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.
Get those sneakers tied up! It's time for the first RCS Wellness
Attention RCS students, faculty, families and friends!
The first RCS Wellness Marathon will be run from March 20 and April 25.
Marathoners must run or walk at least 21 miles between
those two dates.
You can run or walk a mile at a time or up to five miles on different days!
Any combination of running or walking works as long as it adds up to 21
miles! The last 5.2 miles will be finished at the third annual Wellness Walk
to be held on April 27th.
about the marathon
about the Community walk
Families pay tribute to Dr. Seuss on his birthday
45 Kindergarten students and their families attended a fun hands-on Dr.
Seuss night Wednesday, March 4th at AWB. Students and their families
rotated through 11 different stations all inspired by popular Dr. Seuss
titles. Some of the activities included creating a crazy, wild
creature in the computer lab, making and playing with gak, creating and
eating a Cat in the Hat inspired treat and snuggling up and reading some
Dr. Seuss books with families. Ms. Verga was also in attendance and
thrilled the families with her Cat in the Hat costume.
Club helps out at Regional Food Bank of Northeastern NY
The RCS Middle School FACS (Family and Consumer
Sciences) Club traveled to the Regional Food Bank in Latham to sort
food and prepare it to be distributed to the needy in our neighborhoods.
Sixteen students made the trip and helped out the Food
Bank, which is located in Latham.
Board of Education begins review of the 2014-15 budget
The Board of Education began its overview
of the 2014-15 school budget, a plan that not surprisingly shows large
increases in instructional costs and employee benefits.
Interim School Business
Administrator Stephen Meier presented the first overview of the developing
2014-15 school budget. At first glance, tax rates would climb by about 2
percent if everything in the current budget were continued into the 2014-15
Is this your time to give back to RCS?
better way to give back to your Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk school community
than by seeking a seat on the nine-member Board of Education?
Three, three-year seats – currently held by
Jeffrey Lukens and
Rodney Krzykowski – are up for
election this year in the annual election on Tuesday, May 20. The terms
begin on July 1.
In order to run, potential candidates must collect
signatures from 45 community members
on these petitions (PDF). The petitions must be handed to District Clerk
Sue Starr by 4 p.m. on Monday, April 21, 2014.
Her office is located at the District Office, 15 Mountain Rd. Ravena, NY
83% of HS students treated to Bagel Day at PBIS Recognition Breakfast
About 83 percent of the high school's student body -
495 students - chowed down on bagels and juice today during the PBIS
Recognition Breakfast in the cafeteria.
Assistant Principal Tom DiAcetis said the event fosters
good will and is a true recognition. "We are recognizing that our students
are doing the right thing every day and that we appreciate that," he said,
adding that students attending did not have a single referral during the
second quarter of this year.
Need to clean out that closet? Garage? Room? House?
The class of 2015 - this
year's juniors - would be happy to take that stuff off your hands. The class
is holding a Garage Sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 15, at the
high school from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. You can drop your items off from 2 to 6
p.m. on Friday, March 14.
out the flyer - pdf]
RCS is working cooperatively with the village and LaFarge
Ravena to resolve the dry hydrant issue at the high school/middle school
While reminding the community that students are safe,
interim superintendent Alan McCartney says the district is working on a
long-term resolution with village and Lafarge Ravena plant officials to the
dry hydrants issue at the high school/middle school campus on Route 9W.
Engineers will be on the property on Friday (2/28/14) to
assess the situation and determine how best to resupply the hydrants. They
will conduct an assessment of the village water system to determine the
exact size of the existing tank and determine if it is expandable. They will
also assess the size of the water lines running to the school campus system,
system pressure and volume that could be delivered to the school.
RCS High School Drama Club presents Irving Berlin's, "Annie Get Your Gun,"
Feb. 28-March 2
Show dates: Friday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m.,
Saturday, March 1 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Sunday, March 2 at 2 p.m.
Where: Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk High
School Auditorium, Ravena, NY.
Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children
Tickets may be purchased at the door. Seating is General
ANNIE GET YOUR
originally performed on The Great White Way in 1946, scored a
bulls-eye when it returned to Broadway in 1999.
And now the RCS High School Drama Club will present the
Wild West show-within-a-show that frames the ageless "Anything You Can Do I
Can Do Better" love story of sharpshooters Annie Oakley and Frank Butler. It
also explores the romance between the younger sister of Frank's bothersome
assistant Dolly and a boy who is (to Dolly's horror) part Native American.
parents: Pre-Kindergarten lottery
to be held on Feb. 28
there are a limited number of available Pre-kindergarten slots, the lottery
for the 2014-15 enrollment will be publicly held in the Ravena Village
on Friday, February 28.
(15 Mountain Road. Ravena, NY 12143) at
Parents who wish to attend this
event are welcomed. Student names will not be publicly read aloud. However,
any parent who is in attendance and wants to inquire about their child’s
position in the lottery drawing may do so. Interested parents should bring
Letters will be sent to all Pre-K
applicants during the first week in March to notify them of their child's
Spring 2014 Continuing Education flyer is in the mail
The Spring 2014 Continuing Education brochure has been mailed.
