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

Robert K. Libby,


March 25, 2017

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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.

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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.

Middle School Science Olympiad team brings home the bronze

In a strong showing at the Capital District Science Olympiad regional competition on March 4, the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Middle School team placed third overall with a total of nine individual medals in the competition. [read more]

Sixth Annual Wellness Walk

The RCS Wellness Committee invites you to join us for the Sixth Annual Wellness Walk, Sunday April 30, 2017 from 1 - 4 p.m. at Joralemon Park, 144 Starr Rd. Ravena. What is the Wellness Walk?

On the catwalk - eighth grade French makes its mark

Eighth grade French students put on quite a display Friday, March 10, walking the catwalk in their own fashion show. Music set the tone as classmates used only French to describe the models clothing, including colors and fabrics. [read more]

Pieter B. wins first annual Duel of the Schools wrestling match against A.W. Becker

Varsity wrestling coach Justin Schipano hopes a wrestling match held on March 4 between A.W. Becker and Pieter B. Coeymans youth wrestling programs is just the first in a new tradition of annual wrestling matches known as the Duel of the Schools. [read more]

Read Across America month begins as students celebrate Dr. Seuss

Students at A. W. Becker celebrated the kick-off to Read Across America month, an event sponsored by the National Education Association which celebrates beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss. Students read Dr. Seuss books and participated in crazy socks day, wacky Wednesday, black and white day and pajama day in honor of Dr. Seuss. [read more]

District expects tax rate increase for residents after settlement reached with Selkirk Cogen and Town of Bethlehem

As the Town of Bethlehem has reached a settlement for a tax assessment reduction for Selkirk Cogen Partners, LP, the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Central School District prepares for an estimated tax rate increase of 4 to 5 percent. [read more]

High School Drama Club Presents My Fair Lady

Cast of My Fair Lady 

Need a night out to enjoy the arts? Come see the High School Drama Club’s production of My Fair Lady at 7 p.m., March 10 and 11 and again at 2 p.m. March 12 in the high school auditorium.
General admission (available at the door) is $10 for adults and $5 for students/children. Golden Tickets are $20 and must be purchased in advance to reserve seating in the front of the house. To purchase Golden Tickets, accessible seating requests or any other admission questions, contact Sheila Jones at (518) 756-9466 or jones@rcscsd.org.
Doors open at 6:15 on Friday and Saturday and at 1:15 on Sunday.

Universal Pre-Kindergarten Lottery Canceled

There will be no UPK lottery on Friday, March 3, 2017. The RCS School District has sufficient slots to accomodate all students who were registered as of Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017.
The remaining UPK slots will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please contact the district registrar at 518-756-5200 x6014.
Parents of registered students will receive additional information in the mail over the next few weeks. We look forward to seeing you in September!

Out-of-District transportation requests due April 1

The deadline for transportation requests is April 1, 2017. New York State Education Department states: “In order to obtain transportation for their children, parents must file requests with the district in which they live by April 1st of the preceding school year or within 30 days of moving into the district.”
In order to prepare and set up routes, we MUST have all applications by that date.
Download transportation request form here and return to the RCS Transportation Department located at 2025 RT 9W, Ravena, NY 12143.

RCS mourns the loss of A.W. Becker Principal Tricia Carlton

It is with a very heavy heart that I write to inform you of the passing of A.W. Becker School Principal Tricia Carlton. Ms. Carlton fought a valiant fight but has reluctantly succumbed to her illness.
Ms. Carlton came to the District in 2014. I know that, in her brief time with us, she touched many lives throughout the Becker community, as well as around the district. She was known for her vibrancy and enthusiasm for her work. She was a fully dedicated professional who kept the best interests of our students, parents and staff in mind. She will be deeply missed. [read more]

Governor outlines school aid proposal and educational initiatives in Executive Budget Proposal

New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo presented a state budget proposal on Tuesday, Jan. 17, that includes a $1 billion increase in overall funding for the state’s schools in the 2017-18 school year. The governor’s plan includes targeted funding to support high-need districts with community schools, pre-kindergarten and after-school programs, and discontinuing the use of the original Foundation Aid Formula in determining future state aid increases. [read more]

Puppet show delights A.W. Becker students

The A.W. Becker pre-k and kindergarten classes enjoyed a presentation of "Jack and the Beanstalk," by The Puppet People on Feb. 14. Before the performance, the students read the fairy tale in class. The Puppet People presented an alternate version of the story which allowed students to compare and contrast their reading with the show. The event was sponsored by the A.W. Becker PTA. See pictures

RCS senior assists in Capital Region BOCES New Visions team win to become three-time state champions

For the third consecutive year, the Capital Region BOCES New Visions: Law and Government Program won the state-level "We The People: The Citizen and the Constitution" competition on Feb. 11.
The team, made up of students from several area high schools including Matthew McHugh from Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk, bested more than 100 finalists from five other school districts from across the state. The team now advances to the national competition held in Washington, D.C. on April 21-April 24. [Read more]

Science Olympiad team finishes in top 10 at regional competition

The Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Science Olympiad team battled against 23 other teams at the Capital Region Regional competition Saturday, Feb. 4 at the College of St. Rose.
Chris Miller and Shane Racey earned a silver medal in Remote Sensing and bronze medal in Robot Arm. Logan Pugsley and Sarah Limberger earned 5th in Material Science and Pugsley and Anthony Salvio took 5th in Hovercraft.
The team competed in 25 events and landed in 9th place overall. Click for pictures.



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