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2015-16 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 2015-16 school year.

 

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June 2016

  • The Times Union featured 2016 Albany High School graduate Ar Kee on June 27 (subscription may be required).

  • The Times Union reported June 17 about an award that City School District of Albany and Director of ENL and Refugee Services Thomas Giglio will receive for service to the city's rapidly growing refugee population (subscription may be required).

  • The national Fox News Channel program "Shepard Smith Reporting" featured Albany High School English teacher Brian Huskie in a June 1 story about Huskie's efforts to raise money for a University at Albany scholarship fund for refugee students.

May 2016

  • The Times Union reported May 30 about the contributions more than 2,000 City School District of Albany students are making to a large art project that will be installed this summer in the city's Sheridan Hollow neighborhood (subscription may be required).

  • The Times Union reported May 18 about the efforts of Albany High School English teacher Brian Huskie to support a University at Albany scholarship fund for refugee students (subscription may be required).

  • U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer visited Albany High School on May 16 to urge the U.S. Army to provide funding for the school's popular new cadet program. WNYT/Ch. 13, WTEN/Ch. 10 and TWCNews/Ch. 9 covered the event.

  • The Times Union and The Altamont Enterprise reported May 10 about an apology issued by the Voorheesville Central School District Board of Education president after negative comments about Albany were attributed to him from an April meeting.

  • The Times Union reported May 5 about Pine Hills Elementary School's role in an announcement earlier in the week of a $2.5 million New York State Department of Health grant to help build healthier communities throughout the Capital Region (subscription may be required).

  • WNYT/Ch. 13 reported May 4 on the efforts of two Albany High School teachers to walk 25 miles to raise $25,000 to support a University at Albany scholarship fund for refugee students.

  • Albany School of Humanities (ASH) participated in National Walk and Bike to School Day on May 4. Check out coverage on TWCNews/Ch. 9.

  • Albany High School students joined Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple and the NY Teen Save Driving Coalition on May 4 to urge students throughout the region to be safe on the roads during prom season and all year long. May is Global Youth Traffic Safety Month. WNYT/Ch. 13 and WTEN/Ch. 10 covered the announcement.

  • The Times Union reported May 4 about the City School District of Albany's work to revise its student code of conduct to address inconsistencies that have contributed to disparities in suspension rates among student groups (subscription may be required).

April 2016

March 2016

  • The Times Union took an in-depth look March 29 at the City School District of Albany's plans to develop a newcomer program to provide targeted instruction and supports for the city's growing refugee student population (subscription may be required to access the link).

  • The Times Union, as part of a series on immigration in Albany, reported March 28 about the City School District of Albany's growing student population of English-language learners and its efforts to provide more services and supports through a growing English as a New Language program (subscription may be required to access the link).

  • The Times Union reported March 26 about the upcoming school musical at Albany School of Humanities (ASH), a collaboration of long-time physical education teacher/coach/theater director Leslie Bogucki and her mother, Jaccquelynne (subscription may be required to access the link).

  • The Times Union reported March 17 about the City School District of Albany's budget-development process and funding needs for 2016-17 (subscription may be required to access the link).

  • WNYT/Ch. 13 featured Albany High School senior Leah Dollard on March 11 as one of its top 10 girls' basketball all-stars for the 2015-16 season. Dollard joined teammate and fellow senior Ayanna Hunter on WNYT's all-star team.

  • Check out the Times Union's March 11 feature story on Albany High School's annual musical performance, "Once on This Island" (subscription may be required to access the link).

February 2016

  • Coverage of the Albany High School girls' basketball team's Section II Class AA semifinal win over Columbia included this story in the Feb. 27 Times Union (subscription may be required). Coverage also included this story on TWCNews/Ch. 9.

  • The Times Union reported Feb. 26 about the preliminary findings of the City School District of Albany's review of voting problems in the Feb. 9 Albany High School vote.

  • The Feb. 25 Times Union included a story about the Albany High School Robotics team preparing for an upcoming competition with assistance from partners at National Grid (subscription may be required). WNYT/Ch. 13 also featured Albany High's Robotics team Feb. 26.

  • Wellesley Magazine featured 2014 Albany High School graduate Zilpa Oduor in its winter 2016 edition.

  • The Times Union reported about the experience that Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School eighth-graders Rah-mene McDuffie and Lee Reh had at the Grammys on Feb. 15.

  • The unofficial margin in the Feb. 9 Albany High School referendum narrowed to 189 after the City School District of Albany discovered an error in the vote totals at one polling location. The Times Union reported on the change in the unofficial vote totals Feb. 11.

