RCS District Office
P.O. Box 100
15 Mountain Road
Ravena, NY 12143
(518) 756-5200

Robert K. Libby,

Superintendent

July 06, 2015

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Our Mission is to be an exemplary 21st–century learning community whose graduates are well prepared to excel in a complex, interconnected and changing world.

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Robert LibbyRCS signs three-year contract with Robert K. Libby as superintendent

The Board of Education will sign a three-year contract with Robert K. Libby as RCS superintendent, a month after naming him as interim superintendent.

His contract was unanimously approved by the Board of Education tonight during the board's re-organizational meeting. Member William McFerran was absent.

Before retiring in April, he served as superintendent of the Cohoes School District for seven years. Before that, he was the Cohoes assistant superintendent for business and operations for 15 years. [READ MORE]

James Latter and Teddy Reville re-elected as BOE president, vice-president

James Latter, first elected as president of the Board of Education in July 2013, was re-elected to a third term as board president on Tuesday, July 1, during the annual reorganizational meeting.

Edward "Teddy" Reville was elected to a second term as vice president. [READ MORE]

RCS Class of 2015 Commencement

The morning of June 27, in bittersweet fashion, we said goodbye to another senior class. Please join us in wishing the Class of 2015 our most heartfelt congratulations and best wishes as they venture into the beginning of their bright futures. We are so proud and we'll miss seeing you in our halls! [VIEW PHOTOS]

  

  

  

Board of Education approves two-year teachers' contract

The Board of Education has approved a two-year contract extension with the RCS Teachers Association that includes a 2.5 percent salary increase for most employees, establishes a health insurance buyback program and makes several other changes to the agreement.

The Board of Education unanimously approved the contract extension on Saturday, June 27, before the RCS graduation at the Empire State Plaza in Albany. Members Teddy Reville and William McFerran were absent.

Under the contract extension, teachers will receive the state-mandated "step increase" on July 1, 2015 and July 1, 2016. Every public school teacher in New York state receives a "step" increase when they have earned another year of seniority. The step increases in the contract average a 2.5 percent increase from step to step. [READ MORE]

RCS Middle School students recognized for achievements in 2014-15

Our congratulations to all students who were recently recognized for their many amazing achievements at RCS Middle School. [READ MORE]

Student photoRCS students receive nearly $73,000 in scholarships and awards at annual ceremony

Nearly $73,000 in scholarships and awards were disbursed during the annual Senior Awards Night this year - with most of the 47 students and their families in attendance for the recognition on June 4.

Seniors were recognized, some receiving Hall of Fame honors, certificates of achievement, medal and a total of more than $72,850 in scholarships and awards. Presenters including teachers, representatives from the military, local business representatives and individual donors made the night a huge success.

High School parent Jeanette Wayand-Reif made the delicious desserts for the evening. [READ MORE]

Fourth annual Recyclable Regatta takes off on Lawson Lake

Student photoA fleet of specially-designed contraptions - 18 in all this year - made their way across Lawson Lake in Coeymans during the fourth annual Recycleable Boat Regatta. All of the floating wonders were created by students in the RCS high school and middle school Design and Drawing for Production (DDP) classes. Scott Peck and Shelly Bevan are the student's teachers.

The day started off with volunteers (i.e., parents and family members) transporting the boats, designed and constructed mostly of recyclable materials, from the high school campus on Route 9W to Lawson Lake.

There was a field of 18 boats “powered” by student muscle. The boats were designed and created by the students out of recyclable materials. Students used oars and/or swam behind the boats pushing them along. [READ MORE]

Student photoGrade 5 students at AW Becker enjoy seaport and aquarium in Mystic, Conn.

The 70 grade 5 students at AW Becker, along with 65 of their parents, enjoyed their annual end-of-year trip to Mystic, Connecticut as they checked out the renowned seaport, a commercial whaling vessel and aquarium.

 At the Mystic Seaport, students were transported back to the 19th century to see what life was like in a coastal village. They strolled down the streets to visit places like a cooperage, printing press, and shipsmith shop, just to name a few. One of the major highlights was the Charles W. Morgan, a whaling vessel the oldest commercial ship in the United States that is still afloat.

Students finished their day at the Mystic Aquarium. They were delighted with the sights and sounds of beluga whales, sting rays, sharks and penguins. There was also a sea lion show to round out the visit! [READ MORE]

Scotia-Glenville Museum brings the magic of honeybees to PBC

The Scotia Glenville Traveling Museum came to the grade 2 classroom of Glenn Koblenzer at Pieter B. Coeymans Elementary to talk honeybees - including honeybee dances by the students.

Koblenzer said the visit paired nicely with the class's study of butterflies.

Students participated in two fun honeybee dances to show them how honeybees communicate. Justin Castillo was also lucky enough to wear a beekeeper's uniform and demonstrate how to use a smoker to get the bees out of their hive. [READ MORE]

Last day of school changed to Wednesday, June 24

Interim Superintendent Robert K. Libby has announced that the end-of-year calendar will change slightly with the last day of school being a half day on Wednesday, June 24 instead of June 25 as had been expected.

 

"By analyzing the school calendar, we have determined that our mandatory 180 student attendance days will conclude on Wednesday, June 24th," he wrote to staff. "If all things remain equal, and no additional emergency days are taken, the last day of student attendance for all district buildings will be Wednesday, June 24th.

 

The Pieter B. Coeymans Moving Up Day ceremony will also be moved from Thursday, June 25th to Tuesday, June 23rd at 10 a.m.  [READ MORE]

AW Becker Wackadoodles train for 1 mile Freihofer Kids Run and cheer on runner Melody Fairchild at Freihofer Run

Student photoFor the past seven weeks, 17 grades 4 and 5 students at A.W. Becker have been training to run the 28th Annual Freihofer’s 1 Mile Kids Run, which occurred last Saturday, May 30.

The students' training, through the AW Becker Running Club called the Wackadoodles, included coming to school early three days a week and preparing their bodies to run the race by learning how to stretch, how to pace themselves and how to mentally prepare and endure distance running.

