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Photo Gallery -- 2011-12

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On June 12, Albany High School juniors Shardonne’ Traynham, left, and Theodore Pearce get extra help from Apex Learning, the online program that helps students improve or catch up on school work. Click here to read more about Apex.

Dozens of school and community volunteers come together June 9 to build a new playground and beautify the grounds at Giffen Memorial Elementary School. Read more about the project by clicking here.

 

       

The groundbreaking NanoHigh partnership between the City School District of Albany and the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering marked the completion of its fifth year June 7 as 15 Albany High School students received certificates recognizing their achievement. Click here to read more about the program.

These fast-footed fourth-graders are among 109 district elementary school students who competed in the June 6 JustRun!Albany spring track meet at Union College. From left, they are Tonaja Lae Adams of Arbor Hill Elementary School, Natavia Chaney of Eagle Point Elementary School and Gabriana McBride and Janoy Johnson, both of Arbor Hill Elementary School. Click here to learn more. 

 

       

These fourth-graders from Thomas O'Brien Academy of Science and Technology (TOAST) demonstrate their in-class physical fitness routine they perform daily as part of the "Movers and Shakers" program sponsored by the Albany County Health Department.

Schuyler Achievement Academy fifth-grader Zachary Broderick gets the feel of a brand-new alto saxophone, one of 18 brand-new musical instruments donated on June 5 to the school by Fidelity Investments. Click here to learn more about the gift.

 

       

Students throughout the district who performed with distinction on the 2011 state tests were recognized at special ceremonies at each elementary, middle and high school. Above, Board of Education President Dan Egan presents a certificate to a ninth-grader on June 5.

Young entrepreneur Gabrielle Williams speaks on June 4 to fifth-graders at Arbor Hill Elementary School. Williams has her own jewelry-making business and is a motivational speaker.

 

       

Montessori Magnet School fourth-graders Eric Sicat, Alexa Kosinski, Kelsey Simonian, Jahzanear Pointer and Akira Anderson get an up-close look at some crawly critters in one of the gardens that surround the school. The students were outside enjoying the gardens on May 29. 

College of Saint Rose student Mercedes Keneston talks “Scratch” with Thomas O’Brien Academy of Science and Technology (TOAST) fourth-grader Carlos Walker and fifth-grader Philip Stone on May 19. That day, TOAST joined schools and groups in 46 countries to celebrate International Scratch Day, a worldwide celebration of the kid-friendly computer language designed by MIT. 

 

       

These New Scotland Elementary School students clearly believe that exercise can be fun on May 18 during the school’s annual Day of Health Celebration.  

Sheridan Preparatory Academy prekindergarteners get a hands-on lesson May 17 about how the wheels on a truck work from teacher Michelle Katz. From left, the students are Terron Hylton, Esiya Syfox, Kimora Pryor, U-Mier Graham, Adriana Smith and Eli-Cianiah Cain. 

 

       

Arielle King, an eighth-grader at Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School, sings the Star-Spangled Banner to pump up the 9,200 people about to run in the Workforce Challenge on May 17. After dazzling the crowd with her voice, King hopped off the stage and ran the 3.5-mile road race.

School Resource Officer Willie Hughes, left, processes crime-scene evidence with students at William S. Hackett Middle School on May 8, part of an after-school forensics program. Reviewing Hughes’ technique are, from left, eighth-grader Taiquan McGriff, sixth-grader Nick Joslin and eighth-graders Jomeer McNeal and Chantel Polk. 

 

Berkshire Bank surprised Albany High School senior

 E-Quasia McGhee at school on May 14 with a $2,000

scholarship in honor of her outstanding community

service.

 

Albany High School seniors once again helped usher in the city’s annual Tulip Festival in May with the cere-

monial washing of State Street. Garbed in authentic Dutch attire that is stored and maintained by the City Club

of Albany are, from left, Gina Torres, Tanisha Findley, Ikina Leroy, Shanell Hanna, Carly Zellar, Jasmine Rivera,

Kelsey Blake and Amal Hechehouche. 

 

        

Family and friends enjoy fine fare on May 10 at the Abrookin Vocational-Technical Center's Annual Awards Night

and dinner. At right, senior Vanessa Berisic, a student in Abrookin's culinary program, puts the finishing touches

on a gourmet carrot cake. She and other aspiring chefs in the culinary program catered the event; Berisic will head

to the Culinary Institute of America in September.

