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.

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A.W. Becker classroom supply lists are now available

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]

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

August 19

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

August 21

Gr. 9 Orientation, 6 p.m., HS auditorium

August 26

Gr. 6 Orientation, 10-11:30 a.m., MS

Gr. 7-8 schedule pick-up, 12-1 p.m., MS

Complete 2013-14 Calendar