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Save the date: Saturday is

Summer Celebration and Safety Day

The 2018 Summer Celebration and Safety Day, sponsored by the City School District of Albany and Mohawk Ambulance, will be held Saturday, July 21 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. in Krank Park.

 

This family friendly event is free and open to the public. Stop by for live music, a barbecue, giveaways, games and activities and information from dozens of community organizations. Please join us!

 

District fills Albany High admin posts

The Albany Board of Education on Thursday approved the appointment of two veteran educators to fill administrative vacancies at Albany High School.

 

Roderick W. Gilmour III will assume the role of vice principal at Albany High, filling a vacancy created when Jodi Commerford was appointed principal.

 

Longtime district math teacher Nicole L. Newman was appointed assistant house principal of Leadership Academy. She replaces Rebecca Handzel, who resigned July 3. (MORE)

 

Summer school in session

Summer school is in session in the the City School District of Albany. The district offers summer programs for students at all grade levels, as well as specialized programs for students with disabilities.

 

Please visit our Summer School section for complete information about dates, times and locations for all programs.

 

Free summer meals for kids

at 11 Albany public schools

The City School District of Albany once again is participating in the Summer Food Service Program, with free meals for all children 18 and under at 11 schools across the city.

 

The program serves breakfast and lunch and will operate at the following district schools. Programs run Monday through Friday during the dates below. (MORE)

 

Relax with a book: Summer Reading 2018

Summer is a great time to relax with a good book -- or several good books! Summer reading supports and builds on lessons of the previous school year and prepares students for success in the coming year. Summer reading is required for high-school students and encouraged for middle- and elementary-school students. (MORE)

 

Important update on student physicals

New York has changed the timing of required student physicals and the forms that health providers must complete. As of July 1, state law requires public school students to have a health physical when they:

 

• Enter school as a new student

• Enter prekindergarten or kindergarten

• Enter grades 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 and 11 (MORE)

 

Sophomore tapped

for statewide athletics committee

Albany High School sophomore Toussaint Santicola Jones has been chosen to be one of 14 new members of the Student-Athlete Advisory Council of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA).

 

Santicola Jones was among 61 student-athletes from around the state who vied for membership on the committee, which was developed to encourage and facilitate involvement of student athletes within NYSPHSAA. (MORE)

 

Board elects Savage as president

The City School District of Albany Board of Education has elected Anne Savage to serve as president in 2018-19.

 

The board elected Savage unanimously at its July 2 meeting. Savage, who served as vice president for the previous year and a half, is the board’s longest-tenured member. She was first elected in November 2014.

 

The board also elected Vickie Smith as vice president and Jennifer Lange as secretary. Please visit our District News section to read more.

 

Congratulations, Class of 2018!!!

Albany High School celebrated the graduation of the Class of 2018 on June 24, with 536 students earning their diplomas. That marked Albany High's largest graduating class in more than a decade.

 

“In the words of T’Challa, the marvel hero from the movie 'Black Panther,' ‘What happens now determines what happens to the rest of the world,’" Superintendent Kaweeda G. Adams told her first graduating class in Albany. "This is YOUR beginning!!" Please visit our District News section to read more.

 

Grammy nominee Harris '91

wins prestigious arts award

Grammy-nominated jazz artist Stefon Harris (Albany High School ’91) on Tuesday was named a recipient of a 2018 Doris Duke Artist Award – one of the most prestigious arts grants in the country – for his continuing contributions to jazz.

 

Harris is one of seven performing artists that will receive $250,000 in flexible funding, along with up to an additional $25,000 to encourage contributions to retirement savings. 

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Board extends superintendent's contract

The City School District of Albany Board of Education has extended the contract of Superintendent Kaweeda G. Adams through the 2021-22 school year in recognition of her positive impact on the district and community during her first 10 months on the job.

 

The extension, which adds two years to Adams' original contract, does not include a pay increase. Please visit our District News section to read 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 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) 

7/21 Summer Celebration and Safety Day, Krank Park, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. (Details)
7/26 Paint and Snack for incoming freshmen and families, Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School, noon
8/2 Board of Education meeting, Delaware Community School,
7 p.m.
8/9 Freshmen Summer Jam Barbecue for incoming freshmen and families, Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School, 5:30 p.m.
8/13 Preseason practice begins for all Albany High School fall sports teams
8/16 Board of Education meeting, Eagle Point Elementary School,
7 p.m.
8/23 Preseason practice begins for all modified football (grades 7-8)
8/27 Preseason practice begins for all other modified sports teams (grades 7-8)
8/30 Board of Education meeting, Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School, 7 p.m.
9/3 Labor Day
All district offices closed
9/6 First day of the 2018-19 school year (pre-K through grade 9)
9/7 First day of the 2018-19 school year for students in grades 10-12