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Photo Gallery -- 2015-16

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Members of the West Hill Middle School Albany PAL basketball team and Coach Antwan Morrison proudly posed on April 18 with the trophy they earned after clinching the 14-and-under championship. The team bested eight others in the PAL league. Congratulations on a great season (and the awesome trophy)!

   

       

Aspiring chefs in the Albany High School’s culinary program at Abrookin Career and Technical Center chopped a multitude of veggies on April 14 in preparation of their upcoming Chili Cookoff. The Fiery Falcons and Jalapeno Fireflies beat out career chefs in the contest and came in second and third. Click here to learn more.

  Albany Police Officer and New Scotland Elementary School dad Lenny Gaspary on April 14 read to and answered questions from kindergarteners in his daughter Giuliana’s class. Officer Gaspary (an alum of the former School 19, now New Scotland Elementary) also was joined by several members of the Albany Police Department, including a McGruff the Crime Dog, a police dog and police horse. Kindergarten classes learned safety tips and how to be good community citizens  

       

Albany School of Humanities (ASH) was hopping – literally – thanks to the joyful zydeco tunes performed on April 14  by Grammy-winner Terrance Simien and his band. Simien and the Zydeco Experience played a concert for all grades, part of the school’s study of Louisiana culture.  

 

Albany High School standout student-athletes Jahari Coleman and Leah Dollard on April 13 signed national letters of intent to compete in their respective sports in college. Coleman, a sprinter, accepted a Division I scholarship to compete in track at the University at Albany. Dollard, a forward, accepted a Division II scholarship to play basketball at The College of St. Rose. Click here to learn more.

 

            

Congressman Paul Tonko visited Albany High School on April 8 to inspect cadets in the school’s Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps. Tonko promoted 19 students to higher rank and recognized cadets who made Honor Roll and Principal's List. Click here to learn more.

 

The Albany High School boys' varsity lacrosse team made history in each of its first two games this season. The Falcons played the first boys' varsity game in school history on April 7, welcoming Shaker to Albany High. Two days later, the Falcons visited Averill Park and came away with the first win in program history, beating the Warriors 9-3 behind four goals from Lateke Murray.

 

       

Albany High School students David Powell, Armani Currie and Amari Morris joined State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia on April 4 for a conversation with their peers statewide about technology in the classroom. Powell, Currie, Morris and Discovery Academy Principal Jodi O'Connor joined the commissioner in her downtown Albany office while students from Mineola, Poughkeepsie, Bloomfield and Seneca Falls participated via Google Hangout.

 

Albany High School freshman and JV lacrosse player Jennifer Powell (back row, far left) on April 1 won a nationwide essay contest about diversity and inclusion that spotlights Coach Leslie Bogucki. The contest was sponsored by US Lacrosse, the national governing body of men's and women's lacrosse. Powell is pictured here with her teammates. Click here to learn more.

 

       

Albany High School senior Brayanna Williams, center, took first place in the 2016 Building Better Communities Youth Art Contest sponsored by the Albany County District Attorney’s Office and Albany Barn, Inc. She was recognized on April 1. Click here to learn more.

 

Music in Our Schools Month wrapped up on March 30 with the All-City Band Concert, featuring performances outstanding band musicians from elementary, middle and high school.

 

 

       

Members of the 2016 Scholars' Institute gathered at The Sage College of Albany on March 30 to celebrate knowledge gained and friendships made in the past six months. Click here to learn more.

 

 

Like most fairs, the one at Montessori Magnet School on March 29 featured games for the kids, activities and good stuff to eat. But the event -- an Autism Spectrum Fair -- was designed with children and families affected by autism in mind. Click here to see a collection of photos from the evening.

 

 

       

Students at Philip Schuyler Achievement Academy on March 29 presented a giant novelty to check to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society after the school raised more than $1,200 in three weeks in a “Pennies for Patients” drive. The drive was spearheaded by Sue Lofromento and her third-grade class as part of a community-service initiative.

 

Capitalism defeated communism in two out of three debates on March 29 at Albany High School. The debates are an annual activity for students in Leah Evans’ AP World History classes and are judged by a panel of school faculty, parents and community members, including Mayor Kathy Sheehan.

