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Albany High School held its 141st commencement on June 26 at the
University at Albany's SEFCU Arena. A
total of 469 students were in the Class of 2011.
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the day's events.
The Class of 2011 at Stephen and Harriet
Myers Middle School presents itself to the audience during
eighth-grade graduation ceremonies on June 24.
Destiny Harris, an eighth-grader at William S. Hackett
Middle School, shares words of wisdom with her classmates that
graduated on June 24.
Fifth-graders at Sheridan Preparatory
Academy listen to a performance by classmate Matthew Rivera
during their moving-up ceremony on June 23.
Sixth-graders at Pine Hills Elementary school sing "I Believe"
to friends and familiy that gathered at the school's June 22
sixth-grade moving-up celebration.
Prekindegarteners in the bilingual
dual-language program at Delaware Community School treat family
and friends to song and dance at their moving-up celebration on
"I am smart and strong" was the message these Giffen Memorial
Elementary School students conveyed to their audience of
well-wishers at the school's prekindergarten moving-up ceremony
on June 17.
Albany Country Executive Mike Breslin,
moon-lighting as the Cat in the Hat, gives some words of wisdom
to the North Albany Academy kinder-garteners at their moving-up
ceremony on June 17.
These brand-new kindergarten graduates of
Thomas O'Brien Academy of Science and Technology savor the
moment with their newly minted certificates at their moving-up
ceremony on June 17.
Students from six City School District of Albany elementary schools
participated in mock trial sessions June 14-16
at the Albany Country Judicial Center. Students played the roles of
judge, defense attorneys, prosecutors, jury
members and defendants in three mock trials that were the culmination of
the year-long Legal Lives project
sponsored by the office of Albany County District Attorney David Soares.
Eagle Point Elementary faced off
against North Albany Academy, Sheridan Preparatory Academy against
Delaware Community School and Thomas
O'Brien Academy of Science and Technology against Albany School of
Humanities. Above at left, "prosecutor"
Matthew Rivera of Sheridan Prep addresses the jury. On the right,
Tashauna Martin, left, and Natasha Bennett,
Rivera's classmates and members of the prosecuting team, get a little
advice from D.A. Soares before their trial.
Philip Schuyler Achievement Academy celebrated its 2011 field days on
June 14 and 15, and students from
prekindergarten through Grade 5 got a chance to have some summer fun
before vacation officially starts. On the
left, third-grader Judea Johnston joins her classmates in parachute
games. In the photo at right, starting on the
left, third-graders Derek Dalton, Tah-meer Nesmith, Myaire Myrick, and
Tyon Baker give their all in a tug-of-war.
District students and staff participated in the
annual Juneteenth Celebration at the Arbor Hill Community
Center on June 11. The Pine Hills Elementary School
Step Team performed to rave reviews (left). Later,
Congresman Paul Tonko stopped by to visit with
staff members at the district's information table (right).
The community garden across the street from Delaware Community School
had a bovine visitor on May 26 in the
form of Brie, the week-old calf in the photo on the left. Brie was
accompanied by a load of composted cow manure
to keep the garden green, courtesy of the American Dairy
Association & Dairy Council. Saying hello to the calf is
second-grader Juana Navedo. On the right, second-graders Ka Ya,
left, and Nawkawwah Blat work in the garden
with neighborhood volunteer Susan Dubois.
firefighters and emergency medical technicians "rescue" an
Albany High School actor on May 26, part of a staged
drunk-driving accident. Albany High seniors look on in the
background as a police officer tries to console the sister of
one of the victims. The annual drill was part of a morning-long
seminar emphasizing the dangers of drunk driving.
Attorney Lisa Harris tells Albany High School students in
Lawrence Moultrie's social studies class about her path to
becoming a lawyer. Her presentation was one of several by
prominent lawyers and judges during the May 24 Law Day at Albany
Students, teachers, family members and
community volunteers on May 21 planted flowers, built outdoor
“grow boxes” and otherwise spruced up the grounds outside Thomas
O'Brien Academy of Science and Technology at the school's
Taymiyyah and Ummkulthum Abdul-Khabir (Taymiyyah is on the left)
help teacher Krissy Bruce fill a newly built grow box.
