RCS High School

2025 Rt. 9W

Ravena, NY 12143

518.756.5200 ext. 2000

Fax: 756-3534

 

Tom DiAcetis, 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.

 

Yearbooks now on sale

Yearbooks are now on sale. They can be ordered online at Balfour.com or directly from the high school. Order forms are available in the Main Office and outside of Rooms 47 and 215.

Prices are $45 if ordered by November 14, $50 if ordered between Nov. 17-March 14, and $55 if ordered after March 14.

For additional information, please contact Maureen DeCheck at 756-5200 x2047 or at mdecheck@rcscsd.org.

 4th annual "Pins and Rims" set for Nov. 14

It’s that time again for “Pins and Rims.”

RCS will have its fourth annual event at the high school gym Nov. 14 from 6:30-9 p.m.

It’s a $1 admission for everyone with games, basket raffles and refreshments.

Proceeds will benefit an RCS program, “Best Buddies.”

Best Buddies is a non-profit organization established in 1989 by Anthony Kennedy Shriver. The mission of Best Buddies is to establish a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. In middle schools, Best Buddies operates as a student-run friendship club, which creates buddy pairs between students with and without disabilities. [View Flyer PDF]

Holocaust survivor Maria Blumenthal Lazan discusses her life in Holland under Nazi Germany and the positive thoughts that helped her surviveStudent photo

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.  [read more]

RCS students in local food-drive competition to fight hunger

RCS is in a fierce competition among other nine local high schools for radio station WGNA’s first annual Capital District High School Hunger Games.

 This is a food drive where items will be donated to the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York.

The winning school with the most pounds of food will win a party for 150 students at Flight Trampoline Park in Albany, where students will have a private viewing of “Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” and they will also receive tickets for the next “Hunger Games” movie when it is released in theaters this November.

 Students can bring as many canned items as they wish from now until Friday, Oct. 31 to their homeroom.

The other participating high schools are: Cohoes, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons, Columbia, Mohonasen, Maple Hill, Duanesburg and Shenendehowa.
For more information, check out: http://wgna.com/capital-district-high-school-hunger-games/

Day Spa charity participant Kailyn GeraldsenRCS senior will participate in day-long spa at Capital Region BOCES CTE, raising money for breast cancer research

Students are running a spa from 8:30 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Oct. 16, providing everything from facials to hair coloring treatments to haircuts. 

All proceeds from the event will be donated to the American Cancer Society. The event will be held at the Capital Region BOCES CTE Program on the Albany campus.    

 

 

Pictured: Kailyn Geraldsen, a senior from the RCS Central School District, styles the hair of a customer.

Holocaust survivor to talk about survival in the face of despair during a presentation to juniors and seniors on Oct. 20 at RCS High School. Four Perfect Pebbles cover

A renowned Holocaust survivor will speak to juniors and seniors at RCS High School from 12:45 to 1:45 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 20.

Marion Blumenthal Lazan is the award-winning author of Four Perfect Pebbles, a book about her experiences as a nine-year old child interned with her family in the German concentration camp of Bergen-Belsen, the same camp in which Anne Frank died. [read more]

 

 

 

 

RCS Pep RallyHomecoming Pep Rally gets students geared up for Friday night football

RCS held a spirited pep rally Friday afternoon at the high school, leading up to the homecoming football game against Hudson.

Students in grades 9-12 were eager to take part.

They enjoyed a dance-off, yelling contests and other games at the end of the school day in the gymnasium.

“I thought the kids were outstanding,” RCS Principal Tom DiAcetis said. “Our students showed great class spirit.”

 Class of 2015 holding a garage sale on Oct. 25 at RCS High School

The Class of 2015 will hold a fundraising garage sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Oct. 25 at the RCS High School.

If you wish to donate items for the garage sale, drop off will be at the cafeteria on Friday, October 24 from 2-6 p.m.

Money raised from this fundraiser will go to help cut down the cost of the Senior Activities and Senior Trip, so please consider supporting the class of 2015 with your donations or shopping.  [check out the pdf flyer]

Student photoHigh School students honored by Board of Education

Fifteen 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]

Thanks to Stewart's, new RCS freshmen get the "scoop" at orientation

RCS would like to thank Stewart's Shops for a generous donation of 150 Make-Your-Own Sundaes, a highlight of the freshman orientation on August 21.

