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Latest news ...

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)

 

Regents exams start Monday

Albany High School will hold Regents exams in several subjects beginning Monday and running through Thursday, Jan. 25. Click here for a test schedule.

   

There will be no classes at Albany High during Regents exams. All students should return for a regular school day on Friday, Jan. 26.

 

Good luck to all of our test-takers!

 

Falcons bowling achievement

Albany High School freshman Jedrek Arasim had the high game and second-highest series at the Schenectady New Years Bowling Invitational on Jan. 12.  

 

Arasim rolled a 280 in his second game, tops among the 120 bowlers who competed. Arasim also had games of 235 and 221 for a 736 series. Both the high game and three-game total were personal bests for Arasim.  

 

The Falcons finished eighth overall out of 20 teams that competed in the tournament at Schenectady’s Boulevard Bowl.

 

Teacher concertsave the date!

The Albany Friends of Music will host the annual Music Faculty Concert on Thursday, Jan. 25 at 7 p.m. in Albany High School’s auditorium. New this year, the event will also include an exhibition of work by art teachers from across the district. (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.

 

Applications available through January

for magnet elementary school lottery

Applications now are available for the lottery to determine 2018-19 enrollment in the City School District of Albany's three magnet schools and one magnet program.

 

All are enrolled by a lottery and open to children throughout the city. Download an application and information booklet here. (MORE)

 

RFP for diversity database developer

The City School District of Albany has issued a Request for Proposals for a software provider to develop district-wide diversity database system services.

 

The provider selected will provide leadership, planning, support and technical assistance on the development of the diversity database and website interface system.

 

Proposals must be received by 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 23. Please visit our Rebuilding Albany High School section for more information.

 

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.

 

MWBE/Workforce Development
Community Workshop on Jan. 23

The City School District of Albany will host the last in its series of three MWBE/Workforce Development Community Workshops on Tuesday, Jan. 23 from 6-7:30 p.m. at Edmund J. O'Neal Middle School of Excellence.

 

The workshops are designed to help local businesses and individual workers learn how to position themselves for contracting and job opportunities on construction-related projects. Please visit our Rebuilding Albany High School section for more information.

 

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.

 

Albany High's Heller
nominated for national distinction

Albany High School senior Max Heller was among the short list of nominees for the 2018 U.S. Presidential Scholars program that the New York State Department of Education released Nov. 30.

 

Out of all high school seniors across New York State, only 25 had the honor of being nominated for this highly prestigious award. Of those, 20 students were selected for their outstanding work in academics and the arts, and five for their success in career and technical education programs. (MORE)

 

Pre-K spots still available

Are you considering prekinder-

garten for your 4-year-old, or do you know someone who might be? There are still spots available for 2017-18 in City School District of Albany prekindergarten programs based at elementary schools and community agencies. Please visit our District News section to learn 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 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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Upcoming events
(visit each school's page for more listings; visit our Athletics section for game schedules) 

1/22 Regents exams
1/23 Regents exams
1/23 MWBE/Workforce Development Community Workshop, Edmund J. O'Neal Middle School of Excellence, 6-7:30 p.m. (Details)
1/24 Regents exams
1/24 Giffen Memorial Elementary School Parent Univsersity: Early Childhood, 5-7 p.m.
1/25 Regents exams
1/25 Arbor Hill Elementary School Honor Roll Breakfast, 8-9 a.m.
1/25 Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School Teen Night, 6-8 p.m.
1/25 Music Teacher Concert, Albany High School, 7 p.m.
1/26 Second quarter ends
1/26 TOAST Hats for Hunger Fundraiser
1/26 Sheridan Preparatory Academy Warm and Cozy Night, 5:30 p.m.
1/27 Albany High School Big Ten Wrestling Tournament, 9 a.m.
1/29 2018-19 pre-K lottery applications available (Details)
1/31 Deadline to apply for 2018-19 magnet elementary lottery (Details)
1/31 Philip J. Schuyler Achievement Academy Parent University: Childhood Literacy, 5-7 p.m.
2/1 Board of Education meeting, William S. Hackett Middle School,
7 p.m.
2/15 Board of Education meeting, Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School, 7 p.m.
2/19 No school
Presidents Day
2/20-23 No school
Winter Recess
3/1 Board of Education meeting, Eagle Point Elementary School, 7 p.m.