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Dr. Lori S. Caplan

1245 Hillside Drive,

Watervliet, NY 12189

Phone: (518) 629-3200

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Junior High School students learn to cook healthy meals during a six-week program  presented by the Capital Region Eat Smart New York and Cornell Cooperative Extension. Read more


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First Health and Wellness Community Night a success!

The Watervliet City School District’s inaugural Health and Wellness Community Night drew approximately 100 students, parents, staff and community members to the high school on February 2. read more


Date change for February BOE meeting

Please make note of a change in date for the February Board of Education meeting. It will take place on Thursday, February 25, 2016 at 7 p.m. in the Administrative Conference Room at Watervliet Jr.-Sr. High School.


Communicating weather-related announcements

With the arrival of winter weather, we offer this friendly reminder about the variety of ways the Watervliet schools communicate weather-related announcements—be it closings, delays or early dismissals. Read more


Capital Region school leaders outline legislative priorities

School superintendents from across seven counties in the region have come together to outline the changes needed at the state level to spur a period of progress and achievement for New York’s students and schools. Read more


Times Union publishes tax cap editorial penned by superintendents

An editorial co-authored by Watervliet Superintendent Dr. Lori Caplan and Schodack Superintendent Robert Horan published in the Times Union explains the effect a projected zero percent property tax levy cap could have on educational opportunities for students next year. Read the editorial download copy (PDF)


Tech committee presents Smart Schools Investment Plan

During the Dec. 17 Board of Education meeting, the technology committee presented its Smart Schools Investment Plan and is seeking community feedback on the proposal. More information


Arsenal Partnership donation supports opportunities for Watervliet students

The Arsenal Business & Technology Partnership presented a check for $10,000 to Watervliet City School District students and school leaders on Tuesday, December 8. Read More


Watervliet Elementary School welcomes interim principal

On Dec. 1, the Board of Education appointed veteran school leader and educator Paul Scampini as interim principal at Watervliet Elementary School. Mr. Scampini will serve as the interim principal through the end of the school year as the search for a new principal progresses. Read an interview with Mr. Scampini


Kids Count to provide free book bags for children at Watervliet Tree Lighting

Kids Count will be on hand at the City of Watervliet's annual Tree Lighting on Saturday, Dec. 5 to hand out free book bags full of supplies, hats and gloves to Watervliet's children. The Tree Lighting festivities begin at 5 p.m. at Veteran's Memorial Park. More information


WES Principal Theresa O'Brien retires

Last spring, Watervliet Elementary Principal Theresa O'Brien submitted her intention to retire to the Board of Education. Mrs. O'Brien has served the Watervliet Elementary School community for many years and her leadership will be greatly missed. On behalf of the entire WCSD community, we wish Mrs. O'Brien all the best in her retirement. Read Principal O'Brien's farewell letter to parents (PDF)


Lockdown drills completed at both schools on Nov. 12

On Thursday, Nov. 12, lockdown drills were completed at both Watervliet Elementary School and Watervliet Junior-Senior High School  in cooperation with the Watervliet Police Department. These comprehensive drills are held periodically to help the district, staff and students be prepared in the event of an emergency.  Additional safety drills are scheduled to occur throughout the school year. 


Share your thoughts on the Common Core with NYSED

The New York State Education Department (NYSED) is offering an online survey in an effort to gather feedback from all New Yorkers on the state’s Common Core English and math standards. NYSED will use survey results to inform changes to the standards as part of its review of the controversial program. Read more


Update on the Pivot Program

During the first two months of the new grade 9 Pivot Program, students have attended career assemblies featuring an FBI agent, an accountant, a news producer, an attorney and an occupational therapist. Team-building activities and classroom projects that help ninth-graders build research and writing skills are also on the agenda to help prepare them for college and careers. Download the Pivot Program November update (PDF)


WJSHS first quarter interim progress reports available online

Attention Parents: First quarter interim progress reports for Watervliet Jr./Sr. High School students are available online via the Parent Portal. Please be sure to review the report with your child. If you have any questions or concerns, contact your child’s guidance counselor or teacher. More information


Former college/career counselor performs dual role at WJSHS

Kate Choi begins each day serving as Watervliet Jr./Sr. High School’s Dean of Students where she helps students resolve personal issues and interpersonal conflicts that distract from the learning environment. Later in the afternoon, Mrs. Choi — a former college counselor — switches gears to steer the new Pivot Program for ninth-grade students. Read more


Thanks to students, staff and community members for your support of annual blood drive

More than 60 pints of blood were donated during the annual Red Cross Fall Blood Drive at Watervliet Jr.-Sr. High School on Sept. 23. Read more


