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In the News

2016-17 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 2016-17 school year.

 

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June 2017

  • WNYT/Ch. 13 reported June 12 on a donation from the Touhey Family Foundation to purchase Chromebooks for all students in grades 3-5 at Arbor Hill Elementary School.

May 2017

  • CBS6Albany visited Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School on May 23 for a story about Myers students participating in the "Pawsome Project" -- a community art project involving replicas of the famours "Nipper" dog statute. Myers is the only school among 20 organizations selected to participate in the project.

  • A Times Union photographer covered the annual Albany PAL Track Meet at Albany High School on May 18. You also can check out more photos on our Facebook page. (Please note: A Facebook account is not necessary to view this content. A window may display the text "To see more from Albany City Schools on Facebook, log in or create an account." However, this can be dismissed and you can access the content by clicking "not now.")

  • Students from North Albany Academy joined Mayor Kathy Sheehan on May 17 to cut the ribbon on renovations and upgrades to Hackett Park, which the North Albany students use for recess and recreation. Check out coverage on CBS6Albany.

  • National Walk-Bike to School Day was May 10, and several media outlets covered the event at Delaware Community School:

  • Spectrum News/Ch. 9 profiled Albany High School senior Noah John in a scholar-athlete feature May 6-7. John, a leader on the Falcons football and baseball teams, also is among the top students in the Class of 2017. He plans to attend Amherst College, where he will continue his football career.

  • The Times Union reported May 1 about nominations for the High School Musical Awards for the Capital Region, which included six nominations for Albany High School's production of "Oliver!" Albany High's nominations included Best Musical and a Best Actor nomination for senior Raphael Cohen.

April 2017

  • The Times Union reported April 29 about the City School District of Albany's new partnership with New York University to diversify its teaching staff to better serve all students and families.

  • The Univrsity at Albany's News Center reported April 17 about a visit earlier in the month by engineering faculty from UAlbany and The Ohio State University to Debra Calvo's science classroom at William S. Hackett Middle School.

  • The Times Union reported April 13 about the City School District of Albany's 2017-18 budget proposal, which includes no tax-levy increase for the second year in a row and the third time in seven years thanks to strong state support. The budget vote is May 16. Please visit our 2017-18 Budget Development section to read more about the proposal.

  • The April 1 Times Union included an update on the work of the Grade Configuration Steering Committee to evaluate long-term facilities and enrollment needs at the elementary and middle levels.

March 2017

  • Spectrum News/Ch. 9 featured Albany High School student Erin Lippitt in a March 30 story about her efforts to organize a donation drive to collect feminine hygiene products. 

  • Spectrum News/Ch. 9 previewed the Albany High School baseball season March 28.

  • The Times Union reported March 20 on the "moga" program for students with special needs at Montessori Magnet School. To read more about moga in the City School District of Albany, you also can check out the fall 2016 edition of Capital Education.

  • The Times Union reported March 18 on Dale Getto's decision to postpone her retirment and serve as Albany High School's principal for a third year in 2017-18.

  • The Times Union reported March 17 on Albany High School's new football coach, Mike Ware, who was an assistant on the Falcons' coaching staff in 2016.

  • The Times Union reported March 11 on the City School District of Albany's plan to consider official observances of the annual Eid holidays in recognition of the rapidly growing Muslim population in the city and school district.

  • The Times Union reported March 9 about the City School District of Albany Board of Education's review of a 2015 classroom renovation project at Albany High School's Abrookin Career and Technical Center.

February 2017

  • Check out this Feb. 23 WNYT/Ch. 13 story about North Albany Academy school nurse Lenore Palladino, whose above-and-beyond efforts this school year have included helping one refugee student get a prosthetic arm for the first time and helping another refugee student get life-saving medical treatment.

  • Check out this Feb. 22 TWCNews/Ch. 9 coverage of the Albany High School boys' basketball team's upset playoff win at Troy.

  • The Times Union reported Feb. 20 on the City School District of Albany's proposal to start a "newcomer" program to serve the district's rapidly growing population of English-language learners.

  • The Times Union reported Feb. 18 on the status of the City School District of Albany's budget-development process.

  • The Times Union reported Feb. 14 on proposals the Board of Education is considering as part of this year's budget-development process to redesign the City School District of Albany's alternative-education programs.

