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Board approves 2018-19 budget proposal

Annual vote, board elections on May 15

The City School District of Albany Board of Education has approved a $249.4 million budget proposal for 2018-19. If voters approve it May 15, the budget would support all current programming and also invest in new high-priority areas designed to serve all of the district's 9,600 students.


Please visit our 2018-19 Budget News section for more information, including information about Board of Education elections that also will be on the May 15 ballot.


Friday application deadline

for pre-K lottery for 3-year-olds

Friday is the deadline to apply for the lottery that will determine placement this September in City School District of Albany prekindergarten programs for 3-year-olds.


Download an application here. You also can pick up an application at Central Registration, located at 75 Watervliet Avenue. (MORE)


Upcoming free OSHA 10 training

Picture of OSHA 10 training flyerThe City School District of Albany, in partnership with Turner Construction Co. and Capital Safety Services, is offering free OSHA 10 Training for up to 35 individuals on Saturday, April 28 and Saturday, May 5.


Both sessions are from 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at Pine Hills Elementary School, located at 41 North Allen St. The OSHA 10-hour Program is required for construction workers. (MORE)


'Blaq Boi' opens May 3

The Albany High Theatre Ensemble is once again using the stage to tackle issues of race, privilege and oppression in the Promising Playwrights Festival’s production upcoming production of “Blaq Boi.”


The play’s four-performance run opens at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 3, with shows at 7 p.m. Friday, May 4 and Saturday, May 5, and a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, May 6.


Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for students and seniors. (MORE)


Albany High to hold blood drive May 3

Albany High School's third and last blood drive for the year will be Thursday, May 3 in the rubber gym. 


Donations start at 8 a.m. and run through 2:15 p.m. All eligible donors must be at least 16 years old. All 16-year-olds are required to have written parent permission; permission slips will be distributed when an appointment is made. (MORE)


Elementary art show

part of 1st Friday activities

An exhibit featuring artwork by City School District of Albany students will open Friday, May 4 at the Albany Institute of History and Art.


The opening will be held from 5-8 p.m. at the institute, located at 125 Washington Ave. Admission to the entire museum is free during the event, which is part of Albany’s 1st Friday series. (MORE)


Arbor Hill Elementary

reads stories under the stars

Tuesday’s rainy skies didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of Arbor Hill Elementary School families that came out for Community Literacy Night: Stories Under the Stars.


Kids read stories in tents alongside a “campfire.” No camping experience is complete without s’mores, and students got a chance to eat the yummy but messy treats. (MORE)


Six Albany High

students make regional exhibit

The Albany Center Gallery has selected six Albany High School students to participate in the 19th Annual High School Regional Juried Art Exhibition.


The students’ work will be on display at the gallery April 24 through May 18.  


The exhibit will feature work by 100 high school students from 24 Capital Region schools. They were selected from more than 500 pieces submitted. (MORE)


Albany High Select Choir earns silver

The Albany High School Select Choir earned a silver rating Thursday at the New York State School Music Association Choral Festival.


Under the direction of teacher Brendan Hoffman, the group performed “The Ground,” by Ola Gjeilo, “Tota Pulchra Es,” by Ola Gjeilo and “Ezekiel Saw the Wheel,” arranged by William Dawson. (MORE)


Arbor Day celebrated

by TOAST and community partners

With help from a host of community partners, fifth-graders at Thomas O’Brien Academy of Science and Technology (TOAST) on Friday planted trees at their school in celebration of Arbor Day.


The effort was spearheaded by Albany Goes Green, an initiative coordinated by the Albany Fund for Education with the help of local and state agencies and community groups. (MORE)


Albany High team

wins Stock Market Challenge

A team of aspiring Albany High School financiers on Friday defeated students from four other area high schools at the Junior Achievement Stock Market Challenge.


The Albany High team of Neasha Harris, Hope Edwards and Jalanah Hall and showed a 45 percent profit increase by the competition’s end, besting all other teams in the contest. (They’re pictured above right as they receive the news of their victory.) (MORE)


Giffen's Principal of the Year

Picture of Principal Jasmine Brown posing with a student at an awards ceremonyThe Capital Area School Development Association (CASDA) has named Jasmine Brown as Principal of the Year for her tireless efforts on behalf of the students, staff, families and community members of Giffen Memorial Elementary School.  