As part of the Wackadoodle program, A.W. Becker hosted elite athlete Melody Fairchild, who would be running the Freihofer 5K (3.1 mile) race, to come visit the school, run with the Wackadoodle members, and present at a very special assembly for grades 3, 4 and 5. [READ MORE]

Student photoPBC musicians give it their all during the Grade 5 Jazz Band and Chorus Spring Concert

Before a packed audience, grade 5 students showed off their musical abilities during the Jazz Band and Chorus concert on Tuesday night, June 2, at PBC.

The chorus was led by Deborah McAllister and the band director was William Hoeprich. [READ MORE]\

 

 

Student photoRCS High School students share the joy of reading with students at AW Becker elementary

A.W. Becker students of all ages laughed, giggled and, most importantly, paid attention as high school students in Dee Hushmendy's Creative Writing class read some of their original books to them on Monday, June 1.

These students participated in the program: Madeline Civill, Cameryn Cross, Laura Farrant, Mickey Fryer, Lauren Hazelton, Vivienne Horne, Michael Jimenex, Lauren LeClaire, Bianca Marinex Franco, Seamus Mooney, Anthony Notaro, Hayley Novak, Sierra Staats, Zachary Therrien and Rebecca Young. [READ MORE]

29 students inducted into the High School National Honor Society

Twenty-nine students from Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk High School were inducted into membership to the National Honor Society in a ceremony held at the High School on Wednesday night, May 27.

Candidates must first have a cumulative grade point average of at least 90.0% and are then selected by a Faculty Council for meeting high standards of scholarship, service, leadership, and character.

Among the RCS inductees, there was one senior, five juniors and 23 sophomores. [READ MORE]

Robert K. Libby named as interim superintendentImage result for robert libby cohoes

Robert K. Libby, who served as superintendent of the Cohoes School District for seven years and the Cohoes business administrator for 15 years, was unanimously appointed by the Board of Education on Tuesday night, May 26, as the RCS interim superintendent.

His appointment is effective until August 31. It is expected that the Board of Education will begin a search for a permanent superintendent in the coming weeks. Libby will be paid $600 for each day worked and he is not eligible to receive benefits.

He succeeds Dr. Alan McCartney, who died on May 8. [READ MORE]

NJHS image20 Middle School students inducted into National Junior Honor Society

 National Honor Students from the high school tapped 20 middle school students - 19 in grade 7 and one in grade 8 - who were inducted into the National Junior Honor Society on Thursday night, May 28.

Every chapter has different qualifications for membership based on the five pillars of National Junior Honor Society: character, scholarship, leadership, service, and citizenship. [READ MORE]

Students find air gun accidently brought to RCS High School

Two high school students found a backpack during breakfast on a cafeteria table this morning, Thursday, May 28, that contained an air gun accidently brought to school by a third student.

The two students who saw the bag on the table opened it and saw what looked like a gun in the bag. They brought the bag to their friend, the owner of the bag, and confronted him.

The student who owned the bag explained that he had used the bag and air “BB” gun over the weekend and never took it out before coming to school. The student brought his air gun immediately to a staff member and surrendered it before classes began. [READ MORE]

Student photoHabitat Day a hit at PB Coeymans

Whether they were studying owl pellets, observing exotic animals or going on a scavenger photo hunt, the students at PB Coeymans enjoyed Habitat Day - an annual day-long celebration in honor of the accomplishments of the PBC community who helped create the schoolyard habitat and received certification from the National Wildlife Federation for those efforts.

Students visited four to five of 18 potential habitat stations including: Owl Pellets, Nature Art, Food Hunt, Predators and Prey, Sounds of Nature, Plant identifiers, Bird Activity, Ladybugs, Scavenger Photo Hunt, Energy, Sharing Legends, Animal Habitats, Bird Beaks, Bees Are Our Friends and Oceans. [READ MORE]

Alan MccartneyIn two and a half years, Superintendent Alan McCartney became known for his attention to detail and a 'Kids First' mentality

He transformed RCS in many ways and will be sadly missed by many in the community

Whether he was combing through pages of the annual budget, climbing atop a school to study solar panels or walking along the fence of the high school track to inspect the lawn maintenance, Alan R. McCartney was a man who paid attention to detail.

After a short illness, Dr. McCartney, 67, died of a heart attack on Friday night, May 8, at his home in Voorheesville.

Officials from the Capital Region BOCES will be working with RCS to ensure continuity and oversee operations of the school district in the short term. [READ MORE]

RCS high school students talk bullying and diversity with PBC students

Student photoOn Monday, May 18, PBC fifth graders were visited by a group of RCS high school students who came to talk to the elementary students about an important topic — bullying.

 

The high school group hailed from the school's Diversity Club, presented to the elementary students and stayed for lunch and recess! [READ MORE]

 

Students honored with educational leadership awards

Student photoOn Monday, May 4, the Sandra G. Morley Physical Education Leadership Award Program continued its tradition of honoring elementary and middle school students for their leadership abilities and positive influence on their peers.

 

The award ceremony was held in the McDonough Sports Complex at Hudson Valley Community College, and recognized a number of students from AWB, PBC and the middle school.
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Students district-wide get moving with Project ACES

Student photoOn Wednesday, May 6, all students at RCS participated in Project ACES (All Children Exercise Simultaneously,) which is a signature program of the Youth Fitness Coalition, Inc. and designed to unite children around the world in simultaneous movement in order to get them interested in exercise.

 

Students at PBC held a conga line in the hallways with DJ Shear playing music. Students at AWB had a dance party in their classrooms while Beyoncé's "Move Your Body" played over the PA system. Middle school students did a fun walk/run around the loop between the middle and high schools. The high school students had a dance party between periods eight and nine to the song "Happy" which was played over the PA system. We hope to make this an annual event in all RCS schools! [READ MORE]

New school signs have been put in their place; electricity on the way within two weeks

HS signAfter months of planning, and weather delays over the winter, the three new school signs at each campus - in front of PB Coeymans, AW Becker and the Middle School/High School - have been put in place.

The signs were put in place over the past two weeks by Ray Sign. Electricity should be flipped on either just before or after the Memorial Day weekend, said Brian Bailey, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction. "We anxiously look forward to seeing RCS up in lights!," he said. [READ MORE]

Dozens attend AW Becker Science Fair; study student research and work

Student photoWhether it was showing off homemade solar panels, imploding aluminum cans or exploding volcanoes, the 2015 AW Becker Science Fair on May 7 was a success on several levels.

