Cohoes City School District



August 2016

Meet Cohoes City School District's new K-12 instructional technology integration specialist: Jennifer Sangiacomo

New traffic pattern at Cohoes High School

Cohoes and Lansingburgh win $60K consortium grant to educate homeless students, become trauma-sensitive districts

Cohoes City School District appoints Russ Grestini as senior custodian

9th Grade Transition/Orientation events - August 8, 2016

Cohoes City School District audited by Office of the State Comptroller


July 2016

CHS Q4 honor and high honor students

CMS French students visit Clark Museum, National Bridge State Park

Community gardens need volunteers to tend and harvest vegetables

CMS Q4 honor and high honor students


June 2016

Van Schaick students host 2nd annual book swap before summer vacation

8th Grade Promotion [photos]

Harmony Hill's 5th grade Moving On [photos]

Harmony Hill's field-trip to Lansing's pool [photos]

5th Grade Moving Up ceremony at Van Schaick [photos]

Board of Regents extends special education safety net

Van Schaick Field Day 2016 [photos]

Letter to families regarding Brittany Knight's death

Student Death

Expect changes to the Cohoes football program in 2016-17

Zhane Smith qualifies for Federations in 400m dash

Retirees honored at June 15 BOE meeting

Van Schaick spring concert [photos]

Van Schaick students pledge to be kind to the planet [photos]

Mrs. Slater's "Authors" [photos]

Isabelle DeChiaro named Colonial Council MVP

Girls’ outdoor track stars moving on to state qualifiers

Laura Tarlo appointed assistant principal of Cohoes High School


May 2016

16 first-year teachers focus on Teach Like a Champion classroom management techniques

Cohoes City School District tests water for lead, copper

Top students in the Class of 2016 announced

Cohoes voters approve $41.4 million school budget; elect four to Board of Education

2016 Prom-goers at Cohoes Falls [photos]

The Cold War: Building the Berlin Wall in 8th grade social studies [photos]

Four candidates running for the Board of Education

Global Youth Service Day was May 6 [photos]

CMS Global Youth Service Day 2016 [photos]


April 2016

Cohoes Middle School announces third quarter honor and high honor students

Cohoes High School announces third quarter honor and high honor rolls

Cohoes elementary schools to host color run on June 11

Isabelle DeChiaro is News Channel 13's athlete of the week

Board approves $41.4 million 2016-17 proposed budget

Scotia Glenville Children's Traveling Museum visits Van Schaick fifth graders

Hillary Clinton comes to Cohoes High School

2016-17 state budget includes $1.5 billion education funding increase, end to GEA


March 2016

Abram Lansing welcomes "Auggie" as their new service dog

Cohoes athletic director honored by New York State Athletic Administrators Association

Elementary March Madness [photos]

Dominic Wagner receives 'honorable mention' for portrait of Sitting Bull

Van Schaick 4th Grade Debate [photos]

Varsity Boys' Basketball team builds camaraderie off the court

Van Schaick 2nd trimester Tiger Pride Party [photos]

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss! [photos]


February 2016

Schools now required to teach CPR

New course selections in social studies, math and English at Cohoes High School

Scavenger hunt at State Museum leads PAGE students through New York history

English Language Learners write acrostic poems, learn about American culture

Scheduled server maintenance will interrupt district website, SNN service

Cohoes High School announces second quarter honor and high honor rolls

Cohoes Middle School announces second quarter honor and high honor students

Mr. Michael's 8th graders meditate to focus their minds

New courses, changes to schedule open doors for higher achievement in Cohoes classrooms

Four open board seats in May election

2016-17 UPK and Kindergarten registration packets are now available 

Jr./Sr. Prom date moved to May 14


January 2016

State now requires meningitis vaccination in grades 7, 12

Harmony Hill Flapjack Fundraiser at Applebee's sets new record [photos]

REMINDER: Free breakfast and lunch for all students at Abram Lansing, Harmony Hill and Van Schaick

Information regarding the district's phone system, website and SNN service

Cohoes school board expected to adopt resolution calling for change in mandatory attendance age

Gov. Cuomo outlines school aid proposal and education agenda for 2016-17

Information for incoming Kindergarten families


December 2015

Harmony Hill 4th grade carol singers visit The Eddy [photos]

Harmony Hill 3rd grade Egyptian Bazaar [photos]

Abram Lansing Annual Sing-Along [photos]

Harmony Hill Annual Sing-Along [photos]

Van Schaick Holiday Concert [photos]

Kelman Recycling surprises Van Schaick family with tickets to Yankee Stadium

Harmony Hill ugly sweater contest [photos]

Cohoes High School announces first quarter high honor and honor roll

Cohoes High School wins grant to promote positive behavior and attendance

The Harlem Wizards are coming to Cohoes High School!

