2013-14 budget proposaltotaling
$41.242 million that cuts spending by almost $500,000 compared with
the current budget, increases the tax levy by 2 percent and will
result in tax bills dropping in all four towns in RCS.
bus purchase proposal
totaling a maximum of $306,260.The district plans to purchase two
medium-size buses (42-seat) with cameras at an estimated cost not to
exceed $226,260 and a 2-3/4 ton 4x4 Suburban (7 seat) at an
estimated cost not to exceed $80,000.
a capital reserve fund
for the purpose of paying the future costs for renovation,
reconstruction, construction and improvements to district buildings
and facilities. This fund would be used to pay for future
expenditures and would require voter approval before money is
withdrawn for any expenditures. The fund's maximum limit is $5
Electing three of six candidates for three-year unpaid
terms on the Board of Education. The candidates in the order they
appear on the ballot are:
John Vadney, James Latter,
Laszlo Polyak, Jason Hyslop, Judy Sylvester
and Patrick Brown.
Vote every day until Friday, May 17 on Facebook to help A.W. Becker win
a grant to rehab the Nature Trail area
A.W. Becker has applied for a "Share the Good" science
grant to rehab the Nature Trail and create student-centered gardens around
the school. Only the top 50 projects who receive the most votes by May 17
will compete for either a $25,000 grant or one of 15 grants of $10,000 each.[Read more]
FCCLA members make a 6,000 pound difference at the food bank
Twenty middle school and high school members of Family, Career,
Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) helped out the Regional Food
Bank of Northeastern New York on Friday, March 22. The students
packaged over 6,000 pounds of food for local food banks and
community services. The Regional Food Bank provides over 25 million
pounds of food a year to 1,000 agencies, many of them right here in
the Capital Region.
New Autism Family Support Group to meet on May 22, at A.W. Becker
The first meeting of the Autism Family Support Group
will be from 6 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 22, at the A.W. Becker
Elementary School, 1146 Route 9W, Selkirk.
The meeting is open to all RCS families, including
pre-school families.[Read more]
Go All-American May 21: Exercise your right to vote and eat
The Middle School chapter of Best Buddies is hosting a Frese's
chicken barbecue fundraiser from 4-6:30 p.m. on May 21. Cast your
ballot for the 2013-14 school year budget and Board of Education and
pick up a delicious chicken dinner for the family. Order forms are
orders must be in by May 16.
FCCLA and Fairy Godmother's closet host spring fashion show
A fashion show at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 24 at St. Patrick's
Church Hall in Ravena will showcase RCS students wearing apparel
from the Fairy Godmother’s Closet, an organization which provides
free prom apparel to students in need. Light refreshments and door
prizes will be offered. [View
RCS High School and Middle School Bands and Choruses Bring Home NYSSMA
RCS high school and middle school music students
walked away with four awards - three Gold and one Silver - during the
New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) Major Organization
Evaluation Festivals held last week.
Revolutionary War Reenactment
came to life on the fields of PBC with patriots, muskets and cannon fire as
the fifth grade unit on the American Revolution culminated in an annual
Revolutionary War reenactment on Friday, May 3.
More than 100 join second annual wellness walk
A parade of more than 100 walkers and bikers set out
from Joralemon park on Sunday, April 28 to enjoy the sun and raise
awareness of the importance of a healthy lifestyle for the RCS school
district and community.
annual Middle School-wide
art show May 14
More than 900 works of art
by RCS Middle School's talented artists--including a new mural
installation created by the MS Art Club will be on display at the
second annual Middle School school-wide art show will be held
Tuesday, May 14, from 6:30-8 p.m.
More and view a sampling of images from the show]
A.W. Becker Environmental Club challenges students to make treasures from
This takes recycling to a whole different level.
To promote environmental awareness
in honor of Earth Day, the Environmental Club at A.W. Becker sponsored a
"Trash to Treasure" contest. Students created artistic and functional
objects from previously discarded material and recyclables to create a
students donate "Birthday in a Bag" to St. Patrick's pantry
Celebrating a birthday is a big occasion for any
family - but one that is made much more stressful when times are tough.
