News and events - 9/22/23

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Greetings, Falcon families!

News of the week

  • No school Monday – All City School District of Albany schools and administrative offices will be closed Monday in observance of Yom Kippur. We will be back on our regular schedule Tuesday.
  • Homecoming movie teaser – Question: Where, in one place, can you find Harry Potter, the many iterations of Barbie, a bright blue bird of prey, football-playing barbers, assorted stylists and aspiring filmmakers? Answer: At Albany High School, of course! Learn more.
  • First PTSA meeting Tuesday – Our Parent-Teacher-Student Association – PTSA –will hold its first meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 26. Join online here. If you want to discuss something, have an idea or want to learn more about anything, please fill out this form.
  • Spirit Week starts Tuesday – Get into the spirit of Homecoming 2023 by dressing in a different designated theme each day! Learn more.
  • Homecoming Dance tickets on sale – Tickets for the Sept. 30 Homecoming Dance will be on sale Tuesday-Friday outside the auditorium during all lunch shifts. Cost is $5 per student (cash only). Semiformal dress is encouraged. The dance will be held from 7-10 p.m., and doors will close at 8 p.m. The dance is open to Albany High students only.
  • Falcon blood drive Wednesday – Albany High will do its part to help overcome a critical blood shortage nationwide when it holds a blood donation drive on Sept. 27. The drive will be held in the library from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Students, staff and community members are invited to donate at the drive, the first of the three the school will hold this school year. Learn more.
  • Open House is Wednesday night – Albany High will host Open House 2023 on Wednesday starting at 5:30 p.m. The event begins with a welcome and introduction in the new auditorium and proceeds to teacher presentations in your student classrooms. In addition to meeting your student’s teachers, you will have the opportunity to experience a shortened version of their school day. Learn more
  • Volunteer at Homecoming – We need you! Come celebrate and volunteer with our Falcons at our Homecoming tailgating and game next Saturday, Nov. 30. Please fill out this survey for homecoming volunteers and donations. We hope to see you there!
  • Lace up those sneakers! – The ninth annual Albany Booster Club Falcon 5K and Fun Run will be held Sunday, Oct. 1 in Washington Park. Packet pick up begins at 8 a.m. and the 5K run/walk takes off at 9:30 a.m. Learn more and sign up.
  • Sophmores, juniors can take PSAT – Students in grades 10 and 11 will have the opportunity to take the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT) on Friday, Oct. 27. The PSAT is a national test that measures students’ abilities in reading and math. Cost is $18, and students sign up to take the test in the main office. Learn more.

Upcoming events

  • Monday, Sept. 25 – No school, Yom Kippur
  • Tuesday, Sept. 26
    • Pajama Day – Roll out of bed and come to school in your PJs!
    • First PTSA meeting of the year, library or attend remotely, 5:30 p.m. 
  • Wednesday, Sept. 27
    • Favorite Teacher Day – Dress like your favorite teacher!
    • Blood drive, library, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Learn more.
    • Open house, 5:30 p.m. Learn more.
  • Thursday, Sept. 28 – Spirit Week: Culture Day – Dress to represent your culture!
  • Friday, Sept. 29
    • Falcon Friday – Dress in Falcon gear and accessories or your academy color!
    • Pep rally, gym, 2 p.m. 
  • Saturday, Sept. 30 – Homecoming/Hall of Fame weekend
    • Hall of Fame induction ceremony, 9 a.m.
    • JV girls' soccer vs. Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, 9 a.m.
    • Varsity girls' soccer vs. Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, 11 a.m.
    • Tailgating party, noon
    • Varsity girls' tennis vs. Mohonasen, 2 p.m.
    • Football game vs. Mohonasen, 2 p.m.
    • Homecoming dance, 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, Oct. 1 – Falcon 5K Fun Run/Walk, 9:30 a.m. Sign up here
  • Saturday, Oct. 7 – SAT exam, 7:45 a.m.
  • Monday, Oct. 9 – No school, Columbus/Indigenous Peoples' Day
  • Friday, Oct. 13 – Signups for winter sports begin
  • Tuesday, Oct. 24 – PTSA meeting, library or attend remotely, 5:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, Oct. 26 – Parent-teacher conferences, 4-7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, Oct. 27
    • No school for students, parent-teacher conference day
    • PSAT for sophomores and juniors. Learn more.

Important reminders

  • Sign up for Signal Vine – Students are encouraged to sign up to receive important information via text from the guidance office using Signal Vine. Learn more.
  • Support our theater program as a sponsor – Besides ticket sales and their yearly budget, our award-winning Theater Ensemble relies on donations from the community to continue their amazing work. Support them at one of four levels! Learn more.
  • Volunteer at our concession stand – Does your student play a JV or varsity sport? If so, please sign up to volunteer at the concession stand during home games. Just sign up and show up!
  • Bulbs for sale – Support our amazing partners at the Vegetable Project with a purchase of bulbs for your garden
  • Leaving school – Albany High School is a closed campus. Students are not allowed to leave campus for any reason without parent permission. This includes during lunch and study hall. If a student has an appointment, i.e. doctor, medical, family matter, etc., they must have a note or phone call from a parent giving permission to leave. All students also must be signed out by a parent in order to leave school grounds. Students who leave campus without a valid reason will not be allowed to re-enter without parent contact.
  • Traveling to and from Abrookin – All students must take the bus to and from Abrookin Career and Technical Center and the main campus for any classes. This will prevent students from being late and having to go back through security, and ensure student safety. Students who do not take the bus will not be allowed to re-enter without parent contact.  The bus is available at Building 2, Stair 2-2 and at the Abrookin entrance.