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Photo Gallery -- 2010-11

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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. Read more about the ceremony or check out more photos from

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 June 17.

 

"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.

 

       

Albany 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 High.  

  

       

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 Community Day. Here, fifth-graders 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.  Above, seventh-grader 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 pantries.

 

       
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 Stewarts Shops.  

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.

 

      

Students 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 served.

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 span.

 

      

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. 

 

      

The 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 celebration. 

 

 

       

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.

 

 

       

On April 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.

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Donnia 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.   The Walden Chamber Players -- a world renowend classical music ensemble -- perform for members of Albany High Schooll's orchestra on April 13. Click here to read about their work in three Albany public schools this year.  

 

       

Superintendent Raymond 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 hit Cabaret 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.  

 

      

Thomas 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.  

 

       

Giffen Memorial 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.

  David 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.

  Albany High 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! --

Captain Underpants.

 

 

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 Capital Education.   Albany High track star 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).

  

       

Albany High School Home 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.   Students at 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 Month activities.  

 

       

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 Irving, E.J.

Foster Jr.and Caleb Talavera, and sitting are Jayson Johnson, Amelia Brown and Zyaire Gaddy. They're showing

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, NiannaTatro-

Cook, Franz Gopaulsingh, Du'Myarre Yarbrough, Mia Acosta and Hadiyah Esprit.

 

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 right corner.

 

       

Delaware Community 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 vote..   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.  

 

       

Seventh-grader 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

bag.

       

       

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 celebrate diversity.

 

       

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

coming weeks. Click here to read more information about the new and improved Albany High.

 

       

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 fixings.

 

      

Family, friends and Freckles the Clown helped Delaware Community School celebrate its Community Harvest on

Nov. 18.

 

       

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.

 

               

Two 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 Sanders.   Albany High 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-

coming king Devin Beckett, homecoming queen Meredith Parmalee, homecoming princess Nierra Carter and

homecoming prince Angelo Satterwhite are recognized at halftime. In the photo at right, Albany High senior

running back Rashad Avery rockets down the field during homecoming game against Colonie. 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,

Josephine Sano 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

read about 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

post-parade picnic.

 

       

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 crewmates, Eleanor Newberg scopes out the shore On the right,

Myers classmates and crewmates that sailed are, from left, students Mylah Chandler, Kevin Boisseau and Eleanor

Newberg, teacher Cheryl Backman and student JerryAngelo Torres. They're posing with certificates they received

from Half Moon Captain Chip Reynolds.

 

       

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 immediately. Click 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.

 

 

 
       
         
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