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Schools closed for spring break

All City School District of Albany schools will be closed Monday, April 25-Friday, April 29 for spring recess.


All administrative offices will be closed with the exception of Academy Park and the Transportation Department, located at 75 Watervliet Ave.


Have a safe and happy break!


Pine Hills Elementary raises $15K

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


Abrookin chefs place, show

in chili 'cookoff' contest

Aspiring Albany High School chefs took second and third place on Saturday at the annual Watervliet Chili Cookoff.


Two teams of students from Albany High’s culinary program at Abrookin Career and Technical Center – the Fiery Falcons and the Jalapeno Fireflies – competed against other area chefs at the annual event, a fundraiser for a program supporting disabled veterans. (MORE)


Absentee ballots applications available

for May 17 school budget vote

Absentee ballot applications are available for the City School District of Albany’s budget vote on May 17.


Click here to download one.


The district automatically sends absentee ballots to people the Albany County Board of Elections designates as having a permanent disability. (MORE)


Zero tax-levy increase

proposed for 2016-17 budget

There would be no increase in the school tax levy in 2016-17 under the budget proposal the City School District of Albany Board of Education approved April 7.


The $234 million proposal would continue to support academic, social-emotional and extracurricular programs and services for the district’s 9,500 students. It also would invest in new supports throughout the district, with a particular focus on the early childhood (prekindergarten-grade 2) and elementary levels. The budget vote is May 17. (MORE)


Myers Jazz Band featured

on local TV program throughout April

The Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School Jazz Band is being featured throughout April on Channel Albany.


The student musicians are being highlighted as part of Jazz Appreciation Month on the Albany Tempo Spectrum program, produced and hosted by Albany School of Humanities (ASH) teaching assistant Donald Hyman. The Myers students will be featured at 5 p.m. each Friday, Saturday and Sunday throughout April. (MORE)


Albany High seniors Coleman, Dollard

sign to compete for local schools

Albany High School standout student-athletes Jahari Coleman and Leah Dollard signed national letters of intent April 13 to compete in their respective sports in college beginning in the 2016-17 academic year.


And both will be staying close to home.


Coleman, a sprinter, accepted a Division I track scholarship to the University at Albany. Dollard accepted a Division II basketball scholarship to The College of St. Rose. Please visit our Athletics section to read more.


Congressman promotes JROTC cadets

U.S. Rep. Paul Tonko promoted 19 members of the Sgt. Henry Johnson Battalion Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps in a ceremony at Albany High School on April 8.

Tonko also recognized 13 students in the 75-member group for their outstanding academic performance. (MORE)

Board elevates Wilkins

to interim superintendent

The City School District of Albany Board of Education voted unanimously April 7 to elevate Kimberly Young Wilkins, Ed.D., to the position of interim superintendent. Board members cited their confidence in the leadership skills Dr. Wilkins has demonstrated in her nearly three months filling the position in an acting role.


An Albany native with nearly 25 years experience in the district, Dr. Wilkins will serve as interim superintendent through Aug. 31. (MORE)


Freshman wins national essay contest

Albany High School freshman and JV lacrosse player Jennifer Powell recently won a nationwide essay contest about diversity and inclusion that spotlights coach Leslie Bogucki.


The contest was sponsored by US Lacrosse, the national governing body of men's and women's lacrosse. (MORE)


District artists dominate contest

Designs by City School District of Albany students were among the top vote-getters in a countywide contest.


Albany High School senior Brayanna Williams took first place in the 2016 Building Better Communities Youth Art Contest. (MORE)


Commissioner upholds

successful Albany High vote

State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia has 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.


District prevails at science fair

City School District of Albany students won or placed in all categories at the 2016 Joseph Henry Science Fair.


This annual science fair for students in grades 4-8 is hosted by The College of Saint Rose and open to local schools. Some 117 students from 16 area schools participated in the 2016 event, which was held March 18. (MORE)


Scholars' Institute wraps up

Members of the 2016 Scholars' Institute gathered at The Sage College of Albany on March 30 to celebrate knowledge gained and friendships made in the past six months.


The Scholars' Institute is an after-school program for select fifth- and sixth-graders from 11 City School District of Albany elementary schools. Teachers pick students who are up to speed in school, love to learn and want to take part in the program, which is partnership between the district and Sage. (MORE)


Albany High art chosen

for regional juried exhibit

A sculpture, a pen drawing and a portrait by Albany High School students have been selected for review in 17th Annual High School Regional Juried Art Exhibition and will be on display at a local gallery through the end of April.


The exhibition, at Albany Center Gallery, will feature the work of more than 100 high school students from 23 Capital Region schools. (MORE)


Capitalism prevails in debates

Capitalism was the victor over communism March 29 in two out of three student debates at Albany High School.


