Pieter B. Coeymans

Elementary School

66 Church Street

Coeymans, NY 12045

518.756.5200 ext.4000


Hakim Jones, Principal

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More than 100 RCS student musicians perform at NYSSMA Solo Festival

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]

Student photoGrade 2 students at PBC learning Read, Cover, Remember, Retell strategy for reading nonfiction

Reading nonfiction is not easy for most young readers. Grade 2 students are doing more than just picking up a book and plowing through the words on the page.

In Glenn Koblenzer's classroom, they are using a strategy for reading nonfiction called "Read, Cover, Rememeber, Retell." [READ MORE]

Kristin Hill-BurnsPBC students explore winter sports and snowshoe outdoors

Teachers John Conte and Diane Conover from the PBC Physical Education department took the school's fourth and fifth grade students snowshoeing as part of our winter physical education curriculum.

Being a long cold winter, getting outside and exercising can often be difficult, but students learned that exercising can be fun! They saw how snow shoeing can be a lifetime activity that can be done at almost any age. [READ MORE]

Student photoChocolate Literacy Night combines chocolate treats and literacy

Chocolate Literacy Night combined something special for grades 4 and 5 families at Pieter B. Coeymans tonight - chocolate and literacy.

Children and parents worked side by side to conquer a chocolate webquest and to find out just how many milliliters of candy they eat when eating 50 or 100 M&Ms. They completed an Ooey Gooey Chocolatey Adjective activity and searched through the clues on a Scavenger Hunt to gather the chocolate facts and attempt to win one of 5 Golden Tickets to a pizza party! [READ MORE]

Student photoAWB & PBC staff become certified in CPR

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]

Creative Writing students from the high school bring their original stories to young PBC readers

Student photoEighteen students in the high school's Creative Writing class, taught by Dee Hushmendy, knew they were missing one very important thing when they wrote and illustrated original children's books as part of their college-level course.

An audience.

They got that when they visited Pieter B. Coeymans classrooms - kindergarten, grade 1 and grade 2 - to read their stories to the students. [READ MORE]

Student photoHands On Science Night lets students and parents test the Scientific Method

More than 80 families and students worked together to create flotation devices that could hold weight during the second annual Hands On Science Night tonight.

"The designs were awesome with some more cosmetic than functional features and others built for success," said math and science coordinator Tony Lintner. "Either way, they were able to choose their own materials, build their own designs, and most importantly…work with their family members while discovering the processes of scientific discovery and engineering." [read more]


33 PBC students recognized for excellence on state Science, ELA and Mathematics tests in the spring

Student photoPBC Principal Hakim Jones and Interim Superintendent Alan McCartney presented 33 students with certificates noting their success on scoring Level 4 - the highest achievement possible - on state science, English Language Arts and math tests in the spring.

Jones noted that teachers work very hard with students every year "to prepare our students and see how much they have grown during the year" in their studies. [read more]

Grade 2 class "hates yams in all places"

Jessica Emerick's grade 2 class wrote a song with WGNA disc jockey Richie Phillips as part of his “Reading, Writing and Rhyming” program. Phillips came to Pieter B. to record the students singing "I Hate Yams in All Places" to a parody of the Garth Brook's song, “Friends In Low Places.” Phillips also plays the clip of Brooks reacting to the PBC parody during a radio interview.

Listen to the student-created song and Brooks interview by clicking on the image below.



GI Go Fund Jeans for Troops fundraiser nets $375 from RCS staff

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. READ MORE

Literacy Night a success at PBC

PBC's Halloween-themed Literacy NightPBC's most recent Literacy Night featured a special theme. It was pretty easy to guess what holiday inspired the group.

Check out some more pictures from the evening here.

Event organizers expressed the joy at having an engaging, educational and fun-filled evening for the students and families of PBC!

More events will be held like this throughout the school year, so keep checking back for fun photos of the students, teachers and families.

PBC grade 5 students attend ESYO performance at Proctor's Theater

Student photoGrade 5 students at Pieter B. Coeymans were part of a wonderful musical experience that took place at Proctors Theatre in Schenectady on Oct. 22.