 

        

On May 10, a select group of musicians from the Albany Marching Falcons marching band helped lead the Lag B'Omer parade for Maimonides Hebrew Day School on Partridge Street. Click here to read more about the festivities.

Former New York Giants running back Joe Morris gets a workout on May 10 with students at Eagle Point Elementary School. Morris was promoting the “Fuel Up to Play 60” program, sponsored by the NFL and the National Dairy Council, which encourages kids to eat healthy and exercise 60 minutes a day.

 

        

The district joined with some 60 community partners and SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher on May 7 to launch

the Albany Promise Cradle-to-Career Partnership, The initiative, announced at Giffen Memorial Elementary

School, will provide disadvantaged families with supports and services designed to help assure their children

come to school ready and able to learn from kindergarten through college. At right, Zimpher discusses the program.

At left, the Giffen orchestra provides musical accompaniment at the event. Click here to read more.

 

       

On May 7, Arbor Hill Elementary School said "thank you" to the 50-plus people that volunteer in the school. Above, a student presents a volunteer with a certificate.

More than 200 students, family members, neighbors and friends feasted at Delaware Community School's Cinco de Mayo celebration on May 4. Above, guests sample the fragrant fare. 

 

       

The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus came to town May 3 and second-graders from Giffen Memorial

Elementary School got a chance to see the show. They also had ringside seats to a special brunch with circus

 elephants on Pearl Street. At left, these boys clown around while waiting for the pachyderms to show. At right,

students in Rebecca Bustelos' class give a big cheer for elephants.

  

          

Myers Middle School is now home to a 160-square-foot greenhouse and a host of smaller garden structures, thanks to a grant from WellPoint Inc., corporate parent to Empire Blue Cross of Albany. Above, volunteers from Myers and Empire collaborate on April 28 to build the structures. 

These Albany High School students rehearse in the school's dance studio for their April 22 performance with the University at Albany's Knemesis dance troupe. The show was a collaboration between Albany High and UAlbany called "Student-to-Student," where high school students were invited to learn alongside some of UAlbany's premier student performance groups.

             

Albany School of Humanities students and staff spent the week of April 23 focusing on healthy choices, diet and

exercise, culminating a school-wide "Jump Rope for Heart" celebration on April 27. At left, principal Rosalyn

Wallace leads the jumping-roping gymnasium of her students. 

  

       

Pine Hills Elementary School second-graders celebrated Arbor Day a day early April 26 with a tree-planting

project along Western Avenue near their school. The students took advantage of a sunny spring morning to plant

pear and oak trees as part of the Albany Fund for Education's Project Learning Tree partnership. The City of

Albany purchased the trees and helped with the planting, along with teaching students from The College of

St. Rose and representatives from the Department of Environmental Conservation.

 

Students in Carol Connelly's life skills class at Albany High School are all smiles thanks to a $1,000 check the

Central Avenue Hannaford gave them on April 19. The check came courtesy of the "Hannaford Helps Schools"

program that allowed Hannaford customers that purchased certain groceries to donate "school dollars" to the

 school of their choice. And since Albany High earned the most dollars -- $327 -- Hannaford rewarded them with a

$1,000 prize. Standing from left to right are Principal David McCalla, Ph.D., Hannaford Customer Service

Manager Victoria Lorensen, Connelly and Hannaford Evening Supervising Manager Jerry Daby.

 

       

Albany High School students in the Advancement Via Individual Determination college-readiness program get advice about careers and choices from law-enforcement officers at a special April 18 presentation.

Students check out poultry feathers from a local farm on April 18 during Albany High School's 2012 Agricultural Festival. The focus of the fair was "Nanotechnology in Sustainable Agriculture, and several farmers were on hand to discuss the business and science behind their farming practices.

 

         

Schuyler Achievement Academy students learn a lesson or two about saving money on April 16 during a "Teach Children to Save" presentation by Citizens Bank volunteers.

These middle-school girls scramble for the ball during an April 2 modified lacrosse practice at Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School. This year marks the first that the district has fielded modified girls' and boys' lacrosse teams.

