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In the News

2012-13 media coverage of Albany's public schools
Don't always have time to keep up with the news? You can follow the links below to check out media coverage of Albany's public schools during the 2012-13 school year.


You also can register for Albany School News Notifier (SNN) to stay up to date with what's happening throughout the district, and follow us on Facebook at "Albany city schools."


June 2013

  • The June 24 Times Union featured photos from Albany High School's graduation ceremonies the previous day at the University of Albany's SEFCU Arena. You can check out all the photos on the Times Union website, and more photos from the Class of 2013's big day in our Photo Gallery section.

  • WMHT/Ch. 13 reported June 21 on the gift of $550 that fourth-grade students at North Albany Academy made to help Oklahoma tornado victims. The students donated money they had raised for a field trip.

  • The Times Union reported June 18 on the graduation rates for area public schools for the 2011-12 school year, based on the most current data released by the State Education Department. Albany High School's Class of 2012 had a 52 percent graduation rate.

  • The Times Union featured photos from the June 8 Albany High School senior prom on its website.

  • The June 7-13 edition of The Business Review included a story about five Albany High School students who participated in an internship program with the local architecture, engineering and construction management firm CSArch.

  • The Times Union reported June 7 on a rap song created by City School District of Albany teacher and technology coach Jeremy Dudley in response to statewide frustrations over testing.

  • Albany High School seniors Chris Bangert-Drowns, Troy Norton and Emory Robertson-Gray got to ask tough questions of State Education Commissioner John King at a student news conference June 4. Check out the coverage in the Times Union.

May 2013

  • WNYT/TV-13 featured Montessori Magnet School's Earth Day event on May 31.

  • Metroland recapped the 2012-13 school year at Albany High School in its May 23-29 weekly edition, featuring Harvard-bound valedictorian and salutatorian June Criscione and Hilly Adler.

  • Albany voters approved the CIty School District of Albany's 2013-14 budget on May 21. Check out budget-vote coverage from across the Capital Region, including Albany, in the Times Union.

  • The Times Union featured Albany High School senior June Criscione, the top-ranked student in the Class of 2013, on May 14. Criscione, who will attend Harvard University in the fall, is among 141 high school students nationwide recognized as U.S. Presidential Scholars.

March 2013

  • The Times Union on March 28 published photos of a high-energy, high-tech enrichment program that came to Thomas O'Brien Academy of Science and Technology (TOAST) the day before.

  • The Times Union on March 22 published a photo of prekindergarteners at Delaware Community School who took part in the school-wide "Living Literacy Day" on March 21. Check out that photo and more taken that that day

  • WRGB/Ch. 6 reported March 20 on the efforts of two students at Thomas O'Brien Academy of Science and Technology (TOAST) to replace the school's tattered flag.

  • The Times Union and WNYT/Ch. 13 reported on the Albany High School girls' varsity basketball team capturing the Section II title on March 2.  

February 2013

  • WNYT/Ch. 13 reported Feb. 27 about the district and others recouping unclaimed dollars from the New York State Comptroller's Office.

  • Delaware Community School second-grade teacher Susan Fowler has been selected as a WNYT/TV-13 Top Educator for the 2012-13 school year. She's one of 13 chosen for the honor from a region-wide pool of 190 nominees. Click here to see the WNYT/Ch. 13 profile about her.

  • WNYT/Ch. 13 featured a story about Albany High School graduate Lakeshia Motley on Feb. 21. Motley used her talent and tenacity to realize a dream by participating in New York City's prestigious Fashion Week.

  • The Times Union reported on the Albany High School girls' basketball team's win at Troy on Feb. 12, clinching the Big 10 championship for the third year in a row and the first unbeaten conference season in school history.

  • Check out the popular "10 Minutes with ..." feature in the Feb. 11-15 weekly edition of The Business Review. You also can check it out online (subscription required).  

  • The Times Union profiled three district families in a Feb. 10 article about the effects of poverty on education.

  • On Feb. 8, the Times Union featured coverage of the Albany High School girls' basketball team's convincing win over Catholic Central the previous night.

  • On Feb. 5, WNYT/Ch. 13 featured the Spa Day program being preapred by students in the Cosmetology Program at Albany High School's Abrookin Career and Technical Center. Spa Day was scheduled for Feb. 9 but is being rescheduled due to the weather. Stay tuned for details!

  • District School Lunch Director Lisa Finkenbinder talked with the Times Union for a Feb. 5 story about a new set of rules issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to make food options healthier for students at school.

January 2013

  • The Times Union featured Albany High School's exceptional girls' basketball team on Jan. 29.

  • The Times Union featured Albany High School security protocols and the district's planning process for strengthening safety procedures in a Jan. 17 article.

