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Memorial Day weekend,

unused snow day reminders

A reminder that all City School District of Albany schools and offices will be closed from Thursday, May 23 through Tuesday, May 28 in observance of Memorial Day and the district's three unused snow days. Our schools and offices will reopen Wednesday, May 29.

 

Rebuilding Albany High

groundbreaking, tours June 1

All are invited to celebrate the start of the second phase of the Rebuilding Albany High School project at a groundbreaking ceremony Saturday, June 1. The event also will include opportunities to tour the construction site for the first phase of the project.

 

The Phase 2 groundbreaking celebration will begin at 10:30 a.m. in the front of school, in the old Washington Avenue parking lot. The Phase 1 tours will begin at 9:15 a.m. in the back of the school. Space is limited on the tours and we recommend signing up in advance -- please use this link. You also can visit our District News section for more information.

 

Thank you, Albany!

Large majorities OK budget, facilities plan

Voters overwhelmingly approved the City School District of Albany’s 2019-20 budget Tuesday as well as Proposition #2, a facilities package that includes the renovation and expansion of North Albany Academy to create a new permanent middle school.

 

Board of Education President Anne Savage and board member Damarise Alexander-Mann, both running unopposed, also received new four year terms that will begin July 1. Please visit our 2019-20 Budget News section for more information.

 

Redesigning albanyschools.org

As part of the redesign process for albanyschools.org, the City School District of Albany is soliciting stakeholder input on possible design templates for the new site.    

 

We encourage you to complete this quick survey, which allows you to weigh in on three possible designs. The survey will be open until June 7. (MORE)   

 

Falcons marching to France

On June 6, the Albany Marching Falcons will have the honor of performing on the world stage, as the international community assembles on the beaches of Normandy to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the World War II D-Day landings in France.

 

Take a look at this video to learn more about what this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity means to our students.

 

You can help support the Falcon’s march to France by donating here. (MORE)

 

CTE Signing Day

In a first-of-its-kind ceremony, Albany High School's Abrookin Career and Technical Education Center held a "signing day" ceremony Monday for the six soon-to-be graduates already committed to a skilled trade job.

 

The ceremony also recognized other Career and Technical Education (CTE) students and the community partners who are the crucial links between Abrookin and the workforce. (MORE)

 

Board appoints new top business official

The City School District of Albany Board of Education has appointed Kimberly J. Rohring to serve as the district’s new deputy superintendent for business and finance. Rohring will begin July 1 and will replace Bill Hogan, who is retiring this summer after 11 years in the position.

 

A native of Rochester, N.Y., Rohring comes to Albany from the Cornwall Central School District, where she has served as assistant superintendent for business.

 

“We are excited to welcome Kimberly Rohring to the City School District of Albany in this critical role,” said Superintendent Kaweeda G. Adams. “We believe she will be an excellent addition to our leadership team, our school district and our community." Please visit our District News section to read more.

 

Cricket a 'hit' at Albany International

When 175 of the district's immigrant and refugee students first enroll at Albany International Center (AIC), it's likely that everything - from cafeteria food to lesson plans - is different from what they were used to before moving to New York.

 

But this year a new cricket unit in physical education, at AIC and 17 other schools, is breaking barriers and providing a more comprehensive and culturally diverse education. (MORE)

 

O'Neal 'Ready Room'

helps students affected by trauma

Welcome to the Ready Room at Edmund J. O’Neal Middle School of Excellence, an inviting and tranquil place where students who struggle with their behavior can come to take a breath and reset themselves.

 

The space formerly known as room 219 was the school’s in-school suspension room. Now it’s a haven of sorts for students who have experienced life trauma that affects their ability to succeed in school. (MORE)

 

'Sweet Charity' orchestra named best

The Albany High School Theatre Ensemble’s March production of “Sweet Charity” earned an award for best student orchestra on Saturday at the regional 2019 High School Musical Theatre Awards.

 

Albany High School was one of 30 schools participating in the annual ceremony, a model of the Tony awards that’s geared toward high-school musical theater productions. (MORE)

 

Spring scholar-athletes recognized

The New York State Public High School Athletic Association recognized nearly 90 scholar-athletes, and four teams, for academic excellence this spring. (MORE)

 

Student art lifts neighborhoods

You don't have to head to a gallery, museum or even one of our schools to view our talented students' amazing art. It's now hanging for everyone to see in two Albany neighborhoods.

 

Murals created by district middle and high school students, as part of the Corner Canvas Program, are now transforming  vacant properties in the South End and Arbor Hill into places for creative expression. (MORE)

 

Language honor societies induct 27

There were international honors all around on May 8 as two groups of Albany High School students were inducted into two language honor societies.

 

Nineteen French-language students were inducted into the Société Honoraire de Français (French Honor Society) and eight Chinese-language students were inducted into the National Chinese Honor Society.

 

Congratulations, félicitations and 恭喜 to all of them! (MORE)

 

Students recognized

for leadership and physical education

Nearly 35 elementary and middle school students were honored at a Hudson Valley Community College ceremony on May 6.