 

       

North Albany Academy dads and staff members put on an entertaining show for the school's students March 24 in the annual Dads vs. Faculty Basketball Game. The teams played two games, one for students in grades K-3 (pictured) and one for students in grades 4-6.  

Mayor Kathy Sheehan visited Sheridan Preparatory Academy on March 21 to congratulate the school for submitting the most essays – 21 – in the city-wide Black History Month essay contest. The mayor is pictured with fourth- and fifth-graders that submitted an essay. Also pictured at left is Sheridan Prep music teacher Lynette McGovern, who helped submit the essays and coordinate Mayor Sheehan’s visit.

 

       

Where’s Waldo? He was spotted at Delaware Community School on March 24 along with Fancy Nancy, Harry Potter and a host of other favorite children’s book characters. It was “Living Literature Day” at the school, and students and staff alike dressed up as their favorite book character. Also on hand were the Man with the Yellow Hat from “Curious George,” a class of crayons from “The Day the Crayons Quit,” doctors and dragons, police officers and princesses, Don Quixote, Nancy Drew, Mary Poppins and a menagerie of animals that included the Clifford the Big Red Dog and the Cat in the Hat. Click here to see more photos.

       

Albany School of Humanties (ASH) students polished up their performance skills on March 21 during a dress rehearsal of their spring musical, "An Apple for the Man in the Moon." The play runs April 1 and April 2 and is open to the public. Click here for more information about time and ticket prices.   Members of the Albany High School football team, including coach Joey DiPiazza, center, were among many "mystery readers" who came to Delaware Community School on March 21. The visit was part of the school's week-long literacy celebration.  

       

Members of  the Albany Marching Falcons Winter Guard were happy and confident as they awaited their turns to perform at a Mid-York Color Guard Circuit competition on March 19. The Marching Falcons Winter Guard has had an outstanding season so far this year, and on March 19 their Novice- and Cadet-level teams each took first place in their competition levels.

       

Montessori Magnet School Principal Malik Jones clowned around with students during the school's springtime dance on March 18. There was plenty of food, dancing and zany fun all night!   Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan joined the Albany High School Robotics Team on March 17 as the group set up for the New York Tech Valley Regional FIRST Robotics Team competition. Click here to learn more about the event, where team members took part in a 21-st century challenge with a medieval twist.  

       

On 3/14, at about 3:14 p.m., STEM Club members and other math-lovers at William S. Hackett Middle School celebrated a special number: 3.14159265369... Click here to learn more about the 30-plus students who celebrated Pi Day with help from SUNY Polytechnic.  

The City School District of Albany was well-represented at the March 10 opening reception of the Empire State Plaza's student art exhibit. Pictured with some of their students are, back row, district art teachers Molly Whalen, Kelsey Lemp and Helen Martin, and middle row, Debbie Cronin, Kate Wright, Susie Rhatigan and Molly Suwara. Click here to learn more about the exhibit.

 

 

       

ASH students on March 8 took their musings about social justice to the stage in a Black History celebration. The event was part of a collaboration between the school and the Albany High School Theatre Ensemble mentoring program.   The Albany High School Theatre Ensemble presented eight performances of "Once on This Island" March 3-13. Click here to read Times Union article about the play and the young actors as they delve into a story about race and class.  

        

Albany School of Humanities (ASH) students, families and staff enjoyed a fun and informative night at the school’s Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) Night on March 2. Attendees had the opportunity to visit different community organization’s tables and do activities and learn about the various STEAM disciplines and careers. Thanks to all of our community partners for helping make it an excellent event!

There were math activities for all ages on March 2 during Montessori Magnet School's annual Math Night.

 

       

The Albany High School girls' basketball team dropped a heartbreaking 67-62 decision to Shenendehowa in the Section II Class AA championship game at the Times Union Center on March 1. Senior Ayanna Hunter (pictured) led the way for the Lady Falcons (20-3) with 21 points, seven assists and excellent defense. You can visit our Facebook page and check out the Photos sectino for more pictures from the game. Congratulations to coach Decky Lawson and all of the Lady Falcons on another exceptional season.  

