Pieter B. Coeymans

Elementary School

66 Church Street

Coeymans, NY 12045

518.756.5200 ext.4000


Hakim Jones, 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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Scotia-Glenville Museum brings the magic of honeybees to PBC

The Scotia Glenville Traveling Museum came to the grade 2 classroom of Glenn Koblenzer at Pieter B. Coeymans Elementary to talk honeybees - including honeybee dances by the students.

Koblenzer said the visit paired nicely with the class's study of butterflies.

Students participated in two fun honeybee dances to show them how honeybees communicate. Justin Castillo was also lucky enough to wear a beekeeper's uniform and demonstrate how to use a smoker to get the bees out of their hive. [READ MORE]

PBC musicians give it their all during the Grade 5 Jazz Band and Chorus Spring Concert

Student photoBefore a packed audience, grade 5 students showed off their musical abilities during the Jazz Band and Chorus concert on Tuesday night, June 2, at PBC.

The chorus was led by Deborah McAllister and the band director was William Hoeprich. [READ MORE]

Student photoHabitat Day a hit at PB Coeymans

Whether they were studying owl pellets, observing exotic animals or going on a scavenger photo hunt, the students at PB Coeymans enjoyed Habitat Day - an annual day-long celebration in honor of the accomplishments of the PBC community who helped create the schoolyard habitat and received certification from the National Wildlife Federation for those efforts.


Students visited four to five of 18 potential habitat stations including: Owl Pellets, Nature Art, Food Hunt, Predators and Prey, Sounds of Nature, Plant identifiers, Bird Activity, Ladybugs, Scavenger Photo Hunt, Energy, Sharing Legends, Animal Habitats, Bird Beaks, Bees Are Our Friends and Oceans. [READ MORE]

RCS high school students talk bullying and diversity with PBC students

Student photoOn Monday, May 18, PBC fifth graders were visited by a group of RCS high school students who came to talk to the elementary students about an important topic — bullying.


The high school group hailed from the school's Diversity Club, presented to the elementary students and stayed for lunch and recess! [READ MORE]

Student photoStudents honored with educational leadership awards

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.

Students district-wide get moving with Project ACES

Student photoOn 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]

PBC signNew school signs have been put in their place; electricity on the way within two weeks

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]

PBC students, families make Learning Fair and Math Fun Night a success

 Student photoDozens of students displayed their research and participate in math games during the third annual Learning Fair and Math Fun Night on April 30 at Pieter B. Coeymans Elementary School.

"The Learning Fair was by far the best that I have had in the last three years (some of which included hands on experiments: catapults and working volcanoes, wrestling, natural disasters, Paris, and even Mickey Mouse)," said teacher Anthony Lintner, who is the school's math and science coordinator.

"Math Night seemed to have the gym full of learning and fun. Students were finding percentages from foul shots, bowling and keeping score, and participating in the math Olympics where they were estimating and getting actual scores using both the metric and customary systems by doing shot put (cotton balls), javelin (straws), discus (paper plates), high jump, and long jump." [READ MORE]

Best Buddies Chicken BBQ, May 19

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].

PBC PTO holding Color-A-Thon fundraiser

Color A Thon fundraiserJoin the PBC PTO for the first Ravena Color Run 3K. A great evening beginning at 6 p.m. on Friday, June 12 full of exercise and color.

$30 per person will allow you to run, walk or skip along a mapped out route in Ravena/Coeymans where you will have "paint" thrown at you. All ages are welcome!

The registration fee includes a white t-shirt to wear the evening of the event and a bonus color pack. Register now by clicking the image on the right ⇒⇒⇒⇒

All proceeds will benefit the Pieter B. Coeymans Elementary School.

2015-16 basic school calendar now available

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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

Wednesday, July 1

Board of Education Re-Organizational meeting/Regular meeting, 6 p.m., HS

Saturday, July 4

Independence Day

Tuesday, July 28

Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m., HS (if needed)

August 12-13

NYS Regents testing days

Tuesday, August 18

Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m., HS

Thursday, August 27

9th Grade Orientation, 6-7 p.m., HS

Tuesday, September 1

Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m., HS

Wednesday, September 2

Staff Development Day - STAFF ONLY

Thursday, September 3

Staff Development Day - STAFF ONLY

Monday, September 7

Labor Day - NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, September 8


Tuesday, September 15

Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m., HS - Recognition Awards

Friday, October 9

Emergency Early Release Day (15 minutes early dismissal)

Monday, October 12

Columbus Day - NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, October 13

Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m., AWB - Recognition Awards

Thursday, October 22

Superintendent's Conference Day (Early Dismissal UPK-12)

Tuesday, October 27

Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m., HS

Tuesday, November 10

Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m., PBC - Recognition Awards

Wednesday, November 11

Veterans Day - NO SCHOOL

Thursday, November 19

Parent Conferences K-12 - STAFF ONLY

Monday, November 23

Parent Conferences (Early Dismissal, UPK-8)

Tuesday, November 24

Parent Conferences (Early Dismissal, UPK-8)

Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m., HS

Wednesday-Friday, November 25-27

Thanksgiving Recess - NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, December 8

Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m., MSRecognition Awards

Thursday-Friday, December 24-January 1

Holiday Recess - NO SCHOOL

Monday, January 4, 2016

Classes resume

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m., HS

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Superintendent's Conference Day (Early Dismisal, UPK-12)

Monday, January 18, 2016

Martin Luther King Jr. Day - NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m., HS

Tuesday-Friday, January 26-29, 2016

NYS Regents exams

Tuesday, February 9

Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m., HS

Monday-Friday, February 15-19

Winter Recess - NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, February 23

Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m., HS

Tuesday, March 8

Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m., HS

Thursday, March 10

Parent Conferences (Early Dismisal, UPK-8)

Friday, March 11

Parent Conferences (Early Dismisal, UPK-8)

Tuesday, March 22

Superintendent's Conference Day (Early Dismissal, UPK-8)

Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m., HS

Friday, March 25

Good Friday - NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, April 5

Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m., HS - 2016-17 budget presentation and approval

Tuesday, April 19

Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m., HS - BOCES budget vote

Monday-Friday, April 25-29

Spring Recess - NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, May 10

Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m., HS - 2016-17 budget hearing

Tuesday, May 17

2016-17 school budget vote, 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., RCS High School gym

Tuesday, May 24

Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m., HS - if needed

Friday, May 27

Contingent Snow Day* if one emergency day has not been used

Monday, May 30

Memorial Day - NO SCHOOL

Wednesday, June 1

Common Core NYS Regents exams

Tuesday, June 14

Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m., HS

Tuesday-Thursday, June 14-23

NYS Regents exams

Thursday, June 23


Saturday, June 25

Class of 2016 graduation
9 a.m. Empire State Convention Center, Albany

Tuesday, June 28

Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m., HS


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