RCS High School

2025 Rt. 9W

Ravena, NY 12143

518.756.5200 ext. 2000

Fax: 756-3534


Brian Bishop, Principal

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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.

Congratulations to our latest Students of the Month


                        WE DON'T WANT TO MISS YOU!

: If you believe that you or your child are in the running for a PERFECT ATTENDANCE AWARD FOR ALL HIGH SCHOOL YEARS, please see Mrs. Natalie in the office as soon as possible!

If you do not see her, you may be missed!

Parents: please email Mrs. Natalie at kperrine@rcscsd.org. Thank you for your help and participation in this.

Driver education being offered at Coxsackie-Athens in the summer of 2014

The driver education program through the Coxsackie-Athens school district will again be offered this summer and is open to RCS students. The class will run July 21 to Aug. 22. The cost for the self-supporting program is $350 maximum A $200 Non-Refundable Deposit is due by May 23, 2014 [read more]

Two RCS students named as National Merit Scholarship semi-finalists

RCS juniors Collin Adams and Katie Houghtaling have been named among 16,000 semi-finalists in the National Merit Scholarship program based on their scores on the 2013 Preliminary Scholastic Achievement Test (PSAT). Half of the semi-finalists, about 8,000 nationwide, will learn in September if they qualify for a college scholarship.

Order your 2014 Memoirs yearbook online by May 5

Order your yearbooks online from Balfour.com at this link. Order by May 5. Cost is $55. You will still be able to order directly from the High School after that until all books are sold.

Freshman Emma Hughes elected as a NYS FCCLA officer; heading to national conference in JulyEmma Hughes picture

 RCS freshman Emma Hughes was selected as the First Vice President and Vice President of Alumni and Associates during the NYS Family, Career Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) convention in Syracuse from March 26 to 29.

From July 6 to 10, Emma, along with her fellow officers, will lead the NYS FCCLA delegation to the FCCLA National Conference in San Antonio, Texas. There will be more than 6,000 students at this conference sharing ideas on how to become better leaders, practicing public speaking, planning strategies on how to increase membership. [read more]

RCS, Coeymans Police working together on canine unit training

When students see dogs roaming the hallways, they shouldn't think it's Take Your Pet to School Day!

RCS is partnering with the Coeymans Police Department and Specialized K-9 Detection Services for some special on-site training. Throughout this spring, the detection canines will occasionally be in "student-free" areas of the high school, like unoccupied rooms and hallways. The exercises will help the animals hone their detection skills within our school.

Here's the letter sent home to parents this week (PDF).

More than 1,000 students - including 110 from RCS - will participate in the NYSSMA Solo and Ensemble Festival at RCS on April 4th & 5th

The Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Central School District will host the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) Zone 7 Solo and Ensemble Festival at RCS High School on Friday and Saturday, April 4th and 5th.

Music students from 31 Capital Region area schools will perform solos and small ensembles for certified NYSSMA adjudicators.

The 23 adjudicators, coming to RCS from all across New York State, will evaluate student performances in areas such as tone, intonation, style, rhythm and several musical aspects. [read more]

RCS to host GCMEA Spring All-County Festival on March 19 and 21

More than 40 RCS students are participating in the festival

The RCS Music Department is proud to host this year’s Greene County Music Educators Association Spring All-County Music Festival on Wednesday, March 19th and Friday, March 21st.
Approximately 240 students from Cairo-Durham, Catskill, Coxsackie-Athens, Greenville, Hunter-Tannersville, Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk and Windham-Ashland-Jewett will come together to rehearse on Wednesday, March 19, from 3 to 8 p.m.
Students will gather again on Friday for rehearsals, a dress rehearsal and an evening concert at 7:30 p.m. in the RCS High School Auditorium. Doors will open at 7 p.m. [read more]

SneakersGet those sneakers tied up! It's time for the first RCS Wellness Marathon

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. 
[read about the marathon - PDF]   [read about the Community walk - PDF]

83% of HS students treated to Bagel Day at PBIS Recognition Breakfast

Student photoAbout 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.  [read more]

RCS Wrestler Brings Home Section 2 Championship

Congratulations to Logan Kunkle who is a 2014 section 2 champion. He defeated his opponent 4-2 in the finals at the Glens Falls Civic Center. He will be wrestling at the state tournament held at the Times Union Center this Friday and Saturday, Feb. 28 and March 1. Please congratulate him when you see him. 

