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Albany School of Humanities (ASH) held its annual "Big Jump" on May 2, part of the school's "Jump Rope for Heart Week" festivities. All week, students learned about healthy habits and exercise -- including jumping rope -- while raising money for the American Heart Association. In the past 16 years, ASH students have raised more than $150,000 for the Heart Association. Smarts run in this North Albany Academy family, where siblings Albeliz Rabelo Sanchez, left, Yariel Rabelo and Yabdiel Sanchez all made honor roll, much to the delight of their proud grandmother, Ana Sanchez, with whom they are pictured. They and other high achievers at their school were recognized at an April 30 Honor Roll Pasta dinner.



The Scholars' Institute -- an academically focused after-school program made up of fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders from six district schools -- held its Culmination Celebration on April 25 at Sage College of Albany. There, groups of students performed skits and gave presentations on subjects ranging from tsunamis to bullying. Above right, students enact a play about natural disasters. At left, teacher Shelette Pleat and two of her students pose after their performance. 



Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard, Ph.D., left, listens to a student from Albany High School's Citizenship Academy explain a research project on social justice. The project was one of several exhibits on display at a April 26 breakfast on Justice and Multiculturalism sponsored by Citizenship Academy and the University at Albany School of Criminal Justice.   These students from Thomas O'Brien Academy of Science and Technology (TOAST) and science teacher Art Flynn on April 22 celebrated Earth Day by learning about the circle of life on the planet, picking up garbage on school grounds and planting seeds in the school garden.



Albany High School sophomore Nyzire McCray on April 22 poses by his award-winning design for an Earth Day poster. He is one of three district artists whose work was chosen and is on display at a local gallery. Click here to learn more about the contest and other winners. Students at William S. Hackett Middle School said "NO!" to bullying and violence at an after-school program held April 9. With the help of local students from AmeriCorps*VISTA, students designed posters and buttons decrying bullying and violence. 


Mayor Gerald D. Jennings (back row, center) welcomed coach Decky Lawson (back row, left) and members of Albany High School's Section II-champion girls' basketball team to City Hall on April 2 to recognize them for their exceptional achievement during the 2012-13 season.



A student in the cosmetology program at Albany High School's Abrookin Career and Technical Center washes the hair of a client on March 30 at a community Spring Spa Day. That day, patrons could pamper themselves with a range of spa services at a great price. Click here to see a photo recap of the day's events. One of the highlights of the ongoing partnership between Arbor Hill Elementary School and The College of Saint Rose baseball team was a training camp the team held on March 28 at the Plumeri Sports Complex in South Albany. Above, a Saint Rose player gives batting tips to an Arbor Hill student. Click here to see more photos from the day.

Members of the orchestra, choir and jazz ensemble at Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School on March 27 went on the road to the Empire State Plaza Concourse for a daytime concert. The performances were part of the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) "Music in Our Schools Month" celebration. Click here to see more photos from the day.  Albany County Executive Dan McCoy, left, congratulates Albany High School senior Emia Willingham-Hurst on March 28 at a ceremony to recognize the Albany High girls' varsity basketball team for their outstanding season. Next to McCoy is Albany High principal Cecily Wilson and Mayor Gerald D. Jennings. McCoy presented every player with a certificate.



Literature came alive at Delaware Community School on March 21, when students and staff throughout the school dressed in and took on the personas of well-loved book characters on “Living Literature Day.” Part of the school’s weeklong celebration of literacy, the event allows kids (and grown-ups) to become their favorite storybook character for a day. Above left, prekindergarteners Cesar Burciaga and Eli Woodard are "Cat in the Hat" twins. At right, Aimee Ayoub Arias is "Fancy Nancy." 



