Construction fair Wednesday
part of our commitment to workforce development, the City School
District of Albany – along with numerous partners – is hosting a
Construction Trades Information Session and Career Fair on Wednesday,
Dec. 12 from 9-11 a.m. and 4-6 p.m.
Join us for either of these
free sessions to learn about
employment opportunities in the
construction trades, including
Both sessions will provide the
same information, and each can
accommodate up to 35 people. (MORE)
Contract for Excellence
District of Albany families and
community members will have the
opportunity to comment on the
district's 2018-19 Contract for
Excellence plan in writing and at an
The meeting will be held at 4:30
p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 13 at Edmund
J. O'Neal Middle School of
Excellence, 50 N. Lark St. (MORE)
pampering available Saturday
out time next Saturday to give yourself or a loved one the gift of
high-end holiday pampering at an affordable price.
Cosmetology Department at Albany
High School’s Abrookin Career and
Technical Center will host a Winter
Wonderland Spa Day from 10 a.m.-2
p.m. Dec. 15 at Abrookin, located at
99 Kent St.
(two blocks north
of Albany High School). (MORE)
Literacy training in January
your love of reading and become a literacy tutor in the City School
District of Albany!
The district will offer free training for the Oasis Tutoring
Program on Saturday, Jan. 26 from 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. at Harriet
Gibbons Student Services Center, 75 Watervliet Ave. (MORE)
Hackett chills with therapy
Hackett Middle School choral students rehearsing Friday for their winter
concert next week showed no signs of the jitters, thanks in part to the
presence of one Stella Louise McWrinkleson.
Stella, a 2-year old bloodhound, is a
certified therapy dog belonging to Hackett and music teacher Frances
Fall scholar-athletes named
than 100 members of Albany High School’s fall varsity athletic teams
have earned scholar-athlete recognition from the New York State Public
High School Athletic Association. The student-athletes each maintained
an academic average of 90 or higher during the first marking period
this school year.
More than 55 percent of the City School District of Albany's fall
athletes earned grade point averages above 90.
The girls’ tennis team had the most players (77.8 percent) with
grade point averages higher than 90
Catch a winter concert (or
into the spirit of the season and hear some great music at winter
concerts in the City School District of Albany.
The school concert season officially
starts at 7 p.m. Monday, when New
Scotland Elementary School will hold
its holiday concert at William S.
Hackett Middle School. (MORE)
Community + generosity =
coats for kids
a good day when you get to pick out a new winter coat and a great day
when your best friend can choose the same one.
the case on Nov. 26 at Schuyler
Achievement Academy for
third-graders Tionna Vaughan and
Jaliah Haynes, who received winter
finery thanks to the 2018 Cash for
girls’ brand-new coats were among
more than 600 donated to four City
School District of Albany schools
(along with over 3,000 hats, scarves
and pairs of gloves).
Winter weather reminders
weather in the forecast once again,
the City School District of Albany
offers a variety of ways for
families to keep up to date on
potential school delays or closings.
Please visit our District News
section for more information.
Fall newsletter available
fall edition of the City School
District of Albany's quarterly
newsletter “Capital Education” is
available online now.
copies also have been mailed to all
Board approves middle-school
The City School District of Albany Board of Education has approved converting North Albany Academy to a middle school that
would open in
2023, paving the way for a May 2019 public referendum on a
plan that would not raise school property taxes.
board’s action followed a three-year
planning process that included input
from families, community members and
district staff. The resulting
project would be financed entirely
with savings in the district’s Capital
Reserve Fund and state building aid
State test scores continue
The City School District of
Albany made across-the-board gains in New York State tests that measure
proficiency in English language arts and math.
The State Education Department’s report from the spring 2018 round
of tests for students in grades 3-8 found that, overall, 23 percent were at or
above grade level in English language arts (ELA) and 17 percent were at
or above grade level in math.
That is an increase of 4 percentage points in ELA and 2 percentage
points in math from last year.
Building leadership capacity
the City School District of Albany,
building leadership capacity and
increasing accountability is one of
our primary goals to help all of our
On Oct. 23, Delaware Community
School Principal Kenneth Lein,
Ed.D., presented at a national
conference in Dallas on exactly how
that has happened in his building.
This video showcases Dr. Lein
and members of Delaware’s behavior
and building leadership teams
discussing how their collective
actions have created a positive
shift in their school’s atmosphere,
which directly supports increased
Albany High musicians
chosen for local, state
Bravo! Eight Albany High School virtuosos represented their school
Nov. 17 at the Area All-State Music Festival of the New York State
School Music Association (NYSSMA).
And one was selected from among thousands across New York to participate
in a statewide ensemble in December. (MORE)
District playgroup targets
youngest future Falcons in the City School District of Albany enrolled
in their first-ever class Tuesday. It’s called “Play, Learn, Soar,” and
it’s a brand new early education program offered to infants and children
up to age 3 at Arbor Hill Elementary School.
“I want them to make friends
and be comfortable with other
people,” said Elaine Evans, who
attended with her 8- and
19-month-olds. “Then they won’t be
nervous when they start school.” (MORE)
FirstView bus-tracking app
First Student Inc., the City School District of Albany’s transportation
partner, has launched its bus-tracking communications app, FirstView,
for the 2018-19 school year.
allows you use your smartphone or
desktop to track the location and
direction of your student’s bus,
your student's stop schedule for the
current day, and times for school
arrivals and departures. You’ll know
when the bus gets to school in the
morning and leaves in the afternoon.
Please visit our District News
section to read more.
Our goals in our voices
help highlight some of the primary
areas of focus in our district
priorities for this school year and
beyond, we have produced a series of
videos to start the school year. In
addition to Superintendent Kaweeda
G. Adams, these videos also feature
the voices of individuals –
students, staff and community
partners – speaking on the topics of
school and community safety, student
attendance, positive student
engagement and the importance of
community partnerships. (MORE)
prep classes available
Spread the word: The City
School District of Albany offers classes to help people aged 21 and
over prepare for the New York State high-school equivalency exam.
classes are held from 4:30-6:30
p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday at
Tony Clement Center for Education,
395 Elk St. (MORE)
2018-19 Code of Conduct
2018-19 edition of the Student Code
of Conduct is available
here. The booklet also was
mailed to all City School District
of Albany families in August.
take some time to review the code
with your children.
Feel free to
contact the Office of Pupil
Personnel Services with any
questions at (518) 475-6130.