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The latest news ...

Albany High students assist

fire-damaged refugee center

Sixteen students from Albany High Schoolís English as a New Language program joined City School District of Albany staff to collect and deliver community donations of baby food to Refugee and Immigrant Support Services of Emmaus on Friday.


The RISSE facilities were damaged by a fire earlier this month. Visit our District News section to read more, and to find out more about RISSE or support its programs following the fire.


Meet the new Albany High football coach

All students, families, staff and community members interested in participating in or supporting the Albany High School football program are invited to a meeting with the Falcons’ new head coach at school Monday night.


The meeting will include a welcome from coach Joey DiPiazza, who will outline his vision for the program’s future. The evening also will include guest speakers from the local football community.


Pizza and refreshments will be served from 6:30-7 p.m. outside the Albany High auditorium. The meeting will begin in the auditorium at 7 p.m. Please use the school’s main entrance on Washington Avenue.


`Tis the season for holiday concerts

Get into the spirit of the season and hear some great music at holiday concerts in the City School District of Albany. The school concert season runs through Dec. 22. (MORE)


Albany High gymnast

earns Division I scholarship

Albany High School senior Mary Elle Arduino has signed a National Letter of Intent to compete in gymnastics at Division I Towson University next year.


Arduino, also ranked in the top 10 of her class academically, is among the top gymnasts nationally on the balance beam, the sport's most difficult apparatus. She finished second in the event at a national competition last winter and has earned the nickname "Beam Queen." Visit our Athletics section to read more.


Superintendent participates

in White House summit

City School District of Albany Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard, Ph.D., joined a delegation from The Albany Promise and President Obama, Vice President Biden and the First Lady on Dec. 4 for the second annual White House College Opportunity Summit.


Itís the superintendentís second visit to the nationís capital this year on the topic of secondary transformation. In July, she joined an Albany Promise team for a discussion with U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan on actions to improve college success. Visit our District News section to read more.


Albany High musicians

chosen for elite jazz ensemble

Two Albany High School seniors outperformed musicians from 11 states, the District of Columbia and Europe, and they have been selected to take part in the prestigious All-Eastern Honors Jazz Ensemble.


Trumpeter John Dimase and tenor saxophonist Livio Fasullo survived the arduous audition process that led to their selection for the elite group, which is made up of students from as far south as the District of Columbia and as far north as Maine. (MORE)


Myers students help launch

annual food backpack program

Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School students helped launch CDPHP's annual Holiday Appeal to benefit the Regional Food Bank of North- eastern New York's BackPack Program on Dec. 1.


The BackPack Program provides nutritious, easy-to-prepare food to children in need from kindergarten through sixth grade. The program serves 1,900 children in 67 schools throughout northeastern New York. Visit our District News section to read more and to find out how you can help.


Mayor's winter clothing drive

brings warm gear -- and just time!

Mayor Kathy Sheehan's annual winter clothing drive collected more than 1,000 pieces of warm gear for City School District of Albany students this year. The timing of the Nov. 24 announcement at Arbor Hill Elementary School couldn't have been better, with the area's first snowstorm in the forecast.


The Cash for Coats campaign raised $8,000 to purchase 450 new coats and other winter clothing items for district students. Visit our District News section to read more.


District reduces fall testing by 80 percent

Most City School District of Albany students have seen substantially fewer tests this fall.


In the first quarter of the school year, which ends Friday, the district eliminated nearly 80 percent of student learning objective (SLO) pre-assessments. These “pre-tests” – which until this year were given during the first several weeks of school – were part of the teacher-evaluation processes for all grades except kindergarten.


The decision to abolish the majority of SLO pre-tests came after the district and the Albany Public School Teachers Association partnered to streamline testing practices. (MORE)


Marching Falcons Ireland-bound

Next St. Patrickís Day, the Albany Marching Falcons will get their Irish up in the capital city of the Emerald Isle itself.


At the invitation of Dublin Lord Mayor Oisin Quinn, the City School District of Albanyís marching band and color guard will perform in the 2015 St. Patrickís Day parade in Dublin, Ireland. Visit our District News section to read more, including a Sept. 25 Times Union article.


Free breakfast, lunch

for all district students

All City School District of Albany students are eligible to receive a free breakfast and lunch each day at their school during the 2014-15 school year.


That's because all district schools have been approved to take part in the Community Eligibility Provision, a program available through the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Program.


The program allows any district student to receive one complete breakfast and one complete lunch at no charge (although extra food or milk is an extra cost). (MORE)


Calendar celebrates extraordinary students

Some of the faces in this year's calendar might look familiar. One might belong to a neighbor, a friend or a kid who shoveled your driveway last winter. Perhaps you saw another compete on the field or perform onstage.


They are the faces of your community. And they are the faces of exceptional students in the City School District of Albany. (MORE)


Contact state with STAR questions

Albany homeowners denied a School Tax Relief (STAR) exemption should contact the state Department of Tax and Finance if they want to challenge the decision. The phone number is 457-2036.


Tax and Finance officials have informed more than 1,200 Albany taxpayers that they wonít receive a STAR exemption in their school tax bills because they failed to meet registration requirements. (MORE)


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Upcoming events
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12/22 Winter Concert, Sheridan Preparatory Academy, 6 p.m.
12/22 Albany High School football community meeting, 6:30 p.m.
12/24-1/2 Holiday Recess, no school
1/5 Back to school
1/8 Blood drive, Albany High School, 8 a.m.-2:15 p.m.
1/15 Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, Pine Hills Elementary School, 1 p.m.
1/15 Math Night, Albany School of Humanities (ASH), 6-7:30 p.m.
1/19 Martin Luther King Jr. Day, all schools and offices closed
1/20 2015-16 magnet elementary and prekindergarten lottery applications become available
1/20 Magnet Elementary School Open House, Montessori Magnet School, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and 6-7 p.m.
1/21 Magnet Elementary School Open House, Thomas O'Brien Academy of Science and Technology (TOAST), 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and 6-7 p.m.
1/22  Magnet Elementary School Open House, Albany School of Humanities, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and 6-7 p.m.
1/22 Parent Night, Philip Schuyler Achievement Academy, 5-6 p.m.
1/23 Second Quarter Ends
1/24 New Scotland Elementary School pancake breakfast fundraiser, Glenmont Applebee's, 8-10 a.m.
1/26 Regents exams
1/27 Regents exams
1/28 Regents exams
1/29 Regents exam
1/29 Super Spectacular Science Night, Montessori Magnet School, 6:30 p.m.
1/30 Superintendent's Conference Day, no school for students
2/5 Black Heritage Potluck Dinner, Pine Hills Elementary School, 6 p.m.
2/10 Midwinter Feast and Black History Month Celebration, William S. Hackett Middle School, 6 p.m.



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