Neither freezing temperatures nor the threat of snow on March 16 could slow down the Albany Marching Falcons,

the City School District of Albany's marching band and color guard. They performed in two St. Patrick's Day

parades in Albany on that day. Above, they proceed down Central Avenue during the city parade,  



There's a new American flag at Thomas O'Brien Academy of Science and Technology (TOAST), thanks to students James Tanner, left, and Andrew Eck. They are pictured here with Sheehy-Palmer VFW Post 6776 Commander James Ader, back row, left, who presented the new flag to the school March 13. Also pictured are parent Jack Connell, center, and TOAST Interim Principal Gerard Gretzinger.  Albany High School senior Jessica Penny, a student in the culinary program at Abrookin Career and Technical Center, sports the medal she won March 13 at a regional SkillsUSA competition. Her finesse with food earned her a spot in the state SkillsUSA Finals. Click here to learn more about her achievement. 



Albany High School's Robotics Team had a very respectable performance at the regional FIRST Robotics Competition, held March 9 and 10 at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts, with their Frisbee-flinging robot placing 15th out of 50. Click here to read more about their performance. The Albany High School girls' basketball team ended their winningest season in over a decade on March 9, when they lost to Cicero-North Syracuse in the NYSPHSAA state quarterfinals at Onondaga Community College. Click here to read about the game. 



These Thomas O'Brien Academy of Science and Technology (TOAST) students are all smiles at their Level 4 Awards Ceremony on March 8. They are among the students in their school who scored at Level 4 -- the highest level -- on state tests that measure proficiency in English, math and science. These tests are given every year to students in grades 3-8.    Birtu Diefendenderfer, a second-grader at Thomas O'Brien Academy of Science and Technology (TOAST), proudly poses March 6 in front of her interpretation of modern artist Wassily Kandinsky's famous "The Color of Squares." She and other Albany public school artists had their work on display at the National Youth Art Month display at the Empire State Plaza. Click here to learn more. 



City School District of Albany students, left, joined hundreds of education supporters from around the region on

March 5 in a parade and rally to support increased state funding for education. At right, Albany Superintendent

Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard, Ph.D. addresses the crowd that gathered outside the state Capitol building.



Members of the College of Saint Rose men's lacrosse teams came to William S. Hackett Middle School and

Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School on March 4 and 5 to introduce students to the sport and give them

a few pointers on the game.   



Albany High School freshman Ayana Hunter drills past the Bethlehem defense on March 4 at the Section II championship game at the Times Union Center. The Lady Falcons defeated Bethlehem 64-47 and clinched the Section II title. Click on the highlighted text for a story about the game and a photo recap. More than 350 people came to dance, dine and learn about each other's cultures at Multicultural Day on March 2. Above, a group enjoys boogeying to Middle Eastern music. Click here to see a photo gallery of the day's events.  



The Albany High School girls' varsity basketball team and their Falcon mascot jump for joy on Feb. 27 after beating Shaker in the Section II semifinals at Hudson Valley Community College. Click here to see a photo recap of the game.  A Delaware Community School student learns about sound waves on March 1 at the school's annual Science Night, "DCS Wonderland." There, students, families, staff and neighbors had the chance to do hands-on experiments, meet reptiles and falcons and have a great time doing all of it!


Staff at Albany High School wear their Falcon Pride on Feb. 27 to show their support of the girls'  varsity basketball

team. The Big 10-champion Lady Falcons were headed to a Section II semifinal matchup that night.  



Baseball great Jackie Robinson, played by Eagle Point Elementary School fifth-grader Jamaya Johnson, was one of more than three dozen African-American heroes portrayed Feb. 27 in the sixth grade's Living Museum. Above, prekindergarteners listen while Jamaya takes on the persona of Robinson, the first black man to play major league baseball in the modern era.  Staff and students at Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School said "NO!" to bullying during Anti-Bullying Week, Feb. 25-March 1. Above, the  staff wear "no bullying shirts" on Feb. 27. Click here for a story about the week's events.



More than 500 middle- and high-school students visited the Feb. 6 Career Fair at Albany High School and got a preview from some 44 organizations of the types of careers they might explore. Above, students learn about veterinary medicine and check out a mouse.

