District residents to vote May 17 on proposed $26 million school budget
On Tuesday, May 17, Watervliet residents will consider a $26.1 million budget for the 2016-17 school year that increases overall spending by 1.04 percent, or $269,000 more than the current budget, and yields a tax levy increase that is approximately one quarter of one percent. The Public Budget Hearing is set for Tuesday, May 10 at 7 p.m. in the conference room at Watervliet Jr./Sr. High School. Read more
Public Budget Hearing, Board of Education meeting set for May 10
The Public Budget Hearing on Tuesday, May 10 at 7 p.m. will be followed by the regular Board of Education meeting. Both will take place in the conference room at Watervliet Jr./Sr. High School. View meeting agenda
Teen Cyber Census
Parents of grades 8-12 students, please register yourself and your child(ren) to participate in the Teen Cyber Census, a research study by the Siena College Research Institute, AT&T and the Tyler Clementi Foundation. Read more
New traffic safety rules for WJSHS parking lot begin Monday, May 2
Starting Monday, May 2, new traffic safety rules will be in effect for dropping off and picking up students at Watervliet Jr./Sr. High School. The first two lanes at the top of the parking lot are reserved for school bus traffic ONLY. All other vehicles must use the remaining lanes – lower end of the parking lot – for dropping off and picking up students at the school's main entrance. More information
District bus driver recognized for going the extra mile for students
Congratulations to Watervliet City School District’s David Capitula for recently being selected a “Friend of Education” by CASDA. Read more
2016-17 NYS budget includes $1.5 billion education funding increase
On Friday, April 1, New York lawmakers approved a 2016-17 state budget that includes an overall $1.5 billion – or 6.5 percent – increase in education funding. The state budget increases foundation aid – the primary source of funding for everyday school operations – by $627 million, or 4 percent. For Watervliet, the increase in aid equals approximately $299,000, which is more than the allocation proposed by Gov. Cuomo in his executive budget in January.More information
Changes for 2016 Grades 3-8 ELA and math tests
The New York State Education Department has made changes to the annual grades 3-8 assessments, which begin on Tuesday, April 5 with English language arts (ELA) tests. More information
Board of Education adopts 2016-17 school calendar
During its March 17 meeting, the Board of Education adopted the 2016-17 school calendar. This one-page calendar lists school holidays, staff development days and Regents testing dates. The complete 2016-17 district calendar listing school events will be mailed to student households in August. Download one-page 2016-17 calendar
Track to open again for public use beginning March 21
With spring officially arriving on March 20, the WJSHS track will again be open for public use on weekdays from 4 p.m. until nightfall starting Monday, March 21. When using the track, please be mindful of facility rules. View track rules
WCSD Transportation Department updates available via social media
The WCSD Transportation Department is now on Twitter and Facebook! Parents and students are invited to follow @WCSDTrans or like Watervliet CSD Transportation on Facebook to receive the latest transportation news and updates.
Spring safety drills begin
The district began practicing safety drills at both schools starting today. The drills include shelter in place, lockdown, lockout and fire drills. This morning, a shelter in place drill was successfully conducted at WJSHS with assistance from the New York State Police and the Watervliet Police Department. These drills provide students and staff the opportunity to practice emergency procedures.
School Board nominating petitions available
Watervliet residents who are interested in running for the Board of Education may pick up a nominating petition packet from the District Office. One of the five school board seats will be up for election this year. MORE INFORMATION
Community invited to upcoming budget workshops
The Board of Education invites the community to 2016-17 school budget workshops on the following dates: Tuesday, March 8, 6:30 p.m., WES PTA meeting; Thursday, March 17, 6:00 p.m. prior to the regular board meeting, WJSHS; and Saturday, April 9, 9:00 a.m., budget breakfast, WJSHS.
Engineering Ambassadors program provides Watervliet students hands-on STEM experience
The Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) Engineering Ambassadors and Congressman Paul Tonko visited Watervliet Jr./Sr. High School on Monday, Feb. 22 for a day of hands-on activities, presentations, and discussion of careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Read more
First Health and Wellness Community Night a success!
The Watervliet City School District’s inaugural Health and Wellness Community Night drew approximately 100 students, parents, staff and community members to the high school on February 2. read more
Communicating weather-related announcements
With the arrival of winter weather, we offer this friendly reminder about the variety of ways the Watervliet schools communicate weather-related announcements—be it closings, delays or early dismissals. Read more
Capital Region school leaders outline legislative priorities
School superintendents from across seven counties in the region have come together to outline the changes needed at the state level to spur a period of progress and achievement for New York’s students and schools. Read more
Times Union publishes tax cap editorial penned by superintendents
An editorial co-authored by Watervliet Superintendent Dr. Lori Caplan and Schodack Superintendent Robert Horan published in the Times Union explains the effect a projected zero percent property tax levy cap could have on educational opportunities for students next year. Read the editorial │ download copy (PDF)
Changes for 2016 Grades 3-8 ELA and math tests
With the spring testing season approaching quickly, state education leaders have announced a series of changes to the state’s English language arts (ELA) and math exams for grades 3-8. More information
Vliet administrators join Twitter
All Watervliet administrators are now on Twitter! That means you can receive more news than ever about our schools. More information
Parent Portal available for K-12
The web-based communication tool that allows parents and guardians to view their children’s academic profiles via the Internet is now available for grades K-12. read more
Watervliet Schools on Facebook, Twitter
To help keep the community, parents, students and staff more informed about important news and events, Watervliet City Schools has joined the social-networking websites Facebook and Twitter. Learn more
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Spring Blood Drive May 12
Watervliet High School hosts its annual Spring Blood Drive for the American Red Cross on Thursday, May 12 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the small gym. Walk-ins are welcome.
Date change for Spring Sports Awards Night
The 2016 Spring Sports Awards Night has been rescheduled to Wednesday, May 25 at 6 p.m.
Introducing One Call Now
WCSD recently transitioned to a new web-based messaging system called “One Call Now” to notify parents by phone, email and text message about important district news and information regarding school events and activities, as well as school closings and/or early dismissals. Read more
Fitness Center public hours
The Fitness Center at WJSHS will be open to the public on Mondays and Thursdays from 6-8 p.m. effective Dec. 1. Residents who are interested in using the facility will need to fill out a the Fitness Center waiver. Call the WCSD Athletic Department at 629-3303 for more information.
School guests reminded to sign in, receive Visitors Badge: visitors policy