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

Alan R. McCartney,

Superintendent

February 28, 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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Kristin Hill-BurnsKristin Hill-Burns joins RCS Board of Education, replacing Alice Whalen

The 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]

Mark Your Calendars - Colonie Central High School to Host Feb. 26 Educational Forum - 'SAVE OUR SCHOOLS: Quality Opportunities For Public School Children'

Colonie Central High School will once again host stakeholders from dozens of area school districts in what has become an annual regional call to action on the fiscal crisis facing public schools.

You are invited to this important forum this Thursday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m., entitled: “SAVE OUR SCHOOLS: Quality Opportunities for Public School Children.”

The event promises to again bring students, parents, teachers, taxpayers and school leaders together to talk about what is at stake if state leaders do not reverse course and adequately fund schools. The event will feature the voices of these groups describing how the crisis has affected programs and opportunities that are important to them and their neighbors. [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]

RCSHS Drama Club presents Once Upon a Mattress, Feb. 27-March 1

If you thought you knew the story of "The Princess and The Pea," you may be in for a walloping surprise! Once Upon a Mattress is a lighthearted retelling of Hans Christian Andersen fairytale that you don't want to miss.

 

Check it out at RCSHS from Feb. 27-March 1. **PLEASE NOTE: The matinee on Sun. March 1 is at 2 p.m., NOT 3 p.m.**
[READ MORE]

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

Despite the snow and cold weather outside, 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]

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]

BOE accepts Alice Whalen's resignation; will interview for her successor

RCS BOE applicationThe Board of Education will be interviewing community members interested in completing member Alice Whalen’s term until the election on May 19.

The board on Tuesday, Feb. 3, accepted Whalen’s resignation. She is moving out of the RCS school district and is no longer eligible to serve on the board.

Whalen, who taught at RCS for 34 years, was first elected in 2009 and re-elected in 2012. Her second term would have ended this year.

Any community member interested in being publicly interviewed for the position should download and complete this application (PDF).

The short application must be returned to District Clerk Suzanne Starr by Wednesday, Feb. 18. The interviews will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 24 in the high school library.

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 photoRCS 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.

[READ MORE]

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 on Route 9W; new digital sign expected to be in place by the end of February

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

(1/13/15) 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]

Parent Today cold weather tipsUpcoming cold snap a good time to pass along a few reminders to keep your family safe

At this time of year, it is a good idea to talk with your children about cold weather safety. Extra care is needed, especially in younger children, to be sure that frostbite does not occur. [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 caf√© 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]

Drama ClubFiddler on the Roof Jr. to be performed Dec. 12-13 by RCS Middle School Drama Club

Friday, Dec. 12 performance is sold out; Saturday, Dec. 13 tickets still available

Everyone knows the Broadway classic Fiddler on the Roof with showstoppers like “Sunrise, Sunset”, “If I were a Rich Man” and “Tradition” and you’ll get to hear those and more at the RCS Middle School Drama production! of Fiddlers on the Roof Jr.

Fiddler on the Roof, Jr. opens Friday, December 12th at 7 p.m. with two performances on Saturday, December 13th, a matinee at 3 p.m. and an evening performance at 7 p.m. at the Middle School LGR. [read more]

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]

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

(11/24/14) 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]

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]

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]

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]

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

Friday, February 27

HS Drama Production, 7 p.m., HS

Saturday, February 28

HS Drama Production, 7 p.m., HS

Sunday, March 1

HS Drama Production, 2 p.m., HS

Wednesday, March 4

AWB Scholastic Book Fair (until 3/9)

Kindergarten Dr. Seuss Night, 6-7:30 p.m., AWB

Thursday, March 5

AWB Science & Wellness Fair, 6:30-8 p.m. SCIENCE FAIR MOVED TO MAY 7

Grades 6-12 MIOSM Vocal Concert, 7 p.m., HS

Friday, March 6

End of 5-Week Interim Period, MS/HS

NYSSMA Piano Festival, College of St. Rose

Saturday, March 7

NYSSMA Piano Festival, College of St. Rose

Sunday, March 8

Daylight Savings Time Begins

Tuesday, March 10

AWB Spring Picture Day

PBC Spring Picture Day

PBC Kindergarten Screening (by appointment only)

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

Wednesday, March 11

AWB Grade 5 MIOSM Concert, 7 p.m. at AWB

PBC Kindergarten Screening (by appointment only)

Advanced Placement exam fee due in Counseling Center

Thursday, March 12

Grades 6-12 MIOSM Instrumental Concert, 7 p.m., HS

PBC Kindergarten Screening (by appointment only)

Regional Save Our Schools forum, Colonie High School, 7 p.m.