Students at Pieter B. Coeymans decorated birthday bags and filled them
with cake mix, frosting and other items to make that once-a-year
celebration a bit happier for area families.[Read more]
2013-14 budget approved in split vote; members agree that item
The Board of Education narrowly adopted a 2013-14 budget
totaling $41.242 million while members agreed that they want to offer
Pre-Kindergarten bus runs in the afternoon, pay for students to take
Advanced Placement exams and restore a guidance counselor position.
Check out the 2013-14 calendar
Check out the 2013-14 calendar approved by the
Board of Education.
Because of the emergency closing for the power outage on Monday, April 22,
THE SCHEDULED CONTINGENT DAY ON FRIDAY, MAY
24, 2013 WILL BE A REGULAR SCHOOL DAY.
Updated with candidate profiles...
Six candidates seeking three seats on the Board of Education on May
Six candidates have filed petitions to seek three
seats on the Board of Education during the May 21 community vote, which
will be held from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the high school.
The A.W. Becker PTA will host a Meet The Candidates night forum at its
meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 8 in the A.W.
Becker library. The public hearing on the 2013-14 budget will be held
at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday,
May 14 to be followed by the
Meet the Candidates Night in the High School auditorium. A regular
Board of Education meeting will follow.
defense is RAD
Eleven senior girls and four high school staff members
participated in RAD Training, a 12-hour course designed to empower women to
use good judgment and keep safe, and also learn self-defense techniques. The
culmination of the course on April 24 involved three simulated attacks,
where newly-learned skills were put to the test. Participants valued the
training, and we hope to extend the opportunity to senior girls next year.
[Click the thumbnail to view a larger photo]
Construction Career Day builds opportunity
Twenty students from the high school attended the 12th
Annual Construction Career Day at the Navy Operational Support Center in
Glenville, where students from all over the Capital District learned about
career opportunities in the construction industry[Read more]
Learning Fair and Math Fun Night a hit with students and parents at PBC
Students showed off their best work and parents got a
little hands-on math experience during tonight's Learning Fair and Math Fun
New Diploma Options for Students with IEPs on April 25 in RCS
A meeting about new diploma options for Students with
Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on
Thursday, April 25 in the high school library.
Help your student in grades 3-8 before he or she sits for the upcoming
Common Core tests
Board members ask administration to rework budget figures and restore
programs cut over the past few years
After five years of cutting programs, Board of Education
members told Interim Superintendent Alan
McCartney that they want to restore some programs lost during that time
and said the 2 percent tax levy increase included in the proposed
2013-14 budget before them was irresponsible and too low.
Wellness Community Walk scheduled for April 28
The RCS Wellness Committee is sponsoring the second
annual Community Wellness Walk from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 28, at
Joralemon Park, 144 Starr Road, Ravena. The purpose of the walk is to
create an awareness of the importance of a healthy lifestyle for all
community members in the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk school district.
School sports physicals for grades 6-11 scheduled on April 30 and May 8
If you are planning on playing modified, junior
varsity or varsity sports at RCS in the 2013-14 school year, you will
need a physical. This is your chance.
More than 100 RCS students to play in Solo Festival at Bethlehem Middle
School on April 19 and 20
More than 100 elementary, middle school and
high school musicians from RCS will participate in the New York State
School Music Association (NYSSMA) Solo/Ensemble Evaluation Festival at
Bethlehem Middle School on April 19th and 20th.
RCS Middle School recognized by Best Buddies of the Capital Region
Best Buddies of the Capital Region named RCS Middle School as the “2012-2013
Middle School of the Year” for the second year in a row. Best Buddies, which
is an international organization, helps students with intellectual or
developmental abilities create friends and feel included.
of 2015 sponsoring Garage Sale fundraiser April 27 at the HS cafeteria
The Class of 2015 - today's sophomores - are
sponsoring a garage sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 27, in
the RCS High School cafeteria. Eager shoppers can get a jump on the
shopping action from 8:30 - 9 on Saturday, April 27, for an early-bird
$5 charge.[Read More]
RCS students receive medals at Capital Region Science Olympiad
Fifteen students from RCS High School competed
in the Capital Region Science Olympiad and several received medals in the
Fair brought out budding scientists at A.W. Becker
Students at this year's A.W. Becker Science Fair truly
showed their curiosity as they followed the scientific method to answer some
very interesting questions and drawing eye-opening conclusions.
