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Albany High School graduates wait in line to receive their diplomas during the school's graduation ceremony at

the University of Albany's SEFCU Arena on June 28. In all, 430 students graduated; members of the Class of 2009

will attend more than 115 colleges and universities in the fall. (MORE)


Students file into the auditorium of Philip Livingston Magnet Academy (l) ahead of the graduation ceremony on

June 25. At right, Albany County District Attorney David Soares gives a speech during the ceremony. The graduation

marked an end of an era in Albany public schools, as the school, which opened in 1932, will be discontinued due

to declining enrollment. (MORE)


Superintendent Eva Joseph, Ed.D., speaks at the                    Kate Hettesheimer (AHS '99) performs in "Letters from

Seal a Smile Program at Delaware Community School          a Window in the Sky: A Tribute to Astrid Lindgren and 

on June 12. The program, which was extended this                Pippi Longstocking" at Albany School of Humanities (ASH)

year by the legislature, provides oral health care to                on June 4.

uninsured students throughout the City School District

of Albany. 



The first annual Father-Son Barbecue at Albany                Thomas O'Brien Academy of Science and Tech-

School of Humanities (ASH) on May 30 was a big             nology took an all-school field trip to Schodack

success!                                                                             Island State Park on May 29 to celebrate Albany's

                                                                                            Quadricentennial. Students planted tulip bulbs

                                                                                            as just one of many fun activities during the day-

                                                                                            long event. Click here for more photos.


Jacqueline Woodson (left), author of 29 books for                    Hackett Middle School students Brett Graves (L) and

children and young adults, visited New Scotland                     Herman Vasques (R) read over financial documents

Elementary School's fifth-graders May 27. Students                 during First Niagara's first annual state-wide Day of

from Albany School of Humanities (ASH) and Arbor                 Mentoring on May 21. The program, held at the bank's

Hill Elementary School also attended to hear Ms.                    regional offices in Albany, provided information about

Woodson's presentations. She also spent the after-                   financial literacy, workplace awareness and an inside

noon talking with teachers from the three schools and              look at how banks operate for the 25 Hackett students

Harriet Gibbons High School about literacy and in-                  involved.

spiring young authors by guiding them to find their

own voice.

Students from Gloria Romano's second grade class at            Students from Thomas O'Brien Academy of Science

Arbor Hill Elementary School show off their class                   and Technology (TOAST) visit the control room of the

"Pennies for Pets" jug on May 28. As a school, Arbor             Media Services Office of the State Senate on May 27.

Hill collected over $700 in pennies during the month            While there, students were able to shadow different

of May. The money collected will be donated to the             members of the Media Services Office team to learn more

Mohawk Hudson Humane Society.                                         about their job responsibilities. In addition, students

                                                                                               produced a live news broadcast. 

State Senator Neil D. Breslin (D-Albany) visits Thomas           Students participate in a bean bag race during Hackett

O'Brien Academy of Science and Technology (TOAST)         Middle School's No Referral Field Day on May 22.

on May 26 to film a Public Service Announcement

to promote summer reading. TOAST students, who will

begin a video production class next year with teacher Deb

Whipple, gained valuable knowledge and experience

during the shoot.


Firefighters and Emergency Medical Technicians rush            Members of the Delaware Community School (D.C.S.)

to save the "victim" during the Mock D.W.I. presentation         Chess Club pose for a picture after their last meeting on

at Albany High School on  May 20.                                         May 15. (MORE)


Albany High's Mackenzie Honikel lays down a bunt                 Thomas O'Brien Academy of Science and Technology

during the team's  3-1 loss against Catholic Central                 (TOAST) students visit the CapitalNews9 headquarters

on May 15.                                                                              on May 14 to learn about jobs in the television business.

                                                                                                (L-R) Back row: Sarah Bhatti, Hannah Sheehan, Faith

                                                                                                McCall, Alexus Wilson, and Ebony Wilson.

                                                                                                Front row: Corey Holloman, Jackson Leon, Janelly Durr,

                                                                                                Ky'ere Tillery, and Elijah Lownes.