  • Voters approved the Feb. 9 referendum for a scaled-back renovation and constructino project for Albany High School by a 228-vote margin (4,061-,3833). Read coverage of the vote in the Feb. 10 Times Union.

  • The Feb. 9 Times Union included an editorial urging support of the referendum to rebuild Albany High School (subscription may be required).

  • CBS6Albany interviewed Board of Education Secretary Anne Savage on Feb. 9 about the scaled-back proposal to rebuild Albany High School.

  • CBS6Albany reported Feb. 8 on the final public tour opportunity at Albany High School in advance of the Feb. 9 vote on a scaled-back proposal to rebuild the 42-year-old school.

  • The Feb. 7 Times Union included an overview of the upcoming vote on the scaled-back proposal to rebuild Albany High School.

  • TWCNews/Ch. 9 reported Feb. 2 on community support for the proposal to rebuild Albany High School.

  • WNYT/Ch. 13 recognized Albany High School senior Ayanna Hunter as one of the top area players for the 2015-16 season. Check out her profile from Feb. 5.

January 2016

  • WTEN/Ch. 10 previewed the Jan. 28 concert by City School District of Albany music teachers, which supports additional programming and equipment for the district's robust music offerings for students in grades 3-12.

  • The Times Union and WNYT/Ch. 13 featured Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School eighth-graders Lee Reh and Rah-mene McDuffie on Jan. 26. The students won a national music contest and will attend this year's Grammy awards. Their winning song "Fight" is about making good choices and avoiding the negative influences teens can face. 

  • The Jan. 24 Times Union featured the new Junior ROTC program at Albany High School.

  • The Times Union "House of Hoops" blog featured a Jan. 6 profile on the success of the city's three high school boys' basketball coaches, including Albany High School coach Sean Brown. The Falcons improved to 5-4 after winning at Saratoga Springs on Jan. 5.

  • The Jan. 6 Times Union included an update on upcoming community forums and school tours to provide information and answer questions about the Feb. 9 vote on a scaled-back renovation and construction proposal for Albany High School.

  • The Jan. 4 Times Union included coverage of the Karen New Year's Celebration at William S. Hackett Middle School the previous day.

  • Albany High School graduate Philo Germano '13 visited the CBS6Albany studios Jan. 3 to talk about Syracuse's national championship in men's cross country.

December 2015

  • The Times Union editorialized Dec. 28 on the districts' scaled-back renovation and construction proposal for Albany High School.

  • The Times Union followed up Dec. 23 on the strong show of support at the Dec. 17 Board of Education meeting for Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard, Ph.D.

  • The Times Union reported Dec. 18 about the Board of Education's approval of a new proposal to rebuild Albany High School. Voters will weigh in on the reduced $179.9 million proposal Feb. 9. The newspaper also published the story in its Dec. 19 editions.

  • Albany High School's girls' basketball team remained unbeaten with a 68-36 win at Troy on Dec. 17. Read about the team's seventh consecutive win to start the season in the Times Union.

  • The Times Union reported Dec. 18 on the important role Albany High School graduate Philo Germano '13 played in helping Syracuse win the NCAA Division I men's national championship in cross country last month.

  • The Times Union reported Dec. 16 on a report by the New York State Attorney General's Office that found that the City School District of Albany suspends black students and students with disabilities at significantly higher rates than their peers.

  • Several TV stations attended Albany County District Attorney David Soares' kickoff announcement for the 2015-16 WORDS anti-bullying initiative at Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School on Dec. 14.

  • TWCNews/Ch. 9 reported Dec. 10 about the donation of 15 musical instruments The Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation presented to Sheridan Preparatory Academy. The school's students put the instruments, valued at $15,000, on display for the first time at their winter concerts Dec. 10.

  • The Times Union reported Dec. 7 on the City School District of Albany's ongoing process of evaluating programmatic and space needs for middle school as it works to address increasing enrollment at all grade levels.

  • The Dec. 5 Daily Gazette reported on the Albany School of Humanities (ASH) field trip to Proctor's Theater in Schenectady for a performance of "The Nutcracker" ballet.

  • The Times Union reported Dec. 5 on the Albany High School girls' basketball team's Suburban Council win at Colonie the previous night.

  • The Times Union reported Dec. 5 on the City School District of Albany Board of Education's efforts to develop a less-expensive Albany High School facilities proposal for voters to consider in the winter or spring.

  • A locally produced film shot partly at Albany High School has been selected to compete in the prestigious 2016 Sundance Film Festival. Scenes for “As You Are” were filmed at several Capital Region locations earlier this fall, including two days at Albany High featuring students as extras. Check out the Dec. 3 Times Union to read more.

