Albany Promise cites progress, partnerships on behalf of
School District of Albany Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard,
area education, business, community and government leaders Wednesday to
2014 Albany Promise Report Card, which offers an update on progress
the partnership is making to improve student achievement from cradle to
"I am amazed and humbled by the number of
partners willing to work on behalf of the district and support our
students and families," Dr. V said. "I believe I am the luckiest
superintendent in the world to have that kind of support behind us
as we try to change the lives of our students."
Visit our District News section to read more.
Albany High construction project
on agenda for Thursday's board meeting
The proposal for a major renovation and reconstruction project at
Albany High School will be on the agenda for the City School
District of Albany Board of Education at its next meeting Thursday.
The meeting will include a presentation about the project and the
educational benefits for students. The board is expected to consider
a resolution that would send the project to voters for consideration
our Re-Imagining Albany High School section to learn more.
The meeting also will include an updated discussion about the
district's 2015-16 draft budget proposal, and discussion about
facilities projects that could include work at 12 buildings and a
new artificial-turf athletic complext at Albany High. The meeting will be held
at Giffen Memorial Elementary School, 274 South Pearl St., beginning
at 7 p.m.
our Board of Ed section for meeting materials.
Founders' Day celebration set for April 24
The Albany City Council
PTA will hold its annual Founders' Day
celebration and scholarship fundraiser on Friday, April 24.
This event -- a reception
featuring a silent auction and fabulous finger foods -- will be
from 6-10 p.m. at the Italian American
Community Center on Washington Avenue Extension.
Every year, Founders' Day recognizes people who
give their time and talents on behalf of City School District of Albany
students and schools.
Basketball playoff schedules
It's playoff time for Albany High
School's basketball teams.
The girls head into the Section II Class AA playoffs with a 17-2
record and a No. 24 state ranking. They begin their quest for a fourth consecutive championship-game appearance
and their second title in three years with a quarterfinal game Monday against the Colonie-Niskayuna winner. That game will be played at
Bethlehem High School beginning at 6 p.m.
The boys entered the playoffs with
a 2-17 record, and on Tuesday lost their first-round game against Bethlehem
in a hard-fought 73-68 contest.
Visit our Athletics
section for more information. Good luck to all of our
Common Council lauds district employees
City School District of Albany employees (two of them alums!) were
honored Feb. 19 by the Albany Common Council at its
African-American History Month Celebration.
Cathy Edmondson, community
engagement coordinator for the district, Barbara Howard, a
sixth-grade teacher at Arbor Hill Elementary School, and Dana
Mackey, a teaching assistant at Arbor Hill Elementary School, were
recognized for their leadership, service and contributions to civic
life in Albany. Both Edmondson and Mackey attended and graduated
from Albany public schools. (MORE)
Safe travels in wintry conditions
we continue through another cold, snowy winter in the Northeast,
please take a few moments to read an important message from
Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard, Ph.D., regarding safe
travels, especially to and from school.
Please visit our From the Superintendent section.
District mourns a tragic accident
Feb. 12 was a tragic day for
the City School District of Albany, with a 4-year-old
prekindergarten student killed in a pedestrian accident while
walking to school.
"There are no words to
adequately convey the depth of our sadness, or of our sympathy for
this child’s family," said Superintendent Marguerite Vanden
Wyngaard, Ph.D. "Our thoughts and prayers are with them as they try
to find a way to cope with their devastating loss. This is every
parent’s worst nightmare." Please visit our
From the Superintendent section to read more.
Albany High artists' work
chosen for regional show
piece of art by an Albany High School student has been selected for
review in the 16th annual High School Regional Juried Art
Exhibition, bringing the number of Albany High student works in the show
The exhibit is open at the Esther Massry Gallery at The
College of Saint Rose. (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.
District committee to study
student drop-off, parental access
The City School District of Albany is forming a committee to evaluate student
drop-off and parental access to all district schools.
The committee will evaluate whether there is a need
for common procedures across the district, while
recognizing that differences may exist from school to school. The
primary goal is to ensure safety and security for all students and staff
Please visit our District News section to read more.
'Creative Expressions' winners
Seven City School District of Albany students were named
winners in the 19th annual Black History
Month Creative Expressions Contest sponsored by the
Albany Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
The students were among 28 winners selected
out of more than 300 contest entries from area schools. All will
appear in public service announcements on local TV and radio
stations during February.
Presidential Scholar finalist at Albany High
An Albany High School senior is one of 10 U.S. Presidential Scholar
Program finalists from New York state.
Isabel Pottinger, who will attend Cornell
University in the fall, has a stellar resume of academic achievement,
extracurricular activities and community service.
Myers student clinches district bee
Sixth-grader Graham Gordon of
Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School is the 2015
spelling bee champion of the City School District of
Gordon (pictured above) outspelled the best from
every elementary and middle school at the district-wide bee at
William S. Hackett Middle School. His winning word was “cobalt.”
Gordon and the five other top finishers in
the district will represent the district Feb. 24 at the 2015
Capital Region Spelling Bee at Proctor’s Theatre in Schenectady.
Marching Falcons Ireland-bound
St. Patrick’s Day, the Albany Marching Falcons will get their Irish up
in the capital city of the Emerald Isle itself.
At the invitation of Dublin Lord Mayor Oisin
Quinn, the City School District of Albany’s marching band and color
guard will perform in the 2015 St. Patrick’s Day parade in
Visit our District News section to read more, including a Times Union article.
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.
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
Some 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 onstage.
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