Students took in the sights and sounds of the Empire State Youth Orchestra (ESYO) as they performed musical selections of American composers including Charles Ives and Aaron Copland. The program was tailored for students and was very interactive through the use of actors, artwork and of course, fabulous music! [read more]


PBC Pre-K Literacy Night

PBC Literacy NightPBC held a fun and successful pre-K Literacy Night recently.

Here are a few other photos [View pictures]






 Ravena Mayor William Misuraca meets with students in grade 2Mayor visit to PBC

Ravena Mayor William Misuraca visited PBC on Friday, Oct. 17, to teach Jessica Emerick's, Glenn Koblenzer's, Kim Kratochwill's and Nicole Stott's second graders about the importance of leadership in a community. Many thanks to Mayor Misuraca for taking the time to answer many of the students' questions. Click on the image to enlarge it.

Annual cross country run brings out 48 students

PBC Annual Cross Country RunThere were 48 PBC fourth- and fifth- graders who enjoyed a spirited run on a perfect Friday afternoon, Oct. 3.

The annual cross country race was nearly a mile, along the perimeter of the school. The emphasis is on fun and fitness every year, and every participant received a post-race ribbon.

Here are the top-3 results from the four classifications:

5th Grade Boys – Jason Margiasso, William Miller, Tyler Schwarbrow

5th Grade Girls – Carys Bartlett, Chesnie Waddingham, Gabby Margiasso

4th Grade Boys – Frankie Broadhurst, Garrett Poland, Jack Barry

4th Grade Girls – Nicole Decker, Madison Filkins, Sulamita Voronko

Literacy Night a big hit (and rhyme) at PBC

The theme of a recent Pieter B. Coeymans Elementary Literacy Night was “Rhyme Time” and it was centered on nursery rhymes. 

Literacy Night at PBCIt included students and families from Universal Pre-Kindergarten through first grade.  Students participated along with their parents in literacy-based activities that were fun and engaging and crossed the curriculum to include math and music. 

The stations also integrated literacy with movement activities to build fine and gross motor skills. 

Students followed directions to make their own “Itsy Bitsy Spider” snack and made frames to attach a picture that went along with” Old McDonald’s Farm.”  They created star rubbings to accompany “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” and even ran an obstacle course and completed a sequencing activity to go along with “Jack and Jill.” [See more photos]

photo of Revolutionary War reenactment

EVENTS Calendar

Friday, April 17

End of 3rd Marking Period, MS

Tuesday, April 21

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

Wednesday, April 22

NYS Math Assessment, Grades 3-8

Administrative Professionals Day
Earth Day

Thursday, April 23

NYS Math Assessment, Grades 3-8

Friday, April 24

NYS Math Assessment, Grades 3-8

Monday, April 27

PBC Book Fair (Until May 5)

NYSSMA Instrumental Majors Festival, Shaker HS

Tuesday, April 28

Kindergarten Screening at AWB, by appointment only

NYSSMA Instrumental Majors Festival, Shaker HS

NYSSMA Choral Majors Festival, Bethlehem HS

Wednesday, April 29

Kindergarten Screening at AWB, by appointment only

PBC Bingo, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

NYSSMA Choral Majors Festival, Bethlehem HS

NYSSMA Instrumental Majors Festival, Saratoga Springs HS

Thursday, April 30

Kindergarten Screening at AWB, by appointment only

Learning Fair, Math Night & Art Show, 6-7:30 p.m. at PBC

NYSSMA Choral Majors Festival, Bethlehem HS

NYSSMA Instrumental Majors Festival, Saratoga Springs HS

Friday, May 1

Kindergarten Screening at AWB, by appointment only

NYSSMA Solo/Ensemble Festival 2, Queensbury HS

Saturday, May 2

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

NYSSMA Solo/Ensemble Festival 2, Queensbury HS

Monday, May 4

AP Exams, HS

Teacher Appreciation Week, May 4-8

Tuesday, May 5

AP Exams, HS

Board of Education Meeting, Budget Hearing and Meet the BOE candidates, 6:30 p.m., HS

