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Photo Gallery -- 2014-15

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The College of St. Rose recognized City School District of Albany special-education teacher Joey DiPiazza (second from left) as a co-recipient of its 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award on June 6. DiPiazza, also the Albany High School football coach, is joined by (L-R) Board of Education member Kenneth M. Bruce, Director of Special Education Debby Sharpe-DeFries and Assistant Director of Special Education Tim Fowler.





U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (center) visited Albany School of Human-                     New State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia (left) visited Pine

ities on June 8 to advocate for continued federal funding for school                         Hills Elementary School as one of her first duties May 27. Super-

meals and summer meals. The senator was joined by U.S. Rep. Paul                     intendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard, Ph.D. (center) and board

Tonko, Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard, Ph.D., Board                       President Ginnie Farrell (right) greeted Commissioner Elia, and a

President Ginnie Farrell, Mayor Kathy Sheehan, ASH student ambas-                     group of Student Council officers led her and an entourage of media

sadors and others. Visit our District News section to read more.                                on a tour of the school. Click here to see more photos from the day. 



Albany School of Humanities (ASH) students took part March 20 in the Indian festival Holi, a celebration of color and the return of spring. The school’s performing arts center was a whirl of joy and colors as the students in grades 3-6 performed “scarf juggling.”


The Cat in the Hat, Fancy Nancy and a host of other literary favorites were on hand March 19 at Delaware Community School when students dressed up as their favorite storybook characters at the annual Living Literacy Day celebration



Students at Albany School of Humanities (ASH) learned about money and finances March 19 when SEFCU sent a mobile unit to the school. Students also had the opportunity to open up bank accounts with parent permission. Above, a student plays "Money Bingo."  

Author Ruta Sepetys, left, spent the day at Albany High School on March 18. Sepetys conducted a writer's workshop, above. She also hosted a book-group discussion of her books and talked about her books, her family and her experiences as a writer of popular fiction.



The Albany Marching Falcons, marching band and color guard for the City School District of Albany, marched in the Dublin, Ireland, St. Patrick's Day

parade on March 17. Click the highlighted text to learn more about their whirlwind tour of Ireland and to see a gallery of photos from the trip.



Albany High School freshman Zaeqwan Cancer’s random acts of kindness during a recent local event earned him recognition March 17 from the Albany County District Attorney’s WORDS campaign promoting kindness in the community. He's pictured above with Principal Cecily Wilson.  

Students at Schuyler Achievement Academy were treated to some Irish dancing on March 17 by the Ferrell School of Irish Dance. The dancers also visited Albany School of Humanities, Eagle Point Elementary, Montessori Magnet School and Sheridan Preparatory Academy.



These Montessori Magnet School fifth-graders played the part of colonial-era Americans on March 13 from their dress to their meals to their dances to their games.  

Albany High School sophomore Quamez Anderson tinkers with a robot at a pre-competition practice March 10. The practice was a prelude to the Albany High Robotics Team's participation in the New York Tech Valley Regional FIRST Robotics Team competition March 20-21.



These students from William S. Hackett Middle School cheered on their team on March 6 at the MAAC basketball tournament at the Times Union Center. Students that attended were selected by their teachers for notable achievements in behavior or schoolwork.  

Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School art teacher Robin McKenna, right, and Myers eighth-grader Drelle Nzabi pose with Drelle's masterpiece during a March 5 reception to recognize the student artworks inspired by the famed modern art collection at the Empire State Plaza



Four North Albany Academy students and a former NFL star on March 5 helped nutrition advocates promote National School Breakfast week.

Pictured from left are North Albany seventh-grader Neah Pryor, eighth-grader August Hallenbeck, seventh-grader Myauta Ponza, school counselor Cheryl Brannock, former New York Giants running back Joe Morris and eighth-grader Marcanthony Rodriguez.


The junior class at Albany High School on March 2 had a visit from civil- rights activist Colia Clark, center, who talked about her experiences championing the rights of African-Americans.



Albany High School sophomore Rhamel Bynum, left, considered his moves Feb. 28 at the New York State Scholastic Chess Tournament in Saratoga Springs. The Albany High Chess team completed with teams throughout New York State and ended up with a respectable tenth place in the high school division. Bynum and sophomore Kassi McTague won third place in the mixed doubles competition.  

Select members from Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School’s advanced orchestra performed Feb. 28 in a ceremony at The Egg marking the 50th anniversary of the historic Selma civil rights march.The students who performed, were, from left, Aangelique Gonzalez, Joella Pratt, Sylvia Nicholas-Patterson, Gloria Tucker, Terrance Patterson, Sarah Tierney, Maura Palden, Alexa Kosinski, Janiah Johnson, Alexis Savoie and Kelsey McGinn. At the far right is Minitria Slade, who directs the Myers Select Orchestra.