Students in pre-K through grade 5 exhibited top-notch scientific displays. This year marked a first with classroom viewings during the school day. Students enjoyed the opportunity of walking through the fair, observing projects such as homemade solar panels, exploring varieties of nail polish, investigations into our everyday food, imploding aluminum cans and exploding volcanoes and many more! [READ MORE]

RCS Music groups earns awards at NYSSMA festivals

The RCS High School and Middle School bands and choruses had a very successful week at the NYSSMA Major Organization Evaluation Festivals which were held at Shaker High School and Bethlehem High School from April 27 through 30. [READ MORE]

PBC students, families make Learning Fair and Math Fun Night a success

Student photoDozens of students displayed their research and participate in math games during the third annual Learning Fair and Math Fun Night on April 30 at Pieter B. Coeymans Elementary School.

"The Learning Fair was by far the best that I have had in the last three years (some of which included hands on experiments: catapults and working volcanoes, wrestling, natural disasters, Paris, and even Mickey Mouse)," said teacher Anthony Lintner, who is the school's math and science coordinator.

"Math Night seemed to have the gym full of learning and fun. Students were finding percentages from foul shots, bowling and keeping score, and participating in the math Olympics where they were estimating and getting actual scores using both the metric and customary systems by doing shot put (cotton balls), javelin (straws), discus (paper plates), high jump, and long jump." [READ MORE]

Student photoRCS student recognized for collecting school supplies for needy RCS families

Sophomore Zachary Clouse was recognized on Tuesday, April 28, at the Capital District YMCA's Student and Education Award Recognition breakfast held at the Appel Inn in Altamont.

Zachary, an honor student, was nominated by the high school staff because of his work with the Ravena Troop 1067 Boy Scouts for more than 10 years. At the age of 15, he earned the highest rank of Eagle Scout. For his service project, he raised more than $2,000 in donations from the community and local businesses to distribute 113 backpacks filled with school supplies to families in need in the RCS district. The collaboration was with the St. Patrick's Food Pantry in Ravena in the summer of 2014.

"You have demonstrated a remarkable commitment to the community and are more than deserving of this award," said Peter Lauricella, chair of the Bethlehem YMCA Board of Advisors. [READ MORE]

Three RCS students compete in state Skills USA competition in Syracuse

Congratulations to Brian Netkin, Karra Douglas and John Greene for demonstrating superior career skills by placing third statewide during the Skills USA Career and Technical Education (CTE) competition in Syracuse on April 23 and 24.

"It was a very successful competition for our students. They all performed well and represented BOCES and their home school districts very well," said Denise Capece, principal of the Albany CTE campus.

Brian and Karra placed third for crime scene investigation (CSI).

John placed third for auto service technology. [READ MORE]

RCS MS student raises over $1,100 for Best Buddies

Student photoOn On Sunday, April 19, RCS MS seventh grade student Gillian Bartlett and her "Dream Team" spent the day at Crossgates Mall, but instead of shopping, walked to raise money for a good cause.

 

Bartlett raised an astounding amount, over $1,100, during this year's Best Buddies Walk, an event the district participates in each year.. [READ MORE]

 

 

Student photoStudent photoCongratulations to Kate Houghtaling and Michael Jones - RCS Class of 2015 valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively!

Kate Houghtaling is Valedictorian of the RCS class of 2015 with an average of 98.78 and Michael Jones is the Salutatorian of the RCS Class of 2015 with an average of 98.36. [READ MORE]

Three incumbents are unopposed for re-election

The three incumbents seeking re-election - Bray Engel, Kristin Hill-Burns and Teddy Reville - will be unopposed for re-election during the May 19 community vote.

Each gathered the necessary signatures to secure a spot on the ballot by today's 5 p.m. deadline.

Their new three-year terms begin on July 1. Board members are unpaid. [READ MORE]

Participants will walk or run for 26.2 miles during the Wellness Marathon

Now that the snow and cold weather is pretty much gone, it is almost time for the RCS Wellness Marathon - which runs from March 20 until April 24.
The is the second annual marathon.
All RCS students, faculty, families and friends are invited to run or walk at least 21 miles between March 20th and April 24th. The final 5.2 miles will be completed during the Wellness Walk at Joralemon Park on April 24. [READ MORE]

2015-16 school calendar now available

Visit our calendar page to view the school calendar and BOE calendar.

Board of Education adopts 2015-16 school budget; community vote set for May 19

Spending plan calls for a 1.65 percent tax levy increase

The Board of Education approved a 2015-16 budget on Tuesday, April 14, that would eliminate four positions, increase spending by $890,872 and keep the tax levy increase to 1.65 percent.

 

The $43,236,730 budget proposal was adopted unanimously with little discussion after the administration said it had sharpened its pencils and found savings in various areas. Board members scoured for hours over the budget materials at their March 31 meeting. Member Jason Hyslop was absent from the meeting.

 

"We are not cutting any programs," said Interim Business Administrator Stephen Meier. He said that programs added last year - such as funding for library media staff and resources, music offerings, freshman basketball program, after school and summer reading programs, field trips, the pre-kindergarten mid-day bus run, 5 p.m. bus run and technology upgrades - are still in the 2015-16 budget. [READ MORE]

More than 100 RCS student musicians perform at NYSSMA Solo Festival

More than 100 RCS elementary and secondary students performed instrumental and vocal solos during the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) Evaluation Festival at Voorheesville High School on March 27 and 28

“Students are not required to participate in NYSSMA solo festivals and do so on their own. It is quite impressive to see the overwhelming response from our students throughout the district”, said RCS K-12 Music Coordinator Scott Andrews.

With the help of their music teachers, students choose and prepare solo literature which is from the NYSSMA manual of approved literature. The level of difficulty ranges from level one (easiest) to level 6 (difficult). Students perform in separate audition rooms in front of an approved NYSSMA adjudicator. [READ MORE]

History comes to life at RCS HS in celebration of the Civil War Sesquicentennial

Student photoOn March 26, RCS High School, in cooperation with STARS Intergen and the Ravena-Coeymans and Greene County Historical Societies, brought elements of the end of the Civil War to life for the juniors, who are now studying this period in time – just in time for the war’s sesquicentennial (150th) commemoration.

