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Winter Recess Feb. 19-23

All City School District of Albany schools are closed this week for Winter Recess.

 

However, the district’s administrative offices in Academy Park and Central Registration are open Tuesday-Friday during the break.

 

All schools and offices will be back in business on Monday, Feb. 26. Enjoy the time off!

                                      

‘Capital Education’ winter newsletter

Photo of a man sitting at a desk with a male student practicing math problemsThe winter edition of the City School District of Albany's award-winning quarterly newsletter “Capital Education” is available online now.

 

This edition highlights Rylyn Swierzewski, an Albany High School sophomore and cancer survivor paying it forward by raising money to benefit the Upstate New York/Vermont Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

 

In addition, you can read about how Albany High’s Online Success Program helps keep students on track for graduation, North Albany Academy’s distinguished work as an AVID Showcase School, Albany High students breaking into the world of ice hockey and much more.

 

Print copies should arrive in mailboxes across the city soon.

 

Albany High jazz bands score Golds

The Jazzmanian Devils – Albany High School’s advanced and intermediate jazz bands – both received the highest rankings Thursday at the 15th annual Fonda-Fultonville Jazz Festival.

 

Under the direction of Albany High music teacher John Halvorsen, each ensemble earned a Gold ranking from four judges who are masters in jazz performance. (MORE)

    

Scholar-athletes earn state recognition
Photo of two male students wrestling in a gymnasiumMore than 50 members of Albany High School’s winter varsity athletic teams have earned scholar-athlete recognition from the New York State Public High School Athletic Association. The student-athletes each maintained an academic average of 90 or higher during the second marking period this school year.

The full list of students to earn this distinction is available here. Congratulations to all our scholar-athletes!

 

Albany High seniors

named National Merit finalists

Albany High School seniors Matan Adler and Max Heller have been named finalists in the competition for prestigious National Merit Scholarships, ranking them among the best students in the United States.

 

The two are among some 15,000 finalists – in the top one percent of high school students nationwide – vying for the scholarship in 2018. (MORE)

                    

Albany High senior earns trip to states

Male student in gym.Albany High School senior Jahlil Young added to an exceptional varsity career this week by becoming the first member of the Falcons bowling team to qualify for the state tournament in at least two decades.

 

Young, whose resume already included a perfect game in his junior season, rolled a six-game series of 1,258 in the Section II Class A tournament. He finished among the top six out of 320 bowlers. Please visit our Athletics News section to read more.

 

Lawson passes century mark

Decky Lawson holds basketballDecky Lawson got a special shout-out Tuesday for hitting a 100-win milestone in his six-year career coaching Albany High School girls’ varsity basketball.

 

He was presented with a commemorative ball before Tuesday’s scrimmage against a team from Marks High School in Skene, Sweden.

  

Lawson achieved the breakthrough when the Lady Falcons won the final game of their Suburban Conference season at Schenectady on Feb. 9. (MORE)

 

JROTC cadets earn spots at Girls State

Photo of two female students in uniform standing together in a hallwayAlbany High School JROTC cadets Irene Nelson and Christina Black will represent the City School District of Albany this summer at the 2018 American Legion Auxiliary Empire Girls State program. (MORE)

 

Albany High grad rate continues to rise

Albany High School’s graduation rate increased to 65 percent in 2017, the school’s fourth consecutive year with an increase and its highest rate since the state started measuring graduation under its current methodology in 2005.

 

“While we recognize there is more work to do on behalf of all of our students, we are pleased to see this continued steady progress at Albany High School,” said Superintendent Kaweeda G. Adams. “It is a testament to the dedication of the leadership and staff at Albany High over a sustained period of time. We look forward to continuing these gains.” Please visit our District News section to read more.

 

Prekindergarten lottery

applications available

Applications for the lottery that will determine placement in the City School District of Albany's 4-year-old pre-kindergarten programs for 2018-19 are available.

 

You can click here to download an application and information booklet, or pick one up at Central Registration, 75 Watervliet Ave., or any of our elementary schools or community partners. The application deadline is March 2, and the lottery will be held March 14 in conjunction with the annual magnet lottery. Please visit our Pre-K Registration section for more information.

 

Myers pool closed for cleaning

The swimming pool at Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School will be closed until Feb. 26 for cleaning.

