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.

Congratulations to our latest Students of the Month


Welcome Back to School - 2014 - letter from Mr. DiAcetis (PDF)

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]

Regents review sessions are scheduled in August

Regents review sessions for students planning to take the NYS Regents exams on Aug. 13 and 14 have been scheduled. Check out the review schedule here (PDF).
Here is the letter sent home to parents about the review sessions (PDF).

Help your 9th grade student get off on the right foot: attend orientation on Aug. 21

Entering high school is a big deal for students and parents.

Help get your child's next journey started in the best way possible by attending the 9th Grade Orientation at RCS High School at 6 p.m. on Thursday, August 21 in the High School Auditorium.

A number of important items will be covered at the orientation, including graduation requirements, scheduling options, extra-curricular activities and more.

 Students will also receive their schedules. [read more]

Want to swim on the RCS Varsity Swim Team? Here's how...

The RCS Girls Varsity Swim Team is looking to recruit more girls to the swim team.

Students in grades 7-12 may join. Our season requires a commitment that starts Monday, August 18 and goes through Saturday, November 8. [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 by Wednesday, August 6. [read more]

Five Guys flyerHelp out the Class of 2016 by grabbing a couple of burgers at Five Guys in Glenmont on Thursday, June 19; 20 percent of the bill goes to the class

The Class of 2016 - this year's sophomores - is holding a fundraiser at the Five Guys hamburgers on Route 9W in Glenmont from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 19.

By clicking on this link or the flyer at right and presenting it before you order (PDF), you will be donating 20 percent of your bill to the Class of 2016!

PBIS recognizes 480 students - 81% of the school - for positive behavior

After last year's roll out of Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS) at the high school, which culiminated with ice cream sundaes for students who hadn't received any referrals, the PBIS committee brought back that popular event as the last major acknowledgement of the 2013-2014 school year.
On May 22, 480 students - which represents about 81% of the school - were treated to make your own sundaes during their lunch period. The students who enjoyed the sundaes were recognized for not having received any major office referrals for the third quarter, and the first five weeks of the fourth quarter.
Teachers scooped the ice cream and students were able to add their choice of a variety of toppings.
A number of community businesses contributed to the event. The school received donations from Price Chopper, the Ravena Shop and Save and Humpty Dumpty's in Saratoga Springs.

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]

ImageJune Regents schedule is out!

The schedule for the Regents exams, which begin next week, is now available. Click on the image at right to enlarge the schedule.

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]

ATTENTION CLASS OF 2014: Senior Graduation Rehearsal has been changed to Wednesday, June 25. The rehearsal will begin at 9 a.m. at the high school auditorium. The previous date was Thursday, June 26.

National Honor Society induction changed to June 10

Several delays in data gathering and conflicts with other events have forced the rescheduling of the National Honor Society Induction Ceremony to Tuesday, June 10 at 7 p.m. The ceremony will be held in the High School Auditorium. It is anticipated that induction letters will be mailed on Tuesday, June 3.

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]

RCS Coaches and Sports Assoc. present athletic awards on June 5

The RCS Coaches and Sports Association will present the athletic awards for the 2013-2014 year during a 6 p.m. ceremony on Thursday, June 5 in the HS Auditorium.

The awards last about 1 hour concluding with the Senior Athlete of the Year, Coaches, Sportsmanship, and Scholar Athlete Awards.

The Sports Association will be hosting a dessert for athletes and families at the conclusion of the awards.

RCS Varsity Softball team faces Cohoes in Sectional finals on May 28

The RCS Varsity Softball made the Sectional Finals against Cohoes. The game begins at 4 p.m. tomorrow in Veeder Park in Colonie on Wednesday, May 28; the bus leaves RCS at 2 p.m.

Here are directions to the game:
Veeder Park (Lishakill Sports Complex, S. Colonie)
Take Exit 2W off the Northway (towards Schenectady) onto Central Ave. West to Rte. 155. Turn Right (north) onto Rte. 155 (New Karner Rd) for about 1/10 of a mile. Turn left onto Consaul Rd (Dunkin Donuts on the left). Follow Consaul Rd to the intersection with Watervliet-Shaker Rd. Bear left, continuing on Consaul for about a mile. Veeder Park will be on the left.

