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

Robert K. Libby,


July 23, 2016

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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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2016-17 student schedules and teacher assignments not yet finalized

District officials recently learned that 2016-17 draft schedules and teacher assignments have been viewable via the Parent Portal before being finalized by the district. This access is no longer available, and any schedule or assignment that was viewed prior to today should be disregarded. Click for schedule and assignment release dates

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

District Board of Education members voted unanimously July 12 to elect James Latter to his fourth term as board president and Edward “Teddy” Reville to a third term as vice president, during the board’s annual reorganization meeting. [read more]

Summer Adventures in Reading letter to parents/guardians

Students enrolled in summer Adventures in Reading have already been pre-registered for this program. This notice is for those students and their families:
Summer Adventures in Reading is just around the corner. This program is offered to children who would benefit from additional reading instruction during the summer months and/or are currently working below grade level. Adventures in Reading is an instructional opportunity dedicated to offering enriching and fun access to reading and writing.
Click for full letter and drop off information.

2016-17 Elementary School supply lists are out

Supply lists for A.W. Becker and Pieter B. Coeymans are now available for the 2016-17 school year. See lists

Free and reduced-priced meals available for qualifying Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk families

RCS participates in the National School Lunch Program providing nutritious meals for students free or at a reduced price of 25 cents.
Free or reduced priced meals are provided daily based on household size and income. All information is kept strictly confidential.
To see whether your family qualifies for this program all you need to do is complete an application available at your child’s school or contact the RCS Food Service Department at 756-4508.
Only one application needs to be submitted per household. You will be notified within in 4-5 business days if you qualify for the program.
An application package is mailed home to all parents in late August. Parents are encouraged to submit the completed application to their child's school or district office BEFORE the start of school each year. 
Click for more information

Summer Volleyball Camp begins Aug. 1

Registration for the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Volleyball Camp is now open for girls entering grades 2 –12 for the 2016-17 school year. The camp will be held Aug. 1-4 at the RCS High School, grades 2-5 from 5 – 5:45 p.m., and grades 6-12 from 6 – 8:30p.m.

Click here for more information and registration. [PDF]

Caps off to the class of 2016

As the 133 graduating seniors from RCS’ Class of 2016 sat together for the last time during Saturday’s graduation ceremony at the Albany Convention Center, they were regaled with stories from their time at RCS and inspired with words of wisdom.
[read more] [view photo gallery]

RCS seniors have final say before parting with high school

Assistant Superintendent Brian Baily asked graduating seniors about their experience at Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk. While their responses ranged from humorous to inspiring, each answer registered with the parting seniors during the graduation ceremony on Saturday, June 25. See what the seniors had to say.

Fall Sports Medical Clearance

To be medically cleared, a student-athlete must have a current SPORTS PHYSICAL (within one calendar year of the season start date) and must submit a HEALTH UPDATE FORM to the high school nurse within 30 days of the season start date.
Fall Sport Physical Dates

National Junior Honor Society inducts 23 new RCS Middle School students

On Wednesday, May 25, Honor Society students from Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk High School tapped 23 Middle School students to be inducted into the National Junior Honor Society.
Students were surprised with their nominations during ninth-period class and inducted at a ceremony later that evening.  [read more]

A.W. Becker students lend a hand at Regional Food Bank

More than 150, two-pound bags of granola will be to be sent to families in need around the Capital Region after A.W. Becker student volunteers packaged the granola for the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York on Wednesday, May 25. [read more]

Job shadowing provides students with valuable life experience

Nearly 30 Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk High School students participated in a job shadow event at the New York State Boards Association giving them an opportunity to speak with employees in various career fields to learn the skills needed to be part of the global workforce. [read more]

Congratulations to the 2016 RCS Valedictorian and Salutatorian

Natalie Spindler is the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Class of 2016 valedictorian with a 99.91 grade-point average. Salutatorian is Jessica Bianchi with a 99.77 grade-point average.
Read more about Spindler and Bianchi

Three RCS students among inductees into National Technical Honor Society

Fifty-seven Capital Region BOCES Career and Technical School (CTE) students were inducted into the National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) on Monday, May 23. Among those inducted were three Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk students: Zackery Burns who is studying electrical trades; Brian Netkin who is in the criminal justice program; and Slade Young who is in the informational technology program. [read more]

Eighteen students inducted into RCS High School National Honor Society

In a special ceremony on May 16 at the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk High School, 18 students were inducted into the National Honor Society.
To be selected, candidates must first have a cumulative grade point average of 90 percent or higher and then be selected by members of a Faculty Council for meeting high standards of scholarship, service, leadership, and character.
[read more]