  • The Times Union included the City School District of Albany in a Feb. 11 story about increased graduation rates for Capital Region school districts in 2016. Albany High School's graduation rate for the Class of 2016 increased to 62 percent, the third consecutive year of increases and the highest rate in eight years.

  • The Times Union reported Feb. 4 on the new co-principals appointed to lead the City School District of Albany's new middle school at 50 North St., in 2017-18.

January 2017

  • Check out this excellent Jan. 31 extended CBS6Albany studio interview with the members of of Albany High School's record-breaking sprint relay teams: seniors Jarrell Chaney, Syeed Holtzclaw and Kevin Mitchell, and junior Blaise Umuhaza. On Jan. 21 at the New Balance Games in New York City, the team broke the school record in the 4x200-meter and 4x400-meter relays. After that meet, the team was ranked sixth in the state in the 4x400 and 13th in the 4x200. These fleet Falcons have the fastest times in the Capital Region this year in both events -- and are aiming to go even faster!

  • Several media outlets covered the Board of Education's special meeting Jan. 30 opposing the nomination of Betsy DeVos for U.S. education secretary.

  • The Times Union reported Jan. 11 on the City School District of Albany's two successful facilities votes.

  • TWCNews/Ch. 9 reported Jan. 10 on that day's vote on two district facilities proposals.

  • The national community-development magazine Shelterforce reported Jan. 10 on the summer 2016 Sheridan Hollow mosaic project in which 3,000 City School District of Albany art students contributed their talents to help transform a city neighborhood. Shelterforce is a publication of the National Housing Institute.

  • The Times Union reported Jan. 10 on that day's vote on two City School District of Albany facilities proposals.

December 2016

  • The Times Union reported Dec. 22 about a $500 grant that will support students in the STEM Club (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) at William S. Hackett Middle School (subscription may be required to read the story online).

  • The Times Union reported Dec. 21 on the City School District of Albany's planned investments in community-schools models at Arbor Hill Elementary School, Giffen Memorial Elementary School, Sheridan Preparatory Academy and the Alternative Learning Center.

  • The Times Union recognized Albany High School student-athletes Hamadi Gaddy (boys' basketball) and Jahlil Young (boys' bowling) on Dec. 19 in its weekly honor roll of top athletic performances in the past week (subscription may be required to read the story online).

  • The Times Union included Albany in a Dec. 19 story about poverty rates in city school districts in the region (subscription may be required to read the story online).

  • The "Long story short" editorial in the Dec. 18 Times Union included an item about the City School District of Albany's proposal to renovate the new middle school that will open at 50 North Lark St., next school year (subscription may be required to read the story online).

  • Albany High School junior Jahlil Young bowled a perfect game in the Falcons' match against CBA on Dec. 13. Check out this coverage of his achievement Dec. 15 on TWCNews/Ch. 9.

  • The City School District of Albany is a recipient of a $346,226 My Brother's Keeper Challenge Grant to help expand its efforts to raise achievement for all students, especially boys and young men of color. The Times Union included the district in a Dec. 14 story about the State Education Department's grant announcement.

  • CBS6Albany included a brief story Dec. 14 about Pine Hills Elementary School's Leadership Day.

  • The City School District of Albany held a tour of 50 North Lark St., on Dec. 10 to give community members an opportunity to see how the proposed renovations would improve the school, which will open as a middle school in September. The Times Union reported Dec. 11 on the tour and the district's plans for 50 North Lark and 395 Elk St. (the second proposal voters will consider Jan. 10).

  • Renowned jazz saxophonist Steve Wilson held a master class for Albany High School music students on Dec. 9 in conjunction with his performance that night at The College of St. Rose. Check out photos of his visit in the Dec. 10 Times Union.

  • Thomas O'Brien Academy of Science and Technology (TOAST) third-graders visited the New York State Museum on Dec. 9 to learn about archaeology. State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia joined them. Check out this WNYT/Ch. 13 story about their visit.

  • A brief item in the Dec. 8 Times Union noted the recognition that students in Albany High School's Abrookin Career and Technical Center Culinary Arts Program received at a recent chili and chowder cookoff. The Culinary students received special recognition in the nonprofessional division at the third anual Chili, Chowder and Soup Fest in Washington Park.