District orientations welcome youngest students, newest teachers

The Watervliet City School District welcomed new teachers as well as UPK students and their families during separate orientations on Wednesday, Sept. 2. New teachers met with school leaders, took a tour of the buildings and were provided information that will help them begin the new school year successfully. Meanwhile, UPK students and their parents had an opportunity to meet teachers and staff and learning more about the pre-kindergarten program.  View new teacher orientation photo gallery View UPK orientation photo gallery


District statement about teacher arrest

The Watervliet City School District recently learned of the arrest of high school science teacher Patrick Canniff. Law enforcement officials have charged him with endangering the welfare of a minor, a misdemeanor, related to alleged misconduct with a student.
During a special meeting on Friday, August 28, the Watervliet City School Board of Education accepted Mr. Canniff’s letter of resignation. Read full statement


Pay It Forward ... Together's Back-to-School Closet open twice a week

With a new school year approaching, Pay It Forward ... Together is sponsoring its first Back-To-School Closet to help relieve some of the back-to-school stress for families in need. A reminder: the Back-To-School Closet is open Saturdays and Wednesdays through September. more information


Anti-bullying spot with former NY Yankee Derek Jeter taped at WJSHS

With cameras rolling, the halls of Watervliet Jr.-Sr. High School recently served as a backdrop for New York Yankee Derek Jeter and students from his Jeter’s Leaders program as they videotaped a message for a national anti-bullying campaign. Read more


Summer music camp a high note for Watervliet students

Approximately 20 members of Watervliet Jr./Sr. High School's Delta Force ensemble and music teacher Terry Bradway hopped on a bus August 6 and headed to Worcester, MA for Harmony Explosion Camp Northeast 2015. Read more


The 2015-16 calendar available online

The school district calendar listing all activities and events happening at the schools and throughout the school district this coming school year will be mailed to student homes in mid-August. In the meantime, the 2015-16 calendar is available online. (PDF)


Superintendent's statement

Earlier today Albany County District Attorney David Soares released information from a sealed indictment against Watervliet Police Officer Joshua Spratt. Officer Spratt is an employee of the Watervliet City Police Department who was assigned to our schools for the past two years as the School Resource Officer. Read full statement


State revises immunization requirements

The New York State Education Department and New York State Department of Health recently amended immunization requirements for children attending public schools. Effective Sept. 1, the changes require that all children have their complete series of MMR, DTaP and polio immunizations prior to entering school. More information


WHS to introduce Pivot Program for 9th graders in the fall

Watervliet High School will introduce a new extended program for grade 9 students beginning in September called the Pivot Program. Read more


2015 Parent Technology Survey

WCSD is asking parents to please complete this important survey regarding the types of technology and internet access your school-aged children have outside of school. Take survey


WCSD Summer Meals Program

The Watervliet City School District will again sponsor a summer meals program that offers free breakfast and lunch for children 18 years or younger at sites throughout the city. More information


Teaching is the Core Grant work continues

Watervliet has been working to implement the action plan developed through the Teaching is the Core (TiTC) grant, a $399,946 grant from the New York State Education Department that aims to support improvement of assessment practices in regional schools. Read more


WCSD selected for BMI reporting

The Watervliet School District has been selected to participate in the New York State Department of Health’s Weight Status Survey during the 2015-16 school year. The survey collects and submits Body Mass Index (BMI) data for students who were in pre-k or kindergarten and in grades 2, 4, 7 and 10 in the prior school year (2014-2015) to the state. Parents may choose to opt out of having their child's information included in the report. More information


2015-16 school year calendar online

The Watervliet Board of Education recently approved the 2015-16 school year calendar. A more detailed district calendar for the upcoming school year will be provided to parents at a later date. DOWNLOAD CALENDAR (PDF)

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Vliet administrators join Twitter

All Watervliet administrators are now on Twitter! That means you can receive more news than ever about our schools. More information

Parent Portal available for K-12

The web-based communication tool that allows parents and guardians to view their children’s academic profiles via the Internet is now available for grades K-12. read more

Watervliet Schools on Facebook, Twitter

To help keep the community, parents, students and staff more informed about important news and events, Watervliet City Schools has joined the social-networking websites Facebook and Twitter. Learn more


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2016 Athletic Hall of Fame nominations

A reminder that May 1 is the deadline to submit nominations for the 2016 Athletic Hall of Fame induction. More information

Introducing One Call Now

WCSD recently transitioned to a new web-based messaging system called “One Call Now” to notify parents by phone, email and text message about important district news and information regarding school events and activities, as well as school closings and/or early dismissals. Read more

Track open for public use

The track at WJSHS is open for public use weekdays only between the hours of 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. When using the track, please be respectful of facility rules. View track rules

Fitness Center public hours

The Fitness Center at WJSHS will be open to the public on Mondays and Thursdays from 6-8 p.m. effective Dec. 1. Residents who are interested in using the facility will need to fill out a the Fitness Center waiver. Call the WCSD Athletic Department at 629-3303 for more information.

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