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No school Thursday, Friday

A reminder that all City School District of Albany students will be off from school this Thursday and Friday.


All district schools and offices will be closed Thursday in observance of Rosh Hashana. Friday is a staff professional development day; district administrative offices will be open.


Early registration deadline Wednesday

for second Falcon 5K and Fun Run/Walk

Discounted early registration is available through Wednesday for the Albany Booster Club Falcon 5K and Fun Run/Walk. The second annual event will be held this Sunday in Washington Park.


You can register online or by regular mail (early entries must be postmarked by Sept. 24). All are invited to participate in this fun community event to help celebrate the start of a healthy and productive new school year! Visit our District News section for more information.


Re-Imagining Albany High School

Board studies plan for major renovation

The City School District of Albany Board of Education is considering a plan for major renovations at Albany High School that would cut tens of millions of dollars off of estimates for earlier designs and significantly reduce the impact on taxpayers.


The seven-year renovation project the district’s design partners outlined at the board’s Sept. 18 meeting would cost $199 million or less. That is at least $22 million-$44 million less than the first preliminary concepts the board reviewed in July. Please visit our Re-Imagining Albany High School section for more information about the project and the significantly reduced potential tax impact on homeowners.


The board will revisit the plan at its Oct. 2 meeting at Sheridan Preparatory Academy.


State issues health advisory regarding virus

The New York State Department of Health has issued an advisory related to enterovirus EV-D68, a serious respiratory illness that has been confirmed in more than a dozen children in New York state. There currently are no confirmed cases involving Albany children.


This virus can cause severe respiratory illness in children, especially those with asthma and other chronic respiratory conditions, sometimes resulting in hospitalization. Please visit our Health Services section for more information and links to helpful resources.


Droves of dads turn out to support education

More than 1,000 fathers and father figures flocked to City School District of Albany schools on Tuesday in a show of support for their children’s education.


They took part in “Dads Take Your Child to School Day,” a state and national effort to encourage men to be more active in their children’s schooling. (MORE)


Albany High students

earn achievement honors

The University at Albany honored 37 Albany High School seniors Sept. 13 with the university's 2014 Multicultural High School Achievers Award.


The award recognizes and rewards outstanding multicultural students in the greater Capital Region. Albany High had by far the most number of award-winners among the 268 students chosen from 62 schools. (MORE


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)


New immunization rules effective for 2014-15

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)


Ticky Burden among 2014 Hall of Famers

Come October, a former pro basketball player, a national TV producer and a longtime volunteer athletic coach are among the eight who will join the ranks of those enshrined in the City School District of Albany Hall of Fame.


The Class of 2014 includes 1972 Philip Schuyler High School graduate Luther “Ticky” Burden, who went on to star at the University of Utah and play in the ABA and NBA. Visit our Hall of Fame section to read more about this year's inductees.


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Upcoming events
(visit each school's page for more listings) 

9/23 Albany High School Open House, 6 p.m.
9/23 Albany High School canned food drive (Details)
9/23 Montessori Magnet School Parent Open House, 6:30 p.m.
9/24 Thomas O'Brien Academy of Science and Technology (TOAST) Open House and Math-Science-Technology Night,
5:30-7:30 p.m.
9/24 Philip J. Schuyler Achievement Academy Open House, 6-7 p.m.
9/24 Arbor Hill Elementary School Grab a Bite and Meet the Teacher Night, 6 p.m.
9/24 Arbor Hill Elementary School JobZone,
6-8 p.m.
9/25 Rosh Hashana
All schools and offices closed
9/26 Staff professional development day
No school for students
9/28 2014 Albany Booster Club Falcon 5K and Fun Run/Walk, Washington Park, 9 a.m. (Details and online registration through 9/24)
9/30 New Scotland Elementary School Open House, 6-8 p.m.
10/2 Board of Education meeting, Sheridan Preparatory Academy,
7 p.m.
10/13 Columbus Day
All schools and offices closed
10/14 Special Education Department workshop for parents, "Working with Your Child's Education Team," Harriet Gibbons Student Services Center, 6-7:30 p.m. (Details)
10/16 Board of Education meeting, Albany School of Humanities (ASH),
7 p.m.
11/4 Election Day
11/6 Board of Education meeting, Arbor Hill Elementary School,
7 p.m.
11/10 Staff professional development day
No school for students
11/11 Veterans Day
All schools and offices closed
11/13 Albany Fund for Education Gala, Woolferts Roost Country Club, Albany, 5:30 p.m.
11/20 Board of Education meeting, Giffen Memorial Elementary School, 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
11/26 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



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