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 …

Board of Education to meet Dec. 10

The next regular Board of Education meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, December 10 at 6:00 p.m. in the administrative conference room at Watervliet Jr.-Sr. High School. View agenda  〉〉 Download meeting materials

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

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 …

WES fourth-graders celebrate autumn fun at CDTA Annual Fall Festival

Watervliet Elementary School fourth-graders were among the hundreds of area school children who experienced autumn fun at the Capital District Transportation Authority’s (CDTA) fifth annual Fall Festival on Friday, Oct. 4. Watervliet fourth-grade classes traveled by CDTA bus to the region’s public transportation hub for some fall-themed fun featuring demonstrations by the New York State …

Kindergarten students enjoy outdoor fun during annual autumn run

Watervliet Elementary School hosted its annual Kindergarten Apple Run on Friday, October 4. Students from all kindergarten classes took turns running in groups around the course outside the school as family members, teachers and coaches cheered them on to the finish line. All students received a big delicious apple to enjoy after the run. View …

Educators explore theme of social emotional learning, building community during professional development

The Superintendent’s Conference Day on Sept. 30 focused on social emotional learning and community building as teachers and staff took a deeper dive into such topics as restorative circles and practices with Mediation Matters and Building a Caring School Environment with the National Coalition Building Institute. Assistant Superintendent Don Stevens with the support of the …

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