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March 3, 2015

Third-grade students research and debate roles of prominent African Americans in U.S. history

In recognition of Black History Month in February, grade 3 students at Watervliet Elementary School debated the roles of prominent African Americans in United States history. Read more View Photo Gallery

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Hat Day raises money for WES fourth-grader

WES Character Education sponsored a very successful Hat Day on March 17 that raised more than $730 dollars for fourth-grader Paige Grimmick and her family. Read more


Sixth-graders mix together words and illustrations to express meaning in concrete poems

Students in Kim Tallmadge's sixth-grade class recently cementedtheir understanding of a unique genre of poetry known as concrete poems. Read more


Grade 2 student's kindness recognized by Albany County DA

WES student Mya Sentmier received a pleasant surprise on Friday, March 13. The second grader was awarded a prize pack from a representative of the Albany County District Attorney’s office in school after she was selected the weekly winner of the DA’s “Words Can Hurt or Words Can Heal” contest. Read more


Students participate in hands-on learning in a college setting

A month into the Help Yourself Academy, an after-school enrichment program at Sage College in Troy, WES fourth-grade students have participated in several hands-on learning experiences. Recently, students dissected small squid to learn about the creature’s different body parts and systems. Read more


Kindergarten registration scheduled for March 19 at Watervliet Elementary School

WES kindergarten registration will take place on Thursday, March 19. If you are a resident of Watervliet and have a child who will turn 5 years old by December 1, 2015 call the elementary school main office at 629-3400 to schedule a registration appointment. Paperwork can be picked up at the main office or download registration materials from our website. View flyer for more information


WES students attend Sage College's Help Yourself Academy

Grade 4 students are participating in an enrichment program housed on the Sage College campus in downtown Troy. The program, called the Help Yourself Academy (HYA), is an after-school program sponsored by the Esteves School of Education that offers students from nearby school districts an opportunity to build skills in science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM) through fun, hands-on projects. Read more


WES alleviates “cabin fever with day of creative activities to reinforce school and classroom expectations

On Jan. 30, a fever spread throughout Watervliet Elementary School. Symptoms included students (some teachers, too) clad in pajamas and slippers, and lots of smiles and laughter emanating from classrooms. The diagnosis: Cabin Fever Day 2015. Read more view photo gallery


WES News and Notes February edition available online! Download newsletter


WES Breakfast Club builds reading skills for K-2 students

Following its highly successful launch in the fall, the WES Breakfast Club – a before-school reading program for K-2 students – will enthusiastically begin its spring session the week of February 9. More information enroll your child in the program (PDF)


The Shooting Star available online

Check out the latest edition of The Shooting Star, Watervliet Elementary School's newspaper. Download The Shooting STAR


WES fifth-grader captures top spot in schools annual Spelling Bee

Thirteen students in all, from the fourth to sixth grades, advanced to the annual school spelling bee after being successful in classroom spelling competitions. Read more View Photo Gallery


Local law enforcement, emergency responders and Watervliet teachers vie for trophy in basketball tourney to support PTA

Support the Watervliet PTA and cheer on our teachers, Watervliet Police Department, Watervliet Fire Department and Rensselaer County Correction Officers as they compete in a community basketball game this Saturday, January 17 at 6 p.m. at Watervliet High School. Proceeds from the tournament will help support the PTA’s events and programs. More information


Watervliet Public Library to host Story Time starting January 15

The Watervliet Public Library will be hosting Story Time on Thursdays at 11 a.m. beginning January 15. Pre-school children accompanied by an adult are invited to stop in for a story every Thursday. Following the story, children will have an opportunity to work on a craft related to the story. Information


WES News and Notes January edition available online! Download newsletter


WES students, staff celebrate the season with music, fun activities

The Watervliet Elementary School PTA held its annual Breakfast with Santa in early December. Later in the month, Band A performed a special concert for fellow students at WES. View Photo Gallery


Grade 4 News and Notes video available

Fourth graders have completed news and notes videos that describe all they are learning in their core subjects and special classes. View Mrs. Webster's class video View Ms. Heid's class video


The Shooting Star available online

Check out the latest edition of The Shooting Star, Watervliet Elementary School's newspaper produced by the student council. Download The Shooting STAR


PTA reschedules December meeting

Due to the weather, the WES PTA has rescheduled its meeting for Tuesday, December 16 at 6:30 p.m. in the WES cafeteria.