                         

Community swimming, normally offered on Mondays and Wednesdays, will be on hold until the pool reopens. (MORE)

 

Cancer survivor pays it forward

Feb. 1 marked the sixth year that Albany High School sophomore Rylyn Swierzewski is cancer-free.

 

To celebrate – and support those living with cancer – she’s seeking to raise money for the Upstate New York/Vermont Chapter Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. At the same time, she is vying for the title of Student of the Year, actively competing against high school students in the surrounding suburbs for the title. (MORE)

 

Construction students

offer shed-building talents

Construction technology students at Albany High School’s Abrookin Career and Technical Center are looking to showcase their skills to people in need of a well-made, custom-built and reasonably priced shed.

 

Last year students built an 8’ x 10’ shed for the Athletic Department fields at Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School (see photo above right). Want something different? Submit photos of potential designs and the construction team will work with you. (MORE)

 

Flu season reminders

With flu season here, the City School District of Albany is taking extra precautions to provide healthy environments for students and staff. Please see this message from Superintendent Kaweeda G. Adams regarding these safety measures, as well as helpful reminders for staying healthy during flu season.

 

North Albany showcases AVID work

North Albany Academy Principal Lesley Buff began implementing AVID at her school three years ago. During a workshop on goal-setting at that time, she wrote on a small card that her goal was to become an AVID Showcase School.

 

On Feb. 1, Buff’s dream became a reality when educators from across the northeast visited North Albany to see the exemplary progress she, her staff and her students have made with AVID. (MORE)

 

New Scotland art makes magazine cover

Artwork by New Scotland Elementary School fifth-grader Jacky Nguyen graces the cover of the January 2018 issue of "Language Arts."

     

Nguyen's original piece of art, created when she was in third grade, was spotted in May 2016 at the City School District of Albany's annual 1st Friday art show at the Albany Institute of History and Art. (MORE)

 

2018 Music Faculty Concert

The talents of the City School District of Albany’s music department were on display for students, families, staff and community members during the annual Music Faculty Concert at Albany High School on Jan. 25.

 

New this year, the district’s art teachers showcased their skills as well, with a gallery of their artwork in the main lobby. (MORE)

 

Albany High librarian named

to influential national committee

For the last decade, librarian Alicia Abdul has strived to assure that quality books are on Albany High School shelves.

 

Her scope of influence will expand substantially now that she’s been appointed to a prestigious committee of the American Library Association. (MORE)

 

Myers student wins 2018 district bee

Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School sixth-grader Isaac Allen spelled his way to victory as the winner of the City School District of Albany’s annual Spelling Bee on Jan. 19.

 

Allen—who placed second in the 2017 competition—set a new personal best when he claimed first place this year after correctly spelling “retrospective” in the final round. (MORE)

 

Board picks Albany native

to lead Albany High School

The City School District of Albany Board of Education has promoted veteran district educator Jodi M. Commerford to serve as the principal of Albany High School, her alma mater.

 

An Albany native and a 1993 Albany High graduate, Commerford (above right with Superintendent Kaweeda G. Adams) has served as an administrator at Albany High since 2011. Please visit our District News section to read more.

 

Winter weather reminders

As winter settles upon the Northeast, the City School District of Albany offers tips about school closings and other weather-related issues.

 

There are a variety of information sources you can monitor to stay up to date on decisions to close school or shorten the day, or postpone programs and events due to the cold or other factors.

 

Please visit our District News section to learn more.

 

Albany-NYU partnership

accepting applications for 2018-19

While the first group of aspiring middle and high school teachers is taking part in the City School District of Albany's partnership with New York University, the district is preparing to recruit the second cohort in the Embedded Master of Arts in Teaching Residency Program. You can download a flyer or visit our District News section for more information.

 

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 individuals in that process are 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.

  

  

