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North Albany Academy

North Albany Academy

Prekindergarten-Grade 5

 

570 North Pearl St., Albany, NY 12204 (click here for directions)

Phone: (518) 475-6800

Fax: (518) 475-6802

 

Lesley Buff, Principal

E-mail: lbuff@albany.k12.ny.us

 

Leadership changes at North Albany Academy

This is an update you on the leadership for the new middle school that your children will attend at North Albany Academy beginning next school year.

At its meeting on May 16, the City School District of Albany Board of Education appointed current North Albany Academy principal Lesley Buff  to serve as the principal at New Scotland Elementary School beginning in Sept. 2019. The board also appointed Albany High School Innovation Academy Principal Julie Barber to lead the new middle school on the North Albany Academy site next school year.

Ms. Barber has served in her current role since January 2010, responsible for instructional leadership, supervision and day-to-day operations of Albany High’s STEM-focused academy. Prior to that, she served in the Schenectady City School District for nearly 20 years, first as a middle school teacher from 1990-2002, then as a high school teacher from 2002-07 and dean of students at Schenectady High School from 2007-09.

As you know, your students will attend sixth grade at North Albany in 2019-20 and stay for their entire middle school experience along with students from Philip J. Schuyler Achievement Academy. Ms. Barber is an experienced, enthusiastic and creative educator and educational leader. I am confident you and your students will enjoy her leadership style. She will finish the current school year at Albany High, and then transition to lead your new middle school beginning this summer.

Please contact Ms. Buff at any time at (518) 475-6800 if you have questions.

2019-20 enrollment changes for North Albany Academy

The City School District of Albany Board of Education has approved a plan that will convert North Albany Academy to a small, temporary middle school beginning in September.

  • Our students currently in fifth grade will stay at North Albany for grades 6-8.

    • Please note that placement for students who receive ENL or Special Education services will be determined by each student's program.

  • Students from Philip J. Schuyler Achievement Academy also will attend North Albany for middle school.

With this temporary enrollment pattern, North Albany will have about 80 students in sixth grade in 2019-20, about 120 students in grades 6-7 in 2020-21, about 160 students in grades 6-8 in 2021-22 and about 120 students in grades 6-8 in 2022-23. Albany International Center also will remain at North Albany through the 2022-23 school year.

 

The district intends for this enrollment pattern to be in place at North Albany until the 2023-24 school year, when we anticipate that our school will re-open as a permanent 650-student middle school. The district will plan for the permanent enrollment pattern for that school, as well as Hackett and Myers middle schools, through an open and inclusive community process in the coming years.

 

For our families with students currently in prekindergarten through grade 4, the district has developed a re-enrollment process to place students in other elementary schools throughout the district.

  • Families who live in the North Albany neighborhood zone will have re-enrollment options at other elementary schools as long as space is available. We will provide you with an application for this process later this month.

  • Families who live outside of the North Albany neighborhood zone will be reassigned to your home school as long as space is available. If space is not available at your home school, you will have the opportunity to participate in the re-enrollment process.

We will have much more information about this re-enrollment process for all of our families in in pre-K through Grade 4 later this month. Please contact North Albany Principal Lesley Buff at any time if you have any questions at (518) 475-6800. You also can click here to download this letter from Principal Buff.

 

School times

  • Building opens: 7:40 a.m.
  • Breakfast begins: 8:10 a.m.
  • School day begins: 8:30 a.m.
  • School day ends: 3 p.m.
  • After-school programs end: 6 p.m.

Upcoming events

  • Tuesday, June 25 -- Early dismissal, noon
  • Wednesday, June 26
    • Early dismissal, noon
    • Last day of school
  • Monday, July 8-Friday, Aug 9 -- Elementary summer enrichment for students who have been notified, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Breakfast and lunch are included, and so is transportation. Please note that the program will be held at Sheridan Preparatory Academy, 400 Sheridan Ave.

