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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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

PTA meeting changed to Nov. 19

The PTA meeting scheduled for Nov. 12 t 6:45 p.m. has been changed to Nov. 19.

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]

Wreath sale, quilt fair will be highlighted this Sunday, October 26, as time to start holiday shopping

The 5th grade team at A.W. Becker will be taking orders now for holiday wreaths.

A local craftsman makes these from Canadian greens, and they will be delivered to the elementary school by Dec. 3.

Samples can be seen Sunday, Oct. 26 at the PTA-sponsored “Quilter’s Paradise” at RCS High School. This is a yearly event where many quilters converge to sell various quilting supplies, kits and fabric.

Also at the quilting event, AWB’s PTA will be hosting a bake sale and sell raffle tickets for a quilt that will be auctioned before holiday break. A food truck will also be on site.

Organizers boast that this will be a great locale for one-stop holiday shopping.

An order form also went home with AWB students Oct. 24.

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. Apple Run[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.

Classroom supply lists are now available for download

With the start of school on Sept. 4 looming, the 2014-15 supply lists for classroom supplies are now available for students and parents. [read more]

Student photoStudentl photoHundreds have fun outside in the fresh air during AW Becker Field Days

"Field day at A.W. Becker this year was a blast!," said teaching assistant Sandi Ackert. She said that more than 70 parent volunteers helped at the stations - face painting, relay races, a bounce house and water games - as the nearly 500 AWB students worked their way through the various activities.

She sent out special thanks to Sergeant Jimenez, Denise Hughes, and the entire PTA for putting on this amazing event. [read more]

Student photoClaudia Verga retiring as A.W. Becker principal after 40 years in education

It seems like a lot has changed over the past 40 years.

Families had more children. Roads were less congested. America had just landed on the moon five years earlier. There were no desktop computers. No internet. No Facebook.

But one thing has not changed.

“Kids still come in the door the same way they did 40 years ago,” said A.W. Becker Elementary Principal Claudia Verga, who is retiring this month.

“They come with an enthusiasm and a willingness to learn. You can’t help but feel that energy in yourself. When they see you and hug you and tell you what’s going on, that shows them that you care about them and they know it.” [read more]

SABIC volunteers build arbor and beautify front garden at A.W. BeckerStudent photo

As part of the company's annual community day outreach, about 15 volunteers from SABIC Innovative Plastics in Selkirk designed and built an arbor and spruced up the front gardens at the A.W. Becker Elementary School.

"We are so pleased with the completed work, the arbor and the beautification of our front garden," said Principal Claudia Verga. "They have made AW Becker a more beautiful place to learn. Our building now has a fresh new face and we would like to extend a giant 'Thank You!' out to SABIC for their time and generosity." [read more]

Student photoAWB students 'move their bodies' during Project ACES

For five minutes this morning, there was a lot of shakin' going on in the classrooms at A.W. Becker as the nearly 500 students and staff participated in Project ACES - “the world’s largest exercise class.”

This event has been called “the world’s largest exercise class” because it brings together so many people around the US and the world to exercise simultaneously.

Project ACES (All Children Exercising Simultaneously) takes place on the first Wednesday in May and is part of National Physical Fitness and Sports Month and National Physical Education Week. [read more]

12 RCS students receive Physical Education Student Leadership Awards

Student photoTwelve RCS students - six from A.W. Becker and six from the Middle School - were recognized tonight at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy for receiving a Physical Education Student Leadership Award.

From A.W. Becker, these students were recognized: Shayla Weisheit, Meaghan Houk, Tyler Levine, Oliver Rossi, Jason Reif and Grace Engel. Jason and Grace are missing from the photo at right.

Their physical education teacher, Megan McClave also attended with the students. [read more]

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]

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]

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EVENTS Calendar

Wednesday, November 26


Thursday, November 27


Friday, November 28


Wednesday, December 3

AWB Grade 5 Band/Chorus Holiday Concert (7 p.m.)

Thursday, December 4

PBC Grade 5 Band/Chorus Holiday Concert (7 p.m., @ PBC)

NYSSMA Conference All-State Festival, Rochester (thru Dec. 7)

Friday, December 5

AWB Cookies with Santa

NYSSMA Conference All-State Festival, Rochester

Saturday, December 6

NYSSMA Conference All-State Festival, Rochester

Sunday, December 7

PBC Bottle and Can Drive (12-2 p.m.)

NYSSMA Conference All-State Festival, Rochester

Tuesday, December 9

HS Band and Chorus to perform at Empire State Plaza - 12 noon and 12:30 p.m.

MS Recognition Awards, 6:30 p.m.

Board of Education meeting, 7 p.m. (MS)

PBC Holiday Book Fair (thru Dec. 11)

Wednesday, December 10

AWB PTA Meeting, 6:45 p.m.

PBC PTO Meeting, 6:30 p.m.

PBC 'Cookies with Santa', 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Grades 7-8 Holiday Concert, 7 p.m.  (HS)

Thursday, December 11

PBC Grades 2 & 4 Holiday Concert, 7 p.m. (HS)

Friday, December 12

End of 5-week Interim Period (MS/HS)

Middle School Drama Production, 7 p.m.

Saturday, December 13

Middle School Drama Production, 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Monday, December 15

HS Holiday Concert, 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, December 16

AWB Grades 2 & 4 Holiday Concert, 7 p.m. (HS)

HANUKKAH (Begins at sundown)

Wednesday, December 17

Grade 6 Holiday Concert, 7 p.m., HS

Thursday, December 18

Alternate Concert Date (if 1 is canceled due to weather)

Sunday, December 21

Winter begins

Monday, December 22

Alternate Concert Date (if 1 is canceled due to weather)

Wednesday December 24-January 2

Holiday Recess - NO SCHOOL

Thursday, December 25

Christmas Day

Friday, December 26

Kwanzaa begins

 Thursday, January 1

New Year's Day  - NO SCHOOL

Monday, Jan. 5

Classes resume

Tuesday, January 6

Pre-K and Kindergarten Registration, 3-6 p.m. @AWB

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

Wednesday, January 7

Pre-K and Kindergarten Registration, 3-6 p.m. @AWB

Cafeteria and Fun Fair

Thursday, January 8

Pre-K and Kindgergarten Registration, 3-6 p.m. @PBC

Wednesday, January 14

AWB PTA Meeting, 6:45 p.m.

PBC PTO Meeting, 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, January 15

College Financial Aid Night, 7:30 p.m. (Parents of Juniors and Seniors)

Monday, January 19

Martin Luther King Jr. Day (observed)


Thursday, January 22

MS/HS Winter Select Ensembles Concert, 7 p.m., HS

Monday, January 26

Regents Exams, 9-12; Students report for only exams (thru Jan. 29)

Friday, January 30

Second semester begins, MS/HS

Tuesday, February 3

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

Thursday, February 5

Professional Development Day (early dismissal UPK-12)

Saturday, February 7

PBC PTO Bottle and Can Drive, 9-11 a.m.

Wednesday, February 11

AWB PTA Meeting, 6:45 p.m.

PBC PTO Meeting, 6:30 p.m.

Monday, February 16

Start of Winter Recess (thru Feb. 20)

Tuesday, February 24

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

Wednesday, February 25

In-person Continuing Education registration, 6:30-8 p.m., HS Aquatics Lobby

Friday, February 27

HS Drama Production, 7 p.m., HS

Saturday, February 28

HS Drama Production, 7 p.m., HS






Complete 2014-15 Calendar