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Happy Thanksgiving!

District schools, offices closed for holiday

These tiny turkey pals from Sheridan Preparatory Academy on Tuesday got a jump start on Thanksgiving during their school's annual lunchtime celebration.


Starting Wednesday, all City School District of Albany schools and offices will be closed for Thanksgiving recess and will reopen Monday.


Happy Thanksgiving and safe journeys to all holiday travelers!  


Mayor's winter clothing drive

brings warm gear -- and just time!

Mayor Kathy Sheehan's annual winter clothing drive collected more than 1,000 pieces of warm gear for City School District of Albany students this year. The timing of Monday's announcement at Arbor Hill Elementary School couldn't have been better, with the area's first snowstorm in the forecast.


The Cash for Coats campaign raised $8,000 to purchase 450 new coats and other winter clothing items for district students. Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard, Ph.D., joined Mayor Sheehan, local business leaders and Arbor Hill Elementary students for the announcement. Visit our District News section to read more.


Magnet elementary schools

partner on Toys for Tots drive

The City School District of Albany's three magnet elementary schools are teaming up with the United States Marine Corps on a Toys for Tots drive for this holiday season.


The Thomas O'Brien Academy of Science and Technology (TOAST) Student Council has organized the activity in partnership with Albany School of Humanities (ASH) and Montessori Magnet School. Students, staff, families and community members can drop off a new unopened and unwrapped toy at any of the three schools through Dec. 5. Visit our District News section for more information.


Board discusses

enrollment growth, planning

The City School District of Albany has room to educate its growing student population in 2015-16, but will need to address space and grade-configuration questions to be able to serve students and families well in the years to come.


That was the perspective a consultant provided to the Board of Education on Wednesday night during a presentation at Delaware Community School about enrollment growth and balancing.


Visit our District News section to read more. The board will continue the short- and long-term enrollment discussion at its meeting Thursday, Dec. 11 at Philip J. Schuyler Achievement Academy.


Shop Barnes & Noble on Dec. 3

and help the Marching Falcons

Support the City School District of Albany marching band and get a jump on your holiday shopping on Dec. 3 when the Albany Marching Falcons partner with Barnes & Noble to raise money for activities and equipment.


That day, shop at the Barnes & Noble Colonie Center Store and present a special coupon when you check out. (You also can share the coupon with friends and family members.) If you shop between 5-8 p.m., you'll get the added bonus of hearing holiday tunes performed by a select group of the band's musicians. (MORE)


Basketball standout Chandler makes commitment to Division I Colgate official

Albany High School senior Mylah Chandler, a standout performer on the court and in the classroom, made her college choice official Nov. 14, signing a National Letter of Intent to attend Division I Colgate University next year.


Surrounded by her teammates on the Lady Falcons girls' basketball team, Chandler described Colgate as providing her the best combination of Division I athletics and top-flight academics. Visit our Athletics News section to read more.


Many ways to stay informed

about school closings, delays

With the first snowflakes in our weather forecast for the season, it's important to refresh yourself about the many ways to stay informed about weather-related school closings or delays in the City School District of Albany.


Please remember that it is best to rely on multiple sources of information when it comes to weather-related announcements. Please visit our District News section for more information.


District reduces fall testing by 80 percent

Most City School District of Albany students have seen substantially fewer tests this fall.


In the first quarter of the school year, which ends Friday, the district eliminated nearly 80 percent of student learning objective (SLO) pre-assessments. These “pre-tests” – which until this year were given during the first several weeks of school – were part of the teacher-evaluation processes for all grades except kindergarten.


The decision to abolish the majority of SLO pre-tests came after the district and the Albany Public School Teachers Association partnered to streamline testing practices. (MORE)


Bullying prevention focus of poster contest

Winning work to become I-90 billboard

Fourth- and fifth-graders in the City School District of Albany will have the opportunity to show off their bully-

prevention smarts and their artistic skills in a poster contest.