Three high school student artists' work on display
throughout the region
Artwork by students Rajine Martinez, Shannon Donovan
and Alaina Dottino have been recognized in area displays and shows.
PBC students and families help to meet the needs at Mohawk Hudson
After a two-week collection effort sponsored by the
Student Council, PBC parents and students responded in a big way to make
life a little easier for the dogs, cats and other animals at the Mohawk
Hudson Humane Society in Menands.
Fifth Annual Starlight Ball will be held on Friday, March 22 at AWB
Fourth and fifth graders at A.W. Becker will be kicking
up their heels at the Fifth Annual Starlight Ball as they sway to the music
while they dance the Waltz, Cha-Cha, Tango, Foxtrot, Rumba and Jitterbug.
out the invitation]
Student artwork part of regional art show
The artwork of 14 Pieter B. Coeymans students will be featured in a
regional art show at the National Museum of Racing in Saratoga
Springs from now until April 12.[Read More]
Events rescheduled to March 26
The Board of Education meeting, PBC's grade 5 band and
chorus concert and A.W. Becker Kindergarten Orientation have been rescheduled to Tuesday, March 26.
The orientation is at 6 p.m.; the board meeting and concert are at 7 p.m.
GED classes to begin on Monday, March 25 and Wednesday, March 27
The RCS General Education Development (GED) program will begin on
Monday, March 25 and Wednesday, March 27 from 5-8 pm both days. There is
NO CHARGE for the program. The program will be held in Room 26 at the
high school with continuous enrollment. The program will not be offered
during the first week of April because that is a school vacation week.
Monday and Wednesday classes will begin again on April 8.
If the tax levy were increased by 3.85%, RCS tax bills would decline in September
If the proposed 2013-14 budget were
approved by the Board of Education as it stands today - with no
additional reductions - taxpayers in the four towns that comprise RCS
would see a drop in their September tax bills of between $99 and $248
per property taxpayer, depending on the town where they live. [Read More]
More than 50 RCS musicians to play at the Spring All-County Music
Festival March 20-22 at Greenville HS
Congratulations to all of our fine RCS student musicians! The RCS
Music Department is proud to announce that more than 50 middle and high
school students have been selected to participate in this year’s Greene
County Music Educators Association (GCMEA) Spring All-County Music
Festival. [Read More]
RCS students to perform with Capital Region Wind Ensemble on March 24
Three RCS High School band students have been selected to rehearse and perform in a concert
with the Capital Region Wind Ensemble. They are: Mariah Disorbo, a 12th
grade (tuba) and 11th graders Emily Buckley-Crist (clarinet) and Philip
McNaughton (bassoon).[Read More]
Keyer named as the NYS Class B Scholar-Athlete of the Year
Senior Running Back and Linebacker Dylan Keyer has been awarded the NYS
Class B Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award by the New York State High School
Football Coaches Association in recognition of his excellence in the
classroom and on the field.[Read More]
Going to the prom? Need a dress?
