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In the News

2013-14 media coverage of Albany's public schools
Don't always have time to keep up with the news? You can follow the links below to check out media coverage of Albany's public schools during the 2013-14 school year.

 

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June 2014

  • The June 30 online edition of the Times Union including photo coverage of Albany High School's graduation ceremonies the previous day (the newspaper also published photos in its July 3 edition).

  • A June 20 Times Union article reported on the district's June 18 Concept Design Forum at Albany High School. The forum brought together nearly 100 students, parents, community members and staff members to review preliminary design concepts for a new or renovated Albany High. Please visit our Re-Imagining Albany High School section to read more.

  • A June 20 Times Union article featured Albany High School’s after-school partnership with Youth FX on a video-production program.

  • A June 8 Times Union article recognized Albany High School juniors Clare Criscione and Julia Zak among the recipients of the 12th annual Merit Award presented by the New York State Capital District section o fthe Society of Women Engineers.

May 2014

  • U.S. Rep. Paul Tonko visited Delaware Community School on May 15 to discuss new federal legislation that would boost mental-health services for public schools and students. WTEN/Ch. 10 was there to cover it.

April 2014

  • Times Union columnist Jennifer Gish reported April 24 on the development of the City School District of Albany's lacrosse program.

  • The Times Union reported April 23 about the Earth Day celebration at Arbor Hill Elementary School. The story, on the cover of the Capital Region section, is not currently available online.

  • The Times Union reported April 23 about the college selection of Albany High School junior Mylah Chandler, a standout member of the four-time Big 10-champion girls' basketball team. Chandler, who excels academically and athletically, has verbally committed to attend Colgate University in the fall of 2015.

  • WNYT/Ch. 13 featured Albany High School junior Emily Andrews on April 22 as the MVP Healthcare Athlete of the Week.

  • The Times Union featured a music program at William S. Hackett Middle School on April 20.

  • Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard, Ph.D., and Assistant Superintendent for Business Affairs William Hogan talked with On Board, the weekly publication of the New York State School Boards Association, for an April 14 story about state aid for schools in 2014-15.

March 2014

  • WNYT/Ch. 13 featured Albany High School senior Zilpa Oduor in its March 24 "13 Kids Who Care" segment.

  • WNYT/Ch. 13 reported March 14 about an after-school partnership between Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School and the SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering.

  • An outstanding season came to a disappointing end for the Albany High School girls' basketball team March 3 with a loss to Shenendehowa in the Section II Class AA championship game at the Times Union Center. Check out the coverage in the March 4 Times Union.

February 2014

  • The Albany High School girls' basketball team returned to the Section II Class AA championship game for the thrid year in a row with a 51-47 semifinal win over Bethlehem on Feb. 27 at Hudson Valley Community College. Check out the coverage in the Feb. 28 Times Union.

  • The Feb. 12 Times Union featured a story and photos about a Skype session Delaware Community School students held with students in the African nation of Uganda. The partnership was made possible in part with the help of the Music Mobile's Ruth Pelham.

  • Smothering defense and a typically balanced offense led the Albany High School girls' basketball team to a 63-49 win over Big 10 rival Troy on Feb. 7, clinching a fourth straight conference championship for the Lady Falcons. Check out the Feb. 8 Times Union to read more.

  • WRGB/Ch. 6 (video not available online) and WNYT/Ch. 13 covered Pine Hill Elementary School's Black History Month celebration during the school day Feb. 6. The school also hosted a Black History Month community event that evening that drew more than 300 people.

January 2014

  • WNYT/Ch. 13 featured Albany High School junior Mylah Chandler as one of its 2013-14 girls' basketball all-stars Jan. 30. Chandler is among the main reasons the Lady Falcons are ranked No. 8 in the state and favored to win a fourth straight Big 10 title and defend their Section II Class AA championship.

  • Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard, Ph.D., and Albany High School senior Zilpa Oduor participated in a regional advocacy event at Colonie High School on Jan. 30 to urge state lawmakers to end the funding crisis threatening public education in New York. Follow these links for media coverage:

  • WNYT/Ch. 13 reported Jan. 16 on the efforts of Albany High School students in the Abrookin Career and Technical Education program to paint a car to be crushed as part of the Jan. 17 "Monster Jam" event at the Times Union Center.

  • The Jan. 11 Times Union included the City School District of Albany's outlook in a story about the beginning of the 2014-15 budget-development process for school districts.

  • The Times Union reported Jan. 10 about the Albany High School girls' basketball team's home win over Catholic Central.

  • WRGB/Ch. 6 reported Jan. 9 about the Albany High School blood drive and student coordinator Zilpa Oduor.

  • The Times Union reported Jan. 8 about the Albany High School girls' basketball team's victory at Troy to take charge of the Big 10 race. The Lady Falcons are seeking their fourth consecutive league title.

December 2013

  • The Times Union reported Dec. 16 about Eagle Point Elementary School chess champion Martha Samadashvili. The fourth-grader is among the top chess players in her age group in the country and is competing in an international competition in the United Arab Emirates through Dec. 29.

  • The Times Union reported Dec. 16 about the Albany High School girls' varsity basketball team's victory over St. Laurent (Montreal) in the Lady Falcons Basketball Tournament on Dec. 15.

