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2012-13 School Year

June 2013

  • June 30, 2013: Elizabeth SantaBarbara says she has spent 62% of her life at RCS…only somebody steeped in mathematics would calculate her career as a percentage. The assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, who retired on June 30 after 34 years at RCS, has come full circle in a sense. Her early years were focused on improving math instruction for her students. She then moved on to help her colleagues focus on improving instruction and, finally, she assumed the responsibility for boosting instruction for all 2,100 RCS students. [Read More]
  • June 22, 2013: Check out this 10-minute video, Memories 2013, that was shown at the class of 2013 graduation. Many thanks go to the students who shared their childhood photos and to Scott Holdren, high school science teacher and National Honor Society advisor, for compiling them into this wonderful production. [Click here to watch the video - WMV] or here is the link on YouTube - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lToChFH66aw.

  • June 19, 2013: Congratulations to the hundreds of grade 8 students - all members of the Class of 2017 - who received awards at the annual Moving Up Ceremony on Wednesday, June 19. [Read or download the list here - pdf]

  • June 14, 2013: Students and staff at A.W. Becker celebrated Flag Day with a particularly special ceremony this year, joined by members of the Ravena VFW and active serviceman and Ravena father Sgt. Andres Jimenez, recently returned from an 11-month tour to Afghanistan. [Read More]
  • June 10, 2013: The Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Central School District (RCSCSD) has been provided $442,000 in LaFarge settlement funds from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). The district will contract with Novus Engineering to perform Retro-Commissioning at the High School, Middle School and A.W. Becker and Pieter B. Coeymans elementary schools. [Read more]

  • June 7, 2013: A melody from an ensemble of RCS students rose against the wind on Tuesday, June 4, as a crowd of students, staff, administrators, board members and community volunteers celebrated the official ribbon cutting for the new RCS greenhouse. [Read more and view the complete photo gallery]
  • June 4, 2013: Twenty-six RCS high school students have reached a new peak in their academic careers - they were inducted into the National Honor Society. And it didn't come easy - they needed to maintain a 90% or higher cumulative average and pass muster with a faculty council. [Read more]

  • June 3, 2013: The Class of 2013 was center stage at the annual senior awards ceremony, with students receiving more than $55,000 through nearly 80 scholarships and awards. Many thanks to the local organizations and companies that sponsored these scholarships and continue to fund them every year! [Read more]

MAY 2013

  • May 29, 2013: Students in the Design and Drawing for Production class may be learning a new meaning to the phrase "sink or swim" this Saturday, June 1, on Lawson Lake during the Recyclable Boat Regatta. The 56 students in the three design classes taught by Scott Peck have been creating "boats" that are made of recycled products. [Read more]

  • May 26, 2013: RCS congratulates 2013 Valedictorian Christine Bianchi and 2013 Salutatorian Melanie Schmitt. Learn more about their success and contributions to the RCS community here.
  • May 22, 2013: PBC students for years to come will study outside in the fresh air and sunshine of their Habitat Classroom, thanks to teams of volunteers from SABIC Innovative Plastics in Selkirk. SABIC chose PBC this year for its annual Community Clean-up Day Project. The volunteers mulched the gardens, fixed and painted the arbor at the main entrance and built a complete outdoor Habitat Classroom in the school's habitat. [Read more]
  • May 17, 2013: Read the budget message from Dr. McCartney here, and please voice your vote on May 21. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the High School gymnasium.

  • May 15, 2013: What program does the proposed budget support? What reductions have been made and how will they affect students? Answers to questions about the 2013-14 budget and program can be found here

  • May 15, 2013: Why are tax bills going down if the tax levy is going up? Why do tax rates vary between towns? The answer to these questions and more can be found here.

  • May 14, 2013: Today, we take kindergarten for granted. It is often a child's first experience with school and a formal education. But hundreds of years ago, starting the first kindergarten was not as easy as one might think. [Read more]

  • May 14, 2013: Hallway chaos. Golden tickets. Ms. Black as a gameshow host. Butter your popcorn. It's a film experience not to be missed! Having trouble viewing the video? Watch it here.

  • May 10, 2013: Twenty middle school and high school members of Family, Career, Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) helped out the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York on Friday, March 22. The students packaged over 6,000 pounds of food for local food banks and community services. The Regional Food Bank provides over 25 million pounds of food a year to 1,000 agencies, many of them right here in the Capital Region.