The RCS Junior Prom is fast approaching! It will be held from 7 to 11 p.m.
on Saturday, May 4 at Treviso by Mallozzi's, 257 Washington Avenue
Extension, Albany. If you need a
dress, check out the Godmother's Closet Boutique from 3 to 5 p.m. on
Thursday, March 28, in Faith Plaza (Shop 'n Save), Ravena.
is the PDF flyer about Boutique Day]
Placement Biology students studying the DNA in their own cheek cells
The Advanced Placement Biology juniors and seniors in
Matt Miller's classroom have been scraping, shaking, cooling and heating
cells from their cheeks as they study molecular science and the microscopic
DNA of their own cells. [Read More]
PBC students challenged to read 100,000 minutes by March 25
Students at Pieter B. Coeymans are celebrating Read Across America during
the month of March to celebrate the March 2 birthday of Dr. Seuss and his
many wonderful children's books. [Read More]
Community members hear that RCS is on top of student safety issues
About 20 community members at the second School Safety
and Security forum tonight heard local police agencies say that the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk
School District is doing an excellent job of working with them and is
keeping student safety issues on the front burner. [Read More]
Watch the video of the forum here - 49 minutes
Budget Roundtable scheduled for 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 12
Please plan to join us for the next Budget Roundtable
at 7 pm. on Tuesday, March 12 in the high school cafeteria.
PBC delayed opening caused by overheated backup power system
The start of school at Pieter B. Coeymans Elementary
was delayed for two hours this morning - Thursday, March 7 - because of
a strong odor in the building. Boilers and equipment were shut down as a
safety measure. The fire department cleared the building and checked the
air quality before turning the heating system back on and allowing staff
to return. The odor was caused by the overheating/overcharging of a unit
that serves as back-up emergency power for the phone system. The delay
prevented students from sitting on school buses while the cause was
Having fun with fractions in fourth grade
There should not be a fraction of a doubt that grade 4
students at Pieter B. Coeymans Elementary know their fractions. The students
recently created "fraction strips," pieces of paper that visually show them
1/2, 1/4, 1/8 and their relationship to each other.[Read More]
Letter being sent home today with high school students
This letter from High School Principal Brian Bailey about an incident
involving inappropriate behavior by an American Red Cross employee toward an
RCS student is being sent home today
(Tuesday, March 5)
with all high school students. [Read More]
School Safety and Security forum to be held March 6 at the HS
The second School Safety and Security Forum will be
held at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 6, in the high school library.
Science Olympiad draws RCS Middle School young scientists
For several hours this weekend, RCS Middle School student
teams competed in 19 science events and categories and performed tasks and
solved problems about anatomy, diseases, forestry, animals, heredity and a
host of other topics with students from other school districts in the
Capital Region. [Read More]
Ravena Swim Club competitive program begins April 15
The Ravena Swim Club's competitive swim program begins
April 15. The program is designed for swimmers ages 6 to 18 and is held at
the RCS High School Aquatics Center. For registration information, check out
the club's website at
Legislators write to Cuomo and leaders, seek restoration of school
Eight area legislators, including Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk and Assemblyman Peter
Lopez, signed a three-page letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative
leaders seeking restoration of education funding in the 2013-14 state
budget. "These changes will help our most vulnerable students receive the
educational programs they need and deserve," the letter concludes.
the letter here - PDF]Visit
the RCS Advocacy Page.
STAR Helpers bring smiles to Glenmont seniors
high school students Brandon Doty and Alley Ott visit with two senior
volunteers, Helen Berhaupt and Anna Waniewski, during the Star Helpers after
school program. The school district buses middle and high school students to
and from Van Allen Senior Apartments in Glenmont twice a month to visit with
senior residents. For further information, contact STARS Intergen at
439-1505 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tkaczyk urges Board of Education and community to advocate for RCS
New state Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk visited the
Board of Education at its meeting tonight to hear what impacts the
state budget is having on RCS students and to urge the community to
work together and "turn the tide" toward equitable state funding for
STARS Donations to benefit individual RCS students
STARS Intergen, a nonprofit agency
that provides intergenerational programs for the RCS School District,
announced that it has received $700 in private donations to assist
individual students with needs not otherwise met by traditional assistance
Advanced Placement students must sign up for final exams on March 6
GED classes to begin later than other Continuing Education programs
The RCS GED program being offered in conjunction with the
Capital Region BOCES will not be starting at the same time as other
Continuing Education programs this spring. Stay tuned for the GED start
Books, cookies and Candyland
The We Love Books Literacy Night at AWB entertained over 100 Pre-K
through grade 2 students and their families on Tuesday evening, Feb. 12.
barbecue raises more than $1,000
After a finger lickin Dinosaur BBQ dinner, RCS students and staff faced
off for a Valentine's Day dodgeball tournament. The student-government
sponsored event raised more than $1,000 for the Ronald McDonald House.