There were hearts aplenty on Feb. 1 at Montessori Magnet School's Valentine's Day Family Dance. Students, staff, family and friends enjoyed an evening of dancing, spontaneous conga lines and other fun ways to celebrate.



RPI’s Engineering Ambassadors Program visited William S. Hackett Middle School on Jan. 31 to give students some hands-on lessons in STEM – science, technology, engineering and math. Above, from left, Hackett seventh-graders Monet Drake, Damani Jones and Qyariah Sampson build a wind turbine, a device that converts wind energy to electricity. Students also learned about drag force, manufacturing polymers, the future of light and engineering design.

Things are looking pretty fishy to Onavion Daniels, left, and Kevaia Dozier, prekindergarteners at Thomas O'Brien Academy of Science and Technology (TOAST). On Jan 24, they were checking out the fish tank habitat of Tiny Tom and Tiny Tim, the class pets.



In prepping for their upcoming Spa Day on Feb. 9 -- which was postponed due to weather -- these Albany High School students on Jan. 31 work on a beauty regime for a client in the cosmetology program at Abrookin Career and Technical Center. Stay tuned for the new date for Spa Day.

On Jan. 18, these kindergarteners were excited to show off their knowledge about words that start with the letter “S” in their English-as-a-second-language class at New Scotland Elementary school. From left, the students are Kyosuke Middleton, Suhaib Mahmood Aaron Masih and Ayah Elamin. 



North Albany Academy students who are behaving well and doing great work in school were rewarded with a

sumptuous meal – eggs, grits, fresh fruit and more – on Jan. 17 at the school’s quarterly Merit Breakfast. Thirty-

six students were noted that day for their outstanding demeanor. That includes both groups of students pictured

above. In the photo on the right, pictured from left, are eighth-grader Da-Shawn Jones-Richardson, seventh-

grader Sire VannKeuren, and eighth-graders Mark Manonguiring and Joshua Ward. School social worker Donna

Coonley-Hotaling stands behind them. At left, from left, are Mi-Son Hinkson-Serrano, Anaivyn Ramos and

Matthias Taylor.



All of Pine Hills Elementary School turned out Jan. 17 to honor the memory of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. Each grade performed songs and skits to celebrate King’s life and legacy. Here, kindergarteners Marquis Mitchell, Anthony Merrill and Tishelle Pierre-Paddy perform “Let Us Dance, Let Us Sing” with their classmates.

From left, Albany High School students Daemon Burkett, Wilfred Lopez, Sergio Lopez, Sameer Siddiqui and Yair Asher trick out an old car as part of their auto shop class at Abrookin Career and Technical Center on Jan. 16. Representatives of Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam Thunder Nationals – which came to town for shows on Jan. 18 and 19 – had reached out to the school and asked students to jazz up the stripped-down car before it got smashed by giant trucks. A collection of some 40 students worked on the car for 10 days before the show, adorning it with an anti-bullying message and colors and logos of Albany High and its four academies.


Thomas O’Brien Academy of Science and Technology (TOAST) celebrated “Unity Day” on Jan. 15 – Martin

Luther King Jr.’s birthday – by wearing black and white. Unity Day commemorates King’s vision of harmony and

equality between races. Donned in black and white are fourth-graders Amir Parham, Karl Cruz, Isaiah Buddeau,

Nicael Wilson, Athina Barker, Ayanna Williams, Saaniyah Fallen, Mya Campbell, Sumayah Banks and Nigina




This terrific trio of third-graders at Giffen Memorial Elementary School wowed the audience at “Giffen’s Got Talent,” a January performance that showcased students of all ages singing, dancing, acting and modeling. From left, the singers are Zamiah Hoke, Safiya Stamp and Aliyah Moncur during a Jan. 13 rehearsal.

These Montessori Magnet School first-graders bundled up, took advantage of the bright sunshine on Jan. 10 and built a snowman in the playground area behind their school. The students are Vyniah Thompson, Shayna Lieman, and Nadia Bennett.