Friday, March 13

End of 2nd Trimester Marking Period

UPK to Grade 5

PBC Kindergarten Screening (by appointment only)

Tuesday, March 17

PBC Grade 5 MIOSM Concert, 7 p.m. at PBC

St. Patrick's Day

Wednesday, March 18

AWB PTA Meeting, 6:45 p.m.

PBC PTO Meeting, 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 19

PARENT CONFERENCES: Early Dismissal K-8, No School Pre-K

National Honor Society Annual Trip

College Information Night, 6:30-7:30 p.m., HS

Friday, March 20

PARENT CONFERENCES: Early Dismissal K-8, No School Pre-K

College Awareness Day, HS

Spring Begins

Saturday, March 21

PBC PTO March Madness, 12-3 p.m.

Tuesday, March 24

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

Wednesday, March 25

MS Spring Picture Day

GCMEA Spring All-County Music Festival, 3-8 p.m., Cairo-Durham HS

Friday, March 27

GCMEA Spring All-County Music Festival, 3 p.m. rehearsal/7 p.m. concert, Cairo Durham HS

NYSSMA Solo/Ensemble Festival, 4-10 p.m., Voorheesville HS

Sunday, March 29

Palm Sunday

Thursday, April 2

End of 3rd Marking Period, HS

Friday, April 3-Friday, April 10

No school, Spring Recess

Sunday, April 5

Easter

Tuesday, April 14

NYS ELA Assessment, Grades 3-8

Board of Education 2015-16 Budget Presentation/Adoption, 7 p.m, HS

Wednesday, April 15

NYS ELA Assessment, Grades 3-8

AWB PTA Meeting, 6:45 p.m.

PBC PTO Meeting, 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 16

NYS ELA Assessment, Grades 3-8

Friday, April 17

End of 3rd Marking Period, MS

Tuesday, April 21

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

Wednesday, April 22

NYS Math Assessment, Grades 3-8

Administrative Professionals Day
Earth Day

Thursday, April 23

NYS Math Assessment, Grades 3-8

Friday, April 24

NYS Math Assessment, Grades 3-8

Monday, April 27

PBC Book Fair (Until May 5)

NYSSMA Instrumental Majors Festival, Shaker HS

Tuesday, April 28

Kindergarten Screening at AWB, by appointment only

NYSSMA Instrumental Majors Festival, Shaker HS

NYSSMA Choral Majors Festival, Bethlehem HS

Wednesday, April 29

Kindergarten Screening at AWB, by appointment only

PBC Bingo, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

NYSSMA Choral Majors Festival, Bethlehem HS

NYSSMA Instrumental Majors Festival, Saratoga Springs HS

Thursday, April 30

Kindergarten Screening at AWB, by appointment only

Learning Fair, Math Night & Art Show, 6-7:30 p.m. at PBC

NYSSMA Choral Majors Festival, Bethlehem HS

NYSSMA Instrumental Majors Festival, Saratoga Springs HS

Friday, May 1

Kindergarten Screening at AWB, by appointment only

NYSSMA Solo/Ensemble Festival 2, Queensbury HS

Saturday, May 2

SAT Exam, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., HS

NYSSMA Solo/Ensemble Festival 2, Queensbury HS

Monday, May 4

AP Exams, HS

Teacher Appreciation Week, May 4-8

Tuesday, May 5

AP Exams, HS

Board of Education Meeting & Budget Hearing, 7 p.m., HS

Teacher Appreciation Day

Wednesday, May 6

AP Exams, HS

National School Nurse Day

Thursday, May 7

AWB Science Fair, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

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

Friday, May 8

AP Exams, HS

Mother/Son Dance, 6:30-8:30 p.m., PBC

NYSSMA Solo/Ensemble Festival 3, Colonie HS

Saturday, May 9

NYSSMA Solo/Ensemble Festival 3, Colonie HS

Sunday, May 10

Mother's Day

Monday, May 11

AP Exams, HS

Tuesday, May 12

MS Evening of the Arts, 6:30 p.m.