Thanks to re-enactors, the students got to experience a taste of President Lincoln’s famous Gettysburg Address, got to hear about what war was like from the soldiers, and even heard stories about a New Baltimore resident who viewed Lincoln’s body as the President’s death train stopped in Albany. [READ MORE]

RCS HS hosts anti-drug bus to educate students

Student photoOn Wednesday, March 25, students in Mr. Henry’s and Miss McClave’s health classes boarded Albany County’s “heroin bus” where they listened to the stories of two recovering addicts. This program brings to light some of the decision-making skills students are learning as part of New York State’s health standards.

The anti-heroin "mobile education center," created by Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple, travels among schools and uses educational literature and stories from those affected by the drug to help combat the upward trend of heroin and prescription drug use among young people. [READ MORE]

Student photoGrade 2 students at PBC learning Read, Cover, Remember, Retell strategy for reading nonfiction

Reading nonfiction is not easy for most young readers. Grade 2 students are doing more than just picking up a book and plowing through the words on the page.

In Glenn Koblenzer's classroom, they are using a strategy for reading nonfiction called "Read, Cover, Rememeber, Retell." [READ MORE]

 

UPDATED WITH STATE SCIENCE OLYMPIAD RESULTS - April 18, 2015

Middle School Science Olympiad places third during regional competion; headed to state competition April 17-18 in Syracuse

Student photoWhether they were testing a mystery powder, identifying insects, building a robot to pick up objects or studying potential water on other plants, these Middle School students were among the best during during a competition on March 21 at the Monroe-Woodbury Middle School in Central Valley.

The RCS Middle School Science Olympiad team placed third out of 16 teams from the Capital District and Mid-Hudson regions.

The team's showing earned them a trip to Syracuse for the statewide competition April 17-18. [READ MORE]

41 RCS Music Students Selected For GCMEA Spring All-County Music Festival

Forty-one music students from the High School and Middle School have been selected to participate in the Greene County Music Educators Association Spring All-County Festival.

The festival, which is being held at Cairo-Durham High School with after-school rehearsals on Wednesday, March 25, and Friday, March 27, will conclude with a concert on Friday evening beginning at 7:30 in the high school auditorium.

All-County performing groups will include the Elementary Band, Junior Chorus and Senior Band. [READ MORE]

Want to give back to your RCS community? Consider a seat on the BOE

It takes a lot of hard work, focus and dedication, but being a member of the RCS Board of Education has the reward of helping to educate more than 2,100 students through your policies and actions.

There are three seats up for election on the RCS Board of Education on the statewide budget voting day on Tuesday, May 19. Voting will be held from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the high school gymnasium.

The current three-year seats are held by Kristin A. Hill-Burns (who was appointed and is completing the term of Alice Whalen who resigned in January); Howard Engel and Edward Reville. [READ MORE]

RCS HS to host Civil War Sesquicentennial Celebration on March 26

The community is invited to join us at RCSHS from 3-5 p.m. on Thursday, March 26, as the district, in partnership with with STARS Intergen and the Ravena-Coeymans and Green County Historical Societies, brings a commemorative event that will showcase Union and Confederate, President Lincoln and Mrs. Lincoln re-enactments and highlight local connections to the Civil War and President Lincoln’s death.
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RCS students perform with Capital Region Wind Ensemble at SCCC

Student photo(3/24/15) Three RCS band students were selected to participate in rehearsals and perform with the Capital Region Wind Ensembe on Sunday.

The three students, all juniors, were among the 24 area students selected to participate this year were members of  the RCS High School Band.

Selected on French Horn were Emmalyn Knapp and Kathryn Rowzee and selected on Baritone Saxophone was Benjamin Andrews.

Students participated in rehearsals at Schenectady County Community College on March 1, 8, 21 and concluded with a concert on Sunday, March 22 in the Carl B. Taylor Auditorium at the SCCC School of Music. [READ MORE]

Superintendent Alan McCartney sends letter to area legislators urging boost in state aid

(3/23/15) As state leaders enter final negotiations for the 2015-16 state budget, Superintendent Alan McCartney penned this letter to state Assemblymen Patricia Fahy and Peter Lopez and Senators George Amedore and Neil Breslin urging them to continue advocating for public schools:

"Through the media and other sources I have been led to believe that the Legislature and the Governor are nearing agreement on “increasing” aid to education in the state budget by $1.3 billion and not fully ending the GEA this year.

It has been less than two weeks after both Houses passed plans to increase state aid from between $1.8 billion and $1.9 billion; I find this recent news exasperating and totally unacceptable."

His letter continues here... [READ MORE]

Student photoSeven students recognized for graduating early at
Board of Education meeting

The Board of Education on Tuesday, March 10, recognized seven students who were able to graduate early by meeting their requirements for graduation.

The students are: Morgan Albright, Samantha Foulger, Zoe Heald, Sarah Krein, Michael Lembo, Joe Martone and Christina Palmer. [READ MORE]

Student photoOld prom dress hanging in the closet? Donate it to RCS and give it new life!

The Fairy Godmother’s Closet is collecting gently used prom gowns that are no more than 10 years old. This program offers RCS girls in need clean and fashionable gowns for free. We are in desperate need of sizes 12/13 and larger.

 

All donations can be dropped off at the high school’s main office. For more information please contact Mrs. Jennes at mjennes@rcscsd.org.

PBC students explore winter sports and snowshoe outdoors

Kristin Hill-Burns

Teachers John Conte and Diane Conover from the PBC Physical Education department took the school's fourth and fifth grade students snowshoeing as part of our winter physical education curriculum.

 

Being a long cold winter, getting outside and exercising can often be difficult, but students learned that exercising can be fun! They saw how snow shoeing can be a lifetime activity that can be done at almost any age.

 

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Student photoAWB Grade 3 & 5 Literacy Lollapalooza

In conjunction with the Presidents’ Day holiday and Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, A.W. Becker’s Lincoln’s Literary Lollapalooza for 3rd to 5th grade students and their families was held on February 12, 2015. Forty students and their families attended. Volunteers from the high school’s Natural Helpers and A.W. Becker staff worked together to provide a fun night of literacy based activities for all who attended. [READ MORE]

Alan McCartneyBoard of Education extends Dr. McCartney's contract by three years

The Board of Education has extended by three years the contract with Superintendent Alan R. McCartney, a man board members say has brought stability and experience to a very important position.