Albany High School held its second of three annual blood drives on Jan. 10 and collected 95 pints of blood, the

most ever given in a single drive at Albany High. Another first for the day: Principal Cecily Wilson donates for the

first time. In the photo at left, she is prepped to give. At right, senior Jalessa Montaque gives a thumbs up after

finishing up her donation. The next blood drive is May 9.



The Albany High School varsity girls’ basketball team was leading the Big 10 conference as of this Jan. 8 game against Troy. Click here to read more about the team's performance during the 2012-13 season.

Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School students took their concern for the hungry to the state Capitol and participated in the People’s State of the Union on Jan. 8. Members of the Myers Hunger Stoppers include, from left to right, seventh-graders Reeve Churchill, Arianna Brooks, Aminata Toumbou, Ariana Huntley-Dickson, Shannon Hesler and Anneka Knoll.



Delaware Community School second-grader Faith Longmire gets a hand from Albany Mayor Gerald D. Jennings as she tries on a new winter coat, one of 767 donated to City School District of Albany students by the mayor’s annual “Coats for Kids” drive.  Also donated were 5,395 hats, scarves and gloves.

William S. Hackett Middle School students Kassi McTague and Ben Vasquez set up their robot for its mission during the Hudson Valley First Lego League Qualifying Tournament at RPI. McTague and Vasquez are members of the Hackett Hawks First Lego Team, which placed sixth out of 14 teams that took part in the December competition.


On Dec. 21, the entire group of sixth-graders at Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School literally offered a

"hand of support" to students in Sandy Hook, CT whose school was terrorized by a gunman on Dec. 14. The Myers

students, along with staff and Principal Kimberly Wilkins, Ph.D., made hands to send to the new school the Sandy

Hook students will attend after the holiday break as a gesture of support and wish for safety and security.


Students in teacher Jennifer Justice's Education Explorations program at Albany High School made this holiday

card for their bus driver, Quadim Terrell, who keeps them safe and gets them where they need to go.



A Pine Hills Elementary School fifth-grader gets a certificate for completing the six-week Gang Resistance Education and Training (G.R.E.A.T.) program taught by members of the Albany Police Department. On Dec. 20, some 41 Pine Hills Elementary fifth-graders graduated from the course, which stresses the importance of staying in school and making good choices.

Pine Hills Elementary School fourth-grade teacher Maureen Tricozzi and her class prepare the toys and gifts they purchased for patients in the Melodies Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders at Albany Medical Center. The class held a penny drive and collected the $230 that allowed them to buy the gifts, and gave them to the hospital on Dec. 19.



Albany High School students in Advanced Placement U.S. History and members of the Albanettes female choir

got front-row seats at the Dec. 17 Electoral College elections at the New York state Capitol. At left, the history

students watch the proceedings. At right, the Albanettes perform the national anthem.



Four elementary schools in the City School District of Albany participated in the Dec. 15 Super Seniors Junior

FIRST Lego League Expo at the University at Albany. Above left, students from the Toasters -- the Thomas O'Brien

Academy of Science and Technology (TOAST) team -- survey their project. On the right are students from one of

two North Albany Academy teams. Ten of the 14 teams that participated came from the four district schools.



Four elementary schools in the City School District of Albany participated in the Dec. 15 Super Seniors Junior

FIRST Lego League Expo at the University at Albany. Above left, students from the Frosty Ice Lego Explorers --

the team from Delaware Community School pose with their work. At right, members of one of the five teams

from Montessori Magnet School show off their medals and trophy. Ten of the 14 teams that participated came

from the four district schools.



Some 48 third- through sixth-graders at Arbor Hill Elementary School are on the honor roll, and they and their

families turned out to celebrate at a Dec. 14 breakfast to recognize their efforts. At left, Principal Rosalind Gaines-

Harrell congratulates third-grader Diamond Lewis, and at right, sixth-grader Ivory Harris shows off his honor-roll

certificate. Adding to the celebratory mood at the breakfast was the presentation to the school of a $1,500 from

the Payless ShoeSource Foundation.