Members of the Albany High School robotics team will take part in a 21st-century challenge with a medieval twist at the New York Tech Valley Regional FIRST Robotics Team competition. The event will be held March 17-19 at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Click here to read a Times Union story about the competition, featuring the Albany High team. Above, the team and robot practiced on Feb. 26 in the Albany High cafeteria.

 

 

          

Aspiring hip-hop artists Lee Reh, left, and Rah-mene McDuffie of Myers Middle School headed to the Grammy awards on Feb. 11 after winning a national songwriting contest. Click here to learn more about their trip and their song. 

  Seventh-grader Sean O’Neil was one of 227 students at Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School recognized at an Honor Roll Breakfast at the school on Feb. 10.  

       

Skribblers Magazine editor Tammy Ellis Robinson spent Feb. 8 at Eagle Point Elementary School holding writing workshops for aspiring journalists in grades 1-4. Eagle Point students are frequent contributors to the magazine, which features stories, art and poems by Capital Region children aged 4-12.

  The NFL presented Albany High School with a golden football on Feb. 6 to honor the late Charles “Tinky” Leigh, Class of 1965. Leigh went straight from Albany High to the pros and was a member of the unbeaten 1972 Miami Dolphins. Pictured at the handoff, from left to right, are football coach Joey DiPiazza, sophomore Zaeqwan Cancer, Acting Principal Dale Getto, junior Jarrell Chaney, Acting Superintendent Kimberly Wilkins, Ed.D., junior Ky’ere Tillery, Athletics Director Kathy Ryan and North Albany Academy staffer Warren Leigh, Charlie Leigh’s nephew.  

       

Delaware Community School second-graders Saicha Jimenez, left, and I’Viana Dejesus on Feb. 5 practiced their reading skills with Hank, a certified therapy dog who is an attentive audience and an apparent fan of Dr. Seuss. Hank, a goldendoodle, visits their classroom regularly along with classes in other schools throughout the district.   Albany School of Humanities celebrated Chinese New Year, also called Lunar New Year, on Feb. 2 with an appropriately noisy and cheerful parade throughout the school. Above, second-graders Shayne Plesser and Jordynn Marrero carried a homemade dragon through the halls as part of the celebration.  

       

On Feb. 2, Giffen Memorial Elementary School sixth-graders Dymonti Coles, left, and Maryam Khaleel made music with composer Jessie Montgomery, right. A composer-educator with the Albany Symphony Orchestra, Montgomery will work this spring with a district reading specialist and some 25 string students from Giffen and New Scotland Elementary School on a literacy-through-songwriting project. Her work is being funded through a grant from the Mellon Foundation.  

New Scotland Elementary School on Friday launched its “Pennies for Patients” fundraising drive to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The school hopes to raise $2,000. At far right is Rylyn Swierzewski, a leukemia survivor who is a New Scotland Elementary alum and current Hackett Middle School student.

 

       

Cloudy and cold was the consensus on Jan. 29’s weather from these young forecasters at Eagle Point Elementary School. Members of the weather team, from left to right, are Mason Stidom, Te-Roy Williams, Finley Albritton and Aatla Jamil – all students in Debbie Rutnik’s kindergarten class.   New Scotland Elementary School fifth-graders D’Kodah Jones, left, and Ryan Ferguson on Feb. 2 conferred on an e-book they’re creating about oceans using Google slides. The book is part of a larger science, technology and literacy project happening in two fifth-grade classes at the school.  

       

Pine Hills Elementary School kindergartener Sevynn Watson struck a contemplative pose during the school's Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration on Jan. 15. Students from kindergarten through grade 6 took part in the school-wide event honoring the life and work of Dr. King.

Automotive technology students from Albany High School’s Abrookin Career and Technical Center on Jan. 15 met with Monster Jam’s Norm Miller (back row, far right, driver of “N.E.A.”) and Tony Ochs (left of Miller, driver of “Soldier of Fortune Black Ops”) when they and a fleet of huge vehicles were in town for shows at the Times Union Center.