 

       

This Albany School of Humanities sixth-grader takes on the persona of first lady Michelle Obama at ASH's March 28 "Living Museum." On that day, every sixth-grader "became" a famous influential person of the 20th century after researching and writing their own mini-screenplays. Notables included people ranging from Marie Curie to Pele to Dr. Seuss.

These Delaware Community School prekindergarteners raise their dishes in a toast to staying out of trouble during the school's March 28 "No Referral Celebration.” Part of the Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports program, the event included an ice-cream sundae party with goodies donated by Stewart’s. 

 

       

From left, Albany High School students Bryana Greer, Alexa Pettit and Sofia Villela experiment with "microfluidics" -- the study of the behavior of fluid when it's manipulated on an extremely small level. The experiment was part of a "Food for Thought" lunchtime presentation on March 23.

Dinosaur dances with Dalmatian in the bilingual prekindergarten class at Delaware Community School, part of "Living Literacy Day" festivities on March 22. That day, students throughout the school dressed as their favorite book character. The event was part of a week-long literacy celebration.

       

On March 15, the Alternative Learning Center held a Multicultural Festival featuring food, crafts and entertainment

from around the world. At left, high-school students enjoy the international fare. At right, a smile is shared between

a student in the school's English-language program and her daughter

 

       

The Empire State Plaza Concourse echoed with sublime sound on March 9 when the Select Choir and Jazz Band from Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School performed at a celebration of school music programs. Above, the Jazz Band performs under the direction of teacher John Prylo. 

A student opens an account at the March 8 grand opening of the Falcon Branch of First New York Federal Credit Union, located at Albany High School. Click her to see YNN's coverage of the opening of the new credit union branch, which will be staffed by student volunteers.

 

       

Fifth-graders from Schuyler Achievement  Academy and Montessori Magnet School who have been each other's

pen pals since September got a chance to meet face-to-face during a March 8 "Day to Play" at Schuyler. The

Schuyler students taught the Montessori students math games and the Montessori students taught the Schuyler

students English games. The students will be together again this fall at Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School.

 

       

Albany High School senior Sarah Chamberlain puts bumpers on the robot the school used during a regional robotics competition on March 1 in Manchester, N.H. Albany High's Robotics Team was up against 50 teams from throughout the Northeast during the three-day competition; the Falcons made it to the quarterfinals.

These fifth-graders at Delaware Community School reap the benefits of staying out of trouble during a "No Referral Celebration" on Feb. 29. Students in every grade were treated to a dance party that day if they had stayed on the straight and narrow the previous quarter.

 

       

These North Albany Academy students perform a male African dance, one of many dance arrangements at the schools' Black History Month Celebration on Feb. 17.

Franchette Conseillant of Thomas O'Brien Academy of Science and Technology (TOAST) urges students there to give a round of applause for their classmates that performed during the school's Black History Month Celebration on Feb. 17.

 

       

Tonja Sinclair, a sixth-grader at North Albany Academy, takes a break from her First in Math, a computer-based problem-solving program that rewards correct answers with a virtual sticker. The goal is to get as many stickers as possible; North Albany Academy leads the district and ranks #10 in the state in stickers!

The second-graders in Kim Nies' class at Thomas O'Brien Academy of Science and Technology (TOAST)  snuggle with the favorite stuffed animal they brought to school on Feb. 17 for "Furry Friends Day." TOAST students that brought in a stuffed animal also made a donation to the Mohawk-Hudson Humane Society.

 

       

Albany School of Humanities Principal Rosalyn Wallace holds up a copy of a framed print of the new Black Heritage stamp, unveiled at the school's Black History Month Celebration on Feb. 16. At left is Albany Postmaster Joseph Finan.

These New Scotland Elementary School students groove along to the music of Infamous Sounds, a diverse musical group that teaches about music and dance of the African-American culture. The group performed at New Scotland Elementary's Black History Month Celebration on Feb. 15. 


       

At right, Sheridan Preparatory Academy Principal Zuleika Sanchez-Gayle and her students pack up food that was

collected during the school's Feb. 14 "Have a Heart" food drive to benefit the Center City Food Pantry, located a

block from the school. At left, students deliver the food to the organization.

