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Schools closed for Winter Recess

All City School District of Albany schools are closed this week for Winter Recess. The Central Registration, Special Education and Transportation departments at Harriet Gibbons Student Services Center also are closed during the break.

 

Administrative offices in Academy Park are open this week. The district will be fully open for business again on Monday, Feb. 25.

 

Earn your master's in

teaching while you work

The City School District of Albany is looking forward to the third year of its partnership with NYU Steinhardt to help prepare new teachers using an innovative residency model.

 

Learn more at our upcoming Feb. 26 informational meeting.

 

MWBE-Workforce Development

Community Update

All are invited to join us on Thursday, Feb. 28 for updates on the Rebuilding Albany High School project, as well as updates on the district’s construction-related MWBE and workforce development outreach and community engagement activities. Both sessions will present the same information and will include a complimentary meal.

 

The lunch session will run from 10:30 a.m-1 p.m. at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, and the dinner session from 5:30-8 p.m. at Albany School of Humanities.

 

Please RSVP here to let us know you’re coming so we can plan accordingly.

 

Five Albany High students

selected for 2019 Boys State

Five cadets in Albany High School's Sgt. Henry Johnson Battalion Junior ROTC have been selected to attend American Legion Boys State this summer.

 

“This is a first for Albany High School, and I believe a first for any public school in Albany County,” said Retired Army Maj. David Erickson, Albany High’s JROTC instructor. (MORE)

 

Vote for ASH!

Vote early and vote often. It’s a tongue-in-cheek phrase but it’s exactly what Albany School of Humanities (ASH) needs you to do online during the month of February.

 

ASH is a finalist in an online contest with a grand prize of  $25,000 in indoor and outdoor fitness equipment. (MORE)

 

Pre-K lottery applications available

Applications are available through March 1 for the lottery to determine 2019-20 enrollment in the City School District of Albany's prekindergarten program for 4-year-olds.

 

Download an application and information booklet here. You also can pick up an application at any school or program or at Central Registration, 75 Watervliet Ave. (MORE)

 

Basketball playoff schedules set

Albany High girls' basketball player in action.The Albany High School basketball teams open the Section 2 Class AA playoffs this week.

 

The girls' team, Suburban Council Gray Division co-champions and ranked No. 19 in the state, opens with a quarterfinal game at home against Bethlehem on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

 

The boys' team, winners of five of its last nine games, opens with a first-round game at Colonie on Wednesday. Game time is 7 p.m. Please visit our Athletics section for more information, including information about buying tickets for the games.

 

Delaware teacher joins national protest

against U.S. policy on migrant children

Delaware Community School fifth-grade teacher Zeo Tavares Polanco joined teachers from throughout the country in El Paso over the weekend of Feb. 16-17 to protest the U.S. government’s practice of separating migrant children from their parents when they try to cross the U.S.-Mexico border.

 

Tavares Polanco will take part in a 10-hour “Teach-in for Freedom” on Sunday being planned by the group Teachers Against Child Detention. (MORE)

 

Marching Falcons to take part

in D-Day celebration in France

Get rid of those deposit bottles and support the Albany Marching Falcons’ efforts to raise money for their June trip to France to participate in the official parade and other activities honoring the 75th anniversary of D-Day. The Marching Falcons will be the only American high school band performing in the ceremonies.

 

You can drop off the bottles at Capital Redemption Center, located at 610 Clinton Ave. It’s open 8 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m.-noon weekends. When you make the drop-off, please ask that proceeds be donated to the Albany Marching Falcons. (MORE)

 

Winter weather reminders

With wintry weather in the forecast once again, the City School District of Albany offers a variety of ways for families to keep up to date on potential school delays or closings. Please visit our District News section for more information.

 

Lessons going 'swimmingly' for grade 2

February marks the start of the learn-to-swim program for second-graders throughout the district.

 

But you don't have to be in elementary school to utilize the district's pools. (MORE)

 

TOAST students take to virtual skies

Using flight simulators in their school’s computer lab, fifth-graders at Thomas O’Brien Academy of Science and Technology (TOAST) on Feb. 4 took to the virtual skies and showed off their takeoff, flying and landing skills to a world-traveling pilot and educator.

 

Their audience was Captain Barrington Irving, who at the age of 23 became the youngest person and first African-American to fly solo around the world. He still spends plenty of time in an airplane and also pilots The Flying Classroom, a digital curriculum based on his travels. (MORE)

 

Surprise reunion for Hackett cousins

Army National Guard sisters Jessica and Erica Gonzalez, just finishing up a tour in Kuwait, came straight from the airport on Feb. 1 to William S. Hackett Middle School, where their kids are sixth-graders.

 

Staff Sgt. Jessica and Specialist Erica both were both deployed in March 2018 and hadn’t seen hadn’t seen Breannie Jackson, Jessica’s daughter, and Christopher Sang, Erica’s son, since. (MORE)

 

Albany High grad rate continues to rise

Albany High School’s graduation rate increased to 68 percent in 2018, the school’s fifth consecutive year with an increase and its highest rate since the state started measuring graduation under its current methodology in 2005. Please visit our District News section to read more.

 

State identifies nine

district schools in Good Standing

Nine City School District of Albany schools, including Albany High School and William S. Hackett Middle School, have been identified in Good Standing based on their overall academic progress, according to accountability data the State Education Department released Thursday.

 

The nine schools in Good Standing are the most the district has had since 2010-11. Please visit our District News section to read more.

 

Albany High artists recognized

The clay pieces of three Albany High School students were selected for the Art in Three Dimensions show at Mohonasen High School.

 

Congratulations to Moe Sandar, Laurel Stix and Julian Rodriguez. Of the 242 pieces submitted from throughout the Capital District, 76 pieces were accepted for the juried show. (MORE)

 

District students win

Black History Month contest

Five City School District of Albany students were among area winners in the Black History Month Creative Expressions contest sponsored by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Alumnae Chapter of Albany.

