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June 10, 2014

Target awards $500 in new books to WES library/media center

Watervliet Elementary School recently received a "Books for Schools Award" from the Target Corporation, and as part of the award, four volunteers from the Niskayuna Target visited second grade classrooms to read several of the new books to students. Read more

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2014-15 school supply lists

School supply lists for the 2014-15 school year for Watervliet Elementary School students are now available. Kindergarten list | Grade 1 list | Grade 2 List | Grade 3 List | Grade 4 list | Grade 5 List | grade 6 list


Community organizations to host Back-to-School Picnic on August 16

Watervliet families can enjoy free hot dogs, a bouncy castle, climbing wall, and swimming! First 200 children (K-6) who attend the picnic with a parent will receive a free backpack with school supplies. View flyer for information


WES Grade 6 Graduation 2014

Sixth-graders celebrate the completion of their elementary years during a formal ceremony on June 25. view photo gallery


2014 Kindergarten Moving Up Ceremony

Watervliet Elementary School kindergarten students celebrate accomplishments, friendships during year-end ceremony. View photo gallery


WES Field Day photos! View photo gallery


Congratulations UPK graduates and families! View photo gallery of the June 23 Universal PreK Moving Up ceremony.


Principals letter to kindergarten parents  view letter


Schedule for final week of school

Watervliet Elementary School is in session Monday through Thursday this week and attendance will be taken each day. Dismissal time is 11:30 a.m. Monday through Wednesday. On Thursday dismissal is 10:30 a.m. Student report cards will be handed out on Thursday with all other end of year information. We cannot distribute this information earlier. We look forward to seeing your children during this final week and will celebrate the last day with a pancake breakfast!


Students receive scholarships to RPI summer science camp

Fifth-grader Jacob Personnias and sixth-grader Erik Nurminen will spend two weeks immersed in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) when they attend the ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy. Read more


The final edition of the Shooting Star for this school year is now available online. It features an interview with retiring teacher Mrs. Geene, an article about the history of Memorial Day, a comparison of frozen yogurt shops (16 Handles v. TCBY), a review of the movie Divergent,” and much more! Download a copy


June newsletter is available online Download a copy of WES News & Notes


ESL students discuss what the Pledge of Allegiance means to them in video

Watervliet Elementary Schools English as a Second Language (ESL) students, with assistance from ESL teacher Laura Abate, created and star in a video called “The Pledge” that was shown during Grandparents and Special Persons Night on May 20. View video


May newsletter is available online Download a copy of WES News & Notes


Date changes: Grade 6 graduation, kindergarten moving-up ceremonies

Due to renovations scheduled for the high school auditorium in June, the dates of the grade 6 graduation and kindergarten moving-up ceremonies are being rescheduled as follows:

bullet graphicKindergarten Moving-Up will take place in the elementary school auditorium on Tuesday, June 24 at 9:30 a.m.

bullet graphicGrade 6 Graduation will take place on Wednesday, June 25, 9:30 a.m. in the Watervliet Jr./Sr. High School gymnasium.

These dates are different than listed in the school calendar. Read Principal O'Brien's letter to parents


“Reading, Writing and Rhyming″ at WES  

Kathi Grill's fourth-grade class at Watervliet Elementary School recently spent a fun-filled morning composing a song about their school with WGNA-107.7 FM radio morning show host Richie Phillips. Read More view photo gallery


Grade 6 teacher, students featured in Engage NY video

Grade 6 teacher Don Steven and his students are featured in a short video on the Engage NY website that shows sixth-graders working in small groups exploring plot and sequencing events in the novel, “The Lightning Thief.” View video


In the recent edition of the Shooting Star, read an interview with the school nurse, find tips for tie-dying, learn more about Watervliet Little League and other interesting articles written by WES Student Council members. Download a copy


WES educator named Teacher of the Week

Congratulations to grade 2 teacher Rachel Manning on being selected as the Capital Region Honda Dealers/News 10 ABC Teacher of the Week. More information