 

       

Students at Arbor Hill Elementary transformed their school into a fine dining establishment on Valentine's Day, complete with placemats, table service, centerpieces, menus and -- of course -- a maître d'. Every grade had a role in the operation of the restaurant, appropriately named Valentine's. Above, a student clears the place-setting for some classmates.

The Albany School of Humanities student on the right gives an English-language learner from Giffen Memorial Elementary school a lesson on how to ride CDTA buses. Click here to read a Times Union story about the unique teaching and learning partnership between the two schools.

 

Students at William S. Hackett Middle School and a representative from the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society

are all smiles on Feb. 10 because the school raised $674.23 in a penny drive to benefit the animal rescue group.

 

       

Feb. 9 was the 100th day of the 2011-12 school year, and these kindergarteners at New Scotland Elementary school show off their know-how of the number with projects they made with 100 household items.

At Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School, author Sharon Flake reads from her book of poems and short stories called You Don't Even Know Me: Poems and Stories about Boys. Flake was in Albany on Feb. 9 and also visited Albany High School and William S. Hackett Middle School.

 

      

Artist-in-residence Alan Weeks, second from right, leads a group of Montessori Magnet School students who jammed on African drums during the school's Feb. 9 Black History Month Celebration.

These William S. Hackett Middle School students perform a piece called Spoken Roots at the school's Feb. 7 Black History Month Celebration. The students are part of the after-school drama group Urban Stage.


Albany High School teacher Diann Scialdo, center and seated, is flanked by students in her Career Explorations

class during their Feb. 5 field trip to the Emergency Operations Center of the New York State Department of

Homeland Security and Emergency Services. The group is in the governor's office.

 

These members of the Sheridan Preparatory Academy choir raise their voices in song during the 2012 awards

ceremony sponsored Feb.1 by the City of Albany's Human Rights Commission. The SPA choir was the evening

entertainment for the event, which was held at City Hall. See below to find out about some district folks

who were recognized that night.

 

       

Albany public schools were well-represented at the City of Albany's annual Human Rights Commission awards

ceremony on Feb. 1: Albany High school's psychologist was honored, three district students were recognized

for essays they wrote and the Sheridan Preparatory Academy choir provided the entertainment. At right, Albany

High psychologist Liz Gialanella, Ph.D., center, stands with son Aaron and district volunteer coordinator Fiona

Thompson. At left, essay writers Jamie Curio, left, a Hackett eighth-grader, and Tamara Thomas, a Myers

sixth-grader, are all smiles.

 

Joanne Meagher's first-grade class at Arbor Hill Elementary School turned out to thank National Grid for their

 donation to fund 13 Junior Achievement programs in the school. Above, the class poses with JA volunteer

Willie Mae Spencer, left, National Grid Foundation President Robert Keller, Principal Rosalind Gaines-Harrell

and Junior Achievement of Northeastern New York President Ed Murray.

 

              

These first-graders in Lisa Sands' class at Thomas O'Brien Academy of Science and Technology (TOAST) sport their hats during the school's Jan. 27 "Hats for Hunger" day to benefit Capital City Rescue Mission. From left, the students are Feor Alexis, Ujwal Khatiwoda, Anna Lopez, Jaiden Artis and Donovan Smith.

Pine Hills Elementary School first-grader Javone Sims enjoys a cold-weather reprieve on the school playground on Jan. 24, a day the thermometer went up to 47 degrees. Temperatures fell back to freezing the next day. 

   

       

Perhaps a Joshua Bell in training? Giffen Memorial Elementary School third-graders Corbin Lia, foreground, and Camron Stamp practice their craft for the school orchestra.

Local author and illustrator Matthew McElligott visited New Scotland Elementary School on Jan. 23 and discussed with students how he writes and draws his books. Here, McElligott reads to, clockwise from left, first-graders John Pedralvez, Mary Mooney, Mi’elle Williams and Yuma-zhe’ Oliver.

 

       

Albany High School junior June Criscione, left, and sophomore Zilpa Oduor show off the certificates of merit they earned Jan. 22 at the 2012 Vancouver Model United Nations. Click here to read more about their achievements at this event, which draws students from all over the United States and Canada.