New Scotland Elementary School students exercised their right to
be in good shape at a school-wide Day of Health Celebration on
May 20. From Zumba dancing to boot camp to karate, every student
got a workout. Above, UAlbany women's basketball coach Katie
Abrahamson-Henderson leads a basketball clinic.
Students from William S. Hackett Middle
School honored veterans for Memorial Day with a visit to the
Stratton VA Medical Center on May 26. There, students showed
their thanks to veterans by presenting them with plants in
flower pots the students decorated.
Justin Watson personalizes his flower pot on May 19.
Inspired by a museum exhibit, fifth-graders at New Scotland
Elementary School made their own life-sized “CanStruction”
creations from canned goods. Pictured from left, Tasnim Ahmed,
Tysean Dyer and Isaiah Beatty help their sculpture take shape.
Theirs was one of several exhibits they and their classmates
displayed at the school’s May 17 Writing Celebration. The cans,
donated by the school community, were donated to local food
Second-graders at Thomas O'Brien Academy of Science and
Technology on May 13 got a lesson or two about weather from the
Scotia-Glenville Traveling Museum, whose visit was sponsored by
Members of the Falcon Council -- Albany
HIgh School's student government -- sponsored a Peace Day and
Wall of Peace on May 13 at the high school. Messages of peace
non-violence were written by students and staff, who also signed
peace pledges and wore teal ribbons as a symbol of peace.
in the Culinary Arts program at Albany High School’s Abrookin
Vocational-Technical Center were the chefs for the evening at
Abrookin’s 24th annual Awards Night Dinner on May 12.
Here, junior Vanessa Berisic, in the foreground, and senior
Kiyattra Thompson prepare the fixings for the desserts that were
Students at Eagle Point Elementary School
experienced life on the wild side on May 10, when the Wildlife
Institute of Eastern New York visited their library. Here, one
of the Wildlife Institute's owls shows off its impressive wing
Montessori Magnet School students can get up close and personal
with a variety of flora and fauna in their classrooms, library
and hallways. Here, second grader Christopher Cancer points out
new arrivals in one of the school’s
six fish tanks.
Albany High School seniors ushered in the
city’s annual Tulip Festival on May 6 with the ceremonial
washing of State Street. Decked out in authentic Dutch attire
that is stored and maintained by the City Club of Albany are,
starting from left,
Ashonte Burt, Abby Fullem, Jaimie Gomes, Lauren Ha, Bridget
McGlone, Goodness Okoro, Rebecca Vaughan and Emily Thornton.
circus came to town on May 6 and students in Shannan Smith’s
third-grade class at Giffen Memorial Elementary School were its
guests. Here, Nasiriyah Williams clowns around with a new nose.
More than 200 people attended Delaware Community School’s Cinco
de Mayo celebration on May 5. It was the biggest crowd on record
at the annual dinner hosted at the school, which is home
district’s bilingual education program. Here, first-grader
Montany Belfort contemplates the yummy choices of cuisine at the
Kindergartener Zoe Daly takes a glide on a slide at Eagle Point
Elementary School's Community Day on April 30.
On April 29, members of the Pine Hills
Elementary School after-school musical theater troupe performed
“Room for Us All” for their classmates. Here, third-grader
Shamdo Caldwell gets into the show – a sing-along based on songs
about peace and kindness by Ruth Pelham.
28, New Scotland and Arbor Hill elementary schools helped
organizers of the Freihofer's Run for Women launch plans for a
new 1.8 mile run for boys and girls. Above, students do warm-up
exercises at the news conferene announcing the new run.
North Albany Academy’s academic elite
turned out for third-quarter honor-roll breakfast on April 27.
Betrand Carter Sr. is clearly proud of his son, Betrand Carter
II – one of the students recognized that day.