Pine Hills Elementary School sixth-grader Cairo Horne, pictured in the center in the white T-shirt, met and talked to Civil Rights veterans on Feb. 27 at “The Selma 50 Celebration” at the First Unitarian Universalist church.


Local businesswoman Raquel Moody of Whip My Hair salon talked with North Albany Academy students on Feb. 26, part of the school's Black History Month celebration.




These students at Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School performed during their school's Black History Celebration on Feb.26. The event featured students from throughout the school.  

Second-graders at New Scotland Elementary School took on the personas of influential African-Americans in history on Feb. 26 at a "Living Museum." Family and friends dropped a coin in a cup to hear each student come alive and recite information about the African-American they were portraying. Coins collected were donated to international clean drinking-water efforts.



These first-graders at Albany School of Humanities (ASH) sang a song about Henry Johnson during their school's Feb. 26 celebration of Black History Month. Each grade performed that day for a packed house.  

In February, experts from the Albany High School Guidance Office and the Higher Education Services Corporation helped 90 seniors and their families complete and submit Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) forms – required documents for college aid.



Patients in Albany Medical Center’s cardiac care unit will get some special valentines this year: heart pillows made Feb. 12 by first-and second-graders from Montessori Magnet School (with a little help from teachers Elisa Byrnes and Carmen Ortiz and parent volunteers).

Congratulations to the Albany High School Chess Team for taking a share of first place at the Feb. 7 Make the Right Move Tournament at Albany High. The Falcon team was one of four that tied for first place; a total of 20 teams competed that day. Above, Albany High sophomore Kassi McTague ponders her opponent's move. 



Second-graders in Kathleen Axtmann's second-grade class partnered with kindergarteners from Wanda Carter's class at New Scotland Elementary School on Jan. 22 to begin learning about the Chinese New Year and Chinese culture.  

Automotive technology students from Albany High School’s Abrookin Career and Technical Center on Jan. 16 met with a Monster Jam truck driver and crew when the huge vehicles were in town for shows at the Times Union Center. Students got an overview of the technology and maintenance needs of a Monster Jam truck.


Kindergarten students at Eagle Point Elementary School held a peace march Jan. 16 to honor the work and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.    Students and families at Albany School of Humanities (ASH) enjoyed the school's second annual Math Night on Jan. 15. There were representatives from SEFCU, CDTA, a geologist and an architect, and several tables for hands-on learning.



Albany School of Humanities (ASH) students braved the cold Jan. 13 to participate in a rocket launch as part of the school's Blast-Off for Math activities.
Pictured above, sixth-grade math teacher Jerry Carfello (left) prepares a rocket for take-off while students look on. Each grade built rockets and estimated
the speed and distance of the launch. Estimations were calculated and grade-level prizes awarded to the students who were the closest to the actual
speed and distance. This activity led up to ASH’s second annual Math Night on Jan. 15.



Albany School of Humanities held a crazy hat day on Jan. 9, where anyone who donated a dollar got to wear a crazy hat all day. Second-grader Liyah Gardy chose well with a pink cowboy chapeau studded with sequins.   School spirit was plentiful at Thomas O'Brien Academy of Science and Technology (TOAST) on Jan. 9, when you couldn't turn around without seeing a student in a TOAST T-shirt, sweatshirt or polo shirt. Pictured above in the front row are Abigail Hulett, Blay Moo Wah Paw, Mar-Quez Rouse, David Nai and Jude Canton, and in the back row are Ty'Janae Brooks-Browne, Caleb Westin, Kerwin Blake, Koran Parker.



On Jan. 8, school was delayed two hours because of the cold. But that didn't deter Albany HIgh School students and staff from rolling up their sleeves to give blood. The school collected 84 pints of blood and met 90% of its goal,    Eagle Point Elementary School fourth-grader Helena Bristol patiently waited her turn at the district-wide spelling bee on Jan. 6. She is one of six finalists who will represent the district at the regional spelling bee on Feb. 24 in Schenectady. Click here to learn more.



Newly elected Board of Education members Kenneth M. Bruce and Anne Savage were sworn in to begin their four-year terms at the Jan. 5 meeting.
The board also selected Ginnie Farrell to serve as president for 2015, Sue Adler to serve as vice president and C. Anthony Owens to serve as secretary.




