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House Principal: William Rivers
Assistant House Principal: Suzann Cornell
Theme Coordinator: Amanda Weklar
Home School Coordinator: Torrie Chapple-Chapman
Guidance Counselors: Kristi Koldis and Karen Moorby
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New operations and
Discovery Academy leaders in 2016-17
Albany High School alum Jodi O'Connor is now
operations principal of her alma mater.
The Board of Education appointed
O'Connor, Class of '93, on Sept. 1. She will fill a
position that had been vacant since January, when
Michael Panetta was appointed interim principal at
Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School.
O’Connor was house principal of
Albany High’s Discovery Academy for the last four years.
Before that, she was a substitute principal for three
months at Pine Hills Elementary School and taught at the
former School 19/New Scotland Elementary School from
As operations principal,
O’Connor will oversee implementation of the district’s
new Code of Conduct and the realignment of student
support at the school. She also will monitor attendance
and discipline data and is responsible for the safety
and welfare of students and staff.
The board also appointed
Michael Elliot as interim house principal of Discovery
Academy. Elliot joined the district in 2002 and taught
social studies at William S. Hackett Middle School then
North Albany Academy. In 2011, he moved to Albany High
School and taught there for two years before becoming a
building data coach then the district’s data coach.
Leadership Academy theme focuses on civil and social
responsibilities. Albany High's social studies and
foreign language electives are offered in Leadership
Academy (except Spanish 1, which is offered in all four
academies) and are available to all students. So are
Career and Technical Education programs in health
services and occupations, nursing, emergency medical
technician training, early childhood education and
adolescent psychology, and Career Explorations programs
in health and education.
A unique feature of
Leadership Academy is
a large-group instruction room designed to simulate the
General Assembly Room at the United Nations. Students
will use the U.N. Room for international debates, multimedia
presentations, guest presentations and research.
The City School District of Albany and
Albany High School, in partnership with the school's
Community Engagement Team, have been working since the
beginning of the 2015-16 school year to meet the
requirements of New York's new "receivership" law. At
that time, Albany High was one of 144 New York schools
that met the definition of “struggling” or “persistently
struggling” under the new law. Albany High was
designated a struggling school because overall student
performance on state tests significantly lagged behind
other schools in the state for more than three years.
The school has until the end of the
2016-17 school year to show progress. The state has set
"demonstrable improvement" guidelines for each school.
If a school does not meet those goals during the
allotted time, the state will require the district's
Board of Education to appoint a state-approved outside
receiver, removing the district’s ability to control
future decisions about the school.
Please visit our
Receivership section for complete updates on Albany
High's efforts to meet these goals during the 2015-16
and 2016-17 school years.
Friday, March 31
-- Third quarter ends
Tuesday, April 4 --
All-City Strings Concert, William S.
Hackett Middle School, 6:30 p.m.
5-Saturday, April 8 -- Spring
Musical "Oliver!", 7 p.m.
8 -- ACT exam, 8 a.m.
Sunday, April 9
-- Spring Musical "Oliver!", 2 p.m.
Monday, April 10
Friday, April 14
-- Good Friday, no school
Monday, April 17-Friday, April 21
-- Spring Recess,
Albany High jazz talent to be featured on
Ch. 18 during April --
The Albany High School Jazz Ensemble will celebrate
Jazz Appreciation Month with appearances throughout
April on Channel 18, one of Albany’s three public
access television stations. The ensemble will
perform on the show “Albany Tempo Spectrum,” which
will air at 5 p.m. Saturday. The show will run
Thursday-Sunday at 5 p.m. during the rest of the
Albany High junior recognized among region's
'Kids Who Care' -- Albany High junior Mat
Adler has been recognized by WNYT/Ch. 13 as one of
this school year's "13
Kids Who Care." Ch. 13 recognized Adler for his
volunteer work over the past three years with a
music instruction program at Boys and Girls clubs in
the Capital Region. His brother, Class of 2013
salutatorian Hillel Adler, started the program at
the Boys and Girls Club of Albany. The younger Adler
has expanded the program to also serve Schenectady
and Troy, recruiting additional high school
volunteers to support the effort.
Law firm showcases artwork of Albany High
When Phillips Lytle LLP first commissioned artwork
from Albany High School students to hang in its
downtown office, the initial intention was to select
only the three top paintings. After seeing the 12
beautiful works created by the 19 student artists
however, they elected instead to hang all dozen,
along with plaques recognizing the students. (MORE)
Juniors earn playwriting kudos --
Two Albany High School juniors
have received regional awards for scripts they wrote
from the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers.
Emma Colton-Heins and Cliodhna Thayer
each wrote a dramatic script that earned a Gold Key
award. Both their scripts have been submitted for
national review; national medalists will be
announced on March 14.
Cheer on Falcon robotics at RPI --
High School robotics team will
use 21st-century technology to meet a 19th-century
challenge at the 2017 New York Tech Valley Regional
FIRST Robotics Team competition.The
event will be held March 17-18 at Rensselaer
Polytechnic Institute. Come cheer on the Falcon team
and its robot, Beta! (MORE)
Albany High jazz shines at area competition
-- Albany High School jazz musicians played and sang
their way to silver ratings on Feb. 16 at the 13th
Annual Fonda-Fultonville Jazz Festival.
Artists' work accepted in 3-D show --
Two Albany High School students have had their
artwork selected for the 2017
Art in Three Dimensions show.
The annual juried show is an opportunity for Capital Region schools to
highlight and showcase their three-dimensional art
Fledgling junior ROTC drill team tapped to
compete in nationals -- Members of Albany
High School's Sgt. Henry Johnson Battalion junior
ROTC drill team will head to Louisville, Ky., at the
end of March to compete in the official Army junior
ROTC drill championships. (MORE)
Albany High junior wins silver at regional
piano competition -- Albany High School
junior Alexandra Sipos once again played her way to
the top at the 8th
Annual Rachmaninoff Piano Competition on Feb. 11 in downtown Albany.
Seniors tout IB opportunities --
Albany High School seniors Jacob Citone, Juliette Pluviose-Philip and
David Powell provided a presentation about the prestigious International
Baccalaureate program during the monthly Albany Roundtable civic
luncheon Feb. 8 at The University Club.
Please visit our District News section to read
more, or to learn more about the IB program please
contact your guidance counselor.
Albany High tops blood-donation record --
High School students and staff on Thursday rolled up
their sleeves to donate a record amount of
life-saving blood to the local American Red Cross.
And senior Peggy
Abdul-Korah, the driving force behind this year’s
blood drives, will earn a $2,500 scholarship from
the Red Cross. (MORE)
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
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.
Leadership changes at Albany
-- Albany High School alum
Jodi O'Connor is now operations principal of her
alma mater. The
Board of Education appointed O'Connor, Class of '93,
on Sept.1. She will fill a position that had been
vacant since January, when Michael Panetta was
appointed interim principal at Stephen and Harriet
Myers Middle School.
New assistant principals for 2016-17
-- The Board of Education
has appointed Jason Breh and
Suzann Cornell to the new positions of assistant
house principals at Albany High. The district
converted two existing office-assigned teacher
positions to assistant principals for 2016-17 to
provide additional administrative support at the
Please visit our District News section to read
more about Albany High's newest administrators.
Falcons football program adds veteran
college assistant coach -- 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.
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If your child is absent from school
for any reason, please call the Leadership Academy office
at 475-6250 each day of the absence. When your child returns to
school, please provide a written excuse and a doctor's
note if one is available.