  • The Times Union included City School District of Albany Director of ENL and Refugee Services Tom Giglio in a Dec. 6 story about the need for additional state funding to support school districts with large numbers of English-language learners (ELLs). The district has seen its ELL student population more than double to more than 1,300 over the past five years.  

November 2016

  • CBS6Albany included a brief look at the 2016-17 Albany High School boys' basketball team Nov. 28.

  • The Times Union included the City School District of Albany in a Nov. 27 story about area school district's with growing enrollment.

  • The Times Union reported Nov. 18 on the Board of Education's plan to include a second facilities proposition on the Jan. 10 ballot. In addition to the proposal to renovate 50 North Lark St., to create a new middle school, voters also will consider a proposal to buy the building at 395 Elk St., currently home to West Hill Middle School and the proposed future home of the Altenrative Learning Center.

  • The Times Union reported Nov. 3 on the Board of Education's plan to approve a search firm to assist with the process of hiring the City School District of Albany's next permanent superintendent. The board approved that plan at its Nov. 3 meeting. Interim Superintendent Kimberly Young Wilkins, Ed.D., whose current contract runs through August 2017, had not yet decided if she will seek the permanent position.

October 2016

  • The City School District of Albany celebrated the start of the Albany High School pool renovation project with a groundbreaking ceremony Oct. 25. Media coverage included:

  • The Times Union reported Oct. 21 about the Board of Education's approval of an interim enrollment pattern for a new middle school at 50 North Lark St., beginning in 2017-18 (subscription may be required to read the story online).

  • The Times Union reported Oct. 14 about the efforts of Albany High School senior Matthew Pickett, a member of the school's JROTC program, to plan and organize a community-wide event to benefit veterans in the Capital Region.

  • The Times Union reported Oct. 12 about the planned Jan. 10 vote on proposed renovations to convert the City School District of Albany building at 50 North Lark St., into a middle school for 2017-18. If approved, the renovations would have no impact on taxes.

September 2016

  • A Sept. 29 Times Union story highlighted the role of Albany High School senior and JROTC leader Matthew Pickett in organizing an October event to support veterans.

  • YNN/Ch. 9 featured Albany High School exchange student Timothy Chanoine on Sept. 17. Chanoine is a member of the Albany High football team.

  • The Times Union editorialized Sept. 9 in support of the state restoring approximately $1.6 million in funding to William S. Hackett Middle School for the 2016-17 school year (subscription may be required to read the story online).

  • State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia started the school year at William S. Hackett Middle School on Sept. 6, recognizing Hackett for its strong academic progress. Media coverage included:

  • The Albany High School football team upset defending Section II Class AA champion Saratoga Springs 16-14 to start the 2016 season Sept. 3. It was the Falcons' first regular-season win since 2007. Media coverage included:

  • CBS6Albany sat down in-studio with Albany High football coach for a Sept. 2 preview of the 2016 season.

  • The Times Union recognized two City School District of Albany teachers in a Sept. 1 feature story about five outstanding teachers trom throughout the Capital Region nominated by the newspaper's readers. District teachers featured were Kerstin Comproski of William S. Hackett Middle School and Cathy Lotmore of Thomas O'Brien Academy of Science and Technology (TOAST) (subscription may be required to read the story online).

August 2016

  • CBS6Albany previewed the Albany High School football season on the first day of preseason practice Aug. 15.

July 2016

  • The Times Union reported July 24 on the City School District of Albany's Summer Newcomer Academy, a new program the district launched this year to help its growing number of refugee and immigrant students adjust to a new language, a new school environment and and a new culture.

  • News10's Josh Rultenberg took a look July 17 at the significant improvements Albany High School football coach Joey DiPiazza has made since taking over the program in 2015.

  • Albany High School football coach Joey DiPiazza added significant experience and leadership to his staff July 14 with the addition of former University at Albany defensive guru Mike Simpson. Check out some of the media coverage:

  • CBS6Albany profiled former Thomas O'Brien Academy of Science and Technology (TOAST) and rising William S. Hackett Middle School student Kazir Goldston on July 8. Goldston is a six-time national boxing champion, including back-to-back Junior Olympics titles in his 119-pound weight class.

You also can check out media coverage of Albany's public schools during past years:

 

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