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

Robert K. Libby,


May 02, 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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Middle School Legacy Ball will bring generations together

Students to honor grandparents and senior citizens

Put on your dancing shoes for an evening of dinner and dancing on May 6 during the Legacy Ball hosted by the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Middle School. The night is dedicated to grandparents and senior citizens who have helped shape the RCS community.
The Legacy Ball will be held 5–7:30 p.m. in the middle school cafeteria.
RSVP to Moly Jennes at mjennes@rcscsd.org.

Class of 2019 to host community garage sale fundraiser

The Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Class of 2019 is accepting donations for a community garage sale to be held 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 7 at the high school. Money raised at the garage sale will be used for senior activities for the class.
Donated items can be dropped off at the high school cafeteria between 2 and 6 p.m. on Friday, May 6. No computers, televisions, baby bedding or mattresses will be accepted.

Pre-order now for the Best Buddies annual Chicken BBQ

The Middle School chapter of Best Buddies will be sponsoring its annual Chicken BBQ 4-6:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 17.
Pre-order a chicken dinner by May 13 (download order form) then pick it up at the RCS High School and Middle School campus when you come to vote on May 17.

Track to close May 1 for construction of new synthetic field

Renovations to the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk field located inside the track on the middle and high school campus will begin in May. Contractor James H. Maloy Inc. will begin work at the site on May 1, closing off public access to the track and field. [read more]

2016-17 state budget includes $1.5 billion education funding increase, end
to GEA

On Friday, April 1, New York lawmakers approved a 2016-17 state budget that includes an overall $1.5 billion – or 6.5 percent – increase in education funding. The state budget ends the Gap Elimination Adjustment, which has diverted billions of dollars from schools during the last seven years.
The Legislature’s vote on the budget came on the first day of the state’s new fiscal year. The finalized spending plan provides school districts with information about state aid revenue that is critical as they develop school budgets for the 2016-17 school year.
[read more]

Students lace up for the fifth annual RCS Wellness Walk

A month-long marathon of wellness at Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk began March 17. The event is an effort led by the RCS Wellness committee to promote health and wellness in the community.
“A traditional marathon is 26.2 miles long,” said Food Services Director, Doug Porter. “We have broken down those miles to make it easy for students, faculty, families and friends to complete a marathon.”
[read more]


Not your average study hall; Students learn how to code

Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk seventh and eighth-grade students could be using their sixth-period study hall to complete homework or take a mental break. Instead, this group of about 12 students are in Jared Bevington’s technology classroom with their eyes glued to iPads.
While it may look like they are using the tablets to play video games, they are actually learning how to code to create their own games.
[read more]

A.W. Becker students fight childhood cancer one math problem at a time

The kickoff for the 2016 A.W. Becker Math-a-Thon to benefit St. Jude Children’s Hospital happens March 30. Participating students pledge donations and solve math problems in a Math-A-Thon Funbook developed by Scholastic Inc. [read more]

44 RCS Musicians Selected to GCMEA Spring All-County Music Festival

Fourty-four middle and high school music students from Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk were selected to participate in the Greene County Music Educators Association Spring All-County Music Festival. The festival concert is being held at 7:30 p.m., on Friday, April 1 at Hunter-Tannersville High School. [read more]

RCS leaders await state budget before finalizing 2016-17 school district budget

State lawmakers are in the final stages of adopting a 2016-17 state budget with Friday, April 1 as the deadline if they want to continue their five-year record of having an on-time budget. Once the state budget is finalized, Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk officials will receive firm state aid revenue projections, and can then make decisions before finalizing the district’s 2016-17 school budget. [read more]

Albany Times Union blogger features RCS student posts

While studying the art of blogging, Tera Stumbaugh’s journalism students had a unique opportunity to be published as guest bloggers for Albany Times Union writer Krisiti Barlette’s blog.
Barlette spoke to the class March 14 offering insight into her career in journalism and success in blogging. She also spoke about the mistakes she made early in her blogging career and offered advice.
[read more]

NYSED announces changes for spring 3-8 ELA and math tests

As spring approaches, so does testing season. The spring 2016 testing schedule for students in grades 3-8 is as follows:
• New York State grades 3-8 English language arts (ELA) exam: April 5-7
• New York State grades 3-8 math exam: April 13-15

