J. O'Neal Middle School of Excellence
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50 North Lark St., Albany, NY 12210
Phone: (518) 475-6600
Fax: (518) 475-6602
Co-Principal: Malik Jones
Co-Principal: Kandie Antonetti
New dismissal procedures, traffic safety updates
Edmund J. O'Neal Middle School of Excellence is
changing dismissal procedures and
pursuing additional steps in partnership with the
City of Albany to improve pedestrian and traffic
safety for students, staff and community members.
Beginning Thursday, Oct.
5, O'Neal eighth-grade students will dismiss on the
Third Street side of the building rather than in
front on North Lark Street. Seventh-graders will
continue to dismiss on the Third Street side,
and sixth-graders on the Second Street side.
Malik Jones and Kandie Antonetti are continuing to
work with the Albany Police Department and the
city’s Traffic Engineering Services staff to provide
new crosswalks and pedestrian safety signs in front
of school. The school also is working internally
and with the city on additional traffic safety
measures; we will continue to keep you updated.
Click here to download a letter from
the co-principals with additional information and
traffic safety tips to review at home.
Edmund J. O'Neal Middle School of Excellence
Edmund J. O'Neal Middle
the newest school in the City School District of
Albany, opening for the 2017-18 school year at 50 North
Lark St. The school serves about 400 students in
grades 6-8 this first year.
The school building is the former home of the
district's Alternative Learning Center, which has
relocated to 395 Elk St., beginning with the 2017-18
school year. O'Neal Middle School is undergoing
extensive renovations this summer to prepare to
serve its new students and to provide equitable
programs and services for all. Additions supported
$6.5 million facilities proposal that voters
approved in January will include a new cafeteria and
kitchen, new classrooms for science, technology,
music, art, and family and consumer science, and
updates to the gym and pool.
Edmund J. O'Neal's
The new school is named after the late Edmund J.
O'Neal, a beloved former Albany principal who spent
his life serving the children and families of
Albany, especially the Arbor Hill community.
He was the first African-American principal in our
district when he took over leadership of the former
School 6. He went on to serve as the first principal
of Arbor Hill Elementary School from 1972-1986. He
served as coordinator of human resources until his
O'Neal also was a product of Albany's public
schools, graduating from the former Philip Schuyler
High School. He also served as the first president
of the board of Whitney M. Young Community Center,
located in Arbor Hill.
Click the highlighted text to
a Times Union story
about naming the school in his honor.
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-- 7:25 a.m.
School day begins
-- 7:45 a.m.
School day ends
-- 2:45 p.m.
- Wednesday, Nov. 22 --
Parent Teacher Conference Day, no school
- Thursday, Nov. 23-Friday, Nov. 24
-- Thanksgiving Recess, no school
- Tuesday, Dec. 5 --
Special education parent workshop, Harriet
Gibbons Student Services Center, 75 Watervliet
Ave., 5:30-7:30 p.m.
- Friday, Dec. 8 --
Second-quarter interim marking period ends
- Wednesday, Dec. 13 --
PTA meeting, 6-7:30 p.m.
- Monday, Dec. 18 --
Winter Concert, 6:30 p.m.
- Monday, Dec. 25-Monday, Jan. 1
-- Holiday Recess, no school
2017-18 news and
winter sports practice schedules Nov. 13-17:
Practice started Monday, Nov. 13 for modified
winter sports (grades 7-8).
Please visit our Athletics section for
schedules during the first week of practice.
Dedication honors Edmund O'Neal -- The
past and present intersected on Sept. 12 as the
City School District of Albany honored the man
for whom its newest school is named.
About 150 people gathered at Edmund J. O'Neal
Middle School of Excellence on North Lark Street
to pay tribute to the late Edmund J. O’Neal, who
taught, was a principal and ran the human
resources office during his 36-year career in
Welcome to the new school year!
our back-to-school letter from
Co-principals Malik Jones and Kandie Antonetti.
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Absence from school
If your child is absent from school for any reason, call
the school nurse at (518) 475-6600 during the morning and
provide a written excuse when your child returns to
School District of Albany uses a
feeder enrollment model for students at
O'Neal Middle School,
Harriet Myers Middle School and
Hackett Middle School.
who move up from the following elementary schools
O'Neal Middle School:
Arbor Hill Elementary School
Schuyler Achievement Academy
Also, students who were in seventh grade at the
former West Hill Middle School in 2016-17 are
attending O'Neal Middle School in 2017-18.