The event gave the Class of 2018 time to interact while deciding on toppings.
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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; 'Lunch with the Principal' to kick off in the coming school year

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]

Friends spearhead fund-raiser for junior with blood diseaseRegina McGuire

RCS junior Regina McGuire has been battling the fight of her life for 10 years.

The petite young woman with the pretty smile is fighting Aplastic Anemia, a rare disease in which the bone marrow and blood stem cells in the marrow are damaged, preventing her body from producing new blood cells.

For several years, she has been receiving blood transfusions at Albany Medical Center to keep the ailment at bay while she continued to live the life of a teenager – participating in school activities and events. Two months ago, she attended the RCS prom.  [read more]

 

Help to shape the future at RCS High School!

High school parents and staff are encouraged to join a search committee for the next RCS High School assistant/vice principal.

Anyone interested in serving on the interview committee should contact Brenda Walton in the superintendent's office at 756-5200 ext. 6003. [read more]

 

Congratulations to our latest Students of the Month

33 students inducted into the National Honor Society

Thirty-three students - five seniors, two juniors and 26 sophomores - from Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk High School were inducted into membership to the National Honor Society in a ceremony held at the High School on Wednesday, June 10.

Candidates must first have a cumulative grade point average of at least 90.0% and are then selected by a Faculty Council for meeting high standards of scholarship, service, leadership, and character. [read more]

Student photoThousands of dollars given out during High School Senior Awards Night

Over 50 students were presented with certificates, medals, scholarships, awards and Hall of Fame honors on Monday night, June 2

With Michelle McLoughlin (Chorus teacher) playing the piano as students, families, friends, faculty, distinguished guests and presenters arrived in the school’s auditorium. The presentation of awards began around 6:30 pm and concluded with refreshments in the cafeteria which lasted till approximately 9 pm.

More than 60 awards were presented totaling just under $58,000. [read more]

Matthew Meacham inducted into National Technical Honor Society

Matthew Meacham, a Criminal Justice I student at the Capital Region BOCES Career & Tech school, was among the 45 area students recently inducted into the National Technical Honor Society.

The honor is a reflection of his excellent class work in both Career & Tech classes at the Capital Region BOCES as well as their home schools. [read more]

Times Union recognizes RCS Valedictorian and high school music teacher

The Times Union Scholarship Recognition Program honored RCS Class of 2014 Valedictorian Emily Buckley-Crist for her academic and school leadership excellence.

Emily is very active in the RCS community. She was inducted into the National Honor Society in 2012, and is currently an officer. She is a long-time member of band and chorus, and also participated in jazz band, pit orchestra, various NYSSMA events, and other ensembles, including the Empire State Repertory Orchestra. [read more]

f 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]


 

 

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EVENTS Calendar

National School Bus Safety Week (Oct. 20-24)

Friday, October 24

Drop off items for Class of 2015 garage sale, 2-6 p.m., High School cafeteria

Saturday, October 25

Class of 2015 garage sale, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., High School

Saturday, November 1

ESYO Repertory (Orchestra/String Ensemble), 4 p.m.

Saturday, November 2

Daylight Savings Time ends

Tuesday, November 4

Professional Development Day -- EARLY DISMISSAL (UPK to Grade 12)

Wednesday, November 5

GCMEA Fall All-County Music Festival (3-8 p.m.); Greenville HS

Friday, November 7

End of 1st Marking Period (MS/HS)

GCMEA Fall All-County Festival (3 p.m. rehearsal; 7:30 p.m. concert); Greenville HS

Saturday, November 8

PBC PTO Holiday Bazaar, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Tuesday, November 11

VETERANS DAY -- NO SCHOOL

Wednesday, November 12

AWB PTA Meeting, 6:45 p.m.

PBC PTO Meeting, 6:30 p.m.

