District schools, offices closed for holiday
These tiny turkey pals from Sheridan Preparatory Academy on Tuesday
got a jump start on Thanksgiving during their school's annual
Starting Wednesday, all City School District of Albany schools and
offices will be closed for Thanksgiving recess and will reopen
Happy Thanksgiving and safe journeys to all holiday travelers!
Mayor's winter clothing drive
brings warm gear -- and just time!
Kathy Sheehan's annual winter clothing drive collected more than
1,000 pieces of warm gear for City School District of Albany
students this year. The timing of Monday's announcement at Arbor
Hill Elementary School couldn't have been better, with the area's
first snowstorm in the forecast.
The Cash for Coats campaign raised $8,000 to purchase 450 new coats
and other winter clothing items for district students.
Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard, Ph.D., joined Mayor
Sheehan, local business leaders and Arbor Hill Elementary students
for the announcement.
Visit our District News section to read more.
Magnet elementary schools
partner on Toys for Tots drive
The City School District of Albany's three magnet elementary schools are
teaming up with the United States Marine Corps on a Toys for Tots drive
for this holiday season.
The Thomas O'Brien Academy of Science and Technology (TOAST) Student
Council has organized the activity in partnership with Albany School
of Humanities (ASH) and Montessori Magnet School. Students, staff,
families and community members can drop off a new unopened and
unwrapped toy at any of the three schools through Dec. 5.
Visit our District News section for more information.
enrollment growth, planning
The City School District of Albany has room to educate its growing
student population in 2015-16, but will need to address space and
grade-configuration questions to be able to serve students and families
well in the years to come.
That was the perspective a consultant
provided to the Board of Education on Wednesday night during a
presentation at Delaware Community School about enrollment growth
Visit our District News section to read more. The board will
continue the short- and long-term enrollment discussion at its
meeting Thursday, Dec. 11 at Philip J. Schuyler Achievement Academy.
Shop Barnes & Noble on Dec. 3
and help the Marching Falcons
the City School District of Albany marching band and get a jump on your
holiday shopping on Dec. 3 when the Albany Marching Falcons partner with
Barnes & Noble to raise money for activities and equipment.
That day, shop at the Barnes & Noble Colonie Center Store and
a special coupon when you check out. (You also can share the
coupon with friends and family members.) If you shop between 5-8
p.m., you'll get the added bonus of hearing holiday tunes performed
by a select group of the band's musicians.
Basketball standout Chandler makes commitment to Division I
High School senior Mylah Chandler, a standout performer on the court and
in the classroom, made her college choice official Nov. 14, signing a
National Letter of Intent to attend Division I Colgate University next
Surrounded by her teammates on the Lady Falcons
girls' basketball team, Chandler described Colgate as providing her
the best combination of Division I athletics and top-flight
Visit our Athletics News section to read more.
Many ways to stay informed
about school closings, delays
With the first snowflakes in our weather
forecast for the season, it's important to refresh yourself about
the many ways to stay informed about weather-related school closings
or delays in the City School District of Albany.
Please remember that it is best to rely on
multiple sources of information when it comes to weather-related
Please visit our District News section for more information.
District reduces fall testing by 80
Most City School District
of Albany students have seen substantially fewer tests this fall.
In the first quarter of the
school year, which ends Friday, the district eliminated nearly 80
percent of student learning objective (SLO) pre-assessments. These
“pre-tests” – which until this year were given during the first several
weeks of school – were part of the teacher-evaluation processes for all
grades except kindergarten.
The decision to abolish the
majority of SLO pre-tests came after the district and the Albany Public
School Teachers Association partnered to streamline testing practices.
Bullying prevention focus of poster contest
Winning work to become I-90 billboard
Fourth- and fifth-graders in the City School District of
Albany will have the opportunity to show off their bully-
smarts and their artistic skills in a poster contest.
The winning work will be featured on a billboard on I-90.
Visit our District News section to read more.
Albany High blood drive a success
again, Albany High School students and staff turned out to donate blood
in record amounts.
On Oct. 16, Albany High
held the first of three blood drives for the 2014-15 school year to
benefit the American Red Cross of Northeastern New York. They
collected 90 pints of blood, the most ever collected in an October
drive, and met the goal the Red Cross set for them.
senior Ellenor Hanna gives a thumbs up during her first blood
Albany High seniors
get National Merit recognition
Five Albany High School seniors have been named
Commended Students in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program.
The seniors are
Isaac “Ravi” Brenner, Clare
Criscione, Olivia Parker, Isaac Rosen and
They scored in the top 5 percent of the 1.5
million students who took the Preliminary
SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test during junior year.
Congratulations to them!
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 Sept.
25 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