While she is grateful for the recognition, Brown insists that this accomplishment is not a personal one belonging to her alone, but a collective success that belongs to the entire Giffen community. (MORE


Falcons commit to

continue as scholar-athletes

Picture of student holding a football with his parentsThe academic and athletic determination of a select group of Albany High School seniors was on display during the College Commitment Ceremony on April 18.  


Ten college-bound Falcons signed letters committing to continue their athletic involvement in their respective sports when they begin the next chapter of their academic journeys in the fall. (MORE)


Albany High musicians are golden

The Albany High School Wind Ensemble on Monday earned the highest rating for its performance at the New York State School Music Association’s Major Ensemble Festival.


Under the direction of teacher John Halvorsen, the group earned a gold rating for its Level VI program. Performances are graded as "bronze," "silver" and "gold" and on a scale of I to VI, with VI being the most difficult. (MORE)


2018-19 school calendar approved

Picture of the 2018-19 school calendarThe City School District of Albany Board of Education has approved the school calendar for 2018-19.


One-page calendars are available online now for families and for staff. The full district wall calendar of events and activities will be mailed home to families and available online in August. (MORE


Rebuilding Albany High School

construction officially begins

People with shovels throwing dirtConstruction of the new and improved Albany High School officially got underway April 14 at a groundbreaking ceremony celebrating the start of the project’s first phase.


"It is an opportunity for all of us to reflect on the progress we have made, and to rejoice in anticipation of all of the progress still to come,” said Superintendent Kaweeda G. Adams. “For Albany High School. For all of our students. And for our entire community.”


Please visit our Rebuilding Albany High School section for more information.


District partners provide opportunity

for students to 'enter the college zone'

The City School District of Albany once again is partnering with the Albany affiliate of the Black Child Development Institute to provide an opportunity for students to attend Entering the College Zone at Hudson Valley Community College.


The program for students in grades 7-12 will be held Saturday, April 28 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. The district will provide free bus transportation to and from the event. Please visit our District News section for more information.


Encouraging our students

to do their best on annual state tests

The City School District of Albany, like public school districts throughout the state, is preparing for the annual state tests for students in grades 3-8 this week.


Students took the English Language Arts exam April 11-12. The math exam will be May 1-2.


As this year’s tests approach, please keep in mind that all of New York’s statewide exams are designed to measure how well students are mastering the learning standards that guide classroom instruction. Please visit our From the Superintendent section for more information and resources.


District students shine at science fair

City School District of Albany students earned medals galore at the recent 2018 Joseph Henry Science Fair.


District students took first place in all but one of the four areas of competition and placed in all the categories at the March 23 contest for budding Albany scientists ages 10-14. (MORE)


District seeks feedback on web redesign

The City School District of Albany is embarking upon a website redesign effort, and we are interested in your feedback.


Please follow this link to take a brief survey about our current web presence and your thoughts about how our site can better meet your needs. The survey also includes an opportunity for you to indicate your interest in participating in a focus group later this spring. Please visit our District News section to read more.


Schuyler students show empathy

through fundraising effort

For the past several months, students at Philip Schuyler Achievement Academy have collected pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters to help kids with blood cancer.


All those coins added up: On Wednesday, they presented a check for $1,707 to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. (MORE)


Albany High junior

wins state science prize

Albany High School junior Othman Othman’s research took the top prize at a statewide science and technology conference and may help police labs better analyze the chemical makeup of drugs they seize.


Othman's research poster won first place at the 20th annual STEP Statewide Student Conference, which hosted some 450 students from throughout New York. (MORE)


Albany High wins robotics regionals

Photograph of the Albany High robotics team with their winning banner Albany High School’s robotics team made history March 17 as it flexed its mechanical muscles to claim first place in the 2018 New York Tech Valley Regional FIRST Robotics Team event. This win marks the team’s first victory at the regional level in its 15 years of competition.  


Albany High’s team 1493 will now advance to the FIRST Championship in Detroit from April 25-29 for a chance to compete against teams from across the nation and around the world. (MORE)


Listening to our students' voices

Photo of a group of students standing in the Albany High School lobby being interviewed by a reporterOn March 14, students at Albany High School and the City School District of Albany's three middle schools joined their peers nationwide in coming together to advocate for school safety and to honor the memory of the 17 people who lost their lives in last month's school shooting in Parkland, Fla.


