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Albany Promise cites progress, partnerships on behalf of students, families

City School District of Albany Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard, Ph.D., joined area education, business, community and government leaders Wednesday to release the 2014 Albany Promise Report Card, which offers an update on progress the partnership is making to improve student achievement from cradle to career.

 

"I am amazed and humbled by the number of partners willing to work on behalf of the district and support our students and families," Dr. V said. "I believe I am the luckiest superintendent in the world to have that kind of support behind us as we try to change the lives of our students." Visit our District News section to read more.

 

Albany High construction project

on agenda for Thursday's board meeting

The proposal for a major renovation and reconstruction project at Albany High School will be on the agenda for the City School District of Albany Board of Education at its next meeting Thursday.

 

The meeting will include a presentation about the project and the educational benefits for students. The board is expected to consider a resolution that would send the project to voters for consideration in November. Visit our Re-Imagining Albany High School section to learn more.

 

The meeting also will include an updated discussion about the district's 2015-16 draft budget proposal, and discussion about facilities projects that could include work at 12 buildings and a new artificial-turf athletic complext at Albany High. The meeting will be held at Giffen Memorial Elementary School, 274 South Pearl St., beginning at 7 p.m. Visit our Board of Ed section for meeting materials.

 

Founders' Day celebration set for April 24

The Albany City Council PTA will hold its annual Founders' Day celebration and scholarship fundraiser on Friday, April 24.

 

This event -- a reception featuring a silent auction and fabulous finger foods -- will be from 6-10 p.m. at the Italian American Community Center on Washington Avenue Extension.

 

Every year, Founders' Day recognizes people who give their time and talents on behalf of City School District of Albany students and schools. (MORE)

 

Basketball playoff schedules

It's playoff time for Albany High School's basketball teams.

 

The girls head into the Section II Class AA playoffs with a 17-2 record and a No. 24 state ranking. They begin their quest for a fourth consecutive championship-game appearance and their second title in three years with a quarterfinal game Monday against the Colonie-Niskayuna winner. That game will be played at Bethlehem High School beginning at 6 p.m.

 

The boys entered the playoffs with a 2-17 record, and on Tuesday lost their first-round game against Bethlehem in a hard-fought 73-68 contest.

 

Visit our Athletics section for more information. Good luck to all of our student-athletes!

 

Common Council lauds district employees

Three City School District of Albany employees (two of them alums!) were honored Feb. 19 by the Albany Common Council at its  2015 African-American History Month Celebration.

 

Cathy Edmondson, community engagement coordinator for the district, Barbara Howard, a sixth-grade teacher at Arbor Hill Elementary School, and Dana Mackey, a teaching assistant at Arbor Hill Elementary School, were recognized for their leadership, service and contributions to civic life in Albany. Both Edmondson and Mackey attended and graduated from Albany public schools. (MORE)

 

Safe travels in wintry conditions

As we continue through another cold, snowy winter in the Northeast, please take a few moments to read an important message from Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard, Ph.D., regarding safe travels, especially to and from school. Please visit our From the Superintendent section. 

 

District mourns a tragic accident

Feb. 12 was a tragic day for the City School District of Albany, with a 4-year-old prekindergarten student killed in a pedestrian accident while walking to school.

 

"There are no words to adequately convey the depth of our sadness, or of our sympathy for this child’s family," said Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard, Ph.D. "Our thoughts and prayers are with them as they try to find a way to cope with their devastating loss. This is every parent’s worst nightmare." Please visit our From the Superintendent section to read more.

 

Albany High artists' work

chosen for regional show

Another piece of art by an Albany High School student has been selected for review in the 16th annual High School Regional Juried Art Exhibition, bringing the number of Albany High student works in the show to five.

 

The exhibit is open at the Esther Massry Gallery at The College of Saint Rose. (MORE)

                                        

Enrollment changes planned for 2015-16

to address growing elementary populations

In an effort to balance growing enrollment at the elementary and middle-school levels, the City School District of Albany will implement changes at three elementary schools for the 2015-16 school year.

 

The changes for next school year will be at New Scotland Elementary School, Pine Hills Elementary School and Thomas O’Brien Academy of Science and Technology (TOAST). All three schools currently have no additional classroom space to accommodate their growing student populations without changes.

 

“We believe these solutions for 2015-16 will allow us to provide the least possible impact for one year while providing all students with the best possible learning environments,” said Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard, Ph.D. Please visit our District News section to read more.

 

District committee to study

student drop-off, parental access

The City School District of Albany is forming a committee to evaluate student drop-off and parental access to all district schools.

 

The committee will evaluate whether there is a need for common procedures across the district, while recognizing that differences may exist from school to school. The primary goal is to ensure safety and security for all students and staff district-wide. Please visit our District News section to read more.

 

District students

'Creative Expressions' winners

Seven City School District of Albany students were named winners in the 19th annual Black History Month Creative Expressions Contest sponsored by the Albany Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

 

The students were among 28 winners selected out of more than 300 contest entries from area schools. All will appear in public service announcements on local TV and radio stations during February. (MORE)

 

Presidential Scholar finalist at Albany High

An Albany High School senior is one of 10 U.S. Presidential Scholar Program finalists from New York state.