  • TWCNews/Ch. 9 reported Dec. 2 on the Arbor Hill Elementary School mentoring program that matches students with volunteers from SEFCU, including President and CEO Michael J. Castellana.

November 2015

  • The Nov. 22  Denver Post included coverage of Syracuse's national championship in men's cross country, which featured a strong performance from Albany High School graduate Philo Germano '13. The coverage focuses on the key role Germano played in helping the Orange to the surprising upste of top-ranked Colorado.

  • The Times Union reported Nov. 22 about the Board of Education's Nov. 19 discussion about the future of Albany High School and the possibility of a second referendum on the proposed facilities project needed at the school.

  • WNYT/Ch. 13 was among several local media outlets that reported Nov. 20 on Albany High School football coach Joey DiPiazza's recognition as one of four coaches nationally to receive the 2015 Dove Men+Care Caring Coach of the Year Award. DiPiazza will be recognized Dec. 18 at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta along with the three other recipients from Alabama, Kentucky and Michigan. A documentary about DiPiazza also will be on display at the College Football Hall of Fame for the next year.

  • CBS6Albany reported Nov. 19 about the City School District of Albany's programs and services for its rapidly growing population of refugee and immigrant students. The story included an interview with Driector of ENL and Refugee Services Tom Giglio.

  • The Times Union reported Nov. 19 about the outcome of the City School District of Albany Board of Education election. Jennifer Lange, Ellen Roach and Vickie Smith were elected to fill the three open seats.

  • The Times Union covered the Nov. 17 visit by award-winning teen author Jason Reynolds at Albany High School.

  • WNYT/Ch. 13 reported Nov. 12 about the State Education Department's process of "intercepting" state aid from school districts and sending it to charter schools when there is a discrepancy in residency requirements. The City School District of Albany, along with colleagues in the Troy and Lansingburgh school districts, believe the state should require charter schools to prove the students in question live at the address provided. Currently, charter schools are not required to prove residency of students when a school district withholds tuition payments because of inadequate proof of address.

  • The proposal to renovate and rebuild Albany High School failed by a narrow 103-vote margin following the counting of absentee ballots Nov. 12. Media coverage included this Times Union story.

  • Albany High School junior Jarrell Chaney talked with ESPN Radio/104.5-FM on Nov. 10 about the Falcons' recently ended football season. The Falcons finished the season with three straight wins, including their first win over a Class AA opponent since 2007.

October 2015

  • TWCNews/Ch. 9 reported Nov. 2 about the proposal to renovate and expand Albany High School.

  • WTEN/Ch. 10 reported Oct. 28 about the proposal to renovate and expand Albany High School. Voters will consider the proposal Nov. 3.

  • City School District of Albany Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard, Ph.D., welcomed a large group of local leaders to William S. Hackett Middle School on Oct. 28 to announce a broad partnership to support Hackett’s efforts to avoid a takeover by the state. Check out media coverage in the Times Union, and on CBS6Albany and TWCNews/Ch. 9. 

  • WNYT/Ch. 13 reported Oct. 26 about the proposal to renovate and expand Albany High School. Voters will consider the proposal Nov. 3.

  • Albany High School kicked off a new era for its student-athletes Oct. 17 when it opened its new athletic field with the first on-campus varsity football game in the history of Albany's public schools. The Falcons welcomed former crosstown rival CBA for the historic game. Check out coverage in the Times Union and on WNYT/Ch. 13, CBS6Albany and TWCNews/Ch. 9.

  • The Times Union reported Oct. 11 about the proposal to renovate and rebuild Albany High School after participating in a tour of the school with families and community members the previous day. Three more tours are scheduled throughout October to allow community members to learn more about the school's needs and the proposal Albany voters will consider Nov. 3.

  • WNYT/Ch. 13 interviewed City School District of Albany Director of Curriculum and Instruction Karen Bechdol about the district's process for selecting textbooks for an Oct. 6 story about inappropriate content published in geogrpahy textbook used in a Texas school district.

  • WNYT/Ch. 13 reported Oct. 1 on the City School District of Albany's new grant to expand prekindergarten for 269 3-year-old learners beginning in November. 

  • Times Union columnist Chris Churchill took a look Oct. 1 at the decision facing Albany voters on Nov. 3 when they head to the polls to decide on the proposal to update and expand Albany High School.

September 2015

  • The Times Union reported Sept. 28 on efforts by the Albany and Schenectady city school districts to increase student attendance.

