A.W. Becker

Elementary School

1146 Route 9W

Selkirk, NY 12158

518.756.5200 ext.5000


Tricia Carlton, 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.

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Student photoGrade 5 students at AW Becker enjoy seaport and aquarium in Mystic, Conn.

The 70 grade 5 students at AW Becker, along with 65 of their parents, enjoyed their annual end-of-year trip to Mystic, Connecticut as they checked out the renowned seaport, a commercial whaling vessel and aquarium.

 At the Mystic Seaport, students were transported back to the 19th century to see what life was like in a coastal village. They strolled down the streets to visit places like a cooperage, printing press, and shipsmith shop, just to name a few. One of the major highlights was the Charles W. Morgan, a whaling vessel the oldest commercial ship in the United States that is still afloat.

Students finished their day at the Mystic Aquarium. They were delighted with the sights and sounds of beluga whales, sting rays, sharks and penguins. There was also a sea lion show to round out the visit! [READ MORE]

AW Becker Wackadoodles train for 1 mile Freihofer Kids Run and cheer on runner Melody Fairchild at Freihofer Run

Student photoFor the past seven weeks, 17 grades 4 and 5 students at A.W. Becker have been training to run the 28th Annual Freihofer’s 1 Mile Kids Run, which occurred last Saturday, May 30.

The students' training, through the AW Becker Running Club called the Wackadoodles, included coming to school early three days a week and preparing their bodies to run the race by learning how to stretch, how to pace themselves and how to mentally prepare and endure distance running.

As part of the Wackadoodle program, A.W. Becker hosted elite athlete Melody Fairchild, who would be running the Freihofer 5K (3.1 mile) race, to come visit the school, run with the Wackadoodle members, and present at a very special assembly for grades 3, 4 and 5. [READ MORE]

Student photoRCS High School students share the joy of reading with students at AW Becker elementary

A.W. Becker students of all ages laughed, giggled and, most importantly, paid attention as high school students in Dee Hushmendy's Creative Writing class read some of their original books to them on Monday, June 1.

These seniors participated in the program: Madeline Civill, Cameryn Cross, Laura Farrant, Mickey Fryer, Lauren Hazelton, Vivienne Horne, Michael Jimenex, Lauren LeClaire, Bianca Marinex Franco, Seamus Mooney, Anthony Notaro, Hayley Novak, Sierra Staats, Zachary Therrien and Rebecca Young. [READ MORE]

Students honored with educational leadership awards

Student photoOn Monday, May 4, the Sandra G. Morley Physical Education Leadership Award Program continued its tradition of honoring elementary and middle school students for their leadership abilities and positive influence on their peers.


The award ceremony was held in the McDonough Sports Complex at Hudson Valley Community College, and recognized a number of students from AWB, PBC and the middle school.

Students district-wide get moving with Project ACES

Student photoOn Wednesday, May 6, all students at RCS participated in Project ACES (All Children Exercise Simultaneously,) which is a signature program of the Youth Fitness Coalition, Inc. and designed to unite children around the world in simultaneous movement in order to get them interested in exercise.


Students at PBC held a conga line in the hallways with DJ Shear playing music. Students at AWB had a dance party in their classrooms while Beyoncé's "Move Your Body" played over the PA system. Middle school students did a fun walk/run around the loop between the middle and high schools. The high school students had a dance party between periods eight and nine to the song "Happy" which was played over the PA system. We hope to make this an annual event in all RCS schools! [READ MORE]

New school signs have been put in their place; electricity on the way within two weeks

AW Becker signAfter months of planning, and weather delays over the winter, the three new school signs at each campus - in front of PB Coeymans, AW Becker and the Middle School/High School - have been put in place.

The signs were put in place over the past two weeks by Ray Sign. Electricity should be flipped on either just before or after the Memorial Day weekend, said Brian Bailey, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction. "We anxiously look forward to seeing RCS up in lights!," he said. [READ MORE]

Dozens attend AW Becker Science Fair; study student research and work

Student photoWhether it was showing off homemade solar panels, imploding aluminum cans or exploding volcanoes, the 2015 AW Becker Science Fair on May 7 was a success on several levels.

Students in pre-K through grade 5 exhibited top-notch scientific displays. This year marked a first with classroom viewings during the school day. Students enjoyed the opportunity of walking through the fair, observing projects such as homemade solar panels, exploring varieties of nail polish, investigations into our everyday food, imploding aluminum cans and exploding volcanoes and many more! [READ MORE]

Best Buddies Chicken BBQ, May 19

Once again this year the Best Buddies Club at the Middle School will be having a district-wide Chicken BBQ on Tuesday, May 19, from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Order forms must be sent back to the Middle School by May 15. Download the order form [PDF].

2015-16 basic school calendar now available

Visit our calendar page to view the school calendar and BOE calendar.

