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The latest news ...

Albany High girls' volleyball team spikes Saratoga for first playoff win in two decades

The Albany High School girls' volleyball team felt it had something to prove Tuesday at Saratoga Springs in the Section II Class AA quarter-finals. The Lady Falcons were unseeded in spite of their 13-3 record and forced to travel to play the fourth-seeded Blue Streaks, who entered the match 7-9.


So prove it they did. Albany beat Saratoga in straight sets -- 25-15, 25-20, 28-26 -- for its first playoff win in two decades. The Lady Falcons (14-3) will meet No. 1 Shenendehowa (14-2) in the semifinals Thursday at 5 p.m. at Broadalbin-Perth High School. Admission to the match is $6. No. 2 Bethlehem and No. 3 Guilderland will meet in the second semifinal at 7 p.m.


Congratulations to coach Tadj Williams and her team, and good luck in the semis!


New Scotland writer pens grand-prize ending

New Scotland Elementary School fourth-grader Olivia Penna scared up the prize-winning ending to a spooky-story contest sponsored by the Times Union.


The contest asked area students in grades 2 through 8 to finish a creepy tale featuring a school dance, weird parents and, of course, zombies. The contest entry by Penna, pictured above, earned the grand prize among all those submitted by students from schools throughout the region. (MORE)


Marching Falcons play Veterans Day parade

The Albany Marching Falcons will take part in Albany's 63rd annual Veterans Day parade on Tuesday, Nov. 11.


Also, all City School District of Albany schools and offices will be closed that day to observe the holiday.


The parade will step off at 11 a.m. at the corner of Central Avenue and Partridge Street and proceed east on Central. It will continue down Washington Avenue to Hawk Street, near the New York State Capitol. The reviewing stand will be located on the steps of the State Education Department building. (MORE)


Bullying prevention focus of poster contest

Winning work to become I-90 billboard

During the next month, fourth- and fifth-graders in the City School District of Albany will have the opportunity to show off their bully-prevention smarts and their artistic skills in a poster contest.


The winning work will be featured on a billboard on I-90. Visit our District News section to read more.


Albany High lottery applications online now

Applications are available online for the lottery to determine placement in Albany High School's four academies for the 2015-16 school year. Click here to download one.


An application will be mailed to the home of each current eighth-grader. After Nov. 1, additional applications will be available from your child's guidance counselor and at Central Registration, located at 75 Watervliet Ave. (MORE)


District identifies, responds

to consultant billing questions

The City School District of Albany has been reviewing certain consultant contracts, and the processing of payment for these contracts, since February. A more detailed internal audit began in May. While that internal review was ongoing, the Board of Education also received a complaint regarding these same issues.


As a result of that complaint, the board called for a separate independent review alongside the district’s ongoing internal review. The district released the findings of the independent auditor's report Oct. 22. Please visit our District News section for more information, including the report.


Albany High blood drive a success

Once again, Albany High School students and staff turned out to donate blood in record amounts.


On Oct. 16, Albany High held the first of three blood drives for the 2014-15 school year to benefit the American Red Cross of Northeastern New York. They collected 90 pints of blood, the most ever collected in an October drive, and met the goal the Red Cross set for them. (Above, senior Ellenor Hanna gives a thumbs up during her first blood donation.)



College in focus for all Albany High students

One word said it all for each of Albany High School’s 2,300 students on Oct. 15 – college.


From college field trips for every freshman to free PSATs and SATs for every sophomore, junior and senior, everyone's focus was on the pathway toward the next step in the educational journey.


Check out a preview on CBS6. You also can visit our District News section to read more.


Good will and weather prevail at Homecoming

Against a backdrop of vivid fall colors, Falcon Pride was in full force for  Homecoming 2014.


From the pep rally that kicked off Homecoming weekend the afternoon of Oct. 10 to the dance the night of Oct. 11, it was all about Albany High School. (MORE)


Albany High seniors

get National Merit recognition

Five Albany High School seniors have been named Commended Students in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program.


The seniors are Isaac “Ravi” Brenner, Clare Criscione, Olivia Parker, Isaac Rosen and Isaac Young. They scored in the top 5 percent of the 1.5 million students who took the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test during junior year. Congratulations to them!


Marching Falcons Ireland-bound

Next St. Patrick’s 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 Albany’s marching band and color guard will perform in the 2015 St. Patrick’s 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)


Statewide campaign stars district kids

This fall, seven City School District of Albany students will help spread an important message to families throughout New York state: School attendance counts.


