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

Robert K. Libby,

Superintendent

August 29, 2015

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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2015-16 bus routes have been finalized

Below are the bus routes for the four schools for the 2015-16 school year. PLEASE NOTE: these are estimated pickup times. Please be sure your child is ready for the bus at least 10 minutes before the time indicated on these routes. After a few weeks, the scheduling will settle out and the time will be more predicatable.

Here are a few reminders about the bus routes.

Register for Fall 2015 Continuing Education classes on Sept. 9

The Fall 2015 Continuing Education brochure is now available. Please look over our class selection and stop by to register on Sept. 9 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the high school aquatics center or register by mail! Visit the Continuing Education page.

Superintendent Robert Libby reminds school community of the continuing challenges facing RCS; goal is to meet the needs of every student

In a letter to the community before the new school year begins, Superintendent Robert Libby said "As we all know there are many challenges with each new school year. Unfunded state and federal mandates, new state mandates, continued upkeep of school facilities, and the constant battle to secme the resources to continue our forward progress arejust a number of issues that we will face during the coming year.

Our greatest challenge however is to always do our best to meet the needs of each and every student. The continued building of our partnerships with you and our community stakeholders is vital to this effort. [READ his letter - pdf]

Student photoAdventures in Reading program focused on ocean studies

The A.W. Becker Adventures in Reading program was a success for the 37 students who participated in the four-week program. Students in grades 3-5 investigated and researched all about the ocean. Each student picked a specific animal to research and became an expert about it. The students enjoyed making Powerpoint presentations as well as animal pillows. A highlight for the students was using technology to enhance their reading, spelling and vocabulary skills. Click on the photo above to enlarge it.

Student photoPBC summer program a hit!

The 50 students who participated in the Adventures in Summer Reading program at PBC enjoyed reading, writing, crafts, and computers...and those are just a few of the fun things Pieter B. students did in the program.

Students were busy keeping their reading skills sharp through many different activities in this exciting four week program. Students were even visited by the Traveling Library each week to borrow books for reading at home with family. Our local librarian, Barbara Goetschius, made a special visit and taught us about glaciers and icebergs to keep us cool. Take a look at the fun we've had! [READ MORE]

Fall sports clearances set for this week

The dates and times are as follows;
Monday, August 10 from 4:00pm – 7:00pm
Tuesday, August 11 from 4:00pm – 7:00pm
Wednesday, August 12 from 8:00am -12:00pm (the school doctor will be in to provide physicals and conduct physical maturity tests for Advanced Placement Process)

All exams will be held in the HS Health Office.

UPDATE
Herbicide applied to the high school football/soccer field on Friday, July 31

Herbicide was applied early Friday afternoon - July 31 - to the high school football/soccer field. The purpose of the herbicide application was to re-establish a healthy, dense grass surface for the safety of student-athletes.

The company that applied the herbicide indicated that the field should not be used for 72 hours after the application - which was until early afternoon on Monday, Aug. 3. RCS employees will be striping the fields today - Tuesday, Aug. 4 - and a football camp is expected to begin on Wednesday, Aug. 5.

Proper notice was given to parents, students, staff, neighbors and those individuals who have previously requested such notice. [read the notice here - PDF]

RCS Middle School Best Buddies chapter recognized as best in state

This July, at the annual Best Buddies conference held in Indiana, the RCS Middle School was awarded the Top Middle School in New York State title for their efforts to successfully achieve the Best Buddies mission. Award winners were chosen based on quality of one-to-one friendships, group outings, chapter involvement, community awareness and chapter communication. RCS Middle School was seen as going above and beyond in each of these areas, working to change lives one friendship at a time. [READ MORE]

BOE adopts 2015-16 tax rates - in line with May projection

The tax bill for a typical homeowner with a $150,000 assessment will be $46.50 per year - or $3.87 per month - higher when they pay their school tax bill in September.

The Board of Education has approved 2015-16 school tax rates which show a 1.64 percent rate increase in the towns of Bethlehem, Coeymans and New Scotland. Homeowners in New Baltimore, which has a lower state equalization rate, will pay an additional 0.97 percent in taxes in the coming school year.

Those final figures are before savings from the state's School Tax Relief (STAR) program are factored into the final calculation. In addition, because RCS stayed below it's state-mandated tax levy cap, homeowners will also be eligible for the state's rebate program. Checks are expected to be mailed directly to homeowners this fall. [READ MORE]

Calendar cover2015-16 calendar off to the printer

The school district's 2015-16 calendar - which lists all of the activities happening at the schools and throughout the school district in the upcoming school year - has been sent to print.
It will be mailed to homes by the end of August.

[get a sneak peek here]

Stephen MeierStephen Meier reappointed to a one-year term as interim business administrator at RCS

Stephen Meier, who has been the RCS business administrator since Sept. 30, 2013, has been reappointed a third time as the interim business administrator for the school district.