A lack of snow didn’t stop prekindergarteners at Philip Schuyler Achievement Academy from learning about wintry weather. From left, Lynnia Williams, Macus Mulaliki, Semira Negash and Shyana Hemingway on Jan. 13 put finishing touches on a “snowman” they and their classmates built from recycled classroom materials.

 

       

Albany High School senior Dauda Bangali tests the magnetic properties of nanoparticles during a Jan. 13 "Food for Thought" presentation sponsored by the Innovation Academy.

Albany High School senior Salina Masih listens to some tunes while donating a pint of blood on Jan. 13 during Albany High's second blood drive this school year.

 

         

Arbor Hill Elementary School fifth-graders hone their moves with dance artist Juan Soler in preparation for the school’s Motown-themed Black History Month Celebration on Feb. 17. From left, they are Hassan Allston, Charlene Gray, Ky’like Brown, Jaquari Allah, Soler and Jaisan Carr.

District spelling champ Leah Gonzalez, a fourth-grader at Delaware Community School, gets a congrats and a certificate for her smarts from district English Language Arts Supervisor Karen Bechdol at the district-wide spelling bee on Jan. 10. She and five other district students will go on to compete in a regional spelling bee in February.

       

From left, Albany High School seniors Vasilios Anton, Sarah Chamberlain and Jaquan Williams  on Jan. 5 perform DNA analysis using brand-new biotechnology lab equipment donated by Hudson Valley Community College.

Sheridan Preparatory Academy fifth-graders Kaylira Battiste and Anthony Demonia on Jan. 4 get to the heart of the mystery they’re reading as members of the Scholars’ Institute, an after-school enrichment program located on the Sage College of Albany campus. 

 

        

This Sheridan Preparatory Academy student makes a joyful noise on Dec. 23 at the school's annual Caroling on the Stairs festivities. The entire school turned out for the event and one student won a bicycle in a school raffle!

There was no shortage of school spirit on Dec. 22 at Hackett-Siena night, when students from William S. Hackett Middle School attended a Siena College basketball game at the Times Union Center. From left, Hackett's bleacher crowd includes Kelly Streznewski, Madeleine Clark, Lauren Wiley, Principal Mike Paolino and Kassi McTague. 

 

       

"Angels" in Jeremy McCloskey's third-grade class at Arbor Hill Elementary School show off their wings on Dec. 22. The class raised the most money in a school-wide drive to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. 

William S. Hackett Middle School sixth-grader Gavin Wolfgang pauses before giving the correct answer at Hackett's school-wide spelling bee on Dec. 21. He won the bee and will go on to represent the school district at a regional spelling bee in February.

 

       

These students from Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School take note during a Dec. 21 Girls Inc. symposium on science and technology held at the University at Albany's Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology. Also there were students from North Albany Academy and William S. Hackett Middle School.

English-as-a-second-language students at Eagle Point Elementary School got surprise visit from Santa on Dec. 20 and a lesson about the different cultural celebrations that take place in the United States in December.

 

        

Albany High School 2011 graduate Dakota Kwiatkowski is one of two Explorer scouts in the United States to receive a $500 Fire Explorer Scholarship from the International Association of Fire Chiefs Foundation. He's pictured here with Mayor Gerald Jennings at a Dec. 20 ceremony in his honor. Click here to read more about him.

Artist -in-residence Alan Weeks, center, leads a group of Thomas O'Brien Academy of Science and Technology (TOAST) students in a drumming performance on Dec. 16, part of an original schoolwide production called "On the Ground." Weeks and the TOAST community worked together over two months to write and choreograph the show.

 

       

Schuyler Achievement Academy's annual holiday party on Dec. 15 featured dinner, dancing, gifts, entertainment

and a visit from Santa. The event was sponsored by the Ronald McDonald Dental Care Mobile, Ronald McDonald

House Charities,Capital Region Special Surgery, New York State Theater Institute, the Arts Center of the Capital

Region. At left, principal Tony Clement greets Santa with a throng of Schuyler students. On the right, a student

keeps his cool during the hula-hoop contest.

 

       

Albany School of Humanities (ASH) students took a break during their daytime holiday concert on Dec. 12 to give

the Mohawk-Hudson Humane Society hundreds of pounds of pet food they collected during the past month. At left,

music teacher Nicole Sommers-Bradley gives a shout out to fourth-grader Michael Christian, who used his allow-

ance money to buy more than 200 pounds of pet food. On the right, a student drums while her classmates sing a

Kwanzaa song for the concert finale.

