Founders' Day celebration Friday
The Albany City Council PTA
will hold its annual Founders' Day celebration and scholarship
fundraiser on Friday.
This event -- a reception
featuring a silent auction and fabulous finger foods -- is from
6-10 p.m. at the Italian American Community Center on Washington Avenue
Extension. The event is sold out.
Every year, Founders' Day recognizes people who
give their time and talents on behalf of City School District of Albany
students and schools.
Fall sports signups through May 8
Monday, students in grades 7-12 can sign up to play a fall sport.
sign up with their physical education teacher; deadline is May 8. (MORE)
Albany High inducts 66
into National Honor Society
high-achieving juniors were inducted into the
Albany High School Arista Chapter of the
National Honor Society on Tuesday.
To be eligible for induction, students must
maintain an overall academic average of 89.5 or
Board approves 2015-16 budget plan
Two tax-free projects also on the ballot
City School District of Albany Board of Education has approved a $224
million budget proposal for 2015-16, including a tax-levy increase that
is below 1 percent for the second year in a row and the third time in
the last five years.
Voters will have an opportunity to consider the proposal May 19
along with two tax-free facilities projects, including one that
would provide a new turf athletic field at Albany High School
Please visit our 2015-16
Budget Development section to read more about the proposals.
New kindergarten registration
options add convenience for families
Kindergarten registration for the 2015-16 school
year began Monday, and the City School District of Albany has put in
place new options to make registration easier for families.
If your child currently is enrolled in a prekindergarten program in
one of the district's 12 elementary schools, your child will
registered for kindergarten in the district for next school year.
Kindergarten registration also will be available in each elementary
school throughout this week, as well as at Central
Visit our Kindergarten Registration
section for more information.
Albany High seniors participate
in prestigious 12-state jazz group
Seniors John Dimase and Livio Fasullo joined
18 of their peers from throughout the northeast in Providence on
April 11 for the 54th National Association for Music
Education All-Eastern Honors Jazz Ensemble performances.
Albany High School was the only school from the 12-state region to
have more than one student selected.
Visit our District News section to read more.
District literacy leader
named 'champion of character'
school literacy coach and Scholars’ Institute
coordinator Dawn Castle on Wednesday was named a
teacher leadership champion of character by the
Academy for Character Education at the Sage
above and at right with Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard,
Ph.D., was one of two Capital Region teaching professionals to
receive the recognition at the academy's annual banquet.
Albany High senior earns
prestigious national scholarship
Albany High School senior Isaac Young has won a highly prestigious
National Achievement Scholarship from the National Merit Scholarship
The $2,500 scholarship is awarded to
outstanding African-American students.
Although undecided about where he wants to
attend college in September, Young has been accepted to
Columbia University, Dartmouth College, Cornell University, the
University of Pennsylvania, the University of Chicago, Duke
University, Johns Hopkins University, Washington University in St.
Louis, Williams College, Amherst College, Swarthmore College,
Oberlin College, University of Toronto and McGill University.
Albany High's Dales a 'Top Teacher'
High School theater-arts teacher Ward Dales has been selected by
WNYT/Ch. 13 as a Top Teacher in the Capital Region.
He is one of 13 of the area's best this
school year, chosen from among more than 200 nominated.
Delaware kids use technology
to bond with Ugandan orphans
in Susan Fowler’s class at Delaware Community School met
face-to-face Thursday with a group of Ugandan orphan boys – with a
little help from Skype.
The Skype session grew from collaboration between
Fowler, Music Mobile
founder Ruth Pelham and an organization called
Jajja’s Kids, which works
to provide food, shelter and medical care for orphaned and homeless
boys in the Ugandan capital of Kampala.
Marching Falcons perform
in Dublin St. Patrick's Day parade
Albany Marching Falcons on March 17 performed in the St. Patrick's Day
parade in Dublin, Ireland.
Pictured above right is Director Bryan Cady with the band during the
parade. Click here to see a video.
Great job, Marching Falcons!
The parade is part of their whirlwind tour of Ireland.
Registration taking place for children
selected in pre-K and magnet lotteries
Registration began March 9
for children who were assigned seats in the 2015-16 prekindergarten and
magnet elementary school lotteries for the City School District of
An independent consultant conducted the lotteries
March 3. (MORE)
Myers students take part
in commemoration of Selma march
members from Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School’s advanced
orchestra recently performed in a ceremony at The Egg marking the 50th
anniversary of the historic Selma civil rights march.
The 11 students were invited by Donald
Hyman, a teaching assistant in the City School District of Albany
and co-director of “Selma: 50th Anniversary Celebration.”
to see a Ch. 13 story about the event.
North Albany students, former NFL star
help support School Breakfast Week
North Albany Academy students and a former NFL star helped nutrition
advocates promote National School Breakfast Week on March 5.
Pictured from left are North Albany seventh-grader Neah Pryor,
eighth-grader August Hallenbeck, seventh-grader Myauta Ponza, school
counselor Cheryl Brannock, former New York Giants running back Joe
Morris and eighth-grader Marcanthony Rodriguez. (MORE)
Albany High art accepted in 3-D show
Six Albany High School students have had their artwork selected for the
2015 Art in Three Dimensions show.
This annual juried show is an opportunity for Capital Region schools
to highlight and showcase their three-dimensional art programs. It’s
the first time City School District of Albany schools will be
represented at the show, which opened with a reception at 6:30 p.m.
March 18 at Mohonansen High School.
November public vote set
for Albany High renovation, reconstruction
The future of Albany High School is in voters’
After more than a decade of discussion about how new facilities
would best serve students for generations to come, including two
years of planning for the current proposal, the City School District
of Albany Board of Education voted unanimously Thursday night to let
voters decide in November.
The vote will be Nov. 3, in conjunction with the general election. (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
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
“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.
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
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
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