Albany High School student Isiah Thomas gives blood           Albany High sophomore Kyle Thompson competes

during the school's last blood drive for the year on                  in the hurdles during the Falcons' victories over Troy

May 14. In total, the blood drive collected 218 units              and Amsterdam on May 13. The wins improved the

of blood - enough to potentially save 243 lives!                      boys' team's record to 6-0 in the Big 10.



The Albany High boys' 400-meter relay team broke                Daniel Mahoney, Albany resident and author/illustrator

a 28-year-old school record in the event at the Johns-            of The Saturday Escape, among other books, talks to

town Invitational on May 9. The team won the race               Eagle Point Elementary School students on May 12

in 42.9 seconds, breaking the mark of 43.1 set in                    as part of the school's Authors Week. (MORE)

1981. Pictured (L-R) before a May 13 Big 10 meet at

Albany High are Jalon Scott, Kareem Morris, Corey

Harris and Fuad Jusic. 


Giffen Memorial Elementary School students were                Giffen Memorial Elementary School students race to

"thrilled" to see a preview of the Times Union Center's           switch sides before the parachute falls during the

show "Walking with Dinosaurs" across the street from the        district-wide fourth grade field day, which was held at 

state legislative offices on May 11.                                         Albany High School on May 8. SUNY Albany co-ed

                                                                                               fraternity Delta Sigma Pi organized and funded the

                                                                                               event with the help of area businesses. (MORE)



Flanked by his parents and surrounded by his team-             Albany High's Pat Landers smacks a double off the

mates May 6, Albany High senior Michael Hughes               base of the wall in centerfield during Albany High's

signs a national letter of intent to play baseball at                9-3 win over Catholic Central at Bleecker Stadium on

Coastal Carolina University. A pitcher, Michael is the           May 4. The Falcons improved to 8-1 in the Big 10

first Albany High student to receive a Division I base-           with a two-game lead over LaSalle and CBA.

ball scholarship.


Albany High School student Robert Romero takes               Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Alan Page

on social studies teacher Gregory Baker in a chess           talked with students at Stephen and Harriet Myers

match during Albany High School's Faculty/Student            Middle School on April 30 about the importance of

Chess Tournament on April 30.                                             education. Justice Page, a member of the National

                                                                                               Football League and College Football halls of

                                                                                                fame, co-founded the Page Education Foundation

                                                                                               with his wife Diane Sims Page in 1988 to encour-

                                                                                               age more youth of color in Minnesota to attend



Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School sixth                      Pre-kindergarten students at Pine Hills Elementary

graders Madeline Avalo and Mollie Kather plant one             School practice their bird-watching skills during the

of fifty white pine trees at the school in honor of                      school's Earth Day celebration on April 24. (MORE)

Arbor Day on April 24. (MORE)



(L-R) Charles Decker, Oniyalese Surgick and Maksym        International makeup artist Thom Cammer visited

Kornyev, from Ms. Ellis'  fourth-grade class at                     William S. Hackett Middle School on April 20 to

Thomas O'Brien Academy of Science and Technology          put on a makeup workshop and demonstration.

(TOAST), help plant a tree in honor of Earth Day and             Here, he adds about 70 years to seventh-grader

and Arbor Day on April 23. (MORE)                                        Vivian Munafo.


Twenty-six students from Harriet Gibbons High

School took a four-day school trip to Washington,

D.C., in April. They visited an array of museums and

historical sites, including the Smithsonian, the Lin-

coln and Vietnam memorials, The National Aquarium

in Baltimore, The Great Blacks in Wax Museum, Mor-

gan State University and Howard University. They

also toured the Capitol (pictured) and throughout

the trip had an opportunity to talk with college stu-

dents and learn more about the training and educa-

tion needed for their future goals.



The Pre-Registration Blast for Pre-K and Kindergarten was a huge success March 28, welcoming more than

100 families on a sunny Saturday to provide information about the City School District of Albany's full-day pro-

grams for 4- and 5-year-olds. The event was held at Schuyler Achievement Academy and sponsored by

the Albany Public School Teachers Association and New York State United Teachers. Pictured at left are

Blast attendees Rayna Sanchez, 5-year-old Leeonty Washington and Alfonzo Washington. "This is the best

school event that I've ever been to," Ms. Sanchez said. Pictured at right, Schuyler teacher Maggie Burns

helps children at one of several craft tables set up for the event.



