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School closed Monday

All City School District of Albany schools and offices will be closed Monday in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

 

A snowy weekend is predicted. Please stay safe, and we’ll see you Tuesday when district schools and offices reopen.

 

State identifies nine

district schools in Good Standing

Nine City School District of Albany schools, including Albany High School and William S. Hackett Middle School, have been identified in Good Standing based on their overall academic progress, according to accountability data the State Education Department released Thursday.

 

The nine schools in Good Standing are the most the district has had since 2010-11.

 

“We are pleased to see so many of our schools making strong academic progress,” said Superintendent Kaweeda G. Adams. “I would like to commend our administrators, teachers, support staff – and especially our students and their families – for their dedication and efforts.

 

“However, we know there is much more work to do, and we must remain focused on our goals and committed to our educational design to ensure academic success for all of our students and all of our schools in the future.” Please visit our District News section to read more.

 

Job fair Saturday

job fair flyerLooking for a new career? The City School District of Albany will host a job fair Saturday from 9 a.m.-noon at Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School, located at 100 Elbel Court off Whitehall Road.

 

If you are interested in attending, please register here. Go all in your next career. Go #allinforalbany. (MORE)

 

District students win

Black History Month contest

Five City School District of Albany students were among area winners in the Black History Month Creative Expressions contest sponsored by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Alumnae Chapter of Albany.

 

Winners of the written entry category included Albany High School junior Mikayla Williams’ essay, “Black History Month: A Need for Change,” and William S. Hackett Middle School sixth-grader Rowan Hoehn’s essay, “Through the Eyes of a Child Slave.” (MORE)

 

The Family Engagement Survey

As the City School District of Albany continues to work through the school-improvement process, we would welcome your input as an important part of that work.

 

Please participate in The Family Engagement Survey. Each school has its own survey this year. It will take about 10 minutes to complete, and the survey will be open through Jan. 18.

 

Please visit our From the Superintendent section for more information, including links to the surveys on each school's web page. Paper copies also are available at school. We look forward to your feedback!

 

Teacher concert and art show Jan. 24

Experience the remarkable talents of City School District of Albany teachers at a Jan. 24 concert and art exhibit.

 

The Albany Friends of Music will host its annual Music Faculty Concert at 7 p.m. on Jan. 24 in the Albany High School auditorium, with music teachers from throughout the district performing solo and together. You also can check out a gallery of work by district art teachers in the Albany High lobby before or after the concert. (MORE)

 

Senior a Presidential Scholar nominee

Albany High School senior Ondia Logan is on the short list of nominees for the 2019 Presidential Scholars Program, one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students.

 

Some 161 Presidential Scholars are chosen each year from among 3 million high school seniors throughout the country – at least one young woman and one young man from every state. (MORE)

 

Literacy training in January

Share your love of reading and become a literacy tutor in the City School District of Albany!

 

The district will offer free training for the Oasis Tutoring Program on Saturday, Jan. 26 from 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. at Harriet Gibbons Student Services Center, 75 Watervliet Ave. (MORE)

 

Hall of Fame nomination deadline Feb. 1

The City School District of Albany is accepting nominations for the Hall of Fame Class of 2019 until Feb. 1.

  

The district established the Hall of Fame in 2009 to recognize accomplished graduates, exceptional district staff people and community members whose efforts support Albany's public schools.

 

Click the highlighted text to download the 2019 Hall of Fame nomination form and the Hall of Fame bylaws. (MORE)

 

Winter weather reminders

With wintry weather in the forecast once again, the City School District of Albany offers a variety of ways for families to keep up to date on potential school delays or closings. Please visit our District News section for more information. 

 

Board approves middle-school plan

The City School District of Albany Board of Education has approved converting North Albany Academy to a middle school that would open in 2023, paving the way for a May 2019 public referendum on a plan that would not raise school property taxes.

 

The board’s action followed a three-year planning process that included input from families, community members and district staff. The resulting project would be financed entirely with savings in the district’s Capital Reserve Fund and state building aid. (MORE)

 

FirstView bus-tracking app available

First Student Inc., the City School District of Albany’s transportation partner, has launched its bus-tracking communications app, FirstView, for the 2018-19 school year.

 

FirstView allows you use your smartphone or desktop to track the location and direction of your student’s bus, your student's stop schedule for the current day, and times for school arrivals and departures. You’ll know when the bus gets to school in the morning and leaves in the afternoon. Please visit our District News section to read more.

