Cohoes City School District



May 2015

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


June 2013

2nd annual RespectFest builds on success

Twenty-six students inducted into National Junior Honor Society

Catch basins and rain barrels and runoff, oh my

June 24 - August 16: FREE breakfast and lunch for Cohoes kids

Students, parents and staff pitch in to spruce up Harmony Hill

Science Research students put on impressive show at symposium

Cohoes softball teams record outstanding season; modified team undefeated

CMS students honored as leaders in Physical Education

CMS afterschool soccer tourney raises autism awareness

UPK lottery drawing to be held at CMS on Tuesday, June 18

Graduation, moving up ceremonies June 17-22

Tiger Pride lights up Van Schaick Grade School

Fifth graders celebrate "Moving Up" to Cohoes Middle School

2013-2014 CMS School Supply Lists

CMS 8th Grade Promotion celebrates success, transition

Van Schaick celebrates the Class of 2013

Congratulations CHS Class of 2013!


May 2013

M is for Mastodon Challenge

After-Prom Party tickets now on sale at CHS

Cohoes Middle School to host fifth grade transition events

Congratulations to the top students of the CHS Class of 2013!

Students, staff give special send-off to longtime teacher

A special treat for MOM from Van Schaick Grade School

An important message from Superintendent Robert Libby

Girl scouts share wildlife conservation project with HH friends

UPDATE: Board of Education to meet Thursday to discuss CHS principal

2013-14 budget approved by voters; three board members elected

First graders celebrate Poem in Your Pocket Day

Eighth grade CMS French students visit art museum, park in Williamstown

Book Swap spurs reading frenzy at Harmony Hill

Learn about Summer School at Cohoes High School

Fifth graders introduced to catch-and-release fishing

CHS alumnus brings winning a cappella sounds to students at Harmony Hill


April 2013

Dance imitates art in fourth grade Proctors tribute to Picasso

Cohoes Middle School’s Dan Martinelli named “Principal of the Year”

Harmony Hill welcomes international educators from Libya and Tunisia

CHS mock trial team earns spot in “final four” of county tournament

Attention CHS juniors: Aviation Open House is April 18

Harmony Hill principal to be honored as Champion of Character Education

Upcoming state exams will reflect new Common Core Learning Standards

CHS anti-bullying event attracts huge student turnout

"Trout in the Classroom" bring nature to life at Abram Lansing

Van Schaick celebrates positive behavior at CCC

CHS Science Research student to survey student-athletes on concussions

Eighth Grade Activities Club fundraiser underway

Music news and performance schedule (updated)

Van Schaick Energy Team wins Earth Day poster contest

Board approves $39.6 million 2013-14 budget proposal; voters head to polls May 21

Schools to host National Children's Mental Health Awareness Week activities


March 2013

IMPORTANT REMINDER: Thursday, March 21 is a regular school day for all students

CHS students competing with country's top math students for scholarships in Mega Math Challenge

Modified boys' basketball celebrates undefeated season

CHS Counseling Center hosts admission sessions by Art Institute

Marching band leads education rally and parade at State Capitol

Budget workshops begin with discussion of budget gap, tax cap calculation

Van Schaick Student Council spearheads successful Teens for Jeans campaign to aid homeless

Lansing students study Peruvian art; share knowledge with school community

2013 CMS Student Exhibition showcases student success

Harmony Hill teams take home March Madness trophies, bragging rights

Congratulations to our winter scholar-athlete teams!

M is for The Mastodon Challenge; May 19 race to benefit district's UPK program

Abram Lansing students take a musical history tour

RPI student ambassadors shine light on world of engineering

College Day at CMS helps eighth graders aim for higher education


February 2013

Huge turnout at education advocacy forum

Join us Monday, Feb. 11 for "A CALL TO ACTION" and learn how to advocate for your schools

Athletics schedule update for February 8-9

District home to another WNYT Top Teacher of the Capital Region

Harmony Hill School welcomes top international educators for tour of school

Fourth graders use technology to travel 'round the state

Free SAT prep courses available on Saturdays at UAlbany

Cohoes stakeholders attend "A Call to Action" event at Niskayuna

CHS student chosen for 2013 Puerto Rican/Hispanic Youth Leadership Institute

2013-14 Kindergarten Registration Information

Superintendent joins state lawmakers in call for school aid restoration; your help needed!