HS track resurfacing and reconstruction begins June 2

The high school track and field facility will be unavailable for any kind of use beginning on June 2nd until further notice due to reconstruction and resurfacing.

Contractors are expected to be on site from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. daily. There may be times when they will be working during the evening under the lights. The contractor will have office and storage trailers, small excavators and temporary utilities on site as well.

Pool is reopened

(4/30/14) The pool is now reopened. It was closed earlier this week due to a power surge over the weekend that had damaged the electrical part of the pool cover.

Simulated DWI crash to be held on Friday, May 2 in front of the high school

If you drive by a horrendous car accident in the front parking lot and lawn of the high school on Friday afternoon, it's all for the sake of educating students about safe driving during the upcoming prom and graduation seasons.

Juniors and seniors will see a mock simulation of a DWI crash during periods 8 and 9 - 12:30 to 2 p.m. - on Friday in the southeast corner of the middle school parking lot. The mangled wreckage will be moved to the front lawn and remain there until next week, said Principal Brian Bishop. RCS students in makeup will portray victims of the crash. [read more]

Living Environment (biology) Regents review sessions in May and June

Honors freshmen and sophomores taking the Living Environment (biology) Regents exam on June 17 have a chance to attend review sessions during the month of May and June during 10th period. Check out the review session schedule here (PDF).

RCS music students grab the gold at NYSSMA majors; music program continues to shine

The past week was another very busy and productive week for the RCS Music Department. Once again the program continued to display the consistency for which it has become known, said Scott Andrews, K-12 District Music Coordinator and high school band director.

The New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) Major Organization Evaluation Festival was the annual performing event in which the high school band and chorus and middle school 7th & 8th grade band and chorus traveled to perform. [read more]

Congratulations to the valedictorian and salutatorian of the Class of 2014

Emily Buckley-Crist and Elizabeth Wickham have been named as valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, of the Class of 2014. Congratulations to both! [read more]

Parents needed to serve on high school principal search committee

Parents of high school students are encouraged to join a search committee for the next RCS High School principal.

Current Principal Brian Bishop was appointed last year to a one-year contract.

Candidates have until May 22 to apply for the position. [read more]

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

Thursday, August 21

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

Monday, August 25

Tryouts for Modified Football (5 p.m.)

Tuesday, August 26

Gr. 6 Orientation, 10-11:30 a.m., MS

Gr. 7-8 schedule pick-up, 12-1 p.m., MS

Monday, September 1


Tuesday, September 2

Staff Development Day - STAFF ONLY

Tryouts for all other (except football) Modified Sports (3 p.m.)

Wednesday, September 3

Staff Development Day - STAFF ONLY

Thursday, September 4

Welcome Back! First Day of School, grades 1-12

UPK and Kindergarten Welcome Start (by appt. only)

Friday, September 5

UPK and Kindergarten Welcome Start (by appt. only)

PBC Back-to-School BBQ, 4 p.m.

Monday, September 8


Kindergarten Welcome Start (by appt. only)

Tuesday, September 9


Wednesday, September 10

AWB PTA meeting, 6:45 p.m.

BC PTO meeting, 6:30 p.m.

In-Person Continuing Education Registration, 6:30-8 p.m., HS Aquatics Lobby

Thursday, September 11

MS Open House, 6:15 p.m., MS

Friday, September 12

AWB Back to School BBQ, 4 p.m., AWB

Monday, September 15

PBC Book Fair (thru 9/19)

Tuesday, September 16

AWB Open House, Grades 1-2, 6:30 p.m.

PBC Open House, Grades 3-5, 6:30 p.m.

HS Recognition Awards, 6:30 p.m. at HS

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

Thursday, September 18

AWB Open House, Grades 3-5, 6:30 p.m.

PBC Open House, Grades 1-2, 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, September 20

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

Monday, September 22

AWB Fall Picture Day

Fall begins

Tuesday, Sept. 23

HS Open House, 6:30 p.m., HS

Wednesday, September 24

HS Class Color Spirit Day

Thursday, September 25


Friday, September 26

MS Picture Day

College Caravan for Seniors, 12:30-1 p.m., HS

Green and Gold Day, HS

Homecoming Weekend

Saturday, September 27

Homecoming Weekend Homecoming Dance, 7 p.m., HS




Complete 2013-14 Calendar