 

Our goals in our voices

To help highlight some of the primary areas of focus in our district priorities for this school year and beyond, we have produced a series of videos to start the school year. In addition to Superintendent Kaweeda G. Adams, these videos also feature the voices of individuals ­– students, staff and community partners – speaking on the topics of school and community safety, student attendance, positive student engagement and the importance of community partnerships. (MORE)

 

High-school equivalency

test prep classes available

Spread the word: The City School District of Albany offers classes to help people aged 21 and over prepare for the New York State high-school equivalency exam.

 

Test prep classes are held from 4:30-6:30 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday at Tony Clement Center for Education, 395 Elk St. (MORE) 

 

2018-19 Code of Conduct

The 2018-19 edition of the Student Code of Conduct is available here. The booklet also was mailed to all City School District of Albany families in August.

 

Please take some time to review the code with your children.

 

Feel free to contact the Office of Pupil Personnel Services with any questions at (518) 475-6130.

 

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 individuals in that process are 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.

  

  

 
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1/21 No school
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
1/22-1/25 Albany High Regents exams; only students testing need to report
1/24 Arbor Hill Elementary Honor Roll Breakfast, 8:15-8:45 a.m.
1/24 Music Teacher Concert and Art Show, Albany High, 7 p.m. (Details)
1/25 Sheridan Prep Warm and Cozy Night, 5:30 p.m.
1/25 Delaware Community School Snow Ball Dance Party, 6-8 p.m.
1/26 Free OSHA 10 training at Pine Hills Elementary, 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (This is part two of a two-part training. Learn more here.)
1/28 2019-20 pre-K lottery applications available (for children who will be 4 by Dec. 1)
1/28 Clement Center Grade Recovery Week begins
1/29 AIC Whitney Young Mobile Van
1/31 Deadline to apply for 2019-20 magnet elementary lottery
1/31 Albany High Financial Aid (FAFSA) Help Night, 4 p.m.
1/31 Board of Education meeting, William S. Hackett Middle School,
7 p.m.
2/1 Second quarter ends
2/1 ASH Honor Roll and Perfect Attendance Celebration, 9 a.m.
2/4 Albany High Spirit Week begins
2/5 Schuyler Achievement Academy Coffee and Donuts with the Principal, 8:30-9:30 a.m.
2/6 Hackett Middle School Parent University, 5:30-7 p.m.
2/7 Pine Hills Elementary Black Heritage Potluck Dinner, 6-7:45 p.m.
2/7 TOAST Cultural Fusion Family Night and PEP/PTA meeting, 5-7 p.m.
2/8 Giffen Elementary School Black History Celebration, 2:15 p.m.
2/8 Arbor Hill Elementary School Movie Night, 6 p.m.
2/8 Hackett Middle School Valentine's Teen Night, 6-8:30 p.m.
2/8 Montessori Magnet School Musical, 7 p.m.
2/8 Albany High Valentine's Day Spa Day at Abrookin, 9 a.m.-noon (Details)
2//8 Albany High Friendship Dance, 7 p.m.
2/8 Montessori Magnet School Musical
2/12 Hackett Middle School Black History Month Celebration, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
2/13 Hackett Middle School Honor Roll Ceremony, 8:30-9:45 a.m.
2/13 Myers Middle School Honor Roll Celebration, 8:30-9:30 a.m.
2/13 Schuyler Achievement Academy Early Childhood Parent University, 5-7 p.m.
2/14 Board of Education meeting, Myers Middle School, 7 p.m.
2/14 Albany High Financial Aid (FAFSA) Help Night, 4 p.m.
2/14 Arbor Hill Elementary Valentine's Restaurant, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
2/14 Myers Middle School Valentine's Dance, 3-5 p.m.
2/15 Eagle Point Elementary Black History Celebration, 9 a.m.
2/15 Myers Middle School Black History Month Celebration, 9-10 a.m.
2/15 Sheridan Prep Black History Month Celebration, 9 a.m.
2/15 TOAST Black History Month Gallery, 9 a.m.
2/15 O'Neal Middle School Black History Celebration, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
2/15 Clement Center Honor Roll and Attendance Assembly, 10 a.m.
2/15 Schuyler Achievement Academy Black History Month Celebration, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
2/18-2/22 No school, Winter Recess