  • City School District of Albany Director of Health, Physical Education and Athletics Kathy Ryan was featured in a Sept. 27 Times Union article about the low numbers of women leading collegiate athletic departments in the United States.

  • TimeWarner Cable News/Ch. 9 provided coverage of Dads Take Your Kids to School Day activities at Thomas O'Brien Academy of Science and Technology (TOAST) on Sept. 22. More than 1,000 dads and father figures participated in the event throughout the district.

  • The Times Union highlighted Albany High School junior receiver Jarrell Chaney in its Sept. 21 weekly student-athlete honor roll.

  • The Times Union highlighted the members of the City School District of Albany Hall of Fame Class of 2015 on Sept. 16.

  • With Albany experiencing its first heat wave of the summer as the new school year began, TWCNews/Ch. 9 talked with Director of Athletics Kathy Ryan on Sept. 9 about precautions for student-athletes in high heat and humidity.

  • The Times Union back-to-school online photo gallery included several pictures from the first day at West Hill Middle School on Sept. 8 (images 11-18). The newspaper's Sept. 9 edition featured a West Hill photo on the front page.

  • The Times Union reported Sept. 8 on construction projects at several area school districts, including the athletic field and swimming pool projects at Albany High School.

  • The New Scotland Elementary School PTA organized a colorful start to the new school year, bringing students and families together on Labor Day to write and draw back-to-school messages in chalk on the sidewalks outside of school. The messages greeted staff, students and families when the school year began the following day. CBS6Albany and WNYT/Ch. 13 provided coverage.

  • The Times Union reported Sept. 7 about the challenges and opportunities for the 2015-16 school year at West Hill Middle School and William S. Hackett Middle School.

  • A new era in Albany High School football kicked off Sept. 5 at the University at Albany's Bob Ford Field as the Falcons took on Columbia in new coach Joey DiPiazza's first game. The Falcons started fast but wore down late as Columbia pulled away for a 34-7 win. Read about the game in the Sept. 6 Times Union.

  • Staff from Giffen Memorial Elementary School and New Scotland Elementary School welcomed author Debby Irving on Sept. 4 to discuss her book "Waking up White: and Finding Myself in the Story of Race." CBS6Albany provided coverage of the professional development opportunity.

August 2015

  • The Times Union reported Aug. 16 about the impending start of a new era in Albany High School football as first-year coach Joey DiPiazza prepares for his first season.

  • The Times Union reported Aug. 13 on the "receivership" public hearing Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard, Ph.D., hosted at William S. Hackett Middle School the previous evening.

  • The Times Union reported Aug. 12 on the research that Albany High School students Dhimiter Cobani and Emily Ha are conducting during the summer at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.

  • Several media outlets covered public hearings that Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard, Ph.D., conducted Aug. 11 at Albany High School and Philip Schuyler Achievement Academy on the state's new "receviership" law.

  • The Aug. 3 Times Union included a notice of the City School District of Albany's three scheduled public hearings Aug. 11-12 regarding receivership and changes it will have this school year at Albany High School, Philip Schuyler Achievement Academy and William S. Hackett Middle School.

  • The Times Union reported Aug. 2 on the City School District of Albany's door-to-door community-outreach efforts to inform families from the closed Brighter Choice charter middle schools that registration will be available Aug. 5 at the district's new West Hill Middle School.

July 2015

  • Albany High School football coach Joey DiPiazza talked with FOX Sports AM-980/Albany Sports Radio about the upcoming season July 28. Senior Reed Drucker, soon to be a member of DiPiazza's first team and an aspiring sports journalist, joined host Rodger Wyland to ask the questions.

  • Media coverage of the July 21 groundbreaking ceremony for the new athletic field at Albany High School included the front page of the Times Union Sports section.

  • The July 17 Times Union included a story about an agreement on federal education funding that included full support for Title I funding for 2015-16. The City School District of Albany could have lost about $2 million of its $4.2 million in Title I funding without the agreement, which was supported by U.S. Sen. Charles E. Schumer.

  • The Times Union reported July 17 about the State Education Department's official list of 144 "persistently struggling" and "struggling" school statewide, and steps districts must take to avoid losing local control over decisions affecting those schools. The list includes William S. Hackett Middle School ("persistently struggling"), Albany High School ("struggling") and Philip Schuyler Achievement Academy ("struggling").

  • The Times Union included photos and a complete listing of the City School District of Albany's locations for free summer meals in its July 6 editions.

  • The July 2 Times Union included a story about the City School District of Albany's plan to lease the former Brigher Choice middle schools to serve students in grades 6-8 for the 2015-16 school year. The schools closed at the end of the 2014-15 school year due to low academic performance.

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