Thanks to all who came out to eat, play or cheer on their team!
ACT workshop on Feb. 28 about Disciplining Children with
The Advocating 4 Children Together (ACT)
support group will feature attorney Jennifer Monthie on Thursday,
Feb 28th at 6:30 p.m. for a free workshop in the RCS High School
library to discuss Disciplining Children with Disabilities.
RCS losing millions to state's GEA reduction
About 30 Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk school stakeholders heard Interim
Superintendent Alan McCartney say that something has to change - the
state's "temporary" Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) has cost RCS
millions of dollars since 2009 and are the major cause of proposed staff reductions in next year's
school budget.[Read More]
Join RCS in advocating for sufficient and equitable state education
Without meaningful and timely
relief from our legislative leaders, RCS and public schools across the state
risk losing the
high quality instruction and educational opportunities they have come to
know and value throughout the years. The time for change is now. RCS has
joined the call to action to advocate for our schools, but our state leaders
need to hear from you. Learn more and
find helpful tips for becoming a powerful advocate here.
RCS graduate Kaitlyn Drobner collecting coats for the homeless
artwork on display for Black History Month
Twelve students at Pieter B. Coeymans Elementary School submitted
artwork celebrating Black History Month that will be on display from
Feb. 16-22 as part of Albany County's month-long celebration
entitled “At the Crossroads of Freedom and Equality: The
Emancipation Proclamation and the March on Washington.”
Your call to action begins tonight
RCS will join school district leaders, educators, parents and community
members from around the region, along with representatives from 47 area
school districts, for an advocacy workshop titled “A Call to Action: Your
Public Schools in Fiscal Peril – Running Out of Time & Options.”
Community roundtable Feb. 12
All RCS community members are invited to a community roundtable on Feb.
12 at 7 p.m. in the High School cafeteria to learn more about budget development for the 2013-14 school
year. The roundtable will include a budget presentation followed by open, small-group question and answer sessions with
department heads and administrators to help address community
questions, priorities and concerns. We hope to see you there!
Spring Continuing Education Brochure now available online
The Spring 2013 Continuing Education Brochure is now available online.
Download it here to peruse offerings ranging from Aqua Zumba and yoga nidra
to dog obedience, quilting and driver education. In-person registration is
Wednesday, February 27, from 6:30-8 p.m. in the aquatics center lobby.
RCS attends advocacy forum for improved education funding
UPDATED:Please keep this conversation going
RCS administrators, Board of Education trustees, teachers, staff,
parents and community members, were among the more than 1,300 people
who filled Columbia High School's auditorium on Jan. 31 for an
unprecedented forum to address the fiscal crisis facing New York
“Have a Heart” Ronald McDonald Fundraiser set for Feb. 14th at
What better way to show your love to that special person than by watching a
dodge ball tournament and munching on Dinosaur BBQ while also benefitting
the Ronald McDonald House? The RCS HS student government will host the
tournament and barbecue dinner on Valentine’s Day, Thursday, Feb. 14th in
the high school gym. [Read More]
STOP Leadership Conference
Jan. 18, RCS Middle School students attended a STOP (Students
Together Opposing Prejudice) leadership conference at Siena College
with Mrs. Abelson and Ms. Santoni. Sponsored by the Martin Luther
King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King Lecture Series run by the
Anti-Defamation League’s A World of Difference® Institute, aims to
was to empower students to lead the fight against bigotry,
intolerance and all forms of hatred in their communities.
ACT guardianship workshop Jan. 31
The Advocating 4 Children Together (ACT) support group will welcome
Attorney Julie Keegan on Jan. 31 at 6:30 p.m. for a free workshop in the RCS
High School library to discuss Guardianship for elderly parents, disabled
children or and ill family members. And open question and answer session
will follow the discussion. For additional information please feel free to
contact Mary MacDonald at
email@example.com or 767-3129.
