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Photo Gallery -- 2007-08

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The City School District of Albany wrapped up the 2007-08 school year with the largest group of graduates in the

history of Albany High School -- 516 graduates received diplomas in the June 29 ceremony at the University at

Albany's SEFCU Arena. At left, the celebration begins for the graduates. At right, these two students stood out head

and shoulders above their peers as the new grads exited the arena.



Graduation week 2008 included an awards ceremony June 25 for 15 members of the Albany High School

Class of 2008 who also successfully completed the Culinary Training Institute program (left). The ceremony at
the Albany Elks Lodge, where the students took part in the training program, included a sumptuous meal they

prepared. The four-course meal featured penne pasta tossed in a vodka cream sauce as an appetizer, Chick-

en Wellington for the entree and chocolate mousse in a chocolate shell on a painted plate of vanilla sauce

for desert. On June 26, Abrookin Vocational-Technical Center staff member Quanair Bebo opened the eighth-

grade graduation ceremony at Philip Livingston Magnet Academy (right) with memorable renditions of the

National Anthem and "Lift Every Voice and Sing." Former Livingston Interim Principal Michele Bridgewater,

assistant director of special education in the district (far right in the photo) delivered the keynote address.



The Arbor Hill Elementary School community celebrated the end of one era and the start of another June 20 as

the school prepares to move temporarily while the 35-year-old building is renovated as part of the district's fa-

cilities project. The Moving Celebration began with a march around the school and concluded with an assem-

bly in the gym. Pictured at right, graduating fifth-grade student Carlayjah Lumpkin shares her favorite mem-

ories of Arbor Hill Elementary during the assembly. The school will be located in the former Schuyler Elemen-

tary School, 141 Western Ave., for the next two school years and will return home to a completely renovated

school at 1 Arbor Drive to start the 2010-11 school year.



Second-grade students from Albany School of Hu-             Albany School of Humanities sixth-grade student

manities took a walking field trip to the city's Nor-             Mia Valentine portrays a prosecuting attorney as

manskill Farm June 10 to get a glimpse of what life          she delivers closing arguments June 4 during the

was like on Albany's last working farm during the             culminating event in ASH's Legal Lives program. A

early and mid 20th century. Here they get a demon-           partnership with Albany County District Attorney Da-

stration of the farm's recently restored forge.                     vid Soares, the students were welcomed into the

                                                                                             county courtroom of Judge Stephen Herrick for the

                                                                                             capstone activity in the year-long program.



Albany High School's Cricket Club took on Sche-               Students at Philip Livingston Magnet Academy parti-

nectady High's club at Albany's Lincoln Park on                 cipated in the re-release of a wild turkey in the woods

May 28. Albany High won the rematch to earn a                 behind the school May 14. The turkey was captured

split of the home-and-home series. Andre Dunn                 in front of the school earlier in the year and nursed

received the Best Batsman Award and Noel Hu-                back to health before being returned to its natural

bert was Albany's best bowler.                                           habitat.



Albany High School's new football coach, Brian                 Holocaust survivor Ursula Poland spoke with soph-

Spicer, met his players for the first time May 16, in-           omores at Abrookin Career and Technical Center on

cluding (L-R) Jake Valentine, Jalon Scott and                     May 1, Holocaust Remembrance Day. Pictured with

Jason Stevens.                                                                     her are (L-R) Destynee Miller, Tiffany Pointer and

                                                                                              China Houston.



Superintendent Eva C. Joseph, Ed.D., visited Pine            Members of the All-City Chorus perform April 9 at the

Hills Elementary School to take part in the school's           Empire State Plaza Convention Center.

Earth Day celebration. In June, Pine Hills became

just the 11th school in the United States to receive

the "Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary"

designation from Audubon International.


Students in the Thomas O'Brien Academy of Science        Albany High School students, including juniors

and Technology (TOAST) Respect Campaign present-         (L-R) Saeda Thomas, Curtis Holloman, Keiara

ed a wishing quilt to the Ronald McDonald House in          Marable and Celifa Landy, participated in a field trip

memory of Timothy J. Leonard, a founding member            to Marist College in Poughkeepsie on April 7. The

of the Ronald McDonald House, on April 11. The stu-          trip was sponsored by Sponsor-A-Scholar program.

dents gifted the quilt to Debra Ross, director of Ron-

ald McDonald House, to hang for the families who

reside there while their children are in residence at

Albany Medical Center Children's Hospital. The pro-

ject, a collaboration made possible by numerous

volunteers and generous donations, was organized

by Donna Wickert, the school's social worker.



