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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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

Monday, September 1

LABOR DAY - NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, September 2

Staff Development Day - STAFF ONLY

Tryouts for all other (except football) Modified Sports (3 p.m.)

Wednesday, September 3

Staff Development Day - STAFF ONLY

Thursday, September 4

Welcome Back! First Day of School, grades 1-12

UPK and Kindergarten Welcome Start (by appt. only)

Friday, September 5

UPK and Kindergarten Welcome Start (by appt. only)

PBC Back-to-School BBQ, 4 p.m.

Monday, September 8

WELCOME BACK! FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL - UPK

Kindergarten Welcome Start (by appt. only)

Tuesday, September 9

WELCOME BACK! FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL - KINDERGARTEN

Wednesday, September 10

AWB PTA meeting, 6:45 p.m.

BC PTO meeting, 6:30 p.m.

In-Person Continuing Education Registration, 6:30-8 p.m., HS Aquatics Lobby

Thursday, September 11

MS Open House, 6:15 p.m., MS

Friday, September 12

AWB Back to School BBQ, 4 p.m., AWB

Monday, September 15

PBC Book Fair (thru 9/19)

Tuesday, September 16

AWB Open House, Grades 1-2, 6:30 p.m.

PBC Open House, Grades 3-5, 6:30 p.m.

HS Recognition Awards, 6:30 p.m. at HS

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

Thursday, September 18

AWB Open House, Grades 3-5, 6:30 p.m.

PBC Open House, Grades 1-2, 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, September 20

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

Monday, September 22

AWB Fall Picture Day

Fall begins

Tuesday, Sept. 23

HS Open House, 6:30 p.m., HS

Wednesday, September 24

HS Class Color Spirit Day

Thursday, September 25

ROSH HASHANAH - NO SCHOOL

Friday, September 26

MS Picture Day

College Caravan for Seniors, 12:30-1 p.m., HS

Green and Gold Day, HS

Homecoming Weekend

Saturday, September 27

Homecoming Weekend Homecoming Dance, 7 p.m., HS

Friday, October 3

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

AWB Apple Run (Rain date = Oct. 17)

PBC Cross Country Run

Saturday, October 4

Yom Kippur

Wednesday, Oct. 8

AWB PTA Meeting, 6:45 p.m.

PBC PTO Meeting, 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, October 9

Junior Class Ring Ceremony, 7 p.m.

HS Picture Day

Friday, October 10

Emergency Release Day (Students dismissed 15 minutes early)

AWB Habitat Day

Saturday, October 11

SAT Exam (8 a.m.-1 p.m., HS)

Monday, October 13

COLUMBUS DAY -- NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, October 14

AWB Recognition Awards, 6:30 p.m., AWB

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

Wednesday, October 15

PBC Picture Day

Saturday, October 18

PSAT Exam, 8:30 a.m.-11 a.m., HS

Monday, October 20

PBC Fundraiser goes home (runs thru 10-29)

*National School Bus Safety Week (Oct. 20-24)

Wednesday, October 22

AWB Scholastic Book Fair (thru 10-27)

Thursday, October 23

HS Fall Concert, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, November 1

ESYO Repertory (Orchestra/String Ensemble), 4 p.m.

Saturday, November 2

Daylight Savings Time ends

Tuesday, November 4

Professional Development Day -- EARLY DISMISSAL (UPK to Grade 12)

Wednesday, November 5

GCMEA Fall All-County Music Festival (3-8 p.m.); Greenville HS

Friday, November 7

End of 1st Marking Period (MS/HS)

GCMEA Fall All-County Festival (3 p.m. rehearsal; 7:30 p.m. concert)

Saturday, November 8

PBC PTO Holiday Bazaar, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Tuesday, November 11

VETERANS DAY -- NO SCHOOL

Wednesday, November 12

AWB PTA Meeting, 6:45 p.m.

PBC PTO Meeting, 6:30 p.m.

Friday, November 14

End of 1st Trimester, Marking Period -- UPK to Grade 5

Monday, November 17

(American Education Week runs thru Friday)

Tuesday, November 18

PBC Recognition Awards (6:30 p.m., PBC)

BOE meeting (7 p.m., PBC)

HS Re-take Picture Day

Wednesday, November 19

PBC "Hands On Science", 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

Thursday, November 20

Parent Conferences (All Grades)

Friday, November 21

NYSSMA Area All-State Festival, 1 p.m.-5 p.m.; Saratoga HS

Saturday, November 22

NYSSMA ASF (9 a.m. rehearsal; 2 p.m. concert; Saratoga HS)

Monday, November 24

Parent Conferences (Early dismissal UPK-8)

Tuesday, November 25

Parent Conferences (Early dismissal UPK-8)

Wednesday, November 26

NO SCHOOL -- THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY

 

 

 

 

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