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Albany High School - Discovery Academy

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Discovery Academy

Focusing on communication and the arts

Grades 9-12

 

700 Washington Ave., Albany, NY 12203(click here for directions)

Phone: 475-6230

Fax: 475-6232

 

House Principal: Jodi O'Connor

E-mail: joconnor@albany.k12.ny.us

Theme Coordinator: Amanda Weklar

E-mail: aweklar@albany.k12.ny.us

Home School Coordinator: Aaron Harrell

E-mail: aharrell@albany.k12.ny.us

Phone: 475-6235

Guidance Counselors: Kimberly Baker and Jennifer Quinn

E-mail: kbaker@albany.k12.ny.us or jquinn@albany.k12.ny.us

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 new state “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 school’s future. 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 include:

  • Becoming a community school providing additional student and family services

  • Extending the school day or year

  • Changes to curriculum

  • Re-staffing

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

The 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 performing arts.

 

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.

 

Upcoming events

  • Tuesday, Aug. 25 -- Information and materials pick-up for students. Students must attend their academy session to get their ID, bus pass, schedule and other information for 2015-16.

    • Discovery Academy -- 8-10:30 a.m. Rubber gym.

    • Leadership Academy -- 12:30-2 p.m. Rubber gym.

  • Wednesday, Aug. 26 -- Information and materials pick-up for students. Students must attend their academy session to get their ID, bus pass, schedule and other information for 2015-16.

    • Citizenship Academy -- 8-10:30 a.m. Rubber gym.

    • Innovation Academy -- 12:30-2 p.m. Rubber gym.

  • Tuesday, Sept. 8 -- First day of classes, freshmen only

  • Wednesday, Sept. 9 -- First day of classes, sophomores, juniors and seniors

  • Friday, Sept. 11 -- School Picture Day

  • Monday, Sept. 14 -- Rosh Hashana, no school

  • Tuesday, Sept. 15 -- School Picture Day

  • Wednesday, Sept. 16 -- Parent Coffee Clutch, 10-11 a.m.

  • Friday, Sept. 18 -- Hall of Fame Induction and Dinner, Italian-American Community Center, 6 p.m.

  • Saturday, Sept. 19

    • Wall of Fame Ceremony, 11 a.m.

    • Homecoming Parade, noon

    • Homecoming Game at Bleecker Stadium, 1 p.m.

    • Homecoming Dance, 7 p.m.

  • Monday, Sept. 21 -- PTSA meeting, 6:45 p.m.

  • Tuesday, Sept. 22 -- College Fair, 11 a.m.-1:15 p.m..

  • Wednesday, Sept. 23 -- Yom Kippur, no school

  • Thursday, Sept. 24 -- Open House, 6 p.m.

  • Sunday, Sept. 27 -- Falcon 5K and Fun Run, Washington Park (Details)

    • Same-day registration/packet pickup, 8 a.m.

    • 5K Run, 9:30 a.m.

    • Fun Run, 10:30 a.m.

2015-16 news

  • Construction 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)

  • Click here to see the City School District of Albany's online Photo Gallery.

School times

  • Breakfast begins at 7:15 a.m.

  • Classes begin at 7:50 a.m.

  • Dismissal is at 2:50 p.m.

Absence from school

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.

 

 

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