RCS voters approve $44.5 million budget, bus and library propositions

Residents of Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk took to the polls today, approving a $44.5 million budget for the 2016-17 school year, as well as the bus purchase proposition, community library vote and proposition.
With 655 in favor and 317 opposed, residents approved the $44,500,531 budget for the 2016-17 school year. The budget calls for an increase in total spending of 2.92 percent, or $1,263,801, from the 2015-16 school year and a tax levy increase of 1.63 percent, which equals the district’s limit based on the state’s tax levy cap calculation. The budget maintains all current student programs at RCS. [read more]

RCS students recognized for leadership in physical education

Nearly 30 Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk elementary and middle school students were honored at the Sandra G. Morley Physical Education Student Leadership Awards on May 2 at Hudson Valley Community College. [read more]

Construction underway on RCS field

Renovations are underway on the field located inside the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk track on the middle and high school campus. The field renovation is one of the first projects in Phase 1A of the capital project that began on May 1. Contractors are upgrading the field to a synthetic all-season, sand-based surface, which is more durable than grass.
Phase 1A is expected to last through October 2016, with projects including site work, window replacement and skylight installation at A.W. Becker and Pieter B. Coeymans elementary schools. Renovation of the loading dock at the high school, as well as asbestos tile abatement and flooring replacement at the middle school are also under the Phase 1A scope, along with a new roof for the bus garage and a new bus access road.

YMCA honors two RCS High School students

Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk juniors Madeline Metcalf and Tyler Rivers were honored at the Capital District YMCA’s 19th annual Student and Educator Breakfast on Tuesday, April 19 at the Appel Inn in Altamont. They were among 30 area students recognized for their hard work and dedication in the classroom and the community. [read more]

RCS Best Buddies participate in statewide fundraiser

Ravena-Coeymans-Selkrik middle and high school students participated in the Best Buddies Friendship Walk on April 17 at Crossgates Mall in Albany. The walk raised more than $100,000 for Best Buddies New York to help clubs across the state sponsor such events as the Best Buddies Ball and send high school Best Buddies presidents to the annual conference in July. [Read more]

RCS partners with Junior Achievement to prepare students for careers

About 20 Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk High School students in a Career and Financial Management class recently had the opportunity to learn from a volunteer from Junior Achievement of Northeastern New York as part of the Junior Achievement Career Success program. [read more]

RCS musicians bring home NYSSMA awards

Earlier this month, the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Music Department continued its long tradition of participating in the New York State School Music Association Solo/Ensemble and Major Organization Evaluation Festivals.
On April 1 and 2, 106 students from grades 5-12 participated in the Solo/Ensemble Festival at Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School. Each student was evaluated by a trained NYSSMA adjudicator in solos that ranged in difficulty from level one through level six, with level six being the most difficult level of performance. [read more]

Middle School Legacy Ball will bring generations together

Students to honor grandparents and senior citizens

Put on your dancing shoes for an evening of dinner and dancing on May 6 during the Legacy Ball hosted by the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Middle School. The night is dedicated to grandparents and senior citizens who have helped shape the RCS community.
The Legacy Ball will be held 5–7:30 p.m. in the middle school cafeteria.
RSVP to Moly Jennes at mjennes@rcscsd.org.

Track to close May 1 for construction of new synthetic field

Renovations to the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk field located inside the track on the middle and high school campus will begin in May. Contractor James H. Maloy Inc. will begin work at the site on May 1, closing off public access to the track and field. [read more]

Students lace up for the fifth annual RCS Wellness Walk

A month-long marathon of wellness at Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk began March 17. The event is an effort led by the RCS Wellness committee to promote health and wellness in the community.
“A traditional marathon is 26.2 miles long,” said Food Services Director, Doug Porter. “We have broken down those miles to make it easy for students, faculty, families and friends to complete a marathon.”
[read more]

Not your average study hall; Students learn how to code

Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk seventh and eighth-grade students could be using their sixth-period study hall to complete homework or take a mental break. Instead, this group of about 12 students are in Jared Bevington’s technology classroom with their eyes glued to iPads.
While it may look like they are using the tablets to play video games, they are actually learning how to code to create their own games.
[read more]

A.W. Becker students fight childhood cancer one math problem at a time

The kickoff for the 2016 A.W. Becker Math-a-Thon to benefit St. Jude Children’s Hospital happens March 30. Participating students pledge donations and solve math problems in a Math-A-Thon Funbook developed by Scholastic Inc. [read more]

44 RCS Musicians Selected to GCMEA Spring All-County Music Festival

Fourty-four middle and high school music students from Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk were selected to participate in the Greene County Music Educators Association Spring All-County Music Festival. The festival concert is being held at 7:30 p.m., on Friday, April 1 at Hunter-Tannersville High School. [read more]

RCS leaders await state budget before finalizing 2016-17 school district budget

State lawmakers are in the final stages of adopting a 2016-17 state budget with Friday, April 1 as the deadline if they want to continue their five-year record of having an on-time budget. Once the state budget is finalized, Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk officials will receive firm state aid revenue projections, and can then make decisions before finalizing the district’s 2016-17 school budget. [read more]

