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Weather-related news Tuesday

The City School District of Albany is making the following weather-related announcements for Tuesday, Jan. 17:

 

--Elementary school – All elementary after-school programs will operate normally Tuesday. All evening programs and activities beginning after 5 p.m. are cancelled.

--Middle school – All middle-school after-school programs and activities are cancelled, including modified sports practices and games. All evening programs and activities are cancelled.

--High school – All Albany High School after-school programs and activities are cancelled, with the exception of freshman, JV and varsity sports practices. Practices will be held as scheduled. All evening programs and activities, including night school, are cancelled.

 

Superintendent forum Wednesday

As it moves forward with the national search for the City School District of Albany's next permanent superintendent, the Board of Education is providing two opportunities for all community members to provide input.

 

The board will hold a community forum on Wednesday, Jan. 18 to gather feedback on the qualities and characteristics our community values in the leader of our school district.

 

An online survey also is available to provide feedback. Please visit our Superintendent Search section for links to the survey and more information about the search process.

 

Albany public schools dominate

'Creative Expressions' contest

City School District of Albany students’ writing, artistic and oratory skills collectively eclipsed those of students from around the region in the 2017 Black History Month Creative Expressions Contest.

  

Of 28 winners picked, 12 were from Albany public schools. The contest asked students to submit a piece of writing, art or oratory about a person, group, event or movement that significantly affected people of color in a community, the United States or worldwide. (MORE)

 

Giffen teacher meets gold standard

Another City School District of Albany teacher has reached a profes-

sional gold standard.

 

Betsey Domenico, an English-as-a-new-language (ENL) teacher at Giffen Memorial Elementary School, has earned certification through the highly prestigious National Board of Teaching Standards. (MORE)

 

Albany High tops

blood-donation record

Albany High School students and staff rolled up their sleeves Jan. 12 to donate a record amount of life-saving blood to the local American Red Cross.

 

Senior Peggy Abdul-Korah, the driving force behind this year’s blood drives, will earn a $2,500 scholarship from the Red Cross. (Above, Abdul-Korah, left, is pictured with librarian and faculty adviser Alicia Abdul). (MORE)

   

Thank you, Albany!

Voters back two facilities plans

Voters strongly supported two tax-free facilities proposals Jan. 10, giving the City School District of Albany the go-ahead to prepare a new middle school for next school year and add urgently needed space to meet its growing enrollment.

 

"We are grateful to our community for supporting both of these important proposals, and allowing us to plan to provide equitable programs and services for our new middle school," said Interim Superintendent Kimberly Young Wilkins, Ed.D. Please visit our District News section to read more about both propositions.

 

Falcon gets fabulous new plumage

When Albany High School needed a new mascot costume, students in Lisa Osterman’s school-to-work class channeled their Falcon pride and did something about it.

 

They raised money for, chose and purchased a new Falcon costume that arrived during the recently ended holiday break. The new bird in town has yet to make its debut at a game or school event, but it is a formidable creature sporting bright blue-and-white plumage. (MORE)

 

Albany High spring sports

registration through Jan. 20

Registration is open through Friday, Jan. 20 for all student-athletes interested in participating in an Albany High School varsity or JV spring sport. Please visit our Athletics section for more information.

 

Next budget workshop Jan. 23

The City School District of Albany will hold another budget workshop in this month to provide all community members opportunities to learn about the 2017-18 budget-development process and offer suggestions.

 

The workshop will be held at Albany High School on Monday, Jan. 23 from 5:30-7 p.m.

 

Please visit our District News section for more information.

 

Hall of Fame nominations due Feb. 1

Do you know someone who has made significant contributions to support the City School District of Albany, or someone who excelled as a student or staff member in Albany’s public schools?

 

Nominate them for the Hall of Fame Class of 2017. Nominations are open until Feb. 1. Please visit our Hall of Fame section for more information.

 

Adler new Board of Ed president

The City School District of Albany Board of Education on Jan. 3 selected Sue Adler as its president for 2017.

 

Elected in 2011 and re-elected in 2013, Adler served as board vice president in 2015 and 2016. Her term as president runs through Dec. 31, and she succeeds Kenneth M. Bruce in that leadership role. (MORE)

 

Myers teachers recognized regionally

Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School teachers Cindy Clo (special education) and Melissa Hirt (technology) have been recognized among the best teachers in the Capital Region. Please visit our District News section to read more.

 

District seeks substitute teachers, TAs

The City School District of Albany is continually hiring for substitutes to fill various long- and short-term postitions throughout the district. Click here to see the daily rates of pay.

 

For more information, contact the Office of Human Resources at 475-6057, 475-6023, humanresources@albany.k12.ny.us or visit the Employment section of the website.

 

Albany High students

nominated for national distinction

Albany High seniors Jacob Citone (right) and Santos Otero (left) are among the short list of nominees for the 2017 U.S. Presidential Scholars program released by the New York State Department of Education.

