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Regular practice of math facts helped prepare A.W. Becker students
for their first Math Marathon the week of Nov. 2. The marathon was
an initiative to increase math fluency at all levels in the school.
Each grade participated in the event, trying to beat the buzzer as the timed challenge encouraged students to demonstrate their knowledge of math. [Read more]
The Bethlehem Zoning Board of Appeals is still considering the district’s request for a variance to allow the digital sign in front of A.W. Becker School, and has asked for the sign to be illuminated from 2 – 7 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 15 to see examples of its capabilities.[read more]
In just two hours on Saturday, Nov. 12, parents and staff from A.W. Becker raised $393 as they hosted a pancake breakfast fundraiser at the Glenmont Applebees. Proceeds from the fundraiser go to the A.W. Becker PTA.
In a culminating event for A.W. Becker’s One School, One Book
program, students and their families gathered for the fall Literacy
Night on Thursday, Oct. 22..
As part of One School, One Book, every student at A.W. Becker read World According to Humphrey, the first book in the Humphrey series, where Humphrey the hamster learns to read, write, teach English as a second language and more..
After being postponed once due to a waterlogged field, the students
at A.W. Becker finally got their chance to race to the finish line
on Oct. 15., during the 7th annual Natalie Krause Apple Run.
“I love the Apple Run,” Physical Education teacher Elyse Loughlin said. “It reminds me that when we are little we just love to move. Our students can’t wait to get out there and make that mad dash.”
The afternoon was filled with heart-healthy exercise to help teach students how physical fitness benefits the body.
The Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk School District
Superintendent, Robert Libby, will be asking the Bethlehem Zoning
Board to table the A.W. Becker variance appeal at the Oct. 21
“We have asked the Bethlehem Zoning Board to table our appeal for a later date,” district Libby said on Tuesday.
The request comes after the district received notice from the Albany County Planning Board that it had recommended thevariance be disapproved without prejudice.
“We were unaware that the Albany County Planning Board would be discussing our variance during its Oct. 15 meeting,” Libby said. “We therefore did not present our position to that board.”
School officials are now reaching out to the Albany County Planning Board for further information and guidance in resolving the matter. “Tabling the variance appeal until November is in the best interest of the district and the Town of Bethlehem,” Libby said.
“We appreciate the support we have received from the community on this matter and ask for your continued support as we move forward.”
For now, the sign will remain off, as the district works toward a resolution.
Fourth graders at A.W. Becker studying the geography of New York,
created their own map representations of the state last week.
Students included New York’s major cities, bodies of water and
geographical features in their maps. They also contained a map key
or legend as well as a compass rose to demonstrate what they had
learned about maps in their Social Studies class.
Mrs. Agostinoni’s, Mrs. Baumgras’s, Mrs. Conway’s and Conti’s, and Mrs. Tutay’s class all participated in the project. Click for pictures
Just days after the electric sign in front of A.W. Becker Elementary
School was first illuminated in June, the Town of Bethlehem informed
the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Central School District that the sign
violates their town code. A non-compliant sign could subject the
district and its board members to fines and even criminal penalties
unless the district receives a variance from the town.
The sign – which is intended to provide families and other community members information about school events and activities as well as health and safety – has been dark ever since.
Residents are encouraged to show their support for allowing the district to turn the sign back on by attending the Bethlehem Zoning Board meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. on Oct. 21 at the Bethlehem Town Hall. [Read more]
Due to heavy rains, the fields at A.W. Becker are too wet to hold the annual Apple Run Friday Oct. 2. The event is rescheduled for Thursday Oct. 15. Check back for more details.
an entire school reads the same book, the buzz and excitement around
the book being read increases these benefits, and there is the added
joy of building community in the school family."
A.W. Becker announces the launch of a new program called “One School, One Book”. The idea is that every child in the school will read the same book at the same time. Activities to engage and help unite readers around the book will also take place in the classrooms.
For more information visit the AWB "One School, One Book" website here
The A.W. Becker Adventures in Reading program was a success for the 37 students who participated in the four-week program. Students in grades 3-5 investigated and researched all about the ocean. Each student picked a specific animal to research and became an expert about it. The students enjoyed making Powerpoint presentations as well as animal pillows. A highlight for the students was using technology to enhance their reading, spelling and vocabulary skills.
AWB has released the list of school supplies that students will need when school begins in September. Check them out! [READ MORE]
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]
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]
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]
On 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.