 

       

December means LEGO FIRST robotics competitions at RPI, and Albany public schools fielded three teams on

Dec. 10 -- one each from North Albany Academy, Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School and William S.

Hackett Middle School. At left, members of the Hackett team hear the rules from a referee. At right, some Myers

team members study the progress of their robot. Albany High School also had a team in a separate competition.

Click here to see a photo page of the day's events.

 

       

Four-time Grammy nominee and Albany High School alum Stefon Harris, at the piano, jams with members of Albany High's jazz ensemble on Dec. 9. Harris and his sister Zanetta -- also an alum and a successful businesswoman -- spent the day at Albany High holding a variety of workshops with students. Click here to read the Times Union coverage of his visit.

Art Chairperson Kate Wright, center, and sisters Faith, Molly and Betsy O'Toole pose in front of artwork by the girls and other district students on Dec. 2. They were part of a showcase of music, dance, song and visual art by Albany public school students that was on display at the Cathedral of All Saints during 1st Friday festivities.

 

        

Albany School of Humanities prekindergarteners make a joyful noise on Dec. 2 during a school wide performance of music, song and dance. The show was the culmination of a residency at the school with Ruth Pelham and Music Mobile. Students made instruments and learned songs about friendship and cooperation.

These third-graders in Jen Elliott's class at North Albany Academy are thinking spring as they plant tulip bulbs in the flower boxes in front of the school on Nov. 21. The planting was part of a nationwide effort to determine how tulips grow in different parts of the country. The work also dovetailed into students' studies of plant life cycles.

 

        

City School District of Albany students celebrated Thanksgiving with a variety of events and activities in the days

leading up to the holiday. Above at right, a New Scotland Elementary School kindergartener enjoys food and

company with classmates in Wanda Carter's class. On the right, a Sheridan Preparatory Academy student relaxes

after the annual school-wide luncheon there. Click here to see more photos of Thanksgiving activities throughout

the district.

 

         

This Thomas O'Brien Academy of Science and Technology (TOAST) student pauses before taking a shot -- basketball, that is -- at the school's annual Turkey Shoot on Nov. 21. Some 388 people attended the event, where students shot free throws to win one of 20 turkeys or other prizes..

Students from the Schuyler Achievement Academy Student Council join their principal, Anthony Clement (center) and Mayor Gerald D. Jennings for a Nov. 21 announcement that the Mayor's Fall Drop-Off collected more than 4,300 pieces of winter clothing to benefit district students. Read more in the District News section. 

 

       

Getting into the school spirit and the Thanksgiving spirit, these Sheridan Preparatory Academy students help organize the 298 cans they and their schoolmates collected during Sheridan Prep's cranberry sauce drive to benefit the annual Equinox Community Thanksgiving Dinner.

These North Albany Academy students relax after a Nov. 17 potluck dinner at their school. Food, friends, family and fun were the fare for the hundreds who brought -- and ate -- fixings for the feast. 

 

              

These New Scotland Elementary School students participate in a school-wide anti-bullying assembly on Nov. 17 led by Joe Trionfero of Show the Love Enterprises, Inc.

Nov. 17 was the 50th day of the school year, and the kindergarteners at New Scotland Elementary School marked the day by dressing up in the fashions of that era: rolled up jeans and slicked back hair for boys and bobby socks, pony tails and poodle skirts for girls.

 

       

These Arbor Hill Elementary School students (left) and Eagle Point Elementary School students relax between

races during the Nov. 15 Just Run track meet at Guilderland Town Park. They competed among the 80-plus

students from the City School District of Albany and 400-plus students from a dozen schools in Albany County

 that participated in the event, part of a national fitness program. Click here for more information about Just Run

 Albany.

 

        

Before leading Albany's 56th annual Veterans Day Parade on Nov. 11, the City School District of Albany Marching Falcons performed at a flag-raising ceremony outside William S. Hackett Middle School. The flag that was raised was flown in the band's honor in Washington, D.C., when it performed at President Obama's first Memorial Day Parade in 2009. Click here to see more photos of the day.

