▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪
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.
On 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]
After 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]
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]
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].
Visit our calendar page to view the school calendar and BOE calendar.
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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.
AW 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]
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.
"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]
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]
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]
Pardon A.W. Becker students if they seem a little jumpy these days.
It’s all for a good cause.
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]
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, 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]