Giffen Memorial Elementary School News

Week of Sept. 21-25 at Giffen

September 17, 2020

We are excited that we will be seeing some of you in person starting Monday!   Please remember that certain grades will attend on certain days next week, with all in-pers...

No school for students Friday

September 17, 2020

There is no school for students on Friday in the City School District of Albany. Schools are closed so that faculty and staff may attend professional development sessions. ...

The City School District of Albany will implement an in-person instructional model for students in prekindergarten through grade 6, and a virtual model for students in grades 7-...

The following message is from Giffen Memorial Elementary School Principal Jasmine Brown: Dear Families: Hello, and welcome to the start of a new – and very different...

The City School District of Albany Board of Education will meet Tuesday night to continue finalizing plans for the 2020-21 school year under pressure from massive state budget r...

District closed Friday, Monday

September 3, 2020

All City School District of Albany schools and administrative offices will be closed Friday and Monday in observance of Labor Day. The district will be back in business on Tu...

Hello! I hope you have enjoyed the summer. It has been a busy one for all of us as we prepare for new challenges and opportunities in what will be a very different new school ye...

Faced with a budget shortfall that could range as high as $26 million due to state and federal aid reductions related to the COVID-19 crisis, the City School District of Albany ...

Sign up for text alerts

August 19, 2020

A reminder that families can sign up to receive text alerts through School Messenger by simply texting “Y” or “YES” to 67587. To receive these text al...

The City School District of Albany’s Virtual Summer Program for students in grades 1-6 will begin Monday. The program, designed to equip students with skills for succes...

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 ...