Feedback sought on new draft statewide science standards

How we communicate weather-related announcements

Cohoes Middle School parents asked to complete school climate survey

Ninth graders read self-authored children's books to Harmony Hill students

President signs new federal education law


October 2015

Approved efficiency plan means rebate checks for Cohoes homeowners

Homecoming fun at Van Schaick and Abram Lansing

Response to Food Inspection issues at Abram Lansing and Harmony Hill elementary schools

Cohoes High School grows PAGE program to keep students on track for graduation

Cohoes City School District wins competitive grant to expand pre-K opportunities


September 2015

"Go Home Early" evacuation drill set for Oct. 9 at all school buildings 

Five Cohoes students participate in Young Women in Harmony Chorus

Harmony Hill launches a new year with the annual PBIS kickoff celebration

Chrysler Drive for the Kids fundraiser comes to Cohoes Middle School

Grades K-12 Halloween Poster Contest Sponsored by the City of Cohoes Youth Bureau

All Cohoes elementary students can receive free breakfast & lunch at school

Cohoes sixth- and ninth-graders attend transition day


August 2015

Cohoes faculty and staff kick off a new school year

Cohoes administrators begin yearlong professional development activities to foster student success

Cohoes City School District hires two part-time school safety officers


July 2015

Changes to immunization requirements for 2015-16 school year

Cohoes City School District community mourns loss of central office secretary

Safe summer student banners on display throughout Cohoes [photos]

CMS announces fourth quarter high honor and honor roll

8th graders travel to Washington D.C.


June 2015

Construction to begin on Van Schaick tennis courts this week (June 29)

Class of 2015 graduates [photos]

Harmony Hill Egg Drop 2015 [photos]

Isabelle DeChiaro named Times Union's Athlete of the Year

Harmony Hill fifth grade "Moving On" ceremony [photos]

New Athletic Placement Process (APP) for all middle school students interested in playing on high school athletic teams

Art students and teachers create stunning glass tile mosaic at Cohoes High School

Principles of Engineering class "blasts into the future" with culminating project

Four Cohoes seniors awarded laptops for college

CMS Education Day at the Tri-City Valley Cats [photos]

Harmony Hill's annual Beautification Day [photos]

Cohoes High School announces top three seniors in the Class of 2015

Two longtime coaches bid farewell to Cohoes athletics

Middle School principal receives YMCA Black & Latino Achievers Award

8th grade French class visits Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Mass. [photos]

Cohoes High School summer school program open to area students

Harmony Hill Student Leadership Team visits Ronald McDonald House


May 2015

Sixth graders conduct hands-on experiments with St. Rose professor [photos]

Teaching is the Core Grant work continues in Cohoes

Free breakfast and lunch for all Cohoes kids - THIS SUMMER [PDF]

13th annual science research symposium welcomes Ross Lazear from UAlbany Dept. of Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences

WGNA DJ visits Harmony Hill fifth graders, co-writes parody on tolerance [LISTEN!}

VS fifth graders visit Five Rivers Environmental Center [photos]

Cohoes City School District budget approved by voters

New regulations for English Language Learners (ELLs) going into effect for the 2015-16 school year

Van Schaick students get safety lessons from National Grid

Four CHS students honored at Albany YMCA's Outstanding Student Breakfast

Cohoes alum in the running for Grammy Foundation's Music Educator of the Year

Students at Abram Lansing and Harmony Hill receive Sandy G. Morley Physical Education Leadership Awards

Cohoes City School District joins with communities around the country to honor educators during Teacher Appreciation Week

Nearly 300 students, 40 staff clean up Cohoes in district-wide Global Youth Service Day

Cohoes Public Library proposes restructuring, requests public vote by taxpayers


April 2015

Cohoes Middle School announces third quarter honor and high honor students

Cohoes High School announces third quarter honor and high honor students

Ms. Lamica's class completes unit on "how-to" writing

Sophomores learn about STEM careers in hands-on demonstrations

CAP COM Cares Foundation awards Cohoes City Schools $2,900 for social service therapy dogs

Earth Day plantings at CHS [photos]

Board approves $40.29 million 2015-16 budget proposal; voters head to polls May 19

Mrs. Beaury's classroom delivered News 10's Morning Message!