Rivera, a third-grader at Eagle Point Elementary School, waters
an azeala bush she and her classmates planted on April 26 in
honor of Arbor Day. Two dozen trees and flowering shrubs were
planted that day on the school grounds.
Chamber Players -- a world renowend classical music ensemble --
perform for members of Albany High Schooll's orchestra on April
Click here to read about their work in three Albany public
schools this year.
Colucciello, Ed.D. took a break from his work day on April 12 to
read to second-graders at North Albany Academy.
Albany High School's award-winning Theatre Ensemble performed the Broadway
for its spring musical April 7-10. Above, Nikolai
Mishler, in the role of the ghouslish master of ceremonies, sings during an
April 5 dress rehearsal.
O'Brien Academy of Science and Technology (TOAST) held a special
ceremony April 4 for students who scored at Level 4 -- the
highest category -- on state tests designed to measure
proficiency in English and math. Every student in the district
who earned Level 4
on last year's tests received a
certificate at their school. Here, elementary education
superintendent Linda Rudnick, center, congratulates a student
while at left, school board member Alex Streznewski looks on.
Principal Tim Fowler is in the back.
|April 1 was
Furry Friend Day in Kim Neis' second-grade class at Thomas
O'Brien Academy of Science and Technology (TOAST). Students who
donated a dollar were able to bring in their favorite stuffed
animal and the proceeds were donated to the Mohawk and Hudson
Humane Society. From left in front are Deneesha
McKay, Nicael Wilson, Ayanna Williams, Amir
Parham. Ms. Nies is in the back.
Elementary School held its Giffen Gems Honor Society Induction
on March 29, reconizing students in grades 3-6 who achieved
Level 4 on the state math, ELA, science or social studies test
in 2010. In line to receive their gifts from Home-School
Coordinator Melissa Keen and Assistant Superintendent for Human
Resources and Community Relations Linda Jackson-Chalmers (far
left) are students Stephon Johnson (receiving gift),
Antonio Lacy (middle) and Taliek Lanier (beside the
podium). All district schools are holding ceremonies
through to recognize students who achieved Level 4 on at least
one of the state tests last year.
Graham, a teaching assistant in Albany High School's Abrookin
Vocational-Technical Center, recently received the Director's
Community Leadership award from the FBI. Graham, pictured above
in the center, gets a certifcate from FBI Special Agent Clifford
Holly at a March 29 news conference at Albany High. Also
pictured is Superintendent Raymond Colucciello, Ed.D. Graham was
one of 50+ people from throughout the nation to receive the
award, which goes to people or groups that work to fight crime
and violence in their communities. Graham met FBI chief Robert
Muller last week in Washington, DC.
Three teams from New Scotland Elementary
School competed in the Junior FIRST Lego League Expo on March 26
at UAlbany, where 23 teams from area elemetary schools built
robots with a biomedical engineering theme. Above, a contest
judge oversees Shane Cronin's work.
senior Michael Mejia (left) accepts an iPad from
Alliance for Quality Education Communications Director Nikki
Jones (second from left) during a news conference at
the school March 25. AQE sponsored a statewide "Dear Governor
Cuomo" viceo contest to allow students to weigh in on the
governor's proposed education cuts for 2011-12. Mejia was one of
three winners in the individual category. Albany High students
also were part of a community group that won a $1,000 prize in
the contest. The Youth FX video included senior Majestic Tillman
(second from right) and freshman Freddie Boehrer (right).
Book characters came to life at Delaware Community School on March 24
when the school celebrated "Living
Literature Day." Students and staff dressed as their favorite book
characters: At left. prekindergartener Ilianis
Alvarado-Reyes gives her best Wicked Witch smile and on the right,
first-grader Montany Belford is -- Tra La La! --
Members of the Albany High School girls' varsity basketball team were
recognized by the Albany Common
Council on March 21. The Lady Falcons earned the Big 10 championship
title for the 2011 season -- a first in
the school's history. The team and coaches pose above at City Hall with
their championship trophy and the
proclamation honoring their feat.
