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The latest news ...

State aid provides welcome budget relief

The City School District of Albany Board of Education has approved a $221.8 million budget proposal for 2014-15 that would maintain programs and services for all students, minimize the tax impact and support the district's efforts to become the best urban district in America by 2020.

 

The board approved the budget proposal at its April 10 meeting. The proposal includes a 0.87 percent tax-levy increase that also would be fully refunded to homeowners thanks to the state's new property tax relief program.

 

For the first time in six years, the board had the opportunity to send a budget to the community for consideration supported by adequate state funding. Please visit our 2014-15 Budget News section for more information.

 

Schools close for Spring Recess

All City School District of Albany schools will be closed Monday, April 14 through Friday, April 18 for Spring Recess.

 

The district's administrative offices and Central Registration will remain open Monday through Thursday, and be closed on Friday, April 18 in observance of Good Friday.

 

Schools and offices will be back in business on Monday, April 21.

 

Enjoy the (final!) emergence of spring and safe travels to all who will be on the road.

 

New immunization rules effective July 1

The New York State Health Department has changed the frequency and type of immunizations that children must have in order to attend school in 2014-15.

State law requires districts to deny admitting children to school if their family cannot prove they received or are in the process of receiving required immunizations against diseases including polio, pertussis and measles.

Click the highlighted text for a complete list of the new state immunization requirements. (MORE)

Shop and support Eagle Point playground

Go on a spring shopping spree, hear some great music and support Eagle Point Elementary School all at once on Saturday at Colonie Center.

 

At 2:30 p.m., third- and fourth-grade singers, musicians and dancers from Eagle Point Elementary will present a world music performance on the first floor of the mall, near the fountain. The event is part of the mall's annual Spring Concert series. (MORE)

 

Albany High senior earns Jefferson Award

For the second year in a row, an Albany High School senior has been named a Jefferson Awards medalist.

 

This year's recipient, Zilpa Oduor, is one of five Capital Region residents who advanced to the medalist level for the award, which honors volunteerism and public service in communities across the country. She and the other medalists will be recognized at an April 17 reception. (MORE)

 

Young scholars celebrate lessons learned

The 101 students who took part in this year's Scholars' Institute gathered at The Sage College of Albany Wednesday to share their knowledge and celebrate their hard work during the past six months.

 

The Scholars' Institute is an after-school program for select fifth- and sixth-graders from eight City School District of Albany elementary schools. Teachers pick students who are up to speed in school, love to learn and want to take part in the program, which is partnership between the district and Sage. (MORE)

 

Winter varsity teams

earn scholar-athlete kudos

Four winter varsity teams at Albany High School have received scholar-athlete recognition from the New York State Public High School Athletic Association.

 

The award is given to teams with a composite grade-point average of 90 or greater. Girls' teams named are indoor track and basketball. The boys' teams named are swimming and indoor track. (MORE)

 

Albany High artists' work

chosen for regional juried show

Three drawings, two pieces of sculpture and a photo by Albany High School students all have been accepted for review in the 15th Annual High School Regional Juried Art Exhibition.

 

The work will be on display at a local gallery through the end of April, including senior Eli Kligerman's oil/pastel piece entitled Cherries shown at right.

 

The exhibition opened March 17 at Opalka Gallery of the Sage Colleges. It features the work of more than 100 high school students from 21 Capital Region schools. (MORE)

 

Senior earns National Merit finalist ranking

Albany High School senior Andrew Tarwerdi has been named a finalist in the competition for prestigious National Merit Scholarships, ranking him among the top students in the United States.

 

His stellar scores on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test place him in the top 1 percent of the 1.5 million students nationwide that took the test in October 2012. (MORE)

 

Another 'Top Teacher' named at Albany High

Albany High School special education teacher Emily Lawyer has been selected by WNYT/Ch. 13 as a Top Teacher in the Capital Region.

 

She is one of two Albany High teachers to be recognized this year among 13 of the area's best. They were chosen from among more than 200 nominated. (Above, Lawyer is interviewed in her classroom by WNYT's Elaine Houston for a segment about the recognition. Click here to watch the video segment.) (MORE)

 

District makes AP honor roll

The City School District of Albany has made the annual Advanced Placement honor roll, one of only two districts in the Capital Region and 477 in the U.S. and Canada to receive the distinction.

 

The Advanced Placement (AP) program provides high-school students with academically demanding college-level courses and exams that in some cases earn college credit.

 

Districts making the AP honor roll increased their numbers of students taking AP exams and their percentages of students who scored 3 or higher. AP exams are scored with 5 being equivalent to a college A/A-, 4 being an A-/B+/B and so on. (MORE)

 

Re-Imagining Albany High School

The City School District of Albany is continuing the planning process to develop a vision for the future of high school education in our city this summer.

 

Summer workshops provided opportunities for district staff, students and community members to provide their input in this ongoing work. Stay tuned for more opportunities as the process continues this fall.

 

Visit our ôRe-Imagining Albany High School" section for more information. You will find a list of Frequently Asked Questions, and also a link to an online survey that will allow you to provide additional feedback.

 

Stay tuned for many more opportunities to be part of this important process during the 2013-14 school year.

 

Community swimming offered at Myers

Community swimming once again is available at Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School during the 2013-14 school year.

 

The Myers pool is open to adults 50 and over on Monday evenings and to families on Wednesday evenings. For the family swim night on Wednesdays, participants under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. (MORE)

 

 

 
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4/14-18 Spring Recess, no school
4/21 2014-15 magnet elementary and prekindergarten registration begins
4/24 Board of Education meeting, New Scotland Elementary School,
7 p.m.
4/25 Founders Day 2014, presented by the Albany City Council PTA, Italian-American Community Center, 257 Washington Ave. Extension, 6 p.m.
4/28 Health Fair, Thomas O'Brien Academy of Science and Technology (TOAST), 5-7 p.m.
4/28 Board of Education Audit/Finance Committee meeting, Acadmy Park, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
4/29 Board of Education Facilities Committee meeting, Academy Park, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
4/30 New York State math exams, grades 3-8
5/1 New York State math exams, grades 3-8
5/1 Board of Education meeting, North Albany Academy, 7 p.m.
5/2 New York State math exams, grades 3-8
5/2 Albany School of Humanities (ASH) Cinco de Mayo Celebration,
6 p.m.
5/2 Albany School of Humanities (ASH) Art Show and Poetry Slam, 6:30-8 p.m.
5/2 Delaware Community School Cinco de Mayo dinner, 5:30-7 p.m.
5/6 Board of Education Government Relations Committee, Academy Park, 6-7 p.m.
5/8 Albany HIgh School blood drive, 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
5/9 Fourth quarter interim marking period ends
5/10 Delaware Community School Applebee's pancake breakfast fundraiser, Route 9W,
8-10 a.m.
5/10 Pine Hills Elementary School Community Open House and Plant Sale,
9 a.m.-noon
5/12 New Scotland Elementary School Spring Concert, 7 p.m.
5/13 New Scotland Elementary School Writing Celebration, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
5/13 North Albany Academy Spring Concert and Art Show, 6:30 p.m.
5/14 Board of Education Policy Committee meeting, Academy Park, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
5/14 William S. Hackett Middle School Spring Concert, 7 p.m.
5/15 Arbor HIll Elementary School Spring Concerts and Bake Sale, 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.
5/15 Schuyler Achievement Academy Parent Night, 4:30-6 p.m.
5/15 Schuyler Achievement Academy Spring Concert, 6 p.m.
6/11 Board of Education Policy Committee meeting, Academy Park, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

 

 

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