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Dr. Lori S. Caplan

1245 Hillside Drive,

Watervliet, NY 12189

Phone: (518) 629-3200

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Superintendent's statement

Earlier today Albany County District Attorney David Soares released information from a sealed indictment against Watervliet Police Officer Joshua Spratt. Officer Spratt is an employee of the Watervliet City Police Department who was assigned to our schools for the past two years as the School Resource Officer. The charges against Officer Spratt are devastating, and if true, represent an egregious and unforgivable betrayal of the trust we all placed in him.
As always, our primary concern is for the safety and well-being of students. Our focus over the next few weeks will be helping them to come to terms with this betrayal. We’ve activated our district Crisis Team and on Wednesday at 1 p.m. teachers, administrators and counselors will be available in the high school cafeteria to meet with students and help them process this news. Parent letter
We will continue to cooperate with the State Police and the District Attorney's Office throughout the investigation. We urge any students or parents who have information that may be relevant to this case to contact the State Police at 783-3211.


State revises immunization requirements

The New York State Education Department and New York State Department of Health recently amended immunization requirements for children attending public schools. Effective Sept. 1, the changes require that all children have their complete series of MMR, DTaP and polio immunizations prior to entering school. More information


save THE DATE: Monday, Sept. 21

4th Annual Arsenal Partnership Tom Hartnett Memorial Golf Tournament to benefit after-school programs

The Arsenal Business & Technology Partnership invites you to participate in the 4th Annual Arsenal Partnership Tom Hartnett Memorial Golf Outing at the Colonie Golf & Country Club on Monday, September 21, 2015. More information


WHS to introduce Pivot Program for 9th graders in the fall

Watervliet High School will introduce a new extended program for grade 9 students beginning in September called the Pivot Program. Read more


2015 Parent Technology Survey

WCSD is asking parents to please complete this important survey regarding the types of technology and internet access your school-aged children have outside of school. Take survey


WCSD Summer Meals Program

The Watervliet City School District will again sponsor a summer meals program that offers free breakfast and lunch for children 18 years or younger at sites throughout the city. More information


Teaching is the Core Grant work continues

Watervliet has been working to implement the action plan developed through the Teaching is the Core (TiTC) grant, a $399,946 grant from the New York State Education Department that aims to support improvement of assessment practices in regional schools. Read more

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Community approves 2015-16 Watervliet school budget

Watervliet City School District residents Tuesday approved the proposed $25.89 million budget for the 2015-16 school year by a margin of 66 percent, or 96 yes votes and 50 no votes. More information


WCSD selected for BMI reporting

The Watervliet School District has been selected to participate in the New York State Department of Health’s Weight Status Survey during the 2015-16 school year. The survey collects and submits Body Mass Index (BMI) data for students who were in pre-k or kindergarten and in grades 2, 4, 7 and 10 in the prior school year (2014-2015) to the state. Parents may choose to opt out of having their child's information included in the report. More information


2015-16 school year calendar online

The Watervliet Board of Education recently approved the 2015-16 school year calendar. A more detailed district calendar for the upcoming school year will be provided to parents at a later date. DOWNLOAD CALENDAR (PDF)


NYS budget plan approved, district receives school aid information

The Division of Budget yesterday released state aid runs for school districts across the state as lawmakers raced the clock to finalize the New York State budget. Under the approved state spending plan, Watervliet will receive a projected 11.2 percent increase in state aid in the 2015-2016 school year. More than half of the increase, $1.06 million – or 57 percent – is in building aid, which can only be applied toward payment of the recently completed construction and renovations project. More information


Teaching is the Core update

Watervliet City School District is participating in the Teaching is the Core (TiTC) grant through a consortium of 12 districts, led by Capital Region BOCES and funded through a $399,946 grant from the New York State Education Department. read more


NYS Budget agreement reached, schools await release of aid runs

Capital New York and other news media are reporting today that lawmakers have reached a deal on the framework for a state budget. Some questions linger regarding the amount of state aid that will be allocated to schools and how it will be distributed. Read More


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


School Board nominating petitions available now

Petitions are available for any resident interested in running for the Watervliet Board of Education. Two of the five school board seats are up for election this year. Nominating packets must be picked up in person from the District Office at 1245 Hillside Drive (in the Watervliet Jr/Sr. High School) during regular business days between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. More information


Watervliet superintendent and student headline regional education forum

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Lori Caplan and Watervliet High School senior Theresa DeChiaro addressed an overflow crowd at Colonie Central High School on Thursday, Feb. 26, calling on Gov. Cuomo to stop playing politics and do what is best for New York’s students by fixing the state’s broken school funding system. Read more


Watervliet High School student asked to speak at Feb. 26 regional forum on public education

Watervliet High School senior Theresa DeChiaro has been invited to be a panelist at this year’s public education forum, “SAVE OUR SCHOOLS: Quality Opportunities for Public School Children” on Thursday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m. at Colonie Central High School. More information download forum agenda


Assembly and Senate bills introduced that would compel state to fully end the GEA this year

In January, Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner (D-Round Lake) and Senator Patrick Gallivan (R-Elma) introduced bi-partisan legislation (Assembly Bill A.2271 and Senate Bill S.2743) that would result in an immediate end to the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) in 2015-16 and thereafter provide school districts with the full amount of state aid they are legally allowed to receive. Learn more and contact our elected officials to urge them to continue to make the GEA a priority issue this legislative session


Update: No aid increase for next two years unless Legislature approves Cuomo’s proposal Read more

1.23.15 (updated)

Gov. Cuomo calls for $1.1 billion school aid increase in exchange for education reforms, no mention of GEA

Under the Executive Budget proposal outlined by Governor Andrew Cuomo on January 21, state funding for schools would increase by $1.1 billion next year – only if state lawmakers go along with a series of education reforms that he described as “ambitious” in his combined budget address and State of the State message. Read more


Graduation rates increase across the state and in Watervliet

Overall high school graduation rates in New York state rose slightly in 2014 to 76.4 percent, according to a report released by the New York State Education Department in December. The data shows a graduation rate of 78 percent for Watervliet High School in 2014, which is an increase from the prior year. Read More

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Complete 2014-15 school calendar now available online

The Watervliet 2014-15 school calendar is currently being printed and will be mailed to families of students later this month. In the meantime, you can view the calendar online or download a copy (PDF).

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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Track open for public use

The new track at WJSHS is open for public use weekdays only between the hours of 4 and 8 p.m. When using the track, please be respectful of facility rules. View track rules

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.

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