Delaware Community School student Chyim Bowen         Albany High School hosted a Career Fair in the Media

(sleeping bag, left) and his cousin, Taivun Royall             Center on March 18. Representatives from numerous

enjoy Movie Night on March 20.                                         careers talked with students and answered ques-

                                                                                             tions. Among the professions represented were law

                                                                                             enforcement, health care, urban planning, fire de-

                                                                                             partment, attoreny, aviation, engineering and retail.



Albany firefighter Paul Lawton reads to a pre-K                  New Scotland Elementary School fifth-grader Jiachi

class at Giffen Memorial Elementary School as                  Zhu-He presents his science fair project during the

part of Guest Readers week March 19.                                school's science fair March 18.




Board of Education member Mark Barth, Ph.D. (left)          Thomas O'Brien Academy of Science and Technology

reads to students at Giffen Memorial Elementary               (TOAST) sixth-grader Yolozia Jones Richardson

School on March 17 during the school's Guest                  presents her science project during the school's

Readers Week. More than 20 guest readers partici-          science fair March 9.

pated, including Superintendent Eva C. Joseph, 

Ed.D., board members Rose Brandon and Judy L

Doesschate, Albany County District Attorney David     

Soares, members of the police and fire departments, 

Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources and

Community Relations Linda Jackson-Chalmers and

Albany High School Principal Maxine Fantroy-Ford,         

 who will return to Giffen as principal next fall.    



Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School kicked off               Members of the New Scotland Elementary School  

their Healthy Steps program along with Albany School           basketball team pose for a picture before playing an 

of Humanities on March 9 with physical activity stations          exhibition game against Sheridan Preparatory 

in the gym.                                                                              Academy on March 8. The game was played at the

                                                                                                Times Union Center prior to the start of the men's

                                                                                                semifinal game of the MAAC Tournament . New 

                                                                                                Scotland Elementary School won the contest by a              

                                                                                                 final score of 27-22.                                                                   



Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School students                  Students from Abrookin Career and Technical Cen-

turn Assistant Principal Lesley Mitchell into a human                ter and Albany High School visited local video-         

sundae on March 6 as a reward for their hard work                    game development company Vicarious Visions

selling cookie dough for the school's PTA.                                on March 3. The students toured the facility and

                                                                                                 attended presentations that provided an opportu-

                                                                                                 nity to ask questions about the world of work. They

                                                                                                 also got to "play-test" some of the games Vicarious

                                                                                                 Visions has developed over the years. The field trip

                                                                                                 also provided the students a chance to experience

                                                                                                 a dynamic, team-oriented company structure, and to

                                                                                                 network and practice business communication




Award-winning children's book illustrator Gerald Pinkney (left) and his wife, children's author Gloria Jean

Pinkney (right) visited New Scotland Elementary School on Feb. 24 to talk about their work. Pictured with Mrs.

Pinkney are New Scotland Elementary students (L-R) Dionna Davis, Karim Perez, Deion Williams, Jasmine

Romeo and Fiori Isayas.


State Assemblyman Jack McEneny speaks to Albany          Students and staff at Abrookin Vocational Technical

High School teachers Feb. 13 about how Albany's               center attend the celebratory ice cream social following

unique city history includes many important events,              their school's January food drive. (L-R) Ashley Cherry,  

locations and people related to African American                 Deanna Johnson, Destiny Moultrie and Shavonna

history. Assembly McEneny urged teachers to make            Grayton. Read More         

their Black History Month lessons "local and relevant"           

for students.


Albany School of Humanities (ASH) third graders                  Albany High School's girls varsity basketball team poses

Keinyla Griffin and Isabella Perez cooperate to dump          in pink for "Coaches vs. Cancer" week on Feb. 6.                             

waste paper into a recycling bin at ASH. On that

particular day, 650 pounds of of paper were collected.

Read more about ASH's recycling program.