Proposed state budget boosts state aid; state Legislature must
Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposed 2013-14 state budget
would provide RCS with a total of $14.493 million through basic state
Foundation Aid and a host of partial reimbursements for transportation,
BOCES, computer hardware, software and textbook costs. The state
Legislature will now massage the figures and offer changes to the
governor's budget proposal. The 2013-14 state budget is supposed to be
in place by April 1.
RCS hopes to offer GED classes for adults beginning in February
The Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk CSD is hoping to revive its General Education
Development (GED) program beginning in February, if at least 10 students
enroll in the preparation class.
Out-of-district transportation requests
The deadline for requests for bus service to non-public
schools and other special requests is April 1 of each school year, or within
30 days of moving into the district. The
2013-14 forms are available on the
Transportation home page.
Jazz Ensemble and Harmonics to perform Jan. 25 at First Reformed
Church of Bethlehem
The RCS High School Jazz Ensemble, under the director of Scott
Andrews, and the Harmonics, under the direction of Michelle
McLoughlin, will be performing a free concert on Friday, Jan. 25 at
7 p.m. at the First reformed Church of Bethlehem.
Gogh at AWB
The exhibit is hung and work is underway at A.W. Becker, where a
Teacher’s Discovery Traveling Exhibit is currently on display
featuring the fascinating paintings of Vincent van Gogh. Students in
grade 4 are creating a mural inspired by Van Gogh’s art style
through a three-day workshop with muralist Julie Urtz. Check back
for more as the mural is unveiled!
Seasonal flu information
Infants and young children are at a greater risk for getting seriously
ill from the flu. Learn about the symptoms of influenza and find vaccine
clinics and other resources to help keep your family healthy this flu season
Little League signups Jan. 23 and Feb. 2
Hudson Valley Little League will be registering boys and girls ages 4-12
for the 2013 baseball season on Jan. 23 at Hootz family bowling center and
Feb. 2 at RCS Middle School. View the flyer
here or sign up online
Time to empty out those closets to help RCS students attend the prom!
Fairy Godmother’s Closet is accepting donations of prom apparel to
help needy RCS students attend prom in style this year. Donate any
formal apparel to the Family and Consumer Sciences room #63 in the high
school. Questions? Contact
is a flyer about the program - PDF]
Board of Education begins 2013-14 budget review
(Jan. 8, 2013) The Board of Education tonight began its
review of the 2013-14 budget with the operations and maintenance and
technology portions of the budget.
Tomboys Softball to register players on Jan. 10 and 17
Already thinking about spring, Tomboys Softball will hold in-person
registrations on January 10 and 17 at RCS Middle School and Bethlehem
Town Hall. [Read More]
Financial Aid Night for Seniors and their Parents Jan. 10
On Thursday, Jan. 10 at 6:30 p.m. in the High School Library, a
representative from the Higher Education Services Corporation will
give a presentation about navigating financial aid for college,
including the Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA.
College bound seniors and their parents or guardians are encouraged
to attend to learn about opportunities to help pay for secondary
Tenth Annual Fun Fair For the Very Young
RCS Community Library’s Romp & Read and the RCS School District present
the Tenth Annual Fun Fairs for the very young during RCS kindergarten and
pre-K registration on Jan. 8 at AWB and Jan. 10 at PBC.[Read More]
Natural Helpers and Student Volunteers chop, rake and write for a better
The Natural Helpers and Student
Volunteer clubs have been very busy over the past few months. Through
their community outreach they have helped to beautify our community,
support organizations in need, and assist younger students in our schools.
and view Photo Gallery]
Orchestra to help raise money to fund field trips at A.W. Becker
The Big Band sounds of the Georgie Wonders Orchestra will
fill the hallways at A.W. Becker from 6:30-9 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 25. Adult
tickets are $5 each; students are $3 each. AWB teachers Benjamin Rau and
William Hoperich play in the Georgie Wonders orchestra and will be
performing that evening.[Read More]
Continuing Education for the New Year
Have you resolved to get fit in 2013? Need a way to fight off cabin
fever--and those extra Christmas cookies? RCS Continuing Education
has seven health and fitness programs starting up in January, with
something for everyone, from yoga to indoor soccer to aqua zumba.
