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Dr. Lori S. Caplan

1245 Hillside Drive,

Watervliet, NY 12189

Phone: (518) 629-3200

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Watervliet Elementary School welcomed 14 new students to its expanded prekindergarten program on Monday, Feb. 24. Read more View Photo Gallery


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District officials close to finalizing the 2014-15 school budget

Watervliet school district officials continued the formal budget development process on Saturday, April 12 with a review of the district’s final state aid numbers and a presentation of the district’s proposed $24,954,000 budget for the 2014-15 school year. Read more


Spring recess: April 14-18

Watervliet schools will be closed from Monday, April 14 through Friday, April 18 for the spring recess. Classes will resume on Monday, April 21.


Aid restored in state budget will lessen, not end Watervliet’s fiscal challenges

Most school districts in New York are receiving increased state aid as a result of state budget negotiations. Read more


Emergency drills to resume this spring

A reminder that as the weather gets warmer, the district will begin conducting emergency drills at both buildings, including fire drills and lockdown/lockout drills. These ongoing safety drills are not only required by the New York State Education Department, but also provide good practice for students and staff in the event of a real emergency.


Faculty, staff participate in Common Core, technology and bullying prevention workshops

Watervliet teachers and staff participated in several workshops to enhance classroom instruction and increase student engagement in learning during Superintendent's Conference Day on Friday, March 14. Read more


Prekindergarten/kindergarten census

The Watervliet City School District is seeking assistance in identifying resident families that have children who are 5-years-old or younger. The purpose of this census is to assist school officials in planning for future student enrollment in prekindergarten and kindergarten programs. Please take a moment to download the census form and list all children ages 5 and under who reside at your address. Return the completed form to the school district by April 1, 2014. View letter and census form


School Board nominating petitions available

Qualified residents who are interested in running for the Watervliet City School District Board of Education may pick up candidate nominating petitions in the office of the District Clerk (1245 Hillside Drive) on normal business days between the hours of 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. All school board candidate nominating petitions must be filed with the District Clerk no later than 3 p.m. on April 30, 2014.


Watervliet teachers present on Common Core at state conference

New York State Education Department officials invited Watervliet administrators and teachers to share their journey to the Common Core with school leaders and educators from across the state during the New York State Council of School Superintendents Winter Conference in Albany on March 3. Read more


Mayor delivers 2014 State of the City at Watervliet Jr.-Sr. High School

The Watervliet Junior/Senior High School was the site of Mayor Michael Manning's annual State of the City Address on Friday, Feb. 28. Read more


WCSD receives offender notification from Watervliet Police Department

The Watervliet Police Department has informed the school district that a Level 3 sex offender has moved into the city. More information View a copy of the letter (pdf)


2014-2015 budget workshops to begin in March

District administrators and Board of Education members will discuss the proposed 2014-2015 budget during a series of workshops in the coming weeks, the first of which will take place on Tuesday, March 11 at 6 p.m. Parents, community members, teachers, students and staff are encouraged to attend and learn more about the budget, ask questions and offer input. View schedule


January 30 forum on school funding crisis draws more than 1,000

More than 1,000 parents, teachers, administrators, students and community members from 47 school districts, including Watervliet, gathered on Jan. 30 at Colonie Central High School for a thought-provoking roundtable discussion about the state’s Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) and the effect this significant reduction in aid has had on school programs and services in the past four years. View video recap of event featuring Dr. Caplan and WHS senior Kylea Spain


State aid for education increases, GEA remains in Governor’s budget proposal

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposed investment in New York State schools would increase by $807 million or 3.8 percent next school year but his budget plan still fails to address the underlying problem facing Watervliet and other school districts across the state – the Gap Elimination Adjustment or GEA. Read more

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Basic calendar for 2013-2014 school year available

The Watervliet City School District Board of Education has approved the 2013-2014 school district calendar. This basic calendar includes holidays, half days, and Regents exam days. Download a copy of the one-page printable version of the 2013-14 district calendar (pdf)

New York's tax "cap" law

A video by the Capital Region BOCES Communications Service aims to break down the complexities of the law and explain it in terms that everyone can understand. More information

What is the GEA?

Learn about the Gap Elimination Adjustment and its impact on our schools. More information Watch a short video that explains the GEA in easy-to-understand terms. video

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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Class of 2014 fundraiser

Purchase a burger and fries at Five Guys Burgers or enjoy a frozen treat at TCBY in Latham on April 24 and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Class of 2014. View flyer

Girls' Basketball Banquet

The annual banquet will be held on Saturday, April 26 in the Watervliet High School cafeteria beginning at 6 p.m. The charge is $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12. If you are interested in attending, please contact Coach Johnson at 783-5270. All are welcome.

Fitness Center public hours

The Fitness Center at WJSHS will be open to the public on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6-8 p.m. 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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