Board of Education adopts capital project resolution, public vote set for February 4, 2020

At its meeting on Dec. 10, the Board of Education adopted a resolution for $9.99 million in capital improvements for Watervliet Junior-Senior High School and Watervliet Elementary School. The resolution will allow the district to bring a proposed capital project totaling $9,996,825 to a public vote on Tuesday, February 4, 2020. The no-frills project would …

Friendly competition abounds in annual Spelling Bee

Undeterred by the pressure, fourth-grader captures Spelling Bee championship This year’s annual Spelling Bee at Watervliet Elementary School came down to two good friends vying to be crowned champion. After 30 rounds and 126 words, fourth-grader Abigail Gray spelled the word “deters” correctly to nudge out her friend, fifth-grader Mackenzie Strock, and become champion of …

Creativity soars as fourth-graders incorporate STEM into the Thanksgiving holiday

Inspired by the book “Balloons Over Broadway” by Melissa Sweet, fourth grade students in Khalan McNeff and Jeanne Lance’s classes designed and created their own parade-worthy balloons based on favorite cartoon, storybook or video-game characters, their pets or other beloved creatures. “Balloons Over Broadway” tells the story of Tony Sarg, the original creator of the …

District to offer free breakfast, lunch for students during December break

Watervliet schools are offering free breakfast and lunch during the December break for all students from our Early Prekindergarten (3 year-old) program up through grade 12. Meals will be served at the Watervliet Elementary School cafeteria on the following days during the holiday recess: Monday, Dec. 23 Thursday, Dec. 26 Friday, Dec. 27 Monday, Dec. …

Longtime secretary and district retiree named CASDA Friend of Education

Donna Belokopitsky recognized for 40 years of service to students and schools When a staff member dedicates most of their adult life supporting students and schools, it’s safe to say they are more than deserving of being called a Friend of Education. Her approximately 40 years of service makes Donna Belokopitsky a BFF to Watervliet …

Date change for December Board of Education meeting

New date for December Board meeting Please note the date of the December Board of Education meeting has been changed. The meeting will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 6 p.m. instead of Thursday, Dec. 12

Best-selling author, educator shares inspiring message with ninth-grade students about the power of writing

Watervliet ninth graders joined their peers from the Cohoes, Lansingburgh and Waterford-Halfmoon school districts on Monday, Oct. 28 for an inspirational message shared by acclaimed educator and best-selling author Erin Gruwell. Her journey as an educator began in the mid-1990s when Ms. Gruwell taught English to 150 at-risk students at Woodrow Wilson High School in …

Albany Patroons talk success with sport management students at WHS

Fresh off a championship season, members of the Albany Patroons basketball organization took time out to speak with students in Peter Gaddy’s Sport Management class. Head coach Derrick Rowland, general manager Michael Corts and point guard Jerel Scott visited Watervliet High School to share their personal stories, experiences and wisdom about the game, education and …

Grade 8 students, families invited to Capital Region P-TECH information events

Recruitment underway for the 2020-21 school year Current eighth graders interested in getting on the fast track to a high school diploma, earning a college degree in a high-tech field at NO COST and being first in line for a job with industry partners should consider learning more about Capital Region Pathways in Technology Early …

New Makerspace will enhance learning, creativity and critical thinking for WES students

Watervliet Elementary School will soon have the ability to expand hands-on learning activities with a brand new Makerspace thanks to an Innovation grant awarded by Capital Region BOCES School Library System! As a recipient of the grant, the elementary school will receive a customized mobile Makerspace cart complete with components and materials that will provide …

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