The board unanimously extended McCartney's contract at its Tuesday, Feb. 24 meeting. He will continue to be paid $600 per day for each day worked with no health insurance or other benefits. His new contract expires on June 30, 2018.

"We love the direction the school is going in," Latter said about McCartney's contract extension. "We have a huge bond project coming over the next few years and Dr. McCartney's experience and passion for projects will be invaluable." [READ MORE]

Kristin Hill-Burns joins RCS Board of Education, replacing Alice Whalen

Kristin Hill-BurnsThe Board of Education has appointed Kristin A. Hill-Burns, a 1997 RCS graduate and parent of a grade 1 student at AW Becker, to fill the seat vacated by Alice Whalen's resignation.

Board members made the unanimous appointment after conducting public interviews with two potential candidates before their meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 24. [READ MORE]

90% of high school students participate in PBIS Bagel Breakfast

Student photoA total of 515 high school students, representing 90 percent of the school's entire population, earned the right to participate in the second quarter PBIS Recognition Bagel Breakfast on Friday, Feb. 13.

Last year, during the same quarter, 84 percent of students enjoyed free bagels during the PBIS recognition ceremony.

Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) is in its third year at RCS. PBIS is a team-based systematic approach in teaching behavioral expectations throughout the school. It is based on a pro-active model which teaches the behaviors, reinforces and recognizes students who are able to model these behaviors. The program also requires schools to have systems in place to support students who have a difficult time or may present with more challenging behaviors. [READ MORE]

Student photoChocolate Literacy Night combines chocolate treats and literacy at Pieter B. Coeymans

Chocolate Literacy Night combined something special for grades 4 and 5 families at Pieter B. Coeymans tonight - chocolate and literacy.

Children and parents worked side by side to conquer a chocolate webquest and to find out just how many milliliters of candy they eat when eating 50 or 100 M&Ms. They completed an Ooey Gooey Chocolatey Adjective activity and searched through the clues on a Scavenger Hunt to gather the chocolate facts and attempt to win one of 5 Golden Tickets to a pizza party! [READ MORE]

RCS Health & PE staff get a crash course in adventure

Student photoThe RCS Health and PE staff participated in an adventure training session with Liz Moore from High 5 on Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015. High 5 Adventure Learning Center is a non-profit educational organization that helps schools use adventure education as an effective tool for achieving goals and building a team.

 

Moore worked with the RCS staff (Elyse Loughlin, Brandon Herwick, John Conte, Diane Conover, Majiel Baker, Kevin Reinisch, Patty Stockman, James Henry, Megan McClave, Justin Schipano and Kiley Sherman) by challenging them to work together to achieve a goal, but did not tell them how to successfully complete the challenge given.  [READ MORE]

Student photoAWB & PBC staff become certified in CPR

The registered nurses at RCS, Patti LeFevre, Karen Randio and Kathi Rice, continuously share the knowledge they have as certified American Heart Association Basic Life Support instructors, and this year is no different. They take to training other members of the district so our faculty and staff can learn this very valuable life-long skill and be prepared to help any student or fellow staff member in need.  [READ MORE]

RCSHS student art helps local charity drive

Student photoEach year, the Hunger Action Network of New York State and FOCUS Churches of Albany team up to host Empty Bowls, an event to raise awareness on the issue of hunger in our communities. This year, the event took place on Jan. 25, and included some art work created by our students.

 

RCS art students have donated bowls they've created to this event in the past, and were able to do so again this year. Below are the bowls created by RCS high school art students with the help of art teacher Karen Teale. [READ MORE]

Student photoTwo RCS students recognized by NYS AHPERD for commitment to health and education

Seniors Kimberly Bianchi and Andrew McHugh were honored on Feb. 8 with Physical Education Secondary Leadership Awards at the Century House in Latham along with 53 students from 26 other area school districts.

This honor was offered by the Capital Zone of the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. One female and one male student from each high school in the zone were recognized for their commitment to their education and health. [READ MORE]

Transportation requests due by April 1, 2015

The deadline for requests for bus service to non-public schools and other special requests is April 1 of each school year, or within 30 days of moving into the district.

Download the 2015-16 request form [pdf]

Student photo RCS sophomore Zachary Clouse recognized for Eagle Scout project

A lot of students started school last fall on the right foot thanks to a backpack full of supplies distributed by RCS student Zachary Clouse.

In fact, at least 100 students got school supplies thanks to Zachary.

The Board of Education recognized Zachary for his good work Feb. 3 and attainment of Eagle Scout for the project. [READ MORE]

 Swim team finishes record breaking season

Swim team finishes record breaking seasonFriday January 23, 2015 marked a special night at the R-C-S Aquatics Center, as it was the last home meet of the season, and because history was made.

 

The team closed out the 2014-15 seasons with not one, or even two records broken, but three: the 200 Freestyle Relay, the 6 Dive and the 200 Medley Relay.

 

Read more to learn about the students who broke these records. [READ MORE]

 

RCSHS' Harmonics perform in regional Carmina Burana production

On Sunday, Jan. 25, RCS High School’s select vocal ensemble, Harmonics, performed Carl Orff’s famous Carmina Burana as part of a chorus made up of select singers from Albany High School, Guilderland High School and Shaker High School, and accompanied by the Empire State Youth Orchestra under the direction of Helen Cha-Pyo.

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RCS music teacher to conduct at festivals in Columbia and Sullivan counties

RCS music teacher Scott Andrews has been invited as a guest conductor for two All-County music festivals. On Feb. 4 and Feb. 6, Mr. Andrews will travel to New Lebanon High School in Columbia County to conduct the All-County High School Jazz Ensemble. On March 6 and 7, he will be traveling to Monticello High School in Sullivan County where he will be conducting the grade 8 and 9 All-County Jr. High Band. [READ MORE]

Congratulations to Jolene Hopkins, selected as a NYS Master Teacher

Congratulations to Jolene Hopkins, who teaches science in the MS/HS, for her selection to the New York State Master Teacher Program.

