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District to take part in health survey

The New York State Department of Health has selected the City School District of Albany to take part in a survey about childhood weight.

 

State law requires that a student be weighed and his or her height measured as part of his or her school health exam for prekindergarten, kindergarten, second, fourth, seventh and 10th grade. These numbers are used to figure out the student’s body mass index, or “BMI. The BMI helps a doctor or nurse know if the student’s weight is in a healthy range for his or her height. (MORE)

 

District seeks input

on next Albany High principal

The City School District of Albany is inviting students, staff, families and community members to give their input on qualities and characteristics they would like to see in the next Albany High School principal.

   

Click here to take a survey and provide feedback.

 

The goal of the nine-question survey is to gain an understanding of what the community is looking for in the leader of Albany High, the district’s flagship school. (MORE)

       

Albany High saves a potential 318 lives

The results are in, and Albany High School students and staff collected a total of 106 pints of blood, saving a potential 318 lives.

 

The Albany High community filled the gym for the first of its three annual American Red Cross blood drives on Oct. 12, where they rolled up their sleeves to help save the lives of others. (MORE)

 

Applications available

for Albany High lottery

Applications are available for the lottery to determine placement in Albany High School’s four academies for the 2018-19 school year.

     

Click here to download an information booklet and application.

 

Each of Albany High's four unique academies has its own theme. Each offers electives specific to that theme, and the themes also are woven into the core curriculum. However, students also can take electives in different academies and the electives are equally available to all. (MORE)

    

Volunteer literacy tutor training Oct. 28

There are still spots available in a free Oct. 28 training for people who want to volunteer as elementary school reading tutors in the City School District of Albany.

 

The training will be held from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28 at Harriet Gibbons Student Services Center, 75 Watervliet Avenue. Lunch and a beverage will be provided. (MORE)

 

Social media safety and awareness

City School District of Albany Superintendent Kaweeda G. Adams has shared information with families about social media safety and awareness.

 

The superintendent's letter informs families about a serious social media safety concern brought to our attention by students. It referred to "Exposure Day" – the posting or sharing of photos or video intended to shame, embarrass, humiliate, intimidate or otherwise “expose” other students. Please visit our From the Superintendent section to read more. We encourage parents and guardians to talk with students about appropriate social media behavior and safety, and also have provided information for families who believe their children may need additional support.

    

Weekend food program expands again

Beginning in October, 150 more students in the City School District of Albany are taking home backpacks filled with food to help their families provide nutritional meals on the weekends.

 

The Feed and Read Program, formerly the Weekend Backpack Food Program, is expanding to serve 625 families in the 2017-18 school year. City School District of Albany Superintendent Kaweeda G. Adams joined the Homeless and Travelers Aid Society and other community partners Oct. 4 to kick off the program for another school year. Please visit our District News section to read more.

 

District lauds great students

The outstanding students who appear in the City School District of Albany’s annual calendar were recognized on Oct. 3 at a special reception in Academy Park.

 

The calendar features students who stand out in a variety of ways. Some excel in academics, sports, fine arts, visual arts or performing arts. Others are actively involved in community service. Whatever their interests may be, they are all exceptional students who proudly represent their schools and the district as a whole. (MORE)

 

Winter Guard seeks new members

Attention students in grades 4-12: Albany Winter Guard wants you!

 

The Albany Winter Guard is a division of the Albany Marching Falcons. Winter guard combines the precision skills of marching band color guards (using flags and other props) with the grace and agility of gymnastics and the choreography of a dance ensemble. Albany Winter Guard teams practice and compete inside during the cold weather. (MORE)

 

New STEM focus taking flight

A new STEM focus is taking flight at district schools this fall.

 

The Flying Classroom is a project-based supplemental curriculum concentrated in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math – or STEM. The Flying Classroom also includes activities related to geography, literacy, writing, art and social studies.

 

It’s the creation of world-record pilot Capt. Barrington Irving, who visited Albany on Sept. 22 to meet with about 100 teachers and staff members to talk about the opportunities for students. Please visit our District News section to read more.

