School tours Saturday, Monday
in advance of Feb. 9 Albany High
There still are opportunities to learn
more about the proposal to rebuild Albany High School before the
Feb. 9 vote.
Tours of Albany High are scheduled
on Saturday from 9:30-11:30 a.m. and Monday from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Visit our Rebuilding Albany High School section for more
Winter Guard Home Show Saturday
out the whirl of color and movement that’s known as “winter guard” on
Saturday at the Albany Winter Guard Home Show.
The event begins at 5 p.m. on Saturday in the
Albany High School gym.
Ticket prices are $6 for adults, $5 for students and seniors and
free for children 5 and under.
about two charter schools
The City School District
of Albany will hold a public hearing Thursday to provide
community members an opportunity to comment on
applications by two charter schools to merge and expand the grades they
The charter schools seeking to merge are Brighter Choice Charter School
for Boys and Brighter Choice Charter School for Girls. Both schools also
are applying to expand to grade 5; now they serve students in
kindergarten through fourth grade.
The public hearing will be held Thursday from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Albany
High School, 700 Washington Ave. (MORE)
Going to the Grammys!
aspiring hip-hop artists from Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School
are jetting off to Los Angeles and the Grammys on Feb. 11 after winning
first prize in a national songwriting contest.
Rah-mene McDuffie and Lee Reh – their professional name is Young
Noble Gentlemen, or YNG – penned and recorded the song “FIGHT” last
November. They entered it in a contest asking young musicians to
submit an original piece of music that celebrates life without drugs
and alcohol or the consequences of substance abuse. (MORE)
A message from the
new acting superintendent
After beginning her first full day helping to
lead a 7:30 a.m. tour for community members at Albany High School on
Acting Superintendent Kimberly Young Wilkins, Ed.D., joined Board of
Education President Kenneth Bruce to meet with the media to discuss
the district's immediate future.
"We recognize that this is not the position we
wish we were in," Dr. Wilkins said. "But it is where we are, and it
is the steps and actions we take together from this point forward
that will define our organization and our capacity to succeed in
achieving our goals." Please visit our
From the Superintendent section to read Dr. Wilkins' entire
board appoints acting
City School District of Albany Superintendent Marguerite Vanden
Wyngaard, Ph.D., has resigned, Board of Education President Kenneth M.
Bruce announced Jan. 21.
The board appointed Stephen and Harriet
Myers Middle School Principal Kimberly Young Wilkins, Ed.D., as
acting superintendent. An Albany native, Dr. Wilkins is the
district's longest-serving principal.
Please visit our District News section to read more.
Albany High 'faces' displayed at
created by five Albany High School artists are on display through Feb.
25 at the Little Gallery at Sage College of Albany.
The masks are part of
a display in the “Faces of Humanity” community art project, which
challenged Capital Region students to create a mask that reflects
their relationship to their cultural or social environment. The
base for every mask was a head cast of Michelangelo’s sculpture of
David; each student individualized his or her mask from that base.
Magnet lottery applications
are available for the lottery to determined 2016-17 placement in the
three magnet elementary schools in the City School District of
an application here or pick up one at any
district school or at Central Registration, located at 75 Watervliet
A magnet school is a specialized program that focuses instruction on a
particular theme and incorporates that theme across all subject areas. (MORE)
District teachers meet gold
Two more City
School District of Albany teachers have reached their profession's gold
Katie Chainyk, a fourth-grade teacher at
Thomas O’Brien Academy of Science and Technology (TOAST), and
Zeovadis Tavarez, a fifth-grade teacher in the Dual-Language Program
at Delaware Community School, have earned certification through the
highly prestigious National Board of Teaching Standards. (MORE)
Albany High artists' work in 3-D
Four Albany High School students have had their artwork selected for the
2016 Art in Three Dimensions show.
This annual juried show is an opportunity for Capital Region schools to
highlight and showcase their three-dimensional art programs. The show
runs Feb. 1-25 at Mohonansen High School, and there will be an opening
reception from 6:30-8 p.m. on Feb. 3. (MORE)
Albany High singers
perform at State of the State
The Albanettes once again shared a stage with
Albany High School’s all-female a cappella
singing group sang at Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s 2016
State of the State message on Wednesday.
