Giffen Memorial Elementary School News

Get a midwinter revitalization on Saturday, Feb. 8, when Albany High School’s advanced cosmetology students will host a Valentine’s Day Spa Day at Abrookin Career an...

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...

Staff narrowly edged out parents on Friday afternoon at Giffen Memorial Elementary School’s annual Staff-Parent Basketball Game with a final score of 39-37. The gym was...

Help keep our kids warm! The City of Albany and other community partners on Wednesday announced the 2019 Cash for Coats Drive, an initiative to collect money to buy new winte...

Congratulations to ffith grader Htoo Blah Wah, who proudly represents Giffen Elementary in the district's 2019-20 wall calendar. Htoo Blah Wah was recognized at a special...

FirstView app available Oct. 1

September 27, 2019

In partnership with our yellow-bus provider, First Student Inc., the City School District of Albany offers FirstView, a bus-tracking and transportation communications app for yo...

The City School District of Albany is making it easier for English language learners and schools to communicate with each other. Starting this school year, all schools have a...

Dads Take Your Child to School Day was especially meaningful for Germaine Montes, who took his daughters to school on Tuesday at Philip Schuyler Achievement Academy and had a su...