Albany School of Humanities (ASH) students, in-               Albany High School students (L-R) Jon Thompson,

cluding sixth-grader Jermaine Jackson (pictured),           Marquisha Bland, Damel Burgess and Diamond Little

helped raise more than $10,500 for the American             spent a week in Yosemite National Park in March as

Heart Association through the annual Jump Rope             part of a youth outdoor leadership program with

for Heart event on April 4. Nearly 250 students in             peers from two Los Angeles high schools. The trip,

gades 1-6 participated.                                                       led by Brother Yusuf Burgess of the Children and Na-

                                                                                             ture Network, was sponsored by the Sierra Club's

                                                                                             "Building Bridges to the Outdoors" program.



Teachers from across the country visited five dis-           Albany School of Humanities (ASH) sixth-grade stu-

trict schools March 27, including Pine Hills Elemen-        dents studied their ancestors during the winter

tary School (above), to see National Urban Alliance          through the Living History project. Each student

for Effective Education strategies at work. The tours        researched an influential person from their cultural

were part of the NUA annual conference in Albany            background and then got in-character to act out brief

March 28-30.                                                                        skits during the school’s Living Museum event

                                                                                             March 26. Here, Tyaela Nieves lip-syncs one of the

                                                                                             hit songs of Grammy-winning artist Celia Cruz, one

                                                                                             of the most influential figures in the history of Cuban

                                                                                             music. Coinciding with the project, the sixth-grade

                                                                                             class painted a 65-foot mural in ASH’s main hallway

                                                                                             celebrating the rich diversity of their ancestry.



Innovative composer, violinist and band leader                Sharon Murray puts the squeeze on daughters Ryann

Daniel Bernard Roumain -- DBR -- performs for stu-            and Lyndsey during the Mother-Daughter Dinner Dance

dents at Myers Middle School on March 18.                       at Albany School of Humanities (ASH) on March 13.



March 11 was Science Fair day in the City School District of Albany, with students city-wide devising projects of

all shapes and sizes. At Giffen Memorial Elementary School, students (from left) Leshawn Outing-Howard, Jes-

sica Moultrie, Rochelyzette Diaz and Yamimara Algaren pose with their project. At Montessori Magnet School,

Paige DeLong takes a break while a fellow student checks out hers. Winners advanced to the city-wide Joseph

Henry Science Fair, and Giffen students L'a-Asia Evans and JaQuan Vidot (not pictured) were first-place winners

in the grade 4-6 category for their project entitled "Is Healthy Yogurt Tasty?" It is the third year in a row that Gif-

fen students have won a first-place award at the Joseph Henry event.



Myers Middle School sixth-grader Jabari Walker              Albany High School senior Agnese Brachette (third

contributes to the Pennies for Patients project in              from right), an exchange student from Italy, was

February. The national cancer fundraiser benefits             was the WNYT/Dunkin' Donuts Athlete of the Week

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.                               in January. A member of the bowling team (as well as

                                                                                             volleyball in the fall), she joined senior Sam Wells

                                                                                             (cross country, third from left), who received the

                                                                                             award in October. Also pictured (from left) are assist-

                                                                                             ant volleyball coach Norren Leonard, cross country

                                                                                             coach Stanley Gasorowski, volleyball coach Erin

                                                                                             Erickson and bowling coach Nancy Madsen. Since

                                                                                             2005, Dunkin' Donuts has donated $8,000 to Albany

                                                                                             High through the Athlete of the Week program.



Four Albany High School exchange students met               Schenectady City School District sixth-grade teach-

with State Senator Neil Breslin and toured the                    er Yacuba Sangare, a native of Niger, visited Giffen

Capitol on Jan. 28. Pictured with Sen. Breslin are              Memorial Elementary School on Jan. 28 as part of

(front row, left to right) Lauren Cuyvers (Belgium)               the school's College Week program. Mr. Sangare,

and Tansu Eris (Turkey), and (back row, left to                    a freshman basketball coach, spoke of his upbring-

right) Milind Rupchandani (India) and Agnese                     ing in the north African nation and his opportunity

Brachetti (Italy).                                                                     to attend Harvard University. Mr. Sangare also

                                                                                              started a program in Niger to help children there

                                                                                              reach college through basketball.



