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More latest news ...

Fourth annual Falcon 5K fun for all!

The Albany Booster Club Falcon 5K and Fun Run/Walk in Washington Park was a huge success once again this year.

 

More than 325 runners and walkers participated in the fourth annual Falcon 5K, cheered on by countless friends and family members, and supported by dozens of volunteers. Please visit our Facebook page to check out photos.

 

Sean Madden was the overall race winner with a time of 18 minutes, 26 seconds. Kari Deer was the overall women's winner in 20:48. Albany High School junior Nick Joslin was the top male student, finishing in 19:54 (fifth overall), and 9-year-old Leonni Griffin was the top female student with a time of 22:19 (27th overall). Click here for complete results.

 

Congratulations to all participants, and our thanks to the Albany Booster Club for another wonderful event to support City School District of Albany students!

 

Follow your child's bus

with Durham Bus Tracker

To provide families with a greater sense of comfort with student transportation, Durham School Services has developed an app that lets you check the location of your child's bus.

 

Durham Bus Tracker tells you where your bus is on its route, when it will arrive at your stop and other information about the route in real time. It’s free and user-friendly. Please visit our Transportation section to learn more and download the app.   

 

Dads turn out to support education

Some came after finishing the night shift. Others showed up before heading into work. Fathers, grandfathers, stepfathers, uncles and brothers, they shared a common goal: to support their children's education.

 

More than 1,700 fathers and father figures visited their children's City School District of Albany schools on Tuesday during "Dads Take Your Child to School Day." (MORE)

 

A great weekend to be a Falcon!

Homecoming and Hall of Fame Weekend was a great success, from the pep rally and Hall of Fame Induction Dinner on Sept. 16 through the Homecoming dance Sept. 17.

 

Albany High School celebrated Homecoming on campus for the first time ever Saturday. Even though the football team lost to Guilderland, it was a gorgeous day filled with fun activities and bursting with Falcon pride! Please visit our Facebook page to check out photos from the weekend. 

 

Pine Hills students star

in statewide attendance campaign

State Education Commis-

sioner MaryEllen Elia and City School District of Albany Interim Super-

intendent Kimberly Young Wilkins, Ed.D., were the headliners, but Pine Hills Elementary School students stole the show Sept. 14 as the New York Council on Children and Families unveiled its statewide attendance campaign, "Every Student Present."

 

Pine Hills Elementary students are the models for this year's campaign. Please visit our District News section to learn more. 

 

Schumer announces funding

for Albany High JROTC program

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer announced Sept. 14 that Albany High School will receive full federal funding for its popular Junior Reserve Office Training Corps (JROTC) program.

Albany High's Sgt. Henry Johnson Battalion began its first year in 2015-16 with 65 students and anticipates growing to 100 by the end of the month and as high as 120 during the current school year.

“This will change the trajectory and the outcomes for so many of our students," said Interim Superintendent Kimberly Young Wilkins, Ed.D. Please visit our District News section to learn more.

Albany High senior

named National Merit semifinalist

Albany High School senior Emily Ha has been named a semifinalist in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Competition.

 

Her outstanding score on the 2015 SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test placed her in the top 1 percent of the 1.6 million students in New York state and the United States who took the test during junior year. (MORE)

 

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)

 

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.

 

Board extends interim superintendent

The City School District of Albany Board of Education has extended the contract of Interim Superintendent Kimberly Young Wilkins, Ed.D.

 

Dr. Wilkins will continue in her leadership role through Aug. 31, 2017, under the contract the board approved unanimously Thursday. The board also voted to open a process to hire a firm to assist the district in the search for its next permanent superintendent. Please visit our District News section to read more.

 

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.  

 

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
(visit each school's page for more listings; visit our Athletics section for game schedules) 

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.
9/29 Board of Education special meeting, Academy Park, 5:30 p.m. (Details)
9/30 First-quarter interim marking period ends
10/3 Rosh Hashana
No school for students
10/4 Exceptional Student Reception, Academy Park, 6 p.m.
10/5 Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School Dads Take Your Child to School Day event, 7:45-9:30 a.m.
10/5 Parent University, William S. Hackett Middle School, 5:30 p.m.
10/6 Eagle Point Elementary School Fall Literacy Celebration, 5:30-7 p.m.
10/6 Board of Education meeting, Albany School of Humanities (ASH), 7 p.m.
10/10 Columbus Day
No school
10/11 Superintendent's Conference Day, no school for students
10/12 Yom Kippur, no school for students
10/13 Schuyler Achievement Academy Back-to-School Conference Night, 5 p.m.
10/13 Parent University, North Albany Academy, 5:30 p.m.
10/13 Albany School of Humanities (ASH) Literacy Night, 7 p.m.
10/18 Board of Education special meeting, Academy Park, 5:30 p.m. (Details)
10/18 "Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorders" workshop, Harriet Gibbons Student Services Center, 6 p.m. (Details)
10/19 Albany High School College Financial Aid (FAFSA) Help Night, 4-7 p.m.
10/19 Giffen Memorial Elementary School English-as-a-New Language Night, 4 p.m.
10/19 Montessori Magnet School Math Night, 6:30 p.m.
10/20 North Albany Academy English-as-a-New Language Parent Orientation, 4 p.m.
10/20 Myers Middle School Parent University, Albany High School, 5:30 p.m.
10/20 Albany High School Academy Information Night for eighth-graders, 6 p.m.
10/20 Pine Hills Elementary School Hispanic Heritage Night, 6 p.m.
10/20 Board of Education meeting, Arbor Hill Elementary School, 7 p.m.
10/24 Board of Education special meeting, Academy Park, 5:30 p.m. (Details)
10/27 Sheridan Preparatory Academy Multicultural Celebration, 6 p.m.
10/27 West Hill Middle School Parent University, 5:30 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.