Governor Cuomo launched the New York State Master Teacher Program (NYSMTP) in partnership with The State University of New York and Math for America. The program creates a state-wide network of the highest-performing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) teachers that are dedicated to sharing expertise with peers and attracting the brightest minds to a career in STEM. [READ MORE]

 

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AW Becker holds Family Math Night

On Weds., Jan. 21, 2015, over 100 families gathered at A.W. Becker Elementary for Family Math Night. The school had about 40 math stations for all levels (Pre-K to Grade 5) that consisted of math games, problem solving, computer activities, estimation stations and more! Parents and students alike were actively engaged in the activities. [READ MORE]

 

Green and gold drive-in sign removed from HS/MS entrance; new digital sign expected to be in place in the spring

SignThe iconic drive-in sign with the huge arrow atop it that guided drivers into the RCS High School and Middle School campus for two generations has come down.

The sign greeted Route 9W motorists for the past 60 years.

Ray Sign of Schenectady removed the green and gold metal structure on Monday, Jan. 19.

The school district plans to accept sealed bids from any area business or resident interested in buying the structure. The legal advertisement for sealed bids will be placed in the Thursday, Jan. 29 edition of The Ravena News-Herald.

In the meantime, the sign is being stored behind the middle school. [READ MORE]

Student photoHigh School health classes practice CPR on mannequins with guidance from Marvin Powell of the Ravena Rescue Squad

Health education students in Megan McClave's and Jay Henry's classes recently practiced cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on mannequins under the direction of Marvin Powell, chief of operations for the Ravena Rescue Squad.

He discussed first aid and CPR with the students in grades 10, 11 and 12. [READ MORE]

Creative Writing students from the high school bring their original stories to young PBC readers

Student photoEighteen students in the high school's Creative Writing class, taught by Dee Hushmendy, knew they were missing one very important thing when they wrote and illustrated original children's books as part of their college-level course.

An audience.

They got that when they visited Pieter B. Coeymans classrooms - kindergarten, grade 1 and grade 2 - to read their stories to the students. [READ MORE]

Thank you RCS - Community approves both Help RCS Plan for Tomorrow capital projects

The community narrowly approved both school construction proposals on the ballot today in a light voter turnout.  [READ MORE]

Three RCS students chosen for elite Albany choral apprenticeship Student photo

RCS students Samuel Datri, Emmalyn Knapp, and James Wamsley have been selected to participate in the Artist Apprenticeship Program, sponsored by Albany Pro Musica.

 

They are three of only eleven area vocal students chosen for this honor based on the results of their most recent NYSSMA (New York State School Music Association) ratings, extracurricular vocal endeavors and teacher recommendation. [READ MORE]

 

Student photoHS band and chorus perform at Empire State Plaza

On Wednesday, Dec. 23, the HS Band, under the direction of Scott Andrews and HS Chorus, under the direction of Michelle McLoughlin, performed to a standing room only crowd at the South Concourse of the Empire State Plaza. [READ MORE]

 

 

Photo of Ella WetterhahnRCS students brighten the holidays with cards and letters for a 93-year-old World War II nurse in Albany

Inter-generational activities enrich the soul but also expand awareness, elevate the metacognitive quality of empathy, and provide learning experiences back and forth across generations.

Elders share important lessons and events from the past, while youth receive exciting new discoveries reminding us all of the simpler joys and excitement during life’s early years.

Ella Wetterhahn, also known at Stella, lives in Albany and is a 93-year-old veteran who served as an Army Nurse in the European Theater during WWII. She has been the subject of two Albany Times Union articles over the years, one in which she was interviewed with former RCS teacher, the late Harold Becker (High School Business Teacher), about her experiences in World War II in which she served her country with conviction and bravery.

Students' cards and letters were recently presented to Miss Wetterhahn at Crisan’s Romanian Bakery, an Albany café in Stella’s Center Square neighborhood in Albany. [read more]

AW Becker students volunteer at local food bank

Student photoOn Wednesday, Dec. 17, the 4th and 5th grade Student Government officers and representatives of AW Becker had the pleasure of volunteering at the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York.

 

The students diligently worked to make boxes, sort through supplies, and package them to be sent to families in need around the Capital Region. The experience was both fun and fulfilling. Students leaving the Food Bank felt a sense of pride in their work and were eager to return to help out. [READ MORE]

Student photo52 RCS Middle School students recognized by the Board of Education

These 52 students were recognized by the Board of Education on Dec. 18 for achieving a Level 4 - exceeds expectations - on the New York state ELA and math exams they took in the spring.

Of those, 14 achieved a Level 4 on BOTH the ELA and mathematics state exams. [read more]

PhRMA Grant to support STEM Education at RCS

Student photoSchool administrators, local elected officials, and representatives of Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) announced new support for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education in the Ravena­Coeymans-Selkirk Central School District on Friday, Dec. 12, 2014.

 

The school district's "Project Lead the Way" program will be supplemented by a $9,000 grant from PhRMA. This funding will be used to purchase additional equipment and materials that will further the progress of RCS students in their pursuit of 21st century skills. [READ MORE]

Student photoFourth grade students learn and present about history in Native American life

Throughout the month of November, students in Mrs. Baumgras’s and Mrs. Campbell’s fourth grade classes at A.W. Becker Elementary chose an aspect of Native American life to research and study.  Students then wrote reports and assembled projects at home that would highlight what they had learned about the Algonquian, Iroquois or Haudenosaunee. [READ MORE]

 

Student photoFifth grade students share their own mystery stories during writer's workshop

Fifth grade students at A.W. Becker proudly read their own mystery stories during a writer's celebration on Friday, Dec. 5. Students wrote stories inspired by The Mysteries of Harris Burdick, a picture book by Chris Van Allsburg that consists of a series of unrelated and detailed images accompanied by a title and single line of text, which compel readers to create their own stories. [READ MORE]

RCS files Local Assistant Plans to boost student test scores at Pieter B. Coeymans and the Middle School

Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk has filed Local Assistance Plans (LAP) with the state Education Department to show how it plans to boost standardized test scores for a "subgroup" of students at Pieter B. Coeymans Elementary and the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Middle School.

