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Latest news ...

Hoops Against Hunger at Albany High

The Albany Booster Club and Albany High School are organizing the Hoops Against Hunger initiative at two upcoming basketball games.

 

All spectators who bring two or more food items will receive free admission to the Albany High girls’ home games against Averill Park this Friday, Dec. 15, and the Falcons boys’ home games against CBA next Thursday, Dec. 21. Please visit our Athletics News section for more information.

 

Winter weather reminders

As winter settles upon the Northeast, the City School District of Albany offers tips abot school closings and other weather-related issues.

 

There are a variety of information sources you can monitor to stay up to date on decisions to close school or shorten the day, or postpone programs and events due to the cold or other factors.

 

Please visit our District News section to learn more.

 

TOAST newcomer students

complete hurricane aid project

English-language learners at Thomas O’Brien Academy of Science and Technology (TOAST) on Monday packed their teacher’s car with hundreds of pounds of supplies to be delivered to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico.

 

During the past two months, the 25 students – fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders in Caroline Espinoza Navarette’s English as a new language class – collected the provisions in a school-wide drive they planned and carried out. (MORE)

   

MWBE/Workforce Development
Community Workshop on Dec. 20

The City School District of Albany will host the second of three MWBE/Workforce Development Community Workshops on Wednesday, Dec. 20 from 6-7:30 p.m. at Albnay High School. The workshops will help local businesses and individual workers learn how to position themselves for contracting and job opportunities on construction-related projects. Please visit our Rebuilding Albany High School section for more information.

 

Albany High classes resume

Albany High School resumed a regular schedule Monday with additional security measures in place to assure a safe learning environment for all students and staff. A total of 33 students have been suspended as of Tuesday for their roles in last week's events.

 

“The Albany High staff, and our entire school district, are committed to assuring the safety of each and every student and staff member,” said City School District of Albany Superintendent Kaweeda G. Adams. “We have taken every precaution in our planning over the weekend, and will continue to deal swiftly with any disruptions to our normal routines.” Please visit our District News section for more information.

 

Albany-NYU partnership

accepting applications for 2018-19

While the first group of aspiring middle and high school teachers is taking part in the City School District of Albany's partnership with New York University, the district is preparing to recruit the second cohort in the Embedded Master of Arts in Teaching Residency Program. You can download a flyer or visit our District News section for more information.

 

Albany High's Heller
nominated for national distinction

Albany High School senior Max Heller was among the short list of nominees for the 2018 U.S. Presidential Scholars program that the New York State Department of Education released Nov. 30.

 

Out of all high school seniors across New York State, only 25 had the honor of being nominated for this highly prestigious award. Of those, 20 students were selected for their outstanding work in academics and the arts, and five for their success in career and technical education programs. (MORE)

 

District and police partner

to support students exposed to trauma

The City School District of Albany and the Albany Police Department announced a new program Nov. 30 that will help students that experience a traumatic event outside of school.

                                       

“Handle with Care will bridge the gap between what happens at home and at school,” said Albany School Superintendent Kaweeda G. Adams at a news conference at Albany High School. "The key to the program is communication that will take place between the police and our school district after police identify a child at the scene of a traumatic event at home or in the community." (MORE)

 

'Tis the season for winter concerts

Get 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 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 4 when Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School holds its winter concert. (MORE)

 

Pre-K spots still available

Are you considering prekinder-

garten for your 4-year-old, or do you know someone who might be? There are still spots available for 2017-18 in City School District of Albany prekindergarten programs based at elementary schools and community agencies. Please visit our District News section to learn more.

 

Albany High musicians

chosen for Suburban Council festival

A dozen outstanding Albany High School vocalists and instrumentalists have been selected from among top local high-school musicians to perform in the Suburban Council Music Festival.

 

The annual festival will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13 at Columbia High School, 962 Luther Road, East Greenbush. Ensembles will include a high-school band, chorus and orchestra and a middle-school jazz band. (MORE)

   

The Family Engagement Survey

The City School District of Albany is asking all families to take a survey that will help guide its work to raise achievement for all students.

 

The Family Engagement Survey will be open through Dec. 22. All responses are anonymous. Staff also will work with students in grades 3-12 to get their responses.

 

For more information, including the survey password and links to the survey in multiple languages, please visit our From the Superintendent section. You can click here to access the survey directly in English. We look forward to your input!

 

Check out 'Capital Education' online

The fall edition of "Capital Education," the City School District of Albany's award-winning quarterly newsletter is available online.

 

The lead story in this edition highlights the Theatre Mentor Program, a unique partnership between students at Albany High School and Albany School of Humanities (ASH). You can also view this video about the program.

 

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) 

12/15 TOAST Winter Concert, for pre-K through grade 3, 9 a.m.
12/18 Board Facilities Committee meeting, Academy Park, 5 p.m. (Details)
12/18 Edmund J. O'Neal Middle School of Excellence Winter Concert, 6:30 p.m.
12/19 Sheridan Preparatory Academy Winter Concert, 6 p.m.
12/20 MWBE/Workforce Development Community Workshop, Albany High School, 6-7:30 p.m. (Details)
12/21 Albany School of Humanities (ASH) Winter Concerts, 9 a.m. and 7 p.m.
12/21 Arbor Hill Elementary School Winter Concerts, 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.
12/25-1/1 No school
Holiday Recess
1/4 Board of Education meeting, Albany High School, 7 p.m.
1/16 Board of Education meeting, Albany School of Humanities (ASH),
7 p.m.
1/18 Albany High School College Information Night, 6 p.m.
1/23 MWBE/Workforce Development Community Workshop, Edmund J. O'Neal Middle School of Excellence, 6-7:30 p.m. (Details)