 

They joined close to 700 students, from across the Capital Region, who were nominated for outstanding leadership and excellence in physical education. (MORE)

 

Albany High imprint on

2019 upstate basketball honors

Syracuse basketball coach Jim Boeheim was in good company when he joined the Upstate New York Basketball Hall of Fame on May 19.

 

Boeheim’s 2019 classmates included City School District of Albany Hall of Famers Elander Lewis and Paul Lyons, along with longtime district employee Derek Johnson. Lewis and Johnson were teammates on Albany High’s renowned 1986 Section 2 championship team – the “High Slamma Jamma” Falcons, which Lyons coached. Please visit our District News section to read more.

 

Arbor Hill Elementary celebrates Bike to School Day thanks to community partners

Albany Police Department bike officers and mounted police greeted students as they began their school day May 8.

 

The special presentation was part of an annual event held throughout the country intended to promote activity and bicycle safety. (MORE)

 

Chinese-language student shines (again!)

An Albany High School Chinese-language student once again has excelled, this time at a regional competition held May 4 at the Chinese Consulate in New York City.

 

Albany High School senior Sydney Hardy, a student of Albany High Chinese teacher Hua Lin, earned a third place for her performance in Chinese culture talent show and an honorable mention for her speech about Chinese language and culture. (MORE) 

 

Scholar-athletes commit to college sports

Nineteen college-bound Falcons signed letters pledging to continue their athletic involvement in their respective sports when they begin the next chapter of their academic journeys in the fall.

 

For a complete list, including the colleges the students are attending, follow this link. Congratulations and good luck, Falcons!

 

Board approves 2019-20 calendar

The City School District of Albany Board of Education has approved the school calendar for 2019-20. The full district wall calendar of events and activities will be available in print and online in August. 

 

You can follow this link to download a one-page 2019-20 calendar.

 

Friday, Sept. 6 will be the first day of classes for all elementary students, students in grades 6 and 7 attending middle school for the first time, and Albany High School freshmen. The first day of classes for all other secondary students will be Monday, Sept. 9.

 

Spring concert season is here

Musicians throughout the City School District of Albany will showcase their skills at a variety of spring concerts happening in May and June.

 

The season opened May 6 and will continue through June 13. (MORE)

 

2020 Census effort

critical for the city's future

City School District of Albany Superintendent Kaweeda G. Adams joined Mayor Kathy Sheehan and other community partners May 1 to highlight the importance of the upcoming 2020 Census for the entire Albany community.

 

“We are committed to ensuring that all of our students and families are educated about the census and what it means in terms of resources and opportunities for our community over the next decade," Adams said.

 

Please visit our District News section for more information, including information about full- and part-time U.S. Census job opportunities. . 

 

Clement nurtures whole child

with community help

Similar to their colleagues throughout the district, staff at the Tony Clement Center for Education strive to support their students academically, socially and emotionally.

 

That often means going above and beyond the work of a typical educator and ensuring students have food at home, seasonally appropriate clothing and, even, toiletries. (MORE)

 

Assistive technology:

giving students voices literally, figuratively

Lee-Ann Mertzlufft believes human beings are hard-wired for language.

 

As the assistive technology specialist for the City School District of Albany, it’s her job to link students who have language and physical limitations with technologies that can help.

 

She works one-to-one with students and their teachers, helping students find their literal and figurative voices through a variety of technologies. (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.

 

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 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)

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

5/23-28 No school
Memorial Day Recess
5/29 Albany High Spring Concert, 6:30 p.m.
5/30 Albany High JROTC Leadership Awards Night, 6 p.m.
5/30 New Scotland Elementary Staff Appreciation Dinner, 6-8 p.m.
5/30 Myers Middle School Spring Concert and Art Show 6:30 p.m.
5/31 NYS science performance testing window ends for students in grades 4 and 8
6/1 Albany High SAT exam, 8 a.m.
6/3 NYS science written exam for students in grades 4 and 8
6/3 Montessori Magnet School Spring Concert, 6:30 p.m.
6/4 Giffen Elementary School Spring Concert, 5:30 p.m.
6/4 O'Neal Middle School Spring Concert, 6:30 p.m.
6/5 Arbor Hill Elementary Special Olympics End of Year Picnic, 4-6 p.m.
6/5 Albany High Athletics Banquet, Polish American Community Center, 6 p.m.
6/5 Sheridan Preparatory Academy Spring Concert, 6 p.m.
6/6 Sheridan Prep Spring Open House, 3 p.m.
6/6 Albany High Senior Awards Night, 6 p.m.
6/6 Hackett Middle School Talent Show, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
6/7 Arbor Hill Elementary Field Day
6/7 Eagle Point Elementary Field Day
6/7 North Albany Academy Feild Day
6/7 Pine Hills Elementary Family Field Day
6/7 TOAST Peace Parade, 1 p.m.
6/8 Albany High ACT exam, 8 a.m.
6/8 Men's Alumni Soccer Game, Albany High, 1 p.m.
6/6 Board of Education meeting, Pine Hills Elementary, 7 p.m.
6/10 Pine Hills Elementary Spring Concerts, 1:15 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
6/11 Albany School of Humanities (ASH) Spring Concerts, 9 a.m. and
6:30 p.m.