New York State First Lady Michelle Paige Paterson visited North Albany Academy (left) and Stephen and Har-

riet Myers Middle School (right) on Feb. 4 to kick off her "Healthy Steps to Albany" challenge. At North Albany,

her visit included an interview with the school's news team for the following days Web cast. At Myers, Mrs.

Paterson met with members of the Student Government before visiting two sixth-grade classrooms. Read

more about her visits and the "Health Steps to Albany" initiative in our District News section.


The Albany City School District's seven finalists for the         Honorable Judge Helena Roland-Heath visits Delaware

March 9 regional spelling bee at Proctor's Theatre in           Community School on Jan. 22 as part of the school's

Schenectady. (From left) Sean Hems (winner),                      "Integrity Month."

Shaquille Williams (runner-up), Daniel Seda, Emily

Patnaude, Tierra Watson, Kathleen Martinez, and

Jackson Leon. The spelling bee was held Jan. 27 at

Albany High School.


Albany Tulip Queen Sarah Volk and Court member            Pine Hills Elementary School mom Shanelle Whittle

Caitlin Spinelli donate books to Giffen Memorial                won the Holiday Toy Basket Raffle on Dec. 18. The raffle

Elementary School's fourth grade lending library on           raised $136 to support the PHES Special Education 12:1    

Jan. 9                                                                                  classroom programs and activities, including field trips and

                                                                                            incentive plans.


New Scotland Elementary School (formerly P.S. 19) reopened at its familiar location at 369 New Scotland Ave.

following the holiday recess. The City School District of Albany unveiled the spectacular renovation project at

a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the community on Jan. 6. At left, Superintendent Eva C. Joseph (center), Board

of Education President Barbara Gaffuri (center left), and New Scotland Elementary School Principal Gregory

Jones (center, right) did the honors. At right, the New Scotland Elementary chorus performs at the event.

Following the ceremony, approximately 300 visitors toured the school.



The first snowstorm of the season turned Academy          Students and staff at Schuyler Achievement

Park into a winter wonderland just in time for the             Academy celebrated a holiday tradition Dec. 19

holiday break Dec. 19.                                                         with Caroling on the Stairs in the school's main foyer.



Former New York Giants defensive end George                 Students from Arbor Hill Elementary School and

Martin visited the North Albany YMCA on Dec. 11               Thomas O'Brien Academy of Science and Tech-

to talk with North Albany Academy students about              nology (TOAST) joined the Police Athletic League

hard work, dedication and teamwork -- or, as he                 to help Santa hand out presents Dec. 11 at the 

calls them, "the ingredients for success." Last                   Center for Disability Services in Albany. Pictured

June, Martin completed a 3,003-mile walk across               (L-R) are Jose Mateo (TOAST), Chantel Polk (Arbor

the United States in support of the first responders             Hill Elementary), Jordan Hoffler (TOAST) and Elen-

who risked their lives during the terrorist attacks               yari Nieves (Arbor Hill Elementary).

of Sept. 11, 2001. His efforts raised more than

$6 million for the cause.



Members of the Myers Middle School chorus                    Pine Hills Elementary School prekindergarten dad

helped get the holiday season rolling Dec. 8 with             Jermaine Carter won the school's Thanksgiving

a performance at the Washington Park Lakehouse            raffle Nov. 25. The raffle raised $273 to support the

as part of the 12th annual Capital Holiday Lights                the Crisis Team, which works to foster character edu-

in the Park.                                                                           cation and positive behavior at school. The Honest

                                                                                             Weight Food Co-op in Albany donated a 14-pound

                                                                                             organic free-range turkey and school staff donated

                                                                                             all the trimmings.



Sheridan Preparatory Academy celebrated Thanks-            University at Albany students visited Pine Hills El-

giving on Nov. 25 with a feast that would have                   ementary School on Nov. 25 to deliver donations

made the Pilgrims proud!                                                       for the school's hugely successful food drive. Pine

                                                                                                Hills Safety Patrol students under the supervision

                                                                                                of faculty assistant Linda DiPietro organized the

                                                                                                effort. Donations were forwarded to Albany food




Local poet and motivational speaker Princess                   Students at Delaware Community School partici-

Fludd visited Abrookin Career and Technical                       pated in a news conference at their school Nov. 20

Center on Nov. 20 to talk with students about her               to announce Mayor Gerald D. Jennings' winter cloth-

life experiences, which include careers as a nurse           ing drop-off program. Delaware Community School

at Albany Medical Center and as a teacher at Philip           was one of several schools city-wide to receive

Livingston Magnet Academy.                                               donations of hats, gloves, mittens and coats.



