Giffen Memorial Elementary School News

John Scott isn’t letting a pandemic get in the way of his promise of pizza. The last three Wednesdays Scott, who is the home school coordinator at Eagle Point Elementar...

Keeping it clean

March 6, 2020

The City School District of Albany has made it a top priority to control the spread of illness in all our buildings, and on Friday maintenance staff were hard at work cleaning a...

The award-winning Albany High School Theatre Ensemble will present the Broadway hit Cabaret, with shows Thursday, March 12 through Sunday, March 15. Performances will be at 7...

March is "Fine Arts in Our Schools Month" in the City School District of Albany, and you can experience the talents of our students in a variety of exhibits, conc...

On Friday, Giffen Elementary School honored Persell McDowell as an “Unsung Hero” at its Black History Celebration. McDowell was a pivotal civil rights leader in t...

The City School District of Albany will have half-days of school on April 28 and June 23 to meet the requirements of New York’s new Paid Voting Leave Law. The law allow...

The following message is from Cecily Wilson-Turner, Ed.D., assistant superintendent for elementary education in the City School District of Albany: February 3, 2020 ...

And the winner of Giffen Memorial Elementary School's first ever mac and cheese contest is…Dawn Castle! The reading teacher submitted her version of the award winn...

Isaac Allen’s spelling ability is out of this G-A-L-A-X-Y. That’s the word the Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School eighth-grader spelled correctly to clinch t...

Welcome to 2020!

January 2, 2020

Welcome to the year 2020!   We look forward to continuing our work on equity in education. Please take a moment to view this message from Superintendent Kaweeda G. Adams...

Visit our district Facebook page to take a look at a typical day of learning in Emily Crisorio’s first grade here at Giffen.  Students were hard at work on their E...

Happy Holidays!

December 20, 2019

Happy Holidays from all of us here at the City School District of Albany! What's open and when All City School District of Albany schools will be closed for holiday ...

You probably wouldn’t think of math if you heard the words “division draft.” That is, unless you were in Tiffany Moore’s fifth-grade math class at Giffen...

Survey deadline extended!

December 18, 2019

As the City School District of Albany continues to work through the review process that the State Education Department requires of our schools, we are interested in your input a...

Our parents are so talented!

December 13, 2019

Our parents have so much talent! Lovasia McKenzie – artist, mom of Giffen Memorial Elementary School students and co-owner of Our Art Class – led a Family Art Night ...

As part of our ongoing effort to provide our families and employees with timely and accurate information during urgent safety- and weather-related events, the City School Distri...

‘Tis the season for holiday concerts, and there are many opportunities in December to experience the talents of City School District of Albany musicians. Here’s w...

New Giffen assistant principal

November 22, 2019

The City School District of Albany Board of Education has appointed William Flax-Leight as a new assistant principal at Giffen Memorial Elementary School. Flax-Leight co...

Giffen celebrates!

November 21, 2019

There was plenty to celebrate Wednesday night at Giffen's Community Dinner. Family, friends and community. Home-cooked food. And students who made first-quarter honor roll o...

Wintry weather reminders

November 5, 2019

With the leaves and the temperatures both falling, it’s time to start planning ahead for wintry weather and the possibility of school closings or delays.  The City...

Check out the new look for the City School District of Albany's quarterly newsletter “Capital Education.” The fall edition is available online now.  P...

Safety update for families

October 31, 2019

I am writing to inform you that the Albany Police Department is investigating an incident involving a 12-year-old boy that occurred earlier this week on South Manning Boulevard....

Pumpkin-centered smarts

October 30, 2019

Third-graders in Rebecca Bustelos’ class at Giffen Memorial Elementary School crafted book-themed costumes for plastic pumpkins on Wednesday, choosing fiction and non-fict...

Public Forum notice

October 25, 2019

On Monday, Oct. 28 at 3:45 p.m., Giffen Memorial Elementary School will hold a meeting to provide families the opportunity to review the school's current status in year two ...

School safety update

October 21, 2019

Albany police on Monday arrested a 17-year old in connection with his Sunday Facebook post indicating that he would be involved in a shooting at Albany High School. City Scho...