There were plenty of kid-family activities at the annual Pre-K and
Kindergarten Blast, held March 19 at Montessori
Magnet School. While the children kept busy, parents and family
members had the opportunity to get first-hand
information about the full-day early childhood programs and services
available to families in the City School
District of Albany.
|The Albany Marching
Falcons -- the marching band and color guard of the City School
Disrict of Albany -- participated in the 250th annual St.
Patrick's Day parade in New York City on March 17. Above, the
clarinet section poses for a pre-parade photo. Click here to
read more about it in the winter edition of
Dashawn Gates, second from left, and top wrestler
Shawn Berman, fourth from left, were recognized by the Board
of Education on March 3 for their outstanding achievements. Also
pictured are track coach Stan Gasorowski, left, Board President
Dan Egan, center, wrestling coach Nick Lettieri and principal
and former wrestler Greg Jones.
New York Times
bestselling author Ellen Hopkins visited Albany
High School on March 16 to talk with students
about her craft, her life and her upcoming novel.
The author of 20 nonfiction books and five teen novels-in-verse,
Hopkins' most popular work, Crank, is a
story about a teen's methamphetamine addiction and based on her
daughter's struggle with the drug. Hopkins talked
with students during a morning assembly and during an
afternoon writers' workshop (above).
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School Cooridnator Torrie Chapple-Chapman was honored for her
community efforts by the Albany Common Council on Feb,. 24 as
part of the city's Black History Month Celebration. She is
pictured on the left with Councilwoman Leah Golby.
Sheridan Preparatory Academy hear from Dr. Roxanne Booth about
her efforts to open and lead a preschool in Swaziland. Dr.
Booth's presentation was part of the school's Black History
Albany County District Attorney David Soares was the featured speaker at
the Black History Month Celebration at
Thomas O'Brien Academy of Science and Technology (TOAST). In the photo
on the left, third-grader Diamond
Harris sings the solo at the beginning of "Lift Every Voice and Sing,"
also part of the Feb. 18 festivities.
North Albany Academy recognized Black History Month with several
activities and speakers during February, in-
cluding African drumming on Feb. 17. In the photo on the left, members
of "A Joyful Sound: African Dance
and Drumming" -- a troupe from Ghana -- perform onstage for students. In
the photo on the right, kindergarteners
Jada Tillman and Claysiah Wyllie show how they feel the beat.
These fourth-graders from Albany School of Humanities (ASH) check out
the student-made exhibits in the February
display in the school's Museum Room.. In the photo on the left, Aliviya
Williams, left, and Jailene Santiago study
a bird model. In the photo on the right, starting on the left, William
Bulmer, Trevor Johnson, Elijah Salmon
peruse some of the books in the exhibit, entitled "Biomes."
Prekindergarteners at Thomas O'Brien Academy
of Science and Technology (TOAST) kept their spirits up and
the cold at bay on Jan. 28.
In the photo at right,
standing, are Caleb Westin, Anazare Grey, Tyarah
Foster Jr.and Caleb Talavera,
and sitting are Jayson Johnson, Amelia Brown and Zyaire Gaddy.
off the chapeaus they wore
on the school's Hats for Hunger Day. In the photo on the left, the
pre-k students enjoy
some playground time. From
left, starting at the bottom going up, are
Falyn Alexis, Arianna Baez
Cook, Franz Gopaulsingh, Du'Myarre Yarbrough, Mia Acosta and Hadiyah
Former Albany High football star Jeremy Horn, now playing in the NFL
with the AFC West-champion Kansas City
Chiefs, gives a pep talk to members of the junior varsity football
team on Jan. 26. Horne returns to his old stomp-
grounds every year for a chat with the team and his former teachers.