Students at Albany School of Humanities (ASH) and Pine Hills Elementary School are taking a break during their holiday concerts to "Paws for a Cause" -- that is, accept pet food donations for the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society. Above, a sample of what is collected is on display while the ASH orchestra performs in a daytime concert on Dec. 10. The Albany High School chess team took 14 of a possible 16 points Dec. 8 to win the Right Move Tournament in Schenectady for the first time in three years. Tirstan Bennet (standing, right) went 4-0 to win the highest-ranked "Kings" division, and Hermon Vasquez (seated, right) went 4-0 to capture the "Knights" division. Brock Leno (seated, center) and Zach Benson (seated, left) each had three wins and placed second and third, respectively, in the "Knights" section, and Brandon Bethea (standing, left) had two wins and placed fourth in the "Knights" section.



Sheridan Preparatory Academy fifth-grader T'Kiya Moses shows off the hand-written draft of the 15-chapter novella she wrote called, "Revenge of the Dead Ghost." She's in the process of typing the book so she can get it published. She's also writing her next book -- a mystery. Above, she is pictured with Sheridan Principal Zuleika Sanchez-Gayle. Albany High School freshman Arielle King wows the room with her singing on Dec. 5 at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center. There, she was the featured soloist at the New York State Department of Health Commissioner's Distinguished Service Awards ceremony in conjunction with World AIDS Day.



Read, read, read! Montessori Magnet School held its fall Scholastic Book Fair Nov. 28-30, and students had three days to peruse and decide which books they want for their personal libraries. The student above reviews her choices on Nov. 29. Students at Albany High School hear social justice activist Kenneth Morris Jr. speak Nov. 29 at a  Leadership Academy "Lunch with the Leaders" session. Morris is the great-great-great-grandson of Frederick Douglass and the great-great-granson of Booker T. Washington. He discussed human trafficking with the Albany High students.


A contingent from the Albany Marching Falcons on Nov. 28  performed holiday music for shoppers at Barnes and Noble in Colonie Center. The performance was part of a fundraiser the Marching Falcons held to raise money for new programs and equipment. These students at Thomas O'Brien Academy of Science and Technology (TOAST) have a reason to smile: Their school-wide coin drive to benefit victims of Hurricane Sandy netted $427.39. The drive was held Nov. 6-26 and the funds will go to the American Red Cross.



Kindergarteners in Wanda Carter's class at New Scotland Elementary School broke bread together at a Harvest Fest on Nov. 21. Family and community members also came by to give thanks and have a bite to eat. Above, a student savors his meal. Sheridan Preparatory Academy Principal Zuleika Sanchez-Gayle on thanks Mayor Gerald Jennings and members of the Albany Business Community for providing Albany students with warm coats and hats through the mayor's annual "Coats for Kids" drive. This year, 735 coats and 5,395 hats, gloves and mittens were donated on Nov. 20.



This Thomas O'Brien Academy of Science and Technology (TOAST) student pauses before taking a shot -- basketball, that is -- at the school's annual Turkey Shoot on Nov. 20. Hundreds attended the event, where students shot free throws to win one of 20 turkeys or other prizes.. Sheridan Preparatory Academy got into the Thanksgiving spirit early this year at the school's annual Thanksgiving luncheon on Nov. 20.



A parent at Sheridan Preparatory Academy picks up the fixings for a Thanksgiving meal on Nov. 19, courtesy of the Albany District Chapter of The Links Inc. Links members shopped for and donated 20 complete Thanksgiving dinners to Sheridan Prep families.

Who doesn't want to stay in their pajamas all day? For $1, students at Thomas O'Brien Academy of Science and Technology (TOAST) got to wear their jammies to school on Nov. 16 and their donations helped buy gifts for a family in need.



