Parent-teacher conferences Friday
A reminder that the City School District of
Albany has scheduled parent-teacher conferences for Friday, March
14. There will be no school for students.
Parent workshop to focus
on bullying and students with
The City School District of Albany's Special
Education Department on Tuesday will hold a workshop for parents of
children with disabilities.
The topic is "Bullying in school and special
considerations for students with disabilities."
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The workshop will be held from 6-7:30
p.m. in the media center at the Harriet Gibbons Building, located at
75 Watervliet Ave. (MORE)
Concerts, parades highlight
'Music in Our Schools Month'
City School District of Albany will celebrate "Music in Our Schools
Month" with a variety of student performances.
Events kick off Wednesday with the All-City Strings Concert, when top
orchestral students from the elementary, middle and high schools join
together for an evening of music at 6:30 p.m. at William S. Hackett Middle School.
On Saturday, the
marching ensemble for the City School District
of Albany will be putting on its collective Irish Saturday at two
local St. Patrick's Day parades. The Albany Marching Falcons'
first parade is at noon in North
Albany, starting and finishing at American Legion Post 1610 on North
First Street. (MORE)
Student vision of contemporary art
on display at Empire State Plaza
works inspired by the famed modern art collection at the Empire State
Plaza will be showcased through March 15 in the plaza’s South Concourse.
Some 125 pieces of art by City School District of Albany students
from kindergarten through eighth grade will be on display at the plaza
in celebration of National Youth Art Month. The exhibit also features
student artwork from 12 school districts in the Capital Region. (MORE)
Albany High artists' work
chosen for regional juried show
drawings, two pieces of sculpture and a photo by Albany High School students
all have been
accepted for review in the 15th Annual High School Regional Juried Art
will be on display at a local gallery
through the end of April, including senior Eli Kligerman's
oil/pastel piece entitled Cherries shown at right.
The exhibition, opening March 17 at Opalka Gallery of
the Sage Colleges, will
feature the work of more than 100 high school students from 21 Capital
Region schools. (MORE)
Senior earns National Merit finalist
Albany High School senior
Andrew Tarwerdi has
been named a finalist in the competition for prestigious National
Merit Scholarships, ranking him among the top students in the United
His stellar scores on the
Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test place him
in the top 1 percent of the
1.5 million students nationwide that took the
test in October 2012.
Prekindergarten lottery applications available
Deadline is March 31
are available for the lottery to determine prekindergarten placement
for the 2014-15 school year.
Click on the highlighted text to download an application:
Prekindergarteners are enrolled through a lottery designed to
provide equal access for all Albany children. You must enter your
child into the lottery to get a seat in the program of your choice.
Incident prompts renewed call
for safety awareness
Police and the City School District of Albany are
urging parents to review safety tips with the whole family after an
adult male inappropriately approached a girl as she walked to school on
Friday in Arbor Hill -- the second such incident within a week.
The student reacted appropriately
by running away from the man and calling an adult, who contacted the
Albany Police Department. Thanks to the student’s account, police
were able to identify and arrest the man.
New pre-K seats available
for second half of school year
City School District of Albany will open new prekindergarten
classrooms Feb. 24 and there are still spots available for
Thanks to a grant from
New York state, the district will offer additional pre-K
classes at Arbor Hill Elementary School, located at 1 Arbor Drive,
and the Salvation Army of Albany, located at 20 South Ferry St.
These seats are in addition to the nearly 600 pre-K seats the
district offers at all 12 elementary schools and at four
community-based locations. (MORE)
Magnet elementary school lottery April 11; applications
available through March
are available for the lottery to determine magnet-school
placement for students in kindergarten-grade 5/6 for the 2014-15 school
Magnet schools are open to children citywide and enrolled by two random
lotteries: one for prekindergarteners and one for students from
kindergarten through grade 5 or 6, depending on the school.
All magnet prekindergarten
seats will be filled through the
prekindergarten lottery. (MORE)
Get informed. Then get involved.
The City School District of Albany once again faces
a multimillion-dollar budget shortfall and more staff cuts for
2014-15 unless state leaders act to end the education funding crisis
that has devastated schools statewide since 2009.
Visit our 2014-15 Budget
News section for a variety of advocacy tools and other resources
to help make your voice heard in support of our students and our
schools, and to stay informed throughout the district's
Our schools in fiscal peril
Superintendent, Albany High senior
call for state to end education funding crisis
School District of Albany Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard,
Ph.D., and Albany High School senior Zilpa Oduor were among the
panelists Jan. 30 when people who value public education gathered
at Colonie High School to call on the state to end the funding crisis
threatening education statewide.
The event, “New York schools STILL in fiscal peril:
Our kids can’t wait another year,” drew nearly 1,000
advocates to Colonie High School to talk
about what is at stake if state leaders do not provide adequate and
equitable funding for our schools.
Visit our District News section to read more.
Another 'Top Teacher' named at Albany High
High School special education teacher Emily Lawyer has been selected by
WNYT/Ch. 13 as a Top Teacher in the Capital Region.
She is one of two Albany High teachers to be
recognized this year among 13 of the area's best. They were chosen from
among more than 200 nominated. (Above, Lawyer is interviewed in her
classroom by WNYT's Elaine Houston for a segment about the
Click here to watch the video segment.) (MORE)
Reminders about weather-related news
It's not just snow that can cause a "snow day."
In the City School District of Albany, where thousands of children of
all ages walk to school each day, severe cold and wind chill are
elements the district montiors closely.
With the National Weather Service forecasting
severe cold temperatures throughout this week and into February, we
would like to share information to help families stay informed and stay
safe in extreme weather.
Please visit our From the Superintendent section for a message
from Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard, Ph.D.
District makes AP honor roll
City School District of Albany has made the annual Advanced
Placement honor roll, one of only two districts in the Capital
Region and 477 in the U.S. and Canada to receive the distinction.
The Advanced Placement (AP) program provides high-school students
with academically demanding college-level courses and exams that in
some cases earn college credit.
Districts making the AP honor roll increased their numbers of
students taking AP exams and their percentages of students who
scored 3 or higher. AP exams are scored with 5 being equivalent to a
college A/A-, 4 being an A-/B+/B and so on. (MORE)