At Albany High, students took part in a voluntary assembly and march as part of the nationwide movement. The demonstration was organized entirely by Albany High students to speak out on the issue of school safety and the power of their own voices. (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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Upcoming events
(visit each school's page for more listings; visit our Athletics section for game schedules) 

4/26 Board of Education meeting, North Albany Academy, 7 p.m.
4/27 Deadline to apply for 2018-19 pre-K lottery for 3-year-olds
4/27 TOAST Superhero Day
4/27 Giffen Memorial Elementary School Honor Roll Ceremony, 9:30 a.m.
4/27 Sheridan Preparatory Academy Family Dance, 6 p.m.
4/30 2018-19 kindergarten registration begins
5/1-5/2 NYS math testing for students in grades 3-8
5/1 Special Education Department Parent Workshop: "Help your child with a disability develop self-determination skills and find his or her voice," Harriet Gibbons Student Sevices Center, 5-7 p.m. (Details)
5/1 Board Policy Committee meeting, Academy Park, 5:30 p.m.
5/3 Board of Education meeting, Albany High School, 7 p.m.
5/3-5/5 Albany High School Promising Playwrights Festival, 7 p.m.
5/4 TOAST Star Wars Day
5/4 Delaware Community School Cinco de Mayo Celebration, 5:30-7 p.m.
5/4 Elementary Art Show, Albany Institute of History & Art, 125 Washington Ave., 5-8 p.m.
5/5 Albany High School SAT exam, 8 a.m.
5/5 Albany High School Right Move Chess Tournament, 10 a.m-3 p.m.
5/6 Albany High School Promising Playwrights Festival, 2 p.m.
5/7 2018-19 lottery for pre-K for 3-year-olds
5/7 NYSESLAT listening, reading and writing testing window begins
5/7 New Scotland Elementary School Spring Concert at William S. Hackett Middle School, 7 p.m.
5/8 Delaware Community School Spring Concerts, 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. (evening concert at William S. Hackett Middle School)
5/8 Albany High School National Honor Society Inductions and Junior Awards, 6 p.m.
5/8 North Albany Academy Spring Concert and Art Show, 6 p.m.
5/9 ASH National Bike/Walk to School Day
5/9 Giffen Memorial Elementary School Parent University: Early Childhood, 5-7 p.m.
5/9 William S. Hackett Middle School Spring Concert and Desert Auction, 6:30 p.m.
5/11 Albany High School ENL Family Night, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
5/11 Montessori Magnet School Variety Show, 6 p.m.
5/12 Abrooking Career and Technical Center Mother's Day Spa, 9 a.m.-noon
5/14 Registration begins for students chosen in the 2018-19 lottery for pre-K for 3-year-olds
5/14 Pine Hills Elementary School Spring Concerts, 1:15 p.m. and 7 p.m.
5/15 No school
Superintendent's Conference Day
5/15 School Budget Vote and Board of Education elections, polls open
7 a.m.-9 p.m.
5/16 Albany High School New Family Orientation and Creative Arts Festival, 6 p.m.
5/16 TOAST Spring Concert, 6:30 p.m.
5/17 Arbor Hill Elementary School Spring Concerts, 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.
5/17 Eagle Point Elementary School Spring Literacy Celebration, 5:30-7 p.m.
5/17 Board of Education meeting, Montessori Magnet School, 7 p.m.
5/18 All NYSESLAT testing windows end
5/18 Giffen Memorial Elementary School Giffy's Barbecue, 3:30-6 p.m.
5/18 Giffen Memorial Elementary School PTA Family Movie Night, 6:30 p.m.
5/19 ASH Community Garden Clean-Up, 9-11 a.m.
5/19 Albany High School Proctors Musical Theater Awards, 7 p.m.
5/21 ASH Spring Concerts, 9 a.m. and 7 p.m.
5/22 Philip J. Schuyler Achievement Academy Spring Concerts, 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.
5/22 New Scotland Elementary School Writing Celebration and Ice Cream Social, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
5/22 Giffen Memorial Elementary School Spring Concert, 5:30 p.m.
5/23 TOAST Parent University: Early Childhood, 5-7 p.m.
5/23 Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School Spring Concert, 6:30 p.m.
5/23 Eagle Point Elementary School Spring Concert, 7 p.m.
5/24 Sheridan Preparatory Academy Spring Concert, 6 p.m.
5/30 Albany High School Spring Concert, 6:30 p.m.
5/31 Montessori Magnet School Spring Concert at Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School, 7 p.m.