 

Isabel Pottinger, who will attend Cornell University in the fall, has a stellar resume of academic achievement, extracurricular activities and community service. (MORE)

 

Myers student clinches district bee

Sixth-grader Graham Gordon of Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School is the 2015 spelling bee champion of the City School District of Albany.

 

Gordon (pictured above) outspelled the best from every elementary and middle school at the district-wide bee at William S. Hackett Middle School. His winning word was “cobalt.”

 

Gordon and the five other top finishers in the district will represent the district Feb. 24 at the 2015 Capital Region Spelling Bee at Proctor’s Theatre in Schenectady. (MORE)

    

Marching Falcons Ireland-bound

On 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 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)

 

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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2/26 Albany School of Humanities (ASH) Black History Celebration, 9-11:30 a.m.
2/26 Eagle Point Elementary School Black History Month Celebration, 1 p.m.
2/26 North Albany Academy Black History Month Workshop, 9:15 a.m.
2/26 Board of Education meeting, Giffen Memorial Elementary School,
7 p.m. (Details)
2/26 Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School Black History Program, 7 p.m.
2/27 North Albany Academy Black History Month Assembly, 9:15 a.m.
2/27 Arbor Hill Elementary School African-American Heritage Celebrations, 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
2/27 Montessori Magnet School Black History Month Celebration, 9:30 a.m.
2/27 Philip Schuyler Achievement Academy Black History Month Assembly, 2 p.m.
3/2 Albany High School girls' basketball Section II Class AA playoffs, quarterfinals vs. opponent TBD at Bethlehem High School, 6 p.m.
3/3 2015-16 magnet elementary school and prekindergarten lotteries, Thomas O'Brien Academy of Science and Technology (TOAST), 10 a.m.
3/4 All-City Chorus Concert, Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School, 6:30 p.m.
3/5 Eagle Point Elementary School Science Fair, 5:30-7 p.m.
3/5 Albany School of Humanities (ASH) Science Fair, 6-7:30 p.m.
3/5 Board of Education Meeting, Philip Schuyler Achievement Academy, 7 p.m.
3/6 Deadline to submit nominations for Founders' Day honorees (Details)
3/6 Third-quarter interim marking period begins
3/7 Delaware Community School Science Night, 6-7:30 p.m.
3/7 Montessori Magnet School Applebee's pancake breakfast fundraiser, Route 9W Applebee's in Glenmont, 8-10 a.m.
3/9 Varsity and JV spring sports begin
3/9-12 School-based budget presentations (Details)
3/10 Special Education Department Parent Workshop, "Bullying in School and Special Consideration for Students with Disabilities," Harriet Gibbons Student Services Center, 6-7:30 p.m.  (Details)
3/11 Board Policy Committee meeting, Academy Park, 5:30 p.m.
3/11 All-City Band Concert, Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School, 6:30 p.m.
3/12 Eagle Point Elementary School Math Night,
5:30-7 p.m.
3/16 Modified spring sports begin
3/18 Albany High School hosts author Ruta Sepetys,
8 a.m.-3 p.m.
3/18 Adult Continuing Education spring registration, Albany High School, 5:30-8:30 p.m. (Details)
3/19 Adult Continuing Education spring registration, Albany High School, 5:30-8:30 p.m. (Details)
3/19 Albany High School spring musical, "Annie,"  7 p.m.
3/19 Board of Education meeting, Sheridan Preparatory Academy,
7 p.m.
3/20 Albany High School spring musical, "Annie,"  7 p.m.
3/21 New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) Festival, William S. Hackett Middle School, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
3/21 Albany High School spring musical, "Annie,"  7 p.m.
3/24 Board of Education special budget forum, Albany High School,
7 p.m.
3/25 All-City Strings Concert, William S. Hackett Middle School, 6:30 p.m.
3/27 Albany School of Humanities (ASH) Talent Show, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
3/31 Board Governmental Relations Committee, Academy Park, 5:30 p.m.
4/2 Third quarter ends
4/3 Good Friday, no school
4/6-4/10 Spring Recess, no school
4/14 New York State English-language arts exams, grades 3-8
4/15 New York State English-language arts exams, grades 3-8
4/16 New York State English-language arts exams, grades 3-8
4/20 General registration begins for prekindergarten and kindergarten
4/21 Albany High School National Honor Society Inductions, 6:30 p.m.
4/22 New York State math exams, grades 3-8
4/23 New York State math exams, grades 3-8
4/23 Albany High School New Family Orientation, 6:30 p.m.
4/24 New York State math exams, grades 3-8
4/24 Founders' Day, Italian-American Community Center, 257 Washington Ave. Extension, 6-10 p.m. (Details)
4/24 New Scotland Elementary School Talent Show 7 p.m.
5/1 Delaware Community School Cinco de Mayo Celebration, 5:30-7 p.m.
5/2 Pine Hills Elementary School Community Open House, 10 a.m.-noon

 

 

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