 

       

The Albanettes once again shared a stage with the governor. Albany High School’s all-female a cappella singing group sang at Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s 2016 State of the State message on Jan. 13. Click here to learn more. 

Four Alternative Learning Center students wrapped up a three-month session for aspiring professionals on Jan. 12 by shadowing lawyers, information technology specialists and others for the day. The day was part of in “Seeking, Getting and Keeping a Job,” a series of trainings to help prepare young people for the workforce. Click here to learn more.

 

       

Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard, Ph.D. on Jan. 12 stood with Mayor Kathy Sheehan and other community members at City Hall to launch a new youth mentoring program in Albany. “My Brother’s and Sister’s Keeper” will focus on improving opportunities for young men and women of color in Albany and reducing the levels of violence they experience. Click here to learn more.

Budding engineers at William S. Hackett Middle School fared well Jan. 9 in their first foray into designing and building a 3-D model of a future city in the Capital District Future City Competition. Members of Hackett’s after-school STEM Club earned “Rookie of the Year” and “Best Use of Construction Materials” awards at the competition, which featured 20 area middle schools. Click here to learn more.

 

       

Albany High School students and staff topped their blood-donation goal on Jan. 8, with the Red Cross collecting 113 pints of life-saving blood. The Jan. 8 blood drive was the second of three blood drives Albany High will host this school year. The number of pints collected exceeded the school's goal by 13 and fell just 4 pints shy of the record amount donated in a single drive, which was set in October. The next blood drive will be held May 5. Click here to learn more.

Hundreds of area observed the Karen new year on Jan. 3 at a celebration at William S. Hackett Middle School. Karen is an ethnic group of some 7 million people who live in the mountainous border regions of Thailand and Myanmar (Burma). Karen also is the name of their language and is the number one language, other than English, spoken by students in the City School District of Albany. Click here to learn more.

 

       

Musicans and singers from the band, choir and orchestra at Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School made merry music on Dec. 23  for the last-minute shoppers at Colonie Center.

       

Everyone at Philip Schuyler Achievement Academy on Wednesday got into the holiday spirit during a school-wide carol fest!

You better watch out ... you better not cry ... you better not pout ... I'm telling you why ... Sheridan Preparatory Academy on Dec. 23 ushered in the holiday break with its annual school-wide "Caroling on the Stairs" celebration. 

 

       

Siena men's basketball coach Jimmy Patsos brought his team to William S. Hackett Middle School on Dec. 21 to talk with students about the importance of staying focused in school in order to succeed in athletics and life. In this new program, Siena basketball players will mentor Hackett students.

Students at Arbor Hill Elementary School ventured into the cold on Dec. 21 to help the school’s community partners break the seal on a new “Little Free Library” outside their school. Click here to learn more.

 

       

Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard, Ph.D. (center left) and Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School teaching assistant Donald Hyman (center right) were among the honorees Dec. 18 at the NAACP Freedom Fund Awards Dinner in Albany. The organization recognized Dr. V for her contributions to education, and Hyman for his contributions in cultural enrichment. Also pictured are U.S. Rep. Paul Tonko and Sheila Miller, who introduced Hyman and has been stage manager for several episodes of his weekly television program “Albany Tempo Spectrum” as well as his play “I Search the Heart, I Try the Reins” at The College of St. Rose earlier this year.

The Albany High School Robotics Team received a great holiday gift on Dec. 18 – a check for $12,500. Members of FIRST Team 1493 and advisors Richard Kissane and Brent Cady accepted the check from Dave Sharpe (pictured above in white) from Allendale Machinery Systems on behalf the Gene Haas Foundation. Click here to learn more

 

         

On Dec. 17, students from William S. Hackett Middle School volunteered to prepare and serve food to the less fortunate at the Capital City Rescue Mission.

The sixth-grade team and members of the student government association at Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School on Dec. 14 helped Albany County District Attorney David Soares kick off an anti-bullying campaign..Click here to learm more.

 

       

During their school concert on Dec. 10, students at Sheridan Preparatory Academy officially unveiled 15 new musical instruments donated to their school by The Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation. Click here to learn more.