Albany County District Attorney David Soares (right)           Harriet Gibbons High School held a College Day on

and JAMZ-96.3 personality Big Ray (left) visited                  Nov. 17, allowing students to explore college and

Hackett Middle School on Nov. 19 to talk with                     career options by participating in an online inven-

students about the "More Rhymes, Less Crime"                  tory, followed by a College and Career Fair. At least

event at the Palace Theater on Nov. 22. Soares                  a dozen colleges and agencies were represented at

and Big Ray also visited Albany High School later               the fair.

that day.



Critically acclaimed children's book author and                 Eagle Point Elementary School first-grade teacher

illustrator Grace Lin (second from right) visited                 Tammie Keough (seated at right) and student

New Scotland Elementary School on Nov. 5 to                   teacher Erin Tate (background, left) help stu-

speak to students about children's books and book           dents cast their ballots in  the presidential elec-

publishing. You can read more about her visit in                tion Nov. 3. Read more about student voting acti-

the New Scotland Elementary section of this site.               vities in the school district.



Students at Thomas O'Brien Academy of Science and Technology (TOAST) got a chance to wear their pajamas

to school on Halloween as part of the school's PJs for Presents initiative. PJs for Presents will help raise

money for the school to adopt a local family during this year's holiday season. Students donated $1 for the

opportunity to wear pajamas. All students were able to participate through the support of the TOAST Parent-

Teacher Association. The school, with about 410 students in kindergarten through sixth grade, hopes to

raise at least $800. PJs for Presents started during the 2007-08 school year and was the idea of current

TOAST fourth-grader Amanda Eichenhofer, pictured at right with her brother, Andrew Eck.



Michelle Paige Paterson (left), New York state's               Delaware Community School welcomed members

first lady, visited William S. Hackett Middle School           of the school community on Oct. 24 for Math Around

Oct. 30 to discuss her Healthy Steps to Albany                  the World Night, coinciding with United Nations Day.

campaign. Mrs. Paterson spoke to an assembly               The event was an effort to embrace math and diver-

of students and learned about the Healthy Hackett             sity and increase parent involvement at the school.

Hawks initiative. Here she is joined by Superin-               Students were given "passports" and traveled to

tendent Eva C. Joseph, Ed.D., and board mem-                  math stations representing 12 countries. Directions

ber Wayne Morris during a presentation in the                    were provided in English and Spanish at each

nurse's office. Read more about Mrs. Paterson's                station.

visit in the Oct. 31 Times Union.



Inclement weather moved the Pine Hills Elemen-             Giffen Memorial Elementary School joined with the

tary School Harvest Games inside Oct. 21, but it              Albany Fire Department for a "Keep the Peace" as-

didn't stop students from having fun!                                  sembly on Oct. 14. Students presented Albany Fire

                                                                                             Chief Robert C. Forezzi Sr., a lifelong South End resi-

                                                                                             dent, with a nonviolence banner that was put on dis-

                                                                                             play at the South End Fire House across S. Pearl

                                                                                             Street from Giffen.



North Albany Academy received a $5,000 grant                Delaware Community School launched a new safe-

from Citizens Bank on Oct. 8 to expand and grow              ty patrol in September in partnership with the YMCA.

the school's Love SAM (Science and Math) pro-                About 30 fourth- and fifth-graders signed up to be

gram. The grant will support a first-grade class.                charter members, with about that many more on a

Here, teacher Kim Gregory works with students               waiting list. Interim Principal Gary Beadnell says

in Agija VanderWeil's classroom using Love SAM            the program has had a big impact on student behav-

materials.                                                                             ior and school pride.




