A.W. Becker

Elementary School

1146 Route 9W

Selkirk, NY 12158

518.756.5200 ext.5000


Claudia Verga, Principal

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Our Mission is to be an exemplary 21st–century learning community whose graduates are well prepared to excel in a complex, interconnected and changing world.

 Check out the latest school newsletter (PDF)


Nominations open April 7 - 23 for the Challenge Math and Scholars elementary enrichment programs in 2014-15

Teachers are currently in the process of nominating students for the Challenge Math (current grades 2-4) and Scholars (current grades 3-4) programs at the A.W. Becker and Pieter B. Coeymans elementary schools.

AWB students may be nominated by a teacher, administrator, or parent/guardian. [read more]

More than 1,000 students - including 110 from RCS - will participate in the NYSSMA Solo and Ensemble Festival at RCS on April 4th & 5th

The Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Central School District will host the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) Zone 7 Solo and Ensemble Festival at RCS High School on Friday and Saturday, April 4th and 5th.

Music students from 31 Capital Region area schools will perform solos and small ensembles for certified NYSSMA adjudicators.

The 23 adjudicators, coming to RCS from all across New York State, will evaluate student performances in areas such as tone, intonation, style, rhythm and several musical aspects. [read more]

Student photoAWB Science and Wellness Celebration was fun and taught life lessons

This year’s recent A.W. Becker Science and Wellness Celebration featured displays, a book fair, budding scientists and food, but most importantly, it taught everybody important life lessons.

For example:

At the Science Fair, Drew Kozlowski’s experiment taught about not wasting money on fancy coffee since a blind taste test showed that drinkers prefer generic coffee over the “premium” Starbucks.”

For future Olympians out there, Mike Zeoli and Ryan Southworth showed the most effective height for a ski jump.

All of the projects were amazing, proving that AWB is a hot ground for future scientists. [read more]

AWB PTA is selling Power Cards for playing at Dave and Busters

The A.W. Becker PTA is having a fund-raiser, which runs until March 31, with Dave and Busters at Crossgates Mall in Guilderland. The fund-raiser is open to all parents and community members.

The fundraiser works like this:

a $10 Power Card is worth 45 chips that are used for activities.

a $20 Power Card is worth 100 chips that are used for activities.

Most games take at least five (5) chips to play. [read more]

Student photoLiteracy Night blends Common Core for a successful evening at AWB!

The AWB Literacy Night tonight focused on Human Rights, a module that focuses on the Common Core standards and that has been taught during the past 10 weeks in grade 5 classrooms.

The evening also highlighted how aspects of the same theme permeated other  grade 5 subjects, including art and physical education. [read more]

DATE CHANGE: Annie Jr. production will be held on Wednesday, May 7

With the longest winter ever, and recent loss of school days due to storms, conferences, etc., AWB has decided to move the Annie Jr. presentation to Wednesday, May 7 at 7 pm in the AWB Cafeteria. The original date was April 10.

Read Mr. Rau's and Ms. Wolfe's flyer here (PDF).

SneakersGet those sneakers tied up! It's time for the first RCS Wellness Marathon

Attention RCS students, faculty, families and friends! The first RCS Wellness Marathon will be run from March 20 and April 25.

Marathoners must run or walk at least 21 miles between those two dates.
You can run or walk a mile at a time or up to five miles on different days! Any combination of running or walking works as long as it adds up to 21 miles! The last 5.2 miles will be finished at the third annual Wellness Walk to be held on April 27th. 
[read about the marathon - PDF]   [read about the Community walk - PDF]

Student photoAWB Families pay tribute to Dr. Seuss on his birthday

45 Kindergarten students and their families attended a fun hands-on Dr. Seuss night Wednesday, March 4th at AWB.  Students and their families rotated through 11 different stations all inspired by popular Dr. Seuss titles.   Some of the activities included creating a crazy, wild creature in the computer lab, making and playing with gak, creating and eating a Cat in the Hat inspired treat and snuggling up and reading some Dr. Seuss books with families.  Ms. Verga was also in attendance and thrilled the families with her Cat in the Hat costume.


Attention parents: Pre-Kindergarten lottery to be held on Feb. 28

Because there are a limited number of available Pre-kindergarten slots, the lottery for the 2014-15 enrollment will be publicly held in the Ravena Village Courtroom
(15 Mountain Road. Ravena, NY 12143) at
10 am on Friday, February 28.

Parents who wish to attend this event are welcomed. Student names will not be publicly read aloud. However, any parent who is in attendance and wants to inquire about their child's position in the lottery drawing may do so. Interested parents should bring ID. Letters will be sent to all Pre-K applicants during the first week in March to notify them of their child’s enrollment status. 

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EVENTS Calendar

April 14-18

Spring recess - NO SCHOOL

April 22

Board of Education meeting, 7 p.m., HS

April 23

Elementary Professional Development - 10 a.m. start of school

April 30, May 1 and 2

NYS Math assessment, Gr. 3-8

May 6

2014-15 Budget Hearing/Board of Education meeting, 7 p.m., HS

May 7

Annie Jr., grade 5 production,
7 p.m., cafeteria

May 14

AWB PTA meeting, 6:45 p.m.

May 16

NYSSMA Solo/Ensemble Festival #2, Glens Falls HS

May 17

NYSSMA Solo/Ensemble Festival #2, Glens Falls HS

May 19

RCS Track Invitational, 3 p.m.

AWB Art Show and Summer Recreational Expo, 6:30-8 p.m.

May 20

2014-15 Budget and Board of Education vote, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., HS

May 22

AWB Gr. 4 Science Performance Test

May 23

Contingent School Day - NO SCHOOL - if one emergency/snow day remains

May 26

Memorial Day - NO SCHOOL

May 27

Board of Education meeting, 7 p.m., HS - if necessary

May 30 and 31

NYSSMA Solo/Ensemble Festival #3, Cohoes HS

June 2

Gr. 4 and 8 Science Written Test

June 4

AWB Gr. 5 Band/Chorus Spring Concert, 7 p.m., AWB

June 5

Gr. 3-5 MS/HS Assembly for AWB/PBC, 9:45 a.m., HS

June 10

Board of Education meeting, 7 p.m., HS

June 11

AWB PTA meeting, 6:45 p.m.

AWB Gr. 1 and 3 Spring Concert,
7 p.m., HS

June 20

AWB Field Day

June 21

Summer begins

June 24

Board of Education meeting, 7 p.m., HS

June 25

AWB Kindergarten Moving Up

Elementary Early Dismissal,
12:30 p.m.

June 26


Elementary Early Dismissal,
12:30 p.m.

AWB Gr. 5 Moving Up, 10 a.m.

Elementary Report Cards

End of 4th marking period

June 28

Class of 2014 graduation ceremony, 9 a.m., Empire State Plaza State Convention Center

July 4

Offices closed

July 8

Tentative 2013-14 Re-Organizational Meeting, Board of Education, 7 p.m., HS

August 12

Tentative Board of Education meeting, 7 p.m., HS


Complete 2013-14 Calendar