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More than 100 RCS elementary and secondary students performed instrumental and vocal solos during the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) Evaluation Festival at Voorheesville High School on March 27 and 28
“Students are not required to participate in NYSSMA solo festivals and do so on their own. It is quite impressive to see the overwhelming response from our students throughout the district”, said RCS K-12 Music Coordinator Scott Andrews.
With the help of their music teachers, students choose and prepare solo literature which is from the NYSSMA manual of approved literature. The level of difficulty ranges from level one (easiest) to level 6 (difficult). Students perform in separate audition rooms in front of an approved NYSSMA adjudicator. [READ MORE]
In conjunction with the Presidents’ Day holiday and Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, A.W. Becker’s Lincoln’s Literary Lollapalooza for 3rd to 5th grade students and their families was held on February 12, 2015. Forty students and their families attended. Volunteers from the high school’s Natural Helpers and A.W. Becker staff worked together to provide a fun night of literacy based activities for all who attended. [READ MORE]
The registered nurses at RCS, Patti LeFevre, Karen Randio and Kathi Rice, continuously share the knowledge they have as certified American Heart Association Basic Life Support instructors, and this year is no different. They take to training other members of the district so our faculty and staff can learn this very valuable life-long skill and be prepared to help any student or fellow staff member in need. [READ MORE]
On Weds., Jan. 21, 2015, over 100 families gathered at A.W. Becker Elementary for Family Math Night. The school had about 40 math stations for all levels (Pre-K to Grade 5) that consisted of math games, problem solving, computer activities, estimation stations and more! Parents and students alike were actively engaged in the activities. [READ MORE]
The students diligently worked to make boxes, sort through supplies, and package them to be sent to families in need around the Capital Region. The experience was both fun and fulfilling. Students leaving the Food Bank felt a sense of pride in their work and were eager to return to help out. [READ MORE]
Throughout the month of November, students in Mrs. Baumgras’s and Mrs. Campbell’s fourth grade classes at A.W. Becker Elementary chose an aspect of Native American life to research and study. Students then wrote reports and assembled projects at home that would highlight what they had learned about the Algonquian, Iroquois or Haudenosaunee. [READ MORE]
Fifth grade students at A.W. Becker proudly read their own mystery stories during a writer's celebration on Friday, Dec. 5. Students wrote stories inspired by The Mysteries of Harris Burdick, a picture book by Chris Van Allsburg that consists of a series of unrelated and detailed images accompanied by a title and single line of text, which compel readers to create their own stories.[READ MORE]
Each month, there will be a new theme explored taking the students through the scientific method process (such as hypothesis, observation, analysis of data, etc.).
The first month’s theme is “Growing Gummy Bears!” [read more]
Employees at Pieter B. Coeymans and AW Becker Elementary Schools, along with RCS District Office employees, honored Veterans Day and the men and women who have died defending our country by raising funds for military veterans and their families.
On November 12, staff took part in the 2014 “Jeans For Troops” fundraising drive benefiting the GI Go Fund, a nonprofit organization that helps veterans returning home find employment, go to college, access their health care and financial benefits, and link to housing.
During the drive, which involves schools and companies from across the country, employees were given the opportunity to wear jeans to work in exchange for a $5 donation to the GI Go Fund. RCS raised $375 for this worthy cause.
AW Becker kindergarten classes had fun on a hay ride, a straw slide, maneuvering their ways through a maze and picking pumpkins during a visit today to Stanton’s Feura Farm in Feura Bush.
The students had the opportunity to experience many fun-filled and educational activities. [read more]
Approximately 55 families attended. Volunteers from PTA, the high school football team, and A.W. Becker staff worked together to provide a fun night of literacy based activities for all who attended.
Parts of the evening included:
Read aloud & literacy quilt – Ms. Pulcher read the story “Fletcher and the Falling Leaves” and invited participants to draw a picture in response to this heartwarming story. All the pictures are being fastened together to create a literacy quilt to put on display at AWB.
"Icky the Germ" may not become anybody's friend - but he carriers a powerful message for students.
As the cold and flu season approaches, a heightened effort is underway at AW Becker to teach children about good health practices.
Tips on are how to stay healthy are being presented to AWB students by “Icky the Germ.” [read more]
Nearly 50 students were recognized by the Board of Education tonight for achiving a score of 4 - the highest possible score - on the New York State exams in English Language Arts and mathematics. [read more]
Whether it was hiking on a nature trail, researching bird habitats, exploring owl pellets or making Dragonfly Clothespins, students at A.W. Becker explore the world around them during Habitat Day.
Students explored the Barbara Austin Nature Trail, looking and listening for, and identifying animal signs and habitats. Various grade levels were involved in researching bird habitats in the computer lab. [read more]
Pardon A.W. Becker students if they seem a little jumpy these days.
It’s all for a good cause.
The Grade 4 students at AWB took a trip to visit a replica of Henry Hudson's ship on Sept. 22.
The Half Moon is a full-scale replica of the Dutch ship of exploration that Hudson sailed in 1609. [VIEW PHOTOS]
During the four-week summer Adventure in Reading program, students investigated and researched the rainforest. Each student picked a specific animal to research and become an expert on. The students enjoyed making 3-D rainforest animals as well as tasting a variety of food products from the Rainforest. A highlight for the students was using technology to enhance their reading, spelling and vocabulary skills.
Tricia Carlton, who brings more than 25 years of teaching and administrative experience to her new position as principal at A.W. Becker Elementary School, plans to continue moving the school forward and fostering a positive climate for students and staff.
She was named to the position after an extensive search by the Board of Education on Tuesday, April 22. She will serve as principal for a three-year probationary period, lasting from July 1, 2014 to July 1, 2017. She replaces retiring Principal Claudia Verga.
Carlton, a resident of Delmar, received a master’s degree in Elementary Education from Lesley College in Cambridge, Massachusetts. [read more]