You can also download it here (PDF).
registration will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 26 from 6:30-8 p.m. in the
Aquatics Center at the high school.
graders at PBC experience the outdoors on snowshoes and connect with nature
When fifth-grade students came to physical education
class, they probably didn't image they'd be strolling through the
outdoors in snowshoes and see deer beds, animal tracks or a trapped
But that's exactly what happened when the students
explored the outdoors in class with teacher Diane Conover.
"The focus is obviously on lifetime fitness and we also
include a science lesson by having them look for tracks and identify them,"
said Conover. "We saw four deer beds (Deer beds are oval-shaped
impressions left in the grass, leaves, or snow where deer have decided to
lay down) and various tracks. We also saw a rabbit jump from its hole."
RCS Middle School Science Olympiad team headed to state competition
April 4 and 5
Middle School students fought off tough competition
to earn second place at the regional Science Olympiad competition on
Saturday, propelling them to the state competition at Greece Arcadia
High School April 4 and 5.
They competed in science events and categories and
performed tasks and solved problems about entomology, heredity, the solar
system, water quality and invasive species with students from other school
districts in the Capital Region.
More than 1,000 gather to demand end of GEA, fair school funding
The Gap Elimination Adjustment has cost schools
millions of dollars since it was implemented as a one-year fix in 2010
at the height of the state's fiscal problems.
That one-year fix continues to vex schools four years
later - to the tune of $2.024 million in lost promised state aid to RCS in
the upcoming 2014-15 school year and a cumulative $12.247 million since the
program began four years ago.
More than 1,000 students, parents, teachers,
administrators and community members flocked to Colonie Central High School
Thursday night (1/30/14) for the "New York schools STILL in fiscal peril"
Interim Superintendent Alan McCartney led a contingent of
12 RCS parents, staff and community members at the event.
Out of district transportation requests due by April 1
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 school district.
the 2014-15 request form [pdf]
RCS can't afford new state initiatives; may need to cut programs in
Interim Superintendent Alan McCartney didn't mince
many words in his plea to state legislators as they begin planning the
upcoming 2014-15 state budget: new initiatives with big price tags from
the governor are nice but RCS may not be able to maintain the program it
currently has in place for its 2,100 students.
"Gains that might come from funding new initiatives for
prekindergarten, after-school programs, and technology upgrades will most
likely not materialize for us due to the fact that our district may not be
able to maintain our current program next year," he wrote in a letter to
Assemblyman Peter Lopez, who spoke at the RCS Board of Education last night.
"What is the GEA" videos updated for the 2014-15
Just days before the
regional advocacy forum at Colonie Central High School on Thursday, Jan.
30, two versions of
the popular "What is the the GEA" video have been updated to reflect another
year of lost funding through the GEA.
The GEA (Gap Elimination Adjustment) was begun by the
state leaders in 2010 as a way of dealing with its fiscal shortfalls because
of the poor economy.
Since the 2010-11 school year, RCS has lost $12.247
million to the GEA. That includes an estimated $2.024 million GEA "give
back" in the coming 2014-15 school year as announced two weeks ago by Gov.
Here is a video about the GEA developed by the Superintendent's Joint
Legislative Committee from the Capital Region BOCES and QUESTAR III BOCES
that is specific to the 47 school districts in the Capital Region
(posted on YouTube).
Here is a similar version of the video that details statewide losses under
the GEA (posted on YouTube).
Join the RCS stakeholder group at the Jan. 30 regional advocacy forum
Your voices will be heard at the Jan. 30 regional advocacy forum, “New York
schools STILL in fiscal peril: Our kids can’t wait another year,” as RCS
joins 47 other school districts and hundreds of educators, parents and
others to demand that state officials properly fund schools and let them get
back to educating students to be career and college ready when they
The event will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 30,
at Colonie Central High School, 1 Raider Boulevard, Colonie. The snow date
is Feb. 3.
RCS community member who would like to attend and be part of RCS's
stakeholder group, please contact Interim Superintendent Alan McCartney at
756-5200 extension 6003 or by email at
Schools are still strapped and capped every budget cycle
- a process that has caught our children's futures in the middle.
The time to speak out is NOW.
Budget Forum attendees hear about choices that may need to be made
"What are we doing, as a learning community at large,
that we should STOP doing?'
"What aren't we doing, as a learning community, that we
should START doing?
"What resources do we have at our disposal?"
Those three questions kicked off the Community Budget
Forum at the high school tonight. Few community members braved the cold
weather to attend the session, but those who were there learned a lot about
the upcoming budget season.
students study Dr. King and his legacy at assembly - See What Our Hands Can
The staff and students of Pieter B. celebrated the
life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and shared their service experiences
with each other at two assemblies today.