The “capitalism versus communism” debates have become an annual event for students in Leah Evans’ AP World History classes. (MORE


Albany High student film

selected for Tribeca festival

"Make It Float," a film produced last year in Albany High School's after-school program with Youth FX, has has been selected to screen at the prestigious Tribeca Film Festival in April.


The film profiles Albany High senior Taofeek Abijako and his aspriations to become a fashion designer. (MORE)


Progress at Hackett, Montessori,

North Albany, but challenges grow

William S. Hackett Middle School, Montessori Magnet School and North Albany Academy all showed significant academic progress last year, according to a State Education Department report released Feb. 26.


Hackett improved from the state’s “Priority Schools” list to “Focus” status and will be removed from the state’s list of “receivership” schools at the end of the current school year. Montessori and North Albany have been upgraded from “Focus” status to Schools in Good Standing.


However, four City School District of Albany elementary schools moved into “Priority” status, joining 184 other schools statewide in that category, including Albany High School and Philip Schuyler Achievement Academy. Please visit our District News section to read more.


A performance worthy of the the Grammys!

Two aspiring hip-hop artists from Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School jetted off to Los Angeles and the Grammys in mid-February after winning first prize in a national songwriting contest.


Eighth-graders Rah-mene McDuffie and Lee Reh – their professional name is Young Noble Gentlemen, or YNG – penned and recorded the song “FIGHT” last November. They entered it in a contest asking young musicians to submit an original piece of music that celebrates life without drugs and alcohol or the consequences of substance abuse. (MORE)


District responds to report

on suspension disparities

In response to the findings of an investigation by 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.


Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced an agreement with the district that all parties believe will foster safe and effective school climates. Please visit our Assurance of Discontinuance 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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4/25-29 Spring Recess
No school
5/3 Board of Education Facilities Committee meeting, Academy Park, 5:30 p.m.
5/5 Albany High School blood drive, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
5/5 Giffen Memorial Elementary School Math/ELA/Technology Night, 5 p.m.
5/5 Board of Education meeting, Albany High School, 7 p.m.
5/6 Deadline to register students chosen in the 2016-17 magnet elementary and prekindergarten lotteries
5/6 Fourth-quarter interim marking period ends
5/6 Delaware Community School Cinco de Mayo Celebration, 5:30-7 p.m.
5/6 Montessori Magnet School Spring Social, 6:30 p.m.
5/7 Mother's Day Spa Day at Abrookin Career and Technical Center, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
5/10 Delaware Community School Spring Concerts, 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.
5/10  Albany High School National Honor Society Inductions, 6:30 p.m.
5/10 North Albany Academy Spring Concert and Art Show, 6:30 p.m.
5/10 Philip Schuyler Achievement Academy Parent Night, 5 p.m.
5/11 Montessori Magnet School Literature Night, 6:30 p.m.
5/11 William S. Hackett Middle School Spring Concert and PTA Dessert Auction, 6:30 p.m.
5/12 Arbor Hill Elementary School Spring Concerts, 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.
5/12 Philip Schuyler Achievement Academy Spring Concerts, 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.
5/14 North Albany Academy Third Annual Spring Carnival, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
5/16 Pine Hills Elementary School Spring Concerts, 1:15 p.m. and 7 p.m.
5/17 Eagle Point Spring Literacy Celebration, 5:30-7 p.m.
5/17 Montessori Magnet School Spring Concert (at Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School), 7 p.m.
5/17 Giffen Memorial Elementary School English-as-a-New-Language Night, 4-5 p.m.
5/18 New Scotland Elementary School Writing Celebration and Ice Cream Social, 5:30-8 p.m.
5/18 Sheridan Preparatory Academy Spring Concert, 6 p.m.
5/18 Thomas O'Brien Academy of Science and Technology (TOAST) Spring Concert, 6:30 p.m.
5/19 Kindergarten registration begins
5/19 Albany High School Promising Playwrights Festival, Abrookin Studio Theater, 7 p.m.
5/19 Board of Education meeting, Montessori Magnet School, 7 p.m.
5/20 Albany High School Promising Playwrights Festival, Abrookin Studio Theater, 7 p.m.
5/20 Albany School of Humanities Multicultural Celebration, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
5/21 Albany High School Promising Playwrights Festival, Abrookin Studio Theater, 7 p.m.
5/22 Albany High School Promising Playwrights Festival, Abrookin Studio Theater, 7 p.m.
5/26-31 Memorial Day Recess (includes three unused snow days)
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)
6/2 Board of Education meeting, Pine Hills Elementary School, 7 p.m.