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Calendar spotlights

exceptional students

Great things are happening in Albany's public schools. And that's partly because we have so many great students!

 

The 2016-17 school calendar features the faces of 25 exceptional young people in the City School District of Albany. They are but a small fraction of the outstanding students who attend our schools. (MORE)

 

Summer grads join Class of 2016

Albany High School's Class of 2016 grew by 22 on Wednesday as the school celebrated its summer graduates at a special ceremony at William S. Hackett Middle School.

 

After completing their required coursework during the summer, the newest graduates joined the 481 members of the Class of 2016 who crossed the stage in June. (MORE)

   

State tests results show some gains, emphasize district-wide needs

City School District of Albany students in grades 3-8 made some progress on the state exams this year – most notably at William S. Hackett Middle School. However, overall results continued to show a need for significant improvement district-wide.

 

In ELA, 18 percent of the district’s students achieved proficiency, a gain from 15 percent in 2015. In math, the percentage of students achieving proficiency rose slightly to 15 percent.

 

One year removed from the threat of a state takeover, Hackett had the best sixth-grade ELA and math outcomes of any school in the city, district or charter. Please visit our District News section to read more.

 

Registration open for fourth annual

Falcon 5K and Fun Run on Sept. 25

The fourth annual Albany Booster Club Falcon 5K and Fun Run/Walk will be held Sunday, Sept. 25 in Washington Park.

 

Early registration is available online until 10 a.m. on Sept. 22. You also can register by mail and those entries must be postmarked no later than Sept. 19. Please visit our District News section for more information.

 

Board sets 2016-17 tax rates

Important STAR updates

The City School District of Albany Board of Education approved the 2016-17 tax rates Thursday.

 

Homeowners with the Basic STAR exemption will see an increase of 1.45 percent on a home assessed at $150,000, while seniors with Enhanced STAR will see a decrease of 0.59 percent on a home of the same value. The non-homestead rate for businesses is decreasing by more than 4.5 percent.

 

Recent homebuyers also should be aware of important changes the state has made to the STAR tax rebate program. Please visit our District News section to read more.

 

Sept. 1 registration deadline

for Hall of Fame Induction Dinner

Reservations are due Sept. 1 for the City School District of Albany’s 2016 Hall of Fame Induction Dinner.

 

The event will be held Friday, Sept. 16 at 6 p.m. at the Italian-American Community Center on Washington Avenue Extension. Tickets to the dinner are $45. You can download a reservation form here.

 

Please visit our Hall of Fame section for more information and to read about this year's inductees.  

 

Board advances superintendent search

The City School District of Albany Board of Education met Tuesday with representatives of three organizations that could help the district identify its next permanent superintendent.

 

Interim Superintendent Kimberly Young Wilkins, Ed.D., is under contract through Aug. 31. The board will meet with Dr. Wilkins on Aug. 25 to discuss her job performance, and at its next regular meeting Sept. 1 will discuss a contract extension for Dr. Wilkins to continue in the interim role for the upcoming school year.

 

Please visit our District News section to read more about the process.

 

Albany High fall practices underway

Preseason practices for all Albany High School freshman, JV and varsity fall sports began Monday.

 

Visit our Athletics section for the week's practice schedules.

 

Preseason practices for the City School District of Albany's modified fall teams (grades 7-8) begin later this month and in early September. Go Falcons!

 

Fall school-supplies lists available

Take advantage of summer sales and stock up on fall school supplies!

 

Lists for what you’ll need come September can be found  by going to the “Our Schools” icon at the top of this page and clicking on the appropriate school or schools in the dropdown menu

 

Remember, the first day of classes is Tuesday, Sept. 6 for all students except incoming Albany High School sophomores, juniors and seniors, who start Wednesday, Sept. 7.

  

Immunization updates for 2016-17

The New York State Health Department has provided updates about required polio, varicella and meningococcal immunizations for the 2016-17 school year.

 

Please visit our Health Services section for more information about these and other required immunizations, and for helpful links to additional resources to help you plan with your physician for next school year.

 

New assistant superintendent

among administrative hirings

The City School District of Albany has filled several administrative positions, including an important academic appointment on the senior leadership team of Interim Superintendent Kimberly Young Wilkins, Ed.D.