Albany High School sophomores Hanlon MacDon-            Albany High School hosted the annual Pop Warner

ald (left) and Brook Longstaffe each set pool rec-              Appreciation Night during the varsity football

ords during a meet at Schenectady on Sept. 26.                game at Bleecker Stadium on Sept. 19. Players

Hanlon shattered the mark in the 100-meter back-             and cheerleaders marched onto the field at half-

stroke, and Brooke set a new mark in the 100                   time and received a free hot dog at the concession

butterfly.                                                                               stand, compliments of the Albany Booster Club. The

                                                                                             district would like to thank the Pop Warner partici-

                                                                                             pants and families for their support and looks for-

                                                                                             ward to seeing these young athletes in royal blue

                                                                                             in the years to come!



Myers Middle School teacher Jennifer O'Leary                Albany High School seniors from the Career Ex-

(standing, second from right) spent a week                      plorations in Education course of Jeffrey Weltz

sailing the Hudson River with five eighth-grade               (back row, fifth from right) visited district head-

students in September aboard the Half Moon,                  quarters at Academy Park on Sept. 18. They learned

a replica of the ship Henry Hudson sailed in                    about all aspects of district operations and employ-

the 1609 voyage that led him to the location                    ment. Their tour concluded with a visit with Super-

that now is Albany. The Myers crew joined                      intendent Eva C. Jospeh (seated, center).

their peers from three other middle schools in

a return to port Sept. 19 at the Corning Preserve.

Students participating on the voyage were (front

row, L-R) Alex Kellam, Tee Ahna Gilmore and

Michael Ortiz, and (back row, L-R) Tyler Stemp-

sey, Shannon Bradley and Chris Bangert-Downs.



Arbor Hill Elementary School and Thomas O'Brien Academy of Science and Technology (TOAST) started the

school year together in the former Schuyler Elementary School at 141 Western Ave. Arbor Hill Elementary

will be located there until September 2010 while that school is renovated, and TOAST students will

return to their school in September 2009 once asbestos abatement and other renovations are completed

there. On the first day Sept. 4, TOAST students in Julia Corazzini's third-grade classroom (left) get situ-

ated in their new school. At right, Arbor Hill Elementary students (L-R) Tabasia Allen, Keimaja Forel and

Shamar Metts reunite in the cafeteria before starting their day.



Students file into the "new" William S. Hackett                Dual Language Program fifth-graders (L-R) Jerry

Middle School for the first time on the opening day          Rivera, Bryanna Mendez and Janelle Rodriguez are    

of school Sept. 3. The school was completely                  all smiles on the first day of the new year at Dela-

renovated as part of the City School District of                 ware Community School on Sept. 3.

Albany's facilities project. You can view more

photos in the Hackett Photo Gallery.



William S. Hackett Middle School reopened at its familiar location at 45 Delaware Ave. to start the 2008-09

school year. The City School District of Albany unveiled the spectacular renovation project at a ribbon-cut-

ting ceremony for the community on Aug. 27. At left, Superintendent Eva C. Joseph (center), Board of Education

President William Barnette (center left), Hackett Principal Kenneth W. Newman (center, right) did the honors.

Following the ceremony, approximately 300 visitors toured the five-story school. You can view more photos

of the "new" Hackett in the Hackett Photo Gallery.



City School District of Albany seventh-grade students had the opportunity to participate in a science-based

summer program in 2008. Gateway Academy was supported by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers and

Project Lead the Way. Fifty students participated in the program, which featured an introduction to nanoscience

through field trips to the University at Albany's College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (above, left) and

hands-on projects such as building -- and launching! -- water bottle rockets (above, right).



New York State Assembly Majority Leader Ron               Superintendent Eva C. Joseph, Ed.D., is joined by

Canestrari talks with students at North Albany                 (L-R) district School Lunch Director J.W. Gayle,

Academy on July 29 about their participation in the         Albany County Executive Michael Breslin and Arbor

2008 Summer Reading Challenge Program. The              Hill Elementary School Principal Rosalind Gaines-

program challenges students to read for 15 min-             Harrell on June 30 to kick off the district's Summer

utes over 40 days during the summer.                             Meals Program. The kickoff event was held at Arbor

                                                                                           Hill Elementary.

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