The vote was unanimous. Board members Teddy Reville and Tina Furst-Hotaling were absent.

His per-diem salary is $550 with no benefits. [READ MORE]

Swimming pool closed for repairs

The high school swimming pool will be closed until further notice for repairs.

Robert LibbyRCS signs three-year contract with Robert K. Libby as superintendent

The Board of Education will sign a three-year contract with Robert K. Libby as RCS superintendent, a month after naming him as interim superintendent.

His contract was unanimously approved by the Board of Education tonight during the board's re-organizational meeting. Member William McFerran was absent.

Before retiring in April, he served as superintendent of the Cohoes School District for seven years. Before that, he was the Cohoes assistant superintendent for business and operations for 15 years. [READ MORE]

James Latter and Teddy Reville re-elected as BOE president, vice-president

James Latter, first elected as president of the Board of Education in July 2013, was re-elected to a third term as board president on Tuesday, July 1, during the annual reorganizational meeting.

Edward "Teddy" Reville was elected to a second term as vice president. [READ MORE]

RCS Class of 2015 Commencement

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]

Board of Education approves two-year teachers' contract

The Board of Education has approved a two-year contract extension with the RCS Teachers Association that includes a 2.5 percent salary increase for most employees, establishes a health insurance buyback program and makes several other changes to the agreement.

The Board of Education unanimously approved the contract extension on Saturday, June 27, before the RCS graduation at the Empire State Plaza in Albany. Members Teddy Reville and William McFerran were absent.

Under the contract extension, teachers will receive the state-mandated "step increase" on July 1, 2015 and July 1, 2016. Every public school teacher in New York state receives a "step" increase when they have earned another year of seniority. The step increases in the contract average a 2.5 percent increase from step to step. [READ MORE]

 

 

 

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EVENTS Calendar

Thursday, August 27

Grade 9 Orientation, 6-7 p.m., HS

Tuesday, September 1

Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m., HS

Wednesday, September 2

Staff Development Day - STAFF ONLY

Thursday, September 3

Staff Development Day - STAFF ONLY

Monday, September 7

Labor Day - NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, September 8

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL - GRADES 1-12

UPK and Kindergarten Welcome Start (by appointment only)

Wednesday, September 9

UPK and Kindergarten Welcome Start (by appointment only)

AW Becker PTA

Fall Continuing Education In-Person registration, 6:30-8 p.m., HS aquatic lobby

Thursday, September 10

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL - UNIVERSAL PRE-KINDERGARTEN

Kindergarten Welcome Start (by appointment only)

Friday, September 11

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL - KINDERGARTEN

AW Becker PTA Spirit Gear Drive, Sept. 11-21

Sunday, September 13

Rosh Hashahah (begins at sunset)

Monday, September 14

PB Coeymans Entertainment Book sale thru Sept. 28

Tuesday, September 15

Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m., HS - Recognition Awards

Wednesday, September 16

PB Coeymans PTO, 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, September 17

Middle School Open House, 6:15 p.m.

Friday, September 18

AW Becker Back to School Barbecue, 4:30 p.m.

Monday, September 21

PB Coeymans Book Fair thru Sept. 25

Tuesday, September 22

High School Open House, 6:30 p.m.

Yom Kippur (begins at sunset)

Wednesday, September 23

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

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

Fall begins

Thursday, September 24

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

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

Friday, September 25

College Caravan for Seniors, 8:30-9 a.m., HS library

Monday, September 28

AW Becker Fall Pictures

Friday, October 2

AW Becker Apple Run

PB Coeymans Cross Country Run

Middle School Picture Day

Saturday, October 3

SAT, 8a.m. to 1 p.m., HS

Monday, October 5

PB Coeymans Fall Fundraiser goes home

Thursday, October 8

Class of 2017 Ring Ceremony, 7 p.m., High School

Friday, October 9

Emergency Early Release Day (15 minutes early dismissal)

Homecoming Pep Rally

Homecoming football game versus Hudson, 7 p.m., High School

End of five-week interim period, MS/HS

Saturday, October 10

Homecoming Dance, 7 p.m., High School

Monday, October 12

Columbus Day - NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, October 13

Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m., AWB - Recognition Awards

Wednesday, October 14

AW Becker PTA

PB Coeymans PTO, 6:30 p.m.

PSAT, 8-11 a.m., High School

Thursday, October 15

High School Picture Day

Friday, October 16

PB Coeymans Apple Run

Monday, October 19

National School Bus Safety Week, Oct. 19-23

Wednesday, October 21

AW Becker PTA Fall Book Fair, Oct. 21-26

PB Coeymans Fall Pictures

Thursday, October 22

Superintendent's Conference Day (Early Dismissal UPK-12)

AW Becker Literacy Night

High School concert, 7:30 p.m., High School

Monday, October 26

PB Coeymans Fall Fundraiser due

Tuesday, October 27

Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m., HS

Saturday, October 31

Halloween

Sunday, November 1

Daylight Savings Time Ends

Tuesday, November 3

Election Day

Wednesday, November 4

GCMEA Fall All-County Music Festival at Catskill HS, 3-8 p.m.

