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In the News

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 in 2016-17 and in past years.

 

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March

  • The Times Union reported March 20 on the "moga" program for students with special needs at Montessori Magnet School. To read more about moga in the City School District of Albany, you also can check out the fall 2016 edition of Capital Education.

  • The Times Union reported March 18 on Dale Getto's decision to postpone her retirment and serve as Albany High School's principal for a third year in 2017-18.

  • The Times Union reported March 17 on Albany High School's new football coach, Mike Ware, who was an assistant on the Falcons' coaching staff in 2016.

  • The Times Union reported March 11 on the City School District of Albany's plan to consider official observances of the annual Eid holidays in recognition of the rapidly growing Muslim population in the city and school district.

  • The Times Union reported March 9 about the City School District of Albany Board of Education's review of a 2015 classroom renovation project at Albany High School's Abrookin Career and Technical Center.

February

  • Check out this Feb. 22 TWCNews/Ch. 9 coverage of the Albany High School boys' basketball team's upset playoff win at Troy.

  • The Times Union reported Feb. 20 on the City School District of Albany's proposal to start a "newcomer" program to serve the district's rapidly growing population of English-language learners.

  • The Times Union reported Feb. 18 on the status of the City School District of Albany's budget-development process.

  • The Times Union reported Feb. 14 on proposals the Board of Education is considering as part of this year's budget-development process to redesign the City School District of Albany's alternative-education programs.

  • The Times Union included the City School District of Albany in a Feb. 11 story about increased graduation rates for Capital Region school districts in 2016. Albany High School's graduation rate for the Class of 2016 increased to 62 percent, the third consecutive year of increases and the highest rate in eight years.

  • The Times Union reported Feb. 4 on the new co-principals appointed to lead the City School District of Albany's new middle school at 50 North St., in 2017-18.

January

  • Check out this excellent Jan. 31 extended CBS6Albany studio interview with the members of of Albany High School's record-breaking sprint relay teams: seniors Jarrell Chaney, Syeed Holtzclaw and Kevin Mitchell, and junior Blaise Umuhaza. On Jan. 21 at the New Balance Games in New York City, the team broke the school record in the 4x200-meter and 4x400-meter relays. After that meet, the team was ranked sixth in the state in the 4x400 and 13th in the 4x200. These fleet Falcons have the fastest times in the Capital Region this year in both events -- and are aiming to go even faster!

  • Several media outlets covered the Board of Education's special meeting Jan. 30 opposing the nomination of Betsy DeVos for U.S. education secretary.

  • The Times Union reported Jan. 11 on the City School District of Albany's two successful facilities votes.

  • TWCNews/Ch. 9 reported Jan. 10 on that day's vote on two district facilities proposals.

  • The national community-development magazine Shelterforce reported Jan. 10 on the summer 2016 Sheridan Hollow mosaic project in which 3,000 City School District of Albany art students contributed their talents to help transform a city neighborhood. Shelterforce is a publication of the National Housing Institute.

  • The Times Union reported Jan. 10 on that day's vote on two City School District of Albany facilities proposals.

December

  • The Times Union reported Dec. 22 about a $500 grant that will support students in the STEM Club (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) at William S. Hackett Middle School (subscription may be required to read the story online).

  • The Times Union reported Dec. 21 on the City School District of Albany's planned investments in community-schools models at Arbor Hill Elementary School, Giffen Memorial Elementary School, Sheridan Preparatory Academy and the Alternative Learning Center.

  • The Times Union recognized Albany High School student-athletes Hamadi Gaddy (boys' basketball) and Jahlil Young (boys' bowling) on Dec. 19 in its weekly honor roll of top athletic performances in the past week (subscription may be required to read the story online).

  • The Times Union included Albany in a Dec. 19 story about poverty rates in city school districts in the region (subscription may be required to read the story online).

  • The "Long story short" editorial in the Dec. 18 Times Union included an item about the City School District of Albany's proposal to renovate the new middle school that will open at 50 North Lark St., next school year (subscription may be required to read the story online).

  • Albany High School junior Jahlil Young bowled a perfect game in the Falcons' match against CBA on Dec. 13. Check out this coverage of his achievement Dec. 15 on TWCNews/Ch. 9.

  • The City School District of Albany is a recipient of a $346,226 My Brother's Keeper Challenge Grant to help expand its efforts to raise achievement for all students, especially boys and young men of color. The Times Union included the district in a Dec. 14 story about the State Education Department's grant announcement.

  • CBS6Albany included a brief story Dec. 14 about Pine Hills Elementary School's Leadership Day.

  • The City School District of Albany held a tour of 50 North Lark St., on Dec. 10 to give community members an opportunity to see how the proposed renovations would improve the school, which will open as a middle school in September. The Times Union reported Dec. 11 on the tour and the district's plans for 50 North Lark and 395 Elk St. (the second proposal voters will consider Jan. 10).

