Albany High students assist
fire-damaged refugee center
students from Albany High Schoolís English as a New Language program
joined City School District of Albany staff to collect and deliver
community donations of baby food to Refugee and Immigrant Support
Services of Emmaus on Friday.
The RISSE facilities were damaged by a fire
earlier this month.
Visit our District News section to read more, and to find out
more about RISSE or support its programs following the fire.
Meet the new Albany High football coach
All students, families, staff
and community members interested in participating in or supporting the
Albany High School football program are invited to a meeting with
the Falcons’ new head coach
at school Monday night.
The meeting will include a welcome from coach Joey
DiPiazza, who will outline his
vision for the program’s future. The evening also will include guest
speakers from the local football community.
Pizza and refreshments will be served from 6:30-7
p.m. outside the Albany High auditorium. The meeting will begin in the
auditorium at 7 p.m. Please use the school’s main entrance on Washington
`Tis the season for holiday concerts
Get into the spirit of the season and hear some great music at
holiday concerts in the City School District of Albany.
The school concert season runs through Dec. 22. (MORE)
Albany High gymnast
earns Division I scholarship
High School senior Mary Elle Arduino has signed a National Letter of
Intent to compete in gymnastics at Division I Towson University next
Arduino, also ranked in the top 10 of her
class academically, is among the top gymnasts nationally on the
balance beam, the sport's most difficult apparatus. She finished
second in the event at a national competition last winter and has
earned the nickname "Beam Queen."
Visit our Athletics section to read more.
in White House summit
City School District of Albany Superintendent
Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard, Ph.D., joined a delegation from The
Albany Promise and President Obama, Vice President Biden and the First
Lady on Dec. 4 for
the second annual White House College Opportunity Summit.
Itís the superintendentís second visit to the nationís capital this
year on the topic of secondary transformation. In July, she joined
an Albany Promise team
discussion with U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan on actions to
improve college success.
Visit our District News section to read more.
Albany High musicians
chosen for elite jazz ensemble
Two Albany High School
seniors outperformed musicians from 11 states, the District of
Columbia and Europe, and they have been selected to take part in the
prestigious All-Eastern Honors Jazz Ensemble.
Trumpeter John Dimase and tenor saxophonist Livio
Fasullo survived the arduous audition process that led to their
selection for the elite group, which is made up of students from as
far south as the District of Columbia and as far north as Maine.
Myers students help launch
annual food backpack program
and Harriet Myers Middle School students helped launch CDPHP's
annual Holiday Appeal to benefit the Regional Food Bank of North-
eastern New York's BackPack Program on Dec. 1.
The BackPack Program provides nutritious, easy-to-prepare food
to children in need from kindergarten through sixth grade. The
program serves 1,900 children in 67 schools throughout northeastern
Visit our District News section to read more and to find out how
you can help.
Mayor's winter clothing drive
brings warm gear -- and just time!
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 the Nov. 24 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.
Visit our District News section to read more.
District reduces fall testing by 80
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.
Marching Falcons Ireland-bound
St. Patrickís 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 Albanyís marching band and color
guard will perform in the 2015 St. Patrickís Day parade in
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.
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
Contact state with STAR questions
denied a School Tax Relief (STAR) exemption should contact the state
Department of Tax and Finance if they want to challenge the
The phone number is 457-2036.
Tax and Finance officials have informed more
than 1,200 Albany taxpayers that they wonít receive a STAR exemption
in their school tax bills because they failed to meet registration