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Latest news ...

Former Albany High leader

Getto announces retirement

Former Albany High School Interim Principal Dale Getto has announced her retirement following a 31-year career as a teacher and administrator in the City School District of Albany. Getto served as a member of the Albany High administrative team for 7½ years and as the school’s leader for the last 2½ years. She was an instrumental part of the school’s progress during that time. (MORE)


Encouraging our students

to do their best as state tests approach

The City School District of Albany, like public school districts throughout the state, is preparing for the annual state tests for students in grades 3-8.


As this year’s tests approach, please keep in mind that all of New York’s statewide exams are designed to measure how well students are mastering the learning standards that guide classroom instruction.


The state’s goal is to help ensure that students are on track to graduate from high school with the critical-thinking, problem-solving and reasoning skills needed for success in today’s world. Please visit our From the Superintendent section for more information and resources.


Listening to our students' voices

Photo of a group of students standing in the Albany High School lobby being interviewed by a reporterOn March 14, students at Albany High School and the City School District of Albany's three middle schools joined their peers nationwide in coming together to advocate for school safety and to honor the memory of the 17 people who lost their lives in last month's school shooting in Parkland, Fla.


At Albany High, students took part in a voluntary assembly and march as part of the nationwide movement. The demonstration was organized entirely by Albany High students to speak out on the issue of school safety and the power of their own voices. (MORE)


Falcons compete

in robotics regionals at RPI

Cheer on members of the Albany High School robotics team this weekend as their home-made robot rescues video-game characters and their human operators trapped in an obsolete arcade game.


Their efforts will be part of the 2018 New York Tech Valley Regional FIRST Robotics Team competition, scheduled Friday and Saturday at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. (MORE)


Albany High advances

in county mock trials

The Albany High School Model UN Club on March 8 defeated students from Cohoes to advance to the next round of the county-level New York Statewide High School Mock Trial Tournament.


The match was the second victory for the Falcon team, which defeated Voorheesville on Feb. 27. (MORE)


Albany High cancer survivor

named 'Student of the Year'

Albany High School sophomore and cancer survivor Rylyn Swierzewski was named 2018 Student of the Year on March 1 by the Upstate New York/Vermont Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.


In eight weeks Swierzewski raised more than $28,000 for the society, which supports research into a cure for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma and provides free information, education and support for patients and families affected by the diseases. (MORE) 


Albany High sophomore

tapped for prestigious conference

The Albany County League of Women Voters has selected Albany High School sophomore Faith O’Toole to represent the county at a statewide "Students Inside Albany" conference to be held at the Capitol in May.


An Albany High honor student by day, O’Toole also is studying American Sign Language at Hudson Valley Community College. She is the only student from Albany County selected to participate in the League of Women Voters' conference. (MORE)


Fine Arts showcased throughout March

Picture of a girl pointing upwards at artwork hanging behind herMarch is Fine Arts Month in the City School District of Albany, giving families and community members numerous opportunities to check out the visual arts, performing arts and musical talents of our students.  


A schedule of events and activities can be found here, and you can learn more by watching this video.


Albany High's Geography Bee

Photo of three male students standing in the library holding trophiesStudents at Albany High School assembled in the library after school to test their knowledge of spaces, places and natural features during the Geography Bee on Feb. 27.  


The geographical contest is a student-run event created by junior Adam Aleksic. Aleksic organized and promoted the bee, wrote the questions and co-hosted with Albany High staff members Liz Gialanella and Sean Fitzsimons, who also provided guidance throughout the process. (MORE)


‘Capital Education’ winter newsletter

Photo of a man sitting at a desk with a male student practicing math problemsThe winter edition of the City School District of Albany's award-winning quarterly newsletter “Capital Education” is available online now.


This edition highlights Rylyn Swierzewski, an Albany High School sophomore and cancer survivor paying it forward by raising money to benefit the Upstate New York/Vermont Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.


In addition, you can read about how Albany High’s Online Success Program helps keep students on track for graduation, and much more. Watch your mailbox for a printed copy of the newsletter to read about many of the great things happening in Albany's public schools!


Albany High seniors

named National Merit finalists

Albany High School seniors Matan Adler and Max Heller have been named finalists in the competition for prestigious National Merit Scholarships, ranking them among the best students in the United States.


