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The latest news ...

Founders' Day celebration Friday

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


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


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


Fall sports signups through May 8

Starting Monday, students in grades 7-12 can sign up to play a fall sport.


Students can sign up with their physical education teacher; deadline is May 8. (MORE)


Albany High inducts 66

into National Honor Society

Sixty-six high-achieving juniors were inducted into the Albany High School Arista Chapter of the National Honor Society on Tuesday.


To be eligible for induction, students must maintain an overall academic average of 89.5 or higher. (MORE)


Board approves 2015-16 budget plan

Two tax-free projects also on the ballot

The City School District of Albany Board of Education has approved a $224 million budget proposal for 2015-16, including a tax-levy increase that is below 1 percent for the second year in a row and the third time in the last five years.


Voters will have an opportunity to consider the proposal May 19 along with two tax-free facilities projects, including one that would provide a new turf athletic field at Albany High School. Please visit our 2015-16 Budget Development section to read more about the proposals.


New kindergarten registration

options add convenience for families

2015-16 registration underway

Kindergarten registration for the 2015-16 school year began Monday, and the City School District of Albany has put in place new options to make registration easier for families.


If your child currently is enrolled in a prekindergarten program in one of the district's 12 elementary schools, your child will automatically be registered for kindergarten in the district for next school year. Kindergarten registration also will be available in each elementary school throughout this week, as well as at Central Registration. Visit our Kindergarten Registration section for more information.


Albany High seniors participate

in prestigious 12-state jazz group

Seniors John Dimase and Livio Fasullo joined 18 of their peers from throughout the northeast in Providence on April 11 for the 54th National Association for Music Education All-Eastern Honors Jazz Ensemble performances.


Albany High School was the only school from the 12-state region to have more than one student selected. Visit our District News section to read more.


District literacy leader

named 'champion of character'

Elementary school literacy coach and Scholars’ Institute coordinator Dawn Castle on Wednesday was named a teacher leadership champion of character by the Academy for Character Education at the Sage Colleges.


Castle, pictured above and at right with Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard, Ph.D., was one of two Capital Region teaching professionals to receive the recognition at the academy's annual banquet. (MORE)


Albany High senior earns

prestigious national scholarship

Albany High School senior Isaac Young has won a highly prestigious National Achievement Scholarship from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.


The $2,500 scholarship is awarded to outstanding African-American students.


Although undecided about where he wants to attend college in September, Young has been accepted to Columbia University, Dartmouth College, Cornell University, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Chicago, Duke University, Johns Hopkins University, Washington University in St. Louis, Williams College, Amherst College, Swarthmore College, Oberlin College, University of Toronto and McGill University. (MORE)


Albany High's Dales a 'Top Teacher'

Albany High School theater-arts teacher Ward Dales has been selected by WNYT/Ch. 13 as a Top Teacher in the Capital Region.


He is one of 13 of the area's best this school year, chosen from among more than 200 nominated. (MORE)


Delaware kids use technology

to bond with Ugandan orphans

Second-graders in Susan Fowler’s class at Delaware Community School met face-to-face Thursday with a group of Ugandan orphan boys – with a little help from Skype.


The Skype session grew from collaboration between Fowler, Music Mobile founder Ruth Pelham and an organization called Jajja’s Kids, which works to provide food, shelter and medical care for orphaned and homeless boys in the Ugandan capital of Kampala. (MORE)


Marching Falcons perform

in Dublin St. Patrick's Day parade

The Albany Marching Falcons on March 17 performed in the St. Patrick's Day parade in Dublin, Ireland.


Pictured above right is Director Bryan Cady with the band during the parade. Click here to see a video. Great job, Marching Falcons!


The parade is part of their whirlwind tour of Ireland.  (MORE)


Registration taking place for children

selected in pre-K and magnet lotteries

Registration began March 9 for children who were assigned seats in the 2015-16 prekindergarten and magnet elementary school lotteries for the City School District of Albany.


An independent consultant conducted the lotteries March 3. (MORE)


Myers students take part

in commemoration of Selma march

Select members from Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School’s advanced orchestra recently performed in a ceremony at The Egg marking the 50th anniversary of the historic Selma civil rights march.


