Discounted Hall of Fame
reservations available through Wednesday
reservations are available through Wednesday for the 2014 Hall
of Fame Induction Dinner, to be held Friday, Oct. 10 at the
Italian-American Community Center on Washington Avenue Extension.
Tickets are $40 each with advance
purchase by Oct. 1. Tickets will be $50 at the door on the night of the
visit our Hall of Fame section to download a reservation form
and learn more about the eight members of the Class of 2014.
Second public hearing on charter
renewal applications planned Thursday
The City School District of Albany will hold a
public hearing Thursday on two additional charter-school applications
following the Sept. 18 public hearing on six charter applications.
Thursday's hearing will give community members an opportunity to weigh
in on the future of the two Brighter Choice elementary schools.
The public hearing will be held at Sheridan Preparatory Academy, 400
Sheridan Ave., from 6-7 p.m. Please
visit our District News section for more information.
Early dismissal Friday, Oct. 10 for
annual emergency preparedness drill
All City School District of Albany schools will dismiss 15 minutes early
Friday, Oct. 10 to participate in
the annual Go Home Early emergency preparedness drill. The State
Education Department requires all schools to conduct this test each
after-school activities will be cancelled,
although student-athletes will be allowed to return at 3:15 p.m. for
practices or games.
visit our District News section for more information to assist with
your planning for
Falcon 5K and Fun Run/Walk draws
more than 500 to support Albany schools
than 500 runners and walkers took part in the
second annual Albany Booster Club Falcon 5K and Fun Run/Walk on Sunday in Washington Park.
George Berg Jr. was the overall 5K winner, with Albany High School
sophomore Liam Leary finishing second. Kari Gathen posted the fasted
women's time. Click the highlighted text for the
full race results.
Click here to see a Times Union photo gallery of the
day's events. You also can
check out more photos on the district's Facebook page.
Albany High seniors
get National Merit recognition
Five Albany High School seniors have been named
Commended Students in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program.
The seniors are
Isaac “Ravi” Brenner, Clare
Criscione, Olivia Parker, Isaac Rosen and
They scored in the top five percent of the 1.5
million students who took the Preliminary
SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test during junior year.
Congratulations to them!
School board candidates forum Oct. 22
This year’s candidates for the City School District
of Albany Board of Education will participate in a forum Wednesday, Oct.
22 from 6-7:30 p.m. at Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School.
Four candidates are seeking two seats on the board in the November
Please visit our District News section for more information.
Marching Falcons Ireland-bound
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
Visit our District News section to read more, including a Sept.
25 Times Union article.
Re-Imagining Albany High School
Board studies plan for major renovation
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.
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
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.
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.
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
Contact state with STAR questions
denied a School Tax Relief (STAR) exemption should contact the state
Department of Tax and Finance if they want to challenge the
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
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.