 

       

First- and second-graders at Arbor Hill Elementary School on Dec. 9 received three free books from First Book. Above, volunteers from JetBlue helped distribute the books and read to students in Amy Wilson's class.

Representatives from the Ronald McDonald House of the Capital Region on Dec. 8 visited William S. Hackett Middle School to thank students in Ms. Hochmuth's class. The class held bake sales throughout the first quarter of the year and raised $300 to support Ronald McDonald House.

 

       

Montessori Magnet School on Dec. 8 fielded five teams of students at the Junior FIRST Lego League Expo hosted by the University at Albany. Above, one of the teams scrutnizes its work.

Albany High School freshman Claire Patnaude -- a black belt in karate -- earned a silver medal at an international competition in Hawaii. She started karate in an after-school program at New Scotland Elementary School. Click here to learn more.

 

       

Schuyler Achievement Academy fifth-grader E'jahnii Dickson, second from left, posed with her proud family Dec. 3 after the City School District of Albany spelling bee. E'jahnii is one of six finalists who will compete in the regional bee in February. Click here to learn more. 

Giffen Memorial Elementary School Principal Jasmine Brown praised Avery Moses, center, for being a hero when he alerted his family to an early morning fire in their apartment building Nov. 19. Avery's efforts were  recognized Nov. 30 by Mayor Kathy Sheehan and other local officials. Click here to learn more,

       

Philip Schuyler Achievement Academy held its annual Harvest Fest on Nov. 24 with games and goodies in abundant supply.

Students in Betsey Domenico's fourth-grade English-as-a-new-language class at Giffen Memorial Elementary School on Nov. 24 had a Thanksgiving dinner in their classroom. It was the first Thanksgiving for most of the folks in the room.  

       

These Delaware Community School students on Nov. 24 got new winter coats and a photo op with Devil Dawg, mascot of the Albany Devils hockey team. The coats came from the annual "Cash for Coats" drive sponsored by Mayor Kathy Sheehan in conjunction with the Albany Devils, B. Lodge and Co. and Burke Companies.

Sheridan Preparatory Academy celebrated its school-wide Thanksgiving feast on Nov. 24, complete with turkey and of course pumpkin pie! Each grade ate in the beautifully decorated cafeteria and Principal Zuleika Sanchez-Gayle served up dessert/


       

Matilda Raffa Cuomo, former first lady of New York State, on Nov. 23 promoted her new statewide mentoring program with classroom visits to Giffen Memorial Elementary School and Sheridan Preparatory Academy. At right, Mrs. Cuomo spoke to a second-grade class Giffen. At left, she spoke to fourth-graders at Sheridan Prep. Both schools will benefit from the program.

 

       

Thanksgiving for some district families was supplemented by a donation of 20 turkeys by Freihofer's. Company representatives delivered the birds to West Hill Middle School on Nov.23.    

Members of the Albany Marching Falcons Winter Guard on Nov. 21 volunteered to prep food for the Equinox Thanksgiving Community Dinner. Each year Equinox volunteers help prepare, cook, serve and deliver some 10,000 Thanksgiving meals to local people who are homeless, home-bound or lonely.

 

      

Albany High School football coach Joey DiPiazza is being recognized as one of four coaches nationally to receive the 2015 Dove Men+Care Caring Coach Award. DiPiazza, who recently finished his first season as the Falcons' coach, received the award during a Nov. 20 pep rally at the school's new athletic field, which DiPiazza was instrumental in developing earlier this year. At left, DiPiazza was flanked by his players as he spoke to the crowd. At right, he posed with his children.

 

       

English-as-a-new-language students from Albany High School on Nov. 18 celebrated their first Thanksgiving with students from Delaware Community School. The celebration brought together a kindergarten class, second-graders with special needs and high-school students who recently arrived in the United States from other countries. The younger kids had a chance to learn about other cultures and teach the older ones about Thanksgiving traditions. The older kids had the opportunity to practice their English and act as mentors to the littler ones. Click here to learn more about this memorable feast.