Members of the Siena College men's and women's basketball teams visited North Albany Academy on Jan. 5 to talk with third-, fourth- and fifth-grade students about setting goals and working hard to reach reach them. The visitors included 2013 Albany High School graduate Emia Willingham-Hurst (far right). Students and staff at Sheridan Preparatory Academy participated in the annual holiday tradition Caroling on the Stairs on Dec. 23. 



Sixteen students from Albany High School’s English as a New Language program (formerly ESL) joined City School District of Albany staff to collect and deliver community donations of baby food to Refugee and Immigrant Support Services of Emmaus on Dec. 19.

The RISSE facilities were damaged by a suspicious fire a few days earlier. Click here to learn more.

  These Delaware Community School students couldn't wait to delve into the new books they received that were donated by New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) and delivered on Dec. 18.



Fifth-graders in Maureen Goldman's class at New Scotland Elementary School celebrated a healthy Halloween on Oct. 31, noshing on festive fall fruits and veggies during their class party. Arbor Hill Elementary School students Sharon Antoine and Marcellus Gilchrist on Oct. 24 helped launch an anti-bullying poster contest for district fourth- and fifth-graders. Click here to learn more.


Holocaust survivor Marion Blumenthal Lazan visited the Albany High School library Oct. 23 and shared her experiences with some 230 students in grades 9-12. Her story is recounted in her memoir Four Perfect Pebbles and in the movie, Marion's Triumph, and there is a school in Germany named after her.   Eighth-graders in Larry Drew's family and consumer sciences classes at Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School made soup on Oct. 22 with the veggies grown in the school's garden, which is maintained by the Vegetable Project and the school's Garden Club. Soup-makers above are, from left, Xavier Gonzalez, Keturah Lawson and Anthony Demonia



Albany High School held the first of three blood drives this school year on Oct. 16, and senior Camera Pierce rolled up her sleeve that day to give blood for the first time. Click here to learn more.   Albany High School seniors Andrew Gardner and Rebecca Lippitt were crowned Homecoming king and queen Oct. 11 at Albany High's 2014 Homecoming. Click here to see a gallery of photos from the day.



Falcon Pride was in full force for Homecoming weekend on Oct. 10 and 11. Good will and good weather dominated, but unfortunately they weren't enough to overcome the powerhouse that is Shenendehowa football. Shen won the game, 56-0.  

Members of the 2014 Hall of Fame were inducted Oct. 10 at a dinner and ceremony in Albany. Front row from left are Tanya Hansen and Luther “Ticky” Burden; back row from left are Mike Sgambelluri, Ashley Velie and Laura Hotaling. Inductees Raymond Leigh, Paul Lyons and Temeko Richardson were not able to attend the event.



Albany High School senior Isabel Pottinger showed her school spirit on Oct. 10 at the pep rally that opened up Homecoming weekend 2014. Click here to see a photo gallery of the weekend's events.   On Oct. 10, members of the girls' modified volleyball team took part in a clinic with players on the Sage women's volleyball team. The clinic was held at Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School.



New Scotland Elementary School first-grader Eliza Tusaneza, left, read a letter she wrote to the Great Pumpkin to English-as-a-second-language teacher Linda Stegagno and classmate Roman Parajuli on Oct. 9. Students in the class were responding to personalized notes the Great Pumpkin left in each of their notebooks.


About 20 North Albany Academy students who tried their best and were on their best behavior fosasr the first part of the school year were recognized Oct. 9 with a special ceremony and breakfast for them and their families. Among those students noted at the Merit Breakfast, were, from left, eighth-grader Antonio Farmer, first-grader Tiana Cortina, second-grader Cole Buttiker, first-grader Jon Wright and seventh-grader Auston Coons.



Philip Schuyler Achievement Academy second-graders Sean Strickland, left, and Malik Smith relaxed with some good books Oct. 7 in their classroom.  


Eagle Point Elementary School families gathered for autumnal and reading-related activities at the school’s Oct. 7 Fall Literacy Celebration. Here, kindergartener Luke Stein puts his own touches on a tree after hearing a story about autumn leaves. 



On Oct. 6, first-grader Jillian Katz showed her classmates at Thomas O’Brien Academy of Science and Technology (TOAST) some math activities on the SmartBoard in the school’s computer lab. The students were learning about First in Math, an Internet-based program that supports and builds kids’ math skills.


Kindergarteners in Kelly Melita’s class at Arbor Hill Elementary School posed Oct. 3 with a new “student,” a scarecrow they made as part of their celebration for Positive Behavioral Interventions and Services. PBIS reinforces the expected behaviors in class, in the hallway, in the lunchroom, in the gym, on the bus – basically anywhere in school. At Arbor Hill, students who behaved as expected during September took part in celebrations throughout their school; all the students in Mrs. Melita’s class were eligible!



