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Arbor Hill Elementary School fifth-grader Nevaeh Murray signs her name to "MyCard," a new library card the Albany Public Library is offering to city kids that allows them to borrow up to three items at a time with no late fees. Two fifth-grade classes from Arbor Hill Elementary were on hand at City Hall on June 13 -- along with the mayor and the superintendent -- when library unveiled the card and its summer reading program.

Philip Schuyler Achievement Academy teacher Susan Lofrumento, right, is one of 15 top teachers who received Golden Apple awards on June 10. She is pictured with Jalinda Soto, her principal, at the awards ceremony. Click here to read more.



Mary Cade, an eighth-grader at Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School, savors a lunchtime salad consisting of veggies grown in and harvested from the school’s garden. Thanks to the Vegetable Project – the group of student and adult volunteers that support the garden – the produce was served in the school cafeteria on June 6.




And they’re off … to college! Front row from left are graduating seniors Freddie Boeher (heading to College of the Holy Cross), Romario Barnes (Skidmore College), Elana Cohen (Cornell University), Zilpa Oduor (Wellesley College), Tyaela Nieves (Pace University) and Richard Opoku (University at Albany).



As part of a community service project, third-graders at Pine Hills Elementary School spent six weeks collecting donations for a fresh-water well in Tanzania. Among other things, they collected and sorted more than 8,000 bottles and cans. Their work paid off: They raised more than $5,000. Pictured here sorting are Bryson Bethea, Zaire Pinto, Andre Nicholson, Adam Sefadine Ismail, Destiny Pipino, Wendalis Colon-Ortiz and Joel Garcia. 

Volunteer Susan DuBois spruces up one of the garden beds outside Delaware Community School with the help of second-graders Amazhay Babb, left, and Justin Rattray. DuBois is a regular volunteer at the school, where she teaches nature study subjects to kindergarteners and works with the after-school garden club.



North Albany Academy kindergartners Shania Steadman, left, and Brionna Bennett Holt show off their talent in art and their knowledge of colors and shapes during their June 3 art class.

New Scotland Elementary School second-grader Kade Flynn and third-graders Jayden Brown and Charles Chandler show elite runner Tera Moody their starting-line techniques on May 30 on the school playground.



These second-graders at Albany School of Humanities (ASH) on May 30 show off their smarts in a production of “Geology Rocks,” a musical about the study of the earth’s structure and substance. The actors, from left, are Victoria Penman, Zondaria Smith, Debron Eley-Jackson, Jonathan Besong and Zakari Thompson.

The district and SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering recognized thirteen Albany High School students on Friday, May 30 during a graduation ceremony that marked their successful completion of the groundbreaking “NanoHigh” program, believed to be the first-of-its kind in the nation. 



Members of the Albany High School Class of ’63 decided to honor their 50th reunion by making a gift to their alma mater. On May 29, members of Reunion Committee presented a check for $1,500 to Albany High Principal Cecily Wilson, third from left, for creation of a fund to support student receptions. The alums are, from left, Paul Lamar, Carol Marohn Zahurak, Marsha Nadell Penrose, Diane Lassi Ray and Larry Becker.

These New Scotland Elementary School kindergarteners practice their soccer skills on May 23 at the school's annual Day of Health. The school-wide activity included yoga, basketball, football, hip-hop dancing, karate and more.



Sheridan Preparatory Academy fifth-graders Zahir McQueen, Basilio Suriel, Sylvia Nicholas-Patterson and Zarriah Hendricks on May 21 put their speed and agility to the test – the math test, that is. They were among 48 students at the school who took part in “Math Sprint,” a contest designed to spark student enthusiasm for and interest in science, technology, engineering and math. Click here to learn more.

Delaware Community School kindergarteners Kaylee Garcia Ramirez and Aaron Johnson on May 21 check on the progress of the eggs in an incubator in their classroom, part of a science project about the study of chickens. Once the eggs hatch, the chicks will return to the Radix Ecological Sustainability Center in Albany and be raised there.



Actors from Albany High School’s Theatre Ensemble on May 19 rehearse for “The Identity Project,” a multimedia performance of 14 stories that took shape in the hands of more than 300 student storytellers, playwrights, filmmakers, photographers and others through a unique collaboration with Capital Repertory Theatre. Click here to learn more.