6th Grade Orientation for Parents, 6:45 p.m., MS Library

Wednesday, May 13

AP Exams, HS

PBC PTA Meeting, 6:30 p.m.

AWB PTA Meeting, 6:45 p.m.

Thursday, May 14

Grades 6-8 Spring Concert, 7 p.m., HS

Friday, May 15

End of 5-Week Interim Period, MS/HS

Sunday, May 17

PBC PTO Bottle & Can Drive, 12-2 p.m.

Monday, May 18

RCS Invitational Track Meet, 3 p.m.

AWB Art Show & Summer Recreation Expo, 6:30-8 p.m.

Tuesday, May 19

NYS BUDGET/BOARD OF EDUCATION COMMUNITY VOTE

Polls Open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the HS

Wednesday, May 20

Grade 8 Science Performance Test

HS Spring Concert, 7:30 p.m., HS

Thursday, May 21

Contingent Day (No School if one emergency day has not been previously used)

AWB NYS Grade 4 Science Performance Test

Friday, May 22

No School, Memorial Day

Monday, May 25

No School, Memorial Day (observed)

Tuesday, May 26

Board of Education Meeting, 7 p.m., HS (if needed)

Wednesday, May 27

PBC NYS Grade 4 Science Performance Test

National Honor Society tapping, induction ceremony at 7 p.m., HS

Thursday, May 28

National Junior Honor Society Induction, 6:30 p.m., MS

Friday, May 29

PBC Father/Daughter Dance, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Physics Lab Day, HS

Junior Prom, 6-11 p.m., 90 State in Albany

Monday, June 1

Common Core Regents Exams 9-12 in English & Geometery

Grade 4 & 8 Science Written Test

Tuesday, June 2

PBC Grade 5 Band/Chorus Spring Concert, 7 p.m. at PBC

Wednesday, June 3

AWB Grade 5 Band/Chorus Spring Concert, 7 p.m. at AWB

Thursday, June 4

Grades 3-5 Music Assembly for ABW/PBC, 9:45 a.m.

HS Senior Awards Night, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 6

SAT Exam, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., HS

Tuesday, June 9

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

Wednesday, June 10

AWB Grades 1 & 3 Spring Concert, 7 p.m., HS

Thursday, June 11

PBC Grades 1 & 3 Spring Concert, 7 p.m., HS

Sunday, June 14

Flag Day

Tuesday, June 16

Regents Exams, Grades 9-12

Wednesday, June 17

Regents Exams, Grades 9-12

AWB PTA Meeting, 6:45 p.m.

PBC PTO Meeting, 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, June 18

Regents Exams, Grades 9-12

Friday, June 19

Regents Exams, Grades 9-12

Field Day, AWB and PBC

Sunday, June 21

Father's Day
Summer begins

Monday, June 22

Regents Exams, Grades 9-12

Tuesday, June 23

Regents Exams, Grades 9-12

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

Wednesday, June 24

MS dismissal at 11 a.m.; Elementary dismissal at 12:30 p.m.

Regents Exams, Grades 9-12

Moving Up Day, 10 a.m., AWB

Grade 8 Moving Up Program, 6:30 p.m., HS

Thursday, June 25

Regents Exams, Grades 9-12

LAST DAY OF SCHOOL MS Dismissal at 11 a.m. Elementary Dismissal at 12:30 p.m.

Moving Up Day, 10 a.m., PBC

Regents Rating Day

Saturday, June 27

CLASS OF 2015 GRADUATION

9 a.m., Empire State Convention Center, Albany

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