 
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2/20-23 No school
Winter Recess
2/27 Open House, District Pre-K for 4-year-olds Program,  Temple Israel, 600 New Scotland Ave., 5-6 p.m.
2/28 Giffen Memorial Elementary School Black History Celebration, 2 p.m.
2/28 William S. Hackett Middle School Science Fair, 3:30-6 p.m.
2/28 Open House, District Pre-K for 4-year-olds Program, Arbor Hill Elementary School, 4:15-5 p.m.
2/28 Arbor Hill Elementary School Parent University: Early Childhood, 5-7 p.m.
2/28 Edmund J. O'Neal Middle School of Excellence Parent University, 5:30-7 p.m.
3/1 New Scotland Elementary School Black History Program, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
3/1 Board of Education meeting, Eagle Point Elementary School, 7 p.m.
3/2 TOAST Read Across America Day (dress like your favorite book character)
3/3 Albany School of Humanities Musical Set Building Day, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
3/3 William S. Hackett Middle School Parent University, 8-10:30 a.m.
3/5 JV and varsity spring sports begin
3/5 Community budget presenation, Edmund J. O'Neal Middle School of Excellence, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
3/5 Comunity budget presentation, Philip J. Schuyler Achievement Academy, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
3/6 Arbor Hill Elementary School Spring Picture Day
3/6 Community budget presentation, William S. Hackett Middle School, 7-8 p.m.
3/7 Giffen Memorial Elementary School Science Night, 5 p.m.
3/7 All-City Chorus Concert, Myers Middle School, 6:30 p.m.
3/8 Albany High School Financial Aid (FAFSA) Help Night, 4-7 p.m.
3/8 North Albany Academy Fourth Annual Spring Carnival, 5 p.m.
3/8 Eagle Point Elementary School Science Fair, 5:30 p.m.
3/8 Pine Hills Elementary School Science Fair and STEM Night, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
3/8 Philip J. Schuyler Achievement Academy Science Fair, 6 p.m.
3/8 Community budget presentation, Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
3/9 Giffen Memorial Elementary School Meet the Author-Illustrator Day
3/10 Albany High School SAT exam, 8 a.m.
3/10 Albany School of Humanities musical dress rehearsal, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
3/10 Montessori Magnet School Applebee's Pancake Breakfast fundraiser, Glenmont Applebees, 8-10 a.m.
3/12 Modified spring sports  begin
3/13 Special Education Parent Workshop, "Strategies to Support Learners with Executive Function Challenges,"  Harriet Gibbons Student Services Center, 5:30-7:30 p.m. (Details)
3/14 2018-19 lotteries for prekindergarten for 4-year-olds and magnet elementary schools, Thomas O'Brien Academy of Science and Technology, 10 a.m.
3//14 Prekindergarten Parent University, Giffen Memorial Elementary School, 5-7 p.m.
3/14 Adult Continuing Education spring registration, Albany High School, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
3/14 Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School Parent University, 5:30-7 p.m.
3/15 Adult Continuing Education spring registration, Albany High School, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
3/15 Delaware Community School Science Fair, 5:30-7 p.m.
3/15 Albany School of Humanities STEAM (science-technology-engineering-arts-math) Night, 6-7:30 p.m.
3/15 Albany High School Theatre Ensemble spring play, Hairspray!, 7 p.m.
3/15 Board of Education meeting, Albany High School, 7 p.m.
3/16 Albany High School Theatre Ensemble spring play, Hairspray!, 7 p.m.
3/17 William S. Hackett Middle School Parent University, 8-10:30 a.m.
3/17 Albany High School Theatre Ensemble spring play, Hairspray!, 7 p.m.
3/18 Albany High School Theatre Ensemble spring play, Hairspray!, 2 p.m.
3/19 Registration begins for students selected in the 2018-19 prekindergarten and magnet elementary lotteries
3/21 Adult Continuing Education spring classes begin
3/21 All-City Band Concert, Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School, 6:30 p.m.
3/22 Albany High School Parent University, 5:30-7 p.m.
3/22 Philip Schuyler Achievement Academy PTA Multicultural Night, 6 p.m.
3/23 Third quarter ends
3/23 Albany School of Humanities (ASH) Spring Musical, 7 p.m.
3/23 Delaware PTA Family Movie Night, 5:30 p.m.
3/23 Montessori Spring Dance, 6 p.m.
3/23 New Scotland Elementary School Talent Show at Hackett, 6 p.m.
3/24 New York State School Music Association Festival, Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
3/24 Winter Guard Home Show, Albany High School, 3:30-8:30 p.m.
3/24 Albany School of Humanities (ASH) Spring Musical, 7 p.m.
3/26 Edmund J. O"Neal Middle School of Excellence Parent University, 5:30-7 p.m.
3/27 Autism Spectrum Fair (open to all Capital Region Families), Montessori Magnet School, 5:30-7 p.m.
3/28 All-City Strings Concert, William S. Hackett Middle School, 6:30 p.m.
3/30 No school
Good Friday
4/2-4/6 No school
Spring Break