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Albany, NY 12202
Phone: (518) 475-6875
Fax: (518) 475-6877
Teresa L. Brown,
TOAST celebrates Arbor
With help from a host of community
partners, fifth-graders at Thomas O’Brien Academy of
Science and Technology (TOAST) on April 18 planted trees
at their school in celebration of Arbor Day.
The effort was spearheaded by
Albany Goes Green, an initiative coordinated by the
Albany Fund for Education with the help of local and
state agencies and community groups.
Despite temperatures more fitting for Thanksgiving Day
than Arbor Day, students and volunteers planted 36 trees
– all native to Albany – around the school. Students
also got lessons about flora and fauna, and they
discussed the environmental importance of trees in
cities and elsewhere. (MORE)
TOAST sixth-grader takes
first at citywide science fair
Sixth-grader Sameya Khan won first place for her age group at the recent
2018 Joseph Henry Science Fair, where City
School District of Albany students earned medals galore.
Including Sameya, district students took first place in all but one of the four areas of
competition and placed in all the categories at the March 23 contest for
budding Albany scientists ages 10-14. They competed against some 100
students from 17 schools.
Hosted by The College of Saint Rose, the annual Joseph Henry Science
Fair gives science-fair winners from individual schools throughout
Albany a forum to compete against each other and have their projects
judged on scientific merit. (MORE)
O'Brien Academy of Science and Technology
The school we know as
Thomas O'Brien Academy of Science and Technology (TOAST)
was built in 1954 as Public School 24. Its namesake is
Thomas O'Brien, who served as principal at P.S. 24 more
than 100 years ago. He died in 1921 at the age of 72,
and the school was named after him when it became at
magnet school in 1990. The original P.S. 24 was built in
1893 and located just a few blocks north of the current
school on the Delaware Avenue plot of land where the
Boys and Girls Club of Albany now stands.
The TOAST building reopened in January 2010 following a complete
renovation. It now features state-of-the-art computers
and technology in every classroom and throughout the
We are proud to be able
to provide a range of programs and services to take care
of our children's academic needs as well as provide
health and wellness services onsite. These services
mobile dental health services through our
partnership with St. Peter's Hospital and Ronald
Click here for more information about the district's
magnet schools, or call the Magnet Office at 475-6551.
school day begins: 7:50 a.m.
K-6 school day
begins: 8 a.m.
breakfast begins: 8:15 a.m.
school day ends: 2:20 p.m.
K-6 school day ends:
child care ends: 6 p.m.
- Wednesday, May 16 --
Spring Concert, 6:30 p.m.
- Friday, May 18
- All NYSESLAT testing windows end
- Giffy's Barbecue, 3:30-6 p.m.
- PTA Family Movie Night, 6:30
- Wednesday, May 23 --
Parent University: Early Childhood, 5-7
- Monday, May 28 --
Memorial Day, no school
- Thursday, May 21 --
College and Career Day
- Friday, June 1
- Bird-watching, 7 a.m.
- School Spirit Day
- Thursday, June 14 -- Flag
Day and Ceremony
- Monday, June 18
- Pre-K Moving Up, 9 a.m.
- Peace Parade, 1 p.m.
- PTA meeting, 6 p.m.
- Tuesday, June 19 --
Field Day Pre-K-Grade 3
- Wednesday, June 20 --
Field Day Grades 4-6
- Thursday, June 21
- Kindergarten Moving Up,
- Early dismissal, 11:45 a.m.
- Friday, June 22
- Last day of school
- Grade 6 Moving Up, 9 a.m.
- Early dismissal, 11:45 a.m.
2017-18 news and information
During the past two
months, the 25 students – fourth-, fifth- and
sixth-graders in Caroline Espinoza Navarette’s
English as a new language class – collected the
provisions in a school-wide drive they planned and
If your child is absent
for any reason, call the school nurse at (518) 475-6875 during
the morning and provide a written excuse when your child
returns to school.