Meet Allan Gadsden: Family Outreach Coordinator for Watervliet schools

Allan Gadsden was raised by a single mom in the largest housing project in one of the toughest neighborhoods in Queens, NY. Mr. Gadsden, who was officially appointed to the position of Family Outreach Coordinator for Watervliet schools, said he relates to the district’s students, many of whom are economically disadvantaged and are growing up …

CASDA names Watervliet’s Brenda Zawistowski a 2019 Friend of Education

Brenda Zawistowski, a teacher’s assistant at Watervliet Elementary School (WES), will be honored during the Capital Area School Development Association (CASDA) Friends of Education Award on Thursday, February 28, at the 2019 Friends of Education dinner being held at the Albany Marriott Hotel. CASDA presents this award to recognize the selfless contributions of individuals who …

A message from the Superintendent about online safety

Dear Parent/Guardian, I am writing this letter to make you aware of a social media challenge that according to media reports targets children and young adults, and has raised concern among parents here and across the country. This latest social media challenge, called the “Momo Challenge,” has been reported to appear at random in some …

WES and Fidelis Care Celebrate National No One Eats Alone Day

Watervliet Elementary School was one of more than 2,250 schools across the country that celebrated National No One Eats Alone Day on Wednesday, February 13. The initiative, designed to promote inclusion and acceptance in middle schools, reached more than 1 million students in all 50 states. “Providing our students with the right tools to be …

Universal Pre-kindergarten registration set for March 11-12

Registration for Watervliet’s Universal Pre-kindergarten program is scheduled for March 11-12, 2019.  Download application forms for UPK The Pre-kindergarten program is a free, full-day program offered to children who reside in the Watervliet City School District. Program hours are 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., with breakfast and lunch included. To be eligible for the PreK …

WES student captures 1st place in Elks Americanism Essay Contest

A Watervliet Elementary School sixth-grader was awarded 1st place in the 2018-2019 Elks Americanism Essay Contest. Congratulations to Rayan Ahmed, a student in Brittney Garhartt’s sixth-grade class, whose essay stood out among the hundreds of entries submitted to the Watervliet Elks by students from Green Island, Menands and Watervliet. The annual contest, sponsored by the …

Sixth-grader spells “diminutive” to capture giant victory in WES Spelling Bee

It was a nail-biter to the end, but in just over an hour ‒ and 166 words into the competition ‒ sixth-grader Noor Ul Faheem held on to become champion of the 2019 WES Spelling Bee! The bee went 25 rounds before Noor Ul, a sixth-grader in Ms. Lloyd’s class, captured the title ‒ correctly …

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