 

       

Students from Albany High School on Nov. 6 donated their time and talents to Serve Albany's annual "Ignite" event that links community members with local volunteer opportunities. At right, a student from the culinary program at Albany High's Abrookin Career and Technical Institute prepares hors d'oeuvres for guests. At left, the Albany High School jazz ensemble warms up before their performance.

 

 

 

  

Students and staff at William S. Hackett Middle School on Nov. 5 donned pink shirts and formed a human pink ribbon as part of a breast-cancer awareness project. They also took part in a school-wide assembly with a breast cancer survivor, raised $831 for a breast-cancer information organization and held a march around school grounds.

 

 

     

       

West Hill Middle School students who play Pop Warner football on Oct.31 joined Albany County District Attorney David Soares and members of the Albany High School football team to give candy to trick-or-treaters. The West Hill students were joined by their coach, Eric Kearsey, and handed out the goodies from a trolley sponsored by Victory Christian Church. 

Renowned jazz bassist Gary Wicks, a 1992 graduate of Albany High School, returned to his alma mater Oct. 30 for a session with a jazz improv music class. From left are Wicks, Logan Bennett on trumpet, Rick Andrews in the back on drum set, Ryan Ginnan and Noah John on clarinet, Austin Smith in the back on bass and Ivory Anderson on baritone sax. Wicks also talked to students about his life as a professional musician.

  

       

Prekindergarteners in Delaware Community School’s bilingual Dual-Language Program on Oct. 30 celebrated Calabaza Day, or Pumpkin Day, with the help of parent volunteers.

West Hill Middle School eighth-grader Savion Wimberly put the finishing touches on a sugar skull he made and decorated Oct. 29. His work was part of a Día de Muertos celebration organized by Spanish teacher Natalie Kosar and art teacher Debbie Cronin. Día de Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a Mexican holiday celebrating and honoring ancestors and other family members who have died. 

  

       

City School District of Albany Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard, Ph.D., welcomed a large group of local leaders to William S. Hackett Middle School on Oct. 28 to announce a broad partnership to support Hackett’s efforts to avoid a takeover by the state.  Click here to learn more.

 

With perseverance, hard work, great attitude and two very talented juniors, Albany High School's varsity football team needed just two games on its new athletic field to accomplish something that had eluded the program for its previous 65 tries -- beat a Class AA opponent. Ky'ere Tillery ran for three touchdowns, including the go-ahead score with 4:55 remaining, and Jarrell Chaney added two more spectacular TD catches to his season highlight reel to lead the Falcons to a 35-34 victory over Colonie on Oct. 23.4 victory over Colonie on Friday night. 

  

       

The Albany High School girls’ 400-yard freestyle relay team set a new pool record Oct. 21 in a non-conference meet at Hudson Falls-South Glens Falls. The team of (L-R) junior Olivia Stebbins-Hopkins, freshman Olivia Hampson, sophomore Barbara Jean Delaney and eighth-grader Adina Kligerman (Myers MS) won Wednesday's race in 4 minutes, 6.90 seconds. The winning time was nearly three seconds faster than the previous pool record at South Glens Falls High School (4:09.31). Albany High won the meet 98-80. 

Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard, Ph.D. on Oct. 21 joined members of the Albany Devils hockey team, Mayor Kathy Sheehan and other community partners to officially launch this year's “Cash for Coats” appeal to buy coats and other cold-weather wear for City School District of Albany students. The annual drive is sponsored by the city, the Albany Devils, B. Lodge and Company and Burke Companies. Click here to learn more.

  

       

Fourth-graders from Montessori Magnet School were undaunted by gray skies Oct. 20 when they took part in “A Day in the Life of the Hudson River,” a giant science project involving thousands of students from Troy to New York City.  Analyzing the pH of the water are, from left, Harlan Abrams, Farrell Leon, Dylan Mariscal-Dreby, Joshua Waite and Tinley Palden.

Albany High School junior Helen Conroy’s pint of blood donated Oct. 8 helped the school break its all-time record. The school and staff donated 117 pints of blood, the most ever given in a single drive at the school.