Grade 5 students celebrate everything reading on DEAR Day

On November 25, WES fifth graders celebrated Drop Everything And Read (DEAR) Day. Students participated in a variety of activities that involved reading and enjoying literature through various forms and genres. Read more


Watervliet students learn about healthy eating through fun, interactive assembly

FoodPlay, a national award-winning school theater production, presented its message of healthy living recently at Watervliet Elementary School just in time for the holidays—a busy time of year when healthy habits often take a back seat. Read more


A look back at the WES kindergarten Thanksgiving celebration

Kindergarten students enjoyed a feast of turkey and all the fixings the day before Thanksgiving recess. The kindergarten Thanksgiving feast is an annual event. View photos


Pinkalicious appears at WES

“Pinkalicious” the Musical has Watervliet's UPK through second grade students seeing red ... no, make that pink! Presented by Albany's Park Playhouse, the performancebased on the popular book by Victoria Kann and Elizabeth Kannis complete with Broadway-style show tunes and dancing cupcakes, but delivers important messages for children. Read more


WES News and Notes December edition available online! Download newsletter


Sixth-grader's writing recognized at statewide conference

The New York State Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Executive Board selected Watervliet student Shanzeyh Hussain's essay the winner in the grades 4-5 category of its annual statewide essay contest. Read more


Hot off the presses: The Shooting Star

Check out the new edition of The Shooting Star, Watervliet Elementary School's newspaper produced by the student council. Download The Shooting STAR

You are invited to help the Watervliet Public Library celebrate the 50th birthday of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, November 22. Please stop by the library to register or call 274-4471. Registration is required! Information


WES annual Food Drive nets 1,395 items

Students collected nearly 1,400 food donations for the community during Watervliet Elementary School's annual Food Drive, surpassing the school's original goal of 1,000 Read more


Mrs. Webster's fourth-grade class release new video edition of News and Notes

Mrs. Websters fourth graders have completed their next news and notes video that describes all they are learning in their core subjects and special classes. View video


WES third graders receive free reference books from Elks

Every third grader at Watervliet Elementary School recently received a special gift that will help them become better learners: a copy of their own personal dictionary. Read more


WES Lockdown Drill Complete

This morning, a lockdown drill was completed at Watervliet Elementary School. The drill was conducted in cooperation with the Watervliet Police Department. These ongoing safety drills are required by the New York State Education Department, and provide good practice for students and staff in the event of a real emergency. The safety of our students and staff is a priority, and drills are an important way to practice and improve protocols and procedures.


Sixth-grade student proposes weekly meat-free menu option in support of the environment

Starting Friday school lunches at Watervliet Elementary School in November will be free of a specific ingredient: meat. Sixth-grader Dezmond Rohenez proposed the initiative, called Meat Free Fridays at WES, which encourages students and staff members to refrain from eating meat one day a week in an effort to help protect the environment. Read more


WES News and Notes November edition available online! Download newsletter


Whats new with Mrs. Webster's fourth-grade class? Find out in this new video edition of News and Notes

Mrs. Websters fourth graders have completed their second video news and notes. View video


Disney princesses, super heroes rule at this year's Halloween Parade

Watervliet Elementary School students celebrated Halloween with classroom activities and the schools annual Halloween parade. View photo gallery


Wear a hat to school on October 30, help support classroom libraries!

One of WES’s goals this year is to ensure that as many children as possible receive books and have access to books. One way to do that is through the All for Books program. With a $1 donation, students can wear their favorite hat to school on Thursday, October 30! All proceeds from Hat Day will go toward purchasing more books to expand our classroom libraries. More information Download flyer


WES physical education challenge for September: 40-yard dash

Coach Lane and Coach Hotaling engaged all elementary students in a monthly challenge during physical education class. September’s challenge was the 40-yard dash. Congratulations to all students who won certificates of achievement for their performance in the 40-yard dash. View pictures


Grade 4 students debut news and notes video, discuss what they are learning

Mrs. Websters fourth graders have been working hard at completing their first video news and notes. View video


WES students collecting food donations for community

The Watervliet Elementary School is currently hosting a Food Drive to benefit Sacred Heart of Mary’s. Students are asked to bring in non-perishable food items to help combat hunger in their community. More information


2014 Kindergarten Apple Run

Annual autumn event offers exercise, fun for kindergarten students. View photo gallery 


Math Night is October 9

Math Night + Parents = Homework Support Children Need
Math education has changed significantly in recent years. What and how mathematics is taught is very different than many parents recall from their own school experience. If you have questions about how best to help your child with his or her math homework, please plan to join your childs teacher for Watervliet Elementary Schools Math Night on Thursday, Oct. 9 to learn tips and strategies for helping children with their homework. View flyer (PDF)


