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The morning of June 27, in bittersweet fashion, we said goodbye to another senior class. Please join us in wishing the Class of 2015 our most heartfelt congratulations and best wishes as they venture into the beginning of their bright futures. We are so proud and we'll miss seeing you in our halls! [VIEW PHOTOS]
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Nearly $73,000 in scholarships and awards were disbursed during the annual Senior Awards Night this year - with most of the 47 students and their families in attendance for the recognition on June 4.
Seniors were recognized, some receiving Hall of Fame honors, certificates of achievement, medal and a total of more than $72,850 in scholarships and awards. Presenters including teachers, representatives from the military, local business representatives and individual donors made the night a huge success.
High School parent Jeanette Wayand-Reif made the delicious desserts for the evening. [READ MORE]
A fleet of specially-designed contraptions - 18 in all this year - made their way across Lawson Lake in Coeymans during the fourth annual Recycleable Boat Regatta. All of the floating wonders were created by students in the RCS high school and middle school Design and Drawing for Production (DDP) classes.
Scott Peck and Shelly Bevan are the student's teachers.
The day started off with volunteers (i.e., parents and family members) transporting the boats, designed and constructed mostly of recyclable materials, from the high school campus on Route 9W to Lawson Lake.
There was a field of 18 boats “powered” by student muscle. The boats were designed and created by the students out of recyclable materials. Students used oars and/or swam behind the boats pushing them along. [READ MORE]
Students enrilled in high school honors courses next year - English 9H, English 10H, English 11 AP/UHS and English 12 AP/UHS - have reading homework this summer. Check out the summer reading lists here (PDF).
A.W. Becker students of all ages laughed, giggled and, most importantly, paid attention as high school students in Dee Hushmendy's Creative Writing class read some of their original books to them on Monday, June 1.
These seniors participated in the program: Madeline Civill, Cameryn Cross, Laura Farrant, Mickey Fryer, Lauren Hazelton, Vivienne Horne, Michael Jimenex, Lauren LeClaire, Bianca Marinex Franco, Seamus Mooney, Anthony Notaro, Hayley Novak, Sierra Staats, Zachary Therrien and Rebecca Young. [READ MORE]
Twenty-nine students 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 night, May 27.
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.
Among the RCS inductees, there was one senior, five juniors and 23 sophomores. [READ MORE]
Two high school students found a backpack during breakfast on a cafeteria table this morning, Thursday, May 28, that contained an air gun accidently brought to school by a third student.
The two students who saw the bag on the table opened it and saw what looked like a gun in the bag. They brought the bag to their friend, the owner of the bag, and confronted him.
The student who owned the bag explained that he had used the bag and air “BB” gun over the weekend and never took it out before coming to school. The student brought his air gun immediately to a staff member and surrendered it before classes began. [READ MORE]
On Monday, May 18, PBC fifth graders were visited by a group of RCS high school students who came to talk to the elementary students about an important topic — bullying.
The high school group hailed from the school's Diversity Club, presented to the elementary students and stayed for lunch and recess! [READ MORE]
On Wednesday, May 6, all students at RCS participated in Project ACES (All Children Exercise Simultaneously,) which is a signature program of the Youth Fitness Coalition, Inc. and designed to unite children around the world in simultaneous movement in order to get them interested in exercise./p>
Students at PBC held a conga line in the hallways with DJ Shear playing music. Students at AWB had a dance party in their classrooms while Beyoncé's "Move Your Body" played over the PA system. Middle school students did a fun walk/run around the loop between the middle and high schools. The high school students had a dance party between periods eight and nine to the song "Happy" which was played over the PA system. We hope to make this an annual event in all RCS schools! [READ MORE]
After months of planning, and weather delays over the winter, the three new school signs at each campus - in front of PB Coeymans, AW Becker and the Middle School/High School - have been put in place.