The two are among some 15,000 finalists – in the top one percent of high school students nationwide – vying for the scholarship in 2018. (MORE)


JROTC cadets earn spots at Girls State

Photo of two female students in uniform standing together in a hallwayAlbany High School JROTC cadets Irene Nelson and Christina Black will represent the City School District of Albany this summer at the 2018 American Legion Auxiliary Empire Girls State program. (MORE)


Albany High grad rate continues to rise

Albany High School’s graduation rate increased to 65 percent in 2017, the school’s fourth consecutive year with an increase and its highest rate since the state started measuring graduation under its current methodology in 2005.


“While we recognize there is more work to do on behalf of all of our students, we are pleased to see this continued steady progress at Albany High School,” said Superintendent Kaweeda G. Adams. “It is a testament to the dedication of the leadership and staff at Albany High over a sustained period of time. We look forward to continuing these gains.” Please visit our District News section to read more.


Construction students

offer shed-building talents

Construction technology students at Albany High School’s Abrookin Career and Technical Center are looking to showcase their skills to people in need of a well-made, custom-built and reasonably priced shed.


Last year students built an 8’ x 10’ shed for the Athletic Department fields at Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School (see photo above right). Want something different? Submit photos of potential designs and the construction team will work with you. (MORE)


Board picks Albany native

to lead Albany High School

The City School District of Albany Board of Education has promoted veteran district educator Jodi M. Commerford to serve as the principal of Albany High School, her alma mater.


An Albany native and a 1993 Albany High graduate, Commerford (above right with Superintendent Kaweeda G. Adams) has served as an administrator at Albany High since 2011. Please visit our District News section to read more.


Winter weather reminders

As winter settles upon the Northeast, the City School District of Albany offers tips about school closings and other weather-related issues.


There are a variety of information sources you can monitor to stay up to date on decisions to close school or shorten the day, or postpone programs and events due to the cold or other factors.


Please visit our District News section to learn more.


Albany-NYU partnership

accepting applications for 2018-19

While the first group of aspiring middle and high school teachers is taking part in the City School District of Albany's partnership with New York University, the district is preparing to recruit the second cohort in the Embedded Master of Arts in Teaching Residency Program. You can download a flyer or visit our District News section for more information.


District responding

to suspension disparities

In response to the report of the New York State Attorney General’s Office, the City School District of Albany has reaffirmed its commitment to changing discipline practices and procedures that have perpetuated disproportionate suspension rates for black students and students with disabilities.


Two important individuals in that process are Independent Monitor Maxine Fantroy-Ford, Ed.D. (at left in photo above), and Chief Ombudsperson Valarie Ann Scott (at right). Please visit our Assurance of Discontinuance section to read more, and to find out how to contact the chief ombudsperson if you have complaints about student discipline.



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Upcoming events
(visit each school's page for more listings; visit our Athletics section for game schedules) 

3/19 Registration begins for students selected in the 2018-19 prekindergarten and magnet elementary lotteries
3/19 All-City Chorus Concert, Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School, 6:30 p.m.
3/20 Rebuilding Albany High School forum for residents of the 11th and 13th wards, Albany High School, 6:30 p.m. (Details)
3/21 Adult Continuing Education spring classes begin
3/21 All-City Band Concert, Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School, 6:30 p.m.
3/22 Albany High School Parent University, 5:30-7 p.m.
3/22 Philip Schuyler Achievement Academy PTA Multicultural Night, 6 p.m.
3/23 Third quarter ends
3/23 Albany School of Humanities (ASH) Spring Musical, 7 p.m. (Details)
3/23 Delaware PTA Family Movie Night, 5:30 p.m.
3/23 Montessori Spring Dance, 6 p.m.
3/23 New Scotland Elementary School Talent Show at Hackett, 6 p.m.
3/24 New York State School Music Association Festival, Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
3/24 Winter Guard Home Show, Albany High School, 3:30-8:30 p.m.
3/24 Albany School of Humanities (ASH) Spring Musical, 7 p.m. (Details)
3/26 Edmund J. O"Neal Middle School of Excellence Parent University, 5:30-7 p.m.
3/27 Autism Spectrum Fair (open to all Capital Region Families), Montessori Magnet School, 5:30-7 p.m.
3/28 All-City Strings Concert, William S. Hackett Middle School, 6:30 p.m.
3/30 No school
Good Friday
4/2-4/6 No school
Spring Break