Members of the All-City Magnet Chorus perform Jan.         Myers Middle School eighth-grader Leeanne Tobler

26 during Magnet Community Day at Albany School            (far right) won the district's spelling bee for students

of Humanities.                                                                       in grades 4-8 on Jan. 23. Albany School of Humani-

                                                                                              ties fifth-grader Michael Bangert-Downs (second

                                                                                              from right) was the first runner-up, and School 19

                                                                                              fifth-grader Cheyenne Nabus (front row, center)

                                                                                              earned district-wide honorable mention. The top

                                                                                              seven students out of the 15 who competed will

                                                                                              participate Regional Spelling Bee at Proctor's The-

                                                                                              ater in Schenectady on March 10 for a chance to

                                                                                              represent the Capital Region at the national event

                                                                                              in Washington, D.C., in May. Other district qualifiers

                                                                                              pictured are, front row from left, Jack Terwilliger

                                                                                              (Montessori Magnet School, grade 4) and, back row

                                                                                              from left, Klaudi Haxhillari (Eagle Point Elementary

                                                                                              School, grade 5), Muhammed Perez (Philip Living-

                                                                                              ston Magnet Academy, grade 8) and Terrance

                                                                                              Frost (Hackett Middle School, grade 7).



The City School District of Albany received a gener-          Giffen Memorial Elementary School partnered

ous $20,725 donation from long-time supporter Carl          with the New York State Department of En-

Touhey (center) before the Jan. 17 Board of Educa-            vironmental Conservation for a ski trip to

tion meeting at Thomas O'Brien Academy of Science         Bellayre Mountain in the Catskills on Jan. 20.

and Technology. The gift will support the TALENT for          The trip gives city residents a chance to ex-

Diversity Project to increase diversity among the              perience an outdoor activity to which they

district's teachers. Teaching assistants Haiba King-           otherwise might not be exposed, turning first-

Samuel (second from left) of Giffen Memorial Ele-               timers into well-seasoned skiers in just one day!

mentary School, and Mercedes Austin of Myers                  Pictured above enjoying their time on the slopes

Middle School (far right) are the first two partici-                 are Giffen home-school coordinator Jerome Perkins

pants in the program. Also pictured are Assistant               (center) and sixth-grade students Kathleen Rodriguez

Superintendent for Human Resources and Com-                  (left) and Trenesia Goodwine (right).

munity Relations Linda Jackson-Chalmers (left)

and Board President Teneka Frost (second from




Princess Kippins, vice president of the fourth-grade        New York State Commissioner of Education Richard

class at Philip Schuyler Achievement Academy,              Mills (center) and Joseph Bowman Jr., Ed.D., a mem-

introduces Gov. Eliot Spitzer (left) during the gov-            ber of the New York State Board of Regents (center,

ernor's news conference at the school Jan. 17.                right) toured Hackett Middle School on Jan. 11.

Gov. Spitzer announced his plan to increase access       Hackett eighth-graders Nedayah Robertson-Gray (cen-

to quality health care services for New York resi-             ter, left) and Nikolai Mischler (not pictured) served

dents. State Senator Neil Breslin (right) was among          as tour guides for the morning's visit.

many government leaders who participated in the




Students, faculty and staff at Sheridan Preparatory           Students at Hackett Middle School performed "The 

Academy celebrated the holiday season Dec. 21              Wiz" for more than 2,000 people in the four days be-

with a long-standing school tradition -- Caroling on           fore the holiday break, including a show for the com-

the Stairs. The main hallway and stairway were fil-          munity on Dec. 19. The performance was in partner-

led with smiles and song as all members of the               ship with Park Playhouse Kidz, which also will work

school community shared their holiday spirit.                   with students at Myers Middle School and North Al-

                                                                                             bany Academy on musicals later this school year.



Fourth-graders at Thomas O'Brien Academy of Sci-            Montessori Magnet School kindergartner Nasim Ting-

ence and Technology participated in a news confer-           ling-White sings during a performance of African songs

ence at their school Dec. 18 at which the New York           and dances Dec. 17. The performance capped a 

State Department of Environmental Conservation              week-long cross-cultural exchange with a school in

debuted Conservationist for Kids. The new state-               Mali, Africa through One World Classrooms. The stu-

wide magazine is designed to get New York state's           dents created art work and wrote poems that will be

young people outside to lead healthier lifestyles and          sent to Mali.

become better stewards of the environment as adults.