The signs were put in place over the past two weeks by Ray Sign. Electricity should be flipped on either just before or after the Memorial Day weekend, said Brian Bailey, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction. "We anxiously look forward to seeing RCS up in lights!," he said. [READ MORE]
Here is the list of after-school review sessions for upcoming Regents exams (PDF). The sessions will be held from 2:45-4:45 p.m. each day in the teacher's classroom.
The RCS High School and Middle School bands and choruses had a very successful week at the NYSSMA Major Organization Evaluation Festivals which were held at Shaker High School and Bethlehem High School from April 27 through 30. [READ MORE]
Sophomore Zachary Clouse was recognized on Tuesday, April 28, at the Capital District YMCA's Student and Education Award Recognition breakfast held at the Appel Inn in Altamont.
Zachary, an honor student, was nominated by the high school staff because of his work with the Ravena Troop 1067 Boy Scouts for more than 10 years. At the age of 15, he earned the highest rank of Eagle Scout. For his service project, he raised more than $2,000 in donations from the community and local businesses to distribute 113 backpacks filled with school supplies to families in need in the RCS district. The collaboration was with the St. Patrick's Food Pantry in Ravena in the summer of 2014.
"You have demonstrated a remarkable commitment to the community and are more than deserving of this award," said Peter Lauricella, chair of the Bethlehem YMCA Board of Advisors. [READ MORE]
Congratulations to Brian Netkin, Karra Douglas and John Greene for demonstrating superior career skills by placing third statewide during the Skills USA Career and Technical Education (CTE) competition in Syracuse on April 23 and 24.
"It was a very successful competition for our students. They all performed well and represented BOCES and their home school districts very well," said Denise Capece, principal of the Albany CTE campus.
Brian and Karra placed third for crime scene investigation (CSI).
John placed third for auto service technology. [READ MORE]
Once again this year the Best Buddies Club at the Middle School will be having a district-wide Chicken BBQ on Tuesday, May 19, from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Order forms must be sent back to the Middle School by May 15. Download the order form [PDF].
Kate Houghtaling is Valedictorian of the RCS class of 2015 with an average of 98.78 and Michael Jones is the Salutatorian of the RCS Class of 2015 with an average of 98.36. [READ MORE]
Visit our calendar page to view the school calendar and BOE calendar.
More than 100 RCS elementary and secondary students performed instrumental and vocal solos during the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) Evaluation Festival at Voorheesville High School on March 27 and 28
“Students are not required to participate in NYSSMA solo festivals and do so on their own. It is quite impressive to see the overwhelming response from our students throughout the district”, said RCS K-12 Music Coordinator Scott Andrews.
With the help of their music teachers, students choose and prepare solo literature which is from the NYSSMA manual of approved literature. The level of difficulty ranges from level one (easiest) to level 6 (difficult). Students perform in separate audition rooms in front of an approved NYSSMA adjudicator. [READ MORE]
On March 26, RCS High School, in cooperation with STARS Intergen and the Ravena-Coeymans and Greene County Historical Societies, brought elements of the end of the Civil War to life for the juniors, who are now studying this period in time – just in time for the war’s sesquicentennial (150th) commemoration.
Thanks to re-enactors, the students got to experience a taste of President Lincoln’s famous Gettysburg Address, got to hear about what war was like from the soldiers, and even heard stories about a New Baltimore resident who viewed Lincoln’s body as the President’s death train stopped in Albany. [READ MORE]
On Wednesday, March 25, students in Mr. Henry’s and Miss McClave’s health classes boarded Albany County’s “heroin bus” where they listened to the stories of two recovering addicts. This program brings to light some of the decision-making skills students are learning as part of New York State’s health standards.
The anti-heroin "mobile education center," created by Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple, travels among schools and uses educational literature and stories from those affected by the drug to help combat the upward trend of heroin and prescription drug use among young people. [READ MORE]
The community is invited to join us at RCSHS from 3-5 p.m. on Thursday, March 26, as the district, in partnership with with STARS Intergen and the Ravena-Coeymans and Green County Historical Societies, brings a commemorative event that will showcase Union and Confederate, President Lincoln and Mrs. Lincoln re-enactments and highlight local connections to the Civil War and President Lincoln’s death. [READ MORE]
Forty-one music students from the High School and Middle School have been selected to participate in the Greene County Music Educators Association Spring All-County Festival.