Teacher Appreciation Day

Wednesday, May 6

AP Exams, HS

National School Nurse Day

Thursday, May 7

AWB Science Fair, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

MS/HS Spring Select Ensembles Concert, 7 p.m., HS

Friday, May 8

AP Exams, HS

Mother/Son Dance, 6:30-8:30 p.m., PBC

NYSSMA Solo/Ensemble Festival 3, Colonie HS

Saturday, May 9

NYSSMA Solo/Ensemble Festival 3, Colonie HS

Sunday, May 10

Mother's Day

Monday, May 11

AP Exams, HS

Tuesday, May 12

MS Evening of the Arts, 6:30 p.m.

6th Grade Orientation for Parents, 6:45 p.m., MS Library

Wednesday, May 13

AP Exams, HS

PBC PTA Meeting, 6:30 p.m.

AWB PTA Meeting, 6:45 p.m.

Thursday, May 14

Grades 6-8 Spring Concert, 7 p.m., HS

Friday, May 15

End of 5-Week Interim Period, MS/HS

Sunday, May 17

PBC PTO Bottle & Can Drive, 12-2 p.m.

Monday, May 18

RCS Invitational Track Meet, 3 p.m.

AWB Art Show & Summer Recreation Expo, 6:30-8 p.m.

Tuesday, May 19


Polls Open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the HS

Wednesday, May 20

Grade 8 Science Performance Test

HS Spring Concert, 7:30 p.m., HS

Thursday, May 21

Contingent Day (No School if one emergency day has not been previously used)

Friday, May 22

No School, Memorial Day

Monday, May 25

No School, Memorial Day (observed)

Tuesday, May 26

Board of Education Meeting, 7 p.m., HS (if needed)

Wednesday, May 27

PBC NYS Grade 4 Science Performance Test

National Honor Society tapping, induction ceremony at 7 p.m., HS

Thursday, May 28

AWB NYS Grade 4 Science Performance Test

National Junior Honor Society Induction, 6:30 p.m., MS

Friday, May 29

PBC Father/Daughter Dance, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Physics Lab Day, HS

Junior Prom, 6-11 p.m., 90 State in Albany

Monday, June 1

Common Core Regents Exams 9-12 in English & Geometery

Grade 4 & 8 Science Written Test

Tuesday, June 2

PBC Grade 5 Band/Chorus Spring Concert, 7 p.m. at PBC

Wednesday, June 3

AWB Grade 5 Band/Chorus Spring Concert, 7 p.m. at AWB

Thursday, June 4

Grades 3-5 Music Assembly for ABW/PBC, 9:45 a.m.

HS Senior Awards Night, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 6

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

Tuesday, June 9

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

Wednesday, June 10

AWB Grades 1 & 3 Spring Concert, 7 p.m., HS

Thursday, June 11

PBC Grades 1 & 3 Spring Concert, 7 p.m., HS

Sunday, June 14

Flag Day

Tuesday, June 16

Regents Exams, Grades 9-12

Wednesday, June 17

Regents Exams, Grades 9-12

AWB PTA Meeting, 6:45 p.m.

PBC PTO Meeting, 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, June 18

Regents Exams, Grades 9-12

Friday, June 19

Regents Exams, Grades 9-12

Field Day, AWB and PBC

Sunday, June 21

Father's Day
Summer begins

Monday, June 22

Regents Exams, Grades 9-12

Tuesday, June 23

Regents Exams, Grades 9-12

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

Wednesday, June 24

MS dismissal at 11 a.m.; Elementary dismissal at 12:30 p.m.

Regents Exams, Grades 9-12

Moving Up Day, 10 a.m., AWB

Grade 8 Moving Up Program, 6:30 p.m., HS

Thursday, June 25

Regents Exams, Grades 9-12

LAST DAY OF SCHOOL MS Dismissal at 11 a.m. Elementary Dismissal at 12:30 p.m.

Moving Up Day, 10 a.m., PBC

Regents Rating Day

Saturday, June 27


9 a.m., Empire State Convention Center, Albany

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