Spotlight

  • Volunteers Help Make Outdoor Classroom

    On Saturday, June 1, students, families, teachers, and community members took some time out of their day to help clean up the nature trail behind the school and make space for an outdoor classroom. The classroom will allow students more authentic hands-on learning experiences and exposure to nature. “Recent studies show that exposure to nature significantly benefits mental health, academic achievement, physical health, and overall student well-being,” said Andrew Ferrone, second-grade teacher. Volunteers cleared the trail, removed invasive species, spread wood chips, placed bird houses, hung trail markers, and placed picnic tables to create a working classroom. “Whereas most districts have to travel to get access to these experiences, we have these opportunities right here; we just had to clean it up and make it more usable,” said Ferrone.

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  • Penny Harvest Presents Check to MIOP

    Students from Wood Road's Penny Harvest Roundtable presented a check to a representative from the MIOP Foundation during a School Pride Day Ceremony. The foundation supports families affected by malignant infantile osteopetrosis. Students at Wood Road decided to give the pennies they collected from the Penny Harvest to MIOP after an electronic vote was held by the roundtable. The roundtable presented the student body with four organizations before voting. Each of the organizations was researched by the roundtable before the vote.

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  • Students Awarded For Leadership

    Six Wood Road fifth-grade students were chosen to receive the Sandra G. Morley Student Leadership award, which was presented to them on Monday, May 6, during a ceremony at Hudson Valley Community College. The award is given to students who show good leadership and sportsmanship inside and outside of physical education class. Students awarded were Sean Paulsey, Joseph Ramsey, Steven Fodera, Aubrey Kramer, Tina Marie Mullins, and Alex Beck (not pictured).

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  • Color Run - 5/11

    The Third Annual Ballston Spa PE 3K Color Run will take place on Saturday, May 11. Students and families from Wood Road, Malta Avenue, Milton Terrace, and Gordon Creek Elementary Schools are encouraged to participate. Siblings from the high school and middle school are also welcome. A competitive timed run with ribbons for top ten boy and girls in each division, as well as medals for top three finishers will take place. A recreational run will also be held. All participants should wear a plain white t-shirt and sunglasses or swim goggles for color dash powder...

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  • Wellness Day in Ballston Spa

    A district-wide Wellness Day focused on health and wellness will be held on April 13, 2019 at the Ballston Spa High School Complex. The event begins with the running of the 4th annual Ballston Spa 5k for Education Walk/Run, the Scotties Stampede. at 9am. The annual district-wide Wellness Expo will follow, beginning at 9:30 am in the Ballston Spa High School cafeteria/gymnasium. The Wellness Expo is a FREE family-friendly event that is open to all residents of the district.

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  • Message from the Principal

    Cheers to the first 100 days of the school year! As we lead into the winter break, we celebrate the first 100 days of school. While a little passed the halfway mark, this is a good time to reflect on all the great things that have gone on this year and begin to plan for the final half of the school year. As crazy as it may seem, we are closer to June than we are to September even though it doesn’t feel like it! Summer will be here before we know it. I have learned so much about this school, teachers, staff, and the students over my first 100 days here that give me great excitement to...

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  • Internet Safety Night

    Raising children in the age of smartphones and social media brings new challenges and concerns for all families. That’s why we are inviting you to join Wood Road School on Feb. 11, at 6:30 pm, in the Wood Road Library to celebrate Safer Internet Day 2019, which promotes safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones/tablets among children and young people.

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  • Chess Club to Host Tournament

    The Wood Road Chess Club is hosting a Scholastic Chess Tournament for students in grades K-12 as well as adults of all ages. Students and teams from schools across New York State will participate in this four-round tournament. Close to 200 participants are expected to be in attendance on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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  • Pennies Collected for Donation

    Wood Road's Penny Harvest leaders collected the pennies from the annual Penny Harvest and brought them to SEFCU. The pennies will remain at SEFCU while the student roundtable discusses how the donation can be used to benefit a local non-profit. The students will narrow down a list of non-profits, and the entire school will then vote for an organization to receive the donation. The donation is presented in May. Penny Harvest has proven to be successful in educating students in service learning, financial literacy, and 21st Century learning skills. This program teaches students about the importance of philanthropy and service as well as teaching math, communication, and team building skills.

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  • Wood Road Turkey Shoot

    Wood Road's Turkey Shoot will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 14, at 3:30. The Hoops for Hunger event is for all Wood Road students. Students will take part in basketball shooting games and contests. Students are asked to bring a non-perishable food item to be donated to a local food pantry for Thanksgiving dinners. Kindergarten, first, and second grade students will need an adult chaperone. Students in grades three, four, and five can attend with or without a chaperone and should be picked up by 4:45 p.m. The event will ...