Albany Fire Department Captain Maria Walker (AHS '86) gives a pointer to an Albany High School student during a hands-only CPR training at the school on May 16. Almost 500 students received the training over May 15 and 16. Click here to learn more.



Congressman Paul Tonko greets a second-grader at Delaware Community School on May 15. Tonko stopped in to visit Susan Fowler's class after he held a press conference to advocate for a bill that would boost mental health services and supports in public schools. Click here to learn more.

Members of the Albany High School boys’ lacrosse team, which played its first junior varsity season this spring, horse around before boarding a bus to an away game on May 13. The City School District of Albany added boys’ and girls’ lacrosse to its menu of sports offerings in 2012. 



Albany High School senior Oscar Cedeno rolls up his sleeve on May 8 to donate his first pint of blood at the third and last blood drive of the school year. Cedeno is a student coordinator for the drive, which collected more than 100 pints of blood that day -- a school record.

Albany High School senior India Terrell on May 8 signs a National Letter of Intent to continue her basketball career at Dean College. Click here to read more about her success as a Lady Falcon and her plans for the future.



Albany High School seniors Bess Zafran, second from left, and Alona Marsh, third from left, are all smiles on May 8  after they each received a $1,500 college scholarship from the Berkshire Bank Foundation, Inc. They are pictured with Berkshire Bank's Karen Mason and Mary Ellen Puntin.

Milk, cookies, jammies and bedtime stories for the little ones all were part of Montessori Magnet School's English Language Arts Night on May 6. The evening also featured literacy-focused activities throughout the building for kids of all ages and their families. 


Students from Sheridan Preparatory Academy pose with staff from Hampton Inn and Suites in downtown Albany just before the students depart for a May 2 performance of Barnum & Bailey Circus. Thanks to the Hampton Inn's generosity, 120 first- and second-graders from Sheridan Prep got free tickets and transportation to the show at the Times Union Center.



These sixth-graders from Albany School of Humanities (ASH) share a jump rope during the school's annual "Big Jump" event on May 1. They were among 205 students in kindergarten-grade 6 who jumped rope and collected more than $10,000 to benefit the American Heart Association. Jump Rope for Heart events are a tradition at ASH, which has raised more than $170,000 for the Heart Association in the past 17 years.

Albany High School inducted 76 high-achieving juniors into its Arista Chapter of the National Honor Society on April 29. Above, inductees are gathered on the stage at Albany High School after receiving their National Honor Society pin and certificate. Click here to read about the ceremony and see the complete list of new National Honor Society members.



Albany High School sophomore Ariel King and teacher Larry Bizzarro fill Albany High School's new raised garden beds with mulch on April 26. The beds are located behind the school and the brainchld of sophomore Liz John, who also helped out that day along with her other classmates in AP Environmental Science.

These fifth-graders at Thomas O'Brien Academy of Science and Technology (TOAST) try their collective hand at paper-making during the school's Earth Day celebration on April 22. Making paper was one of dozens of hands-on, earth-friendly activities going on inside and outside the school that day.



These Arbor Hill Elementary School students celebrated Earth Day on April  22 by preparing the school's new garden for the spring planting of what will be homegrown vegetables. The garden was made possible by a host of community partners led by Brother Yusuf Burgess and his Youth Ed-Venture and Nature Network program.

Montessori Magnet School students make up this mosaic of faces during the school's April 11 "Who We Are Celebration." The annual multicultural event featured food, dance, art, activities and more. Above, the students are lying on a pookalum -- a carpet made of flower petals and blossoms that is a tradition from Kerala, India.



Students from Albany High School's AP Environmental Science class tour the greenhouse of the Radix Ecological Sustainability Center on April 11. Also that day, the 40-plus students powered a light bulb by riding a bike, and learned about "micro green" planting, spring garden bed prepping, mushroom cultivation, seed balls, aquaponics and composting.

Author Sandra Pinkney her husband, photographer Myles Pinkney, brainstorm to write a poem with Giffen Memorial Elementary students and families at the school's Author and Illustrator Day on April 5. That day, The Pinkneys and three other authors were on hand that day to explain their craft and encourage kids to embrace their inner writer.



