Focusing on communication and the
700 Washington Ave., Albany, NY 12203(click
here for directions)
House Principal: Jodi O'Connor
Theme Coordinator: Amanda Weklar
Home School Coordinator: Aaron Harrell
Guidance Counselors: Kimberly Baker and Jennifer
Phone: 475-6260Phone: 475-6260
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Superintendent hosts 'receivership' public hearing at Albany High
Albany High School will be affected by the
“receivership” law designed to improve student
performance. The law applies to 144 New York schools
that the state has identified as “struggling” or
“persistently struggling,” including Albany High, Philip
Schuyler Achievement Academy and and William S. Hackett
Middle School in the City School District of Albany.
Albany High has
been designated as a “struggling” school.
Schools on this list have two years to show
progress, beginning with the 2015-16 school year. Albany
High was identified because its overall student
performance on state tests that measure English and math
skills significantly lagged behind other schools in the
state for more than three years.
On Aug. 11, Superintendent Marguerite
Vanden Wyngaard, Ph.D., conducted a public hearing at
Albany High with about 100 attendees to discuss in greater detail
how the state determined that Albany High is a
“struggling” school and what receivership means for the
Click here to
download the presentation.
The law designates
that, as the superintendent, Dr. Vanden Wyngaard
initially will be the receiver for Albany High for two
years. She will
work with Acting Principal Dale Getto and the Albany
High community to meet and exceed expectations and best
practices outlined in the new law. Opportunities
Albany High will continue to bolster after-school
programs and extended-day learning opportunities.
In addition, the school is in the process of
creating a Community Engagement Team – also required by
the new law – that will develop recommendations for
improvement of the school and solicit feedback.
If the school does not show sufficient
improvement in two years, the state will require our
Board of Education to appoint a state-approved outside
receiver, removing our ability to control future
decisions about Albany High.
New leader for 2015-16
Albany High School has a new
leader for 2015-16.
Veteran administrator Dale
Getto is Albany High's acting principal,
replacing Cecily Wilson-Turner, who has been promoted to
assistant superintendent for instruction.
Getto has been at Albany High
since 2010, serving as school improvement manager for
four years and as principal at Abrookin Career and
Technical Center for most of the 2014-15 school year.
She stepped in as Albany High's acting principal in May
when Wilson-Turner went on maternity leave, and
officially became the school's new leader when the board
approved Wilson-Turner's promotion July 16.
The City School District of
Albany is in the process of hiring a new administrator
to lead Abrookin.
Before moving to Albany High,
Getto served as principal at North Albany Academy for
five years. North Albany is the district's only school
that serves students from prekindergarten through eighth
grade. She was an administrator for four years prior to
that at Abrookin and William S. Hackett Middle School,
and the district's first behavioral specialist from
1997-2001. She began her career with the district as a
teacher for 10 years at Giffen Memorial
Elementary School and Albany School of Humanities (ASH).
About Discovery Academy
Discovery Academy theme focuses on communications and
the arts. Albany High's English electives are offered in
Discovery Academy and available to all students, as are
Career and Technical Education programs in clothing and
textiles, housing and environment, career and financial
management, clothing production and cosmetology, and
Career Explorations programs in communications and the
A unique feature of Discovery Academy
is a state-of-the-art multi-media production facility
that includes equipment for muse and video recording. Discovery Academy also makes
great use of
Albany High's existing theater, music and art spaces.
Tuesday, Sept. 8
-- First day of classes, freshmen only
9 -- First day of classes,
sophomores, juniors and seniors
Friday, Sept. 11
-- School Picture Day
Monday, Sept. 14
-- Rosh Hashana, no school
15 -- School Picture Day
16 -- Parent Coffee Clutch,
Friday, Sept. 18
-- Hall of Fame Induction and Dinner,
Italian-American Community Center, 6 p.m.
Wall of Fame
Ceremony, 11 a.m.
at Bleecker Stadium, 1 p.m.
Monday, Sept. 21
-- PTSA meeting, 6:45 p.m.
22 -- College Fair,
11 a.m.-1:15 p.m..
23 -- Yom Kippur, no school
24 -- Open House, 6 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 27
-- Falcon 5K and Fun Run,
Washington Park (Details)
officially underway for new Albany High athletic
field -- Construction
officially got underway for Albany High School's new
athletic field July 21 with a groundbreaking
ceremony that celebrated the historic significance
of the project for the community and the teamwork
that helped get it done. (MORE)
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Albany's online Photo
Breakfast begins at 7:15 a.m.
begin at 7:50 a.m.
Dismissal is at 2:50 p.m.
If your child is absent from school
for any reason, please call the attendance office
at 475-6210 each day of the absence. When your child returns to
school, please provide a written excuse and a doctor's
note if one is available.