Out of all high school seniors across New York state, only 25 had the honor of being nominated for this highly prestigious award. Students are recognized for their outstanding work in academics and the arts, as well as their success in career and technical education programs. (MORE)    

Follow your child's bus

with Durham Bus Tracker

To provide families with a greater sense of comfort with student transportation, Durham School Services has developed an app that lets you check the location of your child's bus.

 

Durham Bus Tracker tells you where your bus is on its route, when it will arrive at your stop and other information about the route in real time. It’s free and user-friendly. Please visit our Transportation section to learn more and download the app.   

 

Calendar spotlights

exceptional students

Great things are happening in Albany's public schools. And that's partly because we have so many great students!

 

The 2016-17 school calendar features the faces of 25 exceptional young people in the City School District of Albany. They are but a small fraction of the outstanding students who attend our schools. (MORE)

 

District responding

to suspension disparities

In response to the report of the New York State Attorney General’s Office, the City School District of Albany has reaffirmed its commitment to changing discipline practices and procedures that have perpetuated disproportionate suspension rates for black students and students with disabilities.

 

Two important steps in that process have been the hirings of Independent Monitor Maxine Fantroy-Ford, Ed.D. (at left in photo above), and Chief Ombudsperson Valarie Ann Scott (at right). Please visit our Assurance of Discontinuance section to read more, and to find out how to contact the chief ombudsperson if you have complaints about student discipline.

  

Community swimming at Myers

The City School District of Albany once again is offering free community swimming at Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School this school year.

 

Swimming is available on Monday and Wednesday evenings when school is in session. Please visit our District News section for details. 

  

 
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Upcoming events
(visit each school's page for more listings; visit our Athletics section for game schedules) 

1/18 Superintendent Search Community Forum, Harriet Gibbons Student Services Center, 7 p.m. (Details)
1/19 Board of Education meeting, Albany School of Humanities (ASH),
7 p.m.
1/20 Albany High School spring sports registration deadline (Details)
1/20 ASH Family Bingo Night, 6-8 p.m.
1/21 Albany High School SAT exam, 8 a.m
1/23 Budget Workshop II, Albany High School, 5:30-7 p.m. (Details)
1/24-1/27 Regents exams
1/24 Board of Education Facilities Committee meeting, Academy Park, 5:30 p.m.
1/25 Board of Education Policy Committee meeting, Academy Park, 5:30 p.m.
1/26 Music Teacher Concert/Albany Friends of Music Fundraiser, Albany High School,
7 p.m. (Details)
1/27 Second quarter ends
1/27 Sheridan Preparatory Academy PTA Warm and Cozy Night, 5:30 p.m.
1/28 Albany High School Big Ten Wrestling Tournament, 9 a.m.
1/30 Superintendent's Conference Day, no school
1/30 Board of Education Audit/Finance Committee meeting, Academy Park, 5:30 p.m.
2/1 Hall of Fame Class of 2017 nomination deadline (Details)
2/1 Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School Parent University, 5:30 p.m.
2/2 Board of Education meeting, Delaware Community School,
7 p.m.
2/3 TOAST Hats for Hunger Day (wear a hat and bring $1 to donate to food bank)
2/4 Albany High School Winter Guard Home Show, 4:30 p.m.
2/7 William S. Hackett Middle School Black History Celebration, 6 p.m
2/8 Albany High School Financial Aid (FAFSA) Help Night, 4-7 p.m.
2/9 Eagle Point Elementary School Math Night, 5:30 p.m
2/9 North Albany Academy Parent University, 5:30-7 p.m.
2/9 Pine Hills Elementary School Black Heritage Potluck Dinner, 6-8 p.m.
2/10 North Albany Academy Second Quarter Awards Ceremony, 9:15
2/10 ASH Talent Show, 7 p.m.
2/10 Montessori Magnet School School Musical, 7 p.m.
2/10 William S. Hackett Middle School Valentine's Day Teen Night, 6-8:30 p.m.
2/11 Montessori Magnet School School Musical, 7 p.m.
2/14 Arbor Hill Elementary School Valentine's Restaurant, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
2/16 Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School Parent University, 5:30-7 p.m.
2/16 Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School Black History Celebration
2/16 Board of Education meeting, West Hill Middle School, 7 p.m.
2/17 William S. Hackett Middle School Hats for Hacket Day
2/17 Delaware Community School Black HIstory Celebration, pre-k-grade 2, 9 a.m. and grades 3-5, 2:15 p.m.
2/17 Eagle Point Elementary School Black History Celebration, 9 a.m.
2/17 Sheridan Preparatory Academy Black History Celebration, 9 a.m.
2/17 Montessori Magnet School Black History Celebration, 1 p.m.
2/20-2/24 Winter recess, no school
3/24 Founders' Day 2017, Italian-American Community Center, 257 Washington Ave. Extension, 5:30-9:30 p.m.