  • May 7, 2013: RCS high school and middle school music students walked away with four awards - three Gold and one Silver - during the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) Major Organization Evaluation Festivals held last week. [Read More]

  • May 3, 2013: History came to life on the fields of PBC with patriots, muskets and cannon fire as the fifth grade unit on the American Revolution culminated in an annual Revolutionary War reenactment on Friday, May 3. [View Gallery]

  • May 3, 2013: A parade of more than 100 walkers and bikers set out from Joralemon park on Sunday, April 28 to enjoy the sun and raise awareness of the importance of a healthy lifestyle for the RCS school district and community. [Read More]

APRIL 2013

  • April 28, 2013: To promote environmental awareness in honor of Earth Day, the Environmental Club at A.W. Becker sponsored a "Trash to Treasure" contest. Students created artistic and functional objects from previously discarded material and recyclables to create a treasure. [Read more]

  • April 24, 2013: Celebrating a birthday is a big occasion for any family - but one that is made much more stressful when times are tough. Students at Pieter B. Coeymans decorated birthday bags and filled them with cake mix, frosting and other items to make that once-a-year celebration a bit happier for area families. [Read more]

  • April 24, 2013: Twenty students from the high school attended the 12th Annual Construction Career Day at the Navy Operational Support Center in Glenville, where students from all over the Capital District learned about career opportunities in the construction industry [Read more]

  • April 23, 2013: The Board of Education narrowly adopted a 2013-14 budget totaling $41.242 million while members agreed that they want to offer Pre-Kindergarten bus runs in the afternoon, pay for students to take Advanced Placement exams and restore a guidance counselor position. [Read More]

  • April 22, 2013: Eleven senior girls and four high school staff members participated in RAD Training, a 12-hour course designed to empower women to use good judgment and keep safe, and also learn self-defense techniques. The culmination of the course on April 24 involved three simulated attacks, where newly-learned skills were put to the test. Participants valued the training, and we hope to extend the opportunity to senior girls next year.

  • April 18, 2013: Students showed off their best work and parents got a little hands-on math experience during tonight's Learning Fair and Math Fun Night. [Read more]

  • April 16, 2013: After five years of cutting programs, Board of Education members told Interim Superintendent Alan McCartney that they want to restore some programs lost during that time and said the 2 percent tax levy increase included in the proposed 2013-14 budget before them was irresponsible and too low. [Read More]

  • April 2, 2013: Fifteen students from RCS High School competed in the Capital Region Science Olympiad and several received medals in the annual competition. [Read More]

MARCH 2013

  • March 29, 2013: 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. Best Buddies, which is an international organization, helps students with intellectual or developmental abilities create friends and feel included. [Read more]

  • March 22, 2013: Students at this year's A.W. Becker Science Fair truly showed their curiosity as they followed the scientific method to answer some very interesting questions and drawing eye-opening conclusions. [Read more]

  • March 22, 2013: Artwork by students Rajine Martinez, Shannon Donovan and Alaina Dottino have been recognized in area displays and shows. [Read More]

  • March 20, 2013: After a two-week collection effort sponsored by the Student Council, PBC parents and students responded in a big way to make life a little easier for the dogs, cats and other animals at the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society in Menands. [Read More]

  • March 13, 2013: Congratulations to all of our fine RCS student musicians! The RCS Music Department is proud to announce that more than 50 middle and high school students have been selected to participate in this year’s Greene County Music Educators Association (GCMEA) Spring All-County Music Festival. [Read More]

  • March 12, 2013: Three RCS High School band students have been selected to rehearse and perform in a concert with the Capital Region Wind Ensemble. They are: Mariah Disorbo, a 12th grade (tuba) and 11th graders Emily Buckley-Crist (clarinet) and Philip McNaughton (bassoon). [Read More]

  • March 12, 2013: Senior Running Back and Linebacker Dylan Keyer has been awarded the NYS Class B Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award by the New York State High School Football Coaches Association in recognition of his excellence in the classroom and on the field. [Read More]

  • March 11, 2013: Students at Pieter B. Coeymans are celebrating Read Across America during the month of March to celebrate the March 2 birthday of Dr. Seuss and his many wonderful children's books. [Read More]

  • March 7, 2013: The Advanced Placement Biology juniors and seniors in Matt Miller's classroom have been scraping, shaking, cooling and heating cells from their cheeks as they study molecular science and the microscopic DNA of their own cells. [Read More]

  • March 6, 2013: About 20 community members at the second School Safety and Security forum tonight heard local police agencies say that the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk School District is doing an excellent job of working with them and is keeping student safety issues on the front burner. [Read More] Watch the video of the forum here - 49 minutes

  • March 6, 2013: There should not be a fraction of a doubt that grade 4 students at Pieter B. Coeymans Elementary know their fractions. The students recently created "fraction strips," pieces of paper that visually show them 1/2, 1/4, 1/8 and their relationship to each other. [Read More]

  • March 5, 2013: This letter from High School Principal Brian Bailey about an incident involving inappropriate behavior by an American Red Cross employee toward an RCS student is being sent home today (Tuesday, March 5) with all high school students. [Read More]