2018-19 news and information

  • Congratulations fifth-graders! -- The hard work and dedication of 51 students were recognized during North Albany Academy's 2019 moving up ceremony.
  • Prekindergarten graduation -- North Albany Academy moved up 35 students to kindergarten this year. Congratulations and good luck! We're so proud of you!
  • North Albany helps celebrate LEADership -- North Albany Academy fifth-grader Brianna Campbell helped the City School District of Albany and three other area school districts celebrate the end of the ninth year of the LEADership Project on June 19. The LEADership Project is an anti-gang training for fifth-grade students in Albany, Lansingburgh, Schenectady and Troy. (MORE)
  • North Albany Academy's May newsletter -- Follow this link to stay up to date with our school.
  • Kindergarten moving up -- North Albany Academy is proud to introduce the district's newest 33 first-graders!
  • Field Day 2019 -- Tug-of-war and shaved ice ended the day of friendly competition at North Albany. Even teachers and Principal Buff could not resist the fun!
  • Radix Center field trip -- Shannon Pinkowski's science classes learned about urban farming in Albany's South End. LINK to photos from the field trip. You don't need a Facebook account to view the pictures: A window may display the text "To see more from Albany City Schools on Facebook, log in or create an account," but you can dismiss it by clicking "not now.
  • Spring concert -- The annual band, orchestra and chorus performance was complemented by a student art show. Photos here. You don't need a Facebook account to view the pictures: A window may display the text "To see more from Albany City Schools on Facebook, log in or create an account," but you can dismiss it by clicking "not now.
  • Spring 'clap-in' -- Staff, community partners and even the PBIS Puppy welcomed students to North Albany Academy and the Albany International Center during a motivational morning pep rally. Photos from the event can be found here. You don't need a Facebook account to view the pictures: A window may display the text "To see more from Albany City Schools on Facebook, log in or create an account," but you can dismiss it by clicking "not now.
  • AVID promotes college readiness with tours -- Third and fourth-graders recently visited Hudson Valley Community College and LeMoyne College to learn more about higher education options. Photos from the campus visits can be found here. You don't need a Facebook account to view the pictures: A window may display the text "To see more from Albany City Schools on Facebook, log in or create an account," but you can dismiss it by clicking "not now.
  • Science Ambassadors vist North Albany -- Third through fifth-graders conducted hands-on experiments with help from RPI undergraduates. Photos from the STEM sessions can be found here. You don't need a Facebook account to view the pictures: A window may display the text "To see more from Albany City Schools on Facebook, log in or create an account," but you can dismiss it by clicking "not now.
  • Ice cream, the universal language -- On Friday, North Albany Academy first-graders in Deah Postiglion’s class teamed up with their reading buddies -- Albany International Center high-school students in Mary Wainwright’s English-as-a-new-language class – and made ice cream. Check out Facebook photos from this great learning experience here.
  • Teaching each other, learning together -- It’s Friday, and that means the high-school students in Mary Wainwright’s English as a new language class at Albany International Center have their weekly meetup with prekindergarteners in Rachel Ingerman’s class at North Albany Academy.

    Together, they read, play and talk. It might look like fun and games, but the older students are practicing their English and reading skills when they work with the younger students. And the younger students get reading buddies and pals. Check out photos from their March 29 meetup.

  • North Albany's winter newsletter -- Follow this link to stay up to date with our school.
  • PBIS and AVID students recognized -- Congratulations to our students of the month. Keep up the great work. Photos from the assembly can be found here. You don't need a Facebook account to view the pictures: A window may display the text "To see more from Albany City Schools on Facebook, log in or create an account," but you can dismiss it by clicking "not now.
  • Park Playhouse teaches individuality to North Albany Academy -- "Dear Edwina" enchants young audience and sends important message. https://www.facebook.com/albanyschools/posts/2279120635479451
  • AVID Showcase -- Educators from across New York witnessed the amazing things happening at North Albany though the eyes of the students who attend the school. Check out a Facebook photo album from the AVID Showcase. You don't need a Facebook account to view the pictures: A window may display the text "To see more from Albany City Schools on Facebook, log in or create an account," but you can dismiss it by clicking "not now."
  • College and career day -- Fourth-graders learn from University at Albany alumnus what it takes to achieve your goals. Check out a Facebook photo album from the event. You don't need a Facebook account to view the pictures: A window may display the text "To see more from Albany City Schools on Facebook, log in or create an account," but you can dismiss it by clicking "not now."
  • Money matters -- Junior Achievement teaches financial literacy at North Albany Academy. Check out a Facebook photo album from the session. You don't need a Facebook account to view the pictures: A window may display the text "To see more from Albany City Schools on Facebook, log in or create an account," but you can dismiss it by clicking "not now."
  • Park Playhouse performance -- Everyone's favorite monkey - Curious George - came to life on stage. Check out a Facebook photo album from the play. You don't need a Facebook account to view the pictures: A window may display the text "To see more from Albany City Schools on Facebook, log in or create an account," but you can dismiss it by clicking "not now."
  • Anti-bullying Assembly -- Traveling puppet show teaches about friendship and standing up for yourself and others. Check out a Facebook photo album from the performance. You don't need a Facebook account to view the pictures: A window may display the text "To see more from Albany City Schools on Facebook, log in or create an account," but you can dismiss it by clicking "not now."
  • Bus Safety -- October's PBIS unit ends with school bus "tour." Check out a Facebook photo album from the session. You don't need a Facebook account to view the pictures: A window may display the text "To see more from Albany City Schools on Facebook, log in or create an account," but you can dismiss it by clicking "not now."

About North Albany Academy
The former Public School 20 serves students in prekindergarten through grade 5. Renovated in 2004-05, North Albany Academy enjoys a unique partnership with the adjoining North Albany YMCA, which provides the school’s students access to a pool, gym, track and a branch of the Albany Public Library.

 

The school is proud to be able to provide a range of programs and services to take care of children's academic needs and provide health and wellness services on-site. These services include mobile dental health services through a partnership with St. Peter's Hospital and Ronald McDonald House.

North Albany Academy faculty and staff provide a safe and welcoming environment for children and have high expectations for good behavior and academic success.

 

Absence from school
If your child is absent from school for any reason, call 475-6800 during the morning and provide a written excuse when your child returns to school.
 

 
 
 
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