 

       

The debut of Albany High School's new athletic field -- and the first on-campus varsity football game ever in the history of the city's public schools --  was a great celebration Saturday, Oct. 17. Highlights included a pre-game tailgate party put on by the Falcon football family volunteers (pictured at left) and Albany High junior Ky'ere Tillery scoring the first touchdown on the new field (pictured at right). Although the Falcons lost to former crosstown rival CBA, it still was a great day to be a Falcon and a sign of big things to come at Albany High. To see more photos, visit our photo page and our Facebook page.

 

       

Former New York state First Lady Matilda Raffa Cuomo, mother of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, visited Arbor Hill Elementary School on Oct. 7 as she began her work leading the New York State Youth Mentoring Program. She is pictured with Arbor Hill fourth-grader Jewels Howard. Mrs. Cuomo toured several classrooms and met with students, staff, school board members Ginnie Farrell and Rose Brandon, Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard, Ph.D. and Principal Rosalind Gaines-Harrell.

Oct. 7 was National Walk to School Day, and Giffen Memorial Elementary School teamed up with the Albany Police Department, the Albany County Traffic Safety Education Program and AAA Hudson Valley to emphasize the importance of being smart pedestrians. Here, Otto the Auto wowed Giffen students, from left, Christian Powell, Chit Snow Lay and Keimora Clarke, and first-graders Octavian Morris, Jacob Birch and Olivia Moore. 

 

       

Eagle Point Elementary School fifth-graders Angelina Cipollo, left, and Portia Gaa posed with their decorated mini-pumpkins at the school’s Oct. 6 Fall Literacy Celebration. The event featured a book fair, story room, basketball with Albany High School cheerleaders and crafts with the Albany Tulip Queen and her court. 

Kathryn Otoshi, acclaimed author of “One” and other children’s books, spent the morning of Oct. 1 with kindergarten through third-grade students at Albany School of Humanities (ASH) talking about the themes that run through her books. Seated amidst the students is ASH Principal Fred Engelhardt. 

 

       

The Albany Booster Club's third annual Falcon 5K and Kids' Fun Run was a great success on Sept. 27. More than 600 people participated on a glorious fall morning in Washington Park. The race itself was a family affair once again, with siblings Brendan and Eileen Bequette winning the men's and women's races as they did in the Falcon 5K's first year in 2013. Their father, Wayne Bequette, took his place on the pace bicycle once again and their mom, Assembly member Pat Fahy, also was an age-group medal winner.

Freedom Williams, father of third-grader De’ahvyaire and prekindergartener De’Mari, was one of more than 200 dads who attended the “Dads Take Your Child to School Day” breakfast on Sept. 22 at Thomas O’Brien Academy of Science and Technology (TOAST). Schools throughout the district celebrated the day, with more than 1,200 fathers and father figures turning out to support their children’s education. 

  

       

 

       

 

       

From the tailgate breakfast at Albany High to the offensive fireworks of the football game at Bleecker Stadium, Homecoming 2015 was a great day to be a Falcon. The day – Sept. 19 – also included the annual Wall of Fame ceremony, the Homecoming parade and a halftime ceremony recognizing the newest inductees into the City School District of Albany Hall of Fame. On the field, the Falcons were resilient and fought hard throughout the afternoon behind a big day from tailback Ky'ere Tillery, who ran for 172 yards and a touchdown and threw for another score in a 49-28 loss to Ballston Spa.

 

       

The City School District of Albany Hall of Fame inducted its newest members Sept. 18. Front row from left are Mary Ferguson-Dewitt, wife of the late Ward Dewitt, Eileen Connell Kawola and Kevin Paulsen; back row from left are Ron Dunn, Wayne Jackson and Steve Baum. Click here to learn more about the Class of 2015. 

Albany High School kicked off Homecoming 2015 with an afternoon pep rally on Sept. 18. Festivities continued at night for the 2015 Hall of Fame inductions and will be followed up on Sept. 19 by the Wall of Fame unveiling, the Homecoming parade from Albany High to Bleecker Stadium and the Homecoming game vs. Ballston Spa. 

 

       

An incredible rally fell heartbreakingly short for the Falcon football team in a 13-12 loss on Sept. 12 at Schenectady's Larry Mulvaney Field.