At Pieter B., the New York State Education Department identified "Economically Disadvantaged" (ED) students as having standardized test scores that were lower than a state-established Performance Index (PI) for both English Language Arts (ELA) and math during the 2012-13 school year. Although the PI score was very close to the benchmark, it was still below the New York State cut point for ED students.

Similarly, the New York State Education Department identified that RCS "Students With Disabilities” (SWD) at the middle school did not meet a benchmark for Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). [read more]

AW Becker's Science Experiment of the Month keep students in awe

Student photoStudents at A.W. Becker are getting a daily dose of the scientific method thanks to a new make-shift scientific lab station set-up outside of the elementary school’s library.

Each month, there will be a new theme explored taking the students through the scientific method process (such as hypothesis, observation, analysis of data, etc.).

The first month’s theme is “Growing Gummy Bears!” [read more]

Student photoHands On Science Night at Pieter B. lets students and parents test the Scientific Method

More than 80 PBC families and students worked together to create flotation devices that could hold weight during the second annual Hands On Science Night tonight.

"The designs were awesome with some more cosmetic than functional features and others built for success," said math and science coordinator Tony Lintner.

"Either way, they were able to choose their own materials, build their own designs, and most importantly…work with their family members while discovering the processes of scientific discovery and engineering." [read more]

Pins and Rims a huge success for Best Buddies program at the Middle School

Student photoMore than 200 students and parents attended the fourth annual Pins and Rims fund-raiser to support the Best Buddies program at the Middle School.

Best Buddies advisors Daria Carusone, Pam Ginder, Patricia Stockman and Maria Semenick coordinated the evening.

"I had the pleasure of attending the event which included a dodge ball tournament among students and teachers, a raffle of some amazing donated item, food and more!," said Semenick. "I was so impressed at this creative way to spread our mission of inclusion and friendship." [read more]

33 PBC students recognized for excellence on state Science, ELA and Mathematics tests in the spring

Student photoP.B. Coeymans Principal Hakim Jones and Interim Superintendent Alan McCartney presented 33 students with certificates noting their success on scoring Level 4 - the highest achievement possible - on state science, English Language Arts and math tests in the spring.

Jones noted that teachers work very hard with students every year "to prepare our students and see how much they have grown during the year" in their studies. [read more]

 

Student photoAaron June recognized for Eagle Scout project benefitting Ronald McDonald House

RCS sophomore Aaron June was recognized by the Board of Education on Tuesday, Nov. 18, for achieving the Eagle Scout status.

Interim Superintendent Alan McCartney said Aaron had achieved 21 merit badges during his scouting career. “I was a boy scout, a life scout,”McCartney said at the Nov. 18 Board of Education meeting.. “I didn’t have what it took to become an Eagle Scout. Aaron does.” READ MORE

GI Go Fund Jeans for Troops fundraiser nets $375 from RCS staff

Employees at Pieter B. Coeymans and AW Becker Elementary Schools, along with RCS District Office employees, honored Veterans Day and the men and women who have died defending our country by raising funds for military veterans and their families.

On November 12, staff took part in the 2014 “Jeans For Troops” fundraising drive benefiting the GI Go Fund, an nonprofit organization that helps veterans returning home find employment, go to college, access their health care and financial benefits, and link to housing.

During the drive, which involves schools and companies from across the country, employees were given the opportunity to wear jeans to work in exchange for a $5 donation to the GI Go Fund. RCS raised $375 for this worthy cause. READ MORE

56 RCS Middle and High School Musicians participate in All-County Music Festival Nov. 5-7

Fifty-six student musicians from RCS middle and high schools will participate in this year’s Greene County Music Educators Association Fall All-County Music Festival.

The festival is being held at Greenville High School on Wednesday, November 5th and Friday, November 7th.

Students from RCS, Cairo-Durham, Catskill, Coxsackie-Athens, Greenville, Hunter-Tannersville and Windham-Ashland-Jewett will participate in rehearsals on Wednesday from 3 – 8 p.m. They will return on Friday to begin rehearsal at 3 p.m. and the festival will conclude with an evening concert in the Greenville High School auditorium at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, November 7th. [read more]

RCS students selected to all-state music conference

The RCS High School Music Department is pleased to announce that junior James “Jake” Wamsley has been selected to participate in this year’s New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) All-State Conference, which is being held from December 4-7 in Rochester, NY.  Also selected as an alternate was junior Emmalyn Knapp. READ MORE

RCS high school students set to participate in state-wide music festival

The RCS music department will be well represented at this year’s New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) Zone 7 Area All-State music festival.

RCS music festival participantsThis year’s festival will once again be held at Saratoga Springs High School.

Students will rehearse on Friday, Nov. 21 and will return again on Saturday morning for rehearsals.

The festival will conclude with a concert featuring the Area All-State Jazz Ensemble, Mixed Chorus, Band and Symphonic Orchestra at 2 p.m.

 

Pictured in the photo are left to right:  Emmalyn Knapp (Soprano 1), Kathryn Rowzee (Band, French horn), Victoria Margiasso (Soprano 1), Samuel Datri (Bass 2), Michael Fryer (Tenor 2), Brennan Flory (Bass 2), Diana Bechdol oprano 2), Diana Voronko (Alto 1) and Madison Brown (Alto 2).  Absent from photo were:  Nicole Miller (Alto 2) and Jake Wamsley (Bass 2).

Student photoAWB kindergarten students have fun at Stanton's Feura Farm

AW Becker kindergarten classes had fun on a hay ride, a straw slide, maneuvering their ways through a maze and picking pumpkins during a visit today to Stanton’s Feura Farm in Feura Bush.

The students had the opportunity to experience many fun-filled and educational activities. [read more]

 

Student photoStudents promote safe teen driving

Grade 10-12 students, who are getting ready to take permit and driving tests, last week participated in National Teen Driver Safety Week and several activities designed to make driving safer for everyone.

The students, in Megan McClave's period 7 health class, participated in the activities as part of their advocacy project.

"Advocacy is one of the health skills included in the NYS health curriculum," said McClave. [read more]

PBC grade 5 students attend ESYO performance at Proctor's Theater

Student photoGrade 5 students at Pieter B. Coeymans were part of a wonderful musical experience that took place at Proctors Theatre in Schenectady on Oct. 22.