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  • Penny Harvest Time

    It's time for the Penny Harvest. Last year Wood Road was able to send more than $1400 to the Brave Will Foundation as a result of the donations. This year's collection runs from Monday, Oct. 22 through Monday, Dec. 3. One hundred percent of the money raised goes to a charity that the student's choose. The class that raises the most money will earn a pizza party.

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  • Mr. Ferrone Named Master Teacher

    Wood Road second-grade teacher, Andrew Ferrone, was recently accepted into the New York State Master Teacher Program. Mr. Ferrone was one of 275 teachers from across the state to be selected for this program which seeks to create a statewide network of expert STEM teacher-leaders to facilitate peer mentoring and professional development; support pre-service teachers across the state; and participate in ongoing dialogue related to STEM instruction. Mr. Ferrone has been teaching for 11 years. This is his fifth year teaching in the Ballston Spa School District.

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  • District Vote Tuesday

    The Ballston Spa CSD Board of Education has scheduled a Facilities Improvement Bond Referendum on October 16, 2018 to seek the public’s approval to fund Phase III of the district’s facilities master plan. The proposed improvements include renovations, beginning with critical health, safety and infrastructure items in the Grove Street section of the Malta Avenue Elementary School as well as the outdated classrooms, bathrooms and locker rooms at the Ballston Spa Middle School.

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  • Meet the Teacher Night

    Meet the Teacher Night at Wood Road will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 25, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. We ask parents to attend without their children. The purpose of this event is to provide parents and guardians the opportunity to see the school, meet the staff and hear about the instructional program. A schedule for the evening will be coming home in backpacks and will allow parents to take part in all areas of their student's education. Humanities and support staff will be available for overviews of curriculum and program in addition to classroom teachers. Please remember this is not an event for parent conferences. Conferences can be arranged by contacting your child's teacher.

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  • Wood Road Principal Selected

    The Ballston Spa Board of Education is scheduled to appoint Mr. Anders Rasmussen as the new Wood Road Elementary School (WRES) Principal on July 11, 2018. “Mr. Rasmussen was selected from a strong pool of candidates and proved to be uniquely qualified to lead our largest elementary school,” indicated Interim Superintendent Denise Jones.

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  • Kindergarten visits Ballston Spa Village

    Kindergarten students had the opportunity to visit the Ballston Spa Village on May 29, 2018. The field trip is the final part of the "My Community" unit in which students learn about members of their community. The tour included a stop at the Mayor's office, bank, police department, post office, fire department, and library. The students were amazed by the giant safe in the bank, thrilled to sit in a police car, and excited to bang the gavel at the Mayor's office.

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  • Students Choose Charity for Pennies

    Wood Road students collected $1412.99 in pennies during this year's Penny Harvest. Students on the Penny Harvest roundtable researched and selected four local charities. Each charity was presented by the students, and all Wood Road students voted. The pennies will be presented to the Brave Will Foundation. Students will present a check to the foundation on May 15, at 6:15 p.m. at the Ballston Spa High School. All are welcome.

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  • Second Grade Students Teach Growth Mindset

    Second grade students put on a performance called "Growth Mindset." The play was all about the power of having a growth mindset and had students acting out challenging situations as well as ways to overcome them. The students performed two shows, one for students and one for parents. Each second grade class acted out one of the five scenes and came together in the end for a song. Students also created programs, which they passed out to audience members at the shows.

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  • Students Participate in SPAC Dance Residency

    Students from Wood Road and Malta Avenue Elementary Schools had the opportunity to participate in a SPAC Dance Residency. In January, the students began working with dance professionals and former Broadway actors in dance lessons. The lessons were designed around teaching Broadway-style jazz dance inspired by the music and choreography of 1960s Motown. The program ended on Feb. 14, with a performance at Malta Avenue Elementary School.

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  • Chess Club Hosts Regional Tournament

    The Wood Road Chess Club hosted its third annual Scholastic Chess Tournament in January. More than 150 students and adults competed in the four round tournament with more than 25 schools from all over New York State participating. The Wood Road Chess Club had more than 25 participants and placed 5th overall. The Wood Road Chess Club is an afterschool enrichment activity for students in Wood Road Elementary School. The club expresses appreciation to the Scholastic Chess Federation, Wood Road PTA, as well as to all of the parent volunteers who helped make the tournament a success. Additional information on the tournament and how to get involved is available from our local Chess organization, Make The Right Move. The organization works with the Eastern New York Chess Association and offers opportunities for kids of all ages and levels of ability to enjoy chess learning and competition.

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