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Edmund J. O'Neal Middle School of Excellence

Edmund J. O'Neal Middle School of Excellence

Grades 6-8

Click here to read a copy of O'Neal's latest quarterly newsletter


50 North Lark St., Albany, NY 12210

Phone: (518) 475-6600

Fax: (518) 475-6602


Kandie Antonetti, Principal

Email: kantonetti@albany.k12.ny.us

Timitra Rose, Assistant Principal

Email: trose@albany.k12.ny.us

April Stokes Assistant Principal

Email: astokes@albany.k12.ny.us


Updates for French students and families

Dyrleif Bjarnadottir, a French-speaking substitute teacher at Albany High School, has transferred to Edmund J. O'Neal Middle School of Excellence to support our French students. She will start Monday, March 11.


You also can download this information in a letter from Principal Kandie Antonetti.

Ms. Bjarnadottir will support our students using the Apex Learning digital platform, which is designed to actively engage students in their learning and also includes embedded supports to meet diverse student needs. We are confident that Apex Learning, with Ms. Bjarnadottir’s guidance and support, will meet our students’ needs until our new permanent French teacher is in place.


We also will work closely with Ms. Bjarnadottir to assess each of our students to determine their specific areas of focus as they prepare for the foreign language proficiency exam in June. We will share the results of your student’s assessment with you and our plan to support your children for the remainder of the school year.


In addition to Ms. Bjarnadottir’s presence, those supports also will include tutoring provided by certified French teachers from other district schools. We are looking at before- and after-school tutoring options, as well as Saturday opportunities. Our focus for these tutoring opportunities will be first for our eighth-grade students who are preparing for the end-of-the-year proficiency exam. We also are working with Albany High to schedule advanced French students to volunteer at O'Neal to provide additional after-school tutoring. We will have more information about all of these additional tutoring options as we finalize the schedules.


Please contact Principal Antonetti if you have questions at (518) 475-6600 or kantonetti@albany.k12.ny.us.


A message from Principal Kandie Antonetti

I am writing to you as a follow-up to our recent visit from the State Education Department. State Ed’s visit offered a fresh perspective on our procedures, and I also would like to thank those of you who shared your input as a part of this important process.


As a result, you and your students will see some new procedures and opportunities added to our daily routines. We believe these steps will have a positive impact on our school and enhance the overall experience for all students.

  • Students arriving late in the morning will get a grab-and-go breakfast on their way to class. We will not serve a late sit-down breakfast in the cafeteria. This began Feb. 11.

  • Also related to the cafeteria, we will be changing our lunch routines. Students will have 20 minutes in the cafeteria to eat, and then will go to a study hall for the rest of the period. This will allow students to catch up or get ahead on their school work in a quiet setting, and also will reduce the number of students in the cafeteria at lunch. This began Feb. 25.

  • No head coverings or hoodies that cover the head or face will be allowed during school, unless for religious or medical reasons. We need to be sure we can recognize students when they are in our care, which can be difficult if the head and face are covered. This began Feb. 11.

  • We have re-evaluated our staffing routines to assure greater attention to the stairs, bathrooms and hallways. We are reminding students of our behavioral expectations in these areas and throughout the building. We also will begin using bathroom sign-in sheets.

  • We will continue to review our practices and procedures with teachers and staff members so that we are all more consistent in reinforcing school-wide behavioral expectations. This includes the need to be consistent in recognizing and rewarding positive student behavior, and in following our Student Code of Conduct when students fall short of our expectations.  

We are asking all of our students to be our partners in creating a school atmosphere that allows them to succeed to their fullest potential. We also ask each of you to help us in these efforts by reminding your students of the behavioral expectations at school. The academic success of all of our students is critical, and we ask each of you to be “All in for O’Neal” to help us achieve that goal.


As always, please feel free to contact Principal Antonetti at (518) 475-6600 kantonetti@albany.k12.ny.us if you have questions, concerns or additional suggestions. Thank you for all you do to support your students and our school! You also can download Principal Antonetti's letter.


School times

  • Building opens -- 7:35 a.m.

  • Breakfast begins -- 7:35 a.m.

  • School day begins -- 8 a.m.

  • School day ends -- 3 p.m.

Upcoming events

  • Wednesday, March 20 -- All-City Chorus Concert, Myers Middle School, 6:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 26
    • Autism Spectrum Fair, Montessori Magnet School, 5:30-7 p.m.
    • Parent University, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
    • PTO meeting, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

2018-19 news and information

  • Academic high-flyers recognized -- Congratulations to the 86 academic superstars at Edmund J. O’Neal Middle School of Excellence who made second quarter honor roll! They were recognized Feb. 26 at an Honor Roll Ceremony. Click here to see Facebook photos from the ceremony. You don’t need a Facebook account to view the pictures: A window may display the text “To see more from Albany City Schools on Facebook, log in or create an account,” but you can dismiss it by clicking “not now."
  • Reading, writing, learning at O'Neal -- This is what learning looks like: On Thursday, sixth-graders in Bridget Smith’s second-period English language arts class at Edmund J. O’Neal Middle School of Excellence teamed up to discuss and write about the finer points of the book they're reading, “Percy Jackson and the Lightening Thief” by Rick Riordan. Click here to see Facebook photos of their work. You don’t need a Facebook account to view the pictures: A window may display the text “To see more from Albany City Schools on Facebook, log in or create an account,” but you can dismiss it by clicking “not now."
  • Sixth-graders to see schedule change -- Starting Nov. 13, sixth-grade students will see a change in their schedules. The change involves the Computer-Assisted Instruction Class currently offered each day. Click here for more information from Principal Kandie Antonetti.
  • Back-to-school welcome from Co-Principals Kandie Antonetti and Malik Jones

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 in each grade at Edmund J. O’Neal Middle School of Excellence, Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School and William S. Hackett Middle School.


The district has aligned its curriculum and course offerings at all three schools this year. 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.


If you have any questions about the middle-school curriculum or experience, please contact your building principal. You also can contact Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Instruction Lori McKenna at (518) 475-6012 or lmckenna@albany.k12.ny.us.


About Edmund J. O'Neal Middle School of Excellence
Edmund J. O'Neal Middle School is the newest school in the City School District of Albany, opening for the 2017-18 school year at 50 North Lark St. The school serves about 500 students in grades 6-8.


The school building is the former home of the district's Alternative Learning Center, which relocated to 395 Elk St., now the Tony Clement Center for Education.


Edmund J. O'Neal's legacy

The new school is named after the late Edmund J. O'Neal, a beloved former Albany principal who spent his life serving the children and families of Albany, especially the Arbor Hill community.


He was the first African-American principal in our district when he took over leadership of the former School 6. He went on to serve as the first principal of Arbor Hill Elementary School from 1972-1986. He served as coordinator of human resources until his 1996 retirement.


O'Neal also was a product of Albany's public schools, attending the former Philip Schuyler High School and graduating from Albany High School. He also served as the first president of the board of Whitney M. Young Community Center, located in Arbor Hill. Click the highlighted text to read a Times Union story about naming the school in his honor.


Absence from school
If your child is absent from school for any reason, call the school nurse at (518) 475-6600 during the morning and provide a written excuse when your child returns to school.


Middle-school enrollment

The City School District of Albany uses a feeder enrollment model for students at O'Neal Middle School, Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School and William S. Hackett Middle School.


Students who move up from the following elementary schools will attend O'Neal Middle School:

  • Arbor Hill Elementary School

  • North Albany Academy

  • Philip Schuyler Achievement Academy

  • Sheridan Preparatory Academy



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