ALC students learn from the pros
Alternative Learning Center students wrapped up a three-month
session for aspiring professionals on Tuesday by shadowing lawyers,
information technology specialists and others for the day.
The day was part of in “Seeking, Getting and
Keeping a Job,” a series of trainings to help prepare young people
for the workforce. (MORE)
Albany High graduation rate
reaches highest mark in seven years
Albany High School’s graduation rate
increased to its highest level in seven years in 2015, indicating both
that the City School District of Albany is making progress in raising
student achievement and that much work remains to be done, said
Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard, Ph.D.
“It is clearly a sign
that we are starting to move in the right direction,” she said.
Hackett STEM Club
a Future City 'Rookie of the Year'
engineers at William S. Hackett Middle School fared well Jan. 9 in their
first foray into designing and building a 3-D model of a future city in
the Capital District Future City Competition.
Members of Hackett’s after-school STEM Club
earned “Rookie of the Year” and “Best Use of Construction Materials”
awards at the competition, which featured 20 area middle schools.
Hackett video offers powerful reminder
Students and staff on William S. Hackett Middle
School's Team 7A delivered a powerful, poignant
message before leaving for the holiday break.
Click here to watch their video. We
promised you will be moved.
Arbor Hill Elementary
gets 'Little Free Library'
at Arbor Hill Elementary School ventured into the cold Dec. 21 to help
the school’s community partners break the seal on a new “Little Free
Library” outside their school.
Little Free Libraries
provide a selection of quality, free books for community members to
take and keep. In Albany, there are a total of 10 of these small,
enclosed structures – roughly two feet high, two feet wide and two
feet deep – and seven of those are near City School District of
Albany buildings. (MORE)
District responds to report
on suspension disparities
In response to the findings of an investigation by 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.
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced an
agreement with the district Dec. 16 that all parties believe will
foster safe and effective school climates.
“We are on a path to right this incredible issue
for our students,” said Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard,
Please visit our District News section to read more.
Sheridan Prep receives gift of
trumpet Dwayne Mallory played Dec. 10 at Sheridan Preparatory Academy
didn’t just look
good. It sounded good. It felt good.
“The new one
plays more smooth, sounds more smooth,” said Dwayne, a fifth-grader
who performed a solo in band during the school’s winter concert.
“It’s great to play.”
Dwayne’s horn is
one of 15 new musical instruments Sheridan Prep received this school
year through a donation from The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation. The
new instruments were officially unveiled at the school concert. (MORE)
Albany High black belt
to Albany High School freshman Claire Patnaude, who recently earned a
silver medal at the 2015 International Karate-Do Championships in
Patnaude started karate in 2009 in an
after-school club at New Scotland Elementary School and went on to
participate in programs offered by the City of Albany Department of
Recreation. She joined the American Institute of Japanese Karate in
2010 and has trained there since, earning her black belt in 2012.
Community swimming at Myers
swimming is back in session for the 2015-16 school year at Stephen and
Harriet Myers Middle School.
pool is open for swimming each
Monday and Wednesday night while school is in session. Swimming will
not be offered on Mondays or Wednesdays when school is closed. This
is a free activity. (MORE)
School taxes decrease
Albany homeowners had
their school tax bills decreased in 2015-16.
The City School District of
Albany Board of Education approved a 2015-16 tax warrant
that resulted in a 1.54 percent decrease in taxes – about $49 –
on an Albany home assessed at $150,000.
Homeowners that take
part in STAR and Enhanced STAR fared even better, saving $62 (a
2.45 percent decrease) and $74 (a 3.90 percent decrease) for homes
assessed at $150,000.