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

Alan R. McCartney,

Interim Superintendent

November 27, 2014

NEWS Headlines

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.

Board unanimously supports building proposal that carries a maximum
$1.28 per month tax impact by 2020-21; community to decide on Jan. 13

Mark January 13, 2015 on your calendars in big, bold letters.

After making a few last-minute improvements, the Board of Education unanimously adopted a resolution on Nov. 18 calling for a January 13 community vote on two building project proposals that would upgrade classrooms, fields and athletic facilities as well as "behind the scenes" cafeteria, public address, heating and electrical systems.

The project will be considered by the community in two proposals - one not to exceed $28.79 million for the majority of the work and a second proposal not to exceed $1.3 million to upgrade one soccer field and two baseball/softball fields at the high school.

As it now stands, the first proposal would have a maximum 0.62 percent tax rate impact, which works out to $12.42 per year for a home assessed at $100,000 (that's $1.03 per month). The second proposal would add $2.98 per year to the tax bill on that $100,000 home (that works out to 25 cents per month).

If both projects were approved, the tax bill on that $100,000 home would increase by 0.77 percent (less than 1 percent) or $15.40 per year (that works out to $1.28 per month). [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]

Band and Chorus to perform at Empire State Plaza on Dec. 9

The RCS High School Band and Chorus will perform at the annual New York State Office of General Services Holiday Potpourri on Tuesday, December 9th from 12 noon until 1 p.m. The band will perform at noon and the chorus will perform at 12:30 in the South Concourse of the Empire State Plaza.

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

Grade 2 class at Pieter B. Coeymans "hates yams in all places"

Jessica Emerick's grade 2 class wrote a song with WGNA disc jockey Richie Phillips as part of his “Reading, Writing and Rhyming” program. Phillips came to Pieter B. to record the students singing "I Hate Yams in All Places" to a parody of the Garth Brook's song, “Friends In Low Places.” Phillips also plays the clip of Brooks reacting to the PBC parody during a radio interview.

Listen to the student-created song and Brooks interview by clicking on the image below.

 

 

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

Several RCS students to perform in Melodies of Christmas Dec. 18-21

Several RCS High School students have been chosen to participate in this year’s Empire State Youth Orchestra Melodies of Christmas Chorale. They will perform along with the Empire State Youth Orchestra at Proctors Theater in Schenectady on December 18th – 21st in support of Albany Medical Center’s Melodies Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders.

Since the inception of the annual Melodies of Christmas concerts, millions of dollars have been raised for this important cause. The program will also air on CBS 6 at various times on December 24th and December 25th. READ MORE

Board members study $30 million building improvement project that would have little tax impact; expected to endorse plan on Nov. 18; community vote by mid-January

With the high school band using the stage to practice and elementary playing fields under water in the spring, among other building concerns, the Board of Education is considering a building project that would spend millions to improve the four RCS schools and bus garage to better position students for the challenges of the 21st century.

The nearly $30 million building project - plus a possible second $1.2 million proposal to replace two fields next to the high school - would be completed in two phases, beginning in June 2016 and completing the second phase by August 2021.

The tax increase for the project is estimated at a maximum of .62 percent (less than 1 percent) or a maximum of $12.42 per year for a home assessed at $100,000. That increase would come in the second phase of the project, probably in the 2019-20 school year.

As the schedule appears now, board members are expected to approve a slightly revised project at its meeting on Nov. 18. The projected community vote would be held on Tuesday, Jan. 13, at RCS High School. [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]

RCS to host Empire State Youth Orchestra ensembles for sixth year in a row on Nov. 1

For the sixth year in a row, the RCS Music Department is hosting the Empire State Repertory Orchestra and the Empire State String Ensemble concert.

The concert will be held on Saturday, Nov. 1 at 4 p.m. in the RCS High School auditorium. Both ensembles are affiliates of the Empire State Youth Orchestra (ESYO). [read more]Icky the Germ

Elementary Children Learning How to Reduce the Spread of Germs

"Icky the Germ" may not become anybody's friend - but he carriers a powerful message for students.

As the cold and flu season approaches, a heightened effort is underway at AW Becker to teach children about good health practices.

 Tips on are how to stay healthy are being presented to AWB students by “Icky the Germ.” [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.  [read more]

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]

Tom DiAcetisTom DiAcetis named as High School principal; kicks off 'Lunch with the Principal'

Thirty years after Tom DiAcetis walked across the stage to pick up his RCS diploma, "Mr. D" has returned as principal of his alma mater.

DiAcetis, a 1984 RCS graduate who served as assistant principal last year during the 2013-14 school year, was appointed last night by the Board of Education as principal. He succeeds Brian Bishop, who took a position at another school district after serving one year as RCS principal. [read more]

Calendar cover2014-15 calendars now available

The 2014-15 calendar was mailed to homes by the end of August.

Check out the calendar informational grids and facing page information on the RCS calendar page. [read more]

Tricia Carlton named as new A.W. Becker principalTricia Carlton

Tricia Carlton, who brings more than 25 years of teaching and administrative experience to her new position as principal at A.W. Becker Elementary School, plans to continue moving the school forward and fostering a positive climate for students and staff.