The theme of the assemblies was “See What Our Hands Can
The focus was based on one of Dr. King’s goals - to
Dr. King said,
"Everyone can be great because anyone can serve.
You don’t need a college degree to serve. You don’t need to make your
subjects and verbs agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A
soul generated by love.”[read more]
Kindergarten parents can now pre-register online
The Ravena Coeymans Selkirk CSD is proud to announce
an online pre-registration option for kindergarteners entering school in
September for the 2014-2015 school year.
The district is offering this option for parents who
couldn't attend the Kindergarten Registration nights that were held Jan. 7-9
at the two elementary schools or are having a difficult time scheduling an
appointment with the Central Registrar.
The pre-registration form is available here -
RCS wants to hear from you at the Community Budget Forum on Jan. 22
With the 2014-15 budget development season looming in
the next few months, the Board of Education needs to hear what the
community wants to see in next year’s spending plan.
Last year’s exit survey results showed strong community
support for continued funding of music programs, college-level courses and
extracurricular clubs and activities, among other areas.
A Community Budget Forum will be held at
7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 22, at the high
school cafeteria, Route 9W.
“We want to begin our discussion with the RCS community
and explore the results of the exit survey a bit more deeply,” said
Superintendent Alan McCartney.
High School students win medals during Science Olympiad
Five RCS High School juniors - all girls - won medals
during the Science Olympiad Invitational competition on Jan. 11 at the
Thirteen RCS students competed in 20 events during the
event, which featured students on 25 teams from across the state and
The RCS medal winners were:
Kaitlyn Anatriello and Ashley
Wilber - 3rd Place - Write It / Do It;
Becca Young and
Carrie Weisheit - 4th Place -
Forensics; and Becca Young
and Kate Houghtaling -
4th Place - Technical Problem Solving
PBC Student Council raises money for Regional Food Bank
Student Council members from Pieter B. Coeymans
Elementary spent their evening hanging out at Crossgates Mall - but not as
shoppers. They helped to raise $1,800 in donations ($800 from Change to Make
a Change at school and $1,000 at the mall). That equates to about $18,000
worth of products that the Food Bank can distribute.
Harmonics winning recognition throughout the area
RCS students are winning a strong reputation for their vocal talents
with regional audiences! Harmonics, the select vocal ensemble from the
high school, has achieved three noteworthy distinctions in just the past
Sign up for adult education classes beginning in January
January is a great time to take a dip in the pool or
work off some extra calories you picked up in the past couple of months.
Aqua Zumba, Aqua Fitness, Parent-Tot Swim and a
host of sports and fitness courses like Freestyle Fitness and
Indoor Soccer begin this month and in February.
Download the Fall 2013 course flyer and registration form (PDF).
Contact Patricia Hommel, RCS Director of Continuing
email@example.com with any questions.
Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten registration set for Jan. 7-9
Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten Registration
programs are scheduled for:
January 7 at Pieter B. Coeymans Elementary
School, 3-6 pm, with Community Fun Fair.
Wednesday, January 8 at Pieter B.
Coeymans Elementary School, 3-6 pm
Thursday, January 9 at A.W. Becker
Elementary School, 3-6 pm, with Community Fun Fair.
PLEASE NOTE: If your child
is a current Pre-K student at RCS, there will be a shorter version of the
kindergarten application available at the registrations in the main office.
You do not need to complete the full kindergarten registration application.
RCS band and chorus perform for crowds at Empire State Plaza
The RCS High School Band, under the direction of
Scott Andrews, and the High School Chorus, under the direction of
Michelle McLoughlin, performed at the South Concourse of the Empire
State Plaza in Albany on Friday, Dec. 20.
The event was sponsored by the New York State Office of
General Services as part of their “Holiday Potpurri” events which run
throughout the month of December.
The band and chorus have been performing at this annual
event for several years.
graders at PBC brave the cold to sing to their community, construction
The Pieter B. Fifth Grade Chorus braved frigid
temperatures in the teens to deliver some holiday smiles during their
annual community caroling trip today throughout the village and town.
The chorus, along with music teacher Debbie McAllister
and nearly a dozen parent chaperones, spread cheer through the town with
stops at the town hall, Louis apartments, the post office, the hardware
store, public library and dentist’s office.
There were a few additional impromptu stops, including a
serenade to some hard-working construction workers who enjoyed a quick break
as the students sang to them.
Board of Education extends Interim Superintendent Alan McCartney's
The Board of Education has extended the
contract for Interim Superintendent Alan McCartney at its meeting last
This is the second time that McCartney's contract has
been extended since he was hired in October 2012. It
was extended in the spring of 2013 for the 2013-14 school year.
His salary is $600 per day with no
health insurance or other benefits. He is only paid for days when he works.
His new contract expires on June 30, 2015.
Georgie Wonders Orchestra performing at AW Becker on Friday, Jan. 10
melodic Big Band sounds of the Georgie Wonders Orchestra will fill the
A.W. Becker ballroom (known during the school day as the cafeteria!)
from 6:30-9 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 10.
Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students.
Their performance is sponsored by
the A.W. Becker PTA.
AWB Teachers Benjamin
Rau and William Hoperich play in the Georgie Wonders orchestra and will be
performing that evening.
The orchestra musicians are donating their time
to help the school raise money for field trips. Along with music and
dancing there will be raffle baskets.
Board of Education condemns too much state testing and asks leaders to
pull back; increased testing is giving Common Core a bad name
The Board of Education has unanimously
gone on record as opposing the rising number of standardized tests that
are being given to RCS students and to all students across New York. Board members
are asking state and federal officials to
reconsider their emphasis on testing as a means of improving education in
This call for reconsideration comes after years of budget
reductions, rising mandates and tightened state funding that has threatened
the ability of most school districts to properly educate all children.
Congratulations to these high-achieving Middle School students!
Doing well on the more difficult state tests is an
achievement unto itself these days.
However, at RCS, 39 Middle School students showed that
they can ace those tests - achieving a Level 4 (the highest possible
score) on the tests given last spring in English Language Art (ELA)
Cookies with Santa a hit with students and football players at A.W.
When Santa agreed to visit with the young boys and
girls at A.W. Becker Elementary, he probably didn't bet that several RCS
varsity football players would be there with their wish lists as well!
More than 200 students came out to visit with Santa and
get their pictures taken, play games, decorate plates and eat cookies during
the annual PTA Cookies with Santa program at AWB last Friday, Dec. 6.
Deadline is coming up on Dec. 31
Property owners must re-register
by the end of the month
in order to continue getting the state's BASIC
star school tax exemption
New legislation requires all homeowners receiving a
Basic STAR school tax exemption to register with the New York State Tax
Department in order to receive the exemption in 2014 and
The state says about 20 percent of homeowners
have not re-certified that they want to continue receiving this benefit.
The BASIC STAR exemption saved RCS property owners
between $548 and $606 off their school tax bills, depending on where they
live. Homeowners can complete the re-certification process
online by the deadline, Dec. 31, 2013.
Helpers Club roll up their sleeves to cut the carrots for the Equinox dinner
Eleven students from the Natural Helpers Club at the
high school helped slice and dice carrots - thousands of them - as their
part in creating meals to serve the needy during the Equinox
Thanksgiving Day Community Dinner at the First Presbyterian Church in
The Equinox Thanksgiving Day Community Dinner has been
serving the meals for more than 40 years. More than 3,500 dedicated
volunteers coordinate all details of the event, prepare, serve and deliver a
vast quantity of food and clean up afterwards.
Six RCS seniors receive NYS Scholarships for Academic Excellence
RCS seniors Elizabeth
Wickham, Emily Buckley-Crist,
Audrey Davison, Craig
Brozowski, Daniel Pennock
and David Austin have been
awarded New York State Scholarships for Academic Excellence based on their
performance on state Regents examinations.
Elizabeth will receive a renewable $1,500 scholarship,
and Emily, Audrey, Craig, Daniel and David will receive a renewable $500
Winners of the scholarships must attend a college or
university in New York State and the awards are renewable for four years of
undergraduate study (or five for approved five-year programs of study)
if recipients meet annual criteria.
Students, parents team up for Hands-On Science at PBC
On Thursday, November 21, Pieter B. Coeymans Elementary School hosted a
Hands-On Science night at the school. The event, spearheaded by teacher
Tony Lintner, was designed to introduce the Scientific Method to parents
and to demonstrate how the new Common Core standards are being
integrated into core subjects and how they touch all aspects of
learning, even science experiments.
Students show their stuff during Second Annual Middle School Talent Show
The RCS community was treated to a small glimpse of student talent at
the second annual Middle School Talent Show on Friday, November 15.
There were 20 participants and three hosts for the evening.
a grade 7 student performing a Bollywood dance, took 1st place;
and Cameron Shackelton, all grade 8
students performing in a band, took second place; and
a grade 6 student, sang a solo to place third.
Congratulations to all of the participants for making it a wonderful
Click on the photo to enlarge it.
Notice of SEQA review of Special Education programs
The New York State Education Department P-12:
Office of Special Education has initiated a Special Education Quality
Assurance (SEQA) Special Education Programs and Services Focused Review
in the Ravena-Coeymans Selkirk Central School District during the
2013-2014 school year. The purpose of this review is to assess the
district's compliance with selected federal and State laws and
regulations governing the education of students with disabilities.
The review will be conducted by the SEQA Eastern Regional Office and
will include representatives from the school district. The review
process will involve a review of school records of a representative
sample of students with disabilities, classroom visitations and
interviews. In addition, meetings of the committee on special education
will be observed. Further information may be obtained by contacting the
SEQA Eastern Regional Office at (518) 483-6366 and/or by contacting the
Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Central School District at (518) 756-5200 Ext:
Congratulations to fall season Colonial Council all-stars
Football wasn't the only sport in which RCS athletes
excelled during the fall sports season. Take a look at the complete list of
students who made all-star teams in the Colonial Council.
