WES Welcome Back Message

Dear Watervliet Elementary School Families,

Summer is your season for relaxing, and spending time with your families and friends. For us, it has also been time for improving our teaching skills, working on schedules, and preparing for school’s opening!

As you may be aware, a number of changes have taken place in the Watervliet City School District over the summer. My name is Ryan Groat, and I am principal of the Watervliet Elementary School (WES). I have 25 years of experience in education and was previously the WJSHS Principal for the last 11 years. Joining our team as WES assistant principal is Mrs. Catherine Casey. Mrs. Casey is coming to us with 14 years of teaching in the Bethlehem School District. We are both very excited and look forward to working with you and your students.

For the 2022-2023 school year, all students will be starting classes on Wednesday, September 7, 2022 at 8:30 a.m.

Please mark your calendars with these other important dates:

  • Watervliet Welcome Back Celebration: Sat., Sept. 10, 1-4 p.m. at WJSHS
  • WES PTA Meeting: Wed., Sept. 14 at WES 6:30 p.m.
  • UPK-Grade 2 Meet The Teacher: Tues., Sept. 20 at WES
  • Grades 3-5 Meet The Teacher: Wed., Sept. 21 at WES
  • Spirit Day at WES: Fri., Sep 30, 2022
  • School Pictures: Wed. & Thurs., October 5 & 6

We encourage you to consistently visit our district website, www.watervlietcityschools.org and also sign up for Parent Square at https://www.parentsquare.com/signin. These two forms of communication will be used on a regular basis to obtain information about our school and district and to learn about the exciting things happening at school. Watervliet Elementary School is an exciting learning environment where we all look forward to working together as partners in your child’s education.

Enjoy the final weeks of summer break!


Mr. Ryan Groat, Principal

Mrs. Catherine Casey, Assistant Principal