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The latest news ...

First stop, Albany

New State Ed commissioner

visits Pine Hills Elementary School

New State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia wasted little time getting into a school, visiting Pine Hills Elementary on Wednesday less than 24 hours after the Board of Regents announced her appointment.

 

The school's Student Council officers led the commissioner and a media entourage on a tour of the school, including three classroom visits. Please visit our Photo Gallery for more photos and details.

 

Show to tell 'Story Behind the Afro'

An eclectic collection of performances on Saturday will tell "The Story Behind the Afro."

 

The event will be held at 3 p.m. at the Albany Barn, 56 Second St. It is free and open to the public. (MORE)

                           

Promising Playwrights fest

spotlights student voices, vision

Student-written works for stage and screen will be showcased during the Albany High School Theatre Ensemble’s 2015 Promising Playwrights Festival, which opens Thursday.

 

Performances begin at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. You also can get a festival pass, which gets you in all three nights for $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. (MORE)

 

Thank you, Albany!!

Voters overwhelmingly support

2015-16 budget, facilities propositions

Albany voters passed the school budget by the widest margin ever May 19 and also gave overwhelming approval to both facilities propositions on the ballot.

 

The $224 million budget for 2015-16 received 72 percent of the 3,070 votes cast. That surpassed the 71-percent approval for Albany's first school budget vote in 1997.

 

Proposition #2, which includes a proposal for a new artificial-turf athletic field at Albany High School, and Proposition #3, for facilities updates and improvements at 14 buildings, both passed by wide margins.

 

"Your support on our 2015-16 budget and both propositions gives me a sense of direction and hope for our students and families, and our community," said Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard, Ph.D.

 

2015 regional scholars named

Three Albany High School students have been named in this year's regional Scholars' Recognition Program.

 

Michael Bangert-Drowns, Kori Dobbs and Fiona Leary are among high school seniors from 11 neighboring counties nominated by their teachers for outstanding academic achievement, leadership skills and service to the community and their school. They were honored at a dinner on Wednesday and recognized in a special Times Union section May 19. (MORE)

 

Spring concert season is here

Spring concert season in the City School District of Albany kicked off May 7 at Arbor Elementary School and runs through June 11. Click here for a complete listing of school concert dates and times.

 

Albany High tops blood-donation record

For the second year in a row, Albany High School students and staff have donated life-saving blood in record amounts.

 

On May 7, the American Red Cross Northeastern New York Region collected 112 pints of blood at the school, the most ever given in a single drive. That number includes 41 first-time donors, Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard, Ph.D. and several students from the Christa's Brown's eighth-period math class (pictured above). (MORE)  

 

Wind ensemble takes gold

Albany High School’s Wind Ensemble captured a gold rating April 29 in its debut at the New York State School Music Association’s Major Ensemble Festival.

 

The Wind Ensemble performed at competition Level VI, featuring pieces with the highest degree of complexity. (MORE)

 

Albany High senior named

Presidential Scholar semifinalist

Albany High School senior Isabel Pottinger has been named a U.S. Presidential Scholar Program semifinalist.

 

Pottinger, who was accepted early decision to Cornell University, is one of 565 semifinalists selected from an initial pool of some 3 million high school seniors from throughout the country. (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 April 22.

 

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

 