Albany Times Union blogger features RCS student posts

While studying the art of blogging, Tera Stumbaugh’s journalism students had a unique opportunity to be published as guest bloggers for Albany Times Union writer Krisiti Barlette’s blog.
Barlette spoke to the class March 14 offering insight into her career in journalism and success in blogging. She also spoke about the mistakes she made early in her blogging career and offered advice.
[read more]

NYSED announces changes for spring 3-8 ELA and math tests

As spring approaches, so does testing season. The spring 2016 testing schedule for students in grades 3-8 is as follows:
• New York State grades 3-8 English language arts (ELA) exam: April 5-7
• New York State grades 3-8 math exam: April 13-15

This will be the fourth year that New York students take assessments aligned to the state’s new learning standards. In recent weeks, the New York State Education Department announced some adjustments to the tests in response to concerns from parents and educators after last year’s state exams. [read more]

Hands-on math lesson speaks volumes

Pieter B. Coeymans teachers turned up the volume for their fifth-graders with hands-on lessons that brought together math, science and engineering. Students used snap cubes – colorful blocks that snap together – to create three-dimensional objects or prisms. They then had to find the volume of their structures. [read more]


RCS senior named Colonial Council’s top scholar-athlete

With a 97.12 grade-point average while enrolled in all honors, Advanced Placement (AP) and University in the High School (UHS) courses, Nicole Miller is model student in the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk senior class. Her hard work continued on to the basketball court, which earned her the honor of top scholar-athlete for the Colonial Council. [Read more]


A.W. Becker student takes center court at MAAC tournament

Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk fifth-grader Kayla Stanton was a star at the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) basketball tournament March 7, where she was named the elementary school winner of the 2016 MAAC Gives Back Essay Contest.
Stanton received a certificate from MAAC commissioner Rich Ensor at center court of the Times Union Center tournament. [read more]

Congressman Paul Tonko talks government with RCS seniors

For students in the Ravena-Coeymas-Selkirk High School AP government class, reading about current events is one thing; hearing firsthand about policy-making decisions from a sitting U.S. congressman is quite another.
On March 7, Congressman Paul Tonko kicked it up a notch for about 20 students enrolled in the AP course by visiting their classroom and answering some tough questions.
[read more]

RCS faces more than $400,000 budget gap at beginning of process

District leaders optimistic about balancing 2016-17 spending plan

On Tuesday, Feb. 23, Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Superintendent Robert Libby and Business Administrator Joanne Moran presented a preliminary forecast of the RCS 2016-17 school budget during the Board of Education meeting.
“These numbers reflect where we are at right now, at the beginning of the process,” Libby said. “ As we move forward we will see adjustments in these numbers as we work toward our final budget draft.” [Read more]

Universal Pre-Kindergarten Registration and Lottery

All families that have submitted their registration for UPK in either A.W. Becker or Pieter B. Coeymans Elementary prior to Friday, Feb. 12, 2016 have been successfully enrolled. Therefore, there will not be a lottery held this Friday, Feb. 26. A letter will be sent to enrolled families during the first two weeks in March which will contain additional information about A.M. or P.M. enrollment and other important timeline details.
Registration for UPK will remain open and children who register for UPK after the Feb. 24, 2016 will be placed in the program if there is room or on a waiting list on a first come, first served basis.  

Questions surround damage of RCS fields

On Wednesday, Feb. 17, an unwelcome sight greeted Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk officials – multiple fields on the high school and middle school campus had been gouged by a series of tire tracks.
Tracks on the field behind the high school are visible from County Route 101. Several sets of tire tracks run down the hill from the road to the field, some more distinct than others. The field is now marked with large, muddy semi-circles and additional tracks etched in a crisscross pattern. [read more]

Special guest helps RCS High School drama club prepare to debut Beauty and the Beast

Broadway actor and singer Steven Ted Beckler held a four-hour master class with cast members of the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk production of Beauty and the Beast Feb. 2, to help the students prepare for their March 4-6 performances. Beckler has performed as the Beast and Gaston while serving as understudy for those roles, as well as in the ensemble cast of Beauty and the Beast on Broadway. [read more]

RCS wrestling team heads to Section 2 Tournament as Colonial
Council champion

arning the 2015-16 Colonial Council championship was not enough for the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk High School wrestling team. It also set a new school record with 11 wrestlers qualifying for the Section 2 Tournament Feb. 13-14 at the Glens Falls Civic Center. [read more]

RCS students have a ball at annual Best Buddies Friendship Ball

On Saturday, Feb. 5th, over 400 students from around the Capital Region, including 12 RCS middle and high school students, came together at the Holiday Inn in Latham for the annual Best Buddies Friendship Ball. The ball is an all-inclusive dance experience that celebrates people of all different abilities, and gives everyone the chance to have a night they won't forget. RCS students were accompanied by teachers Daria Carusone, Maria Semenick, Pamela Ginder and Patricia Stockman. [see photo]



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