Fourth- and fifth-graders at New Scotland Elementary School starred
in a Jan. 26 world premiere of "The Class-
room: A Children's Opera." The piece was written by Bruce Craig
Roter, Ph.D., a renowned composer, associate
professor of music at The College of Saint Rose and the dad of a New
Scotland student. In the photo on the left,
from the left, are Shamall Ford, Jasmin Harrison, Danielle Farleigh,
Indian McCain, Naomi Roter and
Sahar Gonzalez. Dr. Roter is in the photo on the right, in the far
School students Deonte Thompson, left, Henry Thomas and
Armani Currie review a portion of the pennies collected in
their school's penny drive. Between October and January,
Delware students collected $1,250 in pennies to be divided
between two charities to be determined in a school-wide
Seventh-graders Ar Kee, left, and Eden Solomon of William S.
Hackett Middle School cheer on the UAlbany women's
basketball team on Jan. 26. They were on a field trip as
part of College for Every Student, a non-profit mentoring
group that pairs college athletes with school-aged students.
Benzie Johnson of Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School
waits for his word in the district-wide spelling bee on Jan.
6. He went on to win the contest and was one of seven
students selected to represent the school district at a
regional spelling bee in February.
||These New Scotland Elementary School students
have a reason to smile. They all wrote award-winning
essays in Elks Lodge #49's annual Americanism essay
contest. They and other winners from throughout the
the district were recognized in a January celebration.
On Dec. 17, English-language learners at Eagle Point Elementary School
had lessons about holiday celebrations
in cultures and countries from all over the globe. Santa made an
appearance and each student received a gift
Carolers from Thomas O'Brien Academy of Science Technology moonlighted
as Santa's elves at a Dec. 15
holiday performance at the Center for the Disabled. At right, the
crooners pose with Santa and Devil Dawg,
mascot for the Albany Devils hockey team. They are, from left, Tyreiq
Mohamed, Matty Flynn, Nyjua Grady,
Hanna Mae Manonguiring and Gianne Nocus.
Family and friends of students in Linda Stegagno's
English-as-a-second-language class at New Scotland Elemen-
tary School joined together on Dec. 15 for a special breakfast to
A rainforest in Ecuador didn't seem so far away on Dec. 9 at Hackett
Middle School, when students in Diane
Nickerson de Feliz' English-as-a-second-language classes held a
celebration. The students were raising awareness
of -- and money for -- a local initiative to build a school for children
in an Ecuadoran rainforest village called
Wishi. At left, a student explains the project. In the photo on the
right, another student fastens a model of a
traditional Wishi headdress on teacher Nickerson de Feliz.
Students from the combined ballroom dance program of Thomas O'Brien
Academy of Science and Technology
(TOAST) and William S. Hackett Middle School cut loose onstage during a
Dec. 8 performance at TOAST.
Members of the Albany High School Jazz Ensemble performed for students
at William S. Hackett Middle School
on Dec. 8, part of a presentation for eighth-graders about all that
Albany High has to offer. Eighth-graders at
Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School and North Albany Academy will be
treated to the same fare in the
Click here to read more information about the new and improved
Students at Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School received some PMA
--positive mental attitude -- on Dec. 7
from Toby Moore, lead singer of the punk band H2O. Moore brought Myers
his message about living a drug- and
alcohol-free lifestyle. On the right, Moore talks about great
musicians who died from drinking or drug overdoses.
At left, he takes questions from students.
Giffen Memorial Elementary School helped Mayor
Gerald Jennings kick off the city's annual "Coats for Kids"
drive at a Nov. 23 press conference. In the photo
at right, Principal Maxine Fantroy-Ford speaks to reporters about
the importance of the program.
On the left, Mayor Jennings helps a Giffen student put on his new coat.
Students in Wanda Carter's kindergarten class at North Albany Academy
had their own turkey day celebration
on Nov. 23 in anticipation of Thanksgiving two days later. Principal
Lesley Buff enjoys a moment with a student
in the photo on the left, and at right another student digs in to the
Family, friends and Freckles the Clown helped Delaware Community School
celebrate its Community Harvest on
Students and families from Albany School of Humanities held a Community
Walk and Food Drive on Nov. 13 to
benefit the Albany Regional Food Bank. The school sent several boxes of
food to the food bank, along with $254
collected. At left, the troops gather for their walk on a beautiful day.