The 11 students were invited by Donald Hyman, a teaching assistant in the City School District of Albany and co-director of “Selma: 50th Anniversary Celebration.” Click here to see a Ch. 13 story about the event.(MORE)


North Albany students, former NFL star

help support School Breakfast Week

Four North Albany Academy students and a former NFL star helped nutrition advocates promote National School Breakfast Week on March 5.


Pictured from left are North Albany seventh-grader Neah Pryor, eighth-grader August Hallenbeck, seventh-grader Myauta Ponza, school counselor Cheryl Brannock, former New York Giants running back Joe Morris and eighth-grader Marcanthony Rodriguez. (MORE)


Albany High art accepted in 3-D show

Six Albany High School students have had their artwork selected for the 2015 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. It’s the first time City School District of Albany schools will be represented at the show, which opened with a reception at 6:30 p.m. March 18 at Mohonansen High School. (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)


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.


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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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.
4/27 Fall sports signups begin (Details)
4/27 Board Audit/Finance Committee meeting, Academy Park, 5:30 p.m.
4/29 Board Facilities Committee meeting, Academy Park, 5:30 p.m.
4/30 Albany School of Humanities Big Jump Rope for Heart, noon-2 p.m.
4/30 Montessori Spring Social, 6:30 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
5/5 Board Government Relations Committee, Academy Park, 5:30 p.m.
5/7 Albany High School Blood Drive, 8:15 a.m.-2:15 p.m.
5/7 Schuyler Achievement Academy Parent Night,
5 p.m.
5/7 Arbor Hill Elementary School Community Barbecue, 4-6 p.m.
5/7 Arbor Hill Elementary School Spring Concert and Bake Sale, 6 p.m.
5/7 Montessori Magnet School Literature Night, 6:30 p.m.
5/7 Board of Education meeting, North Albany Academy, 7 p.m.
5/8 Deadline to sign up for fall sports
5/8 Fourth-quarter interim marking period ends
5/9 Albany High School's Springtime Spa Day at Abrookin Career and Technical Center, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
5/11 New Scotland Elementary School Spring Concert (at William S. Hackett Middle School), 7 p.m.
5/12 Delaware Community School Spring Concert,
6 p.m.
5/12 North Albany Academy Spring Concert and Art Show, 6:30 p.m.
5/13 William S. Hackett Middle School Spring Concert and PTA Dessert Auction,
6:30 p.m.
5/13 Board Policy Committee meeting, Academy Park, 5:30 p.m.
5/14 Arbor Hill Elementary School Zumba,
6-7:30 p.m.
5/14 Schuyler Achievement Academy Spring Concert, 6 p.m.
5/15 Montessori Magnet School Variety Show, 6:30 p.m.
5/16 North Albany Academy Second Annual Spring Carnival, 11 a.m.
5/18 Pine Hills Elementary School Spring  Concert, 7 p.m.
5/19 Eagle Point Elementary School Spring Literacy Celebration, 5:30-7 p.m.
5/19 New Scotland Elementary School Writing Celebration, 5:30-8 p.m.
5/19 Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School Talent Show, 7 p.m.
5/19 Board of Education vote canvass, Albany High School auditorium,
9:30 p.m.
5/20 Arbor Hill Elementary School WMHT Family Night, 5-7:30 p.m.
5/20 Sheridan Preparatory Academy Spring Concert, 6 p.m.
5/20 Thomas O'Brien Academy of Science and Technology (TOAST)Spring Concert,
6:30 p.m.
5/21 Board of Education meeting, Montessori Magnet School, 7 p.m.
5/25 Memorial Day, no school
5/28 Eagle Point Elementary School Multicultural Celebration, 5:30-7 p.m.
5/28 Albany High School Promising Playwrights Festival, 7 p.m.
5/28 Montessori Magnet School Spring Concert,
7 p.m.
5/29 Albany High School Promising Playwrights Festival, 7 p.m.
5/30 Albany High School Promising Playwrights Festival, 7 p.m.
5/31 Albany High School Promising Playwrights Festival, 7 p.m.



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