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RCS wrestling team heads to Section 2 Tournament as Colonial
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.
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.
Three RCS High School students honored at Physical Education
The Capital Zone of the New York State Association for Health,
Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, honored three RCS High
School students at the 2016 Physical Education Leadership Awards on
Jan. 31. After a celebration dinner and short ceremony, seniors
Michael Babcock, Nicholas Glasheen and Hannah Smith were presented
with plaques to commemorate their accomplishments.
A.W. Becker families have fun with math
During an evening focused on math, more than 50 A.W. Becker
Elementary School families came together to participate in Math
Family Fun Night, Jan. 21. The event featured real-world and
problem-based activities and games for each grade level,
kindergarten through fifth grade.
RCS seventh-graders design and race dragsters in hands-on STEM
With an increased focus on science, technology, engineering and
mathematics (STEM) programs in education, teachers like Jared
Bevington, a seventh-grade technology teacher at RCS, challenges
students to research, design, develop and test their ideas through
For their most recent project, Bevington challenged students to
create small dragster race cars that could travel 34 feet in less
than two seconds.
stories brought to life by high school creative writing class
High school students took four weeks in
December and January to research, brainstorm, write and illustrate
original children’s picture books as part of a creative writing
Throughout the assignment, students found themselves stretched by
“Finding a concept and coming up with the general idea of the whole
book was probably the hardest part to run with,” said senior
Classmate Samantha Mizener had a different hurdle to overcome. “I
thought it was quite difficult to think of how you were going to
illustrate and portray the characters in such a short book.”
RCS graduation rate up, dropout rate down in 2015
The New York State Education Department released high school
graduation rates for the 2011 cohort (students who entered ninth
grade in 2011) on Jan. 11. Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk was near the top
of the list with an 89 percent graduation rate in 2015. That is up
one percent from the 2014 school year and is 11 percent higher than
the state average.
“We were literally one student away from reaching a 90 percent
graduation rate last year,” said RCS High School Principal Tom
DiAcetis. “It truly shows that every student counts.”
Gov. Cuomo outlines school aid proposal and education agenda for
On Wednesday, Jan. 13, New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo presented
a state budget proposal that includes a $991 million school aid
increase for 2016-17.
The governor outlined his education agenda as part of the combined
2016 State of the State and Executive Budget Address. His proposals
include support for struggling schools, expanding universal
prekindergarten, new investments to benefit charter and nonpublic
schools, and changes to the school tax relief (STAR) program. Cuomo
also called on the New York State Education Department to enact the
recent recommendations of his Common Core Task Force.
Pre-K and kindergarten registration packets now available for
the 2016-17 school year
Information is now available both on-line and in person for
parents who are looking to register a child for pre-kindergarten or
kindergarten for the 2016-17 school year.
An online pre-registration for kindergarten is available
here along with a downloadable registration packet
Filling out the online registration application does not mean a
child is registered for kindergarten, however it will put your
child’s name on the list of incoming kindergartners. Parents are
still responsible for submitting additional documents to the
district registrar before their children can be officially
A downloadable registration packet for pre-k is available
Parents may attend any of the following in-person registration
sessions, regardless of which elementary school their children would
- 4-6 p.m., Jan. 12 at Pieter B. Coeymans Elementary, 66
Church Street, Coeymans.
- 4-6 p.m., Jan. 13 at Pieter B. Coeymans Elementary
- 4-6 p.m., Jan. 14 at A.W. Becker Elementary, 1146 Route 9W,
For more information about student registration, visit our
Season of Giving at Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk School District
This holiday season the
Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk School District Celebrates the Spirit of Giving.
Students and families, teachers and staff are volunteering time,
donating gifts and spreading holiday cheer throughout the district.
Click here to see the RCS Spirit of Giving
Preparedness drill runs smoothly at RCS High School
The Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk School District regularly conducts
preparedness drills within all district buildings. On Dec. 21, the
high school, in conjunction with the Coeymans Police Department and
the Greene County Sheriff’s Office, administered a
“Shelter-in-Place” drill during eighth period.
School officials, officers from the Coeymans Police Department and
Greene County Sherriff’s Office and the Greene County Sheriff’s K-9
unit patrolled the halls of the high school during the drill, which
ended at approximately 1:10 p.m.
RCS responds to hate speech found on bathroom door
The Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Central School District and the
Coeymans Police Department are investigating racially motivated hate
speech found on a restroom stall door in a boys bathroom at the high
school on Thursday, Dec. 17.
Once school officials were notified of the situation, the messages
were removed immediately.
“We would like any and all help to catch the person who did this,”
Superintendent Robert Libby said. “This person is not representative
of our high school, our school district or our community. We strive
to teach tolerance and acceptance, and we will continue to instill
those ideals in our students.”
District protocols regarding closings and delays
due to inclement weather
As the winter approaches, the school district would like to
remind you about the protocols that have been established for school
closings, delays and early dismissals, as well as canceling
activities. In the event that weather impacts the school day in any
way, we use several information vehicles to communicate with parents
and community members.
RCS High School students to perform at Proctors Theatre in
Melodies of Christmas Chorale
Eleven RCS High School students, chosen to
participate in this year’s Empire State Youth Orchestra Melodies of
Christmas Chorale, will perform along with the Empire State Youth
Orchestra at Proctors Theatre Dec. 17-20. RCS French hornist Kathryn
Rowzee will also be performing as a regular member of the ESYO.
Virtual field trips take students to the moon and back
“Oohs” and “ahhs” filled the classrooms in RCS Middle School as
students put Google Cardboard virtual reality simulators to their
eyes for the first time Nov. 24.
Students used the viewers, on loan for the day, as part of the
Google Cardboard pilot program. However, middle school teacher Erin
Sawyer and librarian Cara Buckley, are working to make Google
Cardboard a permanent fixture in the classrooms.
[read more and see video]
climbing and sliding: PBC pre-K and kindergarten students now have
place to play
“Kindergarten, pre-k, go play,” principal
Hakim Jones gave the go-ahead to an excited bunch of students at the
new Pieter B. Coeymans playground Nov. 24.
After two years of planning and nearly a month of construction, the
playground is officially open for playtime. Pre-k and kindergarten
students, parents, Parent-Teacher Organization officers and school
administrators were all in attendance to cut the ribbon to make it
[read more and watch
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.
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