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The latest news ...

Hours extended for student registration

The City School District of Albany is offering families extended hours to register their children for the 2014-15 school year.

 

The district is hold four registration nights at several community locations this week. The final two opportunities are:

 

Wednesday -- Steamboat Square Homes community room, 220 Green St., 5-6:30 p.m.

Thursday -- North Albany Homes community room, 41 Jennings Drive, 5-6:30 p.m.

 

Also, the district's Central Registration Office, located in the Harriet Gibbons Student Services Center at 75 Watervliet Ave., will be open from 8:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday. Those hours will be in effect on Tuesday, Sept. 2 and Wednesday, Sept. 3, as well. (MORE)

 

Contact state with STAR questions

Albany homeowners denied a School Tax Relief (STAR) exemption should contact the state Department of Tax and Finance if they want to challenge the decision. The phone number is 457-2036.

 

Tax and Finance officials have informed more than 1,200 Albany taxpayers that they won’t receive a STAR exemption in their school tax bills because they failed to meet registration requirements. (MORE)

 

The first signs of a new school year

Albany High School varsity and JV student-athletes are hard at work this week preparing for the start of the fall sports seasons. Preseason practice is underway for all teams. Visit our Athletics section for complete practice schedules for the rest of the week. You also can check out our Photo Gallery to see photos from the first days of practice for each fall team. Let's go Falcons!

 

Early registration available for

second Falcon 5K and Fun Run/Walk

Discounted early registration is available for the second Albany Booster Club Falcon 5K and Fun Run/Walk, which will be held Sunday, Sept. 28 in Washington Park.

 

You can register online or by regular mail. The first 350 registrants will receive a Falcon 5K T-shirt.

 

Last year, more than 500 runners and walkers took part in the first Falcon 5K. All are invited to participate in this fun community event to help celebrate the start of a healthy and productive new school year! Visit our District News section for more information.

 

State test results continue to

emphasize need for systemic change

The New York State Education Department has released the results of this year’s statewide tests in English-language arts and math for students in grades 3-8. The City School District of Albany has shown some progress, but there remains a lot of work to be done systemically to change our students’ outcomes, said Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard, Ph.D.

 

This year, 13 percent of district students in grades 3-8 achieved Level 3 or Level 4 in ELA, and 12 percent in math.

 

“These results emphasize the need for everyone within the City School District of Albany to remain focused on and committed to our 2020 Vision, our strategic roadmap for improvement,” Dr. V said. Please visit our District News section to read more.

 

Fall bus transportation applications available

City School District of Albany families are encouraged to complete and turn in applications for bus transportation for their children in September.

 

Click on the highlighted text for an application for yellow bus service (for elementary schools, North Albany Academy and Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School) or a CDTA pass (for transportation to Albany High School and William S. Hackett Middle School). (MORE)

 

New immunization rules effective for 2014-15

The New York State Health Department has changed the frequency and type of immunizations that children must have in order to attend school in 2014-15.

State law requires districts to deny admitting children to school if their family cannot prove they received or are in the process of receiving required immunizations against diseases including polio, pertussis and measles.

Click the highlighted text for a complete list of the new state immunization requirements. (MORE)

Dr. V goes to Washington

College access topic of high-level meetings

City School District of Albany Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard, Ph.D., and a group of local leaders in higher education, business and the community met July 31 with White House and U.S. Education Department officials about ways to expand college opportunities for young people.

                                     

"The City School District of Albany and our community partners are now at the center of a national conversation about making college more affordable and accessible for all students,” Dr. Vanden Wyngaard said. (MORE)

 

Summer Celebration draws record crowd

Family, friends and neighbors flocked to Krank Park on July 19 for food and family fun at the City School District of Albany's 2014 Summer Celebration.

 

The annual community party drew more than 450 people, an all-time high for the four years the district has held the event. Click here to see a gallery of photos from the day's activities.

 

Thanks to sponsors JAMZ/96.3, ShopRite of Albany, the Albany Housing Authority, Honest Weight and Whitsons for their support of this great event! 

 

Re-Imagining Albany High School

Environmental review to move forward

Interested people have until Aug. 8 to comment on a preliminary environmental review of proposals to rebuild or renovate Albany High School.

                              

Click here for a copy of the draft review. (MORE)

  

New board member sworn in

On July 17, the City School District of Albany Board of Education appointed Kenneth M. Bruce to fill the remaining five months of a board term vacated when Felicia Green resigned this spring.

