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

Robert K. Libby,


February 12, 2016

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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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RCS students have a ball at annual Best Buddies Friendship Ball

On Saturday, Feb. 5th, over 400 students from around the Capital Region, including 12 RCS middle and high school students, came together at the Holiday Inn in Latham for the annual Best Buddies Friendship Ball. The ball is an all-inclusive dance experience that celebrates people of all different abilities, and gives everyone the chance to have a night they won't forget. RCS students were accompanied by teachers Daria Carusone, Maria Semenick, Pamela Ginder and Patricia Stockman. [see photo]


Three RCS High School students honored at Physical Education
Leadership Awards

The Capital Zone of the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, honored three RCS High School students at the 2016 Physical Education Leadership Awards on Jan. 31. After a celebration dinner and short ceremony, seniors Michael Babcock, Nicholas Glasheen and Hannah Smith were presented with plaques to commemorate their accomplishments. [read more]


A.W. Becker families have fun with math

During an evening focused on math, more than 50 A.W. Becker Elementary School families came together to participate in Math Family Fun Night, Jan. 21. The event featured real-world and problem-based activities and games for each grade level, kindergarten through fifth grade. [read more]


RCS seventh-graders design and race dragsters in hands-on STEM project

With an increased focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs in education, teachers like Jared Bevington, a seventh-grade technology teacher at RCS, challenges students to research, design, develop and test their ideas through hands-on projects.
For their most recent project, Bevington challenged students to create small dragster race cars that could travel 34 feet in less than two seconds. [Read more]


readingChildren’s stories brought to life by high school creative writing class

High school students took four weeks in December and January to research, brainstorm, write and illustrate original children’s picture books as part of a creative writing course.
Throughout the assignment, students found themselves stretched by the process.
“Finding a concept and coming up with the general idea of the whole book was probably the hardest part to run with,” said senior Samantha Bachorik.
Classmate Samantha Mizener had a different hurdle to overcome. “I thought it was quite difficult to think of how you were going to illustrate and portray the characters in such a short book.”
[Read more]

RCS graduation rate up, dropout rate down in 2015

The New York State Education Department released high school graduation rates for the 2011 cohort (students who entered ninth grade in 2011) on Jan. 11. Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk was near the top of the list with an 89 percent graduation rate in 2015. That is up one percent from the 2014 school year and is 11 percent higher than the state average.
“We were literally one student away from reaching a 90 percent graduation rate last year,” said RCS High School Principal Tom DiAcetis. “It truly shows that every student counts.” [Read more]

Gov. Cuomo outlines school aid proposal and education agenda for 2016-17

On Wednesday, Jan. 13, New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo presented a state budget proposal that includes a $991 million school aid increase for 2016-17.
The governor outlined his education agenda as part of the combined 2016 State of the State and Executive Budget Address. His proposals include support for struggling schools, expanding universal prekindergarten, new investments to benefit charter and nonpublic schools, and changes to the school tax relief (STAR) program. Cuomo also called on the New York State Education Department to enact the recent recommendations of his Common Core Task Force. [read more]


Pre-K and kindergarten registration packets now available for the 2016-17 school year

Information is now available both on-line and in person for parents who are looking to register a child for pre-kindergarten or kindergarten for the 2016-17 school year.
An online pre-registration for kindergarten is available here along with a downloadable registration packet here.
Filling out the online registration application does not mean a child is registered for kindergarten, however it will put your child’s name on the list of incoming kindergartners. Parents are still responsible for submitting additional documents to the district registrar before their children can be officially registered.
A downloadable registration packet for pre-k is available here.
Parents may attend any of the following in-person registration sessions, regardless of which elementary school their children would attend:

  • 4-6 p.m., Jan. 12 at Pieter B. Coeymans Elementary, 66 Church Street, Coeymans.
  • 4-6 p.m., Jan. 13 at Pieter B. Coeymans Elementary
  • 4-6 p.m., Jan. 14 at A.W. Becker Elementary, 1146 Route 9W, Selkirk

For more information about student registration, visit our Student Registration page.


Season of Giving at Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk School District

This holiday season the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk School District Celebrates the Spirit of Giving.

Students and families, teachers and staff are volunteering time, donating gifts and spreading holiday cheer throughout the district.

Click here to see the RCS Spirit of Giving


Preparedness drill runs smoothly at RCS High School

The Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk School District regularly conducts preparedness drills within all district buildings. On Dec. 21, the high school, in conjunction with the Coeymans Police Department and the Greene County Sheriff’s Office, administered a “Shelter-in-Place” drill during eighth period.
School officials, officers from the Coeymans Police Department and Greene County Sherriff’s Office and the Greene County Sheriff’s K-9 unit patrolled the halls of the high school during the drill, which ended at approximately 1:10 p.m. [read more]

RCS responds to hate speech found on bathroom door

The Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Central School District and the Coeymans Police Department are investigating racially motivated hate speech found on a restroom stall door in a boys bathroom at the high school on Thursday, Dec. 17.
Once school officials were notified of the situation, the messages were removed immediately.
“We would like any and all help to catch the person who did this,” Superintendent Robert Libby said. “This person is not representative of our high school, our school district or our community. We strive to teach tolerance and acceptance, and we will continue to instill those ideals in our students.”  [read more]


District protocols regarding closings and delays due to inclement weather

As the winter approaches, the school district would like to remind you about the protocols that have been established for school closings, delays and early dismissals, as well as canceling activities. In the event that weather impacts the school day in any way, we use several information vehicles to communicate with parents and community members. [read more]

RCS High School students to perform at Proctors Theatre in Melodies of Christmas Chorale

Eleven RCS High School students, chosen to participate in this year’s Empire State Youth Orchestra Melodies of Christmas Chorale, will perform along with the Empire State Youth Orchestra at Proctors Theatre Dec. 17-20. RCS French hornist Kathryn Rowzee will also be performing as a regular member of the ESYO. [read more]

Virtual field trips take students to the moon and back

“Oohs” and “ahhs” filled the classrooms in RCS Middle School as students put Google Cardboard virtual reality simulators to their eyes for the first time Nov. 24.
Students used the viewers, on loan for the day, as part of the Google Cardboard pilot program. However, middle school teacher Erin Sawyer and librarian Cara Buckley, are working to make Google Cardboard a permanent fixture in the classrooms.

[read more and see video]




Swinging, climbing and sliding: PBC pre-K and kindergarten students now have their own
place to play

“Kindergarten, pre-k, go play,” principal Hakim Jones gave the go-ahead to an excited bunch of students at the new Pieter B. Coeymans playground Nov. 24.
After two years of planning and nearly a month of construction, the playground is officially open for playtime. Pre-k and kindergarten students, parents, Parent-Teacher Organization officers and school administrators were all in attendance to cut the ribbon to make it official. [read more and watch video]



RCS senior softball player receives full athletic scholarship to Division I school

It is not every day a student-athlete from Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk receives a full athletic scholarship to a Division I College. In fact, it has been nearly 40 years since a student has achieved the feat.
This year, Haley Irvis broke the cycle, signing her National Letter of Intent on Thursday, Nov. 12, to attend Long Island University on a full athletic scholarship for softball. [read more]





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EVENTS Calendar

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


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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