The festival, which is being held at Cairo-Durham High School with after-school rehearsals on Wednesday, March 25, and Friday, March 27, will conclude with a concert on Friday evening beginning at 7:30 in the high school auditorium.
All-County performing groups will include the Elementary Band, Junior Chorus and Senior Band. [READ MORE]
The three students, all juniors, were among the 24 area students selected to participate this year were members of the RCS High School Band.
Selected on French Horn were Emmalyn Knapp and Kathryn Rowzee and selected on Baritone Saxophone was Benjamin Andrews.
Students participated in rehearsals at Schenectady County Community College on March 1, 8, 21 and concluded with a concert on Sunday, March 22 in the Carl B. Taylor Auditorium at the SCCC School of Music. [READ MORE]
The Board of Education on Tuesday, March 10, recognized seven students who were able to graduate early by meeting their requirements for graduation.
The students are: Morgan Albright, Samantha Foulger, Zoe Heald, Sarah Krein, Michael Lembo, Joe Martone and Christina Palmer. [READ MORE]
The Fairy Godmother’s Closet is collecting gently used prom gowns that are no more than 10 years old. This program offers RCS girls in need clean and fashionable gowns for free. We are in desperate need of sizes 12/13 and larger. All donations can be dropped off at the high school’s main office. For more information please contact Mrs. Jennes at email@example.com.
A total of 515 high school students, representing 90 percent of the school's entire population, earned the right to participate in the second quarter PBIS Recognition Bagel Breakfast on Friday, Feb. 13.
Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) is in its third year at RCS. PBIS is a team-based systematic approach in teaching behavioral expectations throughout the school. It is based on a pro-active model which teaches the behaviors, reinforces and recognizes students who are able to model these behaviors. The program also requires schools to have systems in place to support students who have a difficult time or may present with more challenging behaviors. [READ MORE]
Each year, the Hunger Action Network of New York State and FOCUS Churches of Albany team up to host Empty Bowls, an event to raise awareness on the issue of hunger in our communities. This year, the event took place on Jan. 25, and included some art work created by our students.
RCS art students have donated bowls they've created to this event in the past, and were able to do so again this year. Below are the bowls created by RCS high school art students with the help of art teacher Karen Teale. [READ MORE]
Seniors Kimberly Bianchi and Andrew McHugh were honored on Feb. 8 with Physical Education Secondary Leadership Awards at the Century House in Latham along with 53 students from 26 other area school districts.
This honor was offered by the Capital Zone of the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. One female and one male student from each high school in the zone were recognized for their commitment to their education and health. [READ MORE]
In fact, at least 100 students got school supplies thanks to Zachary.
The Board of Education recognized Zachary for his good work Feb. 3 and attainment of Eagle Scout for the project. [READ MORE]
The team closed out the 2014-15 seasons with not one, or even two records broken, but three: the 200 Freestyle Relay, the 6 Dive and the 200 Medley Relay.
Read more to learn about the students who broke these records. [READ MORE]
Sunday, Jan. 25, RCS High School’s select vocal ensemble,
Harmonics, performed Carl Orff’s famous
Carmina Burana as part of a chorus made up of select singers from
Albany High School, Guilderland High School and Shaker High School, and
accompanied by the Empire State Youth Orchestra under the direction of
RCS music teacher Scott Andrews has been invited as a guest conductor for two All-County music festivals. On Feb. 4 and Feb. 6, Mr. Andrews will travel to New Lebanon High School in Columbia County to conduct the All-County High School Jazz Ensemble. On March 6 and 7, he will be traveling to Monticello High School in Sullivan County where he will be conducting the grade 8 and 9 All-County Jr. High Band. [READ MORE]
Congratulations to Jolene Hopkins, who teaches science in the MS/HS, for her selection to the New York State Master Teacher Program.