WES teacher, students featured in another Engage NY video

Grade 4 teacher Khalan Heid and her students are featured in a short video on Engage NY that shows the fourth-graders working in pairs exploring non-fiction text. View video


Grades 3-6 NYS assessments

Watervliet students in grades 3-6 are preparing to take the New York state assessments beginning next week with the English language arts (ELA) exam. The math exam will be given at the end of the month. This will be the second year that students will take state exams based on the new state learning standards.
Read moreView letter to parents


Grade 6 student wins regional essay contest

Congratulations to WES 6th grader Molly Sheldon on being awarded 2nd place in a regional essay competition sponsored by the Elks organization. Read more


Students compete in Olympics during physical education classes

Although the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia are but a distant memory now, Watervliet Elementary School students will always remember (thanks to video) how they competed in their own version of the famed winter games during physical education classes in February. View video


A reminder that Spring Picture Day at WES is Monday, March 24.


In this edition of the Shooting Star, you can read tips for staying warm when it's cold outside, find out which headphones (Beats vs. Flips) are the best, learn if the movie Catching Fire is worth watching, and more! Download a copy


March newsletter is available online Download a copy of WES News & Notes


2014 kindergarten registration scheduled for March 20

The Watervliet City School District will conduct its annual kindergarten registration for children who are residents of Watervliet and turn five years old on or before December 1, 2014. Registration is by appointment. Download a copy of the kindergarten registration flyer Kindergarten registration packet


WES students, staff get Cabin Fever

Members of the Character Education and Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) teams dubbed the last day in January—Cabin Fever Day—and took the opportunity at this midway point in the school year to review behavioral expectations in a fun and creative setting. Read More


February newsletter is available online Download a copy of WES News & Notes


January newsletter is available online Download a copy of WES News & Notes


WES Shooting Star newspaper is now available Download a copy


Students participate in 2013 Character Education Youth Leadership Summit

A team of students from Watervliet schoolsincluding sixth-gradersparticipated in the annual Character Education Youth Leadership Summit at Russell Sage College in Troy on December 5.  Read More


Fourth grade students experience a lot of drama in one day

In November, Watervliet Elementary School’s grade 4 students worked with two local artists from the Arts Center of the Capital Region to create and perform a theatrical performance based on the Iroquois Creation story—all in one day. Read more


December newsletter is available online Download a copy of WES News & Notes


Students Drop Everything And Read on DEAR Day

DEAR Day has become a tradition for Watervliet Elementary School fifth-graders. On this one day every year, fifth-grade classes Drop Everything and Read (DEAR).  Read more


WES Thanksgiving celebration

Kindergarten students enjoyed partaking in a feast of turkey, cranberry sauce, corn bread, pumpkin pie and more on the day before the day before Thanksgiving recess! Happy Thanksgiving everyone! View Photo Gallery


WES teachers benefit from Sam’s Club Teacher Rewards Program

Sam’s Club of Latham awarded $50 reward cards to 20 teachers from Watervliet Elementary School to purchase classroom supplies as part of the company’s Teacher Rewards program. Read more


Watervliet Elks provide free dictionaries for third graders

Every third grader at Watervliet Elementary School recently received a special gift that will help them become better learners: their very own personal dictionary. Members of the Watervliet Elks Lodge #1500 stopped by the elementary school on Nov. 4 to distribute free dictionaries to third grade-students and their teachers. Read more


WES Kindergarten Apple Run

In case you missed it, here are some pictures from the Kindergarten Apple Run on October 11. View Photo Gallery

November newsletter is available online Download a copy of WES News & Notes


An important message from WES Principal regarding early arrivals to school

In recent weeks, we have noticed an increase in the number of students being dropped off or walking to school early. It is important to note—especially as the weather turns colder—that Watervliet Elementary School does not have staff available to supervise students prior to the 8:35 a.m. start. Parents who drive their children to school and arrive before that time should be prepared to keep their children in the car—and parents who walk children to school must stay with them—until greeted by a WES staff member outside. Students who walk on their own will be sent back off campus until the school day begins. If you have a childcare need, the Watervliet Civic Center offers a fee-based before- and after-care program. For more information about the program, please call Bill Sheehy at (518) 273-5922.