Albany High School senior Christopher Bangert-Drowns on Nov. 16 was named winner of the Wigan Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8444's 2012 "Voice of Democracy" essay contest. Above, he receives a $100 check from VFW members Tom Tracy and Col. Charlie Johnson at Albany High. Bangert-Drowns' essay will go on to the district level of competition, which includes students from some 11 upstate New York counties. Twenty students from Albany High School's Model United Nations Club participated in the Brown University Simulation of the United Nations on Rhode Island from Nov. 9-11. Above, juniors Zilpa Oduor, left, and Anna Stoneman show off the commendation awards they received at the competition. They are pictured with Model UN Club Advisor Jeff Weltz.



Sheridan Preparatory Academy parent Dorothy Nicholas (standing at right) and her three daughters had an opportunity to meet comedian Bill Cosby backstage at the Palace Theatre when he was in Albany on Nov. 10. The Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Capital Region, Inc. Care Mobile Program made it possible for Dorothy and her children to attend. The event recognized the work of the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile, which brings comprehensive dental services to Sheridan Prep and six other district schools. There was much savoring of international cuisine at Montessori Magnet School's Multicultural Dinner on Nov. 9. That night, the school celebrated the traditional foods of many cultures, those represented in the school's student body and others throughout the world.



Teacher Laurie Ellis and fifth-graders from Thomas O'Brien Academy of Science and Technology (TOAST) gaze at an original draft of the Emancipation Proclamation handwritten by Abraham Lincoln. The draft was on display Nov. 9 at the New York State Museum. Cultures the world over were represented at Albany School of Humanities' Multicultural Celebration, held on Nov. 8 at the school. Above, students perform an African dance.



Despite the threat of a nor'easter, students from Arbor Hill and Eagle Point elementary schools laced up their

sneaks on Nov. 7 and joined kids from a dozen Capital District-area schools to participate in the fall track meet

sponsored by Just Run! Albany. At left, three Arbor Hill students spring from the starting line at the course in

Guilderland's Tawasentha Park. At right, Eagle Point students pose with their coach while they await their turn

to race.



Chilly temperatures on Nov. 5 didn't deter the gardeners at Delaware Community School. That day, students and volunteers from Cornell Cooperative Extension planted tulip bulbs by the school and in the nearby Friendship Community Garden. Members of The College of Saint Rose varsity baseball team officially began volunteering at Arbor Hill Elementary School on Nov. 5. The players will be at the school every day, taking part in a range of activities with students.


Second-graders at Philip Schuyler Achievement Academy give a warm welcome to Snoopy, who visited the school on Halloween to say hello and dispense healthy treats. Snoopy and the snacks came courtesy of the MetLife Foundation, which also donated $2,500 to the school PTA.  



Montessori Magnet School's Family Dance on Oct. 26 was costume-optional, as the pirate and princess above demonstrate.  Parent Engagement Coordinator Mary Edwards, left, welcomes parents and guests to a parent coffee on Oct. 17 at Albany High School, which holds a parent coffee the third Wednesday of every month.



The district's previously unbeaten modified (grades 7-8) football team lost its first game of the season 18-14 at home to Troy on Oct. 20 in a rematch of a game the Falcons won earlier in the season on the road. The Falcons remained in first place in spite of the loss. Albany High School's cheerleaders and Falcon mascot joined a familiar figure Oct. 20 for the grand re-opening of the McDonald's on Central Avenue.



Albany High School celebrated homecoming on Oct. 13 with a parade, plenty of pep and a football game

against Guilderland High School. Click here to see a photo gallery of the day's events.



