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Latest news ...

Schools closed Friday and next week

All City School District of Albany schools and offices will be closed Friday in observance of Good Friday.

 

All schools and the district’s Central Registration, Transportation and Special Education offices at the Harriet Gibbons Student Services Center will remain closed through next week for Spring Recess.

 

Administrative offices at Academy Park will remain open next week. The district will be fully back in business on Monday, April 29. Have a safe and restful break!

 

Board approves 2019-20 budget proposal

The City School District of Albany Board of Education has approved a $260.4 million budget proposal that voters will consider May 21. The proposal includes a 1.99% tax-levy increase, the sixth year in a row the district's proposed tax-levy increase is below 2%.

 

Voters also will have the opportunity to consider two seats on the Board of Education on May 21, and a facilities referendum (Proposition #2) that has no additional tax impact.

 

Please visit our 2019-20 Budget News section for more information, including information about the May 6 voter-registration deadline and updates on two changes in voting locations for voters in the Eighth, 11th and 14th wards.

 

Plan will reduce O'Neal enrollment, repurpose North Albany for 2019-20

In order to reduce enrollment at Edmund J. O’Neal Middle School of Excellence, the City School District of Albany Board of Education has approved a plan to convert North Albany Academy to a small, temporary middle school for the next four years.

 

Students moving into sixth grade from North Albany and Philip J. Schuyler Achievement Academy in September will attend the new temporary middle school at North Albany. Students moving into sixth grade from Arbor Hill Elementary School and Sheridan Preparatory Academy will continue to attend middle school at O’Neal. Please visit our District News section for more information. 

 

Albany High takes third

in Stock Market Challenge

Aspiring financiers from Albany High School took third place on April 17 at the Junior Achievement Stock Market Challenge.

 

Junior Akili Bahati, senior Nailia Pumbaya and senior Mohammed Yehia (pictured at right from left to right) finished as Albany High's top team. Theirs was one of 10 Albany High teams at the event, which drew more than 400 students from 19 area schools. (MORE) 

  

Albany High ensembles

sparkle at NYSSMA Festival

Bravo! Three Albany High School musical ensembles earned outstanding ratings April 15 – two golds and a silver -- at the New York School Music Association’s Major Ensemble Festival.

 

The Wind Ensemble and Chamber Choir each captured a gold rating, and the Advanced Orchestra received a silver. (MORE)

 

Chinese language students

shine at video competition

Students in teacher Hua Lin’s Chinese classes at Albany High School rocked it at the recent Capital Region Chinese Language Video Competition sponsored by the Confucius Institute at the University of Albany.

 

Senior Paul Criscione and sophomores Noah Graber and Mark Manantan won first prize for their rendition of the pop song 对不起我的中文不好/Sorry My Chinese Isn't So Good. Check out their award-winning performance here. (MORE)

 

AIC competes for national broadcast

High school students at Albany International Center are hoping to make podcast history and are vying for the chance to have their podcast air on National Public Radio.

 

The English as a New Language class produced six podcasts about their birth countries, experiences moving to the United States and life now in Albany. (MORE)

 

Unified basketball levels playing 'court'

It's season two for the unified basketball team at Albany High School and the athletes are not only ready but also excited for competition on the court.

 

The goal of the Falcon unified basketball team is to educate and motivate young people to become agents of change, through inclusion and acceptance, in their communities. (MORE)

 

Elementary report card survey now open

As part of the City School District of Albany’s work to develop an informative document that can help parents and guardians support student success at home, we are seeking your input on the new elementary report card rolled out this school year.  

We encourage you to complete this short survey by May 10. (MORE
 

District early childhood leader

receives statewide recognition

City School District of Albany Early Childhood Department Director Melissa Hasty on Friday was named the state’s 2019 Early Childhood Leader by the New York Association for the Education of Young Children.

 

She received the award for her efforts in advocacy, research and mentorship on behalf of early childhood education, all of which have made significant contributions locally, statewide and nationally. (MORE)

 

Applications available

for pre-K lottery for 3-year-olds

Applications are available for the lottery to determine September enrollment in the City School District of Albany’s prekindergarten program for 3-year-olds.

 

The district offers prekindergarten for 3-year-olds at 15 community agencies. Your child must be 3 by Dec. 1 and live in Albany to qualify.

 

Download an application here. You also can pick up an application at Central Registration, located at 75 Watervliet Ave., or any of our elementary schools or community providers. (MORE)

 

High school artists excel at media arts fest

Albany High School media artists fared well Tuesday at the Capital Region Media Arts Festival, with junior Erik Smits placing first in the category “Photography: The Human Figure/Portrait” for his photo called Storm Cloud.

 

Smits' photo is pictured at right. View a larger version here. (To see the other winning works, click on the highlighted text).

 

Freshman Aeonna Marsico-Von Lutz earned third place in the “Design: Digital Illustration” category with Julia. (MORE)

 

Clement nurtures whole child

with community help

Similar to their colleagues throughout the district, staff at the Tony Clement Center for Education strive to support their students academically, socially and emotionally.