RCS varsity football players named conference all-stars
Twelve RCS High School varsity football players have been
named Section 2 Class B Reinfurt Division All-Stars following an exciting
2013 season. Five of the 12 are also members of the National Honor Society.
Two pairs of sneakers bring high school students together
For every bad story you read in the newspapers or
hear on television about teenagers, there are a thousand good ones.
This is one them. It is a story about one RCS High School
student anonymously helping another student in need.
RCS to send 11 musicians to the NYSSMA Area All-State Festival on
Nov. 22 and 23 in Saratoga Springs
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 has had students selected to Area All-State many
times in the past, but this is the first time students from RCS will be
represented in all four performing groups at the festival.
Eight RCS students performing in Melodies of Christmas on Dec. 12 to 15
Eight RCS High School students have been chosen to
participate in this year’s Empire State Youth Orchestra Melodies of
They will perform along with the Empire State Youth
Orchestra at Proctors Theatre on December 12th – 15th in support of the
Albany Medical Center’s childhood cancer center.
Children as young as 5 months are becoming victims of identity theft
Identity theft is the fastest growing crime in America. Anyone can be a
victim of identity theft, even children. In fact, a 2011 study on Child
Identity Theft conducted by the Carnegie Mellon University CyLab reported a
victim identity theft who was just five months old. The CyLab study also
found children were 51 times more likely than adults to become victims of
See this article from the NYS Department of Consumer Protection.
New SRO immerses herself in the RCS environment and helps keep students
Danielle Crosier is here to make a difference.
She is the new RCS Student Resource Officer (SRO) and is
stationed at the high school. She is also available as a resource to assist
when needed at the other schools and in the community for police duties.
"I am still a police officer but in a school environment.
I'll handle kids with a lighter touch," said Crosier, an Averill Park native
who has been a police officer for three years and a patrol/training officer
on the Coeymans force for a year and a half.
Third annual Pins & Rims fundraiser set for Friday, Nov. 1 at the HS gym
The third annual Pins and Rims fundraiser to benefit the Best Buddies
program at RCS Middle School will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Friday,
Nov. 1 at the high school gymnasium.
Three Middle School students charged with robbery and gang
assault after harassing a student on Tuesday, Oct. 29
The Coeymans Police Department has filed charges against
three RCS Middle School students who tried to rob a fourth student in school
on Tuesday, Oct. 29. Thanks to the quick work of the new RCS school resource
officer, the police department and support from several students, the
incident ended as well as could be expected. Read the police department's
press release about the incident.
One teacher’s lesson of tolerance: pink will make you think
Red is hot; blue is not. So says “red” in the book One by
author Kathryn Otoshi. In it, the author weaves a tale about
accepting people’s differences into a book primarily used to teach
young children about colors and numbers. It’s a favorite of sixth
grade teacher Richard Cintora, who uses the book to help his
students at RCS Middle School see the simplicity in treating others
with respect and standing up for what’s right.
[Read more and watch News Channel 13 profile story]
RCS to host Empire State Youth Orchestra ensembles on Nov. 2
For the fifth 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. 2 at 4 p.m. in the RCS High School auditorium.
Both ensembles are affiliates of the Empire State Youth Orchestra (ESYO).
Ann Jackson, RCS Director of Special Education
Get to know a little bit about one of RCS's newest administrators -
Director of Special Education Ann Jackson. Ms. Jackson has brought with her
to the district many years of experience and a goal of making communications
a top priority for her department. Oh, and she has a passion for books.
Third annual Pins & Rims fundraiser set for Friday, Nov. 1 at the HS
The third annual Pins and Rims fundraiser to benefit the Best Buddies
program at RCS Middle School will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Friday,
Nov. 1 at the high school gymnasium.
Best Buddies of the
Capital Region named RCS Middle School as the "2012-2013 Middle School of
the Year" for the second year in a row.
Pins & Rims is a game that combines basketball,
dodge ball and bowling! Admission is $1 for all. There will be 50/50
and basket raffles, vendors and refreshments.
Literacy Night at PBC well attended by storybook characters and families
Pieter B. Coeymans Elementary kicked off the season
with their recent Halloween Themed Literacy Night, which was attended by
about 40 PBC families.
Students in Pre- K through second grade along with their
families came dressed as a character from a favorite storybook to this
special event. There were a variety of exciting stations that could be
visited throughout the night such as a Candy Corn Roll, Say, Keep game, a
fall themed reading corner, a spider or ghost lollipop craft, a story
sequencing activity, and many others!