Myers Middle School Principal Kim Wilkins (right)             Students from Wendy Daignault's self-contained

kept a promise to her students at the school's PTSA          special education class at Thomas O'Brien Aca-

fund-raising celebration Dec. 14 when she kissed a          demy of Science and Technology wrapped and do-

pig to salute the school's successful cookie-dough            nated presents to the children of Copson House, a

fund-raiser. Ms. Wilkins had pledged to kiss a pig              St. Catherine's Center for Children group home in

if the fund-raiser raised $20,000, a figure they sur-             Albany. Supervisor of Residential Services Dave

passed by $2,000.                                                                 Dawson (center) visited Mrs. Daignault's class-

                                                                                               room Dec. 14 to meet with the students and pick up

                                                                                               the gifts that will help brighten the season for the 25

                                                                                               residents of Copson House.



Skaters from the Disney on Ice: Finding Nemo show         Albany High School senior Nick Kitzrow uses an

perform Dec. 13 at the Empire State Plaza skating             old boot Dec. 11 to test out the trebuchet built dur-

rink for second-grade students from Thomas O'Bri-            ing the fall by anthropology teacher John Doran.

en Academy of Science and Technology. Each stu-            Mr. Doran built the apparatus -- similar to a cata-

dent received two tickets to that night's perfor-                  pult -- in partnership with one of his peers in a Uni-

mance at the Times Union Center. The students                  versity at Albany graduate course on ancient tech-

also participated after the performance in an Oper-            nology. He brought it to school to give his students

ation Safe Child event, a partnership with the Alba-           a chance to see first-hand how technology func-

ny Police Department in which the students learned          tioned centuries ago.

important safety information and had individual IDs



The Myers Middle School Robotics Team competed           Sue Lipman, who teaches for the City School Dis-

in the RPI & GE First Lego League Tournament on              trict at the Albany County Jail, speaks to faculty at

Dec. 8. Myers placed 22nd out of 40 teams from the           Hackett Middle School on Dec. 5 about her family's

Capital Region and throughout the northeast. The                donation that helped the district create a diverse li-

Robotics Team from North Albany Academy also par-          rary of Holocaust texts for middle school students. The

ticipated placing ninth overall.                                             Lipman's made the donation in memory of Sue's father,

                                                                                               a Holocaust survivor, and also donated the painting

                                                                                               pictured above, which her father also painted.



On a day when the first snowflakes of the season              New York State Assemblyman John J. McEneny

swirled in the Albany air, members of the Philip                  talks with social studies students at Myers Middle

Livingston Magnet Academy French Club braved               School on Nov. 15 about Albany history during the

the cold weather to hold a car wash Nov. 16 to                  19th and early 20th centuries. Mr. McEneny is a

raise money for a trip to Quebec City later in the                  former Albany County historian.

school year.



Students, teachers and faculty at Pine Hills Ele-                 Award-winning children's author Sara Pennypacker

tary School celebrated National Mix It Up Day on                (center) visited Giffen Memorial Elementary School

Nov. 13. A project of the Southern Poverty Law                 on Nov. 13.

Center, Mix It Up Day aims to reduce prejudice

among youth and improve intergroup relations in

schools by supporting students' efforts to identify,

question and cross social boundaries. Students

were issued random colorful ribbons prior to lunch

and sat at tables with the coordinating table cloth. 

The groups crossed grades and classes. In this

photo, teaching assistant Sonya Flowers mixes it up

with (from left) students Iris Encarcion, Prince Ja-

heem Tarver, Kalia Holloway, Nadia Woodby and

Samantha Molina.



Albany School of Humanities sixth-grader Hayden               Actor Michael Hauschild, star of the Capital Reper-

Craft (left) discusses his plans after college grad-               tory Theater play "An Alien's Guide to Planet Earth,"   

uation as classmate Kledis Capollari (center) and               signs autographs Oct. 26 in the third-grade class-

Albany County District Attorney David Soares (right)            room of Pine Hills Elementary School teacher

listen. Soares visited ASH to launch his Legal                    Maureen Tricozzi. The play, a collaboration between

Lives initiative, bringing back a program designed            Capital Rep, the Albany Symphony and the Albany

to educate Albany students about law and its role               Institute of History and Art, is based on the work of

in society. For more information, visit District News.          renowned children's author and illustrator Dorothy

                                                                                               Pulis Lathrop, winner of the first Caldecott Medal

                                                                                               for Children's Literature in 1938. Ms. Lathrop was a

                                                                                               Pine Hills resident and former Albany High School

                                                                                               art teacher.



Students, teachers and staff at Philip Livingston               Students at Delaware Community School enjoy "From    

Magnet Academy enjoyed the annual Harvest Bowl          Africa to New York: The Story of Latin Music," 

flag football game and cookout Oct. 26.                              presented Oct. 15 by Jose Cruz, Ph.D., associate     

                                                                                              professor of political science at the University of

                                                                                              Albany, in conjunction with Hispanic Heritage Month.