Peaceful Bus program drives positive behavior for WES students

On September 26, Watervliet Elementary School’s Character Education group led staff and students through the Peaceful School Bus program during which students reviewed school bus rules and discussed behavior that is appropriate and inappropriate while riding the bus. Read more Photo Gallery


WES News and Notes October edition available online! Download newsletter


Students sign classroom pledges and school-wide Constitution

Watervliet Elementary School students recently celebrated Constitution Day, a federal observance established by Congress in 2004 to commemorate the signing of the Constitution on September 17, 1787. Read more


Dads Take Your Child to School Day

Dozens of fathers showed support for their children’s education by taking part in “Dads Take Your Child to School Day” at Watervliet Elementary School. Read more


Meet the Teachers Night for Grades 1-3 is Sept 15; Grades 4-6 on Sept. 17

Meet the Teachers Night for parents of students in grades 1-3 is tonight: Monday, Sept. 15. Parents of grades 4-6 students are invited to Meet the Teachers Night on Wednesday, Sept. 17. Please don't miss this important event for both parents and teachers. It provides parents an opportunity to meet your child's teachers and to learn more about the school and the curriculum, while it offers teachers a chance to meet parents and discuss expectations for the school year. More information (PDF)


WES News and Notes September edition available online! Download newsletter


Local organization seeks coats for children and adults in need

Coats for the Community is seeking donations of gently used coats to give to those who need them most. Coats can be dropped off at the Watervliet Elementary School, Watervliet Housing Authority or the Civic Center. View flyer


New school year underway at WES

On Wednesday, September 3 Watervliet Elementary School teachers, support staff and administrators welcomed UPK through grade 6 students to the first day of the 2014-15 school year. View photo gallery


Attention Parents: Student drop-off/pick-up procedures

Student drop off and pick up procedures at WES remain the same as were in place last year. Please disregard the note in the welcome back letter that stated there is a change in procedures.
A reminder about morning arrival: The Watervliet Elementary School day starts at 8:35 a.m. In the interest of safety, students should not arrive at campus prior to that time because there is no adult supervision. If you are driving your child to school, you must keep them with you in the car until staff is outside. Walkers should plan their arrival to school for 8:35 a.m., as well. Thank you for working as partners with us to ensure a safe start to the school day.


Class assignments in the mail

Class assignment letters will be mailed Thursday, August 21. School opens for students on Wednesday, September 3. Due to construction, the building remains closed for any visits prior to school opening. The staff at Watervliet Elementary School is looking forward to a great school year. Enjoy your last week of summer vacation!


Transportation 2014-15

Transportation cards have been mailed home for students in grades K-6. Please call Roni O'Brien at 629-3224 if you have any questions. There are no changes to transportation all bus runs will remain the same for the 2014-2015 school year. Pick up times in Port Schuyler for high school students will remain the same: 7:15 a.m., 7:30 a.m., and 7:43 a.m. Elementary and high school arrival and dismissal times will remain the same, as well.


Kindergarten students to follow rolling schedule on first day of school

Kindergarten students will follow a rolling schedule during the first day of school — Wednesday, September 3. More information Download Flyer (PDF)

2014-15 school supply lists

School supply lists for the 2014-15 school year for Watervliet Elementary School students are now available. Kindergarten list | Grade 1 list | Grade 2 List | Grade 3 List | Grade 4 list | Grade 5 List | grade 6 list


Community organizations to host Back-to-School Picnic on August 16

Watervliet families can enjoy free hot dogs, a bouncy castle, climbing wall, and swimming! First 200 children (K-6) who attend the picnic with a parent will receive a free backpack with school supplies. View flyer for information


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The award-winning Parent Today e-newsletter is available to families in the Watervliet City School District. Sign up to receive this free e-newsletter today! Read more


WES Grade 6 Graduation 2014

Sixth-graders celebrate the completion of their elementary years during a formal ceremony on June 25. view photo gallery


2014 Kindergarten Moving Up Ceremony

Watervliet Elementary School kindergarten students celebrate accomplishments, friendships during year-end ceremony. View photo gallery


WES Field Day photos! View photo gallery


Congratulations UPK graduates and families! View photo gallery of the June 23 Universal PreK Moving Up ceremony.




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March 24-25

Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK) Registration

April 3-10

Spring Recess No School

April 14

PTA Meeting, 6:30 p.m.

April 14-16

NYS English Language Arts exams for Grades 3-8

April 21

Board of Education meeting, 7 p.m., WJSHS Conference Room

April 22-24

NYS Mathematics exams for Grades 3-8

April 27

UPK Lottery

April 29

WES Poem in Your Pocket Day


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