NYS ELA, math reports sent home October 18 to parents of current grades 4-6 students

Watervliet Parents of current grades 4-6 students will receive their child's NYS ELA and math reports today–Friday, October 18. The reports are being sent home in a sealed envelope addressed “To the Parents/Guardians” in student backpacks. View letter from curriculum office about test scores


Annual Food Drive kicks off during Books for Bingo Night on Oct. 18

Watervliet Elementary School is again sponsoring its annual Food Drive with the unofficial kick-off happening during Books for Bingo Night on Friday October 18.
Please plan to bring one item to drop off on your way in. The official start of the Food Drive is Monday, October 21. It runs through Friday, November 8.
Donations of non-perishable food and healthcare items will be accepted during this time. Every little bit is greatly appreciated. Thank you for your support!


Math Night + Parents = Homework Support Children Need

Question: Do you need help to be able to help your child with his or her math homework? If you answered yes, then Watervliet Elementary School's Math Night for Parents is exactly what you need. Let WES teachers show you how to do the math at Math Night for Parents on Monday, October 7 at 6 p.m. All grades 1–6 parents are invited! Show up and get a Gotcha Token for your child! Download flyer


Students sign School Constitution, individual classroom pledges on Constitution Day

In observance of Constitution Day, all students at Watervliet Elementary signed their names to a school-wide Constitution pledging respect, responsibility, honesty and safety for themselves and others. Read more


Parent Guides to Student Success provide overview of key skills, concepts children are learning at each grade level

The National PTA® has created Parent Guides to Student Success that describe the key skills and knowledge children should learn by the end of each year by grade level for English language arts and mathematics based on the Common Core State Standards. The guides for grades K-8 include activities that parents can do to help support student learning at home and are available for download in English and Spanish. Visit the National PTA website


Meet the Teacher Nights set for Sept. 16 & Sept. 18

Meet the Teacher Night is an important event for parents and teachers alike. For parents, it provides an opportunity to meet your child's teachers and to learn more about the school and curriculum. For teachers, it is a chance to meet parents and discuss expectations for the school year. WES has scheduled grade-level Meet the Teacher events from 6-7:30 p.m. on the following dates:

bullet graphicMonday, September 16: Grade 1, Grade 2 and Grade 3

bullet graphicWednesday, September 18: Grade 4, Grade 5, and Grade 6

The evening begins for everyone in the auditorium. Read letter from Principal O'Brien


September newsletter is available online Download a copy of WES News & Notes


Welcome back WES students!

Watervliet Elementary School teachers, administrators and support staff greeted students and their families during the first day of school on Wednesday, September 4. View Photo Gallery


Important information for parents of incoming kindergarten students about the first day of school: Wednesday, September 4

The first day of school for kindergarten students will operate on a staggered schedule to provide parents and children an opportunity to attend together and meet teachers and staff members, as well as learn about the curriculum and building a strong home-school connection. Read letter from Principal O'Brien

WES Summer Reading

Looking for some good books to read over the summer? Check out our new Summer Reading web page with its extensive recommended reading list, links to online stories and fun activities for elementary students and their families. learn more


Sign-up for Parent Today ... today!

The award-winning Parent Today e-newsletter is now available to families in the Watervliet City School District. Sign up to receive this free e-newsletter today! Read more

Grade 2 teachers and students model Common Core math instruction for NYSED video series

Watervliet Elementary School teachers and students are featured in a new online video series developed by the New York State Education Department (SED) as a resource for educators throughout the state as they continue to implement the Common Core Learning Standards. Read more | View video



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Aug. 21

Board of Education meeting, 7 p.m., WJSHS Conference Room

Sept. 2

Staff Orientation/Professional Development Day

Sept. 3

First Day of School for UPK-Grade 6

Sept. 18

Board of Education meeting, 7 p.m., WJSHS Conference Room


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