Eagle Point Elementary School students

Darlina Uveges, Zarifa Hossain and Cynzia Prokrym

marvel at the dancers onstage during their school's Multicultural Festival on Nov. 10. That night, some 19 nations were represented in a celebration of food, dance, language and culture.

 

          

Albany City Court Judge Helena Heath-Roland speaks to Albany High School students in the school's mock courtroom on Nov. 10. Judge Heath-Roland was among 13 attorneys and judges that talked to Albany High students about law careers during the school's annual Youth Law Day.

Staff Sgt. Mickey Ireland, left, gives these William S. Hackett Middle School clarinet players tips on sound and style. Ireland is a member of the New England Winds, an ensemble of the U.S. Air Force Band of Liberty. The ensemble played a free community concert Nov. 2 and gave student workshops at the school two days later.

 

       

Giffen Memorial Elementary School Principal Max-
ine Fantroy-Ford, Ed.D., left, and home school coordinator Melissa Keene, center, pose with the supplies and books donated to the school by the staff at SUNY Central Administration. Also pictured is SUNY's Stacy Hengsterman, who coordinated the giving.

Albany High varsity soccer player Tong Mathayo, center in white, edges the ball away from a Guilderland player during the Nov. 1 Class AA quarterfinal contest. After a scoreless first half, the 2011 Big 10 champion Falcons gave up two goals within the span of minutes and went on to lose 2-0.

 

Seven Albany High School students and chaperone Reggie Harries share stories about their May 2011 trip that

retraced the route the original Freedom Riders civil rights workers took in 1961 to protest segregation on public

transportation in the South. Their audience was sixth-graders at Albany School of Humanities. Click here to read

 more about their journey.

 

          

Albany High School senior Taran Shaefer has a hair-
raising experience in an Oct. 21 physics demonstration, part of the Innovation Academy's "Food for Thought" lunch series that brings in speakers from a range of outside organizations.

These Albany High School cheerleaders show their support for breast cancer services and research during the 2011 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk on Oct. 16.

 

       

The weather cooperated during Albany High School's 2011 Homecoming football game, with the rain holding
off until later in the day. However, the visiting team did not, beating the Falcons 26-6. Click here to see more
photos of the day.

      

Pictured above at the Oct. 14 inductions into the 2011 Hall of Fame are, front row, from left, Chuck Miller, Jennifer Tanzman, Sal Villa and Don Gisotti (nephew of the late Richard Cassiano); and back row, from left, Tracy Baskin, Dr. Benjamim  Rosen (son of the late Hy Rosen) and Greg Sokaris (son of the late Alex Sokaris).  Baskin, Miller, Tanzman and Villa were inducted, along with the late Richard Cassiano, Hy Rosen and Alex Sokaris. Click here to read more or check out a special photo gallery of Hall of Fame events.

This William S. Hackett Middle School student jams along with Gabriel's Groove Latin jazz band on Oct. 13 during the school's annual Hispanic Heritage Celebration.


      
Albany High School Theatre Ensemble Director Ward Dales, center, works out a scene with his student actors during an Oct. 13 rehearsal of the high school's fall play, Scapino! The play opens Nov. 17.

Albany High School Junior Shawn Barnes gives his first pint of blood at the school’s kickoff blood drive on Oct. 11. Seventy-six pints were donated altogether and the school made 97 percent of its goal. There will be two more blood drives this year: one Jan. 12 and one May 10. 


        
These Sheridan Preparatory Academy students show off their swimming skills during their Oct. 7 swimming lesson
in the Albany High School pool. They are among the more than 550 second-graders in the district who, by Feb-
ruary, will have completed 10 weeks of water safety and swimming lessons.

       

Eagle Point Elementary School third-grader Georgia Williams befriends one of the horses in the Albany Police Department’s Mounted Police Unit at the school’s Walk-to-School Day on Oct. 5. Also that day, students learned about traffic signals and pedestrian safety. 

These first-graders at Thomas O’Brien Academy of Science and Technology wear their school spirit loudly and proudly during Spirit Day on Oct. 5. From left, the students are Carolynn Whelplay, Natalie Harris, Nevaeh Lewis, Birtu Diefenderfer, Shonyae Edmonds, Leighanna Harris-Innis, Damariya McCall, Kwasidon Sadler, D'Aavion Wilmer and Maceo Farrell.

