RCS District Office
P.O. Box 100
15 Mountain Road
Ravena, NY 12143
(518) 756-5200

Robert K. Libby,


June 23, 2017

NEWS Headlines

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.

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Capital project update: Phase 1A and 1B

New Kitchen     New Elementary Library

Click here for some before and after photos of the capital project.

Smart Schools Bond Act - public forum July 11

You are invited to a public forum to discuss the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk School District’s Smart Bond Investment Plan at 5:30 p.m., July 11, 2017. [Read more]

RCS Seeks new Assistant Superintendent and CSE Chair/Middle School Assistant Principal

Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction

With the recent promotion of Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk District’s Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, Dr. Brian Bailey, to the position of superintendent, the district is now in search of a candidate to for assistant superintendent. This position is of key importance to the achievement of our students as the successful candidate will continue oversight of curriculum design and implementation, adherence to state and federal regulations, and the organization of district professional development.
The position has been posted both on a public portal (OLAS) and within the RCS school district. Applications for this position will be accepted until June 21, 2017. A committee of constituent school members will meet with potential candidates during the last week in June. A job description for this position may be found here.

CSE Chair/Middle School Assistant Principal

Approximately 15 percent of our RCS student population receives some form of special education services. We have a viable need to increase our oversight within the department in order to ensure compliance with State regulations and to strengthen our communications with students, staff and families. The newly created CSE Chair/Middle School Assistant Principal will allow us to improve student outcomes by more thoroughly meeting these needs. The successful candidate will also assist with staff evaluation and governance of the middle school.
A job description for this position may be found here.

Dr. Brian Bailey appointed as RCS superintendent of schools

“There are some great pages yet to turn.”

The Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Board of Education voted unanimously June 6 to appoint Dr. Brian Bailey as the district’s new superintendent, effective July 1, 2017.
“I can’t be more excited to have your confidence to allow me to work for the RCS community,” Dr. Bailey said to the Board after being appointed. “The last seven years at RCS, with its challenges and accomplishments, have been very gratifying. I am so excited to see what this district does next.”
[read more]

Early Release Days - June 2017

Two early release days have been scheduled for grades UPK through 8:

  • Wednesday, June 14 - Early Release Day for students UPK - Grade 8
  • Friday, June 23 - Early Release Day for students UPK - Grade 8

High School Final Exam Schedule

High School English Department: Summer Reading Assignment - 2017

Students going into an honors English course in the 2017-2018 school year will be assigned summer reading. Students may see the teacher of the course to obtain a copy of the assigned reading before the end of this school year, or may purchase their own copy. In addition, students will also need to submit specified work which accompanies their readings to the teacher during the first week of school. Find assignments here.

Hunting for a piece of local history

Second graders at A.W. Becker were excited to learn about the history of schools in the town. Debbie Croscup and Linda Davies, from the Bethlehem Historical Association, shared photographs, artifacts and stories with the students. [read more]

Setting a gold standard

Students return from NYSSMA with high marks

The busy New York State School Music Association season has nearly wrapped up for the music students at Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk and according to music teacher Michelle McLoughlin, it has been a great success. [read more]

$4,000 grant gives A.W. Becker exciting STEM opportunity

What started as an idea create two self-sustaining ecosystems at A.W. Becker, will now be a reality thanks to a $4,000 Lowe's Toolbox for Education Grant. Enrichment teacher, Damien Verga created a plan to design and build both aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems that could be used school-wide for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education. [read more]

Nationally acclaimed writer visits Creative Writing class

Author and human-rights advocate, Annu Subramanian visited Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk High School Teacher, Dee Hushmendy’s Creative Writing class on May 4. The writer spoke about her stories including her recent novel, Another Heaven, which is about human trafficking and terrorism. [read more]

Sheriff for a day

Business students take part in a job shadow experience

Nearly 20 Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk business students got a taste of what it’s like to be an Albany County Sheriff. On April 25, the Business Law and Career & Financial Management classes participated in a Junior Achieve Job Shadow with the officers in Clarksville. [read more]

2017-18 budget passed by voters

Residents of Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk took to the polls Tuesday, May 16, approving a $45.8 million budget for the 2017-18 school year, as well as the bus purchase proposition and community library vote. [read more]

Two students honored for academics and service

Thirty-one Capital Region students were honored at the annual Capital District YMCA Student & Educator Awards Breakfast, April 25. Two Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk High School students, Lauren Miller, a junior, and Laya Mathai, a sophomore, were among those receiving awards.
Miller and Mathai were selected for their dedication to academics and their commitment of service to their community. See photo

Residents to decide on $45.8 million budget proposal

On Tuesday, May 16, residents of the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk School District will head to the polls to vote on a proposed $45,829,423 budget for the 2017-18 school year. The proposal calls for a 2.99 percent spending increase and a tax levy increase of 1.25 percent, which is the district’s calculated tax levy “cap.” A simple majority of voters (50 percent plus one) is required for budget approval. [read more]

RCS senior competes in national competition

Elison Foronda, a Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk senior, was one of two Capital Region BOCES Career and Technical School (CTE) automotive students earned a top 20 finish in the National Automotive Technology Competition in New York City. [read more]

New safety measures in place on high school campus

The new bus-only access road at the rear of the high school campus is complete and now in use. This allows the district to take additional steps to ensure the safety of our students. At 2 p.m. each day, we will be closing the road that runs behind the high school along the length of the soccer and softball field. No vehicles will be allowed on that road after 2 p.m. This safety measure will allow students, athletes and spectators to cross that road free of traffic.

RCS administration addresses problematic tenth period transportation

The district is currently experiencing a shortage of bus drivers that has resulted in an interruption of the district’s ability to provide transportation home after tenth period. This is an academic support period that provides assistance to those who either require or want it in the middle and high school. [read more]



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