More than 100 RCS student musicians perform at NYSSMA Solo Festival

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]

Student photoAWB Grade 3 & 5 Literacy Lollapalooza

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]

Student photoAWB & PBC staff become certified in CPR

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]

Student photoAW Becker holds Family Math Night

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]

AW Becker students volunteer at local food bank

Student photoOn Wednesday, Dec. 17, the 4th and 5th grade Student Government officers and representatives of AW Becker had the pleasure of volunteering at the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York.


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]

Student photoFourth grade students learn and present about history in Native American life

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]


Student photoFifth graders share their own mystery stories during writer's workshop

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]

AW Becker's Science Experiment of the Month keep students in awe

Student photoStudents at A.W. Becker are getting a daily dose of the scientific method thanks to a new make-shift scientific lab station set-up outside of the elementary school’s library.

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]

GI Go Fund Jeans for Troops fundraiser nets $375 from RCS staff

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. READ MORE

Kindergarten students have fun at Stanton's Feura Farm

Student photoAW 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]

Literacy Night highlights Halloween

In conjunction with the Scholastic Book Fair, A.W. Becker’s “Fabulous Fall Literacy Night” for Pre-K to 2nd grade students and their families was held on Oct. 22.  AWB Literacy Night

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. [read more]

Elementary Children Learning How to Reduce the Spread of Germs

"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]

A.W. Becker students recognized by the Board of Education

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]

Student photoAWB students explore the world around them on Habitat Day

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]

Apple Run, jump rope all part of being heart healthy at Becker

Pardon A.W. Becker students if they seem a little jumpy these days.

It’s all for a good cause. [Read more]

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AWB takes a trip to Half Moon


AWB heads to Halfmoon for a 4th grade field trip 

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]











PhotoAWB Adventure in Reading program a success!

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 named as new A.W. Becker principalTricia Carlton

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]

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EVENTS Calendar

Wednesday, July 1

Board of Education Re-Organizational meeting/Regular meeting, 6 p.m., HS

Saturday, July 4

Independence Day

Tuesday, July 28

Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m., HS (if needed)

August 12-13

NYS Regents testing days

Tuesday, August 18

Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m., HS

Thursday, August 27

9th Grade Orientation, 6-7 p.m., HS

Tuesday, September 1

Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m., HS

Wednesday, September 2

Staff Development Day - STAFF ONLY

Thursday, September 3

Staff Development Day - STAFF ONLY

Monday, September 7

Labor Day - NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, September 8


Tuesday, September 15

Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m., HS - Recognition Awards

Friday, October 9

Emergency Early Release Day (15 minutes early dismissal)

Monday, October 12

Columbus Day - NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, October 13

Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m., AWB - Recognition Awards

Thursday, October 22

Superintendent's Conference Day (Early Dismissal UPK-12)

Tuesday, October 27

Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m., HS

Tuesday, November 10

Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m., PBC - Recognition Awards

Wednesday, November 11

Veterans Day - NO SCHOOL

Thursday, November 19

Parent Conferences K-12 - STAFF ONLY

Monday, November 23

Parent Conferences (Early Dismissal, UPK-8)

Tuesday, November 24

Parent Conferences (Early Dismissal, UPK-8)

Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m., HS

Wednesday-Friday, November 25-27

Thanksgiving Recess - NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, December 8

Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m., MSRecognition Awards

Thursday-Friday, December 24-January 1

Holiday Recess - NO SCHOOL

Monday, January 4, 2016

Classes resume

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m., HS

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Superintendent's Conference Day (Early Dismisal, UPK-12)

Monday, January 18, 2016

Martin Luther King Jr. Day - NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m., HS

Tuesday-Friday, January 26-29, 2016

NYS Regents exams

Tuesday, February 9

Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m., HS

Monday-Friday, February 15-19

Winter Recess - NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, February 23

Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m., HS

Tuesday, March 8

Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m., HS

Thursday, March 10

Parent Conferences (Early Dismisal, UPK-8)

Friday, March 11

Parent Conferences (Early Dismisal, UPK-8)

Tuesday, March 22

Superintendent's Conference Day (Early Dismissal, UPK-8)

Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m., HS

Friday, March 25

Good Friday - NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, April 5

Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m., HS - 2016-17 budget presentation and approval

Tuesday, April 19

Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m., HS - BOCES budget vote

Monday-Friday, April 25-29

Spring Recess - NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, May 10

Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m., HS - 2016-17 budget hearing

Tuesday, May 17

2016-17 school budget vote, 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., RCS High School gym

Tuesday, May 24

Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m., HS - if needed

Friday, May 27

Contingent Snow Day* if one emergency day has not been used

Monday, May 30

Memorial Day - NO SCHOOL

Wednesday, June 1

Common Core NYS Regents exams

Tuesday, June 14

Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m., HS

Tuesday-Thursday, June 14-23

NYS Regents exams

Thursday, June 23


Saturday, June 25

Class of 2016 graduation
9 a.m. Empire State Convention Center, Albany

Tuesday, June 28

Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m., HS


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