RCS/VFW Ladies Auxiliary Holiday Bazaar set for Sat., Nov. 2 at the MS
The first RCS/VFW Ladies Auxiliary Holiday Bazaar
will will held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, November 2 at the RCS
There will be more than 40 vendors and crafters for
holiday shopping as well as a food and bake sale, the chance to make cards
for military personnel, the Coeymans Fire Department and several community
Don't let that chill in the air make your forget the tastes of summer!
The Annual Citrus Sale sponsored by RCS High School National Honor
Society has started. All orders must be placed by
October 31. Go to the online Order Form at
A.W. Becker students recognized for high marks on state exams
The RCS Board of Education, Superintendent Dr. Alan
McCartney and Principal Claudia Verga last week recognized 65 students from
A.W. Becker Elementary who achieved a level 4 on one or more of the New York
State exams taken last spring.
to the JV football team and its 6-0 record!
The RCS Junior Varsity football team clinched their first
place spot in the Reinfurt Division with a league record of 6-0 after
defeating Green Tech with a score of 38 to 20 Monday night, Oct. 21. Coach
Justin Schipano especially commended outstanding performances by
Steve Kross, Mike Babcock, Logan Frangella,
Nick Alverson, AJ Jones, Jake Jimenez and
Matt Ferreiro. The team has a
home playoff game against Hudson Falls on Saturday.
Click on the photo to enlarge it.
RCS team raises nearly $2,000 to help breast cancer research
Dozens of RCS staff and students took to the pavement
at Washington Park on Sunday, October 20, to raise money to help in the
fight against breast cancer.
As of last count, the RCS team – one of the largest in
the event - raised more than $1,950 at the Making Strides Against Breast
Cancer walk. The RCS team included 21 teachers/staff members and 10 students
from the Natural Helpers/School Volunteers.
Defensive Driving class set for Oct. 21 and 22 is canceled
The defensive driving class which was scheduled through the Continuing
Education program for Oct. 21 and 22 has been canceled. The program hopes to
be able to offer a defensive driving class during the spring semester.
Photos from 2013 Apple Run at RSC elementary schools
Mother Nature cooperated yet again with a picture perfect October day for
the annual Apple Run held at both Pieter B. Coeymans and A.W. Becker
[View photos from Pieter B. Coeymans]
[View photos from A.W. Becker]
RCS makes bowls for "Empty Bowls Project" on Thursday, Oct. 24
Guests may not feel stuffed after next Thursday's
Empty Bowls Project" at the WAMC Performing Arts Center in Albany but
they will feel fulfilled.
However, they will be eating in style - out of bowls
created from scratch by RCS Art Club students.
The guests will be served a simple meal of soup and bread
in exchange for donations during the Empty Bowls Project, an international
effort to fight hunger spearheaded locally by the Focus Churches and Hunger
Action Network in Albany.
Help RCS win $100,000 and more by making a safe driving commitment
Call it a win-win. You can help RCS High School win $100,000 and promote
safe driving habits among teens by making a daily commitment to safety
during National Teen Driver Safety Week. It is all part of the "Celebrate My
Drive" contest has schools across the country competing to register the most
support for safety while driving. The top vote-getters can win large cash
grants for their schools and can also win a concert by Grammy award winner
Kelly Clarkson. You can register your support for RCS today at the
Celebrate My Drive website and return every day between October 18-26 to
make ours the winning school.
RCS upgrades building safety with controlled entry security
New system will be active as of Tuesday,
Just as the RCS community was promised
two safety meetings held last winter, the buildings are becoming
more secure - literally from the front door and beyond.
Contractors have been installing electronic locks with main entrance
intercoms and closed-circuit television cameras at each of the four school
buildings. This equipment will allow school offices to more closely monitor
people coming into the school. Controlled entry is one way the district will
ensure safety on each campus this year.
Bringing the power of reading to children everywhere
RCS students and families have the chance to help
children everywhere - through the power of reading. The Middle School’s
FACS Serves Club is collecting children’s books for the Grassroot
Givers’ Book Project from all four RCS schools between October 15 and
Painting the town PINK for a worthy cause
is the new black, some say. At RCS this week, pink is the new brunette,
strawberry blonde, and in some cases, the new gray. That's because pink hair
extensions are everywhere in Ravena this week thanks to the coordinated
efforts of teachers, administrators and staff who are giving back to their
community in October as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Where better to start than with Superintendent
Dr. Alan McCartney, who is currently sporting a pink addition to his
Stephen Meier named as interim business administrator at RCS
After 11 years as the director of business affairs at the
Glens Falls City School District, Stephen Meier could have simply found
himself a chair and looked back on a fiscal-monitoring career that stretches
back nearly 30 years.
He will instead spend his "retirement" as the RCS interim
business administrator, a position he expects to hold until at least June
He replaces Diane Malecki, who retired to accept a
position as the chief fiscal officer at the
St. Anne Institute in Albany.
"Go Home Early" drill is set for Friday, October 11 at all schools
The New York State Education Department requires all
school districts to hold an annual "Go Home Early" drill to ensure that
students and staff are prepared in case an emergency ever requires
school grounds to be cleared. Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk will conduct this
drill on Friday, October 11, 2013. On that day, all students in all
schools will be dismissed 15 minutes earlier than normal dismissal time.