Students and staff at William S. Hackett Middle School enjoyed the last day of the first week of school with the appropriately named Fun Day and PTA Barbecue on Sept. 1 

 

       

Giffen Memorial Elementary School students, staff and parents celebrated the start of the new school year on Sept. 11 with the annual PTA Parade around the school. Giffen Gators all the way!

 

After winning its first three Suburban Council games of the season on the road, the Albany High School girls' volleyball team welcomed Mohonasen on Sept. 10 first home match. The teams traded points throughout the match before Mohonasen hung on for a 25-22 victory to clinch the match.

 

       

Albany High's boys' soccer team welcomed Ballston Spa to Bleecker Stadium for a Suburban Council matchup on Sept. 8. After a scoreless first half, the Falcons took a 1-0 lead with 25 minutes to go on Dhimeter Cobani's nifty flick off a corner kick. But the Scotties answered right back two minutes later off a corner of their own, and netted the winner with just over 10 minutes remaining.

 

The City School District of Albany welcomed new and returning students on Sept. 8, including these prekindergarteners at Delaware Community School. Students in prekindergarten through grade 9 began their 2015-16 school year that, with Albany High School's sophomores, juniors and seniors reporting for their first day on Sept. 9. Click here for a collection of photos from each school’s first day. 

    

      

The Falcons kicked off coach Joey DiPiazza's first season Saturday, Sept. 5 against Columbia at UAlbany's Bob Ford Field. The Falcons took an early 7-0 on Ky'ere Tillery's 22-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. But the Blue Devils wore the Falcons down over the course of the evening to come away with a 34-7 win.

Delaware Community School teacher Tere Wislous was honored Sept. 1 as the best among the best in the City School District of Albany going in to the new school year. From left, are Delaware Principal Ken Lein, Board of Education President Ginnie Farrell, Wislous and Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard, Ph.D. at the district’s Opening Day ceremonies for all staff. 

     

      

The Albany High School Class of 2015 grew by 27 members Wednesday, Aug. 19 following the school's summer graduation ceremony in the Albany

High auditorium. The newest graduates completed their final requirements during summer school. Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Tonda

Dunbar congratulated the graduates on their perseverance and resilience.

 

      

Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard, Ph.D., held public hearings on the state's new receivership law Aug. 12-13 at the City School District

of Albany's three affected schools -- Philip Schuyler Achievement Academy (pictured at left), Albany High School and William S. Hackett Middle

School (pictured at right).

               

      

Students in the Special Education summer-school program enjoyed International Day at Thomas O'Brien Academy of Science and Technology

(TOAST) on Friday, Aug. 7. The students learned about other countries such as Brazil, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Puerto Rico and Yemen. They

enjoyed food from many cultures, including some traditional American summer cuisine -- hot dogs on the grill!

 

As work continued in late July on Albany High School's new athletic field, the design was finalized to provide a glimpse of what the field will look like when it is completed in the fall.

       

July 21 was a great day to be a Falcon as Albany High School broke ground on its new athletic field. When it is completed in the fall, the artificial-turf field will allow Albany High varsity football, soccer and lacrosse teams to play all of their home games at home for the first time in the school's history. The ceremony included remarks by (pictured at right, L-R) Board of Education President Ginnie Farrell, Albany High Acting Principal Dale Getto, Mayor Kathy Sheehan and City School District of Albany Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard, Ph.D. Please visit our District News section to read more.

 

              

The City School District of Albany welcomed families and community members to its fifth annual Summer Celebration at Krank Park on Saturday,

July 18. Despite early threats of rain, hundreds attended for a community cookout provided by ShopRite of Albany, fun activities for kids, information

for families from a variety of community organizations and entertainment by the East Coast Playazz, featuring Albany High School girls' basketball

coach Decky Lawson on lead vocals. A great day was had by all once again!

 

      

Even when students are away for the summer, the work of a school district continues. Members of the City School District of Albany's Technology Department spent one particularly hot July day installing dozens of new computers and hooking up Smart Boards at Delaware Community School.

                
                     


       
         
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