The winning work will be featured on a billboard on I-90. Visit our District News section to read more.


Albany High blood drive a success

Once again, Albany High School students and staff turned out to donate blood in record amounts.


On Oct. 16, Albany High held the first of three blood drives for the 2014-15 school year to benefit the American Red Cross of Northeastern New York. They collected 90 pints of blood, the most ever collected in an October drive, and met the goal the Red Cross set for them. (Above, senior Ellenor Hanna gives a thumbs up during her first blood donation.)



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


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.


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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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
12/3 Adult Continuation Education winter session registration, Albany High School, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
12/3  Winter Concert featuring Albanettes, Jazz Band, Men's Ensemble, Strings Trio, Albany High School,
7 p.m. 
12/4 Adult Continuation Education winter session registration, Albany High School, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
12/5 1st Friday art and holiday music showcase featuring district students, Cathedral of All Saints, 6:30-8 p.m. (Details)
12/8 Winter Concert, New Scotland Elementary School, 7 p.m.
12/9 Winter Concerts, Albany School of Humanities (ASH), 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. 
12/9  Winter Concert, Philip Schuyler Achievement Academy, 6 p.m.
12/9  Winter Concert and Art Show, North Albany Academy, 6:30 p.m. 
12/9 Winter Concert and Dessert Auction, William S. Hackett Middle School,
6:30 p.m. 
12/10 Winter Concert featuring Vocal Music, Orchestra, Symphonic Band, Albany High School, 7 p.m. 
12/11 Albany High School academy lottery, Albany High, 10 a.m. 
12/11 Winter Concerts, Delaware Community School, 2 p.m. and
6 p.m. 
12/11 Winter Concert, Sheridan Preparatory Academy, 6 p.m.
12/11 Board of Education meeting, Philip Schuyler Achievement Academy, 7 p.m.
12/11 Winter Concert, Montessori Magnet School, 7 p.m.
12/15 Winter Concert, Eagle Point Elementary School, 7 p.m.
12/16  Winter Concert, Giffen Memorial Elementary School, 5:30 p.m.
12/16  Winter Concerts, Pine Hills Elementary School, 1:15 p.m. and 7 p.m.
12/16 Winter Concert, Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School,
7 p.m.
12/18  Winter Concerts, Arbor Hill Elementary School, 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.
12/22 Winter Concert, Sheridan Preparatory Academy, 6 p.m.
12/24-1/2 Holiday Recess, no school
1/5 Back to school
1/8 Blood drive, Albany High School, 8 a.m.-2:15 p.m.
1/15 Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, Pine Hills Elementary School, 1 p.m.
1/15 Math Night, Albany School of Humanities (ASH), 6-7:30 p.m.
1/19 Martin Luther King Jr. Day, all schools and offices closed
1/20 2015-16 magnet elementary and prekindergarten lottery applications become available
1/20 Magnet Elementary School Open House, Montessori Magnet School, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and 6-7 p.m.
1/21 Magnet Elementary School Open House, Thomas O'Brien Academy of Science and Technology (TOAST), 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and 6-7 p.m.
1/22  Magnet Elementary School Open House, Albany School of Humanities, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and 6-7 p.m.
1/22 Parent Night, Philip Schuyler Achievement Academy, 5-6 p.m.
1/23 Second Quarter Ends
1/24 New Scotland Elementary School pancake breakfast fundraiser, Glenmont Applebee's, 8-10 a.m.
1/26 Regents exams
1/27 Regents exams
1/28 Regents exams
1/29 Regents exam
1/29 Super Spectacular Science Night, Montessori Magnet School, 6:30 p.m.
1/30 Superintendent's Conference Day, no school for students
2/5 Black Heritage Potluck Dinner, Pine Hills Elementary School, 6 p.m.
2/10 Midwinter Feast and Black History Month Celebration, William S. Hackett Middle School, 6 p.m.



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