The Capital Region soccer club Black Watch Premier donated U.S. men's national team warm-ups to the Albany High School boys' varsity soccer team April 30. The warm-ups are the same that the Americans will wear in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. The donation was in recognition of the Falcons' success last fall -- they won the Big 10 for the third time in five years and advanced to the Section II Class AA final for the first time in school history. M&T Bank Vice President Michael Whalen, a Black Watch board member, and Mayor Kathy Sheehan joined Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard, Ph.D., and coach Dave Weiss for the presentation at school. Above right, freshman Emmanuel Ishimwe, the Falcons' leading scorer during their exciting playoff run last fall, receives his warm-ups from Mayor Sheehan.



At left, fourth- and fifth-grade girls from Thomas O'Brien Academy of Science and Technology (TOAST) get a lesson in nanotechnology 101 from Steve Stewart at the SUNY College of Nanoscience and Engineering. The girls spent a half-day at CNSE headquarters on March 28 to learn about the science behind nanotechnology and to hear about careers in STEM -- science, techology, engineering and math. At right, TOAST student Molly O'Toole dons the outfit she would need to wear in a "clean" nano lab.



A hip-hop Harry Potter, Amelia Bedelia and Puss in Boots were among the hundred-plus students and staff members that dressed as their favorite book characters at Delaware Community School at "Living Literacy Day" on March 27. At left, prekindergarteners Andres O'Connor is Waldo and Merari Rojas is a princess. At right, fifth-grade teachers Ryan Gifford and Teri Wislous and their class took their cues from "Snow White," who this time had an entourage of 20 dwarfs, each named as a different adjective.



Members of the Scholars' Institute -- an after-school program that focuses on academics -- celebrate their work at a ceremony on March 27. Click here to read more about this program, which is a partnership between the City School District of Albany and The Sage Colleges.



Montessori Magnet School second-grader Tinley Palden and first-grader Riley Lavigne debate whether the numbers add up while they play a math game during the school's annual Math Night on March 26.

Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard, Ph.D. is a "mystery reader" in Susan Loomis' first-grade class at Delaware Community School. Dr. V and Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan were among the people invited to read to classes on March 26, part of the school's Literacy Week activities.



Albany High School senior Wilfred Brian Lopez Concepcion, center, took part in the 2014 Puerto Rican/Hispanic Youth Leadership Institute in the New York State Assembly March 22-24. He is pictured in the Assembly chamber with Congressman Paul Tonko and Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy.

The saxophone section of the Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School jazz ensemble performs March 21 on the concourse of the Empire State Plaza. The school's jazz band, chorus and string quartet played as part of the New York State School Music Association's "Music in Our Schools Month" concert series at the plaza. Click here to see Times Union photo coverage of the performance.


Students in Connie Blair's fourh-grade class at Albany School of Humanities (ASH) hang out with representatives from Target on March 21 after the store gave the school a $500 grant for library books.



Students in the after-school ballroom dance progran at Thomas O'Brien Academy of Science and Technology (TOAST) show some fancy footwork in the form of the foxtrot, salsa, swing, merengue and the minuet. The students spent 10 weeks learning and perfecting these moves and on March 20 performed a recital for the school community.



Joshua Campbell, an eighth-grader at Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School, experiments with enzymes on March 13 in an after-school science program deigned to get kids interested in STEM -- science, technology, engineering and math. Myers students in the program conduct experiments with guidance from graduate students from the SUNY Center for Nanoscale Science and Engineering. Click here to watch a WNYT/Ch. 13 video about the program.  

The Ju family of Montessori Magnet School enjoys yummy stacks of flapjacks at the March 8 Applebee's Pancake Breakfast fundraiser at the Route 9W Applebee's. From left, they are mom Tamirah, daughter Maya and dad Jeff.



New Scotland Elementary School fifth-graders in Kim McDonough and Kristen Clancy's class on March 5 shower coins and dollars on Rylyn Swierzewski, center, a Hackett Middle School sixth-grader and New Scotland alum who is a leukemia survivor. After Rylyn spoke to the class about her illness, they decided to hold a coin drive to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. In three weeks, they raised $1,397.

Schuyler Achievement Academy fifth-grader Lanahria Whitaker poses with her artwork at a March 5 reception at the Empire State Plaza. Her work was among some 125 pieces of art by City School District of Albany students on display at the plaza in celebration of National Youth Art Month. Click here to read more about the exhibit.



Albany High School senior Afua Sarfo crafts the fine details on her sculpture, one of six pieces of artwork by Albany High students selected for review in the 15th Annual High School Regional Juried Art Exhibition, which opens March 17 at Opalka Gallery. Click here to read more.

