Giffen Memorial Elementary School
274 South Pearl St., Albany, NY 12202 (click
here for directions)
Jasmine N. Brown, Principal
Jason Rogers, Assistant Principal
Originally opened in 1960, Rev. John Giffen, M.D.,
Memorial Elementary School serves students from
prekindergarten through grade 6. Giffen underwent
significant improvements that were finished in summer
2009, including a renovated computer lab, new phone
connections, new air conditioning and new lighting in
the gym, cafeteria and auditorium. Giffen was the 11th
school to be completed as part of the district’s
sweeping plan to rebuild or renovate every elementary
and middle school by September 2010.
We are proud to be able to provide a range
and services to take care of our children's academic
needs as well as provide health and wellness services
on-site. These services include
mobile dental health services through our
partnership with the St. Peter's Hospital and Ronald
McDonald House, and
school-based health services through our partnership
with Whitney M. Young Jr., Health Services, in addition
to mental health and other wellness services on
School day begins:
School day ends:
care ends: 5:45 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 5
Points of distinction
is an integral part of the community
Partnerships with numerous organizations and
Ethnically diverse student body
Thursday, March 16 --
Favorite Team Day
Friday, March 17
- Wednesday, March 15
- Wacky Wednesday (wear mismatched
- English as a New Language Night, 4
Saturday, March 18
-- New York State School Music
Association (NYSSMA) Festival, Myers Middle
School, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Tuesday, March 21 -- Spring
Wednesday, March 22
-- All-City Chorus Concert, Myers
Middle School, 6:30 p.m
- Giffen Green Day
- Parent/Faculty Basketball Game, 2:15 p.m.
Tuesday, March 28
-- Autism Spectrum Fair, Montessori
Magnet School, 5:30-7 p.m.
29 - Friday, March 31 -- NYS English
language arts exams for grades 3-8
Friday, March 31
Third quarter ends
Tuesday, April 4 --
All-City Strings Concert, William S.
Hackett Middle School, 6:30 p.m.
Friday, April 14
-- Good Friday, no school
Monday, April 17
- Friday, April 21 -- Spring Recess,
News and information
Giffen teacher meets gold standard --
School District of Albany teacher has reached a
professional gold standard. Betsey Domenico, an
English-as-a-new-language (ENL) teacher at Giffen
Memorial Elementary School, has earned certification
through the highly prestigious National Board of
Teaching Standards. (MORE)
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Breakfast begins at 8:30 a.m.
The school day begins at 9:05 a.m.
The school day ends at 3:35 p.m.
If your child is absent from school for any reason, call
the school at 475-6750 during the morning and provide a
written excuse when your child returns to school.