 

That often means going above and beyond the work of a typical educator and ensuring students have food at home, seasonally appropriate clothing and, even, toiletries. (MORE)

 

Marching Falcons fundraisers ahead

The Albany Marching Falcons continue their efforts to raise money toward their upcoming trip to France to participate in events marking the 75th anniversary of D-Day.

 

You can support them through a direct donation or by attending an upcoming fundraiser. (MORE)

 

District percussionists medal

at state-wide competition

Image may contain: textCongratulations to 23 City School District of Albany musicians who participated in the Percussion Independent A (PIA) class of the New York State Percussion Circuit Finals on April 7.

 

The Albany Indoor Percussion Ensemble earned its highest score of the year and the team's first medal at the weekend event. (MORE)

 

Albany High students second and third

in Albany-Tula Alliance essay contest

Two Albany High School students recently took second and third place in the 2019 student essay contest sponsored by the Albany-Tula Alliance.

 

Junior Amelia Colafati’s essay won the second place award of $500. Senior Adam Aleksic’s essay won the third-place award of $250. (MORE)

 

Assistive technology:

giving students voices literally, figuratively

Lee-Ann Mertzlufft believes human beings are hard-wired for language.

 

As the assistive technology specialist for the City School District of Albany, it’s her job to link students who have language and physical limitations with technologies that can help.

 

She works one-to-one with students and their teachers, helping students find their literal and figurative voices through a variety of technologies. (MORE

 

Resolving conflict without violence:

Two schools get lessons from experience

Three people. Three experiences of unthinkable personal loss and suffering. Three stories about forgiveness.

 

Students at Tony Clement Center for Education and Edmund J. O’Neal Middle School of Excellence heard March 12 from a man paralyzed by a gang-related shooting at age 15, a mother whose son committed suicide at age 16 and the sister of a man who died of a drug overdose at age 24.

 

Their message: Forgive the unforgivable. (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.

 

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)

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

4/19 No school
Good Friday
4/22-4/26 No school
Spring Recess
4/29 2019-20 kindergarten registration begins
4/30 Last day for prospective students to shadow at Albany High School
4/30 Code of Conduct Feedback Forum, Albany High School library, 5:30-7 p.m. (Details)
5/1-5/2 NYS math exams for grades 3-8 (Details)
5/1 Albany High National College Acceptance Day
5/1 Myers Middle School Honor Roll Reception, 8:30-9:30 a.m.
5/2 Albany High Blood Drive, 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
5/2 North Albany Honor Roll Dinner, 5 p.m.
5/2 Board of Education meeting and budget hearing, Albany High, 7 p.m.
5/3 Deadline to apply for 2019-20 pre-K lottery for 3-year-olds
5/3 Elementary Art Show, Albany Institute of History & Art, 5-8 p.m.
5/3 Delaware Community School Cinco de Mayo Celebration, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
5/4 Albany High SAT exam, 8 a.m.
5/4 The Right Move Chess Tournament, Albany High, 10 am.
5/6 NYSESLAT listening, reading and writing testing window begins
5/6 Code of Conduct Feedback Forum, Edmund J. O'Neal Middle School of Excellence, 5:30-7 p.m. (Details)
5/6 Unified Basketball, Albany High gym, 4:15 p.m.
5/6 New Scotland Elementary Spring Concert at Hackett, 7 p.m.
5/7 Delaware Community Shool Spring Concerts, 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. (evening concert at Hackett)
5/7 North Albany Academy Spring Concert and Art Show, 6:30 p.m.
5/8 Hackettt Middle School Honor Roll Reception, 8:30-9:45 a.m.
5/8 Schuyler Achievement Early Childhood Parent University, 5-7 p.m.
5/9 2019-20 pre-K lottery for 3-year-olds
5/9 Hackett Middle School Spring Concert and Art Show with PTA Dessert Raffle, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
5/10 Fourth-quarter interim marking period ends
5/10 Sheridan Prep Family Dance, 5 p.m.
5/11 Mother's Day Health and Beauty Fair at Abrookin, 9 a.m.-noon
5/14 Schuyler Achievement Spring Concerts, 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.
5/14 Eagle Point Spring Concert, 6:30 p.m.
5/15 Registration begins for students chosen in the 2019-20 pre-K lottery for 3-year-olds
5/15 Albany High New Family Orientation Night and Creative Arts Festival, 6 p.m.
5/15 TOAST Spring Concert, 6:30 p.m.
5/16 Board of Education Meeting, Montessori Magnet School, 7 p.m.
5/16 Arbor Hill Elementary Spring Concerts, 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.
5/16 Schuyler Achievement Wellness Fair, 4-6 p.m.
5/17 Albany High Promising Playwrights Festival, 7 p.m.
5/17 All NYSESLAT testing windows end
5/17 ASH Mother/Daughter Paint, Sip and Smile, 6-7:30 p.m.
5/17 Montessori Magnet School Variety Show, 6 p.m.
5/17 Albany High Promising Playwrights Festival, 7 p.m.
5/18 Albany High Promising Playwrights Festival, 7 p.m.
5/19 Albany High Promising Playwrights Festival, 2 p.m.
5/20 Albany High National Honor Society and Junior Awards Night, 6 p.m.
5/21 SCHOOL BUDGET VOTE AND BOARD ELECTIONS (Professional Development Day, no school for students)