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The latest news ...

Parent-teacher conferences Wednesday, Thanksgiving break Thursday, Friday

A reminder that all City School District of Albany students will be off Wednesday due to parent-teacher conferences. If you have not yet had a chance to schedule a meeting with your child's teacher, please take a few minutes to do so.


All district schools and offices will be closed Thursday and Friday for Thanksgiving break. We will return Monday, Nov. 30. We wish you a happy, healthy and safe holiday break!


Warm coats arrive in time for the cold

Just in time for the cold, students at Delaware Community School on Tuesday picked out new winter coats for themselves.


The coats -- along with scarves, hats and gloves -- came from the annual Cash for Coats drive sponsored by Mayor Kathy Sheehan, the Albany Devils hockey team, B. Lodge and Company and Burke Companies.


This year's drive raised more than $7,000 -- enough to buy 375 coats and more than1,000 scarves and pairs of gloves. (MORE)


Lottery applications available

for pre-K spots for 3-year olds

Applications are available for a lottery to fill limited spots in the City School District of Albany’s new program to provide prekindergarten to 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)


Thanks and Thanksgiving

with a multicultural twist

Albany High School junior Mohammad Nouri on Wednesday celebrated his first Thanksgiving alongside Myaj’ae Marrero, a kindergartener at Delaware Community School.


With five years' worth of Thanksgivings under her belt, Myaj’ae considers herself a Turkey Day expert. She and her elementary-school classmates spent the weeks leading up to Wednesday's meal giving lessons about the holiday to some 20 English-as-a-new-language students from Albany High. (MORE)


District looks forward after

final high school votes counted

Disappointed by the outcome but committed to the need, the City School District of Albany began looking ahead following the defeat of the proposal to renovate and rebuild Albany High School.


"No” votes held a narrow and unofficial 103-vote margin following the opening of absentee ballots from all 15 city wards Nov. 12. “No” votes had a 10-vote edge after the general election Nov. 3.


“I am extremely disappointed for the students of Albany,” said Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard, Ph.D. “We came close, and I’m excited about that. We’ll go back to the drawing board and work with the board to decide if we will give it another shot. I still remain hopeful.” Please visit our Re-Imagining Albany High School section for more information.


Albany High School

extends lottery application deadline

Students have until Friday, Nov. 20 to turn in applications for the lottery to determine placement in Albany High School's four academies for the 2016-17 school year.


Click here to download one.


Each of Albany High’s academies has its own unique theme: Citizenship, Discovery, Leadership and Innovation. These physically smaller learning environments are designed to help students feel connected, involved and engaged. (MORE)


Hackett's human pink ribbon

raises breast-cancer awareness

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 where they interviewed breast cancer survivor Tonia Wheeler, raised $831 for a breast-cancer information organization and held a march around the school grounds. (MORE)


'Smart Schools' meeting slated Nov. 19

Members of the community will have a chance to weigh in on the City School District of Albany's draft plan to spend part of a $7.9 million state grant supporting technology throughout the district.


The district will hold a public hearing on the first phase of its "Smart Schools Investment Plan" plan on Thursday, Nov. 19 at 6 p.m. at Philip Schuyler Achievement Academy, 676 Clinton Ave. (MORE)


Community partners rally around Hackett

City School District of Albany Super-

intendent 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.


"This is the first step in providing a significant level of support for Hackett Middle School," Dr. V said. Please visit our District News section to read more.


'Cash for Coats' drive begins

Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard, Ph.D. on Wednesday joined Mayor Kathy Sheehan and other community partners to officially launch this year's appeal to buy coats and other cold-weather wear for City School District of Albany students.


Cash for Coats is an annual drive sponsored by the city, the Albany Devils hockey team, B. Lodge and Company and Burke Companies. (MORE)


Albany High seniors

earn National Merit recognition

Two Albany High School seniors have been named Commended Students in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program: Indigo Anderson and William Kelley.


Their outstanding scores on the 2014 SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test placed them in the top 5 percent of the 1.5 million students in the United States who took the test during junior year. Congratulations and great work!


Bravo! Students selected

for state, regional ensembles

Three Albany High School seniors have been selected from among thousands of outstanding high school musicians to perform in statewide ensembles of the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA).


Kelly Streznewski, who plays trumpet, will play in NYSSMA’s Conference All-State Symphonic Band. Queone Sylvester, a tenor, will sing in the Conference All-State Mixed Choir. Percussionist Eugene Lorini was selected as an alternate for the Conference All-State Symphonic Band. (MORE)


A great day to be a Falcon!

Saturday, Oct. 17 was a great day to be a Falcon as Albany High School played on its new athletic field for the first time. It was the first on-campus varsity football game ever at an Albany public school, and the fans braved the chilly weather to celebrate the occasion.