Albany High School's previously unbeaten girls' tennis team welcomed defending Section II champion Emma Willard to the Myers Middle School courts on Sept. 29. The Lady Falcons dropped their first match of the season to the balanced ...visitors, 7-2. Freshman Reeve Churchill, last year's Big 10 champion, rallied for an impressive 1-6, 6-2, 6-2 win at first singles. Senior Elaine Thornton, serving above, was victorious at fifth singles, 7-6 (7-2), 6-1. See More
  This group of young runners burst away from the starting line Sept. 28 during the Fun Run portion of the second annual Albany Booster Club Falcon 5K and Fun Run/Walk. More than 500 runners and walkers took part in the event, which took place in Washington Park on a picture-perfect morning.



More than 1,000 fathers and male caregivers brought their children to district schools on Sept. 16 in recognition of national "Dads Take Your Child to School Day." Above, an Eagle Point Elementary School father breakfasts with his son. Click here to learn more.
  On Sept. 12, Vegetable Project volunteer Cremilda Dias, left, offered fresh garden veggies to family and consumer sciences students from Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School. The produce came straight from the giant garden that is maintained by the Vegetable Project and the school's garden club. More than 100 students got to pick and taste the veggies that day.


Students, staff and parents from Giffen Memorial Elementary School took to the streets on Sept. 12 to support their school and PTA. With banners signs and plenty of spirit, the whole school marched around the neighborhood and cheered.   Prospective members of the Hackett Middle School Class of 2015 on Sept. 12 enjoyed the picnic fixings of the school's annual PTA barbecue. Earlier that day, the students marched across the stage in anticipation of their moving up ceremony at the end of the school year.



Albany School of Humanities sixth-graders designed and colored posters for the school's PBIS Kick-Off Celebration on Sept. 12. PBIS -- or Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports -- a practice of teaching students about expected behavior in school and recognizing and praising that behavior.

Hackett Middle School eighth-grader Jadan Moore posed with Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard, Ph.D. and Hackett Principal Mike Paolino on Sept. 11 at a reception to honor exceptional students featured in the 2014-15 calendar. Moore was one of 24 extraordinary young people who appear in the calendar; click here to learn more her and the others.



Delaware Community School second-grader Man Re Ka Paw posed Sept. 10 by a poster of her that will be distributed throughout New York state as part of a public information campaign about the importance of good attendance. She is one of seven district students featured in the campaign; click here to learn more about it.   Montessori Magnet School Principal Malik Jones sported his ice cream tie at the school's annual Ice Cream Social on Sept. 5. Above, he is flanked by ice cream loving students who attended the event, which drew some 200 Montessori families and friends.



Albany High School's girls' volleyball team rallied from a two-set deficit for its first win of the season Sept. 9 at Albany High. The Lady Falcons dropped the first two sets 25-21 and 25-19, then stormed back to take the final three sets 25-20, 25-14 and 25-18.   Albany High's boys' soccer team dropped a tough 2-1 decision to Schenectady at the St. Rose Plumeri Sports Complex on Sept. 5. Above, Butoto Ndabarishe drills the ball past the Schenectady defense.



The 2014-15 school year started off smoothly on Sept. 4 in the district's 15 schools. At left, Arbor Hill Elementary School teacher Rich Gargiula works with a student and at right, the office at Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School welcomes students and families. Click here to see a photo gallery of the first day of school at all our schools.



North Albany Academy families got a jump on the new school year at welcome back picnic on Sept. 3. There was plenty of food for all as well as several information tables. A bonus, too -- kids got free books take!   On Sept. 2, Albany Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard, Ph.D. shared her vision for the 2014-15 school year with the approximately 1,400 faculty and staff members at the district's annual back-to-school convocation. Click here to see more photos of the day



The City School District of Albany's fourth annual Summer Celebration drew record crowds who flocked to Krank Park for a Saturday afternoon of food and fun. Some 20 community groups were on hand to provide information and giveaways, and JAMZ 96.3 kept the music going all day. Click here to see a photo gallery of the day's activities. Click here to see a photo gallery of the day's events.



Elementary school students across the City School District of Albany are taking part in  "Literacy Links," a summer program that reinforces the reading and writing skills kids learned during the school year.


Delaware Community School second-graders Hayley Guynup, left, and Man Re Ka Paw enjoy doing some independent reading July 10 at the  "Literacy Links" summer program at the school.

Some 400 teen volunteers from across the country camped out at Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School the week of June 29, part of a mission effort sponsored by First Presbyterian Church of Albany. Above, a group stocks up July 3 in the Myers foyer before heading out for a day of work. Click here to learn more about the project. 




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