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District closed through May 31

All City School District of Albany schools and offices will be closed through Tuesday, May 31. The district is using three unused snow days together with the Memorial Day weekend observance. All schools and offices will re-open Wednesday, June 1.

 

Cosmetology students

win regional competition

Students from the Cosmetology Program at Albany High School’s Abrookin Career and Technical Center took first place May 22 in the International Hair and Beauty Show at the Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucas, N.J.

 

The Cosmetology students, dressed in Egyptian costumes and joined by students from each of the City School District of Albany’s middle schools as well as Albany High graduates, performed a choreographed modeling performance to the music of Michael Jackson’s “Remember the Time.” Visit our District News section to read more.

 

Wind Ensemble collects another gold

Once again, Albany High School’s Wind Ensemble has captured a gold rating at the New York State School Music Association’s Major Ensemble Festival.

 

The Wind Ensemble performed at competition Level VI, featuring pieces with the highest degree of complexity. Performances are graded as "bronze," "silver" and "gold," with a gold rating going to performers who demonstrate outstanding technical and artistic skill. (MORE)

 

2016 Regional Scholars named

Three Albany High School seniors have been named in this year’s regional Scholars Recognition Program.

  

Larisa Chestnut, Dhimiter Cobani and Sophia Jones are among high school seniors from 11 neighboring counties who were nominated by their teachers for outstanding academic achievement, leadership skills and service to their community and school. (MORE)

 

June lottery to fill 2016-17

pre-K spots for 3-year olds

Applications are available for a lottery to fill spots for the 2016-17 school year in the City School District of Albany’s program to provide prekindergarten for 3-year olds.

 

There also are additional spots for 4-year olds. Click here to download an application. You also can pick up an application at any district elementary school or Central Registration, located at 75 Watervliet Ave. (MORE)

 

Voters support budget,

Proposition #2 by wide margins

Nearly two-thirds of those who voted May 17 said "yes" to the City School District of Albany's 2016-17 budget proposal as well as a proposal to raise the limit on the district's Capital Reserve Fund.

 

Voters approved the $234 million budget 2,235-1,319, a 63-percent approval rate. There will be no increase in the district's tax levy for 2016-17.

 

Proposition #2 -- to increase the Capital Reserve Fund limit from $8 million to $18 million -- passed 2,276-1,253, or 64 percent. Please visit our 2016-17 Budget Development section to read more about the budget and Proposition #2.

 

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 steps in that process have been the hirings of 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.

 

Schumer urges promotion

for Albany High cadet program

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer came to Albany High School on May 16 to urge the U.S. Army to provide full funding for a JROTC program at the school.

 

Albany High's Sgt. Henry Johnson Battalion is in its first full year as an unfunded Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps program, officially called a National Defense Cadet Corps program. Schumer hopes to help Albany High gain the funding and recognition necessary to earn full JROTC status within a year. Please visit our District News section to read more.  

 

Albany High filmmaker

wins kindness contest

Albany High School senior Dijour Carter’s anti-bullying film earned the April grand prize in the Albany County District Attorney’s WORDS campaign promoting kindness in the community.

 

An aspiring filmmaker, Carter was one of several finalists for the monthly contest, which is open to all Albany County students from kindergarten-grade 12. (MORE)

            

Albany High inducts 63

into National Honor Society

Sixty-three high-achieving juniors were inducted into Albany High School's Arista Chapter of the National Honor Society on May 10.

 

To be eligible for induction, students must maintain an overall academic average of 89.5 or higher. (MORE)

 

Albany High blood drives

are a sanguine success

The results are in … Albany High School has broken previous years’ records for pints of blood donated in a single school year!

 

After the May 5 blood drive, the total pints collected in the school’s three drives was 325 – potentially saving 975 lives. That’s more than any other since the school started doing blood drives more than 10 years ago. (The school also held drives in October and January.) (MORE)

 

Pine Hills Elementary raises

$15,000 for clean water in Africa

It took three years of coin drives, bottle deposit drives, bake sales, garage sales and pancake breakfasts – and plenty of synergy – but Pine Hills Elementary School raised enough money to build a fresh-water well for people in rural Tanzania.

 

And at a celebration April 20, the school presented a $15,000 check to Jean Dobbs of the African Reflections Foundation to build the solar-powered, deep-water well. (MORE)

 

Commissioner upholds

successful Albany High vote

State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia upheld the February vote to rebuild and renovate Albany High School, denying claims that the vote should be invalidated.

 

The $179.9 million referendum passed by 189 votes on Feb. 9. However, problems at polling locations city-wide on the day of the vote led to petitions to the commissioner to throw out the result.

 

"I cannot conclude that petitioners have established that the fundamental fairness of the ... bond vote was compromised and I find no basis upon which to overturn the results of the vote,” the commissioner wrote in her April 1 decision. Please visit our District News section to read more.

 

Community swimming at Myers

Community swimming is back in session for the 2015-16 school year at Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School.