Van Schaick fifth graders debate topics of the day

Police investigate alleged student violent verbal threat

Understanding New York State's Common Core Standards: A Toolkit for Parents and Families

Update on potentially rabid fox in Cohoes


January 2013

"Talking to Kids About Tragedy" parent forum is February 5

CHS football players rack up off-season honors

Grant would support before, after-school, and summer programs at CMS

St. Rose students lead Rocks and Minerals lessons at Van Schaick Grade School

CAP COM to host FAFSA info session on January 8

Harmony Hill principal named Champion of Character Education

Upcoming FREE Financial Aid workhops available for students, families

Seniors can apply for competitive National Youth Science Camp

Police investigate alleged verbal threat by CMS student

W-I-N-N-E-R: Eighth grader Roy Grant takes first place at annual CMS Spelling Bee

CHS Science Research student to survey student-athletes on concussions

Cohoes APPR plan approved by state; outlines teacher, principal performance evaluations

Meet the Van Schaick Energy Efficient Team Members

Abram Lansing has starring role in state’s Think Breakfast campaign

CHS to host anti-bullying and suicide prevention forum for students

Abram Lansing stars in THINK BREAKFAST video

WNYT news story features Lansing students in trip to UAlbany

Abram Lansing's Mrs. DeCarr named Top Teacher in Capital Region

Cohoes stakeholders to participate in regional forum to address school fiscal crisis

Advocacy Forum: Where to watch/follow if you aren’t attending in person

CHS Indoor Walking Track Information

Huge turnout at education advocacy event; Capital District schools call for more equitable, sufficient aid


December 2012

CHS students launch clothing drive for victims of Sandy

Special Education advocates seek parent/educator input

Baby lambs make for memorable hands-on learning in the UPK classrooms

Parents, students and staff travel to Capitol to demand state school aid equity

Joe's Pizza welcomes Harmony Hill third graders

Van Schaick 1st trimester Tiger Pride Party

Section II honors CHS soccer standout Connor Laughlin

Holiday concerts begin on December 11

Case of MRSA reported at Abram Lansing

Police investigate alleged student verbal threat to CHS teacher

Faces of Abram Lansing call on Albany to protect preschool special education

Basketball coach Jeff Huneau notches 100th career win

Update: District convenes school-community safety meeting

Thank you to staff for a season of giving and a time to rejoice!

Harmony Hill's biggest losers are biggest winners  


November 2012

District staff honored for years of dedicated service

NEW! MyNutriKids is now

Six students take the bird in the third annual CMS Turkey Trot

Thank you, Harmony Hill Heroes!

Thanksgiving 2012 in our schools!

Attention CMS parents: we need your input!

Board of Education calls on Congress to stop harmful cuts to education

Harmony Hill teacher, classroom win CAP COM award

Van Schaick Students Mix-it-Up at Lunch

District awarded share of $1.2 million grant to expand AP courses


October 2012

"Go Home Early" drill set for October 5

CMS students take a walk through history

Schools take precautions in response to peanut butter recall

New staff energy rules take effect November 13

The campaign is ON at Cohoes Middle School!

CMS Take Your Parent to School Day is November 2

CHS senior Daishawne Sturdivant defines Tiger Pride

Van Schaick first grade teacher wins national award

Harmony Hill teachers honored by Walmart Teacher Rewards

Van Schaick designs rule the pumpkin patch

Halloween obstacle course a-mazes students

School Board Recognition Week is October 29-November 2, 2012

Police investigate alleged student verbal threat to CHS teacher

Cohoes High School student accused of making online threat

Students, staff make the most of Character Counts Week  


September 2012

Cohoes Bridges to donate school supplies to Cohoes students on September 8

Welcome to the 2012-13 school year!

Van Schaick PBIS Kickoff and Block Party

SUNY College Night is Thursday, September 13 in Albany


Parent Information - MAP Assessments

Important calendar change: No classes on Tuesday, October 9

Earn your GED for FREE!

Free SAT prep courses available on Saturdays at UAlbany

“Work hard. Be Nice.” … the new motto for a new year

Win a $50 gift certificate at September 26 Open House

Abram Lansing logos promoting tolerance win state communications award

Fourth graders dive into dictionaries donated by Cohoes-Waterford Elks


August 2012

Four-time Olympic sprinter is 1995 Cohoes High School grad

One case of whooping cough confirmed at Abram Lansing summer reading program

Confirmed case of whooping cough in JV football program

Healthier meals will be on the menu this fall; prices to increase


July 2012

Board of Education to meet Wednesday, July 11 at 6:30 p.m.

PARENT PORTAL undergoing routine maintenance; no access until Aug. 24

Statewide education reform panel hears from Cohoes superintendent

Summer reading tutors available now through August 9 for elementary students

2012-13 "CMS Open Doors" set for August 24 and 25

Superintendent calls on Assembly for additional aid