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Second budget workshop Tuesday

The City School District of Albany invites all community members to attend the second of two public budget workshops Tuesday at Albany High School. The workshop will be in the library beginning at 5:30 p.m.

 

The budget workshops provide an opportunity to learn about the 2019-20 budget-development process and offer suggestions for the Board of Education and district to consider. Please visit our District News section to learn more.

 

Middle schools to dismiss early Wednesday

The City School District of Albany's three middle schools will dismiss early on Wednesday, Jan. 16 so that staff may attend professional development training.

 

Students at Edmund J. O'Neal Middle School of Excellence, Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School and William S. Hackett Middle School will dismiss at 1:30 p.m. (MORE)

 

Job fair planned Saturday

job fair flyerLooking for a new career? The City School District of Albany will host a job fair on Saturday, Jan. 19 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)

 

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)

 

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!

 

Upcoming OSHA 10 training

The City School District of Albany will be offering another free OSHA 10 training this January.

 

This two-part training will be held on Saturday, Jan. 12 and Saturday, Jan. 26. Both sessions are from 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at Pine Hills Elementary School, located at 41 North Allen St. (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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Upcoming events
(visit each school's page for more listings; visit our Athletics section for game schedules) 

1/15 Sheridan Prep Early Childhood Parent University, 5-7 p.m.
1/15 Budget Forum II, Albany High School media center, 5:30-7 p.m.
1/16 Giffen Elementary PTA meeting and Honor Roll Recognition, 8 a.m.
1/16 Albany High College Information Night, 6 p.m.
1/17 Myers Middle School Health and Wellness Fair, 6-7:30 p.m.
1/17 Board of Education meeting, Albany School of Humanities (ASH),
7 p.m.
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 Albany High Spirit Week begins
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.