Albany High School's Ayanna Hunter drills the ball past Shenendehowa at the Section II Class AA final on March 3. Shen beat the Lady Falcons 76-54 at the Times Union Center, ending Albany High's season one win short of a return trip to the state playoffs.



Schuyler Achievement Academy fifth-grader Jah'kir Lane poses by the poster he designed that won first place in the 2014 Building Communities Youth Art Contest, sponsored by the Albany County District Attorney's Office and Albany Barn, Inc. The theme of the contest was anti-bullying, and Jah'kir's poster was selected from 28 finalists from seven elementary schools.   Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan, right, meets with an Albany High School student on Feb. 28 in the school's UN room. Mayor Sheehan's visit was part of the "Lunch with a Neighbor" speakers series in Citizenship Academy.

At left, Albany High School sophomores Arielle King, left and Silas Ward rehearse the song "I'm a Woman" for
the school's musical Smokey Joe's Cafe, which ran March 6-9. At right, Broadway veteran Kecia Lewis provides feedback to the actors during cast workshops on Feb. 28 and March 1.


Albany High School senior India Terrell, center, is poised to pass the ball on Feb. 27 during the Section II Class AA semifinals against Bethlehem. The Lady Falcons prevailed, 51-47. Click here to read more about the game.   Prekindergarteners at Thomas O'Brien Academy of Science and Technology examine the work of a visiting author and illustrator during their school's Black History Celebration on Feb. 27.



Giffen Memorial Elementary School kindergartners sing about Garrett Morgan, who invented the traffic light, at their school's Feb. 27 Black History Month Celebration.    Prekindergarteners at Albany School of Humanities (ASH) perform at their school's Feb. 27 Black History Month Celebration.



These members of the district's Buildings and Grounds Department take a breather on Feb. 14 while clearing some of the snow that shrouded Albany in a two-day storm. Schools closed because of the storm, which dumped a foot or more of snow, but the Buildings and Grounds crew was on the job throughout. From left, they are Matthew Grant, Tony Redmond, Dave Garrison, Gary Koonz, Tom Lofrumento, Kyle Jojo and Howard Butler.



Pine Hills Elementary School third-graders A'layah Rochford-Hinkle, Joel Garcia-Richardson and Kaiis Alford join their classmates in describing George Washington Carver's contributions during the school's Black History Celebration on Feb. 6.  

New Scotland Elementary School fifth-grader Devonne Ryder, center, shares a smile on Feb. 4 after receiving a “thank you” plaque from St.  Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. Devonne had raised $200 for the hospital during Childhood Cancer Awareness month in December. With Devonne are a St. Jude’s representative, left, and Interim Principal Beverly Ivey.



Kylee Elliott, left, and Naliah Jones get a close look at a feather at the science station of their prekindergarten classroom at North Albany Academy. The City School District of Albany offers more than 600 full-day prekindergarten seats city-wide.   Chandler Lipscomb practices his letters in his prekindergarten classroom at Sheridan Preparatory Academy in early February. The deadline to enter students in the prekindergarten lottery for 2014-15 is March 31 -- click here for more information.



City School District of Albany Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard, Ph.D., right, and Albany High School senior Zilpa Oduor share their views about what’s at stake if state leaders do not provide adequate and equitable funding for our schools. They were part of a panel that was the focus of a Jan. 30 advocacy event at Colonie Central High School that drew more than 1,000 public education supporters.   Second-graders Eh Gay Moo and Jahari Bryant examine a turtle shell during a Jan. 26 lesson on science and the natural world in Susan Fowler’s classroom at Delaware Community School.



Sheridan Preparatory Academy Principal Zuleika Sanchez-Gayle, left, and Philip Schuyler Achievement Academy Teacher Kerri Barrington work with two fourth-graders in a studio classroom on Jan. 23 at Schuyler Achievement Academy.   These Oompa Loompas are actually New Scotland Elementary School first-graders Gabe Bryer, Sean Halligan and Ava Tabakian. They sing along with the cast of Roald Dahl's "Willie Wonks Junior," the school play, during a Jan. 21 rehearsal. The play ran Jan. 22-24.


Members of the Albany High School boys' basketball program join Superintendent Marguerite Vanden

Wyngaard, Ph.D., (center) at the Empire State Plaza on Jan. 20 to participate in events celebrating the life of

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.