  • Renowned jazz saxophonist Steve Wilson held a master class for Albany High School music students on Dec. 9 in conjunction with his performance that night at The College of St. Rose. Check out photos of his visit in the Dec. 10 Times Union.

  • Thomas O'Brien Academy of Science and Technology (TOAST) third-graders visited the New York State Museum on Dec. 9 to learn about archaeology. State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia joined them. Check out this WNYT/Ch. 13 story about their visit.

  • A brief item in the Dec. 8 Times Union noted the recognition that students in Albany High School's Abrookin Career and Technical Center Culinary Arts Program received at a recent chili and chowder cookoff. The Culinary students received special recognition in the nonprofessional division at the third anual Chili, Chowder and Soup Fest in Washington Park.

  • The Times Union included City School District of Albany Director of ENL and Refugee Services Tom Giglio in a Dec. 6 story about the need for additional state funding to support school districts with large numbers of English-language learners (ELLs). The district has seen its ELL student population more than double to more than 1,300 over the past five years.  

November

  • CBS6Albany included a brief look at the 2016-17 Albany High School boys' basketball team Nov. 28.

  • The Times Union included the City School District of Albany in a Nov. 27 story about area school district's with growing enrollment.

  • The Times Union reported Nov. 18 on the Board of Education's plan to include a second facilities proposition on the Jan. 10 ballot. In addition to the proposal to renovate 50 North Lark St., to create a new middle school, voters also will consider a proposal to buy the building at 395 Elk St., currently home to West Hill Middle School and the proposed future home of the Altenrative Learning Center.

  • The Times Union reported Nov. 3 on the Board of Education's plan to approve a search firm to assist with the process of hiring the City School District of Albany's next permanent superintendent. The board approved that plan at its Nov. 3 meeting. Interim Superintendent Kimberly Young Wilkins, Ed.D., whose current contract runs through August 2017, had not yet decided if she will seek the permanent position.

October

  • The City School District of Albany celebrated the start of the Albany High School pool renovation project with a groundbreaking ceremony Oct. 25. Media coverage included:

  • The Times Union reported Oct. 21 about the Board of Education's approval of an interim enrollment pattern for a new middle school at 50 North Lark St., beginning in 2017-18 (subscription may be required to read the story online).

  • The Times Union reported Oct. 14 about the efforts of Albany High School senior Matthew Pickett, a member of the school's JROTC program, to plan and organize a community-wide event to benefit veterans in the Capital Region.

  • The Times Union reported Oct. 12 about the planned Jan. 10 vote on proposed renovations to convert the City School District of Albany building at 50 North Lark St., into a middle school for 2017-18. If approved, the renovations would have no impact on taxes.

September

  • A Sept. 29 Times Union story highlighted the role of Albany High School senior and JROTC leader Matthew Pickett in organizing an October event to support veterans.

  • YNN/Ch. 9 featured Albany High School exchange student Timothy Chanoine on Sept. 17. Chanoine is a member of the Albany High football team.

  • The Times Union editorialized Sept. 9 in support of the state restoring approximately $1.6 million in funding to William S. Hackett Middle School for the 2016-17 school year (subscription may be required to read the story online).

  • State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia started the school year at William S. Hackett Middle School on Sept. 6, recognizing Hackett for its strong academic progress. Media coverage included:

  • The Albany High School football team upset defending Section II Class AA champion Saratoga Springs 16-14 to start the 2016 season Sept. 3. It was the Falcons' first regular-season win since 2007. Media coverage included:

  • CBS6Albany sat down in-studio with Albany High football coach for a Sept. 2 preview of the 2016 season.

  • The Times Union recognized two City School District of Albany teachers in a Sept. 1 feature story about five outstanding teachers trom throughout the Capital Region nominated by the newspaper's readers. District teachers featured were Kerstin Comproski of William S. Hackett Middle School and Cathy Lotmore of Thomas O'Brien Academy of Science and Technology (TOAST) (subscription may be required to read the story online).

August

  • CBS6Albany previewed the Albany High School football season on the first day of preseason practice Aug. 15.

July

  • The Times Union reported July 24 on the City School District of Albany's Summer Newcomer Academy, a new program the district launched this year to help its growing number of refugee and immigrant students adjust to a new language, a new school environment and and a new culture.

  • News10's Josh Rultenberg took a look July 17 at the significant improvements Albany High School football coach Joey DiPiazza has made since taking over the program in 2015.

  • Albany High School football coach Joey DiPiazza added significant experience and leadership to his staff July 14 with the addition of former University at Albany defensive guru Mike Simpson. Check out some of the media coverage:

  • CBS6Albany profiled former Thomas O'Brien Academy of Science and Technology (TOAST) and rising William S. Hackett Middle School student Kazir Goldston on July 8. Goldston is a six-time national boxing champion, including back-to-back Junior Olympics titles in his 119-pound weight class.

You also can check out media coverage of Albany's public schools in past years at the following links:

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