Friday, November 14

End of 1st Trimester, Marking Period -- UPK to Grade 5

Monday, November 17

(American Education Week runs thru Friday)

Tuesday, November 18

PBC Recognition Awards (6:30 p.m., PBC)

BOE meeting (7 p.m., PBC)

HS Re-take Picture Day

Wednesday, November 19

PBC "Hands On Science", 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

Thursday, November 20

Parent Conferences (All Grades)

Friday, November 21

NYSSMA Area All-State Festival, 1 p.m.-5 p.m.; Saratoga HS

Saturday, November 22

NYSSMA ASF (9 a.m. rehearsal; 2 p.m. concert; Saratoga HS)

Monday, November 24

Parent Conferences (Early dismissal UPK-8)

Tuesday, November 25

Parent Conferences (Early dismissal UPK-8)

Wednesday, November 26

NO SCHOOL -- THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY

Thursday, November 27

THANKSGIVING -- NO SCHOOL

Friday, November 28

NO SCHOOL

Wednesday, December 3

AWB Grade 5 Band/Chorus Holiday Concert (7 p.m.)

Thursday, December 4

PBC Grade 5 Band/Chorus Holiday Concert (7 p.m., @ PBC)

NYSSMA Conference All-State Festival, Rochester (thru Dec. 7)

Friday, December 5

AWB Cookies with Santa

NYSSMA Conference All-State Festival, Rochester

Saturday, December 6

NYSSMA Conference All-State Festival, Rochester

Sunday, December 7

PBC Bottle and Can Drive (12-2 p.m.)

NYSSMA Conference All-State Festival, Rochester

Tuesday, December 9

MS Recognition Awards, 6:30 p.m.

Board of Education meeting, 7 p.m. (MS)

PBC Holiday Book Fair (thru Dec. 11)

Wednesday, December 10

AWB PTA Meeting, 6:45 p.m.

PBC PTO Meeting, 6:30 p.m.

Grades 7-8 Holiday Concert, 7 p.m.  (HS)

Thursday, December 11

PBC 'Cookies with Santa', 6:30-8:30 p.m.

PBC Grades 2 & 4 Holiday Concert, 7 p.m. (HS)

Friday, December 12

End of 5-week Interim Period (MS/HS)

Middle School Drama Production, 7 p.m.

Saturday, December 13

Middle School Drama Production, 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Monday, December 15

HS Holiday Concert, 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, December 16

AWB Grades 2 & 4 Holiday Concert, 7 p.m. (HS)

HANUKKAH (Begins at sundown)

Wednesday, December 17

Grade 6 Holiday Concert, 7 p.m., HS

Thursday, December 18

Alternate Concert Date (if 1 is canceled due to weather)

Sunday, December 21

Winter begins

Monday, December 22

Alternate Concert Date (if 1 is canceled due to weather)

Wednesday December 24-January 2

Holiday Recess - NO SCHOOL

Thursday, December 25

Christmas Day

Friday, December 26

Kwanzaa begins

 Thursday, January 1

New Year's Day  - NO SCHOOL

Monday, Jan. 5

Classes resume

Tuesday, January 6

Pre-K and Kindergarten Registration, 3-6 p.m. @AWB

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

Wednesday, January 7

Pre-K and Kindergarten Registration, 3-6 p.m. @AWB

Cafeteria and Fun Fair

Thursday, January 8

Pre-K and Kindgergarten Registration, 3-6 p.m. @PBC

Wednesday, January 14

AWB PTA Meeting, 6:45 p.m.

PBC PTO Meeting, 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, January 15

College Financial Aid Night, 7:30 p.m. (Parents of Juniors and Seniors)

Monday, January 19

Martin Luther King Jr. Day (observed)

NO SCHOOL

Thursday, January 22

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

Monday, January 26

Regents Exams, 9-12; Students report for only exams (thru Jan. 29)

Friday, January 30

Second semester begins, MS/HS

Tuesday, February 3

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

Thursday, February 5

Professional Development Day (early dismissal UPK-12)

Saturday, February 7

PBC PTO Bottle and Can Drive, 9-11 a.m.

Wednesday, February 11

AWB PTA Meeting, 6:45 p.m.

PBC PTO Meeting, 6:30 p.m.

Monday, February 16

Start of Winter Recess (thru Feb. 20)

Tuesday, February 24

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

Wednesday, February 25

In-person Continuing Education registration, 6:30-8 p.m., HS Aquatics Lobby

Friday, February 27

HS Drama Production, 7 p.m., HS

Saturday, February 28

HS Drama Production, 7 p.m., HS

 

 

 

 

 

Complete 2014-15 Calendar