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The latest news ...

District to host Tuesday fair

for children, families affected by autism

The City School District of Albany will host a fair on Tuesday for Capital Regional children and families affected by autism spectrum disorder.


This free event will be held from 5:30-7 p.m. at Montessori Magnet School, 45 Tremont St.


The fair will feature sensory stations for the kids, performers, dozens of community and state agencies that can help, raffles for great gifts and refreshments. (MORE)


Albany High's Dales a 'Top Teacher'

Albany High School theater-arts teacher Ward Dales has been selected by WNYT/Ch. 13 as a Top Teacher in the Capital Region.


He is one of 13 of the area's best this school year, chosen from among more than 200 nominated. (MORE)


Founders' Day celebration April 24

The Albany City Council PTA will hold its annual Founders' Day celebration and scholarship fundraiser on Friday, April 24.


This event -- a reception featuring a silent auction and fabulous finger foods -- will be from 6-10 p.m. at the Italian American Community Center on Washington Avenue Extension.


Every year, Founders' Day recognizes people who give their time and talents on behalf of City School District of Albany students and schools. (MORE)


Delaware kids use technology

to bond with Ugandan orphans

Second-graders in Susan Fowler’s class at Delaware Community School met face-to-face Thursday with a group of Ugandan orphan boys – with a little help from Skype.


The Skype session grew from collaboration between Fowler, Music Mobile founder Ruth Pelham and an organization called Jajja’s Kids, which works to provide food, shelter and medical care for orphaned and homeless boys in the Ugandan capital of Kampala. (MORE)


Marching Falcons perform

in Dublin St. Patrick's Day parade

The Albany Marching Falcons on March 17 performed in the St. Patrick's Day parade in Dublin, Ireland.


Pictured above right is Director Bryan Cady with the band during the parade. Click here to see a video. Great job, Marching Falcons!


The parade is part of their whirlwind tour of Ireland.  (MORE)


Registration taking place for children

selected in pre-K and magnet lotteries

Registration began March 9 for children who were assigned seats in the 2015-16 prekindergarten and magnet elementary school lotteries for the City School District of Albany.


An independent consultant conducted the lotteries March 3. (MORE)


Myers students take part

in commemoration of Selma march

Select members from Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School’s advanced orchestra recently performed in a ceremony at The Egg marking the 50th anniversary of the historic Selma civil rights march.


The 11 students were invited by Donald Hyman, a teaching assistant in the City School District of Albany and co-director of “Selma: 50th Anniversary Celebration.” Click here to see a Ch. 13 story about the event.(MORE)


North Albany students, former NFL star

help support School Breakfast Week

Four North Albany Academy students and a former NFL star helped nutrition advocates promote National School Breakfast Week on March 5.


Pictured from left are North Albany seventh-grader Neah Pryor, eighth-grader August Hallenbeck, seventh-grader Myauta Ponza, school counselor Cheryl Brannock, former New York Giants running back Joe Morris and eighth-grader Marcanthony Rodriguez. (MORE)


Albany High art accepted in 3-D show

Six Albany High School students have had their artwork selected for the 2015 Art in Three Dimensions show.


This annual juried show is an opportunity for Capital Region schools to highlight and showcase their three-dimensional art programs. It’s the first time City School District of Albany schools will be represented at the show, which opened with a reception at 6:30 p.m. March 18 at Mohonansen High School. (MORE)


November public vote set

for Albany High renovation, 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 Thursday night to let voters decide in November.


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


Enrollment changes planned for 2015-16

to address growing elementary populations

In an effort to balance growing enrollment at the elementary and middle-school levels, the City School District of Albany will implement changes at three elementary schools for the 2015-16 school year.


The changes for next school year will be at New Scotland Elementary School, Pine Hills Elementary School and Thomas O’Brien Academy of Science and Technology (TOAST). All three schools currently have no additional classroom space to accommodate their growing student populations without changes.


“We believe these solutions for 2015-16 will allow us to provide the least possible impact for one year while providing all students with the best possible learning environments,” said Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard, Ph.D. Please visit our District News section to read 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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Upcoming events
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4/1 Board of Education meeting, Albany High School, 7 p.m. (Details)
4/2 Third quarter ends
4/3 Good Friday, no school
4/6-4/10 Spring Recess, no school
4/14 New York State English-language arts exams, grades 3-8
4/14 Special Education Department Parent Workshop, "Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder," Harriet Gibbons Student Services Center, 6-8 p.m. (Details)
4/15 New York State English-language arts exams, grades 3-8
4/16 New York State English-language arts exams, grades 3-8
4/20 General registration begins for kindergarten
4/21 Albany High School National Honor Society Inductions, 6:30 p.m.
4/22 New York State math exams, grades 3-8
4/23 New York State math exams, grades 3-8
4/23 Albany High School New Family Orientation, 6:30 p.m.
4/24 New York State math exams, grades 3-8
4/24 Founders' Day, Italian-American Community Center, 257 Washington Ave. Extension, 6-10 p.m. (Details)
4/24 New Scotland Elementary School Talent Show 7 p.m.
4/30 Albany School of Humanities Big Jump Rope for Heart, noon-2 p.m.
4/30 Montessori Spring Social, 6:30 P.M.
5/1 Delaware Community School Cinco de Mayo Celebration, 5:30-7 p.m.
5/2 Pine Hills Elementary School Community Open House, 10 a.m.-noon
5/7 Albany High School Blood Drive, 8:15 a.m.-2:15 p.m.
5/7 Schuyler Achievement Academy Parent Night,
5 p.m.
5/7 Arbor Hill Elementary School Community Barbecue, 4-6 p.m.
5/7 Arbor Hill Elementary School Spring Concert and Bake Sale, 6 p.m.
5/7 Montessori Magnet School Literature Night, 6:30 p.m.
5/8 Fourth-quarter interim marking period ends
5/9 Albany High School's Springtime Spa Day at Abrookin Career and Technical Center, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
5/11 New Scotland Elementary School Spring Concert, 7 p.m.
5/12 Delaware Community School Spring Concert,
6 p.m.
5/12 North Albany Academy Spring Concert and Art Show, 6:30 p.m.
5/13 William S. Hackett Middle School Spring Concert and PTA Dessert Auction,
6:30 p.m.
5/14 Arbor Hill Elementary School Zumba,
6-7:30 p.m.
5/14 Schuyler Achievement Academy Spring Concert, 6 p.m.
5/15 Montessori Magnet School Variety Show, 6:30 p.m.
5/16 North Albany Academy Second Annual Spring Carnival, 11 a.m.
5/18 Pine Hills Elementary School Spring  Concert, 7 p.m.
5/19 Eagle Point Elementary School Spring Literacy Celebration, 5:30-7 p.m.
5/19 New Scotland Elementary School Writing Celebration, 5:30-8 p.m.
5/19 Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School Talent Show, 7 p.m.
5/20 Arbor Hill Elementary School WMHT Family Night, 5-7:30 p.m.
5/20 Sheridan Preparatory Academy Spring Concert, 6 p.m.
5/20 Thomas O'Brien Academy of Science and Technology (TOAST)Spring Concert,
6:30 p.m.
5/25 Memorial Day, no school
5/28 Eagle Point Elementary School Multicultural Celebration, 5:30-7 p.m.
5/28 Albany High School Promising Playwrights Festival, 7 p.m.
5/28 Montessori Magnet School Spring Concert,
7 p.m.
5/29 Albany High School Promising Playwrights Festival, 7 p.m.
5/30 Albany High School Promising Playwrights Festival, 7 p.m.
5/31 Albany High School Promising Playwrights Festival, 7 p.m.



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