In the photo on the right, students pack up
foodstuffs to go.
Third- through sixth-graders at Arbor Hill Elementary School were
treated to a reading by noted author-illustrator
Jarrett J. Krosoczka on Nov. 10. Krosoczka was in town to accept a
Little d Award for his book Lunch Lady and the
Cyborg Substitute, which all the students had already read. In
the photo at left, Krosoczka signs books for Jah-
siyah Lyons and Jornyia Miller. On the right, Laneesha
Jenkins, Emoni Ellison and Omaree Jackson show their
delight with the book.
Delaware Community School's PTA held a book fair and movie night on Nov.
5. In the photo on the left, Lauren
Hodson and Maria Anderson shop for their favorite tomes, while on the
right, Vincent and Jeffrey Lembo nosh
on popcorn just before show time.
Family members, students and teachers all got a piece of the action at
an Oct. 27 Math-Science-Technology
Night at Thomas O'Brien Academy of Science and Technology. Math games,
Internet scavenger hunts, SMART
Board demonstrations and more were featured during the evening.
superheroes swooped down on Pine Hills Elementary School on Oct.
27 to motivate kids to read. Above, "Goldi-lotsa-books," left,
and"Always-Ready-to-Read Rita" urge student to channel their own
reading superhero. When not being superheroes, Goldi is school
secretary Anitra Arrington and Rita is Principal Vibetta
School students and staff donated a record amount of blood to
the local chapter of the American Red Cross on Oct. 20 at the
first of three donation drives the school will hold during
2010-11. Red Cross officials said the 83 pints donated could
save up to 249 lives..
Neither rain nor sleet nor cold could keep Delaware Community School
families away from International Family
Math Night on Oct. 15, where kids aged 4 to 80 boned up on their math
skills in English and Spanish.
On Oct. 14, Arbor Hill Elementary School students, staff and community
members joined for the official rededi-
cation and tours of the newly renovated school. Above at left, students
do the ribbon-cutting honors. On the right,
student Amir Taylor leads community members on a tour of the school.
The weather was spectacular for Albany High School's 2010 homecoming on
Oct. 9. At left,
from left, home-
Devin Beckett, homecoming queen Meredith Parmalee, homecoming princess
Nierra Carter and
prince Angelo Satterwhite are recognized at halftime. In the photo at
Albany High senior
running back Rashad Avery rockets down the field during homecoming game
Click here to see
more photos from the day.
The 2010 Class of the City
School District of Albany Hall of Fame was inducted at a dinner ceremony
on Oct. 8.
Members of the Class of 2010
pictured above are, front row, from left, Carolee Carmello, Eleanor Bartlett,
and John Bach (son of the late John Bach, who was
posthumously nominated). In the back row
are John Velie, Augustus Hailstork, Wayne Morris, Kevin O'Neill
(son of the late Larry O'Neill), Angela Koonce
(wife of the late Robert Koonce), Patricia Becker (daughter of the late
Ben Becker) and Ron Sontz.
Click here to
the 2010 Hall of Fame or
click here to see photos from the induction ceremony.
Albany High School students get pumped up for their homecoming football
game at an Oct. 7 pep rally in the
high school gym.
New Scotland Elementary School students on Oct. 1
Wet skies and sidewalks didn't deter students at New
helped the Albany Police Athletic League kick off its
Scotland Elementary School from taking part in their
"Design a Display" competition that invites students to
annual Walk to School Day on Oct. 6. Dodging drops
submit ideas for holiday lights to be featured in the
and puddles are, from left to right, Juliette Geraghty,
annual Capital Holiday Lights extravaganza in
Connor Joslin, Nick Joslin, and Matt Milligan.
Washington Park. Three student designs will be
selected and turned into full-size displays. Above are
fourth-graders India McCain, left, Meghan Machado
and art teacher Debbie Cronin.
Students, staff and community members enjoyed the weather and healthy
food and activities at Schuyler
Achievement Academy's annual health fair on Oct. 2 at Bleecker Stadium.