 

       

Sheridan Preparatory Academy first-grader Ashawntae Hall is one of many students in her school who earned the right to party at the school's Positive Behavioral Intervention Services Celebration on Sept. 28.  

Sheridan Preparatory Academy first graders help teacher Patrice Loomis at the Sept. 26 release of Monarch butterflies the class hatched from caterpillar eggs. From left, the students are Emonnie Alford, Rah'zion Brown and Tiyanna Fauntleroy. The project was part of the life cycle unit the class studied.

 

 

       

Pine Hills Elementary School fifth-grader Genevia Jackson sketches out her idea for a light display for the annual "Capital Holiday Lights in the Park" extravaganza in Washington Park. On Sept. 21, she and her classmates submitted their suggestions for a new display to the Albany Police Athletic League in hopes of being one of three designs that will be converted into a giant light display.  

Schuyler Achievement Academy fourth-grader Rihana Fraser is congratulated by Superintendent Raymond Colucciello, Ed.D. on Sept. 21 at a reception honoring the two dozen students of excellence from throughout the district who are featured in the 2011-12 district calendar.

 

       

More than 400 fathers and father-figures from 10 district elementary schools throughout the district participated

in the annual "Dads Walk Your Child to School Day" on Sept. 20. At left, Delaware Community School dad

Steven Bryant is with daughters Atarah and Jaylah, and on the right, Giffen Memorial Elementary School dad

James McRae beams with son Nasiah-James McRae.

 

       

The weather cooperated for Delaware Community School's Back-to-School Picnic on Sept. 16, when family, friends and community members gathered to catch up with old friends and meet new ones.  

Albany High School students from the school's groundbreaking NanoHigh program meet with Nate Cady, a faculty member at the UAlbany College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering. The students visited CNSE on Sept. 14 and were interviewed for a WMHT program on the effects of nanotechnology on the Capital Region. 

 

 

       

This pair of brothers from Schuyler Achievement Academy pictured at left is clearly happy to back at school.  

A kindergartener at Thomas O'Brien Academy of Science and Technology gets down to the business  creating a Play Doh sculpture on the first day of school, Sept. 7.

 

 

        

On the first day of school, these Albany High students receive their marching orders -- where and when their classes will be held -- from Office Assigned Teacher Kandi Antonetti.  

These sixth-graders in Lisa House's class at William S. Hackett Middle School are deep into their lessons on the first day of school.

 
          

The STEP Summer Institute at UAlbany culminated its intensive three-week academic program with a closing

ceremony on July 22 at UAlbany. Forty-six middle- and high-school students received a certificate of compel-

tion for their efforts. Accompanying the group onstage after the ceremony are, at far left, School Board Member

Felicia Green and Superintendent Raymond Colucciello, Ed.D.

 

       

These incoming Albany High School freshmen rehearse for their July 22 show at Capital Repertory Theater. From left, they are Abbey Roy, Mary Williams, Talia Davis, Ralen Taylor, Ranissa Anderson and Saaleha Brown. Their show was the culmination of Albany High's week-long Discovery Academy Summer camp called, "So You Think You Can Act."  

Albany High School senior Mike Allinger, right,  interviews Superintendent Raymond Colucciello, Ed.D., on July 21 at the studios of WAMC Northeast Public Radio. Allinger interned at the Albany-based public radio station headquarters during summer 2011. His interview with Dr. Colucciello about the transformation of Albany High School will air sometime in late August or early September.

 

  

         

On July 13, incoming Albany High School ninth-graders had the opportunity to be part of an archeological team conducting an excavation at the site of the Underground Railroad Project in Albany. The project was part of "A Week at the Museum Camp," one of seven summer camp options open to students who will attend Albany High this fall.

 

Four recent Albany High School graduates celebrated another sort of graduation July 13 -- successful completion of Albany High's Emergency Medical Technician class, a unique partnership with the city and Albany Fire Department..Displaying their life-saving skills at the ceremony are, from left, Ashley Williams, Zachary Middleton, Kyle Molesky and Jason Brooks.

 

       

 

      

 

       

       
         
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