 

Pre-K spots still available

Want to get your little one into a quality early childhood education program? There are still spots available in City School District of Albany prekindergarten programs based at elementary schools and community agencies.

 

Please visit our District News section to learn more.

 

Dads turn out for education

More than 1,600 men showed up at City School District of Albany schools Sept. 19 with a shared goal: to support their children’s education.

 

And with that common purpose, fathers, grandfathers, stepfathers, uncles, brothers and other male mentors took part in 2017’s Dads Take Your Child to School Day. (MORE)

   

Albany High seniors are

National Merit Scholarship semifinalists

Albany High School seniors Matan Adler and Max Heller have been named semifinalists in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Competition.

 

Their outstanding scores on the PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test placed them in the top 1 percent of the 1.6 million students nationwide who took the test. Please visit our District News section to read more.

 

Board appoints Albany High grad

to fill vacant seat

The City School District of Albany Board of Education appointed Albany High School graduate Tabetha Wilson to fill its vacant seat Sept. 14.

 

Wilson took the oath of office and began her term immediately. The position runs through next June 30. The seat had been open since former board member Kenny Bruce resigned in May. Please visit our District News section to read 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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10/17 Special Education Parent Workshop, Harriet Gibbons Student Services Center, 75 Watervliet Ave.,
5:30-7:30 p.m. (Details)
10/17 Tony Clement Center for Education/Arbor Hill Elementary School/Edmund J. O'Neal Middle School of Excellence/Sheridan Preparatory Academy Parent University: Restorative Justice, at O'Neal, 50 North Lark St., 5:30-7 p.m.
10/18 Albany High School girls' soccer Section II Class AA playoffs at Ballston Spa, 3 p.m.
10/18 Giffen Memorial Elementary School English as a New Language Night, 4 p.m.
10/18 Albany High School Academy Information Night for eighth-graders, 6 p.m.
10/18 Montessori Magnet School Math Night, 6:30 p.m.
10/19 Albany High School boys' soccer Section II Class AA playoffs home vs. Niskayuna, 6:30 p.m.
10/19 Board of Education meeting, Arbor Hill Elementary School,
7 p.m.
10/20 Delaware Community School PTA Family Movie Night, 5:30 p.m.
10/20 TOAST PTA Family Movie Night, 6:30 p.m.
10/23 Albany High School Parent University, 5:30-7 p.m.
10/24 Albany Fund for Education Gala at Renaissance Albany, 5:30-8:30 p.m. (Details)
10/25 Edmund J. O'Neal Middle School of Excellence Parent University, 5:30-7 p.m.
10/25 Philip J. Schuyler Achievement Academy Parent University: Early Childhood, 5-7 p.m.
10/26 North Albany Academy AVID Family Workshop, 8:45 a.m.
10/26 Albany High School Financial Aid (FAFSA) Help Night, 4-7 p.m.
10/26 TOAST Harvest Fest, 5:30-7 p.m.
10/26 Pine Hills Elementary School Hispanic Heritage Night, 6-8 p.m.
10/26 Sheridan Preparatory Academy Cultural Celebration, 6 p.m.
10/26 Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School Teen Night, 6-8 p.m.
10/27 New Scotland Elementary School Parent-Teacher Breakfast, 8-9 a.m.
10/27 Eagle Point Elementary School Halloween Party, 6-8 p.m.
10/27 Montessori Magnet School Fall Dance, 6 p.m.
10/27 William S. Hackett Middle School Halloween Teen Night, 6-8:30 p.m.
10/28 Albany High School ACT exam, 8 a.m.
10/28 Training session for volunteer elementary-school reading tutors, Harriet Gibbons Student Services Center, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (Details)
10/30 Board Government Relations Committee meeting, Sheridan Preparatory Academy,
8 a.m.
10/30 Albany High School/Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School/Philip J. Schuyler Achievement Academy Parent University: Restorative Justice at Albany High, 5:30-7 p.m.
10/31 Arbor Hill Elementary School Pumpkin Run