Harmony Hill's Green Team creates artwork from recycled materials [photos]

Two CCSD student-athletes sign with Division II schools

Latest budget workshop takes a closer look at tax levy, instructional support and technology equipment needs

Tri-City ValleyCats, CHS baseball teams rehab Cohoes Little League field

Abram Lansing first grader by day, motocross athlete by night (and weekends)

The CHS production of Little Shop of Horrors is THIS weekend!

Timmy Failure book series comes to life on "Dress up like a Book Character Day" in Mr. Skeats' class

SUNY Plattsburg communication professor presents at second 'Career Connections' day

Cohoes City Schools teams up with City Youth Bureau in “Mentors in Motion” running program

Schools to see more aid in approved state budget

CHS student wins Cap Com's "Making a Difference" award for community service

Incident at Cohoes High School today, April 1


March 2015

Cohoes educators complete assessment reviews, begin action planning in grant-funded consortium

Recent graduate who struggled socially and academically found success in nursing program

Van Schaick Family Fun Night [photos]

Retiring Superintendent Robert Libby honored during Board of Education workshop

Cohoes High School teacher accepted as fellow in Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies project

Regents approves plan for new statewide science learning standards

Van Schaick Kindergartners study Balto, "visit" National Museum in Ohio

RPI Ambassadors visit science and math classrooms at CHS

Celebrating St. Paddy's Day! [photos]

Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience concert at Abram Lansing [photos]

Students present project-based learning at Rotary Club of Cohoes

Budget workshop outlines estimated expenditures, program needs in 2015-16

Cohoes ESL teacher Katya Kats earns NYS TESOL Member of the Month honor

Applebee's Flapjack Fundraiser [photos]

District seeks feedback on communication efforts related to superintendent search

Pediatric development MD and Cohoes grad shares reality of success with CHS students

Van Schaick students work with St. Rose "teachers" in science and math

Abram Lansing artwork for Annie on display at Proctors

Van Schaick Mardi Gras dance [photos]


February 2015

2015-16 budget presentations get underway

Van Schaick fifth graders study indigenous people

Cohoes High School announces second quarter honor and high honor students

Honors students research famous scientists for Black History Month  [photos]

Students now have multiple pathways to graduation

CMS announces second quarter honor and high honor students

Cohoes Middle School teacher earns acceptance into New York State Master Teacher Program

Schools achieve success with student-driven technology

8th grade visits NYS Capitol [photos]

Jennifer Spring selected as district's next superintendent


January 2015

Van Schaick students attend Siena basketball's "Kids Day Game" [photos]

State wide graduation data shows overall increase

Update: No aid increase for next two years unless Legislature approves Cuomo’s proposal

Candidate withdraws application in superintendent search

Target Field Trip grant will offset cost to send fifth graders to Boston

Cuomo calls for $1.1 billion school aid increase and education reforms, with no mention of the GEA

HH third graders host Egyptian bazaar [photos]

Second grade takes 'wild and wacky weather' virtual field-trip [photos]

Board of Education selects four finalists in search for new superintendent

CAP COM CEO shares “principles for success” with freshman class

Elementary art teacher Christina Scott to participate in national visual arts assessment project

Mr. Brahler's students create "life-size cell" in honors environmental living

Mrs. Dorr's fifth graders "adopt a marine" [photos]


December 2014

8th grade Toys for Tots drive [photos]

Harmony Hill holiday concert [photos]

Van Schaick ugly sweater day [photos]

CHS creative writing class reads to students at Harmony Hill

Van Schaick first grader Chase LeMay is Time Warner's Kid of the Week

Van Schaick celebrates National Believe Day

"Smart Snacks in Schools" continues trend toward leaner, healthier eating for students

Cohoes PD's new canine vehicle debut at HHS [photos]

Van Schaick fourth grader selected as Albany County DA's WORDS weekly winner

Cohoes CSD seeks community input on website redesign

CHS first quarter honor and high honor roll announced

CHS National Honor Society helps set up Cohoes community Holiday Hope store

Local dance company to work with Abram Lansing third graders in new grant-funded program

School board to interview 10 candidates for superintendent position


November 2014

Cohoes Middle School announces first quarter honor and high honor students

5th Annual CMS Turkey Trot [photos]

How we communicate weather-related announcements

BOOK IT! Program honors National Young Readers Week with principal challenge

Seventh graders honor Veterans [photos]

Second Annual Hoops for Hope [photos]