Governor Cuomo launched the New York State Master Teacher Program (NYSMTP) in partnership with The State University of New York and Math for America. The program creates a state-wide network of the highest-performing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) teachers that are dedicated to sharing expertise with peers and attracting the brightest minds to a career in STEM. [READ MORE]
Health education students in Megan McClave's and Jay Henry's classes recently practiced cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on mannequins under the direction of Marvin Powell, chief of operations for the Ravena Rescue Squad.
He discussed first aid and CPR with the students in grades 10, 11 and 12. [READ MORE]
Eighteen students in the high school's Creative Writing class, taught by Dee Hushmendy, knew they were missing one very important thing when they wrote and illustrated original children's books as part of their college-level course.
They got that when they visited Pieter B. Coeymans classrooms - kindergarten, grade 1 and grade 2 - to read their stories to the students. [READ MORE]
RCS students Samuel Datri, Emmalyn Knapp, and James Wamsley have been selected to participate in the Artist Apprenticeship Program, sponsored by Albany Pro Musica.
They are three of only eleven area vocal students chosen for this honor based on the results of their most recent NYSSMA (New York State School Music Association) ratings, extracurricular vocal endeavors and teacher recommendation.
On Wednesday, Dec. 23, the HS Band, under the direction of Scott Andrews and HS Chorus, under the direction of Michelle McLoughlin, performed to a standing room only crowd at the South Concourse of the Empire State Plaza.
Inter-generational activities enrich the soul but also expand awareness, elevate the metacognitive quality of empathy, and provide learning experiences back and forth across generations.
Elders share important lessons and events from the past, while youth receive exciting new discoveries reminding us all of the simpler joys and excitement during life’s early years.
Ella Wetterhahn, also known at Stella, lives in Albany and is a 93-year-old veteran who served as an Army Nurse in the European Theater during WWII. She has been the subject of two Albany Times Union articles over the years, one in which she was interviewed with former RCS teacher, the late Harold Becker (High School Business Teacher), about her experiences in World War II in which she served her country with conviction and bravery.
Students' cards and letters were recently presented to Miss Wetterhahn at Crisan’s Romanian Bakery, an Albany café in Stella’s Center Square neighborhood in Albany. [read more]
School administrators, local elected officials, and representatives of Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) announced new support for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education in the RavenaCoeymans-Selkirk Central School District on Friday, Dec. 12, 2014.
The school district's "Project Lead the Way" program will be supplemented by a $9,000 grant from PhRMA. This funding will be used to purchase additional equipment and materials that will further the progress of RCS students in their pursuit of 21st century skills. [READ MORE]
RCS sophomore Aaron June was recognized by the Board of Education on Tuesday, Nov. 18, for achieving the Eagle Scout status.
Interim Superintendent Alan McCartney said Aaron had achieved 21 merit badges during his scouting career. “I was a boy scout, a life scout,”McCartney said at the Nov. 18 Board of Education meeting.. “I didn’t have what it took to become an Eagle Scout. Aaron does.”
The RCS music department was well represented at this year’s New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) Zone 7 Area All-State music festival in late November.
This year’s festival was held at Saratoga Springs High School.
Pictured in the photo are left to right: Emmalyn Knapp, Kathryn Rowzee, Victoria Margiasso, Samuel Datri, Michael Fryer, Brennan Flory, Diana Bechdol, Diana Voronko and Madison Brown. Absent from photo were: Nicole Miller and Jake Wamsley.
Grade 10-12 students, who are getting ready to take permit and driving tests, last week participated in National Teen Driver Safety Week and several activities designed to make driving safer for everyone.
The students, in Megan McClave's period 7 health class, participated in the activities as part of their advocacy project.
"Advocacy is one of the health skills included in the NYS health curriculum," said McClave. [read more]
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Holocaust survivor Maria Blumenthal Lazan discusses her life in Holland under Nazi Germany and the positive thoughts that helped her survive
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 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
All proceeds from the event will be donated to the American
Pictured: Kailyn Geraldsen, a senior from the RCS Central School District, styles the hair of a customer.
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.”
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]
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.
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]