration, 5 p.m.
3/11 SAT exam at Albany High School, 8 a.m.
3/11 Montessori Magnet School Applebee's Pancake Breakfast, 8-10 a.m.
3/13 Spring modified sports begin
3/15 Adult Education spring registration for Wednesday classes, Albany High, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
3/15 All-City Strings Concert at Hackett Middle School, 6:30 p.m.
3/16 Adult Education spring registration for Thursday classes, Albany High, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
3/24 Founders' Day 2017, Italian-American Community Center, 257 Washington Ave. Extension, 5:30-9:30 p.m.