  • The Times Union and FOX/Ch. 23 reported Jan. 15-16 about the work that students at Albany High's Abrookin Career and Technical Center did painting a "crush car" for a monster-truck rally at the Times Union Center.

  • Albany High School senior Emia Willingham-Hurst is the top selection on the WNYT/Ch. 13 Girls' High School All-Star Basketball team for the 2012-13 season. Check out her feature story Jan. 10.

  • Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard, Ph.D., talked with The Business Review regarding Gov. Cuomo's focus on education during his State-of-the-State address Jan. 9.

  • Albany High School senior Emia Willingham-Hurst and first-year head coach Decky Lawson were named the best at their business in the Times Union midseason girls' basketball report Jan. 1.

December 2012

  • The Times Union covered the Albany High School girls' basketball team's victory at Catholic Central on Dec. 21.

  • Channel One News, a daily news program for teens broadcast via sattellite to 6 million middle and high school students in the United States, featured Albany High School's "NanoHigh" partnership with the University at Albany's College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering. The NanoHigh program was the first of its kind at an American public high school when it debuted at Albany High in 2007. CBS produced the segment. 

  • WRGB/Ch. 6 and WTEN/Ch. 10 visited Albany School of Humanities (ASH) on Dec. 10 for a story about students at ASH and Pine Hills Elementary School collecting pet food to benefit the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society. 

  • WNYT/Ch. 13's Dec. 8 coverage of the annual Hudson Valley First Lego League robotics competition at RPI included an interivew with Albany High School teacher Richard Kissane.

  • The Dec. 1 Times Union reported on the beginning stages of the planning process for a new or renovated Albany High School.

November 2012

  • The Nov. 24 Times Union previewed the Albany visit of Kenneth Morris Jr., a descendant of Frederick Douglass and Booker T. Washington, and founder and president of the Frederick Douglass Family Foundation in Atlanta. Mr. Morris' scheduled presentations Nov. 29 include a student group at Albany High School during the day and a community event in the evening at Giffen Memorial Elementary School.

  • WNYT/Ch. 13 featured the Albany High School classroom of Earth Science teacher Larry Bizzarro in a Nov. 20 story about teaching students about climate change and global warming.

  • The Times Union interviewed Gloria Savino, the district's instructional supervisor for English as a second language and foreign language, for a Nov. 18 story about the growing number of students in the Capital Region for whom English is not the native language.

  • The Times Union recognized Albany High School senior Philo Germano on Nov. 17 as its Athlete of the Year for boys' cross country. Germano became the first Albany High runner ever to win the Section II championship.

  • The Times Union featured Sheridan Preparatory Academy volunteer Cornelia Porter in a Nov. 11 article. Porter volunteers at the school through Oasis Intergenerational Tutoring Program.

October 2012

  • Metroland reported Oct. 25 about the district's upcoming ballot proposals to purchase the former New Covenant Charter School, which closed amid academic and financial failures in 2010, and to sell the former Philip Livingston Magnet Academy and Alternative Learning Center.

  • The Times Union reported on the end of Albany High School's football losing streak in its Oct. 21 and Oct. 23 editions.

  • The Times Union featured Albany High School's boys' soccer team Oct. 17.

September 2012

  • The City School District of Albany welcomed new Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard, Ph.D., on Sept. 12 with a rousing community reception at William S. Hackett Middle School to celebrate Dr. Vanden Wyngaard's appointment (Dr. V is pictured above with then-board President Dan Egan). Follow these links to check out the coverage:

  • Today's third-grade students weren't born when the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, stunned America and the world. YNN/Ch. 9 visited the classroom of Pine Hills Elementary School third-grade teacher Michelle Lee on the 11th anniversary to see how the students are learning about that infamous day.

  • The Times Union reported Sept. 8 on the district's proposal to buy the former New Covenant Charter School, which closed in 2010 due to academic and financial failures.

  • The first day of school was Sept. 4, and the 15 schools in the City School District of Albany officially began the 2012-13 year. Click here to see a photo gallery of goings-on at district schools that day.

August 2012

  • The Times Union reported Aug. 22 about the Albany High School football team's optimism for the coming season.

  • The Times Union reported Aug. 16 about the closure of the charter middle school Achievement Academy at the end of the 2012-13 due to poor academic performance. It will be the third charter school in Albany to close in a four-year period due to poor academic performance.

  • The Times Union reported Aug. 8 about a summer academy program for English-language learners, one example of more than a dozen summer prorams the City School District of Albany has in place to help raise achievement for all students.

July 2012

You also can check out media coverage of Albany's public schools during the 2011-12 school year.


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