  • March 4, 2013: For several hours this weekend, RCS Middle School student teams competed in 19 science events and categories and performed tasks and solved problems about anatomy, diseases, forestry, animals, heredity and a host of other topics with students from other school districts in the Capital Region. [Read More]


  • Feb. 26, 2013: The second School Safety and Security Forum will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 6, in the high school library. [Read MORE]

  • Feb. 25, 2013: Students planning to take the AP placement final exams must pay the $89 fee. The fee to take an AP exam will be collected from students in the high school lobby on Wednesday, March 6th, during the last 25 minutes of their lunch and during 10th period in the Counseling Center. [Read the letter to students and parents - pdf]  [here's the exam application - pdf]

  • Feb. 20, 2013: Eight area legislators, including Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk and Assemblyman Peter Lopez, signed a three-page letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders seeking restoration of education funding in the 2013-14 state budget. "These changes will help our most vulnerable students receive the educational programs they need and deserve," the letter concludes. [read the letter here - PDF]   Visit the RCS Advocacy Page.

  • Feb. 19, 2013: New state Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk visited the Board of Education at its meeting tonight to hear what impacts the state budget is having on RCS students and to urge the community to work together and "turn the tide" toward equitable state funding for schools  [Read MORE]

  • Feb. 19, 2013: STARS Intergen, a nonprofit agency that provides intergenerational programs for the RCS School District, announced that it has received $700 in private donations to assist individual students with needs not otherwise met by traditional assistance programs. [Read More]

  • Feb. 17, 2013: 2010 RCS graduate Kaitlyn Drobner has collected 1,200 coats for the homeless as part of her "Katie's Koats" effort with Albany County. Here is the story on the YNN television station.

  • Feb. 15, 2013: The We Love Books Literacy Night at AWB entertained over 100 Pre-K through grade 2 students and their families on Tuesday evening, Feb. 12. [Read more]

  • Feb. 13, 2013: Without meaningful and timely relief from our legislative leaders, RCS and public schools across the state risk losing the high quality instruction and educational opportunities they have come to know and value throughout the years. The time for change is now. RCS has joined the call to action to advocate for our schools, but our state leaders need to hear from you. Learn more and find helpful tips for becoming a powerful advocate here.

  • Feb. 12, 2013: About 30 Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk school stakeholders heard Interim Superintendent Alan McCartney say that something has to change - the state's "temporary" Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) has cost RCS millions of dollars since 2009 and are the major cause of proposed staff reductions in next year's school budget. [Read More]

  • Feb. 12, 2013: Twelve students at Pieter B. Coeymans Elementary School submitted artwork celebrating Black History Month that will be on display from Feb. 16-22 as part of Albany County's month-long celebration entitled “At the Crossroads of Freedom and Equality: The Emancipation Proclamation and the March on Washington.”  [Read More]

  • Feb. 11, 2013: RCS will join school district leaders, educators, parents and community members from around the region, along with representatives from 47 area school districts, for an advocacy workshop titled “A Call to Action: Your Public Schools in Fiscal Peril – Running Out of Time & Options.” [Read More]

  • Feb. 7, 2013: RCS administrators, Board of Education trustees, teachers, staff, parents and community members, were among the more than 1,300 people who filled Columbia High School's auditorium on Jan. 31 for an unprecedented forum to address the fiscal crisis facing New York schools. [Read More]

january 2013

  • Jan. 28, 2013: There was a colonial takeover of the AWB fourth grade on Jan. 28, but this was colonial occupation of a different sort, as fourth graders took on the role of the colonial tradespeople who built the foundation of our nation. Third graders toured the classrooms as sign painters, shipwrights, blacksmiths, weavers, wheelwrights and coopers practiced their trades and cobblers, milliners, tailors and wigmakers stitched and styled in colonial fashion. [Read more and view gallery]

  • Jan. 24, 2013: On Jan. 18, RCS Middle School students attended a STOP (Students Together Opposing Prejudice) leadership conference at Siena College with Mrs. Abelson and Ms. Santoni. Sponsored by the Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King Lecture Series run by the Anti-Defamation League’s A World of Difference┬« Institute, aims to was to empower students to lead the fight against bigotry, intolerance and all forms of hatred in their communities.

  • Jan. 23, 2013: The Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk CSD is hoping to revive its General Education Development (GED) program beginning in February, if at least 10 students enroll in the preparation class. [Read More]

  • Jan. 22, 2013: Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposed 2013-14 state budget would provide RCS with a total of $14.493 million through basic state Foundation Aid and a host of partial reimbursements for transportation, BOCES, computer hardware, software and textbook costs. The state Legislature will now massage the figures and offer changes to the governor's budget proposal. The 2013-14 state budget is supposed to be in place by April 1. [Read More]

  • Jan. 20, 2013: 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 district. The 2012-13 and 2013-14 forms are available on the Transportation home page.