From left, sixth-graders Amaja Croley and Jada Hartfield of Giffen Memorial Elementary School perform a dance number during a Jan. 16 dress rehearsal of "Giffen's Got Talent," the school's annual showcase of students singing, dancing, acting and more. The performance was held Jan. 23.   Brazilian-American composer and songwriter Clarice Assad, far right, is collaborating with some 25 William S. Hackett Middle School girls on a "Literacy through Songwriting" project sponsored by the Albany Symphony Orchestra's "Composer to Center Stage" program. The students in this Jan. 15 photo are John Ezra Malibago, Lyric Kornegay and Indian McCain.



In two years, Eagle Point Elementary School fourth-grader Martha Samadashvili went from learning the game of chess to being one of the top players in her age group in the world. Click here to read a Capital Education story about her talents.   Albany High School junior Amar Joyner touches up the paint on an old car on Jan. 15 as part of his basic care class at Abrookin Career and Technical Center. HIs work was part of a larger effort by some 85 Abrookin students to trick out a junker for the Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam.



Albany High School senior Mamadou Diagne was one of 89 students and staff members who rolled up their sleeves to donate blood during the school's winter drive on Jan. 9.   Albany High School music teacher Brendan Hoffman is interviewed by WNYT/Ch. 13 reporter Elaine Houston on Jan. 9 after he was selected as one of 13 Top Teachers in the Capital Region. He was chosen out of more than 200 nominated. Click here to see the video interview.



Giffen Memorial Elementary School fifth-grade students celebrated the culmination of a six-week research project Dec. 20 with an exhibit of their reports on the 50 states. Each student selected a state and conducted extensive research to learn more about that state’s history, culture and defining characteristics.



With gadgets and gizmos aplenty, robotics teams from City School District of Albany elementary, middle and high schools showed off their engineering skills on Dec. 7 at tournaments at the State University of New York at Albany and RPI. At left, members of the Albany High team show Myers students how their robot works. On the right, a Montessori Magnet School team surveys their work. Click here to see more photos of the day.



The district's singers, dancers, musicians and artists were showcased on Dec. 6 during the last 1st Friday Albany celebration of 2013. The event was held at the Cathedral of All Saints in downtown Albany. At left, a Hackett trombone player quietly practices his piece. On the right, members of the Albany School of Humanities sing songs of the season.



The Eagle Point Elementary School choir sings for a large and enthusiastic audience on Dec. 6 at Colonie Center. They performed as part of Colonie Center's Holiday Music Program and earned School Bucks for their school at the same time!   Albany HIgh School choir director Brendan Hoffman, left, directs the Albanettes as the sing at Albany City Hall on Dec. 5 during the city's annual holiday open house and tree lighting ceremony, 



Some district schools celebrated Thanksgiving a day early -- Nov. 27 -- with their own turkey-day feasts. At left, kindergarteners from New Scotland Elementary School share after-dinner treats while at right, Sheridan Preparatory Academy prekindergartners enjoy their Thanksgiving luncheon.


        Thanks to Congressman Paul Tonko, pictured in the photo at right, fourth- and fifth-graders at Thomas O'Brien Academy of Science and Technology (TOAST) had a chance to take part in Engineer Day at their school on Nov. 26. Click here to read more about this exciting initiative.


Students at Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School will help kick off the holiday music season with appearances on Channel Albany/Channel 18's "Albany Tempo Spectrum" program, hosted by Donald "The Soul Man" Hyman. Pictured above, L-R, are teacher Sue Roberts, Matthew Rivera, Quentin Rodriguez, Maura Palden, Esmeralda Jones, Alexa Kosinski, Arianna Brooks, Saquan Malloy, Alison Nakai-Lackey and music teacher Minitria Slade. Also participating in the performance but not pictured are teacher Scott Kiernan and students Alexus Perez, Drelle Nzabi-Bongo, Ciarrah Virrey and Ferit Brace. The program will air Dec. 2 at 7 p.m., Dec. 5 at 7 p.m., Dec. 7 at 6 p.m. and Dec. 8 at 4 p.m.



On the right, Mayor Gerald Jennings officially opens his annual "Coats for Kids" drive on Nov. 19 at Philip Schuyler Achievement Academy. The mayor and community partners including Lodge's Department Store, Albany Devils Hockey and Burke Companies made it possible for Albany students to get 900 new coats this year. At left, Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard, Ph.D. helps a student try on a new coat.