From the tailgate party put on by the Falcon football family before the game to the end of the Falcons' loss to former crosstown rival CBA, it was a fun event and a sign of big things to come at Albany High. Please visit our Photo Gallery section and our Facebook page to check out photos from the day.


Record turnout for third Falcon 5K

More than 600 runners and walkers of all ages enjoyed a gorgeous fall morning Sept. 27 to participate in the Albany Booster Club Falcon 5K and Fun Run/Walk in Washington Park. It was a record turnout for the third annual event!


Brendan Bequette, a 2014 Albany High grad, was the overall winner for the second time in three years. So was his sister, Albany High junior Eileen Bequette, in the women's division. Click here to see team and individual results from the Albany Booster Club. Please visit our Facebook page to check out photos from the day.


Dads support their kids' education

More than 1,000 fathers and father figures turned out Sept. 22 at district elementary and middle schools for "Dads Take Your Child to School Day."


The day is part of a national initiative to get fathers and father figures more involved in their children's education Schools marked the day with breakfasts, presentations, photos and other activities.


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)


School taxes going down

Albany homeowners will see their 2015-16 school tax bills go down.


The City School District of Albany Board of Education has approved a 2015-16 tax warrant that will result in a 1.54 percent decrease in taxes – about $49 – on an Albany home assessed at $150,000.


Homeowners that take part in STAR and Enhanced STAR will fare even better, saving $62 (a 2.45 percent decrease) and $74 (a 3.90 percent decrease) for homes assessed at $150,000. (MORE)


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Upcoming events
(visit each school's page for more listings) 

11/24 Philip Schuyler Achievement Academy Harvest Fest, 5:30 p.m.
11/24 Grade Configuration Transition Subcommittee, Academy Park, 4:30 p.m.
11/25 Parent-Teacher Conference Day
No school for students
11/26 Thanksgiving Day
No school
11/27 Thanksgiving Recess
No school
12/1 North Albany Winter Concert and Art Show, 6:30 p.m.
12/2 Albany High School Winter Concert featuring Jazz Ensemble, Albanettes, Men's Ensemble and String Quartet, 7 p.m.
12/3 Albany High School Financial Aid Night,
 6:30 p.m.
12/3 Board of Education meeting, Albany High School, 7 p.m.
12/7 New Scotland Elementary School Winter Concert at Hackett, 7 p.m.
12/8 Albany School of Humanities (ASH) Winter Concerts, 9 a.m. and 7 p.m.
12/8 Philip Schuyler Achievement Academy Winter Concerts, 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.
12/8 William S. Hackett Middle School Winter Concert and PTA Dessert Auction,
6:30 p.m.
12/9 Albany High School Winter Concert featuring Vocal Music, Orchestra and Symphonic Band,
7 p.m.
12/10 Delaware Community School Winter Concerts, 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.
12/10 Sheridan Preparatory Academy Winter Concert, 6 p.m.
12/10 Montessori Magnet School Winter Concert,
7 p.m.
12/11 Second-quarter interim marking period ends
12/14 Thomas O'Brien Academy of Science and Technology (TOAST) Winter Concert,
6:30 p.m.
12/15 Giffen Memorial Elementary School Winter Concert,
5:30 p.m.
12/15 Pine Hills Elementary School Winter Concerts, 1:15 p.m. and 7 p.m.
12/16 Adult Continuing Education winter semester registration, Albany High School, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
12/16 Albany High School Winter Concert featuring Advanced Orchestra, Select Choir and Vocal Music, 7 p.m.
12/17 Arbor Hills Elementary School Winter Concerts, 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.
12/17 Adult Continuing Education winter semester registration, Albany High School, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
12/17 Board of Education meeting, Sheridan Preparatory Academy,
7 p.m.
12/17 Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School Winter Concert, 7 p.m.
12/17 North Albany Academy Literacy/Math Night,
5 p.m.
12/24-1/1 Holiday Recess
No school
1/4 Board of Education meeting, Albany High School, 7 p.m.
1/6 Adult Continuing Education winter classes begin
1/7 Albany High School Blood Drive, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
1/12 Giffen Memorial Elementary School Math/English Language Arts/Technology Night,
5 p.m.
1/13 Albany High School College Information Night, 6:30 p.m.
1/14 Pine Hills Elementary School Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration,
1 p.m.
1/18 Martin Luther King Jr. Day
No school
1/19 2016-17 magnet elementary school lottery applications available (Lottery 4/5)
1/19 Magnet Elementary School Open House at Albany School of Humanities (ASH), 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and
6-7:30 p.m.
1/20 Dual-Language Open House at Delaware Community School, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and 6-7:30 p.m.