  • Jan. 16, 2013: Infants and young children are at a greater risk for getting seriously ill from the flu. Learn about the symptoms of influenza and find vaccine clinics and other resources to help keep your family healthy this flu season here.

  • Jan. 10, 2013: After six years in development, hundreds of hours of work and generous community contributions, the RCS Community greenhouse is open and ready for growing and learning come spring. Learn how the new facility will be integrated into science curriculum and more. [Read More]

  • Jan: 8, 2013: The Board of Education tonight began its review of the 2013-14 budget with the operations and maintenance and technology portions of the budget. [Read More]

  • Jan. 6, 2013: RCS Community Library’s Romp & Read and the RCS School District present the Tenth Annual Fun Fairs for the very young during RCS kindergarten and pre-K registration on Jan. 8 at AWB and Jan. 10 at PBC. [Read More]

  • Jan. 4, 2013: The Natural Helpers and Student Volunteer clubs have been very busy over the past few months. Through their community outreach they have helped to beautify our community, support organizations in need, and assist younger students in our schools. [Read More and view Photo Gallery]

  • Jan. 4, 2013: Five RCS seniors receive NYS Scholarship for Academic Excellence Melanie Schmitt, Dylan Keyer, Christine Bianchi, Austin Snyder and Lauren McCluskey have been awarded the 2012-2013 New York State Scholarship for Academic Excellence. Selection is competitive, based on Regents exam scores. Each of these students will receive $500 or $1500 per year for up to four years of undergraduate study at a college or university in New York state. Congratulations to all on their outstanding academic achievements!

  • Jan. 3, 2013: The Big Band sounds of the Georgie Wonders Orchestra will fill the hallways at A.W. Becker from 6:30-9 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 25. Adult tickets are $5 each; students are $3 each. AWB teachers Benjamin Rau and William Hoperich play in the Georgie Wonders orchestra and will be performing that evening. [Read More]


  • Dec. 19, 2012: The FCCLA/Albany Book Project was an amazing success. Together, through generous donations by parents, staff and students, RCS collected a whopping 3,821 books district-wide! [Read More]

  • Dec. 18, 2012: With the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut and rumored threats at RCS High School as a backdrop, about 25 parents and community members peppered Interim Superintendent Alan McCartney and Coeymans Police Chief Gregory Darlington with questions and concerns about school safety during an hour-long forum today at the high school library. [Read More]

  • Dec. 17, 2012: Superintendent of Schools Dr. Alan McCartney and Coeymans Chief of Police Gregory Darlington will be available at 4 p.m. Tuesday December 18th in the High School Library, prior to the Board of Education meeting, to address the concerns of parents and community members regarding school safety at RCS. Read a message from the Coeymans Police Department regarding safety at RCS schools [Read More]

  • Dec. 17, 2012: Students in Ms. Engelhard's fourth-grad class took a big bite out of their geography lessons, by decorating cookies in the shape of New York state, complete with forests, mountains, lakes and rivers. Geography never tasted so good! [View Gallery]

  • Dec. 14, 2012: Interim Superintendent Alan McCartney extends the district's sympathies to the families impacted by the tragic shooting in Newtown, Conn., and shares resources for talking to your children about school violence and other difficult news. [Read More]

  • Dec. 12, 2013: Sally probably should have figured she was in for a tough day when her toothbrush got stuck to her leg and wouldn't come off. Then the fruit snacks...and the block...and the ball - all stuck themselves to her.
    And this all happened on Sally's first day of first grade! [Read More]

  • Dec. 12, 2012: Last week, a rumor surfaced at the High School that a student intended to bring a gun to school on December 21. School officials looked into the rumor immediately and, after interviewing a number of students involved, determined that it was a case of mistaken information and that there was no credible threat to students or staff. [Read More]

  • Dec. 10, 2012: The RCS High School Band and Chorus performed at the South Concourse of the Empire State Plaza as part of the New York State Office of General Services annual Holiday Potpourri. [Read More]

  • Dec. 7, 2012: Congratulations to our Middle School recognition awards recipients, who were celebrated at the Board of Education Meeting on Dec. 4 for achieving level four scores on their New York state exams. [Read More]

  • Dec. 7, 2012: Continuing upward - RCS makes strides in academics
  • Dec. 5, 2012: For Suni Swann, the devastation that Hurricane Sandy brought to downstate New York and New Jersey brought back the same kind of feelings she had after the attacks of September 11 and the Blizzard of '78 when she was a child in Connecticut. [Read More]

  • Dec. 2, 2012: Fifty-one RCS seniors were accepted to Hudson Valley Community College on Wednesday, Nov. 28, when the High School Counseling Center hosted HVCC instant admissions day. [Read More]


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