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October public meetings focus

on final middle-school proposals

The City School District of Albany Board of Education has narrowed the list of potential new middle-school options to two and scheduled public meetings for October to allow families and community members to learn more and offer feedback.


The first meeting was held Oct. 3 at North Albany Academy. Each of the following meetings will be held from 6:30-8 p.m.


 --Tuesday, Oct. 16 -- William S. Hackett Middle School

 --Monday, Oct. 22 -- Arbor Hill Elementary School

 --Wednesday, Oct. 24 -- Pine Hills Elementary School 


The board will review feedback from these meetings before making a decision on a final proposal at its Nov. 1 meeting. The proposal then would need voter approval in 2019. Please visit our District News section to read more.


Cosmetology students help fight cancer

Throughout October, the senior students of the Abrookin Career and Technical Center Cosmetology Program will be making wigs for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.


These wigs will be made in class and donated to women experiencing hair loss due to cancer treatments.


Please note that in-person consultations are required before any services can be provided. For an appointment with one of our students, or to learn how you can help donate, call (518) 475-6412.


Event's focus is safety

Sheridan Preparatory Academy hosted the City of Albany’s 2018 Walk to School day Oct. 10. More than 5,000 schools across the country participate in the annual fall event intended to encourage families and community leaders to ditch the car and walk or bike to school. (MORE)


Albany High 2019-20 academy

lottery applications available now

cover of the 19-20 lottery applicationApplications are available for the lottery to determine placement in Albany High School’s four academies for the 2019-20 school year.


Click here to download an information booklet and application.


Each of Albany High's four unique academies has its own theme. Each offers electives specific to that theme, and the themes also are woven into the core curriculum. However, students also can take electives in different academies and the electives are equally available to all. (MORE)


Albany High's life-saving donations

photo of librarian Alicia Abdul and senior Chyann Johnson posing in front of blood drive signThe stage was set for a series of life-saving performances in the auditorium as Albany High School held the first of its three annual blood drives in partnership with the American Red Cross on Oct. 4.  


The Albany High community pitched in throughout the day to donate 64 much-needed pints of blood – each of which can save as many as three lives. This year’s drive was organized by senior Chyann Johnson along with librarian and faculty adviser Alicia Abdul. (MORE)


Cash for Coats kicks off

For the 11th year, The City School District of Albany is partnering with the City of Albany to raise Cash for Coats funds.


Superintendent Kaweeda G. Adams joined Mayor Kathy Sheehan and the campaign’s additional sponsors, The Palace Theatre and Lodge’s Department Store, at The Palace Theatre on Oct. 3 to kick off the appeal.


“The correlation between attendance and the ability of children to get to school safely and warmly is clear. It’s important for our students to be in school and they can’t get there during the difficult winter months without appropriate outerwear,” said Adams. (MORE)


Upcoming literacy tutor training

The City School District of Albany will offer free training for the Oasis Tutoring Program on Saturday, Oct. 27 from 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Harriet Gibbons Student Services Center located at 75 Watervliet Ave.


This program pairs adult tutors with students in kindergarten through fourth grade. Volunteer tutors help students once a week in individualized, one-on-one sessions and are provided with free training, materials and in-school support. (MORE)


District playgroup targets tiny learners

The 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 available

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.


FirstView 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

To 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)


Curriculum guide for middle school

As we start the 2018-19 school year, check out the City School District of Albany’s new middle-school curriculum guide. It’s a comprehensive overview of what students and families can expect at each of the district's three middle schools.


If you were not able to attend the recent orientation programs at each middle school, you can download a guide here or pick one up from your child’s guidance counselor at school. Please visit each middle school's page for more information.


High-school equivalency

test 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.


Test prep 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

The 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.


Please 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. 


Important update on student physicals

New York has changed the timing of required student physicals and the forms that health providers must complete. As of July 1, state law requires public school students to have a health physical when they:


• Enter school as a new student

• Enter prekindergarten or kindergarten

• Enter grades 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 and 11 (MORE)


District responding

to suspension disparities

In response to the report of the New York State Attorney General’s Office, the City School District of Albany has reaffirmed its commitment to changing discipline practices and procedures that have perpetuated disproportionate suspension rates for black students and students with disabilities.


Two important individuals in that process are Independent Monitor Maxine Fantroy-Ford, Ed.D. (at left in photo above), and Chief Ombudsperson Valarie Ann Scott (at right). Please visit our Assurance of Discontinuance section to read more, and to find out how to contact the chief ombudsperson if you have complaints about student discipline.



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Upcoming events
(visit each school's page for more listings; visit our Athletics section for game schedules) 

10/15 Board Facilities Committee meeting, Academy Park, 5 p.m.
10/16 Middle School Configuration Community Forum, William S. Hackett Middle School,
6:30-8 p.m. (Details)
10/17 Albany High School girls' soccer Class AA playoffs, first-round game at Columbia, 7 p.m.
10/18 Board of Education meeting, Arbor Hill Elementary School,
7 p.m.
10/20 Albany High School boys' soccer Class AA quarterfinals, home vs. Niskayuna/LaSalle winner, 6:30 p.m.
10/22 Board Government Relations Committee meeting, Sheridan Preparatory Academy,
8 a.m.
10/22 Middle School Configuration Community Forum, Arbor Hill Elementary School,
6:30-8 p.m. (Details)
10/23 Early Childhood Parent University, Giffen Elementary, 5-7 p.m.
10/23 O'Neal Middle School Parent University,
5:30-6:30 p.m.
10/24 Myers Middle School Parent University,
5:30-7 p.m.
10/24 Middle School Configuration Community Forum, Pine Hills Elementary School,
6:30-8 p.m. (Details)
10/25 North Albany Academy AVID Workshop, 9 a.m.
10/25 Sheridan Prep Cultural Celebration, 6 p.m.
10/25 TOAST Harvest Fest Family Night, 5-7 p.m.
10/26 New Scotland Elementary Parent-Teacher Breakfast,
8-9 a.m.
10/26 ASH Harvest Dance,
6-7:30 p.m.
10/26 Eagle Point Elementary Halloween Party, 6-7 p.m.
10/26 Hackett Middle School Halloween Teen Night, 6-8:30 p.m.
10/26 Montessori Fall Dance, 6:30-8 p.m.
10/26 Pine Hills Harvest Festival, 6:30-8 p.m.
10/27 Albany High ACT exam,
8 a.m.
10/27 Literacy tutor training, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Harriet Gibbons Student Services Center, 75 Watervliet Ave.
10/29-11/1 Albany High underclassmen school pictures
10/29 Arbor Hill Elementary Spirit Week begins
10/29 ASH Spirit Week begins
10/29 Clement Center Pay it Forward Drive begins
10/29 Sheridan Prep
Spirit Week begins
10/30 Arbor Hill Elementary Pumpkin Run
11/1 Board of Education meeting, North Albany Academy, 7 p.m.
11/6 Board Facilities Committee meeting, Academy Park, 5:30 p.m.