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Board approves new middle school;

building to open September 2023

The City School District of Albany Board of Education has approved converting North Albany Academy to a middle school to open in September 2023, paving the way for a May 2019 public referendum on a plan that would not raise school property taxes.

 

The board’s action followed a three-year planning process that included input from families, community members and district staff. The resulting project will be financed entirely with savings in the district’s capital reserve fund and state building aid. (MORE)

 

Albany High 2019-20 academy

lottery deadline approaching

cover of the 19-20 lottery applicationApplications are available for the lottery to determine placement in Albany High School’s four academies for the 2019-20 school year.

     

Click here to download an information booklet and application.

 

Each of Albany High's four unique academies has its own theme. Each offers electives specific to that theme, and the themes also are woven into the core curriculum. However, students also can take electives in different academies and the electives are equally available to all. (MORE)

 

Board appoints assistant principals

The City School District of Albany Board of Education has appointed two veteran educators as assistant principals at district middle schools.

 

Allison Brodie will join the team at Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School and April Stokes will join the team at Edmund J. O'Neal Middle School of Excellence. (MORE)

 

State test scores continue to rise

The City School District of Albany made across-the-board gains in New York State tests that measure proficiency in English language arts and math.

 

The State Education Department’s report from the spring 2018 round of tests for students in grades 3-8 found that, overall, 23 percent were at or above grade level in English language arts (ELA) and 17 percent were at or above grade level in math.

 

That is an increase of 4 percent in ELA and 2 percent in math from last year. (MORE)

 

Building leadership capacity

photo of Kenneth Lein, Ed.D. with a student and parentIn the City School District of Albany, building leadership capacity and increasing accountability is one of our primary goals to help all of our students succeed.

 

On Oct. 23, Delaware Community School Principal Kenneth Lein, Ed.D., presented at a national conference in Dallas on exactly how that has happened in his building. 

 

This video showcases Dr. Lein and members of Delaware’s behavior and building leadership teams discussing how their collective actions have created a positive shift in their school’s atmosphere, which directly supports increased student success.

 

Albany High musicians

chosen for local, state festivals

Bravo! Eight Albany High School virtuosos will represent their school Nov. 17 at the Area All-State Music Festival of the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA).

 

And one was selected from among thousands across New York to participate in a statewide ensemble in December. (MORE)

 

Event's focus is safety

Sheridan Preparatory Academy hosted the City of Albany’s 2018 Walk to School day Oct. 10. More than 5,000 schools across the country participate in the annual fall event intended to encourage families and community leaders to ditch the car and walk or bike to school. (MORE)

 

Cash for Coats kicks off

For the 11th year, The City School District of Albany is partnering with the City of Albany to raise Cash for Coats funds.

 

Superintendent Kaweeda G. Adams joined Mayor Kathy Sheehan and the campaign’s additional sponsors, The Palace Theatre and Lodge’s Department Store, at The Palace Theatre on Oct. 3 to kick off the appeal.

 

“The correlation between attendance and the ability of children to get to school safely and warmly is clear. It’s important for our students to be in school and they can’t get there during the difficult winter months without appropriate outerwear,” said Adams. (MORE)

 

District playgroup targets tiny learners

The youngest future Falcons in the City School District of Albany enrolled in their first-ever class Tuesday. It’s called “Play, Learn, Soar,” and it’s a brand new early education program offered to infants and children up to age 3 at Arbor Hill Elementary School.

 

“I want them to make friends and be comfortable with other people,” said Elaine Evans, who attended with her 8- and 19-month-olds. “Then they won’t be nervous when they start school.” (MORE)

 

FirstView bus-tracking app available

First Student Inc., the City School District of Albany’s transportation partner, has launched its bus-tracking communications app, FirstView, for the 2018-19 school year.

 

FirstView allows you use your smartphone or desktop to track the location and direction of your student’s bus, your student's stop schedule for the current day, and times for school arrivals and departures. You’ll know when the bus gets to school in the morning and leaves in the afternoon. Please visit our District News section to read more.

 

Our goals in our voices

To help highlight some of the primary areas of focus in our district priorities for this school year and beyond, we have produced a series of videos to start the school year. In addition to Superintendent Kaweeda G. Adams, these videos also feature the voices of individuals ­– students, staff and community partners – speaking on the topics of school and community safety, student attendance, positive student engagement and the importance of community partnerships. (MORE)

 

High-school equivalency

test prep classes available

Spread the word: The City School District of Albany offers classes to help people aged 21 and over prepare for the New York State high-school equivalency exam.

 

Test prep classes are held from 4:30-6:30 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday at Tony Clement Center for Education, 395 Elk St. (MORE) 

 

2018-19 Code of Conduct

The 2018-19 edition of the Student Code of Conduct is available here. The booklet also was mailed to all City School District of Albany families in August.

 

Please take some time to review the code with your children.

 

Feel free to contact the Office of Pupil Personnel Services with any questions at (518) 475-6130.

 

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

11/12 No school, Veterans Day
11/12 Modified winter sports begin
11/13 2019-20 Albany High lottery applications due
11/13 Schuyler Achievement Early Childhood Parent University, 5-8 p.m.
11/14 Arbor Hill Special Olympics, 5-6 p.m.
11/15 Myers Middle School Parent University 5:30-7 p.m.
11/15 Myers Middle School PBIS Fun Night, 5:30-7 p.m.
11/15 Board of Education Meeting, New Scotland Elementary, 7 p.m.
11/16 Albany High Library Lock-In, 6-9:30 p.m.
11/16 Sheridan Prep Pasta and a Movie Night, 6 p.m.
11/17 Albany High Survivors of Suicide Loss Day, 10 a.m.
11/19 Giffen Memorial Elementary Community Dinner and Honor Roll Recognition, 5 p.m.
11/20 Schuyler Achievement Academy Harvest Festival, 6 p.m.
11/21 No school, Parent-Teacher Conference Day
11/22-11/23 No school, Thanksgiving Recess
11/26 Albany High Spirit Week begins
11/27 ASH Bagels with the Principal, 8:30-9:30 a.m.
11/27 Hackett Middle School Math and Science Bowl, 3:15-5:30 p.m.
11/27 TOAST Early Childhood Parent University, 5-7 p.m.
11/27 O'Neal Middle School Parent Univsersity, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
11/29 Board of Education meeting, Schuyler Achievement Academy, 7 p.m.
11/30 ASH Honor Roll and Perfect Attendance Celebration, 9 a.m.
11/30 Delaware Community School Family Math Night, 5:30-7 p.m.
11/30 Pine Hills Elementary Literacy Night, 6-7:30 p.m.
12/1 Albany High SAT exam, 8 a.m.
12/3 New Scotland Elementary Winter Concert at Hackett, 7 p.m.
12/4 Albany High 2019-20 Academy Lottery, 10 a.m.
12/4 Schuyler Achievement Academy Early Childhood Parent University, 5-7 p.m.
12/5 Hackett Middle School Honor Roll Ceremony, 8:30-9:45 a.m.
12/5 Myers Middle School Honor Roll Celebration, 8:30-9:30 a.m.
12/5 Adult education winter registration at Albany High, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
12/5 Albany High Curriculum Extravaganza, 5 p.m.
12/5 Albany High Winter Concert, 6:30 p.m.