A list of upcoming courses can be found
Van Gogh Travels to AWB
A.W. Becker will be displaying a Teacher’s Discovery Traveling
Exhibit featuring the fascinating paintings of Vincent van Gogh,
including a giant reproduction of Starry Night, from Jan. 8
through 18. Students in grade 4 will create a mural based on Van
Gogh’s art style with muralist Julie Urtz and all students in K-5
will learn about the artist, his life and paintings, through the
school’s art program taught by Lauren Young. Funding for this
project was secured through a Target Grant and the AWB PTA.
Parents and community members hear plans for tougher security at RCS
With the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut and
rumored threats at RCS High School as a backdrop, about 25 parents
and community members peppered Interim Superintendent Alan McCartney
and Coeymans Police Chief Gregory Darlington with questions and
concerns about school safety during an hour-long forum today at the
high school library.
RCS Collects 3,821 books for Albany Book Project
The FCCLA/Albany Book Project was an amazing success. Together, through
generous donations by parents, staff and students, RCS collected a whopping
3,821 books district-wide!
Coeymans Police Department
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Alan McCartney and Coeymans Chief of
Police Gregory Darlington will be available at 4 p.m. Tuesday
December 18th in the High School Library, prior to the Board of
Education meeting, to address the concerns of parents and
community members regarding school safety at RCS. Read a message
from the Coeymans Police Department regarding safety at RCS schools
Interim Superintendent Alan McCartney on RCS school safety
I am very mindful that mere words cannot calm your
fears. However, rest assured that the safety, security and education of our
student’s remains our priority at all times. We will always err on the side
of caution when student and staff safety are in question.
Message from Interim Superintendent Alan McCartney
Interim Superintendent Alan McCartney extends the district's sympathies to
the families impacted by the tragic shooting in Newtown, Conn., and shares
resources for talking to your children about school violence and other
difficult news.[Read More]
in Creative Writing class share larger lessons with Pieter B. Coeymans
Sally probably should have figured she was in for a tough day when her
toothbrush got stuck to her leg and wouldn't come off. Then the fruit
snacks...and the block...and the ball - all stuck themselves to her. And this all happened on Sally's first day of first grade![Read More]
Lunchtime crowd treated to RCS holiday performances in Albany
The RCS High School Band and Chorus performed at the
South Concourse of the Empire State Plaza as part of the New York State
Office of General Services annual Holiday Potpourri. [Read More]
District and police officials address gun rumor
Last week, a rumor surfaced at the High School that a student
intended to bring a gun to school on December 21. School officials
looked into the rumor immediately and, after interviewing a number
of students involved, determined that it was a case of mistaken
information and that there was no credible threat to students or
Middle School recognition awards recipients
Congratulations to our Middle School recognition awards recipients, who
were celebrated at the Board of Education Meeting on Dec. 4 for achieving
level four scores on their New York state exams.
HVCC accepts 51 RCS seniors on instant admissions day
Fifty-one RCS seniors were accepted to Hudson Valley Community College on
Wednesday, Nov. 28, when the High School Counseling Center hosted HVCC
instant admissions day.[Read More]
For Suni Swann, the devastation that
Hurricane Sandy brought to downstate New York and New Jersey brought back
the same kind of feelings she had after the attacks of September 11 and the
Blizzard of '78 when she was a child in Connecticut. She along with many
others here spearheaded the Stuff-The-Truck effort that brought 10,000 to
12,000 pounds of supplies to families affected by the storm.
First annual Turkey Trot raises money and food for hurricane victims
On Tuesday, Nov. 20th, the Middle School National Junior Honor Society
hosted the first annual Turkey Trot to benefit victims of Hurricane Sandy.
