Board approves 2018-19 budget
Annual vote, board
elections on May 15
The City School
District of Albany Board of
Education has approved a $249.4
million budget proposal for 2018-19.
If voters approve it May 15, the
budget would support all current
programming and also invest in new
high-priority areas designed to
serve all of the district's 9,600
Please visit our 2018-19 Budget
News section for more
information, including information
about Board of Education elections
that also will be on the May 15
Friday application deadline
for pre-K lottery for
is the deadline to apply for the lottery that will determine placement
this September in City School District of Albany prekindergarten
programs for 3-year-olds
Download an application here. You also can pick up an application at
Central Registration, located at 75 Watervliet Avenue.
Upcoming free OSHA 10 training
City School District of Albany, in
partnership with Turner Construction
Co. and Capital Safety Services, is
offering free OSHA 10 Training for
up to 35 individuals on Saturday,
April 28 and Saturday, May 5.
sessions are from 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
at Pine Hills Elementary School,
located at 41 North Allen St. The
OSHA 10-hour Program is required for
construction workers. (MORE)
'Blaq Boi' opens May
Albany High Theatre Ensemble is once again using the stage to tackle
issues of race, privilege and oppression in the Promising Playwrights
Festival’s production upcoming production of “Blaq Boi.”
The play’s four-performance run opens at 7 p.m.
on Thursday, May 3, with shows at 7 p.m. Friday, May 4 and Saturday, May
5, and a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, May 6.
Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for
students and seniors
Albany High to hold blood
drive May 3
High School's third and last blood drive for the year will be Thursday,
May 3 in the rubber gym.
start at 8 a.m. and run through 2:15
p.m. All eligible donors must be at
least 16 years old. All 16-year-olds
are required to have written parent
permission; permission slips will be
distributed when an appointment is
Elementary art show
1st Friday activities
exhibit featuring artwork by City School District of Albany students
will open Friday, May 4 at the Albany Institute of History and Art.
The opening will be
held from 5-8 p.m. at the institute, located at 125 Washington Ave.
Admission to the entire museum is free during the event, which is part
of Albany’s 1st Friday series. (MORE)
stories under the stars
rainy skies didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of Arbor Hill Elementary School
families that came out for Community Literacy Night: Stories Under the
Kids read stories in tents alongside
a “campfire.” No camping experience
is complete without s’mores, and
students got a chance to eat the
yummy but messy treats. (MORE)
make regional exhibit
Albany Center Gallery has selected six Albany High School students to
participate in the 19th Annual High School Regional Juried Art
students’ work will be on display at
the gallery April 24 through May 18.
exhibit will feature work by 100
high school students from 24 Capital
Region schools. They were selected
from more than 500 pieces submitted.
High Select Choir earns silver
High School Select Choir earned a
silver rating Thursday at the New
York State School Music Association
direction of teacher Brendan
Hoffman, the group performed “The
Ground,” by Ola Gjeilo, “Tota
Pulchra Es,” by Ola Gjeilo and
“Ezekiel Saw the Wheel,” arranged by
William Dawson. (MORE)
Arbor Day celebrated
by TOAST and community
help from a host of community partners, fifth-graders
at Thomas O’Brien Academy of Science and Technology (TOAST) on Friday
planted trees at their school in celebration of Arbor Day.
The effort was spearheaded by Albany
Goes Green, an initiative
coordinated by the Albany Fund for
Education with the help of local and
state agencies and community groups.
Albany High team
wins Stock Market Challenge
team of aspiring Albany High School financiers on Friday defeated
students from four other area high schools at the Junior Achievement
Stock Market Challenge.
High team of Neasha Harris, Hope
Edwards and Jalanah Hall and showed
a 45 percent profit increase by the
competition’s end, besting all other
teams in the contest. (They’re
pictured above right as they receive
the news of their victory.)
Giffen's Principal of the
Capital Area School Development Association (CASDA) has named Jasmine
Brown as Principal of the Year for her tireless efforts on behalf of the
students, staff, families and community members of Giffen Memorial
is grateful for the recognition,
Brown insists that this
accomplishment is not a personal one
belonging to her alone, but a
collective success that belongs to
the entire Giffen community. (MORE)
Falcons commit to
continue as scholar-athletes
academic and athletic determination of a select group of Albany High
School seniors was on display during the College Commitment Ceremony on
college-bound Falcons signed letters
committing to continue their
athletic involvement in their
respective sports when they begin
the next chapter of their academic
journeys in the fall. (MORE)
Albany High musicians are
The Albany High School Wind Ensemble on Monday earned the highest rating
for its performance at the New York State School Music Association’s
Major Ensemble Festival.