This will be the fourth year that New York students take assessments aligned to the state’s new learning standards. In recent weeks, the New York State Education Department announced some adjustments to the tests in response to concerns from parents and educators after last year’s state exams. [read more]

Hands-on math lesson speaks volumes

Pieter B. Coeymans teachers turned up the volume for their fifth-graders with hands-on lessons that brought together math, science and engineering. Students used snap cubes – colorful blocks that snap together – to create three-dimensional objects or prisms. They then had to find the volume of their structures. [read more]


RCS senior named Colonial Council’s top scholar-athlete

With a 97.12 grade-point average while enrolled in all honors, Advanced Placement (AP) and University in the High School (UHS) courses, Nicole Miller is model student in the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk senior class. Her hard work continued on to the basketball court, which earned her the honor of top scholar-athlete for the Colonial Council. [Read more]


A.W. Becker student takes center court at MAAC tournament

Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk fifth-grader Kayla Stanton was a star at the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) basketball tournament March 7, where she was named the elementary school winner of the 2016 MAAC Gives Back Essay Contest.
Stanton received a certificate from MAAC commissioner Rich Ensor at center court of the Times Union Center tournament. [read more]

Congressman Paul Tonko talks government with RCS seniors

For students in the Ravena-Coeymas-Selkirk High School AP government class, reading about current events is one thing; hearing firsthand about policy-making decisions from a sitting U.S. congressman is quite another.
On March 7, Congressman Paul Tonko kicked it up a notch for about 20 students enrolled in the AP course by visiting their classroom and answering some tough questions.
[read more]

RCS faces more than $400,000 budget gap at beginning of process

District leaders optimistic about balancing 2016-17 spending plan

On Tuesday, Feb. 23, Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Superintendent Robert Libby and Business Administrator Joanne Moran presented a preliminary forecast of the RCS 2016-17 school budget during the Board of Education meeting.
“These numbers reflect where we are at right now, at the beginning of the process,” Libby said. “ As we move forward we will see adjustments in these numbers as we work toward our final budget draft.” [Read more]

Universal Pre-Kindergarten Registration and Lottery

All families that have submitted their registration for UPK in either A.W. Becker or Pieter B. Coeymans Elementary prior to Friday, Feb. 12, 2016 have been successfully enrolled. Therefore, there will not be a lottery held this Friday, Feb. 26. A letter will be sent to enrolled families during the first two weeks in March which will contain additional information about A.M. or P.M. enrollment and other important timeline details.
Registration for UPK will remain open and children who register for UPK after the Feb. 24, 2016 will be placed in the program if there is room or on a waiting list on a first come, first served basis.  

Questions surround damage of RCS fields

On Wednesday, Feb. 17, an unwelcome sight greeted Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk officials – multiple fields on the high school and middle school campus had been gouged by a series of tire tracks.
Tracks on the field behind the high school are visible from County Route 101. Several sets of tire tracks run down the hill from the road to the field, some more distinct than others. The field is now marked with large, muddy semi-circles and additional tracks etched in a crisscross pattern. [read more]

Special guest helps RCS High School drama club prepare to debut Beauty and the Beast

Broadway actor and singer Steven Ted Beckler held a four-hour master class with cast members of the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk production of Beauty and the Beast Feb. 2, to help the students prepare for their March 4-6 performances. Beckler has performed as the Beast and Gaston while serving as understudy for those roles, as well as in the ensemble cast of Beauty and the Beast on Broadway. [read more]

RCS wrestling team heads to Section 2 Tournament as Colonial
Council champion

arning the 2015-16 Colonial Council championship was not enough for the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk High School wrestling team. It also set a new school record with 11 wrestlers qualifying for the Section 2 Tournament Feb. 13-14 at the Glens Falls Civic Center. [read more]

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]



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EVENTS Calendar

Monday-Friday, April 25-29

Spring Recess - NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, May 3

Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m., HS - 2016-17 budget hearing - Meet the Candidates: Library and BOE

Tuesday, May 17

2016-17 school budget vote, 7 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

Friday, June 3

Junior Prom, Malozzi's Banquet House, Schenectady

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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