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.
The PTA meeting scheduled for Nov. 12 t 6:45 p.m. has been changed to Nov. 19.
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]
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.
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.
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]
"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]
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]
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]
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]
Twelve 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, 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]
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]
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.
▪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]