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senior softball player receives full athletic scholarship to Division I
It is not every day a student-athlete from Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk
receives a full athletic scholarship to a Division I College. In
fact, it has been nearly 40 years since a student has achieved the
This year, Haley Irvis broke the cycle, signing her National Letter
of Intent on Thursday, Nov. 12, to attend Long Island University on
a full athletic scholarship for softball.
Shark Tank-inspired projects spark entrepreneurial innovation and
imagination at RCS Middle School
In a project based on the ABC network television show “Shark Tank,”
students at RCS Middle School acted as entrepreneurs, presenting a
product and company to a panel of judges - or sharks - in their
seventh-grade family and consumer sciences classes on Nov. 4-5.
Equations plus Bee Bucks equals fun at A.W. Becker’s inaugural Math
Regular practice of math facts helped prepare A.W. Becker students
for their first Math Marathon the week of Nov. 2. The marathon was
an initiative to increase math fluency at all levels in the school.
Each grade participated in the event, trying to beat the buzzer as the
timed challenge encouraged students to demonstrate their knowledge of
Bethlehem ZBA requests a demonstration of digital sign at A.W. Becker
The Bethlehem Zoning Board of Appeals is still considering the
district’s request for a variance to allow the digital sign in front
of A.W. Becker School, and has asked for the sign to be illuminated
from 2 – 7 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 15 to see examples of its
Schools now required to teach CPR
A new state mandate requires all high schools in New York to provide
instruction of hands-only cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and
training in the use of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) to
students as part of the health education curriculum.
What does this mean for Ravena-Coeymans Selkirk
A message to the community from Superintendent Libby
This has been a difficult week for the RCS community. In addition to
memorializing the tragic loss of a student that passed away last
week, we lost a beloved community member and RCS graduate. This and
other events have resulted in emotional challenges among children
and adults alike.
We have provided supports for our students and staff throughout the
district this week. As we enter the weekend, we want to reach out as
an extension of these efforts. With family and friends throughout
the district, it is not at all surprising how emotionally impactful
these circumstances have been to the members of our entire
As you reflect on the events of this past week and have the
opportunity to more closely observe your children, we encourage you
to discuss their thoughts and feelings with them.
We recognize that the weekend could be a difficult time and want to
provide families with resources that are available while school is
not in session.
As school resumes on Monday, grief counselors and trusted adults
will again be available to work through these difficult issues with
your children if necessary. We are here to help your children
through this difficult time. If we can provide more support in any
way, please call your child’s school.
Grief and Loss Resources:
Wave Riders provides support groups, camps and
activities for Children and Teens for all types of grief and
- Byron Center for Loss and Healing
individual counseling specialized in grief and loss
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 24-hour,
toll-free, confidential suicide prevention hotline available to
anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress
Albany County Department for Children, Youth & Families
community services and supports for children and youth,
crisis assessment, on-going counseling, and emergency on-call
access to Child & Adolescent Mobile Crisis Team
for a cause at RCS High School
The High School Drama club is hosting a
spaghetti dinner and cabaret fundraiser, 5:30-9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14,
at the High School. Students will be performing musical numbers and
serving dinner and dessert to guests. There will also be a silent
auction of baskets filled with donated goods and services. Tickets are
$10 and can be purchased from Mrs. Lopez in the middle school or Mrs.
McLoughlin in the high school.
want to make sure my students have the materials they need to
RCS Middle School librarian Cara Buckley has set her sights on
enriching her students’ lives anyway she can - fundraising for
technology tools that would provide virtual field trips.
“These kids are at an age where they want to learn and still have
hope that they will be able to achieve the impossible,” Buckley
That is why she set up a
donorschoose.org request to purchase a full class set of Google
Cardboard virtual reality headsets which will allow students to take
virtual field trips for any subject.
Drama Club to host fundraiser for annual theater production
The RCS High School Drama Club is hosting a
fundraiser on Thursday, Oct. 29 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Yanni’s Too,
16 Marina Road, Coeymans.
this flier, a portion of the proceeds from each meal purchased
at that time will benefit this year’s Drama Clubs production of
“Beauty and the Beast”.
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Best Buddies Pins and Rims fundraiser set for Nov. 10
The Annual Best Buddies Pins and Rims
tournament fundraiser for the RCS Middle School Best Buddies program
that combines basketball, dodgeball and bowling, will be held 6:30-9
p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 10, in the high school gymnasium. Admission is
$1 per person.
There will be a 50/50 drawing, basket raffles and refreshments.
Anyone interested in donating a basket for the basket raffle should
contact Maria Semenick at
The RCS Middle School Best Buddies Association pairs students with
and without intellectual and developmental disabilities as
"buddies." The program helps students meet their peers, and
encourages students of all abilities to socialize with each other.
Where there’s Smoke, there’s fire safety at PBC Elementary
Smoke the Dalmatian joined firefighters from
the Coeymans Fire Company on Oct. 23, to help teach Pieter B.
Coeymans Elementary School students a few lessons in fire safety.
Firefighters talked with students about fire prevention and fire
safety practices, including “stop, drop and roll.” They demonstrated
what a firefighter looks like in full turnout gear to help quell any
anxiety students may have about the gear and mask and stressed the
importance of having a fire escape plan at home.
RCS Freshman class to hold car wash fundraiser
Members of the RCS Class of 2019 will be
washing cars for a $5 donation per car, 2:30-5 p.m., Tuesday, Nov.
3, in the High School parking lot. Proceeds from the fundraiser will
go toward their junior and senior year activities.