  • The Times Union reported Dec. 9 about "Albany's one-wheeled wonder" -- Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School eighth-grader Ahmiek Robinson, who rides a unicycle to school each day.

November 2013

  • YNN/Ch. 9 reported Nov. 20 on Mayor Gerald Jennings' record-setting "Cash for Coats" annual appeal, which generated more than $15,000 to buy warm winter clothing for students at six City School District of Albany schools.

  • CBS6 and YNN/Ch. 9 included the City School District of Albany in stories Nov. 20 about anti-bullying efforts in area school dsitricts. YNN's story featured an anti-bullying program at Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School in partnership with Albany County.

  • WNYT/Ch. 13 reported Nov. 12 on KIPP Tech Valley Charter School's pending request to build a new taxpayer-financed, tax-exempt school that would cost the school district at least $5.6 million annually.

  • The Nov. 4 Times Union included coverage of the Albany High boys' soccer team, which played that night for the first Section II soccer championship in school history.

  • The Nov. 1 Times Union and Saratogian included coverage of Albany High's historic victory over Shenendehowa in the Section II Class AA boys' soccer semifinals.

October 2013

  • Metroland reported Oct. 31 on the success of Albany High's boys' soccer team in advance of the Falcons' Section II Class AA semifinal win over Shenendehowa that night.

  • New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli released an audit Oct. 30 that found that Albany Community Charter School could have saved as much as $2.3 million in taxpayers' money by buying the building rather than leasing it. The Times Union and WNYT/Ch. 13 reported on the comptroller's findings, which included other financial questions about the charter school, and connections to the Brighter Choice Foundation.

  • Three City School District of Albany teachers provided their perspective in an Oct. 26 Times Union article about the best ways for parents to communicate with teachers: Gary Nowik and Jane Fox at Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School, and Shelly Flood at Pine Hills Elementary School.

  • The Albany High School boys' varsity soccer team won its third Big 10 championship in the last five years Oct. 19 with a 2-1 win in double overtime at Troy. Jackson Leon's goal with 5:11 left provided the winning margin. Check out coverage in the Oct. 20 Troy Record.

  • The Times Union provided extensive photo coverage of Albany High School's Homecoming activities at Bleecker Stadium on Oct. 19.

  • Montessori Magnet School fifth-grade teacher Jannine Walton was among the educators interviewed for an Oct. 16 Times Union story about the state's Common Core Learning Standards.

  • The front page of the Oct. 11 TImes Union included photos from the "Day in the Life of the Hudson River" field trip fourth-grade students enjoyed the previous day.

  • The Times Union reported on Albany High School's new boys' basketball coach Oct. 5.

September 2013

  • The front page of the Sept. 26 Times Union featured an article about the mixed academic results of Albany's two publicly funded, privately operated charter high schools. The article was titlted "Failed promises at two schools."

  • The Times Union, YNN/Ch. 9 and CBS6 (video not available online) were at William S. Hackett Middle School on Sept. 25 as sixth-graders participated in workshops led by University at Albany students. The event, "A Taste of College: College and Career Readiness Workshops," was part of a UAlbany community-outreach effort connected to the inauguration-week activities of university President Robert Jones, Ph.D. Dr. Jones and Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard, Ph.D., talked with the students at the start of the program.

  • Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard, Ph.D., and Giffen Memorial Elementary School teacher Thomas Faulkner, the school's Golden Apple Award winner for 2013, were highlighted in a Sept. 22 Times Union story about Academic Intervention Services for schools statewide.

  • YNN/Ch. 9 and WTEN/Ch. 10 covered "Dads Take Your Child to School Day" in the City School District of Albany on Sept. 17.

  • Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard, Ph.D., shared her thoughts on the new school year and the district's new vision in an op-ed published in the Sept. 8 Times Union.

  • YNN/Ch. 9 covered the City School District of Albany's Sept. 3 Superintendent's Conference Day convocation for all staff in preparation for the new school year.

  • Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard, Ph.D., kicked off her first full school year with a speech for all district employees Sept. 3 at the City School District of Albany's annual opening-day convocation for staff. The Times Union previewed her vision for the district's future in that day's paper.

August 2013

  • The Times Union's Aug. 8 coverage of the State Education Department's release of 2013 state testing results including information from the City School District of Albany, including Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard's communication with families.

  • WNYT/Ch. 13 attended the final day of the City School District of Albany's summer program for rising freshmen Aug. 2 and reported about advocacy-related projects they worked on during the four-week session.

July 2013

  • The Times Union reported July 27 about a $4.3 million School Improvement Grant that the State Education Department has awarded to Philip Schuyler Achievement Academy to raise achievement for all students. Schuyler Achievement Academy is the third school in the City School District of Albany to receive SIG funding, joining Albany High School and William S. Hackett Middle School.

  • The Times Union reported July 6 about the City School District of Albany's annual participation in the Summer Food Service Program, which provides free breakfast and lunch to those under 18 at 12 schools city-wide.

  • The Times Union reported July 5 about the effect of poverty on public schools.

  • The Business Review featured entrepreneurial Albany High School student Rayvon Morris in its June 28-July 4 edition.

You also can check out media coverage of Albany's public schools during past years:

 

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