Eight distinguished people were inducted Oct. 12 into the City School District of Albany's Hall of Fame and their

names unveiled the next day at Albany High School's Wall of Fame. At left, inductee Carolyn Gannon, Albany

High School Class of 2000, examines her name on the wall. At right, Richard Alfred, M.D., Albany High Class of

1973, speaks to the crowd at the Induction Dinner. Click on the highlighted text to learn more about the

2012 Hall of Fame or to see a photo gallery of the festivities.



Three of Albany High's four soccer teams were in action on Columbus Day (Oct. 8) in the Maple Hill Tournament.

Pictured above left, Billie Holecek dribbles upfield during overtime of the Lady Falcons' 4-3 loss to Cambridge in

the girls' JV championship game. Pictured above right, Isaac Young attacks the goal during the second half of

the Falcons' 4-0 win over Mt. Vincent (Vt.) in the boys' JV third-place game. The Albany High girls' varsity team

also won the third-place game.


Students from Albany High School and the University at Albany on lift their voices in song at an Oct. 5 event to

launch the second year of their collaboration through UAlbany's Student-to-Student Initiative. Click here to learn




New Scotland Elementary School's Team McDonough -- better known as Kim McDonough's fifth-grade class -- shows off its school pride on Spirit Day, Oct. 5.  Albany High School senior Tajera Morgan gives Carlos Soto some tips about filling out voter-registration forms during the voter-registration drive conducted the first week of October by members of the school's Youth Court.



Albany High School seniors Jenette Johnson and Christopher Schuetze on Oct. 4 rehearse a scene from Two Rooms, the Theatre Ensemble's fall play scheduled Nov. 16-18. Click here for more info about the play and tickets.  These second-graders from Thomas O'Brien Academy of Science and Technology (TOAST) bask in the fall sunshine on Oct. 3 while they learn about different kinds of rocks in the school's geological park.



Arbor Hill Elementary School students learned safety lessons on Oct. 3 during a celebration of International Walk to School Day. Students here are wowed by Austin the police horse, who was one of the day's attractions. Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School Teacher Breton Teresi, left, gets flowers from student Noah John on Oct. 2 while Principal Kimberly Wilkins, Ed.D., announces that Teresi won $1,000 in school supplies from OfficeMax's Adopt A Classroom program. Click here to read more.


During her first week on the job (Sept. 24-28), Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard, Ph.D., visited all

15 district schools. Above left, she greets students at Albany School of Humanities. Above right, North Albany

Academy eighth-grader Meloni Griffin interviews Dr. V. for her school's daily video webcast. Click here to see

more photos of Dr. V.'s school visits.



Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard, Ph.D., left, Albany's new school superintendent, greets a Schuyler Achievement Academy student and his grandmother. Dr. V., as she is called, started the job on Sept. 24.Wyngaard, Ph.D., left, Albany's new school superintendent, greets a Schuyler Achievement Academy student and his grandmother. Dr. V., as she is called, started the job on Sept. 24. Pro wrestler Paul Wight, also known as The Big Show, greets an Albany High School student during a Sept. 24 visit. The 7-foot, 441 pound world champion and part-time actor talked to students about setting goals, staying motivated and staying in school.



Dads, dads and more dads (and father figures, too) showed their support of education on Sept. 20 during Dads

Take Your Child to School Day. Above left, a Pine Hills Elementary School father finishes up breakfast with

his daughter. At right, another dad drops off his son at Thomas O'Brien Academy of Science and Technology.

Below are photos from two other schools. You also can click here to learn more.



More than 650 fathers and father figures from 13 district schools participated in Dads Take Your Child to School

Day on Sept. 20. At left, a Philip Schuyler Achievement Academy dad escorts his son in the building, and at

right, an Arbor Hill Elementary School dad poses with his daughter. Click here for more information about the

events of the day.



Superintendent Raymond Colucciello, Ed.D., held a reception Sept. 19 to recognize the 24 exceptional students

 featured in the 2012-13 school district calendar. Above left, Dr. Colucciello congratulates Albany High senior

Natasia Brown. At right, Giffen Memorial Elementary School student Lee Reh proudly proffers his certificate of



Four students and a teacher from Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School returned Sept. 18 from their six-day

voyage on the Hudson River, where they lived and worked as 17th-century sailors. Crew members pictured at right

include, from left to right, eighth-graders Kyle Pearlman, Laura Bulmer, teacher Larry Drew, Aaron Shields and

Alexis Kittel. Click here to read more about their trip. 