 

Winners of the written entry category included Albany High School junior Mikayla Williams’ essay, “Black History Month: A Need for Change,” and William S. Hackett Middle School sixth-grader Rowan Hoehn’s essay, “Through the Eyes of a Child Slave.” (MORE)

 

FirstView bus-tracking app available

First Student Inc., the City School District of Albany’s transportation partner, has launched its bus-tracking communications app, FirstView, for the 2018-19 school year.

 

FirstView allows you use your smartphone or desktop to track the location and direction of your student’s bus, your student's stop schedule for the current day, and times for school arrivals and departures. You’ll know when the bus gets to school in the morning and leaves in the afternoon. Please visit our District News section to read more.

 

Our goals in our voices

To help highlight some of the primary areas of focus in our district priorities for this school year and beyond, we have produced a series of videos to start the school year. In addition to Superintendent Kaweeda G. Adams, these videos also feature the voices of individuals ­– students, staff and community partners – speaking on the topics of school and community safety, student attendance, positive student engagement and the importance of community partnerships. (MORE)

 

High-school equivalency

test prep classes available

Spread the word: The City School District of Albany offers classes to help people aged 21 and over prepare for the New York State high-school equivalency exam.

 

Test prep classes are held from 4:30-6:30 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday at Tony Clement Center for Education, 395 Elk St. (MORE) 

 

2018-19 Code of Conduct

The 2018-19 edition of the Student Code of Conduct is available here. The booklet also was mailed to all City School District of Albany families in August.

 

Please take some time to review the code with your children.

 

Feel free to contact the Office of Pupil Personnel Services with any questions at (518) 475-6130.

 

District responding

to suspension disparities

In response to the report of the New York State Attorney General’s Office, the City School District of Albany has reaffirmed its commitment to changing discipline practices and procedures that have perpetuated disproportionate suspension rates for black students and students with disabilities.

 

Two important individuals in that process are Independent Monitor Maxine Fantroy-Ford, Ed.D. (at left in photo above), and Chief Ombudsperson Valarie Ann Scott (at right). Please visit our Assurance of Discontinuance section to read more, and to find out how to contact the chief ombudsperson if you have complaints about student discipline.

  

  

 
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Upcoming events
(visit each school's page for more listings; visit our Athletics section for game schedules) 

2/18-2/22 No school, Winter Recess
2/20 Albany High School boys' basketball Section 2 Class AA playoffs, first-round game at Colonie,
7 p.m. (Details)
2/21 Albany High School girls' basketball Section 2 Class AA playoffs, quarterfinals home vs. Bethlehem, 7:30 p.m. (Details)
2/26 Hackett Middle School Honor Roll Ceremony, 8:30-9:45 a.m.
2/26 EMAT informational meeting at Myers Middle School, 5-6 p.m. (Details)
2/26 Hackett Middle School Black History Month Celebration, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
2/26 Board Facilities Committee meeting, Academy Park,
5:30-7 p.m.
2/27 Schuyler Achievement Academy Black History Month Celebration, 2 p.m.
2/27 Myers Honnor Roll Breakfast, 8:30-9:30 a.m.
2/28 Myers Black History month assembly, 9-10 a.m.
2/28 MWBE-Workforce Development Community Update lunch session at HVCC, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. (Details)
2/28 MWBE-Workforce Development Community Update dinner session at ASH, 5:30-8 p.m. (Details)
2/28 New Scotland Elementary Black History Celebration, 6-8 p.m.  (Details)
3/1 Deadline to apply for 2019-20 pre-K lottery (Details)
3/4 JV and varsity spring sports begin
3/4 Giffen Elementary School Spirit Week begins
3/4 Board Government Relations Committee meeting, Sheridan Preparatory Academy,
8-9 a.m.
3/5 Hackett Middle School Parent University, 5:30-7 p.m.
3/6 All-City Strings Concert, Hackett Middle School, 6:30 p.m.
3/6 Sheridan Prep Read Across America Day
3/7 Sheridan Prep Living Literature Day
3/7 Board of Education meeting, Eagle Point Elementary, 7 p.m.
3/7 North Albany Academy Spring Carnival, 5-7 p.m.
3/7 Pine Hills Elementary Science Fair and STEM Night, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
3/7 Montessori Magnet Science Fair, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
3/8 Third-quarter interim marking period ends
3/8 Giffen Elementary School Author Illustrator Day
3/8 Sheridan Prep Celebrity Reader Day
3/8 Albany High SAT exam, 8 a.m.
3/11 Modified spring sports begin
3/11 Albany High Abrookin's Got Talent, 6-8 p.m.
3/11 Clement Center Spirit Week Begins
3/12 Arbor Hill Elementary Parent Passport, 1:30-3 p.m.
3/12 Hackett Middle School Open School Day
3/12 ASH STEAM Night, 5:30-7 p.m.
3/13 2019-20 magnet and pre-K lotteries, TOAST, 10 a.m.
3/13 Schuyler Achievement Academy Early Childhood Parent University, 5-7 p.m.
3/13 Adult Education spring registration, Albany High, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
3/13 All-City Band Concert, Myers Middle School, 6:30 p.m.
3/14 Adult Education spring registration, Albany High, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
3/14 Albany High PTSA and Parent University, 5:30 p.m.
3/14 Delaware Community School Science Night, 5:30-7 p.m.
3/14 Myers Middle School Parent University, 5:30-7 p.m.
3/14 Myers Middle School Science Fair, 6-8:30 p.m.
3/14 TOAST "Pi" the Principals Day
3/21 Board of Education meeting, Albany High School, 7 p.m.