PBC emergency relocation drill Thursday, Oct. 29
On the afternoon of Thursday, Oct. 29, Pieter B. Coeymans Elementary
School will conduct a practice emergency relocation drill where
students will exit the school and walk to the nearby St. Patrick’s
school located within the church. This drill will be contingent upon
In accordance with regulations from the New York State Commissioner
of Education that require schools districts to conduct annual drills
to exercise their School Emergency Management Plans, our schools
will conduct a number of drills throughout the year. The purpose of
these drills are not to scare students, but rather to prepare and
teach them how to proceed in such events. Please be assured that
student safety is a top priority at Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk CSD.
The quiet behavior that is expected of students during the emergency
relocation drill will be practiced in homeroom in the days leading
up to the drill. This will help ensure everything goes smoothly.
No matter how you slice and dice it, the
Chopped Competition at RCS Middle School on Oct. 20 was a success.
“It was a hit last year, so I knew we had to continue it this year,”
Family and Consumer Sciences teacher Molly Jennes said. “The
students were excited to cook.”
Chopped, a friendly competition held for students in the FACS club,
challenged students to create an appetizer that included an apple in
its ingredients and an entrée using chicken.
toward physical fitness, students take part in 7th annual Apple Run
After being postponed once due to a waterlogged field, the students
at A.W. Becker finally got their chance to race to the finish line
on Oct. 15., during the 7th annual Natalie Krause Apple Run.
“I love the Apple Run,” Physical Education teacher Elyse Loughlin
said. “It reminds me that when we are little we just love to move.
Our students can’t wait to get out there and make that mad dash.”
The afternoon was filled with heart-healthy exercise to help teach
students how physical fitness benefits the body.
Early dismissal for all RCS students Thursday, Oct. 22
Thursday, Oct. 22 will be an early dismissal day for grades
Dismissal times are as follows:
- Universal Pre-K: parents may pick up at 11:30 a.m., or
students ride bus at 12:30 p.m.
- Middle School: 11:07 a.m.
- High School: 11:07 a.m.
- Elementary Schools: 12:30 p.m.
UPDATE: District seeks postponement for A.W. Becker sign variance
The Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk School District
Superintendent, Robert Libby, will be asking the Bethlehem Zoning
Board to table the A.W. Becker variance appeal at the Oct. 21
“We have asked the Bethlehem Zoning Board to table our appeal for a
later date,” district Libby said on Tuesday.
The request comes after the district received notice from the Albany
County Planning Board that it had recommended thevariance be
disapproved without prejudice.
“We were unaware that the Albany County Planning Board would be
discussing our variance during its Oct. 15 meeting,” Libby said. “We
therefore did not present our position to that board.”
School officials are now reaching out to the Albany County Planning
Board for further information and guidance in resolving the matter.
“Tabling the variance appeal until November is in the best interest
of the district and the Town of Bethlehem,” Libby said.
“We appreciate the support we have received from the community on
this matter and ask for your continued support as we move forward.”
For now, the sign will remain off, as the district works toward a
School district seeks variance from Bethlehem Zoning Board to allow
digital sign at A. W. Becker Elementary
Just days after the electric sign in front of A.W. Becker Elementary
School was first illuminated in June, the Town of Bethlehem informed
the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Central School District that the sign
violates their town code. A non-compliant sign could subject the
district and its board members to fines and even criminal penalties
unless the district receives a variance from the town.
The sign – which is intended to provide families and other community
members information about school events and activities as well as
health and safety – has been dark ever since.
Residents are encouraged to show their support for allowing the
district to turn the sign back on by attending the Bethlehem Zoning
Board meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. on Oct. 21 at the Bethlehem Town
Sixty-one RCS students selected to GCMEA All-County Music Festival
Sixty-one student musicians from the RCS Middle School and High
School have been selected to participate in the Greene County Music
Educators Association Fall All-County Music Festival. The festival
is being held at Catskill High School on Wednesday and Friday, Nov.
4 and 6.
Students will rehearse from 3 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday and return on
Friday for additional rehearsals at 3 p.m. On Friday evening, the
festival will conclude with a concert at 7:30 p.m. in the Catskill
High School auditorium.
Plus: RCS High School musicians selected to NYSSMA All-State
PBC fourth and fifth graders take part in annual Cross Country Run
Pieter B. Coeymans Elementary held its annual Cross Country Run on
Friday. Fourth and fifth graders participated in the one-mile run
around the perimeter of the school.
All students were encouraged to participate and medals were given
out to the top winners in each category.
See photos from the event here
and excitement take hold at PBC book fair
The search for the perfect book was on as PBC pre-k and fifth grade
students browsed through the large selection at the book fair. Each
class took a trip to the fair, which was setup in the school
Students had the opportunity to purchase books and other reading
materials. The book fair was also open during Open House which
allowed parents and their children to shop together.
MS students learning
Teamwork, communication, and problem solving are the keys to success
in physical education as students participate in adventure games.
Each game requires active engagement and collaboration to achieve
Learning about healthy habits does not stop there.
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One School, One Book
"When an entire school reads the same book, the buzz and excitement
around the book being read increases these benefits, and there is
the added joy of building community in the school family."
A.W. Becker announces the launch of a new program called “One
School, One Book”. The idea is that every child in the school will
read the same book at the same time. Activities to engage
and help unite readers around the book will also take place in the
For more information visit the AWB "One School, One Book" website
Coach VanDerzee takes his place in history
The energy going into Friday’s varsity
football game was electric as longtime RCS football coach Gary
VanDerzee ran on the field with his team in hopes of winning his 200
game as a coach. The team did not disappoint the fans coming away
with a 35-7 victory over the Hudson Falls Tigers. The win makes
Coach VanDerzee the fourth Section 2 football coach ever to reach
Welcome back RCS students!
Excitement fills the classrooms as eager RCS students are
welcomed back on their first day of school!
Catch all the action in the welcome back
the first day of school.
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