Under the direction of teacher John Halvorsen,
the group earned a gold rating for its Level VI program. Performances
are graded as "bronze," "silver" and "gold" and on a scale of I to VI,
with VI being the most difficult.
school calendar approved
City School District of Albany Board
of Education has approved the school
calendar for 2018-19.
calendars are available online now
families and for
staff. The full district wall
calendar of events and activities
will be mailed home to families and
available online in August. (MORE)
Rebuilding Albany High School
construction officially begins
of the new and improved Albany High School officially got underway
April 14 at a groundbreaking ceremony celebrating the start of the
project’s first phase.
is an opportunity for all of us to
reflect on the progress we have
made, and to rejoice in anticipation
of all of the progress still to
come,” said Superintendent Kaweeda
G. Adams. “For Albany High School.
For all of our students. And for our
Please visit our Rebuilding Albany High School section for more
District partners provide
for students to 'enter the
The City School District of Albany once again is partnering with the
Albany affiliate of the Black Child Development Institute to provide an
opportunity for students to attend Entering the College Zone at Hudson
Valley Community College.
The program for students in grades 7-12 will be
held Saturday, April 28 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. The district will
provide free bus transportation to and from the event.
Please visit our District News section for more information.
Encouraging our students
to do their best on annual state
City School District of Albany, like
public school districts throughout
the state, is preparing for the
annual state tests for students in
grades 3-8 this week.
Students took the English Language Arts exam
April 11-12. The math
exam will be May 1-2.
As this year’s tests approach,
please keep in mind that all of New
York’s statewide exams are designed
to measure how well students are
mastering the learning standards
that guide classroom instruction.
Please visit our From the
Superintendent section for more
information and resources.
students shine at science fair
School District of Albany students
earned medals galore at the recent
2018 Joseph Henry Science Fair.
students took first place in all but
one of the four areas of competition
and placed in all the categories at
the March 23 contest for budding
Albany scientists ages 10-14. (MORE)
District seeks feedback on
The City School District of Albany is embarking upon a website redesign
effort, and we are interested in your feedback.
follow this link to take a brief
survey about our current web
presence and your thoughts about how
our site can better meet your needs.
The survey also includes an
opportunity for you to indicate your
interest in participating in a focus
group later this spring.
Please visit our District News
section to read more.
Schuyler students show
through fundraising effort
the past several months, students at Philip Schuyler Achievement Academy
have collected pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters to help kids with
All those coins added up: On
Wednesday, they presented a check
for $1,707 to the Leukemia and
Albany High junior
wins state science prize
High School junior Othman Othman’s research took the top prize at a
statewide science and technology conference and may help
police labs better analyze the chemical makeup of drugs they seize.
Othman's research poster won
first place at the 20th annual STEP
Statewide Student Conference, which
some 450 students from throughout
New York. (MORE)
Albany High wins robotics
High School’s robotics team made
history March 17 as it flexed its
mechanical muscles to claim first
place in the 2018 New York Tech
Valley Regional FIRST Robotics Team
event. This win marks the team’s
first victory at the regional level
in its 15 years of competition.
High’s team 1493 will now advance to
the FIRST Championship in Detroit
from April 25-29 for a chance to
compete against teams from across
the nation and around the world. (MORE)
Listening to our students'
March 14, students at Albany High
School and the City School District
of Albany's three middle schools
joined their peers nationwide in
coming together to advocate for
school safety and to honor the
memory of the 17 people who lost
their lives in last month's school
shooting in Parkland, Fla.
High, students took part in a
voluntary assembly and march as part
of the nationwide movement. The
demonstration was organized entirely
by Albany High students to speak out
on the issue of school safety and
the power of their own voices. (MORE)
accepting applications for 2018-19
the first group of aspiring middle and high school teachers is taking
part in the City School District of Albany's partnership with New York University,
the district is preparing to recruit the second cohort in the Embedded
Master of Arts in Teaching Residency Program.
download a flyer or
visit our District News section for more information.