Please plan accordingly.
If you have any questions regarding the drill, please contact your
child's school building main office.
What is the APPR?
APPR stands for Annual Professional Performance
Review. It is the process by which teachers and principals are now
evaluated in New York State.
The purpose of APPR is to empower educators to improve
the quality of instruction in schools and, in turn, to improve students’
performance and readiness for colleges and careers. APPR plans must meet
strict state guidelines and are negotiated with local employee labor unions.
Two RCS High School seniors selected to NYSSMA All-State Conference
RCS High School seniors Savannah Hotaling and
Victoria Smith have been selected to participate with the New York State
School Music Association (NYSSMA) All-State Women’s Chorus at the annual
NYSSMA All-State Winter Conference. The Conference is being held in
Rochester from December 5th through 8th.
Selected to National Honor Orchestra Oct. 27-30 in Tennessee
RCS senior Philip McNaughton has been selected to
perform on bassoon with the National Association for Music Education’s
All-National Honor Orchestra in Nashville, Tennessee from October 27-30.
He will be with
approximately 670 other high school musicians from across the United
States for the four-day festival that concludes with a concert on Oct.
57 RCS Middle and High School Musicians Selected to participate in
All-County Music Festival on Oct. 30 and Nov. 1
Fifty-seven 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 the The RCS
Music Department has announced.
The festival is being held at Coxsackie-Athens High
School on Wednesday, October 30th
and Friday, November 1st.
Seventeen students recognized for excellence on AP exams
Seventeen high school students have already earned
credit toward their college degrees - without leaving RCS. The students
were honored by the Board of Education on Tuesday, Sept. 24, for their
high achievement on the AP exams they took in June.
do you communicate in a Deaf, Deaf World?
For about an hour and a half after school today,
there was absolute silence in the RCS Middle School library even though
55 students moved from table to table. They were silent. They were just
trying to be understood - without speaking a word.
Timothy Van Vorst takes the helm at the RCS Facilities Department
Most of us only have to worry about keeping the roof
from leaking, the furnaces heating, the toilets flushing and the place
looking nice for one building - our homes.
When you oversee the facilities operations for RCS, there
are many roofs, furnaces, toilets and other things to worry about every day!
New Facilities Director Timothy Van Vorst knows the
importance of his department, which is in charge of keeping the buildings
humming, the roadways clear and the schools safe and healthy all year long.
Class of 2015 will hold a garage sale on Saturday, Oct. 5 in the high school
The Class of 2015 - this year's juniors - will hold a
garage sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5, at the high school.
If you wish to donate items for the Garage sale drop off will be at the
Cafeteria on Friday, October 4th from 2-6 p.m.
Money raised from this fundraiser will go to help cut down the cost of the
Junior Prom this year and Senior Activities next year so please consider
supporting the class of 2015 with your donations or shopping.
Gift of life evident as RCS student shines in media spotlight
RCS sophomore Regina McGuire was interviewed for an upcoming health
segment on NewsChannel 13 with Benita Zahn.
[Learn more about it
High School picture day changed to Sept. 25
Picture Day at the high school will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 25.
Makeup day will be Oct. 22. Students will receive order packets for
2013-2014 pool passes are now available.
Registrations for 2013-14 pool passes may be made through Kelly
Perrine-Natalie in the High School office.
information is here. Patrons can register in person during regular
school hours or through the mail.
Schools welcome students to the 2013-14 school year
On a picture-perfect day, RCS teachers and staff welcomed students back to
school on Friday, September 6 for the start of the 2013-14 school year. From
kindergarten through high school, students, teachers and staff shared the
excitement the new year brings with it.
[view opening day photos]
administrators taking the helm at RCS High School; promise stability
Brian Bishop and Tom DiAcetis share common philosophies about how
best to deal with the 600+ students at the high school. Both
advocate consistency and fairness when dealing with students and
of 2016 holding Stadium Seat Cushion Fundraiser
Those cold bleachers, hard chairs and the ground can
get uncomfortable at times. Why not give your backside a break when
attending RCS sporting events with a Stadium Seat Cushion, being sold
exclusively by the Class of 2016 - the high school sophomore class.
Music department calendar for concerts and festivals for 2013-14
Between concerts, music festivals, NYSSMA and productions, RCS fine arts
students are very active throughout the year.
Here is their schedule for the 2013-14 school year (PDF).
Here is the school-by-school schedule (PDF).
Pool reopened for business
With a sparkling new liner, replaced in August, the high school pool is open
for business once again.
Open Swim times will be held on these days in
noon to 3 p.m.
to 7 p.m.
to 6 p.m.
to 8:30 p.m.
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The full September calendar is here (PDF).