Delaware Community School's Welcome Back Picnic 2012 drew more than 100 people on Sept. 14. Above, folks dig into the picnic fixings. Montessori Magnet School's annual Ice Cream Social, held Sept. 12, drew a big crowd for an evening of indulgence.


The City School District of Albany greeted its new superintendent Sept. 12 with a rousing reception at William

S. Hackett Middle School. The Board of Education voted unanimously to appoint Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard,

Ph.D., followed by a community reception attended by about 150 and expertly catered by students from the

Abrookin Vocational-Technical Center Culinary Arts program. Visit the District News section to read more.



Teacher Cathy Amodeo serves up a hotdog to a William S. Hackett Middle School student a lunchtime back-to-school barbecue on Sept. 7. A dozen PTA parents and staff people pitched in to cook and serve the goodies. Volunteers from FOCUS Churches of Albany on Sept. 7 prepare backpacks stuffed with school supplies for City School District of Albany students. Their efforts were part of an annual school supplies drive to benefit some 200 Albany children. School Board member Edith Leet, center, is one of the volunteers.



Superintendent Raymond Colucciello, Ed.D., left, visits a high school GED preparation program on Sept. 5 at the Alternative Learning Center. These kindergarteners at Sheridan Preparatory Academy line up with their new teacher on Sept. 5 at the school's Kindergarten Orientation Breakfast.



The first day of the 2012-13 year was Sept. 4, and students got into their back-to-school groove throughout the

City School District of Albany. Above and left, parents drop off their prekindergarteners at Philip Schuyler

Achievement Academy. At right, a student at New Scotland Elementary School hangs up a backpack in her cubby.

Click here to see more photos of the return to school.



North Albany Academy had a perfect day for its Welcome Back Family Picnic on Aug. 30. In the photo at left, on

the left, North Albany Principal Lesley Buff greets a parent. On the right, a future North Albany student enjoys his

picnic fare.



A little rain didn't stop folks from coming out to the City School District of Albany's 2012 Summer Celebration

presented by ShopRite of Albany. The event was held July 28 in Krank Park. Click here to check out a photo

gallery of the day's events.



Students who took part in the Albany High School Leadership Academy summer camp, called "Leaders for Life,"

met with a variety of business people and community leaders during the week of July 23-27. At left the students

study a mold at Phantom Images with the company's president Joshua Levy. At right, a student stands before

the presses at the Times Union; the photo was taken shortly after a meeting with the paper's executive editor.



"Star Second Stage" was the theme of Albany High School's Discovery Academy summer camp, held July 23-27.

There, ninth-graders entering Discovery Academy worked with Capital Rep actors on a student production of Lewis

Carroll's "Jabberwocky." Above, they rehearse for their big show on July 27. 



Albany High School ninth-graders entering Citizenship Academy learned about biotech research

during one of the field trips they took during the "Discover Tech Valley" summer camp, held July 23-27. Above,

they experiment with household stuff at Regeneron.



Students and staff take part in the closing ceremonies for the 2012 STEP Summer Institute, which was held

July 9-13 and bolstered high school students' skills in science, technology and engineering.



At left, students work at an excavation site at Albany's Ten Broeck Mansion, and at right, a student examines

18th-century jewelry at the Albany Institute of History and Art. The activities were part of a "A Week at the

Museum," a summer camp designed to prepare students for the rigors of high school. The camp ran July 9-13.



Incoming ninth-graders participate in Albany High School's Crime Scene Investigations summer camp, which was

held July 9-13 by Albany High's Innovation Academy. Teams of students conducted DNA sampling, fingerprint

analysis and evidence collection at the camp. 






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