closed for spring break
City School District of Albany schools will
be closed Monday, April 25-Friday, April 29
for spring recess.
All administrative offices
will be closed with the exception of Academy
Park and the Transportation Department,
located at 75 Watervliet Ave.
Have a safe and happy
Elementary raises $15K
water in Africa
took three years of coin drives, bottle deposit drives, bake sales,
garage sales and pancake breakfasts – and plenty of synergy – but Pine
Hills Elementary School raised enough money to build a fresh-water well
for people in rural Tanzania.
And at a
celebration Wednesday, the school presented
a $15,000 check to Jean Dobbs of the
African Reflections Foundation
to build the
solar-powered, deep-water well. (MORE)
chefs place, show
Aspiring Albany High School chefs
took second and third place on Saturday at the annual Watervliet Chili
Two teams of students from Albany High’s culinary
program at Abrookin Career and Technical Center – the Fiery Falcons and
the Jalapeno Fireflies – competed against other area chefs at the
annual event, a fundraiser for a program supporting disabled veterans.
ballots applications available
for May 17
school budget vote
Absentee ballot applications are available
for the City School District of Albany’s
budget vote on May 17.
Click here to download one.
The district automatically sends absentee
ballots to people the Albany County Board of
Elections designates as having a permanent
Zero tax-levy increase
proposed for 2016-17 budget
There would be no increase in the school tax levy in 2016-17 under the
budget proposal the City School District of Albany Board of Education
approved April 7.
The $234 million proposal
would continue to support academic, social-emotional and
extracurricular programs and services for the district’s 9,500
students. It also would invest in new supports throughout the
district, with a particular focus on the early childhood
(prekindergarten-grade 2) and elementary levels.
vote is May 17.
on local TV
program throughout April
The Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School Jazz Band is being featured
throughout April on Channel Albany.
The student musicians
are being highlighted as part of Jazz
Appreciation Month on the Albany Tempo
Spectrum program, produced and hosted by
Albany School of Humanities (ASH) teaching
assistant Donald Hyman. The Myers students
will be featured at 5 p.m. each Friday,
Saturday and Sunday throughout April.
seniors Coleman, Dollard
compete for local schools
High School standout student-athletes Jahari Coleman and Leah Dollard
signed national letters of intent April 13 to compete in their
respective sports in college beginning in the 2016-17 academic year.
And both will be
staying close to home.
Coleman, a sprinter,
accepted a Division I track scholarship to
the University at Albany. Dollard accepted a
Division II basketball scholarship to The
College of St. Rose.
Please visit our Athletics section to
promotes JROTC cadets
Rep. Paul Tonko promoted 19 members of the Sgt. Henry Johnson Battalion
Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps in a ceremony at Albany High
School on April 8.
recognized 13 students in the 75-member
group for their outstanding academic
Board elevates Wilkins
to interim superintendent
The City School District of Albany Board of
Education voted unanimously April 7 to elevate Kimberly Young Wilkins,
Ed.D., to the position of interim superintendent.
Board members cited their confidence in the leadership skills Dr.
Wilkins has demonstrated in her nearly three months filling the
position in an acting role.
An Albany native with nearly 25 years experience
in the district, Dr. Wilkins will serve as interim superintendent
through Aug. 31. (MORE)
Freshman wins national essay
High School freshman and JV lacrosse player Jennifer Powell recently won
a nationwide essay contest about diversity and inclusion that spotlights
coach Leslie Bogucki.
The contest was sponsored by US Lacrosse,
national governing body of men's and women's lacrosse. (MORE)
District artists dominate contest
Designs by City School District of
Albany students were among the top vote-getters in a countywide contest.
Albany High School senior Brayanna Williams took first place in the 2016
Building Better Communities Youth Art Contest. (MORE)
successful Albany High vote
State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia has
upheld the February vote to rebuild and renovate Albany High School,
denying claims that the vote should be invalidated.
The $179.9 million referendum passed by 189
votes on Feb. 9. However, problems at polling locations city-wide on
the day of the vote led to petitions to the commissioner to throw
out the result.
"I cannot conclude that petitioners have
established that the fundamental fairness of the ... bond vote was
compromised and I find no basis upon which to overturn the results
of the vote,”
the commissioner wrote in her April 1 decision.
Please visit our District News section to read more.
District prevails at science fair
City School District of Albany students won or placed in all categories
at the 2016 Joseph Henry Science Fair.
This annual science fair for students in grades 4-8 is hosted by The
College of Saint Rose and open to local schools. Some 117 students
from 16 area schools participated in the 2016 event, which was held
March 18. (MORE)
Scholars' Institute wraps up
of the 2016 Scholars' Institute gathered at The Sage College of Albany
on March 30 to celebrate knowledge gained and friendships made in the
past six months.
The Scholars' Institute is an after-school program for select fifth-
and sixth-graders from 11 City School District of Albany elementary
schools. Teachers pick students who are up to speed in school, love
to learn and want to take part in the program, which is partnership
between the district and Sage. (MORE)
Albany High art chosen
for regional juried exhibit
sculpture, a pen drawing and a portrait by Albany High School students
have been selected for review in 17th Annual High School Regional
Juried Art Exhibition and will be on display at a local gallery through
the end of April.
The exhibition, at Albany Center Gallery,
will feature the work of more than 100 high school students from 23
Capital Region schools. (MORE)
Capitalism prevails in debates
was the victor over communism March 29 in two out of three student
debates at Albany High School.
The “capitalism versus communism” debates have
become an annual event for students in Leah Evans’ AP World History
Albany High student film
selected for Tribeca festival
"Make It Float," a film produced last year in Albany High School's
after-school program with Youth FX, has has been selected to screen
at the prestigious Tribeca Film Festival in April.
The film profiles Albany High senior Taofeek Abijako
and his aspriations to become a fashion designer. (MORE)
Progress at Hackett, Montessori,
North Albany, but challenges grow
William S. Hackett Middle School, Montessori
Magnet School and North Albany Academy all showed significant academic
progress last year, according to a State Education Department report
released Feb. 26.
Hackett improved from the state’s “Priority
Schools” list to “Focus” status and will be removed from the state’s
list of “receivership” schools at the end of the current school
year. Montessori and North Albany have been upgraded from “Focus”
status to Schools in Good Standing.
However, four City School District of Albany
elementary schools moved into “Priority” status, joining 184 other
schools statewide in that category, including Albany High School and
Philip Schuyler Achievement Academy.
Please visit our District News section to read more.
A performance worthy of the the Grammys!
aspiring hip-hop artists from Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School
jetted off to Los Angeles and the Grammys in mid-February after winning
first prize in a national songwriting contest.
Rah-mene McDuffie and Lee Reh – their professional name is Young
Noble Gentlemen, or YNG – penned and recorded the song “FIGHT” last
November. They entered it in a contest asking young musicians to
submit an original piece of music that celebrates life without drugs
and alcohol or the consequences of substance abuse. (MORE)
District responds to report
on suspension disparities
In response to the findings of an investigation by 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.
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced an
agreement with the district that all parties believe will
foster safe and effective school climates.
Please visit our
Assurance of Discontinuance section to read more.
Community swimming at Myers
swimming is back in session for the 2015-16 school year at Stephen and
Harriet Myers Middle School.
pool is open for swimming each
Monday and Wednesday night while school is in session. Swimming will
not be offered on Mondays or Wednesdays when school is closed. This
is a free activity. (MORE)