Convocation 2018: 'All in for Albany!'
ALBANY, N.Y. (Sept.
4, 2018) – Tuesday was the first
official day of school for the more than 1,700 teachers, staff and
administrators in the City School District of Albany, and Superintendent
Kaweeda G. Adams urged them to be “All in for Albany!”
Speaking at the annual Superintendent’s
Convocation, Mrs. Adams spoke to a crowd that included employees from
every school building and program, all Board of Education members, city
and county officials, community partners and more.
Keynote speaker at Convocation 2018 was
Chance W. Lewis, Ph.D., professor of urban education at the University
of North Carolina at Charlotte’s School of Education. Lewis challenged
every staff member to strive for and expect excellence, and emphasized
the vital role that all employees play in meeting students’ academic and
Superintendent Adams echoed Lewis’ call for
excellence. She stressed the important role every district employee
plays in educating the children of Albany and encouraged them to believe
in the possibilities of every student.
Click here to see her
presentation, which also discussed priorities for the 2018-19 school
“It takes all of us working together for
each of us to ensure that every one of us is successful," Mrs. Adams
said. "Together, we are ALL in for Albany!"
students were involved in Convocation 2018, as well. Albany High School
seniors Ben Morton and Sarah Seymour welcomed guests and introduced
speakers. Members of the Albany High Junior ROTC color guard presented
the colors, with Montessori Magnet School first-grader Maya Bridgewater
leading the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance. Albany High senior
Annabelle Duffy sang the national anthem, and later belted out “Good
Morning Baltimore,” reprising her award-winning role in the Theatre
Ensemble’s production of “Hairspray” last spring (and receiving a
Before Mrs. Adams spoke, Albany High senior
Sam Weinstein and Albany High alum Johron Lee performed a scene from
“Blaq Boi,” a student-written play that performed to rave reviews in the
spring. The scene dovetailed to a key part of Mrs. Adams message: the
need for cultural relevance and respect in all dealings with students.
And Abrookin Career and Technical Center
administrative assistant Lori Lawson and Leadership Academy Assistant
Principal Nicole Newman sang “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” accompanied by
her husband, Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School science teacher
here for a look at the video finale from Convocation 2018, featuring
some of the district’s 1,700 staff members as well as community partners
and student performers from the event along with pledges of “All in for
Albany!” from across our district and around our city.
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The mission of
the City School District of Albany is
to work in partnership with our diverse community to engage every
learner in a robust educational program designed to provide the
knowledge and skills necessary for success. The district
about 9,500 students in 18 elementary, middle and high schools. In
addition to neighborhood schools, the district includes several magnet
schools and programs, as well as other innovative academic opportunities
for students, including four themed academies
at Albany High School.