Students took in the sights and sounds of the Empire State Youth Orchestra (ESYO) as they performed musical selections of American composers including Charles Ives and Aaron Copland. The program was tailored for students and was very interactive through the use of actors, artwork and of course, fabulous music! [read more]

Student photoHolocaust survivor Marion Blumenthal Lazan discusses her life in Holland under Nazi Germany and the positive thoughts that helped her survive

Next month, Holocaust survivor Marion Blumenthal Lazan and her husband, Nathanial, will travel to Germany for a reunion of sorts.

She will carry a sample of soil from the grave of her mother, who died two years ago at age 104, to place on the grave of her father, who died 69 years ago shortly after being liberated from years of torture at the hands of the German Nazis during World War II.

While symbolic, the author of Four Perfect Pebbles, a reference to the four members of her family trapped under Nazi control in Holland during World War II, will be reuniting the two people who helped her to survive during the unimaginable years of her childhood. 

Ravena Mayor William Misuraca meets with students in grade 2Mayor visit to PBC

Ravena Mayor William Misuraca visited PBC on Friday, Oct. 17, to teach Jessica Emerick's, Glenn Koblenzer's, Kim Kratochwill's and Nicole Stott's second graders about the importance of leadership in a community. Many thanks to Mayor Misuraca for taking the time to answer many of the students' questions. Click on the image to enlarge it.

A.W. Becker students recognized by the Board of Education

Nearly 50 students were recognized by the Board of Education tonight for achieving a score of 4 - the highest possible score - on the New York State exams in English Language Arts and mathematics. [read more]

Student photoAWB students explore the world around them on Habitat Day

Whether it was hiking on a nature trail, researching bird habitats, exploring owl pellets or making Dragonfly Clothespins, students at A.W. Becker explore the world around them during Habitat Day.
Students explored the Barbara Austin Nature Trail, looking and listening for, and identifying animal signs and habitats. Various grade levels were involved in researching bird habitats in the computer lab. [read more]

High School students honored by Board of Education

Student photoFifteen high school students were recognized by the Board of Education tonight for achieving a 3, 4 or 5 on the college-level Advanced Placement (AP) exams last year.

In addition, two students - Alana Columbus and Ariel Hunlock - were honored for having met their graduation requirements after taking the August Regents exams.

Principal Tom DiAcetis said the AP honorees "have shown that they can successfully complete college-level material," a trait he said that will serve these students very well in the future.  [read more]

Student photoRCS swim team off to a strong start; swimmers break records in first meet against Johnstown

The RCS-CA Girls Varsity Swimming and Diving Team had its first meet on Friday night, Sept. 5, against Johnstown.

For many of the girls it was their varsity debut, said CoachElyse Loughlin. "The young team swam their hearts out to beat many personal records," she said.

RCS grade 8 student Gillian Burch was able to beat a six-year-old team record with a time of 1:11.43 in the 100-yard breast stroke. [read more]

Senior Collin Adams named as a National Merit Scholarship semifinalist

Senior Collin Adams has been named as a semifinalist in the National Merit Scholarship program, the first step in a journey that could provide funding for college next year.

Collin was among 16,000 semifinalists announced today by the National Merit Scholarship Corp. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 8,000 National Merit Scholarships worth about $35 million that will be offered next spring. [read more]

 

 

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EVENTS Calendar

Tuesday, July 28

Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m., HS (if needed)

August 12-13

NYS Regents testing days

Tuesday, August 18

Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m., HS

Thursday, August 27

9th Grade Orientation, 6-7 p.m., HS

Tuesday, September 1

Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m., HS

Wednesday, September 2

Staff Development Day - STAFF ONLY

Thursday, September 3

Staff Development Day - STAFF ONLY

Monday, September 7

Labor Day - NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, September 8

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL

Tuesday, September 15

Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m., HS - Recognition Awards

Friday, October 9

Emergency Early Release Day (15 minutes early dismissal)

Monday, October 12

Columbus Day - NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, October 13

Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m., AWB - Recognition Awards

Thursday, October 22

Superintendent's Conference Day (Early Dismissal UPK-12)

Tuesday, October 27

Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m., HS

Tuesday, November 10

Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m., PBC - Recognition Awards

Wednesday, November 11

Veterans Day - NO SCHOOL

Thursday, November 19

Parent Conferences K-12 - STAFF ONLY

Monday, November 23

Parent Conferences (Early Dismissal, UPK-8)

Tuesday, November 24

Parent Conferences (Early Dismissal, UPK-8)

Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m., HS

Wednesday-Friday, November 25-27

Thanksgiving Recess - NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, December 8

Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m., MSRecognition Awards

Thursday-Friday, December 24-January 1

Holiday Recess - NO SCHOOL

Monday, January 4, 2016

Classes resume

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m., HS

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Superintendent's Conference Day (Early Dismisal, UPK-12)

Monday, January 18, 2016

Martin Luther King Jr. Day - NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m., HS

Tuesday-Friday, January 26-29, 2016

NYS Regents exams

Tuesday, February 9

Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m., HS

Monday-Friday, February 15-19

Winter Recess - NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, February 23

Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m., HS

Tuesday, March 8

Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m., HS

Thursday, March 10

Parent Conferences (Early Dismisal, UPK-8)

Friday, March 11

Parent Conferences (Early Dismisal, UPK-8)

Tuesday, March 22

Superintendent's Conference Day (Early Dismissal, UPK-8)

Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m., HS

Friday, March 25

Good Friday - NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, April 5

Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m., HS - 2016-17 budget presentation and approval

Tuesday, April 19

Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m., HS - BOCES budget vote

Monday-Friday, April 25-29

Spring Recess - NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, May 10

Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m., HS - 2016-17 budget hearing

Tuesday, May 17

2016-17 school budget vote, 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., RCS High School gym

Tuesday, May 24

Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m., HS - if needed

Friday, May 27

Contingent Snow Day* if one emergency day has not been used

Monday, May 30

Memorial Day - NO SCHOOL

Wednesday, June 1

Common Core NYS Regents exams

Tuesday, June 14

Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m., HS

Tuesday-Thursday, June 14-23

NYS Regents exams

Thursday, June 23

LAST DAY OF SCHOOL

Saturday, June 25

Class of 2016 graduation
9 a.m. Empire State Convention Center, Albany

Tuesday, June 28

Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m., HS

 

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