The Albany High boys' soccer team made history Halloween night with a 2-1 win over Shenendehowa in the Section II Class AA semifinals. The Falcons (15-2-1) advanced to the championship game for the first time. It's also the first time ever that a Big 10 team has reached the final. Pictured above left, Albany's stout defense fends off a threat on a Shen set piece in the first half. Above right, junior Erick Kwizera fights two Plainsmen for the ball near the Shen goal in the second half. The championship game is Nov. 4 against Guilderland at Colonie High School. Visit our Athletics section to read more.



The Albany High girls' varsity volleyball team dropped a heartbreaking five-set match against Notre Dame-Bishop

Gibbons at Troy High School on Oct. 28 in a one-match playoff for the Big 10 championship. The teams tied for

first place during the regular season. The Lady Falcons won the first set and ledt 2-1, but the Lady Knights rallied for an 18-25, 25-14, 22-25, 25-21, 25-20 victory. Pictured at left, Mylah Chandler (left) and Tiaria Gaines block a shot at the net. At right, Mia Valentine goes for a dig while Devan Finkle (left) and Arielle Greer look on.



The Albany High's boys' varsity soccer team advanced to the Section II Class AA semifinals with a 1-0 win at Beth-

lehem on Oct. 26. Freshman Emmanuel Ishimwe scored with less than 16 minutes left to play on a pass from

junior Erick Kwizera. The defense recorded its 10th shutout of the season against the high-powered Eagles, the

2012 Class AA champs (the Falcons beat Schenectady 4-0 in the first round of the playoffs Oct. 24). In the quarter-

finals, above left, defender Ar Nwai (right) and midfielder Khalid Holtzclaw put pressure on a Bethlehem player. Above right, coach Dave Weiss and his players urge on their teammates in the final minutes.                            


The City School District of Albany recognized 15 top teachers who earned Golden Apple awards for 2013. Click here to read more about this impressive group of educators from each district school.



Albany High School's Falcon pride was in full force Oct. 19 at Homecoming during the annual parade and football game. The crowd and the team showed plenty of spirit, but in the end, Ballston Spa prevailed 21-8. Click here

for a gallery of photos of the day's activities.



Arbor Hil Elementary School celebrated its 40th anniversary on Oct. 18 with a community party that drew hundreds

of alums. At left, partygoers view a photographic timeline of the school. At right are retired Principal Robert White, left, retired Principal Linda Jackson-Chalmers and alum Derrick Johnson, now the home-school coordinator at

Giffen Memorial Elementary School. Click here to see more photos from the event!



Albany High School kicked off Homecoming and Hall of Fame weekend with an Oct. 17 pep rally. Above, cheerleaders rev up the crowd in the Albany High gym.   The City School District of Albany inducted six new members into its Hall of Fame on Oct. 18. Picture above are inductees and family members of inductees who were inducted posthumously. Click here to learn about the amazing people in the 2013 Hall of Fame class.



On Oct. 17, the Falcon Branch of First New York Federal Credit Union opened for business at Albany High School for the 2013-14 school year. Above, a student teller tells a fellow student how to open an account.


City School District of Albany Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard, Ph.D. gets prepped to donate blood Oct. 17 at a blood drive at Albany High School.  



Albany School of Humanities (ASH) students “R.O.A.R.ed” into positive behavior at an Oct. 15 rally to kick off their Positive Behavior Interventions and Support program. R.O.A.R. stands for Respecting Others; Always being safe and Responsible – the motto of the ASH Dragons.


Alina Gasanova, a kindergartener at Thomas O’Brien Academy of Science and Technology (TOAST), listens to the sound of the ocean in a seashell at TOAST’s Oct. 10 Night at the Museum.  Science buffs know that the rushing sound heard in a seashell is really the noise of the surrounding environment resonating in the cavity of the shell.


Albany High School’s FIRST Robotics Team #1493 members survey a portion of the 427 pounds of food they collected in one day – Oct. 10 -- for Food Pantries for the Capital District Inc. Pictured, from left, are  freshman Quamez Anderson, junior Christopher Kissane, sophomore Max Thomas, freshman Xavier Rivers, eighth-grader Thomas Ottaway, freshman Michael Miles-Littlejohn and sophomore Samarri Thomas.



Albany High School senior Deyja Fredericks reads about and discusses Christopher Columbus with a group of New Scotland Elementary School second-graders on Oct. 10. She is one of a dozen seniors in Albany High’s Early Childhood Career Explorations who will intern in Albany public school classrooms this year.  