Friday, November 6

GCMEA Fall All-County Music Festival at Catskill HS, 3 p.m./7:30 p.m. concert

Saturday, November 7

AW Becker PTA Pancake Breakfast fundraiser, Applebees

Tuesday, November 10

Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m., PBC - Recognition Awards

Wednesday, November 11

Veterans Day - NO SCHOOL

Friday, November 13

End of first marking period, UPK to grade 12

Monday, November 16

American Education Week - Nov. 16-20

Wednesday, November 18

AW Becker PTA

PB Coeymans Hands-On Science, 6-7:30 p.m.

Thursday, November 19

Parent Conferences K-12 - STAFF ONLY
Please contact your child's teacher or school counselor to schedule an appointment.

Friday, November 20

NYSSMA Area All-State Festival at Saratoga Springs HS, 1-5 p.m.

Saturday, November 21

NYSSMA Area All-State Festival at Saratoga Springs HS, 1-5 p.m.

Monday, November 23

Parent Conferences (Early Dismissal, UPK-8)

Tuesday, November 24

Parent Conferences (Early Dismissal, UPK-8)

Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m., HS

Wednesday-Friday, November 25-27

Thanksgiving Recess - NO SCHOOL

Thursday, November 26

Thanksgiving Day

Wednesday, December 2

AW Becker Grade 5 Band/Chorus Holiday Concert, 7 p.m., at AW Becker

Thursday, December 3

PB Coeymans Grade 5 Band/Chorus Holiday Concert, 7 p.m., at PB Coeymans

NYSSMA Conference All-State Festival at Rochester

Friday, December 4

AW Becker PTA Cookies With Santa

NYSSMA Conference All-State Festival at Rochester

Saturday, December 5

NYSSMA Conference All-State Festival at Rochester

Sunday, December 6

NYSSMA Conference All-State Festival at Rochester

Hanukkah (begins at sunset)

Tuesday, December 8

Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m., MSRecognition Awards

Wednesday, December 9

AW Becker Grades 2 and 4 Holiday Concert, 7 p.m., at the High School

PB Coeymans Cookies with Santa, 6:30-8 p.m.

Thursday, December 10

PB Coeymans Grades 2 and 4 Holiday Concert, 7 p.m., at the High School

Tuesday, December 15

Grade 6 Holiday Concert, 7 p.m., at the High School

Wednesday, December 16

AW Becker PTA

Alternate Concert Snow Day

Thursday, December 17

Grades 7 and 8 Holiday Concert, 7 p.m., at the High School

Friday, December 18

End of five-week interim period, MS/HS

Monday, December 21

High School Holiday Concert, 7:30 p.m., at the High School

Tuesday, December 22

Alternate Concert Snow Day

Winter begins

Thursday-Friday, December 24-January 1

Holiday Recess - NO SCHOOL

Friday, December 25

Christmas Day

Friday, December 31

New Year's Eve

Monday, January 4, 2016

Classes resume

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m., HS

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Jaime Mormile Invitational Wrestling Tournament, 7 a.m., HS gym

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

PBC PreK and Kindergarten Registration and Fun Fair, 4 to 6 p.m.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Superintendent's Conference Day (Early Dismisal, UPK-12)

Monday, January 18, 2016

Martin Luther King Jr. Day - NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m., HS

Tuesday-Friday, January 26-29, 2016

NYS Regents exams

Tuesday, February 9

Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m., HS

Monday-Friday, February 15-19

Winter Recess - NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, February 23

Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m., HS

Tuesday, March 8

Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m., HS

Thursday, March 10

Parent Conferences (Early Dismisal, UPK-8)

Friday, March 11

Parent Conferences (Early Dismisal, UPK-8)

Tuesday, March 22

Superintendent's Conference Day (Early Dismissal, UPK-8)

Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m., HS

Friday, March 25

Good Friday - NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, April 5

Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m., HS - 2016-17 budget presentation and approval

Tuesday, April 19

Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m., HS - BOCES budget vote

Monday-Friday, April 25-29

Spring Recess - NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, May 10

Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m., HS - 2016-17 budget hearing

Tuesday, May 17

2016-17 school budget vote, 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., RCS High School gym

Tuesday, May 24

Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m., HS - if needed

Friday, May 27

Contingent Snow Day* if one emergency day has not been used

Monday, May 30

Memorial Day - NO SCHOOL

Wednesday, June 1

Common Core NYS Regents exams

Tuesday, June 14

Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m., HS

Tuesday-Thursday, June 14-23

NYS Regents exams

Thursday, June 23

LAST DAY OF SCHOOL

Saturday, June 25

Class of 2016 graduation
9 a.m. Empire State Convention Center, Albany

Tuesday, June 28

Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m., HS

 

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