The students star in the “Every Student Present” campaign of the New York State Council on Children and Families, which kicked off Sept. 10 at Thomas O’Brien Academy of Science and Technology (TOAST). Click here to see a CBS 6 story about the project.


The students attend Delaware Community School and TOAST. (Pictured above unveiling posters with their faces are Delaware Community School fifth-grader Selina Lora and TOAST third-grader Edward Foster.) (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 won’t 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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10/30 Harvest Fest, Giffen Memorial Elementary School, 4 p.m.
10/30 Albany High School girls' volleyball Section II Class AA semifinals vs. Shenendehowa at Broadalbin-Perth, 5 p.m.
11/4 Election Day
11/6 Board of Education meeting, Arbor Hill Elementary School,
7 p.m.
11/7  Deadline to sign up for modified winter sports (Details)
11/7 Multicultural Dinner, Montessori Magnet School, 6 p.m.
11/8 Delaware Community School Pancake Breakfast fundraiser, Route 9W Applebee's, 8-10 a.m.
11/10 Staff professional development day
No school for students
11/11 Veterans Day
All schools and offices closed
11/11  Albany Marching Falcons in the 2014 Albany Veterans Day Parade, 11 a.m. (Details)
11/13 Math Night, Giffen Memorial Elementary School, 5 p.m.
11/13 Albany Fund for Education Gala, Woolferts Roost Country Club, Albany, 5:30 p.m.
11/13 Potluck Dinner, North Albany Academy,
5:30 p.m.
11/13 Family Literacy Night, Albany School of Humanities (ASH),
6 p.m.
11/14 Harvest Fest, New Scotland Elementary School, 6 p.m.
11/17 Modified winter sports begin
11/19 Curriculum Fair, Albany High School, 6:30 p.m.
11/20 Harvest Feast, Arbor Hill Elementary School,
6 p.m.
11/20 Philip Schuyler Achievement Academy PTA Bingo Night,
5-6 p.m.
11/20 Board of Education meeting, Giffen Memorial Elementary School, 7 p.m.
11/20 Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School Teen Night, 7 p.m.
11/21 Parent-Teacher Conference Day
No school for students
11/21 Application deadline for the Albany High School 2015-16 academy lottery
11/24 Giffen Memorial Elementary School Community Dinner/Honor Roll Recognition, 5 p.m.
11/25 English-Language Arts (ELA) Night, 5:30 p.m.
11/26 Thanksgiving Recess
All schools and offices closed
11/27 Thanksgiving Day
All schools and offices closed
11/28 Thanksgiving Recess
All schools and offices closed
12/3 Adult Continuation Education winter session registration, Albany High School, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
12/3  Winter Concert featuring Albanettes, Jazz Band, Men's Ensemble, Strings Trio, Albany High School,
7 p.m. 
12/4 Adult Continuation Education winter session registration, Albany High School, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
12/8 Winter Concert, New Scotland Elementary School, 7 p.m.
12/9 Winter Concerts, Albany School of Humanities (ASH), 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. 
12/9  Winter Concert, Philip Schuyler Achievement Academy, 6 p.m.
12/9  Winter Concert and Art Show, North Albany Academy, 6:30 p.m. 
12/9 Winter Concert and Dessert Auction, William S. Hackett Middle School,
6:30 p.m. 
12/10 Winter Concert featuring Vocal Music, Orchestra, Symphonic Band, Albany High School, 7 p.m. 
12/11 Albany High School academy lottery, Albany High, 10 a.m. 
12/11 Winter Concerts, Delaware Community School, 2 p.m. and
6 p.m. 
12/11 Winter Concert, Sheridan Preparatory Academy, 6 p.m.
12/11 Board of Education meeting, Philip Schuyler Achievement Academy, 7 p.m.
12/11 Winter Concert, Montessori Magnet School, 7 p.m.
12/15 Winter Concert, Eagle Point Elementary School, 7 p.m.
12/16  Winter Concert, Giffen Memorial Elementary School, 5:30 p.m.
12/16  Winter Concerts, Pine Hills Elementary School, 1:15 p.m. and 7 p.m.
12/16 Winter Concert, Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School,
7 p.m.
12/18  Winter Concerts, Arbor Hill Elementary School, 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.



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