Mrs. Keough's classrooms engage in virtual science lesson on starches

“Schoology” web-based learning management system launched at CMS and CHS

New York’s students likely to have multiple pathways to graduation, including a career and technical education (CTE) option

Take your parent to school day at CMS was Nov. 7 [photos]

CHS environmental science club climbs Hadley Mountain


October 2014

Van Schaick students "mix it up" at lunch

Flu facts for parents

Halloween poster contest winners [photos]

New York School Board Recognition Week: October 27-31

Elementary-wide soccer tournament at Harmony Hill [photos]

District prepared to respond to health concerns

CHS indoor walking track opens to community on Monday, Nov. 3

Cohoes teacher leaders to present at annual symposium on poverty and academic performance

Corey Pitkin art exhibit in the gallery at Abram Lansing

Van Schaick celebrates Character Education week with breast cancer awareness activities

Cohoes City School District part of consortium that wins $348,311 leadership grant

CHS students take Rachel’s Challenge, pledge to start a chain reaction

Aspiring aerospace engineer puts studies first to get ahead in STEM program

Albany County District Attorney launches WORDS antibullying campaign, rewards kids for random acts of kindness

Van Schaick kicks off the new school year with block party/PBIS celebration


September 2014

"Go Home Early" evacuation drill set for October 10 at all school buildings

Van Schaick students attend Spirit of America show at Times Union Center

Winning posters on display as street banners throughout Cohoes

Recent CHS graduate overcame language barrier in quest to earn diploma

Assemblymember McDonald reads to Harmony Hill third graders

Congratulations Kay Weiss, Capitaland Chorus 2014 Woman of Note!

Health departments provide advice on preventing the spread of respiratory illness known as Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68)

Feedback sought on next superintendent

Superintendent search community meetings set for September 30

Cohoes school district collaborates with city and other community partners to offer ‘Cohoes Holiday Hope’ for families in need 

Superintendent announces intent to retire

We believe: A new campaign for a new school year


August 2014

State assessment scores show progress

Cohoes City School District wins state grant to review assessments

Cohoes Parents' Bill of Rights for Data Privacy and Security


July 2014

Construction at Abram Lansing causes relocation of summer programs

New school immunization requirements

Abram Lansing mourns sudden loss of student

Tessa Goodine awarded BSNENY scholarship

Congratulations to the Class of 2014


June 2014

Cohoes High School students participate in American Cancer Society's Relay for Life

Harmony Hill Intergenerational Community Project

Cohoes UPK program plants community flower garden

Two CHS students honored by Albany County Dept. for Children, Youth and Families

Senior Katie Monson scores 100+ goals in lacrosse career

Cohoes High School summer school program open to area students

Science research symposium welcomes Capital Region orthopedic/orthotic experts


May 2014

Congratulations to the top students of the CHS Class of 2014

Congratulations to Coleman Reardon! One of WNYT's "best and brightest" [video]

Alternative learning program takes new approach to business in Cohoes

Celebrating all things French at CMS

Harmony Hill parent named Troy's police officer of the year

Class of 1949 graduate donates $100,000 to district

Cohoes City School District budget approved by voters

Brief "shelter in place" at CMS today, May 16

CHS National Honor Society announces winner of first-ever Cohoes Pizza Brawl

Harmony Hill students honored at Capital Zone Physical Education awards ceremony

After school tutoring programs strengthen reading and writing skills, family engagement

Students clean up Cohoes in district-wide Global Youth Service Day

CHS students of the third quarter

CMS high honor and honor roll announced for the third quarter

"Simple Machines" in Mr. Gilday's Technology 8 class

The annual ESL student picnic was on April 29 at Abram Lansing (photos)


April 2014

Ladybug land! Preschoolers learn about the life of the ladybug in science unit

Board approves $39.6 million 2014-15 budget proposal; Voters head to polls May 20

Cohoes City School District community mourns sudden loss of special education teacher

CHS celebrates academic and behavioral achievements

CHS Senior Kevin Napier receives multiple basketball scholar athlete awards

Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience return to Abram Lansing

Budget development update: District looks to reduce spending, stay within tax “cap”

Characters on trial in Ms. Jensen's English classes

Cohoes UPK registration dates set for the 2014-15 school year

Changes ahead for schools in adopted state budget

Abram Lansing students write letters to soldiers deployed overseas


March 2014

Deputy Commissioner Ken Slentz visits Cohoes Middle School classrooms

View photos from the 11th annual CMS Student Exhibition

Budget workshop outlines estimated revenues and expenditures, program needs in 2014-15