Red Schoolhouse society celebrating 50th anniversary with reunion from 2-4
p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 29; open to classmates and public
There was a time not too long ago when education was
provided in one-room schoolhouses scattered throughout the area.
Students were taught by a single main teacher - who taught several
grades at once and several subjects during the day. Take a stroll down
memory lane during the society's "reunion" on Sept. 29.
Board of Education adopts lower tax rates for the 2013-14 school year;
property owners to save hundreds of dollars
As promised when the 2013-14 RCS budget was being
developed in the spring, property owners living in the towns of
Bethlehem, Coeymans, New Scotland and New Baltimore will not have to
reach as deep in September to pay their RCS school taxes. School tax
rates for all four towns in the RCs district dropped between 6 and 12.7
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New link for all R-C-S sports schedules
All sports schedules will be just a click away this year as
Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk joins other schools in the Colonial Council
to provide a new, comprehensive calendar of sporting events
throughout the year.
[Link to 2013-14 R-C-S Sports Schedules]
Bus route information for 2013-14
The R-C-S Transportation Department has announced bus
routes, stops and estimated pickup and drop-off times for students for the
2013-14 school year. Families can download their school's bus information in
PDF format along with a letter from the Transportation Director.
calendar available for download; to be mailed to homes
The 2013-14 calendar will be mailed to all RCS homes by
Aug. 30. You can check it out on the calendar page now.
Results of Common Core testing in grades 3-8 released by state
A majority of Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk students in
grades 3-8 - as well as as those at school districts across the state -
fell into Levels 1 and 2 on the new standardized Common Core test
results in English Language Arts and mathematics that the state
Education Department released today. Scores in those levels mean
teachers and students will need to work hard to reach the coveted
Levels 3 and 4.
School physician to be at the HS on Aug. 14 for school physicals
Dr. Philip Drew, the school physician, will be in the
high school on Wednesday, August 14 from 8-12 to conduct physicals for
sports. Physicals will be done on a first-come, first-serve basis. Parental
permission is required.
Sports try-outs begin August 19. Students must have a
current physical (within 12 months) on file in the health office in order to
try-out for any sport. An update form completed by a parent is also
necessary prior to try-outs. Health appraisal and update forms are available
on the RCS website on the
services pages and in the main office of the senior high and middle
in Reading program has kept reading alive for 100 RCS students
The four-week Adventures in Reading program has
brought campfire stories, crafts and computers to about 100 A.W. Becker
and Pieter B. Coeymans students in grades 1 to 5 this summer. The class
met four days each week in the mornings beginning on July 15; it
concludes on Thursday.
Notification of repair work at high school beginning mid-August
The school district has issued a notification of some repair work that is
set to begin at the high school on or around August 12. The August repair
work is slated to include the removal of some floor tiles and glue that may
contain asbestos. The work area will be contained and should not impact
access to the school at large.
Regents review classes begin Tuesday, August 6
Review classes for the August Regents exams will begin on Tuesday, August 6
and will continue through August 13. All classes will be held at the high
[View class schedule here]
Crazy making waves at Sunny Hill Resort
The grades 4 and 5 students at A.W. Becker who
participate in the Dance Crazy program have been spending their Tuesday
evenings performing at the Sunny Hill Resort in Greenville, teaching guests
a thing or two about ballroom dancing.
Fall sports season to kick off during the week of August 19 at RCS
Weeks before they walk back into school, carry their
textbooks or have to fret about homework, student athletes will begin
reporting for practices for the fall sports season.
Pool to be closed in August for repairs; no lap or open swim held
The liner of the high school swimming pool will be replaced from Aug. 2
about Aug. 26.
There will be no open swim or lap swim on August 1. RAVE is
scheduled for the swim team on August 1st. That will be the last use of the
pool until the project is completed.
Think you may be eligible for free or reduced-price meals in 2013-14?
The federal National School Lunch Program is designed to help children and
Did you know that a family of four qualifies for a reduced-priced meal with
an income of more than $43,000? Updated information and 2013-14 applications
(in English and Spanish) are now available for download on the
Brian Bailey takes the reins at RCS instruction and curriculum department
School Principal Brian Bailey is used to getting everybody’s attention.
Thousands of people heard him every day for 10 years when
he was the official bugler at the Saratoga Race Course. Nothing would move –
no horses stepped onto the race course – until he did his job.
Despite his gentle manner and reassuring voice, the high
school organization has followed his strong lead – and, like at the track –
things have started to move.
James Latter elected president and Alice Whalen elected as vice
president of the Board of Education at its 2013-14 organizational meeting
James Latter, a 2000 RCS graduate who was re-elected
to a second full term on the Board of Education in May, was selected to
lead the Board of Education as president during the coming 2013-14
Alice Whalen, who was re-elected to a second BOE term in
May 2012, will serve as vice president.
Each was elected to their new respective offices by a 6
to 2 vote: board members Rodney Krzykowski and Jeff Lukens opposed both
nominations and outgoing vice president Mike Robbins was absent.
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