North Albany Academy' held its annual homecoming parade and picnic on
Sept. 25. At right, Jack Shannon
carries the banner for Mrs. Klouse's first-grade class, and on the left,
Kareem Chatman enjoys a hotdog at the
Students, families and neighbors of Giffen Memorial Elementary School
enjoyed sun, food and fun at the school's
annual Back-to-School Celebration on Sept. 25. On the left, Naveah House
tries to see eye-to-eye with a bird in
the petting zoo, and at right, Jaden Harrison likes what he sees around
him : music, dancing, food, double-dutch,
pony rides and more.
On Sept. 21, Delaware Community School joined millions of people from
around the globe to celebrate Inter-
national Day of Peace. Students made peace pinwheels and banners they
displayed outside the school, and
students, teachers, family members and community members gathered for a
group wish for peace. At left are
some of the Peace Day displays. On the right, third-graders Shymere
Jones and Gabriel Adams contemplate
during a moment of silence.
Students and a teacher from Stephen and Harriet
Myers Middle School completed a week's worth of crewing the
third week of September on a replica of the ship
Half Moon. They and crewmates from other area schools took
the same voyage
down the Hudson River that Henry Hudson did
in 1609, returning to the port of Albany on Sept.
17. In the left photo, on the rigging above her
Newberg scopes out the shore On the right,
Myers classmates and
crewmates that sailed are, from left,
Mylah Chandler, Kevin Boisseau and Eleanor
Torres. They're posing with certificates
from Half Moon
Everyone likes ice cream, right? At least that was the consensus of the
150-plus people who came to the annual
Montessori Magnet School Ice Cream Social on Sept. 14. On the left,
first-grader Aniya Rogers gets caught with
a mouthful. On the right, second-grader Jlaila Johnson, left,
third-grader Montanna Palmer and second-grader
Raol Vanness pal around during the celebration.
William S. Hackett Middle School students got a chance to kick back and
get to know each other at a Sept.10
picnic at the school. On the left, students line up for ice cream,
while at right, seventh-grader Addie Thompson
gets her burger to go.
At right, it was all smiles for these students returning to the newly
renovated Arbor Hill Elementary School on
Sept. 7, the first day of school. And at right, Albany High School
Principal David McCalla, Ph.D., tells reporters
about the improvements to and changes at Albany High effective
here to see more disrict-
wide photos from the first day of school.
Arbor Hill community members came out on Aug. 21 for some fun and a
sneak peek at the newly renovated Arbor
Hill Elementary School. At the event, folks enjoyed breakfast, had a
chance to register for the upcoming year, got
information about uniforms, saw the school foyer, gym and cafeteria,
heard music and got freebies from radio sta-
tion Jamz 96.3, got tattooos (temporary ones) and worked off some energy
in a bouncy bounce. Above and at left,
an incoming student gets an airbrushed tattoo and above right, a girl
attempts a handstand in the soft contours of
the bouncy bounce. Below and at left, a student finishes up her
breakfast in the new cafeteria and below right,
a future student examines the goods offered by Jamz 96.3 radio.
Students in this year's eighth-grade Academy of Engineering summer camp
pose on the bridge they designed and
built over two days in July at Stephen and Harriet Myers
Middle School. (See below.) From left, the engineers are
Molly Ketterer, Katie Myers, Raymond Gemmill, Xavier
Abdella, Zechariah Mergel and Billy McTague.
The Academy of Engineering's eighth-grade summer camp
designed and built a bridge to the community garden
at Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School between July
13-15. On the left, Molly Ketterer, left, and Katie Myers
measure boards to be cut in the early stages of
construction. On the right, from the left, Raymond Gemmill, Billy
McTague, Zechariah Mergel and teacher Jordan Vener
grapple with the footing of the bridge. The Academy summer
camp gave seventh- and eighth-grade students an
opportunity to sample high-tech disciplines like mag-lev techno-
logy, rocket aeronautics, robotics and more, giving them
a taste of what's offered at the Academy of Engineering
at Albany High School.