Fourth-graders from Montessori Magnet School on Oct. 10 joined thousands of students from New York City to Troy in a giant science project – “A Day in the Life of the Hudson River.”  Contemplating the data they collected are, from left, Raleigh Rosales, Sophia Pruzek, Sivian Adler, Sophia Papa and Cesar Bermejo. 



The Albany High School varsity football team got its first win of the season at home Oct. 4, beating Syracuse

Fowler 34-16 behind the arm and legs of Chris Wolcott (#1 at right). Wolcott threw for three TDs, ran for one and

returned a fumble 50 yards for another score. Wolcott got plenty of help from his teammates, including James

Willard's impressive one-handed catch for the Falcons' first score (above left)



 Giffen Memorial Elementary School second-grade teacher Rebecca Bustelos discusses writing with student Imani Wilkins, right. In the background, classmate Danaya Davidson reviews her paper.

Thomas O’Brien Academy of Science and Technology (TOAST) teacher Art Flynn scours the skies with members of the TOAST Birdwatchers Club at its monthly meeting Oct.4. From left, the students are second-grader Andrew Eck, fourth-grader Victoria Smith-Wyld and third-grader Kwasidon Sadler. 



 Eagle Point Elementary School’s Oct. 3 Literacy Night had plenty of fall-themed activities and of course books. Taking part in the fun are, from left, first-grader Mya DeBerry and second-graders Lillian Giuliano, Layla Carrk and Lauren Milord. 

Some 40 fourth- and fifth-graders from New Scotland Elementary School sang at the premiere of “Fabrizio: the Musical” at The College of Saint Rose. Here, they rehearse a on Oct. 4 for the big show. Click here to read more about the event. 



More than 500 runners and walkers of all ages took part in the first Falcon 5K and Fun Run/Walk on a spectacular fall morning Sept. 29 in Washington Park. Albany High School senior Brendan Bequette was the overall 5K winner, and his sister, Eileen, an Albany High freshman, was the overall women's winner. The Albany High cross country team took home the first-place team trophy. The event was sponsored by the Albany Booster Club to support the City School District of Albany. Visit our Special Events Photo Gallery to check out more pictures. You also can visit the Times Union website. Our thanks to the Albany Booster Club and everyone who participated and volunteered to make the day such a huge success for our students, our families and our community! 



William S. Hackett Middle School sixth-graders got a taste of college life and career opportunities Sept. 25 thanks to a partnership with the University at Albany. The morning-long series of workshops led by UAlbany students provided a glimpse into the academic, extracurricular and social opportunities available at a major university. The event, connected to UAlbany's partnership with the City School District of Albany through The Albany Promise, also was part of UAlbany's week-long series of activities leading up to the Sept. 28 inauguration of President Robert Jones, Ph.D. Visit our District News section to read more, as well as our Special Events Photo Gallery to check out pictures and our In the News section to check out media coverage.



Myers Middle School eighth-grader Reeve Churchill returns a serve in Sept. 22 girls' varsity tennis match. She rallied for a 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 victory over Amsterdam's first singles player.

The boys' modified soccer team tied Amsterdam in a hard-fought Sept. 22 game. Above, Robert Quaye dribbles down the field with a pass from Lucas Young.



Arbor Hill Elementary kindergartener Chikaiyah Gilchrist proudly sports her new backpack on Sept. 18. She is one 24 Arbor Hill students that received a backpack donated by law firm Tully Rinckey PLLC.

Pictured after their six-day journey up the Hudson River are, from left, sailors Tajbe Starja, Sofia Fasullo, Larry Drew, Theotis Johnson and Taelo Sekhobo. Click here to learn more about their voyage on the historic Half Moon sailing vessel.



Board of Education President Alexandra Streznewski, left, Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard, center, and Arbor Hill Elementary School Principal Rosalind Gaines-Harrell flank fourth-grader Nazaruz Thompson at a Sept. 18 reception honoring the 24 spectacular students featured in the 2013-14 school calendar. Click here to learn more Nazaruz and the other amazing young people honored that night. 

Montessori Magnet School second-graders  Ayah Farina and Julia Davis dig into some frozen heaven at the school's annual ice cream social on Sept. 17. The standing-room only event drew some 200 people. 