More outstanding finishes from the civic center: Senior Mike Parker placed 3rd, and Freshman Ryan Allman placed 4th in the section.

Need to clean out that closet? Garage? Room?

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. [check out the flyer - pdf]

RCS Football Player Named National Football Foundation Scholar Athlete

Congratulations to senior football player Craig Brozowski, who has been named one of 12 overall winners by the Board of Director of the National Football Foundation Capital District Chapter, as a 2013 Scholar Football Athlete. The overall winners were selected from a group of athletes nominated by the coaching staffs from all 62 football playing schools in Section 2 and the four local football playing colleges. These candidates were selected as the student-athlete (football player) from each school that possessed the best combination of academic (Craig has an overall GPA of 96.31 and ranked 6th in a class of 166) and athletic accomplishments (First Team Class B Reinfurt Division All-Star). Craig is the fourth overall winner from Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk in the last 13 years. He will be recognized at a dinner held on May 6th, 2014 at the Holiday Inn Turf on Wolf Road in Albany.



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EVENTS Calendar

April 22

NYSSMA Instrumental Majors Festival, Ballston Spa HS

NYSSMA Choral Majors Festival, Bethlehem HS

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

April 23

Elementary Professional Development - 10 a.m. start of school

NYSSMA Instrumental Majors Festival, Ballston Spa HS

NYSSMA Choral Majors Festival, Bethlehem HS

April 24

NYSSMA Instrumental Majors Festival, Shaker HS

NYSSMA Choral Majors Festival, Bethlehem HS

April 25

NYSSMA Instrumental Majors Festival, Shaker HS

May 5

AP Exams, HS

May 6

AP Exams, HS

2014-15 Budget Hearing/Board of Education meeting, 7 p.m., HS

May 7

AP Exams, HS

May 8

AP Exams, HS

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

May 9

AP Exams, HS

May 10

Junior Prom, 6-11 p.m., Birch Hill

May 12

AP Exams, HS

May 13

AP Exams, HS

May 14

AP Exams, HS

May 16

End of Five week interim period, MS/HS

NYSSMA Solo/Ensemble Festival #2, Glens Falls HS

May 17

NYSSMA Solo/Ensemble Festival #2, Glens Falls HS

May 19

RCS Track Invitational, 3 p.m.

May 20

2014-15 Budget and Board of Education vote, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., HS

May 21

HS Spring Concert, 7:30 p.m.

May 23

Contingent School Day - NO SCHOOL - if one emergency/snow day remains

May 26

Memorial Day - NO SCHOOL

May 27

Board of Education meeting, 7 p.m., HS - if necessary

May 30 and 31

NYSSMA Solo/Ensemble Festival #3, Cohoes HS

June 2

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

June 3

Regents Common Core state testing, English Language Arts and Math, HS

June 5

Gr. 3-5 MS/HS Assembly for AWB/PBC, 9:45 a.m., HS

June 7

SAT exam, 8 a.m., HS

June 9

Athletic Awards Banquet, 5:30 p.m., HS auditorium

June 10

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

June 17-25

Regents exams - No student attendance, grades 9-12, except to take exams

June 21

Summer begins

June 24

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

June 25

Gr. 8 Moving Up Ceremony,
6:30 p.m., HS

June 26


Regents Rating Day

End of 4th marking period

June 28

Class of 2014 graduation ceremony, 9 a.m., Empire State Plaza State Convention Center

July 4

Offices closed

July 8

Tentative 2013-14 Re-Organizational Meeting, Board of Education, 7 p.m., HS

August 12

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

August 21

Gr. 9 Orientation, 6 p.m., HS auditorium


Complete 2013-14 Calendar