Students paid their way out of classes with cash or non-perishable food
items, and ran hundreds of miles in total, raising $450 in donations to the
Red Cross for hurricane victims and collecting a small mountain of food,
cleaning and personal care items. The Middle School is very proud of the
first Turkey Trot and looking forward to next year!
PBC student artwork on display at Empire State Plaza
The peace-themed work of PBC artists will be on display at the
Concourse of the Empire State Plaza for a Martin Luther King Jr. art
exhibit running from Jan. 14-Feb. 2013. Congratulations to our
Community Greenhouse Opens at High School
After six years in development, hundreds of hours of work and generous
community contributions, the RCS Community greenhouse is open and ready for
growing and learning come spring. Learn how the new facility will be
integrated into science curriculum and more. [Read More]
Five RCS seniors receive NYS Scholarship for Academic Excellence
Melanie Schmitt, Dylan Keyer, Christine Bianchi, Austin
Snyder and Lauren McCluskey have been awarded the 2012-2013 New York State
Scholarship for Academic Excellence. Selection is competitive, based on
Regents exam scores. Each of these students will receive $500 or $1500 per
year for up to four years of undergraduate study at a college or university
in New York state. Congratulations to all on their outstanding academic
Students in Ms. Engelhard's fourth-grad class took a big
bite out of their geography lessons, by decorating cookies in the shape of
New York state, complete with forests, mountains, lakes and rivers.
Geography never tasted so good!
Friday night childcare available in December at AWB
National Honor Society Students from the High School have
donated their time to help the AWB PTA provide holiday childcare for
school-age children Friday evenings in December.
The fees will be $10 for the first child, $5 for the second and $3 for the
third, with a max of $20. All proceeds go to the AWB field trip fund.
Reservations are required. Download the flyer for details.
[Download flyer - PDF]
AWB students jump for their hearts and help save
Students at A.W. Becker are
jumping at the chance to fight heart disease and stroke, our
nation’s No. 1 and No. 4 killers. On Nov. 30th, AWB will host its
3rd Annual Jump Rope For Heart event to raise money for the American
Heart Association, which funds lifesaving heart and stroke research
and community and educational programs for youth.
Fifth Grade Chorus prepares to spread musical cheer
The afternoon of Dec. 20 will be filled with holiday cheer, as the Pieter B.
Coeymans Fifth Grade Chorus heads out to the local community for a caroling
trip. The chorus, directed by Debbie McAllister, will be singing seasonal
favorites up and down Main street, spreading good cheer to local businesses.
Look for the carolers between 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. Students will return to
Pieter B. in time to take the afternoon bus home.
High School students hear first hand about the evils, addictions and
violence of the drug culture
The 54 students in the library didn't make eye contact
with each. If they happen to catch somebody else's look, they glanced away
or at the floor. Sometimes, when the speakers raised their voices or swear,
they would look up in an almost painful way but then glance back to the
floor. One girl ran out crying.
Culinary students create a feast to share with others
The three culinary classes at RCS High School made a Thanksgiving meal of
turkey, cornbread, desert and other specialties that they shared with other
students during periods 4-7 today.[Read More]
A.W. Becker Grade 5 Chorus to perform on Saturday, Jan.
The A.W. Becker 5th Grade Chorus will
perform The National Anthem for the opening of The Albany Devils and
Worcester Sharks Hockey Game at The Times Union Center in Albany, NY. The
game will be held at on Saturday, January 12th, 2013 at 5 pm.
As students and families prepare for final and mid-term examinations in
January, RCS wants to remind everyone of the remarkable strides made in last
year's Business Review rankings. RCS climbed 11 spots in the annual rankings
because of the efforts and dedication of our students, families and staff.
We continue to work together in 2012 to build on that progress.
Alan R. McCartney named as RCS interim superintendent of schools
Alan R. McCartney, with 35 years of hands-on
educational experience under his belt, follows a simple procedure
when he decides whether to close school and keep hundreds of
students home for a day -
does it make common sense?