More than 700 local dads, grandfathers, uncles, brothers and mentors took part Sept. 17 in the City School District of Albany's celebration of "Dads Take Your Child to School Day." At left, a North Albany Academy dad and daughter bond over breakfast. On the right, Pine Hills Elementary fathers and father figures have bagels together. Click here to learn more about the day's activities.



The first day of school -- Sept. 9 -- dawned chilly and bright in the City School District of Albany, and  students showed up ready to learn. At left, Arbor Hill Elementary School first-grade teacher Doug Morris helps Semajalay Johnson with a writing project. On the right, Sheridan Preparatory Academy first-grade teacher Patrice Loomis gives students a preview of the day's activities.



North Albany Academy families flocked to the school's annual Welcome Back Family Barbecue on Sept. 4. There, they met up with friends and neighbors and enjoyed picnic fixings prepared and served up by North Albany staff.

School Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard, Ph.D. welcomes district staff back to school on Sept. 3. Click here to learn more about the events of the day.



Caring community members on Aug 27 distributed back-to-school supplies they collected for City School District

of Albany students. At left, student-athletes from the Sage College Department of Athletics and Recreation prepare to deliver supplies for some 200 students at William S. Hackett Middle School. At right, district Parent Engagement Coordinator Mary Edwards and custodian Jim Spooner collect 100 backpacks stuffed with supplies for Albany High School students donated by FOCUS Churches of Albany. Our thanks to these community partners!



Albany High student-athletes in nine sports went to work Aug. 19 preparing for the 2013 fall sports seasons.

Click here to check out more pictures from a few practices during the week of Aug. 26. You can find

complete schedules for all of our teams through the school year in the Athletics section. Let's go Falcons!


Albany High School's Class of 2013 grew by 26 on Aug. 20 as the school celebrated the achievement of its summer graduates. The newest grads joined the 417 students who earned their diplomas in June. Click here for more photos from the summer graduation ceremony. 

Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard, Ph.D., joined students, colleagues and community members at the North Albany YMCA for an Aug. 14 announcement regarding the contribution of community resources to sustain after-school programs operated by the Capital District YMCA. Above, Dr. V (back row, second from left) is joined by Galesi Group Chief Operating Officer Dave Buicko (back row, left), CAP COM Federal Credit Union President and CEO Paula Stopera (back row, third from left) and Capital District YMCA President and CEO J. David Brown.  



Rising young musical talent I Am Trigg from New York City visited Albany Aug. 11-12 to shoot the video for his new song, "I Can't Wait for the Bell to Ring," at Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School. Above right, Trigg (center) is joined by members of Albany's Youth FX program (including Program Director Bhawin Suchak, left with camera) on the set in the Myers media center Aug. 11. Above left, Suchak and members of the Youth FX program joined Trigg (center) on Aug. 12 for a meeting with Albany County Executive Daniel McCoy, an Albany High School graduate and parent.



Students from the City School District of Albany's special education summer program enjoyed a field trip to the Tri-City ValleyCats game in Troy on Aug. 7. Baseball was the theme of the summer program. The field trip was supported through the Making Crime Pay initiative of Albany County District Attorney David Soares.



Students from throughout the district had a chance to take a break from summer school at an Aug. 2 field day held at Albany School of Humanities (ASH).



The Elementary School Summer Enrichment Program offered by all 12 district elementary schools culminated Aug. 2 with a Learning Fair, where young scholars displayed their writing, showed off their math skills and had a chance to demonstrate what they learned. At left, an Albany School of Humanities (ASH) student shares his writing skills, while at right, a Delaware Community School student plays a math game.



Singer-songwriter Ruth Pelham brought her Music Mobile to Eagle Point Elementary School on July 23 through an arts-in-education grant the school received. She and the students sang songs about loving one another, being responsible and taking care of ourselves and our environment.  

The forecasters threatened rain, but the skies and temperatures cooperated on July 20 during the City School District of Albany's annual Summer Celebration. Click here to see a photo page of the day's activities.

                      Members of the Albany High School football program volunteered during the LPGA
                      Symetra Tour's Credit Union Challenge women's golf event July 12-14 at Capital Hills
                      Golf Course in Albany. Pictured with Albany High JV coach Mike Bernardi (front row,
                      left) are (L-R) Kaiheem Johnson-Morton, Carlton Kippins, Nate Sorce, Paul Britt-Busler,
                      Shawn South and Credit Union Challenge Volunteer Coordinator Casey O'Brien.



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