New kindergarten registration

options add convenience for families

2015-16 registration underway

Kindergarten registration for the 2015-16 school year began April 20, 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. 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 April 17 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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5/28 Eagle Point Elementary School Multicultural Celebration, 5:30-7 p.m.
5/28 Albany High School Spring Art Show Opening Reception, 6 p.m. (Details)
5/28 Albany High School Promising Playwrights Festival, 7 p.m. (Details)
5/28 Montessori Magnet School Spring Concert,
7 p.m.
5/29 Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School Daddy-Daughter Dance, 6-9 p.m.
5/29 Albany High School Promising Playwrights Festival, 7 p.m. (Details)
5/30 Albany High School Cosmetology Department 2015 Hair Show, "The Story Behind the Afro," The Barn, 56 Second St., 3 p.m. (Details)
5/30 Albany High School Promising Playwrights Festival, 7 p.m. (Details)
5/31 Albany High School Promising Playwrights Festival, 2 p.m. (Details)
6/1 New York state science written exam, grades 4 and 8
6/1 Albany High School Chamber Concert (Albanettes, Jazz Band, Men's Ensemble, Strings Trio), 7 p.m.
6/2 Albany High School Common Core Regents exams in English-language-arts and geometry
6/2 Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School Spring Concert, 7 p.m.
6/3 Giffen Memorial Elementary School Spring Concert and Art Show, 5:30 p.m.
6/3 Albany School of Humanities (ASH) Spring Concert, 7 p.m.
6/4 Albany High School presents "Create: 2015 AHS Arts Night," auditorium, 6-9 p.m. (Details)
6/4 Philip Schuyler Achievement Academy Spring Open House,
5 p.m.
6/4 William S. Hackett Middle School Talent Show,
6:30 p.m.
6/4 Board of Education meeting, Pine Hills Elementary School, 7 p.m.
6/4 Eagle Point Elementary School Spring Concert,
7 p.m.
6/9 Albany High School Spring Major Ensemble Concert (Orchestra, Symphonic Band, Vocal Music), 7 p.m.
6/10 Albany School of Humanities Prekindergarten Moving Up, 9:30 a.m.
6/10 Albany High School Athletic Banquet, Polish Community Center,
6 p.m.
6/11 Albany High School Spring Major Ensemble Concert (Advanced Orchestra, Select Choir, Wind Ensemble), 7 p.m.
6/12 Philip Schuyler Achievement Academy PTA Father's Day Breakfast, 8:45-9:15 a.m.
6/12 GIffen Memorial Elementary School Talent Show, 5:30 p.m.
6/13 Eagle Point Elementary School Community Day, Noon-3 p.m.
6/15 Albany High School -- last day of classes
6/15 Albany High School Awards Night, 6:30 p.m.
6/16 Regents exams
6/17 Regents exams
6/17 Albany School of Humanities (ASH) Kindergarten  Blast-Off, 9:30 a.m.
6/18 Regents exams
6/18 Board of Education meeting, Thomas O'Brien Academy of Science and Technology (TOAST), 7 p.m.
6/19 Regents exams
6/19 North Albany Academy Kindergarten End-of-Year Rodeo and Picnic,
9:30 a.m.
6/19 New Scotland Elementary School Kindergarten Moving Up, 10 a.m.
6/19 Delaware Community School Dual Language Program Pre-K Moving Up, 10:30 a.m.
6/19 Delaware Community School Dual Language Program Kindergarten Moving Up, 2 p.m.
6/22 Regents exams
6/22 Pine Hills Elementary School Grade 6 Moving Up, 10 a.m.
6/23 Regents exams
6/23 Pine Hills Elementary School Pre-K Moving Up, 8:30-9:30 a.m.
6/23 Eagle Point Elementary School Pre-K Moving Up, 9:30 a.m.
6/23 New Scotland Elementary School Pre-K Moving Up, 10 a.m.
6/24 Regents exams
6/24 Albany School of Humanities (ASH) Grade 6 Moving Up, 9 a.m.
6/24 Sheridan Preparatory Academy Grade 5 Moving Up, 9 a.m.
6/24 Eagle Point Elementary School Kindergarten Moving Up, 9:30 a.m.
6/24 Giffen Memorial Elementary School Kindergarten Celebration, 9:30 a.m.
6/24 Montessori Magnet School Grade 5 Moving Up, 9:30 a.m.
6/24 Arbor Hill Elementary School Pre-K Moving Up, 10 a.m.
6/24 Delaware Community School Kindergarten Celebration, 10-11 a.m.
6/24 New Scotland Elementary Grade 5 Moving Up, 10 a.m.
6/24 Philip Schuyler Achievement Academy Pre-K and Kindergarten Awards Ceremony, 10 a.m.
6/24 Thomas O'Brien Academy of Science and Technology (TOAST) Pre-K Moving Up, 10:30 a.m.
6/24 Thomas O'Brien Academy of Science and Technology Kindergarten Moving Up, noon
6/24 Eagle Point Elementary School Grade 6 Moving Up, 6:30 p.m.
6/25 Regents exams
6/25 Early dismissal at elementary schools and North Albany Academy
6/25 Last day of school at Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School and William S. Hackett Middle School (full day)
6/25 Giffen Memorial Elementary School Grade 6 Moving Up, 9:30 a.m.
6/25 Thomas O'Brien Academy of Science and Technology (TOAST) Grade 6 Moving Up, 9:30 a.m.
6/25 Arbor Hill Elementary School Kindergarten Moving Up, 10 a.m.
6/25 Philip Schuyler Achievement Academy Grade 5 Moving Up, 10 a.m.
6/26 Last day of school
6/26 Early dismissal at elementary schools and North Albany Academy
6/26 North Albany Academy Grade 8 Moving Up, 9 a.m.
6/26 William S. Hackett Middle School Grade 8 Moving Up, 9 a.m.
6/26 Arbor Hill Elementary School Grade 6 Moving Up, 10 a.m.
6/26 Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School Grade 8 Moving Up, 11 a.m.
6/26 Delaware Community School Grade 5 Moving Up at Hackett, 2 p.m.
6/28 Albany High School Graduation, U Albany SEFCU Arena, 2 p.m.
7/16 Board of Education meeting, Albany School of Humanities (ASH), 7 p.m.
7/18 2015 Summer Celebration, Krank Park, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
9/8 FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL FOR THE 2015-16 SCHOOL YEAR

 

 

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