Albany High School Color Guard members Kristin               Dancing the night away at the William S. Hackett

Michelena (left), a sophomore, and senior Stacy                  Middle School Hispanic Heritage Celebration on

Bagley show off their Falcon Pride before the Home-           Oct. 10.

coming football game at Bleecker Stadium on Oct.

13. Albany beat Saratoga Springs 35-34 for its sec-

ond win of the season.



North Albany Academy third-graders were excited              Albany High School freshmen, from left, Amani

to show off their new dictionaries Oct. 9. A copy of             Franklin, Maria Moy-Santos and JaQuess Wynn

"The Best Dictionary for Students" was provided to            discuss a PowerPoint presentation Oct. 4 about the

all third-grade students in the city in October by Elks          college visits they made as eighth graders through

Lodge #49, which distributed more than 1,000 copies         the district's NYGEAR UP program. NYGEAR UP

city-wide for the students to keep to help them be-              was implemented in 2005 to follow the Class of

come better writers, better readers and creative                 2011 from seventh grade through high school grad-

thinkers. Lodge member John Cox also visited                   uation, providing college readiness programs for

North Albany Academy on Oct. 5 to talk with the                  students and their families. To read more, visit our

students about programs sponsored by the Elks,                District News section.

including athletic activities, drug awareness pro-

grams and college scholarship opportunities.



Albany High School student Pauline Roquemore                   Giffen Memorial Elementary School students enjoyed

discusses her experiences with the Learning                       a morning of fun educational activities Sept. 28 during

Center at the 2007-08 kickoff event Oct. 1. The                      the school's Splash Water Festival, a program presented

Learning Center is a tutoring and mentoring part-                  by the New York State Department of Environmental Con-

nership between Albany High and the University at               servation to teach students about water pollution and its

Albany. To read more, visit our District News section.          effects.



TOAST students Bess Zafran, left, and LaNiya Sibert               The Halfmoon returns to port in Albany on Sept. 19

perform a song from the musical "Once Upon a Mat-                following a week-long voyage on the Hudson River

tress" during the annual Birdhouse Auction in support              that included students and teachers from Myers Mid-

of art and music enrichment programs in the City                     dle School. The Halfmoon is a replica of the vessel

School District of Albany. The Sept. 27 event at Bal-               Henry Hudson sailed in 1609 when he discovered the

linger's in downtown Albany raised approximately                    area that later became Albany. To read more about

$6,000.                                                                                     this story, visit our District News section.



Superintendent Eva C. Joseph, Ed.D., right, helps                     North Albany Academy students and staff participate

dedicate Charles I. Leigh Sr. Football Field at                           in the state's Sept. 11 remembrance at the Empire

Bleecker Stadium before Albany High's football home-              State Plaza. Front row, from left: Fourth-grader Tayla

opener against CBA on Sept. 14. Dr. Joseph is joined                Escobar, sixth-grader Abdalazaiz Alshoga and fourth-

by the late Mr. Leigh's wife, Marie, and son, Charles Jr.,            grader Juan Baez. Back row, from left: School social

as well as Mr. Leigh's brother, Fred (wearing cap).                      worker Donna Coonley, eighth-grader Shadaya Ford,

                                                                                                   eighth-grader Robert Taylor and computer lab TA

                                                                                                   Michael Lai.



The North Albany Academy community celebrated its               The Philip Schuyler Achievement Academy classroom

first homecoming event Saturday, Sept. 8 with a par-                 of Maria Torres was filled happy faces -- and a new   

ade and cookout in partnership with the North Albany                look thanks to the popular PTA-led change to voluntary   

YMCA.                                                                                        uniforms -- at back-to-school school time.



The district's stately headquarters facility in Academy                 Albany High's offense gets set to run a play during the

Park on a sunny Saturday, Sept. 1.                                              first half of the Falcons' season-opening game at

                                                                                                    Guilderland on Aug. 31.



                           Hackett Middle School Principal Kenneth W. Newman

                           Sr., left, and teaching assistant Vincent Avila team up

                           at the grill during Hackett's Faculty/Staff Barbecue on

                           Aug. 30, a new back-to-school tradition in conjunction

                           with an orientation program for faculty and staff.




Eagle Point Elementary School second-grade

teacher Kim Gravel prepares her classroom for

the new school year on Aug. 31.


Members of the Dual Language Program at Delaware

Community School participate in the 12th Annual

Latino Fest in Washington Park on Aug. 25. 


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