 

The district has hired veteran Schenectady City School District educator Lori McKenna to serve as assistant superintendent for instruction. Please visit our District News section to read more. 

 

More than 500 turn out

for Summer Celebration

The City School District of Albany's Summer Celebration on July 16 drew more than 500 people for an afternoon of music, food and fun.

 

Click the highlighted text to see a collection of photos from the day.

   

Our thanks to ShopRite of Albany for sponsoring the event and to the many community partners that helped make the day a success!

 

Summer reading resources for all ages

Summer is a wonderful time to relax with a good book -- or several good books! It's an important time as well, especially for young readers.

 

Summer reading supports and builds on lessons of the previous school year and prepares students for success in the year ahead. Please visit our 2016 Summer Reading section for lots of reading resources for all students.

 

District responding

to suspension disparities

In response to the report of the New York State Attorney General’s Office, the City School District of Albany has reaffirmed its commitment to changing discipline practices and procedures that have perpetuated disproportionate suspension rates for black students and students with disabilities.

 

Two important steps in that process have been the hirings of Independent Monitor Maxine Fantroy-Ford, Ed.D. (at left in photo above), and Chief Ombudsperson Valarie Ann Scott (at right). Please visit our Assurance of Discontinuance section to read more, and to find out how to contact the chief ombudsperson if you have complaints about student discipline.

  

Community swimming at Myers

Community swimming will return to Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School for the 2016-17 school year beginning Monday, Sept. 12.

 

Please visit our Disrict News section for details. Have a safe and enjoyable summer! 

  

 
 
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Upcoming events
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8/26 Special Board of Education meeting, New York State Council of School Superintenents offices, 7 Elk. St., noon (Details)
8/27 Albany High School Football Barbecue,
noon-3 p.m. (Details)
8/29 Board of Edcuation Facilities Committee meeting, Academy Park, 5:30 p.m.
8/30 Board of Education Facilities Committee special meeting, Academy Park,
5:30 p.m. (Details)
9/1 Preseason practice for modfied soccer and girls' volleyball begins (Details)
9/1 Board of Education meeting, Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School, 7 p.m.
9/6 First day of school, elementary and middle schools and Albany High School freshmen
9/6 Preseason practice for modified cross country begins (Details)
9/7 First day of school, Albany High School sophomores, juniors and seniors
9/14 Adult Continuing Education fall registration, Albany High School, 5:30-8:30 p.m. (Details)
9/14 Board of Education Policy Committee meeting, Academy Park, 5:30 p.m.
9/15 Adult Continuing Education fall registration, Albany High School, 5:30-8:30 p.m. (Details)
9/15 Board of Education meeting, Giffen Memorial Elementary School,
7 p.m.
9/21 Adult Continuing Education fall session begins, Albany High School, 5:30-8:30 p.m. (Details)
9/21 Board of Education special meeting, Academy Park, 6 p.m. (Details)
9/25 Albany Booster Club Falcon 5K and Fun Run, Washington Park, registration/packet pickup at 8 a.m., 5K at 9:30 a.m., Kids Fun Run at 10:30 a.m. (Details)
9/26 Board of Education Audit and Finance Committee meeting, Academy Park, 5:30 p.m.
9/28 Board of Education Facilities Committee meeting, Academy Park, 5:30 p.m.
10/5 Board of Education Policy Committee meeting, Academy Park, 5:30 p.m.
10/6 Board of Education meeting, Albany School of Humanities (ASH), 7 p.m.
10/20 Board of Education meeting, Arbor Hill Elementary School, 7 p.m.
11/2 Board of Education Government Relations Committee meeting, Academy Park, 5:30 p.m.
11/3 Board of Education meeting, New Scotland Elementary School, 7 p.m.
11/9 Board of Education Policy Committee meeting, Academy Park, 5:30 p.m.
11/17 Board of Education meeting, Philip Schuyler Achievement Academy, 7 p.m.
11/28 Board of Education Audit and Finance Committee meeting, Academy Park, 5:30 p.m.
11/30 Board of Education Facilities Committee meeting, Academy Park, 5:30 p.m.
12/7 Board of Education Government Relations Committee meeting, Academy Park, 5:30 p.m.
12/14 Board of Education Policy Committee meeting, Academy Park, 5:30 p.m.
12/15 Board of Education meeting, Sheridan Preparatory Academy, 7 p.m.