 

The Myers pool is open for swimming each Monday and Wednesday night while school is in session. Swimming will not be offered on Mondays or Wednesdays when school is closed. This is a free activity. (MORE)

 

  

 
 
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5/26-31 Memorial Day Recess (includes three unused snow days)
6/1 Thomas O'Brien Academy of Science and Technology (TOAST) Junior Science Expo, 5:30-7 p.m.
6/1 Albany High School Sports Banquet, Polish Community Center, 225 Washington Ave. Ext., 5:45 p.m. (Details and reservations -- reservation deadline May 17)
6/1 Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School Incoming Student Information Night, 6 p.m.
6/2 Albany School of Humanities (ASH) Spring Concerts, 9 a.m. and 7 p.m.
6/2 Albany High School Awards Night, 6:30 p.m.
6/2 Board of Education meeting, Pine Hills Elementary School, 7 p.m.
6/3 Eagle Point Elementary School Field Day
6/3 Pine Hills Elementary School Family Field Day (rain or shine)
6/3 Albany High School English-as-a-New-Language Potluck Dinner, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
6/6 New York State science written exam, grades 4 and 8
6/6 Board Audit/Finance Committee meeting, Academy Park, 5:30 p.m.
6/6 Albany High School Spring Major Ensemble Concert (Jazz Ensembles, Albanettes, Men's Ensemble, String Quartet) 7 p.m.
6/7 Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School Spring Concert, 6:30 p.m.
6/8 Board Policy Committee meeting, Academy Park, 5:30 p.m.
6/8 Albany High School Spring Major Ensemble Concert (Vocal Music, Orchestra, Symphonic Band) 7 p.m.
6/9 Philip Schuyler Achievement Academy Spring Open House and Parent-Child Dance, 5:30 p.m.
6/9 William S. Hackett Middle School Talent Show, 6:30 p.m.
6/9 Albany High School Spring Major Ensemble Concert (Advanced Orchestra, Select Choir, Wind Ensemble), 7 p.m.
6/10 Albany School of Humanities (ASH) Prekindergarten Blastoff, 9:30 a.m.
6/13 Last day of classes at Albany High School
6/14 Regents exams
6/15 Regents exams
6/15 Albany School of Humanities (ASH) Kindergarten Blastoff, 9:30 a.m.
6/15 Board Facilities Committee meeting, Academy Park, 5:30 p.m.
6/16 Regents exams
6/17 Regents exams
6/17 Albany School of Humanities (ASH) Prekindergarten Promotion 9:30 a.m.
6/17 Arbor Hill Elementary School Prekindergarten Moving Up, 10 a.m.
6/17 New Scotland Elementary School Kindergarten Moving Up, 10 a.m.
6/17 North Albany Academy Kindergarten Moving Up and Rodeo, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
6/17 Delaware Community School Dual-Language Prekindergarten Moving Up, 10:30 a.m.
6/17 Delaware Community School Prekindergarten Moving Up, 2 p.m.
6/20 Regents exams
6/20 Pine Hills Elementary School Grade 6 Moviing Up, 10 a.m.
6/21 Pine Hills Elementary School Prekindergarten Moving Up, 8:30-9:30 a.m.
6/21 Eagle Point Elementary School Prekindergarten Moving Up, 9 a.m.
6/21 New Scotland Elementary Prekindergarten Moving Up,10 a.m.
6/21 Pine Hills Elementary Kindergarten Moving Up, 10-11 a.m.
6/22 Regents exams
6/22 Albany School of Humanities (ASH) Grade 6 Moving Up, 9 a.m.
6/22 Sheridan Preparatory Academy Grade 5 Moving Up, 9 a.m.
6/22 Eagle Point Elementary School Grade 6 Moving Up, 9:30 a.m.
6/22 Giffen Memorial Elementary School Kindergarten Moving Up, 9:30 a.m.
6/22 New Scotland Elementary School Grade 5 Moving Up, 10 a.m.
6/22 Philip Schuyler Achievement Academy Prekindergarten and Kindergarten Awards Ceremony, 10 a.m.
6/22 Thomas O'Brien Academy of Science and Technology (TOAST) Prekindergarten Moving Up, 10:30-11:45 a.m.
6/22 Thomas O'Brien Academy of Science and Technology (TOAST)Kindergarten Moving Up, noon-1:15 p.m.
6/23 Early dismissal, elementary schools and North Albany Academy
6/23 Last day of school, Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School, West Hill Middle School and William S. Hackett Middle School
6/23 Eagle Point Elementary School Kindergarten Moving Up, 9:30 a.m.
6/23 Giffen Memorial Elementary School Grade 6 Moving Up, 9:30 a.m.
6/23 Montessori Magnet School Grade 5 Moving Up,  9:30 a.m.
6/23 Thomas O'Brien Academy of Science and Technology Moving Up, 9:30 a.m.
6/23 Arbor Hill Elementary Kindergarten Moving Up, 10 a.m.
6/23 Philip Schuyler Achievement Academy Grade 5 Moving Up, 10 a.m.
6/24 LAST DAY OF SCHOOL
Early dismissal, elementary schools and North Albany Academy
6/24 North Albany Academy Grade 8 Moving Up, 9 a.m.
6/24 William S. Hackett Middle School Grade 8 Moving Up, 9 a.m.
6/24 Arbor Hill Elementary School Grade 6 Moving Up, 10 a.m.
6/24 West Hill Middle School Grade 8 Moving Up, 10 a.m.
6/24 Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School Grade 8 Moving Up, 11 a.m.
6/24 Delaware Community School Grade 5 Moving Up at Hackett, 2 p.m.
6/26 Albany High School Class of 2016 Graduation, UAlbany SEFCU Arena, 2 p.m.