 

Above right, Bruce (left) takes the Oath of Office from Bernard Bryan, president of the Albany chapter of the NAACP. Bruce was among eight candidates who expressed interest at the board’s June 19 meeting.

 

The position Bruce will fill will be one of two seats up for election in November. Board member Alexandra Streznewski’s term also is ending this year.

    

Great book titles aplenty

in 2014 Summer Reading Program

Elementary-, middle- and high-school students have a great selection of book titles from which to choose in the City School District of Albany's 2014 Summer Reading Program.

 

Summer reading supports and builds on lessons of the previous school year and prepares students for success in the year ahead. (MORE)

                                     

Community swimming takes summer break

Community swimming at Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School will be on a summer hiatus due to necessary pool repairs. Community swimming at Myers will resume in September.

 

Ticky Burden among 2014 Hall of Famers

Come October, a former pro basketball player, a national TV producer and a longtime volunteer athletic coach are among the eight who will join the ranks of those enshrined in the City School District of Albany Hall of Fame.

 

The Class of 2014 includes 1972 Philip Schuyler High School graduate Luther “Ticky” Burden, who went on to star at the University of Utah and play in the ABA and NBA. Visit our Hall of Fame section to read more about this year's inductees.

 

Free summer meals for kids

at 12 Albany city schools

The City School District of Albany once again is participating in the Summer Food Service Program, with free breakfast and lunch for all children 18 and under at a dozen schools across the city.

The program started July 7 and continues into August. (MORE)

Con-GRAD-ulations Class of 2014!!!!

Falcon Pride was on full display Sunday as the Albany High School Class of 2014 celebrated graduation at the University at Albany's SEFCU Arena.

 

From Class President Denis Leon urging that his classmates "never forget that unconquerable spirit that goes with being a Falcon," to the the familiar "Allll-bany" chant as the grads prepared to exit the auditorium as a class for the final time, the members of the Class of 2014 moved on to the next stage in their lives proud of the high school journey that helped them get here.

 

Forham-bound valedictorian Andrew Tarwerdi, a National Merit Scholarship recipient, and Cornell-bound salutatorian Elana Cohen also addressed their classmates. Visit our District News section to read more. You also can click here to view a Photo Gallery of the day's events.

 

And, as Cohen noted -- Con-GRAD-ulations everyone!

 

 
 
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8/28 Albany High School Freshman Orientation (Details):

Citizenship and Innovation academies, 7:35 a.m.

Discovery and Leadership academies, 11:35 a.m.
8/28 Albany High School Senior Orientation (Details):

Discovery and Leadership academies, 8-10:30 a.m.

Citizenship and Innovation academies, noon-2:30 p.m.
8/28 Thomas O'Brien Academy of Science and Technology (TOAST) sixth-grade meeting,
5-6 p.m. (Details)
8/29 Albany High School Sophomore and Junior Orientation (Details):

Citizenship and Innovation academies,
8-10:30 a.m.

Discovery and Leadership academies, noon-2:30 p.m.
8/29 Thomas O'Brien Academy of Science and Technology (TOAST) prekindergarten open house, 10 a.m.-noon
9/1 Labor Day
District offices closed
9/4 First day of the
2014-15 school year

(NOTE: Freshmen only at Albany High School)
9/4 Preseason practice begins for modified fall sports (grades 7-8; modified football practice began Aug. 25)
9/4 Board of Education meeting, Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School, 7 p.m.
9/5 First day of the 2014-15 school year for Albany High School sophomores, juniors and seniors
9/10 Fall registration for Adult Continuing Education Program, Albany High, 5:30-8:30 p.m. (Details)
9/11 Fall registration for Adult Continuing Education Program, Albany High, 5:30-8:30 p.m. (Details)
9/11 Exceptional Student Reception, Academy Park, 6 p.m.
9/18 Board of Education meeting, William S. Hackett Middle School,
7 p.m.
9/28 2014 Albany Booster Club Falcon 5K and Fun Run/Walk, Washington Park, 9 a.m. (Details and online registration through 9/24)
10/2 Board of Education meeting, Sheridan Preparatory Academy,
7 p.m.
10/16 Board of Education meeting, Albany School of Humanities (ASH),
7 p.m.

 

 

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