District-wide food allergy follow-up meeting scheduled for March 25

STEM learning opportunities connect education in the classroom to real-world career experiences

Kindergarten celebrates the 100th day of school

Cohoes High School calls police to scene of physical altercation between two male students

CHS faculty learn about youth mental health disorders in two-part workshop

CHS Counseling monthly newsletter: NY Times story on changes to SAT

Coleman Reardon named TWC's Scholar Athlete of the Week

Harmony Hill celebrates Dr. Seuss in annual Read Across America event

Academic needs lead to restructuring of Cohoes High School administration

Cohoes staff participate in crisis intervention training

Nick Scott becomes first CHS wrestler to place in state tournament

Ready to LEARN! PAWS visits the fifth grade class to celebrate attendance!


February 2014

Budget development begins with discussion of tax cap, baseline gap

Regents adopts changes to Common Core, testing

State education lawsuit fact-finding tour begins in Cohoes

Food Service encourages students to complete Student ViewPOINT survey

CMS announces second quarter high honor and honor roll

New high school equivalency diploma test introduced in New York

Scheduled district website maintenance and server replacement

View photos from the first-ever Harmony Hill Father Daughter dance

CHS staff complete "Flipped Learning Classroom" training

*IMPORTANT* Correction to CCSD printed calendar


January 2014

Attendees at advocacy forum urge Governor to end GEA, support public education

Firefly from the Harlem Globetrotters visits first and second graders

Respect Fest comes to Harmony Hill Elementary School

CHS rewards student achievement with movie theater-style celebration

CHS football recap: a record-breaking season, off-season honors

Aid Increases, GEA Remains in Governor’s Budget Proposal

USDA eases portion requirements on school lunches

VSGS students visit Antarctica in virtual learning experience

Cohoes City School District budget vote and school board election day set for Tuesday, May 20

Harmony Hill skate night at Guptil's Arena

Become an advocate for the Cohoes City School District

STILL in fiscal peril, region's schools will host January 30 forum on school funding crisis

View photos from the CMS spelling bee!

January 2014 Regents testing schedule

Harmony Hill Student Leadership Team holds Unicef fundraiser



December 2013

State estimates only 81 percent of Albany County homeowners have registered for STAR tax relief

Van Schaick celebrates National Believe Day

Abram Lansing donates $1,400 to Leukemia & Lymphoma Society through Pennies for Patients program

The Harmony Hill holiday concert was on Thursday, Dec. 12!

Abram Lansing celebrates National Believe Day

Autumn Rivet featured on WRGB "personal best" news segment

Local historian donates copies of new book, Legendary Locals of Cohoes

The CMS/CHS winter concert was on December 18

VSGS students learn about Christmas in virtual art class


November 2013

Cohoes High School senior realizes career aspirations in new aviation program

With new standards and tougher tests, state adjusts AIS requirements

CMS technology classes explore saws and drills with "Buried Alive" project

VSGS fifth graders visit Five Rivers Environmental Center

CHS  vs. CMS faculty basketball game raises funds for Honsinger family

CHS celebrates third annual Respect Fest

Harmony Hill takes the Polar Plunge to support Special Olympics

CMS announces first quarter honor roll

Cohoes City Schools appoints new assistant director of special programs

CHS announces first quarter high honor and honor roll

How we communicate weather-related announcements

Eighth graders collect food, prepare Thanksgiving feasts for 22 Cohoes families



October 2013

Abram Lansing's student valets assist with drop-off; before school activities

Cohoes joins grant-funded consortium to improve instructional practice through regional professional development

Van Schaick Grade School celebrates Character Counts Week

Cohoes City Schools appoints new director of special programs

Cohoes High School indoor walking track open to the community

Annual Cohoes elementary schools soccer tournament

CHS Junior Emily Taylor selected to perform in annual "Melodies of Christmas" show

OfficeMax "A Day Made Better" surprise visit to Abram Lansing and Mrs. Brooks

Safe Snack List now available for classroom celebrations and school events

What is APPR? Understanding the new teacher/principal evaluation system

CMS receives Dollar General Literacy Foundation Grant for reading program

September 2013

"Go Home Early" evacuation drill set for October 11 at all school buildings

Earn your GED for free!

A letter concerning elementary classroom celebrations from Cohoes Superintendent Robert K. Libby


August 2013

Parent Today eNewsletter now available for all Cohoes families

Grade 3-8 test scores reflect new era of curriculum and assessment in Cohoes City Schools

MAP testing schedule available for the 2013-14 school year