She was named to the position after an extensive search by the Board of Education on Tuesday, April 22. She will serve as principal for a three-year probationary period, lasting from July 1, 2014 to July 1, 2017. She replaces retiring Principal Claudia Verga.

Carlton, a resident of Delmar, received a master’s degree in Elementary Education from Lesley College in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  [read more]

RCS flips the switch on solar powerAW Becker solar panels

Over the next 20 years, solar collectors sitting atop the four school buildings and bus garage are going to harness enough energy to clip at least $800,000 from RCS utility bills – all at no cost to taxpayers.

The collectors have been installed on the roofs at the high school, middle school, A.W. Becker, Pieter B. Coeymans and the bus garage.

Estimates from US Light Energy, the contractor working with RCS to develop the Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) for the project, show that electric charges will drop by $807,076 (a 11.34 percent drop) over the next 20 years at a minimum. [read more]

 

 

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EVENTS Calendar

Wednesday, November 26

NO SCHOOL -- THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY

Thursday, November 27

THANKSGIVING -- NO SCHOOL

Friday, November 28

NO SCHOOL

Wednesday, December 3

AWB Grade 5 Band/Chorus Holiday Concert (7 p.m.)

Thursday, December 4

PBC Grade 5 Band/Chorus Holiday Concert (7 p.m., @ PBC)

NYSSMA Conference All-State Festival, Rochester (thru Dec. 7)

Friday, December 5

AWB Cookies with Santa

NYSSMA Conference All-State Festival, Rochester

Saturday, December 6

NYSSMA Conference All-State Festival, Rochester

Sunday, December 7

PBC Bottle and Can Drive (12-2 p.m.)

NYSSMA Conference All-State Festival, Rochester

Tuesday, December 9

HS Band and Chorus to perform at Empire State Plaza - 12 noon and 12:30 p.m.

MS Recognition Awards, 6:30 p.m.

Board of Education meeting, 7 p.m. (MS)

PBC Holiday Book Fair (thru Dec. 11)

Wednesday, December 10

AWB PTA Meeting, 6:45 p.m.

PBC PTO Meeting, 6:30 p.m.

PBC 'Cookies with Santa', 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Grades 7-8 Holiday Concert, 7 p.m.  (HS)

Thursday, December 11

PBC Grades 2 & 4 Holiday Concert, 7 p.m. (HS)

Friday, December 12

End of 5-week Interim Period (MS/HS)

Middle School Drama Production, 7 p.m.

Saturday, December 13

Middle School Drama Production, 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Monday, December 15

HS Holiday Concert, 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, December 16

AWB Grades 2 & 4 Holiday Concert, 7 p.m. (HS)

HANUKKAH (Begins at sundown)

Wednesday, December 17

Grade 6 Holiday Concert, 7 p.m., HS

Thursday, December 18

Alternate Concert Date (if 1 is canceled due to weather)

Sunday, December 21

Winter begins

Monday, December 22

Alternate Concert Date (if 1 is canceled due to weather)

Wednesday December 24-January 2

Holiday Recess - NO SCHOOL

Thursday, December 25

Christmas Day

Friday, December 26

Kwanzaa begins

 Thursday, January 1

New Year's Day  - NO SCHOOL

Monday, Jan. 5

Classes resume

Tuesday, January 6

Pre-K and Kindergarten Registration, 3-6 p.m. @AWB

Board of Education Meeting, 7 p.m., HS

Wednesday, January 7

Pre-K and Kindergarten Registration, 3-6 p.m. @AWB

Cafeteria and Fun Fair

Thursday, January 8

Pre-K and Kindgergarten Registration, 3-6 p.m. @PBC

Wednesday, January 14

AWB PTA Meeting, 6:45 p.m.

PBC PTO Meeting, 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, January 15

College Financial Aid Night, 7:30 p.m. (Parents of Juniors and Seniors)

Monday, January 19

Martin Luther King Jr. Day (observed)

NO SCHOOL

Thursday, January 22

MS/HS Winter Select Ensembles Concert, 7 p.m., HS

Monday, January 26

Regents Exams, 9-12; Students report for only exams (thru Jan. 29)

Friday, January 30

Second semester begins, MS/HS

Tuesday, February 3

Board of Education meeting, 7 p.m., HS

Thursday, February 5

Professional Development Day (early dismissal UPK-12)

Saturday, February 7

PBC PTO Bottle and Can Drive, 9-11 a.m.

Wednesday, February 11

AWB PTA Meeting, 6:45 p.m.

PBC PTO Meeting, 6:30 p.m.

Monday, February 16

Start of Winter Recess (thru Feb. 20)

Tuesday, February 24

Board of Education Meeting, 7 p.m., HS

Wednesday, February 25

In-person Continuing Education registration, 6:30-8 p.m., HS Aquatics Lobby

Friday, February 27

HS Drama Production, 7 p.m., HS

Saturday, February 28

HS Drama Production, 7 p.m., HS

 

 

 

 

 

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