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Albany High Class of 2015

celebrates graduation

Harvard University-bound Albany High School valedictorian June Criscione on Sunday challenged the contemporary definition of success and urged her classmates to make kindness a priority.

 

Criscione, a National Merit Scholarship Commended Student, addressed the 406 members of the Class of 2015 who gathered to celebrate graduation with family and friends at the University at Albany's SEFCU arena.

 

This year's graduates were accepted at more than 200 colleges and universities. (MORE)

 

Board forum provides information, community input on Albany High field

The City School District of Albany Board of Education Facilities Committee welcomed community members for a June 25 forum about the new artificial-turf athletic field planned for Albany High School.

 

About 15 residents and parents attended the forum, which included a presentation about fill materials commonly used in artificial-turf athletic fields. Voters approved the project in May, and the State Education Department approved the plans earlier in June. Please visit our District News section to read more.

 

Summit: Equity is top enrollment challenge

A group of parents, staff and community members overwhelmingly agreed June 23 that assuring equity among schools is the most important issue facing the City School District of Albany as it plans for future elementary and middle-school enrollment.

 

The discussions took place between more than 100 people from throughout Albany who attended a “Grade Configuration Summit” at Giffen Memorial Elementary School. (MORE)

 

All spring teams earn scholar-athlete kudos

All five spring varsity teams at Albany High School have received scholar-athlete recognition from the New York State Public High School Athletic Association.

 

The award is given to teams with a composite grade-point average of 90 or greater. Boys' teams named are tennis, track and baseball. Girls' teams named are track and softball. (MORE)

 

11 apply to fill vacant board seat

Eleven community members have expressed interest in filling the vacant position on the City School District of Albany Board of Education.

 

Eight of the 11 candidates who submitted materials presented at the board's June 18 meeting at Thomas O'Brien Academy of Science and Technololgy (TOAST). Please visit our Board of Education section to read more about each of the candidates.

 

Summer school info available

The City School District of Albany offers academic and enrichment summer-school programs for students in elementary school, middle school and high school.

 

Many of these programs are designed to help students meet the state's rising academic standards and tougher graduation requirements. (MORE)

 

Great teachers get 'Golden Apples'

The City School District of Albany celebrated 16 top teachers June 9 by presenting them with Golden Apple awards.

 

The Golden Apple recognizes district teachers who practice creative and innovative methods that significantly affect students' grades, behaviors and motivation to learn. (MORE)

 

2015 Hall of Famers named

The founders of the Albany Booster Club, a longtime alternative-education teacher and a champion swimmer will join the ranks of those enshrined in the City School District of Albany Hall of Fame this year.

 

A total of six new people will be inducted into the 2015 Hall of Fame this fall. (MORE)

 

Gillibrand visits Albany to advocate

for healthy school, summer meals

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand visited Albany School of Humaniities on June 8 to advocate for continued federal funding to support healthy school and summer meals for children and families.

 

Gillibrand was joined by U.S. Rep. Paul Tonko, Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard, Ph.D., Board of Education President Ginnie Farrell, Mayor Kathy Sheehan, several ASH students and others. The senator vowed to protect healthier food standards and programs for schools as Congress prepares to debate child-nutrition standards. Please visit our District News section to read more.

 

Albany High students shine at ball

Four out of 11 of the 2015 debutantes presented at the 15th Biennial Debutante Cotillion on May 24 are Albany High School students.

 

The cotillion, held at the Empire State Plaza, was sponsored by the Albany NY Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., one of the oldest predominantly African-American sororities in the country. (MORE)

 

Committee studying future

elementary, middle enrollment

A group of parents, staff people and community members is studying future elementary and middle-school enrollment in the City School District of Albany.

 

The Grade Configuration Committee, which held its first meeting May 27, will develop recommendations for the Board of Education to consider for the 2016-17 school year and beyond. Please visit our Grade Configuration section for more information.

    

2015 regional scholars named

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

 

Michael Bangert-Drowns, Kori Dobbs and Fiona Leary are among high school seniors from 11 neighboring counties nominated by their teachers for outstanding academic achievement, leadership skills and service to the community and their school. They were honored at a dinner on Wednesday and recognized in a special Times Union section May 19. (MORE)

 

New kindergarten registration

options add convenience for families

2015-16 registration underway

Kindergarten registration for the 2015-16 school year began April 20, and the City School District of Albany has put in place new options to make registration easier for families.

 

If your child currently is enrolled in a prekindergarten program in one of the district's 12 elementary schools, your child will automatically be registered for kindergarten in the district for next school year. Visit our Kindergarten Registration section for more information.

 

November public vote set

for Albany High reconstruction

The future of Albany High School is in voters’ hands.

 

After more than a decade of discussion about how new facilities would best serve students for generations to come, including two years of planning for the current proposal, the City School District of Albany Board of Education voted unanimously this winter let voters decide in November.

 

The vote will be Nov. 3, in conjunction with the general election. (MORE)

 

Free breakfast, lunch

for all district students

All City School District of Albany students are eligible to receive a free breakfast and lunch each day at their school during the 2014-15 school year.

 

That's because all district schools have been approved to take part in the Community Eligibility Provision, a program available through the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Program.

 

The program allows any district student to receive one complete breakfast and one complete lunch at no charge (although extra food or milk is an extra cost). (MORE)

 

Calendar celebrates extraordinary students

Some of the faces in this year's calendar might look familiar. One might belong to a neighbor, a friend or a kid who shoveled your driveway last winter. Perhaps you saw another compete on the field or perform onstage.

 

They are the faces of your community. And they are the faces of exceptional students in the City School District of Albany. (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)

 

 
 
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6/30 Grade Configuration Steering Committee meeting, Harriet Gibbons Student Services Center, 6-8 p.m. (Details)
7/16 Board of Education meeting, Albany School of Humanities (ASH),
7 p.m.
7/18 2015 Summer Celebration, Krank Park, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
8/11 Medical updates for fall sports, Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School, 9 a.m.-noon
8/12 Medical updates for fall sports, Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School, 9 a.m.-noon
8/13 Medical updates for fall sports, Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School, 9 a.m.-noon
8/17 Preseason practice begins for all Albany High School varsity and JV sports
8/18 Medical updates for fall sports, Albany High School, 9 a.m.-noon
8/19 Medical updates for fall sports, Albany High School, 9 a.m.-noon
8/20 Board of Education meeting, Eagle Point Elementary School,
7 p.m.
8/26 Preseaon practice begins for modified football (grades 7-8)
9/1 Grade Configuration Steering Committee meeting, Harriet Gibbons Student Services Center, 6-8 p.m. (Details)
9/3 Board of Education meeting, Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School, 100 Elbel Court, 7 p.m.
9/8 FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL FOR THE 2015-16 SCHOOL YEAR

 

 

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